Sunday, July 1, 2012

Life Through Instagram

Hi everyone, how was your week? Mine was busy again--and I haven't been getting the rest I need, and after the last 6 weeks with all the craziness--me getting sick, Nells having surgery and recovering, our basement flooding and being completely tore up, and the storm, I am finally exhausted. So much so that I need to rest. I'm even taking a week off of rehab so I can get the rest I need. That will be happening next week.

Thank you all for the excellent, fun, challenging questions in my post from last week--I will do a vlog next week and answer I so appreciate you!

Aside from the extremely stressful situations I mentioned above, here are a few things I have been up to:

-College visits with my daughter (4 of them:)
-Spending time with my nieces and nephews
-Madelynn getting 2 more piercings
-Nightly walks
-A couple beach days (alone)
-Eating a lot of fresh summer fruit

There is one or two, extremely exciting things going on around here, one is Nells. He is doing really well!
Cream, cream, it's always about the cream for this boy!

How he loves my plastic bags!

Ya, don't ask.

My boy is officially a brut! He's a burly, husky, brut of a pooch! He needs the following asap:
-a grooming
-his teeth brushed
-a diet
-and a bath!
Now that the full 6 weeks of Kennel time is just about up, he is good to go! He can go on walks this week!!! Isn't that wonderfully exciting!?! His 4 week post-op went really well--he just had a bit of an infection where his incision is, but they put him on some drugs and extra kennel rest so he could fully heal. Now he's doing the best I've seen in in 2 months you guys, and I could not be more thankful! Thank you all for thinking of him and for asking about him!

REally Nells!?!

The other miracle that has been happening:

When we pulled into the driveway on Monday after looking at a college with Madelynn, I almost had a heart attack--I saw this nest on top of my wreath near my door. I have had this wreath hanging there year round for almost 6 years now. When I saw that nest you guys I went running into the house to tell my husband, and I started yelling, "Do you think it's real? Do you think it's legit?" Ahahahahaha after hyperventilating and a day later................wait for it......................

1 egg

2 egg


And Momma Robin working non-stop for her babes! I feel so blessed and lucky to be experiencing this--I don't think I will be able to handle it when they actually hatch, it will be too overwhelming for me--this kind of beauty is the kind I have trouble expressing in all it's glory and goodness. 10 more days and babies should be here!

 Lots of evenings reading on the deck--my favorite kind of evening.

Late breakfasts.

 A pretty rose that lasted 3 weeks!

Father's Day exploring at a beautiful park!

Nightly walks!
 We are so fortunate to live in a town where beauty galore can be found within 5-10 minutes from home.
 Ended one of our nightly walks talking to this vietnam war vet--he told us stories about his tree in the front yard and how thankful he was that he didn't lose it in the storm.

Benefit for Cancer, and I got to see one of my BFF's perform, which was so so amazing.

Clogging Recital!
 My niece Emily, #144!

 A few garage sale finds (the brown thingy is to for when I rest my legs at home after my exercises)

 Some of my pretty stationary I pulled out to finally write some letters.

 Cute hoop I made for my niece when she was sick.

Time with my niece that was sick:( (she's better now:)

Beach day (alone)!

College Visits! 

 After our visit at Winona, we stopped at the site where Madelynn's friend died a year and a half ago due to texting and driving. She was on her way back to school after winter break, and went to respond to a text and she was hit by a charter bus head on; died instantly. It shook Madelynn up, a week later Madelynn had to get her drivers license. She was so scared. I was so glad Madelynn got to see this spot. It was good for her. 
 A chapel at one of the schools.
 Checking out the stage of course.
 Coffee break, always, always coffee break.
 Hamline University was really beautiful. It dated back to 1858!
 Flowers on the campus.

Spontaneous late night piercings!
 Madelynn got her 9th & 10th piercing that night--no where too bizarre, just nose and ears! I had to leave the room for one of them, I just couldn't take it. And then I thought to myself--what kind of mother am I, letting my daughter do this?! I was feeling like a crappy mom. But it's her way of a form of self-expression, and she's a great kid, so I don't mind.

 Early morning help around the house in the summer is so nice.

Surprise Flea markets that you aren't even looking for! 

 This place was right down the street of our house, who knew?!
 Too bad I have a dog surgery to pay for, so I didn't walk out with too much. But I did get a few fun things!
 I was going bonkers!

Fresh fruits of the summer...

And randoms... 

 New tray I was utilizing.
 What I was thankful for that day.
 Playing with my sister's red lipstick!
 The perfect combo for an italian girl.
 Our life right now--in this little embroidery picture I inherited. It use to be Kevin's grandma's. And I thought to myself, hey--this is our reality right now:)
 A project I did with my niece! (If you like it, just let me know, and I will make you one--give me some details of what you would like on it and the colors and I'll mail you one:)

Her 10th piercing, the Daith.


chambanachik said...

You look so glamorous in that hat! And that flea market looks awesome.

Michelle said...

So glad Nells is doing better!!

I was the same age as Madelynn when one of my best friends died in a car accident. So heart breaking. But I think it's awesome you let her get piercings! I had my ears pierced once and always wanted more but my parents wouldn't let me.

