This & That

Such beautiful weeks we have been having!  The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, and everything is starting to bloom.  Not that March won’t still bring some chilly, rainy days but for now we are loving every moment of this perfect spring weather.  The kids have been staying outside until the last bit of sunlight disappears behind the hills.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law and I took the kiddos to the annual Almond Blossom Festival.  Almond blossom season is a much anticipated time of the year and the Almond Blossom Festival is everything we have come to love about small town parades.   It was another gorgeous day (although a little on the windy side).
We arrived early to get prime main street seating, and pizza by the slice from our favorite local pizza store.  While we were waiting in line to get pizza, four of the Almond blossom princesses came in all decked out in their princess finery.  The princesses waved sweetly to our little girls who were too dumbstruck with sheer admiration to do anything but stare with mouths open.  It was so funny!

The stream of marching bands, fire trucks, police cars, and horses started at last.

The boys waving to the firemen up on the big red truck.

Lots of candy, pencils, and stickers were being passed out to bright-faced children who lined the edge of the street.  We waited until the very last car passed by and slowly made our way back to the van.


Last week our school celebrated National Reading Day by coming to school in their pjs and spending the day reading books to each other.  They brought blankets, pillows and their favorite book to share.  Throughout the day the teachers arranged to have quest storybook readers come in and read the the classes.

Even Mrs. B came in her jammies :)   For lunch they ate a big pancake lunch (which my boys thought was the best thing EVER!).  It’s times like this that I am ever so thankful for the teachers we have been blessed with!

Miss E and I have fallen into a sweet routine at home while the boys are at school.  I really do love it.  After we drop them off, we come home and enjoy a leisurely breakfast.  Occasionally we even drink our coffee and hot coco out of fancy tea cups. 

The simplest things delight her!  She follows me around doing her best to mimic my every step, chatting happily (sometimes a little too endlessly) as we do the chores.


Yesterday afternoon was just too beautiful to stay indoors, so we all piled into our little golf cart, and took a quick trip down the canal to the cousins’ house.

This is what the central valley looks like at this time of year.  I think it must be impossible to be unhappy during almond blossom time. 

When we arrived we found everyone outside and the boys practicing baseball.  They quickly rounded up some gear for J to play as well.

We moms sat and cheered and chatted while the kids did their best to play baseball.  Lots of chasing balls down :)

Mr. G injured his ankle while playing on the trampoline so he sat on the sidelines with me.

A fun spur-of-the-moment afternoon with the cousins turned into a “hey why don’t you come back to our house and eat pizza with us” evening!  Some of use rode back in the car.  The big boys wanted to ride their bikes back to our house so my husband followed them in the golf cart.  Such a fun perfect night!


I’ve also done some sewing!!  It’s been a solid two in a half months since my sewing machine has seen any action, and I was aching to use my new patterns and material.

This pattern in the Geranium Dress from Made By Rae.  It’s a PDF pattern that you can purchase on Rae’s website.

I knew I wanted to buy the pattern the moment Rae introduced it, but I was fortunate enough to win it during her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!  My mom came over one Friday.  We worked on it together and by that evening the dress was done.

I’d like to make her at least one more dress and the tunic version as well.  Such a sweet and fun pattern!

Last but not least….

My tummy gets kissed by this girl at least a dozen times a day.  She is already so in love with this baby.

And that’s all the juicy news from our little corner of the world.  Hopefully I’ll be posting a lot more sewing projects soon!  I have an ever growing stack of fabric and patterns piling up to make for this little one.

13 thoughts on “This & That

  1. down_onthefarm

    that is theee BEST tummy picture! i love it! what a great perspective. i’ve so been wanting to see it. and little e’s eyelashes look way too big and abundant for just one person to have… i’m not sure that’s fair. :)

    running out the door… gotta come back about the rest of this! later. <3

  2. jennieanne84

    i am jealous of the beautiful weather that you are having…but oh so happy for you! :) we are expecting more snow tonight and tomorrow!

    your school and teachers sound wonderful.
    your sewing is just absolutely anazing!!
    blessings on your beautiful littke family. thanks for posting!

  3. song_of_praise

    Enjoyed your post! Small town parades ~ I love them also. Our town goes all out for the Fourth of July, complete with a parade similar to, but not limited to the photos you shared, and a three to four night rodeo event.

    Your tummy photo made me wonder if you are going to get your sewing projects done in time.  ;)

  4. foreveranoatneygirl_n2Hisown

    oh, yay!! so happy to see a post from you!
    i love the almond blossom pictures. i remember you talking about that when you were here, and in fact, i can hear your voice even now as i recall it. happy thought.
     so cute, that picture of the kiss on your tummy!
    lovely sewing project! can’t wait to see what else you come up with! are you making E and Easter dress? i’m thinking of doing that for my girls…thinking of it. ;)
    happy Monday to you friend, so far away!

  5. redladybug18

    Those almond trees are SO pretty!  I’ve heard they smell good too!  What fun to live among them :)
    I love spontaneous times with friends.  I’d much rather do something spur of the moment than something long and planned out though I do love looking forward to things :)
    Love that last picture with E :)   Totally precious!  She’s going to be a good big sister!

  6. lifeisadance

    3 olivia
    Oh, it’s just fun! There is too comment I want to comment on!
    The blossom pictures… I can almost smell them through the screen, they are that beautiful! How lucky you are to live right THERE!
    And the small-town parades and spur-of-the-moment evenings… those are just sweet things. It’s those kinds of things that make the best memories!
    And I  LOVE your sewing projects! I always always love to see those. :) So beautiful!
    And now you’ll have another little girl to sew for! How FUN! :)
    The tummy picture is ADORABLE. I’m so excited you’re having a baby!

  7. appalolly

    You should see the snow on the ground around here!!  It would make you feel really blessed!

    The picture with the country road and the almond trees…wow!  So beautiful!  And the idea of a pregnant you just hanging out with your girlie at home during the days made me feel happy for you!

  8. down_onthefarm

    just wanted to come back and say how much i loved seeing a post from april. :)
    and how beautiful it is where you live! an almond blossom festival sounds dreamy.
    like something anne with an e might do. haha. that little dress is dear. and i’m looking
    forward to seeing your stack of projects as you finish them. the baby clothes… and THE BABY!

    much love.

  9. fruitloops115

    I agree with Cindy, an April post is a HUGE highlight. I stopped by again tonight to re-read and can’t believe I didn’t comment earlier, how rude of me!  Your sewing always inspires me and that baby bellly getting kisses? TOO cute! I wanna see the rest of that baby mama! 
    I can’t help but think, whenever I see pictures of your area, how it seems like such a beautiful spot to live. And your impromptu party w/ the friends down the canal-FUN!

  10. zanyzeal

    Love the kissing the belly picture   Adorable.  What an itch for spring you gave me as I looked at your gorgeous blue skies…  I love snow but I think I am ready to move onto spring.  Eagerly awaiting warmer temps… a meltdown of the foot of snow still on the ground outside and a muddy mess.

  11. lin789

    That kissing-the-baby photo is priceless. Every time I see great shots like that, I think, “I simply must have another baby!”  The sweet routine that you and Miss E have fallen into sounds so, so perfect. Have a GOOD weekend.


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