When the tree in our backyard blossoms with peaches it means two things: summer is coming to an end and it’s time to make some peach cobbler. Since I failed at making jam a couple years ago, and crushed my domestic-canning-skill-confidence, I am scared to try again but I need to! Because how delicious is homemade jam on homemade bread toasted and warm on a fall afternoon? Too bad I can’t make bread either. hahahahahaha
School started so I lost half my crew at home during the day. I am feeling quite crazy about he whole situation since I want to cry and celebrate at the same time. I always wished I could be a home school mom. Seriously any mom who home schools is a gem in my book! During the summer we do workbooks and it’s hard to get my kids to sit down with their books and sharpened pencils and listen to me for 45 minutes- let alone an entire day. They thrive at school though and adore their teachers… it’s just what works for us. I can work and have a couple quieter hours during the day! Key word is quieter because believe me the two youngins still keep me on my toes. Yes, I said youngins… all this-there peach growin’ and pickin’ I am derntootin gussied up fer life on the farm. ; )
That face of Lola. Stop it right now. All the heart eyes from me to her!
The pictures of just Myles’s head are because he was wearing his sister’s dress over his clothes. And I have plenty of pictures of that since his dresses up alllllll day long.
The beginning of June I got to tag along with Collin on a work trip, which also included getting a crown on my tooth from our dentist friend. For someone who gets anxiety going to the dentist, I wasn’t looking forward to the trip. But the tooth work was surprising a breeze because apparently they have these new machines that make a crown in under an hour and match your tooth identically. So cool! As soon as we got that out of the way, our friends in Portland gave us a grand tour of the city with non-stop eating and exploring. Portland, Oregon became one of my favorite cities very quickly!
(Our friend is Dr Roane in Portland for anyone looking for an incredible dentist in that area!!)
Some of our favorite spots:
Downtown: I guess there’s something always on the first Thursday in the summer so it was a party down there. We saw someone playing acoustic guitar who was on American Idol and lots of fun stuff happening. Just walking around it has a very cool vibe. Old buildings and very cool streets.
Salt & Straw: Yummy place for ice cream. Really cool flavors that Bleu Cheese and Pear and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache… Crazy combinations but so yummy. They let you try as many flavors as you want with tiny silver antique spoons.
VooDoo Donuts: This is more of a (there’s probably better donut shops in Portland but just go for the experience) place to visit and I’m glad we did. It was awesome and, really, I rarely meet a donut I didn’t like. But Voodoo is open 24 hours and since we went there at 12 am most other places were closed so that was awesome. Who doesn’t crave a donut at 2 am? I’m glad they’re open day and night.
I heard Pips Original, Portland Donuts, Pix Patisserie, Blue Star are all very bakeries.
Por Que No: Delicious mexican food, colorful restaurant. Delicious!
Tasty N Sons
Pine Street Biscuits
Mothers (for breakfast!)
I honestly couldn’t ate my way through this city for weeks…
Fine & Dandy Core Kit (Found at Hobby Lobby stores across the US & Spotlight stores across the world.)
American Crafts Slick Writer
We had a fun, hot and full of bugs photoshoot by Utah lake today. We even had our Sweet Pea camper join us for the adventure. Can’t wait to share pics soon!
Some pinwheels I made for decor!
Putting together two fairy gardens with my girls yesterday had me ridiculously giddy! I ran over to our local nursery in the morning after a workout (My new obsession which is boxing and cross fit called crosskick. It kicks my butt. I’ll have to share more about that later).
Picking out all the cute supplies and fairies was so fun. Then I ran to Walmart and grabbed a plastic container. I didn’t know if I wanted to establish the fairy village in our garden in the back yard because our raspberries are taking over so I started it in this. First, I sprayed painted so it was a bit cuter.
The girls love it but I still think I might love it more. haha. I need to plant some more small flowers and plants. I did make a tiny paper garland on string and attached it to the painted sticks. Which added a crafty touch. It’s going to be so fun because we can keep adding to it over time. There’s fences, tiny rocks to make paths, arch ways, stone walls and bridges. You definitely can get out of control. Excited to build onto it each summer.
My favorite part is the mailbox. We already added a tiny note for one of the fairies and can’t wait until we get a reply. Hopefully I won’t forget like the tooth fairy often does.
The Minions took over yesterday. I bought those for Myles and was laughing cause they’re so stomping through the garden.
