Woop! I have a garden.

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Before moving out here to the sticks, I was city dweller for almost a decade.  Mama only had a 10′ x 10′ patch of land to keep alive, and I failed miserably.  Everything was always half dead, but you hardly noticed because there was so little there.  Now we have this huge lot (for a DC suburb) and I feel like others notice when things aren’t alive.  I’ve resolved to make it look a little more pleasant this year, and we are off to a good start.  There is actually grass seed coming up, and tulips that I put in the ground all the way last fall have found their way up.  It’s a pretty amazing feeling.  Gracie and I even planted a teeny-tiny Rosemary bush along our front walk this weekend.  We thought it would fill out nicely and allow our company to be greeted with great smells as they approach our door.

My favorite tree this season is quickly becoming the Redbud.  It’s completely beautiful, perfect for climbing, and gives great shade after the leaves come in.  I will say, this neighborhood is not for the allergy-afflicted.  I think we would be miserable right now if we weren’t immune to flowering trees.

Any other tips out there for some sunny beginner plantings that I can not kill and feel good about?


DSC_5837 DSC_5845 DSC_5853 DSC_5855 DSC_5878 DSC_5882 DSC_5887 DSC_5890 DSC_5889We celebrated a lovely Easter weekend with Hub’s family, and I think I needed to go back to work to recover from the fun.  Gracie girl did some fancy egg dying and even laid out some carrots for the Easter Bunny.  She was so surprised to see them nibbled on the morning.  We went for a nice spring walk after hunting for eggs, and then started baking some fun Peep-inspired cupcakes for dessert.  I love photographing the mess that comes with baking.  The colors are always so vibrant, and getting the graphics of the packaging on ingredients makes the image so interesting.  Grace set a beautiful table for us, even with the piles of stuff from the kitchen in the corner.

Little progress has been made in the kitchen as we wait for our contractor to finish up a job and come knock ours out.  In the meantime, we just walk across sticky floors and try to keep the rest of the house together so we don’t feel like we are living in total chaos.  This will come to an end soon, right?


Spring Bustin’ Out All Over

DSC_5585 DSC_5593 DSC_5595 DSC_5599 DSC_5601 DSC_5607 DSC_5611 DSC_5629 DSC_5631 DSC_5634 DSC_5669I set the alarm for 5:30 am this weekend and my friend Carmela and I made our way towards the Tidal Basin in Washington DC to shoot some sunrise shots of the cherry blossoms that peaked there this weekend.  We figured a 6:15 arrival would be plenty early.

We could not have been more wrong.  The parking lots were all nearly full, and by the time we made it to the water, the sun was up, and about a million people were clicking away.  I didn’t really get any shots I loved around the Tidal Basin, but I grabbed a few that I really like along the Potomac River.  The color of the water was gorgeous, and I loved the way the clouds paralleled the bridges. I’m thinking that some of these would make some really nice prints to hang in a bathroom to provide some color.


Social Butterfly

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This weekend was filled with all sorts of girlie fun, including a spring dance at Grace’s school, a sleepover with her best neighborhood friend, and a family date night to the local yogurt shop.  I didn’t get any great shots at the dance, as I was on the dance floor MORTIFYING my kid.  She just doesn’t appreciate my smooth moves.  Apparently the students I teach agree, as they would also have nothing to do with me.  I snagged some shots of the girls creating acrylic paintings on scrap wood from the kitchen reno on Saturday.  They have grand plans to sell their creations to save money for the American Heart Association.  These girls mean business.  When I asked if I could keep one, they informed me it was at least $20, and I shouldn’t low ball them because it’s for a good cause.  Snuck a few shots at the shop, but my favorite was the last one.  This is the face I got when I asked if I could finish her yogurt for her.

Clearly, she was not willing to share.

Hope everyone got out and enjoyed some sunshine this weekend!

Spring Ride

DSC_5383 DSC_5391 DSC_5396 DSC_5408We’ve had a couple glorious afternoons around here, and we have been taking every opportunity to get outside after school.  I got a bunch of weeds pulled and tossed into our little homemade compost bin, and we have been rollerblading around the neighborhood like crazy.  We were out yesterday until the sun came down, which created some nice chances to take some shots of the water.  There aren’t many flowers or buds popping out this close to the water yet, but I have a feeling that in the next week or so we’ll be walking through daffodils.

What signs of spring are your favorites?