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Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Secret Garden

When we first looked at our home, we could easily tell that the former owner was crazy about roses. They were all over the backyard and there was even a fenced in area that looked to be mostly roses. I love flower and roses, so I loved the idea of all the roses. When Spring started to arrive, we soon discovered that the former owner wasn't just into roses. Since March we've had one surprise after another. All kinds of flowers have "shown up" and I LOVE it!


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Daffodils were the first on the scene. I've always loved daffodils!


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Then along came these pretty purple flowers (I've since learned they're grape hyacinth). The boys loved to pick them and bring me handfuls.



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I was over the moon when I discovered lilac bushes one day. I didn't realize what they were until they started blooming.


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These tulips added some bright color to the yard.


Then there were roses, peonies, and more!















It's been fun discovering our own secret garden!


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer So Far

We started summer off with a bang this year with a camping trip over Memorial Day weekend, Little Brother's birthday, his Thomas the Train birthday party, planting a garden, summer baseball, Sports Camp at church, a fifth lost tooth, swimming a couple times, a couple parties, a wedding, and STEAM camp at the library. Then this weekend Jeremy and my dad put the boys' new backyard playset together, and we went to "A Day Out with Thomas" with some friends. Whew! It's been a whirlwind, but now we're having a nice relaxing week with no major plans and time to just take it easy. Here are some pictures from the last month:
Big Brother's last day of school.
Camping Memorial Day weekend.
Little Brother on his 3rd birthday!
Little Brother's Thomas Birthday Party
Big Brother playing summer baseball.
Big Brother lost his FIFTH tooth!
At "A Day Out with Thomas". Little Brother could not stand still!
 Those were just some of the major highlights! All that, and we still have more than a month and a half to go! If the first month was any indication, it's going to be a great summer and one to remember. 




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Friday, June 9, 2017

Great Grads {Congratulations Graduate Card}


This year there were so many graduates that we know and love, so I wanted to make something special for them. Thankfully, I'm back to making cards now that I have a dedicated space for it. I didn't realize how much I missed being able to sit down and make something beautiful out of paper! It's a nice escape for me. 

This card was inspired by a card I found on Splitcoaststampers. You can see the original here. I used the "Great Grads" Stampin' Up set and made my own glitter paper with glitter embossing powder. It's a simple card, and I love the sparkle!



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