Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bees


If you don't already know--I am pretty much obsessed with honeybees. About 18 months ago I became fascinated with the idea of getting a couple of hives for our backyard and since then it has just been a little thing I like to dream about for our future. A couple of weeks ago I decided to watch an amazing documentary, Vanishing Bees. 


The movie was so informative and inspiring--I learned about...
-colony collapse disorder- thousands of bees literally vanishing from their hives for no reason
-bees are artificially inseminated (what????)
-pesticides do not just affect us but they harm the bees as well--pollination will be affected and so will the food supply (one big happy cycle)
-monoculture destroys ecosystems--for so many reasons
-bees are the life guaranteers of nature itself
-we cannot change problems with the same methods that caused the problems
-the modern human family has to live in harmony with the environment


Ben is the most amazing husband as you already know and he does a really good job of being a creative gift giver. For my birthday this year he decided to take me to an introductory course on urban beekeeping at Foxhollow Farm! 
We spent three hours learning about all things HONEYBEE. 
Here is just a small snip of what we learned about...
-different hive types- mainly Langstroth & Top-bar
-bee sizes- they are suppose to be small
-how to start a hive-from a package of 5,000 bees, from a nuc, or from a swarm. 
-bee food-honey, sugar water, & camomile tea
-the role of the queen, workers, & drones
-bee products- honey, wax, propolis, & pollen 









To say the least I love bees!

24

Well...I'm officially 24. I've never been the type that gets excited for my birthday but this year was a good one. I got to celebrate all weekend with sweet friends & family. I felt encouraged. They just loved on me--a lot. 
The coolest thing about my birthday is that it is Sam & Margaret's too, that makes the celebrating so much more fun. 
sweet husband. 
Waiting for the birthday girl to arrive!

Hi Ad!
Pretty girl!


We surprised SAM! Happy Birthday sweet girl. 24.

Gosh...I Love Him.

Toasts!

Pretty.
Dark & Stormy




Happy Birthday
you make me happy

amazing

Before Dinner--He was stalling.

Everyone came to Volare!
Volare 





Banner--compliments of Morg. Cute home--compliments of Chels. Cake--compliments of Ben & Cake Flour.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Sam!

Today is my best friend's birthday! Sam Ringo--thank you for being my constant encouragement. We've been through everything together & I love you so much!
We met at "the lunch table" in high school.




The Group.
graduation!
concerts!


Birmingham!
 my bridesmaid

porch times.
support.


camping


walks on bardstown road.

coffee
christmas parties.

birthday celebrations.
Charleston South Carolina.



The Smoky Mountains!
Bride & Groom!

BRIDE!


Her bridesmaid.


Skiing in Colorado.




After a long hike.

Thanks for being my sister. Thanks for loving me so well. Thanks for making me laugh. Thanks for understanding me. Thanks for all this time. I LOVE YOU.