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A Big Week

Monday, August 22, 2011


This is going to be a big week.  School starts Thursday (sniff) and we still have supplies to purchase and open houses to attend.  Summer reading is taking much longer than our boys realized.  Note to self, The Count of Monte Christo is a big book.  And so is Genghis Khan.  We are trying to squeeze the last few drops of summer out of our days.  The high dive at our pool is always the end of summer celebration.  In other words, it isn't summer until my husband and I go off.  I usually manage to put it off until the day the pool closes because heights aren't my idea of a fun time.


Yesterday I cut the last remaining flowers from the hydrangeas.  Another sign that summer is coming to an end.  Just as a side note, Annabelle hydrangeas should be cut to 12-18" above the ground at the end of summer.  They bloom on new growth.




Over the weekend, Mom shared some goodies from her garden.  She has such a green thumb and her gardens always blow me away.  This year, she tried growing butternut squash with great success.  Eating butternut squash in the summer has been a treat because we usually only have it in the fall roasted or in soups. This summer we have enjoyed it grilled using this recipe here.

We also celebrated Mom's birthday over the weekend.  It was a surprise and we actually pulled it off well.  Over the years, Mom has collected many things.  Her new collection is Limoges boxes.  We gave her two boxes to add to her collection.  I must admit that I have grown rather fond of these darling little boxes myself.  I can just imagine an entire collection on a dresser or side table.  They are all so delicate and the colors are beautiful.


The true Limoges boxes are stamped.  You can find them on ebay or etsy.  



23 comments:

  1. Those diving photos are just fantastic! We have three more weeks until school start, savoring it to be sure!! Janell

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  2. We have a few weeks yet til school starts up again(not til after Labor Day,) but we should probably get cracking on the summer reading, too. The veggies look fantastic! Grilled butternut squash sounds so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love the picture of your boys jumping off the diving boards - quintessential summer!! So are your hydrangeas & fresh vegetables!! Hope your mother had a great birthday!! Enjoy the week, Rene!

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  4. Enjoy your week, Rene! Looks like a fun summer. How did it fly by so fast?!

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  5. How fun to see the pool photos, now what about one with you diving off?!

    I have a friend who collects the Limoges boxes, they are so lovely!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  6. Karena, I had this idea of taking a picture of each of us jumping from the high dive and using it in a wall collage. Um, let's just say that I changed my mind after seeing the pictures :).

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  7. Rene those diving pics are simply fab!

    Veronica
    www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  8. Big is right Rene... Good luck with the new school year,well your kids... love the photo of the picnic table and flowers... have a good week and don's stress

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  9. hope y'all have a fantastic week! sounds so fun! My mom collects Limoge boxes, too! They are gorgeous and so much fun to pick out for special occasions!

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  10. I had to giggle at the summer reading, my not-so-little guy was finishing his up last night, as today is the first day! Thanks for the hydrangea tip, I've always whacked my mine to the ground, maybe they won't be so delayed next year. :)

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  11. Happy Birthday to your mom!
    Life isn't so hectic here because we homeschool (unschool, actually)! learning is an organic process and we take advantage of everyday experiences and place them in the curriculum as needed! The end of Summer means shorter lines at all the museums!
    Soon, though, I will need to brush up on my Calculus skills and that frightens me a bit! LOL!
    What gardening zone are you in? My hydrangeas are not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer. Just curous!

    Andie

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  12. You do have a busy week! Those pictures of him diving are amazing. SO fun. Wish I had some talent in the garden. Hydrangeas are my favorite. Trying to dry some for an outdoor wreath. We shall see.

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  13. Great high-diving photos, Rene!

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  14. :( that summer is over :) that fall weather is next to come!

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  15. I'm not a big fan of heights either - in fact I'm terrified. But does look like fun! Those veggies look delicious too.

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  16. We have had such great weather, I don't want summer to end. But it's back to school time and that means the end to many. Love the pool pictures, Rene!

    I hope your mother had a wonderful birthday!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. I saw that first picture and thought he was jumping off the umbrella haha! I am SO jealous of your hydrangeas....mine didn't make it through the drought. :( Have fun with school this week!

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  18. enjoy the last few days! sawyer goes back tomorrow... wow! i am looking forward to it though because i am frazzled after the excitement of the last two weeks! my mom also has a green thumb and a fab veggie garden that we are reaping the benefits of while we stay with them- YUM! i love fresh tomatoes!

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  19. Hee hee, delaying the diving board because of height issues would be exactly what I would do too! My kids get a kick out of seeing me do things that freak me out. :) I'm sure you can relate.

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  20. If that is a pic of the produce from your mum's garden - it's fabulous and you are lucky.. It all looks perfect!

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  21. Enjoy your week! It feels like summer was so long ago now and we've only been in school for a week!
    Take care,
    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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  22. Divine Theater, we are in zone 7. I usually cut our annabelles back in Sept. Definitely check your zone to make sure it is ok.

    -Rene

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  23. Love the pics! We don't start until after Labor Day here but we are busy getting school supplies and meeting teachers.
    I hope you can enjoy these last few days!
    xoxo

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