How Do I Choose the Best Solar Panel Company in My Local Area?

June 29, 2022

Renewable energy is the future, and solar energy is at the forefront. Right now, solar energy represents 2.8% of the total electricity production in the US.

As solar panel company technology improves and people become more conscious of their carbon footprint, this number will only grow.

Considering installing a solar panel system for your home or business? Want to know how to choose the best solar panel company in your town?

Then you've come to the right place. Here's everything you need to know to get the best solar panel company.

Get Referrals

Get referrals from people you trust who have recently gone solar. Ask them about their experience with the company, if they were satisfied with the work, and if they would recommend them. Once you have a few companies in mind, call each one and ask about their experience, pricing, and any other questions you may have.

Compare Costs

Start by doing an online search for solar panel companies in your area. Be sure to ask about the installation cost, the type of panels they use, and the warranty. Narrow your search to three or four companies, and then call each one to get a quote.

If you are a smart homeowner interested in energy savings, look for the best solar installers. Once you have your quotes, compare the prices and choose the company that offers the best value. For more information, you can visit this website.

Consider Installers' Experiences

You should consider installers' experiences when finding the best solar panel company in your local area. The best way to determine if an installer is experienced is to ask for references and check online reviews.

A company with a lot of experience will likely be more efficient and better understand the solar panel installation process. Furthermore, an experienced company is more likely to offer a warranty on their work.

Inspect the Equipment

When looking for a solar panel company, inspecting the equipment, they will be using is essential. Make sure that the panels are made of high-quality materials and that the company has a good reputation. Also, be sure to ask about the warranty and service agreement.

Check the Company's Reputation

When looking for a reputable solar panel company, research is critical. Checking online reviews, reading the company website, and talking to past customers are great ways to gain insight into a company. Once you have a shortlist of companies, you can compare prices and services to find the best fit for your needs.

Always get multiple quotes and ask lots of questions to ensure you get the best possible service. A reputable solar panel company will be transparent, honest, and helpful, providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Choosing the Best Solar Panel Company

If you're interested in going solar, the best thing to do is research local solar panel companies to see who has the best reviews and offers the best incentives. Once you've narrowed your options, schedule a consultation to get more specific details about what each company can provide you with. From there, you can make an informed decision about which best solar panel company is fit for you.

If you are interested in more solar panels, keep browsing our blog posts today.

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Tent Camping Updates || Changes to Our Setup

June 22, 2022

 If you were to like what you see and go in search of all of it - you won't find it. On the last day of our trip the newest Magellan Ponderosa set up next to us and it sent me to Academy to see what was up in tent land. 

Y'all the new tents are NICE. 

There's a Grand Ponderosa now, it seems to take up the same amount of tent pad space as ours, but is a touch taller. 

The tent pads at Greenbriar are fairly large, there have been many times that our tent was staked off the tent pad. Also for reference, I think this is site 101 at Greenbriar. If you are camping there definitely hit up 100 or 101 if you want to camp in the middle of the RV area. 

I personally prefer it because there is less brush and the kids are less likely to encounter poison ivy or snakes. They also have tent sites on the other side of the river that feel much more removed from everyone else and have a ton more shade. 

But like I said, 100-101 are the best as far as shade and trees go. If you're new to tent camping the trees come in handy for all manner of things. 

So first up in camping additions - I bought a 5x7 outdoor rug for in front of the tent. This (as I suspected) helped a ton with keeping the kids from dragging in so much dirt. I don't think I even swept the tent out before we rolled it up this year. I swept mid week, but it was nothing compared to camping in the past. 

This was all taken after we had a very long thunderstorm. You can see what the ladies in the 100 spot did to cover their tent. Jeremy always stakes a tarp to the top to help with the heat as well as any rain. 

While the ground at Greenbriar doesn't let the water sit and leave puddles everywhere... the inside of the tent told a different story. You can take several hours of rain in a tent and stay dry, but after well over 12 hours of thunderstorms we were finding that anything touching an exterior wall was problematic. 

The air mattresses had been pushed to each wall and two pockets in the tent were full of stuff - each of those pressure points caused leaks. Luckily that was nothing the box fan couldn't dry up the next day. It would take a ton of standing water, basically a flood, before water came in the bottom of the tent. It's just that windbreaker material sides that doesn't like storms. 

Also - that's the AC setup again from the outside. 

During the first storm my paper towels didn't even get wet - the over night storm was another story! 

