Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More Gardening

To celebrate our 5th Anniversary this past April we decided to plant some trees at our house which is appropriate for the fifth anniversary since that is the "wood" anniversary. We went to the nursery and picked out three trees for our garden, stuffed them into our Scion and drove home with our trunk tied down and flags on the tips of our trees. Then we got to work.

Step one: Dig a Hole:

Dan digs a hole for our Cherry Tree while Annie Supervises
Step 2: Water tree and root ball

Step 3: Step Back and admire newly planted tree:

Annie approves of our new Red Elm Tree
Our third, camera shy, tree is an Eastern Redbud tree. Someone who's definitely NOT camera shy is Miss. Annie pictured below in front of our Iris garden out back
Annie posing in front of our Japanese Irises

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Visitors from Colorado

Over Memorial Day weekend we were lucky enough to have Dan's Mom, Sister Angie, Brother-in-law Shane and our niece Lindsay visiting us for a long weekend. Mom stayed with us while the Ransoms booked a room at nearby hotel with a pool!

Highlights from the visit included a trip to the Botanical garden where we climbed trees:

Mary, Lindsay and Angie climbing "trees"
 Strolled through the iris and peony gardens.

Lindsay in front of the Peonies

Sonja, Mary and Angie in the Peony Garden

Dan and his Mom in front of the Iris Garden
 We also toured the butterfly garden where one of the volunteers enticed a butterfly on to Lindsay

Lindsay and her Butterfly
 After seeing the volunteer capture a butterfly Dan successfully caught one too and made good friends with it.

Dan, the Butterfly Whisperer
 We also enjoyed  a walk through the Japanese stroll garden. A group of overprotective geese were not, however, so happy we were waltzing through their territory close to their goslings so we had to reroute our path on a few occasions.
Mama Goose protecting her Goslings
 The geese were also interested in the fish food we had for the koi. At one point Lindsay was surrounded by goslings who wanted a piece and one brave one went right up to her and gave her a little peck on Lindsay's leg to make sure she got her share!
Lindsay and Dan feeding some Koi fish

One beautiful spring evening we went downtown to watch the Springfield Cardinals in action. Unfortunately we did not get to see a Cardinal victory, but we did get to see a Cardinal home run :-).

Shane, Angie and Dan at the Ballpark
 Another fun part of their visit was our trip to Fantastic Caverns where we rode through a massive cave system and got to experience "total darkness".

Stalactite and Stalagmites Galore

Angie modeling her new Coon Skin Cap