Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sophie our new arrival



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Falling in Love (again) at Our Wedding



Lillies


There is something about lilies, and I appreciate them even more since our wedding.

I have always loved lilies in the house, and usually nine times out of ten if one would to visit there would be a crystal vase full of sweet smelling lilies at the front door. White lilies were the choice for my wedding bouquet, because of the elegance the flowers give off and the sweet smell.  Whenever I smell lilies in the house I will be reminded of our wedding day.

 
The lilies are amazing flowers for several reason. One, as mentioned, the flowers give off the most amazing scent. So amazing and strong that when Dale and I were outside having our wedding pictures taken out of nowhere the smallest bees were circling around the bouquet.

It was rather interesting and I did no mind at all. Not only do these flowers have a sweet smell to them, but they are just the symbol for a beautiful flower, with all the representation of what a flower is made to be. Speaking of all the parts lilies are not really high maintenance  at all if you give the flower some attention from the beginning. If not the flower can damage its own white petal from the pollen. So when the buds open the pollen should be pinched off, and most likely will be messy on the fingers.
 
One of the reasons, besides the smell and appearance, we continue to have lilies in the house was because if properly taken care of: water changes with stems cut at an angle each time, pollen removed, and just appreciated for the beauty lilies can last close to three weeks.  We are going on week three with the lilies that were in the wedding bouquet and alter vase. Which I may add was rather enjoyable creating! The alter vase was our crystal vase with two and half dozen stemmed lilies with at least three to four blooms on a stem, some buds closed others full huge blooms, left over red roses from making the boutonni√®res, and decorative curly tree twigs.  My bouquet was made with about thirty opened and closed white lilies , which the closed buds provided a balanced light green to the arrangement, and a few ferns from the backyard to hide the holder at the bottom. I was able to put a blue rhinestone brooch in the middle of the arrangement to remind me of my grandmother. The bouquet ended up being a lot bigger in size than I imagined, but given  all those great characteristics about lilies (and one I forgot to mention the price!) the final creation ended being perfect for our wedding. The rewarding part of creating the wedding bouquet at home, and having the flowers provide such symbolism to the wedding.

 
Once our wedding was done and the flowers sat in the floral sponge the lilies wilted a little, however when we go to our final destination all I had to do was bring them to the room and give them a few minutes of running water. The lilies perked right up  and were back to their old self again! The two arrangements just filled the room with scent.
 
Today they now sit in another crystal vase.  A vase purchased with last year’s Christmas funds given by my grandfather. I have this eccentric habit of not wanting to use birthday and Christmas money on bills. So what ends up happening it gets stashed away (like a little granny would do) and saved until something meaning can be bought to remember the individual who gave the gift.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Soon to Be and Very Excited!

Summer 2013     2 weeks 5 days!
Autumn 2013     November!!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pre-Parenting Practice

Every work day when I drive along the Trail I see them going about their business on the side of the road, and it  makes me smile. Cuddling looking they are. One particular day I noticed one of them a little more than usual and it stuck with me until I arrived home for lunch.  Then after that I thought nothing more of the woodchucks.

After pizza at our favourite place instead of going straight home we decided to enjoy the sun and beautiful weather so we took a drive by the river and surrounding neighborhoods that is nestled in the wooded areas. As always we enjoy each other's company and taking drives together.

Dale is very observant and as we made our way around a neighborhood turn he stopped and  pointed out a small creature in the road. We stopped the car, Dale got out, and then I came out once it was apparent we were not leaving the little guy. It was later discovered the little guy was only 4-5 weeks old. He either  left his nest or his mother dropped him in fear. After seeing two cats staring at us we decided to take him home and go from there. Dale picked him up and I drove home. Immediately, we found the little guy was a cuddler.

Visiting Nature's Nursery in undergrad school at BGSU the first call was made to them, and left a message.Once home I left to get a nursing bottle for water. Tried calling a few places, but no luck with help. Came home to Dale and Grover (Dale decided to name him) cuddling, and a box was made up for Grover.

We tried giving him water, and then I and Grover cuddled on the couch.  He was a little restless when placed back in the box for the night, and in the middle of the night we found him outside the box. So we put the box on the side, put the shirt  Dale used to pick him up the first time and he went right to sleep until morning....and he was still asleep when I took him to meet the lady at Nature's Nursery right off the trial to work. It was very sad, more so I think because of the state I am currently in for pre-parenting.  I called a few days later to check on him, and will again until he is introduced to other woodchucks.

Dale was amazing and knew right what to do.  It makes me happy to know Dale thinks and feels the same way about animals in need. As a young child I would always bring home abandoned or injured animals to take care of until released back. I am getting older because I tend to be more cautious with animals now, as where before I would have never hesitated to pick up a baby animal. Maybe it is the mother in me starting to mature, which is a good thing! However, Dale and I made a great team that day and we really did give Grover what he needed until professionals could take care of his properly.

I admire and respect Dale and he is going to make an amazing father!



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

30 June 2013

Once in awhile,
Right in the middle of an ordinary life,
Love gives us a fairy tale. ~Anonymous

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

14 April 2013

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." ~anonymous


Toledo Museum of Art  
Silence-Winter 1914
Gallery, 02A, Wolf 

Winter,     1     January             2011
Spring,    14    April                   2013
Summer, 30   June                   2013
Autumn,          Novemeber      2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Florida Keys and Orlando 2013



First steps driving was typical Jensen beach where we stayed two nights, and then headed out to the Keys! There is just something about driving, maybe it reminds me of my childhood when summer time was about traveling around the States with family. Although the company is pretty amazing, and it is nice to be able to sit in a closed car with someone laughing, talking, and sitting in silence too.

