Thursday, June 23, 2011

Get Your Groove Back..

Tie dye is making a comeback and what better way to end summer and kick off a new school year than with an awesome Tie Dye Creation!

AND…who doesn’t LOVE sidewalk chalk?  How about creating your own?!

If you’re local, then mark your calendars for August 6! It's going to be a Tie Dye/Chalk End Of Summer Party!!!

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Bring the kids and come tie dye a shirt and make some chalk!!

Saturday, August 6

3:00-5:00 pm

Chieftain Park – Tonganoxie

$8 pre-registration/provides tie dye and chalk materials

You bring your own shirt/hat/socks/bag/scarf to dye.

I’m also trying to line up having some shaved ice there!

More details to come!! Hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

How are you staying “COOL” this summer?

We finally broke down and got a pool pass this year.  Therefore you’re going to be getting a lot of pics of the kiddos in the water.

Parker – he isn’t scared of the water, AT ALL!!  He will walk into the big pool and keep walking no matter if it’s deeper than him at all.

James was never that brave.  He loves the water but has always been a little more apprehensive.  James is in swimming lessons this year and is LOVING IT!!  He can now go under water without holding his nose!  That’s a HUGE accomplishment for him :)

Summer fun at the pool!  I love it!!

It reminds me of when I was a little girl and we would spend ALL day, EVERY day there. 

So if you’re looking for us and can’t find us, that’s probably where we’ll be :)

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How are you staying “cool” this summer?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Poppa’s Boy

This little boy LOVES his Poppa.


If anyone knows anything about Parker, they know how shy he is and how it takes him forever to warm up to people.  Including family.  No matter how many times you see him!

My brother-in-law calls him “Fifty First Dates”.  If you know anything about the movie, you know that on every date, the guy has to start all over in wooing the girl to fall in love with him again.  She does by the end of the date but the next time she sees him, it starts all over again.

That’s Parker.  EXCEPT when it comes to his Poppa!  There is something about my dad that this little boy loves and is so attracted to.  He can spot him from a mile away!

I just know it makes him feel so special inside…and that is so special to me!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our First Pick of the Season!

We have radishes!!  And according to Parker, “They are Peppy”…meaning spicy!

Mmmmm…..oh so yummy in the salads I have had them in!

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I can’t wait to start getting all the other goodies in our garden!  It’s the best part of summer to me!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Firework Fun

This past weekend we had an event in town called Tongie Days.  There are craft booths, vendors, food, kids’ games, car shows, BBQ cook-offs, and lots of fun.  At the end of the night there were fireworks! 

We got some ice cream at Sonic for the kids to eat before the fireworks started.

It was a very busy, fun-filled day that I will remember for a long time!  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pics at Tongie Days because I was crazy busy running my booth.


Here is a pic of James’ lovely black eye :(  Along with the blue hair extension that he got at Tongie Days!

{he keeps catching the baseball with his face instead of his glove.}

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Forgive me for my clothes.  I was dressed up all day for my booth and the only way I was going to see fireworks was if I was in some comfy clothes!

Notice anything different on me?  My hubby bought me a hot pink hair extension too.  Not sure what I think of it yet but he likes it…


Parker looks like this EVERY time he eats ice cream.  It ended up between his eyes!

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When you have a teenager, you usually have some extra kids around.  At least in my house.  I would rather them hang out at my home rather than me not knowing where they are.


I had a GREAT weekend!!

How did you spend your’s?


Looks like someone got ahold of my camera.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

First of the Season!

There is not much else that speaks “summer” to me than SMORES!

Okay, okay….so it was to hot to have a campfire in 95 degree weather so we made them indoors.

BUT…I redeemed myself and we ate them outside :)

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I must admit, the microwave SMORES are pretty good for those of you that have been wondering!  And they’re WAY less messy than the campfire ones.

Want to entertain your kids one night?  Make them in the microwave.  20 seconds MAX!

The marshmallows get REALLY BIG!

Your kiddos will love it :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Kids + Summer + Heat + Water = FUN

If you like pics, then you’re going to love this post!  I’ve got lots of them for ya!

It was a hot day at home so we pulled out the sprinkler and let the boys have fun…

I’d say by the looks on their faces, they had a BLAST!

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What has the start of your summer looked like?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ours is slowly but surely coming along.  I can’t get those pesky weeds to stay out though.  If my life didn’t include taking care of kids and a husband, I’d be out there all day weeding and it STILL wouldn’t be done!

Out of 17 tomato plants, we have TWO fruits!!  YEAH!!!


And look at those blooms just ready to burst with more fruit :)  I can’t wait!  There is nothing better about a garden than fresh, homegrown tomatoes!!


Zucchini is another favorite of mine and out plants are VERY healthy!!  I see alot of zucchini bread, fried zucchini, and spaghetti sauce with zucchini, just to name a few, in our future!


Mmmm…mmmm…good!!  I can’t wait to watch these blooms turn into veggies!


Our green bell pepper plants are so tiny, but they are all bearing LOTS of peppers!  We’re still waiting for the red bell pepper – we have some tiny blooms but now pepper yet :) 

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Our green beans look a little sad.  Ignore the weeds – it’s the one spot I haven’t gotten to in the entire garden.  We have pesky bugs eating all over them >:(  I’m going to spray some big killer on them tomorrow because they look so sad…


BUT…even though the leaves look puny, WE HAVE GREEN BEAN BUDS!

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We do have onions and radishes too!  The onions look like they are just a big mess of weeds and the radishes….well…they are going crazy too!  There are even a few of them already popping through the ground that look big enough to pick!

Our second “little” garden on the south side of the house, isn’t so little anymore!!  We simply took our pumpkins that we carved last Halloween and dumped them in this spot that we NEVER use.  We thought it would be neat to see how it turned out and is nothing else, it would be fun to see what it did!  Let me tell you….this “little” spot is about 5 feet long right now and about 3 feet deep.  Not bad for something rotten pumpkins we just threw out!


Move all those big leaves….and we have literally “hundreds” of pumpkin blooms!!  I better get to looking at some pumpkin recipes considering I’ve never cooked with real pumpkin.  The closest thing I’ve done is pumpkin pie with canned pumpkin.  If you’re local and want some pumpkins…we might have a lot…that you can have!!  I’m anxious to see how big they grow! 

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It’s officially the start of summer here!!  School is out and the garden is blooming!  That means summer to me more than any calendar day…