Saturday, June 27, 2009

Getting Ready for the 4th

Today my Sister, Brother-in-Law and I went to a little Amish Community close to our hometown for a bit of shopping. My sister wanted to go to a favorite fabric shop; while she looked at fabric I suggested how cute it would be in the form of scrapbook paper. She made a very cute 4th of July banner (that I hope to get one of), so she went back for more fabric.

We walked past these cute wagons along the way, wished I could have had one.

From there we found a little antique store so we stopped to see what goodies they may have. Let's put it this way, my brother-in-law made it thru the entire shop by the time we were on row #2. He doesn't understand antique must browse very slowly. I've been looking for cute children's books and game pieces. This shop had both and they were extra cute. Not sure what I will do with them, but I have some ideas.

By now we were hungry so we drove to a very nice Amish grocery store for a homemade sandwich and some fruit and vegetables. My Sister has gotten me hooked on Olive Loaf. It's a type of lunch meat with olives in it. My Sister is particularly fond of Pickle loaf while my brother-in-law likes Old Fashioned Loaf. Guess we're just a loaf kind of family.
This guy rolled past the store on our way out. Wouldn't he be fun to ride on??

Next we stopped at a local butcher shop for some fresh meat. My brother-in-law has a new smoker and he wanted some ribs to try out. He came carrying out some big ole' slabs of meat. I thought it looked yummy, my sister can't stand to eat meat off a bones so she thought otherwise.

Our final stop was a firework stand along side the highway with all kinds of cool items. It's a good thing my son wasn't with me, he would have begged me to buy one of everything. Both of us picked up a handful of things, sure to make the 4th of July even more exciting. My son is on a vacation with his Dad and won't be home until July 5th, so we'll be having an extended holiday in our family so we can celebrate again when he returns home.

The goods that came home with me. My son will be in hog heaven.

It's really starting to feel like the 4th of July around here. The town we visited today has their firework celebration this evening. Lot's of parties going on and people in a festive mood. This is one of my more favorite holidays. Nothing feels like summer more than some fireworks and a good cookout.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Veggies In Our Garden

Our vegetable garden is coming along and it's so exciting. We have had A LOT of rain, so much that it has flooded our garden, but it's still holding on.

The other evening my son and I ventured out in the very hot, humid weather to do a little weeding and much to our surprise, we had radishes ready to pick. We gave them all to my Dad, but it was so fun to harvest our first vegetable.

My herb garden is doing well too, lot's of basil ready for the picking. I must get busy and cook! Now if those darn tomatoes were ready, we could have some fun!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my Dad, the man who still takes care of me when I need him. He is a role model to my son, a wonderful man to look up to. I should know, I've been looking up to him for 38 years. I love you Dad!

The other important man in my life is my brother-in-law. He has stood by my side through some very sad times and supported me through and through. My son also loves his Uncle very much, just as I do.

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful men in my life.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Our Season Comes To An End

Our baseball season has come to an end.

We won a few more games, but last night we officially lost.

Lots of young boy tears were shed, but they played a great season.

The IGA Green Monsters, or so they called themselves.

The rain delay games, hot weather and long evenings were a pain, but I did enjoy being a baseball Mom for a few months. Until next year.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Home Run

My son hit his first home run of the season last night. It was our first game in the tournament and he was on Cloud 9. He was so excited and I was so proud of him. They still lost, but that will be a game he will remember forever.

These baseball pictures are from a different game, but thought I would share them anyway. He is number 11 so his nickname is "Sticks". He was so upset that they lost, only by 1 run, because the entire team played so well together. He isn't ready for the season to be over.

They do have another game, it's a double elimination tournament so we'll see how they play Thursday evening. Even though I'm so ready for baseball to be over, I do hope (a little) they win so they can keep going in the tournament.

But if they don't, we have been talking about him getting 8 of his baseball buddies together for the rest of this summer to form a team like these guys.

If you have never seen this movie (click on link above), I highly recommend it. They unfortunately same some cruse words, but it is a great baseball movie about some young boys. We've watched it many times in our house, but now my son wants to form his own Sandlot.
I'll keep you posted on how the tournament fairs. Let's hope for a few more winning games.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Farmer's Market

This morning my Dad and I visited the local Farmer's Market. Talk about fun. I had never been to it before and if I had a ton of money, I would have bought one of everything. The vegetables were so abundant and beautiful. The flowers were just as pretty. Live music was playing up and down each row, it made you all warm and fuzzy inside. We made one full pass of all the vendors before making our first purchase, then we circled back around and decided who would come home with us.

