Purple

crocus

The purple crocus are up in our backyard!

It is the first really nice day in a long time that we had time to be outside. I spent most of my “free” time in the crocus garden. I don’t have a micro lens, but wanted to see how close up my camera could get. I came inside with black kneed  jeans and a filthy shirt. The kids had fun kneeling in the dirt with me, trying to help me get the perfect picture.  It is the first time in a long time that I came in as dirty as they did 🙂

Spring!

CrocusOn Thursday, Audrey came to show me the first crocus of the year.  We have some purple ones in the back that are starting to emerge, but are being slow this year.  This is the only yellow one and it is alone in the front yard. I keep thinking to replant it somewhere, but I like it just where it is.

Blanketed CrocusToday, we went to check on our crocus. It is snuggled in a blanket of snow :)  Isn’t Spring fun?

Adrian’s Birthday

Adrian's Swing setIt is so hard to believe that Adrian is 4 already!  Maybe you are saying, “Wow, I can’t believe that!”  Well, he is. Last year he turned 6 years old.  On his half birthday he turned 3. Since his birthday was yesterday, he is a year older.  You know that 3+1 = 4.  Yesterday was his birthday and he turned 4.

If you happen to see Adrian, don’t forget to wish him a happy birthday!  Remember, your 4th birthday only comes once 🙂 .

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I had the privilege of taking some maternity pictures of Michelle and Phil on Tuesday.  They are eagerly looking forward to meeting their first little one in the next couple of weeks.  I am glad that the baby waited so we could get some pictures.

UmbrellaEven though it was very chilly out, Phil and Michelle were good sports and had most of their pictures taken outside. We took mini breaks of hot tea or warm banana bread while we enjoyed chatting.

Between school and other responsibilities, I am working on editing their pictures. Hopefully, I can get the pictures to Michelle before she meets her little one!

ShoesCongratulations Phil and Michelle! We are praying for you and baby 🙂

On the Boardwalk

BoardwalkOn Monday, Mark, Megan and I enjoyed exploring Oxbow. It was raining lightly, so we chose to walk in the woods.  We were hoping to find some animals or neat flowers to add to our photo collections.

Mark took us off our normal trail and Megan enjoyed following.  When she got cold, she persuaded Mark to pick her up. After zipping Megan inside his coat, he walked on ahead, talking to Megan the whole way about some ideas that he wanted to try or singing some of Megan’s favorite songs.

 

Dare You!

Blue  Spotted SalamanderI should have learned by now, but never, ever dare your children!  Yesterday we were talking to our friend, Miss Krista, about hunting for salamanders.  She said that right now is the perfect time to go looking for them. Miss Krista told us a little about how to find them and then mentioned that there were some salamanders at the gate house.

Adrian’s eyes lit up and he really wanted to go see them and maybe hold them.  So, Miss Krista arranged for a mini field trip for us.  We got to meet a few salamanders and a hissing cockroach.

Then the kids dared me to hold them all.  The cockroach really did not bother me much.  The salamanders were cold and funny feeling but, they were not to bad.  I would rather hold a salamander than a snake!

Don’t tell the kids, but salamanders are sort of cute too 🙂

Now we hope to go out some evening and hunt for some salamanders. The Tiger Salamander and the Blue Spotted Salamander are both native to the area, so we might be able to find some.