We were out of town again last week and I'm trying to pull myself back together and get life moving again. I need to get a new card reader and download my photos. I didn't take very many on this trip. I'm making my "to do" list for the week and I'm ready for the week to be over and it hasn't begun.
I happened to have my camera with me (very rare when I got out) when we stopped by the fabric shop my mother used to own. The big girls were recalling all their memories of the time spent among the bolts of fabric and quilts. Their favorite memory is the button machine. They were small enough that they would climb inside and play with all the buttons. I would have to "frisk" them before we left and return all the buttons found in their pockets.
When I asked the ladies at the counter if I could photograph the button machine, they remembered when I had helped them cut their fabric. It was fun to recall these memories, not to mention picking up a few fat quarters as well.
Can you imagine dandelions being more beautiful? I'm admiring the scene and urging my children to bask in the beauty, only to turn around and find big man working on the phone. I guess when you are 18 months you can get away with it, especially when you are so cute.
June is almost over and I've accomplished so little on my to do list... but then again the only real to do list is my children and that is being accomplished. Our days are filled with tennis, more tennis and even more tennis. Thankfully there is still a bit of time for voice lessons and piano (although I'm not sure who is happy about this one). a few shots from the back yard. The first is asparagus fern. Love this plant. Wish I could get it to winter over.
Just some flowers in the front yard.
training the wisteria on the pergola. I can't wait until it creates a living canopy.
We celebrated our anniversary last week and I have to say that I never would have imagined how amazing my life could be with this amazing man. We share a wonderful life together filled with both trials and triumphs. We have tried to build our marriage on love, charity, compassion, and faith. We have filled (quite literally) our home with the most precious children who teach us and love us. I love this man. He is a great father and husband. He's my best friend. I look forward to what the next 16 years will bring.
I'm walking in a lovely grove of trees minding my own business taking photos...
I decide to zoom in and see what this big guy has on his mind. Only to find out that it's trouble... It always ends in tears. Alas I'm not the only one how sees...
They decide to inflict a bit of "justice" and I'm wondering when I should put the camera down and stop the madness.
of course at this point victim number one is yelling, "you leave my brother alone." Nothing like a bit of gratitude.
They finally start to listen and everyone seems quite pleased with the situation.
Well not quite everyone, but we had a bit of a chat about not starting the fight to begin with. It never ceases to amaze me how much the children can fight and yet they are still the very best friends and biggest defenders.
When we decided that we were not quite finished getting all our children home we knew we needed to do a bit of remodeling to our home to accommodate the two new babies. One day I ran from room to room, messes included and took photos of our home and yard in it's current state.
Shimelle's home class provided me with the incentive to finish this mini album and now it's so fun to see the before pictures. Here is a glimpse of our home a few years ago...