Find Good In Every Day

One mom's attempt at finding good in every day of this chaotic world.

Garden of Flowers July 1, 2009

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 1:00 pm

I definitely do not have a green thumb.  I can barely keep houseplants alive.  I think it is because I do not have the patience to do the research for the best environments for the plants I have nor do I have the memory to remember to water them on a regular basis. 

That being said our yard amazes me every year.  Luckily we have the help of Sue, our family landscape architect, who guides us towards the right plants for our yard, our region, and our time.  She has helped us create a beautiful front yard.  (We can’t forget that all of our family has put in major sweat equity over the years to make this an amazing house.  Thank you all!)  Every spring, our yard pops with color.  Purples, yellows, and whites.  It is truly stunning. 

These day lilies just started blooming 3 days ago.  They are huge!

These day lilies just started blooming 3 days ago. They are huge!

 

Even Sue is amazed at how big they've gotten.  Definitely taller than me!

Even Sue is amazed at how big they've gotten. Definitely taller than me!

 

I insisted on white daisies.  Soon this area will be filled with blooms.  I can't wait!

I insisted on white daisies. Soon this area will be filled with blooms. I can't wait!

I love that these flowers come back year after year, no matter what happens.  It’s inspiring that something so delicate can brave the elements of winter, harsh heat, late frosts, torrential downpours and still come out beautifully when the time is right. 

On the side of our house, there is a leftover plant.  One we did not plant ourselves.  It doesn’t fit into our color scheme, but I could never get rid of it.  Just three flowers come out, and it often looks scraggly compared to the stiff stems of the day lilies and daisies.  But the stunning orange color gets me every time.

I'm surprised every year when this "leftover" plant blooms yet again.

I'm surprised every year when this "leftover" plant blooms yet again.

 

Finally, my yard/garden would not be complete without my favorite flower of all time.  I plan to line the backyard with this New England favorite when the time comes for the backyard makeover.  Unfortunately I don’t get to see it every evening when I come home.  I have to make a special trip to the backyard for it.  But I’ve been making sure there are always fresh blooms on our dining room table.  I have to enjoy it while they last!

Nothing is more beautiful than purple hydrangeas.

Nothing is more beautiful than purple hydrangeas.

 I love our front yard.  It has major curb appeal, and I love pulling into the driveway every evening, especially with a fresh cut lawn.  I’m hoping the hydrangeas will inspire us to soon move to the backyard to create our oasis. 

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A Single Voice, Above The Noise

Filed under: Daily Blog — Robin @ findgoodineveryday @ 12:36 pm
All the world's a stage for this one.

All the world's a stage for this one.

Mason has a great memory.   She pulls out memories from  months ago in casual conversation.  “Mom, remember when…”  She has recited movie lines out of the blue.  “If you have any orange, get rid of it!”  (HSM3 for those of you who don’t recognize that line.)  I’ve written about how much she amazes me many times, but the biggest amazement and joy I get from her memory is her ability to learn songs very quickly.

Soon after putting her in daycare at just 9 months old, she was singing “Frere Jacques.”  “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” came after that and so on.  She picks up tunes and words of songs very easily.  And she LOVES to sing!  It’s a pretty good combination.  I love driving in the car with her singing along to her current favorites (Mason’s Music as it is dubbed in our house.)  It reminds me of all the great times driving with my dad.  He had a knack for knowing every word to every song.  Even if he didn’t like the song, he knew the words.  We would listen to the Oldies station and sing at the top of our lungs.  Good memories.  And I know I’m creating even more good singing memories with Mason.

Because of her love of music, we introduced her to musicals.  Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, etc.  We were then required to get the soundtracks from iTunes so that she could sing along in the car.  Lately it’s been HSM3 and Annie that have drawn her attention.  Click on the link below for a clip of Mason singing “You’re Never Fully Dressed” from Annie.  I will treasure this memory forever!

Mason Singing