Friday, July 31, 2009

friday!

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1. Family Reunions. We all go to them not knowing everyone even if you have been in the family for 20+ years. At first you dont wanna go....but then you do with your covered dish and the kids run and play with cousins and we sit and talk with our age group. Reunions are nice to sit around and look at all the generations that made our family.

2. Painting Pottery with the kids. We have a local Pottery Shop that children can go in and for a small fee they can paint pottery. Miller and Madison painted flip flops, baseballs and a football. Miller had never been and he had a blast. Madison loves going here yet we haven't been in awhile.

3. Rainy Days. It gives us a break....to just lay around and sleep in, or watch movies.

4. My Cucumber Foot Scrub. I special order it from my nail tech and i love it. It makes my feet feel silky smooth.

5. My road trip with the kids this week. I love taking them to different places and experiencing different things with them. We had a great time.

We have a crazy weekend. Madison has her Back to School Swim Party we are hosting for her tonight at the club. She has another swim gig to attend tomorrow and a private swim party on Sunday we are going too. So swim swim swim we will. I'm off today to collect all her party things.
Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cleaning Day


I have alot of cleaning to do today. We have ran all week so far. And the weekend is alot of swim parties and more swim parties. Literally.
So...enjoy your day. I will be back with a sparkling house I hope.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Days

We had such a great day yesterday. We headed out to Marion, Ky to visit with the Amish community there. On the way we stopped by our families cemetery and changed out flowers. It was nice to be up there.

Once we got to Marion we went by the tourism center and got a map. Ate lunch at 88 Dip...a local favorite that has been serving the best burgers for over 50 years....and then got settled in the car for the ride to visit the Amish.

Once there we went in to Yoder's Bakery...where Miller got cookies and fudge and Madison checked out their sodas. Yes Amish drink sodas. I picked up some breads and then went over to the Creekside produce. I picked me up some squash as my garden didnt make much this year. I also picked up some onions...they were so cheap and I can cut them up and freeze them.
We walked from house to house watching them. It was laundry day....clothes everywhere. we picked flowers and laughed and chased Miller out of their yards...it was a nice, beautiful lazy summer day. Us and the world.

The Amish have such a simple life and I envy that. I told Madison I wish I could live it for only a week. They are such simple quiet people.

As we left we headed to the local Dairy Queen for sundaes and came home. A simple day....spent with the kids watching someones elses life while enjoying ours at the same time.
A great summer day we wont forget.

Today.............the rain has been falling and it doesnt look like a pool day...so we are headed to a local pottery shop to paint. Maybe some dessert on the way home.
This week is filled with great adventures for the kids and I. Summer break is coming to an end and I want to fill them with great times.
Enjoy your day friends!

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Day Book




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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....July 27th....

Outside my window..the sun is shining bright..and I can hear cars starting up to go to work..another week.

I am thinking...of our road trip we are taking today with the kids. I will blog about it this week.

I'am praying for.....my children.

I am thankful for... our Sunday School Class

From the learning rooms...Just spending the last couple of weeks with the kids before they go back to school. Just fun days.

From the kitchen....Chicken Parmesan, Meatballs in gravy with potatoes, Brats on the grill, Salmon, salad and greens, and dessert this week will be banana pudding. I made 12 jars of peach jam on Saturday morning and put up several bags of green beans. (froze them) I still need to do tomatoes....this week hopefully.

I am wearing...shorts and top...barefoot.

I am creating...alot of pictures for our summer scrap book.

I am going..on a road trip with the kids today....a fun day.

I am reading...nothing this week...Homelife magazine.

I am hoping....for good weather this week.

I am hearing....cars drive by the house.

Around the house...stripping bed sheets, working in the gardens, filling the bird feeders, dusting, alot of laundry, and floors.

One of my favorite things....picnics!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I have something fun planned almost everyday for the kids. This is the week before school kicks off....no gymnastics, no cheer practice and no swim lessons.....what will we do??? We are going on a road trip, going to a local pottery shop to paint, going swimming, Madison is having a Back to school Party....and dinner without kids with some friends one night....still busy...but a fun kind of busy!

Here is picture thought I am sharing...Our Local Farmers market.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday!!!


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1. Fresh Peaches. There is a Peach Farm in Southern Illinois that has the best peaches...I'm making peach jam this weekend. YUM!

