I complained in an earlier post about all of the pollen but I sure am enjoying my azaleas. As you can see, they are just beginning to bloom.

We have a two acre lot that is very wooded so it is hard to get a sunny shot. I thought you might enjoy seeing them. I spent the Easter break raking leaves and putting down mulch  in my yard while the students in my class went to Disney world, cruised around Turks and Caicos or skied in Colorado. That's the difference in teaching in a private versus public school. While they spent the five day break listening to enchanting tribal music in an unfamiliar culture, I got to hear my back door neighbor's dogs bay at the moon or anything else that caught their attention. While one student explored centuries old open air markets, I shopped at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.  While another student and her family got to curl their toes in the pink sandy beaches, fancy shops, and world-class golf courses of Bermuda, I got to sit on my screened porch and get lost in a book I won from Janet Ruth's blog Along The Way. Not that I am complaining. A five day Easter break is like a little slice of heaven!

Did you go anywhere exciting for Easter break?


  1. Heather // April 10, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

    So pretty! My oldest has HORRIBLE allergies and him and the 6 year old have spent spring break with Grandma, and I must have called 10 times to make sure she was giving him his allergy meds.

  2. gayle // April 10, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

    Stayed around the house and spent too much money going shopping with friends!!

  3. Debbie // April 10, 2010 at 10:53 PM  

    Notta, had no vacation! I too spent the time cleaning pur yard!~ But I am so happy this time of year, and everything looks so pretty! You property is gorgeous...yes a lot of work but so worth it!~ I just love it! Thanks for sharing:)

  4. VKT // April 10, 2010 at 11:24 PM  


    That sounds like me. I have terrible allergies. I am walking around looking like E.T. these days...sigh.

  5. VKT // April 10, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

    But wasn't it fun having the time off Gayle! Wooooohoooooooooo

  6. VKT // April 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

    Ahhhhhh Thanks Debbie darlin!

    I am going to take some pics of a few rooms to email to you. I could use some of your expert advice!!!!! I didn't go to school today but am going tomorrow after church...will send you some book choices then.

    Blessings my favorite blogger

  7. Missy // April 10, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

    Wow. You have a beautiful area around your home.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  8. Ally // April 11, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

    Wow is that ever pretty. We're actually on vacation as I type this in St. Pete, Florida.

    Visit me at FourthGradeNothing.com

  9. Ms. Anthropy // April 11, 2010 at 2:33 AM  

    What a beautiful yard!!! I'm green with envy, however, my thumb isn't the least bit green.

  10. Shell // April 11, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

    Those are some gorgeous pics!

    We're on the beach, so we consider ourselves always on vacation!

    I have to admit that I'm glad that our Easter break is over tomorrow. My two oldest boys need some time away from each other!

  11. Liz // April 11, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

    ~Happy Sunday~

    WOW - what a gorgeous yard! I love trees, so I'm soaking up your yard right now. I would want to get lost in a book while sitting on my porch, too!

    Thank you for the nice comment on my kitchen. Yes, send me some pictures of yours, I would love to see it!

    Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

    ((Hugs))- Liz
    ~Savvy Seasons By Liz~

  12. Choices // April 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

    What a beautiful home and yard you have. This has been the worst allergy season ever. My allergies have been terrible.
    Does sound like you did have a nice relaxing vacation sitting on your porch reading. Now that is very relaxing to me.
    Have a great day.

  13. yonca // April 11, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

    You yard like heaven!! Beautiful pics! Happy Sunday!

  14. Peppermint Patty // April 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

    Looks great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back! :)

  15. Debbie(single;complicated) // April 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

    gorgeous pictures and and really beautiful property! its looks like a picture!!!!

  16. Gene // April 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

    I love your place! I dreamed of living near nature but in my country, it's too expensive to have a home near one.

    Following you back via Friday Follow. Have a great day!

  17. Lauri // April 11, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

    I love your place!! Beautiful!! As for me and Easter break, I spent it at home doing much needed housecleaning and working on homework for seminary. No Disneyland or sandy beaches for me.

  18. Jennifer @ Giveaways and More! // April 11, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower! Your azaleas are beautiful! I don't have a spring break, but DH & I went down to Napa, CA for a few days. It was lovely!

  19. Anne // April 11, 2010 at 3:11 PM  

    Picture perfect! Why go anywhere else? Vacationing is fun, but sometimes sleeping in your own bed and enjoying your home is just as nice!

    mmm...Turks and Caicos does look like fun!

  20. Helga // April 11, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

    I am now following your blog. The pictures from spring break look great!!! Hope you have had a great weekend!

