and Elliot’s quilt
for over a year now.
So, with our plans posted on the laundry room board and three little ones about, we pursued our plan for Nolan’s quilt.
I think he’s going to love it!
When we moved to Florida, I asked Doug to buy waverunners. I didn’t think I could manage a boat, but I wanted to teach my girls to ski. That was 14 years ago. I didn’t imagine then how much fun they would be or what a huge part they would play in our family life and traditions.
We wanted to name the two of them after a famous couple. We all thought of possibilities, but no one was able to lobby their personal favorite into reality, so they have always been “the big one” and “the little one”.
My favorite memories include
For the past so many years, we have wondered if they would fire up again. They did again this year, but then, the steering cable broke on “the big one”. While we were debating whether to try and fix it, again, and talking about how difficult it was getting to start, which was becoming a real process in it’s old age, it began to sink. Luckily, it was just off shore and we made a hasty rescue. However, it was only momentary because we had to admit, it was time to say goodbye.
I shed a tear, it is true. I will miss that inanimate object that has been the making of so many memories and so much fun. But already our Courtney has christened the replacement--
the new one
It is for our next generation of skiers and players and memory makers.
Papa went fishing with Tru and Elliot. Truman had remembered exactly what his fishing pole looked like from two years ago and although that pole was carried off to the dump in our garage cleaning extravaganza last year, Walmart still makes the same pole, which delighted a little fisherboy.
Truman loves harvesting whatever is available and right now it’s a pineapple.
The tube rides were really fun, especially listening to the very delighted and excited laugh from Elliot as it bumped along. He asked for more bumps and when Truman learned that a “thumbs up” means go faster, he gave the signal…wahoo!
That cool boogie board that Truman got for his birthday is getting some lake use and practice before we take it to the beach.
Spencer hadn’t skied for a couple of years, but he remembered it all, impressing his sons who stopped all other activities to watch and clap for their dad.
These two boys came up with some impressive teamwork to haul this chair down two flights of stairs. Just at the last minute baby Nolan wanted to join in the effort…in a couple of years baby.
Truman loves cruising with his Papa.
Elliot loves teasing right back…Papa wanted a kiss, Elliot wanted bullets. They would go on and on…
…each demanding to have their want met first.
The boys hung out in the bathtub this afternoon when the tropical rains ruined their “back to the lake” plans after lunch.
Sometimes I think that my garden looks prettier on the blog than it does in person. But that is not the case today. The garden is very pretty at the moment with lots of blooms to share on the blog. Of course, the temperatures and humidity are keeping me inside much more and enjoying the garden from the windows.
The lantana is in bloom all over the place. I would say that there are dozens of bushes that have propagated themselves all over the property through the years and we have lantana in every color. I was quite pleased that a black buzzing thing made a quick last second jump into the picture. It is a humming-buzzing time of year.
The herbs are quite happy in spite of the heat. The oregano is in bloom again. It grows like a weed in my garden and is therefore underappreciated.
This is the first birdcage that we ever bought. It is a wonderful rusty old thing that hangs in the garden, filled for the past couple of months with this pretty flowering plant.
I loved the echinacea (purple coneflower) so much last year. I don’t know much about dividing plants, but since I had two of these I pulled one up and ripped it apart in the spring. I have my first bloom on one of the plants, but all three of the bushes are set to show with many blooms. Soon the butterflies will be constant attendees. I think I will try the ripping thing again.
Purple Fan flower
We haven’t seen orchids for many months now. I was seriously worried about it. Then last week, I noticed that she was expecting septuplets!
The jasmine vine which was very late this year is still blooming profusely. The foxglove has started to send up flower spikes. I am hoping the black-eyed Susan’s will decide they like their new home.
A small stand of sunflowers is beginning show off.