Flowers for Dinner & Animal Croquet

This is our first spring in the new house and it's been so much fun to see all the surprises popping up as the weather begins to turn warm. We've discovered that we have a magnolia tree, a whole mess of ferns, and some tulips among others. A few of these fern leaf peonies have made their way inside and onto the dinner table. With all the challenges that the end of the day often brings (everyone is just too tired!), it's nice to at least have something pretty to look at.

Silas declared that he wanted to go to the thrift store today. Never one to turn down such an opportunity, I agreed. We picked up this little kids' croquet set. We're hoping to make some major changes in the yard later this spring, so we're in a bit of a holding pattern as far as putting in a garden and a play area goes. These were a welcome addition to the basket of "things to do in the backyard." I know that I've said it before and it's holding true again this year as well: you can't bounce off the walls if there are no walls. Our current plan is to spend as much time outside as possible. Luckily, the weather is cooperating.

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