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Visiting Grannie

The kids and I took a road trip this weekend to go visit my Grannie! We haven't been up there in a while and were all missing one another! It was a nice little getaway for us. The kids love their Grannie & loved being up in the country!

Sunday morning on the way to church we took a quick few minutes to sit in the swing for pictures! I couldn't believe I got Aaron to smile and say cheese AT the camera & not looking away!! Well, he did that until the tickling started anyway!! :)

Then Emma decided it was her turn to be the photographer - so she snapped a few pictures of me & Grannie. She did good, but can you tell how uncomfortable I am in front of the camera!?!
We had a nice weekend...played with cousins, swam, went to church, & just relaxed! I did practice a 5 strand braid I'm been trying to master on Emma's hair, too - she wore it to church Sunday, though by the end of the day it wasn't so nice & neat anymore! HA! Go figure...
Now to just lear…

iPhoneography via PhotoADay(July)

So, I follow along with Chantelle on her PhotoADay challenge via Instagram. I never get 100% of the days photographed, but I do try very, very hard...and this week I thought I'd link that up with Courtney for her iPhoneography challenge! Yeah - the whole two birds, one stone thing, right?/  I try to link up with Courtney on Fridays, but again I never get 100% there either. Hey - I'm a busy lady, alright!!! I do what I can with the time I have! :)
This week I actually did pretty good! I got all five of the weekdays captured - go me!
Day  23: Mirror "I was looking back too see if you were looking back at me..." Day 24: A Stranger "Never forget who you are..." - caught myself in a time of self reflection. Hey - I can be deep! Day 25: Heart "These two fill my heart" Day 26: Sunshine "Sun peeking up over the horizon" Day 27: On the road "Another beautiful drive into work this morning" The skies have been beautiful here lately with …

Weekend iPhone View & Honey Do's

We were pretty much on the go, nonstop all weekend. And we tackled several projects, too - I love productive weekends!!

Saturday morning we Skyped with my parents. They are in France right now...they'll be there for a couple weeks visiting friends. Then they'll be heading to Switzerland via train for a couple more weeks to visit my cousin. He & his wife just had their second baby - he is three weeks old now! I wish we could've joined them on this trip! We miss bunches, so it's awesome to be able to sit & chat with them online!
After talking with them a while & getting the house cleaned up & in order, we headed out of the house! First stop - fabric store!!

I've wanted to recover the chairs at our breakfast table for a long, long time. And a couple weeks ago we got new living room & bedroom furniture, which made the old chairs look that much more shabby. So, Saturday morning we headed out the door to start our day & upholstery was one of …

Still More Cloudy Skies & Cookies

I honestly cannot complain - this weather is keeping the temperature down & I love storm watching!!
This is my view today...not quite as dark as before... On a more yummy note, I found a recipe for Cookies for One...on Pinterest, of course!! I tried one out Monday night, but it was after the kids went to bed. Hey, I promise I didn't find it till then!! I decided we needed a 2nd opinion on them, so Emma helped me make 4 individual ones last night - they were a hit!!
This time, though, daddy brought out the ice cream & scooped it on top of each one while they were all hot & gooey! Mmmm...these could be dangerous - they are just too quick & easy to make! :)

It's Still Storming Here

In the background at work all I hear is thunder, rain, & sirens...in a matter of minutes it's turned dark outside & this is my view...
I just hope that before I leave it'll pass over. I love storms, but I don't like driving in them...especially with my little people in the back!

When I took these pics I could actually see out of my windows - now I can't see anything but black out there...

Friday Fotos

So, I came home yesterday & my sweet hubby has these beauties for me... Thank you honey!!! I {heart} you, too!
My sweet girl had pretty flowers in her hair, too yesterday - this is her new favorite hair accessory! I think she would wear it every day!! We couldn't play outside much b/c of the weather, but we spent as much time as we could yesterday out on the back porch enjoying the calm after the storm. The kiddos had their popsicles outside after dinner yesterday! They always taste better outside anyway - right?
Everything just looked so crisp & clean after all the rain... The skies are still gray & delivering a lot of rain today and I think it'll be the same all weekend. I know we need it, but it starts to get dreary after a while and we start to get a little bit of cabin fever, too...
Stay dry this weekend if you're close to HTown!

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

So tonight I put two of our favorite things together! Food cooked on the grill and bruschetta!
Michael was grilling steaks & veggies tonight so I added this yummy goodness, too!
(forgive the not-great pics - I forgot about pics & snapped some quickly before the chicken hit the grill)

I butterflied the chicken breast, put sliced smoked mozzarella cheese,sliced tomatoes, & basil inside - folded them back together, secured them with toothpicks and marinated them in balsamic vinegar. Onto the grill they went!!

OhEmGee!! This was so super yummy! I can't even tell you! One thing I might do differently next time is to butterfly and marinate the chicken way ahead of time and let it really soak up the flavor of the balsamic vinegar.

It was definitely a hit - as was daddy's steaks and the grilled veggies...and of course I had to make some garlic & cheese biscuits, too. Just a little fresh garlic rubbed on top of the biscuits with some cheese and viola!

Sleeping with…

iPhoneography Friday & What's Up for the Weekend

I posted the bulk of my recent iPhone pics yesterday, but I am going to post them again today for iPhoneography Friday b/c I could re-post pics of my babies playing every day...b/c it's my blog...b/c I can do whatever I want...b/c it's my prerogative!! Ya get it...

I do have a couple to add, though b/c I used a new NailDress from KISS yesterday that I really like...
Isn't it pretty?? (After the pic I realized I had a few rough edges I've since filed smooth!)
And yesterday, I convinced hubby that snow cones were much more fun than mowing the yard, so he played hooky from yard work & we all headed to our favorite snow cone shack - Mista Mack's - and treated ourselves! Emma tried to steal a bite from her daddy's - he didn't wanna share, though! LOL

And like I said, b/c I can, I'm re-posting a collage of a few recent iPhone pics today...
Awweee....

I don't know what we are going to get into this weekend...there are a few things I'd love t…

July 4th Festivities

Happy Independence Day...
I hope you had a memorable day & said a prayer of thanks to all the people that make our freedom possible every day!
We had a very full Independence Day celebration. We started on the 3rd with a block party. We typically have these on the 4th, but it worked out to have it the day before this year & it actually turned out great b/c we were able to drive up to my work and watch the fireworks from the rooftop of our parking garage - very cool view! (Granted it would have been so much better had I not had one of the worst migraines ever. Ugh)
We started the 4th in the water, though...we left the house early and stayed at the waterpark until lunchtime. Wouldya look at her muscles!!! Aaron splashed down & took a dive under water! Not my finest shot LOL - but I just love the look on Aaron's face! Emma & daddy sliding together!
We had a blast in the water & the kids were worn out - after lunch they came home & crashed for a while! Well…

Weekend Catchup

My poor sweet boy came down with something this weekend. He spiked a high fever Friday evening after his nap and though it went down, it still hadn't broke by the morning so I took him in to see the doctor.
He tested negative for everything they looked for, so they just gave him an antibiotic to take care of whatever it was. Last night when he went to bed was the first time his temp had been normal and he woke up this morning with no fever as well. Though after church he was a little warm. He ate good at lunch, but crashed soon after and is still out. A long nap will be good for him, especially since he was up (and had me up) before the sun this morning!

We had a wet Friday & Saturday so we spent a lot of time indoors this weekend (with the exception of a water gun war early Friday - Emma has good strategy I must say - she soaked me)...and learned some new stuff, too! Like how to make our own microwave popcorn (thanks again Pinterest)! Growing up we never bought microwave pop…