Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summertime, and the Blogging is...Harder

Today I wanted to do a post about a fun day I recently spent with my friend Alyson and our 4-year-old boys at a place that we all love, but my carefully planned week didn't work out, so I didn't have the time to put the post together. John got a bad case of poison ivy, couldn't go to preschool, and has needed much more of my time and attention than usual, and I've been really tired due to sleeping troubles that have cropped up again. Needless to say, I haven't been able to get very much done at all this week! This has led me to think about summer, when John will be home more, and about how life in general changes (often for the better!) in the summertime.

These are my summer plans: relax, read books, and spend good quality time with John and Peter and my friends and family. I also need to get some projects done before the baby arrives in September. We're going on two vacations: two weeks at Cape Cod, Massachusetts in August and a couple of days in the Bahamas in June. And I'm probably going to be fairly tired from the heat and the last trimester of my pregnancy this summer.

In short, I know I won't be able to do blogging as much, so I probably won't be posting as frequently and checking friend's blogs as often. If you're one of my blogging friends, don't worry, I'll still be visiting you because I really do enjoy reading your blogs, it just probably won't be as often during the summer months.

I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend to kick off what to me is the best season of the year!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Little Q & A

We get a lot of catalogs in the mail, and one that I enjoy looking through is the Boden catalog, not only for the cute clothes, but also because on each page that has a model on it, a random question is asked of her, and it's kind of fun to see how the women answer. These are a few of my favorite questions with my answers.

1. What makes you feel glamorous: Wearing high heels and/or lipstick.

2. What's your driving style: Slightly aggressive and usually a little too fast (but I've never been pulled over!).

3. Recent discovery: Prenatal yoga. It's great!

4. I've never mastered: Cooking.

5. If I had a year off I would: Travel all over the place, read lots of books, and become skilled in photography.

6. Never underestimate the power of: your spirit.

7. I wish I had a dollar for every time I'd: made a fool of myself.

8. To feel better after a bad day: I like to lay on the couch, read whatever book I'm reading, and eat something sweet.

9. I'm told I look like: Uma Thurman!

10. I'd love to be able to: Paint beautiful pictures.

11. I'm surprisingly good at: Keeping my house clean and organized.

12. I'm notorious for: Not answering the phone.

There are a lot of other questions from the catalog that I like, but I'll do separate posts on them sometime in the future!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Sure Sign of Spring

Ever since we moved to Connecticut three years ago in the spring of 2006, we've been greeted each year by what has become a sure sign of spring in our backyard. This lovely bush blooms in mid-April and lasts for about three weeks before returning to just a green bush again. I really enjoy it while it lasts, and every April when I see those tiny purple buds start to appear, I know that spring is in the air.

Can you see the bumble bee?

I love the combination of the yellow flower buds on the trees and the lavender flowers in front of them.

At just about the time the lavender flower bush is starting to wane, another flower bush picks up the pace and starts to bloom. This one is next to the front door. Fortunately, these vibrant flowers stick around until summer's end!

And finally, also at about this time, the big lilac bush that borders one side of our patio comes into bloom. The lilacs are simply beautiful and they have such a wonderful light scent. They're in bloom right now and I love them. After roses they're my second-favorite flower. I wish they could last all summer too, but they only stick around for a few weeks.

A few other signs of spring that I've been enjoying:

-My son John can once again wear shorts and sandals and go to the playground and climb trees and do all of those good classic outdoor childhood activities. No more being stuck inside!

-Great photo opps like this:

-The sunlight shines down through canopies of green leaves rather than bare branches.

-Mother's Day and the simple, sweet pleasures that it brings.

I hope you're enjoying the beauties of spring too!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Little Break

Hi everyone! I'll be back to blogging next week after taking a little break from the blogosphere this week. I've been tired and not feeling the greatest, plus I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with a lot of things to take care of, so I'm going to rest up and try to get those things done this week. I'll be back to posting and reading your wonderful blogs next week!