Friday, March 24, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 123

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Smithsonian National Zoo . Washington DC

I've read the book Water For Elephants and have also seen the movie several's some quotes:

1) “Life is the most spectacular show on earth ♥”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

2) “The more distressing the memory, the more persistent it's presence. ”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

3) “Is where you're from the place you're leaving or where you have roots?”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

4) “It's just a crazy damned life, that's all ...”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

5) “Although, pretending not to notice is almost worse than noticing.”
― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

I think I need to watch it one more time!

That's my 5 this week and I hope you will play along too! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend! Be safe!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Waiting On A Woman

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Washington DC

Nick was in the hotel getting us checked in while the boys and I waited out in our car and we saw all this commotion...Fancy cars with tinted windows coming and going...we thought some sort of royalty was here! Turns out it was a wedding. All the guests were so colorfully dressed. It was pretty neat!

Today I am thankful for family...well everyday I am thankful for my family but today they are really on my mind. There's a little tension in the house right now with my oldest and my husband but it will work out when tempers settle. It's hard being an adult child trying to figure out where you fit in and what is expected from you when you have moved back in with your parents temporarily. As some might remember, she graduated from college last May and is living with us again until she finds a permanent job that utilizes her major, hopefully...she's anxious to get out and on with her life! I love having her here but I know she has to spread those wings!

Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reptile House

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National Zoo . DC . 1931

Those snakes have a pretty cool house! I was armed with only my zoom lens so getting pictures was super difficult that day, not to mention the crazy crowds! But I did find some neat info and great pics of the building HERE

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, March 20, 2017

Big Red

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A little community at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains
View from Parkway Church . Roanoke

Friday, March 17, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 122

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Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains this week....linking with SkyWatch Friday

I have a very small patch of Blue Bells in my yard...I didn't know these were actually Blue Bells till I saw someone nearby post an upclose picture of them recently...I've seen big fields of them in photos before but never put 2 and 2 together ;) Well next year I will have this little space all cleared of debris, like old leaves that have fallen, so the Blue Bells can grow...I got down flat on the ground for this photo because this was the day the weather guys were saying we were to get a few inches of snow and I thought these sweet little flowers would be gone afterwards...well, no snow but we did have below freezing temps and these little dudes are hardy let me tell you! They still look great today! Linking this with Denise's Friday Flowers

Some Japanese Magnolia that have gotten a little too cold...

This is the view from Parkway can see all the way to downtown Roanoke...see that tall building with the pointy top? That's the Wells Fargo Building and Nick works in there now...

And this is the HUGE amount of snow we woke up to on Tuesday...little doggie prints on my back deck...(don't worry, our dogs are inside but these are Riley's little tracks he made when he went outside first thing in the morning!)

That's my 5 this week! I hope you will play along! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend friends!

I am also linking up with Photo Friday

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


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Monday afternoon I had to take Dalton to the Ortho doc to have him evaluate the break in his thumb. While looking at it he said that he might want to do surgery and put a couple of pins in it depending on the degree of the break so he took us in for I am thankful that the break was "borderline" on his degree scale so we got out of there with just a cast! I am pretty sure if Dalton participated in Thankful Thursday he'd be thankful for the same thing! We go back in 3 weeks to see how it looks...hopefully I can update that week's Thankful Thursday with "his thumb is all healed up and the cast was removed"! Poor kid is getting bored having to sit out of sports.

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Off topic: Do you like to fish or know someone who does? My oldest son Christian and his best friend (both are avid fishermen) have started their own mail order fishing lure business. Aaron hand makes the lures and Christian is on the business end of it. Check out their website: Shrews Customs