It's hard to believe that we're barely finishing up the first month of summer vacation. Seems like it's been longer! Our weather lately has been really hot. And every day that we're in the 90s I thank God for low humidity!!!
We've been able to check some things off our summer list. And a few will get checked off next month...just booked a 3 day quick vacation to the Oregon coast as a quick little "before school season starts" getaway. Can't wait for that since we've never been there!
I made some popsicles out of homemade lemonade (I always use this recipe...so worth it to make homemade!). Boy were they good! Next I need to make some slushies :)
The best thing about these? There are literally only 3 ingredients and you know exactly what's in it!
Another yummy way we like homemade lemonade is to mix it with lemon-lime seltzer water (instead of regular water). Makes it all bubbly :)
We've spent lots of time at the pool. By "pool" I mean the little inflatable in our backyard. And by "we" I mean Addie played and I watched :)
Unfortunately that pool had to be replaced after one use because it popped a hole right on the seam. I sure wish they would make these pools better. For the money they should hold up a bit better. I hate to buy a hard sided pool because then you have to store the dang thing over the winter.
Of course, we get a new one and a certain furry creature that lives here seemed to think it was for him!
Laying in the water while drinking it...what a dork! haha Man I love this dog!
Dogs in a blow up pool are a sure fire way to pop a hole!
We have yet to make it to an actual pool. We tried one day but I should have known that we wouldn't be able to get in. At the pools here you have to show up before it opens if you have any hope of getting in before it hits max capacity.
At least Addie has gotten a chance to play with her new birthday toys we got on our Disneyland trip.
Speaking of Disneyland, it's so hard for me to believe that's it's been a month since we got back!!! I so need to put a post together and honestly I've been procrastinating on that a little because there's so much I want to share!! It's definitely going to be a multi-post post :)
And there's always pups nearby to catch any falling marshmallows!
I had to stop myself from going back the next day to get more. But no one said we can't go back next week, right?!!
This was our consolation prize for not getting into the pool. Although we did end up hitting one of the splash pads for a bit because I had one very sad 3 yr old who would not stop crying when she realized we weren't going swimming.
She had just as much fun there. And my big kids always say they don't want to go to the splash pad...but then end up running around with their baby sister :)
It's so fun to watch how much she's changed in the last year. Last summer she wouldn't run through the sprinklers at the splash pad, she barely went near the water. This year she was pretty fearless!
I'm pretty happy with the fact that we've managed to be a bit active in the first month of summer vacation and yet still remain laid back (cause I don't like every minute of our summer planned!).
Bring on month 2!!!
Ya know, when I started blogging years ago it was all about scrapbooking. That was pretty much the only "craft" I was into. Then it morphed into crafting around the house, then redoing furniture, junkin', & dabbling in a little bit of everything.
As much as I love all those different things I do now, I love getting back to the beginning so to speak. I will always be a scrapbooker. And I've been so busy with other things that my scrapbooking kind of goes in spurts (I think that happens to most of us!)
So when Noel asked me to come back as a DT member of Noel Mignon I couldn't be more excited. If you've followed my blog for any amount of time you know that I love her kits. And several years ago I was on her team and loved it. So I'm so thrilled to be back!!
And to kick off my first month I got to play with the new Sweet & Simple classic kit. Such a fun kit!!!
I just love these photos of peach pickin' last year :)
To see more you can head over to the Noel Mignon blog!!!
The summer list is up!
We've been doing this for the last 4 or 5 yrs.
We don't always get to every item on the list.
Just a fun list of things to do during the summer.
So far we've only checked off one item...make root beer floats. Well, technically we've also done yard sales, too. So I guess we need to check that one off as well.
Some items appear on our list every single year...probably at least half the list. But we try to come up with at least 4 or 5 things that weren't on the list before.
The kids enjoy marking items off the list. As soon as we finish it up they start saying "can I mark it off the list??!" and they may or may not argue about who gets to do it. Sigh... :)
We'll see how long the bottom items will actually stay on the board with a 3 yr old that can easily wipe those off with her cute little fingers!
So do you do a summer list? Do you get to everything on the list or are you like me and it's ok if you don't get to them all??
Here's a couple of our previous year's lists:
We are back from our awesome trip to Disneyland! The kids had their last day of school last week. And we had company in town that just left today.
