4th of July Fun in the Burg

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We spent most of the day at home…playing, cleaning, moving rocks, painting and more, but ventured out in the evening for our town’s 4th of July event held at one of our local parks.  Let me just say, I had to beg and plead to get these pigtails in and to stay in!  Normally, I don’t care…I let our little firecracker do her thing, since it’s not worth the battle, but occasionally I like to feel like I have at least attempted to do something with her hair, even if her part in the back is completely crooked because she can’t sit still for 5 seconds!  Amazingly, she was distracted enough throughout the evening that she didn’t pull them out 5 minutes into our adventure! Success!  Hehe! It’s the little things…

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And this…  Jos was taught how to make funny faces this week by the granddaughter of one of Justin’s co-workers.  She is really having fun with this! :)

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Our adventure started with a stop at the Hot Diggidy Dog booth at the park.

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Then, it was on to ice cream and popcorn.

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Next, was a friendly race on some stick ponies.  Jos absolutely LOVED doing this.  She really enjoyed riding her stick pony around the hay bales and climbing all over them!  Birthday present dilemma, solved!   Don’t tell her… ;)

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She rode a pink cow too.

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We concluded our night at home with some poppers, too windy for much else, and then our neighbors put on a mega fireworks display right out our front window.  Jos was up late and LOVED the fireworks!  Nala was up late and DESPISED the fireworks….poor doggie girl. :(

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A Day in the Life | June

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Although this is not a typical day in the life at home, this was a typical day at the beach on our recent getaway to the Oregon Coast!  I can’t express my thanks enough to the VERY generous family who let us use their lovely beach home for 5 days so we could enjoy a getaway with our “big girl” before Baby # 2 arrives!  It was simply wonderful and such a nice break from the “norm”.

We spent a ton of time on the beach building sandcastles, looking for sand dollars, burying feet in sand, and making “swimming pools” for dolls.  We also enjoyed a carousel ride, $1 ice cream cones & saltwater taffy, flying kites, visiting a State Park where we saw lots of starfish and other sea creatures, making s’mores and hot dogs over a backyard fire, hiking and finding frogs and banana slugs and watching movies. Joslyn’s Nanny & Grampi even joined us for a couple of days while we were there!  It was the perfect getaway and such a joy to see our girl having soooo much fun on the beach!  She wanted to take her shoes off as soon as she hit the sand!  I think this trip may have helped her get past her intolerance to getting dirty too…  She has always been one who doesn’t enjoy getting dirty or wet, especially when it is unexpected, but she certainly enjoyed getting wet, sandy and dirty at the beach!  Yay!

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No trip to any beach is complete without POG, apparently…  Jos had it in her head we were going to Hawaii, which is where she had POG, so we had to get some.  I think she knows we were on the Oregon Coast now but it took awhile for that to sink in. ;)

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Justin “interviewing” Jos about her day. :)

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Mini Frozen Party | Girl’s Night

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A few weeks ago, Jos requested a Girl’s Night Frozen Party with her friend, Ellie.  Yesterday was the evening we made it happen.  Jos was so excited all day.  She woke up from nap, still groggy, and the first thing she said was, “Is it time for my Frozen party yet?”.  Love these two mini versions of Queen Elsa!  I also love that both have their own “Queen Elsa” dresses….Jos’s being from the consignment shop and only gaining popularity once she watched Frozen and Ellie’s being a “cape” made from a sheet!  The crowns were printables that I found and downloaded from a website when looking for Frozen theme ideas.  I will share the link at the bottom…

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The night before I made a few easy, peasy paper snowflakes and hung them from the ceiling.  Jos thought it was cool that it was “snowing inside”.  We had Frozen Punch, Ham and cheese “Act of True Love” sandwiches (since I didn’t have a snowflake cookie cutter), Olaf carrot noses, Banana Olafs on coffee stir sticks and popcorn “snowflakes”.  It was all very easy and quick to prepare.  And only one dish was broken in the process which resulted in a movie break and sweep/vacuum session! ;)

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The original picture of these I saw used candy eyeballs but I just used what I had which happened to be sweet tarts.

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Fun times!

And now for the link….I found most of my ideas from a blog called Eat Craft Parent.  This is where I found the links to the printables as well.

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Strawberry Picking

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We had a fun time with friends yesterday picking strawberries!

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Now, looking forward to raspberries in July….

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Father’s Day Weekend | 2014

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I love that this blog helps me feel like I have some record of events since I can’t remember the last time I made a physical scrapbook, although I need to do that.  I certainly don’t blog about or even photograph every event, but it’s nice to know that I have a record somewhere of a few of the moments in our life.

This Father’s Day weekend was spent with the Yeager Family…playing video games, photographing babies, going to Costco where my daughter devoured all except for one bite of one of their ginormous polish dogs, celebrating all the dads with a make your own pizza party and let’s not forget the make your own ice cream sundaes, and then going to the zoo where my girl bravely rode a camel with her Daddy and fed the birdies with a seed stick all by herself.  It was a weekend well spent.

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A Day in the Life | May

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This time around, I decided to wait until the very last day of the month to document our day in the life.  Partly procrastination, sure, but mostly to capture our sweet niece’s first birthday!  We also got to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday during the party, so needless to say, there was lots of cake!

The morning started out pretty busy with me trying to feed everyone, make rhubarb-peach compote so my rhubarb didn’t go bad on me, get my newly bought plants in the ground, and then trying to get ready for our road trip to the birthday party.  Meanwhile, Justin spent the morning with Jos keeping her busy and having fun so I could accomplish these tasks.  Although busy, it was such a wonderful Saturday spent with family and friends.

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SO out of focus but who cares…it’s too darn cute not to share!

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Wildflower Walk

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Despite my girl not feeling well, missing our last swim lesson, a diaper emergency at the grocery store, and her hitting me in front of the grocery store clerk because I forgot to let her push the green button, we had a lovely morning. ;)  Really, we did!

We took Nala for a walk and picked wildflowers along the way, using the iphone to document a bit of our adventure.  Jos loved finding all of the different flowers…at least 10 or more varieties.  There were so many!  Well, I guess one was a grass but that’s ok.  We, or I, even saw two snakes.  Jos repeated what I have told her before when I mentioned seeing the snakes, “when you see a snake, just walk away.”  Don’t mind if I do, baby girl!  The weather was perfect and it was such a lovely way to spend our morning.  To top it off, we met Justin for a picnic lunch.  Summer days were meant for just this kind of thing.

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