Saturday, May 29, 2010

Beach Bag


From this…


to this…


to this. Too bad there’s no beach nearby…You can never have too many bags though!

The bag is based on a tutorial that Alisa Burke posted on her blog earlier this week and can be found here. I was in love! 2 of the beach towels were from the $2.50 bin. The other 2 were $6.00. But I am thrilled with the result! It’s reversible too. Have a happy and productive weekend!

Ushering in the Season


Mmmmmm….first s’more of 2010.


roasting hot dogs over the fire.


Good stuff.



Laying around the fire pit.


The dogs LOVE it when we hang out with them outside. 


A clover necklace for Pudge.


A clover necklace for me. 

We had a great time hanging out around the firepit on Friday night-ushering in Summer and the long Memorial Day weekend.  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

William’s Bday-Take 3


This doesn’t really have anything to do with William’s B-day, but it was funny that Bill took a photo from the front porch  of Elizabeth and Matt.


Checking out the cake once it’s frosted. 


And Taste testing….well-at least we know we brought the right kid home from the hospital :)


Just waiting for the singing to be over so he can get to the cake eating. 


I don’t know WHAT this face is about, but he held it like that for the last half of the song and I had to stop singing because I was laughing so hard.  He was looking at Elizabeth-hard telling what this was about-those 2 are like twins sometimes the way they talk to each other.  That is probably why the photo is blurry-couldn’t stop laughing.  So that was William’s birthday celebration.  I have photos this year to prove it.  Happy Friday (again.)!

William’s Bday-Take 2


Making Sirloin on the Grill. Yum.


I asked for a photo of me…nothing is ever easy…


I think this is my first Angel Food Cake. I even found a pan hidden in my cupboards that I’m pretty sure I bought at a garage sale. So I obviously intended to make one at some point. That’s funny because Angel Food Cake is my favorite cake and it is really sooo easy!


William is surveying the sirloin and the cake making to make sure everything is going as planned.


This has been Bryan lately-attached to the telephone.


Ready to eat his steak.


I love that you are a milk drinker! I was a huge milk drinker when I was young.


Elizabeth hanging out too.


William and I.



This was his early Birthday present. He got it the day that it came out (May 18th).


We had so many things to say about this card from Mom.


This was actually NOT one of those things.


This is the present for today. He also got season 3 from Amazon today.

Hopefully my post will work-I have a LOT of photos here-so I will upload another set.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! I am looking forward to some time off to enjoy the sunshine! I am also planning a trip to the antique store to see if I can find some supplies for a new apron for Sari! Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

William’s Birthday Celebration


I had been planning on just buying a cake for William like I do every year.  So what did he do?  Requested Angel Food cake with chocolate glaze.  Well-I barely had time to make the cake, much less the glaze, so I bought chocolate frosting.  Which was apparently about 5 pounds too heavy for the cake.  But it tasted okay.  So I guess that’s all that counts, right?  I’ll post more pics tomorrow.  William had a good birthday.  And he got the presents that he asked for :) And he enjoyed Sarah’s blog post about him.  Have a great Wednesday!  We’re almost halfway to the long weekend.  WOOT!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fifteen Years


So…I had planned to skip the blog post today.  I’m tired and Monday is gym night, and I had other plans.  Then I remembered what tomorrow is.  And I still cannot believe that he is going to be 15.  It seems like only yesterday we were rushing to the hospital-3 weeks early and terrified.  What a sweetie.  You can almost tell in this photo how ornery he is.  


Wow-Pooh blankie.  And sweet William. 


Eating a carrot.  What a chunky baby he was.


Happy wearing the Elmo costume at Grandma and Grandpas.


William needing a haircut.  Look at those big brown eyes.   


Brother and sister. 




And somehow-you go from this….


to this.  In the blink of an eye. 


Drinking tea.  And eating 4 pounds of twizzlers in one day.  Telling me how your stomach kind of hurts.


And getting taller than your mother.  We love you, William. Happy Birthday!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gone Fishing & a Scrapbook Page


Self portraits in the car after fishing on Saturday.  We only caught one fish, but we had a great time-no kids!  The fresh air was awesome and it was so nice to just sit and enjoy the silence. 


Bryan-enjoying watching Daddy cut the head off of the yellow perch that I caught. 


Elizabeth.  I’m still freaked out about taking senior pictures, so I am practicing lots of angles and types of shots. 


{Template and papers from Michele Martin and Springtime Cutup from Katie Pertiet-all available at}

My favorite photos from our fishing trip.  Daddy wasn’t very happy that I included this photo of him, but I told him that if you are going to do these sorts of things on film, then I am NOT going to let them languish in digital oblivion. 

Hope everyone had a lazy kind of fishing weekend!  Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Vintage and my Finished Apron



I was going to take the day off today so it could rain so I could work in the garden.  But since it was raining, I went in to work, ran to Michael’s, Barnes and Noble, and grocery shopping.  Later in the afternoon I had an idea and was suddenly inspired to work on my apron.  While I was working on it, I saw my Jenni Bowlin bird sitting in its cage.  So I got it out and set it in the light where I could get a good photo. 


Here is the apron when I had everything safety pinned on to make sure that the ribbon was all the right length. 



Here is the finished product. 


I love this butterfly.  I found it at a Czech/Slovak antique store in the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids.  I saw it and instantly knew that I had to have it for this project.



And here I am wearing the apron.  Have a great weekend!  Hoping for good weather tomorrow! 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Banana Bread


I was craving something homemade and we had a ton of bananas laying around. So I decided to make banana bread.


And who else would I turn to for a banana bread recipe?  Why-the Illinois 4-H, of course! These people know their banana bread.  Moist and delicious. 


Working on my grocery list for tomorrow.  And ready to plant cucumbers and zucchini.  Mmmm….


The finished product.  I think I could have gotten a blue ribbon for this.  If they hadn’t cut into it the moment I took it out of the oven…



Hoping to get some time in the garden this weekend.  And maybe even catch a fish or two.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Happy Friday!!