Sunday, August 20, 2017

Doing Denver up!

I am a bad blogger...I have not been keeping up even a little bit. Life has been a little crazy since school started and I have been trying to keep up with school and my family and updating has taken a bit of a backseat!

This summer flew by, but we made the most of it! I will cherish these summers with my babies having fun and getting out and about and we sure did that. We did not do near as many crafty things or cooking things (Lord was it hot!) but we did field trips right!

We did the quadrafecta of fun things in our fair city...I give you field trip number one....

#1. The aquarium... It was kind of a rainy cool day that turned into a glorious sunny day! My first piece of advice is don't get that fancy schmancy package that costs like $40 a person. We did the good old $17 bucks a person tour and it was just as fun!

This was pretty much his face the entire time! He loved the aquarium!

There was some pretty durpy looking fish there!

A little bit terrified the sharks would get us, but it was it was a pretty good day for seeing all of the fun underwater creatures!

We had front row seats to the mermaid show! And Kellen fell in love with this fine merperson right here!

We even got to pet the sting rays...
All with the cheap tickets! The kiddos had a blast and Kellen has been asking his "Girl friend, the mermaid." All summer since we went.

After the aquarium we weren't quite ready to go home and it was such a lovely day, so we decided to wander to the playground nearby and we ended up going on a trolley ride. It was super fun and I was proud of my nuggets for being so flexible and trying something new!
 It was also super fun, so there's that...

On to field trip number two...

#2. The Children's Museum....
Not really my cup of tea, but the kids looovvee it and I get to people watch! They really do have super cool things for the kids to do!
Its crazy busy in the early mornings when it open and the parking lot is tricky. And never, I repeat NEVER go on a Friday. Every day care in our square state comes here on Friday. So we went on a Tuesday and we always go a little late, like around noon, when the early crowd is eating lunch or leaving. We also try to park near the aquarium since they share a parking lot. We don't mind walking and once you are in the kids museum parking lot, you get trapped! I would also recommend bringing a bath suit or at least some clothes to change into because they have an outside splash park and my kids were soaked when we got in the car #momfail.

Rock climbing, check!

Millions of balls, check!

Giant bubbles, check!

Adorable game of playing grocery store, check!

Painting a huge buffalo sculpture, check!
PS how cute it that light fixture? It's from Ikea and I want one!

Giant light bright wall, check!

Indoor water park, check! Kellen was seriously bent out of shape that big kids were taking all of the fish and he made sure loudly tell everyone how they were not sharing.

The zip line, check! 
So if have not been check it our, it's great. They were exhausted and  I was happy!
On to trip number three...

#3. The Museum of Nature and Science...

Callie and I go here every week for yoga, but Kellen hadn't been in a spell and he OB-sessed with dinosaurs, so it was a perfect day!
We went on a pretty nice day, we figured most people would go to the zoo and we were right. It was a pretty quiet day, jackpot! 

The museum is not for kids, but they have made it super interactive and cool for families and we love it!

The gemstone cave. Kellen was not impressed, but Callie and I love looking at all those pretty jewels and stones!

What we came for! We had to go through the dinos twice, because he didn't want to miss anything!

Flapping like a bird. She said it was really hard!

Such a great view!

We had to take a picture of the elk for daddy!

This is perhaps my favorite picture of the summer. This sums up each of their personalities so well. They have a real science lab with real equipment and you can use them all by yourself. Callie was so excited and Kellen was just their assisting!
So that was the museum, it was a blast and a great way to spend the day!

On to number four...
#4 The Zoo (last one I promise)
This was all Kellen's idea and our last trip of the summer. Callie had already left for Texas and it was our last day before I had to go back to school. I had so much fun with my big boy!
So the zoo can be pretty crazy too... Don't go when they open, don't go on Friday, you get it... We got there about 11:30 and it was perfect. It was also supposed to rain, but didn't so it was cool and lovely and not crowded!
Oh yeah, there was dinosaurs there too. Someone was in heaven!

Right before the elephant show, old groucho came out and pooped for everyone. Kellen was laughing so hard he was crying. It was hilarious!

Pretending to be a leopard?

He hated the carousel! He practically pushed me out of the way to ride this tiger and then when we started it went up and down and he freaked out, so had to trade animals!

We got to see lions eating super duper up close. I am not gonna lie, it was super cool

On the way out, some nice stranger offered to take our picture!
It was a fun day at the zoo with my favorite animal lover. I think we saw everything, literally, that there was to see! 

So that was our cool fun field trips this summer. Nothing crazy, but I am so thankful that we live in a cool state with fun stuff to do with my loves! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make something Monday: All the random Projects

This summer for make something Mondays we have not really made anything much, mostly just fixed up things that we already had! There really has not been any rhyme or reason to the fixing either, just getting caught up on much needed projects!

I finally  painted the front door! I bought paint for this sad grey door like 4 years ago and it has been just sitting in the basement. When we were at Canton I decided that we needed a red front door for some reason. My mom in law told me that you are supposed to paint your front door red when have paid it off. Well, that has NOT happened, but it sure looks cute!

