Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Family Pics and Wisconsin Springtime

I've not been getting much done, including visiting blogs or working around the house or ANYthing. Both Kevin and I came down with horrid headcolds/influenza late last week and although we're on the mend now, that is nasty stuff. I hope you all manage to avoid it.

My daughter sent me more pics of their new little one, Lucy, born last Saturday, so I'm putting some of these into a collage. The bottom right pic is of the whole little fam. The bottom left is of the older brother, at home with his other grandma, suffering through the separation from his mom - NOT. Happily, it looks like he's doing great. It's one of those things that's wonderful for mom and yet always a bit sad at the same time. The pic on the upper right of the collage was taken yesterday, Lucy taking a good look at her mom.

On another note,

Springtime has arrived in NW Wisconsin. Take a look at some of the lovely photos of our dirty snow, that I took yesterday. I never could figure out why my mom loved springtime. I always associate springtime with  dirty snow, mud, and slush. Summer and Fall are the seasons for me, although I suppose that might be quite a bit different if I lived farther south.

Leftovers from the birdfeeder
Ice, dirty snow, seed shells

The picnic table
This is an improvement


Picnic Table in January

 I'm melting, I'm melting!!

Ah! There's my poor little German Shepherd
which I forgot to take in last fall. He was covered in snow until yesterday!
(Don't send this photo to the ASPCA)

I have no excuse for this - I just happen to like that old sign
and placed it to the left of our back door.

BUT, a wonderful sign of spring:

 My flowering crab apple tree was FULL of robins,
all busily eating away and singing their little birdie hearts out!

I can't wait until it's warm enough so that the windows can be open.
Then no one can sleep after 4:30 AM because of the loud LOUD chatter of the birds.

Now, THAT I truly love!!

 Robin in the Poplar Tree
April, 2012


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Anonymous said...

Lucy is adorable! What beautiful photos; thank you for sharing with us.

I love to hear the birdsong too. It was 81 here yesterday and I opened up the windows.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, so so sweet, Lucy is a doll......Nice melting going on there, not so much here yet, hoping this week, Happy April, Francine.

Vee said...

Ha! Now if only I had a pretty new baby in the family named Lucy, we'd have been thinking alike this morning. That photo of the dog is priceless!

But back to the lovely...what a precious new family. How sweet that big brother is taking such a gentle interest in his new sister and, oh my, could she be any more darling? I think not!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

HI Judy Lucy and the collage are gorgeous. Boy I am sure you hope that snow goes soon. Spring is really here now in fact yesterday i was out with t my bird class and it was warm.

MadSnapper said...

such a beautiful family, the photos made me smile. and i love the two shots of he table..sweet little shepherd dog buried in snow, that shows us how much you had.. the big melt has started, so glad for you.

Life Happens said...

What a precious little baby girl! Love the name too. And big brother looks so happy. Congrats on the grand baby!

Spring is finally in the air here in VA! I can't wait until my tulips start to bloom. They are making their way up thru the ground!

Glad you guys are feeling better!

Artsy VaVa said...

You have a beautiful family! I hope things thaw out quickly for you. And, I hope you're feeling better! Have a happy day.

Debby Ray said...

Judy...what beautiful family bonding photos...and little Lucy (love her name) is just precious! Yeah, the dirty snow is not quite so lovely but the robins are the light at the end of the tunnel! Hoping your snow will dwindle a little each day :)

Susie said...

Judy, The family photos are wonderful. The little brother's eyelashes !! Lucy's will be as pretty. Sorry you and your husband have been sick...it's bad when you think you've gotten through the worst winter, then get sick.Your poor dog :):) Glad you can see the picnic table. Wishing you a warm up.Blessings to all of you, xoxo,Susie

Diane said...

Congrats on Lucy! Our snow is FINALLY gone! Whoo hoo!

camp and cottage living said...

What a beautiful family, Judy. I'm sure you can't wait to get your hands on those sweet g'kids!
It really is looking good there weather-wise. I'm happy for you.
Take care-Kimberly

Eileen H said...

Such beautiful family photos, Lucy is absolutely adorable!
Sorry to learn you have not been feeling well, get better soon.

Dar said...

Congrats on your GrandLove Lucy. She's so adorable. It won't be long and you will be teaching her the art of soap making. She's a luck lil' girl to be blessed with a talented Grandma.
We, too are still so covered with that stuff in your yard but it is slowly receding. No Robins yet!

