May 22, 2009

{ Girls Weekend & The Garden I Wish Was Mine }

I took a little weekend trip to Utah {at my mom's house} last weekend for my annual Girl's Weekend. {That's a lot of weekends in one sentence} It includes my 5 sisters, 2 sis-in-laws & my mom. This one marked our 10th year!

We have so much fun crafting, shopping, talking, staying up late, sleeping in & just goofing around! Three days of no kids, no husbands, no responsibilities. It's awesome!

My parents moved into this house last year & now that the snow has, finally, melted they have been working like crazy making the yard useful & beautiful. This little spot is by their front door.

In this corner of the backyard, my dad put his his new shed. One of my sisters helped him stain-wash it so it wouldn't look so new & my dad recently painted the door green.

My dad, also, made this sign. I think it's so fun! He's an engineer so I'm sure that each direction is accurate & he notched out the wood to make it so. He's amazing!

My mom has collected some fun things through the years from thrift shops, garage sales, trash cans, etc. She is the queen of finding a diamond in the rough. Here she used an iron grate thingy {I know, good description} as a planter box.

This is my mom's collection of bird feeders/nests hanging in the tree. There's some homemade one's from grandkids, gifts from family & friends, thrifted ones, etc. Can you tell that everyone knows what my mom loves? It's very whimsical.

We girls bought my parents these garden bees to hang with her collection. They are made from wood with metal details. The eyes are my favorite. They are bottle caps with nails head pupils. Very cute! When we gave them to my parents we told them it was because they are "busy bees" in the garden. The one with the curled up eyelashes is my mom. {you may have to enlarge to see the details}

And speaking of the garden...are you jealous?!! I know I am! They have everything you can think of growing in their garden. Lucky! {said in a Napoleon Dynamite way}

And here's all 9 of us being goofy on the swings. You can't see it in this picture, but the post that goes across the top of the swing set is actually a huge branch from the tree in the neighbor's yard. It is awesome!

I hope you enjoyed the garden tour. Have a beautiful weekend!


Amber Filkins said...

Oh my goodness, how fun. Look at how cute all of you girls are! Your parents' back yard IS amazing!! And so is that view of the mountains!!

Cindy said...

Oh yes! Talk about garden envy! I would love that much space!!! Does she put it up?

It is ALL wonderful, but I think I'm partial to the sign post because of the sign to you-know-where! Loved that he notched it out! I just might have to copy it!

All of it is such an inspiration. I see why this comes so naturally to you!

Stephanie said...

I want your dad to make ME a sign!! I love that idea!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a fun backyard!!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Ohhhh you lucky girl. I LOVED reading this post. What a great tradition. Thanks for sharing it with us. : )

AMIT said...

You have maintained your garden in a very good way.

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