Welcome to this week's Friday's Fave Five, a blog party that celebrates the highlights in our week.
1. Last Saturday, we got together with some of my cousins who were visiting from Florida and traveled to my uncle's house for a visit. Later, we visited the family graves in the area. It's become a sort of tradition to do this when my cousins are home since we all are interested in genealogy and family history. We always pepper my uncle, the last living one of his generation, with questions about the family. He says that he was the baby of the family and didn't know a lot of the things we want to know. Why didn't we pay attention to family history when our fathers and grandparents were alive? They were always telling stories of the old days but we neglected to listen!
Now, of course, when any relative wants to share a story, I'm ready to listen and take notes!
2. I love pictures of beautiful flowers and landscapes. However, I have not been blessed with a green thumb, nor has my husband. He mows and trims the yard excellently, so it can always be said of our home that we have a beautiful lawn. However, we have no landscaping. I usually put some flowers in containers on our front porch and sometimes I even manage to kill them! So, it is definitely a highlight of my week when my two flower bushes that we planted bloomed!
Here's my first hibiscus!
But ... the blooms only seem to last a short time.
This is not a very good picture but this is my hydrangea bush. The first year we had this bush was disappointing because it only yielded three flowers and they were on the back side of the bush. We were the only ones that could see them! The second year we saw about 7 or 8 blooms. This year, the bush exploded with blooms all around the bush. (I didn't really get a good shot of how many blooms we have.) Since I have so many flowers, I'm going to pick some for a bouquet and put them in my vintage aqua canning jar that I found at a yard sale. I'll share a picture later.
3. All this week my daughters and my husband have been repainting and rearranging the girls' room. It has been chaos with all their belongings scattered throughout the house. How wonderful it is when the job is done and everything has been put back in place! We are all very happy with the new look of the room.
4. Anticipation! Tomorrow we are leaving for Florida to visit my mom, brother and sister and their families. I'm excited because the next few days will be days that I have no responsibilities!
5. Quote of the week: "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that loving is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn
Her quote fits in well with something I've always told my girls: "There's always time for lipstick!"