2. Sunny Days. We haven't had alot of rain this summer so therefore the sunny days are really nice. Something about the sun shining bright.

3. Spending the entire day with Madison. We did this on Wednesday. Miller went to momma's and she and I had manicures, and lunch together. Then we went shopping ending the day with dessert at Dairy Queen...a great day indeed.

4. Taking Miller to the Toy Store. Madison had gymnastics one day this week and we had an hour to spare..so went to the toy store and walked around for an hour. We both had a ball. I enjoy little times like this with my kids.

5. Having friends over dinner. I love to entertain. We had some friends over last weekend for dinner. We ate, hung out on the deck, drank some sangria and talked some more...enjoying our time with friends is priceless.

So there you have it....my favorites this past week. We are getting back to school supplies today for Madison. Lunch out with my two favorite kids....and then to a local pottery shop to let them paint something great.
Tomorrow Madison has a car wash to work so me and dad are taking Miller bowling. Enjoying those last days of summer with each other. We have a picnic at a local park tomorrow night and then church and a family reunion on Sunday.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
See you Monday!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Last days

Good Morning. It's a beautiful day here. The sun is shining the temps are not that bad. We have a busy schedule though. Madison has gymnastics and cheer practice and I need to run to the grocery.
Miller isnt feeling well. He ran a low grade fever last night with no symptoms. Odd. Probably viral.

we have been going over our Summer Fun List on what we have done and what we have not done. Several things left to do....going to do some today.

Madison goes back to school 2 weeks from today. unreal! really!
Tomorrow I' m spending the entire day with the kids....a day to ourselves.

Next week we will be spending time with each other as the days slip by. Enjoying our last days of summer break.

Monday, July 20, 2009

simple things

Just thought I would share a few simple pleasures in my life...things I love

fresh watermelon sliced

the smell of laundry out of the dryer

cut flowers from the garden in a mason jar

sitting on the porch with a glass of ice tea reading a great magazine

ice cream sundaes with extra whip cream

a long walk with Scott

watching the food net work

long road trips down old country roads

lemonade on a hot day

snow days with my kids

the ocean in the morning

the first cup of coffee in the morning

a good fitting pair of blue jeans

the perfect nail polish color

Chinese food

running into an old friend

good conversation with friends

a card in the mail from someone

a good glass of Chardonnay while watching a sun set

laughing with Scott

lit candles

pumpkins in the fall

the crisp air in October

the smell of Christmas

chocolate

weddings

babies

girlfriends

going to church

laying in the sun

listening to my kids talk

lunch with my momma

fried chicken, mashed potatoes with brown gravy

coke on ice

the color pink

singing in the shower

big costume jewelry

reading my horoscope

put put

working in my veggie garden

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Busy

Good Morning. The sun is shining bright this morning. And the temps are not high at all. It's actually really nice here. My week is busy. We have Miller's swim lessons and Madison's cheer camp begins tomorrow. Busy......

I have a dinner party coming Friday night and need to start thinking about what I'm making and if we are eating outside and running errands for that. Oh and cleaning the house.

We have alot going on here. Today we have to take our dog to the vet, go to swim lessons, run by my moms house and water her flowers and come back home....doing some cleaning in between that. cook dinner and breath.

lol.
A busy week indeed.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday at my house



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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....July 13th....

Outside my window...the birds are flying around looking for food. It's quiet. No sun yet.

I am thinking...of old movies to search for so we can watch one this week...summer movies...

I'am praying for.....family and friends this week.

I am thankful for... my life.

From the learning rooms...a fun activity for Miller. I found flip flops by Crayola at Aldis this past week with fabric markers at $2 and bought them....Miller will get to color his own flip flops this week.

From the kitchen.....peach jam, Rotel Cheesy Chicken, Cannelloni, Cheeseburger Soup with bread, blackberry cobbler

I am wearing...tank and yoga pants

I am creating...disney food reservations this week.

I am going...to swim lessons with Miller, then running a few errands down town, followed by taking Miller to the river for ice cream and watching the boats go by....a nice summer afternoon.

I am reading...Tracing the Rainbow through the rain/almost done and a very good read.

I am hoping....for the ladies to call me back on cleaning my house once a month..a deep clean to help me out.

