An ordinary Sunday afternoon spent enjoying my boys, my dogs and lots of sunshine. (The Hubster was out of town)
Luxurious Green-ness is abundant during springtime in this great state of Texas!
The ‘official’ due date for my baby girl to deliver her baby girl has come and gone so now we are all sitting around staring at her, waiting for her to announce, “this is it!”
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. We aren’t actually sitting. Or staring. We are keeping busy and carrying on with life as usual.
Yesterday, in an effort to remain occupied we took advantage of some beautiful springtime weather and spent time at the Dallas Arboretum.
I’ll tell you – no matter what the season this place never fails to amaze me with its beauty.
In the fall you have Autumn at the Arboretum with pumpkins galore
For the Christmas season, it’s the Twelve Days at Night
Right now, it’s Dallas Blooms. A beautiful array of springtime flowers punctuated with carpets of amazing tulips in vibrant colors.
It is stunning.
This years theme is ‘Peace, Love, and Flower Power’ and showcased Volkswagon’s covered in blooms.
Texas-sized games were available that kids and grown-ups alike enjoyed.
Cute grandkids and lush backgrounds made for great photo ops.
In hopes that a lot of walking would help jumpstart labor we stayed for a long while. Apparently, Baby is quite comfy and all we managed to do was wear mom out.
A lovely family waiting for a small bundle of joy to join them.
Any time now Baby K…
I wish, for my daughter’s sake, that Baby comes sooner rather than later. Even though she feels, at this point, like she might be pregnant forever, we know she will go into labor. For now – we continue to pray for the blessing of a safe delivery and the joy of new baby snuggles.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.
Sometimes the path is cold, cloudy, empty and feels lonely
Other times it is filled with sunshine, joy, chaos and love
Our path continues to grow with the addition of a new grandbaby
It’s not this time of year without the madness of the Black Friday frenzy. And, while I have, in past years, jumped on the bandwagon in search of savings, this year I had no desire to join the crowds.
However, I did feel the need to get outside and make the most of the sunshine and mild temperatures. With such good weather my daughter and I made a plan to visit dinosaurs and explore trails at The Heard Museum in McKinney, Texas.
Arriving earlier than the rest of the family I was able to get in two miles before we met up. I enjoyed the solitude in nature as I encountered fewer and fewer people the farther out I went.
The water, the turtles and our version of autumn
When they arrived I met them on the dinosaur trail, and as I came up behind the kids I was met with the wonderfully familiar sound of “NAAANNAA” as they caught sight of me.
Dinosaurs – oh my! Let’s take a a selfie.
As we wandered along we came across a trail that none of us had been on in a while and decided to follow it. Five year old Kolbe was convinced that this was the trail with the giant white sycamore and really wanted to find the tree. Despite the rain a few days ago everything had been relatively dry so we thought, “okay!”
It may have been a little muddy in a few spots.
We were thoroughly enjoying our hike when we came across areas that had obviously been flooded. Seeing a bridge which had been washed away from who-knows-where along with all of the piled up branches, trees and debris we commented on the damage.
See the bridge?
Walking a bit further we suddenly found the spot where the bridge had been. And, it was where we needed to cross. We wondered, “Should we turn around and retrace our steps or see if we can get across?”
Now let me set this scene for you. We were a party of seven. One Nana – that’s me, one daddy, one pregnant mommy, two school-age kids and two young-un’s.
The littlest ones
What the heck – it was time to be adventurous. If we fell in the water or slipped in the mud it wouldn’t be too bad. After all, it was 62 degrees with sunshine and no wind!
It’s an adventure payoff! We all got across and no one fell in!
Time for another selfie. Or two!
AND – we found the giant sycamore! More than 160 years old!
As we came to the end of the trail we realized we had been hiking a closed trail. Due to damage from flooding. Oops.
I don’t know what happened to the sign at the start of the trail, but our ‘adventures’ made a good day truly memorable.
A couple of years ago I was playing around and took a ‘scale’ picture of my small granddaughter against a big tree. At 4.5 months of age she was too young to sit by herself so my husband held her up while I backed away some distance. Then with a “ready, set, go!” he ran out of the shot, I click,click, clicked and then he ran back in and grabbed her before she could fall over.
Little baby. Big Tree.
