Leaving the boys with a walkie-talkie and taking a 4-wheeler ride to watch the sun set over the earth …

I can’t think of any date with my guy that could be better.  ♥

{And I sure am thankful for living where we do.}

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

Photography friends, I shot these with my 35mm 1.4, the Interval Timer, and a stump. :)

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  • Carol - Beautiful photos of a beautiful sunset and beautiful couple. Glad to see that you are taking some time to nourish your relationship!ReplyCancel

  • Mom - Ahhhhh….. :)
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • ClaireT - these are beautiful. Such gorgeous colours. (And I love that you told us about the interval timer – thank you)ReplyCancel

This morning I woke to the sound of my two bigger boys running down the stairs, the door slamming and bikes racing down our driveway.  It wasn’t even 7am and they were off to get some exercise, a burst of fresh air and a taste of freedom.  When I rose, they were no where to be seen.  This is summer in the country, I suppose.

I got myself up and started my day the best way I know how.  Even though I slept horribly because it was hot, the neighbors’ dog was barking and I had a headache that made most sleeping positions uncomfortable, starting the day with a workout was what I needed.  

I was in the middle of it when the boys found their way back home and the littlest guy woke up.  They gathered in the living room and cheered me on.  One asking if he could join me, the other saying, “Awesome job, Mom!” and the other just telling me he loves me and that I can do it.  I wanted to express my thanks, but words don’t come easy when I’m huffin’ and puffin’ the way my workout makes me do.

I started working out daily last summer with the goal of being more fit.  Looking more fit and feeling more fit.  I internalized my goals so I wasn’t motivated by impressing anyone else or proving myself to anyone.  So often our goals are best set for ourselves and no one else because other people’s reactions and approval is ultimately out of our control.

So I kept telling myself, “This is for me.”  But like most things in motherhood, I’m seeing it is for them too.  These three little guys that are so incredibly influenced by everything they witness their mama doing.  So I realize that me staying in shape for them in several ways.

1)  So that I can keep up with them and hopefully increase my chances of being around for the longevity of their adulthood.

2)  I am in a much better mood when I’ve started out the day with an exhausting workout and my good moods influence their good moods and good moods influence how we all talk to each other.

3)  It is setting an example for healthy living.  I don’t obsess about this, but we gotta take care of ourselves.  And when I see my boys wanting to get stronger and stay physical I think that them knowing that I do this, helps motivate them.  Of course, the fact that they have the dad that they do influences this a lot, too, but what message would it show them to have a crazy in-shape dad and a mom who does nothing in this area?  Their dad has a big impact on them, but I’m thinking that seeing their 30-something mama sweatin’ it out each morning and then using that strength throughout the day has to be sending a positive message.

I took a few weeks off of working out a little while ago and no joke … everything in me missed it, without me really knowing it.  When I finally got back at it, it was an exhausted, huffin’ and puffin’ breath of fresh air.

I cheer you on, friends, to get in some sort of regular exercise …. if I can do it, so can you.  For real. :)

Thank you for visiting, and here are two other posts I shared on this workout program I’m doing, called Mom’s Into Fitness…

The Workout I Love {Mom’s Into Fitness}

Mom’s Into Fitness Update {The Workout I’m STILL Loving}

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  • Mom - I am in total awe of you and your commitment to your family in every way…including staying spiritually, physically, and emotionally fit. You are a wonderful example, sweetpea!
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Carol - You are such a good example for your boys! (and an inspiration to your readers!)ReplyCancel

… since we hiked through the woods.  I was reminded of this as I worked on something for Click Magazine and told Matt it was high-time we wandered through the BLM forest near our home.  With recent clear-cutting, the forest directly around our home has changed drastically, but these woods are as magnificent as ever.  Dense trees, lush undergrowth, awesome trails  … its a wilderness meant to be enjoyed. 

My boys love watching science shows.  They love building Legos, having Nerf gun fights, creating Matchbox Car tracks and constructing on their circuit board.  They could ride their bikes and swing on their swings for hours.  Reading books is a growing interest, as is kicking or tossing the ball, and making America Ninja Warrior courses.  The Wii continues to be a down-time favorite.

But hiking in the woods … just being in the woods … takes the cake for these guys, any day of the week.

