Thursday, April 26, 2012


Amused by a nature park near our home I visited with my little boy. 
He got to see a deer pee! 

And scratch itself…..

 Amused by how brave the American Robins are around here these days. 

 Amused by how much love my colorful little ones have for each other. I love love love how they cuddle as part of their night time ritual.
 Amused by the nose on this tropical fish….
 and the colors on this one

The wonderful trees that line my neighborhood...

...and the great colors of an extra early Spring

 Amused by the fact that my husband knew that this holly would not flower unless there was a male of its species next to it….I guess its pregnant and in the winter it puts out the greatest red berries for the birdies. 
Amused by my current garden project. When this Christmas lighted deer would not light anymore (even with my handy dandy light gun), I decided to strip it of its lights, spray paint it brown and set it next to the ivy. This is the very beginning of it two weeks ago. Right now it has ivy up to its tail and derrier….
 Amused by how of the 30 double tulips planted in the fall and covered with an iron mess, only one escaped the squirrels (they are too smart for me)
Amused by how this suppossed annual to our area comes back year after year
 Amused by how this bachelors buttons was on its way to the trash when we saved it and now its stronger than ever...

Amused by how this chenille type of plant draws conversations among toddlers for its "super soft softiness"

Amused by how rosemary creeped its way into our strawberries 
from outta nowhere
 Amused by our Galena find

 Amused and shocked that three weeks and frost, 
these guys still have color and vibrancy!
 Amused by the colors on this bush thats creeping into our backyard..
wonder what it is
 Teapots and teacups in our garden are always amusing

 And amused by how quickly they grow up

What is not amusing is how difficult cross-stitching is….why did I get myself into this? This project must be finished by May 1st…..we shall see, we shall see.
But I am keeping to my new years promise and I am slowing down to be amused by what is true and real and enjoying the colors in my life.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

On Blessings of One Day

I don't think I will ever be able to catch up with the kids, the garden, the housework, the office work, the bills, the never ending to do lists, etc. etc. I know I will never be able to sit down with a nice cup of something warm and say, "Ahh yes… everything is done and I can now relax"- the guilt kills me at times. But I am not one to complain. The fact that I am alive and able to move, able to even write up a to do list, able to have children when some told me I would not be able to, able to bend down to pick up socks, toys, books and tiny toys makes me very very happy. Catching up lets me know that I am a mom on the go- that I am alive and that every second of my life matters. It is only logical then that slowing down becomes a very complex thing to do ….. I am trying to however, and these pics help me slow down and count my blessings.  These are the blessings of just one day… imagine if I sat down and counted the ones in my entire life! God's love is overwhelming!

Blessed by an Easter feast- so much food even in times of hardship.

My brothers in law cooked these out in the grill- I call them cactus- they call it "nopal". Its regarded for having many healing properties…not sure on that, but a curious tasting cactus it was.

I heart my mom in law's veggie and pasta salad… the colors alone are wonderful.

I saw grown men cry when they added this to their meal. Rumor has it that mom in law was mad when she made it… so hot I think my spoon melted in their. 
Blessed by flowers from the garden. God's creation is amazing!

This is why I am psyched about my new camera…still testing it out but psyched none the less…I love this Mexican sweet dish.  Its called capirotada. At some point I will have to start a recipe portion to this blog … deliciousness in a simple way!  

Blessed by more sweets. There was a delicious fruit salad that uses "lechera" instead of yogurt but I didn't get to take a pic… it was gone in a flash
Blessed by a sweet egg hunt. Can you tell that the men were in charge of hiding eggs this year? This one didn't make it. The following Monday (I wish I had taken a pic) my fountain was spewing bubbles and I could not figure out why. The kids later told me a friend had added bubble mix to the fountain. Thankfully the birds kept their distance given the immense bubbling going on.  

Blessed by understanding. I had to tell little my little ones that the real eggs needed to be saved for breakfast and that decorating foam eggs was as much fun. They understood and didn't whine once!

Blessed by a new camera- a cheap camera too- and the great time I spent with my little girl making this craft. Google yarn egg craft  - click on images and you will find the steps needed to create. 

Blessed by the fact that a little boy that ate thousands of pieces of candy didn't sick and had 0 cavities at his annual dental check up. 


I pray I will always find time to slow down and reflect on the blessings in my life, Gabli