Thursday, July 28, 2011

Morning Sunshine

Hello morning sunshine.  It's nice to see you streaming in.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jupiter the Talking Cat

I'm all about talking animals.  Check Jupiter out.  :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Menu Board - DIY

Every time I go visit my Sissy we try to come up with a craft project to do together.  During my last visit to MI we had plans, however we ran out of time and couldn't get it completed.  I loved the idea and wanted to work on this so I brought the stuff home and completed it here.  We found the idea from this cute blog: Crate Paper Blog.

The craft is a message board made out of a cookie sheet.  The board could be used for anything.  We are using ours as a Menu board because Colin and I like to pretend we own our own restaurant.  :)  It's a fun craft to do and the ideas are endless.

I purchased the cookie sheet at Dollar General for $4.00.  Spray painted it red, took a few coats to get it well covered.  I really need to spray it with a sealant of some kind because the paint scratches of pretty easily. 

I had a couple mini-tartlets on hand, you can find them normally at Antique shops, but these actually came from RedLead (here).  I don't see them on their website, but I know I purchased them in person.  It's possible they still have them so if interested give the store a call.  I added a sticker to one tartlet and a vintage milk bottle cap in the other.

From here I just decorated her up!  I found scrapbook paper to go with the theme I was looking for.  I used October Afternoon's 5 & Dime series (my new favorite).  I wanted to add enough color, but keep some space clear for our weekly menu.  Doesn't the above picture resemble something else on my blog???  :)

One of the sheets of paper in the 5 & Dime pack resembled a chalk board with many restaurant menus and articles.  I cut out the ones I liked and taped them on.  I tried to go easy on the tape so if I want to change out the patters, I can.  (I can envision Christmas paper around November 30th)

In my stash I had these mini clothes pin with red hearts.  I think I got them at Michael's, but it's been awhile.  You can buy mini clothes pin's at most craft stores. You can bling them up with buttons, ribbon, glue a tiny strip of coordinating paper...........  I purchased extra strong mini magnets at our hardware store to glue on the backs of the clothes' pin and tartlet pans.  They are considered my magnets for the board.  The mini-magnets were more expensive being the "extra strong", but I hate when magnets slide down because they cannot hold much weight.  These little dudes will NOT do that.

And here is our weekly menu.  It's Sunday so we need to come up with our next week's menu.  Being a single parent that works full-time, it really helps me to plan the week so I know what's on the agenda the moment I walk in the door after a long day.  So if you are going to plan your meals, you might as well make it cute.  Right??!!

And one final, non-related picture......Dad and Colin at the Cub's game yesterday.  They both got a free cubs hat while walking into the game.  Cub's lost (go figure), but they still had a blast it sounded like. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cubs Baseball

It's 7:05am and I just sent my Dad and Colin on their merry way to a Cub's Game.  For Father's Day we gave PaPa 2 Cub's tickets to a game taking place today.  Colin has never been to Wrigley Field and he was so excited to go.  I would have loved to go but I really wanted Colin to experience that ball stadium with his Grandpa.

Colin left with strict must eat a hot dog and peanuts.  There is nothing like a hot dog in Chicago and at a baseball game.  He said ok.

I had to get some silly pictures too of the day.  Colin wanted these shutter shade sunglasses really bad.  We looked while visiting my Sissy in Michigan but people said they were popular in previous years and they no longer carried them.  So we went to Ebay and of course found some.  The kicker, they were in Hong Kong.  But the best part, I only bid .99 cents, won them and shipping was free!  Can't beat that coming all the way from China.

Colin is a Cardinal fan but he still wanted a Cub's shirt to wear today.  Papa couldn't believe it when he saw it.  I'm sure he will never wear it again, but oh well.

And of course dog-dog had to get in on the excitement.  He's one cool dude too.  I can't wait to hear about Colin's first baseball game at Wrigley Field.  I'm sure he will talk about it for years to come.  Hope they win!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oh Joy......the bounty begins!

Look what I harvested from our garden tonight!  Dad and I's garden is doing really, really well (in comparison to previous years).  I have been weeding it, fertilizing it with organic food and talking to it.  I believe that helps.  She's doing good!

We have different types of peppers getting close, the yellow squash is growing and Colin's carrots are getting tall too.  It's so exciting.  God is about to send us a rain shower too so He is helping out as well.

Now then............what can I make?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Life is Rough

Man I got it rough.  I gotta lay here, basking in the warm sun and try to keep this rug happy.  It sure is a lot of work, but I suppose I'll do it to make my family happy.

Since I'm working so hard, do you mind rubbing my belly?  Here let me stretch so you can reach all places.

That was good.  Now mosey on.  I must get back to keeping this rug happy.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

More fun in Michigan

Here are a few other fun pictures from our visit to Michigan.

We love to eat at Red Robin, we do not have that restaurant in central Illinois.  Some cute pics of us sitting together.

We decided to visit a Zoo close to Aunt Shann's house and it ended up being really neat.  It was small but plenty big.  The kiddos wanted to ride the train, just like the old days.  It brought back lots of memories with Colin and all of the train rides we have been on.  Now they must look "cool" while riding the train.

The highlight of the zoo were the Giraffe's.  They had 4 of them and you could buy lettuce to feed them from a deck.  They were so beautiful, even the little babies.  They also had really long tongues.

I love this picture.  Look at the look on Colin's face.  :)

Hello cutie-pie.

Our last full day there Colin and I took a trip back to South Haven.  I just love the water so much, it brings such peace and relaxation.  We were there by 10:00am so the beach was pretty empty so we had it to ourselves.  I think Colin loves it too.

The lighthouse and pier.  Another love of this place.

That's it for this trip.  We are already making plans to go back this month.  Blueberries will be ready and I GOTTA have blueberries from MI!  :)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summertime in Michigan

Colin, Romeo and I visited my Sister and family last week in Michigan.  The weather was beautiful and the beaches were warm.  As always we had a fantastic time and hated to leave.

Romeo liked to look out Aunt Shann's kitchen windows.  They were just his height.

We visited South Haven early in the week because that is my favorite place to go.  The water was a mere 64 degrees but the kids didn't care.  Taylor was the first to brave the chilly waters.

Colin LOVES to play in the sand.  He can stay busy for hours digging, scooping and building forts.  He goes on a scavenger hunt to find little tid-bits to decorate it with.

The pirate ship was out, sails a blazin.  Remember when we sailed on that ship two years ago here?  Taylor, Shelby and Colin took turns burying each other in the sand.  It looks kind of funny to only see a head sticking out of the sand.

Aunt Shann packed us a picnic for lunch.  While the kids played we visited and relaxed.  Can't you tell? :)

Taylor and Colin after a swim.

More pictures to come later!  Seems as though my blog has more pictures of Michigan than Illinois. :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hello July!

Well.....July is here, June is over.  What a better way to start out July than with 100 degree temperatures!!  I've been in Michigan for a week and their temp was actually 68 degrees a couple of days ago.  A mere 4 hours South it's now 100.  What the heck, this isn't Georgia!

I have lots of fun pictures to show you but I must go back to poo-poo work today.  Fun is over, reality is back.  I guess life can't be a vacation all the time.  I haven't even had time to think of the 4th yet and it's here as well.  What plans do you have?  I hope something fun!  I know at 5:00 we will come up with lots of fun things!  :)