Thursday, August 11, 2011

What We've Been Doing


This summer we've been ...

Drawing on the sidewalks ...

Chasing snapping turtles out of our garage ...

Giving Colin the freedom to dress himself ...

Giggling as we catch our babysitter (Claire) asleep with Ethan ...

Changed lots and lots of diapers ...

Gone shopping (yes, that sign behind me actually IS accurate!) ...

Played with Ethan in a box ...

Dressed up for church ...

Snuggled with our brothers ...

Hosted dinner parties galore ...

Participated in lots and lots of goofyness ...

And got caught loving on my honey!

It's certainly been a busy summer in our house!  How is your summer going?

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Peek Into My Home: The Balcony

I'm starting a new feature on my blog which I'm titling "A Peek Into My Home".  You see, there are so many aspects about my home that I just love and I want to be able to share these places with you.  So, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some time with me as we begin a tour of my home, starting with our balcony.

Right off of our master bedroom are these beautiful french doors that lead out to a private retreat where Ethan is happily playing!


Ethan also enjoys seeing his reflection in the glass of the french doors! :)

There are two chairs and a table out there, as to sit and enjoy the view of the lake and the sounds of the woods while sipping on a beverage of choice.

One side of our balcony is empty, holding limitless possibilities as to what to put there (perhaps a comfortable chaise lounge?!).

The balcony is a haven, a place to relax with friends or family ... or (for our boys) to be shirtless, just like dad!

The reason that my first home feature is my balcony is due to the fact that it was recently cleaned.  Before this cleaning (which took me two-and-a-half hours!) our balcony was covered with spider webs, fallen leaves and other debris from our recent storm (which also took out one of our apple trees) and was just generally dirty and somewhere that you didn't want to go.  We are typically hesitant to spend much time cleaning or enjoying the balcony, due to the fact that it is so close to the woods, which in turn causes hords of mosquitoes to attack as promptly as they can and also causes all of the dirtyness to encompass our balcony in a hurry.  However, our next project is to screen in the balcony so that this cleanliness can be enjoyed in a bug-free zone as often as we choose to go out there for a sweet escape! 

I can hardly wait!

Pending the arrival of our screen (which we ordered online), we will be making this a no-bug retreat, taking this beautiful balcony and allowing it to continually be the haven of which it was intended to be!

Won't you come enjoy a cup of coffee with me on the balcony once it's complete?!  :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shopping Carts

I often wonder what goes through people's minds in relation to the shopping carts that they use.  Yesterday was a prime example of why I am so curious.  Claire, Ethan and I went to Costco to pick up some much needed groceries.  Upon arriving, we parked at the end of the parking lot - entirely because someone had abandoned their cart there and I decided we were going to use it.

I got out of the truck and grabbed the cart, only to realize that whomever had previously used it decided that it was a good trash can and left behind muffin wrappers, a plastic spoon and a leaf of some sort (which I'm guessing is from some produce that was purchased).  Ew.  So, I picked it all up and handed it to Claire to hold for a minute while I loaded Ethan and all of his gear into the cart.  I took the trash back from her and we proceeded into the store (where I stopped at the trash can right outside of the store and deposited said trash).

We did our shopping and all went well, with the exception of the fact that Ethan was a little bit crabby (ever since we went on vacation his sleep schedule seems to be a little bit off and he does not nap at the times that he used to, so he was very tired).  We paid for our items, loaded them up and headed back out to our truck.  Upon walking out there, I was amazed at the sheer lazyness of people!  There were shopping carts abandoned two parking spaces away from the cart return.  There were shopping carts left in the grass islands of the parking lot.  There were some that were in the middle of the driving lanes (in the parking lot), some filled with trash (much like the one we originally took) and truly only about five that were actually in the cart return (and I had been watching, there was not someone who had recently cleaned out the return, as that was the same number and location of carts as what was in there when we went into the store).

Yes, I know I'm a little bit anal, a little too much of a Type A personality - but for real?!  How difficult is it to walk the extra 10 feet to bring your cart to where it belongs?  Or how difficult is it to throw your trash away in the trash cans provided right outside the door upon leaving the store?

I just don't get it!  I've never been one to abandon a cart in the middle of the parking lot, or anywhere but the cart return for that matter!  So, I look around and simply wonder, have we really become this lazy?

I sure hope that's not the reason.

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