Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What goes up...

...sometimes doesn't come down.

One day this summer, the kids were outside playing with a big, red ball we bought for them - I really have no idea why I thought getting this ball was a good idea! :) Daddy thought it would be a fun idea to kick it up in the air as high as he could, the kids thought it was hysterical.

Until it got stuck up in the tree.

And it's been there ever since.

Yesterday, I was outside, sitting under this tree.  As I looked up, the big, red ball made me smile.

It looked pretty to me.

Who knows when it will come down.

Surely someday...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Misc. Monday - 30 Days Update, Cardinals Baseball, Leah is 6 months

This probably will be short, but I felt like I should post something this morning!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  Today begins day six of my 30 days without McD's.  I have found that when I tell someone, "I've gone six days without McDonald's!" they look at me like I'm really weird.  One friend asked, "What do you get when you go there?"  Honestly, it's their breakfast food that is my weakness, so I'd like to equate it with someone who goes to Starbucks every morning.  And part of it probably has to do with just the habit of getting out of the house and going for a drive.

So after six days, without tracking anything else, I've lost 1.5 pounds.  I've decided to try to take this and run with it, sort of literally.  I'd like to start (restart) tracking my eating with MyFitnessPal and also start walking, maybe working up to running again.

2.  Oh, how I love my St. Louis Cardinals!  Leah and I had the opportunity to go to a NLDS game last Monday, and as amazing an exciting as it was, it made me realize how amazing and exciting a World Series game must be (NLDS game x 100 I'm guessing)!

The view from our seats.
Right after the final out and the Card's win!

3.  Leah turned six months on Friday.  She is such a sweet, happy, easy going baby.  Such a joy.  We did family pictures on Saturday, I sort of planned it to go with her turning six months.  The kids really did a great job, but I think most of that had to do with the awesome photographer!  I'm really looking forward to seeing them.

I took this makes me laugh!  Babies are so excited to see their toes. :)

Enjoying October.  Hope you are, too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 Days

I was going to write a big, long post about this, but I've decided to cut to the chase.

My friend and I are attempting to give up McDonald's for 30 days.  This sounds crazy to some - the ones who don't understand what the big deal is.  It sounds all too familiar to others - the ones that have a similar food temptation or food issues.

So I hope she keeps her cell phone on her hip at all times so I can text her and tell her I want to go.  And I know she'll text or call me, too.

And I hope others will join us.  Maybe it's not McD's.  Maybe it's soda.  Maybe it's something else.

What do you need to give up for 30 days?

We can do this, Kassie! :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Our Front Yard Dilemma

In the spring, I simply adore a Bradford Pear Tree.  We just happen to have two in our front yard.

When we first bought our house, they were baby trees.  I bet they had only been in the yard a year or two, seeing an old picture of our front yard made me realize how much they have grown.  When we listed our house back in June, the realtor had info from when we purchased the house, and with it was the listing picture from 2005.  I couldn't believe it.

Seven years have past, and now they have completely taken over the front of our house.  To get a picture that would work for our listing, they had to basically take the picture on the side of the house.  Otherwise, it would have looked like this:

I guess this is ok, but lately I just have been thinking that it would be nice for the front of the house to look more open.  I've also been thinking that I've never seen this type of tree so big!

Last year, we had a big storm that caused one of the trees to lose a huge limb.

Ever since then, that tree has seemed as though it's splitting down the middle.

The above picture shows how that three is almost the entire width of the front yard from the front of the house to the road!  And since there are two of them side by side, they also take up the entire front yard from the driveway to almost the property line on the other side.  Crazy!

So if this was your yard...would you hire a professional and trim them?  Or would you get rid of them completely and try to find a tree that is more suitable for our front yard?  I'm actually not even sure that our front yard can handle a tree once it starts getting big.  It's funny that I didn't realize how small our front yard is until recently.

And if your answer is hire a professional, then I need local friends to give me a name and number. :)