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18 May 2008 @ 04:03 pm
Shhhh. You hear that?  
I know. It's the sound of nothing.

My company for the weekend just left, Katie's sacked out on the brick floor by my feet, Nolan's taking a nap, and the boys are playing with a cardboard box in the garage. Thousands of dollars worth of toys and what do they play with? A cardboard box. A rock, a hoop and a stick is all they need. Boys.

Anyway. Mom & Tom gave us a housewarming gift of PLANTS! WOO HOO! I planted two big pots with all kinds of fun plants for the front porch, two pots of geraniums on the back porch, and started an herb garden in the backyard. I got my hands dirty. I hoed. I used a shovel. I actually perspired. I might even have a sunburn on my nose.

I was not cut out for manual labor.

As I was pulling the huge rocks and chunks of concrete from the herb garden, earth streaked on my face and cute little sundress splattered with mud, cursing the construction people that obviously didn't pick up after themselves, I had quite the Scarlett O'Hara moment... "As God as my witness I will never weed a flower bed again!"

Or something like that.

It was a little more melodramatic when you were right in the midst of it.


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Katie on the front porch with the new pots. She looks thrilled, doesn't she?

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My sad little herb garden. Mom the gardener says it'll get better, and the landscape guy still has to put some shrubberies (hee!) in. That picture is like two solid hours of work and is the reason that my arms are sore. (/whine)

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Aren't the geraniums pretty, professor? 10 points if you know the play (movie?) that comes from.
Anyhow, my pretty, pretty geraniums.

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Mom, Tom and the boys before church last night, wherein Aaron sang in the children's choir, and then promptly fell asleep on my shoulder.


Oh. I've been meaning to say. I have an extra copy of Quidditch Through the Ages. (Yes, I'm aware that it makes me a HUGE dork.) I'll mail it to the first person who leaves their address. Or emails their address to persephone3333@gmail.com. :D Ooops! Snagged by Nicole!
 
 
I am:: back porch
I feel:: exhaustedexhausted
I hear:: Sound of Silence. Not the Paul Simon version. The real deal.
 
 
 
Katemugglechump on May 18th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Wow! Could you and your mom look more alike? And your flowers are very pretty. :D
Carrie Leigh: It was a dark and stormy nightcarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
We do?

Hm. Thanks.
(Anonymous) on May 19th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
well, Mom says THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on May 20th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, hush it, you. If I age like you and your mother, I'll be a very lucky girl. You're both beautiful. If I age like the other side of the family, I'm SCREWED.

LOVE!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: SoM - Puppett Scenejandjsalmon on May 18th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
HEE!! Firstly - I love that you hee'd over the word shrubberies... it's a funny word. (I'm Roger - Roger the shrubber). Nextly - the flowers are GUH-ORGEOUS!

And then the kidlings (and the mum and step-pop) - SO cute! YAy for pictures. :D
Carrie Leigh: Ginny muovecarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
It's the funniest word.

Thanks!
Lauradream_mancer on May 18th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh... your geraniums look just like the ones my neighbor gave to me.

Which reminds me. Crap! Need to water them!
Carrie Leigh: a rainbow diescarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
*laughs*

That always helps!
nbaekernbaeker on May 18th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yay pictures! so lovely.
Carrie Leigh: Alphabet soupcarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks. Package wrapped!
dragonsangel68: Tom Felton by Emeraldandazuredragonsangel68 on May 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
I love those pots! Your poor arms *pats* I hate gardening with a passion too - all that dirt *cringes*

I used to think your boys looked like Nolan, but they look like your mum so much.

What is it that's so fascinating about boxes?
(Anonymous) on May 19th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Boxes: All the possibilities.

Really? The boys look like her? She's going to be thrilled.
seegrim: beautifulseegrim on May 18th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
What nice pictures! I'm glad you got some flowers and things planted. That always makes me happy, anyway.

I started reading The Host today. S. Meyer's new book. It's decent. :)

Anyway, we're headed over to Tara's for dinner, but I'll look for you if I'm online later!

*loves*
Carrie Leigh: boys in books are bettercarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
It made me happy. But I don't like to get dirty, and I'm sore. :P

No more whining!

I'll only read it upon your recommendation.
Embellishedembe11ished on May 19th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I just have to echo mugglechump's sentiments about how much you look like your mom. I thought exactly the same thing, in almost exactly the same words, right before I saw her comment. And your flowers are lovely too!
Carrie Leigh: Carrie & Emilycarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm floored. I don't think anyone's ever said we look alike, but thank you! :D
Embellishedembe11ished on May 19th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
You have got to be kidding me! You totally look alike! You are obviously much younger, but your faces are the exact same shape, and you have very similar eyes and mouths. I'm sure someone has noticed before now! Either that, or they didn't bother to state the obvious!
maureenmaureen on May 19th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Hooray for plants. NOW your home is complete.
Carrie Leigh: Dean scorecarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
It feels a bit better, to be sure.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on May 19th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
1. KATIE! Michael reincarnated as a canine XD

2. Hee! SHRUBBERIES! That word will forever remind me of Monty Python :D

3. I totally planted geraniums for my mum on Mother's Day. *is a good daughter*

4. Your family = the cute. But I've said that before XD

5. *smooshes*
Carrie Leigh: Elvira Carriecarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
The couch dog and the couch boy! LOL!
autumnrhythm30: Christian Bale carautumnrhythm30 on May 19th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
My brother does that too! He will play with anything. Last night he entertained himself with an orange peel at Olive Garden for the whole dinner. I will never understand it.
Carrie Leigh: cake or death?carrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Goes to show that all the money spent on toys is an absolute waste!
Mala13oct on May 19th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Have I ever told you just how much I love Katie? I adore Labs. I had one called Lass when I was growing up and she was one of my best pals. She was a show dog too and I used to take her for her classes as well as show her at all the doggy beauty pageants. We did win quite a few of them to boot. I was heartbroken when she died, and haven't had another dog ever since. *sigh*

I love the red theme for the pict. Maybe it's me, but I really don't see the resemblance between you and your mum. *scratches head and squints at the pic* I also love the way the boys are smiling. LOL!

Carrie Leigh: James' Blue Eyescarrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Katie really is the best dog ever. I get a little das thinking that she's getting older... What'll I do when my couch dog is gone?
Carrie Leigh: Pfft.carrie_leigh on May 19th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Sad. I get sad.

*glares at fingers*
dL: foodheartdieloreley on May 19th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Wow. Go you and the herb garden. Not that I know anything about agriculture... but the shape of the garden will make all those yummy herbs look pretty too! And those potted plants are so pretty! Wow, you. Yay for your mum and Tom!

p.s. Pretty font on your LJ! I like it!
Carrie Leigh: bitter lemonadecarrie_leigh on May 20th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I stole the font from Rainpuddle. She's ultra cool.

And mom says that in 5 year, that herb garden will rock out loud. (My words, not hers. :D)
goeungurlgoeungurl on May 20th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
OMG. Your kids are ADORABLE.
Carrie Leigh: Ethan=Little Dracocarrie_leigh on May 20th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They have their moments. :)