Day 181

I was really pleased to see we had a Hydrangea when we moved to the new house because it’s one of my favorite plants. With all the cold and snow we had last winter, I thought for sure that it was dead. I was very surprised when I noticed it was blooming and looking quite healthy.

Day 180

It was such a gorgeous day today that I thought it would be fun to take the boys out to the park for a picnic dinner. One of my coworkers recommended this park, which is not too far from our house. It has this small lake, an awesome play structure, and a great set of paths for Paul to ride his bike. We’ll have to go again when the boys can spend more time playing.

Day 177

My husband is leaving town in a couple of days, so I kind of took the night off for some me-time. I managed to go to two malls and nine stores in about three hours. One of the places I went was the Vera Bradley store. Somewhere in the last four years, I’ve developed quite a love for Vera Bradley.

It all started when my sister-in-law and I went to an event where they gave us a little Chelsea Green coin purse for free. Tonight, I picked up two new pieces – a card holder in Raspberry Fizz and the new Euro Wallet in Blue Rhapsody, which is one of their newest released colors.

When I open my purse, a wide variety of colors and patterns meet my eye. And I love all of them. It’s a wonder that they all get along.

Day 176

It’s only the end of June, but I was finally able to get out and get my toes done. After calls to three different places, I was able to secure an appointment this morning. I picked a nice, bright coral that really doesn’t show up well in the photo. I feel pampered and my feet are looking cute.

Day 175

One of the gifts that the boys gave dad for Father’s Day was a mug with their little pictures on it. We did this last year, but this year I did it a little differently. I bought “A” and “D” letters for the boys and had each of them pose separately with a D and both of them pose with the A.

At the time of the “photo shoot”, it was just this side of disaster. The little one was certain he should be allowed to go splashing in the murky, slimy water (ask me, I managed to step back into it), and the big one does all he can to never look at the camera.

When I got the pictures home, I managed to work though them enough to get basically what I wanted. It worked out and D A D really liked his mug this year.