New Lawn

Yesterday, we awoke early and headed out the door to get the sod picked up just after 9 a.m., we had rented a U-haul trailer which made for an easier hauling/unloading. Enjoy!


600 square feet of fresh cut sod; cut from the “farm” @ 3 a.m.!


We laid the first piece down at around 11:30 a.m. after Gino treated the dirt with some lime. After getting a good flow going we moved along rather quickly….


Isabel doing her part with helping lay the sod down. We let her walk on the seams to get them “meshed” together. She thought this was fun!


Looking south off the patio. We finished up around 1:45 p.m. and needed to clean out the U-haul and get it back before 3 p.m.


Looking south west; around the corner of the house toward the back of the garage.


Looking east.


Time for a “Reckless Rainbow” Popsicle…and then a bath!!!!

Curb Appeal

Yesterday, we had the same guys that did the work on the patio come back and do some curbing in the front and backyard (before the sod is placed down (Tomorrow!!!)).


Backyard: the curb coloring is a brown color with black as a crack filler and is the same texture as the boarder on the patio. I took these shots early in the day before the sealant was applied, so it’s still a bit “wet”.


The curbing wraps around from the “new” fence to the patio; which is about 60 linear feet. All the area between the fence and the curbing will be for plants/shrubs. The area between the curbing and the paver pathway will all be sod!


Front yard: the curbing goes from the driveway over to the north sidewalk;
and is about 40 linear feet.


Front yard looking south toward the driveway.


Later in the evening I got a close-up of the curbing.
Same color and texture in front and backyard.

Happy Anniversary

A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of marriage, giving meaning and purpose to every dimension of living. – from the book, Love for a Lifetime



We’re in love.
Gino and I
May 28th, 1995

“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him. Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives build on him.” Colossians 2:6 & 7


We're in love - 14th Anniversary

We’re still in love…
Gino and I
May 28th, 2009

“It doesn’t require a special day to express how much I love you – every ordinary day is more then special when I am with you.” – Author unknown

Quite Please While I Sing

She says to me as she grabs the “microphone”, I mean tripod and begins to sing all the songs she knows and a few that she makes up as she goes along! Enjoy!


She actually started doing this a few days back but I haven’t been able to get the camera out to take a few shots of her actually doing it! Her imagination is just incredible! What will she think of next?!?

Baking Cookies

I’ve been a little behind on my blogging the past few days…but I plan to catch up before the end of the week but first…Enjoy!

Today, while I was busy doing some general cleaning, I noticed Isabel stick her memory match game tiles and tray inside the entertainment center. I asked her what she was doing and she said, “baking cookies” as she was placing them into the “oven” to bake. She then went off to play while her “cookies’ baked and then returned a few minutes later to retrieve them from the “oven”. But first she went and got my oven mitts from the drawer and slipped them on. When I asked her what she was doing with the oven mitts she said “The cookies are hot Momma.” The oven mitts were a bit to big and stiff to pick up her little tray of “cookies”, so she went back to the drawer and got some potholders instead. At this point, I was having a very hard time keeping my laughter from escaping and watched as she took the “cookies” out and set them on the “counter” (the sofa) to cool! She said we had to wait because they were to hot to eat!…Oh the imagination of a three year old!


These are the “cookies”.


This is the “oven” where she “baked” her “cookies”.

Last Post

In the corner area of the yard were the three waste containers will be, we decided to put up a fence so you wouldn’t have to see them when your enjoying the backyard. So today, Gino worked on getting the post hole dug and the post cemented into the ground as well.


This post hole was by far the easiest hole to dig for the entire fence!
He’ll get this done and leave it to set overnight and then tomorrow he’ll finish up.


Bucket head; this reminds me so much of my nephew Bryson…


Monday: Gino finished up this little bit of fencing; all that needs to be done is to splash it with some stain.

Crying leads to laughter and…always continued prayer

If you don’t know, Contemporary Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman and family experienced a very devastating accident at the family home one year ago today. That involved older brother Will Franklin and the death of their youngest adopted daughter Maria. Since hearing the news on T.V. last year, I have prayed, wept, and laughed as Mary Beth, the mother, has graciously opened her heart on her blog about the pain of losing a child and struggling with a tragedy she doesn’t understand. Today, continue to pray for the family on this one year anniversary and that through this tragedy all the grief and sorrow will reflect back to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…there is HOPE…