Saturday, February 28, 2015

Soccer craze

For the last year or so, my youngest has been addicted to soccer. Not sure why or how it seeped into his system, but it has. He will disappear for an hour or so and when I find him, he'll be outside practicing. If it's cold out, he'll go out for a while, come back in to warm up and then go back out again. I'm glad he's found something that he loves to do!

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His practice has paid off. He's really good at bouncing and controlling the ball. I hope they do well in spring soccer this year!

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He does crack me up with his funny facial expressions in just about every picture!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Birds

The morning that our power came back on, I was wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, watching tv and catching up on emails/work. I heard a bang and saw a bird bounce off the patio door. I didn't get up, because...well, it was a bird. It was kinda big, so I assumed a morning dove and figured after it got its bearing back, it would fly off. The husband went over there and asked what he should do with the bird. It was pretty big and really pretty. So that peaked my interest and I went over to check it out.

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I had never seen a bird like this one before and it was definately not a morning dove. I text a picture to my mom and she didn't know either and didn't have her bird book handy, but said it looked like some type a hawk. Off to Google I went!

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Turns out it's Kessler Hawk. Appears to be a juvenile also. I had never seen one before, much less in my yard! I would assume it was going after a small finch and the finch took a right and the hawk didn't and slammed into the window. ;) Pretty cool though. After a few minutes, it hopped up onto the wheel and shortly after that flew off to continue his hunt.

Monday, February 23, 2015

When will it end

Winter continues this week as we had snow, sleet, ice and then rain...all in the same day. Welcome to winter in Tennessee! The snow started and came down as big, fat flakes. It didn't take long to cover the roads. I was able to bribe the punks into a few pictures! I love snowy pictures. They cooperated...for a few minutes.

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Not sure if I like the black and white or color better!

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Not to be outdone, his brother takes the bribe also!

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Same problem as to color or black and white.

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He's such a goofball.

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And like his brother, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn! He aimed, he missed. :)

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Winter...part 4

I've determined it's time to break up. It's time for you to leave. I know it's really only been 1 week of this yucky stuff, but we are all beyond the fun stage.

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It looks so beautiful...and it really was...but we are all ready for spring and warm weather!

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We are tired of being cooped up inside the house...even though we've taken several drives to take pictures.

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On one of our drives, we even had to help wrangle some jackasses. Imagine that! (I'm not sure what the difference in a donkey vs a jackass, but Mr Gilbert called them jackasses. Might have been because he was a little peeved? ;)

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It was quite comical and although I only had to help shoo them back once, I helped! :)

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You just never now what you're going to run in to!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dear Winter...part 3

I really hate to say it, but pictures just do not do it justice. The sun just made everything sparkle and you just cannot see that in the pictures.

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And against the dark sky, it was just beautiful. So pretty in fact that I had to pull over to take pictures.

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I tried different angles and though pretty, just not the same.

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Everything just sparkled like diamonds.

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Don't let the sun/blue skies fool you, it was freezing out!