Friday, July 31, 2009
The flowerbed you see is a sampling of what I want to do more of in my back yard. Granted it is in the baby stage right now and I can't wait until the lilacs and rose of Sharon's' completely bush out! We are planning to rebuild our back deck next year making it large enough to accompany a patio set, BBQ, and spa. While planting our flowerbeds this year I have been playing with the idea of planting hollyhocks and a bunch of other stuff I've seen that I have fell in love with all around the deck. I've really gotten into gardening this year. 'bout time too! I even got my husband thinking I'm a pretty darn good "horticulturist" and doesn't that sound like a cool name or what?
Savannah has enjoyed helping with our church yard sale today. Of course kids love paint. I don't know why? The sale is going to be huge! Our church sanctuary is literally full! Before we painted posters we had collected all her old clothes to donate. She even had a few toys in mind to give. I think it was easier for her to part with the clothes knowing we were heading out to go school shopping afterward. There were a few items in there that of course she doesn't know about, however. Funny how kids get attached to stuff, or is it a girl thing?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
When Savannah asked where we were going on our way to Trafalga, she wasn't so sure she would like the "grown up" game I tried explaining to her. When were done she exclaimed, "That was fun!" and now she has asked each night if we can go back to play. She actually made better shots than I did! We also had those silly booth photos taken just for the heck of it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I am one that always has to have something to look forward too. Don't get me wrong, it can't be something impulsive. That is not my personality. It has to be well planned and thought out and deserving at best. My brain gets too stressed if it isn't. Remember the events I talked about a few posts ago? Well two of the three are set!
For my birthday in October (actually a couple weeks after) we are staying in St. George and seeing Odyssey's Thriller at the Tuacahn. The two night stay from the presentation accompanies a $100 gift certificate for our choice of Olive Garden or Red Lobster. Not sure what hotel it will be at yet. Apparently they don't tell you until the last moment. All we need to pay is the county taxes, gas, tickets, and the rest of the food. I am sure we will have fun no matter where we sleep!
Next California here we come!Worldmark resort. The lodging for this cost a hefty price so we'd be crazy not to use it. We will be going to Sea World, Universal Studios, Disneyland, and of course the beach!
The first 4 pictures are Anaheim's amenities, it is a brand new resort. Then you will see the Oceanside amenities. If we're not out bumming too much we'll save some on buying groceries and making use of the full kitchen.
I am so excited! Savannah asks me everyday, "Are we going to Disneyland tomorrow?" I have told her it is going to be in the Spring but she still doesn't understand. This is going to be great cause we have never been alone on our own family vacation since we've been together. Yippee!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
We moved in September 2003 and still have progress to make in and out. We have put in the bushes on the East side in the back, and now also have a bed on the West side. It's hard to tell but there are lilacs and Sharon of Roses in there amongst some perennial flowers. (The bricks as you can see are waiting to be set.)
In the front we have gotten the stones set in the front flower beds, These have been in place but for a couple of years but never permanently until now. Now the fun begins this weekend to pick something to plant! Anyone have suggestions of something pretty that will thrive mostly in shade?
Next we will be pouring cement to add to the pad we already have to make room for our future deck. Our goal is for next year and to make it big enough for a hot tub (we found used ones that are pretty reasonable) and our grill and a small patio set.
For the winter project I have asked for ceramic tile throughout my kitchen. I love tile, it is so smooth and cold on my feet!
Well that about sums up our home improvement in a year. I've been trying to keep up on each project, but am never sure if I catch them all!
Sunday, July 05, 2009
We went for a ride through the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway to visit my sister and her husband in their canyon house in Provo. We ended up staying for a BBQ with steak, chicken, burgers and corn in the husk cobs! Was very good! The hummingbirds just buzzed all around us as if we weren't even there. She brought her pet lizard, Anubis (I think that is how it is spelled), Savannah finally got enough courage to pet him this year. Bear had a lot of fun playing with Rosta their large black poodle. Although it was unplanned this way, it was really good to get together. Seems like our family doesn't do this much anymore.
We headed back to mom's campsite and roasted some marshmallows for s'mores, put out the fire and said our goodbyes for the drive home. We were able to see the fireworks go off at Thanksgiving point while driving on the way home and lit a few for Savannah before she totally zonked out. She was so tired she didn't get past getting her pj's on to get ready for bed. She was so asleep that I had to dress her.
Being out in that air and the sounds of the bugs and birds and water and trees makes me really wish I had planned a camping trip our self! I just love the 4th of July. There is no better excuse to get out and just enjoy being together and appreciating our freedom.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Afterward we got Take n Bake pizza and ate at my house. It was a nice visit, we didn't get to spend the whole day together but enough to enjoy ourselves.
She gave the pony a hug before she left, I wish I had a picture.