Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Vacation: Week 2

Week 2 of Summer Vacation!! I am not surprised to find the days flying by, and myself wondering on Friday's where the week went.  

Monday we did a lot of catching up.  Because we love spending time with the husband, not a lot gets done on the weekends, like grocery shopping etc. 

Tuesday was bird feeder day!! We followed this tutorial.  Lots of fun to make, but they did not hold up well when we tried to hang them from the trees. 

Next, we decided to try to plant the bulbs that we found at Walmart for $3.  It was a success.  I gave them each their own biodegradable pot, some soil and we planted some fragrant lillies, hoping we can add them to our flower bed next Spring. 

Thursday is Summer Reading Program.  I take all of my girls to the library, and Olivia participates in the craft, while Addison and Kinley read, color, do puzzles, etc. 

Here is Adis and Kj with Paiges the Turtle, this is their favorite part!! 

After our story time we went for a little froyo on such a hot day.  We were heading to pick up our daddy!! 

On Friday we went with the husband to finally cash in his Skydiving Gift Certificate!! We bought this for him for Father's Day/Birthday combo, 2 years ago!! 

We had to leave the house by 6 am to get there on time, so I had some snoozing babies in the car.

We had a LONG wait so we did what all girls do.. we caught frogs :) We literally spent 8 hours at this sky diving center, and by the end I was asking myself why I agreed to sit that long with 3 active girls.  But, after the husband came back from the jump I knew we had made the right decision. 

Grandpa you can watch the jump video here:

On Saturday we celebrated Olivia's 8th birthday.  I cannot believe this girl is 8!!!! She wanted her birthday at a skating rink, and I can say without a doubt that it was the best money we have ever spent.  She said over and over again "This is the best day of my life!!" 

And then of course Father's day!! We gave our daddy some cologne and cute movie basket, but we didn't take any pictures because somehow I think the husband would not appreciate the "first thing waking up photo ops" :)

We made these for our Pawpaw and Pawpaw D!! 

And after considerable drying time, I think about 4 days, we decided to hang our bird feeders, they fell apart the moment we hung them.  I have no idea what went wrong... 

Week 2 was a success, the husband even said that this was one of the best weekends of his life.  I guess this girl can give herself a pat on the back!! :)

Love to you all!! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Vacation: Week One

I vowed that this Summer would be a great one, afterall I have spent the last 8 months looking forward to this time where there would be no homework, testing, or reading that I haven't chosen :)

So I looked over Pinterest and found some cool ideas to keep us busy..

Monday-Olivia received this garden stone kit for her birthday 2 years ago, and since we've recently cleared out our flower beds I though this would be a perfect time to make them.  

A few tips: 
1. They are not as large as you would imagine a garden stone to be.  I had planned to use these as stepping stones between our walkway and driveway, but they will be used for decoration now. 
2. You do not need to use all of the concrete when you mix it.  If you use all the concrete and the small amount of water they recommend it will dry too quickly and decorating/molding will be next to impossible.

Tuesday we took advantadge of our Mimi's pool.  This is the first Summer I have been confident enough to take them all by myself and it's was fantastic.  I barely got any photos of Olivia because she is constantly swimming.  Addison was content making friends and floating along, while Kj enjoyed the small kiddie area.  The weather was perfect for a swim and picnic lunch!!

Wednesday we did some thrifting.  We have several thrift stores around that I like to visit looking for furniture. 

Thursday was riding lessons for Olivia.
Addison felt her puppy should be super safe on the way to pick up Sister. 
*On a side note: Addison has slept with this puppy every night since she was about 9 months  old.  He has seen better days, but I wonder how much longer she will keep him.  The thought makes me super sad!! 

We decided to try this. We used 80's glam sharpies that the husband bought me (I LOVE the 80's) and made plates for each little lady.  We followed the directions exactly, but the colors dulled A LOT in the oven.  Perhaps that's why they only show black sharpies in the tutorials?  

Friday we spent some time just out and about.  We got to see this awesome Rainbow!! 

And my hydrangea bush is finally blooming.  We've gotten sort of big into plants here so we were excited to bring this bloom into the house and see what happens. 

Deal of the week: I've been looking at bird baths for our flower beds.  The standard ones are not expensive, but I needed a tall one for the space I had in mind.  Well, the husband and I popped into Walmart to buy some spray paint.  He happened to notice this fountain/bird bath on the patio of the garden section.  It has a small hole in the front because it's been out there for a while.  The previous owners brought it back because the pump didn't work.
Well the manager sold it to us for... $20!! So we brought it home, set it up, and guess what? The pump DOES work, the previous owners put the pump in backwards :)

Side note: We bought a new car about 2 months ago.  We went from a Yukon XL to a Honda Civic.  We OFTEN forget that we no longer have the Yukon.  Prime example here: We bought this antique end table and couldn't get it home any other way :)  I have plans to stain and nourish this table back to some serious glory.  

So that's week one.  This week we plan to: make some bird feeders, plants some flowers/strawberry plants, visit the zoo, and plan for Olivia's birthday!! 

Love to you all!!