Right after we got back from our Disney trip my littlest turned 3 yrs old.
We did celebrate her birthday a bit while at Disneyland.
We had her birthday lunch at Ariel's Grotto with the princesses.
She enjoyed that cake for sure! As you can see in the photo, part of the "Happy birthday Addie" was smudged cause she couldn't wait for me to take a pic before she dove in! haha
For those who are interested, I got the cake by ordering through Disney Dining (from the main Disneyland page). I got to choose what kind of cake, filling, icing, princess, etc. It cost about $35 and they have it waiting for you at whatever place you have your dining reservations at. We also did this at Disneyworld for my oldest when she turned 9 and it's pretty similar there, too.
I promise to share lots of our Disneyland pics once I've gotten through them (you can see some on my Instagram acct) but I'll share a few from Addie's birthday lunch. The food was good (a bit pricey at $40pp +tax & tip) but our waitress was not the most personable (which always sticks out like a sore thumb at Disney since most cast members are so awesome!). Despite that we had a nice lunch and we got to meet Ariel, Belle, Snow White, Aurora & Tiana.
Ariel gave the most interaction as did Snow White who made sure to warn us about those poison apples! Tiana was the only one that got a big grin from Addie :)
That Belle costume Addie's wearing I have saved since my oldest was 2 so it's over 10 yrs old. I haven't had the heart to get rid of any of our Disney costumes and I'm so glad I kept them!
It was a nice lunch but honestly it was the least impressive of all of our meals at Disneyland. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we did it but for the price we probably will skip this one next time.
So since we did her lunch at Disneyland we kept things pretty low key when we got home. I made her cake using my favorite recipe.
The birthday girl was mighty happy :)
She had definitely had a magical time turning 3!
It always seems like when we plan a trip to Disney it's so far away at first.
And then before you know it the days are winding down and it's time to go!!
We've been counting down the days, planning, packing, planning some more!
What's funny is that I've been so focused on getting everyone else's Disney shirts & such that I just discovered that I only have 2 shirts for myself for the trip! I guess that's how it goes for us moms, huh??
I made some fun luggage tags out of some old park maps. And yes, they're Disneyworld but I don't think anyone will notice :) Since we've never been to Disneyland I didn't have of those park maps to use.
We're planning on celebrating my little one's 3rd birthday while we're there so I've already planned her princess birthday lunch at Ariel's Grotto. I'm bringing along her Belle costume that was actually my oldest daughter's costume...it's 10 yrs old if you can believe that! I just never had the heart to get rid of her Disney costumes and now I'm so glad I didn't.
I also made her a little skirt to go with her Jessie shirt. We're hoping to see Woody, Buzz or Jessie...or all 3 :) Toy Story is one of Addie's favorite movies. And for the rest of us, too!
We've been getting ideas for nails on Pinterest.
But as cute as the Mike & Sulley nails look I just don't think I'll be able to pull that off. I have a feeling I'll end up with my usual red with white polka dots "ala Minnie Mouse" nails! Totally fine by me!
I'm also packing up some little goodie bags for the older kids...snacks, gum, etc. I also put a gift card in there for them.
Every time we go to Disney they bring their own money and then I give them a gift card for spending money. That way they are responsible for their spending and when the money's gone...it's gone.
And I couldn't go on a Disney trip without adding a few other Disney accessories...
I'll have more to share but that's it for now!
By the way, you can check out more pics on my new Instagram acct here!
It's been over a month since I went to Craft Weekend. And the second I got back I had no time to work on a post telling all about it because I had to get into show mode! But I still wanted to take a moment and share some pics from the great weekend I had (and just a warning, this will probably be a very photo heavy post!)
Early Friday morning I heading off on my trip. I went by myself and did not know a single person going to Craft Weekend. So if you're thinking you want to go but don't know anyone...just do it anyway!! You'll be glad you did.
When I got to Kansas I had about 4hrs to kill in the airport so after taking a very leisurly lunch I painted my nails :)
Then it was time to head to the craft house!! And guys, it's exactly how you think it will be. I have a soft spot for old houses (the house we had in Michigan was built in 1929) so I was in heaven.
I got to stay in the sunflower room.
