Monday, May 24, 2010

{ Summer Days #1 }


Oh boy, Summer is definitely upon us and for us here in the Bourland Household, it's begun!

Today was officially our first day of Summer Break and what a day it's been. From sleeping in late, to a filling breakfast of bacon and puttering around the house, planting and watering and decorating and ending with a couple of hours outside in the pool and under the canopy.

First I have to show you my progress in the gardening department. I'm quite pleased with myself, seems my Thumb of Death is either on vacation or decided to leave forever. If so, Thank the Lord above because I'm finally able to grow things around here.


Tomato and my Sage

Starting from the top: Parsley, Lavender, Marigold, Johnny Jump Up and Zinnia, all growing, all pretty and I couldn't be happier.

Closer look at my parsley

If you turn around, right behind you you'll see this.

Now turn the other way because....oh my word....real strawberries. Yes, and I grew them. *GASP*

Strawberry and Tomato plant. I think it helps that I keep the instructions on there and follow them to the letter LOL

Tomato plant, look it's all thriving and doing good. I'm shocked I tell you, beyond shocked that I have been able to grown anything at all.

I'm not sure if you noticed on my Stove Top Cover yesterday, I have this little mini muffin pan.

I wanted something cute, so I grabbed this old pan, added some tea lights here and there, then filled in the rest of the holes with beans. I then took my Sweet Pea and Jasmine scented oil and dripped a few drop over the beans.

It smells SO good in my kitchen and I don't even need to light a scented candle. Just love this, so easy and so inexpensive.

After my puttering around a bit, the kids asked if I could put the pool up again, and that's what I did next. But not before pruning my lemon tree, which I forgot to take a picture of, I'll do that for you tomorrow.




Their friends came down to play in the pool too. Just give kids a pool and watch them have fun for hours on end.

Little Miss Lola went in for a swim too and then came and sat down on the chair with me to dry off. She really does think she's human.

5 PM rolled around and retreat kicked in, which means the taking down of the flag and the playing of the National Anthem. At that time, cars have to pull to the side of the road and remain there until it's over, and anyone outside during this time needs to face the flag or the sound of the Anthem.


The kids were jumping around and having fun, but being the military brats that they are, they KNOW that when the first note sounds, they are to stand up and remain quiet.

I love watching them all with their hands over their hearts, paying respect to their Country. It's adorable!

So there you have it, the first day of summer. Just like my Spring Break series, I plan on doing a daily Summer Days post with one or more pics of the day. If you want to join in, let me know through comments so I can come by and check your post out.

It's not going to be a strict every day thing, if you want to participate today but then don't for a few days and then come back again, that's perfectly fine.

I'm off to work on my Knitted Gifts.


Mari said...

Lovely post! I especially like the end about paying respect to the flag. We loved seeing everything come to a halt when the flag came down on Andy's base. It frustrates me to see adults not putting their hands over their heart when the anthem is played and it makes me feel great to see your kids show such respect!

Sheila said...

Another thing I miss about the Air Force--daily retreat. Love the kids showing their respect.
I think your thumb of death moved to NC because I have problems growing anything any more!! I used to have so many houseplants and be able to grow anything outside too--but--sadly, not any more!!
Love all your decorative touches and Little Miss Lola.
I hope y'all have a great summer!!

Susanne said...

Love that last pic of them all dripping wet and standing facing the flag. I had no idea the bases do that. I wonder if they do that at Canadian bases too.

Your summer pictures have warmed me up. It's really cold here this morning. Still only a few degrees above freezing in the morning so we are far from putting the pool up yet.

Christina said...

Awesome pictures. Definitely kicked off the summer theme for me. I love the doggie in the chair pic and the kids standing up to salute the flag, well you know we know about this. I love to see it happen. Reminds me of how patriotic Military brats grow up to be.

Renee said...

What a great post! Love the pics and it sure does look like your kids (and dog) are enjoying that pool!