Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring is Near

 It is really something with the temperatures nearing the eighties. Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing. How spring has sneaked up on me! We didn't get much of a winter this year, which is why I am so surprised by the shift. Vivi made me this sweet little posy a week or so ago. And today the kids spend the afternoon picking violets so they can make candied violets. After that, they played in the mud and were covered from head to toe! My tulips and daffodils are blooming and bringing such good cheer. I love the signs of spring.

Vivi constructed a doll house last weekend. She had a really fun time designing it. The roof even hinges open to get into the room and the walls are wallpapered. I love her joy in creating something from the recycling bin.
I also must share this link to my boy's music making fun. He loves to play instruments and especially to drum. You can see the music maker here. Other music videos to come, the kids all like to perform their songs for an audience.

I also must share these beautiful photos taken by my friend, Ines! There is a tame deer in her neighborhood that was orphaned, some folks decide to feed him and look after him.  He is a real character and very sweet but unfortunately will continue to grow bigger and bolder around people. He is getting his antler buds and is fond of eating garden flowers. I hope that they find a home for this guy where he can return to the wild. My children love to visit this beautiful place in the woods which they call Fairyland. It is a magical place to be. Thank you, Ines for letting me share your lovely images!

Spring Blessings to all!

Land of Sky

 I can't think of a more fitting title for the beautiful scene at Max Patch. It is really a stunning 360 degree view. We had a wonderful family hike last weekend. It was a good remind to do this more often!

Can't wait to go back when everything is green!

Birthday Bike Ride

Mia turned twelve last month! I am so amazed by my lovely daughter. This year, she had a different kind of birthday. Mia had a few good friends come along for a bike ride at the Biltmore Estate.. It was a beautiful day for February. We rode from the farm to the pond, where the girls enjoyed watching the ducks and geese. Then we returned home for cake and present opening. It was a simple and beautiful celebration. Our festivities will continue when Mia and I take a two week "twelve-year-old"   trip to France at the end of April. More details to come!

 Happy 12th my sweet Mia Bella!