Look at those bunches of radishes. Aren't the colors beautiful?

A few vendors had tomatoes already. That was my Dad's favorite pick.
I already have my herb garden planted but we got some basil for Mom. I think I sniffed every plant there. I made Dad do it too, but he didn't probably enjoy it as much as me.

This picture is fuzzy but look at this sweet little Grandma. I can guarantee she is a farmer's wife. She is sporting her plaid shirt and farmer's cap, sweetly arranging the new potatoes. I just thought she was the true image of this Farmer's Market.

Now, time to go make dinner with Mom and Dad with all of our goods!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Around Home

New and exciting things to me....may be boring to you.

$8.00 flip flops from Wal-Mart, summer is official.

Piles like this all over my go away!

New craft I made tonight from Jenni Bowlin, isn't it cute for the 4th of July?

And the most exciting thing, new to my new cell phone. I finally splurged and got texting. LOVE IT!

Sorry this post is boring, lack of sleep....did I say I was sick of baseball?

Abe Lincoln

I haven't done well in the blogging arena. Between work and Baseball, my life is consumed to the office and ball diamond. Needless to say, I'm sick of both. Don't see work going away anytime in the near future, but luckily baseball will. I have enjoyed many bits and pieces of the season, but we are into month #3 and I just want my evenings back.

Because we live with my son on 3rd base and my fanny plastered to a bleacher, I haven't had time to write on my blog, and I miss it! I know ya'll just think my life is incredibly interesting and you're dying to hear about it, so I'm sorry. HA! My life is boring to me, but there was something fun we recently did I'd love to share.
Last Monday my Sister, two nieces and my son went to Springfield, Illinois to the Lincoln Museum. The kids had been there for school functions, but my Sister and I had not been there yet. It was very interesting, loved to see and read the facts, and we took lots of neat pictures.

Can you see the oddball in the picture below? :)

Some of our more serious shots.

After the museum everyone was hungry so it was time for lunch. My sister spotted this cool restaurant on our way downtown that she saw featured on Food Networks, "Diner, Drive-in's and Dives". It was a diner, not a dive, yummy food and such a fun atmosphere.

I ordered the famous Horseshoe. It was yummy.

After lunch we headed back downtown to see Lincoln's home. I just can't imagine living like that, but on the other side I think it would be so nice to just have a simple life. I know they had their issues too, but sometimes I would rather work for myself, take care of my family and my home and not put a suit on to do it under fluorescent lights at a desk.

Once we were done touring Abe's house we headed to his tomb. The kids did not get to go here for their school events so they did find it very interesting. They kept asking, is he really buried here? Even to be a memorial, it was a beautiful sight. I'm so glad our country made such a large memorial for this great man to honor him.

Even if it is summer time my Sister and I were able to squeeze in a little history for the kids. It was great for us to witness as well and a really fun day for everyone. That is one item marked off our summer to-do list. Let's see....what's next?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Car Show

My Dad, son and I headed to our little downtown tonight to check out a car show. Our poor town tries time and time again to have festivals and they just never go over too well. This was only a car show, but Dad and I were a bit surprised at the number of cars. They blocked off our down town area and they were lining the streets. My son was in hog heaven snapping pictures of probably about every car there. There was a band playing under the gazebo, and lots of people walking around.

I think Dad enjoyed it as well, he had all kinds of stories to tell about the old cars. On at least two occasions he said "I used to have that car, a 19** Chevy, blah-blah (I didn't pay attention to the year or model). Your Grandma used to have that 19** Ford, blah-blah! So my son would snap a bunch of pictures of the car, the car like PaPa used to have.

We could probably only walk 20 feet before my Dad would see someone he knew, so we would stop and talk. Then walk another 20 feet, and stop. Even my Son would spot people he knew, and we would stop. He saw men from the coffee shop, my Dad's friends, and we would stop and talk. I don't think I stopped to talk to anyone, but loved to sit back and watch those two. Talk about the apple not falling far from the tree, and I don't mean me.

Here was one car Dad said looked exactly like the one he had many years ago. It is pretty cool.

Then another car like Dad had, except his was a 4 door. He had to stop and talk to the owner, didn't even know him, that discussion lasted about 10 minutes. :)

One of my favorites.

Reminds me of GREASE for some reason, maybe the flames.

It was a fun evening, only lasted about 1 hour, but memories had by all. Sure does feel like summer time now. The sunburn I got at the baseball game helps a little too. I forgot about that sting. Ugh.