Stoppin’ and Smellin’ the Flowers

Some days you just have to stop and smell the flowers.

Today was “moving out of the dorm” day for my son, Casey. He couldn’t get everything home himself, so I went to help him. One way takes 1 1/2 hours. Not terrible, but I am exhausted after the 1 1/2 hour repeat trip back.

Wow, where do they get all the stuff! He definitely came home with more than he originally took. Also, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. He made this junking momma proud. A dorm neighbor didn’t have room to take his television and microwave home, so he gave it to Casey. Not really sure what he’s going to do with an extra television or microwave, but like me, he couldn’t stand to see it go in the trash.

He was also gifted with this cast-off! I have a friend (yes, Brad, I mean you), who I thought of when I saw it. I don’t think we’ll be able to get it away from the kid though.

Now for the “stopping and smelling the flowers” stuff. We enjoyed a lunch together, then before we left town, he took me to see a greenhouse that he loves. It was beautiful, and it is his dream. He is studying horticulture. Thank you, Hains Greenhouse in Coffeyville, Kansas for allowing me to take pictures of your business, and for taking the time to talk with us.

The outside is pretty awesome…

…but it doesn’t prepare you for what’s on the inside.

Far…

…and…

…wide.

We spent an hour just trolling through row after row of splendor.

The beauty just seemed to go on and on forever.

We discovered favorites…

More favorites…

And still more favorites…

We discovered unusual…

More unusual…

And still more unusual…

Fabulousness! Check out this tree(?) growing inside, in the middle of the greenhouse. From what I understand, it has been there for years.

I fell in love with this little well.

And this cute birdhouse.

The greenhouse is located in the country and the “stop and smell the flowers” beauty of the drive was not lost on us. I finally had to stop and snap these pics of a bridge.

I mean, come on…isn’t is too cool!?!

Lastly we stopped at the school’s greenhouse…

…that he helped build…

…along with the other horticulture students.

As kids grow, spending time with their parents usually takes a backseat to their other activities and interests. I do understand that, but I do miss the time when I was their first friend.

Thank you for spending the day with me, Casey.

Love ya!