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Get With It, Laresa!

15 Apr

Whew!  We have been busy around the Watkins’ house!  I feel like it’s been forever since I have posted anything.  I think of things every day that I want to write about, or Charlie will say something or something will happen, and I think, “I have to remember that so I can blog about it,” then I forget it!  I guess I need to keep a notebook with me at all times so I can write down my ideas whenever they occur to me.

We are in the middle of a redecorating stint.  We’re having the kitchen a living room painted a nice blue-grey color.  When we built our house we were just young and in a hurry, so neither Jason nor I paid too much attention to the details like outlet covers and paint colors.  We just went with our first whims.  Now we are slowly going through the house and changing door knobs and hinges and having rooms repainted with more cool, relaxing tones.  Last year, we changed our bedroom from a barn red color to a light silvery-blue, and we even hung wallpaper on one wall.  I just love walking in our bedroom now and sometimes during a particularly hectic moment I will step into that room and take a deep breath.  Love it.

…So that has been a major thing going on the past week or so.  I am also training for a 5K that Casey and I are running in a few weeks.  It is called the Glow Run and is to benefit Easter Seals.  I have never been much of a runner, so it has been a challenge for me.  I can definitely see the appeal of running now, though.  It is a good, quick workout, and it is great to be outside and just run.

Last week was my 34th birthday!  It passed without too much hoorah, which I prefer more and more every year!  I really don’t mind getting older.  I love being in my 30’s.  One good thing about having an April birthday is that I always get some nice plants for my yard.

Double Bloom Impatiens and Coleus in the wine barrels out front

Double Bloom Impatiens and Coleus in the wine barrels out front-Thanks Daddy!

A gorgeous Lilly plant from Jason-Can't wait until the blooms open!

A gorgeous Lilly plant from Jason-Can’t wait until the blooms open!

An impatiens hanging basket and tomato plants from my friend Lauren

An impatiens hanging basket and tomato plants from my friend Lauren

Jason also got me a fabulous composting bin, which is exactly what I wanted!  I think I might be getting boring in my old age!

 

 

Planting with the Crazy Peoples

1 Mar

Am I the only one who is  SO ready for spring?  I decided today to do a little early planting with Charlie and Maddie and enjoy checking out the fruits of our labor for the remainder of this dreary winter.

All we did was take a glass container (I bought this one at Pottery Barn years ago and use it year-round for different decorations), fill it with glass beads, stick some calla lily bulbs down into the beads, and add a little water.  This would be really cute in mason jars or any type of glass vase or pitcher.

Charlie was being silly for the camera so I had to include some pics of his hilarious self.

Eating cookies and playing with the beads a bit

Eating cookies and playing with the beads a bit

Charlie was cracking me up

Charlie was cracking me up

Adding the beads

Adding the beads

A few more...

A few more…

This is what it looks like after the bulbs and some water were added.  It isn't too pretty now, but when they begin growing they will be gorgeous!  I hope they're ready in time for Easter...

This is what it looks like after the bulbs and some water were added. It isn’t too pretty now, but when they begin growing they will be gorgeous! I hope they’re ready in time for Easter…

This was really fun to do with the kids and I know they’ll be so excited when the flowers start growing.  We’re definitely going to have to talk about planting seeds in people by talking about Jesus (Matt 28:19) and also how seeds grow into big, beautiful things (Matt 13: 30-32).  Springtime is such a wonderful opportunity to teach about God’s love for us and how his love is expressed in nature.

I’ll post some pics of our flowers when they bloom!