Our farmers market haul and other updates

A and I took a trip to one of our local farmers markets this weekend. A wasn’t sure he wanted to go, but when he realized that they had popsicles and free samples he was all about it. My favorite part was when we went to one of the stands selling jams and A asked for a “plain”. The man replied, “well son, I don’t think we have a plain”, and A replied “a plain cracker will do”, and so the man gave him a plain ritz cracker and told A to let him know how the plain cracker tasted. I tried a blueberry lemon jam, and loved it! It was our splurge for the day:

blueberry lemon jamI don’t typically eat jams, but this one was excellent, not too sweet, not too chunky. And the addition of lemon is a great note.

We also picked out some fruits and vegetables:

farmers marketJ is loving peaches these days, and I’m planning to use the banana peppers and tomatoes on pizza and a salad this week. I also shared some with my sister because we bought quite and bit and what’s the fun of getting so much if you can’t share?!

One of the things that I’m working on with A this summer is food knowledge, where are we getting our food from? What are we eating? Why do we eat it? I have found that this is the best way to get him to try new and different foods. The more involved he is, the more interested he is in trying the foods we make.

In other updates B put up our new curtains this weekend in our bedroom:

CurtainsThe coloring is a bit off in the photo, but they are a deep navy blue. And doesn’t everyone have a stuffed bunny on a chair in their master bedroom? No? Hm. Anyway, now I am trying to figure out what color to paint the bedroom, to tie everything together. I have also discovered that I need more prints on the walls, they look a bit bare. I love the weight of the curtains, and we hung them high, so they make the room look bigger and elevated in a way.

And finally…

Cheesy grinHere’s a cheesy grin from A for your Monday. I love this kid!

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Laundry refresh and the simplest activity, EVER.

So, I didn’t get a chance to do Friday favorites because we started my second summer project this Friday:

Laundry refresh This is the before picture. I forgot to take a picture before we moved everything out to paint, but just picture lots of random stuff miss matched and piled about. It’s a teaser! I’ll post pictures when it’s completed. We got it painted and I re-painted the shoe boxes, but I am still working on some of the other projects for the room.

In other news…on Friday, J was bored. We had run out of activity ideas and then I started one of J’s favorites, which is roll all of his balls down the hall way. All you need is a long hallway. HA!

IMG_2713J likes to test each one with his foot. I don’t know where he gets that from (except I do, his Dad 🙂 ).

IMG_2715 J’s current favorite is, of course, the Elmo/Cookie Monster giggle ball.

IMG_2716Once I roll them each down one by one, I hand J a little bucket and he runs down and collects them all and brings them back and we start all over. Endless enjoyment! So simple. Happy Monday!

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Weekend updates

This weekend we got new library books:

Library booksAnd thankfully could renew Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, A’s FAVORITE of the moment.

I also renewed the Agatha Christie book I’m reading and painted my nails:

IMG_2571You thought I was going to show a picture of my hand holding a bottle of nail polish, didn’t you? HA!

My Nannie used to carry around this little list in her pocket and whenever my Dad would go over she would casually peek at it and then tell him things she needed him to do…so I am carrying the torch and now doing that to B (and sometimes my Dad too…since he can’t seem to come over without me having him look at something, or help me with something). I just realized I have a yellow sticky note pad in my drawer right now with stuff written on it! AH!

Continuing on, I had a list of things I wanted B to help me with over the weekend; which included:

TV AnchorAnchoring our flat screen television because J can reach it and tries to turn it on and off.

And also helping me update our windows in the study from this:

Before curtains

To this:

Curtains AfterThe rod and curtains used to be in my parents’ dining room, but they are moving and didn’t have a place for them. It is amazing how it makes the room look so much bigger.

My Mom handmade the curtains and they are fabulous! Here is an up close view:

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And I’m slowly turning the boys’ bathroom into the Winchester Mystery House of projects (if you don’t know the story, you should check it out!). Their old towel rod fell apart while I was putting it back together after painting, so I had to fill holes, paint over, etc. I also got their lettering up over the shower, which was no small feat! I can’t wait to share when I am completely finished!

