Friday, May 26, 2006

I'm So Proud Of My Son

Yesterday my baby graduated from High school. My heart swelled with pride that my not so little boy achieved something so important in his life. When they called his name the auditorium echoed with cheers and whistles. He grinned and I cried.

I think back to all the teachers that he's had and how they all worked extra hard with him so he could keep up and pass to the next grade. How they helped him with his anger issues and encouraged him to keep trying. Well he made it and if it takes me forever I'm going to personally thank each one of those teachers.

When I had my babies my only goal was for my boys to graduate and have a better life than me. Well it looks like I'm getting there finally. JR has always been the one to knuckle down and get it done. Then his brothers would decide if he could do it then they could too. So JAC and JD it's time for you to step up to the plate and get your GED's. Make your mom proud and happy like your brother has, I know you can:)

JM graduated too and Michael was there with them. He started crying when they cheered for his daddy so I took him and Austin out where it was calmer and less crowded. After the ceremony we all went to meet teachers and friends. The Party is Sunday and I'll be making lot's of food tomorrow. I'm hoping to work on the garden Monday but Michael will be staying the night Sunday so who knows what will happen.

Until then I'll leave you with a picture of my poppies that just bloomed this morning. TTFN...

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Peony Posted by Picasa

Ocean Pacific Posted by Picasa

Lo Ho Silver Posted by Picasa

The first Iris I planted in this yard. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Catmint Posted by Picasa

Lavender Rhododendron Posted by Picasa

Lily of the Valley Posted by Picasa

White Iris  Posted by Picasa

Yellow Rose Posted by Picasa

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Pretty Azaelia Posted by Picasa

Oriental Poppy Posted by Picasa

Purple Iris and Yellow Sedum Posted by Picasa

I had a visitor come looking for a snack. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I looked it up in my book and I think the mystery plant is an African Daisy. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Arie Den Boer Arboretum

I went to see the Crabapple trees blooming at Waterworks Park. Walking along the paths between the trees and breathing deeply was so refreshing. It was very peaceful, even though I was right in the middle of the city. The birds seem to be singing more this year. Or I'm just hearing them more. Either way I enjoy the birdsongs.

I was surrounded by hundreds of different crabapple trees and the perfume in the air was heavenly. Standing there amongst the branches smelling individual flowers made me remember all the times my grandma brought me here when I was little. I'm missing her a lot this Spring. :(

A lot of trees were lost during the "Flood of 93" but the strong ones survived. The big white one in the background of the first picture was planted in 1943. I found another one that didn't have a year on it, but it was pretty big too.

These two trees looked like they were sisters dancing in the wind and reaching for the sun.

I really like the weeping trees. There weren't very many of them. I wonder if they are harder to grow.

I'll have to go back and find out how old this one is. I think it wins the prize for biggest trunk.

I wrote the names of most of these trees down on a piece of paper. Of course I can't find it now but I'm sure it will turn up when I no longer need it.

As I was walking along I would look at the tags to see what kind they were. When I looked at four different trees and they were the same I figured this must be the kind I like best.

Each tree has a tag with the name of the tree and the date it was planted. On the other side is who it is donated for and the names of the donors.

It had such perfect little flowers on it. I think my dad's next present will be a Brandywine Crabapple tree. SHHH! Don't tell him it will be our little secret;)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Forget me not. Posted by Picasa

Grandma M's White Lilac. Posted by Picasa