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Summer lovin’…….

June 4, 2012

Had me a blaaast.  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say or think the phrase “summer loving” without channeling a bit of Sandy and Danny.  Grease, it’s a part of me.  And I know I’m not the only one who has willingly participated in more than one Grease skit.  That movie provided for some gems (and by “gems,” I mean skits only parents could tolerate, and that’s only because disowning a 12 year old is a bit of a process).  But my love for re-enacting greaser musicals isn’t the point of this post (insert your sigh of relief here)…..  the point of today’s little ditty summer must-haves, and here’s a list of mine:

1.  Mrs. Myers Cleaner in Basil – I love Mrs. Myers potions in general, but I REALLY love the Basil fragrance during the summer, so fresh and clean smelling.

2.  Chapstic with SPF 15 – I don’t necessarily have a go-to brand/type, but whatever I have MUST have a minimum of SPF 15.  Typically, I buy whatever’s on sale at the checkout register at the grocery store and usually get one every time I go through the line.  You can NOT have too many, especially if you happen to have a little turkey who likes to take them, use them, and then proceed to hide them from both you and himself.

3.  Spray Paint – I’m a fan of the ACE stuff, but it all comes down to color and price.  Summer is PERFECT for tackling those spray painting projects!  With the warm weather, you can get through all the needed layers of paint in no time flat. 

4.  Queen Helene’s Cocoa Butter Lotion – This lotion will forever be imbedded in my brain as the smell of summer.  I fell in love with this stuff my first year lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons and have used it every summer since.  It’s not overly heavy, but does its job – even in those sun-baked, chlorine filled summers, I never felt leathery.  And for the awesome price of $2.49 for a HUGE bottle (we’re talking like 48+ ounces here people), it’s SO worth it.

5.  Otter-Pops – Who doesn’t love an Otter-Pop?!  Exactly.  If you have munchkins, these are perfect, especially since they’re cheap enough that you won’t get too upset when said munchkins drop part of one.

6.  Sun Tea – Setting a jar with tea in the sun to marinate is one of my favorite things about summer.  Sun just makes everything taste better.  Now, if you can find a large glass jug with an easy dispense spout that DOESN’T leak, you’re in business.

7.  Fresh Herbs – I can’t get enough of the fresh basil and cilantro!  The fresh mint in the sun tea is a big plus too.

8.  Mango-Pineapple Salsa – I could eat this stuff like candy.  Mangos, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, lime juice….  super simple and amazingly delicious.  Make it and keep a LARGE container on hand in the fridge.

9.  Margaritas – Nothing says summer like a blended, alcohol containing drink.  I plan on browsing Pinterest and making a point to test out many of the lovely pins. =)

10.  Library Card – It’s that time of year when the majority of my favorite shows are on summer hiatus.  Since I can handle reruns, I stock up at the library and fill my boys-have-gone-to-bed time with new reads that I don’t make time for during prime show season.  Best time ever to catch up on the books everyone’s raving about (or are currently being made into movies).

 

What about you?  What are your must-haves for summer?

You’re just so…. unpredictable.

May 7, 2012

Please read the title to the tune of “You’re Just So Unbelievable” – that lovely gem from the 90’s music line-up. It doesn’t really make the title any more clever, and definitely not any more poetic, but singing anything to a 90’s tune makes me smile, and really, who couldn’t use a little smile on a Monday.

And now, here’s the rest of the story….. (If you can guess who I’m channeling when I say that line, big kudos to you. Apparently I’m feeling a bit nostalgic this morning.)

I was wondering what to write about today; the events of the weekend (which included a trip to the ER, an anniversary, and the realization of just how spoiled the boys are), a commentary of just how out of shape I am (and the numerous excuses as to why I seem to not be able to get back on the wagon), or possibly a LOT of photos and thinking out-loud about what to do to the exterior of the house this year. Then, as I had just finished sending a “Happy Birthday” text to one friend and was moving on to reading the newest entry on another friend’s blog, it hit me just how unpredictable friendships can be.

