Friday, May 25, 2007


Isaac called around 7:30 p.m. this evening to let us know he and Krista arrived in Ft. Collins, CO. They had a wonderful evening at the York's last night and were blessed with safe travels today. We're thankful to God for His protection and continue to pray for Isaac during the next 10 weeks. Thank you to our dear friends for all your prayers.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Mom & Dad: We love you and we're blessed to have such great parents. I hope we'll be able to celebrate this day for at least another 28 years.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More Flowers

I was able to spend some time outside before it rained today. I planted a few more flowers to add some more color and pizazz to the area out by our garage. A couple of years ago I planted flowers in an old washtub that used to be my Great-grandpa and grandma Clapp's. Several people complimented us on it and even asked when we were going to do flowers like that again. So, this I dug out the old washtub once again this year and got to work.

The result:

I'm not sure how these flowers are going to do here. I tried to get flowers that do well in the sun, but it was slim pickin's at the store. I also wasn't willing to spend an outrageous amount of money, so that kind of hindered me a little. Overall, I am pleased with it. I am so thankful the Lord sent some rain to us. Our garden and flowers needed it bad. He also took care of one of the items on my to-do list!!!

I've also been busy on a special project this week. Hopefully there will be a post about that within the next few days.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Saturday at the Corn's

Most of this weekend was spent outside for the members of the Corn household. With the beautiful weather the Lord blessed us with, how could we stay inside? We were busy weeding, digging, planting, and watering all day Saturday.

Tasha and I worked out in the garden. It's not a huge garden by any means, but we did plant some of our favorites. Here's what the garden looked like before we got started. As you can see, it was full of weeds!!!!

This is what it looked like after we were done planting. You can't tell, but the left bed has okra in it. In the middle bed we planted tomatoes and peppers, which you can see growing in the middle of the bed. Then along the sides, we planted lettuce and spinach. Then in the last bed we planted some green beans.

Tasha and I also planted some herbs....which I'm VERY excited about. You can see them here in the little pots right outside our back door (for easy access). We planted oregano, basil, cilantro (Strem, you better watch out!!!), and (we think) rosemary. This one didn't have a little card in it to identify it, but we think it's rosemary. [Can anyone help us!??!?!]

Dad worked on the flowerbeds in the backyard. First he extended the hosta bed around the patio. I didn't get a 'before' picture of this, because he was out working before I was up and movin'. When Dad got done, I added a colorful touch to the bed by planting some pansies.

Dad also worked on the berm along the fence. I think Dad is most excited about this area. It has been many, many, many years since we've been able to do landscaping like this in the backyard. While we had our big dog, Jessie, it was nearly impossible to do much with our backyard. In fact, where Dad made the berm is exactly the path that Jessie would take in her numerous trips running around the yard each day. While we miss our good watchdog, it is definitely nice to have a well-manicured lawn.

Mom was busy in the front all day. After a tiring escapade around town, we were finally able to find some decent plants at a decent price to plant in the front of the house.
Here are the two pots Mom planted at the front of the walkway. Mom also planted some flowers and set out some hummingbird food in hopes of having these fascinating birds stop by for a visit.

All in all, it was a tiring, but enjoyable day. We were all a stinky, sweaty, muddy, hungry mess by the time evening rolled around.

[By the way, Isaac is still a member of the Corn family, but he was away all day attending his girlfriend's graduation. Bryan, well, he's another story. ;) ]

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Do you like lists like me?

School is out now and I am busy enjoying Spring and anticipating Summer. I've made a list of some of my favorite things about Spring:

  • Taking walks on cool evenings

  • Walking by houses and smelling the scent of fresh laundry coming from dryer vents

  • Seeing flowers bloom (except geraniums....I'm not a big fan)

  • The smell of fresh potting soil

  • Knowing that Summer is right around the corner

  • Anticipating the return of The Muny season

  • Anxiously waiting of the plethora of summer church meetings to commence

  • Sitting down to read a good book without feeling guilty about neglecting schoolwork

  • Going to garage sales on Friday and Saturdays seeking great deals (Not good deals...only great deals)

  • Sitting out on our newly remodeled front porch drinking a glass of iced tea (sweetened with Splenda)

  • Sleeping with my bedroom windows open

  • Seeing my Mom get excited about the hummingbirds visiting our feeders

  • Going on bike rides through Forest Park (OK, I haven't done this yet, but I dream about it often and it's on my list of things to do quickly)

  • Enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Being able to wear sandals or go barefoot

  • The joy of holding newborn babies

I think that's enough for now. What are some of your favorite things about Spring and Summer?