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We were inspired a few months ago to plant some little artichoke plants.  They have grown far larger and faster than we ever anticipated.  Still high on the success from our artichokes we attacked a larger section of abandoned flower bed in our yard.  For fun we decided not to go with the traditional garden boxes but just plant everything together.  This way our vegetables can grow up looking at pretty flowers.  For this season we acquired a variety of tomato plants including my favorite Early Girls.  Brett is pretty excited about our strawberry plants and  made it his personal mission to plant them all, making little mounds for each one.  Now we just have to devise a plan to keep the dogs from snacking on our strawberries before we get the chance to harvest them.  Our pack of little dogs can be such sneaky  little thieves.  Last year we had to fence in our tomato plants because Kita kept eating all the ripe tomatoes off the vines.  At least she was the only one getting caught with tomato all over her face.

Our next gardening mission should we choose to accept it will be growing cucumbers from seed.  Let the green thumb challenge begin!Pin ImagePin ImagePin ImagePin ImagePin Image

I can’t wait for our Early Girl tomato  plants to grow up.  We plated some last year and were rewarded with delicious tomatoes for months.
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The dogs tried their best to help us in the only way they seem to know how by laying in our way, walking through the newly tilled dirt, and sniffing all the flowers.Pin ImagePin ImagePin Image

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So I thought theses fuzzy white little plants were going to grow into low lying shrubbery, but after planting this one I was informed by experienced gardeners that they turn into rather large bushes.  I may have to rethink where I planted theses little guys  so they don’t overtake the strawberries or even the stone lions.
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Maggie kept sleeping in strange places.
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Grow little flowers grow!

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So I started this post about four times in four different ways and each time I looked back at the words sprawled across my screen and they just couldn’t express the weight of all the emotions of the day.  Every little detail surrounding Jesse and Courtney’s wedding day was infused with the love they feel for one another, from the hand written journal Courtney started before she knew she was waiting for Jesse, to the words etched inside his wedding ring.  As I mentioned in their sneak peek I’m not one regularly brought to tears, but as we sat in the bridal suite with curling irons steaming and makeup dusting the air, Courtney read out loud the first page of the journal intended for Jesse. I felt the moisture collecting at the corners of my eyes.  Then again I felt the tears surface when her brother spoke of their love before everyone at the ceremony and when they exchanged vows.  The final time my eyes welled up was as the family came up and toasted Jesse and Courtney, each telling such wonderful and loving stories of this incredible couple.  I just can’t help but smile when I think of how two such loving and deserving people were  brought together.

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A special thanks to all the vendors involved in creating this amazing wedding.  It was so great work with all of you!

Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf Course and Country Club

Onsite Planner and Event Manager: Tracy Elliot

Video: Everly Films

Catering: Texas Road House

Cake: Sugar Coated Bakery

DJ: Steve Grosz

Dance Floor: LTD Party and Equipment Rentals, LLC.

Fire Engine Transportation: Capt. Jack Hafer

Erin Dietzler – violinist
Kristina Serrano – violist
Daniel Shin – cellist

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