Behind yet again, Thankful for… Days 15, 16, 17

Whew! It’s been kind of a crazy weekend, which is funny because being on maternity leave I don’t really do anything but play with Tatum and keep her fed and happy, and also carve out a few hours a day for working from home and chores. =)

Day 15…

Thankful for the time I had with my dog Aspen, who passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 14. Her passing was (and still is) really hard on me, as I’ve had her since she was six weeks old and she’s been with me through a good portion of my life. I’m really thankful for the awesome memories I have with her and that she managed to touch so many lives and introduce me to so many awesome people during her short time here on earth. True story, if I didn’t have Aspen, I would never have met Wade and never would have the amazing family we have right now. I owe her so much, and I hope she’s at peace. RIP Aspen. ❤

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Day 16…

Thankful for really patient photographers who take the time to happily take family photos that include TWO six week old babies and a 3 year old toddler (Not to mention the 63 year old man who acts like a toddler….DAD!) *grin* I’m really looking forward to our Christmas cards this year, I think they’re going to be amazing, and I’m really excited to have a picture of our entire family together, as I know my mom is too. ❤ Thanks to Mary Cyrus Photography here in Dallas, TX!

Day 17…

Thankful for this contraption:

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It’s called a MamaRoo swing, and while they normally sell for $300 in stores, I scored one on a local Facebook garage sale group for $50 in like new condition. This thing is saving my life a couple hours at a time and it’s absolutely amazing. THANK YOU MAMAROO!! ❤

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My gardens are kinda a big deal… ;-)

This week my gardens got featured on another Murphy Blogger’s site – and I’m loving it!  =)

http://murphyinthemiddle.com  or direct to the post:

http://murphyinthemiddle.com/2014/07/21/magnificent-murphy-gardens-a-floral-paradise/

My plumerias are doing so well this year – I have three in full bloom and another three ready to pop out any day – plus all of my cuttings survived the harsh winter and seem to be doing really well so next year I should have a serious bloomfest going on!

My specialty seems to have turned into container gardening – most everything I have is in pots spread throughout the patio and yard – it’s a lot easier to take care of and the plants seem to do better than in this crappy clay soil we have here!

Ice Storm Dallas 2013

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It’s a picture kind of day – so I’m filling mine with a couple shots from my recent trip to Virginia, and an old favorite from my home state…. Texas.  =)

Going Dry…

We’ve had a long, hot, dry summer and it’s really starting to become very obvious that the drought is really bad news. Yet, I still see people watering on the wrong days, or watering the sidewalk, the street, the driveway….

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This is Lake Lavon on my way out to Princeton this morning… These tree stumps used to be covered by many feet of water – now there’s hardly any water covering them at all. This is our reservoir, and it’s quickly being reduced to almost nothing… Scary to think what lies ahead if we don’t get some rain, and soon!

Goodnight Texas

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Aaaannnndddd, we’re done…… Almost.

I don’t know what it is about this week, but it’s been an absolute beating.  I only have 2 hours and 45 more minutes left of work and at this point I’m just hoping I can make it to the end relatively unscathed.  Then……… the weekend.

The glorious weekend where I have NOTHING PLANNED.  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Ahhhhhhhh, I can’t wait.  I may sleep until noon tomorrow, and wouldn’t that be a novelty?  I just hope the hype up I’ve given myself about my fantastic fabulous weekend isn’t going to end up leaving me hanging.  😉

Since I’ve recently become obsessed with decorating my house for the fall (probably because it’s still sweaty as hell here in Texas and it’s wishful thinking), I’ll leave you this Friday with this awesome tutorial I found on how to make your own decorative paper pumpkins….

Crap….  I may have just given myself something to do this weekend. 😉

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