I always place out popup over the table and leave out coffee maker out. The paper towels were secured to the bars of pop-up with a small bungee cord. This was the first time I tried that trick and I will be sticking with it in the future. 

We also added outdoor lights this year around the eating area and where we generally have our camping chairs. 

Granted - I didn't remember to take photos until after the storm. But you can see that I keep the ice chest on one side of the table and my kitchen bucket on the other. Towels will hang from the pop-up tent or (if we have more trees) we will hang a line and put the trees there. 

You can see at the back of the photo that we replaced our long gone hammock

Just another angle of the campsite set up.  At Greenbriar you can park you car in front of the site long enough to unpack, but parking is behind the tent sites. 

Elliot is currently looking at this blog post and telling me that he wants to go sleep in the tent again. The kids really adore camping trips. 

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Smokey Mountain Camping 2022

June 18, 2022

 It appears I've accidentally taken a bit of a blog break. 

As usual, summers are crazy here. We got out of school, went camping, came back in time for VBS, and then Jeremy left for Centrifuge with the youth group. 

Our first full day in Gatlinburg the guys all went golfing, the kids and I lounged around the campsite a long time before heading over to our friend's RV to hang out. 

Elliot, in his typical nature, couldn't just chill and found himself stung twice and very moody. Somehow later in the week waking up from a nap caused him to be even moodier than whatever creature stung him that morning. 

Go ahead and accept that this is in no particular order - and that we did something we rarely do on a camping trip... we went full tourist and weren't just playing and hiking for a week. 

The entire crew (us and our friends from Alabama) went to Wonderworks. I'm saying this as a mother of young kids and one is very much a sensory sensitive child - this is geared for the older children. I had fun at what I was able to do, however much of out time was trying to acclimate the kids to this. It was loud, big, and terrifying. We enjoyed it after the kids got use to being there, but I'll never travel without noise cancelling headphones ever again. 

Just some scenes from Greenbriar Campground below. 

A cousin of mine commented on Facebook about my AC - if you haven't read through my camping posts, you need to. We don't rough it for a week. It's as close to an RV set up as you can get a tent and I often feel super bougie next to the other campers. Granted I camped with a family who did all of this when I was in high school... I don't know why more people don't jump on this. 

Get a good air mattress. Rig up an AC - heck, buy a tent that accommodates an AC. I'm here to sleep great and enjoy playing outside in the mountains all week. (hence you don't see us summer camping in late summer or super far south) 

I couldn't for the life of me figure out what noise I was hearing early one morning. Eventually I discovered Elliot had stolen the lamp (the one in his hands) from outside the tent door and was opening it up and closing it back just to hear the plastic accordion material crunching. 

This series of photos are from Cade's Cove, and I've got a few suggestions for you when you visit. 

1. Ride in the back of a truck with a ton of people, rent one of the off road golf cart looking things they have all over town, ride in a convertible, or just ride a bike. 

Okay, that's just one long tip. 

But the point is, you'll be in stand still traffic for a long time seeing absolutely nothing. This will make it more interesting. Dylan (our friend's grandson and former youth kiddo) suggested we ride in the back of one truck (we were in two) and I'm so glad he did. 

It made that dull drive far more fun being piled up. Jeremy rolled down the back window of the truck and the kids just hopped in and out, we stood up and goofed off, and at times were reprimanded by the park rangers... but it was way better than sitting in the car for that long. 

I also suggest a massive purchase of donuts. Mad Dog on the way there (from Greenbriar) offers a ton of fun flavors to make the seat gripping ride up the mountain bearable for everyone that needed anxiety meds. 

We also ate dinner at the Paula Dean restaurant one night, and while it was expensive, everything tasted incredible. 

After dinner the kids got to see a water fountain show and they were in heaven. 

More scenes from the tent...

I was being told a scary story. 

The situations I've witnessed Jeremy nap in over the years make me question if he even has a pulse. 

If you go out of town, pick us up some travel brochures. They bought us hours of distraction. 

Bubba Gumps! 

Finally - which was actually the second night - we went to Dolly Parton Stampede. I wish I had more photos, but it was a cross between the anxiety that trick riders cause me mixed with kids who were having full panic spells. 

Angela had the idea to stuff Harrison's ears with a napkin and he was enthralled once the noise was taken down. 

Elliot on the other hand was so terrified of inside horses that he fell asleep on my lap. 

