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let’s go camping

We went camping this weekend.  Brad and his two daughters, Eden and Ainsley and friend, Emily also went with us.  We took our sailboat too.  We were planning on motoring to one of the islands on the lake.  Then, after setting up the campsite, the older kids would get to go sailing with Randy and Brad.

After putting the mast up (this is no easy feat and requires at least 3 men to lift), hooking up cables, and unloading the boat into the water from the trailer, we loaded all of our stuff onto the boat.  Finally, everyone was loaded onto the boat and we were ready to start motoring.  Randy pulls the cord on the motor…doesn’t sound right.  Pulls again…definitely not working right.  At this point, Ollie has already had enough and is crying fairly loudly.  After a few more attempts of trying to start the motor, we decide to get back off and regroup.

We decide to go ahead and feed our starving children right there on the lawn of the launching area.  By this time, I think it was 2:00.  Fried chicken and potato salad put everyone in a much better mood.  After some deliberating we decide to just find a campground and just camp and ditch the whole sailing idea all together.

 

The campsite was awesome!  It was right on the lake with a picnic area and there were even bathrooms!! Yay!  We unloaded all of our gear and set up camp.

Of course, I had to bring some cute vintage sheets for our tent!

The amazing view from our campsite!! Look at those clouds-so pretty!

Kids having fun swimming and goofing off!!

 

Ollie is such an outdoor kid!! He loved all his daddy time, too!

Eden, Emily, and Wesley snacking it up!

 

Lots of great food was eaten-kebobs, watermelon, eggs-n-bacon, hobo sandwiches-yum!!

 

Ainsley fishing and Wesley looking like a fish!

 

No camping trip is complete without gooey s’mores!! I love those!!

It was a great trip!! Even being sticky and stinky for two days!!  Randy and I said before we went that we were gonna keep everything stress-free and keep calm in all situations!!  It makes it so much more fun that way!  We had some wonderful family time and relaxation!  Can’t wait to do it again!! What did you do this weekend?  Any adventures with your family?  -amy

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down by the creekbank

It has been incredibly hot here this week-100,101!!  So, we’ve found one way to do something fun and stay cool at the same time.

Creekin.  Never heard of this term?  Yeah, me neither until a couple of weeks ago when my friend, Cheryl asked me to go muling and creekin’.  I thought that sounded like fun but, I wasn’t sure about putting lil’ Ollie on a donkey!  But, hey, we were gonna give it a try!!  Silly Amy, it turns out muling is riding an ATV that is called a mule down to the creek-that sounds better than riding a mule!!  It was kinda funny!

Anyway, we’ve been hanging out at our creek on the farm.  Looking at all the rocks, throwing sticks for Lacey, enjoying the shade and cool water that the creek has to offer on such hot days!!

How are you staying cool these days? Would love to hear how you’re spending  your hot summer days! -amy

let’s bounce

Wesley and Ollie’s cousins had a birthday party last night.  Emma was turning 10 and her sister Cara was turning 8!  Their birthdays are a day apart!

They held the party at a place called Bounce U.  For those of you that have never been to one of these places, it’s a large room set up with all these different inflatable stations.  There was a basketball area.

A large slide area but first you had to climb up all these steps!

A boxing ring!! Luckily, there was protective headgear and huge gloves!!

An obstacle course to race through!

Even Ollie got a little bounce time when the big kids were busy in another inflatable!

It’s a great idea for a party!  The kids get a ton of exercise and the parents can just enjoy the party!  Happy Birthday Cara and Emma!! Thanks for inviting us!  We had a lot of fun!

fun on the fourth

We had a great 4th of July!  But, before any parties were attended I had some projects to finish.

I made these cupcakes for our cookout with Will and Kathleen.  Yes, I did take some liberties with the holiday colors!  I like turquoise and pink for the fourth!!  Randy said if I was President that would be my first act-change the nation’s colors to turquoise and pink!  And then redecorate the White House!

I also wanted to finish up these shorts for Ollie.  It’s kind of hard to tell but, there is a small paisley print in white on the chambray fabric.

I still need to add some cute buttons to the pockets.  Funny story, after we took these pictures I was putting Ollie in his swing and noticed he busted the seam on his shorts-his whole diaper was hanging out!  It was kind of funny!  So, we went back in and I sewed them again-this time with a smaller stitch, hopefully it will hold up to this wild man!!

After Will and Kathleen’s, we went over to  Ashley’s,  Randy’s sister.  There’s Ollie having a snack with his sweet cousin, Abby.

His other cousin, James cooling off with a drink while Randy tries to give Ollie some yummy potato salad.

Ollie with his color coordinated sippy cup!  That was just a coincidence-I’m not that kind of Mom!

It was a fun day and we were all exhausted when we got home around 10:30!!
Yeah, we are party animals!! Hope you had a good fourth as well! -amy

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{this moment}

Adopted from the Soulemama blog,

{this moment} – A Friday ritual.  A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

things I love

I love fabric!! And I feel like a kid in a candy store when I go shopping for fabric!  All the patterns and possibilities for great sewing projects!!  I did try to control myself in JoAnn the other day.  I had solid fabric already and really just needed to some “fun” fabric to jazz up Ollie’s shorts and pants.

I’ve gotta say, I am in love with that mushroom fabric!! It’s super groovy, man!  And the brown with the red and blue leaves reminded me of a tiki hut or something beachy.  I also bought some wooden leaf buttons to pair with that.  Ollie is gonna be one well dressed dude! (I did tell Wesley that I would make him some shorts and he just laughed! 14 year olds are too cool for homemade clothes, I guess! haha.)

Another thing I love is to see all my boys doing something together.  Randy came home a little early and they got busy washing both cars.

While the big boys were washing the cars, Ollie was doing this:

Give that boy a cup and some water and he’s a happy camper!

After dinner, I had something that I loved as a little girl, and kinda had forgot about.

yes, a Coke float!! Yuuum! I haven’t had one in years-so good!  I highly recommend one, especially on a hot summer evening!  Would love to hear some things you’re loving these days! -amy


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