Saturday, April 30, 2011
This little race car poured out of the box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch along with the cereal into grandson Elijah's bowl yesterday morning. He was so happy to get this unexpected toy and thrilled when he discovered that it was self-propelled--slide it backwards and it shoots forward all on its own. Way cool. He played with it all day long--even on the trampoline--and fell asleep with it on the backyard swing. Goes to show you, it truly is the little things that mean the most.
My family enjoyed our special annual roast tonight in our back yard when we all get together and incinerate hot dogs and marshmallows and stuff ourselves with s'mores and Doritos and fried Easter Peeps and such and laugh and talk and just have a good old time being us and disturbing the whole neighborhood until midnight. At least we didn't set off any fireworks. That's coming in July, of course. I took this picture with my cell phone camera in the Solaris color setting. Looks like a freaky face. We had a good time. Let's do it all over again next year, OK?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Got caught in the downpour at lunch time today. Wild spring weather all day--from sunny to torrential rainy and then back to sunny again with more storms and rain on the way for tonight and tomorrow. April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, they also tend to bring violent weather. Hope you aren't in the path.
Monday, April 25, 2011
My Easter Lily bloomed today. This was a gift to us from grand daughter Shelby's 4th grade class for hosting their Easter egg hunt last week. It has four fat buds, and two of them popped wide open this morning. So beautiful. Made my Monday.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Egg Hunt! The kids had fun hunting eggs this afternoon in our back yard. Finding their prize eggs was a challenge, but they prevailed (after a little coaching by the people who hid the eggs a little too well). This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love keeping this tradition with my PEEPS! Happy Easter!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
A time to plant. Neil and I were planting fools all day today. I haven't potted flowers in a couple of years. Forgot that it's hard work, but kind of fun, too. Neil planted all sorts of things--hostas and ferns and some flowers all around the yard. He even moved a huge flowering bush from one end of the yard to the other to fill in the hole where a dead cypress tree once stood. Needless to say, we are pooped! It's always worth the effort, though.
Wishing Christians everywhere a very happy Easter!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Picture postcards from a local greenhouse. He sets up shop here every spring and, as you can see, has quite a colorful selection of any plant you might want. I haven't set out any flowers in a couple of years and wanted some Geraniums--one of my fave container plants. These are the ones I chose (in the last picture), plus some plants called Lantana. They're supposed to attract butterflies. I like that idea.
Happy Good Friday to Christians everywhere!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We hosted grand daughter Shelby's 4th grade class Easter egg hunt today. They were blessed with perfect weather for their hunt. Shelby and her mom colored these eggs to use in two of the games they played. Easter is definitely the most colorful time of the year!
Each of the 23 students had 23 numbered eggs to find. Let me tell you, that's a LOT of eggs to hide, so most of them we just scattered around the yard.
They all got off to a running start, but the action soon slowed down when they had to look for eggs with specific numbers on them.
Shelby was #14.
Counting eggs and checking out the goodies inside!
They used the real eggs for this relay race. It's not easy keeping those wobbly eggs on a little spoon while you try to race across the yard to a certain spot and then have to walk backward without dropping the egg and hand it off to your partner.
They used the real eggs for an egg toss game which somehow turned into a food fight. Needless to say, teacher did not appreciate that. I guess the temptation was just too much.
I think they all had a good time. This is their last egg hunt as students. Next year, as 5th graders, they all head off to middle school and won't get to enjoy such activities at school. Makes me feel a little sad for them. They grow up way too fast.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
"Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone."- Roy R. Gilson