Where do the Days go!?

HELLO Friends!  Things are crazy busy and I do think a big part of this is due to the fact that our summer just started July 1st!  So for us we are sucking up every day of hot weather we can.  S starts 4K in just a few short weeks and K starts 3K.  I truly can not believe I am going to have a child in “real” school!  I am also so very excited for her to start her journey in life of learning all the world of school has to offer…First best friends, first homework assignment, first field trip!  K will be heading to the Montessori school S attended last year.  With him being my child that appreciates perfection I think he will do great.  Tonight was his first time doing a new chore of putting his laundry away.  He did amazing and was so proud of himself.

Besides what’s ahead let’s chat about what we have been up to!  The 4th of July party was a huge success!  Unfortunately I was so wrapped up in the day I failed to take pictures of the set up but do stay tuned I will get these to you!  I think every kid went home on a sugar high and holding a small glass bowl with a goldfish as well as having a subtle hint of camel smell attached to their clothing.  We are so very excited for next year’s party.  Now the challenge is topping this year!

As I mentioned our summer truly began in July so that meant it was time for us to hit the beach we are fortunate to have passes to our local beach so it has become a once if not twice a week hot spot!  Usually Grandma and Papa join us one of these days!  We have also spent many days with our cousins doing fun things including swimming, sleepover, farms, rodeo’s and bike rides!  We have had a lot of fun!  Joe has been working like mad so all projects that require him at our house are completely on hold.  Yes I agree BOO, BOO, BOO!  But as I know but still like to pretend I don’t being a business owner can sometimes or should I say always have you putting your projects on the back burner.  We are grateful that Joe has been such a success but the up at 530 and home at 11pm has been rough.  We are almost through it.

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Here’s a few pictures of what Joe has been doing…A salon, a lake house, and a hand forge which K was able to go help one evening!

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We had planned to head to one of our favorite spots of Door County for his birthday a few weeks back but unfortunately had to post-pone.  But new grandma came down from Hayward to give us a night out which was fun and we are happy we were able to do but our time with her is always too short.  The kids had a blast as new grandma spoils them rotten!  S ran to the grocery store with her to grab me hairspray when she arrived.  They were gone for what seemed to be FOREVER!  Well, they came back without the hairspray.  My mother in law said we couldn’t find the kind you like we went to three places.  I said “oh my gosh, I’m so sorry I will use whatever I’m not picky”  she said “ok we will run back.”  Well they came home and S had worked her four-year old magic on grandma…As they were in the grocery store S told her “usually when we come to the grocery store with mommy we get a little something”.  My mother in law said “Oh you do?  What would you like?”  S said “I would really like some chocolate”  So what does S come home with two milky way bars!  Then she told grandma she needed a little something more as she hadn’t seen S in a long time!  WHAT!  So grandma also bought her new hair clips!  I mean seriously who is this girl!  After Joe and I left for dinner she took the kids to their favorite restaurant where they have a game room.  New Papa was recently very sick so he had to forego coming down but he made sure to send Grandma with a roll of quarters for each kid.  I know they are too good to these two!  Then Grandma even took them to the park to play for a bit before coming home.  Which unfortunately Grandma was doing underdogs and slipped and hurt her leg/foot.  Grandma had to leave pretty early the next morning to get back to Papa but the kids had an amazing visit which is what matters!

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As I said Joe isn’t able to work on any of our home projects so I am here enjoying my landscaping duties!  I love mowing the lawn when I can’t go running this is my other mind off life activity.  Some say pulling weeds is a stress reliever for them which I completely get but I find pulling vegetables out of my garden and fruit off my trees way more rewarding.  Everything here has been crazy late in arriving except our snap peas or green beans.  Those two I have an abundance of.  My tomatoes are now to the point of letting me share with family as well as bell peppers.  My lettuce I didn’t give proper attention to on its first growth but second round has been wonderful and we are now producing our third batch.  Our pear tree has produced a good amount this year but our darn puppy runs past the tree enough to knock them off and enjoy them himself!  We also discovered that we planted two plum trees as they began producing this year.

