Monday, June 23, 2008

Update of sorts

I don't know why I keep holding on to the illusion that "some day life will slow down." I think I'd be much better off if I accepted the fact that life is busy, and that it's going to be that way for a good long time. Whew! It's a great life! But I really need to eat better and get more sleep.

First of all, Ruthie-4 got ahold of the camera. I uploaded about 50 pics like this. Now imagine her saying, "Well, well, well, what do we have here?" in an English accent. Welcome to my life.


Libby's-10 softball team won their division, won their playoff championship, and then she was voted to the All-Star team. We are softballed-out, but it was a great way to end the season. Even though she prefers to play first base, she got to play catcher at the All-Star Game yesterday.Friday night, Dennis's company had their anniversary celebration on a party boat at a local lake. The whole family was invited. See, sometimes I take pictures with Neal-13 in them. Love that buzz his friend gave him the last day of school?
And it's not that great of a picture, but we are so rarely IN any of them, I had to include it...

My parents moved from their teeny town in Nebraska to an even teenier one a hundred miles from here (grandparents do crazy things in order to be closer to grandchildren, don't they?). Saturday (after the championship game) we helped them unload. Sorry, no pics. Moving (much like childbirth) is something better forgotten...until next time. We are SO HAPPY TO HAVE THEM CLOSER! Love you, Mom & Dad!

And (last but not least!) landscaping has begun. I didn't mean to. I just started digging out some of the overgrown and contractor-trampled irises one day, and well, that was all it took. I still have some weeding to do, but I'm not going to let that unpleasant chore keep me from getting my plants in. So I put in my first $50 worth - 4 boxwoods under the window, 3 dwarf Indian hawthorn (both will grow to about 4 feet, just under the window sill), some salvia and some vinca. (I brought the pots from our old house). I like to include white flowers for summer because they show up against the darker foliage, and they just look "fresh."

And yes, I cheated a bit, because I found my favorite azaleas (Encore - the ones that bloom 3 times a year) on clearance yesterday for $9 each, so I'm already $27 into my next section. Oh well.

It's looking more like home than it used to, isn't it?

19 comments:

Annie said...

Wow it is looking amazing!! I'm not sure how you do it...I'm dealing with bathroom reno's and only one child (and I did move during it all)!!

Etta said...

Looks great. Plants always make a house look "lived in."

Like your new header, BTW.

mholgate said...

I can completely relate to the fast paced life and needing to eat better and get more sleep! Since school let out, we've been going faster than ever! I keep thinking things are going to "slow down when...", but when never gets here! Isn't it fun though?

Your house looks wonderful. I'm so glad you're getting to the point where you can add some of your own personal touches.

Ariel L said...

The landscaping is looking great! Yea for close grandparents! and Congrats to Libby for her softball! Love the picture of Ruthie too! Too funny!

Susanne said...

I almost missed your new header with Ruthie sticking her tongue out at me! LOL. It looks great and suits your blog totally. We have about a million of those kinds of pictures too.

You have such a knack for landscaping. Can I seriously borrow you?

Jen said...

It is looking great. I know the hard work....and it is paying off. I hope you are getting to enjoy the summer a little.

Randall said...

Everytime I see a picture of your home I am AMAZED at the difference new, larger windows can make. WOW! It is looking great!

Joy said...

It does look great. You are amazing! We've moved recently as well - though to an entirely different state. We'll only be here a year so I'm totally unmotivated to unpack boxes for that short of a time!

Debbie said...

Everything looks great! Including your blog header. The house is incredibly beautiful. And so are the kids. So wonderfully refreshing to read about all their antics together. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly said...

Amazing!

I'll bet the neighbors are astonished at the "new/old" house in their midst! You are so efficient:-)

ivegot5 said...

You've done an incredible job. Any chance you'd like to make a trip to NC and give me some tips?? You know, in your free time??

So happy for you guys. I know it must feel good to be getting somewhat settled.

Laura

blessedwith5 said...

Isn't it incredible how much "life" there is to life! Your home looks lovely - I am sure the neighbors are in awe at all of the changes!

Beck said...

It looks beautiful! Your neighbours must be so glad you moved to their neighbourhood!
Neal actually looks pretty handsome in his buzzcut, but I do like very short hair on boys.
That Ruthie - I laughed so hard!

Amy said...

It's looking GREAT!!!

Family O'Foxes said...

Well, that is frustrating. I hadn't been getting updates since May. So, I didn't realize you had been posting. I thought I would check today!

Guess, I have some catching up to do. :)
~Amy

Queen to my 3 Boys said...

Ruthie made me laugh!

I hear ya on the landscaping...one little thing sets the whole bit in motion.

Your house is looking more and nore like 'home'. Looks like it just needed a woman's touch. Keep up the great work!

I sent you an email at your profile email address. Not sure if you check it regularly.

Julie said...

Your home is looking great. I love the landscaping so far. And your new town sounds much more relaxing than the big city!

Julie

Jolanthe said...

your house is looking amazing!! :)

The Small Scribbler said...

The picture of Ruthie cracked me up...mostly because of the English accent. This morning my kids were sitting around the breakfast table and each had chosen to converse in a different foreign accent... French, Scottish, English and Australian with a little Gollum (Lord of the Rings) thrown in for good measure.

Creative kids rock! Even if they do have the need to take 50 pictures of themselves.

Kate