Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cabin Week (PhotoBlog)

Last week was Cabin Week--a week at J's family cabin near where we both grew up.

Rock art (after the rain).
The "drive" to the creek.
Learning to kyack.
(Where Bald Eagles soar.)
Superheroes play.
Found across the creek at the bottom days later.
Rainbow web.
At the cabin.
Sleep-out.
Catching fireflies.
Devoured.
"Risk."
A day-trip to the start of the creek.
Lost (happily?) forever there in the water.  
Daily spot.
The people we love.

Tomorrow--the other half. :)

(Because I want to remember:  We all painted our nails "cabin" green/blue.  Then M added words.  "Cabin" and "Creek" on her toes and "Love" and "M" on her fingers.  Love her.)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Five on Friday


1.  A little chalk-art on the driveway (in the shady spots).

2.  We visited the New York Hall of Science on Saturday (such a fun hands-on science place).

3.  Where we've been spending our days--at the lake escaping these nearly 100 degree days.  The peeps just finished up 2 straight weeks of daily swimming lessons.  My washing machine may never be the same again after all this sand.

4.  Friday night outdoor movie--The Princess Bride.  I still love it after all these years.

5.  I've been finding these guys around.  They're just the size of my thumbnail.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Airing Our Laundry

An old bag of clothes sitting in our garage for forever (actually, more like since January--but that was a long time ago) + a few projects to tackle = some creative recycling. ;)

Project 1:
Curtains for the treehouse.
It totally looks like our laundry hanging out there. ;)
But it accomplishes my goal--to make a cozy little room to breathe some life into the oft overlooked treehouse.
(I'm not quite done with my treehouse shirt fun--I have some fun bunting coming soon! ;)

Project 2:
Blue Pillows

Shirt on one side:
(The buttons work great as pillow cover closures--who knew?)

Plain pillow on the other:

Project 3:
T-shirt Dress

Because M begged me to let her sew and because I had just read this in Family Fun and because we had on old t-shirt handy we created this little ensemble:
Headband, dress, belt and purse all from one old Daddy t-shirt. 

It's the old bag of clothes that just keeps giving. :)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Trip: Last Day (And Why We Do It)



We left Washington D.C. on Friday in the late afternoon, stopped at Cheesecake Factory for an early dinner and made the easy drive to Philadelphia.

After hitting the pavement for some ice cream we all settled down for our last night on the road.


In the morning we headed to our final destination, Ocean City, NJ.
They played hard.  The water was a shocking 55 degrees!  (It froze my toes.)  But we couldn't keep them out of it.  (Or the sand.)
Lunch.
Dinner.
And then, finally, on our way home.

It really was a great trip--we squeezed so much into a week.  We're so thankful for all of the people and places we got to see.  Oh, there were  plenty of backseat shenanigans, too-tired kids who required massive pep talks to keep them going, a crazy amount of ice-cream and french fries, just barely enough clothes packed in the suitcases, and an overflowing (kind-of trashed) van.

But snuggled into beds late after the fireworks this conversation happened:

M:  Daddy, thanks for letting us have all of those sweets today--the frappuccino, ice cream cone, lemon ice and rootbeer.
T:  Yeah.
M:  And, thanks for taking us on this trip.
T:  Yeah, thanks for taking us on this trip.
Daddy:  You're welcome.
M:  Daddy?  Sometimes you're making memories and you don't even know it--stuff you'll remember your whole life.  ...Like going to Ocean City last year.
Daddy:  ....Yeah, you're right...
M:  I love you, Daddy.
T:  I love you, Daddy.
Daddy:  ...I love you guys, too.

Crazy thankful for the little people (and big ones) who fill our memories.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Funnies: The Back of a Cold Front


We were hanging out at the lake on Friday, but it was a bit cooler than usual.  The kids had trouble staying warm (a very nice change of pace from the suffocating heat).

Me:  It's because a cold front finally moved through--so it's cool out today.
T:  Oh, that's no problem, we're in the back so we're warmer here (referring to our seat).

Also, this:
He lufs me.
(And it only makes me luf him more. :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer Trip: Days 4-6 (Washington D.C.)


Day 4 (Wednesday):
Arrive in Washington D.C.

The first thing we saw?  A Hawaiian license plate!  For the past couple of months M has been keeping a growing tally of all of the license plates we've spotted.  Serendipitously we spied one from Alaska at a rest stop in May.  We thought that was lucky.  But, Hawaii?  That had seemed next to impossible!  

Then, off to the Smithsonian National Zoo.
(It was very hot.)

Later, out to dinner down the street from our hotel.

Day 5 (Thursday)
The Fourth of July

We were up bright and early for a tour of the Capitol Building (just a few blocks from our hotel).
Her "cell phone" for listening to the tour.

Then, after a brief tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, we headed to the Independence Day Parade.
(Sitting in front of the Budweiser horses at the very start of the parade.)
(These dancers were our favorite--I don't know how they did it in the heat.)

After the parade, we stopped by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
(The Hope Diamond.)

We also toured the National Aquarium before stopping for two Venti Decaf Java Chip Frappuccinos split 5 ways.  (Our calves were really feeling the burn from all of that walking. :)

Back to the hotel for pizza in the room and then back out to the Capitol Building again to wade through the throngs of people in the security lines for the concert and fireworks.
(Clapping with Barry Manilow.)
(How we made it back to the hotel all together after the big show--double-decker stroller.)

Day 6 (Friday):
Our Last Day in Washington D.C.

The day started with a cab ride to the National Gallery of Art.
(Working on keeping his hands in his pockets--he thought the museum was stressful--it was too hard not to reach out and touch the paintings.)
(The kids are still trying to get their feet like Renoir's Dancer.)

Then we had another brisk walk through the mall to a tour of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (where they make paper money),
 before packing up our van to head to our last overnight destination--Philadelphia.

(To be continued...)

(Also, the small crew loved Washington D.C.  But do you know what one of their most favorite things was?  Feeding the birds part of their breakfast while eating outside every morning. :)