The Growing Maple

Earlier this week I was standing next to my oldest daughter and found myself really tilting my head up to look at her.  Suddenly it occurred to me that she had grown a few more inches!  She’s 4 inches taller than me now.

Speaking of growth, the maple has also grown, a  lot.  It’s still a baby but it’s looking better each year.

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Hawthorn Flowers

One of the hawthorns in the backyard recently bloomed.  The flowers are tiny and pretty but they stink.

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Got the Tree Up

It’s five days ’til Christmas and we’ve just decorated our Christmas tree last night.  Husband also decorated the front door.  This is the first year at this house that we’ve put the pillar lights out.  Now we just need a sparkly bow in the center.

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Fantasy Concept Art Digital Layout: Fairies

lbd_springfairies_600I created this layout using a photo of my sister and the kit, Turning Leaf Apothecary, by Lorie Davison.  I’ve also updated my logo banner with it.  To see how I transformed my sister into a fairy and see some closeups, drop by my art blog here.

Trenching the Yard

[8.2011: Kylie doing a balancing act]

The backyard landscaping is moving along slowly but it’s starting to take shape.  I could almost see what it’ll end up looking like.  Husband and my father-in-law (FIL) trenched the yard a couple of weeks ago for the sprinkler system.  Man, that was serious labor.

This machine looks very innocent but it’s extremely heavy and difficult to push.  Husband said that bringing this machine (a rental from Lowe’s) down the hill to our backyard wasn’t so bad but pushing it up the hill was dreadful.  I’m just glad this is a one time thing.  Imagine having to do this as a job!

As I type, husband and FIL are laying down tarp and rocks.  I should have photos coming soon.

Btw, we planted our first tree in the backyard: a ponderosa pine.