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I know I mentioned my transplanting of many flowers as we were due to start renovating so I had to do a quick fix around the back of our house before our 4th party.  I love the way it ended up looking with just a few bags of medium height wildflowers, twelve clearance pansies at Wal-Mart, and sunflower and marigold seeds we got from a friend!  Patients is key with these bags of seed…

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We just were able to complete the walkway off the bridge in the backyard as well.  So I guess Joe has been able to help me a bit!  I transplanted all my hostas (which get a daily trample by the dogs) and we grabbed some geraniums and lilies to do along the walkway!

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I don’t think I ever shared the completed play set project either.  So here are a few pics of this space.

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My current projects include chalk paint and my sewing machine!  My mom has done a lot of furniture with this and I have bought furniture over the past year for VERY cheap but haven’t gotten beyond sanding.  Joe is asking if my furniture purchases will ever move out of his shop and to a completed project home!  So I did my first end table.  I purchased the table at a garage sale a few months ago and just got to taking the time to complete it!  I do like the final product and it has gotten me excited to do more.  Maybe get the two chairs in the shop done!  I did however purchase a kids papasan chair today that I started while at mom and dad’s this afternoon.  Picture of this completed soon!  We have friends expecting their first bundle of joy in October they do not know the sex of their baby but they own a local boat rental company so I decided to make a few items for them in a nautical theme!  Here is the reversible bib, burp cloth, and changing pad.  I also made bibs and burp cloths in three other fabrics!

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Well I know so much to share I promise to check in as soon as I get these projects complete.  We have planned to head to the zoo and I’m sure a few other things before summer ends.  I look forward to sharing with you!  Until then be well!

A Little of This and a Little of That…

So the past few weeks have seem to fly by and the weather has been all over the board.  Which this has matched whats been going on in our house!  Kole has started to attend preschool/daycare two days a week, Sid has graduated from 3K, my fingers and feet are almost 100% green from the gardening going on, Joe is averaging less sleep time then I could imagine being able to do anything on let alone run a company and when he has a free window building the kids playhouse!

First things first…K started his two day a week preschool two weeks ago!  So far he is absolutely loving it and they are loving him! His teacher told me last week that he is “the sunshine to her days!”  She said “he is such a good kid and makes her smile often!”  As a mom who enrolled him in this program as I was concerned for how he would do among his peers in the fall at Montessori.  As we were having many days of battles and when we attending playgroup he was having a hard time; not always but often.  My sweet little boy was changing so drastically before my eyes I wasn’t sure what to do.  Our good friends immediately said he needs seperation and they weren’t meaning from me.  They said all he knows is S and she manages him and he’s moving to an age of showing his independence.  Which having a sister that is four wanting to provide direction for all you do all the time even know it’s usually out of love can get to be frustrating.  I of course immediately thought of when I was a kid and how to this day my little sister and mom remind me of how much I managed her in all we did!  Well as the saying goes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!  As my grandma said when I shared with her what K’s teacher said she said “Well mom, this is your report card saying you are doing something right!”  It was sweet as my grandmother isn’t doing well and I have tried to have weekly brief chats with her as growing up all of us where at her house and now for various reasons she only sees my kids on holidays or special occasions so I think she enjoys hearing about them grow.  So it seems these few days for K to find himself and meet others his age without S there to assist him is just what he needed.  The tantrums and frustration still show up but not nearly as much as we were facing before.  A little breathing room is good for everyone, right?!

