Friday, April 30, 2010

Garden Update

We have been spending LOTS of time in the garden lately and will continue to for the next SEVERAL months -- but it's going to be VERY FUN!!

Here is Reed "weedeater"ing
Our first corn sprouts
Rob, Reed, and Haley -- planting I don't even know what
(it will be interesting to see where everything ends up!)
To the right of where they are is a WHOLE ROW of zinnias -- can't wait for these to start blooming! Should have enough for the whole town of Louisville. I just hope they are still blooming by fair time.
Reed LOVES planting and gardening...
...just wish he liked knew how to pick weeds!
I'm going to post pics from our Buffalo Park Adventure -- hopefully tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Puddles and Boots

Once we got home from our night away (and drove through the horrible weather that hit our area last weekend) Rob and I and the BBs were very ready to be outside. Rob and I hit our favorite garden center, Yarbrough's, for some plants! I got another snowball tree (b/c I love them so!) and two gorgeous ferns to hang on the breezeway.

Every year, I put geraniums in two big pots on our breezeway. I always go into the green house saying, "I am getting traditional red this year!!" This is what I came out with -- a new hot pink color -- so so pretty. 
Hey, I live with three boys, I deserve some pink somewhere!!!
Because of all the heavy rains and bad weather that kept the boys in all morning, they were ready to be outside. The sun came out and it was a perfect 70 degrees and there were puddles EVERYWHERE. Boots went on and water started splashing.

They got so wet that the clothes finally came off...
Here they are picking me clover flowers...sweet sweet!
Reed has two HUGE blisters on his legs where the boots
(I am assuming in combination with all the water) rubbed his little legs!
Cute bootie!

AND the garden is almost totally planted! Rob has worked hard every night this week. We now have tomatoes, squash, butterbeans, black-eyed peas, corn (which is sprouting!!), watermelons, and cantaloupe in the ground. The cucumber plants weren't ready, but we should have them planted by the weekend. AND I have a WHOLE ROW of ZINNIAS my favorite and THE flower of summer!!

We also have lots of grass growing in the garden too -- Rob's dad is a master vegetable gardener and is going to pull out "THE NOTEBOOK" to give us some good ole gardening tips. Reed and Haley helped Rob do some planting too -- he said it would be interesting to see where everything is once it starts coming up.
Will post pics of progress soon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Anniversary surprises!!!

Yesterday marked mine and Rob's seventh anniversary! I am trying to find a picture to put in this post, but since it was before we entered the digital age, it may be awhile. 

However, he did surprise me with a trip to Greenwood to The Alluvian Hotel and dinner at Giardina's. When I got home from work on Friday (after a wonderful day of Dentistry from the Heart), my bag was packed and he would not tell me where in the world we were going! I didn't figure it out until we turned off to go to Greenwood. What a wonderful night away! We had a great time and even ran into a friend of Rob's from high school who's husband is the Executive Chef at Giardina's -- so much fun seeing her. We woke up Saturday morning and and ate a wonderful breakfast at the hotel. Another surprise -- Rob had gotten me a massage (which was heavenly)! Afterwards, we walked around downtown Greenwood which has some adorable shops. The headquarters of Viking is here, and although we didn't get to do a cooking school, we did see one going on and got to look around at lots of great Viking products. We made one purchase in Turn Row books -- this book, Delta Land, was in our room and I loved the pictures. The photographer's home was featured in O (Oprah's magazine) several years ago and I recognized the name. A neat book, especially since Rob is a delta boy himself. Must go back for another visit very soon!
Downtown Greenwood

The Alluvian

The Viking store (their new commercial line) -- WOW!

Fun stuff at the Viking Store
Could have spent lots of $$
Actual cooking school going on
This is the sign inside Turn Row books -- if you will notice, it's the hood of a truck!

I am still in a little bit of shock of the whole trip -- what a great surprise by my wonderful and thoughtful husband. We've had seven years of laughter, fun, and although there will always be bumps along the road, I am so thankful to be married to my best friend!

I just realized we didn't take any pics of us! I will try to find 
a wedding picture (where we are much younger) to post!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sitting Still

For people who know me, they know that I always have a project and almost never sit still (speaking of, I didn't get around to my armoire project, but for good reason!). After putting the boys down for a nap on Sunday, the weather was perfect, I thought to myself, I am going to sit outside and do NOTHING.

I constantly have to remind myself of this verse:
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10  

It was too perfect of a day to not enjoy being outside -- this was the temperature.

This was my view from my comfy chair. I sat for an hour and a half and did nothing and LOVED it!

I went in and checked on the boys who were still sleeping (they ended up taking a 3 hour nap after playing with our company), so I walked around the yard and checked out the newest development in the garden -- we have CORN!!! Four rows to be exact!
I am hoping this weekend we can get everything else planted!
My knock-out roses are also blooming!

It was the perfect end to a fun filled weekend!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Super Bulldog weekend and super spend the night company!