All the kids! 

The whole crew! We really had the best time camping this year. Not that I want to compete with y'all for campsites, but you're missing out on life by staying in hotels and condos. 

I also use camping as an excuse to not fix my hair or wear makeup for an entire trip - too much fuss. 

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Simply Earth Recipe Box June '22 || Nature's Touch

June 1, 2022

 This month's Simply Earth recipe box is nature themed. 

As we dive into this box today, notice the pretty color schemes. Simply Earth always does such a great job with seasonal colors and box color themes. Everything is always so pretty to look at, I even keep oils on my window seal that I frequently use. 

This month's oils include: 

Timber (blend) :: antibacterial and soothing to the skin

Orange :: centers, uplifts, and promotes a peaceful atmosphere

Citronella :: energizing, uplifting, and centering, cleaning benefits and insect deterrent

Ho Wood :: boosts immunity, promotes rejuvenation topically, supports women's wellness

Extras for the Nature's Touch box include wood beads, body oil base, clay, and hemp cord. 

Check out these recipes! 

Included in this month's box are a beard oil, sugar scrub for your feet, a roll-on, diffuser necklace and bracelet, and a diffuser blend. 

I love that this month's box is nature themed, especially since June is when we take out big camping trip each year. Now I'm wishing I would have packed my diffuser and carried my oils along with me for this trip! 

A few things before I wrap this up - 

Every month Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. With an estimated 4 million victims globally, human trafficking is among one of the worst atrocities. No one deserves to be exploited, which is why Simply Earth donates to organization on the front lines. 

As always head over to Simply Earth to order your JUNE box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 giftcard/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 

Also -- here are a few things you can do with your box every month! 

1. Add items to your box to get free shipping. 
2. Exchange oils. 
3. Gift a month to a friend. 
4. Get 50% off your next box by sharing your unique voucher code with friends, they'll also get $10 off their first 5 months -  you'll get 50% off for every friend that subscribes! 

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The Kris Jenner Guacamole

May 29, 2022

File this under things I make and have yet to share... not to mention I just admitted to my eye rolling husband where I got the recipe from. 

You read it correct. This is a long buried internet secret and I can't remember how I came across it. But the guac recipe from Kris Jenner's book (that came out in the early 2000's) is a favorite at our house. 

I've cut the recipe in half, the original serves 20, and omitted the olives... Jeremy isn't an olive fan. So add them back in if you feel compelled. 

The Kris Jenner Guacamole

Serves 10
4 ripe avocados
1/2 cup Original Pace Picante Sauce 
1/2 tsp garlic salt 
1/2 tsp onion powder
seasoned salt & pepper 

1/2 lemon 
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4 green onions

In a large bowl, using a potato masher, mash the avocados. Stir in the salsa, garlic salt, and onion powder. Season with seasoned salt and pepper. 

Level out the guacamole with a rubber spatula and squeeze the lemon on top. Spread the sour cream evenly on top. Sprinkle over the cheddar cheese. If you want to use olives, sprinkle them around the perimeter, then a band of roma tomatoes, and finally the chopped green onions in the center like a bullseye effect.  

Serve chilled with tortilla chips. 


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Beauty Favorites May 2022

May 24, 2022

 It's been a few years since I updated my beauty favorites. 

Today I'm sharing a few items I reorder again and again, and a couple of new favorite items. Some dupes, some not. 

Before Covid shut everything down I had been trying new products pretty frequently, but after two years of wearing a mask... makeup had taken a backseat. There was just no point at all in most products unless they were for your eyes. 

I half forgot about items I liked, and half stopped caring. 

Now, after months of being mask-less I've dug out a few old items and discovered a couple new. (Mainly because old favorites were discontinued.)

1. Almay Lip Vibes - Worry Less

This is supposed to be an affordable dupe for Charolette Tilbury Pillow Talk. My only issue is that the lip liner I was using ran out, and is discontinued. I ordered another lip liner that is supposed to be a good dupe (Rimmel Easy End Snob) and it's an awful dupe. Far too pink. So I'm still on the lookout for a great liner to go with this, if only Almay would make liners for each of their colors. 

I really love this Lip Vibes color, but because finding a liner has been a chore there is a slight chance I'll splurge on the actual lip kit from Charolette Tilbury. 

