Friday, June 19, 2015

Last Minute Father's Day Card

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My boys LOVED "making" these cards for their daddy this year. Never mind that we did it at almost the very last minute! I loved that it was super-simple and did not actually require a lot of "making!"

(The cards are available for download at the bottom of this post.)

I just had the boys use blue and yellow watercolor paints to make a background on the front of their cards. Then, I printed the cards out and cut out just the Minions and the words and glued them on the front of their (dried) cards. When that was done, the boys wrote/drew their own messages on the inside of the cards.

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You can either print them out, cut out the entire card on the grey line, and fold it in half...or do like I did and just cut out the Minion and words. Then you can glue it on your own background or design. 

Click on each image to download.
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Jumping in Puddles

We had a lot going on today. Last day of school (hooray!), hair cuts, dropping off Duke at the pet "resort" because we are leaving on vacation tomorrow. So, when the boys asked to splash around in the river of water running down our street after yet another hard rain this spring, my first thought was, "absolutely not!" 

Even without a lot to do, my default is to not get wet, dirty, etc. But, I am getting better at saying, "why not?" Which is what I said two seconds after they asked. Logan hadn't even changed out of his PJ's from this morning. 

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We spent maybe 10 minutes out there before the river all but disappeared. When we first got home and saw it, it was kind of raging down the street. It had just stopped raining. But apparently, our drainage system works pretty well, because before we knew it, there was just a little water left. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Baseball 2015

Here we are...almost at the end of another baseball season...and we've barely played any games. It has been raining SO MUCH. Almost all of the practices were cancelled and a lot of the games too. Ethan has taken it all in stride. He enjoys playing baseball, but he's not super disappointed when something is cancelled. So, I finally brought my camera to one of the few games we played to get some photos. The only problem was that Ethan was not in the mood for photos. So, no close ups or big smiles this time.

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This next photo cracks me up. Baseball involves a lot of waiting. 

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But I love that, at this age, they all get a turn to bat. Everyone loves to bat. 

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But then you get to wait again at the base. 

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Whenever I'm watching one of Ethan's games, Brian Regan's little league baseball skit always comes to mind. "If you play a whole game, you get a whole snow cone. If you play a half game, you still get a whole snow cone. I'd rather play half game. I'd rather play half game."  I can't help it. It's just there in my brain while I'm watching. 

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In this particular game, Ethan played first base for a while. He did really well. There's a lot of action at first base compared to other field positions, especially in this age group.

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"Just trying to make it fun."

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Another thing I can't help...thinking how cute he is every. single. time. he puts on his baseball uniform. 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Logan's Preschool Program and Graduation

This was our last year of preschool, so this is our last preschool program. Logan's 4 year old class were ants. They could be any kind of ant they wanted - carpenter, army, fire, etc. Logan chose a fire ant. And that was fine by me because glueing felt "flames" on his black shirt was super-easy. With this particular expression, he looks like an ant about to be squashed. But really, he's just excited.

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Ethan loved the larger-than-life food so much that he wanted his photo up by the stage too. He brought his Harry Potter wand. They're going with us everywhere these days. 

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How cute are the big PB&J, juice box, cheese sticks, Hershey bar, apple, and grapes? So cute for all the little insects about to come on stage...

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Pop came to watch the program, bless him. It requires a little bit of patience to watch a program involving kids from ages 1-4, including their neurotic parents with every type of photo and recording device available. Mimi was out of town, so she could not be there that night. 

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For their grand entrance, the 4 year olds get to drive in on power wheels. This truck is actually ours. Logan is driving with his friend, Shane. They have been in the same preschool class all 3 years.

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This was the face Logan made when he noticed his daddy sitting there. Also, these photos are the last ones I have with the hood on this truck. Due to excessive speed on the way home, our poor little truck was flipped out of the back of the real pick-up and lost the hood. It still drives, but is looking a little like Mater these days with no hood. 

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He's such a ham! Casey has this part on video, while I was taking photos. 

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The songs were so cute, just like they usually are. 

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Logan has no problem doing ALL the singing, motions, and dancing...

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After the program, the 4's went to change into their graduation caps and gowns while the audience watched a short video. Then...Logan graduated from preschool. Not possible. 

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The 4's did a couple of graduation songs and then we said goodbye to preschool. There's 2 days of preschool left before we really say goodbye. We've loved preschool for both of our boys and it will be weird to not make the trip over here next September. 

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Someone was fascinated with the tassel. But he makes a super-cute graduate, in my opinion. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Stormy Spring

We have had such a rainy spring this year. So much rain, in fact, that the lakes are beginning to fill up...and overflow. So this year, I did not have any trouble getting my almost yearly shot of the boys watching a spring thunder storm. (20092011, 2013, 2014)

This was another one of those storms that just happened to be on a Friday...trash day. So all the huge trash and recycling bins were floating down the street. Literally. We had to go find ours down the street after the storm. It was kind of funny with all the neighbors out there trying to sort out whose bins were whose!

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We still don't have a house directly across from us. It looks like it will be the last house built on our street. One day, that view will change...

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Asheville and Biltmore Trip: Day 3

Another day, another breakfast. This first shot is from my perspective at the table.

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The first course that morning was a bread pudding with fresh fruit, cream cheese, and creme anglaise.

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The second course was a Quiche Lorraine packed with bacon and swiss cheese, topped with a citrus dressed salad with tomatoes and arugula pesto. There were also seasoned, roasted potatoes on the side. This dish was SO rich and yummy. 

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We had been keeping an eye on the weather for our second day at the Biltmore Estate and kind of knew it was going to rain. So, we came prepared with jackets and not one, but two umbrellas for the day. And it was a good thing rained the whole time we were there. The nice thing about that was that hardly anyone came to the estate that day. It was really nice to see it with so few people.

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Our first (and only) agenda item was the Architect's Tour, which is my favorite. I was so sad that it was raining for that one, though, because you get to go up on the roof, which is obviously not as pleasant in the rain. 

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But the tour is so fascinating and takes you to so many neat spots in (and on top of) the house. Casey loved it too. It helped that our guide was fantastic this time. 

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Here's our view of the front lawn on this rainy, grey day. It's hard to tell, but it's actually raining pretty significantly. 

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Even while huddling under our umbrellas, it was still really neat to be up close to the roof and see these out of the way details of the great estate.

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After our one-hour tour, we actually walked the main rooms of the house again since there were so few people. I was able to read the information about the Downton Abbey costumes more easily this time. After that, we had no desire to traipse around in the rain in any of the gardens, so we left with this one last misty gaze at the Biltmore as we drove out.

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We drove downtown to the Tupelo Honey Cafe for a late lunch. We ordered an appetizer, but our waitress never brought it to us! But, that ended up being ok because of the homemade biscuits, jam, and honey that they serve before your meal. 

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We both ordered their "Nutty Fried Chicken," which is pecan crusted and absolutely delicious. I had the shoestring fries with parmesan and bbq spice along with mac n' cheese for my sides. Definitely not holding back here. 

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We usually don't do dessert with lunch (even a late one), but this was our last meal in Asheville before our flight later that afternoon, and we could not resist trying a couple. I ordered the pecan pie, which obviously came drizzled with chocolate. That was my first sign that it was going to be good...and oh, my. It was. 

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Casey had the banana pudding and said it was also very good. After lunch, we drove back to Greenville - using the correct and fastest route this time. Then we flew home to our boys and to a busy Monday awaiting us the next day. But what a fun little weekend getaway!

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