Today we added more to our patio garden, and yes, I snuck TWO photos of Ash (and our cute dachshund, Zeke) in there because they were both to cute to choose from!)  We assembled the pictured trellis ourselves with a drill and a bit of creative thinking.

We’ve had an eye on two particular patio chairs for over a month now, but put off buying them because they would have been about $40 and we’re trying to save.  So imagine my surprise when today I saw two of those exact patio chairs (in Ash’s favorite color) abandoned on the side of a busy freeway! We circled back and picked them up.  They’re practically in mint condition, give or take a few minor scuffles.  Woo!



Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power. Being surrounded by too much of the color red can cause us to become irritated, agitated and ultimately angry. Too little and we become cautious, manipulative and fearful.” 

I hear feminists say things like “Don’t say your man is ‘helping’ when he does the dishes or takes care of the kids, because it insinuates that it’s a woman’s job,” and that’s nice in theory. However, I am always appreciative when my husband steps in and does things that I normally do. I usually do the laundry and feed the baby and other such things, and it really does feel like “helping” when he does it. It’s one less thing I have to do! He thinks it’s silly when I thank him for it, because he is also of the mindset that it’s not one person’s job, but I seriously feel grateful when he “helps me out.” I realize that it’s not just my job, and that we share responsibility, but that’s the point I’m trying to make, actually. If I were a single mom, I’d have to do it all myself, and I’m so grateful to have such a helpful partner. Many men think that because they make the money, that they shouldn’t have to do anything when they get home, but my husband isn’t that way. I think that’s wonderful and I love him for it. We help each other, so that neither of us has too much weight to carry. That’s beautiful to me.