2. La Roche-Posey with Toleriane 

I saw a dermatologist talk about this moisturizer on Youtube last year and have been hooked. I often use RetinA and harsh products on my face, which leads to it being very sensitive. I tend to get redness and at times even my beloved CeraVe burns. 

When I'm at the height of RetinA burn, this stops it. Zero burn, zero redness. Will be reordering very soon. 

3. Tarte Shape Tape 

Why has it taken me so long to break down and buy this product?! For years I've used two different kinds of concealer at the same times to conceal the dark circles I fight, this singular product has put me down to one. 

My only advice is to use a moisturizer type primer or eye cream right before applying so it goes on smoother, blot out with your fingers, the use a wet beauty blender to blend in and smooth it out. 

4. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Illumination 

This has been a ride or die product for about 6 years. The illumination makes you look glowy, but not wet and fake. The big bonus is the 50spf and anti-aging ingredients. The packaging has changed, it seems smaller, but hopefully the pump will hold out for the entire use of the product. 

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (Soft Brown) 

I've tried soft brown as well as taupe and find the soft brown just goes with my hair color better. 

The thicker triangular shape of the pencil makes for filling your brows so much easier than their original pencil. I go over this with Elf Cosmetics Wow Brow and then a clear gel to set. The first two products really get to job done of making my brows not look so Millennial who plucked her eye brows nearly off in high school and is suffering now as a mid-30's person. 

6. Mineral Fusion Brush On Sun Defense 

Blame it on Korean and Asian beauty influencers, they always have the best anti-aging products, but I ordered this dupe. Colorescience brush on sunscreen is $69 dollars and there was just no way on earth I was paying that. 

But I wanted a brush on sunscreen that I could reapply throughout the day - no white cast - and could go on over my makeup. 

This is it people. Plus it's only $14! 

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Kindergarten Graduation

May 18, 2022

 Last night Harrison got to celebrate the end of school with Kindergarten Graduation. 

I'll be honest, I'm not that sappy mother who gets teary because, well, life has to move on. We also are completing his "victory lap" as one of my teacher buddies at our school in Hoover called it. Y'all, doing what was best for him and repeating K was rough on a child of the 90s who was brought up in a time where that had a ton of stigma. 

But it's been best for him, with his speech delay and expressive language that we have worked so hard on - reading doesn't come easy for his little brain. He's so intelligent, but reading is hard (heck I remember how hard it was for me.) 

He's done so well, and learned so much over the years. Maybe after we see the developmental pediatrician over the summer I'll share a bit more. (crossing my fingers they get us in during the summer) 

This is Harry and his best friend. Like BEST friend. These two hug and carry on each time they see each other. When we were leaving last night I was cracking up because - we had parked a space away from each other - but they were both putting their hands around their mouths to yell. Like they couldn't hear each other. And were talking something about ice cream flavors. 

I haven't the slightest clue why little boys are so quirky, but they're adorable. 

Another thing that made me laugh last night was that at the end of every song people would clap, and I don't think Harrison expected it. He would smile so big and then (be the only child to do so) take a bow. 

I haven't started going gray yet, but this child is going to be the reason why. 

He is the most preacher's kid child. (insert eye roll) Last night he came in and walked right on stage, as if he owned the place. Sometimes I wish my children weren't so familiar with church, they act like it's a second home and hold nothing back. 

He then removed his shoes and continued to carry around his bucket of popcorn. Jeremy had to get up to check the AC and off Elliot went. He didn't like that his Harry was gone, and wasn't about to let Daddy go off without him either. 

This particular picture was taken when he announced, "You can take my picture too! I say cheese." 

Let it be known he is busier than any busy bag I will ever create for him. 

Some of Harry's favorite people came last night - we just forgot to get a picture with Brandon and Kali (and I should say Mia because Harrison was about to propose marriage after Kali let her hand him a graduation present... of Pokemon cards.) 

This is Naomi, we use to be next door neighbors. Harrison has loved her and her husband since he was old enough to walk across the street and demand a spoon full of peanut butter. Seriously, we never got home that he didn't look for their cars and then take off to their house with us trailing behind him. 

We surely don't deserve it, but God has placed amazing neighbors next to us time and time again. 

Last up, us... minus Elliot who was having none of it. 

Hopefully we will get the professional photos in soon and I'll share those as well. 

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FIVE Old Navy Dresses I'm Loving Right Now

May 17, 2022

 With the summer heat in full swing, I tend to lean towards dresses. 

