Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hard Work

I am just going to show off a little of my super duper hard work. This is my flower bed.

It used to be a disaster zone. No joke. Weeds, rocks, chunks of cement, random kid toys, ant hills, huge piles of dirt, etc. When we moved in, it was covered in snow so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, although I knew it would be lots of work.

We raked all the dirt down level (with the help of family-thanks), took out buckets and buckets of rocks, cement, toys and sprayed weeds for a couple of years. Put in the fence and poured cement for the RV pad (just ignore the trailer it isn't ours and will be gone shortly!!!), put in the stepping stones, and then transplanted lots of flowers from my mom. Which I love because it just reminds me of home. Our recent addition was the bark chips which has really helped with the weeds. I still have a few more flowers I want to get but I just add a little at a time.


You will find me often just sitting on the stairs of our deck and just staring and admiring its beauty.

It was definitely worth the sweat, strain and hours/years of work.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Can I just say that going to girls camp last week was the best thing ever. Not just because it was tons of fun for me to get to know the girls better but also because Addy has turned into a big daddy's girl. It was so strange for me when she ran to her dad when she got hurt instead of me or when we are laying down she will snuggle up to him over me. Truthfully it is kinda nice because she was really turning into a momma's girl so the break was good for both of us :) Although I did miss her and her dad's craziness!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fourth of July

Our fourth of July celebrations began on Friday night with a pizza party and game night with the Workman family. That night we stayed down at Mitch's folks so we didn't have to wake up real early the next morning.
Saturday we quickly got ready and went to one of the neighbors for what they call "breakfast on the boulevard". They serve pancakes with strawberries and cool whip, eggs and ham. It is/was delicious. After breakfast we walked down the street to watch the parade in the freezing cold. My favorite part was the helicopters that flew right over us at the beginning. My little three year old nephew was standing on the edge of the street and after they passed us, he stretched his arms out and said with a huge grin on his face, "that was so cool".

Once the parade was over we walked back and watched part of the world cup game and then had a BBQ after it warmed up a little more. Then we lit our parachute fireworks and had our tank wars. Always a fun time. Sadly my camera died so I didn't get any pictures.

The kids all wanted to play croquet- I just wanted to sit in the sun and relax, so I did.

Later that night we headed down to the river with some of our friends and watched the fireworks. They are always amazing and thankfully Addy had taken a late nap so she was quite happy and running around. My favorite was when she saw the group in front of us eating licorice, so she went and stood right by their chairs and was just starring at them. Some guy saw her and offered her a piece which made her so happy. At least we know if times get real hard she shouldn't go hungry because she is pretty good at begging for food!

After the fireworks, we drove back to Rexburg since we had church meetings nice and early the next morning. Later that evening we drove back down and had a little dessert (which is on my recipe blog) and lit our own fireworks. Our favorites were purple rain, a midnight summers dream, happiness something, and Mama mia. I realize most of you don't care what our favorites were but it will be nice for next year. Also the supposedly "cool" sparklers were totally not worth it. Just stick with the cheap ones.

On Monday I didn't have to babysit so we took Addy to see Toy Story 3. Really cute movie and Addy was entertained for awhile but definitely not for the whole thing. Towards the end I just took her down to the little aisle where you walk in and she played and ate little pieces of popcorn off the floor while I watched the movie. I don't think we will be taking her back to the movies for awhile. Hopefully you all had as fun a weekend as we did!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rock Art

A little while ago my sister had a post of Gracie painting rocks and it totally brought me back to when I was a kid. We used to sit outside on the picnic table and paint rocks throughout the summer. It was such a fun thing for us, so I thought why not let Addy have a go of it.

It was funny because she had no idea what to do. This was her first experience with paint instead of just crayons and after a quick demo, she was all set. Strangely it only lasted for about 5-10 minutes and then all she wanted was for me to keep putting paint in the bowls. I should've known with an almost two year old that she wasn't going to sit there all day. Mostly it is just fun to watch her experiencing new things. Even if it is only for 5-10 minutes.

Aren't those just lovely rocks?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Good Morning

After a long fun weekend it is nice to be back to our normal every day life where we lounge in our jammies all morning or where I once again am postponing cleaning the house. Either way it is nice to be back to the normal routine.

And this is Addy saying good morning.

And this is the little girl that I tend during the week. She is lots of fun and as you can see Addy just loves her.

Well our 4th of July celebration pictures will be coming later but first I need to get some laundry folded while these little two occupy each other.