July 18, 2011

My, how they've grown & Give-away winner!

I thought it would be fun to have the girls pose near one of our daisy beds before the heat/humidty got too unbearable on Sunday.

Two years ago, the girls posed with some of our daisies. It was a much cooler day when I took this picture in July of 2009 (note the jackets).

When I compare pictures, Emma definitely looks like a teenager and Josie no longer has her toddler face. Time certainly doesn't stand still...does it?

Before I get too far into my post, I'm happy to announce that Janet from Cottage Blessings is the winner of my beachy give-away.

If you've never visited Cottage Blessings, you really must. Not only does she decorate her home with all kinds of vintage and thrift store treasurers, she is also an adoptive Mommy.

Congratulations, Janet! Be sure to send me your postal address so that I can get your goodies in the mail.

While I'm showing off daisy pictures, I might as well show you a few more plant & flower beds around our yard.

This is a street view of the front yard. Thanks to Chris, the beds continue to expand each year.

Soon there won't be any yard left.

Chris recently found this owl on clearance at Target and brought him home for me. Isn't he stately?

The backyard is much more shaded and Chris has different plants in his collection.

Several years ago Chris constructed this stone patio in our backyard.

It's a great place for roasting marshmallows.

This is the view of our little back deck.
It sits off the sunroom.

Our deck has a few sun-loving planters and a mini herb garden.

A few of the items that we are using for planters were things that we inherited from my grandparents garage many years ago. I shared this stepstool plant stand back in May, but it's worth sharing again. It's in horrible shape, but it was once in my grandfather's garage and it's perfect for my window box.

The pail and the barrel were also items that once were part of my grandparents home. At the time that we were cleaning out their garage/attic, Chris wondered why I wanted to hang onto them. I'm glad we did.

I can't take a single ounce of credit for our landscaping. It's all Chris. Whenever I can't find him, all I have to do is look outside and see him with a shovel in his hand. His next big job includes taming the woods by creating walking paths and staying on top of our vegetable garden.

A gardener's work is never done.



Heather said...

Boy, not only is your husband an outstanding treehouse builder, but he is also a talented gardener as well! Your yard is just beautiful!

birdie blue said...

love the pic of your girls in front of the daisies, kim. they're darling.


Lee said...

The girls do look older when comparing the two.
Your yard is just beautiful..does Chris hire out?! LOL
So good to see you here...miss reading your blog!
Thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

Aww, thanks Kim! What a fun giveaway to win! Thank you too, Josie! I'll be looking forward to getting all those cute beach themed items in the mail!
P.S. Your yard looks amazing!

Courtney said...

It amazing how much kids change from year to year. My grandma and I were just talking today about how much Logan has changed.
I think Chirs is thinking if he fills the yard with landscaping,he won't have to mow. It looks great. Try to stay cool, we are sweltering here in Ohio.

vivian said...

beautiful yard!! I tell you,your husband is a keeper! Its been so hot here and my back has been out, so Ive not done much visiting on the computer.. or anything else for that matter... not supposed to get anybetter this week.. I dont want to rush summer off.. but it could cool down a little bit.. really!
hgave a great week

My Vintage Mending said...

Look how big they are! I can't believe how lush and green. We are not watering pots anymore as it is too hot to keep them going. I have never had to give up this early. We are hibernating inside with these extremes....even too hot for baseball...darn! yeah me...smiles...Renee

Karin said...

Wow...Kim...it's gorgeous!

Jodee said...

Holy cow! The girls are growing up sooo fast! Seriously, we can't blink!

Your yard looks fabulous! Your handsome gardener does a great job! Your deck is adorable too!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How lucky you are to have such a talented husband. The garden looks spectacular! So pretty, what a super job he has done. I wish I knew the secret for growing daisies that stood up like yours do...they are so much prettier that way. The pictures of the girls are so cute and how they have grown.

Donna said...

Wow, what a difference two years make! The girls really are becoming young ladies! And your yard is gorgeous, how lucky you are to have your own landscaper:)!

Katia said...

Complimenti per il tuo splendido giardino!
I love your garden, very beautiful!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Congratulations Janet!

Your garden is aboslutely beautiful. Do you have to water frequently? We are experienced many many days without any rain (& no rain in sight), my garden is looking so parched!

Tammy said...

Aww...your girls (and mine) are growing too fast--just like your flower beds! Wow! Maybe your hubby should start a blog with gardening tips! We're in a new, cooler climate now so we could use them. Hugs!

Cheryl G. said...

It's so fun to see how much our kids grow!
Your girls are darling!
Your garden is beautiful!

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Kim, your gardens are amazing. Im mean....stunning, really. I would kill to have just a small pinch of yours and Chris' gardening skills. I kill EVERYTHING. Even stuff that you're not suppossed to be able to kill...DEAD hahaha

~~Carol~~ said...

No grass sounds good to me! Your husband has created so many things that make your home special, from the treehouse to that patio and all of the gardens. And you make the inside of the house so lovely. You and your family are definitely living a beautiful life!

Cindy said...

Hate to agree with you, Kim, but your girls are growing up! They are both true beauties!!!

Beautiful yard and gardens...I think you had better keep Chris around for awhile! Ha!Ha!

So sorry you are experiencing our kind of weather. Sometimes I really loathe going outside because the heat/humidity here can really take your breath away.

Happy Wednesday...

Tracy Suzanne said...

Your gardens are beautiful! So much work but so pretty. I remember when I gardened regularly it really was a joy for me.

Have a blessed day...Tracy :)