I had an amazing before picture of this previously hideous spot near our front door. But, my phone only pretended to take it--when I went to retrieve and upload it (AFTER I'd repotted and arranged the plants, of course), the photo wasn't actually in my gallery.
I usually spend Mother's Day planting, but not so much this year. My first mother-in-law sent me a gigantic patio pot from her favorite local florist (who did my first rehearsal dinner & wedding) and it is gorgeous right now! Trailing, bright pink and purple petunias, etc. It made me want to do some other things around the front door.
In addition to these guys, I cleaned up an ivy plant (from a previous planter from my first mother-in-law...how much do I love her?!) and put in some coleus to create some visual variety with the green ivy leaves. We have mums planted all around the house that are FULL of blooms and are ready to burst open at any point.
Plus, our raised bed full of volunteer mint and tomatoes continues to be wildly thriving. I'm stockin up on canning supplies so I can be ready this year and not let the tomatoes go to waste.
The girls finished up their school year at the end of May. I am now the parent of rising 8th and 4th graders. I don't even want to talk about what comes after this year! I am in no way prepared to be the parent of a child in high school. Not at all. They both did wonderfully this year and I'm really proud of their accomplishments.
M2 decided that she wanted to return to soccer. She played on a co-ed team in kindergarten and ran rings around the other girls and most of the boys. When we changed schools, she shied away from soccer and then played basketball this past season. She not only wanted to play, but she wanted to try-out for a spot on a club team in a competitive league. I was nervous about that because she had her heart set and at least a half dozen of her basketball friends were also at try-outs. Ends up, she made the team--an '02 team to boot. As she was born in '03, that's a pretty sweet result for her given the circumstances.
M1 is headed to NYC in the coming weeks with her paternal grandparents. It's their way of celebrating the milestone of her 13th birthday. I think that's a pretty awesome way to celebrate myself. They will see a couple shows, catch up with some family and see the sites everyone should see on their first trip to the Big Apple. I remember when I went to NYC for the first time. It was with M1's dad and his parents. I couldn't believe the sheer size of the city, the sights, the sounds and all the wonderful food! It was a great trip. And, I had the experience of seeing the Twin Towers which is not something everyone can say.
My husband is still battling to try and return to work from the forced disability that would be so laughable if it weren't so economically crippling. We're also looking at other job opportunities which is super disappointing given that he's been with his current employer for nearly 18 years. So crazy.
My job is exploding as this is our busy time. I am so tired by the time that Friday rolls around, I can barely see straight. I'm continuing to try and build my business (which I love) and make the world a happier place, one Scentsy addict at a time.