My boys and baseball

4 games a week. That's what it's been. It's nice not to have games on Saturdays, but most of our Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Wednesday and Fridays are spent at the baseball field. I decided a while ago to like baseball. (It was either that, or be grumpy a lot) It's busy, but it is fun to be with my boys and watch baseball. Next year there will be 3 playing (I'm secretly trying to convince Tyler that tennis is way more fun, I'll let you know how that goes) and it will be even busier. It's a good thing I like baseball.


Overgrown bushes beware!

I pulled out some overgrown bushes in front of my house and have really enjoyed having a place to plant flowers. It kind of spread to all three areas in the front of my house. I have just been experimenting, it's like painting with flowers (and patience because you have to wait for them to grow and fill in). I'm hooked and will now be one of those old ladies who gets upset if the dog runs through her flowers...


Is there a 12 step program for Goodwill Addiction?

I have been trying not to go to Goodwill too often, but we live near four of them and it's hard not to go once in a while. I have scored a few good things lately.... Can you guess what is from Goodwill in the picture above?

$50 bucks for both. They are well made but a little worn. It makes it ok to put your feet up and the other day there were 10 sweaty boys sitting around my living room. I was glad I could just relax and let them hang out, I wasn't worried about the chairs getting ruined. I love them and couldn't believe I found orange ones!

$25. I like it. I like that it brings some blue into a very warm palette of colors in this room.

$10 for the lamp
Different room, but $30 for the chair. It is a lazyboy and very comfy. This is where I read my scriptures. I like having them set out, it helps me remember to read.
$80. I painted it and bought new hardware. So I spent another $60 on that. This is solid oak from Broyhill and very heavy. We have it in our bedroom, it's nice to have the TV hidden. The plant on top was $4, I just put it there. I'm not sure if I like it there or if I need to add something.
There you have it. I have gotten lucky, but I need to stay away. It's fun to go because you never know what you will find! 



I planted several fruit trees last year. I had to pick off most of the fruit this year when it was little so the trees could grow(not just the fruit).  I wanted to leave one on each tree, just to see it grow. These are on an Earligrande peach tree. I thought I left just one on, but we just found the other one growing. It is so exciting!!!! ( I need to get out more, I know...)

These are some grapes I have growing over an arbor at the entrance to our side yard and garden. I am always amazed at nature. What an amazing thing, each plant knows what it is, and what it is going to become. I need to learn more about grapes and pruning (I should have paid more attention when we lived in Fresno.) 

Here is some more fruit... not as healthy, but very yummy. Our local farmer's market had these huge Granny Smith apples so I tried to make caramel apples. I have loved eating them, but had never made one before. It wasn't too hard. They don't look perfect, but they taste great! 


A great cause!!!!

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Hey everyone (if anyone is out there... :) Please check out this fundraiser for my good friend Melinda's sister's family. Her husband was in a accident that left him with a severe spinal cord injury. They have two boys on missions and need some help. If you can, please check it out!