4.27.2017

Please Don't Die - Outdoor Edition

Spring + black thumb = annual desire to plant things and watch them die hope they survive.


 
This year we're trying potted plants.

 
Marie recommended geraniums begonias for the shaded porch

 
and colorful pansies for the sunny yard,

 
along with hanging baskets with strawberries 

 
and more geraniums. 

 
The rose tree hubby planted last year - and has sole responsibility for, which is probably why it's still alive - is producing flowers like crazy. 

 
Nice to know something can survive us!

 

4.26.2017

Hoping For The Best - Indoor Edition

Look what was waiting for us on the sidewalk in front of Home Goods this weekend.

 
I don't have a good track record when it comes to growing things, but every spring I get the bug to plant, plant, plant!

 
This year, the little girls and I decided to try our hand at succulents and - miracle of miracles - they are doing well. 

 
 So well, in fact, that I was running out of places to put them, especially the ones that need to be out of Lily Cat's reach. She loves to nibble on some and dig up others. Soooo (not) helpful.
 
 
My new found treasure should keep them out of her reach and look good doing it. Now if I can just remember to water . . . .

4.24.2017

Speech Tourney

Tonight was Leia's first speech tournament.


 
She and her partner have have been practicing a shortened version of  "No Mirrors In My Nana's House" for weeks. 

 
They made it through the first two rounds,

 
as did their classmates,

 
but weren't selected to participate in the final awards round.

  Leia's personal cheering section

Leia was bummed but I think she enjoyed the experience overall. 

 

 
I'm betting this won't be her last speech tourney.




 

4.18.2017

Quilt Project Progress

I saw this quilt awhile back and fell madly in love.


  Fancy Forest by Elizabeth Hartman

 My pal Debbie is teaching it in a block-a-month format and so far we've done the fox

  The fox on the left looks like he has eyebrows. Love!

a cat (Debbie's riff on the fox pattern)

 
and today's bunny.

 
Good thing Mr Bunny is cute 'cause he was a PITA to make. (Too many small pieces for me). Next month - the owl!

4.17.2017

I Can Do It

Leanne decided she wanted to do a little weaving before she went home today. I asked if she needed help - nope, except to move her chair closer to the table and fix one crossed thread about halfway through her session. Be sure to watch her feet when she beats. So funny! 



4.16.2017

Jac's First Easter

Mary 


 
and Marie 

 
were both scheduled to work today so we had an early, quick Easter celebration

 
with an egg hunt, 

 
board games,

 
and several rounds of pass-the-baby

 

 
and walking-with-Jac

 
before everyone headed off to jobs or other celebrations.

 
So happy we were able to get holiday pics with Naia before she went back to her mom's last night. 

 
She and Leia opened their Easter baskets yesterday at Matt's 

 
before joining one of the local community celebrations. 

 
Bouncy, bouncy Easter and Passover, y'all!

 

4.14.2017

Zoo-Bee-Do and Naia Too

Look who joined us for zoo day! Naia is 16 now and has the drivers license to prove it. (Scary thought, right??)


  Jacklyn's first photobombing.

The line for zoo parking was blocks long and not moving when we arrived in Santa Barbara this morning. We figured that meant it was already over-crowded and we almost turned around and left.

 
So glad we didn't! Not sure what the gate snafu was about, but the crowds were minimal inside the park and the weather was spectacular. 

 
We checked out all our favorite things -

 

 
Giraffe feeding. Check.

 
Gorilla viewing? Check - and he was viewing them right back, having walked over and seated himself right in front of the viewing window just after the girls got there. Needless to say, they were thrilled. (Leanne kept saying she saw gorilla butt! Lol)

 
Goat and sheep feeding? 

 
Yep, we did that.

 
We watched baby flamingoes 

 
do their daily walk-about;

 
compared wingspans with a California condor;

 
checked out the sleepy fox;

 
and generally had a super good time.

 
But the number one, hands down, favorite thing for this crew to do?

 
Nothing else is even close.

 

 
 These girls *love* the hill slide.

 

 
 If there was nothing else here, they'd still want to go to the zoo.

 
 And that, folks,

 
is the end of our tail.