Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boo's Excellent Birthday Adventure!

Last weekend was our boy's 14th birthday.
Where in the world does the time go?!

 We planned a little trip to one of his favorite places.
We headed to Downtown Disney to pay a trip to The Lego Store.

Although we've visited here many times,
we'd never gone on a Sunday morning.
It was shocking to see the store almost empty
when we arrived just after it opened.
It was beyond fabulous!
(Can you tell we don't much like crowds?)

 We were greeted by the usual amazing sculptures.
Here's a family of tourists enjoying the shopping mecca.

The Hulk was there to handle the expected crowd.

 Toy Story figures were happy to pose for pictures.

The work that goes into these masterpieces is unbelievable.
There are Lego Master builders right on the premises who put them together.
I think our boy could definitely land that job.

You can see some of our boy's Lego creations here.

In and outside of the store are building tables
to encourage young builders to let their imaginations go wild!

 This is the Pick-a-Brick wall.
For a flat rate, enthusiasts can fill a cup with any mix of bricks.

It's quite an accent wall, no?

 There are also scenes depicted along the wall of the store
to spark ideas about what can be created with just a bit of time and energy.

Of course, some things take a bit longer...

Okay, a LOT longer.

Although we enjoy our trips to this magical place,
it can be overwhelming for our boy.
Not only are the choices numerous,
but once the store gets busy,
the sheer number of shoppers can cause difficulties.
Kids with autism are challenged in crowded spaces
due to sensory sensitivites.
(He wears shades and headphones most places.)
That's why most of the time we get to places when they open,
and leave before it's too much.
We had a great experience with this visit
and he was so happy with his purchase.

The birthday boy had a wonderful day
and for that, we are so grateful.

Let them eat (gf) cake!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Maple Hill Hop 57

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
Thanks for linking back to Maple Hill 101.


It's been a while since we talked about the fall garden,
so I thought an update was in order.

The saltbush has been in bloom for the last week or so.
It attracts moths, bees, wasps and butterflies like crazy.
It's wonderful to stand underneath and just hear all that low buzzing.

My friends Faye and Lynn had given me quite a few eggplants to transplant.
They're all doing well and this one that was planted into a pot has really taken off.
Ooooh, we might have homegrown eggplant for our Christmas  lasagna!

Since learning that I can eat broccoli without any problem,
it is consumed with relish whenever possible.
There are a few crops popping up throughout our back bed.

The radishes have been slow growers,
but with our temps now reflecting a more favorable range,
they should come right along.

Several varieties of lettuce are being harvested a couple of times a week
to supplement the bunch I buy from Faye and Lynn.
A few new types have been tried, including Red Sails, New Red Fire
and Amaize, a red Romaine variety.

The tomato plant is flowering,
so that can only mean that juicy Celebrity tomatoes are on their way.
We do occasionally get a frost here,
but for the most part, fall is a great time to raise tomatoes in Central Florida.

The marigolds under the oak have come back like gangbusters.
It's so nice to have that pop of color.

The rattlebox is in full bloom.
With the windows open during the day,
we can hear the seed pods popping open to self-seed in the back bed.

There are two pots of mums that are rotated from the front porch
to the back bed. When one gets to looking like it needs more sun,
it gets placed in the backyard to recover.

This butterfly vine blooms almost year-round,
but does especially well in the cooler months.

Its leaves turn chartreuse and then brown as they age on the plant.
See the butterfly shape?
This Florida native needs absolutely no special care.

A few rudbeckia are still showing us some glorious color.
These beauties have been blooming for months.
We're enjoying the sparks of color before our weather turns.

What's it look like where you are?
HOP on!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Boo!

Happy Birthday
to one of my favorite people 
in the whole world!

Lil Guy's Minecraft Skin

We hope your day is filled with love, laughter and fun.
We are so glad you were born.
Love you much,
Momma & Dad