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S finished her first year of school and as she says now it’s time for her to go to “BIG kid school”!  She is super excited for this change.  Many of the kids she bonded with at Montessori will not attend  the same school for 4K as S but that is ok this year has been great!  She learned so much from her teachers and peers.  Sharing, spelling, counting, alphabet, writing, organization, cleaning…just a few and yes you may say well she’s now four she better be able to do these things.  Yes, she went in knowing her ABC’s and could count to ten but as most kids at three they don’t always do perfect skipping numbers or letters or mixing them up.  Now, she is confident in them and the biggest is how she loves to be organized and neat in what she does.  We have her chore chart which we have altered from time to time but currently she is working towards a new Elsa doll!  So daily we get ourselves dressed in the morning and night, brush our teeth, clean our room if played in that day, clean the playroom, and feed the dogs!  She has been so great at this as the days she says she would really rather not do I remind her of the goal she is trying to reach and she doesn’t miss a beat on starting them!  Which has been really refreshing!  She too has said some things to us lately that crack us up but of course we hold a straight face at the time.  She was putting her dolls to sleep the other night and Joe brought up her favorite doll.  She says “You can just set her on the bed, I’ll take care of her when I’m done!”  Like really ok!  Then she tells me “Mom, I have a red bowl with no strawberries left in it, can you come remove it from my hand?”  I was like umm no you can go put it in the sink! I’m not your maid and your dad is not your servant!  K and her lost two of their favorite toys as they were hitting each other so S stands at the garage door and says “Santa do you hear me?,  please give us back our toys!”  She thinks he is god and speaks to him often.  Usually on shopping trips when she is told we are not buying today she says she is going to have a talk with him so he makes sure it’s on her list for Christmas this year!  We are very excited to see what “BIG kid school” brings in the fall for Ms. S!

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I have realized this spring that our yard is ALOT of work and it must have been due to the fact that last year was when we really got in to gardening and getting the property looking how we wanted so we didn’t experience the maintenance of all the planting we had done.  Let me tell you I am daily in the yard tackling some section!  I did do my vegetable gardens again this year.  But I scaled back a bit.  But I decided to try things I have not tried!  We have the usual variety of tomatoes, bell peppers, and jalapenos, but I have also planted romaine, snap peas, broccoli, basil, brussel sprouts, science fiction blend of carrots as well as one blueberry plant!  We will see how it all does I see it as if I get enough to enjoy for the summer it was all worth it!  If I can can some and freeze some then I did it right!  Keep you posted as it’s all starting to flourish!  I also had the treat of re-doing three of our beds.  As we had planned to start renovations on the backside of the house and complete them before our 4th of July party but due to Joe’s work schedule we have decided to put this off until after.  Which I am completely fine with except when I was given a date that this was all to begin I went through my back gardens and transplanted everything!  Well, having three mud spots now for the dogs and kids wasn’t going to work for me!  I have simply put in some marigold and cone seed that was given to me as well as the cheap spring wildflower mix.  S picked out a few bulb plants too!  So fingers crossed these areas will flourish into great little gardens at a very low price before our party!

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Joe has been crazy busy lately between his companies accounts he handles during the day and those he has taken on as side jobs. Currently his side job is doing the stone work for a restaurant opening next month!  This is a different job for Joe as he usually does residential work.  The owner is someone I’ve know for ten years and he really wanted Joe to do the stone as he appreciates his work and passion.  Joe was excited to be a part of this as our friends current location due to his rapid increase in demand in his few short years of being open it was necessary for him to build a bigger place!  A farm to table restaurant in Illinois and for those in the area should definitely look his location up but I will say go earlier as there is typically a hour minimum wait by 6pm!  The name is Ad-lib Geocafe in Lindenhurst, Illinois!  Anyway, back to Joe!  This and other business has meant very long days for him.  But we committed to getting the kids a playset but after we researched and looked at them for the price we were looking to spend Joe decided it was best to build his own.  So here we are a few weeks in and man this project has been challenging but as of yesterday we are at the point that the kids can play on it safely.  We still have to change out railings, do the interior both siding and decorating, paint the outside and hang the swings but funny enough the slide and excitement alone has been a blast for these two!  I’m so looking forward to a summer with something for not only our kids to enjoy but their friends and cousins too!

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I know there is more to share but time to get to cooking as these two crazy kids are starting to get hungry!  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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I look forward to sharing with you the final of our current projects very soon!  Happy Tuesday to you all and thanks for checking in!