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We Had A Time!

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It has been too long since posting here. Of course the time has been packed with activities. This is just a very short few words and couple of stunning pictures to give you some idea of what we have been doing with ourselves these few months.

First of all, the kids and I went down to the coast of Alabama for a very special occasion. Our son got married weekend before last on the beach of Gulf State Park and it was lovely. Just as thrilling as a wedding was the fact that my children have never seen the ocean before. Nor had any of us ever vacationed that close to the beach. On the down side, we had to leave Corvette Man to tend to the animals. Unfortunately for him, he came down with our daughters horrible cold while we were gone. It is terrible to be sick and have to drag yourself out of bed to feed. We missed him all the same. He explained he was best left at home sick than going in that condition, though.

Anyway, on to a few of our favorite pictures…

We got to feel the sand between our toes.

Also with us were my two mom’s. We had a great time visiting.

We also saw some unusual animals… at least as far as we are concerned.

And of course we had to drench ourselves in the salty water of the gulf. The water was warm. The kids discovered a stinging shock when they opened their eyes under the water. Not at all like fresh water or swimming pools.

Then of course, we have the main attraction.

The weather was amazing and pleasant. It was the experience of a lifetime for us all.

We didn’t really want to return from this beautiful piece of heaven. Tell me about your trip this summer. I’d love to hear about it.

Love,
Jeannene

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Family Weekend Fun (cont’d)

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Whew!! That was quite an evening and a morning. We hadn’t had our fill of fun at 10am Saturday morning, though. There is still so much to show the girls.

They weren’t too thrilled about being loaded into the back of the truck and told to look at the scenery. Not enough to do for a 7yo and a 9yo. Well after a very nice 45min. drive we approached the foot of Mt Petit Jean. They were all about climbing the hill… in the truck.

It was hot, but we disembarked and enjoyed the view.

Cooper came with us, of course. He was really hot with all that hair. But he is still adorable. We worked hard at staying in the shade for his sake.

Cooper care was shared by all. Girl 2 has a hold on Cooper.

I love pictures of my own kids as well.

Momma even let the girls out on another rock!

After all the excitement of the cliffs, we moved to a more level and moister venue. Except that the water level was down and the beautiful falls we saw a few weeks ago were not
flowing.

But first Cooper found a shady spot to catch his breath. He really gets hot with all that hair.

They are walking where there should be water.

More “no water here” placements.

I just love the lighting on these two.

I know this is on the run, but I just love the smile on younger son’s face. He smiles so infrequently and this is beautifully natural. He had a great time traipsing around the country.

This next setting is my absolute favorite for portraits. The background is a valley and it seems to have that wonderful haze behind my subjects.

These two eat up the lens.

Then we have the whole group. Pretty nice set of people if I say so myself.

And I like this one.

This is a huge chunk of my little piece of heaven. Thanks for letting me share it.

Love,
Jeannene

A Trip to the Lake

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Ac couple of weeks ago C-Man made the offer to take us to the lake. Once he spilled the beans, we weren’t about to let him back out it. Our daughter and I planned out our simple menu and made our trip to the nearest Petsmart. We planned this trip down to the towels and floating devices. We are talking about Lake Ouchita in Arkansas. It has been a couple years since we’d made an appearance at this particular lake. We’d spent many a weekend camp trip around this body of water. Tons of happy memories had been created on the shores of this particular lake.

The first thing our daughter planned was, of course, taking our puppy (almost full grown) Cooper with us. This will be his first experience of a large body of water. His usual shyness at bath time is likely to translate into a fear of this water as well. Well we don’t want him to worry about drowning or anything so drastic or life threatening. So our daughter insists we make a trip to buy this…..

Cooper is encased in a doggie life preserver! You can tell he is so thrilled. We wanted to be sure he wouldn’t HAVE to be in the water ALL the time so we made a point to find one of these floating devices.

As you can see. He is just so excited about being wet and encased like a giant Shitsu sausage.

He started out dry and semi-enthused. Of course that is prior to the knowledge of total wetness.

He fairs well. Our daughter is secure in the realization Cooper isn’t going to sink to the bottom of the lake. His life preserver works pretty darned well. Look, you can carry him around like a suitcase.

Once he’s wet as a noodle he looks around desperately for some hope of coming ashore.

He doesn’t seem to mind it too much. I would say there is a tell tale look of longing to reach the shore. Just a little one.

That look of desperation appears to be surfacing. He is safe and dry, but all that wet stuff still poses a problem. It keeps him in that big ole round thing.

Cooper is such a great sport. He doesn’t complain through all the goofy stuff we subject him to. He did shiver for a bit and stayed wrapped in his towel for most of the trip home. He puts up with us though and is always the bestus friend a girl could ever have.

This day was just another little piece of heaven in our lives. Thanks for letting me share it with you.

I’d love to hear of your favorite place to cool off in the heat of summer. Let me know.

Love,
Jeannene

Season?

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Where are we in this year of 2011?

The weather in my neck of the woods has been a roller-coaster of weather anomalies. Just a bit over a week ago we were buried in six inches of the white stuff and two days ago we were in short sleeves marveling at the warmth. Today…. today I have a second set of sweats over my legs because the temperature dipped into the thirties again.

I know, I know. It is still early in the season, don’t get carried away. But who can help it with such warm temps? On top of that, the uncontrollable urge to spring clean has jumped me and I battle fitting it into my schedule.

Right now we just marvel at how full the pond is….

As we in the country look forward to the warm season, we gauge the ability of a farm to weather the approaching season by water and productivity levels… all dependent on water availability. We don’t produce hay on our little niche of the world, but we do require water from the ground for human and animal consumption. Water tables are very important to those of us dependent on wells.

For the past six months the water table has been fairly low. Not dangerously, but enough that we watch and wait for rain.

If you will take a gander at this picture of the pond, disregard our friendly Blue Heron. You will see a two foot wide strip of mud along the bank of this little body of water. Above that is a swath of green where grass has taken hold in the absence of water. Our fall did not bring the expected amounts of rain, thus lowering the water table some what.

Well, all that changed when snow blows into our fair state and deposits record amounts in our back yard.

Voila! A full pond.

The water hugs the bank with a foot of growing room. Spring will surely drop that much on us.

Of course all this talk of spring means the garden needs to be tilled up and planted soon. C-Man pulled the dead grass from the area last weekend and plans a full-fledged assault this weekend. He also has plans for deer deterrent. Lets hope it works. We were visited by SEVEN does the other evening. They know where their bread is buttered.

That is all from my little piece of heaven.

Love,
Jeannene