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Strawberry Fields in the Summer

A while ago Design Mom started a column on her blog about loving where you live.  I decided that’s a good idea.  In the past 4 years we have lived in 5 states and visited a few others.  We figured we would be in each place for a while and would have plenty of time to see things.  But we never got around to seeing more than the one or two main touristy things in the area.  So I’m going to join Design Mom in the quest of loving and learning about where I live and visit.

How loves strawberries?  K.  That was probably a dumb question, right?  Everyone loves strawberries.  They’re delicious.  You know what makes them even more delicious? When they’re warm from the sun and fresh off the vine.  While Abbi and I were visiting my sister and her family in North Carolina we hit up their neighborhood “you-pick” strawberry field.  It was the first time that we had ever picked our own produce and it was so fun (besides when I HAD to do it as a kid in our family garden.  when it was a chore it wasn’t near as fun)!


abbi with a strawberry


strawberry baskets

Have you ever picked your own berries?

Our 4th of July {awesome weekend}

I don’t know about you, but we had a fantastic 4th of July weekend.  It started out with my amazing new hair cut and ended with a very tired little girl.

Sunday night our neighbors invited us over for a little dinner.  He made us the most AMAZING smoked brisket and pork ribs I’ve ever had.  It was sooo good!  I mean look at it!

And I just wanted to throw in this picture of Abbi that Brad took during dinner cuz I love it.  She’s so cute!

To end the weekend off we had some homemade cheesecake {super yum, but I forgot a picture of it} than we sat on the cars in our driveway and watched the fireworks they were shooting at our local high school.  We had a great view and the kids LOVED it.

All in all it was a great weekend!  What did you do for the 4th?

Hair Cut {i’m a pixie!}

A few months ago I wanted to get my hair cut so bad!  Not a trim, but a cut.  This is the style I was thinking about.

But I totally chickened out.  Then, on Friday night as I was looking through my google reader I can across this post.  It’s a guest post that Ellie G from Less Cake {more frosting} did for Hair Week over at I am Momma Hear Me Roar.  It’s all about short hair styles and I loved them all!

That night I dreamed of short hair cuts.  Everyone had them – even me – and I LOVED it!  The second I woke up I called my nearest salon and got the first appointment.  I was going to take advantage of the love I still had for my dream hair while I could.  I didn’t want to chicken out again.

I went in like this {I forgot to take a before picture, so here is the most recent picture I had of my hair down – we’re at the zoo}.  It’s the longest it’s been since I was 16!

Two hours later I walked out like this…

I just let the stylist do what she wanted.  She went darker {with blond and red peek-a-boo streaks in the front} and almost as short as I wanted. I think she got freaked out and thought I would hate her if she really went as short and I told her…like I didn’t know what I was thinking, but I totally love it!

Thanks Ellie G and Cheri for making me dream :)

Countdown Chain {grandpa’s coming!}

What do you do when you have some really fun family coming to visit and a 3 year old that won’t stop asking when they’re going to get here? You make a countdown chain, that’s what!  I’m sure that ALL of you have made one before and know what you’re doing, but here’s how we went about it.

You take some colored paper, scissors, tape and a very excited little girl.

First, you cut the paper into strips,

then you tape them into a chain,

next, you hang it on your embarrassingly plain wall with a the thermostat smack in the middle of it.

Finally, you take the extra paper strips and make “She-Ra power arm bracelets” (Abbi is obsessed with She-Ra right now and immediately pointed out that She-Ra had bracelets just like them :) ).

Now you’re done! Just sit down and wait for Grandpa, Grandma and Emily get here!

An Eventful Weekend {appendicitis is lame}

This weekend I had some big plans.  We were going to finish putting all our boxes in the attic space above the garage, figure out how to do a gallery wall and hang up our pictures, get some blogs scheduled, all sorts of stuff.

Well, I was awoken at 5:30 on Friday morning to my husband asking me to take him to the ER.  The first thing that went through my groggy mind was that he was trying to get out of work :)  But that idea was quickly banished.  Brad has never taken a sick day since I’ve known him and I couldn’t see him starting now. And he was obviously really hurting.

So we took Abbi to the neighbors and headed to the hospital.  About 4 hours later I was sitting in a recovery room with an Appendix-less husband.  So much for getting anything done, but Abbi and I had a blast watching Aladdin with him.

He’s doing great now and even went back to work that Monday.  But you know what it reminded me of?  The Modern Family where Gloria thinks Jay is imagining his stomach pain then he ends up having his appendix removed. Want to know what’s weird?  We had just watched that episode the night before we went to the ER.  Crazy.


PS – I totally love that show :)

Family Game Nights {Help!}

Brad and I are a game playing couple.  We don’t discriminate against any game (well, I really don’t like Monopoly or Risk so that statement is kind of a lie), especially not those awesome board games from Germany. Have you ever played Ticket to Ride? It’s awesome!


We’ve passed that love onto our daughter. She wants to play games all day long.  The problem is that she’s three.  Abbi can’t play most of our games, and letting her be on our “team” is more of a hindrance than a help.  So we went out and bought a few kid friendly games.

Now we have a new problem… I’m so tired of Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Curious George! I really need some new ideas.  What games do you guys play with your kids?

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