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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Five Loves on Friday // End of Summer Edition!

As summer wraps up, today's loves are devoted to simple joys that would be a treat to add to your last minute summer bucket list! 

1.  Create a dessert date for those sweetest to you complete with a backyard s'mores bar!

2.  Picnic in the summer sunshine!

3.  Light up the night with a Glow in the Dark Party!

How fun does that look?! 

Even a simple late night bite using plates trimmed with glow necklaces and glasses hugged by glow bracelets would make for a memorable meal! 

4.  Take time to look around and enjoy the beauty of God's creation!

Listen to the birds as they sing in the morning.  Stop and smell the roses.  Stargaze and marvel at the awesomeness of our Creator who "determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names". (Psalm 147:4)  

"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:9)

5.  Lastly, whether you're young or young-at-heart...

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

National Lemonade Day Sips & Sweets!

Happy National Lemonade Day, friends!  I've rounded up some sweet celebratory sips, lemonade desserts that are almost too lovely to eat {almost!}, and a free printable that'll be the cherry lemon on top!  Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Five Loves on Friday!

Happy Friday, lovelies!  Let's get right to this week's fabulous five...

1.  Boating! 
Jason's parents invited us for a day of fun on their boat at Branched Oak, about an hour and a half from our home.  The forecast was calling for 80% chance of rain, yet we made the drive and surprisingly never felt a drop!  Praise God for beautiful moments with family that make up the sweetest of summer memories!

Love my boating beauties, and my handsome hubby always looks right at home behind the wheel!  Little One cracked me up that day.  She refused a hair tie.  She loved feeling the wind blow through her hair! 

2.  Harold the Caterpillar {soon-to-be monarch butterfly!}

My in-laws live in the country and have found quite a few monarch caterpillars on milkweed in their field.  While there over the weekend Grandpa Kevin took Little One out find one that she could raise.  She named him Harold and was tickled pink to bring him home, start up a journal to pen her observations, and care for him as her own.  We've spent the week watching Harold eat, eat, and eat some more, and grow every bit as much as he eat.  Then, yesterday morning he spun a cocoon!  It's been fantastic to watch this tiny little creature grow.  God is so incredible in every last detail of His creation!  I maaay now have a secret pinboard called "Harold the Butterfly's Release Party" filled with butterfly crafts and snacks to celebrate the day we send him off into the world. (:

3.  An Unexpected Long Weekend 

Sunday night I talked Jason into extending his weekend by taking a vacation day on Monday!  Having him home on a weekday instantly makes it feel like a holiday!  Hip Hip Hooray for more time with my sweet Lovey!!!

4.  Downton Abbey

I noticed the first season on dvd at the library last week so I thought I'd {finally} "check it out". ;) I ended up being under the weather the past few days and found myself flying through the first season (and with a quick trip back to the library, on into the second)!  Masterpiece classics are sure a pleasant way to pass the time during a "sick day".  
*Since I'm a few seasons behind in this series, NO SPOILERS please! ;)*

5.  Shark Week +  Disney 
...makes me smile! :)

Sharky Cuteness:

So glad you stopped by today!  Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five Loves on Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!  Hope you've enjoyed a lovely week!  Here are some highlights of what's been going on around here since I shared with you this time last week...

1.  MARVELous Day-te!  
While our girls had an invitation for a fun day and evening away with family, Jason took a vacation day from work.  We enjoyed an ENTIRE DAY date!! So refreshing and wonderful!!  We went to the movies at 11:30am on a weekday (I was nearly pinching myself!) to see Guardians of the Galaxy

We loved it!  It was the perfect mix of super hero epicness + HILARITY!  Better yet, it offered an opportunity for me to sit beside my hubby, holding his hand for a whopping two hours, uninterrupted!  *Sheer happiness*

Note:  We purposely saw this movie while the girls had other plans.  It's PG-13 for a reason.  I wouldn't recommend it for a child. (As a mama, I had to add that. ;))

We followed the flick with a yummy lunch at the lake, and a relaxing evening at home just soaking up "couple time"!

2.  A FULL 17-Day Trip Report is Now Up!
Jason has officially published our Disney World Family Vacation Day 17 video, completing the series of our last trip to the World!!!  He did such a fantastic job with it!  I thought this last vid would be a sad one, but my hubby worked his magic and created a truly beautiful video that had happy tears pouring down my face!  If you haven't already, I hope you'll stop by Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat and check it out!  I want to thank all of you who have left such sweet comments for us there, and have clicked that "thumbs up" letting us know you enjoyed the vids!  It has made it all the more fun to share!  

Be sure to subscribe to our family YouTube channel for future videos ...coming soon! ;)

3.  Family Time
My Aunt's grandchildren and their family came to town last weekend.  She hosted an open house allowing extended family to visit.  It was a lovely afternoon of chatting with everyone, and these sweet cousins enjoyed some fun in the sun together...
My nephew and my girlies,  the kiddos posing with their Great Aunt,  fun with ladder ball, and ring toss time!

4.  Curiosity is a beautiful thing!

Princess has been enjoying helping her Grandma Kathy at her in-home daycare a few hours a day this summer, leaving Little One and I some precious "just the two of us" time.  She requested we spend some of that time at our fabulous local library.  She always goes with a theme in mind that she's curious to learn more about.  I adore her curiosity and hunger for learning!

This week she was wanting to learn more about insects, so we found books on all sorts of bugs - fireflies, butterflies, dragonflies, even mosquitos!  (She wants to know what they're good for! ;)) Then, we spotted a book called Crafts for Kids Who Are Learning About Insects! PERFECTION!!  We are learning & crafting it up here this week! ;)

5.  "Sunny" the Flower & its Sand Pail Flower Pot Home

This week while Jason was mowing, he spotted a wildflower growing in our yard that was Little One's favorite color and all!  She was delighted and decided she'd like to "keep it" (as some neighbor boys have been known to pick our flowers).  So, we turned her sand pail into a flower pot!  Summertime is so sweet!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a terrific upcoming weekend!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Five Loves on Friday!

Happy Friday & 1st of August!  (How is that possible?!)  It's been such an eventful week!  I intended to work a few other things in here, but clumsily burned myself while making dinner.  Let's just say while bacon is scrumptious, its grease does NOT feel great on your feet!  OUCH!  My sweet hubby has been babying me and I'm just glad that I'd already thrown together some snapshot collages of the fun the girls and I enjoyed last weekend, so I can share those with you all today!  We took a road trip to Okoboji, Iowa as guests of my (generous) parents.  Jason had to work, but was happy for us girls to go enjoy a super fun weekend getaway creating memories with "Grandma Kathy & Grandpa Bob" - and that we did!  Here are some highlights...

1.  Antique & Wooden Boat Show
I've always thought that vintage wooden boats are stunning, so this boat show made my heart smile!  I so enjoyed our trips up and down the docks checking out these beauties!

2.  Arnold's Park Amusement Park  {Est. 1889}
Good old fashioned family fun!

3.  Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum
I love the replica of the "Okoboji Store" which operated from 1884-1976.  Check out those old swimsuits!  They just don't make 'em like they used to. ;)

4.  Dinner at the Wharf
We love eating beside the water at the Wharf while watching the boats pass by. 
So lovely, relaxing, and delicious!

5.  A Blustery Day at the Beach
Sunday morning we planned to hit the beach for a swim and sand castle building, but it ended up being a lit'l too cold for that!  (It was in the upper 60s/low 70s!)  We opted for throwing on jackets instead of swimming attire, and made the most of the day!
It was still beautiful, chilly, but beautiful!

I hope your coming weekend will be just as spectacular, friends!  Thanks so much for stopping by!