Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter! He is Risen!

We had such a wonderful Easter weekend and I have so many pictures to share that I'm a little overwhelmed.  I'm just going to give you a preview of what we had going on.

 There were glitter eggs.  No Easter is complete without them!

 There was a cute little bunny.... One of the cutest I have ever seen. 

 School egg hunt with his bestie. 
 Really good food!
 Decorations.  Glitter eggs are important but the most important are the verses that remind us that this holiday is not about eggs- it is about Jesus. 
 More egg hunts- checking each egg to see what kind of candy is in store.
I love my precious family!

And there was silliness too.

Friday, April 22, 2011

How does your garden grow?

This year, I decided we needed a vegetable garden.  To grow our own vegetables.  So we can afford to eat.  Have you looked at the price of tomatoes lately? 

I told Mike about my plan for our new garden and he gave me a funny look.  Maybe because I don't garden.  I don't even like the outdoors- there are bugs out there.  Nevertheless, my mind was made up.

From the extremely small amount of research that I did, a raised garden is the best way to grow vegetables so that is what we did. 

 We decided to use a flower bed kit from Home Depot.  You can easily make your own but we weighed the cost of lumber and supplies and the kit and found the kit to be the most affordable option for us.  This is 3 kits and each square is 4'x4'.  I helped put them together (not shown).  Mike is disturbing the soil that will be under the garden.  It helps with drainage... or so I was told.  We put a weed barrier down after that (not shown). 
 Next we filled it with dirt.  By we I mean Mike.  I went to the store to pick up the dirt but that's where my involvement ended.  The dirt was the most expensive investment I think.  There are probably less expensive ways to get dirt- like digging a swimming pool- but for time we just purchased it at Lowes. 
 Next came the planting.  We used some seeds and some plants from Calloways.  I'll be covering the plants we used in a later post but 2 of the beds are vegetables and one is herbs. 
 My mom helped with the planting.  She will be taking some of the veggies so I thought she should be put to work.  The hardest worker was that little thing in the back. 
 Lots of water on those new plants. 
 Watering is serious business.  Look at that lip- pure concentration.  I would also like to point out what a trendsetter I have.  Some people wear sunglasses on their heads but that's overdone.  Wearing sunglasses on your stomach is the new thing to do. 
 Here it is all finished. 

The cute plant tags are from ikea and the little windmill things are supposed to keep the critters away.  And I think they look pretty.

I talk to the garden every morning.  It's totally healthy.  I also pray for my garden.  I pray for a bountiful harvest.  So many vegetables I have to give some away to friends.  I know it sounds silly but I had a friend who had a peach tree that had never produced fruit.  One winter, her husband prayed that the tree would fruit and that summer they had so many peaches she was bringing bags to the office.  I made all of Casons peach baby food with her peaches.  Times are tough right now and everyone would like to save money at the grocery store.  Maybe some of my vegetables will help with that. 

This morning I read this: 
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.  Isaiah 61:11

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lakeway Resort and Spa

When we were on Lake Travis last year (see previous blog post) we took a few days away from our resort to go to another resort across the lake.  Since the first resort was practically free we thought it would be fun to stay somewhere really nice for two nights. 

I researched all the big resorts around the Austin area and decided on Lakeway Resort and Spa.  This resort looked incredibly nice but was the most affordable. 

It turned out to be a great choice.  Since we were there at the end of September there was no one there.  It was great.  They knew our name, they got us whatever we needed. 

 Here is our room.  You can't tell much because we have already trashed it but it's pretty big and it was nice.  We started with a parking lot view but the second night we switched to a lake view.  Much better.

 I just liked these chairs.  I think they would go great in my house and I wanted to steal them but I took a picture instead.  Any place that has chairs like this is alright in my book. 
 I didn't get the best pictures of the pools but there are about 4.  There are little conversation areas at the bottom of the picture.  You can see but this pool overflows into another pool below.  I believe this is the adult section of the pool.  There is also a swim up bar.  Since no one was at the resort we didn't really get to see how this all worked.
 This is part of the building with the conference center and spa.  The spa is on what looks like the bottom floor but it's actually not.  I did go to the spa and it was amazing.  The relaxation room had an indoor and outdoor part so you could sit over the water and relax.
 The pool that we liked had the beach entry and the little fountains.  It kept C plenty entertained and was really safe. 
 Here's another view of that pool looking back at the buildings.
 Cason loves the water!
This is what got me.  My favorite brand of tea in our rooms.  I'm a fan of any place that has good quality tea in the rooms. 

I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a lakeside resort but don't want to spend what some of the name brand places charge.  I liked that it wasn't very crowded but if you are into groups apparently it's really hoppin in the summertime.  I believe they have concerts by the pool on the weekends and stuff. 

I couldn't resist adding some pictures from the web site since they are so much better than mine. 
 This is the relaxation room at the spa... see, I told you it was nice!
 Here's a view of all the pools.  The waterslide wasn't open when we were there but it looked fun!
 Here's a better view of the room.  This is one with a lake view- we thought the lake view was worth the upgrade.
Here's a beautiful night view.  There are more pictures on the web site.

I'm already trying to find a time we can go back!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Summer Vacation... Last Year

I was organizing pictures and realized I never posted about our summer vacation (which actually happened in late September because Mike doesn't actually get vacation time in the summer). 

My aunt offered us some time share points and we selected a condo on Lake Travis.  We stayed for a whole week and had a blast.  I love vacations!

 First things first- a bubble bath in the big tub.  I always underestimate how many bubbles to put in a whirlpool tub. 

Here's our condo.  It was really cute and 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom so plenty roomy. 

 Every morning we fed the deer.
 There was swimming...
 And laying out...
And Shuffleboard.

 About 1/2 way through the week Weslee and Zach and Shiloh joined us.  The kids had fun at the park.
The kids look like they have aged 3 years since these pictures- not 9 months!
 There was more shuffleboard.  There were approximately 2 other families at this group of condos when we were there and none that were our age so we had a very quiet vacation.  I think that's one of the best kinds.
 Like all good redneck parents we stripped our kids down to their underwear and stuck them into a lake.  They loved it!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Do you see the bump?

I don't really. It's there but it doesn't bother me. Maybe cause I can't see my profile in the mirror. I'm thankful for that in so many ways. It still aches on some days but it's getting a lot better!

I went to the ENT and she said I should have no problem with my nose in the future and I didn't have to fix it. When she was looking in my nose she said one of my nasal passages looked swollen or something. She asked if I had allergies and I said no because of course I don't. I told her I just get consistent colds at certain times during the year. To that she replied "uh, don't you think that might be allergies?". Nope. I don't have time or money for allergies so I'll go with cold thank you. She prescribed flonase or some kind of nasal spray and although it wasn't what I went in for, I was very grateful for her find.

On Sunday I went to a park. Soon after I got there I started sneezing and itching and eyes watering and nose running. I pretty much feel awful today. So clearly, it's not allergies. That sounds nothing like the symptoms from all those allergy commercials for medicine I can't afford. I'm going to go use my nose spray and hope I feel better in the morning!

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Setting the table

They say setting the table nicely makes you feel more excited about always eating at home. I'm trying it out tonight to see if anyone notices. I feel more excited about pizza already. Homemade pizza that is.

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