Thursday, July 23, 2015

JAWS Birthday Party

Last month we celebrated our middle girl's 16th birthday party.  She did NOT want a "Sweet 16" party.  I joked (sort of) and said she should have a JAWS themed party since June was the 40th anniversary of the movie, JAWS.  She loved the idea, so we went with it.  It was so fun putting it together.

I showed you the invitations already, but in case you missed them, here they are again.

We had fun working on this sign from the movie.  We just used a drop cloth and paint we already had.

She invited 20 some kids and our house is way too small for that many teenagers, so this party HAD to be outside.  Thank goodness for GREAT weather.  It was cloudy and even a little cool at times, but the rain/sprinkles held out until the very end.

The first decoration we bought was this inflatable shark.  We weren't even sure what we were going to do with it, but we had to buy it!

The birthday girl wanted a photo booth, so we went with a "changing tent".  Another drop cloth.  I think I'm going to paint something else on this (maybe flowers?) and make a table cloth for the patio table and some pillow covers for a couple outdoor chairs.  

Not knowing what the kids would do for hours, we decided to make Cornhole boards.  We were originally going to paint something a little more creative, but then decided to go simple.  We'll probably paint over them.  (Maybe go with a Dr. Pepper/Mt. Dew theme)

You can't see it well, but I painted an old cabinet door with chalkboard paint to use as a score board.  It's hanging up on the shed door.  Now I can use the chalkboard on the front porch.

We made this shark cutout for the candy/present table.

The birthday girl made her own cake and it turned out awesome!

The cake was chocolate and she wanted to have vanilla as well, so made these cupcakes.

I was surprised to hear that only ONE of the kids had ever even seen JAWS!  I love how the party turned out though and I think all the kids had a great time!  Now we need to start thinking about what to do next year when our youngest daughter turns 16!!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015


We'd hoped to go camping over the 4th of July weekend.  That doesn't work out when you wait until the last minute to make reservations though.  Instead we made a list of things we could do over the weekend.  Last night we all went to an arcade.  It felt a little bit like walking back in time.  I remembered being in middle school and tagging along with my brother when he went to the arcade.

{Centipede was one of my favorites.}

We've decided we'd like a huge basement.  In that basement we'd like a PacMan arcade game, Skee Ball, air hockey and ping pong.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Envelopes and Invitations

We're getting ready to throw a 16th birthday party at our house!  The birthday girl has decided on a JAWS theme.  She made the invitations and mom made the envelopes.

She decided she wanted them to look like manila envelopes.  I made a template from a cereal box, then I searched through all my scrapbook paper and ended up using every piece of yellow I had.

While I was busy making envelopes, birthday girl was hard at work on the invitations.

I think they turned out great.  I can't wait for the party.  Let's just pray it doesn't rain!!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

a Day in the life of my Dog

 Today I'd like to share with you, a Day in the life of my Dog.  Such an exciting life.

{It's such a long way to my bowl.}

{That was a good breakfast.  I'm tired.}

{Still tired.}

{Hey, let me help you with those groceries.}

{Nevermind.  I'm tired.}

{The sun feels so good on my back.}

{Did you say, "treat"?!  Of course I want a treat!  Let me have the treat.  Mmm, peanut butter and banana.  Mmm, it's so good.  Sorry, I didn't mean to bite your thumb.  You should have just let me have the whole thing!}

{What a day.  I'm exhausted!}

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Chalkboard walls and Chocolate

Who doesn't love drawing with chalk?!  Or eating chocolate??  I love both, so I wrote this on my chalkboard wall.

I found a cool painting/drawing online (HERE) and decided to try out something similar in chalk on the rest of the wall.  I did most of it while talking to a good friend on the phone this morning.  I'm stuck in one place when I talk on the phone (see my phone there on the wall?).  Why have I never thought to draw on the wall before??

I love having chalkboard walls in the house.  Sometimes I wish it was floor to ceiling though....Wonder if I could paint a wall somewhere else???

I am in love with this chalk - Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk  The colors are so vibrant!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Birds and More about the Garden

I don't have any pictures of birds, but they sure do seem to be enjoying our garden.  They are always out there pecking away.

The birds stole all but one cucumber, so I planted more.  They should start climbing up this little fence soon.  See the green behind the fence?  We're trying corn for the first time this year!  Back there in the two pots by the shed are raspberries, with strawberries in the pots to the right and lettuce in a couple other containers.

We've got potatoes in the ground...

...and potatoes in a couple barrels.

There is this poor lonely yellow squash.  We're hoping for at least one more to sprout along with three zucchini plants.

We didn't have much luck growing the tomatoes from seed this year, so we bought some plants.  We already lost one.  It looked like it got stepped on.  Maybe the dog??

We've also planted basil, cilantro, bush beans, carrots, peppers and eggplant.  We can't wait for things to really start growing!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015


Our three youngest are away for the weekend.  It's just me, Mike and our college girl at home.  We've been busy doing things the other three wouldn't like doing.

Yesterday we went to a nursery and bought some veggies.   We got flowers from another store.

{Pepper, Geraniums and Creeping Jenny}

{Rosemary, Oregano and hopefully Basil}

We had a delicious lunch at Great Harvest Bread, then stopped at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  We bought cupboard doors ($1 a piece) that we hope to turn into a headboard.  We worked in the yard planting the flowers and veggies while college girl experimented in the kitchen and made some yummy bread.  

Today we went to some yard sales.  We found rain boots for one daughter, yarn for college girl, a glider and Legos for Little Man.  We "ran in" Costco (Can you ever just run in??  Is it ever NOT crowded on a Saturday?) and got our fill of free samples.  We actually came out with money left over!

{Mike and college girl hard at work finding all the right Lego pieces.  A $35 bin of Legos worth well over $100.  Yard sale SCORE!}

Another favorite yard sale was the one with all the plants!

{Purple Cone Flower, Sedum & Shasta Daisies for the front yard.}

We did more yard work.  We're enjoying what seems to be the last of the cool weather for a while.  Hopefully tomorrow morning we'll have the back flowerbed ready for mulch so we can get that done before the heat kicks in.  This guy can't wait.  

For dinner we tried an asparagus quiche with a spaghetti squash crust.  The other kids would NEVER have tried it.  It was an adventure, but SO good!

Tomorrow we will wake up to new adventures.  Monday the kids come home and we'll celebrate Little Man's 13th birthday!!!  I can't wait!

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