I am hearing....Scooby Doo

Around the house...folding alot of laundry from the weekend, stripping sheets, mopping floors, and vacuuming and bathrooms.

One of my favorite things...funnel cakes.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
swim lessons, cheer camp for Madison, gymnastics, youth group at church starts up...and friends coming over for dinner, and a wedding.....oh and fall ball sign ups for Miller.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...Me and Scott on a date.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

a little trip

We are headed out to Holiday World this morning with some friends. An all day trip. Miller's first amusement park experience. I cannot wait....will tell you all about it when we return. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 4 at Swim Lessons

Day 4 we headed out. All was quiet in the car. I didn't know if Miller was happy or sad or scared. I didn't mention it though. We arrived 10 minutes early and went on out to the pool. Sprayed his head with sunscreen and took his shirt off of him. They explained we were in a new pool today..(we take lessons at a pool shop there are 4 pools there) and so the kids were so excited to have a different environment. Miller and I walked over and I got in first...as he walked down the steps he slipped and fell down the steps....hence...flipping out. Ran out of the pool crying. Here we go again.
I talked him into getting to the steps. And talked to him quietly. He was embarrassed he said. I didn't think 3 year olds were embarrassed. They can be!
As the teacher arrived Miller was doing bubbles under the water and grabbed his rings and started going for them. Doing such a great job. An hour into the lessons....she called for a few of the kids and Miller was one of them. We went to the deep end. Jumping off the side and swimming to the side of the pool. He did great. Then he did the diving board twice! TWICE I SAID...no complaints no crying just walked up to it and jumped.....she was there....and guided him once he came up and they swam to the edge of the pool. I was so proud of him. My mom stopped by and watched...she just could nto believe what this woman could do with these kids in 4 days.

We left a little early with a purple sucker today as water got into his eyes and they turned red. So I needed to get the eye drops in fast. But as far as the fourth day...he is doing great. We go back today...day 5. I'm looking forward to it. We are meeting granny for lunch before to celebrate a great week he has had.

He has done so well and we look forward to next weeks lessons as well.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Day 3 at Swim Lessons

We were excited to get there...and he walked right into the pool. As the teacher got in though he started to cry...i don't wanna go under momma. i just stood there. He was clutched to me like a leach. The other kids started pushing off from the steps, doing their bubbles and diving for rings...while we watched.
As the teacher approached us he went right to her and did his bubbles with her...then pushed off to swim....for some crazy un godly reason...he snapped....just like a bean....he started going under water and doing his bubbles....like crazy....up and down up and down....up and down. I couldnt get him to stop. He was diving for rings...with my help and going under water holding his breath. It was like night and day. He even jumped in the pool with the 5 yr olds and swam..with her assistance to the stairs and stayed under water the entire time.
Throughout this whole thing..Miller has actually realy listened to me...every word. He normally wont. He is pretty hard headed. Madison joked in the beginning of all of this that we would probably bond....my girl was right I think. We communicate alot better. Which was totally worth it...whether he learns the basics of swimming or not for me.

Later last evening we took a meal to our sweet family friends that buried their son last week. As we left I told Miller we were heading to the pool, picking up pizza and a box of Oreo's and gonna meet dad.
We had our outdoor picnic....and he jumped into the pool un assisted and was swimming around like a little fish, going under diving for anything he could find down at the bottom. My mom came by to see him and could not believe the difference. Scott finally arrived and played with him for a couple of hours.....we ended our night with watching the sunset over the golf course.

A great day indeed.

So today is day 4 of swim lessons. He is still sleeping. I'm sure he will be asleep for awhile. My little fish is finding that this swimming is a whole new world....a world with possibilites a world that is unbeleivable for a 3 year old. I just hope that he has fun. And that he smiles alot...because for me...that is what it is all about.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Day 2 at swim lessons.

