All rested from a great family vacation.

We just got home from a very nice vacation. It was so much fun.  We go on a family trip each year all together.  With having firefighters and nurses in our family there is always someone missing at the holidays with working.  So this vacation is always a special one since we can all be together as a family.  Getting everyone's schedules to match is always an issue so this time with us all together is such a blessing to have.

We came back from beautiful sunny Florida and Fun Fun Fun Disney.  I wanted to show you just in the 10 days we were gone how much my flowers have tripled in size.

I guess the cooler temps and all the rain was good for them.  Not to mention the miracle grow I doused them with before we left!!!!!!!!!

The summer house is in full bloom.

My bike flowers are starting to really fill in nicely in the baskets.

All my pretties on the porch are doing really great.

The bag on the old door on my front door is loving where I hung it. It has tripled in size.  It loves the late afternoon sun.

Remember the chippy old barn door table.  The flowers on there are doing really good.  I love love love that blue chippy table so glad I found a home for it in the garden.

Since the scare of the impatiens and the mold I did not want to chance it this year in the beds so I went with petunias and they are doing so great and bushing up nicely.

Even my cherub is loving her place in the garden this year.  My Robin couple love to take their morning bath in the cherub bird bath.

My lilac bushes filled in so nicely.  I had a lot of flowers on the back of the house but I think with this crazy spring we had they just greened up more than bloomed this year.

The flowers I potted on the old ladder filled in so fast.  They are already half way down the ladder!!!!

It is amazing what some nice temps and miracle grow can do for your flowers.  Petunia's are a little more maintenance with having to deadhead them but they give such beautiful color and they love the sun so they are perfect for the deck.

I still need to get a plant for the fire truck.  Am going to work on that this week.

The plant on my table by my chair got so big I cannot even put my drink or magazines on there any more!!!!!

It was a beautiful vacation but it was nice to come home.  Hope you are all enjoying the nicer weather.  We had a little sun poke out today in between showers so I thought I would grab some pictures while the sun was shinning.
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THE LADIES OF IVY AND ELEPHANTS are having their two year blogiversary!!! To celebrate they are having a great give away.  They are so sweet so I wanted to post about their giveaway as a way to say Happy Anniversary to two special and talented bloggers.  If you want to enter their giveaway and say Happy Blogiversary head over to their blog.  The details are below.


Happy Blogiversary!

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It's hard to believe that two years have passed since we first tentatively launched Ivy & Elephants. We were just two friends who happily chatted about our favorite blogs and marveled over the fabulous and creative designs we found there. This was a community of strong caring women living life to the fullest, and we wanted to be a part of it. Gratefully we were accepted and welcomed into the fold. Two years later I am happy to say that our little blog has flourished and we are blessed with wonderful and supportive friends all over the world.

To say thank you we're giving away two great books that we know you'll love. The first is “Paris Flea Market Style” by Claudia Strasser. If you know her first book, “The Paris Apartment” or her blog of the same name you know you won't be disappointed. To see some eye candy from the book and get a great review click on the link to Kim Hite's La Belle Époque Home.

The other is “Junk Style” by Melanie Molesworth. This book is filled with fabulous treasures artfully displayed and lovingly collected. For a sneak peek at the book check out The City Sage.

Again, thank you for all your friendship and support. Your words of encouragement are treasured and inspiring.

Good Luck!
Patti & Paula

Congrats to Patti and Paula for hitting their 2 year blogiversary.