Sunday, April 17, 2011

My Happy list...and the first butterfly of the season.

   Its that time again...yeah I know, I'm a day late...oops.  But, you'll see why in my list!

1.  Boater's license.  P and I spent all day yesterday at a boater's safety course and have earned our boater's license.  Yeah, I know...big deal.  But it is for us.  My family spends pretty much all summer out on the Potomac River.  We all have campers and land (or memberships to private clubs on the river), plus some of us have boats.  Unfortunately, licenses are required for people who were born after 1972.  So we finally fulfilled that requirement.  Now, we just need to buy a boat.  In the mean time, my mom and aunt and uncle all have a boat.  It was a long day, but well worth it.  Means a lot of fun this coming summer

2.  Addie's butterfly release.  If you haven't visited Triplet Butterfly Wings, please do.  Rachel raises and releases monarch butterflies in memory of your child.  The is a project she created in memory of her triplets who were born too early and passed away.  These are pictures from Addie's release.

3.  Handmade Scrapbook tag.  Thank you to Sarita at One Perfect Rose for offering to make scrapbook tags for BLMs.  She is offering them for free for the Easter holiday.  I opened mine a few days ago and have to say it brightened my day.  It wasn't the greatest day to begin with, so the tag certainly helped cheer me up.  Thank you so much Sarita, it is beautiful...perfect for Addie!

4.  My team for the March of Dimes.  We are almost to our goal and its wonderful!  I'm so happy so many people have joined my team.  Its wonderful to have so much support.  Addie's memory continues to live on.  Here are the team tshirts I've designed.

5.  Addie's garden.  I added some more flowers to the annuals garden today.  And we started building the raised bed for her perennial garden.  It should be finished soon.  :)

6.  Last, but certainly not least, is my little family.  I don't know what I would do without my husband.  Probably stay in a funk all day.  He tries his best to cheer me up, but knows when I just need to be left alone.  And, there is nothing like the unconditional love from a dog.  I love both these boys, more than my own life.  Here's a few pics from this week.

So that's my happy list.  Again, its very simple but keeps me going.  And, now, as the title says, I did see the first butterfly of the season.  We have a butterfly bush in our back yard.  I had been weeding my flower bed and turned my head to see a solitary butterfly sitting on the bush.  She fluttered her wings and took off, landing next to my hand.  She stayed for a moment, then took off again, flying around the dog, teasing him, making him chase her.  She then flew away.  I have to say, this little butterfly brought tears to my eyes.  As crazy as it sounds, I cried when I saw her.  I think I'm going nuts.  But I'm glad she came to visit.  I just wish she would have stayed longer.  I'm sure we'll see her again.


DandelionBreeze said...

Love your list and sounds like you've been very busy... great that you got your boaters license - sounds like your summers are lots os fun :) The butterfly photos are beautiful... and the tags are gorgeous :) Fantastic that you've raised to much money and love your team t-shirt :)) Addie's garden looks stunning... so special for her. Love always xoxo

Sarita Boyette said...

Mary, I'm glad you had lots of happies this week. I was happy to make a tag for Addison - so glad you saw a buttterfly and received your butterfly release photos. xoxo

Becky said...

Love the list. Sounds like your ready for a great summer out on the water and camping! The butterfly release sounds awesome and I'll have to check out the website. Love your March for Babies shirts and glad you have a great team out there supporting such a good cause and in Addie's memory.
I love the part about the solitary butterfly, and I don't think your going nuts at all, I think it sounds sweet.

Molly said...

OMG! Butterfly release pics are WONDERFUL! How cool! And I love seeing a happy dog! That will bring a smile to anyone's face. Thanks for sharing!

Tiffany said...

love the butterfly, love the shirts, love the garden. love that your family is your motivation (family is my motivation too).

and thank you so much for including my button on your page. it was so nice to scroll down and see "Julius' mom." that gave me chills. thank you. ♥

Tiffany said...

I love your list! Great pictures! I love the one of your dog laying on it's back!

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