Overall, she really wasn’t too thrilled with her modeling gig. But, she’s a happy baby and quickly forgave us as soon as we catered to her every whim. 🙂
And, just because I can….here’s her adorable face today.
I had heard stories of Minnesota mosquitos but, as our plane left Dallas and pointed north I forgot them.
My mom and I were going to the wedding of my niece, Kelli, and, once we landed – and the rain cleared out – we were left with weather perfected. Lows in the high-50’s and highs in the low 80’s and low humidity made for a wonderful, and much appreciated, break from the oppressive heat and high humidity we had been experiencing.
The wedding was beautiful and joyful – as weddings should be – and I loved watching as Kelli was happily wed to Erik. They – along with two year-old Jace, are good together and make a super sweet family.
Finding myself with free time the next day the cool morning beckoned me outside to do some exploring.
Elk River had lots of natural settings to enjoy and my soul was filled with appreciation for this little piece of heaven. An abundance of huge evergreens conjured up visions of Christmas trees covered in snow and laced with twinkling lights.
Quaint landscapes with red barns and the meandering Mississippi River invoked feelings of tranquility and peace.
But, relaxing landscapes and Christmas dreams aside, I wanted to do some hiking, and, lucky me, trails were easy to find. There was an abundance of choices, all within a 10 minute drive.
Looking at a map of the parks I settled on one described as “home to six miles of challenging trails through 80 acres of oak forest”
My exuberance apparently fogged my brain and in the excitement of my impending adventure I didn’t remember that Minnesota had received a lot of rain in the previous weeks.
And, I didn’t remember that bugs tend to be worse near bodies of water.
And, I didn’t remember that when you combine standing water – or streams or rivers or lakes – with a canopy of trees that mosquitoes tend to multiply exponentially.
And, I didn’t remember that, as a general rule, mosquitos LOVE me.
Most important…..I didn’t remember bug spray.
Can you tell what’s coming?
Yep, as I hiked into the forest I discovered there were plenty of those pesky parasites and each time I stopped moving they were determined to move in for the
The hike was now forgotten and the race was on as I began running. They wanted to eat me alive? Well, first they were going to have to catch me! I foolishly felt sure I would win this contest.
Oh I was so wrong.
Each time I stopped I resembled a wild woman – waving my arms all around while slapping myself. Obviously, I wasn’t going to be stopping too often, or for very long, so checking my gps was going to be a challenge. As a result, I took a wrong turn and went deeper into the woods instead of out.
Forty-five minutes – and what felt like four thousand bites later, it was the pests who got the win. Dragging my sorry bit-up butt out of the forest I admitted defeat.
Mosquitoes – one, me – zero.
And, okay, let’s be real – four thousand might be a bit of an exaggeration.
Oh well. What’s an adventure without a little adversity? The wonderful time I had with family while enjoying beautiful sights and amazing temperatures made my potentially serious lapse in thinking a minor nuisance. Overall – I had fun and that was worth dealing with a few bug bites.
Minnesota….I still love you. I may have lost the race but the beauty of the area – and some Benadryl – made my not-so-clever choice well worth the aggravation.
This weeks photo challenge is Mornings.
Often I find a good morning will set the tone for the day and spectacular sunrises are always a good sign. Add in some critters and coffee and I’m reminded, once again, of how great God is.
Coffee and Flowers
Sunrise With a Spider
It’s a good morning!
Summer is around the corner and the countless bluebonnets of 2016 are past their peak. Always a beautiful sight to see here is one more look before barbecues, beach parties and bug catching ( that is, lightning bugs) sets in.
See you next year Spring. Hello Summer!
A beautiful and perfect spring day resulted in a 3 mile walk around town. And, even though Allen, Texas is a busy place there was no shortage of solitude found.
This dove looked a little lonely.
The turtle was having a little mid-morning adventure.
And a duck found a water-filled ditch to have a little swim.
You would never guess the amount of traffic surrounding this little oasis of abandoned tracks.
The tracks provided a treasure of wild blackberries.
And, that resulted in this delicious blackberry cobbler for dessert.
I love my little town.
One of my very favorite vacations ever was when we visited Moose Lake, Montana. I was in the early stages of playing with photography, but the scenery was so magnificent that the pictures couldn’t help but come out good.
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