Friday, May 29, 2015

Memorial Day weekend.

We had a great relaxing weekend!
Fun Friday:
the kids got to swim and ride bikes after school. It was a pretty day!

Fun & Spruce up Saturday:
We had a birthday party to attend, which was lots of girly Princess fun!
We decided to have friends over for Memorial Day. I like to have at least a semi-mostly clean house when people come over so I spent a good portion of Saturday picking up little things here and there and vacuuming. Pat did all the outside yard work while the girls played- and helped too. It's all the little things strewn here there and everywhere that take so long when doing house work.
It cracks me up the way we plan parties over here. Here's how it went down: one friend texted: "So my peeps...are we gonna do anything on Monday?πŸ˜˜πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ". And I quickly texted Pat and said wanna have a party at our house for Memorial Day? He said sure. So I texted a few friends: "party at the Marrie's". To which I got a "really? awesome! What time? Swim suits?" And the ball was rolling from there.

Lights out & pjs Sunday:
the weather had been horrible on Saturday night into Sunday am. Sooo our power went out, which meant no alarms went off, no lights were on, which translates to extra sleep! The bad thing is we missed church, by the time we woke up and me with my wet hair (I always wash my hair at night and wake up with it wet to fix the next morning), and no power to fix my hair or my face. It was quite eventful though because Pat told me he had had a piece of glass stuck in his foot since last week when I busted a glass outside. So I spent much of our afternoon after the lights were back on, digging in his foot with a needle prying the glass out. I know- ewww! The girls got all into it! They got their tablets out and played nurses and assistants and got all his info. And most importantly got his credit card info and made sure he was going to pay his doctor bill, which they jacked up pretty high! You know, stitches, x-rays and all cost a lot!

Party Monday:
Well of course this was the best day of the long weekend! We love to party! The kids got to swim, and play basketball. The guys played ping pong. The gals were busy with kiddos and visiting in between interruptions ;). We laughed because we kept ending up in different parts of the house or on the porch because of moving to help Kylie with her life jacket, or go potty, or get a drink, or get food, or ... Well you get the picture! She's just 4. Oh and eating.... Lots of eating!
Everyone pitched in and brought something which makes it easier to have a party! The most popular item brought made it in a pic...

What's a Memorial Day party without LOTS of chips?!
But these were the cutest ones of the bunch:

And the guys:

And the mamas:

We had the traditional burgers, dogs, and Flag cake,

with some dips and cookies too. Oh and watermelon- YUM! Always way too much food, but better too much than not enough! I always have fun decorating for the seasons and holidays. It's one of my favorite things to do! It's like some kind of therapy for me (not that I need any...I don't think...;)
Anyway, this time I just painted a canvas and focused on my entry table. Here's a link to the canvas and entry table stuff.

(Photography during the party- thanks to Kim! I took none!)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

the Good old Days

I was doing dishes in the kitchen, the kids were in bed, and Pat was watching the Rockets in the bedroom (I could hear it from the kitchen). I went down the hall to go see what was happening with the game and found out he wasn't really 'watching' the game... He was listening to it. We don't have ESPN, so we can only catch some of the games.

Anyway, It sent me back 30 years! I immediately and fondly thought of my Paw Paw listening to the ball games on Sunday afternoon! I loved that time. He would prop up on the couch with the radio on a little side table near his head and the antenna sticking up and him getting it just right. Of course there was a little static still but good enough for him. Now I'm not that old. We had the TV. The game was actually going on the TV as well, but he would have the TV volume down and just listen to the radio version. I'm not sure why. Maybe because he had hearing aid, it was easier to just have the sound right by him. Oh and that hearing aid! I loved hearing it whistle, then hearing my Meme or my mom, or any of us tell him he was whistling and then watching him turn that tiny dial down. I thought that was so cool... and funny that he couldn't always hear the whistle. And especially hilarious if it went off in church!
Back to my thought- it also could have been because maybe he thought the radio commentary was better than the TV one back then. Whatever the reason, I just think it was neat. I could lay beside him for a minute, grab a hug, kiss, and then run outside to play again. He didn't care. He loved all the kids to be around. The women folk would all be either cooking, cleaning up kitchen, or playing on the piano, talking and laughing the whole time. It was just such a fun time. It was carefree and I loved it. It's why I paint things like this canvas sometimes. When I see it, it's a good feeling.

I try to make sure my kids see fun and carefree here too. I let them see me laugh and have fun, I sing and dance with them, and just let loose...even while putting up dishes or clothes. Sometimes I'm the morning pick me up for them while their eating their Lucky Charms. They may roll their eyes but they pretty much always join in and we have pretty good mornings before school! It's easy to let daily life get in the way of that sometimes, but I want them to know that life can be full of joy. Let loose and have fun! I want them to be able to look back one day and say "those were the good old days" and then to be able to create their own good old days with their kids. After all "these are the good old days" aren't they! I love being right where I'm at!

Oh, and the Rockets lost 😞. That was fun to follow though! I love a good game of b-ball!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kid time = Mama time

Lately I've noticed that I've been getting to just sit... a lot. Not because I have nothing to do. Far from that. I have to do lists out the wazoo (what is one anyway?). I have laundry piled high, dishes in constant use, toys strung where no toys have gone before, and many more things, (all of which drive me nuts the instant they pile up an aren't done). Its been the "let it pile high all week then get it all done in one day" season with my housekeeping lately. My best me likes to never have it piled up and be able to constantly keep up with it, but sometimes that's just not possible. I wish I was Mary Poppins. So back to the reason I've been sitting is because of 3 little monkeys (aka- my girls). They love to play outside (they've only recently rediscovered this love and I love it) but only if I'm right there with them. I pretty much have to be there if they're riding bikes around our front drive way, and if they're swimming. These are the 2 main things they've been doing lately- a lot! So I have thoroughly enjoyed my time just sitting and watching them. The pool water isn't quite as warm as I like it yet. I absolutely don't like cold water. When it heats up I'll be right there with them. And when they ride bikes in front, sometimes I'll get out of my lawn chair and shoot some hoops or ride bikes for a few minutes. But I really love watching them when they forget I'm watching - and just go carefree and sing and wave at all the cars passing by. Actually they don't ever really forget I'm watching because every once in a while I see them glance over and make sure I'm still right in my seat where I'm supposed to be. And don't think I can sneak off to grab a drink! As soon as I get up they holler "mom, where you going?" They are so funny about me being right near them and always have been. I suppose one day I'll be missing that.
With all this sitting around I've had lots of time to browse Pinterest and actually check some emails, or read a new book, but sometimes I just drop everything and sit and watch. Its also been a time where I realize I can blog a minute or two. I like writing and sharing things once in a while so I found myself back here. It may be something the kids enjoy looking back at sometime in the future. It's been such a fun spring and we are so ready for summer break! Can't wait for some lazy mornings, fun times, and late nights! I miss those crazy lazy hazy days of summer (did you just start singing πŸ˜„) where all our time is together for a while and kid time = mama time (sometimes;)! I guess we're starting early!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Navy and Coral canvas and burlap

Wrapped burlap with last initial, Blessed, anniversary date at the top, then the kids birth dates below. Navy, cloud blue, and coral.

BLOOM gallery wrapped canvas. Navy, mint, yellow, coral, cloud blue.

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