Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July

And just like that the 4th of July has already come and gone.  I can't get over how fast this summer seems to be flying by.

I was too busy having fun and enjoying my day on Saturday that I didn't take a single picture.  Thankfully a few people had their camera's out.

My brother in law loaded up all of us Mom's and dropped us off upstream.  Most years it only takes us about 2 hours to float back down.  This year we were 3 1/2 hours in and still had a ways to go, so we had to have the guys tow us back.  We would have been more than happy to have stayed out there longer, but we figured we were being missed by our men and kids, and somebody had to get dinner started.  :)

My younger two are out of town for a couple of days staying with their cousins and Dan had to run into work to deal with an issue yesterday evening.  So it was just Gracie and I, which doesn't happen very often.  We watched a movie and just relaxed.  Perfect way to spend a Sunday evening with my girl. 

Gracie just got done with a basketball camp last week and now we are starting back up with a volleyball camp this week.  It's the story of July.  Just looking at July on my calender makes me a bit stressed as there are only a couple of days where we don't have much planned.  Time to put on some running shoes. 
I hope you all had a great weekend as well.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Favorites

Well, the weekend's almost here my friends!!!

 Today I'm linking back up with Andrea, Erika and Narci to share my Friday favorites.  

1.  With all this 100 degree weather that we've been having, playing in or on the the water is our favorite thing to do. 

2.  There isn't much that Emma and I love more than babies.  We could sit and hold them all day long.  This day, I held my niece until she fell asleep.  I didn't want to give her up but Emma made me hand her over. 

3.  I have been on a Caesar salad kick for awhile now.  Being a stay at home Mom, I get bored eating the same old stuff.  No, a Caesar salad probably isn't the healthiest thing I could eat but it's sure easy to make and tastes so much better than a regular old sandwich.
4.  I'm not a big make up girl, but I found this lip gloss at the local pharmacy and I actually really like it.  It's not sticky at all and looks great.  The best part is I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it.  I picked a nice clear one, but all the colors look fun.  Do you ladies have a favorite lip gloss that I should know about?
5.  And last but not least... I love a good fun holiday.  We won't be camping like we had planned because our county and the counties around us all have new fire restrictions, so that means no campfires or fireworks.  We've all decided to just play on the water during the day instead.  Lots of family, friends, grilling yummy food and chillin by the water sounds like the perfect way for us to spend it.


I hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A weekend on the lake

We spent last weekend up on Flathead Lake visiting and hanging out with Dan's side of the family.  It was the perfect weekend to be up there.  When we got back home Sunday it was around 6:30 in the evening and the temperature was 107.  Crazy!  

Now that Gracie's 13, I guess she's old enough to get her boating license.  Well, this Momma's not ready for that yet, but she's welcome to drive around and practice with her Dad.  Seriously... who comes up with this stuff.  There isn't a 13 year old that I've met that I want to meet out on the water driving a boat or wave runner by themselves.  Eeek! 

Dan's older brother took us out in his boat and pulled the kids on his new tube.  They loved it!  

 Jesse prefers to ride by himself.  I offered to ride with him.  He just smiled and shook his head. 

They always have the prettiest sunsets.  It's the perfect way to end the evening.

At home we are surrounded by mountains and are tucked in our little valley which makes it almost impossible to get a silhouette.  So the kids and I played around a bit with my phone. 

Sunday morning, we took Dan's parent's boat out and we headed into Big Fork for breakfast!  I haven't ever done that before and it was so much fun.  We parked it and walked a couple blocks to the restaurant.

The kids all ordered hot chocolate and were ecstatic that the waitress put candies with it.  The little things in life.  :)  Jesse wanted to make sure that we tipped them well.  Haha! 

Walking back to the boat after breakfast!  So peaceful! 
 You wouldn't have to twist my arm to get me to do this more often. 

 Hope you all are having a great week so far!

Monday, June 29, 2015

We have a teenager in the house!

Today my sweet Gracie May turns 13.  We officially have a teenager in the house and I am on a huge trip down memory lane.   This girl of mine has the biggest, most kindest heart of everyone I know and I couldn't love her more.  I am so thankful that I get to be her Momma. 

We've already had a big birthday weekend and today I'm running around getting everything ready for her birthday dinner with the family tonight. 

She was telling me yesterday that it was her last day to be a kid, that from now on she'll be a teenager. She may be a teenager... but she'll always be my baby girl. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

No Reply Bloggers

Ok, so today we are talking about no reply bloggers.  You guys, I had no idea what that was until Tiffany wrote this post last year.  I realized that I was a no reply blogger and hurried to fix it. 

See the thing is... I reply to every comment that I receive here on my blog.  Every single one.  I reply to each comment by email unless I see that you are a no reply blogger.  When I receive an email notification that I have a new comment, I reply straight from my email so that it goes straight over to yours.  You will receive my reply without having to come back to my post to see what I replied.  If you are a no reply blogger which I've unfortunately just realized some of my readers have been... you wouldn't have received my reply because your email is missing and in it's place it says,  So for all of you... I'm sorry!!!  I'm going to be more watchful.   If I see that you are a no reply blogger I will reply in the comment section of the blog post.   If you want to change this and have replies go straight to your email as well, here's what you need to do...

Go into your blogger profile, click on edit profile.  At the top under privacy you will click on the little box and put a check in it, where is says, show your email address.  Save and you should be good to go.  Feel free to leave a comment below to test it out and see if it works. 

