Thursday, May 26, 2016

{Garden} A few photos

Hello! Two posts in one week, crazy! I guess that's what happens when school is out and the kids are daycare. The extra expense of Lily going will suck this month but at the same time, momma can get stuff done and take naps. It's the little things. 

I'm working on creating a full garden tour (well, more than one but you get the idea) but until then, I thought I'd share some of the growth going on here at The Brick Bungalow. 

First, I'll start with this month old photo from our back yard. I made it over last summer so you can check out those before and afters. There's already a huge change from this photo until now because of all the flowers that popped up in May. If you remember, I got a lot of flowers from my parents' fields and transplanted a few from around our house. This helped give it a really full, lush feeling in a short amount of time. 


The rest of the photos are from Lily's Garden. It's the side yard that was once all grass (a long time ago!) and I've slowly made it to what it is today. Every single item you see was put in there by us, minus the garage and house. The rocks, foundation stones, fences (privacy and black), trellis (on the privacy fence), and of course, plants - it's about 7 years of a work in progress. 


See the white gutter in the photo above? It ruins almost all the photos I take at this angle…. I NEED to find something to replace it that's not so ugly. I'll add that to my do list.

My collection of pots. This year I took the small metal container and redid our fairy garden. It was on the ground a few years ago but moles and plant growth ruined it, so now it's been condensed into the container garden variety. We may add more to it, or smaller containers with it, but I don't know. The rest of plants are annuals. The one on the far left in front is the top of a pineapple. Living in Missouri, I don't have high hopes for it but we'll see what happens. 


Coneflowers are one of my favorites. My coneflowers are taking over and may need some intervention later this summer, but this was my first one of the season. 


View from the driveway. I don't always show this as our dining room window (the big set of three) is ugly and needs replaced. But I want to document more so I can compare year to year. Plus, it shows my new clematis that we added late last year. 


I love hydrangeas. This one plant is a part of the trio I planted while pregnant with Nate almost 3 years ago. I love how one plant can have a variety of colors. 


And here's another shot of another coneflower from the same plant as earlier. I think I like the green buds more than the actual flower, but then when they change to the beautiful purple variety, it's hard to not like those too. 


Do you garden? What 's your favorite flower? We have our veggie gardens planted too, so I'll be sure to show those soon. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

{Life} Roller Coaster Week

Hello! I did not mean to take almost a full month off but it does happen to be about my busiest month all year. Between Doug's birthday (end of April) and the end of May, so much happens. So I have now dubbed one week "Roller Coaster Week" as it's a roller coaster of emotions, thoughts, feelings, and just plain busyness.

The roller coaster week starts on May 16. 5 years ago on May 16, we lost my brother. I was going to write about it again as it's the 5th anniversary but I just couldn't put my feelings into words. I've done it before on here (last year on his birthday) and through Facebook and I even mentioned it on Instagram (follow me at thebrickbungalow) but I just couldn't make another post. 

He had a larger than life personality and so many people miss him. I know he would have adored Nate and Nate would be in love with him. My brother had a way with kids and he and Lily were an instant bond. The fact that Nate is almost his mini-me is crazy. And Jesse would have loved watching Lily play soccer and softball. 



This week, at least this year, was the last week of my school (as I'm a teacher). Doug's last week is this current week, so he's coming to an end too. But last week, for me, was chaos. They tell us to "teach 'til the last minute" but really… come on! Have YOU tried to teach middle school students on the last week??!?! Chaos. I become a babysitter, not a teacher. And don't even do the math on what I'd make if I was a true babysitter (hourly wage per kid x number of kids per class = way more than what I make!). Ugh. Just ugh.

Then, on the 20th, the last day of school, was my 10 (TEN!) year anniversary with Doug. TEN. Holy cow! The photo below was from our second anniversary. We are really terrible about taking photos of us on our anniversary - maybe that'll be our goal for the next 10 years! 


And then to end of the roller coaster was Lily's birthday. My baby girl turned 7. SEVEN. How did that one happen!?!? I'll be posting more about this now second grader soon. I'll update this collage of her birthday shirts (all made from my mother-in-law). 


So in one week, just seven simple days, I go from one of the lowest of the low type feelings to super excited and happy. You can see how crazy it's been. So now I'm anxious to get my hands dirty and work on gardening, updating blog photos, and working on our basement! 



Today is my actual first day off for summer and although my to do list is long and I have a little girl's birthday party to get ready for, I found myself not in the mood for anything. I did get two plants in the garden that were about to die if I didn't and I took a great nap, but still. I just felt like a balloon that lost its air. Out of shape, no energy, nothing to say "let's do this!" I tried music, sugar, caffeine… everything. But not much. Tomorrow should be better. I have huge plans for the next month!!

So how's your summer? Big plans for Memorial Day? We always have Lily's party then so that's about all we have going on. 

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