Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tree hugger

I recently watched an old episode of Grey's Anatomy on Netflix where a girl was injured after falling out of a tree that she was protecting from being cut down.  Well, I nearly considered doing that today because sadly, our homeowner's association has decided to remove the trees that are planted in front of each & every house.

Apparently some genius chose this type of tree to line the streets of our entire subdivision & it turns out that their roots are gradually causing the sidewalks to elevate.  For some time we've been in the voting process of whether to keep or remove the trees & the majority chose to remove them.

I've dreaded seeing our healthy tree be put to death & of course it had to happen on my day off so the noise of the cutting has tortured me all day long.  I had a pit in my stomach as I watched them slice it down.  What a waste of a good tree.

Other than being tortured by the cutting of trees, I've been doing laundry non-stop since Sunday morning.  My friend Jill & I swapped clothes since I had a boy first & a girl second & she had a girl first & a boy second.  I have barely bought Reese a scrap of clothing because Jill has given me so many nice clothes.  When we were together Sunday, she gave me another huge amount so I've literally been buried in laundry ever since.  I have to admit that it's been a little overwhelming but I'm happy to say that I officially have all of it washed & put away.  All of her 3T clothes are out & replaced by 4T which means I won't have to arrange her drawers again until she's nearly five!! Yay.  I'm a definite minimalist so I was quite blown away by the vastness of 4T clothes I was given but I'm definitely thankful!!

Every May 5th we celebrate Cinco de Mayo by having a Mexican inspired meal washed down with a margarita.  We always toast our Chihuahua's people as she looks up at us like, what the hell are you talking about?!  We made crock pot chicken tacos which are delish & take all of 3 ingredients: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, jarred salsa & a packet of taco seasoning.  I always make mine into a salad with shredded lettuce, fresh tomatoes, avocados, shredded cheddar & plain Greek yogurt with a hefty squirt of lime juice over top.  The chicken is salty but it's balanced out by all the other fresh ingredients.  So tasty!

Yesterday I headed to the salon for a much needed cut & color & requested some bold highlights & lowlights.

And that's just what I got!  I'm always drawn to dramatic vs. natural hair color so I was excited with the change.

This morning we had a parent/teacher conference with Cam's pre-K teacher & it went really well.  We're very proud of how well he's done in pre-K!!  Ms Erica did mention that his attention can wander during group/circle learning & while working on homework during school.  We definitely struggle with that at home too, so I wasn't surprised to hear that.  But overall, it was mostly positive, so I was very happy.

And I've been enjoying my day with this sweet little gal!   Speaking of sweet little girls, today is my niece/God daughter's 11th birthday!!!

Happy birthday, Madelyn Ann, we love you so much & can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend!!

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  1. Ahhh the insanity!!! That tree cutting hurts my heart, not to mention the lack of shade now, and it just adds character to have tree lined streets. MORONS!!!
    That's what bugs me the most about our backyard, no really nice big trees. Hopefully they put in replacements?? I too become very overwhelmed by the kids clothes, it seems I barely have to buy them anything and I'll think they are good but then one holiday and the grandparents/ great aunts have bombarded them and their drawers are stuffed.

    1. Their solution to cutting down 300 some trees is to replant 80. :o( Everything about it makes me sad!

  2. I understand how difficult it was for you to see your beloved tree being sliced down. Too bad it grew on the wrong side of your neighborhood. I know you didn’t plant the tree yourself, but this is why one should consult the homeowner’s rules and regulations before growing a line of trees on the sidewalk.

    Mike Gurung @ Bay Area Tree Specialists