Lisenby’s Happenings

Ok so I have been MIA!  This summer has been bananas as I’m sure yours has been too!  The great part of summer is there is always something to do…Fairs, sporting events, parties, simply enjoying the sunshine with those that mean the most to us!  Well I am back!  Friday was Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday so of course I had to have a theme!  Beer tasting was what seemed perfect.  So off and running I went…chalkboard tablecloth, aged vinegar bottles with cotton tails and grass inside.  Mason jars for pretty much anything I could find its use appropriate so that meant water glasses, soup, jar tops I covered in chalkboard paint and used for place cards.  For food we did cheese displays, Brie on toasted baguette, large soft pretzels with two cheese dipping sauces,  potato and beer cheese soup, seven different brats, and I made individual beer mugs filled with chocolate cake and bailey’s ganache!  Oh yeah and the beer we planned to taste four but I ended up doing five!  The night was a success, everyone left happy and full just what I hoped for.  Most important Joe had a great birthday!

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Morning of Joe’s birthday the kids gave him the gift they made and then it was off to the beach!

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Other than getting myself all stressed over a party that in my opinion was a success.  As they say if guests come happy and leave happy you have accomplished this which they did!  The kids and I have just been up to other summer shenanigans!   Which have included our summer hunt for amazing treasures at local rummage sales, we added a few peeps to our crew including my two nephews who of course when it was time to do a quick snap had to show their love for mom and dad via diet coke!  My mom showed her love for no one other than yours truly! Lol!  Backyard swimming has been great when weather has permitted.  This Midwest weather has been bananas!  Resulting as three of the four having colds! Ugh! We had to do another visit to our friends at The Bear Den Zoo.  This time bringing Papa who is recently retired and cousin Phoenix!  The kids completed their rookie sports season which after Aunt Connie left Papa joined us, which was fantastic…Papa still thinks they are just too little to understand as he of course expected them to be soccer, football and t-ball players after this program was done but they were more like pro climbers at a new playground with a new group of kids! We babysat my Aunt and Uncle’s little girl who is going to be two which shockingly super easy.  Joe on the other hand decided he is very happy with just two kids as keeping your eyes on three takes some skill!  We set up the camping tent but due to rain in the forecast we were only able to watch a movie but none the less S and K loved it!

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Well we are off to get some eggs from a friends chicken farm!  I am working on creating a unique high heel dessert for a friends baby shower next month.  I am also planning our Halloween party too!  But with the madness of summer wrapping up I will be checking back very soon!  Until then have a wonderful Wednesday!

Lisenby Landscaping or it seems…

A beautiful Mother’s Day it was today! I enjoyed breakfast on the porch with S followed by brunch with my family minus my beautiful older sister. She is currently in Thailand playing with elephants with her family and yes I but more so S is very jealous! What an incredible experience! After brunch it was to the flea market and home for naps at least this was how the day went for the kids and I! Joe on the other hand was two cups of coffee in and eagerly waiting for the appropriate time to start his skid loader and bobcat in the backyard! As I mentioned before we are in the process of starting a fairly large addition but prior to we have things such as retaining walls and general landscape that needs tending too. So play space in the yard has went from about a football field to the goalie box! Ok not really but that’s how it feels as work is in progress S and K need to have a safe space and the dirt hill isn’t always it! So Joe put in our new retaining wall before brunch and when we got home planted three more trees finishing just as the down pour started.

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There are a few ways I feel about the start of work on our home including and most important; how the heck will I manage S and K during all this as Joe does much of the work himself or assists in it so yes he will be home physically but the mental is all on this girl when it comes to S and K!
As I share the journey of my two little managers I look forward to also including you in on my journey of the addition on our home!
I hope all those moms, soon to be moms or any male or female that has taken on this role had a truly great day and we will chat again very soon!