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about the crud! yeah, you'd not claim summer as a favorite if you lived here thru too many days of 100+. wisconsin summers are hot, sticky but SO lush!

Debbie said...

Oh what darling photos! LOVE LOVE LOVE that first one...soo cute! Congrats to you all. I bet you are just itching to get your hands on that baby. Hope your feeling 100% soon! Enjoy your day....

Trace4J said...

Congratulations Grandma!
How precious.
Praying you are feeling better soon.
Woolie Blessings :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Precious photos of your family. Glad you are feeling better. I had that crud and didn't get a thing done for 3 weeks. Now I'm trying to get caught up.
Hope the dirty spring will soon turn to green.

Ruth Kelly said...

I hope your are both feeling better. Nothing can get you down faster than being sick and not being able to go see the precious little gift from heaven.

podso said...

Beautiful baby/family pictures. Glad you are feeling better--take care of yourselves and go slow. Our snow doesn't last long enough to get dirty (well it did this year for a day or so and I noticed the dirty snow and it took me right back to my childhood up north)--I hate dirty snow but what can you do about it! Melt!

Farm Girl said...

What a beautiful family and lovely baby. I really like that picture of the dog in the snow. Soon he will be uncovered. I never thought about the dirty snow in spring.
Lovely pictures.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I love your photos of the family. So sweet.
I am so happy Spring as arrived. I too will be happy when late Spring arrives. When things are dried up ... it is hard for the boys to play outside. Well you know what I mean, mud, slush, dirty snow, ice..... :-)

sweetbriardreams said...

So sorry to hear that you haven't been well, I know what you mean as I have had something similar and I am just catching up again now. My blog has suffered I think! I am so pleased that the snow is gradually melting and your picnic table is on show again. Take care xx

Terri D said...

Judy, Lucy is absolutely adorable, and I love, love, love the picture of her and her brother - first photo in your blog.

So sorry to hear you and hubs have been so sick. That melting snow will hopefully melt away the nasty bug, too. When you have that much snow, it seems to take forever for it to melt and go away.

Take care & feel better!! Please keep sharing the Lucy photos!! :)

Jazzmin said...

Your new grand-daughter is so sweet!! She is so cute and has such bright eyes. I enjoyed all of your pictures. I always enjoy snow photos since I hardly ever see snow in real life, and yours are so pretty.
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog also. It was such a joy to read, and made me smile and laugh at what you said as well ;)

Have a great day,

Pamela Gordon said...

Sweet photos of your family and new baby Lucy. I'm sure you are excited to see them all soon. Nice to see the snow melting and I forgot about all the dirt from the bird feeders and trees that will be under or on top of it all as it melts down. Ugh. I get to rake all that stuff up. We will have a lot of branches to clean up this year as our trees get older and lose many during the winds and storms. I hope you two are on the mend. Take care. Pam

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Ah! Sights and sounds of spring. Dirty snow or not, you can't deny that the thought of spring makes one sing like those little birdies. Warmer temps... YAY!

Muffy's Marks said...

Those pics of your grands are absolutely adorable. Glad to hear the snow is starting to melt. Do you think its safe to come home on the 17th. That's when we anticipate getting back!!

NanaDiana said...

Judy- That little Lucy is just beautiful. That was always my nickname for Granddaughter #2-until she asked- Can't you remember my REAL name? lol YOUR Lucy has a very
wise look for a newborn. Baby's Mama looks beautiful!!!
Hope you are better soon. I swear this Mucinex Severe Cold/Flu max is the best thing ever-the pharmacist said it was the best on the market...pricey but so worth it- I was sicker than a dog ad 24 hours on this stuff I felt at least 60% better. Nasty stuff that is going around this year. UGH- xo Diana

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Congratulations, Judy! Lucy is beautiful!

I'm glad you and Kevin are feeling better. That crud is horrible!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see the family photo!
Happy to see the snow gets melting!

Denise said...

Such precious pictures, love them all. Sorry you have been sick, praying you begin to feel much better.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love seeing pictures of little Lucy. Sending some warm breeze your way to help the melting of the snow!

Sarah said...

I agree! Spring time is so muddy and just when you think things are clearing up...Mother Nature decides to rain some more! Great pictures and I hope you are feeling better!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful family photos and I love your German Shepard....melting!!!!

Chatty Crone said...

I have to save my favorite is that baby - A W E !

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Lucy is a darling Judy.
I'm besotted with new born babies - I think it's their helplessness and vulnerability.
How wonderful for you - congratulations!


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