Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Gardening Day

We had a pretty good day around here. A few small steps were made toward things that we haven't had time to do in a long time. We found we had a Saturday on our hands with no schedule! We did a little yard work...

We tore out the back lawn last summer because we were tired of fighting the dying deck, the mole and dog digging holes and just general disorganization of it all. So, the back yard is dirt.

Today, though, we got some things done! Here are the new raised beds Keith built for me today. We are planting Tomatoes, Zuccini, Cucumbers, Corn, Green Beans and Carrots.

The side yard is looking good...we finally did something right with the raspberries and they are loaded this year!

We also have the grape vines getting underway

...and the pear trees are especially loaded this year!

For having completely ignored yard work for the last couple of years, we're not doing too bad. Hopefully, there will be a coat of paint for the house and a back lawn and stone patio in our future. I won't hold my breath for this year, but little by little, we'll make small baby steps.
Keith left a couple of dollars in the garden budget today so that I could get a couple of color spots. I got an impatien and a little petunia. Both in pink!

Later today, Lainey went out to the yard and took some beautiful photos of our purple Iris and the hanging pink fuscias that Keith got me for Mothers day. They were great shots, so I want to share:

Birthdays and Stuff

Well, I haven't blogged for a while. It's time we updated! We've had a few little successes over the last several weeks, so it might be nice to mention them.

We've had a few birthdays in the last months. First it was Adam in March. He turned 17. Wow, that was fast...

Wouldn't you know it, we didn't snap photos this time. I think that is a first. Bummer.

Next there were several band dates that came and went. The Colorguard went to California and Keith and Lainey went to help and cheer them on. They did well and had a great time touring Alcatraz and going to Six Flags. Keith and Adam went to Reno with the Jazz Bands and enjoyed playing and touring. They stayed at the Circus Circus Hotel.

Adam won a musicianship award there. We are proud of him!

Then Lainey turned into a teenager!!!

Speaking of Wow....that happened baby is a teenager!

She joined the ranks of the I-Pod generation...

The very next week was Drew's 19th Birthday! He celebrted with one of his favorite people...his brother Adam. The love flows easily around here!

Special request birthday cake-Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, cherry pie filling and whipped cream! I think we all went into a sugar shock after that.

Drew recieved luggage for his mission. It's getting closer!