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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Under the Stairs Club

Summer will be arriving tomorrow.

The weather here has been delightful.  (Minus the tornado warnings- shudder)
Windows open, jackets at night, warm brownies after dinner.

Took a peek at the weather and the heat is heading our way.
Unless someone wants to whisk me away to the beach.;)

The girls and I have been visiting the local gardens- sketching, exploring, chatting, taking pictures.
It's amazing how relaxing it is being among all this beauty.

This makes me almost think orange is my favorite color...

Until I see this, and the pink and yellow/green combination blows me away!

There's a sign here that says, "Please, run in the grass."  
Well. OK!

This reminds me of Jeremy Fisher (Beatrix Potter book).
While sitting on a lily pad, he dipped his toe in the water and a fish bit him!
("Jaws" music plays in the background)
You'll never look at a lily pad the same way again.

Pretty chicken.
Yes, they exist!  Looks like God took a bit longer coloring her.:)

The rooster.  So noisy, but look at his colors.
Pretty boy.

See the clouds?
Yeah, they were crazy.
That evening we had a meeting of the Under the Stairs Club.

We even inducted a new member!

More about that later.
Look at the cute little Bumble Bee.
Chubby works for them.;)

Ah, the rush of water...

School is out!
(Except for some children who have a mean homeschooling Mom.)

She makes them spend time outside sketching and socializing!
(Perhaps she's not too bad.)

Did you know that same Mom has a sketchbook?
She was so proud of herself for drawing a picture, until she realized she'd started at the back and her picture was upside down?

Going downhill quickly, dear friends.

Please send chocolate.

4 leaf clovers?

Favorite picture of the day.

Standing in front of the building she drew.
Excellent job!

Secret places all over this place.
You never know what you'll discover!

Precious friends.
They didn't know I took these pictures.

I can be a spy.;)

Tornado warnings late in the evening.
The lightning was insane!

Under the stairs we went.  4 girls- check.  Pillows- check.  Ruby- check.  Snookie- check.  Flashlights- check.  Snacks- check.  Phone- check.  Prayers- double check.

And this is how our evening ended.  The Little Mermaid and then off to my bed, reading.  
Tornado warning recovery is better spent in Mom and Dad's bed.

I slept on the couch.
And I was happy to be safe- in my nest. 


Sherri said...

Lori, what an absolutely lovely post my friend! I love the gardens!! Wish I lived closer to you so we could go there together. Just beautiful! Have an awesome weekend!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thank you so much, Sherri. Imagine how the colors would inspire us to create! Someday, dear friend, someday.... :) Lori

Tristan said...

ORANGE is my most favorite,ever. haha.

I ADORE this post...except for tornados..blech!!!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Thanks so much, Tristan! I know you love orange and I don't blame you one bit. It's fabulous and so HAPPY!:) Just like you.;) Lori

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori, those gardens look absolutely beautiful, so tranquil and relaxing. I am glad you all enjoyed sketching the wonderful scenes there. Thanks for sharing your pictures, I almost feel like I am there. So glad you were all safe under the stairs. Summer seems to have arrived here too but not for long! Lindsay x

Angela said...

Lori,you have the wonderful gift of being able to turn even a stormy night into a special time! Your girls (and Dibs) are so blessed! I am inspired by how you can find beauty everywhere you go. :)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Lindsay- The weather has been unseasonably lovely this month- pretty close to heavenly! I think the storms are gone for this season, thank goodness. Wish you could've spent the day sketching with us. <3 Lori

mysteryhistorymom said...

Angela- We adore Dibs! You inspire me, too, precious friend! All the time... <3 Lori

mel said...

saw your little girlie at the park the other day. So grown up! All legs! :)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Melanie- She told me she saw you, too! Sweet Tess took a dip in the water- tee hee.:) You're so blessed, dear friend. Sometimes I wish we had more little ones... Lori

Jenn said...

Beautiful photos, Lori! I feel inspired to visit the gardens again...this time with sketchbooks! Hope all those storms are gone for good now. and we can enjoy the rest of the summer:)