Yes, life in general is unpredictable, but we expect that (unless of course you’re a psychic, but as I’m not one of the lucky few to be in the possession of a crystal ball and no one I know seems to be fessing up to having one, I’m going to say that for the majority of us, life is a complete surprise). What most of us don’t expect, at least not when we’re younger, is that friendships are also unpredictable. When you’re young, it seems unfathomable that your VERY BEST FRIEND in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD may not be your best friend later on in life.

That “Happy Birthday” text I set this morning was to a friend that I despised up until our junior year of high school. And really, “despised” may be putting it gently. In the unpredictable manner of life, that friend was the best man at my wedding (he even sent a text yesterday to say “Happy Anniversary”), B was the best man at his wedding, and he is someone that my kids refer to as “uncle.” Never, in a million years, would I have predicted that turn of events.

Technology has also put an interesting spin on relationships. A friend from school, who I haven’t really seen since high school, has a blog. Let’s take a moment so that I can confess just how much I love blogs – crafty, witty, yummy…. whatever be the theme, I love them. Back on point….. I like checking in on her blog to see what she’s been up to (and get a more in-depth picture than the 3 sentence FB status post). She’s always been well spoken and well written and her blog is a joy to read. Lately, she’s been chronicling her journey through adoption. The other day, I came across an image on Pinterest that screamed her name – I had to send it to her. Today, as I was getting my blog fix, I saw that image on her post. I haven’t seen her in more years than I want to admit (because admitting that number of years just makes me feel OLD – I swear high school wasn’t THAT long ago), we don’t call each other (if we’re being honest, I really don’t call anyone – not because I don’t want to talk to people, I just don’t want to talk on the PHONE to people. Plus, the amount of time I have without a kid screaming in the background is very limited and I’ve discovered that not everyone has become immune to the whine/yell noise that my kids make.), but through the blog we’ve been able to catch up on one another’s’ lives. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I thought I’d be sending “made me think of you” images to Mel, the answer would have been no, and yet, here we are.

Stopping to think about it for a moment, the few people that I keep in contact with from grade school and high school (other than the occasional FB status or comment) are people that I spent the majority of our school years fighting with. If you asked me in high school who I thought I would be talking to and relating to 15 years from graduation, my answers would have been very different from the reality of today. And you know what, that’s just fine – that’s the unpredictable way of life and everything in it, including friendships.

 

Today….

April 30, 2012

Otherwise known as the day I crawl out from underneath the blog-writing rock. 

Here’s the thing about me, I’m slightly Type A, but also more than slightly busy (as everyone else is too, I know).  The Type A in me makes it difficult to create a post that doesn’t have great content and at least 5 photos to go along with it, because really, who wants to read a post without a bunch of fun photos.  The problem is that I don’t have the time to create the posts that I envision in my head, thus I just don’t create ANY (the voices in my head are saying “if you’re going to do it half-assed, you may as well just not do it”).  I’ve discovered I have this same issue in many areas – if I can’t do something to the full extent of what I’m envisioning, then it’s just not worth it, because really, doing something partially is like not doing anything at all, so why waste energy when the end result is the same.  Yes, I realize this is an excuse, so I’m going to try to break that excuse-making habit.

I’m going to post at least once a week.  It may be nothing more than a couple of sentences without any photos, but by gosh, there WILL be a post.  So there you have it, I’m back (yet again), try to suppress those shrieks of joy. =)

Happy Monday!

Today….

April 30, 2012

Otherwise known as the day I crawl out from underneath the blog-writing rock. 

Here’s the thing about me, I’m slightly Type A, but also more than slightly busy (as everyone else is too, I know).  The Type A in me makes it difficult to create a post that doesn’t have great content and at least 5 photos to go along with it, because really, who wants to read a post without a bunch of fun photos.  The problem is that I don’t have the time to create the posts that I envision in my head, thus I just don’t create ANY (the voices in my head are saying “if you’re going to do it half-assed, you may as well just not do it”).  I’ve discovered I have this same issue in many areas – if I can’t do something to the full extent of what I’m envisioning, then it’s just not worth it, because really, doing something partially is like not doing anything at all, so why waste energy when the end result is the same.  Yes, I realize this is an excuse, so I’m going to try to break that excuse-making habit.

