With Spring in full swing our yard has required more upkeep. Cody and I worked really hard on Saturday to get our yard cleaned up and looking good. Cody was a great sport about helping me kill all the ants and get rid of all the weeds and brush lying around. My garden has been dying rapidly, but I am happy to say that it is on the mend. With a little TLC I think I may be able to get a small harvest one of these days. I have replanted, added marigolds (the bugs don’t like the smell), sprayed soapy water to keep the bugs in general from eating away and some mint spray to keep out the ants. I hope that will do the trick along with the many ant poison things that we spread throughout the yard. The work in the yard was all worth it though because we were able to have Trina and Connie with their families and Derek and Bianca, Mom and Dad Bowman, and Tanner over for dinner on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday Trina, Bianca and I made cards. It was a lot of fun. Connie provided refreshment–popcorn! The food was great and the company was even better. On Saturday night they were able to get a horse shoe game going and the little kids had a ball running around the yard. On Memorial Day, I actually thought about the men and women that have fought for our country. I think that it is because I just recently watched Gettysburg and its prequel Gods and Generals. I was so impressed with the dedication of the men during that era. Both sides were fighting for freedom. The only thing that separated them was the ideas that they were fighting for. I am grateful for the the free land that I live in! On Monday, we went shooting in the morning (I shot myself some boxes and cans) and in the later afternoon we had an excellent dutch oven cookout. It was so yummy. There was pork, chicken, and potato dutch oven and really great salads. We had the cookout with the Woods family. It was a great time. Overall the weekend was packed with good stuff.
Archives for May 2009
Cody and I went to Las Vegas to witness a wedding and a baby blessing. Cody’s friend Dawn got married in the Las Vegas Temple, and she had a really nice wedding reception. It was so fun to see them so happy. I have decided that I really like the ring ceremony idea. I am wishing that I would have done one for those in my family that were not in the temple with us. Anyways, while we were at the reception we were able to visit with Rob and Cami, friends of Cody, and with Bishop Coon (Go Robindale singles ward!:). It was really fun to reminisce and to hear the updates on people that we knew. We also got to see Paige get blessed by her dad Ben. I was holding Paige for awhile the night before she got blessed and realizing how much a mother sacrifices for her children. I immediately thought about my mom who continues to sacrifice for her kids. I love my mom so much. She is an amazing woman! After this weekend I have come to know that the Lord really does want us to be happy. There is so much to be joyous about. Families, friends, marriages, babies, children, mothers, brothers on missions =)…the list goes on.
My sister Joanie is beautiful and a talented singer. She became the 1st attendant and Miss Congeniality for Ivins City, Utah. She did a great job, but the pageant itself was somewhat of a mess. I feel bad for the people that put it together because if something could have gone wrong during the program, it did!! I will not list the many quirks of the evening, but we were glad it was over when it was. I am really proud of Joanie. I think she will have a great experience with it.
Well I am really into preparedness right now. Everyone needs to get food storage and be prepared physically and spiritually to have to take care of themselves and their family. I am blessed to have a great family who helps me be informed and inspired to get it done. This weekend we went to Costco. We were able to get some stuff for food storage and I realized how slow it will be to get all that I need. The point is that we are working on it though. I was able to get a kit together for some of my family so that if a flu does hit and confines us to our homes then we are prepared. I do not know how serious the present flu is, but I do know that some sort of epidemic is probably inevitable. Another preparedness thing that I am doing that is actually really exciting and fun is starting a garden. Cody made me a square foot gardening plot and Mom Bowman helped me to mix the soil and now all we have to do is plant! I cannot wait to see the little sprouts. It really is a miracle how you can start with a bunch of dirt and a few small seeds and end up with delicious fresh food! (hopefully=) Also, Cody and I were able to go to the temple on Saturday morning. I cannot think of a better place to be during these turbulent times. The peace of the gospel will definitely give us calm in the storm. I have also thought a lot about how I can make my home more like the temple.
P.S. I love baking!! Check out my first banana bread!