Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

1. She had a great _____way with words, Erma Bombeck .
2. A kiddo or my dog Dexter_____ is by my side, always.
3. I know this: _____Enjoy the moment, but don't always do this.
4. No garden_____ still. (I was hoping to get a little peppers and tomatoes planted)
5. These words apply to me: _____Slow down and Relax!
6. After 6 days of gloom, finally today_____ the sun was shining.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____getting out of work, tomorrow my plans include _____getting ready for a trip and work one last day before vacation starts and Sunday, I want to _____have a safe and sane trip to New York (12 hour drive with two kids) .

Signs of Summer

After 6 days of gloomy skies and rain we got a nice day. There were some clouds floating around but I'm not complaining , seeing the sun was wonderful.

The kids cooled off in our little pool.

Audrey doing a little dance for Ethan.

And, Wild Strawberries. Ethan discovered these in our yard yesterday and Audrey is now in heaven. She loves her berries.

Bar Harbor Mini Getaway

Last Weekend we went to Bar Harbor for two nights. We stayed at the Bluenose Inn (below) which was very nice. The room was very spacious and the view was beautiful! There are so many things to do and lots to see in Bar Harbor (weather permitting) it's a great place to vacation. We drove up to Cadillac Mountain but the fog was so thick you couldn't see a thing but when the weather is good it's absolutely breath taking.

Since the weather wasn't very good (the sun didn't shine during our visit, not even a minute) we spent lots of time eating good food. Our favorite place was the Two Cats Coffee House, our breakfast was wonderful.

We also spent lots of time in the pool and hot tub. The kids couldn't get enough of the pool. This was their favorite place. They would have spent the whole time in it if we let them.

I love Audrey's Blue eyes in these pictures.
Ethan is like me, he loves hot, hot water . He would go from the pool to the hot tub.

Eric had lots of fun with the kids in the pool. They love all of the goofy things he would do, like standing on his head in the pool and getting water up his nose. Silly guy.

Father's Day Dinner was at Route 66 Restaurant. Cool place but the food wasn't anything special. It was full of fun things to look at. The kids liked playing I spy while waiting for our food.

On our way home we took Route 1 (coastal route)and stopped at Searsport State Park and walked along the rocky ocean. It was a fun getaway. Audrey said 2 nights was too short and she didn't want it to end. I love how kids love going to stay at a hotel. If it was up to them we would have stayed there at the hotel the whole time. When I was a kid, I loved it too. That was always the best part of any trip.

Friday, June 19, 2009

DIY Projects

Found these cute Stars at Tatertots and Jello .
I love the whimsical look some of them have.
I think they would be perfect for the kids room.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

1. All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting_____the worse or perfection.

2. Show me a good loser and I will show you a _____good example.

3. Guilt_____ is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one time.

4. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy _____doing the right thing and _____still believe in America.

5. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine _____compliments and _____criticism.

6. It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without _____ garlic or _____ red peppers in it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____getting out of work and having three days off, tomorrow my plans include _____ going to Bar Harbor (Maine) for two nights and Sunday, I want to _____eat good food and have fun with my family on our mini vacation!

Don't Laugh........

okay, is pretty funny. A few posts ago I posted two DIY projects that I thought I'd like to try and so last Sunday, on a very rainy day, I challenged myself to do the newspaper basket. It did take a few hours to do (being my first). It was going smoothly until I remembered I had to start building up to make the sides, that's when things begin to get a little complicated for me. At one point I wanted to give up since it wasn't coming out perfect but I already invested too much time. Audrey was such a good little cheerleader, she kept telling me how great it looks and what a good job I did. I love how kids appreciate imperfection. I will try again on a rainy day.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Last Day of School

Yippee! School has ended!
I'm a little sad to see another year pass but excited about summer vacation.
I love having a break from the hustle and bustle.
I can't believe Ethan will be entering the 3rd grade and Audrey First. WOW!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lemonade and Friday Fill ins

Signs of Summer
Homemade Lemonade

Fresh squeezed lemonade is the best and perfect for a hot summer day! My kids love it!
I start by leaving my lemons out at room temperature to make it easier to get juice. Before cutting them in half I have my husband (if available) squish them in his hands for a few minutes, this helps to get the most juice possible from the lemon. Once they are squishy enough I squeeze the lemon juice into hot water and then add honey to sweeten it (the hot water helps dissolve the honey). I then add sugar around the rim and at the end of the straw, then add a few ice cubes to make it cold to drink.

Refreshing and Super Yummy!

Friday Fill Ins

1. I grew up thinking _____why do parents worry so much, now I know.

2. EBay_____ was the last website I was at before coming here.

3. Why don't you _____think before you speak? (this is me, telling me this!)

4. A hot bath or shower always_____ helps me relax. (and lots of deep breaths or as some say "signing")

5. Thanks for the _____beautiful drawings Audrey. (my 5 year old loves to draw pictures for me)

6. When you speak loudly and rude it is_____ very off-putting.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____movie night with the kiddos, tomorrow my plans include _____ cleaning and work and Sunday, I want to _____have fun but will paint and do yard work most likely!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Meet Wingnut and Marshmallow

Fun Reusable bags for the kiddos
I just got a bag for each of the kids to carry their things from her to there and back again. I thought they would be great for the beach, a visit to a friends and so much more. What's so great about them is that they fold up small, weigh nothing and have a snap to keep them folded when there empty so they can fit in a pocket or purse (which I love, now there is no excuse for not having your own bag with you). There waterproof too! Oh, and aren't they adorable. !??!?
Here's Wingnut and Marshmallow

And, for me...........these.....

I'm all about ditching the use of all those silly plastic bags. Check out envirosax. With our order they sent us a free 4 minute shower timer. I thought this was great for the kids, as for me a 4 minute shower may not happen but I will work on it since I have a timer now. I just love a long Hot shower, it's my time to relax and have a moment to myself.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cute DIY Projects

Newspaper Basket
What a fun looking project. I can't wait to try this.
Check out how to here at craftstylish
Tool Box Tins
And, How cute are these? What a great idea for Father's Day Gift Cards or for those odds and ends hanging out in the tool box. I'm sure my kids wouldn't mind having one too! I think I wouldn't mind having one either.

Go to Alpha+Mom on how to make these super cute tins.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Friday Fill-In

1. HOME SWEET _____ home.

2. My favorite thing for dinner lately has been _____Chicken Italian Sausage with lots of yummy red peppers, onions and mushrooms.

3. Trixie likes to_____ bark! bark! bark! as if she could take on anything.

4. A nice long walk _____with the kids and my hubby along the beach is what I love.

5. My Good cholesterol was _____ some good news.

6. When all is said and done, _____you should feel good inside.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____going to the movies with my family to see Night at the Museum 2, tomorrow my plans include _____going to work for 11 hours____and Sunday, I want to____go for a day trip to the coast!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lovely June

10 things I love about

1. The weather is just right. Warm Days and Cool nights.
2. School for the kids is almost over. No early mornings rushing around. Yippee!
3. I love that everything is GREEN (The hot Sun hasn't burnt the grass yet).
4. Strawberry Season
5. Ice Tea and Popsicles
6. Long Days. Sunrises by 5am and sets around 8pm.
7. Family vacation begins at the end of the month.
8. Day trips with the kids
9. Beautiful flowers
10. Bare feet and painted toenails.