little fella

This little fella made me an Aunt today. Isn't he a handsome little man? His name is Justin Philip (JP) Raphael and he is sure to be a very funny dude. We can't wait to meet him!

farm gals

This weekend we went on a Farm Tour. A bunch of the local farms opened their gates for visitors to come in and look around. It is such an amazing opportunity to see the animals and shake the hands of the farmers that work so hard to provide us with good, quality food. 

The farmer at Cedar Grove Windy Hill Farm was so kind. He let up hop the fence and meet his beautiful cows up close. 

We were prepared for mud and muck, but this little farm gal kept losing her boots. 

My bff and her man came along for the fun. 
If you ever get a chance to tour farms, please do. We live in an area that is ripe with caring farmers who raise their animals in the best way possible. They are so knowledgeable and excited about what they do and are so open to sharing their practices. We are proud to support our local farms and we can't wait to visit them again next year. 

nails of the week: brights

This is just a quick design I threw together with my two favorite colors. I found this purple/magenta color at Walmart for less than two dollars! It's matte, which is kind of weird, but at least I can tell when it's dry. I just put a top coat over it to make it shiny. 


I am no gardener. I kill plants. Even the easy 'Oh, you just water them once a week' plants die under my care. So, I like weeds. They bloom into pretty flowers all over the yard and I didn't have to lift a finger. I took some pics of the prettiest ones and inadvertently captured a bee mid-flight. He likes the weeds too. 

We don't have grass in our yard. We have these pretty little blue and purple flowers instead. I made sure to capture their beauty before Byron mows the "lawn."

Our Cherry Tree is so pretty for about a week before all the petals fall off and blow around like snow. 

I can't take credit for this flower. It's a thriving survivor, left over from a previous caretaker. 

This is my favorite one. We have one patch of these. They are so closely packed you can pick them by the handful and make a posy. 

iphone pics

Alice and I shared a brownie sundae. 

Rosy and I woke up to a tornado warning and hunkered down in the bathtub.

Sunday morning pancakes with berries.

My new mug. 

I gave Alice a little haircut. 

nails of the week: Lab Week 2013

It's that time of year again. Time to celebrate the many hard-working laboratory scientists. It's Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. If you remember, I did Lab Week nails last year. They were a big hit! My favorite design from last year was the differential nail. As a laboratory scientist, I spend at least one day a week at the microscope counting cells. The little red blood cells look like pink cheerios. They come in different shapes depending on the condition of the patient. We count and differentiate the white blood cells into categories in order to give the doctors a good idea of a diagnosis. I painted my nails to resemble what we see when we look at a stained blood smear. Now you have some idea of what a Laboratory Scientist does and a little view into our world. Now go hug a Medical Laboratory Professional and wish them a Happy Lab Week!


Sometimes, you just need to laugh. 

zoo part 2

Grizzly bear was sleepy.

So was Mr. Gorilla.

We got to witness a really sweet moment when this momma chimp carried her baby over to another chimp baby. They hugged a sweet baby chimp hug. It was adorable. My photos of it were blurry.

Monkeys pickin at bugs.

This was my favorite part of the day. The otters swim and flip, back and forth, in front of the glass. All of the kids yell in delight when the furry guys get close. Alice was in awe.

zoo part 1

We took an impromptu day trip to the North Carolina Zoo. After breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we drove straight to Asheboro. No showers. No make-up. I even think Alice was still in her PJ's. 

I did have my Giraffe print Toms on though. Byron said wearing animal print to the zoo is the equivalent of wearing a band's t-shirt to their concert. Whatever. I think the animals appreciated it.

 This silly black bear stuck his tongue out at his friend. 

It was a great day. The sun was shining and all the animals were really active.

*more pics to come

for the birds

That's my little friend Mrs. Momma Bird. She likes her box so much she laid eggs.

They are so tiny, about the size of a nickel.  She has them so far in the back of the nest that it is hard to get a good picture. They are a translucent cream color with brown speckles.  I sure hope they hatch soon. I want to see the tiny baby birds. 

Mrs. Momma Bird inspired us to get a bird bath. I've been talking about getting one for a few months and Byron surprised me with one on Saturday. His grand romantic gesture, he calls it. 

Since the birds now have a house and a bath, I figured I needed to hang my hummingbird feeder too. I made some nectar (4 cups water and 1 cup sugar, boiled and cooled). We are now anxiously awaiting our first bathers and hummingbirds. 

our visit to Jurassic Park

So, I went to see Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D. It was superamazingawesome. Seriously, so much fun. I felt like I was at the park. Being chased. By dinosaurs. Did I mention we went to the zoo and were actually surrounded by full-size moving dinosaurs (and children screaming)? No? Here are some pics. 

Don't worry. I drive fast. 

I quoted the entire opening scene of Jurassic Park when I saw this unloading box. Byron really enjoyed my reenactment. And yes, I know every word to that movie. 

They had a paleontology dig site and information on how to clone dinosaurs. 

I do think the entrance could use some work. They need big gates. And fire. 

And you thought I was kidding. These were super realistic. They moved and made all kinds of dinosaur noises. 

"You bred raptors?!" 

Alice laughed in the face of danger and blew kisses at the Giganotosaurus.

Other children were running and screaming. I was so proud. 

weekend update

It finally spring around here. New beginnings. Fresh colors. And so much stuff to do. I'm sorry I haven't posted all week. I started going to the gym, again. Sometimes it seems like when you start spinning a new plate you start dropping the other ones. I swear, I just need like two more hours in each day and I could get so much done. Anywhew, I'm catching up on photo editing and I'll have some great posts coming up. I promise. 

Have you been to Cracker Barrel lately? No? Go. Now. Order the Very Berry Pancakes. 
This is becoming a weekend tradition for us. Breakfast at the Barrel. Alice loves it. She had carrots this morning. And eggs. And hashbrown casserole. That girl can eat. 

We have this one odd patch of flowers in our yard. I grabbed a handfull of them and brought them inside. They are so pretty all clumped together. 


Alice's impromptu dance. I love having an excuse to dance and be silly in public. 

park and ice cream

We took a walk in the park and got some ice cream to celebrate the sunny weather. Hope your weekend is bright and fun!