On the first day of summer, we published a list of things to do this summer. My husband, Walt, thought our list was a little aggressive. I’m starting to think he was right but I’m up for the challenge. Slowly but surely we are crossing things off our Summer List.
A couple of weekends ago, we hiked up Crowder’s Mountain. Walt and I are pretty active (he is a marathon runner and I recently completed 60 days of Insanity – a Shaun T dvd series similar to P90x), but hiking up a Crowder’s with a 22 lb baby and all her baby gear was more challenging than expected. It probably didn’t help that is was 1000 degrees with the humidity (slight exaggeration)! We made an excuse to stop mid-way to take pictures. 🙂
Next up was Lily’s first concert! Over the 4th of July weekend, we went to see Langhorne Slim who is described as a folk singer-songwriter with a punk-rock sensibility. His live shows are energetic which was right up Lily’s alley. We had a great time but I think she enjoyed it the most. She was rolling around on the blanket, trying to do flips, dancing and being silly! Our camera is out of commission so I was using my phone to capture pictures and she wouldn’t stay still!!
I hate that Jacob missed out but he is enjoying his time visiting family in Florida. We are talking about taking him to see American Idol when they come to town, anyone interested? Better yet, do you have a better live music recommendation for a soon to be 10 year old?
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I was recently introduced to a blog that featured “What I Wore Wednesday”. I liked the idea because it encourages you to invest time in your appearance and keep things fashionable – which is hard to do when you are juggling so many things. I thought I’d give it a try. This is my first post and I will continue to work on my outfits (and photography) but my goal it to reach outside my traditional everyday black and white and try something new or different each time. I can’t guarantee I’ll do it every week but here we go…
I may have to wear this again to get another picture because it was so blurry. Everything on is from Banana Republic but the cardigan (which I love) is new from the Banana Republic Factory store. Lily’s outfit which you can’t really see if from Kohl’s (she didn’t want to miss out). 🙂
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With Lily’s 1st birthday party less than a month away, this week was focused on getting her invitations out. My biggest challenge is committing to a theme – always!! I never know that early on what I want to center the decorations, food, games and gifts around so the theme becomes a roadblock for me. Should it be ABCs, 123s, blocks, rainbows, butterflies, princess, water themed (since we are doing water slides and kiddie pools)? I finally decided to keep it vague and do a pastel theme if that even counts as a theme.
According to Martha Stewart’s Kid’s Birthday party checklist, I’m right on schedule (that’s a first). I made her invitations and mailed them this week and purchased the entertainment and decorations today. I still plan to make a few decorations but the plates, cups, and napkins are taken care of! Below are pictures of the invitations.
Lily’s First Birthday DIY Invitations!
I have also been playing around with creating collage pictures in Picasa (a free photo editing tool I learned about this week – thanks to The Weekend Homemaker) so I included a few clips of decorating ideas for Lily’s party. It’s not perfect or complete but it gives you an idea.
Lastly, I practiced making the cupcakes last weekend as seen below. They weren’t horrible (as I managed to gain a couple of pounds from eating them all) but I think I’m going to go ahead and purchase them.
More to come! By the way, anyone have good gift ideas for a soon to be one year old?
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This past weekend Walt and I were sitting on the front porch enjoying the weather watching fireflies at dusk. It brought back childhood memories of tire swings, our tree house and swimming pool, neighborhood volleyball games in our backyard, lemonade stands, drinking water from the water hose and catching fireflies from dusk to dark.
Well it’s officially summer! Yay! The season for weekday grilling, evenings on the back deck, homegrown vegetables and days at the pool! Every summer we have Jacob make a list of the things he wants to do. It’s usually comprised of the skate park, Carowinds (a Carolina theme park), go kart riding, movies, swimming pool, etc. This year we thought it would be fun for the whole family! Our list is long but here are a few of the highlights!
Enjoy an Outdoor ConcertWatch FireworksInstall a swing set for the kidsFamily trip to the Beach
Have a Boys Fishing TripEat Popsicles
Photo Courtesy Pinterest
Host a wine tastingMake homemade ice cream
Go to the Farmer’s MarketSlip and SlideTake a Photography Class
Catch fire flies
Celebrate BirthdaysSleep in – oh wait, that is on our W-I-S-H list. What is on your summer list?
It’s just another Saturday. We rise early – before the sun rises early – to get ready for Walt’s Summer Breeze 5k. He has stepped up his training program as seen on his blog so this race is his chance to see how much he’s improved. The race starts and Jacob, Lily and I are waiting to see him on the course. Here are few pictures of Lily and Jacob waiting. I videotaped Walt running but was unsuccessful in getting any pictures of him in action. I haven’t been able to master watching him and taking pictures at the same time. I blame it on him being so fast ;).
Walt breezes by and wraps up the race with a 18:05 pace. It’s a personal record for him! He places 2nd in his age group and wins these sweet sunglasses and cup.
Lily was fascinated by the orange sunglasses
Then we are off to the airport. Jacob is leaving to visit family in Florida for 5 weeks. This time he leaves with mixed emotions because he doesn’t want to leave Lily. They have become pretty attached to each other.
Jacob saying bye to Lily as we head to the airport
After completing a few chores – mowing the lawn, childproofing our shades and getting our kitchen sink unclogged, we decide to treat ourselves to a Total Wine wine tasting (our almost weekly ritual). We tried some delicious wines that we couldn’t resist purchasing. We will probably do an entry on these wines to share more.
- Wines we purchased at tasting
We had an impromptu dinner at a local restaurant. We have learned you have to time it right. It’s easier to eat out when it’s her dinner time because she is distracted with eating her food and not wanting to bang things together or crawl/walk on the floor. That said we ate at 6 pm which is unusually early for us. I guess that is the compromise you make for a calmer, more enjoyable experience. However, when she is ready to go she is still ready to go. We are prepared with a quick escape plan.
Lily enjoying lunch earlier in the day - she has a new fondness for honeydew!
Then we enjoyed a quiet evening on the front porch enjoying the summer breeze.
View from our porch