  21. Barb // April 11, 2010 at 4:14 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following!

  22. Carolee / Home4ever // April 11, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

    See, told you I'd be right over to follow you, but are you sure you want to follow me?

    I homeschool, but I do LOVE kindgarten teachers. Does that count?

    Anywhooooo...great pics! We have a little over 2 1/2 acres and I love my woods and the pond at the bottom of the hill in the woods.

  23. Peachy & Pip // April 11, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

    Hi! Following you back from FMF!

  24. Helena // April 11, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

    Why would you even want to go anywhere else when you have such a beautiful little place of your own? It's beautiful and reminds me when I lived in Virginia. Thanks for sharing the gorgeousness! (When it is sunny, I am outside and that is heaven to me!)

  25. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:11 PM  

    Thanks Missy! Sometimes I wish we had less trees!

  26. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:11 PM  


    I hope you have a terrific time! Beautiful area you are in!

  27. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

    Mrs. A,

    Join the club. Thankfully, azaleas take care of themselves!

  28. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

    Wow Shell. I didn't realize you were on the beach. I am so envious!

  29. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:13 PM  


    I will do that as soon as I get home from school tomorrow.


  30. VKT // April 11, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

    It was Anne...but the time just flew by...sigh

  31. Theresa Milstein // April 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

    The photos are beautiful - you live in a peaceful oasis.

    My break isn't until the week of Patriot's Day, which is 04/19. I can't wait.

    Hope you have a good day back.

  32. ellen // April 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

    You live beautifully. What a peaceful place. We did not had a Easter break, only Ryan, my stepson was here most of the time because his mother works.
    But he is a nice and easy boy, so I do no complain. Have a wonderful week!

  33. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

    Blessings to you as well Yonca!

  34. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

    Thanks Peppermint Patty!

  35. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM  


    You and your children will have to come visit sometime. We have plenty of room and there is lots to see around here!

  36. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

    Thanks so much Gene! Have a great week!

  37. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

    Wow Jennifer!

    I have never been there. I'll bet it was!

  38. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    Good point Anne,

    I do prefer sleeping in my own bed at times!

  39. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

    Thanks Helga!

    I look forward to getting to know you!

  40. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

    Thanks Barb!!

  41. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM  


    I am thrilled to have you follow me and vice versa. Please know that I am happy to share any information, units, ideas etc. with you anytime. I am proud of you for homeschooling!!!!

  42. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    Thanks a bunch Peachy!!

  43. VKT // April 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

    Aw thanks Helena!

    I love the beach, thats one reason...lol

  44. Twee Poppets // April 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

    WOW, how beautiful!! You're very lucky to have been able to spend your spring break somewhere so lovely! Looks relaxing. :)

  45. Christa // April 12, 2010 at 5:57 PM  

    I wouldn't mind staying around your house on vacation! It looks beautiful! I could see why your allergies would be acting up though!

  46. T.J. // April 12, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

    check out those azaleas! I don't have any in my current yard, but growing up our lawn was full of them and oh how I loved them except they were always gone too fast :(

    Thanks so much for signing on to Any Given Moment! I am now most certainly following you too and looking to kindergarten adventures in the future :) TJ

  47. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

    Thanks Twee,

    We have lived there for 21 years. I planted those azaleas when they were 2.00 shrubs....lol

  48. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM  

    Lol Christa,

    You are right about that. My yard is a haven for pollen.....sniff sniff

  49. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM  


    Most of those azaleas were planted the first year we moved in....21 years ago. Time flies!!!!

  50. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM  

    Dear Theresa,

    Your break is coming at a great time. The weather should be wonderful by then. Have a great week and thanks for your comment!

  51. Messy Mommy // April 13, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

    WOW! That's beautiful! We celebrated Easter at my in-laws. There have been 4 babies born this year so it was exciting to get them altogether!

  52. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

    Thanks Ellen,

    Perhaps one day you and your husband can come to this side of the states for a visit. Your stepson sounds like a really nice kid. Blessings my blogging friend.

  53. VKT // April 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

    Awwwwww Messy Mommy,

    How wonderful that must have been. Won't it be great to have them all so close in age!

  54. Cheeseboy // April 13, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

    First grade teacher here.

    If you stay in from recess, can it really be called "recess". I hate stay in days. Recess is as much for the teachers as it is for the students.

  55. VKT // April 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

    Actually Cheeseboy yes! It can! We play four corners in the cafeteria, dance to Greg and Steve in the room, it just takes a little more creativity to get some exercise but it is still recess.

  56. Marla // April 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

    Nothing makes me happier than being home. Working in the garden, cooking in my kitchen, being with family. There's no place like home.