Monday, July 21, 2014

George turns 6!

Our sweet baby boy turned 6 this month. On the weekend we celebrated by going to the zoo. Unfortunately it was the hottest day of the year. We didn't realize all of the animals would be sooooo sleepy in the heat. Oh well, we still had fun.

George requested hamburgers WITH buns, watermelon, and corn on the cob for his bday dinner. For dessert he said he wanted ice cream cones. But, the morning of his bday he woke up and announced that he wanted a cherry cake....the kind of cherries that come in a jar. 

I searched the Internet for a recipe and came up with a good one. We made a Maraschino Cherry Cake. We used whipping cream instead of icing. It was very good!

After dinner we took the kids for a neighborhood stroll. The scootered and Cam, Tuba and I walked...or chased them.

My guys are so handsome.

....and one beautiful girl too.

Happy Birthday my baby boy. You are such a smart and inquisitive child. You ask us hard questions. You also tell me really deep things about God and the world. You are a big thinker. You are doing great at rock the push-ups. You love to play Legos and to run around the yard and wrestle with your siblings. Although you are way bigger than your Sis you like it when she is Little Mommy for you. Happy Birthday to my super awesome boy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

That tooth business

Teeth have been flying out of our kids' mouths at lightening speed. Most have given up on counting on the Tooth Fairy.

Mr. P did give me an extra big hug when I "found" $3 on the windowsill where he had left his tooth.

This girl still believes. She lost the top two recently. She was thrilled to receive her cash reward and head to the  Dollar Store.

It is my favorite "look" when kids have the top two teeth missing at the same time. I wish it took longer for the big adult teeth to come in. Once those new teeth are in my baby's face will change. She will look older and more grown up. Not a baby anymore.

I also enjoy the lisp that comes with no teeth on top. Adorable.

Oh, and look at those beautiful brown eyes. What a cutie!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

4th of July 2014

We had a wonderful time on the 4th. I love the 4th of July!

This year we hosted the party since we had house guests. We attended the parade in our town. I love the favorite are the marching bands. My little niece loved the music too! She danced and jumped all around. Sis had so much fun with a girl in the house. They really bonded and played ALL day long. 

Another part of the parade I like is when a very somber moment. People carry large banners with photos of men and women killed in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers are from town in our state. It is horrific and so sad to see all those young faces.

I am very proud of my kids. They stand silently and observe. They know to stand up and remove their hats....and put their hands on their hearts. 

Whoops.....George does have his hat on here. After snapping this shot I reminded him to remove it. 

Mr. P and my niece had so much fun together. 

George found a good spot to hold his flag. 

Tuba was cantankerous! Crabby. We went to get everyone's our yearly tradition. But, the line was extremely long. After waiting about 20 min. we abandoned the line and bought kettle corn instead. Tuba sat eating (hogging) the kettle corn....crabbily. Oh well.

As we left the parade I asked Cam to take a photo of me with the kids. I'm the photo taker in the family which means that I'm often MIA in the photos. 

Oooops!! I actually didn't take any photos of Cam at the parade!! Sorry! My bad!

After the parade we regrouped at home, my nieces napped (oh gosh how I miss those days), and we hung out. 

Then we had a nice big BBQ. Grilled chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, guacamole and chips, veggies/dip, and fruit pie for dessert! Delicious! This is one of the reasons I love the 4th! Best food ever!

My biggest regret....I didn't set up my tripod and get a group shot!! Ugh!! I need my family to remind me to do that next time!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mr. P is 11!!

This tall sweet boy turned 11. We had my SIL, BIL and their adorable babes staying with us so it made the day even more fun. We went out for burgers and then had ice cream cake at home. 

This year Mr. P requested something special for his bday. He wanted to spend half a day alone with Cam and half a day alone with me. Very sweet! He ended up going on a huge 26 mile bike ride with Cam. They had lunch half way through the ride. Then the next day I took Mr. P to the movies. Just he and I. It was really nice. We saw Transformers IIII. Okay, not my first pick for a movie but sitting in the theater holding my son's hand was the best! 

Happy Birthday to my very handsome boy. You are loved by all little kids.....and it's because you love them too. You play with them and take delight in it. You are a strong and dedicated sportsman. You continue to achieve in TKD and you rocked the basketball court this year!! 