Louisiana is hot, and peeling skinny jeans off your body at the end of the day is less than thrilling. Shorts work for after work and weekends... but church and school still require real clothing for the months of May - then August to October. 

After the thrilling Laura Ashley craze of winter, I've grown fond of it in a sense and am leaning into that look for summer as well. I won't lie, I'm a touch sad I didn't get any collared dresses back in the winter. 

With May sales happening at Old Navy, Mother's Day was a treat, it is high time to jump on it and forgo anything that clings to your legs for the next several months. 

Memorial Day is coming up - so keep checking their app for big discounts. 

And before I link to all of these dresses let me tell you my two criteria for a cute dress these days. First, I have to be able to wear biker shorts underneath. Elliot is ALWAYS lifting my dresses up, and I can't risk offering a peep show after church. Second, I have to be able to wear an actual bra with it. At this age, after nursing two children, a full blown real bra has to be in place. 

Let me add a third one on before I link the dresses, I also want a decently high neckline. The older I get, the more coverage I appreciate. 

1. Tiered Chambray Puff Sleeve All Day Midi Swing Dress

I bought this same dress but in blue gingham and can't find it on their website to save my life. Also, anything with "swing" in the title means you will be easy breezy during the scorching summer months. 

2. Puff Sleeve Printed Sleeve Dress

This comes in several colors and might be my favorite of five. It's got arm coverage, leg coverage, and the dangling strings that allow you to tie this puppy up if you risk your toddler digging in the top of your dress. Plus it's super cute. 

3. Fit & Flare Flutter Sleeve Tie-Back Midi Dress 

This one is mom bra risky, but worth wearing one with straps. Plus it's long enough to not flash anyone and chambray might be my favorite material to date. 

4. Flutter-Sleeve Smocked Floral Embroidered Mini Swing Dress

This dress also comes in pink and a blue chambray color. Conservative, cute, perfect for the hot months ahead. The embroidery detail makes it look better quality rather than a plain print dress. 

5. Stripped Button Front All Day Midi Swing Dress

I'm in a full blown "what can I wear clogs with" phase and this dress is perfect for clogs. Wear it to work now and even into the fall season. The blue hue makes me much more versatile for spring through fall. 

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Meal Planning Monday

May 16, 2022

 Y'all know I start on Thursday - so here we go. 

Also, I had to bring myself to actually meal prep for work this week. I've been making chicken in the instant pot and just bringing that with rice... I can no longer eat such simple food. It just really isn't me. I need things that taste good.

Thursday | Easy Skillet Chicken Tinga Enchiladas

Friday |   Pizza (Jeremy was at a graduation) 

Saturday | Sunday School Class Game Night - we had Caribbean Pulled Pork Tacos and I have got to figure out how they were made. 

It was pulled pork and white corn tortillas with cilantro, sour cream (made more like Crema), red onions (but they seemed like they had been pickled or such... but they weren't vinegary. Like I said I've got to pick the brain of the person who cooked.), jalapenos, salsa, guacamole, and a cole slaw that had pineapple in it. There's a ton to unpack from that meal lol! 

Sunday | Raising Cane's Fundraiser for the youth group and dinner turned into Pickle Cookies. Hear me out on this one - it was full fledge things I did as a kid but recently rediscovered on Instagram Reels. Ritz topped with sliced pickles, cheddar cheese, and then put under the broiler for a hot second to melt. Strange, but so good. And no, no one else ate them. 

Monday | Cobb Salad

Tuesday | Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet with a chopped salad (nothing pretty but it works for a low carb day) 

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-fil-a knock off nuggets and fries (the kids fav and my fav on single mom night) 

Lunch - I grilled bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and pineapple - seasoned with Tony's and some bbq sauce. Then I seperately grilled chicken thighs with greek seasoning and lemon juice. These were intended to be kabobs but I did not have the desire to kabob anything last night. 

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Baby Ducks and Awards Day

May 13, 2022

 The victory lap of Kindergarten has nearly ended, Harrison had his awards program yesterday. The only event left looming is kindergarten graduation. 

I need to check this child's height from last year to now, he seems to have doubled his leg length. There was definitely some sort of growth spurt over the winter, pants that I've had for two years that were always too big were suddenly too small. 

Anyway, Awards Day, he got the award for kindness. 

Elliot has determined that his award is his. He found it, at his house none the less. He can't read or he would know that stealing a kindness award does not demonstrate kindness. 

