Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Love

I have mixed emotions that today is Friday.  I know that sounds terrible doesn't it?  This week Thomas has been on Spring Break and its been so fun having him home (even though I have been working) and today is his "last" day.  I know we have the weekend but its just not quite the same.  Ellie has been so blessed by her Dada being home. She has had two days home with him and is a complete and total Daddy's girl right now.  My heart just melts at their relationship and love for each other.  Thomas is just the best with her and I love watching him parent her and build her character.  We are such a great team and I love observing him with her and making decisions that are just like I would make, being on the same page discipline and parenting wise is so beneficial for Ellie since she gets consistency but also for our marriage because we are in sync with it too!!


Since Thomas has been home, he has gotten a few things done around the house that have been on our to-do list for far too long. 5 years ago we had a barn built for our goats, its 10 x 12 and has two openings, a double door on the long side and a single opening on the short side.  We divided the barn in half on the inside, one side is storage while the other is the stall.  Unfortunately the way we have the barn positioned and the door open all the time for the goats to enter is facing the rain.  We have rubber mats on the floor but they don't cover the whole space and with the rain beating down for 5 years has taken its toll on the integrity of the flooring.  Our mini-horse also lives with the goats and has put a couple of holes in the floor that we have reinforced but have talked about cutting the door in half to make a dutch door to help with the amount of rain that comes in for about 2 1/2 years.  Thomas finally got that project done this week and has to be one of my most favorite text photo's he has sent me!! It feel so good to finally cross that off the list!  He also was able to dig out some stumps that have been hanging around our yard for the past 5 years as well.  When we first moved in our front yard had about 35 juniper bushes that we removed and replaced with grass and flower beds, but some of the stumps were left due to their location and they are finally gone!!


Thomas also is a high school tennis coach and Ellie and I went to one of his practices the other week.  Ellie had so much fun running around the courts, picking up and chasing the tennis balls, grabbing the racquet's and trying to hit the balls!  Oh my word it was adorable.  I feel so blessed to have this life where we can have these experiences with her.


I finally made the decision to open up a twitter account.  I am not sure why I waited so long.  I am still trying to figure it out and don't have too great of a presence on there yet.  I have a whopping 6 followers.  If you are interested in following along I would love to have you, you can find me at @lifeparsonsfarm, again I am still figuring out how it works so if you have any tips I would love to learn!


The other night was a rough one for Ellie.  She got up about 13 times and just wouldn't settle.  Then she only napped for about an hour that day.  I was anticipating a fairly rough evening but she fell asleep in the car on the way home and got another 40 minute or so nap.  When I looked back at her she had her ankles crossed and her arms up in praise...apparently the only way to sleep in the car.  She just looked so peaceful (and the car ride was to ;) )I had to get a photo.  I mean seriously.


Gardening is a huge passion of mine.  I don't really discriminate either, flower and plant gardening is just as fun and rewarding as vegetable/fruit gardening.  Like I mentioned above we did a huge overhaul on our front yard about 5 years ago where we put in several flower beds one of them is about 7 feet wide by 60 feet long.  I had no idea how much work that was going to be (or how many plants were going to be needed to fill it up) but I love it so much.  I learn more and more every year and it changes every year too.  The first two years we planted a ton of annuals, which was stupid because we just had to replace them the following year.  So now we have started investing in perennials in a majority of the space and then we have a few favorite annuals to fill in spaces.  I get so much enjoyment going out and looking at our flowers and reveling in all our hard work and dedication to make it beautiful.  We are one of the only houses on our street that actually has flowers in the yard and we get compliments all the time from the "walkers" when we are out working in it.  I have decided that I am going to try to take at least one picture a week of the garden to show its growth and change over the seasons, but in reality I would really like to do a Parsons Garden 365, we will see how well I do at that. But today is the first day, here is what our garden looked like this morning.  I love all the spring bulbs: daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, muscari and anemone. Do you like to garden? What is your favorite part?

Happy Happy Friday to ya'll have a great weekend!

♥ Ashley

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  1. Goats! I want goats soooo bad!! For now, I am settling for a dog and some chickens :)

  2. Oh what a great week y'all had! Ellie is just too precious playing tennis. I wish I enjoyed gardening but I just don't. I love looking at a garden and I love eating food from a garden but I'm not a huge fan of the work :) My mom really enjoys flower gardening. Maybe it will grow on me. I hope y'all enjoy the weekend together.

  3. Friends of ours have goats and one of them photobombed Mila's 1st birthday photos last summer. She LOVED it and that picture is one of my favorites. Anyway... goats are adorable and I'm glad your goats and horse have a good as new barn now!

    That picture of Ellie sleeping in the car is SO cute!

  4. Ellie is so sweet! I love the tennis pics!

    I still haven't figured out twitter yet either. It makes me feel old and uncool :p

  5. Ellie is adorable! I've been told sleeping with hands up mean she's happy! That sheep sweater dress is too cute! OH and I have twitter and I dont remember the last time I even looked at it. It's just one more thing to check that well there never seems time for!

  6. I want Goats!!!! So jealous :-) Great Pictures. Thanks for sharing on the #SaturdaySpotlight

  7. Your garden looks so bright and cheerful! Have a lovely week :)

  8. Ok, how cute is Ellie in those photos!!!

    I wish I had a garden! I would grow so much yummy stuff!!

    Thanks again for linking up with us!


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