I didn't get any pics of the outside (cause I was too busy meeting everyone...and maybe drinking a margarita or 2 ;)
Friday night we worked on our aprons.
Always neat to see 12 women work on the same project and just how different each one turns out!
We started Saturday off with some super yummy cinnamon rolls (that I have already made twice since getting home!). Then we headed out to a barn sale and to do some antiquing.
When I used to see Meg's posts about craft weekend and pics like this with all the old quilts I really hoped to find one when I finally got to go to craft weekend...and I'm happy to say I did find one!
That E.T. glass came home with me.
Had to have it. It's one of mine and my son's favorite movies.
All I can say is that it's a good thing I didn't drive cause I would've come home with a lot more!
And we got to see a baby cow at the barn sale...although I don't think she was shopping :)
After we got back and had another yummy dinner we worked on our other crafts. We did 3 more crafts including yarn pom poms, a burlap pillow that we painted on, and a project where we cut our state out with a scroll saw.
I definitely need to get some of those pom pom makers...so fun and so easy!!
Jenny brought the state project. I've never used a scroll saw so that was pretty neat! And, of course, I promptly texted my husband and said "do you have a scroll saw??"
Yeah, he knew better not to even ask why ;)
Oh, and the swag. Awesome!
So that's it in a nutshell. A weekend filled with crafts, good food, shopping, cows, more good food, & great ladies to spend it with!
You can see Meg's post about April Craft Weekend here.
It's funny, when people I meet ask about Craft Weekend it's usually 2 questions - How was it? and Was it worth it?
Let me be honest because it is an expensive weekend, especially if you have to fly like I did. I'm a pretty craft person so I knew going into this weekend that I would probably already know how to do some of the crafts (which I did). But that didn't matter to me. I wasn't only going to learn new things (although the state craft was totally new to me!) I was going away for a fun weekend with some women who liked to craft like me (or wanted to try something new). I wanted to do something for myself. And I wanted to step out of my comfort zone a bit (flying halfway across the country by myself certainly did that!)
Also, I've seen many people say "I've been on the list forever, I'm never gonna get picked" I know it's a lottery but just as a reference I got on the waiting list in Sept 2011. So I'm proof that yes, you do eventually get picked!!
I had a lot of fun, met some great ladies, and came home a bit more relaxed and full of crafty ideas :) The weekend was exactly how I thought it would be. Meg and Kimberlee were super great hosts and Jenny & Amy (who were the helpers) were just as nice. I only wish that the weekend wasn't over so fast. Getting there on a Friday evening and leaving at noon on Sunday made the weekend go by so fast!
And as a bonus I got to see my friend Carol on my layover in Colorado!
I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged last! Where did the time go?? I think with Typepad being down a bit this month it totally threw me off. Then I was getting ready for my next show so it was busy busy busy!!
Speaking of shows, last weekend was the Fancy Farmgirl Vintage Market in Moses Lake, WA. I was excited to take part in this show because there was nothing like it in the area and it was the first show for Shannon. That being said, most of us vendors had no idea what to expect.
I'm happy to say it turned out to be a fantastic show!!! People did not stop pouring in for the first 2 hours!!! And after that there was still a steady flow of people almost til the end.
Here's a few pics of my booth:
I made a new sign for the show since my other one is kind of a pain to drag along.
And my helper who came with me ;)
I think there was probably a few women who unknowingly were walking around with chalk dust on their bums with it being so crowded the first couple of hours ;)
My son and I stayed the night on Friday and ate dinner at Rock Top Burgers. The burgers were good but oh.my.gosh. the mozzerella curds were to die for. I could've shoved my face full of them til I got sick!!
I was thoroughly exhausted after the show (as I always am!) but it was such a great weekend.
I can't wait til next year!!
And now it's time to get ready for our trip to Disneyland that is fast approaching!
We've had a problem with counter surfing in my house. And the overall chewing of things when I'm gone. Never when I'm home...always when I'm gone. Even if I only leave for 15 minutes.
For the longest time I thought it was Copper (my golden). Because Tucker (my lab) has never done that before.
Until now that is.
I ran out for about 15 minutes the other day and came home to a package of flour on the living room carpet (that he grabbed off the kitchen counter).
And Tucker with his mouth & nose full of flour.
