Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Wood" you like to see our new wall art?

My friend Emily had a crazy idea that we could do this project with wood together.  It would be easy to work on while the kids went to bible school and we'd pick up the materials and be done in a day or two!  I traded in my pixie dust for sawdust for a few days!
We set off to Home Depot with the babies and learned our way around the lumber department by reading what wood was composite and what was pine.  Some treated and some not.  We made our selections including having them cut a large piece of plywood for us and then came the real challenge.  Carrying wood in an SUV and a mini van!  We didn't have a truck but we managed to make it work.  It wasn't easy!  
After some further reading, we decided we needed a miter saw. Luckily one of the neighbors entrusted us with his!  It made our project so much easier!  We did LOTS of sanding, lots of staining and mixing of stains.  It was a mixture of what we had on hand and what we bought to share.  

We had some really great helpers a few of the days too!  Most of the time they were napping but occasionally they got to come along and help out.  We'd feed them snacks or give them buckets of water to play in.  

It might look as though the hard part was done but that is not the case!  It got harder from here!  This was actually the fun part!
Next came the frame and making frames is NOT easy!  It requires some precise measuring and a little bit of luck in hoping all the corners match.  We had to do some trimming with a skill saw but we got them in and then finished with nails.  

The last day Lil was sickly. She had a little fever because she had 3 new teeth coming in!  This just proves mom's can do ANYTHING!  I can sand, hammer and frame with a baby on my back!

When we finished we had worked on it off and on for about 8 days.  It took a little longer than we expected but it turned out even BETTER than we hoped!

I gave it to Jason for Father's Day.  He was pretty impressed with my wood working skills.  He was happier to know what I'd been skirting out on doing at Emily's the last several days.  

We hung it at the end of the stairs and opening to the kitchen.  I'm really proud of how it turned out, especially knowing what went into it!  
Although not "easy", it wasn't as hard as you might think either.  Here are the directions:


Monday, July 6, 2015

I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for Ice Cream!

School was almost out for the summer so we had a little neighborhood party to celebrate.  I'm not much of a pinterest mom but this party looked like something I could handle.  3 Flavors of ice cream and tons of candy toppings.  Sounds like a kids version of heaven!  

Throw in a little salty popcorn for the adults and a little watermelon to make it "appear" to have a healthy vibe and you've got yourself a successful party!  

Most all of these kids walk home from school every day so it was set up for them in the driveway as they walked home.  I had some bubbles and water guns out too.  I had intended to do water balloons but I didn't want them to have too much fun!   

 I let them go back for seconds and thirds even, until all the ice cream was gone or melted!

Check out this clever way to cut the watermelon into slices that are easy to eat and pick up with your fingers!  

Linc with his friend and neighbor Julia.  These two can go from water guns to tea parties and back again!

Jackson and his best friend Creed.  It was the first boy he met in his class this year and they turned out to be best buds!

Shade was kinda hard to come by but they ate fast to keep the ice cream from melting.

Lincoln and all his Ladies!  Look at that quirky little smile.  He knows just what he's doing!  

Lillian woke up and joined the fun!  She had her share of toppings too!

Nobody was getting her fruity pebbles!

All that sticky goodness required a bath.  Outside.  
The boys are lucky they are too old or I'd have put them in there as well!

I think they had fun and will remember this end of the year party all summer. 
 Now if only I can survive the summer with the three of them home. 
 I'm going to need a bigger freezer and more ice cream!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

We had ourselves a day to remember!

We've been putting off a beach trip for better weather for way too long.  This weekend we just decided to go for it!  It was memorial day weekend and we had an extra day to recover from taking 3 kids anywhere.  It was rainy looking and not at all sunny.  We feared the clouds all the way down but we were on our way rain or not.  We went to our favorite beachside restaurant and had great food and while there we found a cool restaurant bar that had a pool!   It was perfect for us.  A hot tub, a cold pool and fruity drinks!  

Lillian was dressed for the occasion(isn't she always!)  She didn't seem to mind the sand too badly.  She was just days away from walking alone at this point!

She and her dad thought the pool was pretty neat!  

We went on down the beach and took the Ferry over to Crystal Beach on the Bolivar peninsula.  We found our little sliver of beach and the boys took to collecting critters and jumping waves.  They would bring the crabs back for her to look at and touch. 

She laughed when they retreated to their shell after she touched them.  She wasn't a fan of the waves AT ALL.  She didn't like that water lapping her feet.  

But this bucket!  You've never seen a bucket be so much fun.  She stood there for an hour just splashing and playing inside that bucket.  

It wasn't Lil's first trip to the beach but it was the first one that she could really participate in any of the beach activities and now that she's walking, I think she'd have a grand time!  I see a family trip to the Emerald coast in our future sometime soon hopefully!

We made it out just in time to see an EPIC storm roll into Galveston.  It was a rocky ride home but we had a fantastic day for spending together on the beach!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MAY I have your attention please!

May has come and gone.  We had lots of fun.  It was the month before the boys were out of school for the summer.  We met a friend for our first carousel ride.  She was unsure about the moving horse.  She was pretty sure the horses name was Lucy, just like our dog, because it too had 4 legs!  All animals are "Lucy" to her.  She would go from loving it to unsure then back again.  We rode it twice and she remained that way the whole time.  Looks like we'll need some practice, which is FINE with me.  Mama loves a carousel!  It reminded me of a time LONG before Jason and I were married.  We took his younger sister to the Galleria and were eating in the food court.  Jason handed me enough money for both his sister AND I to ride the carousel.  I told him then and there that was one of the reasons I was going to marry him!

Lillian has a real thing about feeding people, particularly Jason she likes to feed.  So we were having zuchinni noodles and he was trying to get her to eat them but instead she insisted on feeding them to him, with her hand!  And being the pushover for her that he is, he totally ate it!  She would pretend to eat a bite herself then continue to feed it to him.  Just today, she fed me, Jackson and Jason all some of her watermelon.  She's very generous, especially when it's something she doesn't care to eat!

Daddy came and spent a week with us.  The boys had school several days while he was here but one of them we decided to check them out and head down to Kemah.  I had been when we were house hunting here in Houston but the boys hadn't been at all.  I knew they would love it.  

The rides were pretty fun and some of the bigger rides Jackson had ridden.  I got him on the 120 foot drop ride, once.  He wouldn't go back on it though.  I also rode the HUGE wooden roller coaster with him and it nearly beat my brains out.  I wouldn't ride that one again.  His favorite was the rocking pirate ship and he rode it multiple times, once all by himself on a private ride!  

Little Miss Rainbow Sunshine had a great time in Kemah too!  She has a good time everywhere she goes!  

We played peek-a-boo waiting for them to finish a ride.

And we took and obligatory selfie while we waited.

Lillian is getting plenty of wear out of the heirloom dresses my mother made for Tracie and I.  This one has a sweet scallop hem that amazes me!  I love these dresses and couldn't be happier Lillian is getting to wear them.  Timeless beauty!

This girl is FANCY!  Every day she wakes up, grabs her shopping cart and her jewelry.  She knows whats important.  If you leave your cell phone lying around she'll grab it too!  I just don't know where on earth she gets it from!!

She watched her brother a time or two and knew just what to do with these two things!  Gosh, don't they learn early!  

My baby and her baby!  She LOVES her new baby doll.  It sleeps in her bed every night!

May I have your attention please:  
We have a walker!
Lillian has been toying with the idea since her birthday but it wasn't yet her time to shine. 
Well, the time is NOW!  She decided she'd take a few steps and hasn't stopped since!  She took off!  Now she can go anywhere she wants!  
Oh, the places she will go!!