Saturday, August 1, 2015


And the winner of the giveaway is... Brittany P.  Congratulations!!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Green Mountain Hike

At least once a summer we like to take the kids up to green mountain and do Gold Creek Trail.  I think it is about 5 miles round trip and pretty fun for kids.  I would say anyone 5 and up can do it pretty well.  Scarlett managed it but was very worn out toward the end.  Below is a picture of Tucker with some of his cousins.  My dad brought his walkie talkies and the kids all loved playing with them.
I borrowed a friends child carrier and thought I was going to carry Leon up the entire way.  I've never actually worn one of these backpack carriers and it was much harder than I thought!!!  Way harder than when I carried Leon up the same hike two years ago in a baby carrier.  My brother ended up carrying him most of the way up.  Bob had to work and didn't go with us on the hike.
We packed a lunch and ate at the top.  Here you can see our crew.  My dad is at the back and two of my brothers came and one of their families.  The kids love it when they get to play with their cousins.
The view at the top was beautiful.  We could see Bremerton and all the way to Seattle.
This time there wasn't even snakes and flys around the top like there were last year.
After we rested and played we headed back down.  This time I carried Leon.  He almost tipped me over a couple times because I was already off balance heading down and he kept leaning to the side trying to touch the trees.
There is Penelope caring our water pack. I figured that if I was carrying Leon they had to help out and carry the water.  It ended up being something for them to fight over the whole time.   Who knew that carrying the water was such an honor?
And one last selfie of me and the kids at the top.
Overall it was a great trip.  The only thing that would have made it better is if Bob could have came.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015


I just got back from my family reunion and have lots to post about.  But for now I just want to make sure everyone had a chance to enter the giveaway for an awesome planner.  There are only a couple days left and not a lot of entries.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Seven Eleven

We had a busy day a couple weeks ago on the eleventh.  In the morning we didn't really have anything planned but wanted to to something fun with the kids.  So we started out going to some garage sales.  I saw this cute desk vanity that I wanted but didn't have room for so we decided not to get it.  But after we got about 15 minutes away in the opposite direciton I still couldn't let it go so we headed back for it.  Bob was so nice about the whole thing because I could tell he didn't really want it in the first place.

After that was over we headed to the Port Orchard Live Steamers to ride the trains.  The kids love riding these little trains around the park so we make sure to do it at least once a summer.
This time we got free hats!
I think this was our first year where none of the kids were scared.  One usually is scared before we get going.  But it is such a slow relaxed ride they all love it once it starts.
Next we headed down to the Puyallup library to turn in their summer reading logs and then to 7/11 for free slurpees.  Thats another thing that we only do about once a summer, and it is always on the free day.

We also hung out at my moms a bit and then drove home.  It seemed like we were in the car quite a bit but we've been listening to audio books in the car so i didn't mind the drive.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reptile Man

All summer our library puts on events and activities for the kids.  One of our favorite ones that we go to every year is the reptile man.

He pulls out all kinds of snakes and lizards and teaches us about them while showing them off at the same tim.  The kids love it!
Afterwards he always lets the kids play with the friendly animals.
Tucker was excited to get to spend some time with Lucy.  I wonder what people thought when they saw the badge he decided to wear that day.  I'm pretty sure it came from primary months ago but strangers probably think he is doing some sort of punishment.
And here is my favorite Spongebob ScalePants.  The reptile man just lets this guy loose in the grass.  It was fun to watch him eat, we had our picnic lunch near him.  I also learned why turtles are so slow.  He said that they don't need to be fast.  They don't have any predators that they need to run away from.  They just hide in their shell.
Just the day before Tucker asked me what a scaredy pants was.  So I told him it is a person who is scared to do things.  After we saw the reptiles Tucker called Penelope and Scarlett scaredy pants.  At first I was surprised because the kids haven't started name calling yet.  But then I realized he wasn't trying to be mean just factual in using the new phrase.  I explained that that is teasing and not a very nice thing to call people.  I also explained how brave I thought they were and that if they didn't want to touch the snakes and reptiles that was just fine with me.  It hasn't come up again.

So yes, Tucker is the only one in the pictures because non of the other kids wanted to get that close.  

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Planner Giveaway!

My roommate and friend from college designed these great planners and I want to share them with you.  Its called The Home Executive and it is amazing!  It is so cute and very high quality, this isn't one of those planners that breaks before the year is over.  With school starting in the fall this is the perfect time to get organized.  I love how this planner starts in August so I can have everything together for our regular school schedule.
When I got mine in the mail it was very cutely packaged.
I love the colors and the cover!
It has so many great things on the inside including a year on one page and month view and week by week views.
My favorite part about this is the dinner ideas spot and the shopping list.  I haven't seen any other planners with a specific meal spot.
And the taps are pretty too.
This planner also has recipes, special Thanksgiving and Christmas pages, and stickers.  It is literally the ultimate mom planner, just as it was designed to be.  Go here to check it out, or buy one for yourself.

Now Jen wants to give a planner away to you!  Follow Rafflecoppter for the givaway.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Watch What I'm Wearing

Did I tell you that I'm a little obsessed with these white shoes?  I've had them for a few years and until now barely ever wore them.  I even had them in the giveaway pile at one point.  But good thing I didn't give them away because now I want to ear them almost every week.  It just seems like all my outfits call for white shoes.
Shirt: thrifted  Shoes/Socks: Japan  Skirt: TaraLynns

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the giveaway!
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