Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Claire’s First Graduation

Will it be the first of many, or just the first of few? Either way, here’s to beginnings disguised as endings.

…to Kindergarten and beyond!


Today, Claire turns five-and-a-half!  In case you didn’t know, this is a big deal around here.

Her last day of school is tomorrow, and although she’s sad that school will be ending, she’s excited for the summer, for Kindergarten, and for the opportunity to tell everyone that she’s officially five-and-a-half.


The Iris is Blooming!

You know what this means…

Someone’s Half-Birthday is just around the corner!

My view. Kinda.

I see this view every day, all day. Well, every time I look at my phone, that is. I’ve been changing up the picture on Eva‘s “wallpaper” every now and then with pictures that make me smile.

This one certainly does.

I took this photo in Kauai when we were there in October. It was just steps from our hotel room.

When I look at this, I can smell the wonderfulness that is Hawaii. I can feel the warm sand between my toes. I can feel the soft breeze playing with my hair. I can hear the calming yet exhilarating waves.

I could get used to this view.  Yes, I’d miss Colorado dearly, but I have a feeling the soft ocean breezes would dry my tears quite nicely.  😉

Needless to say, every time I look at my phone, I smile.

One ringy-dingy. Two ringy-dingy.

I have a post over at Mile High Mamas today!

I wonder what it could be about?

Click on over and check it out!

Front Step Flowers and the Weekend of Over-Achievement

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned to Claire that I would like to have a flower pot (simple, but pretty) for the front step.  We’d done some rearranging, and our front step is really large, perfect for something pretty.

She told Daddy, and this is what those two concocted for my Mother’s Day Surprise!

It’s massive! And beautiful! Talk about over-achieving for Mother’s Day.

Speaking of over-achievement…

Later that weekend, I mentioned to Daddy that I’d like him to help Claire plant some melon seeds we’d saved from a cantaloupe.

We have a dirt pile out back that she’s been “gardening,” and she’d be thrilled if weeds grew, let alone little purposeful plants.

I meant for the two of them to go poke holes in the ground, drop some seeds in, and water them.

This is what I saw when I went to check on them.

And, the next day, we transplanted some of our Grape Hyacinth (that had been randomly growing in Claire’s dirt pile “garden,” much to her ecstatic joy) as a barrier and planted our melon seeds. The other section of the garden box will be filled in with dirt from our other landscaping projects over the summer, and Claire will continue to “garden” it as well.

Even the weather decided to be an over-achiever, with clear skies, a soft breeze, and temps in the lower 80s!

I couldn’t have planned it any better myself…and the BEST part was that I didn’t.

I really am a lucky girl.

We’ve had a fantastic week. The weather has been gorgeous. We’ve spent time playing and creating and sharing our time with friends.

I could post pictures, but you’ve seen them all before: crisp blue skies, bright sun, smiling faces. How awesome is it that pictures like that become boring after a while?

It’s nice to be in a place where we can breath easily, be present, and enjoy.