Saturday, July 30, 2011

Short trip

Chad's sister, Lara, came out to the east coast for a visit with their sister Emily at her new place.  Chad and I headed up for a quick trip to say hello, while she was so close by. We left after work on Friday and came home Sunday after church.   Chad's parents were able to visit, too.  We had a fun time together, but it was way too short!   (The picture is of Chad's mom, his sister, Lara, and of course, Chad.   Emily was the photographer).



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pinterest=Highly Addictive


I have tons of fun pics to share with you of the fun my kids have had without me this summer, and eventually I will get those up.  But first I wanted to share with you something fun I have discovered while I have been stuck on our couch the past few weeks.  Pinterest.  Pinterest is a great way to visually organize online ideas you want to save. You simply grab a "pin" button for your tool bar and you are ready to go!

It is fun to play around with and to see ideas your friends are "pinning."   Which is why I am blogging about it.  And why I am sharing it with you before my boards are very full and exciting.  I want you to start your own boards and share them with me, too!  Here is the link to my boards.   I have ones set up for School Hospitality Ideas I like, ideas for Mommy and Me, books I want to read, birthday ideas, and even homeschooling ideas for the future. I love having a quick (and eye-catching) way to file these away for later use.  No more frantically trying to remember what search words I typed in to find the blog with the cute jedi birthday party ideas.  Or running across something in July that I had meant to use at Thanksgiving but had forgotten all about. 

Let me know if you join or have any questions!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Swim Lessons

In July, our neighbor took Andrew and Ryan to swim lessons each day for a week.  There were 3 families we knew who were taking lessons at the same time!  The boys had a wonderful time!





Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

We didn't host our annual Fourth of July Party and Parade.  Andrew was pretty upset.  He questioned me about it over and over again.  I explained to him that putting on such a big party and parade is a lot of work.  Work that Mommy couldn't do with her foot in a cast.  He was not satisfied with that answer.  Later that evening I heard him explain to Ryan, in his most exasperated voice, "We are NOT having our parade and party because APPARENTLY Mom doesn't think we are old enough to do it OURSELVES."   And I didn't.  But he was determined.  Fourth of July morning he pulled out his bike, Ryan's scooter, and Molly's bike.  He asked me to call our neighbors who graciously agreed to come over to join us. And they all went on a bike ride around the block in honor of the Fourth of July.




That evening we went to my parents' home for a cookout and ended up just watching fireworks in their neighborhood.   It was a much quieter 4th than we are used to, but we still had fun!