You love to tell me you are now a Tween. I can feel it are growing up. But I am enjoying watching you grow. I love you sweet boy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Newest Ninja

My blog is partially Dear Diary and partially a recording of my kids' lives as they grow up. I need to catch up on some of the kid things that have been happening around here.

We now have three black belts in our family! Wow!! Moses received his black belt last month. We are so proud of him! He is only 8 years old. It took a lot of years and a lot of dedication to achieve this goal.

And....we have two new orange belts in the house!

Friday, July 11, 2014

My groove

Summer. It's here.

The kids last day of school was weeks ago. We started off with a bang....eye appointments, swimming lessons, birthday celebration, basketball camp, hosted family visiting, more basketball camp, 4th of July, another birthday.....

Whew! I have been feeling off kilter. I can't catch my breath. I feel like the world is going a million miles a minute and I want to jump off. 

I love summer but this year I can't quite catch my groove. I'm working on it though. I feel almost caught up with the mess at home, and bills, and errands.

I need to catch a smidgen of quiet. 

Then, I want to put my feet up a bit and enjoy some sun and summer. 

Then I can get back on the spinning world of summer fun.

And play catch up on my blog. I have loads of fun photos to share. Coming soon.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

I was very excited to get my next box from Stitch Fix. I told them I wanted to try a maxi skirt and a boyfriend Tshirt.

Best of all I had a $100 referral credit!! Woot!

When the Fed Ex man stopped in front of my house I ran outside and screamed. I was totally excited but I scared the poop out of the guy. I tried to explain how the box was full of happiness....aka new clothes. He just quickly handed me the box and scurried back to his truck.

I ran inside to open my happiness box. Sis (of course) was just as excited as me and ran upstairs with me to have a fashion show.

I took terrible photos. I think you can still see the clothes but I seriously need a selfie photo lesson. Sheesh.

In case you missed my first order from Stitch Fix you can go HERE to see it.

They send out five pieces in each box. Here's what I got in this box.

1. 3/4 Sleeve White Blouse $58.00.

Pros: The blouse was a cute design.

Cons: It did not fit well. It was too tight across the bust and the seams on the sides were sewn crooked so that instead of going straight down each side they veered around my sides. It was made in China. I did not keep it.

2. Striped Cotton Top $74.00.

Pros: This top was cute. It was a nice soft cotton and had cut detail on the sleeves. You could wear it rolled up and buttoned or wear down. It was made in the USA.

Cons: It did not fit well around the waist. It was a bit loose and boxy. It was expensive and I have a ton of blue and white and a ton of striped tops. I did not keep the top.

3. Teal Maxi Skirt $58.00.

Pros: The color was great. The fabric was very soft. It was made in USA.

Cons: Every lump, bump and cellulite jiggle showed through the skirt. There is not enough Spanx on the planet to make this skirt wearable for me. It was not the best cut either. I did not keep the skirt.

4. Grey Boyfriend Tshirt $44.00.

Pros: The fabric is really soft. It is made in USA. The fit is great!! It is really comfortable and I have lots I can wear it with. 

I kept this top. 

5. Striped Maxi Skirt $58.00.

Pros: I love the cut and pattern. It fit really well and is very comfortable. Made in the USA. It has a raw edge on the bottom so it's easy to cut some off to make it the right length....or I can pull it up high around my waist. 

Cons: I had asked for a maxi skirt but specified any color except blue because I have a lot of blue right now. 

I kept this skirt. 

Once again I really loved the styling card that comes with the box. I keep it out on my jewelry counter so I can use it daily. 

So far I've worn the grey top with my navy jeans that came in my last order. I accessorized with a teal/white stripe infinity scarf and wore my fab orange sandals. I will be wearing the skirt tomorrow on date night. 

I've already scheduled my next Stitch Fix order. I'm hoping for a fun new hoodie or sweater for our beach trip. I'd also like a blouse to wear with my new maxi skirt. Something like the blouses featured on my styling card would be great! 

If you haven't tried Stitch Fix you can go to the link below to get started! You will love it. It's fun and easy and they have sent me some really great things!! Try it!

And....what do you think?? Leave me your critiques in the comments. Do you think I could wear a belt with the grey top and stripe skirt? What other accessories would you add? Ideas!


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