Friday, August 22, 2014

Squishy

I'm an aunt!  My sister in law gave birth to a little boy on July 12th.  He was a whopping 10 lbs 12 oz.  His name is Colton Layne Moore, but I have nicknamed him Squishy.  He's perfect!  I love him to pieces.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Tork

For Alyssa's 16th birthday, Joel and I gave her a trip to New York.  We wanted to take her to London, but it's too expensive, so New York was the next best option.  My mother-in-law came with she and I.  We stayed in this super cool chic hotel.  We spent the weekend walking all over the city shopping and people watching.  We went to the Broadway show Chicago.  We took a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park.  We got lucky and had beautiful weather.  There were so many people!  And the noise......oh my gosh the noise.  Honking horns (for no reason we figured out), whistles, sirens, and trucks backing up with the beep beep beeping.  As much fun as we had, it was definitely a place I could only spend a few days in.  I didn't sleep well and add walking on top of that - I was exhausted.  Despite all the noise, it was a fun weekend and I can't wait to go back and explore more.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Camp Invention

Josh attended Camp Invention summer camp.  It's a science camp meets creative thinking camp.  He spent the entire week creating projects.  One the last day, they had the parents come in for a show and tell.  He made a battery powered car out of reused materials.  So cool!  He loved the camp so much that he will be going back next year and we will be bringing the camp to his school this spring.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colonial Beach Family Vacation

A few weeks ago, we spent the week at my father-in-law’s “beach” house.  I use beach loosely because it’s actually on the Potomac River and there’s a pebble “beach”.  At times, I call it the lake house, the river house or the beach house.  What it really boils down to is that it’s a free vacation house with a pontoon boat in a cute little town that we can use pretty much anytime.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

We spend the week boating around the river, kayaking (aka “ca-nowing” as Josh calls it), searching for shark’s teeth on Shark Tooth Island, swimming at Westmoreland State Park and spending some quality family time together.  

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It was a much needed relaxing time!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s PAW-ty Time!

My little monkey turned 5!  I feel that 5 is a big number, so we celebrated with a big party.  We invited family and friends over for an awesome Paw Patrol themed party.  Paw Patrol is Gavin’s favorite new show.  I searched around Pinterest for ideas and oh boy did I find some CUTE ones! 

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As you walked up the driveway and to the porch, the boys and I drew paw prints leading the way to the party.

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Guests were greeted with a cute sign welcoming them, as well as this chalkboard welcoming them to the “PAW-ty!”

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I made this fire hydrant out of red poster board.  We hung it on the bathroom door so all the “pups” knew where to go.

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We made doggy bags for each kids to take home.  They all got to “adopt” their own puppy, name him, and take him home with his very own adoption certificate and some other goodies.

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Since puppy dogs were the theme, we stuck with that when it came to the food.  We served hot dogs in a blanket, pawtato chips, pup-corn, fruit kibble, puppy slop, toilet water, and I made puppy paw print cupcakes.  I also made a sign that said “Bone Appetit” to hang near the food.

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Gavin requested a moon bounce, so he got one – a race car one to be exact.  All the kids ran around the yard, bouncing and just having good old fashioned fun!

We had a few nature friends join in on the party as well.....

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After everyone left, Gavin opened his gifts.  He certainly made out like a bandit!  We are so thankful for all the friends and family who love us so much to celebrate this special day with us. 

Five things we love about Gavin:

  1. He is always happy.  Bouncing around with a smile on his face.
  2. He loves everyone – his brother especially.
  3. The kid has an imagination like no other.  He can play with a stick and piece of paper for hours.
  4. He will pretty much try anything – food, adventures, etc.
  5. He loves cheese.  All kinds of cheese.
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Happy 5th Birthday to our Woo, our monkey and our forever baby!  These kids are just growing up too fast {tear}.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gavin Turns 5!

Happy 5th birthday to this handsome devil!  More details later on his birthday party.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Favorites

Unstoppables.  These little tiny pellets make your laundry smell divine!  Sprinkle them right over top of the clothes when they’re in the washer and they do their magic.  I used a little bit more when washing sheets because there’s nothing like fresh clean sheets.

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Oxy Clean Stain Remover.  My friend recommended this to me.  She’s a mom of three boys, so I trust her judgment.  She did not disappoint.  I used this spray on the boy’s white baseball pants.  It took the grass stains out right before my eyes.

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Cetaphil Cleansing Cloths.  My face is sensitive.  I have adult acne and I can’t use all those fancy facial products or they’ll make me break out.  I went to the dermatologist for my acne.  She gave me topical cream to ward off the breakouts, but also told me to use a more non-fragrant face wash.  Turns out it’s inexpensive and I can buy it at any grocery store of pharmacy.  I own the liquid wash, the bar wash (for travel) and these cleansing clothes.  I try to wash my face every night, but sometimes I’m just too lazy and these cloths are for those lazy nights.  Pull one out, rub it all over your face and wah-la…..clean skin! 

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Chobani Yogurt and Nature’s Valley Granola.  I eat this pretty much every day either as breakfast or an afternoon snack.  My favorite flavor is the pomegranate. 

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Bath & Body Works Lemon Mint Soap.  YUMMY!!!!

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Vintage Tray.  I bought this cute tray at Hobby Lobby to sit on my kitchen island.  I put my succulents, a candle and summer themed bar napkins.  I’m sure I’ll find other ways to decorate this for the different seasons.   

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