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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What We've Been Doing....

Camping Trip = SUCCESS!!! The weather was perfect and we were at our favorite State Park with a great group of friends we have not camped with before. It seriously could not have been a more fun or successful trip. O.k...I guess I am not selling the camper anytime soon. :)

An afternoon at Meijer Gardens! The kids and I grabbed snacks, bathing suits and a blanket and headed over for a few hours of fun, at probably my most favorite place in Grand Rapids. We spent a lot of time at the farm this time (ridiculous photos ensued) and loved the boat playing and "magic water paint." Yep...pretty much don't want this summer to ever end.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wouldn't Wanna Waste a Thing...

For some reason, there is nothing cuter or more satisfying to me than having just had a fun, summery time with the kids (whatever that may be), and looking back at them in their PLG car seats all tired, tanned and happy.

This is when I know I have done my job. This is when I feel the luckiest. This is when I internally plead to God to let summer last and last and last...because I don't really want these days to go away. Or for them to keep growing so fast.

I want to remember the two missing teeth, the fuzzy buzz cut, the little, tan, chubby feet, the wanting to hold a toy on the way home to help them feel "cozy."

They were sitting
They were sitting on the strawberry swing
Every moment was so precious

They were sitting
They were talking under strawberry swing
Everybody was for fighting
Wouldn't wanna waste a thing

Cold, cold water bring me round
Now my feet won't touch the ground
Cold, cold water what ya say?
When it's such…
It's such a perfect day
It's such a perfect day

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Summertime Continued....

Yes..not an original title to this post. But this summer, I am plowing forward and not thinking too hard about little things that don't really matter. I am trying to let the house get a little dirtier....trying to respond to that work email a little later...trying to put everything I do with the kids first and everything else second....trying to enjoy every bit of every sunny, warm day.

1. Continuing with my self-created summer commitment of "experiencing something new each week," I took the kids to the Children's Museum to see the new Curious George exhibit. We took a friend for Tommy (Ronen, who's been dying to go, but my poor friend has four children and the other three...frankly, didn't want to go).

So off we headed (with Meema!) and as expected, it was a major hit. Such a hit, that after two hours of letting them wander and play, Lucy asked if she could "come back tomorrow morning." It's nice to get outside our box and try something new - it makes me feel like we are taking a bite out of summer.

Selfishly, I also like to do things like this with Lucy...because in 9 short weeks, my girl won't be able to go to the museum with me on a Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. because she will still be at school and I will be missing her and DYING to go pick her up from her day in 1st grade. Ugh...not ready yet.

2. Teeth! Lucy has been losing teeth! Two, actually. The first to go were the two front bottom teeth. The cute little suckers popped out within a week of each other, which kept the newly crowned tooth fairy hopping. It was so fun to watch her excitement...such a childhood right of passage. It also created surreal moment #578 for me when I thought to myself, "I can't believe it's my turn to be the tooth fairy. Didn't I JUST roll over and see a shiny quarter peeking out of my little pale yellow heart shaped pillow?"

3. Lake Huron..ahhhhhh. And that pretty much sums it up. Ha! Another week under our belt at good ole Sid's Resort. After years of taking a break from this place (haven't stayed there since I was 18 years old), it was so good to be back at the place that holds such great childhood memories for my family. Lazy days of beaching it, eating, drinking, laughing until I was crying, and enjoying the company of the people I love the most. As my sister said the day after, "I think Sid's might be a vortex of sorts...time stands still and nothing really compares to it." I think she's right. It's sort of magic in a really simple way and one of the places I feel 100% myself and completely where I am supposed to be each year for one week. Ahhhh....

4. Lastly, the 4th of July has come and gone in a whirlwind of activities. I ran the Trail Blaze Run that morning, then we headed with neighbors over to the local parade. The kids loved it!! It was 90 degrees so the boys headed home while Luce and I headed to the park to check out the "park party" underway. After getting a tattoo and watching a water show, we headed home with our snow cones and chilled out the rest of the day until dinner and fireworks at the Pulley house! The kids had a serious blast, between the slip and slide, water guns, games, sparklers, poppers and small fireworks show that Matt and Kahle put on for everyone. By 10 p.m. the kids watched about 15 minutes of fireworks and asked to go home. Go figure....but what a FAB day!

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I'm a 39 year old stay-at-home mom. I have a 9 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. I have lived in the big city and in the mountains, but am happy to be back in the Midwest, raising the fam. I enjoy laughing, wine, bad karaoke, US Weekly, running, cemetaries, cheese sticks and short hair-dos. In my previous life, I was class-clown and a wanna-be comedian. In my professional life, I'm a journalism major with 10 years of marketing and PR experience. I dream of being a cast member on Saturday Night Live and working at Disney World as Snow White.

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