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!