Monday, August 03, 2015

Vacation Wildlife

We left for vacation a day later than anticipated due to Danielle's softball tournament (I'll post more about that later). We left before sunrise this morning and spotted our first wildlife about 2 miles from our house. There was a deer standing beside the road, his eyes reflected back in our headlights; however, the deer that was standing IN the road wasn't facing us and was much, much more difficult to see. We did see him in time, but he turned to run toward us, rather than away. Ron swerved into the other lane and everyone lived to tell the tale.

After we arrived in the Smoky Mountains, we checked into our cabin and then went for a short ride through the National Park. We didn't see any bears, but I did happen to spot this juvenile bald eagle while we were driving.

We ate dinner in town and then came back home to enjoy a little pool and hot tub time. As we rounded the bend before our cabin, a momma bear and her four little cubs walked up the steps from our porch and across the road into the trees. Two of the babies were a little slower and I managed to pull my camera out in time to snap photos. They were so cute! I can't believe they were on our front porch. We will be sure to look out our windows before throwing open the front door!

That's a lot of wildlife to see all on the first day. I hope we haven't peeked! :) I'm also thankful God watched out for us and kept us safe while traveling.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Making Her Debut

Our monarch eclosed today. This video is about a minute long, but it covers about 20 minutes. I'm not sure how the quality of the video will be once I post it, but on my computer, I can actually see the wings get longer as she flutters them. We released her (it was a girl) this afternoon. As we did, we noticed another female monarch laying more eggs on our milkweed! After checking over our plants, we found 22 baby caterpillars and several eggs. We brought many of the caterpillars inside, hoping they will survive a little better in a controlled environment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Another Winning Weekend

Danielle's team won first place in their tournament this weekend. It was a one day tournament, and they played 4 back to back games. She played really well and had some great plays at 2nd. We have one more weekend to go.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunshine Sparkles

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

My Mother's Day Flowers

Danielle gave me a hanging basket of lantana for Mother's Day. It seems to love the wet summer we've had because it has grown like crazy. It's beautiful. The basket of petunias that Tyler gave me is not doing as well. My mom's petunias look pretty bad this summer, too, so I'm thinking they don't like all the rain. (The tomato plants don't either. :( ) The butterflies and hummingbirds like the lantana, too. I have a different color planted in the bed around the patio, but the hummingbirds seem to prefer this one.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Family Time

We enjoyed having dinner with Ron's brother and his family tonight. I don't think the cousins have seen each other in maybe 2 years? They enjoyed getting caught up...via text.

Seriously. They were texting each other.

A (partial) cousins picture. We missed the Florida 4.

It was very nice to get to spend a little time with them. The kids are all growing up so quickly.

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Week in Review

As captured via cellphone...
Danielle and I started on another Pinterest project, but we haven't finished it yet.
Will post more pictures if/when we do.

Danielle got 4" cut off her hair.

Another week of basketball camp.

Our caterpillar successfully made his chrysalis. I don't have any cell phone pics of that yet.

Danielle's team played in a semifinal game, which they won, and a championship game, which they lost. Danielle had to break in a new glove and struggled a little. She still did a great job.

We went to the waterpark today. We've gotten rained on every time we've gone. Today was no exception. We waited out the first thunderstorm in the car.

The girls took a little nap during the second "weather closure".
Yes, I do still have a son. He doesn't like it when I take his picture, and he likes it even less when I post it. Usually I try to respect that.