I am just LOVING the springtime here! Aside from the incredibly heavy pollen issue that leaves thick yellow dust on everything outside (I can't imagine how uncomfortable it must be for people with allergies!), the spring here in Virginia has been glorious.
These are pink dogwood blossoms on a tree in my neighbor's yard - aren't they beautiful? Dogwoods are one of my most favorite trees ever, and lots of people have them planted in their yards here. What a happy thing.
Almost everyone has lushly colored azaleas too, and they are in full bloom right now. The amount of blossoms on some of the bushes is astounding - one can hardly see any green leaves because there is such an explosion of color.
This is Eliza's favorite part of our yard - dandelions don't really grow in Hawaii, so these pesky weeds are a delightful novelty for her. I must admit I loved blowing the seeds all over the place too when I was her age, but now I really don't care for them. Our yard, being a rental and all, has an embarrassing amount of dandelions in it - now that it's warm outside I've got to tackle them before they multiply any more!
Here is a fun idea that my mom gave me - several years ago she sent me some plastic eggs with word endings and beginning sounds on them when Eliza was learning how to read. You twist the egg halves around to create different words with the same ending sound. I had lots of Easter eggs left over this year, so I did some more for Hyrum. I brought some to his preschool, and they thought it was a terrific idea so I thought I'd share it with you too! Thanks, mom, for the concept!
Here's a fun little endtable that I recently painted for our front room. It was part of a big bedroom set that I bought for an amazingly low price on Craigslist. The seller didn't want to split up the set, but all I really wanted was the bed and a few smaller pieces for Hazel's room since I already had her dressers. I'm going to re-sell the dressers, but I kept this endtable because it was too cute to give up!
It used to be yellow, which was pretty, but not what I wanted to have in my house. The top, again, was white formica so I had to do the scuff sanding and priming on it like I have done with so many of the other pieces. I've been working on the other parts of the bedroom set, but I don't have any finished photos of them yet.
This is one of two chairs that was on the curb ready to be thrown out a few houses down, so I rescued them and repainted them black. They're not in perfect shape, but they're sturdy and look much smarter now that they are refinished.
Here's a sneak peek at another big project I've been working on lately. These have been tucked away in our garage for months now, but Steve cleaned out the garage last week and begged me to finish them. Poor guy - all he wants is to be able to park the car in the garage, and I've been very slow at finishing all the deals I found on CL. I've sworn off looking for things on CL now - except for a patio set for our deck in the back yard. We unthinkingly sold ours before we left Hawaii. Anyway, I'm down to these dining room chairs, Hazel's twin bed, and two highboy dressers, plus the finishing touches on the other pieces for Hazel's room. Then it's high time to get busy on some sewing projects that I've been neglecting for so long!
Here's our darling little Hazel, who isn't so little anymore - she's climbing the playset and sliding down it all by herself these days.
She loves climbing those stairs by herself. Don't worry, I stay right by her in case she needs it, but she is a very independent and stubborn little soul! When she first learned how to go up and down the stairs in the house, she would practice going up and down and up again over and over until she could do it quick-as-a-wink.
Here she is at the top of the slide, ready for another fun trip down.
"Let's try the tummy trick this time, Mommy!"
"Weee, so much fun!" I wish you could hear her squeals of laughter as she went down.
And there she goes, off in a flash to another adventure. Go, Hazel, go!