So here are some fun things we've done over the spring months of 2016. Just an FYI...lots of pictures!
(L-R) My best friend, Alicia, her mom, Cindy, our dear friend, Sharon, and I went to a pottery shop that was in an old church.
I was able to visit my "oldest" friend, Kim, and spend the day with her. We've been friends since we were newborns!
Remington had a good time helping Sharon around her farm for the week we were there!
We also were able to spend a few days with Oksana and see other extended family. (Why are my children so tall?!)
But then, this happened so we headed home. (I'm fine...we thought I was having heart issues but I guess it was an anxiety attack!)
Chad and I celebrated our 14th anniversary at the end of March! We also hiked several times this spring!
We celebrated his 40th birthday!
And took up eating sushi!
In mid-May we went to Phoenix to visit Chad's family.
We were able to meet her boyfriend, Nick, too.
We spent an evening on the beach, but as you can see it was cold. Remington jumped in anyway!
In June we went to Chattanooga to visit our little granddaughter, Phoebe, who turned 1!
We had a fun day at the park for her birthday.
We loved spending the weekend with her and Nakoma.
As far as around the acreage, we have done a few things.....removing this old stump for one!
I planted my garden, although it's smaller this year. We've been enjoying cucumbers and onions already, and tomatoes and peppers will be ready soon! I plan to plant lettuce to harvest in the fall once the onions are done.
I moved these iris to a new location.....
I think their colors will pop better next spring along this shed!
My perennial flowers are doing ok, although I need to plant some taller ones. The blue hydrangea on the right is new when I moved the iris and should grow taller and give some height to that area, but I still need to address the bare spot where I have the hanging basket. Not sure why things I plant there do not grow well!
And finally, this is our favorite spot in the evenings and on weekends! We love to sit out here with a cold drink and watch the wildlife. We have a hummingbird that comes within 4 feet of us to feed from his little feeder! We also see deer and hundreds of other birds each night!
Summer looks to be fairly relaxed. Remington has been begging to go to the beach or at the very least the lake, so hopefully we can make that happen. He has a church trip planned as well that will take him to the beach in a few weeks. In August, he will be going to a "regular school" after several years of homeschooling. It will be his first year in high school and Chad and I both feel his education needs will be better met outside our home. It will be an adjustment for us all and I am trying to decide what to do with my life after home schooling my kids for the last 7 years!
Chad is busy with more changes and a new position at work. He has changed his position 3 times in the last year, but each have been a step up for him, for which we are thankful. He still is taking classes to finish out his degree, but since he works full-time he only takes 1 class at a time. He enjoys working at the university, so there is no need to hurry and finish his degree so he can move on to other things.
Well that's a wrap, folks! Stay tuned next week for a new post on living with less and some more changes I have been making this year!