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5QF ~ 4/22/2011 plus Landscape Pictures

1. What is your favorite Easter tradition?  As a child it was definitely the Easter egg hunt, and getting a packed Easter Basket with a furry stuffed animal {gotta have the stuffed animal!}.  Now as a ‘mature’ adult {yeah, right} it is the family time.  It is amazing how the focus changes as we get older.  Family dinners are my favorite, and a holiday/special occasion just makes them that much sweeter.

2. Are you a "shower" or a "long, hot bath" kind of person?  I love a long, hot bath, but don’t currently have a bath tub.  So… I make do with the occasional long, hot shower.  Normally I am a speed showerer {that is definitely not a real word, but what else are you gonna call it?}, because every second I am in the shower I can just picture the gallons and gallons going down the drain.

3. Can you parallel park and if so when is the last time you did it?  I did it for my driver’s test in the farm truck that had an extra long bed.  Luckily that was just between some cones.  That was {if I remember correctly} the only place I lost points on my drivers test.  The last time I did it was when I had jury duty, but technically I just pulled into the last spot in a line so it wasn’t really parallel parking.

4. What is your favorite Easter candy?  Hands down it is Cadbury Crème Filled eggs.  My mom found mini versions of these, and those are my new favorite as I can think smaller equals a healthier, not-so-large dose of calories to go along with all that scrumptious goodness.  And no… I didn’t look at the packaging for the mini eggs, LOL!

5. Easter: do you go all out with the Easter Bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?  We focus on the religious part of the holiday, just as with Christmas, but it hard not to enjoy a child’s delight in the more popular aspects of the holiday.  I am sure we will do more as ‘the Easter Bunny’ as Ms. Diva and Ms. T get older.  What parent doesn’t enjoy getting absolutely no praise for accomplishing the miracle of jelly bean filled eggs?

And now onto those landscape pictures, as promised.  I have been trying to get these posted all week, but didn’t quite get a Weekend Wrap post up early enough in the week.  So I figured I would just share them now.


Our outdoor dog washing area/hose storage.  Having the dog’s outside water bucket right by the faucet makes filling it up very quick.  This bucket is also directly between our and Grandma’s making a fun ‘detour’ for Ms. Diva.




Mom and Mr. SD snagged this lovely oak at Home Depot on sale for $35.  Talk about a deal!








This flower bed took the most work.  Mom and Mr. SD {see a theme here?  They get to do all the outside stuff while I am inside with the bambinos.} pulled the bushes that were here, restructured the stone wall, resized the flower bed, put down weed barrier, trimmed the newly shaped flower bed in the stick ‘em in the ground edging pieces {which also held down the weed barrier}, and stuck the mulch in there too.  Just a tad bit of work involved with this one.  Can’t wait to show you a picture with some blooming flowers.  Plus, I wish we had a before picture… then you could really appreciate the improvement!


Here is my attempt at a close-up shot for this week…





Not very good is it???  Not sure what happened, LOL.


And here are my attempts to get an updated picture of Misty, the newest addition.  All six pounds of her. 




Here is the flower bed I got to help Mom with.  All we had to do with this one was pull weeds and trim those bushes, put down weed barrier and mulch.


The other front flower bed.  I think Mom did this one herself with a ‘little’ help from Ms. Diva.

And that all folks!  Have a fantastic, fantabulous  Easter weekend!


  1. Have a fabulous Easter too :) Misty is a sweetie

  2. Ugh no bath tub? That would so drive me crazy! I love my baths

  3. Beautiful yard! I loooooove the stone wall. Miss Misty looks really fast and cute!I love the dog washing area to. That is a very cute and original idea. This was almost enough to get me motivated to clean out our flower bed. Notice I said "almost"! LOL! :)

  4. I would miss my bath tub. Have a Happy Easter.


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