Friday, July 29, 2011

Year 35! Come and Gone....

Well tomorrow I turn 36. I started gathering pictures for this post and boy have I had an eventful year. How I did it all I will never know.

Started my 35th year with an adventure in my favorite place Bryson City. I so badly wanted to ride a horse and Zip line. To sum that up I have had my fill of horse back riding.

Another first was to fry a turkey. And the picture tells it all. Believe it or not it was good.

I started and ended 'Hiking 4 Jesus'. This was a hiking bible study that just would not take off. We would go on a hike and then have a snack and bible study after the hike. With gas prices and the distance of the hike, it just wasn't something anyone could manage. We had about 4 or 5 great hikes.

I met little miss Esme'. She is just the prettiest little girl.

Had the best Christmas of my life. We rented a cabin in Bryson City for 4 days. We got there and opened presents and hit the sac. Woke up to 6 inches of snow. It was just me Scott, Hayden and Austin. I truly believe this trip was a gift from God.

With a huge snow in the beginning of 2011, I had to take a trip down the big hill. Schools and work closed and everyone had a blast for two full days.

Spring has sprung and time to get outside and get gardening. Biggest ever this year.

First time to bike week in Daytona FL. Bought a bike three weeks later.

Time to hit the mountains again for a little R&R with the hubby. We had a blast and can't wait to go back.

As if we haven't had enough nature, it camping time.

Then we bought a pop-up camper.

My garden was amazing and now it was time to do something with the fruit (or Veggies) of my labor. I thought I would try my hand at some bread and butter pickles. Now I have 20 jars. And they are awesome! Yummy.

Now off to summer vacation in June. Destination - Clearwater FL. Wonderful condo but really nothing to do for the kids. We still had a great time and woke up to dauphins every morning.

Last but not least, it's time to see if Sammy can swim.... and he can. YAY! Go Sammy.

I had a great 35th year and can't wait to see what my 36th has to offer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My husband the surfer

I snapped this picture of my husband because this is what he looks like 90% of the time. The shinning light of the Web on his face, his eyes locked on Craig's list for hours.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Squash Bugs

I have one known enemy and that is the squash bug. My first year was bug free. Last year is when I first discovered the little buggers. But it wasn't a huge deal. I still had a good crop. This year was a huge difference. It started when I planted the pumpkin plants. (I won't be doing that again). After about a month I started to see more and more of them. More then I could pick and kill. They were mating faster then I could keep up.

Today I pulled up all my plants. Just couldn't take it anymore. It is very unlikely I will plant anymore squash or squash family plants again.