So day 2 of swim lessons. And we started out under the table by the pool. Yep. There I was sitting in a chair trying to convince him to get out from under the table. "Mommy I'm scared". Do I take him home, and let him not face his fear or do I tell him the teacher will just come get him? You guessed it....I told him the teacher would come get him. Yes I did. He crawled out from under the table took my hand and we headed to the pool. We made a deal to sit on the steps. So we sat. But I was okay with that...he was in the pool. He watched the other kids do their bubbles, dunk their head under and glide to the side of the pool. All the while I asked..do you want to do this with mommy? No...the steps are pine (fine). So then the teacher comes for Miller..and he went to her..no problem. He did everything she asked...he listened and then came right back to the steps. I was so proud. then it was time to swim for rings....throwing the rings to the bottom...we are in 3 foot water remember this...and taking your child and positioning them in a dive position and dunking them down...yes dunking your own child...they go down grab the rings and push themselves up. I did not think Miller would do this. I really did not. I will be honest. So I worried.
She came for him and did it....he grabbed all the rings but 3 and the second time grabbed the three and pushed himself up. I was so excited. Great Job Miller!
He told the teacher then that he loved to do that...so mommy and Miller practiced this for at least 20 minutes...back and forth. We also practiced floating on our backs. He wasn't that excited about that..but he did it.
And at the end of the day he got a sucker. A Blue one. His favorite.

So today we go back...day 3. Not sure if we will go right into the pool, or if we will be under the table...but my boy loved the rings...and I cant wait to see daddy's face when he does it for him.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Day to Day


Yesterday was our first day of swim lessons for little Miller. He was so excited when we arrived. But after being forced to go under water and holding his breath....he didn't think it was fun and wanted to go home. We have 9 more days of it. I asked him this morning if he was ready to go back today and his answer was....no. Lets stay home and watch movies. I don't want him scared of the water and if we put a pool in next year he has to know how to swim. I just hope he starts to have fun with it. Madison is getting in today. Maybe that will make it easier for him. We will see.

Scott went back to work yesterday. His time at home was nice. We enjoyed his company. We hit the pool a couple of days and grilled on the deck and just had some old fashion relaxing fun. A good 4th of July. A BBQ at a friends house and at my momma's. A great holiday.

This weekend coming up is a day trip to an amusement park. Cannot wait. Madison is bringing a friend. We are looking forward to going. Miller has never been to one. And this was the age we took Madison for the first time...hoping its a great day for the kids. Miller's best friend is going too. That will help.

So some friends of mine have started up a Bunco group. I'm really excited about this. It starts tonight..the planning part of Bunco. Fun times with women and food and games....

The weather here has been great. Not too hot. Not cold. There has been a breeze in the air. That always helps. Yesterday we met some friends after swim lessons at the paradise snow. They were yummy!

I dont have alot left to say...dinner tonight is a Taco Bar since I'm going to Bunco. I hope you all are having a great week....

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mondays



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FOR TODAY ..... Monday....July 6th

Outside my window...the sun is shining and the temps are cooler. My garden is growing like crazy.

I am thinking...of the new week. Scott was on vacation last week and my week was stirred up. This week we go back to me and the kids.

I'am praying for.....swim lessons this week. That Miller learns and we have no problems.

I am thankful for...a great holiday weekend....family, friends and peace.

From the learning rooms...nothing.

From the kitchen.....Talipia, Italian Roast Beef, Taco Bar, Mississippi Sin Dip (taking to Bunko)
Chicken and Dressing and fresh green beans, fresh sliced tomatoes, and Ooey gooey butter cake this week.

I am wearing...white pajamas

I am creating...our disney vacation. make reservations for food this week....

I am going...to swim lessons and to buy peaches for peach jam today!

I am reading...Tracing the Rainbow through the rain & Chicken Soup for the Soul Mother and Daughter Edition

I am hoping....for Miller to listen to me today during swim lessons

I am hearing....Miller watch tv

Around the house...sweeping floors, wiping down bathrooms, and cleaning glass

One of my favorite things...picnics with the kids...either outside or inside.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
gymnastics, swim lessons, a play date, bunko, a trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana with friends, a sleepover and grocery shopping sometime.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...Miller having a great time on the wet and wild water slide the club rented over the 4th. They had so much fun!



Saturday, July 04, 2009

The 4th of July!


You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
Erma Bombeck

Happy 4th of July friends.
Jen

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Summer


Scott is off for the week. So we are taking some much needed family time and just enjoying each other....we love the 4th of July so we are doing things around the house, taking a day trip hitting the pool and just having fun. Enjoy these summer days and summer nights....talk to you soon.