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New phone, fun with pictures

My old phone refused to hold a charge for months. It was so bad I was permanently hooked up to an external battery. It was one of those situations where I was close enough to the end of our contract (we signed before the new no contact plans) that it didn’t seem worth it to buy an extra battery. Any way, to make a long story short, I got a new phone with a very nice camera.

Bet you can guess what comes next….flowers! And maybe a cat too because he’s cute.






More garden pics

I’m sure that I have posted similar pictures every year I have had this blog, but I feel that you can never have too many flower pictures =)


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Garden Fun

Wow, two blog posts in one week!  The end of the semester must be close.  The past few days have yielded amazing weather in the pacific northwest which means that my days off have been spent outside soaking up the sun.  I have been having fun playing with my new zoom lens I got for Christmas which is great for photographing the kids, but not so much flowers.    However, I have used it on a few occasions and had some success.  I have been working on angles and lighting, but  mostly I am just enjoying the flowers.

Happy Spring!

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Life is changing…fast

Time is flying by and my little boy will be three on Wednesday!  My little girl is turning one next month and I am going back to school in June.  Yes, that’s right.  I got accepted to nursing school.  It is an accelerated program so it’s only 15 months, but I suspect that it is going to be a very busy and tough year and three months.  Needless to say, not only has this blog sort of taken a back burner already, but it will become even more so.

While I still have some time I have been teaching my boy (and my daughter who is constantly with me too) about gardening, plant growth and reproduction.  He has taken to it and has become very skilled at weeding and finding worms.  It is really great to see how much he loves the earth.  This year we made a trip to the nursery to buy plants for a planter.  His favorite color is yellow, so naturally he wanted only yellow plants.  I had to help him round out his color palate a bit, but it was a really great bonding moment.  I also found some time, especially with the amazing weather we’ve been having, to take some more pictures.

Enjoy, and I will write when I get a free moment

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Our first child who loves us more in the spring and summer when we are outdoors

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Our first apple blossoms!

Garden pictures

I have been super busy trying to get my feet under me and a handle on dealing with two kids. Meal times are the worst. It always seems that while I’m trying to get a meal ready for my son, who is melting down, the baby decides to start screaming because she wants to eat. Exhausting! Also, my son, who is definitely a 2-year-old now, has developed an obstinate streak. It’s particularly difficult to deal with when the baby is also crying. I understand that it’s a tough transition for him, and I really wish I could spend more one-on-one time with him right now.  On the positive side, he is very gentle with her.

I have managed to get out in the garden in between rain storms. The garden is the one place that will keep my son happy and busy and I can wear the baby and keep her happy. So here here’s to the garden, which always brings happiness.

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A study in water droplets

As is usual in the Pacific NW, our sunny weather has been replaced with rain. It doesn’t bother me at all, and I rather welcome the rain because it means that we don’t have to run the sprinklers. I also love the beads of water that are left on the petals and leaves of flowers. Once again, I couldn’t resist trying to capture this beauty.
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Our Japanese Iris that I took from our previous house has bloomed this year. I love the slender and delicate flower. The water drops only add to its beauty.
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Baby and flowers

In case anyone was wondering, I finally had my baby. I felt like I was in labor, although I suppose it was technically pre-labor, for a week (so frustrating). We finally went in to the hospital to get checked out on my due date, but I was sent home (more frustration). A few hours later we returned and no sooner had I sat down on the table to be re-examined when my water broke (yippie). Five hours later (without an epidural) we had a beautiful baby girl. I love her to pieces and so does her big brother, which is a huge relief. You always hope that the older sibling is going to respond well to the new addition, but you never know for sure until it happens. Now we are just getting used to dealing with two children. Fortunately I am never down and out for long.

We were released from the hospital a couple of days later and I arrived home to find the garden blooming like crazy! The weeds were also growing like gangbusters, but I think I may just have to let that go for the moment. With baby in the front pack and big brother helping, we wandered the garden and took some pictures of what was blooming.

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Spring showers bring flowers

I am due to have this baby any day, so finding the energy to do more than take care of my son and myself is challenging.  Not to mention that I have also caught a cold.  Ugh.  As if pregnancy and a toddler weren’t draining enough.

This past weekend we had my son’s two-year birthday party.  Crazy, I know.  Fortunately my husband’s parents were visiting from out of town and were able to help.  With the extra hands I was able to get outside and take a couple of pictures.

Yay for spring flowers!

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Celebrating 100 posts

My last post was my 100th.  It seems like such an easy goal to begin with, but really, at least in my case, life caught up with me and I guess it is more work than you’d think.  As with birthdays, there wasn’t much fanfare on my end, which is really okay with me.  So with that being said, I will move on to what I am sharing today.

Flowers!  Our tulips bloomed on Easter this year and along with the amazing weather made it a beautiful day.  Buds are pushing, the early spring plants are blooming and I am so ready to be done with this pregnancy!  Despite the constant exhaustion and achy hips, I did manage to slip outside and take a few photos.

I hope you are enjoying the Spring blooms as much as I am!

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Spring has sprung

The past few weeks spring has arrived! I love this time of year. I love the newness, the smell after a clean rain, the feeling of promise that spring brings and the anticipation of warm summer days. To clarify, I love all four seasons, but spring is my favorite. Some of the flowers have begun to open, which prompted me to break out the camera and take some photos of what’s blooming.

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