Sunday, October 25, 2009

Raindrops on Roses

I don't even know how many times I watched The Sound of Music growing up. The Von Trapp family singers seemed so real to me. Maybe it's because my sisters and I sang so many of the songs from it together.

Maybe it's because Mom made us wimples and matching dresses and we competed in a 4-H talent show singing "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" and "Edelweiss" and "The Lonely Goatherd." The fact that we won that contest almost takes the sting of embarrassment away...almost. Thankfully I was too naive at the time to realize how uncool doing that was. Yodeling? At 12? (Giving self a mental slap.)

Okay, I'm better now.

Just for fun, I thought I'd post some of my favorite things....

My amazing husband. We went to a historic reenactment of French and Indian traders. The kids wanted to see the canoe races better so he put not one, but both big kids on his shoulders and held them there the entire time the race was going on. Who would've guessed he could do that a year after shoulder surgery.

Bare toes. The weather has been warm enough here to shed our shoes again. I hate shoes. Even cute ones. But if I have to wear shoes I prefer the cute variety. My kids, they prefer no variety.

Sandboxes...filled with shoeless children.

A daughter who finds it necessary to accessorize before going to play in the sandbox.

Finishing the garden season and putting things away. This past week my wonderful husband helped me yank the dead plants from the garden (actually, we had the kids do most of that) and he tilled it for me. Hope was kind enough to help rake it all out. That is until the rake made her mad.

Black and White pictures. Please overlook the unfinished parts of our house. One day, it will all be done. Or maybe someone who doesn't care will come make us an offer we can't refuse...or swap us houses with theirs being on a few acres of partially wooded land. A girl can dream, right?

No pictures of this one, but old friends. I spent the day with my oldest (as far as years of friendship go) last weekend. Our 7 children in 7 years had a blast together and I always forget how delightful a baby is. Why is it such a wonderful surprise every. single. time.

Brandi, I spilled one of my embarrassing stories. Are you going to share?


He & Me + 3 said...

Love all of your favorite things and the pictures were so sweet to go along with them. Love black and white too.

Brandi said...

Oh, boy... I should have kept my big mouth shut! LOL! Love this post ~ You have some great favorite things! ;)

Laura said...

Yodeling, huh? I think that's awesome! :) Love your favorite things and the pictures too. Especially the toes, I would rather go barefoot over cute shoes any day too. :) Oh and I can't believe how big Hope looks, where did your baby go!?

Marley's Mama said...

What a great list of favorite things! I love the pics of the toes! And the black and white with the shadows, and you can tell Doug that he is very big and strong. :-) The yodeling...I'd managed to release that from my mind...temporarily. If you were 12at the time, I was... much older. It wasn't the yodeling that embarrassed me (cause we were awesome! Hee hee!), it was the matching outfits. I was a tad too old for that! Ah, the memories. Thanks for sharing your favorite things, and CONGRATS on 100 posts! Keep it up, cause you have a good thing going.
Love you!

Amanda said...

I never, ever get tired of hearing a wife praise her hubby. I just feel like it makes God so proud to see it!!

And is it weird that all your favorites are my favorites???


Blessings to you today!

Alison said...

Huge Sound of Music fan here! Love lists of favorite things!