Tuesday, May 31, 2011

River Run

Friday May 20, 2011

Last night we got out on the river for the first time this year as a family. Ben and the kids have been out but I have yet to have the time. Plus we have had major issues with the motor so it's been spending a lot of quality time in the shop! Hoping it will continue to run good from this point forward! We didn't end up catching any fish, but did enjoy some thin mint cookies, family bonding, and sunshine!

(fyi- they do have life jackets on under their sweat shirts!)


Wednesday May 19, 2011

Look on the bright side!

Wednesday May 18, 2011

I made these cards awhile back, but I'm a month behind on card club so I may use them. They are nothing special, but I had bought the stamp set on clearance when a scrap store was going out of business. I plan on adding a little bling to the lamp shade.


Tuesday May 17, 2011

I was so excited today when I went over to help my sister with her garage sale and found she had this cool picnic basket/ wine cooler. I stole it right up! She had found it at a garage sale brand new, it must have been a promotional item for a bar. But it's pretty cool. The front has 2 plates, cloth napkins, wine glasses, silverware, corkscrew, and salt and pepper shakers. The back is a cooler, fit for 2 bottles of wine and I'm sure you could fit some food as well.

I can't wait to use it. This is what is going in my "coolasket" (my version of cooler/basket)!

Of course wine! A good friend of mine got me hooked on Moscato and my sister loves this brand, because of course she is the middle sister!

These are my favorite chips! Partly because they make you pucker due to the vinegar so I can't eat a lot! Which is a blessing!

Gotta have a little pasta salad!

A good sub! You can make your own, but I prefer SubHouse!

And don't forget dessert. Chocolate covered strawberries are perfect, hey, at least you are getting a fruit in! :)

End of Preschool.....for now!

Monday May 16, 2011

Tonight was Turner's "end of the year" party for his 3 year old preschool. It was at the YMCA and they got to go swimming and eat ice cream. Tatumn had a friend over that night to play so she came along too. The kids enjoyed splashing and going down the water slide while I enjoyed visiting with some of the other moms. It's sad to think my "baby" only has 1 more year of preschool left before he will be in Kindergarten! CRAZY, how time flies!!

Party Hoppin Sunday

Sunday May 15, 2011

Today we were busy! We celebrated our last day of Sunday school. All the kids sang in church and after we had an ice cream social.

Onto the next celebration. A baby shower for some friends of ours. We had brunch, the kids played outside, and we watched present opening. We weren't able to stay long because we had one last party to hit.

Lots of Pregnant ladies!


Tayven's 5th birthday was fishing themed. I wish I had gotten more pictures but I was too busy shoving my face full and talking! :) It was cute. His mom had hung streamers and balloons to look like seaweed and bubbles. The kids played the fishing game, where they put their fishing pole over a sheet and when they get a bite, reel it back over, and wah lah, a prize! They also got to take home gold fish! We had 5 fish join us at our house. The kids had a blast.

We then had to hurry home because my niece Zoe was coming over for a slumber party. The kids played dress up, had ice cream yet again, and all snuggled up together!

It was a day of running here and there, but also one filled with memories!

Friday, May 20, 2011

John Deere Birthday

Saturday May 14, 2011

Today is the big day! Turner's first friends only party. He turned 4 back on May 1st, but this weekend was the first available for us to do it. He invited 6 friends, all boys, no girls allowed this year. They all came and had a blast. It was rainy and ishy out but they didn't seem to mind. They drove tractors and dump trucks through the dirt and gravel, climbed all over the "real" tractor, played pin the wheel on the tractor, decorated tractor cookies, visited a farm where they got peacock feathers, farm fresh eggs, fed animals and watched goats swing, faint and hop in my car! :) They also planted sunflower seeds, opened presents, and rode bikes. They were busy boys and keeping up with them is crazy! Although, I will say, it was like pulling teeth to get them to do anything besides play outside in the cold rainy weather. Oh well, at least they were having fun!

I used this picture for his invite, on the inside, I stamped a tractor and wrote out the details.

I used a drop cloth to make the pennant flags and table clothes.

These were the party favors.
I stamped watering cans stuffed with a shovel and hoe and tied with matching ribbon.

I wrapped paper around bubble bottles and stamped them.

For snacks we had oreos (spare tires), chocolate milk straws & milk, peanut butter sandwiches (I wrapped in brown bags I had cut and stamped), cow tails & chick crackers.


We used tractors to decorate the tables and as centerpieces. The boys were each sent home with a mini John Deere tractor. I tied a tag on them that said, "Thanks for coming."

To help guide the way, we used the kid's chalkboard.

Turner and his big cousin Hunter playing on Grandpa's tractor. Grandpa needs a GREEN tractor!

Each boy planted sunflower seeds in little pots I stamped with tractors.

The boys decorated "tractor cookies" (which looked nothing like tractors)that I made with a tractor cookie cutter. I had purchased the little tin buckets at a garage sale, brand new, for .25 each and I filled them with chocolate chips, sprinkles and mini marshmallows for them to put on their frosted cookies.

Their favorite thing all day, I think, was just playing on the tractor and in the gravel with the tractors.

The boys went on an egg hunt. I hid yellow Easter eggs along the hill and gave them each half an egg carton. When they each had 6 eggs in their carton, we sat down and opened their eggs. Whoever had a baby chick (a piece of paper stamped with a chicken) got a prize.

They played Pin the Wheel on the Tractor. Yes, I drew that tractor, my drawing skills are not that great!

Planting sunflower seeds was a hit as well.

The boys thought the goats were pretty cool. They are "fainting goats", when startled they will faint. The boys actually got to see this happen! They fed the goats raisins and the little black one even hopped in my car and tried to go home with us!

They even learned a little bit about the greenery and how large some of the plants get.

The rooster ran like heck when we entered the coop!

They were happy to find fresh laid eggs. And we got to take a bunch home!

They had 76 baby chicks, this was not all of them. They were so cute!

They got to pet a horse named Bubba as well as 2 of Bubba's friends. However, Bubba is 28 (very old for a horse) and very gentle so they got to pet him.

The neighbors also have peacocks but they are scared of people so they ran the moment they caught sight of us! I don't blame them! But the boys did get to bring peacock feathers home with them! That was a hit as well.

Regardless of the ishy weather, I think Turner's 4th Birthday was a success and one we will remember forever!

Happy Birthday Buddy!