I prepped the door and wiped it down and started slapping on that 4 year old paint. Kellen lost his mind and was hysterically crying because he thought I was painting all of the doors red and he wanted his to stay white. It turned out that, oh, so fun red paint was not so fun or so red, it was more like a pinky weird raspberry color. Which could have been pretty, but I was not down with seeing it through. So to Lowes we went to choose a new color. We finally decided on Valspar Heirloom red in an exterior semi gloss. Usually I am satin kind of girl, but I figured with it being exposed to the sun and such that I should probably use the good stuff.

Back at home, I painted and painted and then painted 2 more times. 4 coats. Whew! I always think that I love red and then I forget how hard it is to get good coverage. But now it's done and I have a super snazzy red door!

The week after that I attempted to refinish the little bench/shelf that is right below the window in the living room.

It was in wretched shape from my precious pup clawing it to get the squirrels in the front yard and standing in front of it to drool on and from Kellen taking a real hammer to it when he was little. It has taken a beating the last 5 years.

I wish I had taken a before picture, but no such luck. I had big plans to sand it down, repaint it and put a coat of poly on. I sanded my arms off that afternoon and I loved how it looked all sanded down.

 After consulting my interior designer/mother in law. She raised an interesting point, that if I buffed out the scratches and repainted and then sealed it up, it was highly likely that I would be refinishing it all over again in the event that Jake should attack it. So unfinished and shabby it was! I love how it came out and all the scratches and non sense just look like they are supposed to be there.
Ahh, so much better!

And it has so much polyurethane on it that anything can just be wiped off!
That's it for completed projects for now. I am currently working on my chairs for the kitchen and I am not gonna lie, it is an absolute nightmare. Who new all that detail work would be the hardest thing to get that red paint off. I am maybe a little bit regretting not just getting new already finished chairs that we can just use already! Hopefully I will have them finished by the time school is back in, check back on that one!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thrifty Finds this Month

We have found a new thrifty store! Hurray and jackpot, after ours closed a few months ago, we have tried a bunch of places and struck out. But not this time! Callie woke up one morning ready to run errands and she had these shorts on that were butt cheek city, y'all. I seriously don't know how to shop for this girl. She has the longest, skinniest little body you ever did see, which presents shorts problems. Her waist says size 5 please, but her legs are begging for an 8. Such the dilemma!

We hit Old Navy and that cheap skate inside of me just comes right out, No I will not pay $20 for a pair of shorts she will out grow in 3 months, so thrifting it was!

This girl cleaned up!
11, yes, that's right 11 pairs of shorts and 1 pair of capris and a cute little top. Problem solved and all for about $30. Crazy, I tell you!
Kellen decided he would like some puppy and shark shirts and guess what we found....
And I found some fun stuff too! Yay for bargains!
Score!! I finally found a new jean jacket and this one is so cute, it doesn't have any weird patches or such and it fits like a glove!
American Eagle: $8
I did a major dress clean out in my closet a few days ago, it's amazing what I have hung on to that didn't fit any more or were super out of style! So naturally I have to fill it with more fun dresses!
Apt. 9 (I think it's from Kohls) $5

Old Navy: $4

Old Navy: $4

Maxi dress with tags! I have no idea where, maybe Ross or TJ Maxx?
Stripped tie top: $6 I almost bought one of these in the spring, I am glad I didn't.
I have no idea where this brand comes from!
This super cute thin duster $6, it's much cuter in real life and SO soft!
That's all for this month, I can't wait to go again for back to school!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Summer lovin'

This summer has been a hot random mess, but we have sure had fun doing it!
A rose for Callie Rose!

We visited the nursery and stocked up on flowers!
We painted dinosaurs...
In keeping with tradition we made our end of the year binder!
We headed to the swimming pool, right before the picture we had spent the last hour at urgent care after my friend here fell out of the shopping cart right on his big ol' head and right onto the concrete in the parking lot. It was pretty scary, but nothing could keep him from the pool that day!
We hot tubbed...

We trampolined it in the country...
We celebrated daddys!

We read books on the porch after playing ALL afternoon...
We made strange food from mud and plants at grandma's house!
We VBS-ed it up! It was so fun this year!

Well I should say, Callie VBS-ed it, cause Kellen, you know the director's son, refused to go to anything and cried like a banshee when I left his side, you know, to direct things...

All these precious kiddos and helpers, we sure are blessed!

We kept busy while daddy was out of town, that was a rough week, let me tell you. Thank goodness for the Bachelorette, wine and knowing that my Mister was coming home on Friday!


Father of the year made his daughter's dream come true by making a zip line in the front yard. It is pretty magical and all the neighborhood children have given it a try!
Callie made the perfect reading spot.  Thanks, Grandma!

We Fourth of July-ed it up! It was quite the fun day with the family, yummy food, my favorite folks and then our own fireworks. Kellen still has a crazy obsession with all things bright and loud and exploding. My parents joined us and we watched the neighbors do their fireworks, so it was double the fun. Then we went for a wander all around the neighborhood to see what other people were up to. It's become our new tradition to fight the crowds and parking that you have to endure with the big fireworks displays and I am all for it. Also, P.S Happy meet you day to my love, 8 years, Mister!
We babysat this little nugget! I forgot for a hot minute how much work babies are. I sure miss those sweet baby days, but I like the bigger kids days much better!

This smile, Oy, is she sweet! 
So that's what we have been up to, just lovin' summer and all the things that go with it! Thank you summer break!