Friday, May 30, 2008

What has 2 thumbs and needs a vacation?


Here is where I really wanted to go. But, in reality, this is where we ARE going. It's all good,'s always nice to visit with family and old friends. And, you can't really complain when your loving mother is footing the bill for your ungodly expensive travel with 2 small children and a dog. Yep, Sake is going along for the ride (under my seat, of course). She's a pretty mellow gal, but just in case, I procured some doggy narcotics for the plane ride. Plus, I really hope to meet up with her while I'm there. She's one of my fabulous fellow Tulip Girls, and she literally lives just down or, rather, up the road from my mom. Small world, no?

Anyway, that was a little longer absence than I had intended from the old blog. We've just been enjoying having our house back to ourselves, and working in the yard. Bryan and I intend to bite off more than we can chew in the landscaping/gardening department. During his fabulously long 4-day weekend last weekend, we decided to install a new flower bed that will run the entire length of our walkway from the driveway to the house. And, as if that wasn't enough, we are starting to install our all-American perfect white picket fence around our front yard. Seemed easy enough to accomplish on a long weekend. Or not. We scrapped our plans to go to the beach THIS weekend so we could attempt to finish our projects. I'll post some pics when we're done. In the meantime, I'll share this from my garden:

We planted that magnolia tree as soon as we bought our house 2 years ago. The first flowers. Last year...a measly 2 blooms. This year? More than 13 beautiful, fragrant flowers! I belong to The National Home Gardening Club, and they are having a photography contest. This will be my entry. The only stipulation is that the photograph come from your own garden. No problem there. And, they have some pretty sweet gardening prizes. Wish me luck!

If you missed my Garden Journal class over at Label Tulip on the 27th, not to worry! It's still available here. Let me know if you have any questions. I had promised to post some photos of what have inside the journal. Keep your eyes open for that sometime this weekend.

I'd also like to take the time to say a quick thank-you to all of you fabulous gals that have posted comments, and sent such kind e-mails in regards to the whole blog-stalker issue. It means a lot to me. And, the biggest thank-you to my now-favorite blog buddy for sending me the fabulous Johnny Cash video (you know who you are). ;0) Who would have ever thought that there was such a PERFECT song?!? Anyway, enough wasting time talking about all that crap. Moving on...

Two other quick notes...I am looking for a roommate at CHA in July. Otherwise, I might not be able to go. It's still up in the air as it is, but a solid roommate confirmation would help out a lot. Let me know if you're going and are interested in sharing a room. If you don't want to post a comment, you can always e-mail me at And, about the round robin art journal that I mentioned a few posts ago...I'm still planning on doing it. But, I was thinking about pushing it back more towards the fall/winter. Let me know how that sounds. I just know how busy summer can get here, and how time can get away from us. I know that the paper and glue definitely takes a backseat to the gardening gloves and shovel for the next couple of least for me.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Marie said...

Yes i need one too! I love the first idea but i would love to go to alaska. Lucky girl! Have a lovely trip! I hope the blog stalker thing has finally ended. You have a wonderful time!

mushroommeadows said...

Cute picture!!! :)

OH, I love your gardening picture for the contest! It's awesome. I hope you win!!! For sure! :)

Lizee said...

oooh i really NEED a vacation too

hope you have a blast!!!!

and that picture of you lookds fab! :)


btw how cute are you for being in a gardening club!

KhrisW said...

Holly, I am sooo happy to see you back here. I know how that feels and how it can make you feel so emotionally drained.

I'm glad your squatters are gone. Now they'll know how easy they had it, clueless fools.

I garden too! Your photo is stunning, Holly! My foxgloves are coming up again, and there are a few more next to them this year, so that's nice! Anyway, you should win. It's a beautiful photo.

Your trip to Alaska will be so much fun! Hey, if you ever need a Sake sitter, bring her to Virginia! LOL.

You look so pretty! I'm so glad things are better now.... So very glad for you and your family.

Melonie said...

WOW Holly! I've been away for awhile and you've had lots going on I guess! That picture rocks! Beautiful! So glad you are all getting to go on vacation! Have fun!

Zoe said...

glad to have you back! hope that troll is long gone. just out of curiosity is there anything you can't do????

Michelle said...

Sounds like fun! Sorry its not the trip you dreamed of but it sounds nice. Yay for getting to meet another scrapper. I can't wait to see your new edition to your front yard. And that is a lovely photo too!

KhrisW said...

OH for sure! If you want to go to Silver Bella and I can go (the Marine Corps Ball is around the 10th, don't know the date for the ball but it's very close to Silver Bella) let's go!

Michelle said...

Who has 2 green thumbs, you mean! That's an amazing's so awesome! Good luck with the contest..and enjoy the gardening/beaching/family fun stuff!! yay!

danilouwho said...

I would looooove a trip to Alaska.... it's like, in my top 3 of places I want to go. Actually though, I think I kinda want an Alaskan cruise, lol.
hope you have an awesome time - you deserve it girl!

I so need to get on with doing a little landscaping for the new duplex, not too much since we don't own it or anything but man my yard is bare!

and that pic is just gorgeous! great job with that - good luck!

♥♥♥ jEn ♥♥♥ said...

again, hope you're having a fun trip. i'd love to go to day, i will get there!

and what a cute tutorial for the journal!! thx for doing that...will have to try it soon. i'd also LOVE to know how you made that scrap portfolio you made for yourself (or was it a gift for tina?) over the was soooo gorgeous! you are way too talented missy...sooo jealous!

anyway, i'm a little behind so still reading so not sure what happened w/ your stalker...but hopefully its all resolved now & it'll never happen again. why do people have to be so bad, mean, ugly, rude, inhumane, etc??

ok, sorry i get behind in reading & commenting...i'm sure you understand. i know you have the same issues...and eventually we get around to say hi! =)

ps--hey, email me your addy...i have something cool to mail you...a fun gift from japan that is extra special & something i'm sure you'll love! =)

xxo, jen