The biggest highlight for this child though, was when he got to cuddle ducks on Wednesday night. Especially the little one who really was into cuddling. 

In case you're wondering, he now wants a duck. 

Elliot, on the other hand, is a firm believer that indoor animals are unnatural. He's accepted Dill has 2 years of being terrified of stuff animals and taxidermy. 

Side note: he was freaked out by the taxidermy at the cabin in Dry Creek (so was his buddy Dill). 

Here, in this photo, you'll notice Elliot is trying to kick a duck. Not a hard kick, but a very "three year old who was mad at a duck" for flipping it's water over... then Elliot sat in it... and got his bottom wet... so he was retaliating. 


In other Elliot news, I swear I'll forget all these things simply because too many things happen in a 24 hours period...

...We were stuck in traffic yesterday (road work), Elliot became so incensed that the trip was taking too long and he wanted to go home that he began demanding I unbuckle him because he was going to walk home. 

He continued this demand for 30 minutes. 

I also tried to bribe him into pooping in the potty with a snowball, but he said he preferred a king cake. I realize this potty bribery is going to get expensive, but with the extent of his stubbornness, I'm willing to accept it. 

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Mother's Day 2022

May 12, 2022

As someone who rarely loves a surprise, I don't know why up until this year I have left this holiday to be determined by my house full of boys. 

I don't generally want a lot, just a relaxed day at the house, an easy lunch, and to check something off my to-do list. (yes I generally save wish list items for holidays) 

I did quite a few things that made this day last, essentially, a weekend. 

Friday we headed to Home Depot to gather 12 terra cotta pots, while Jeremy was off at an event. Saturday, again Jeremy was at an event, I planted my cut flower seeds in their cute little pots while the boys played. That evening we went to dinner and essentially did as little as possible during the day. Sunday we went to church, ate at Raising Cane's, hunted down a kiddie pool, ran by Lowe's, picked up snowballs and then little else the rest of the afternoon. 

The boys played in the pool and on the trampoline, and sprayed everyone with water guns. 

Here's my pot setup. I bought 10 9 inch pots and the two larger ones at the top are 12 inch. I also grabbed two smaller pots to throw herbs in (sweet mint and lavender). 

Below are the flower varieties I am attempting to grow. I'll say attempting until they actually grow and bloom. 

Top left to right: Stock Katz Fragrant, Queen Anne's Lace

Bottom left to right: Zinnia State Fair Mix, Gomphrena, Craspedia 

From top to bottom, the sides mirror each other I have: (top step) Stock & Craspedia, (next down) Zinnia, Gomphrena, (bottom) Queen Anne's Lace (outside) and Zinnia. 

Next year I might try tulips. 


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Intending to Strawberry Pick in Dry Creek

May 10, 2022

The last weekend in April we spent the weekend in Dry Creek, at the pastor's cabin on the Dry Creek Camp campus. 

Y'all it was nice. Not like Hilton nice, but like youth pastor's family who needed a break from the normal nice. The cabin was lovely and the kids enjoyed everything we did that weekend. 

I wanted us to go strawberry picking at CM Farm and what we ended up doing was every activity except for strawberry picking. 

The boys played until Elliot was being such a tired 3 year old that he couldn't control himself anymore, and we went home. 

My photos are all mixed together, but we got to go fishing and play in the sand. Harrison has been fishing a few times before in ponds, but this was his first time to catch one. 

Take a wild guess at which child was terrified at horses and ended up having fun. If you guess Elliot you are correct, he and the pup were equally terrified of the mounted deer head in the cabin. 

There is no prospect for this kid becoming a vet one day. 

Elliot in the "snow" that he kept arguing with me about until he threw it in the air and got a taste of it. Last winter it actually snowed in Alabama, and he has never seen sand before, so this is entirely our fault for not exposing him to the dangers of sand. 

But now he has been, and from here on out he will likely stay away from eating the stuff while telling hi mother she doesn't know anything about anything. 

What could be more 3 year old than insisting that sand is snow, your mother is ignorant about types of snow, eating some, and then requesting that the ignorant mother get the "snow" out of your mouth while you spit and sputter?

There's that first fish I was talking about. 

It was a keeper and we all ate dinner off this catch. 

Until next time. 

I'm crossing my fingers that we can stay in the cabin during the youth group Winter Retreat and not feel cooped up at our house for yet another year of Winter Retreat. 

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