Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Flowers…

Wow 2 posts in 2 days.  I guess I’m back to my old self again.  Or at least I hope I am.  I actually really missed writing.  It seems like I would sit down to write a post and then get pulled away.  It happens, but still I need to make time for the things that I enjoy doing.

When my dad was visiting he said I needed to brighten up the house.  And I whole heartedly agree, however I do not have a green thumb, more like black.  I am the one who can kill water ivy.  Don’t ask me how, but I can do it….anyways, yesterday Victor and Angelbear and I went to Wal-Mart to see what we could find.  We actually did pretty good.  I bought 2 deck planters, some potting soil, and flowers.  I knew I had to get something that had yellow beings Tori LOVES the color yellow, so I ended up with beautiful Marigolds.  DSC_0061b

But this would only be enough to fill up 1 of the planter boxes.  So I was on a mission to find another pretty flower.  I really didn’t know what I wanted.  But lo and behold I found these awesome purple Petunias.  I think they are are really pretty.  DSC_0059bUsually purple petunias are solid dark purple, or they are dark purple with white veins.  These and just different.  And I love them.  So here is the finished project.  I really like the way it turned out.DSC_0055b

The baby liked being outside while we were planting.  She was just a squealing….she loves the outdoors.  One minute she was just talking away, and the next…….Lights outDSC_0054b

While we were out yesterday, we decided it was time to refill our bird feeder.  We’re hoping to be able to sit outside at night and just relax.  The past years we’ve had Cardinals, Sparrows, Blue-Jays, Mockingbirds, Red Robins, Doves, and others that I have no idea what they were.  We haven’t had feed in the feeder in about 9 months, and didn’t know if the birds would return or not.  But we went ahead and bought the feed and were hopeful. DSC_0079b When I opened the front door this morning, I had such a nice surprise.  There were birds on the feeder.  I ran back and got my camera, and when I returned there was only one remaining.  It’s a little bit blurry because I was shooting through the glass door.  But overall, it’s really not that bad of a picture.  I’m happy to see that they have found the food. 

Overall, we had a pretty great weekend.  And we got something accomplished.  I’m currently looking into getting some tomato plants and planting them in buckets and setting them on the ground side of the deck.  This way I will be able to stake them to the deck railing.  I’m a tomato person.  Love them with fresh mozza, basil, & olive oil.  There truly is nothing better than a home grown tomato.  Their flavor is AMAZING.  We’ll see if I can make it happen……..

Well that’s all for now.  It’s Monday, and that means house work.  I need to get back to it.  I’ve already gotten laundry done, the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, and I’ve vacuumed.  Now I just have to pick up a couple of things, and I’m done for the day…talk to you all soon….

Sunday, March 29, 2009

It's been way to long!!!

Wow....I've been gone awhile...well not really gone, just not writing much. A lot has been going on these past several weeks.

The baby turned 4 months on March 12. On Easter she'll be 5 months and it blows my mind. I can't believe she is getting so big. She is such a blessing to have and be around. She's changing so much every day.

On March 16, we took her for her 4month shots and check-up. She's growing like a weed!!!! She was 14.5lbs and 25.5 inches. She's perfect in all aspects!!! The doctor was very pleased with her growth and development. Nothing to worry about in the least. She's still a breastfeed baby. No formula, and the doctor was glad for that. We got the go ahead for her rice cereal. Surprisingly she was really good with the spoon. No messiness at all really. Her shots were fine and just a couple of seconds worth of crying. She's so brave!!!!

So after a great appointment, our day turned BAD. My mom needed a ride home from work Monday afternoon 'cause her car was in the shop. We left the house and all was good, then when we were in the exit lane, we got hit by a truck. It scared the baby and she got a bump on her head. Victor got a sprained back. But the worse part was my poor little box...Over 5K worth of damage!!!! I'm just so thankful that the other part will be picking up the tab beings it was his fault. God is good!!!! He saved us from any major hurts and my car is being fixed.

The other awesome thing that happened was my dad came in from Alabama!!!! I hadn't seen him in several years. He stayed with my little sister for a smidge over a week and with me about 4 nights. It was so glad to have him here. I miss him so very much, and wish he was closer. Tori loved seeing her Grandpa. He would make these funny noises (whistling kind of) at her and she would just smile at him. (think CHEEZWHIZ smile). We had fun times while he was here, and so sad to see him have to go back to Alabama. Hopefully he can come back soon.

While my dad was here, we went and visited my grandmother (Dad's mom) up in Austin. It was neat to have 4 generations in the same room. We were able to take some amazing pictures as well. Here are a couple so you can see us all.
Four Generations (Bottom Row: Grandma, Ali, Amanda (my sister), Brandon Top Row: Me, Tori, my Dad)
Family Picture: Everyone from above, plus my Husband (left) Victor, my Aunt Lavon, and Nick (my sister's significant other) (not pictured, my Uncle Lee, he was the photographer)
This is my Grandma, my Aunt Lavon, and my Uncle Lee

Other than that things are pretty much the same....oh Tori has gotten her first real taste of big girl food. On Friday I mashed (read pureed) a banana in my mini chopper, and mixed it with her cereal. OMG I could not get the spoon to her mouth fast enough. SHE LOVED IT. I mixed 1.5T of rice cereal with my milk to make a good consistency, then added about .5T of banana. It was so funny to watch her eat it. Here's a picture for you to see her cuteness!!!
For some reason, she thanks she needs to stare at the spoon all the way to her mouth

Well that's really all for now. Must get to work on some sewing...