Thank you for being here friends!  ♥

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  • Mom - What a gorgeous hike! Seeing your beautiful photos, I can almost smell the yummy forest fragrance! Ahhhh…….
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Heather - The woods are breathtaking- what a blessing to be able to enjoy them!!! :) Can you share which lens you used to take these?ReplyCancel

One of my favorite aspects of gardening each year is creating my container gardens.  I use the same containers each year, most being 1/2 whiskey barrels and a few in galvanized barrels.  This, plus only changing out the top 1/3 or so of soil and also using a few perennials in each pot year after year, really helps save money!

I love heading to our local nursery that specializes in hanging baskets and annuals and picking out the ‘thrillers’, ‘fillers’ and ‘spillers’ for each container …

Some of the perenialls I use in the containers that get some water over the winter are, sedum, hosta, grass, mums, small ferns and coral bells.  And then pack in annuals such as Calibrachoas, Creeping Jenny, Bacopa, Geraniums, grasses, Creeping Charlie, and trailing Sweet Potato Vine.

In this one on our back patio, we’re having a go at our first cherry tomato plant!  I took this image weeks ago, and now the plant is well over, and out of, the tomato cage!

If you’re in my area, and are seeking gorgeous, full, hanging baskets, you have to check out Stoller Farms.  I go there every year and consider my hanging basket investment as my Mother’s Day gift to myself.:D  Last year, my baskets lasted all the way to the end of October and I finally took them down when I got tired of watering. ;)

In my front porch containers, I found great deals on a few perennials at Safeway and since I was ready to plant my containers, but most annuals weren’t doing anything yet, I went ahead and planted them.

Since they have a shorter bloom-time than annuals, I just swapped them out with some new trailing plants (Bacopa and Calibrachoas) and a filler (Coleus) once the perennials lost their wow-factor.  It’s a win-win because now the perennials have a home in my garden!

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I love the punch of color and freshness that containers give to a hardscape in the garden, as well as the long lasting appeal of the annuals that just bloom and bloom and bloom.  This is the only place I plant annuals in my gardens, so the investment is small yet the reward is great!  ♥

Happy Monday!

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  • Mom - Just beautiful, sweetgirl.
    XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

  • Haley - Beautiful, Lacey! I love the pops of color the yellow, pink, and purple flowers add!ReplyCancel

  • Jaque - Lacey, these are the most adorable container gardens! Walking around your house seems peaceful.
    I am a huge fan of your blog!
    Every time I read your posts full of text, I learn something from your story.
    Every time I see your terrific photos, I feel delighted.

    Your kids are adorable!
    Your life is inspiring.

    Thank you for sharing your story here.ReplyCancel

    • Lacey - Jaque, thank you!! What a wonderful comment to receive. I am so glad you find joy in visiting my blog … that is incredibly encouraging. <3ReplyCancel

  • SHARIN’ DAY | # 05 | We 3 - […] I am in love for Lacey’s amazing container gardens! […]ReplyCancel

Kaden and I were talking about it, and we decided that being 5-years-old is the best age to be.

Learning SO much, but with no pressure.  Play-time is endless.  He can still be carried and cuddle-time is plentiful.  He sleeps all night.  Eats everything.  Too young to understand conflict so just goes along with everything.  Shares his brilliantly insightful yet simple thoughts.  He opens my heart and mind.

Happiness abounds.  Laughter, constantly.

Pretty much, too sweet for words.

If I could put him in my pocket and keep a 5-year-old version of him forever, I totally would.  100%.

Happy Friday!  Have a wonderful weekend! ♥

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  • Mom - Oh! Sweet, sweet Tado. Darling personality, precious smile, oh-so-cute voice, delicious hugs, beautiful blue eyes, a one-of-a-kind goofy guy! I could go on and on…..
    XO to Kaden from Grammie
    XOXO to G&C tooReplyCancel

  • valerie a. - So adorable! And your processing is so clean and beautiful! So glad he has such a delightful personality and temperament; that sounds so joyful! My 5 year old can be quite the challenge (cries most nights about dinner, resistant to try new foods, super emotional, and definitely understands conflict.) But I’m learning a lot of things from mine, and being challenged daily in the process, so I suppose it’s probably what I need. Regardless, I’m praying that my baby on the way has this delightful, easy-going, happy personality. Oh it sounds wonderful!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Seeing your beautiful photographs and reading your descriptions of this little guy makes me agree–5 is the best age!!ReplyCancel