Well, since Rob was out of town, I had decided not to brave SBW by myself with the little blonde boys, but when it's an opportunity to see friends I don't get to see very often, I was going to do my best to get there. When Allen and Nikki said they were coming, I thought I would at least try to meet up with them to visit and for our boys to play together since they are the exact same age. Saturday morning I asked Nikki if they wanted to spend the night and she said, "SURE!" So off we went to Starkville to pick her and her littlest boy Nash up, while Allen and Nicholas went to the spring football game.
This is the closest we got to the stadium --

-- but we did stand in line for about 15 minutes for Reed to do this...
...and for Luke to do this!!
I think the most fun they had was at our house playing!
This is Reed and Nicholas...
They loved each other and had SO much fun playing together!
Luke and Nash eating breakfast -- I love how they have the same expressions on their cute little faces!
Checking each other out
After all the boys went to bed I enjoyed visiting with Nikki and Allen so much -- the only thing that was missing was Rob (who had a wonderful weekend working an Emmaus walk). I meant to take a picture of Nikki and me while we were together this weekend, but when you are chasing around 4 little boys, that is hard to do, so I found this one from last years Egg Bowl (our smiling faces indicate the fabulous victory we had over Ole Miss!!).

We love this sweet family and can't wait for them to come back and visit again VERY soon!!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Painting project -- yay or nay?

I have a room in my house that we call the computer room -- Reed calls it the "puter" room 
(and while we are on that subject, he calls the dining room, "the diamond room" -- where we store all of our precious jewels...ha)

Anyway, Laura was redoing her living room and was getting rid of this:
I traded her a rug I had that matched her kitchen perfectly so we traded the rug for the above piece! 

There is also a old pie safe in that room (see below) -- and I have painted the lime green squares (which are punched tin) Blue. The actual color is Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green (thank you Em for the color suggestion!):

On another blog I follow, she had painted an armoire the same color and I loved the way it turned out! I'm still debating, but eventually I want to turn this room into a play room for the boys so I thought the blue would be fun. Plus, with wood on the walls AND the floor, I wanted this piece to have some color. This room has always housed and will continue to keep a lot of my Neshoba County Fair art and prints, which are very colorful and fun. 

So, to paint or not to paint...that is the question? 
I've already bought the paint -- got a little over eager -- so I may be painting this weekend?!?!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Garden spot, Good sleeping weather, and trailer fishing...

We enjoyed what was just a spectacular weekend! The weather could not have been more perfect. Reed was going to bed Thursday and and looked up at Rob and said, "Daddy, this is some goood sleeping weather!" I am in full agreement -- of course, all weather is good sleeping weather to me!

Friday afternoon the boys from the hood (i.e. Rob, Will, and Taylor) got started on our little garden...and it turned out to be a rather LARGE garden! I am loving the smell of the freshly tilled dirt. The soil looks very rich and soft -- I have a feeling we're going to have some pretty amazing tomatoes -- yum! It's going to be work fun for us adults but the children will enjoy watching everything grow AND we get to eat our own veggies. I just hope there will be a little corner somewhere for some zennias -- THE flower of summer in my opinion.

Anyway, here is a glimpse our little garden spot --


The first line of dirt -- much goodness is going to come from this dirt....

...I have developed a love/hate relationship with dirt. I may do a post later on what I love and hate about it... 
I guess since I live with two three boys, I better get used to having it around.

All rowed up...all I need now are these!

And this is my garden basket...

...perfect for lots of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers
(and I want to try making pickles since the bbs LOVE pickles)
I got the above basket at The Fresh Market -- most heavenly grocery store, thank goodness it isn't in our little town or Rob and I would be in big big trouble! all we need is the seed!

Reed says he wants okra, tomatoes, corn, squash, peas, butterbeans, and watermelon -- maybe it's good that the "little" garden spot turned out to be a little bigger than we were expecting.

And while Will was tilling the garden on Friday, the BBs were doing some fishing from their "boat." Y'all didn't know we had a lake in our backyard too, did you? Reed said, "Daddy, will you move the boat to the middle of the lake, I think the fish are biting." He was pointing to the trailer, and Rob said, "Sure, I want to see you cast it out there and catch us some fish." Practice makes perfect!

Reed -- "hooking up the boat to the dock"

Saturday afternoon we took the BBs to the State baseball game and we actually made it through the 5th inning -- with a almost 2 year old and almost 4 year old and lots of "nandy" they enjoyed the game. Reed loved it that there was a player named Luke. I am so mad at myself for forgetting my camera...even though we didn't win, we had a great time at Dudy Noble.
Anyway, on our way home, Rob and I realized that we had forgotten "bapi" -- Luke screamed all the way home -- I am now having mini panic attacks every time I think about taking the "bapi" away -- ugh!

I will be very glad when the Easter candy is gone -- my children are seriously junkies...

A rare, sweet moment from Sunday afternoon...

I ask Reed everyday, "Did you have a good day at school?"
Reed: "Yes"
Me: "Who did you play with?"
Reed: "Luke, he's my best friend (inside I am such the proud mother), "but today I had to go sit in time out because I hit him in the head with a shovel." -- proud moment...vanished.
Brotherly love...I guess that too is a love/hate relationship...
with these two little BBs my prayer that it will always be more love than hate!