We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Papa's Pond


When we first bought our house 8 years ago it came with a koi pond. One of the first things I wanted to do to the house was take out the koi pond, I wanted to put in a pool instead. Having a big backyard was one of the requirements when we were house hunting and this home fit the bill. Once we tore out the pond things would be perfect. 

And then papa saw the pond. 

Needless to say we still have the pond. The koi are long gone, they got eaten the first few months in the house, but Beya and Papa have replaced them with regular feeder fish. Every evening I look out my living room window to this view:



Oh how papa loves his fish. He feeds them and loves them and stares at them.

We used to have a catfish that would keep the pond nice and clear but that is also long gone which causes the pond to get dirty and muddy. Papa has been aching to get the pond cleaned up so I gave him the go ahead to drain and refill it. One summer he did this literally once a week, at LEAST. You don't want to know what our water bill was those three months.

Today while I took the kids to tennis lessons papa worked in his pond.




A very happy papa with a very clean pond.




Look! We can see the fish now! And the shells he lovingly placed in the bottom of the pond.


A wonderfully clear pond. Wait..... what is that in the background?


Something green......



Oh yes, an air mattress! Come on, you didn't think we could actually have a "normal" koi pond with doing it up MexiGhetto style, did you? The reason for the air mattress? Papa said the fish needed some shade :)


And what MexiGhetto koi pond is complete without a garish pink plastic flamingo?!

I'm so fortunate to have my parents live with me, my life would be so boring without them and I love them so much, with my whole heart.