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!)