. . . but the lovely leaves are gone, and the trees with leaves remaining are dressed in drabness. But the weather is glorious, and we hope it continues on for many more days.
Remember this picture from a week ago today?
Four days later, on Wednesday, the girls were playing in the deep layer of leaves in the back yard -- in shorts!
After the leaves dried out, the twins had a great time playing - just like their big sisters have done at this time every year. Katie liked the yard next door really well - I love this shot of her peeking over the hedge - book in hand.
They had a great time beheading the mums, giving them to me, and me showering the petals on their heads.
Grandpa invited them over to play in the leaves one last time before he spent two days mulching and mowing them up, and taking them to the recycle center.
My folks and I have each had one of these portable chairs to hang on a table ever since my kids were little. They've really come in handy for picnics and for our Wednesday night dinners at church with the twins. Emma had a great time playing with them on the patio on the beautiful day yesterday. They kept her occupied for at least a half hour.
It's fun to be able to see the two squirrel nests in the now empty tree, against the gorgeous blue sky.
Today DC finished the massive job of cleaning the yard - it looks perfect again. At least until the rest of the leaves begin to drop --
A few weeks ago I won a little contest over at Tammy's place, Lattes and Lollipops. She gave away a gift card for Starbucks - since I don't drink coffee, I had a lovely time with my sister as she did drink coffee and I had delicious hot chocolate. I also got this book --
I finished it today and highly recommend it. I love a good suspense novel, and this one didn't disappoint. It includes the message of God's love and mercy - an unusual and great combination. I was really excited when I checked my library's web site and discovered that this is only #1 in a series of 5 of 6. I love having a great series to look forward to. Dee Henderson has written many others besides this series as well - should keep me going for a good long time to come.
On an entirely different subject - I know everyone followed the "balloon launch" fiasco. I was glued to the screen when I found out it was going on - the "launch" began about 15 miles north of my house. I have no doubt in my mind that it was planned as a publicity stunt, and I think they have bitten off more than they ever expected - not the kind of publicity they really wanted. The sheriff seems to have finally caught up with the rest of us in his thought processes.
And last but not least --
The big girls got their school pictures already - I absolutely could not believe how good they were. I don't think I've ever seen such good school pictures.
Have a great Sunday and a good week!