We ended up heading out to the Keys earlier than planned. Drove all the way down to Key West and spent a few hours by the water, and walking around after eating. The place we had dinner was really nice. Down by the docks and very "Key West" with a bar, locals, and visitors.  It was tempting to get the local dish but I went with a salad with real feta, and delicious well known lobster chowder. It hit the spot and was very healthy.

We saw a beautiful sunset, performers, different bars and shops before heading back late to our resort at Key Largo. When we checked in the young lady at the front really set us up with a beautiful room for all three nights. Right smack in front of the ocean with trees in the center of the resort. The room was beautiful and exactly what an ocean vacation should be at a resort. At night because the weather was cooler than normal  we were able to leave the sliding doors open to hear the ocean and breeze. Very relaxing.

Our first day at the resort was the only time we laid out in the sun. We had our own private area by the water in between the mangroves. Reading, relaxing, and wading in the water from time to time. This was all after we found the finest little cafe for breakfast. We tried the next day to lay out but it was a lil chilly, so we played table tennis out on the beach and some corn hole. After a few hours we decided to head back to our diner for lunch and then went to a State Park.

The State park in Key Largo was beautiful. There were a number of trails we walked, checked out all the beach areas, and then decided it was time to kayak. I have never been kayaking, only canoeing, so this was a first for both of us. The plan was to go snorkeling but the chilly weather, chilly being 70 degrees, encouraged us to go kayaking instead. The water was so clear and clean. We could see right down to the bottom. A few times we ran into the trees, opps! It was easier going back with the current. Very awesome experience. I really appreciate that Dale is someone who has the same interests and enjoys the outdoors as much I do.  Looking back at all we have done we really do spend a lot of time exploring. That evening we had an amazing steak dinner and watched the sunset.

We decided not to go back to Jensen, but instead check out Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando. We talked about it prior to the trip, but thought it would be too much to pack into the week. But being pretty ambitious decided to spent two night in Orlando.

We past so many orange trees, and since in season we saw the whole process from picking, filling up huge trucks and ended with the factory. You could smell the the orange blossoms even inside the car. We even stopped at the side of the road.

Ironically, on the way to Orlando we stopped at a place that was up for consideration the very first time Dale and I went to Florida together years ago.  I really wanted to go, but it was two hours away from Jensen Beach at the time. But some how it ended up being exactly on our way to Orlando! I was randomly playing the GPS on my phone, and some local interests came up on my phone. And there is was the Bok Tower! I was so excited and Dale was like yes we are going it is right on the way! 

The place was beautiful. Just glorious. Breathtaking and there was such a serenity.  We were only able to spend an hour because of closing. Honestly, the Bok Tower was my favorite part of the trip and to think we were only there for an hour. The feeling was just unexplainable  I think kayaking came in second both because we were in nature together experiencing it.

 We spent the whole day at the park and really had a great time on the rides. Headed home the next day back to reality.  I had a feeling this would be our last "vacation" for some time, and we really did go out with a bang on everything we did. I think it is okay to take some time. After 11 countries and several states I can settle down with local travel for awhile. There are a few transitions on the way. Very exciting new beginnings.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentines Creations

Fresh flowers in the office not only smell wonderful, but bring a lot of cheer during cold Toledo winters.  Every two weeks a new bunch of lilies are brought home. Lilies tend to last longer (about two and half weeks) than most flowers, and smell so sweet and fresh.

The week of Valentine's Day a trip to the grocery store for flowers was not necessary. A vase of flowers was delivered that Thursday, and were taken home for the weekend. Very impressive selection of flowers.  I would have to say what a beautiful Valentines! Every year a pleasant surprise at work!

As for me this was the first year I actually made a Valentine's for boy. Honestly, I do not think I ever made one, except for my mom and dad as a child. Speaking of family the weekend leading up to Valentines' Day it was nice to spend some time with my sister and mother. We went to lunch and a fabric store. Ann is extremely artistic and creative. She taught herself to sew, knit, and crochet. Her artistic side really is more than a hobby I think, and she minored in art.

Actually, Ann and I took a Drawing I course together at the Center for Visual Arts, and at the time she was earning a minor in Studio Art. We both took the course with that very same teacher I mentioned in a previous post.  Another reason to cherish that whole experience.

So at the fabric store I picked up some Valentine's material to create a card. My mom had a part in purchasing the material. So sweet and thoughtful. She wanted to be part of the Valentine's too. Dale was to create a card too. Actually, that is what made the flowers such a surprise this year. All I wanted was a card from Dale. And he did make a card. The created card and the love letter really meant a great deal to me. Although it was decided the flowers was his artistic expression as a Valentine, and the card I created was my mine. Of course my gift to him was more than just the card. A present was bought too for him.

I wanted to make something really special for him and not just any old card. Simple, but to the point. It takes me a few days once an idea comes up to sketch and create. Believe it or not research is involved. It is that other side of me. I wanted kind of a cheesy Valentines saying, and this is what I came up with after finding a template with a raccoon on it:
Front:   "Dale you have stolen my heart."

But I wanted more than just this so I searched some quotes and came across this one: Inside: "But even a hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love I have for you."

The perfect combination to express feelings and thoughts that are more than just words to be written.

And I owed him an, "Angela loves Dale writing from this past Summer in Washington D.C. under a bridge.The card was made from a old brown box, some fancy glitter glue, lettering, and fancy paper. Mr. Fox was the bandit idea given our movie tastes, and there you have it. A sentimental personalized pop up card for my true love. The love of my life.

When I got home from work I handed over the over-sized customized envelop with a sealed heart. Right away I saw his card. All smiles.

We spent Valentine's dinner in Grand Rapids at our little French restaurant. Grand Rapids was our first bed and breakfast, and first weekend trip together after the New Year two years ago. What wonderful month to celebrate our love. Speaking of trips together now onto some hot sunny beach weather to welcome the month of March!