Memorial Day

cliff army

Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!! Thankful for my Papa, Granddaddy, Dad, Father-in-law, and all those who’ve given their service to our country. And happy 94th birthday to my Granddaddy (pictured above) on Tuesday!

Dad2

Dad6

Molloy Family Photos

by Valerie | 05.23.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

on flowers

Lilacs

I cut some lilacs from our backyard today; we’ve got two varieties, this lavender one and a white lilac as well, and they both smell heavenly. I was also treated to some peonies and alstroemeria.

A few quotes on flowers I liked:

  • “I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet
  • “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  • “She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims…” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Alstroemeria

Peonies

Peonies

by Valerie | 05.17.14 | Around our home | No Comments »

fun in the sun

Laying in a field of grass on a sunny Saturday

It was a gorgeous day in Ann Arbor yesterday – we took advantage of it with a bike ride in town, a game of HORSE at our neighborhood park, and ended the day with bag toss in our yard and hamburgers on the grill. So nice to enjoy the sunshine!

Hoops

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

commence

Commencement

Congrats to all the grads celebrating commencement! And it’s so nice to see spring on campus.

Spring stroll

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy Mother’s Day

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to two beautiful, talented, smart & sassy ladies in our lives – my Mom (pictured above) and Ryan’s Mom (pictured below – he loves this photo especially because she is pointing to “Art”); we love you!

Mom

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

spring spruce up

Spring planting

We spent two long days over the weekend doing lots of yard work and it felt great to tackle some of those projects! We’re trying to get grass to grow in on our lawn where it needs it (crossing my fingers it works this time), put down some new mulch and pavers for border, and planted some flowers (I’m so excited to have a peony and some lenten roses to enjoy) which I’m hoping will do well – nice to have some color in the yard for spring.

Lenten Rose

Spring planting

by Valerie | 04.28.14 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

Spring has sprung

Spring buds

Some springy-goodness, for your viewing pleasure… Spring appears to have finally really come to Ann Arbor; the lilacs above are almost ready to bloom in my backyard and I couldn’t be happier!

Spring buds

Spring buds

Spring buds

by Valerie | 04.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

dye

Egg Dyeing

We enjoyed a beautiful Easter Sunday – it was all sunshine, good company, great food, and egg dyeing! I hadn’t dyed eggs in a very long time and really enjoyed doing that this year. Also, this bathing bunny video had me laughing and this cat with bunny cartoon is pretty cute too.

Egg Dyeing

Egg Dyeing

by Valerie | 04.21.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

Easter treats

Easter Candy

I’m looking forward to jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, possibly egg dyeing/hunting, and a delicious Easter brunch in the very near future. Here are some fun Easter-themed things you might enjoy:

by Valerie | 04.18.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

spring fun

We enjoyed some really lovely weather here last week and spent much of the day outside on Saturday with friends; brunch with friends on the patio in Kerrytown on Saturday morning was the perfect way to start our day. It’s great to really have it feel like spring finally and see the daffodils and crocus and other bulbs blooming. I actually wore flats for the first time since last fall and didn’t even need a jacket – it may seem silly to mention this, but it was a big deal for me. Our friend Allison commented that it’s nice that you are finally seeing people again too - both because they’re spending time outdoors (enjoying the sunshine) and because they’re not covered under layers and layers of hats, scarves, parkas, etc.

Sunset at Michigan Stadium on Thursday evening was quite spectacular too!

by Valerie | 04.14.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

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