Thursday, May 31, 2012


Stella spent lots of time outside today: with me, then Bridget, then Sam and Henry.

Photo taken 5/31/12

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Here's to Hoping

This is one of the tomato plants (and a ring on the cage) that the kids and I purchased last week. Growing veg has not gone terribly well for us in the past. Here's to hoping that this year will be different.

Photo taken 5/30/12

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Six Years Old

Jack turned six years old today. He's long been looking forward to this day, starting his countdown back in April. Thankfully, he's a pretty low-key guy and was happy to play Wii (normally, Wii games are for the weekend only), eat tacos for dinner, open his gifts (putting together some of his new Lego sets and  Bionicles), and eat ice cream cake. He was even willing to get a birthday kiss (or two) from Stella.

Photos taken 5/29/12

Monday, May 28, 2012

We Remember

Prayer of a Soldier

My shoulders ache beneath my pack
(Lie easier, Cross, Upon His back).
I march with feet that burn and smart
(Tread, Holy Feet, upon my heart).
Men shout at me who may not speak
(They scourged Thy back and smote Thy cheek).
I may not lift a hand to clear
My eyes of salty drops that sear.
(Then shall my fickle soul forget
Thy Agony of Bloody Sweat?)
My rifle hand is still and numb
(From Thy pierced palm red rivers come).
Lord, Thou did suffer more for me
Than all the hosts of land and sea.
So let me render back again
This millionth of Thy gift. Amen.
—Joyce Kilmer
Photo taken 5/28/12

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Today, I volunteered to drive across town and pick up Luke from the golf course so I could stop and get photos on the way. I did so with the lupines, but the other shots are from the golf course.

Photos taken 5/27/12

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Date

Dennis and I took a drive this evening. All by ourselves. It was nice.

Photo taken 5/26/12

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gardener in Training

Stella takes her work seriously.

Photo taken 5/25/12

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Stella's nearly three. She's starting her golf career a little late. She may have to work hard to make up for lost time.

Photos taken 5/24/12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fauna in the Front Yard

I managed to get shots of many creatures today, some dead, but most alive. My favorite, of course, is the Luna Moth (huge) that's been hanging out on the house the past few days (Dennis's hand is there to offer some perspective). The tortoise beetles were alive until I smushed them under my shoe. From what I read, they are bad news.

Photos taken 5/23/12

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Black and White Day

We drove up to Millinocket for Uncle Bobby's funeral today. I brought my camera, but it never seemed appropriate to take it out and use it. Therefore, the only shots I got were of Stella in her new dress and sandals before we left the house. While attending a funeral is never fun, seeing friends and family was lovely.

Photos taken 5/22/12

Monday, May 21, 2012


This morning, I was sitting at the computer and noticed something outside on the road. I looked up and saw what I thought was a large dog walking past the driveway. (I wasn't wearing my glasses.) Moments later, it was followed not by a human (as I expected), but by another large dog? That's when I realized that two bears were lumbering down the road! I told the kids and ran for my camera. I opened the front door and was just taking the picture when Jack closed the door to prevent Caddie from running out. Of course, he hit my arm with the door, and I got one blurry photo. I started heading outside, but by then, the bears had made a beeline into the woods. Sigh.

Poor photo taken 5/21/12

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Flowers

The kids and I visited our local greenhouse the other day (we all love it there), and bought some new accoutrements for the yard.

Photos taken 5/20/12

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sunny Day at the Field

We spent the afternoon at the baseball field, where Luke had a JV double header. His team won both games (and Luke got hit by three pitches). I uploaded more photos at Google Plus.

Photos taken 5/19/12

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Better Place

Uncle Bobby passed away today. Each of the four Doyle boys were born in the month of May and each died in the month of May. This year, Uncle Bobby didn't make it to June 1st to say, "I'm glad I got through another one," but he's no longer suffering here on earth, and for that, I'm thankful.

Photo taken 5/18/12

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Stella is still wearing her tutu, but not much else.

Photo taken 5/17/12

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Game Time

Stella and I went to Henry's game this evening. Stella dressed up for the occasion.

Photos taken 5/16/12

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Uncle Bobby's Birthday

This photo features (from left to right): my cousin Terry, my dad, my Aunt Beverley, and my Uncle Bobby. Uncle Bobby is dying of cancer, but he made it to his 78th birthday. Happy Birthday, Uncle Bobby. I love you.

Photo taken long ago.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Busy Hands, Busy Day

Bridget had an appointment with her endocrinologist at 3, but had to see Maria, the nurse educator, at 2. Dennis is in Orlando, and Luke had a baseball game. That means that Henry, Sam, Jack and Stella had to accompany Bridget and me. While Bridget met with Maria, I took the other kids to Target, where we bought Cootie, before returning to the doctor's office. While Bridget and I met with Dr. Morris, Maria supervised a game of Cootie out in the waiting room. The evening was crazier, but that's another story.

Photo taken 5/14/12

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Seven people worked pretty hard (more or less) to ensure that I had a nice day, and I'm thankful.

Photos taken recently.