Monday, July 21, 2014

Fair Fun

Last Saturday afternoon, we met the Tuttles for some fun at the Iroquois County Fair.  When we were younger, Emily and I would spend hours at the fair riding rides, drinking lemon shake-ups, and looking for boys.

Fast forward about 20 years, and we have all the boys we can handle!

Ethan, Caleb, Jacob, and Carter

First on the afternoon's agenda were the rides.  I was surprised (and a bit concerned!) that there were almost no height requirements for the rides.  Jacob was so excited to go on rides with just "the guys."

Speaking of wanting to be one of "the guys," Carter refused to sit in his stroller.  Yes, we've now entered that fun stage of pushing a stroller (because it's inevitable that he'll get too tired to walk the whole time) and also keeping up with a toddler whose on the loose.  His neon yellow outfit was no accident-- it was so he could be spotted easily!

Then Frank decided to get in on the action...

After rides, we saw some animals. Jacob held some baby chicks, but Carter just really wanted to be in the pen with them.  He really, really wanted to.  So he had to go back in the stroller for the rest of the barns!

And what's a fair without fair food and some tractors?

The boys and Matt watched a few minutes of a dog obedience show.

It was so neat to see my kids enjoying an event that I used to look forward to all summer, and being able to share the day with friends made it even more special.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Making- a gallery wall in the downstairs hall.  I've changed my mind multiple times about the pictures and the layout.  I haven't even bought the frames, but I'm in the mood to change things up.  Aesthetically, I like quiet spaces so this is a big step for mama!

Cooking- BBQ Biscuit Cups.  Easiest thing ever!  I'll try to post the "recipe" later.

Eating- BBQ Biscuit Cups, probably for days!

Drinking- sun tea

Reading- Emily says I need to read The Devil is in the Junior League by Linda Francis. Judging by the title, I agree this sounds like my kind of book!

Wanting- to find cheap frames for the gallery wall that don't look cheap

Playing- "Come Get it Bae" by Pharrell Williams in my car as many times as possible!

Wasting-money at Target. (that was an easy one!)

Listening- to Carter say, "Up me out now," which means, "Pick me up and get me out of this situation,"  And "Down me out now," which means, "Get me down from my high chair/car seat and get me out of this situation."

Waiting- to see if the skunk that showed up a few nights ago in the field behind the house will come back

Wondering- if Jacob is really getting anything out of his t-ball and/or soccer practices.

Hoping- that one day I can take the kids to the park/pool/library without one of them freaking out about something and me getting annoyed

Marveling- at these pictures of my guys in the same sun hat

Jacob- July 2011 

Carter- June 2014

Needing- to make a menu and grocery list for next week

Smelling- lemon Pledge

Wearing- pink shorts and a navy top

Remembering- when I was a kid and we used to have grilled hamburgers, sliced tomatoes, and sweet corn all the time in the summer.  (I guess I just gave myself a menu idea!)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Happenings

Jacob has a t-shirt that says, "Best Summer Ever."  It strikes such a chord with me because I have such good memories of summer as I was growing up, and I want the same for my boys.  Long days filled with swimming pools and baseball games and library books for when it's just too hot to be outside, days that taste like a popsicle and smell like sunscreen.   It's how summer should be when you're a kid.

So how do my kids amuse themselves all day?

They love their sand and water table.  They mix the sand with the water and make a huge mess.  Last week, I made them undress outside so I could hose them off before they came in the house.

They cruise around in their sweet ride.

They both love to "garden" and dig in the dirt.  Jacob is getting to the age where he is almost helpful.  (Almost.)

We planted some herbs that he loved to take care of, but the bunnies got them, so we need to rethink our setup.

Jacob started t-ball last week, and we're slowly but surely working on t-ball skills.

This guy is learning to ride a trike! He's not quite big enough, but I think by the end of the summer, he will be a pro.  It's hard to believe he wasn't even walking at this time last year!

And there's always playdates at the park and splash park.

Playdates are hit-and-miss for Carter, who usually prefers to spend the time screaming or on my lap.

They still love our trusty inflatable pool, although Carter has yet to actually sit in the pool.  He prefers to hang out on the side and throw things in the water, but at least he doesn't scream.

A few weeks ago, we bought a new kite, and Jacob has enjoyed playing with that.  There's no shortage of wind here on the prairie; in fact some days it's too windy to fly a kite!

After dinner, when daddy's home, there is a lot of chasing and roughhousing.

Sometimes mama gets in on the action, too!

And what would summer be without picnics?  We've had a few picnics this summer, but honestly, the kids- Carter especially- are too distracted to actually eat.  So Sonic has been a good compromise. Contrary to Jacob's pose in the picture below, the kids behave and eat their food and we still get to eat outdoors.  Win-win.

We love summer!