That flea market looks amazing! I'm drooling!

Chrissy said...

I am so glad that Nells is doing better and you guys will be able to go on walks again! I can only imagine how excited you are!
Wonderful, there is so much good going on and I am so happy for you! Get the rest you need, I know there was a lot going on and you need time to recuperate!
Hugs sweet friend xxx

Stela said...

First off, LOVE all the photos!!
I'm soooo happy to hear Nells is recovering well! He looks so precious in all of his pictures! Also, the robin's nest = AMAZING!!! I could only dream that would happen to me! I found a killdeer's nest at the dog park once and we would visit her daily to check up on them. I wish a bird would nest on my house! So cool.

Donate Life said...

Nice pictures, Gina! You have been BUSY!

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

You guys have been busy! Visiting schools looks like so much fun! And, I have to say, red is your color dear! Great pics! xoxo

Liv Lundelius said...

wow so many beautiful pictures! The pup on the couch with the cup is my favourite, and the cute one of you guys and the one of the nest...ah, too many good ones ; )
Looks like you had a fabulous time.

Mandy Crandell said...

You do need a rest! Haha. You've been very busy. So glad that Nells is in good health. :)

christina said...

fun week glad mr. nells is doing better! my dog needed to start a diet as of 6 years ago..oh

What is your daughter going to study ... does she know yet? I went to a really old college...the campus was beautiful!

lindsay said...

thank GOODness for instagram c:

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! There are so many amazing pictures here, I don't even know what to say! The nest, the college visits, the piercings! I LOVE IT! I hope you get the rest you need this week, it looks like you've earned it!

Gaby said...

those egg photos are so beautiful! glad to hear things are looking up for you :)

Magical Day Dream said...

These pictures are really great! Somehow they have this kind of dreamy feeling over them which I love. Also the nest pictures are so cool!



Krista said...

I'm so glad to hear that Nells is doing so much better, such happy news! I hope your week is indeed restful and restores your body to where it needs to be. You've been so busy lately, it's good to know you are recognizing your need for rest and making sure that you take care of yourself.

I've so enjoyed following along with you on Instgram, especially for the appearance of the eggs! It so miraculous to watch, you lucky dog ;)

Have a great week Gina!

Nicole said...

Wow you have been so busy! I'm loving all of these pictures. I can't believe you have a nest right outside!!! I'm jealous, I thought about buying a bird house to see if any birds would come.

You're not a bad mom. Your daughter is wonderful. Love the piercings and she is so beautiful.

Jenna Grace said...

1. Those eggs are beautiful! Looking forward to hearing about how the babies do.
2. I want to go to that flea market right now!
3. College visits= such an exciting, precious time! Best of luck to your daughter deciding where fits her best.

SymbioticLife said...

Ok, I need a rest just after reading all of that. My goodness Gina! You've been doing soooo much. It's no wonder you need a rest. That tree of the vet's is amazing. It's such a blessing it survived. You've been having an amazing summer. I hope you enjoy the time you take for yourself to get some rest!

jennifer blair said...

Oh goodness, there's so much to comment on here!!! But the Robin's nest!!! Oh my heavens! How amazing!! What a sweet blessing!

Rolled Up Pretty said...

You look like you have been having some fun! And you look adorable is all of your pictures... AS USUAL THOUGH! Love your cute outfit you wore on Father's Day too! :)

tia said...

I'm always so inspired by your photos and mostly, your life. your daughter is out of this world beautiful and so are you. I love the picture of you with the high skirt <3 and I especially love that I get to see these all through instagram when you post them. It makes my day.

trishie said...

Love all your photos! I esp love the ones with the robin's eyes, how magical!

Lydia Criss Mays said...

So much beautiful! I don't even know where to begin. I'm so glad that you are able to get some relaxing time. How special to visit these colleges together. How special that you could take a moment and spend a special moment honoring the life of a friend. How beautiful that you have furry friends soon to hatch at your home. And finally, how wonderful that Nells is doing better!!!! Keep up the rest and continue seeing beautiful!

Lora said...

i love your blog so much. it always makes me smile. :) (i wish i could've been with you there at that flea market! that looks so fantastic! hope you're enjoying your mushroom mug! :) ) hugs, lora

Liza said...

Where you take your walks is simply beautiful! I wish we had places around here that looked like that.

It looks like you had a wonderful time checking out colleges with Madelynn. Is there one that she's leaning more towards now that she's visited a few?

Glad to see that Nells is doing so much better! Hope you've been able to relax this week! Be well my friend!

Janae said...

Gina-- so proud of you and impressed for so many reasons... for finding the beauty in everything, for taking your daughter on college visits:), for letting her be herself, and for writing constantly -- and doing it well.

Hurray for you! And your friends/readers all seem amazing and inspiring too. So happy for your life!


Kelly said...

your summer looks so fun.

thais said...

oh wow! so much goodness in one post ;) lovely to meet you and your adorable crew. nells is way too precious and your summer looks like pure fun.
thx for coming by my blog and hope you get some rest.

alliespence. said...

wow! love all your pics. looks like you've had a pretty busy, fun life lately!

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