Friday, February 27, 2009

Updates around the house

Caleb has figured out how the spa/hot tub works and has been enjoying it all week when he gets home from work. (Apparently it needed a new breaker??? Or something along those lines...) Right now I'm just putting my feet in. We don't have a thermometer to test the temperature of the water so I'll stay out for now. Most things I read recommend nothing higher than 100 degrees for the pregos. (That's Brantley in the picture)




I am excited to share that I ALREADY have some sprouts on the seeds I planted!! The lettuce has little sprouts and one of the cucumber sprouts just broke the top of the soil. I think that the beans are not far behind. It is so exciting to see and care for the plants. (And even better when the fruit or vegetable is ready to eat, but I need to wait for that.)

We have several trees in our front yard - three of which are a similar variety. I've been trying to figure out what kind it is though because it produces these beautiful bright yellow flowers. Right now the tree has no leaves, so that's no help, but I did go online and tried to find a flower that looked similar. I think it is a "Silver Trumpet Tree."
Here are pictures I took of the flowers and of the bud:


Here are links where I found info on the tree.
Link #1
Link #2
I'm pretty sure that's it. The bright yellow brightens up the front of the house a bit and I just love when I pull up to the driveway and I see yellow flowers scattered on the grass. It looks so peaceful.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

First Pregnant Pic - 19 weeks

I have had several friends who don't live near me right now ask what I look like now that I'm pregnant. Well, I'm right around 19 weeks and starting to show a little. I do have to wear the pregnant pants, my regular ones have gotten way too tight. I have been fortunate to have been the recipient of plenty of maternity clothes though. So I am set.

So for those who are wondering, here I am...thanks for taking the picture, Caleb! (P.S. I just finished eating dinner when the picture was taken so it might be a little skewed.)

Been behind on the posts

This month has been a little sparse with the posts so I hope to bring everyone up to speed on the goings on around here.

I've started my vegetable garden, again. I actually started it a few weeks ago...but for different reasons they were ruined so I've tried again. I've decided to start everything from seed this year. Last year I started most things from a small plant I bought at the store, this is year is all seeds. So far I've got the following seeds planted: cucumber, zucchini, squash, tomato, string bean, lettuce and bell pepper. I hope to add watermelon to that list very soon. Since I've started everything by seed (and Caleb and I are only two people) I didn't use all the seeds I have, so if anyone is interested in some seeds for a garden, let me know! Here's a pic of my little seedlings. No sprouts yet!


I'm also pleased to share with all the joy I have with Christ in my life! It has been a great weekend for me which began on Thursday when I accompanied some of the girls from HighPoint
to a Joyce Meyer conference. It was there that I declared that I had accepted Christ in my life. Saturday, while doing my typical Saturday chores and such it gave me a chance to think, reflect and study a little more about my new path. And, this Sunday, the service at Church was just a reaffirmation that this is the right path. I have a lot ahead of me but I am so glad that I have the right focus now.

Caleb mentioned the other day that we have only a few more days left until we find out the sex of our baby! And that is so true...March 3rd will be the day! I am looking forward to that day (even though they will have to take more blood...) My sister and Mom are planning on joining us to that appointment so they'll be able to see the sonogram too. (Apparently my office encourages family members to participate)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Citrus

We have been enjoying some wonderful fresh squeezed citrus juice this past week or so...My friend Leah has a lemon tree in her front yard so I went over and pulled some lemons off her tree and made some fresh lemonade. (Extra lemon juice went in the freezer for later use.)


Then, when we went over to Caleb's grandparent's house this weekend they had a surplus of oranges given to them by a friend so I took those home and juiced them and made the sweetest orange juice you have ever tasted!

THEN, when we went over to Caleb's parent's house they had a surplus of grapefruit from their daughter's house so I took those home and juiced them and made about 2 Liters of fresh grapefruit juice.

So, needless to say we've been spoiled. Tropicana really has nothing on fresh squeezed juice. Nothing.

And, I'm not sure if it will work or not, but I'm going to see if some of the lemon seeds from the lemons will sprout so I can (eventually, yes, many years down the line) have my own lemons one day.



Friday, February 6, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Thank you to everyone who helped to make my birthday a special day!