Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter is Here!

Easter is definitely a day in our house that we take time to remember that Christ died for our sins that we could have eternal life. God is the Chief Cornerstone and we don't ever want to forget that.

On a not-so-spiritual note, we also enjoy all the goodies of Easter too. :) Carson was much more involved this year now that he's a year older. Here are a few pics of our Easter morning. :)

Easter basket complete with books,  bubbles,
a couple of toys, some snacks and a little candy.

The harmonica from his basket was a huge hit :)

I love this handsome boy :)
We went to church and had a wonderful service. Afterwards, we headed over to Gram and Papa's for dinner and an Easter egg hunt. Aunt Coco also gave him a sweet Easter basket full of more books and lots of treats. I'll have to help him clean out all that candy, of course. I'll hopefully post a few pics of the egg hunt soon.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Proof of the Obsession :)

I've pretty much finished the front yard flower beds so here's a pic of the finished product. Unfortunately, some leaves have fallen on my newly laid mulch. It will also look much better once the plants mature over the summer. I really need to figure out what's going on with my zinnias. They aren't doing so well. :(

Not as pretty as I would like right now, (Notice the patchy grass?) but it's a work in progress.
I intend to have this in tip-top shape by the end of the summer :)

This is my favorite plant - A coleus which is technically an annual but i'll just bring the pot in during the winter when it goes dormant and put it out again next year. :)

Ok, so once I tackled the flower bed in the front yard, I felt it was only fair to give the back yard a little face lift too. I tore out the plants that didn't survive the freeze this winter and started sprucing things up. It's also amazing what a little mulch can do for the looks of the place.

You can't see the two coleus plants that well yet (they're on either side of the sago palm) but they'll be so pretty once they get a little bigger :)

The Wide Brim Hostas that I love!
Lastly, I decided to see if a Citronella plant would help cut down on the mosquitos that terrorize us each summer. I really love the container that I got for $12.99 at my local Marshall's.

This plant has a lemon scent to it :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I've become obsessed....

Those that know me know I have the tendency to be a fanatic about certain things but now my latest obsession is landscaping. (You can see how it all started in my previous post!) So, these days I've been spending my lunch hours at Lowe's, Home Depot and the local garden centers browsing all the plants and looking for inspiration for my flower beds. I don't really know if I should call mine flower beds since there's hardly any flowers in them but that's what I've grown up calling them. Maybe by the fall, I'll tackle some fall annuals and see how they do. My sister-in-law, Britni and I are alot alike and we both have been working on landscaping projects so she understands the obsession, LOL.

Here are a couple of the beautiful landscapes I've been drooling over online :) Hopefully,  I will eventually have a yard/patio area as beautiful and peaceful as this one.

Pic from

Ok, this is more than I could maintain on my own but I can dream of having a house like this!

Monday, April 11, 2011

My First Landscaping Makeover!

So, I've finally decided I was fed up with the plants the previous homeowners had planted in our front flower bed. It's been very long overdue for a makeover and so it became my "big" Spring project. Many of the plants had died over the past few years and I didn't have a clue what they were so I didn't know where to even begin to try and keep them alive. So, here's the awful flower bed, well what's left of it anyway! (pre-weed pulling and all) It's a horrible sight except for the pretty snapdragons sitting there, waiting to be planted.

From left to right: (Notice the hideous weeds overtaking the left side...embarrassing)



First phase of far, I have Japanese boxwoods in front of the sago palm and then some snapdragons (I love those!) and some foxtail ferns for texture. Oh, and there's an azalea plant over to the left next to the boxwoods.




Making some progress......


The pretty blue ceramic container on the corner is my fav! It has a beautiful coleus plant in it :) I planted a caladium in the top left corner back by the magnolia stem. I also got some zinnias for next to nothing at Home Depot so we'll see if I can bring them to life. I'm not gonna expect much from them, haha.

I still have a long way to go but it's slowly getting there.

I'll add more pics once the mulch is down and i've gotten the last few things planted.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My Little Sunshine :)

I've always heard mothers talk about how being a mom is the greatest thing in the world and I thought I could understand that somewhat before I had kids. NOPE! I had no idea until I had my incredible son (can you tell I'm a proud momma?). He's the bright spot in our days! He's so full of life and has the silliest personality ( I can't imagine where that came from!). He turned nineteen months yesterday and the time really DOES pass way too quickly. I'll have to post an updated pic of him soon but for now, this is one of my old favorites. It was taken by a fantastic photographer over our Christmas vacation in South Carolina with the family. I think he was done with picture time!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Yay! I'm officially a blogger!

This is all my sister-in-law's fault! She pushes me to do these things that otherwise, I would never venture out and try. Of course, nine times out of ten, I'm thankful she did. I have a quirky, crazy, silly, sarcastic life that I love with my handsome hubby and our boy, one dog. (One of these days, Lord willing, we'll have a girl in the mix too!)

More to come....(hopefully, I'll stick with this!)

Summer :)