But in case I've completely confused you, head over here!  :)

I love being able to respond back and forth with fellow bloggers and readers.  It's super quick and so worth it.  

Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I can't believe it's already the last Wednesday of the month.  Crazy!  I feel like it was just the end of last month when I was doing a What's up Wednesday post.  Anyway, I'm linking up again today with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel to recap our month.

What we're eating this week

We've been grilling most everything.  We had a couple of lazy evenings around here where we've just thrown some brats and hot dogs on the grill and called it good.  Who wants to stay inside cooking when it's so nice out?! 

What I'm reminiscing about

This month marked our 14th wedding anniversary.  It's been fun looking through our wedding photos and looking back at how young we were. 

What I'm loving

I'm loving all the time that my kids have been spending with their cousins and friends this month.  We have had tons of play dates and sleepovers.  It's been a bit wild, but they are having so much fun and making so many fun memories.  That makes it too hard to say no.  :)

What we've been up to

Lot and lots of this!  We have spent so many days at the pool this summer.  My younger two kids are taking swimming lessons in the mornings and by afternoon we are all ready to head back to the pool for a couple hours. 

What I'm dreading

Hmm... the only thing that I can think that I might be dreading is just being a bit busier than I'd like for us to be.  I like for us to be busy enough that the kids aren't whining about being bored, but at the same time, I like for us to have time sit back and relax and not feel like we are having to rush out the door. 

What I'm working on

I've been working on editing photos.  Dan and I have a big trip that we're taking in a couple months and I decided that I was going to need some spending money while over there and that I'd need to buy a couple of outfits before we go.  So I decided to take on a couple of photo sessions this summer.  I'm taking pics and editing away.  Just like the good ol' days.  ;)

What I'm watching/reading

I started this book after hearing everyone say they loved it.  I loved the first 2 or 3 chapters and was so excited to keep reading, but then it just kind of lost me.  I've scanned through a couple of chapters and will scan a bit more to see if it picks up.  I hate saying anything negative about it, but since I had already mentioned this book a couple posts back and that I was loving it, I felt that I should update and say at the moment I'm not.  If it picks back up and I love it again, I will let you know!  :)

Otherwise, this summer has been filled with lots of magazines.  It's hard for me to get into a book if I'm watching the kids swim or running around.  Too many, "Mom, watch me do this." 

What I'm listening to

The tractor is driving out through the field as haying season is in full swing around here.  Lots of little noises around the house, but otherwise it is quiet and peaceful for the moment. 

What I'm wearing

It's tank tops and shorts lately.  Which means it's hot out... just the way I like it!  :)

What I'm doing this weekend

We are planning on hitting the water.  The weather shows that it should get up into the 100's. So we'll either hit up the river here or head up to Flathead Lake and hang out with Dan's family.  Either way, we'll be finding somewhere to cool off. 

What I'm looking forward to next month

Next month is going to be busy!  There is a lot on the calender already.  So I guess I'm looking forward to relaxing on the 4th with family and friends. 

What else is new

We almost have a teenager in the house!  Gracie is turning 13 in just a couple days!  I'm still processing this...

What are we doing for the 4th of July

 Every year for the 4th of July we camp for the weekend with family and friends.  Nothing big or fancy, but always lots of fun.  There will be lots of boating, fishing, horse shoes, games, fire works and my favorite... us women load up in the truck with our tubes and get dropped off a couple of miles up stream and then we float back down the river in our tubes without the men or kids.  It's always so much fun to have an hour or two of uninterrupted time for us ladies!

What about you all?  Any fun weekend plans?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Favorites

I have been an awful blogger lately.  I will get back into a groove this summer, I promise!  But until then I thought I'd share some of my Friday favorites.  I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci once again.

1.   I am loving my yard lately.  We've been spending a lot of evenings outside working on it, and it's really coming along.  I am so glad that we had the deck redone.  It's very simple and just the way I wanted it. 
I am not a gardener and I definitely don't have a green thumb.  Once upon a time I tried a HUGE beautiful garden and failed at it miserably.  We had the whole thing ripped up and hauled off.  It just became an eye soar and I felt guilty every time I looked out there.  I wanted to be a good gardener, but I didn't enjoy it at the time.  My kids were little and I felt busy.  Too busy for one more thing.  So the garden left.

Today my kids are a bit older and I missed having plants.  Yes, I'm crazy!  Haha!  So the other day I ran down to the nursery and bought a few plants for around the house.  Dan and I have been ripping up some of the sod around the sides of the house and I've been planting different perenials making myself little flower gardens.  I've even bought a couple of vegetable plants and the thing is, I am having so much more fun now and loving it!  

My little pot of basil.

2.   Monday was the beginning of the Proverbs study over at Good Morning Girls.  It's a Mon-Fri study and it's not to late to jump on in.  You have the whole weekend to catch up.  Courtney has a great little video you should check out.  She will totally convince you to jump in and start reading Proverbs.  Go check it out! 
Today we begin Proverbs 1-5

3.   I am loving all the fresh produce that is rolling in.  One of the many reasons that this is my favorite time of year. 

4.   We went out to dinner the other night for our anniversary and took a little ride in my sisters jeep.  There isn't a better vehicle to ride in during the summer, even if you end up with crazy hair. 

5.   And to celebrate Friday... here's a little humor for you all.  :)

I hope you all have a great weekend!