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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!

our very own farmer’s market

Gardens are crazy!! One day you might not harvest anything while on another day you get 8 yellow squash!! That’s a lot of squash, folks!  We’ve been enjoying fresh lettuce, eggplant, cucumbers, basil, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, and zucchini also.  Still waiting on our tomatoes to turn red and cantaloupe to get a little bigger.

Gardening with a one year old is interesting.  There’s a lot of  “don’t put that rock in your mouth” and “did he just eat a squash bug?” type conversation.  Not exactly relaxing but, definitely entertaining.  He does love helping though and it does wear him out!!

Yeah, that’s me! One sweaty mama with a baby on my hip and a basket full of goodies!!  Ahhh, life in the country is good! How about you? Any gardening this year? Would love about it! -amy

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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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

{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.

I will survive

Here is the finished vacation bible school backdrop!  I’m not sure why this pic came out so fuzzy. ! It’s a little homemade looking but that’s okay! We have three more days left of VBS and I’m trying to keep up!  We have 9 preschoolers in a room thats about 8 ft by 8ft!  Never a dull moment, to say the least.  Tonight, we took turns washing each other’s feet to show love to one another.  I wasn’t sure if they would like it or not but, they really got into it!  They didn’t even make a mess with the water or anything! It was really sweet!

During the day, Ollie and I have had fun playing in his tiny little pool that we got him this weekend.  It’s the perfect size for him and was only $4.99 at Target! Yay!

Of course, it’s plastic and shaped like a whale! Not exactly attractive, but, fun ,nonetheless.

Here’s Ollie topping it off with a little more water!  It’s only about 2 inches deep! Perfect for splashing around.

Then, it’s time to get out! Don’t want to get a swimmer’s cramp! Hope your week is going swimmingly-sorry, I couldn’t resist! -amy

paint the town blue

It’s Vacation Bible School time in our neck of the woods!  Every year it has a different theme.  This year’s theme is Big Apple Adventure.  So, we’re headed to New York City to learn more about Jesus and how we can connect with Him through faith, hope, trust and love.

We have been working on this at our house.

Randy had already done a great job jigsawing out the pieces and screwing everything together.  Then he brought it home for us to paint.  We were just getting started in this picture.  I drew on it with chalk first and then painted over it.


Wesley helped with this project.  He is very creative and always has good suggestions.  He also helps me keep track of Ollie and helps keep him out of the paint! This is one of those projects that I could spend weeks on-thinking of little details to add and tweaking things here and there!  But, I just had a few days to work on this so, check back tomorrow to see the completed backdrop in place and ready for VBS! Let me know what you were up to this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! -amy

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