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How was your weekend?

It’s Tuesday, isn’t it? Somehow this week seems to be hurrying by faster than I am prepped to keep up with it! I’ve got several different summer DIY projects, that I am trying to get done with the help of B, because apparently I shouldn’t balance on a ladder while holding a straight edge with a level on top and try to draw a line, and measure at the same time. You know, technicalities of doing things yourself.

Anyway, the boys are getting to the part of the summer that I am literally trying to wear them out (have you done this?). It’s a fine line that you walk because if they aren’t tired enough they are running around your house like a crazy person, and if they are overtired, watch out! Endless meltdowns.

Today, the boys and I made THREE trips to Wal-Mart for the same items because I forgot my wallet, then my credit card, ARGH. Seriously. I don’t need to go to Wal-Mart that much. A and I had a little popsicle stick craft we were doing and needed paint for, and I decided to upgrade the boys shower curtain rod when rust poured out of it when I took it down to paint their bathroom. Since I had that curtain rod since college, I figured I could make a 15 dollar upgrade. Off to Wal-Mart we went, and then went again, and then turned around and went again. By this point you may have thought I should give up, but now I was determined to get the items and there was a nice greeter at the front holding them for me. I didn’t want them standing there all day.

Soo…after that I decided to do a picnic lunch for the boys outside, got chased down by a bee (but did not get stung, yeah for me!), finished a picnic lunch inside, the boys soaked themselves in the sprinkler and ran the length of the yard for an hour (check out A’s crazy sprinkler transformation on instagram, it was hilarious!), then we went inside, did baths, smoothies, hallway lawn mower races, books, and finally naptime.

J would not settle down (overtired), and I caught him in his room taking his canvas off the wall…at this point I am wondering what he can’t reach. A wanted to stay up and play Legos and I found him sacked out on the floor holding a piece of a Ninja Turtle motorcycle (the right amount of tired). After messing with J for quite a while he finally let me pat his back until he fell asleep (this is SO rare, I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve done that). In consideration of that I stood there for a bit patting his back and took some deep Yoga breaths of calm…ahh silence in my house for a few minutes. We are definitely deep into summer and at the point where I am ready for the routine of school and work to start up again.

And of course, now that I have babbled on for a few paragraphs, I have a couple of pictures to share from our recent activities.

By far I have found puzzles are a great activity for the boys to do together. A gets really excited when he helps J put the pieces on the board:

Cupcakes and Commentary

I purchased a five dollar bucket of bubbles and wands for part of my project for the boys’ bathroom and then let them have at the rest outside, and by far this has been one of my best summer purchases:


I had completely forgotten about this type of bubble blower, until I found it in the tub, and A thought it was so cool (and is now hoarding them, of course.):


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Re-discovering the “big” library

Typically when we visit the library, we go to one of the smaller branches. In the past it was less crowded, however, due to the popularity of some of their programs and updates it is now pretty crowded on the weekends. Which means lots of hovering kids over puzzles, computers, etc. We decided to try the main library this weekend (or as A calls it “the big library”) and were really pleased to see that they had included lots of new books in their children section and had a discover technology display that A LOVED.

discovery They had astronaut gloves that he could try on and attempt to push buttons, flip switches, and zip zippers.

discovery1There was an electricity display where he could wind up the voltage and see how much wattage each type of bulb used.

discovery2And there was a question and answer quiz section where I read the questions to him and he attempted to punch in the correct answer.

In addition he and B found a very cool Star Wars: Ultimate Visual Guide that they have poured over since and lots of fun new books, including a book about Chopsticks that A finds hilarious and J managed to find Lllama, Llama Zippity Zoom and immediately added it to our stack. A had the best time swapping off reading the books with us in the big chairs, while the other of us chased J around as he toddled from aisle to aisle. Eventually J got tired of toddling and inviting himself to other people’s quiet coloring, and reading, and playing, and it was time to go. I was really glad that we ventured out of our usual library choice and headed to the “big” library for new things to see and do!

