Monday, June 3, 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

The old man went to work anyway. Ha! He's definitely not old, but the rhyme seemed to fit on this gray and rainy Monday morning.  

We had gorgeous weather over the weekend as we trekked to Philly for my nephew's birthday party.  He turned 7 and had a big day beginning with a baseball game, and then a trip to the Aquarium with friends.

I am slightly obsessed with roses this spring. They seem especially beautiful this year everywhere you go. My sister had these blooming in her backyard-

I told hubs we need to plant some, but our yard is tricky. We have fewer blooming plants in this yard than in other places we've lived. We're set against the woods, with lots of natural rock and tall trees so natural feels better. Plus we have serious granite in the ground and an abundance of creatures who think anything that blooms is dessert. Still, I am determined to plant some roses.

Back to Saturday...we sat outside and my brother in law grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and of course there were presents to be unwrapped...

Lots of running and playing and fun with friends ...

Then there was this-

...tuxedo cheesecake for dessert.

Daughter2 will say her trip home was worth it for this reason alone.
Cheesecake is her love language.

His too. Everybody knows Ninjas need cheesecake, right? Sorry it's a little blurry, but ninjas don't stay still for long.

My sister has a brand new puppy which has once more stirred up the 'we need a puppy' conversation at our house.  

She is so sweet, but when my sister starts talking about taking her outside at 11 PM, and the baby gates, and the need to always know where your puppy is and what she's into I falter. They also have an older dog who seems to have been given a new lease on life with a puppy in the house, so there's that to consider. Our pup is a party girl, and I know she'd love a playmate, but...but...but...sigh. This is one of those things I'll think about another day.

We spent the night at my mom's and she and I got up Sunday morning and sat on the bench beside her front porch to chat and sip coffee.  Hubs joined us and then eventually my girl came out too.  I had to take a picture because she and her dad were in the same shirt and it was too cute.

They look happy to have their picture taken upon awakening, don't they?
I think they're used to me.

We got back home late afternoon and grilled out and then Daughter2 and I talked hubs into watching Les Mis with us which I think he kinda liked.  Better than what we're going to have him watching tonite anyway. teehee.


  1. Gorgeous weather here for only a couple of days and then yesterday the rain came. Rose picture is beautiful.

  2. Oh dear, sounds like Hubs is a good man! Glad you had fun this weekend, enjoy every spoonful of time with Daughter 2!

  3. I sure hope some of your rain finds its way to Ga!
    It's been a few days since I've visited, so I have enjoyed catching up with what's been going on with you. Enjoy your 'daughter time' this week!

  4. Your weekend sounded delightful. Oh, a puppy, I can see why you go back and forth, so cute and yet, so much work but so cute and loving. Yeah, I am no help.
    Have a wonderful Monday.
    Lucy from Lucy's Reality

  5. New puppies are definitely like having a new baby around :) Lots of cute & love & snuggles... but lots of cleaning up & destruction :)

    I'm still drooling over tuxedo cheesecake

  6. Seems that dads of daughters learn to go with the flow from the very beginning, doesn't it? :) Sure wish I hadn't seen that delicious looking cheesecake....oh my...

  7. Sounds like a wonderful family weekend. Those roses are beautiful!

  8. It sounds a wonderful weekend. I've tried to get my hubby to watch Les Mis with me but he keeps disappearing into another room, usually to play a computer game!

  9. Does hubs know you have plans for his TV viewing tonight?:-D

  10. Joyce, puppies are liars. They look at you all cute and cuddly and innocent and their big eyes promise love and joy.

    And then they pee all over everything and chew up what they have not peed on.

    After about two years though, you should have a pretty good dog. :)

  11. That cheesecake looks fabulous! Loved the plates it was served on. ;-)

    Lucky you - getting to wear some sleeveless tops ... no sleeveless tops, shorts, flip flops, etc. yet here. :-(

  12. Oh, yes, puppies, if they just stayed puppies, but they grow up to be dogs. I guess, sort of like babies.....who grow up to be adults. ~smile~ When something happens to Rosco and Rhett, we'll likely be "dogless" for a long, long time.

    Cheesecake, yep, a wonderful love language for sure.

    Continue enjoying your daughter, just nothing like them!

  13. Looks like you had an amazing time. Cheesecake speaks volumes to me and adds volumes in all the wrong places too. But we push on right...

    I love roses and it's the first thing I missed from our old house and had to make sure we added to our new home. Just this morning we noticed how much they were blooming and reminds me of all God's promises, just because we can't always see them doesn't mean they are coming.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  14. Fun post! And the birthday boy has such pretty hair! Bet he had a wonderful time - sure looks like it. And I'm with your daughter on the cheesecake bit. lol

  15. Beautiful Roses! It was way too hot for a lot of out door activities this weekend for us. It's cooled off now that our son is back home on the west coast. Go figure!

  16. Oh my gosh every time I see a cute puppy, I want another one. Hcck! I can't believe I actually typed that!
    But then I remember the first 6 months of training and I come back to reality. Not to mention the fact that we are traveling more and the one we have is enough work to figure it all out!!
    They are sooo cute though . . . ;/

  17. I love the Daddy/Daughter picture. So sweet. :)
    Family time is the best.
    I have a good cheesecake-ish recipe for's a winner, for real. And sooooo easy. Let me know if you want it.

  18. I really want that cheesecake.

    I am liking roses, too, and feel I need some in my life.

  19. What a fun time you had and the cheesecake looks amazing. I with your daughter on cheesecake. What a sweet puppy. Yes they do require a lot of work and time but always, always worth it!