Sunday, April 29, 2012

Filling In

I hopped out of the car quickly one day to snap the pretty carpet of yellow flowers that had filled in the forest floor this spring.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Reminder

Well, despite the cold weather we had this week, it is actually spring.  Here are the daffodils to remind us.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wyle - Four Months Old

If you needed an update on "The Cuteness," well here it is.  Wyle is already four months old and has doubled in weight since we brought her home.  Everyone says how fast this happens, but even still, it is quite remarkable.  She learned to roll over this week and now every time I turn around she is on her belly.  She even likes to sleep on her belly, which I admit makes me worry, but my mom reminds me that's how they were advised to let babies sleep a generation ago.  I made it, and so did my husband, so I guess I will give up worrying over that. 

She is still as smiley and happy as ever, which makes me smiley and happy.  She is so observant now, studying pages in the books we read and taking in all the colors and shapes at the grocery store.  She also loves to look closely at the orchids at the botanical garden.  I think they are so bold in shape and color that they are attractive to her eye.  I can just see her absorbing all that information through her eyes and into her brain.  It is impossible to know exactly what she thinks of things, but I know there is a lot going on up there.

I remarked to my husband this week that I am glad we waited so long to have children.  I used to be uptight about a lot of things, but at 32, I have learned to go with the flow and to not just live in the moment, but to appreciate the moment.  I won't say I don't think about things I need to do and want to do, without wishing I had time to do them, but being able to let them go so I can enjoy what is at hand with Wyle is something I could not have done so well when I was younger.  I mean, look at that face.  It is difficult to look at that face and wish I were doing anything else but being with her.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Means Azaleas (again)

When I was in Wyoming, I looked forward to spring more than I ever have before.  But even with all the daffodils and grape hyacinths, I always felt like something was missing.  That thing was azaleas.  I grew up in South Carolina, where there are azaleas everywhere you look.  They always bloom around Easter, and every spring since I moved away I have missed them.  So you can imagine the pleasure I have been taking in watching this single azalea burst into bloom over the last few days in my back yard here in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cows On the Move

I have been reading the blog of my friend Leah who lives out on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, and it reminded me of the adventure we had together last spring when I joined her and her cowboy in moving the pregnant mommas to the fresh pasture where they would give birth.  It was such fun!  I know right now Leah and her cowboy are knee-deep in cute little calves and I wish I was there to see those sweet faces in person. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Quick Survey

I'd like to know what you think about the size of the photos on the blog.  Are they:

too big?
too small?
just right?

I think I have found what looks best on my computer, but there are so many devices from which you can access the Internet these days, I thought I'd ask all of you.  I don't want you to have to scroll down to see the entirety of an image.  Let me know.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thawing Out

I talked to a friend in Wyoming today, and I hear that even they have been enjoying some of this wonderful spring weather.  It is always nice to get a break in the winter weather, even if it is fleeting.

I took this a few years ago in Wyoming, on a jaunt from Wheatland to Laramie.  I would wait for a nice day and make the hour and a half drive to visit my framer, hit up my favorite coffee shop, and grab a fresh loaf of bread from the market.  I passed these aqua containers every time I made that drive and they were my landmark so I would know where to turn.