Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Welcome to my Garden and Prom!

Even though prom was on Saturday, it has taken me awhile to get these up and posted. First, I talk about my garden and how I love spending time in the oasis Steve has been so lovely to create for me, I wanted to take you all on a tour. So we start off by coming into our two story lovely home that God has blessed us with. Notice the sky? This is standard stuff here every day.

Here the some of my most fragrant roses right by our front door. We simply open these windows and let their fragrance enter our home.

Stepping into our backyard from the back patio door looking to the left this is our view, yup even more roses! I can name them all and tell you when I got them and from whom. This is why my hubby doesn't buy me cut flowers any more. He simply cuts them from our garden. Just in front of you lies my first freesia plant, I keep them in containers so I can move them out of the winds when necessary!

Continuing on in front of you lies even more roses! In the containers in front of the posts are carnations in containers!

Now past the grass and rose beds lies our patio with Bar-B-Que, patio table and chairs and our latest relaxing addition from three years ago, our spa. Steve custom built the gazebo covering for me on my plans. I wanted some partial shade from the hot desert sun but at night I still wanted to see our star filled skies! The pink carnations are spilling over the pots on either side of the spa steps!

Looking past the patio table next to the Bar-B-Que you see our strawberry garden with more freesia in them along with marigolds to bring in the hummingbirds and butterflies. Further beyond that lies our apple tree with more roses, marigolds and ground-cover assylum. Steve is planting giant sunflowers in the garden as well so we hope to see those tower over our fence this summer.

To the left of the spa is the bird fountain with even more roses bushes and night blooming jasmine climbing the fence with another table and chairs for sitting by the spa.

Here is a close up of the fountain which sounds amazing if you are just hanging out in the backyard or enjoying the spa.

Or you could sit in a more comfortable place on the side of the spa and hang out if you don't want to get wet while reading a book your reviewing cause you are still recovering from surgery per doctors orders.

My all time favorite flower, lavender which is really two small plants that sit in the corner between my roses. I love picking it and adding it to my bouquets of roses or drying it and adding it to sachets! The bees just love it.

Now you've been to my garden, care to join me in a cup of tea and some words from the Bible?

So now it's time for prom. Let me tell you this was a super busy day. Starting the night before when Caitlyn's best friend, Katie showed up and the preparations began, your typical girl stuff and then movie night, The Count of Monte Cristo! Just what girls need romance before prom. At 11am on Saturday morning after showers and breakfast, we started hair and makeup when Katie's mom showed up.

Here is Caitlyn ready to leave to head on over to her boyfriends house.

Here is a picture of Caitlyn and Katie in the garden out back.

Just Caitlyn!

Caitlyn with her prom date and boyfriend Andrew at his home.

From left to right, Katie's date, Travis, Katie, Caitlyn and Andrew.

Walking down the red carpet to their prom before departing on buses!

Caitlyn, and her best friends, Rachel and Katie!

My favorite picture of Caitlyn and Katie! Just the clarity and their eyes looked amazing. Not to mention it was freezing cold and windy that day.

Got to have a silly prom picture with your BFF!

The group picture of BFF's all heading to their Junior Prom for 2010. The theme, Mid Summer Night's Dream! Pictured here are Andrew, Caitlyn, her best guy friend from Track, Manual, Katie and Travis.

Their Junior Prom was held at a lakeside lodge in the mountains. The kids were all required to go by charter bus and back to ensure their safety.

They had the best time and we picked them up at 2am. Next year they will all be driving themselves and heading to Denney's after wards. I mean who doesn't like pancakes at 2am?


Denise said...

Your garden is so lovely. I enjoyed the prom pictures, your daughter is very beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish I could join you for a cup of tea in your garden!!! I can't wait for your sunflowers - they are by far my favourite flower.
The prom pictures are lovely, she looked like a princess!

Mari said...

Your house and garden are just beautiful!
And, so is Caitlyn. I love her dress!

Heckety said...

Oh how LOVELY is your garden!And all those roses! and its so tidy! Its looks like just the perfect place to hang out!
And the Prom pictures are great- don't they all look grown-up and gorgeous. There's something about teenagers all decked out in formal gear and so delighted with themselves and the day that's in it- isn't there? And Caitlinn looks wonderful!

Andrea said...

Your garden is beautiful and the kids are gorgeous!!

Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

PS: Sitka has an award for you at All Gods Creatures.

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

OH I simply love your garden. So many beautiful roses!
And the prom pictures are priceless. I know you will treasure them.
Have a fabulous day my friend.

Just Be Real said...

Wow Kat. What lovely pictures of your garden. God's nature is truly awesome and the pictures of your daughter. What a blessing you have there. Thank you for sharing dear one.

LV said...

Kat, thank you for a lovely showing of your home, yard, and family. I really enjoyed seeing so much of your personal life. You are blessed in so many ways. Glad I can call you a friend.

Amy said...

Beautiful garden and lovley gals too. Looks warm with the sun but you say it was freezing, too bad for those girls :[

Amy said...

Wonderful pics. Looks like a lot of fun.

Sorry for not commenting lately. Since receiving Elijah's referral, we have been SO busy.

Carol said...


I'm speechless at all of the beauty. Your daughter looked gorgeous in her prom dress and the fun picture with her BFF was great!

