Craft of the Day – Light Catcher

A big thank you to Grandpa and Grandma Mielke for sending us a fun easy craft!

– Light Catcher set (inexpensive, easy, fun!)





A Garden Party

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend! We celebrated Hanna’s first birthday with a garden themed brunch and it was so much fun. I was overly ambitious (as usual), and overestimated my talents (as usual) and underestimated the time necessary to accomplish my tasks (as usual). But things still came out pretty cute and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Except possibly the neighbor who did not realize the punch was “spiked” but, hey, you can’t please everyone.

My parents were here to help me prepare and take care of the kids which is always a huge relief. They have been here for all of the kids parties and I love that. We may all be far away but we’re together when it counts. 🙂

Our garden menu included egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches wrapped in parchment, ants on a log, grape caterpillars, ladybug chocolate covered pretzels, worms in dirt, cupcakes and raspberry spiked punch. SO CUTE. The kids played with all of Hanna’s new presents and decorated shirts with potato stamps and fabric paint. It was literally 102 degrees out so we spent the majority of the party beating the heat indoors. Our house is small. Eight small children inside of said small house = chaos. But very enjoyable none the less.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated our baby girl’s big day. How time flies!








Craft of the Day – Coffee Filter Butterfies

– Coffee filters
– Finger paint
– Clothes pins
– Pipe cleaners

We made butterflies for our craft today. Jay enjoyed getting super messy and painting the clothes pins. Hanna is starting to want to participate in craft time and colors and rips things as opposed to just jamming everything in her mouth like she used to. What a milestone…




Father’s Day Fun and Big Day for Hanna!

We had a fun Father’s Day with all of our neighbors. The dads went golfing all morning and the moms and kids played outside in the sun. We all had a blast. Colin came home and went on and on about how much fun he had and how great it was to escape from the responsibilities of work and home for awhile. He REALLY needed it. The kids played in the water basically all day and slept better than they have in weeks. Thank you God for sprinklers, kiddie pools, neighbors, barbecues, and the occasional cocktail 😉

The other big news is that Hanna WALKED!! Like four steps walked. She did it! So excited and proud of that muffin. SO BIG!





Trunk Show Success!

I wanted to thank everyone for their support this weekend and for coming to my launch show. It was a great experience and a great success. I’m so happy I took the plunge with this business. The picture below is of my display as well as of the flash sale going on through noon tomorrow. Let me know if you are interested in any of the pieces.

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Out and About

We’ve been out and about as usual. “Constantly doing something but getting nothing done”. This is the mantra Colin and I feel now best describes our lives. We rarely are just sitting around doing nothing, but we rarely have anything to show for it either. This is basically a picture update for the grandparents. 🙂

One exciting thing to report is that Jay is almost completely potty trained!! He is still wearing diapers at night and during nap time but he’s waking up almost completely dry. We think this weekend we may test out big boy undies at night and see how he does. He’s seriously doing awesome and sometimes goes completely on his own. We were playing hide and go seek today and he was gone a little longer than usual. I called for him when I heard a flush (never a good feeling to hear a mysterious flush when there is a 2 year old on the loose). He came running out of the bathroom grinning ear to ear. “I pottied all by myself” he exclaimed. Big boy. We’ve most likely given him a mouth full of cavities however as his reward for going #2 was a Popsicle. He was having a hard time going in the potty so our bribe had to be a good one. Yesterday the kid had 4 Popsicles. Yikes.


Jay after his 356578 Popsicle of the day. He also had 2 baths just to rid him of his sugar coated stickiness.



We attempted the pool for the first time this season over the weekend as well. FAIL. We were there for barely 2 hours. 30 minutes of which were spent on the sidelines while we waited for lightning to pass. Another 30 minutes going to and from the bathroom with a potty training toddler. 30 minutes here and there spent eating lunch or having bottles and juice breaks. Possibly 5 minutes max spent in the water while Jay screamed and people looked at us like we were abusive. The remaining odd minutes were spent unpacking our picnic stuff, putting on sunscreen, begging Jay to try the water or at least the fountains or at least put a foot in, repacking picnic goods, walking back to the car. Hence the reason all above photos are of people eating.

Good gravy, honestly, I am considering anti-anxiety medication.