Chasing seagulls

March 13, 2012

Maison Bean has been dusted in pollen, and with the fine yellow coating that comes this time of year, new leaves have begun to emerge on the fig tree, and even a few infant figs have been born.

The fig tree is a descendant of the fig tree at Mimi’s homestead in Alabama.  My grandfather would lay bricks on low-lying limbs and root new trees.  When I bought my first house 12 years ago, he and Mimi dug up one of the offspring, and I planted it at my new house, but it never really grew.  Then when I sold the house two years later, I dug it up and put it in a big plastic pot for about a year before finally planting it at Maison Bean where it put down roots and branched out and bears a nice little crop of fruit every year.

Right behind the fig tree by the back door of the house is the Meyer lemon tree, and it’s in full bloom with big bumble bees buzzing around.  When I walk out the door, I stop and close my eyes and breathe in the smell of heaven.

Spring has descended on Maison Bean, and last weekend was one of those storybook weekends with the sun shining and the birds singing and the daffodils blooming.  We fed ducks at the park and had fun chasing the seagulls.  Mimi emerged from her little house with her recovering toe to accompany us.  At the park, the azaleas were a profusion of colors, the elegant dogwoods draped in Spanish moss were blooming and it was a perfectly wonderful weekend.


  1. All good things must come to an end.  I overslept two days in a row, and I may be pushing three.
  2.  That’s Aunt Sissy whose lap Moose is curled up in.  And I agree—it’s criminal to look that good in someone else’s blog.
  3. If you’ve come here and my slideshow isn’t working, it’s because  Louis is illicitly serenading our weekend, not me…. You don’t want me to sing.
  4. Yes, Jax lost another tooth.  I don’t know why he keeps doing that.  We went through hell to get those teeth.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Irene March 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

Excellent! If you could just keep them that size….and what is it about little boys in overalls!? I always put my kids in them! And they looked adorable!
Yes, that was a beautiful day! Your pictures depicted the perfect day in the park! Your kids are gorgeous!
But where was Papa!?

Jenn March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Irene: I’m crazy over little boys in overalls! And john-johns. I didn’t potty train Moose last summer because he’s got the rest of his life to be potty trained and only a couple of summers to wear john-johns.

What’s Papa up to?! He’s been concocting really strange things in the kitchen. {Read: inedible}

xoxo, Jenny

portia March 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm


Ally March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Freckles smattered across little boy faces – melt my heart.

Now for that spring thing. I had 3 inches of snow yesterday morning and today is pouring rain. BUT the neighbors daffodils are lovely (mine were eaten and I eventually gave up), the crocus have been up for a week or two, and the hydrangeas are leafing out. The frogs and the birds are both ignoring the weather and singing their songs. It’s coming!

Jenn March 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Portia: can’t wait to see some of your stitched-together photography!

Ally: when I was little, I used to look at my freckles and cry. Now, I call them “angel kisses,” and like you, they make me melt.

Your spring will be here shortly, and when I’m bellyaching in August about the humidity, you’ll be comfy.

Betsy at Zen Mama March 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Jealous! We have a little longer until spring arrives here but crocuses are just coming up. Do you ever go to Middleton Place? My husband’s cousin is the owner/caretaker of the trust. We went there once when the azalea’s were blooming and it was heavenly!!

Betsy at Zen Mama March 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

PS! Your video is beautiful and your sons (and you) gorgeous!! Can’t wait to meet up!

Shannon March 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Your boys are so beautiful. Love the pictures and the video – and that song always makes me cry.

Betsy mentioned Middleton Place – is that in your neighborhood? I used to live in the area(did my fellowship at the medical university). It’s beautiful this time of year!

Pamela March 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

He just gets cuter every day. You do make good babies, Ms. Jenny!

Sandra March 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Hello my BBFF! I need to catch up on your posts, I’ve been stupid busy, but I’m up for air for a few weeks. Lovely slide show (I’m always so impressed when people can put pictures to music!) I laughed when I read Note #4! So true! Going to read some more of you, how I’ve missed you!

Kristy K. James April 9, 2012 at 1:57 am

I love days like the one you and your family enjoyed. Although when things are that pretty in Michigan, it’s usually too humid to enjoy them (from anywhere but the comfort of an air conditioned room…or vehicle). Your sons are gorgeous. 🙂

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