Sunday, June 11, 2017

Traditional Tie-dye Day

So, back in 2011, I let Jaina and Jayce tie-dye shirts at home on Memorial Day. And thus the Memorial Day Tie-Dyeing tradition was born. Our neighbor Kelsey gets in on the action now, too!

Although we managed to tie-dye our shirts on Memorial day, we didn't actually get a chance to wear them all until this evening. I've noticed its harder and harder to get the family together at home at the same time as the kids get older.

This years shirts were kind of a fail. I didn't buy 100% cotton. And I thought we could get away with using old dye that was mixed up last year and stored in our garage. Pro Tip: You can't. Buy new dye if you are using the powdered kind. The liquid RIT worked fine, but it's much messier. I much prefer the kits of pre-measured powder in a squirt bottle. You can get a kit at Wal-Mart for $20.




 There were  a couple of hornets hanging around outside the garage so Jayce refused to come outside to do his shirt.

Each one of us used the color yellow from last year. And each of our shirts had the yellow wash completely out. And I even soaked the shirts in soda ash first!

Finished Shirts:


And pictures from tonight:






I think Kelsey's came out the best :) I tried to talk Jocelyn out of using black dye (which promptly turned gray of course), but she wasn't having it. And Jaina's shirt would have looked so good with the pink, orange, and coral if the yellow had stayed in, too.

We'll do better next year :)

Monday, June 05, 2017

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I fully admit I'm the kind of person that lives for the future and sometimes forgets to enjoy the "now" of my crazy busy life. I always think, "life will be easier/slow down/ get better after school's out/school's back in/ after baseball season is over/ the holidays are over/ Fall sessions are done", etc.

Summer break has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier. This school year was less than ideal. It was stressful on the kids to be at such a disorganized school and that stress was felt here at our house as well.

But now that's over! No alarm clocks, no homework, no projects! We did it! And we deserve this wonderful 10 week break!

I've been insanely busy this Spring with photo sessions, especially with newborn sessions, and I took on a wedding in NC on Easter weekend. I'm happy to say that I finally delivered the gallery of images to the bride last night and I finally feel like there's a light at the end of the tunnel :)

Here's some snap shots from my phone on what we've been up to:

Lunch at McD's with the fam:


Jocelyn learned to microwave bacon all by herself:


We continued our Memorial Day tradition and tie-dyed shirts! More pics from my DSLR camera to come later :)




I had been good and hadn't bought any new LuLaRoe clothes in a while, but I had to get in on the Americana action :)


We enjoyed a sprinkler playdate with our MOMS Club :)



We've been taking nightly walks after dinner with all of Jocelyn's stuffed animals:





We baked cupcakes for our Cupcake stuffed animal :)


We had another fun pool day with MOMS Club



We had our first Friday family lunch of Summer at Taco Bell:


And both Jocelyn and Jayce advanced to yellow belts at mixed martial arts! They were thrilled! They love karate, jiu jitsu, and sparing.


Jaina and I tried on bathing suits at Kohl's today, but you aren't getting pictures of that :P

We are ready for Summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lavender Fields

Because of our preschool and after school schedule, we missed out on strawberry picking this season. I was pretty sad about it until our MOMS Club posted a lavender picking activity at a local farm in Greer. I underestimated how much Jocelyn and I would enjoy this new found tradition for our family.

They had a kids' tent with lavender rice, lavender sand, bubbles, and wooden games to play.




I didn't realize that the sand had non-washable paint in it and this is the exact moment where Jocelyn wiped her hands on her dress and stained it :( So far bleach hasn't gotten it out :(

She enjoyed clipping the lavender stems and followed directions beautifully.




It was pretty warm that day, but luckily the farm had some nice shady trees and we enjoyed the nice breeze, too.







Besides our moms' group, there were adults from a Clemson program there as well.  But there was plenty of lavender to go around.

We'll definitely be making this a new tradition to do every year!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Counting down to Summer

Summer break from school just can't come fast enough.

There's been sooo much drama at the Middle and HS sections of my kids' local charter school and we just can't wait to be done with the whole thing.

Jocelyn's 4K preschool class ended on May 12th so she's had an entire week of Summer break so far and she's a big fan :) We've kept very busy and this week has flown by!

One of our favorite things to do in the Summer is to play outside in our backyard at sunset. We've gotten a head start on that this year :)

The kids like it because it's the coolest part of the day plus it pushes bed time back a bit :) I like it because it's the best time to shoot during the day.





Jocelyn has some fake gold and silver plastic coins that various leprechauns have brought her over the years. She likes to hide them in the yard and make you find them. And then you have to do the same for her. It's like hunting for Easter eggs, but the coins are small and it's much easier to loose them.









We even went out to play and swing one morning. We also had to finish reading some books for our reading log, so I just took them outside. Most of the time I feel like that "Frazzled thing" from the book :)





Stuffed animals are never far from the fun. Oh, and she's traded her Piglet obsession for Five Nights at Freddy's stuffed characters. I don't even know where Piglet or Piggie JR are currently lying right now.

For Mother's Day, I got a nice picture with all 3 of my kids :) Thanks, Brian, for the great picture!

And I can thank Brian for the huge flying disc thing that the kids love!










We look forward to many more nights outside on the swings and trampoline, catching lightning bugs and chasing sunsets :)