Your garden is stunning and inspirational. I love all of your roses. You and Steve have made a beautiful haven to rest and relax in.


RCUBEs said...

Thank you for the tour sister Kat! Truly enjoyed it! Your front and back are beautiful and so relaxing with that waterfall and spa! Caitlyn is gorgeous! I'm sure they had a wonderful time!
Have a blessed day and may the Lord bless you richly and praying for your continued recovery!

Samantha said...

Your garden and daughter both so very lovely.
Love her dress, looks like they had an awesome time !

Angel said...

Love all the pictures of your flowers, just beautiful!! We are considering putting in a hot tub this summer!! The prom pictures are great. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing, Love you

Steph T. said...

U and I would get along so well in our love for flowers and gardening. I love to work in the yard. You have a beautiful home & I know lots of love & hard work has went into that place! Your daughter is so beautiful. I love her dress. How fuN!

Darcie said...

What equal and true beauty in both your daughter and your gardens! Very blessed indeed.

Mich said...

Beautiful garden. I am so a good Christian girl sort of way. :)

The kids looked great all dressed up. Fun!

Happy Wednesday!

Loren said...

Your garden is sooo beautiful and the roses just make me think of my Daddy! He had soooo many roses right out his front was just breathtaking!

Caitlyn just looks stunning! They looked so good together! Isn't somethin watching our girls grow up! I can hardly take it! *sniff sniff*

Love you

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That bus was a great idea. They look wonderful. I remember prom and my kids did prom about 12 years ago. Where has the time gone?
Love your yard, it looks wonderful.
We have a spa and I love your planters on each side of the steps.
We don't use it often enough.

The Red Brick Farmhouse said...

Hi, Kat~

I'll be right over for some iced tea in your garden....BEAUTIFUL!

Your daughter l@@ked GORGEOUS! I know she must have had a WONDERFUL time at prom.

Thank you for sharing your life with us!


He & Me + 3 said...

Wow your garden and back yard is just beautiful. It is like your own private getaway. Awesome.
Your daughter is stunning and her dress was amazing. They did look like movie stars. I love the red carpet idea. AWesome.
How are you feeling these days my friend.

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh, I just love your garden......digging in the dirt is one of my favorite things to do. I have my best convos with God when I am up to my elbows in flowers!

Caitlyn is breath-taking in those photos as well....

thanks for sharing!

Dogmom Diva said...

Kat, what wonderful pictures I just love your front and back yards..I also love roses and have not planted any here..yet! We do have some lilac and jasmine planted and oh I love those scents..We also have some honeysuckle..and bees love that stuff!
Caitlyn was beautiful, her friends also..glad they had a wonderful time.
Can I come spa with you sometime? I miss ours that we left at our old home...
take care and hugs

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

O, my gosh!

Kat, everything is just beautiful!!!!

Your home!
Your garden!
Your daughter!!!!!

I remember prom. Such an exciting time. I felt sooo grown up :)

xo, misha

Joyce said...

Your garden is lovely. And beautiful prom pics too! I'm on vacation so not reading a lot of blogs this week but I had to tell you I loved the book and my daughter is reading it now (Forget me not)...thanks so much for sending it just in time for my holiday reading!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Everything is beautiful.....especially your daughter

Alleluiabelle said...

Your home is so beautiful dear friend and your back an oasis filled with relaxation, sweet fragrance, beauty and oh...the hot tub...that would do wonders for my lower back problems.

The pictures of your daughter are absolutely beautiful. She has...take-your-breath-away beauty. They all looked like they were enjoying themselves. It brought me back to the days when my daughter and son had their prom times...seems like such a long time ago.

I love you Kat and have missed coming by. Hopefully that will get much better in time.


christy rose said...

Kat, Your home and your garden is absolutely beautiful! It is so neat seeing where my friends live and spend their time. It kinda makes me feel like I stopped by for a real visit rather than just a cyber one. :) And Caitlyn looked absolutely beautiful for prom. How wonderful that she had such a great time to remember forever!!!!

Girly Muse said...

Everything and everyone looks so gorgeous!!! What beautiful girls!

Four Buttons said...

Aww, how gorgeous is your home and roses!! Your daughter is beautiful and that dress is AMAZING!! Prom dresses were not that amazing way back when! Thanks for taking us all on a tour of your life and home :)

momstheword said...

I love your garden! Soooo pretty and how lovely to just walk out on your deck and enjoy the flowers.

Loved the prom pictures too! I'll bet they had a blast and they all look so beautiful.

Sandra said...

I love your garden, looks so peaceful.

And I love the prom pics, she looked beautiful ;)

teddytrump said...

Kat, I love your garden, it's look so comfortable... in my country , It's difficult to find such comfortable garden.

And your daughter is very beautfiul too :)

May God bless your family with full abundant of grace

Crown of Beauty said...

Lovely pictures of your garden, and the girls!

I loved seeing your garden, dear Kat.

It was such a treat for me to have visited your blog place today.


Unknown said...

The flowers are stunning. I enjoyed the garden tour. It made me miss the high desert for just a minute.

Gorgeous prom pictures. Looks like they all had fun.

Next year, you'll just be wide awake at 2:00 am until she comes in the door.

Nishant said...

What a blessing you have there. Thank you for sharing dear one.
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