Sunday, July 22, 2012

Playing Catch-Up (Complete With Picture Overload)

Hey there, friends!

Welcome to "How To Neglect Your Blog 101."  Ha!  Just kidding!

Gosh, I can't believe it's been so long since I've written.  I started this blog so I would have a way to look back on our experiences and memories, but that's kinda gonna be impossible if I NEVER write anything!!

Hope you are having a wonderful summer.  It is hot, hot, HOT here in the Bluegrass state!  But, we're finally getting some rain!  Praise God for His provisions!

Hubby and I took a vacation to the beautiful Smoky Mountains two weeks ago.  We had so much fun and it was nice to get away for a few days.  Now, I must share a few pictures, because you just can't mention vacation in a blog post and not include pictures!  Right?

This is the view of the Great Smoky Mountains from Cades Cove.  It's breathtaking.

We stayed in a charming little cabin up in the mountains.  It was so peaceful and relaxing.

We got a visit from this little guy one night.  He was such fun to watch, but we had a mess of trash strewn all over the next morning!

One of my favorite attractions was the "Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies."  This picture of one of the sharks kinda creeps me out, just a little.

Doesn't this cute black bear seem to be posing for the camera?  What a ham!

In other news, Hubby and I have been busy just enjoying the activities of summer.

We celebrated my youngest nephew, E's 4th birthday in June and my oldest nephew, Lil Man's 6th birthday in July.  I can't believe how fast they are growing up.  It's a little bittersweet for this auntie.  Seems like they should still be little bitty boys.
Lil Man

Sweet E
We've also been doing some canning and preserving.  I put up 24 quart bags of corn last week and we'll be canning green beans this week.  Good winter eating, friends!

Hubby and I went antique mall hoppin' yesterday and I came home with this little goody.  This is the very first time I have EVER seen a 9x12 vintage Pyrex dish.  I love great vintage finds!

And last, but not least, in case you ever wondered, it is virtually impossible to take a picture of 4 children where they are all looking at the camera.

Take 16.  Photo fail.  Sigh.

They are still cuties, even if they won't cooperate for a picture!

Have a great week, y'all!


Stephanie said...

Awesome pictures! I'm hoping to freeze blueberries and snap peas today. Our corn hasn't quite arrived yet. : )

Emily grapes said...

That cabin looks so cute and cozy! I think I'd love to stay up in the smokey mountains. So beautiful!

Why does your corn say peaches and cream?? =/
Emily at Amazing Grapes

LeAnna said...

Ahhh, your trip to the Smokies looked so fun. LOVE your pyrex dish, that is soooo cute. And I said it already, but how can you not love peaches n' cream corn? That's the variety we get down here. So good. I wish my Mom's green beans would have made more than they did, but we only got a few quarts each to freeze. I have a lot of memories of picking green beans as a kid. NOT my favorite thing to do, by any means. Why can't they grow them on tables so you don't have to bend down? That's what I wanna know... ;)

Hope you have a beautiful day of rest in Jesus tomorrow!

Maria said...

Hi Wendy! Thank you so much for your kind words. :) Ahh, the Smoky Mountains...I love it there. My husband and I went two Februarys ago and fell in love with it. So peaceful and beautiful! I loved the photo of the little black bear! Too cute! As well as your trash picking visitor! :)
Have a wonderful night.