Saturday, July 12, 2014

Farmhouse Summer Swap Goodies

Here are my swap goodies from Amy's Farmhouse Swap. Lynn from Life on the Weenie Ranch was my partner. We both love patriotic items and that's my idea of summer decorating too.  


 Lynn sent me this cute Raggedy Ann, the crow sitting in her lap. The liberty star and the flag firework sitting beside her.


Isn't she cute!!

Lynn also included these 3 flag skinny fireworks in the swap.

Thanks Lynn!! I love everything!!

I'll be back to show you what I sent to Lynn.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

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Over the years we have celebrated July 4th in different ways. When I was a kid, we would mostly get black cats firecracker and have fun setting them off along with sparkle balls, smoke balls, sparklers and snakes. We would run down to the firecracker stand down on the corner, scraping up any loose change we could find.  We would also go out in our yard and hopefully see night time fireworks. The day after we would ride around on our bikes looking for firecrackers that didn't get set off.  I remember once when I was maybe 12 or 13 we parked and watch the fireworks that Worlds of Fun was shooting off. For a few years we would go to Fort Leavenworth and watch their fireworks display. After that we spent many 4ths down at the Lake of the Ozarks. I would have my kids do a parade around the lake house me pulling one of them in the wagon and the others carrying little flags. When Kaitlyn was in the youth group at church we would have hot dogs and snacks and people would make a donation to the youth group and shoot off fireworks in the parking lot. The youth and their parents would clean it up at midnight.  That ended about 4 years ago. This year on the 4th of July, we are working at a fireworks stand, the money raised will be split between the youth group and our church food pantry. We shot off some fireworks last night and when we get done will shoot off the rest. Saturday we're going to have our 4th of July dinner.  










This is the 3rd bunting/banner I've made. I think I finally got it right. I bought 1/2 yard of each of  tablecloth material at JoAnn's. The previous ones I made I used regular cotton fabric, they faded by the end of summer and looked awful. I'm hoping this one works out better.

I love the 4th of July and red white and blue!   I made some patriotic prim stuff for a summer swap and I'll be posting those pictures soon.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Catch-up

Amy turned 8 in May!


Amy and her friends perform Frozen at the Talent Show!

Melissa went to prom

last swim meet for Melissa

Jaime was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society
Photo: Amy and Coach Scott at the soccer party.
Soccer party

Pancake swaps for camp

Amy with her unit

Jaime working her program




Softball for Amy--she's playing catcher.


Hanging with friends at the PTA Convention.

Photo: Picture with Marian Tompson--one of the founders of La Leche League International. LLL has been giving breastfeeding support to moms and babies  since 1956.
Marian Tompson and me at the LLL of Missouri Conference -Marian is one of the founders of La Leche League International. LLL has been giving breastfeeding support to moms and babies since 1956.

I think we are caught up now. I hope everybody is having a wonderful summer.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Chicago Trip























We had a wonderful time in Chicago on the band trip. We pulled into Chicago Thursday morning, ate breakfast, and headed to Shedd Aquarium-- had a fun time there. Next up was Navy Pier for lunch and we had dinner at the Medieval Times. That was a fun show, we all enjoyed it. 
The next day we head to Wrigley Field for a tour, enjoyed a river boat tour, had pizza at Gino's and had a fun time at the Blue Man Show.  Saturday morning was the  band performance/ competition, after that we head back down town for lunch,  Amy went shopping at The American Girl Store. Then we looked out at Chicago from the John Hancock Observatory, beautiful views. Walked around down by the bean. We headed to the awards ceremony and the band won  two awards, after dinner, we headed over to see Les Misérables. That ended at 11:45 and we were back on the road for the trip home.      I'd love to go back and stay downtown, we stayed in the suburbs and the drive in with all the traffic was crazy. Kansas City traffic has nothing on Chicago.  




Photo: The only day in the windy city, when it was windy.

The last day in Chicago --we finally had some windy weather! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hello again!! and Spring Tidings Swap pictures

Since my last post-- I had a birthday-- a big birthday! We went to Chicago with the high school band, I'll be posting pictures soon, we had a fun time. Between computer and camera problems, feeling like I had no time to blog, hopefully I'll be back to blogging more.


I signed up for Amy's Spring Tidings Swap and my swap partner was Danice of Homespun Hannah, She sent me this lovely swap package.


A cute patriotic cat doll, sweet bunny, cross stitch pillow tuck, flower, cute box with eggs in it and a bag of potpourri.  Thanks Danice   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Irish Saying

My kiddos are out of school for spring break this week. We are planning a trip to the zoo (picking the coldest day, so we're not there with everybody else in KC), also visiting a friends farm and few other fun things. Kaitlyn is home for spring break but is working most of the week at the rec center.

 

Irish Blessing

I couldn't find my St. Patrick's day prims this year. I think they were stuck in with something else or somebody moved the boxes around. I'll probably find them when I unpack the Easter prims.  On my list of projects was to make a big shamrock out of muslin and paint it green, stuff it, and hang it on the door, maybe I'll do that today.



Beedeebabee



Ah, the luck of the Irish
Picture from http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2012/03/what-doctor-octopus-wore-st-patricks.html

Look at this poor cat isn't he cute. We had Ruben sandwiches yesterday and they were wonderful! I'm going to make some Irish soda bread today. What are you doing for St. Paddy's day?

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snow



just watching the snow fall ...

This is what we did yesterday and last night. We were suppose to have a big snow storm 5-9 inches, we didn't get anywhere near that, I was trying to find out how much we did get and apparently we still might be getting more. They cancelled church last night, anticipating that it would be worse. This morning we had sleet coming down and so far our street has not been plowed, which is unusual because ours is always done early. It's about 2 degrees out and we aren't going anywhere.

I think everybody is tired of snow and ready for spring. I wanted this last snow, don't tell anyone!

I'm still working on getting my pictures on the computer. Hopefully soon.