Saturday, June 29, 2013

Two Lives Join Hands

My nephew, Justin and his bride, Brittany were married May 26th in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

We received this photograph on an invitation to a celebration of their marriage here in Beloit in August.

I love this picture.  I wish Justin and Brittany the best as they embark on what will be a lifetime of grand adventures. 


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Baby Wrens

Lon heard chirping as he passed this wren house this morning.  I got my camera and snapped these pictures.

I saw two heads and wonder if there are more.

These are the first baby wrens I've ever seen in our backyard.

Mother Wren didn't like me standing so close to her house so I backed off.  She was squawking vigorously.  I'm happy to have gotten this quick look at her babies.

Here's the neighborhood where Mother Wren chose to raise her family.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

My First Tomato Sighting

My tiny cucumbers now have a playmate.  I discovered this little tomato this morning.

This cucumber dressed up special to welcome its new neighbor.

This pansy flower smiled from the deck across the yard.  I didn't realize until this year that pansies have a sweet scent. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What To My Wondering Eyes Should Appear?

...but an itty bitty cucumber in my garden...

...and a few more just like it. 

I was watering the plants without expecting to see any veggies yet.  What a nice surprise!!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Drew & Tracy's Wedding (Part 2)

After the wedding ceremony, while the wedding party was having pictures taken, we were served drinks at an open bar and an abundant variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres. 

I took this opportunity to take photos of our family who came together for the wedding.  Here we have my brother-John, his wife-Phyllis and my brother-Tom.

My brother-Bob and his wife-Bonnie traveled with us from Beloit, Wisconsin to attend the wedding.

My niece, Brittany, drove to Beloit from Appleton, Wisconsin and then rode with her father-John and Phyllis to the wedding in Novi, Michigan.

I took several pictures without asking family to pose.  I like this one of Tom.

Lon and Brittany are happy. 

Brittany, John and Lon.

We were instructed to go to the room where the reception was to be held.  After the wedding party joined us, Ryan gave the traditional best man's speech.  He did a great job.

Drew also spoke.  He thanked all of the guests for sharing this special day with him and Tracy.     

It's time to dance...

...and get used to being husband and wife.

My brother, Carl, now has two married sons.

I like Carl in his tux.

Emma and Abigail and a precious moment.

Emma and Abby doing what kids love to do at weddings.

Abby and Ryan dancing.

Aren't they sweet in their matching dresses?

John and Phyllis during the sit down dinner.

Drew and his father-in-law.  Looks like they're both happy guys.

Drew and his sister, Beth.  Looking good!

Sarah-Ryan's wife was excited as she waited for Emma and Abby to come down the aisle in the ceremony.
Carl and I in the hotel lobby before the wedding.

Jared, Britt and me during the reception dinner.
This thoughtful card was beside each place setting at the reception dinner.

We all stayed at the hotel where the wedding and reception were held.  That worked out well for everyone.
On Friday evening, Pam-Drew's mother, hosted a rehearsal dinner at her home and we were all invited.  We enjoyed plenty of food, drinks and fun.  It was a lovely gathering on a beautiful evening in Pam's yard.
Once again, CONGRATULATIONS TO DREW AND TRACY, from all of us.  

Drew & Tracy's Wedding (Part 1)

We received this "Save the Date" postcard announcing Drew and Tracy's upcoming wedding several months ago.
The wedding invitation followed.

It's the wedding day and everyone awaits the bride.  This is Drew, the groom. 

Ryan, Drew's brother and his best man.

Beth, Drew's sister, was also in the wedding party.

Abigail, Ryan's daughter is one of the flower girls.

Emma, Ryan's daughter also, was the second flower girl.  She walked in with the wedding party. 

Carl, Drew's father (in the middle), looks on with a smile.  

The long awaited moment arrives.  Here comes the bride.  Tracy is radiant on her father's arm.

The father of the bride will soon give his daughter away.

And here we have the bride and groom together.

Tracy and Drew exchange rings.

This is one of my favorite wedding pictures.

May I introduce you to, Drew and Tracy Doll.