Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grandpa Stan

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.” 
1 Thes. 4:13-14 

I received word early this morning that my Grandfather, Stan Irvine, had given up his fight with cancer. He had baffled the doctors with his fighting spirit for over a decade, and finally decided that it was time.

He was a good man.

The last time I saw him was on my wedding day, and what a blessing it was for me to have him in attendance! He was sick and travel was hard for him, but he refused to miss the big occasion!

Grandpa Stan was my mother's father, and he lived in Eureka, California. He was a fiery redhead and painted some of the most beautiful landscapes (and seascapes, and city skylines...) I have ever seen.

If only I had begged him to teach me oil painting when I was younger!

He is survived by my Grandma Gloria, his seven daughters, and their families (which include a pretty generous helping of grandchildren and great grandchildren!).

May you rest in peace, my dear Grandpa Stan, and may your body and soul be reunited in the life eternal. You were loved, and will be missed. 

Stanley Robert Irvine 
April 16 1931- June 27 2012 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's not Summer Break yet?

So, finals week is upon us. The weekend is over, and end-of-the-year tests are looming. I have to say, I am tempted to exact heaps of pity upon ourselves, proclaiming that we are in the midst of final exams, with a dramatic draping of my hand across my brow... but I must be honest. Riley's taken most of his finals already, and has only two remaining. He can fail both of them and still pass his classes, so no drama-works are required... 

Although I'm still tempted...

Because of this lovely change in pace, it feels like Summer Break has already arrived! Daddy scoots upstairs to study on occasion, but we've been enjoying lots of time wrestling, chasing, giggling, tickling, and dancing as of late. Lots of fun shenanigans all around.

Yes... running!!

mmm... nothing like warm laundry!

We had some sweet friends come to town from Lynchburg for a visit. 
Asher helped me make... er... eat the dessert!



Sharing sweetly... He makes his mama proud!

Fun on the Farm

We went to a picnic with several of Riley's classmates that was hosted at a beautiful horse farm in Blacksburg. The tractor was definitely a highlight. 

And of course, we celebrated the most wonderful Daddy ever today!! The boys put their art skills to the test creating masterpiece pictures for Daddy, and made sure to give him extra hugs and snuggles today.

It's been a lovely taste of Summer...
We're so close!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Special Spider Plant

Asher and I popped into the library today to pick up a couple books I had put on hold.
When we got there we saw tables set up with supplies for a free "pot your own plant" activity!

We got to choose a mug or small plastic pot, decorate it with stickers, ribbons, or whatever you wanted, fill it with dirt, and pick out a plant, all for no cost whatsoever!

We chose a spider plant.

I've been wanting to own one for awhile now, because I've heard that they help to filter the air in your home. I had looked around town for one and hadn't been able to find one anywhere.

I can't believe I got one for free!

Aren't the variegated leaves beautiful? 

It will grow and cascade down around the pot. So pretty.

I chose this mug, because it looked like something my Grandma would love.
(And, consequently, something that I would love!)

Pretty little vintage flowers painted on milkglass. So sweet!

Asher helped me tie a ribbon around the handle and place some lovely car stickers around the edges. (They coordinated beautifully, of course...)
He dumped the dirt in and even poured a little water on top when we were done. He was proud, and didn't even realize how selfish his Mommy was in the selection process! hehe...

So, while my plant will probably outgrow this little mug in a matter of days, I will get to enjoy both of them separately for years to come!

I love surprises like this!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Muddy Buddies

I've heard it defined this way...

Boy: n. Noise with dirt on it.

Our patio is sloped down into the grass, so any
amount of water collects in a muddy puddle at the edge.
Boy's don't play with things the way they're supposed to...

While Gray is not responsible for the cupful of muddy water that got
dumped on his head, he certainly didn't object to it.

squish, squish went the mud through his toes...

Noise with dirt on it, you say?

Yep. That pretty much sums it up.
(And I love it!) 

And a side note: I'm very thankful for bathtubs. 
And boys that enjoy getting clean almost as much as getting dirty.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Speaking of Hydrangeas

Oh, the anticipation...

My hydrangea is starting to blossom.

This sweet little bush is only three years old. Last year it didn't produce one single bloom, and I was on the verge of throwing it out during the move, but decided to consult my go-to garden guru, Shira (who doesn't have a blog, but is one of those ladies who should). She told me to chop it down and see what happens. (She also suggested telling it how much I love it, and singing to it, and I happily obliged. That's my kind of gardening!)

You can imagine my delight when this Spring produced five budding flower heads!

I'm pretty much giddy about it. Is that strange?

It's sitting in a cloud of white begonias, one of my favorite porch flowers. They're dainty, beautiful, and do very well in pots.

This Summer I hope to try my hand at propagating. Two hydrangea bushes is better than one, I say.

Now my only dilemma is whether to cut them to enjoy inside or not... 
I'm quite sure I won't be able to resist at least snipping one.

Happy Hydrangea season, to you!