Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Catch Up

With summer just a little over half way through my motto has been "I must document this" so the next few post maybe just a slew of pics.
                                   We were hanging out poolside with our buddies.
                                                 Jen was Gio's personal swim coach for the day.
He's gotta be the cutest 7 year old boy in the world.
                                                              The Little Mermaids
He just couldn't get enough of Ms. Jen, I'm so happy they're back!
And yes Joey was there too!
 One of my favorite things to do with the kids is taking impromptu trips, doesn't matter where it is but they love to be surprised, and I love to surprise them. So my tip if you've got no money to spend is just go to a park you've never been to before, even if it's a little further away than you'd like but kids love to explore...
                                                         and that's just what we did
                                           this park was cool cause it had a pond with ducks and turtles to feed.
This is why you never see me in many pics, cause I'm the one always taking them, so I set the camera down and set the timer, but poor Gabi's face was cut off, and I had absolutely NO make-up on(remember this was an impromptu trip)
                                              He's all about copying his older sister these days.
He didn't want to leave so he storms off and started to pout, how could you get made at that face.
So on the subject of being spontaneous, we had a super quick visit from my husband's older brother and his family, who were headed back home from there summer vacation trip and since they had to pass through our city they spent the night before the last leg of their drive.
My nephew is getting so grown. no denying these guys are brothers huh!

So the kids decided to have a fashion show/dance party at about 10 o'clock at night, but they never get to see each other as often as they'd like and so we let them have the night.
  There was some serious dancing going on here all 6'4'' of him.

So though it was only but a quick overnight stay and always so hard to say goodbye, we've made a memory that will last forever.

And last but certainly not least
{{drum roll please}}
We had an awesome VBS week for those of you reading who may not know, it stands for
 Vacation Bible School.
Our theme this year was Passport to the Nations  where we highlighted 5 countries from around the world. We had a fabulous team of volunteers from our church and a Missions group that introduced the kids to the different art, food, music from each country and most importanly  prayed for them.

Gabi was soooo happy because her  bff from school participated with her this year.

Although Gio wasn't of age for VBS  he still managed to get involved.
But I guess that's not a bad thing.

Where having a great summer so far and looking forward to our beach trip, but until then we're making our summer memories one dog day at a time!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Simply Love

So my husband and I have been  working on our bedroom redo slowly but surely, cause projects in this house can take a while. 
It's not that the kids/or life that are interrupting the project, its the project that is interrupting our life,
(I got that one from Michelle Duggar on last night's episode of 19 Kids and Counting.)
We'll be celebrating 10 years of marriage next month and  we really want our bedroom to always be our sanctuary, our "Boudoir of Love" so I re-purposed this wall plaque, because I'm kinda of over the abstract art thing (at least the bright bold colored stuff)
(no offense to anyone who may own this)
Our decorating style is just evolving into less is more. So first things first I cleaned it up and made a blank slate.
Upon one of my many unsuccessful trips to the Goodwill, I found these for a couple of bucks, which I wish now I had bought all of them.

Easy peasy! Peel and stick on the fabric then trim.

I know the burlap doesn't quite exude love and romance,but I like that it's frayed it reminds me that love is messy at times, it's not always easy to love, but you make it work.

And so I did, after priming and painting it a soothing blue color,  I simply peeled off the backing and stuck the letters on the plaque. I kinda of forgot to take pics of those steps, cause I was in a creative groove,  but you get the idea.
I still wasn't quite happy with it so I added, I mean I asked my husband to hammer in some metal tacks to give it a little more dimension.

What do you think?

Well I L.O.V.E it!

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
                                                                      1 Corinthians 13:4-8
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Family 4th fun!

We began our weekend with the dreaded 6 hour car ride, sure it starts off great with lots of excitement, until we hit TRAFFIC
He's not as serious as he looks, at least not all the time!
And after about the 3rd hour in the car you have to get crazy, in order not to go MAD!

 So here's a tip when they get bored back there or start arguing, lower all the windows and let the fun begin.

Not only do they have a blast, it gets them tired so the fall asleep.


 One of the major highlights of our trip for my kids(I'm not gonna lie me too) is the 4th of July Parade that runs right past my MIL's house, it's really not a big deal but it's tradition.

I decided to take my crafting show on the road, and recruited some women in the family to make patriotic Pom Poms for the kids to wave.

It was a lot of trial and error but we finally came up with something which ended up being called

The Pom Pom Flower Wand!

**Disclaimer** from here on down are a ton of pics of family and friends, so I totally understand for those non family members reading this blog if you check out!

But as for me I will never get tired of viewing these, because with no family around us It's the only way I can hold them near, it maybe months sometimes years before we see some of them again.

So to quote a Natalie Merchant song (if any of you even know who that is)
"These are days you remember" 

Hope yall had a wonderful holiday!