We were all feeling hot and restless, so we walked over to the pool and had some fun. These are what my kids will remember about summer..swimming, late night Popsicle, spitting watermelon seeds the farthest, picking tomatoes in the garden...the little every day things.
These days make my mama heart sing. They make me thankful. How blessed we are to get to live where my kids can go swimming, eat popsicles, and make lemonade anytime they want. I get to be home and see it all...every day. I breath deep, soak it all in, and hold back the happy tears in my eyes.
This is my youngest, Jack. He goes by Jack, Jackson, Jack- Jack, Jack Attack, Jack a Doodle Do, Jack-a-lackin, and my favorite and most used, Jack-a-lack-a-ding-dong. I'm sure he's gonna love me for that in a few years. He also has many faces..all day long it's expression-palooza with this kid. He breaks out the really special faces for when he is trying not to get in trouble or when he wants to be funny. Many times he will throw in words like 'poop' and 'butt' and 'wiener' for good measure...just to ensure he is being extra funny. And sometimes he throws in accessories. These are my noise blocking headphones. I use them when shooting at the range, mowing the lawn, and many times, I will put my ear buds to my ipod on and put these on over them when the kids are being extra loud.
How I love the colors of summer...so many to choose from!
Amy's image is the one of the lights. I am so in love with it. I think she should print it in a large canvas and hang it up on a wall...sounds strange, but I think I might hang it up in my drab laundry room so that I have something beautiful to look at while I'm folding little socks and underwear. I really hate folding laundry, so at least I would be happy while looking at this.
"Here's mine! The lights on the deck are my favorite colors. Dining al fresco is just fun in the summer (if you can avoid the flies :) ). And the colors are all summer - yellow like the sunrise, blue like the sky and sea, green like the grass and trees and red and orange like the warm summer sunset!
Is it wrong that I buy popsicles for my kids just because I like the colors???
Big news for my talented friend Amy Craft...I saw her beautiful new logo last night which can only mean one thing....her blog and website are on the horizon. Be on the lookout for it. I have a feeling they will be hugely popular and filled with stunning images. I will announce it on my blog when they are born!
Someone recently asked me why I would do this...why I would put Amy's photo business on my blog since we only live a few miles from each other, why would I spread the word about her business...uh, why wouldn't I??? I LOVE my photo girlfriends. In a job that has no 'co-workers', it's like having co-workers. I LOVE seeing other women watch their dreams unfold. Another local photographer did this for me, so why wouldn't I do this for someone else? I want my friend to experience the same feelings of fulfillment and excitement I have had over the years. If I get all wrapped up in worrying about my 'competition', then I am not thinking about the first priority...my clients! Honestly, it never occurred to me to NOT support my photog friends.
So, with that said "Go Amy Go!!!" I'm cheering you on all the way!
Before I moved to Texas I would always hear that old saying "Everything's bigger in Texas" and I would think "Yeah right! Whatever braggers". Then we moved here. Know what? It's true!!!!! The houses are bigger, the thunderstorms are bigger, the veggies are bigger, and the BUGS! The bugs are HUGE! It's a good thing I am not afraid of them.
Here is an example of one we found on our deck the other night. Call it what you want : katydid, cicada, leaf bug, leaf eater. I don't care. I just call it big and loud!
I found a fun, cheap, and easy project in Family Fun magazine about making Lava Lamps with things you already have in your house.
You will need 3 empty water bottles ( I don't normally buy this kind of water, but they make pretty lava lamps with the lids on), food coloring, vegetable oil, and alka seltzer.
Fill each bottle a little more than half with oil:
Then fill the rest of the way with water. Leave about an inch at the top:
Now add 10 drops of food coloring:
Break your Alka Seltzer into 4 pieces:
and drop them in one piece at a time. Wait until the first piece stops bubbling before you drop in the next. If too many go in, you solution gets all cloudy. Don't worry, he's not hurt. The band-aid is merely decorative...as is the tattoo. Match those up with the black socks pulled to the knees he likes to wear, and I have got quite a little ladies man!
and watch the magic happen...
over...and over...and over again.
We had so much fun with these. If you have any other summer fun ideas, please post a link. I would love more ideas!