Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly WrapUp (tennis camp week)

This was our first week of Tennis Camp this summer!





































I'll go ahead and say it, my husband is the best Tennis coach since sliced bread! ;) seriously though, my kids look forward to tennis camp all summer! They love daddy being the coach. He really is so much fun with the kids. It's exactly what a camp should be for kids- fun, engaging, and they learn some skills for sure! Before I watched him in action I didn't know how much fun a tennis camp could be! He does 2 weeks of camps. Elementary is early 7:30-9, junior high is 9-10:30, then high school is 10:30-12:30. Pat is out there sweating the whole time- don't know how he does it but I guess he's acclimated to it. He's been coaching for 21 years, playing since he was little, went to college on a Tennis scholarship! Basically, his life has always been about Tennis! And history! The man can tell you a story from the past and you feel like you were actually there. Which brings me to my next point- he's also the best history teacher! I never was interested in History until I married him! He decided though, that at some point he wants to quit coaching, and either be a principal, or some type of administrative position. So- he's been working on his masters degree. And why is this in my weekly WrapUp? He took his Administrators test last week, and we got the results back this week. He was so excited- PASSED! So we went out to eat this week to celebrate! Super happy for him because it was a really tricky test! He also finished his Thesis paper! Another Big deal!

Now on to some monkey business! For real! We have this cool little place down the street, "Ms. Monkey's Emporium"- gourmet popcorn and coffees. They also have real monkeys there! I took the kids one day and we got to hold the monkeys- lots of fun, and their great way of bringing in some serious business to the Monkey business! Lol!

















I got us all some Sea Salt Caramel popcorn! YUM! I love a little sweet and salty!




















































































Thy have a glass enclosed little room for the monkeys, with hammocks and play toys! You can see them all the time and then they have certain times they being them out for people to hold. When I was holding one, he was sucking his thumb, ten reached up with his finger and pulled on my sunglasses, Lol! Funny monkey!

I painted this beachy sign this week. You can click here to see it! I just love it!

We attended a baby shower for my sis-n-law! Super cute bee theme! While we were shopping last week for her gift, one of my children (the oldest) ahem, took my wooden spoon out of my purse. I didn't realize it till later when I was looking for it, and she says, "oh, it's in a rocking chair at 'Buy Buy Baby'!" Say what?! So on my to do list for tomorrow is to go back to the store and dig in a rocker for my wooden spoon! Think anyone will notice? I'll probably end up on their cameras in the store as the weirdo digging in chairs! Better yet- I think I should make Kamri go back in with me and get it, and then apologize to the workers if anyone sat on something hard and got pokes with a wooden spoon! Ha! That'll be a punishment there!

Anyway, I thought that was worth remembering!











And this "dollar gum"! Kylie decided this would be a better use for her offering during church! Ummm- "Lucy, you got some splainin' to do" hahaha!

And that Kylie tried sleeping without her pull-up last night, and as soon as she woke up said, "I didn't tee tee in the bed!" Yeah!

And that's a wrap!

This week were up for a couple more days of tennis then Kamri and I get to go to church camp!!! I'll pick up the bloggity blog next week when we get back.

Have a good one!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites!

1. My Homemade Chai Tea Latte!!!
I love Starbucks, but when I can't get there or just want to enjoy my favs at home, I recreate them. One of my favorite drinks there is the Chai Tea Latte! Here's how I make it:
Ingredients:
1 cup water
Stash Chai Spice Black Tea
1-2 TBSP sugar (I know, bad...but so good)
1-2 TBSP heavy whipping cream
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

So you give or take where you like- I go all the way with it- if I have one of these I want it full force.


























































Boil water in a glass measuring cup (2 min. microwaves is good).
Pour boiling water over tea bag in your mug.
Let steep for about 3 min.
Add sugar and cinnamon, stir.
Add cream, stir.

Sip and enjoy!



2. Along the same lines, I also love Apple Cider Vinegar....to drink! Hi, I'm Robyn and I'm an ACV-aholic! I was reading Mix and Match Blog last week and I couldn't believe it was one of Shay's weird things. My kids go around asking people if they like Apple Cider Vinegar like me. Kamri and Kaci think it's really gross and stinks. Kylie actually likes it! It's supposed to be great for cleansing your digestive system. Also, My Meme drinks it when she gets muscle cramps and they go away! There are many wonderful attributes of ACV... Anyway, this is the way I prepare it:

Heat 1 C water to boiling (I use the same glass measuring cup as I mentioned earlier.

Add in 1 tbsp honey

Add in 2 tbsp Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

Add in a splash of lemon juice or lemon oil.


Pour that mix into a tumbler to go with a straw, and add in 1 C water. This brings you to 16oz.





















I drink at least one and sometimes 2 per day. The cold water mixed makes it more bearable to drink and not quite as hot as it started out. I have to drink it hot/warm not cold. The reason for boiling first is because the honey dissolves great in hot water. So yum, and good for you!






3. It's so hot and I'm enjoying summer but...
Next up is one of my favorite gifts from last Christmas. Mamas just know what to get!
It's this scarf hanger from IKEA. Looks like you can only get it in store but wanted to include the pic because mine is loaded down! Love how much it holds! And they're really easy to slide in and out if the holesand it takes up so little space hanging in the closet!!
























That's what it looks like new
































That's what it looks like in use!





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This is one of my favorite spots to sit - in Kamris room! I love this chair, so comfy! This one is out if stock but there are similar ones here.









5. And because it's summer and we have used this so much... this is some good stuff for those annoying ant, Mosquito, tiny bug bites!




























6. I don't know about you but I'm particular about my kitchen towels. There are many of them that just do not mop up or absorb wet stuff from the counters. Well I found these at Marshall's or TJ Maxx and they are perfect Bar Mops! If you see them there, snatch up a few packs! You'll love em!










7. I got these new flip flops this week and they're perfect they're flat, can be dressy casual or just casual, because of the nautical stripe and gold medallion detail. I got em from Palais Royal- on sale for $19.99, plus I had a 40% coupon! Score!







And just for kicks ;) this was my view as I sat in the porch swing enjoying some coffee...






Just something so peaceful about nature! Love the back yard!

7. Just for laughs!





Bahahahahaha! So true! ;)


And for some reason this Little Richard song came back to me earlier this week. Pat and I love to sing this one and joke around with it- it's one his dad had a record of and he learned from him. So fun to good around with. I leave you with "hebe jee-bies!" Said the bad luck baby put the ganks on me!


Little Richard

Have a great weekend!!!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tea Parties & Journals











I always want the memories of my girls this young,
when tea parties were so magical and so much fun!

I love them, I love them from head to toe.
I love how God made them, this I know!

One day soon they may not want tea parties, with pretend food and water.
They'll find delight in other things this world has to offer.

I just pray this simple prayer before I go to sleep:
"Dear Lord, let them be little. Let them stay kind and sweet."

And though the grass fades and the flower withers.
I'll have my journals to remind us of the time they were littles.