Friday, May 23, 2014

8 is great

My sweet, sweet boy is eight (or will be in four days). I'm so proud of the little man he is becoming, and so grateful to be his mama. He's a keeper.
Since we will be traveling the actual day of his birth, we celebrated a few days early. Sam requested a wolf party. :)
The decorations were pretty simple...I just printed out a few pictures, then traced and cut them out from construction paper. In my mind, I had planned to make lots of snow flakes, but I made two and called it a night. Oh well we can just imagine it's a snowy night...
The table cloth was super simple (black $1 cloth & $1 gold stars) but the kids thought it was amazing
For Sam's day we went to a local park and did go carts, laser tag, and mini golf. Annaleigh loved the go carts, and Sam played 6 games of laser tag. Annaleigh wouldn't play laser tag for a few rounds, but I convinced her to try. As I tucked her into bed, she told me laser tag was fun and she was glad she played. She wants to go back tomorrow.
After the park, our local fire station pulled out a hose for the kids, so we stopped there for a few minutes. Cooold water, but the kids loved it. 
Sam's cake was pretty simple. Wolf figurines from Hobby Lobby, buttercream icing on the cake, and a fondant moon.
Sam's main gift this year was a tablet. He was pretty excited. :D No more borrowing my tablet for Angry Birds & Plants Vs Zombies.
Sam was also given some Legos, and I love this picture of him. He doesn't usually show his teeth when he smiles, but he was too happy not too. Overall, I think the kids had a great day, and I hope it's a birthday Sam will remember!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

spring has sprung

I think it's safe to say that spring is here! I am so very happy! Having spent the past several years in states with mild winters, this winter seemed to have lasted forever (and native Nebraskans said it was a lot colder than previous winters). Now I need to go about shedding the winter coat I gained after spending five months stuck inside. ;) Call me crazy, but I love mowing the lawn, and was pretty happy to be out there Saturday. Even happier when I compared our lawn to our neighbors, and realized all the weed treatments from last year worked!

mmmm, can you smell the freshly cut grass?
that robin marks the line between our yard and our neighbors. See the difference!? That's how ours looked last year.

We have a ten day roadtrip to Colorado coming up, so I planned to not buy any flowers until we got home, but I caved. That said, I can't think of a way spending $25 would make me happier! Same as last year, I went to the store without any plans except to buy what made me smile. I might add to my collection later, but for now, I'm pretty happy with what I've got.
I LOVE these ferns. Only $10 at Lowes!

These purple ones are fakes, but I think they're cute out here

I'm kicking myself for not buying another pot of these. They weren't blooming when I bought them, so they were marked down to $3.
I bought the "hello" sticker online, cause I've always thought they were cute. I learned you have to be careful how you place it, because it took me a few days to realize that couldn't see the "o" from the sidewalk. Oops, haha!
Dash says hello
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