Saturday, July 9, 2011

"It's all mixed up, just like you, Mom."

My Pike Place Bouquet

It's very strange having just two kids at home.  That's how it was last night, because 2 of them had been away at overnighters and today, after a week away, we got our oldest kid back.  She had been at a mission trip helping with a summer school in Seattle.  She brought me this amazing bouquet from Pike Place Market.  I don't remember ever having one of their bouquets all to myself.  She said, "When I saw it, I said that's my mom, because it's all mixed up!"   At first, I wasn't certain I should like that thought, but I realized it's true.  The instant I saw the bouquet, I loved it, and it was because it had every single color vying for my attention.  I loved the variety and the backyard garden look it had.  Mostly, I loved that it looked like a bouquet my children would pick for me.  It's crazy, chaotic, and absolutely stunning, just like my life.  I love having all the kids back in one place today.  It feels like these flowers, and it feels like home.

I also got to get up at 5 this morning to pick up my daddio fromt he airport.  I always miss him and my mom, but it doesn't quite sink in how much I've missed them till they are here.  It's like a completed flower arrangement when they are here.  It just feels right.  My brother and his wife brought dad and my little niece over, and we had a BBQ.  I love our crazy family, and I can't wait till mom arrives in a few weeks!  

Emma running to get in on the kodak moments.

My dad gave me a strange hat

You can't see me....

He will not ever get burned.

Poor man's S'more

Ingredients:  Marshmallow, chocolate chips smooshed in.  (i love that my brother has cracked fingers like me)

Two of my favorite guys

This is what true love is.

scary marshmallow fingers!

You'll poke your eye out!

Cards game

Beautiful mommy and daughter

She must ALWAYS have food on her face,  Even if I wiped it 3 seconds ago.

Because how can one pass this with a camera and not make a photo?

windchime from my grandma, ribbons from the maypole

Idyllic day

Bubble sword in all its glory

I... love... my...mommy....

Mom's on the phone with dad

Does your dog eat cleavers?  Maybe he thinks he's a cow.

Crown of Cleavers, made by his brother.  such love.

Aunt AAAnnggie!

Yes, we love you, no you may not come out.

Back home

Mom's Foxgloves, growing in the blueberry patch

Asleep the whole time, she has awoken!

Happy Endings


  1. I love reading your blog, Angie! Your thoughts are always so well put and your pictures are stunning and real at the same time. Perfection in my mind. I love that you are finding time to capture moments from these precious days in a place where we can peek in and look at them. It encourages me to put the same kind of energy into enjoying my days with my family too.

  2. Very good sweetie. Life is like a bouquet. :)

  3. Your pictures are amazing! I love the thought that Eva put into the flowers she brought you. Like Cami said, I love reading your blog.

  4. Beautiful! I would be a crazy mixed up bouquet too! ;)


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