Thursday, February 14, 2013

Theme Thursday: Growing Things, and {pretty, happy, funny, real}

{pretty}



I'm sure that to someone with actual taste and talent, this photo is cliche in its subject matter, passe in its composition, and poor in its ability to evince feelings of wander and awe. Yeah, but to me, it's just lovely. This is my submission for Clan Donaldson's wonderful Theme Thursday link up: this week, leaves or trees. Thanks to Cari's oh so helpful, this is how you use your camera tutorial, I learned all about the beauty of the macro setting on my dang camera. 



So much thanks to my incredibly patient and photogenic lavender bush, where would I be without you?

{happy}

In other plant news, the kumquats are ripening!


When Jude tasted a kumquat for the first time he declared that they were the most delicious balls of poetic goodness God ever composed in his miraculous creation. Actually, I'm not sure those were his exact exact words, but it's an accurate paraphrase. 


Stupidly, we don't have a kumquat tree to call our very own (they really are only in their complete glory seconds after being plucked) so we rely on the beautiful tree at the dentist's office, and the ones that surround our neighborhood pool. No, we don't mind taking all of them in reach and leaving none for everyone else. Lucky us.

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{funny}

Wheeeeere's Isaac?




Man, AnneMarie is really bad at seeking, his feet are sticking right out there. Come on.

{real}


My God, my God, (no, I am not breaking the second commandment, this is an actual prayer) when will this sight ever cease to awaken fear and trembling down to the very core of my earthly being?

i'm a very good driver
It is conceivably just months before Peter actually gets his license.  So, so scared I am. Ten and two, boy, ten and two! And mirrors, for the love of the Good Lord God, mirrors!

Great, great thanks to Like Mother Like Daughter for letting me play the {pretty, happy, funny, real} game! I love it!

20 comments:

  1. We have some of the same *real* going on in our house right now, and I am utilizing the same prayer frequently.
    Your funny had me laugh out loud.

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    1. Thanks Mary, and teen driving certainly keeps one on her knees!

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  2. Those lavender pictures are beautiful. The colors, to someone suffering from snowblindness, are exactly what the doctor ordered.

    I've never had a kumquat. What do they taste like?
    Thanks again for linking up! See you next week.

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    1. Theologically speaking, a kumquat tastes just as Jude described above. Practically, they are like a cross between an apricot and a clementine. But they really do have to be eaten promptly, which is probably why you never see them for sale.

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  3. LOL I love your last picture and comments. I'm so glad my boys aren't there yet and when they do get there, I think I'll put their Dad in charge of driving lessons. =)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I wish he could just have one daddy instructor. But there is just soooo much practice he needs. Every opportunity helps, even a sweating, praying mom.

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  4. JEALOUS! Blue sky wildflowers and kumquats? Do you live in Eden?
    Ah yes, the teen driver. I got my first teen driver last year, and am working on my second. Their skill levels are night and day. I have given my "Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are operating a deadly weapon..." speech too many times. Thank the Lord for Guardian Angels. There must be a special patron saint of teen drivers, there's just gotta be.

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    1. Central Florida is a little like Eden, snakes included. And we have been giving this boy's guardian angel a wild ride!

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  5. I put having a teen drive right up there with potty training - not the things I enjoy about parenting! I follow the same philosophy on both too, give it lots of time.
    I've never had a kumquat and feel I'm missing out on something marvelous. I hope to change that very soon!

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    1. Very wise thoughts on driving. Time, time, time.

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  6. I don't care if is cliche, it is BEAUTIFUL!!!! And such a pretty thing to see while all of us are stuck in 40 degree weather (which apparently, you are not???). Your little boy hiding is the best. And seeing your older son drive scares me to death too - but mostly because my 4.5 year old will one day have facial hair and be driving?? no way.

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  7. Oh, that last picture strikes fear into my heart and my oldest is still many years from being old enough to drive. I love your name choices, your gorgeous family and sweet blog!

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  8. I agree, beautiful! I especially like that first photo; the colours are stunning. It makes me long for spring!

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  9. Your flower pics are so gloriously beautiful that I am thisclose to being awash with envy!

    *breathe. breathe.*

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  10. I can never ever ever resist flower shots! Love the way you captured your lavender :)

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  12. the very good driver has a pretty nice tree outside his window!

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  13. I don't think they're cliche at all! I love them and it makes me hopeful that someday, spring might arrive here too. :)

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