Red, White &…GREEN!

Hello All!  Well this last week has been a doozy!  Filling you all in on our 4th of July celebration went to the wayside and I’m so sorry as it was a fab party!  As you all know this is the one celebration come hell or high water we make happen!  It’s the celebration of so many things!  For many it’s the obvious appreciation for those fallen soldiers, those past soldiers and those current soldiers who are and have fought for our freedom.  As Joe, his grandfather and both my grandfather’s served we honor the day for them and those friends we know who have and are serving.  It is also the day we celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday!  Lastly, it’s a time that we get to get together with friends and family to celebrate life and how lucky we are to have those we do in it!  So this year we decided to run with Joe’s heritage and do a Mexican Fiesta theme!

Most important was entertainment and food…at least for me!  So good Mexican food was the start and typically we try to hire a chef to come cook at the event.  This was tough which I hadn’t expected.  So I spoke with a few friends and they highly recommended a grocery store/restaurant a few towns over.  So we had steak and chicken burritos, Spanish rice, black beans, enchiladas, and tamales!  For dessert we had strawberry filled tamales, churros, cupcakes, fresh fruit!  For drinks we had a variety of Mexican beer and of course a margarita machine!  For the kids we had fun flavored drinks and blue raspberry slushies -a must for all parties that contain kids!  My kids are rarely affected by sugar so it was a double thumbs up for us…I’m sure other parents were not thinking the same.  But it’s a party so we all have to have fun!  For the kids we had horseback rides and a small petting zoo which included an alpaca, two sheep, and two goats.  We also had bounce house with a slide and for the adults we had a band.  I would have loved to hire a mariachi band but the cost just wasn’t in the budget this year.  Honestly, the band we had was amazing and was a perfect fit.  They played music of Santana, La Bamba, as well as a Mexican Polka that was perfect for the Piñata breaking!  They also had my nephew who is taking guitar do a couple songs with them.  Overall, the food and the entertainment all worked perfect!  Sometimes plans do go as you initially envision but in the end the results are better than you could have imagined!

Next up we headed to Hayward while Joe went to a desolate island with his brothers for a week in Canada!  With us arriving in Hayward on the actual 4th we got to enjoy a fireworks show that was honestly one of the best I’ve seen in years!  I didn’t capture a ton with the camera but what I did are here for you to enjoy!  It was a great night!

I look forward to sharing the rest of our Hayward trip with you later this week!  As I was there I got to work on some refinishing and refreshing projects for my in-laws and I can’t wait to share those and the other fun stuff we got in to while up there!  Until then Cheers🍻

 

 

Lisenby Week In Review

Ok I’m a few days late in my check in. It’s been a busy week over here! I have had my mom and now my in-laws here helping me which has been wonderful. I mean my mom was here making dinners including chicken caccatoire and shrimp fried rice! The kids loved both which I’m sure if I make they will say they hate because isn’t it true no one does anything as good as mom/grandma! Mom also turned S into a garage saleing diva! Every time they got in the car she said “are we going saleing?” Bummed when the response wasn’t yes! We enjoyed lunch out and I will say this was the first time in a long time there has been no technology at the table so I had some anxiety going in to it. Well these two were fantastic! Used their manors and stayed occupied by being involved in our conversation and coloring! Who would have thought. Next time you are out and you immediately go for the iPad or DVD wait and give them the opportunity to be toddlers and take part in your real conversation and using good old fashion crayons and paper! I’m sure your tots will surprise you too!

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Mom ok is a big yoga guru which I’m excited to start doing next week with her! So in sticking with her routine she had the kids doing yoga in the mornings.  They of coursed loved doing silly poses with grandma!

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On to our garden…all that we planted seems to be producing! Our tomato plants and peppers are flowering. Our grapes are clustering.  Our beans and onions are sprouting! But the biggest Woo Hoo we have to report is our strawberry bush is producing! We woke up to this sweet little strawberry on the counter!  Not many things make me smile before coffee but this little gem did the trick! If I haven’t mentioned before this my very first garden. Our garden last year which Joe did was ginormous and honestly just too much was going on. My down sized beds are easy to maintain and it seems like the new location is working great too!

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4th of July has turned into a favorite holiday for me. I 100% think this is due to Joe and his families love for it.  Each year his family would get together to not only celebrate Independence Day but also his grandfathers birthday! I still remember my first time going to their family party. His grandparents live in a very small town in a cute farm house with what seems to be endless rows of Apple trees in the back. Everyone brought a dish, which was all comfort food. When I say comfort food I mean those recipes that remind you of being a kid. You know pineapple upside down cake, spaghetti noodle pasta, grilled burgers and hot dogs without buns, dump cake!  All traditional yummy food. So anyway, let me get back on track! With his grandfathers passing Joe decided he wanted to keep the tradition alive. This year will be the 6th party we have hosted and yes we have turned it up a bit. If you know Joe you know nothing is done small with him and any celebration. We always try to have fun activities which started with dunk tanks, volleyball, horseshoes you know traditional summer fun! We have now grown to pig roasting, pony rides, jump houses and face painters!  Getting prepared for the party takes a bit of time and communication. But I love getting crafty for this holiday! I can put my decorations out Memorial Day and I usually leave them up until Labor Day! So this week I made two crafts to get the holiday started off right!   One being a red, white, and blue burlap bow wreath and the second my pallet flag for the porch. I love how both turned out.  Next I’m going to paint my mason jars which I look forward to sharing in a few days as this project I plan to put the kids on. I mean how can you mess painting a jar up?

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Our backyard is turning into something too! Joe has been working diligently on getting the water fountain and Koi pond installed. A job we initially planned to have contracted out but after researching Joe has decided to take the project on himself. Which has to be completed this week in order for us to move to the next party perpetration item which is laying sod.  Sod needs three weeks before it can have heavy traffic so as the clock ticks Joe is working away!

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I look forward to sharing the adventures S and K have with as they say “New Papa and Grandma” in just a few days. I will say today they had a blast.  It down poured when they left so they got lost but when they made it to lunch and play land they were as happy as two pigs in mud! Nap went to the way side today but I’m sure come tomorrow we will get back to a more normal schedule. No nap and two toddlers all day is exhausting!

Thanks for checking in! Enjoy your Monday evening!

P.S. This is just a pic of what Koi fish are so you don’t have to google them. These are not ours…