I’m going to post at least once a week.  It may be nothing more than a couple of sentences without any photos, but by gosh, there WILL be a post.  So there you have it, I’m back (yet again), try to suppress those shrieks of joy. =)

Happy Monday!

Today….

April 30, 2012

Otherwise known as the day I crawl out from underneath the blog-writing rock. 

Here’s the thing about me, I’m slightly Type A, but also more than slightly busy (as everyone else is too, I know).  The Type A in me makes it difficult to create a post that doesn’t have great content and at least 5 photos to go along with it, because really, who wants to read a post without a bunch of fun photos.  The problem is that I don’t have the time to create the posts that I envision in my head, thus I just don’t create ANY (the voices in my head are saying “if you’re going to do it half-assed, you may as well just not do it”).  I’ve discovered I have this same issue in many areas – if I can’t do something to the full extent of what I’m envisioning, then it’s just not worth it, because really, doing something partially is like not doing anything at all, so why waste energy when the end result is the same.  Yes, I realize this is an excuse, so I’m going to try to break that excuse-making habit.

I’m going to post at least once a week.  It may be nothing more than a couple of sentences without any photos, but by gosh, there WILL be a post.  So there you have it, I’m back (yet again), try to suppress those shrieks of joy. =)

Happy Monday!

Hooray for the red….

July 5, 2011

I was going to say red, white, and blue, but scratch that…..  I think “Hooray for the redNECK” may be more appropriate.

It should come as as no surprise to those of you who know us, that we’re just a tad bit redneck.  Kids peeing outside, TVs (the big, old console style) by the hot tub, carseats in backhoes, playing derby with Geo Metros in the back pasture….. it’s just how we roll around these parts.  And it seems that every time we host a little shindig, that “tad bit” of redneck seems to get kicked up a notch.  A Super Bowl party a year or two back featured the re-creation of a Mythbuster’s episode involving a water heater and an explosion.  This year for the 4th of July, the boys (the really big ones anyhow) decided to take a break from croquet and start a new game…..  I believe it was called something along the lines of “Lets use the backhoe to move one of the Geo Metros to the top of one of the jumps on the track, then see how we can big we can blow it up.”  I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the title of the game or that “Geo Metros” is plural.  In my defense, we only actually paid money for one of the Geos, the other came with the house – and really, you can’t play derby with just one Geo, so getting the second one was somewhat justified (redneck logic).  So, among our typical 4th of July festivities – food, friends, music, pool (formerly used as a horse trough), sprinklers, 4-wheelers, big wheels, croquet, and fireworks – this year also featured additional pyrotechnics involving a Geo, some Tannarite (which I was told was COMPLETELY legal, as you can purchase it at www.tannarite.com), and TWO explosions because the first just wasn’t quite big enough and there was enough car left to do it twice.  It’s no surprise that the little boys slept until 7 this morning (which is pretty much a record in this house), got up to get some milk, then headed back to bed for another little snooze.  Hope you all had a fabulous, and just a wee bit redneck, 4th of July!

A camping we will go.

July 5, 2011

This is one crazy, booked summer.  There doesn’t seem to be a free weekend until September (and most of them involve being away from home), so when this weekend came around and we realized we didn’t have anything on the books until Monday, we decided to load up the dogs and kids, hook up to the toy hauler, and head to Magone Lake for a quick camping trip.  It was a weekend filled with hot dogs, gooey burgers (luckily, since I went a bit overboard on Memorial Day weekend, I have a couple bags stashed in the freezer), chocolate marshmellows (which in my opinion are horrible – give me the originals!), sunscreen, bug spray, and weird children (because my boys are anything but normal).

 

 

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