Saturday, July 30, 2011

These Happy Days

When my parents are in town, we pack a half year of hanging out into just a few weeks.  Thus, we are hanging out a lot.  The bonus is, I get to see my brother and his wife lots more.  They live just 20 minutes away, but with all of us and busy lives, it's easy to forget to make time to visit.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the past few days together, just doing things like eating, fake wedding proposals, and going to a local fair.

3 stooges style

think this is strawflower

i'm a josie copycat.  i had to see if i could get a star out of the sun.

I just can't handle fairs....

fly in my back yard.

empty swallow nest

Me want a bunny.  

My 5 year old says it looks like a little butterfly.

I think i read that dandelions are in the sunflower family.  i can see the family resemblance.

lupines in the morning dew

last of the dew

my brother and his baby girl

give me your rembrandt smile, mr bun.

target shoe 

strange leavings from dinner

peek a pooh

gotta have shoyu

the only game i will play

hiding behind starbucks cups is the norm

that's a lot of cup!

OMG!  Danny just proposed! ....NOT.

best parents ever.  

just hangin' around


these people are WEIRD.

family portrait, take 1.

ghost girl.

love daddy

edgy kissing pic

fake android iphone

it takes a girlie girl to make gi joe into a ring.

planted mom's new flower beds

there is no goat who is a match for my awesome daughter.

neighborhood pasture


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wanna See Something Neat?

Are you my mother?
 This evening, we intended to visit to the local mega plant nursery with my brother, his family, and my parents.  Alas, when we arrived, we found it was four minutes 'til closing!  We decided to try a place I've driven by for years that was right across the interstate, called "Choi's Nursery."  It was open!  We were greeted by the owner, and walked across what looked like hand placed pavers that made up the parking lot.

Just one for now
We entered directly into the greenhouses.  Fans were whirring everywhere.  It was obvious that Choi's main business must be hanging baskets and bedding plants, because the bulk of the flowers were petunias, fuschias and red geraniums.  These plants are not my favorite, simply because they are everywhere, and I almost thought we should go.  He was so friendly though, and i noticed lots of great prices posted, so we persisted in finding some plants for my mom.  Happily, perennials were on sale, so we found some lilies, some "Hen and Chicks" and some columbines.  While we were making our choices, the owner walked up to my 5 year old and I and said, "Wanna see something neat?"  We had no choice but to follow him, he seemed so excited.  

Asking with all their might
 Outside, where he kept the fuschia baskets beneath a tent, he stopped.  He pulled back some leaves on one basket, and said..."It's a nest!  There are baby birds inside."  We looked, and ask he rustled the leaves near the nests, little yellow and red mouths were instantly agape, waiting for a tasty morsel.  He pointed out a few unhatched eggs, and said that the babies had just hatched recently.  They were scrawny and floppy, and they were beautiful!  When I showed my mom, she and my daughter sighed simultaneously at the sweetness of them.

Look at the interesting little teeth in the roof of their mouths

Plum tuckered out

One last call for momma

Mommy's close by making noise

I thought i might get some pretty photographs of flowers, but instead, I got something more beautiful... a memory of the first time my five and two year olds had ever seen baby birds in a nest.  We were readying our purchases, when the owner brought out a weed-whacker and asked if any of us knew how to start it.  He had just bought it, and couldn't get it working.  My brother got to save the day, then plants were paid for at an extra discount.   We parted from there, very satisfied with our great deals and sweet experience, and I think the owner was just as pleased with his now functioning weed whacker.  I think I'm glad the mega-nursery was closed.  

Most fun nursery award

Impressive pavers

It was too good of a day to be done, so we went on a walk at dusk with the family and even the goats who are going to fair.  I found a slug and got down on the ground to capture him in all his grandeur.  My husband had requested a shot highlighting slug eyes, so that was the pursuit.  The sunset was the perfect punctuation for a satisfying summer day.

What do I see???

Not sure she is interested in a walk....

Sunset from our place.... i finally put the strings on my bean trellis, inspired by the master garden examples in marysville.  the bean trellis is on the bottom left.  yay!

Ok, I enhanced this, but it looks really pretty!

View from our fencepost.  Nearly dark.  My 5 year old's garden and the mountains beyond.