A glimpse into our family – the good, the bad, and, of course, the funny

Saturday fun July 1, 2012

Max recently asked Ronnie if we had to work the next day, which would be Saturday.  Ronnie told him no – we all get to spend the day together on Saturday.

Max gave an exasperated sigh.  “When you don’t have to go to work, all you do is work anyway.  And it’s no fun.  And it’s BORING!”

We thought about it, and the truth is we usually do have some kind of project going on the weekends.  So this Saturday, we made it a point not to do anything productive.  I had a few activities lined up for the kids.

First, we painted.  Kendra was especially wanting to paint after I brought a painting home that I did the other night at a friend’s house.  She wanted to paint a beach sunset just like I did.  So we spread all our supplies out on the living room floor (it’s over 100 degrees outside!) and we painted.

Kendra’s sunset at the beach. She did a great job!

Max’s airplane and sunshine.

Max’s zoo. There’s a lion by the tree, a giraffe, an elephant, a penguin, and a bird wearing sunglasses. I love this!

I played along, too.

Then, after lunch, I told them to put their swim suits on for a surprise.  I remember doing this when I was a kid.  It was one of my favorite things to do.  I put the water sprinkler under the trampoline and let them jump and play in their swim suits.  They had a blast!

Of course they bounced on their giant balls, too!

It’s hard to get good pictures when they’re bouncing so much!

Since we spent the day at home, I took the opportunity to get a few pictures around the yard too.

Boy is it hard to get a picture of a chicken. They are constantly on the move! And since I’m petrified of them, I can’t get too close. Yes, getting this picture was an ordeal.

Our goats act just like puppies. They are so sweet!

Oops! Too close, little goat!

Stretched out in the shade on a very hot day.

I ate the first cherry tomato the other day. Delicious!

And the regular tomatoes will be ready soon. I can not wait!

After naps, we went to a Fourth of July cook-out at Grandmom’s house.  It was the perfect finish to a great day.

At their house, we caught 150 lightning bugs to take home to Max’s frogs.

Overall, I’d say it was a pretty good Saturday.  But, more importantly, the kiddos thought it was!


How does your garden grow? June 11, 2012

Filed under: family,gardening,parenting,photography — mandyholbert @ 6:52 pm
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I haven’t done an update on the garden lately, so here’s a few photos I took today:

a bloom on a strawberry plant

a strawberry

the first cherry tomatoes of the season

the grapes are getting bigger

the blueberries are almost ready!

Darth enjoying some pesky kudzu

the laurels are blooming for the first time in years

day lilies

hydrangea bloom

the chickens are getting much bigger

this is a transplant from my mother-in-law’s yard – not sure what it is, but I love it


Last “Girl Time” Morning June 6, 2012

For two years, Kendra and I have gone to breakfast on almost every Wednesday morning before school. It has become a special time for us girls to talk and be together. Next school year, Max starts kindergarten, so Kendra and I won’t have this special time together. I’m sure we’ll figure something else out. We’ll have to! We both really look forward to our time on Wednesdays.

I thought in honor of our last Wednesday morning, I would post a few of my favorite snapshots I have taken of her at breakfast over the past two years.

I miss her long pigtails!

Her smile always starts my day off right.

Back when she had a feather in her hair.

I’ve always loved this one.

What a smile!

First morning with her new hair cut.

I think this one may be my favorite. It really shows her style!

And, finally, a picture of Kendra on our last Wednesday morning on her last week of second grade:



Old MacHolbert had a farm… May 24, 2012

Filed under: family,food,gardening,photography — mandyholbert @ 8:57 pm
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Just a quick look at what is happening in the garden this evening…

a baby peach

blueberries will be ready soon

tiny grapes


cute little bunny nose

artwork in the strawberry box

hello, little goat

chickens are getting bigger

butterfly bush bloom