Thursday, July 28, 2011

Things That Make Me


Scoring awesome deals on diapers so that I don't have to worry about buying at full price. By the way, Haden is 16 months old and only once in 16 months have I paid full price for diapers. I am very thankful for that!

A crayon roll for Kennedy

I've been wanting to make one for over a year.

She loves it!

A crayon roll for Aubrey

I finished the second one in half the time that it took to finish the first.

You can't really tell, but the solid purple is very sparkly. That girl loves sparkles!


jillian Pictures, Images and Photos

This is tough!


Sorry, no picture for the big finale BUT I have finally dropped to a new low in my weight loss journey (long term goal was 31 lbs by my 31st bday)! I've lost 12 lbs since the beginning of June. I'm ALMOST half way to my goal weight loss! In an effort to help me get there quicker I've pulled Jillian out of the back of the dvd cabinet. So while it makes me not so happy to hurt the way I am, I'm so excited to be almost half way to the goal!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Science Sunday {Apple Pie}

This is the 7th summer we've lived in this house. This is the 7th summer we've had apples growing on our own apple tree. This is the first summer I've utilized the apple tree!  We've had friends and family pick apples from our tree before and they've made pies, jelly, apple butter, apple sauce ... but this is the first year I've had a desire to do anything with the apples.

They are huge and very tasty!

The girls and I made an apple pie today (my very first apple pie!) using apples from our tree.

I'm starting to feel like a regular ol' country girl growing my own pumpkins and baking pies with fruit produced in my own yard! The thought of planting more next year is really starting to grow on me!

Science Sunday

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Science Sunday {Planting a Pumpkin Patch}

This summer has been such a whirlwind! We are winding down a bit now and everyone is ready to get back into a routine and start school again. I hadn't intended to break but we were kind of forced into one with all the activities going on this summer. It has been fun though!

For science this year we will continue some with Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day but we also plan to delve into the world of Botany a little deeper.

First up, planting a pumpkin patch! I found a pumpkin growing kit in Home Goods a month or so ago. We started our three types of seeds (Howard, White and Jack Be Little) in the greenhouse provided. I was very impressed with how quickly they sprouted.

We've toyed with the idea of having a raised garden bed the last few summers and it intimidated me enough to never actually get past the idea. This year it all fell together. We had the pumpkins started and my husband found a 2ish X 4ish box already put together. We put it out in sunny spot in the backyard, wrapped it in chicken wire (we have quite the bunny population!) and planted our pumpkins! They are doing really well and I'm looking forward to having a couple pumpkins in the fall! If this goes well we'll get a little more adventurous next year!

Science Sunday