I have to say, it was the funniest thing I'd seen him do in a long time!!
I couldn't be mad at him cause I was laughing too hard!
Oh man, this still makes me laugh!
And thanks to this little fiasco I was able to nail down the real culprit...and he now gets to be in a crate when we're gone :(
But don't feel bad for him, it's only temporary. And honestly, he kinda likes it.
I also got some help cleaning up the flour :)
I sure wish that Minnie Mouse vacuum actually cleaned up the floors cause she loves helping me clean!
I was up in Colville for Junk Drunk last weekend. Great show as always and I had great neighbors from Nebraska Lane. Check out this bag I bought from them.
Totes ma goats!! haha Had to have it!!
It was a great weekend. I wore my apron from craft weekend :)
My hubby made this bench for me out of a headboard. He's made a few now so he's getting pretty good at it! I painted it in Annie Sloan Duck Egg paint.
I got this old table from a sweet customer at Pickin' on the Prairie last year. She said "I know you can do something with it!" Yes I can!
I had my hubby chip away at some of the paint but I left some of it on there (hello, green & blue chippy paint?? Swoon!!). I sealed in the chippy goodness with some poly & added some old fence boards for the top & sealed those with poly as well.
I was a little sad to see this table go because I envisioned it as my new gardening table in my backyard but it went to a super sweet new owner :)
And my son came with me as my helper for the weekend so that made it even more fun :)
This is a dresser I dropped off at the store before heading up to Junk Drunk for the weekend...and my son's photobomb :) This piece actually used to be my oldest daughter's dresser and then we used it as an entertainment center before redoing the new one. I painted the exterior in a mixture of Provence & Pure White (Annie Sloan chalk paint) and it's sealed in clear wax.
After a few days away I couldn't wait to get back to this little one!
Cause these days of craziness and preteen hormones, this little one likes me best :)
And now it's back to baseball, soccer, flag football...and getting ready for the Fancy Farmgirl Vintage Market (name changed from "Chic" Farmgirl) on May 10th!!
I'm back from Craft Weekend. I literally had to take all of Monday to stay in my pjs and be lazy (with the exception of running to McD's to get the kids pancakes for breakfast). Cause I wasn't cooking after getting home at 1am.
The boy & I (and the pups) watched Back to the Future 1&2 and I fell asleep halfway through the 2nd movie. At, like, 2:00 in the afternoon. I was sooo tired. Spending 12hrs in an airport will do that to ya!
I don't want to share too many photos here cause I'm planning on doing a separate post on Craft Weekend....cause it deserves it :)
I had fun. And met a bunch of great people.
But as life goes I had to jump right back into things...soccer practices, baseball practices & lessons, vet appts...
A self-imposed time-out...cause that's apparently better than mom giving her one??! She screamed at the top of her lungs several times. At our vet appt. I'm sure the entire place heard her.
That's her latest "thing"...she's mad about something, doesn't get her way, you won't give her what she wants, whatever...she screams. And she.is.loud.
So now when I say "if you do that again you're getting a time out!" she pouts, shrugs her shoulders, crosses her arms, at puts herself in a time-out. Kind of like a "I'll show you" kind of thing.
Toddlers are fun!!! haha
Junk Drunk is coming up this weekend!
So excited for this show. I met so many great people last year!
My son is coming with me as my helper and we're gonna stay the weekend instead of driving back and forth every day like I did last year. That was too exhausting since it's over an hour just one way.
And they serve food. I love a show that has food ;)
I've been working on a lot of furniture for the show, my booth and my house.
Finished up the toddler bed for my little one.
Got this bed for 25 bucks at a consignment sale. But it was wood and the girls have white furniture in their room so I painted it with Pure White (Annie Sloan chalk paint) and used clear poly (I was not waxing all of those slats!).
Turned out cute! And Addie loves it :)
I also took a new vanity down to the store yesterday.
Originally this piece was going to go in my girls' room. But sadly it was just too big. It has a huge mirror on it which I just love! I sanded and refinished the top and painted the rest in Duck Egg (Annie Sloan chalk paint).
(I used the same paint & stain as I did with my entertainment center redo)
I also have a cute little vanity chair that looks cute with it!
So that's what's going on....lots of painting & getting ready to set up for the show tomorrow in between normal life stuff!!