Monday, May 4, 2009

Plan B

Cory took the day off today, so we could go to Holland, Michigan for the annual Tulip Festival.,%20Michigan.jpg

Isn't it beautiful! It seemed like a great opportunity for Cory to refine his art and for all of us to get away for a fun day together.

Then, we realized that it was going to be sunny here, with a high near 70. Ugh. Dang weatherman.

Here's what we did, instead:

My heart is skipping a beat, as we speak. My boxes! All in a row. Just waiting on soil.
You'll also notice, over yonder, my half-painted fence. I don't know what to tell you, other than it's been raining here - a lot. Dang weatherman.

The kids pretended to be baby hippopotamuses. It started off innocently enough, with a shovel, a spoon and an appetite for mud pies. Before we knew what was happening, they had partially disrobed and, well...

Oh dear.


Their existence gave new purpose and meaning to our mud room. It finally lived to be all that it had ever aspired to be. If only we had had the wherewithal to install an industrial fire hose...

I will say this, on the record: They were the two cutest baby hippos I've ever laid eyes on.

*This probably goes without saying but that tulip picture is not our own. Thank you, Google images!


  1. I've been reading your blog for a short while and I'm delighted to hear you're in Michigan! I'm in Kalamazoo and agree that since the weather has been so unusual this spring, we have to take advantage of good days when they finally arrive. We also have a small little country place and I spent the weekend getting my raised beds ready for planting as well. Your kiddos are beautiful and you all look like you're enjoying the wonderful gifts God has blessed you with. I'll enjoy hearing about your summer.


  2. Your garden is lovely....even without any plants in the boxes. I like how orderly it is. Will you post an updated pic after they're planted?

    I think those are the cutest hippos I've ever seen!

  3. Adorable kiddos. You're such a cool mama to let them play in the mud. Why am I so anal??

  4. I agree with the above comment...I need to just let loose and let Bryce get muddy, I wish I weren't so darn anal. I'm going to be working on that.

    And holy smokes, that's a lot of gardening boxes. I love them all in a row like that too. You are going to have a lot of fun out there this summer! :)

  5. ooohh!! love the muddy legs!! looks like fun! i want a farm (other than my facebook farm) :)

    you are so impressive!!!!!

  6. Shannan....Oh I am so jealous of your views! I love your garden boxes....we are doing the same thing this year but my hubby hurt his back a little over a week ago and now I am just in waiting...but that is exactly what I want. I know one day I am going to get back home and be able to have my farm....God gives us the desires of our heart....all in His timing. But I can't get over your views....I would love to have views of farms and farm land all around me....You are blessed. Thanks for sharing your day with us....I hate it you didn't make it to Holland...but maybe next year. At least the sun was shinning!
    Take Care - Lisa

  7. Your garden it looking good. Love your layout and can't wait to see it in full bloom. (we like lots and lots of photos. wink,wink)

    What have you planted so far?

  8. oooh. i can't wait to watch your garden boxes grow!

  9. Can't wait to see those boxes in a couple of months...and what fun...MUD!

  10. Great post! The raised beds look cool. Love the kippos.

  11. Your yard looks great. We have a tulip festival here too! Didn't go this year though because there are usually SO many people. Looks like your kiddos had fun too! Love family memories like that.

  12. Oh my gosh your kids are sooo adorable!!! And I love your soon to be garden...I want one!!! :-)

  13. What a lovely blog. Your chn are gorgeous. I agree with two comments that I have read here, I also need to loosen up. What are we afraid of?