What a weekend ! A long one but in a good way. We started out with a drive to another town "in search of " swimwear for Katie. First I have to say that she is quite modest so when at the last minute she requested a suit for camp, I just couldn't say no.
So Saturday morning Jake, Katie and I took off to go to a different Wal-Mart as she couldn't find anything at ours. This involved driving on the interstate. She has driven on it once with her dad. I opted out on that trip. Next week she starts her driver training with her instructor. The first thing they have to do is go onto the interstate.
I sat in the backseat while dad sat up front with her. I must say that I was quite impressed with her driving skills she has acquired so far. I was a bit nervous at first, but after seeing her skills and confidence..
lets just say that I loosened up a bit ! The trip was a successful one as she managed to find swim shorts and a top over which she chose to wear a T-shirt.
We had a gorgeous weekend, most of which we spent outside planting, mowing and of coarse weeding ! I believe we planted around twenty assorted perennials and annuals. Trees and bushes. This is part of the end result.
My little miniature pine tree is to the left of the photo. This is only one section of the back yard. There are three more as well but this is the one that I was able to complete.
Sunday afternoon rolled around and Kate was all ready for camp. We packed up the back of the car and off we went. The setting of the camp was quite lovely. In the woods just off of a lake.
The road leading to the camp.
It really looked like a peaceful place. It has a nice little pool as well as several cabins, a canteen and worship center.
We arrived about ten minutes before Kate's best friend. This is the first time that we've ever left Katie anywhere that she won't be with family. I was feeling anxious for her but I could tell that she couldn't wait for me to leave !
Dad snuck this photo of her! She was so happy once her friend arrived!
I am quite sure that she was equally as happy when we left! She is sharing a room with five other girls.
Now I have to be perfectly honest here. I was really a bit nervous leaving her here. No cell phones allowed. I realize that she isn't a baby anymore but she still is my little girl and always will be. Monday afternoon I received a call from her and I did panic for a moment,until I discovered that she forgot her sunglasses and belt and wanted to know if I would bring them to her.
O.K. I feel better now. She said she was having a great time. Now I can relax and breathe !
So now that everything is good with her and my husband is back to work I would like to tell you a little surprise I had yesterday. After Jake went back to work yesterday I went Lowes and bought some more flowers to plant. I worked outside most of the day and had one more flower to plant.
I was sitting on my lawn cart digging a hole for this flower next to the garage, when I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, something move. I glanced to my right when I noticed my little toad friend sitting about six inches from where I was planting the flower. " Oh Hello ", I said and continued to plant.
You can see how close he was to the red flower that I was planting, he is well camouflaged. He is on the bottom right of the photo. He sat there the whole time and long enough for me to get a photo or two of him !
This is as close up as I could get. I literally had the camera, no flash, in his face ! I discovered where he was living and it looks to me as if there are two of them there. I need to get busy on that toad house this week and get it put in the ground !
I know this has been a long post and I haven't forgotten about posting a photo of the " Big, Heavy Mirror " that my husband was dreading to hang. He did get it hung and I am going to leave you with another "Before" and "After" picture.
Here is the "Before"....
And now the "After"....
I am sorry as I didn't realize that this photo was so blurry! That's me for ya! Anyway you get the idea and I am so proud of my husband. He did a great job but then I knew that he would!
Oh yes and one more thing I forgot about. I woke early this morning, 5:30 A.M. and of coarse the dogs were waiting impatiently to go out. When I spotted this I just had to take a picture, I hope it is clearer than the last one.
If you look closely you will see that it is a double rainbow! Too bad that I wasn't awake enough yet to go look for the "Pot O' Gold" ! Maybe next time !