Summer List 2015

School is out and summer is in full swing!

Our kiddos will now be heading into 4th grade...

2nd grade...

And one more year of preschool...

By the end of the school year we are all ready for a more laid back schedule. But having a summer list helps us stay busy with fun stuff.

Here is this year's list:

This is our 7th year of making lists and the kids look forward to it every year. Here are some of the previous years' lists:


What's on your list this summer?


Printable Straw Flags

We're less than one month away from the 4th of July! Our Independence Day tradition is attending a big shindig at my parents' house and one thing that we're never short on is good food.

This year, I'm adding some festive straw flags into the mix. And the fun part? I'm sharing them with you so you can use them too!

They are super easy to put together. 


Double Digits...TEN!

On Friday, we celebrated our boy's 10th Birthday!! Hard to believe it's been ten years!

We started the day with doughnuts (naturally, since it was also National Doughnut Day!) then we took him and his buddies to play some epic laser tag and nickel games. He was so sweet to let his sisters tag-a-long. 

We were able to sneak over to the pool for a little swimming and the rest of the weekend was filled with A LOT of baseball. But it was all worth it since they won first place in their weekend tournament.

So proud of those boys!

It was a great birthday weekend and it was spent doing what he loves...baseball, swimming and playing with his friends.


Father's Day Gift Guide (for under $40)

Father's Day is right around the corner. If you're stumped as to what to get, you've come to the right place! I've put together a list of personal gifts for that special dad in your life! And they are all under $40!

For the fisherman: a personalized fishing lure


A Good Ol' Fashioned Birthday Party

When I asked Sweet Pea what she wanted to do for her birthday, her response was..."I want to do a party in the backyard, play games and have chocolate cake." That's my kind of party. Done and done!

We threw a good ol' fashioned vintage birthday party on a Friday after school. The weather was perfect! We had a little snack that included Pink Punch, watermelon, veggies and animal crackers. These cute straws were my color inspiration.


Orange Marmalade Scones

Happy Mother's Day! If you're a mom, may you feel celebrated, relaxed and loved on today!

Looking for a last minute breakfast or brunch to whip up? I'm over at 30 Days sharing my Orange Marmalade Scone recipe.

These scones are delicious and only take about 30 minutes from start to finish. Get the recipe here.



Sweet Pea Turns 7

Our Sweet Pea turned 7 today!

She loves:

Board games
Wearing dresses
Bike rides
Chocolate Cake

She's our little performer. We often find her making up her own dances and singing her own tune. Her laugh is contagious and she has a sweet confidence about her.

Photo by Carly Carpenter Photography

She is such a blessing and brings so much joy into our family. Happy 7th Birthday Sweet Pea!