My friend, Annie, Made the cute moss corner on an old book at a birthday party which was perfect to just tuck right into the dirt!
The wheel barrow is full of buttons and rhinestones that Quincey painted yellow and she pushes around the garden.
It’s a pants-optional pancake-pop kind of morning.
The best part about summer, for me, is not having the morning rush to get everyone out the door with matching socks and a quick brush of the bed head. This morning was quiet and we had no plans so we made some pancake pops! A cute twist to a breakfast favorite that I spotted on Pinterest and knew my girls would eat right up.
Add some sprinkles to the batter on the pan for some extra cool mom points.
I used straws but if the pancakes don’t get eaten fairly soon (saw like 30 mins) the straws start to get floppy, just like when you are drinking from them. So I would use popsicle sticks or plastic straws to make sure they stay cute the longest.
Then little brother wanted a pic too. If he wasn’t holding a pancake, I promise his hand would be on his hip and if he hadn’t just woke up I promise he would have a frilly princess skirt on. Notice the popped knee… he’s definitely a little boy with three older sisters.
Pic of pancake pops: via this pin
It’s a new week. Let’s do this!
Bathytime with a leftover balloon from our mermaid party on the weekend. I still need to post the mermaid and flamingo birthday parties we threw the past couple weeks. And with the Mickey mouse party in April, I am officially partied out. For now, it’s party tubby time.
Lately I’ve been avoiding the laundry and had my nose in a book instead. Smells better than dirty socks anyway. It’s bad though because I stay up way too late when I should be sleeping.
Last week, I snagged a couple books at Walmart. The selection is bleak so these aren’t my top choices but I wasn’t patient enough to wait. I read All The Bright Places which is YA so a good, quick read. I also read Everything I Never Told You. It’s not my favorite but I enjoyed her writing and it was interesting to see another family’s dynamic. And also, Paper Towns, which I honestly wouldn’t even recommend. I read it because I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars and I know there’s a movie coming out. I liked it at the beginning but I skimmed the last 1/3 of it. I started Yes, Please and am enjoying it but just pick it up here and there. I am reading The Book Thief right now and started a couple more listed below. What would you recommend?
*I’ll Give You the Sun
*We Are All Called To Rise
*These Is My Words
All The Light I Cannot See
(finish) The Book Thief
The Girl on the Train
Eleanor & Park
We Were Liars
Glitter and Glue
Share your favorites or thoughts about any of these books. I would love to hear!
It might seem a bit repetitive and tiresome to visit the same place year after year, even twice last year, since Avery was one. But, to me, it’s quite the opposite. Going back to Newport is exciting and strings each trip’s memories together, easily accessible to remember the magic from before.
Eating a Balboa Bar covered in sprinkles or riding bikes to the end of the boardwalk where the sidewalk literally ends and walking to the pier every morning after dad makes pancakes are a must. Of course these kids have their not-so-great moments and I would remind them of the theme I set for our trip about ten miles after leaving our driveway–Be Grateful & Kind (you little stinker). But sometimes the monsters in them just want to be heard. ; ) They were pretty wonderful overall. I just feel that inner struggle of frustration when they are being tricky VS trying to enjoy every moment before they grow up. I hope I am doing it right. I hope my future self looks back and says, “You did it! You enjoyed every bit you could while they were young.” Because I really want to. I am trying to. And that’s exactly why we go there. To run away from things that distract from those sweet faces.
One night we went to Balboa Island for the typical Ferris Wheel ride and frozen banana treat. Oh, and don’t forget cotton candy. While we were strolling around trying to keep the kids together, which is similar to herding cats, a family asked us to take their picture. Then they offered to take ours. At first we said no thanks but we rarely get a photo of all of us together. So the next thing I know we are scurrying together, lining up against the wall where we were standing and just like that, in one quick snap, this square holds my whole heart.
I know I mentioned that I love the Bow/Prize Ribbon Die set already but I have to say it again… I love it! This is a look at the prize ribbon die in action as a garland and on a card. It comes with a cute HOORAY flag to layer with.
A prize ribbon garland would be so fun at a birthday, graduation or other celebratory occasion.
Layer some fringe behind it and add some honeycombs on the ends and you’ll be set.
You know how sometimes you don’t know how to finish the ends of a garland? Use coordinating paper and the bow from the die set to add a darling touch to each end.
Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.
Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees.