Surprise

Last year when this tree blossomed in our back yard, the blossoms lasted less than a week and the leaves withered up soon after.

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This year we didn’t expect anything. One day the leaves started poking out. The next week buds had formed and soon after we had blossoms all over.

What rejoicing!

cherry_blossom_blue_sky_candace_rose The storms and wind brought down the blossoms quickly this year, but the leaves are still there!cherry_blossom_candace_rose

Happy Fourth of July! I pray you have a blessed and safe celebrations.

Playing with Oliver

I was excited to spend a day with Oliver a little while back while Danica had a long day of shoots. We played trains inside for a little while then went outside with Onyx.oliver_trains_planes_and_onyx Oliver loves planes and birds flying around. We threw sticks for Onyx to chase, spun the big flower in the garden, and played peek a boo with the shed door. I absolutely *love* Oliver’s surprised face! He is so full of life and joy!oliver_hide-n-seek_shed door_surpriseWhile Oliver took his nap, I spent some time with Danica’s succulents. Danica has the greatest planters full of the nicest, little succulents so vibrant and colorful!oliver_garden_plants_purple_succulents

Starry Skies

Today, Esther, L and G get home from their summer trip to see family and friends. Today, they find the transformed play room waiting for them. Surprise! There are more parts to the room than glow in the dark stars and lanterns and sleeping bags for reading books in, but this was way more fun to do than the tree and organizing the doll house and tools and other toys.

Welcome home, Esther, L and G!!starry walls

Golden Rob

Rob’s golden birthday was this year.

A bash was had (planned by the wonderful Kristina). People came from far and wide. We surprised Rob.  Cake was eaten after tons of candles were blown out. There was drumming on bowls in the kitchen. Balloons were written on and chewed. There was a performance by Cole, future Rockstar. Good times had by all.