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Happy Memorial Day!

And happy birthday to my sweet sister! She’s the best!

We have eaten our weight in popsicles and cherry turnovers this weekend, made fireworks in a bottle, and thoroughly soaked ourselves in the sprinkler. And beaten the castle level on Mario. Obviously a weekend well spent!

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And as promised I will update this week with the recipes for everything! Coming soon!

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Spring fever


I saw these cherries while grocery shopping and got completely suckered into buying them. I’m trying to decide what I should make with them (besides James just eating them plain which he has, by the cupful). I’m leaning towards either cherry smoothies, cherry turnovers, or these little gems. Right now the boys are eating me out of house and home and I think it’s partly because they haven’t stopped running for three days.

The phenomenon known as “spring fever” is in full effect at our house. Despite taking the boys outside yesterday and letting them run through the sprinkler for a good long time, A was still literally turning himself in circles last night, singing and dancing. I feel like these last few days of preschool I am dropping him off and telling his teacher something to the effect of “good luck with that”. A picked out a very nice end of the year appreciation gift, so hopefully that will help, HA!

The boys truly have limitless energy, so I have started doing a bit of planning for what we are going to do this summer. A spinning his wheels usually leads to a lot of “Mommy watch this!” Which never leads anywhere good, haha. Keeping with that thought I have handled the spring fever by planning a week of swim lessons, a few days of art lessons, and I’m looking at little theater lessons for A this summer. I go back and forth between scheduling too much and not enough. A has declared he is going to build the ultimate lego tower and ninja station this summer, so I am supposing he will be pretty busy with that. And we have a plan to read 100 books! We are also going to throw a couple of chapter books into the mix. I will keep you updated with our reading progress! Hopefully we will reach our goal. And you know, not go crazy with spring fever! 🙂

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Celebrating Star Wars Day

Star Wars IMG_2036 IMG_2037 IMG_2043So how did you spend your May the Fourth?? We had a great and afternoon of Star Wars lightsaber matches, making clone trooper poses, hanging out with Yoda, and watching Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out. The Jordan’s joined us for Lego Star Wars watching, dinner, and after the boys’ bedtime; board games.

Oh and I made The Pioneer Woman’s tequila lime chicken recipe, which was pretty tasty. I think the longer you marinate it, the better it is. J was working through a bit of a cold, so he ended up having a bit of a chicken and waffles dinner (more waffles than chicken).

And my sister and I braved the continuing rain and made a run out to our outdoor mall to do a bit of shopping. And I got shoes to go with my dress for the beach wedding we are about to attend. I couldn’t find the exact pair I originally posted, but I did find these, and decided they were a close second. Super excited!

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How was your weekend?

April 2013

On Friday, B, J, and I headed out shopping on a mission to find some summer clothes for the boys. We ended up with a pair of shorts for B and a heap of items from Old Navy that I have to return because they were too big on A.

On Saturday, we spent the bulk of our morning outdoors and finally took apart the garden box B built for me three years ago. The wood had rotted and had become overgrown with grass that we couldn’t maintain. I’m pretty sure our neighbors will thank us for taking it down, but it was a bittersweet goodbye. We are looking forward to building a new one next summer, but for this summer we are sticking with potted gardening.

We spent our evening with some lovely friends of ours who invited us to dinner knowing full well the mess J makes when he eats, HA! I think A’s legs are still sore from running up and down the stairs with Miss G. You will be happy to know that they treated all the stuffed animals in the house and they received a clean bill of health before we left.

On Sunday, our biggest victory was that we made it back to church and made it through the whole service without having to go get J. For a victory lunch we ate out at Jason’s Deli, where A devoured a pizza and an ice cream cone, and J ate up crackers, a grilled cheese, and all the strawberries off my plate. We spent the afternoon strolling the neighborhood in between rain showers.

And that was our weekend! I made a simple veggie pasta last night that I’m going to share with you tomorrow, so stay tuned! 🙂

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