Saturday, August 22, 2009

234/365 Back To School Reception

Tonight was the big Back To School reception for all faculty, staff and parents at Montverde Academy. It was held at Bella Collina and was a lovely evening.

Sunset at Bella Collina


Sunset at Bella Collina

Lovely pink cloud in the sunset

Pink clouds



Kasey Kesselring (Headmaster) gave out awards to honor 5 and 10 year anniversaries.


Jen Strahl celebrated 5 years

Jennifer Strahl

Toni Specht celebrated 10 years

Toni's 10th year

MVA grad now running for office


Lisa and Mike (Lisa just celebrated 5 years!)

Lisa and Mike

View from the reception area overlooking Orlando



All are now 2nd year teachers!

Officially 2nd year teachers!

Matt and I


This little guy was hanging out on our car when we left

Tree frog

Tree frog

Tree frog

Friday, August 21, 2009


As I was getting ready to return the plants I've been baby sitting all summer - I realized that one of them has the loveliest purple flower.

A macro pic
Lovely purple flower

Lovely purple flower

Also - tonight was definitely a dessert night. Ghirardelli brownies - heaven.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

232/365 New Library

We are so fortunate to have a HUGE new library open up so close to us. Up until last month, our closest library was a small one room affair in down town Clermont. Now - that entire library could fit inside the new library's children's room!

A few photos from the new library.

View from the outside

New Library

In the stacks

New Library

Architectural details

New Library

New Library

View from the library parking lot

View from the New Library

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

231/365 Garden update

An update on my patio garden.

I absolutely LOVE this rack. Top is calabaza plants, second down is herbs, third down is plants I'm baby sitting and the bottom is my poinsettia.

Rack of plants

In this corner we have my hanging strawberry plant and two avocado trees I've grown from seed. Below the strawberry is a sweet potato.

Garden corner

An avocado tree


These are my hydrangea plants. Not sure if they will all make it - but I love growing them.


My sunflower seedings.

Sunflower seedlings

Lots of sunflowers in a bucket

Sunflower seedlings

Gerber daisy we bought to celebrate our 4th anniversary

Gerber daisy

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Another evening with our friends. Tonight we grilled - in spite of the rain.

A shot of these lovely yellow flowers growing on their back patio - done in black and white.

Stormy night

The back patio is done in earth tones with tall columns. One on column they painted this little detail with a contrasting color - I like it.

Earth tones

Citrus growing in the neighbors yard


Charles hanging out.


Monday, August 17, 2009

229/365 Cherries and pineapple

It's summer - so that means the pineapples in are garden are ripe and the cherries in the market are yummy!

Life is just a bowl of cherries!


Matt and the pineapple



Sunday, August 16, 2009

228/365 Beautiful girls

I got to spend time with three of my favorite people today! My best friend came over with her beautiful girls and we enjoyed a great day together.



Helping me bake chocolate chip cookies. We made S'mores Cookies - so good!




Fun at the pool


Mom and Hope

Matt and Maryanne

Matt and Maryanne

Down time with Matt

Matt and the girls