Category Archives: Summer

Summer Bucket List

Why yes, I know summer is a little over 1/3 over already, but I figured I would post our summer bucket list. I had a great family one made and saved on my cell phone (you know, so I could whip it out and refer to it whenever we were going “What should we do today!?” but I, um, apparently accidentally didn’t actually save it! So, on the old blog it goes –

Summer Bucket List 2015 v2

Go swimming a lot

Visit at least three new parks

Visit Wisconsin Dells

Go on a bike ride on a scenic bike trail

Find at least 30 geocaches

Visit a new state

See the fireworks (done July 4th)

Visit a new beach (done July 4th)

Have at least three bonfires

Use up our Splash Pad punch card

Go to several parades Two so far

Go fishing (Done June 8th – hope to do more!)

Go camping

Go on a boat ride

Have a play date with a new friend

Have a play date with an old friend

Go to the Farmer’s Market

Go to the drive in theatre

Have lots of cookouts

Go to the fair

Get Mason’s face painted

Play date with Cousin Chloe

Eat lots of summery foods

What are your hopes and goals for this summer?  We’d love to hear about them!


Currently… 8/7/14

It’s been a long while, but I’m linking up today with Harvesting Kale and Ot & Et to share what we’re CURRENTLY up to.  If you’ve done a similar post, feel free to go link up too!

Mason is currently…

craving smoothies – this boy LOVES his smoothies and asks to make them all the time. Well, all the time when I have zero good smoothie ingredients, it seems.

cleaning nothing much these days. It seems like the days of dragging out 30,000 toys are behind us as our living room hasn’t looked like a bomb has went off recently, There’s been no real need for him to do much other than put away Legos or a tractor lately. I probably just totally cursed myself by posting that on the interwebz, huh?

daydreaming about vacation. He asks all the time when we can go on “bay-cation” again and then asks if this baycation can include baseball. I’m not really sure what he means by this because there’s no chance he’d sit through an actual entire baseball game as he makes it about ten minutes at the local games. But he’s been thinking about a “baseball and swimming baycation” a lot recently.

growing up way too quickly. National Night Out was Tuesday night and unlike last year where he wanted to drive all the trucks and climb on everything, this year he was more about running the obstacle course and playing on the playground. It was kind of bittersweet. Him and his BFF DID stop long enough to pose for their annual fire truck photo though!


                                                    2013 Above, 2014 Belownono14

reading a book that I picked up at Goodwill where Clifford teaches about math and Mason can move around magnetic bones to go along with the math problems. Best $1.29 I’ve spent lately.

I am currently…

craving ice cream. I’ve had an upset stomach all day and realize this would be a bad idea, but it sounds oh so good.

cleaning not as much as I should be. My computer desk is a disaster of epic proportions. Taking the usual mess of mail + stuff I bring home from work + stuff that comes home from daycare and then adding in all  my Jamberry stuff (samples, mailing supplies, etc) and ohhh man could this desk use some serious cleaning and organizing!

daydreaming about what will happen if I can ever get my Jamberry business off the ground. All it takes is one or two Facebook parties to get the ball rolling and I can’t wait until that happens to me (hopefully in two weeks!) My friend who got me hooked is making a killing just a few months in and I really hope I can follow in her footsteps!

growing larger by the day. I really need to get my mindless eating and butt-sitting under control. Good thing I didn’t throw out all my bigger clothes when I lost all those inches last year…

reading is awesome. I didn’t read much of anything in June and July and now am back at it. Just finished Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and tomorrow I will pick up Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline.

Pick a topic and tell me what you’re CURRENTLY doing in the comments!

We’re Still Alive!

So, hello there? Is this thing still on?

Apparently, I haven’t posted in nearly three months. And really, content-wise, it’s more like four months. To top that off, I really haven’t kept up with anyone else’s blogs since late May either. Holy hell, I basically fell out of the blogosphere entirely. I went from moments to launching my new design to complete and utter radio silence. Eek!

I tried to start reading more (books) and spending more time with my husband, which really cut into my blogging time. Then sometime in early June, my friend held a Jamberry Nails online party and I became hopelessly addicted to all things Jamberry. The husband and I tried to adopt a TV show or two to watch (Fargo anyone? It freaks me out!) and I’m trying to enjoy as much summer weather as I can before it’s gone for another 7 months. Those are my excuses, anyway.

So what have we been up to lately?

  • Chasing the ice cream truck
  • Four days of Rock Fest last weekend
  • Went to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair
  • Went to lots of parades
  • A road-trip to look at lighthouses in Northern Minnesota
  • We went to a pancake breakfast at the fire station
  • Went to the groundbreaking for our new church AND new elementary school!
  • One of Mason’s good friends left our daycare
  • Spent a weekend away at my cousin’s wedding
  • Mason earned an orange belt in karate
  • We went to Trader’s Joes for the first time and want to go back again soooon
  • We helped rescue a kitty abandoned at Mason’s grandma’s
  • Lots of bike rides – (Mason regularly rides 3-5 miles with Daddy with NO training wheels)
  • 4th of July we spent the WHOLE DAY at the beach
  • A handful of playdates with friends
  • Celebrating TEN YEARS of Joe the Greyhound
  • Hosted a family cookout… in the rain
  • Flew kites
  • Said goodbye to our dear Katze kitty
  • We got rid of cable
  • Celebrated “Cousin” Liam’s 2nd birthday at the splash park
  • Played endless rounds of golf and baseball – via Mason rules of course
  • And much more

I’m totally kicking myself for not blogging for so long because it was a struggle to make this list – I so much LOVE having all the memories and photos at my fingertips like I have well documented for Mason’s first 2-3 years. I’m hoping to at least get some pictures up soon!

What do we have coming up?

  • More beach trips
  • A blog re-design (For real this time? Maybe? LOL)
  • Mason’s bff leaves to go to another school 🙁
  • Mason starting school in a little over a month O.M.G.
  • A big greyhound festival
  • a Jamberry Nails giveaway here on the blog
  • and hopefully many more days of sunshine
  • and a swift kick in the butt to keep me back on the blogging horse

So, how has your summer been? Whatcha been up to?!!? I’d LOVE to hear about it!

Flashback: Giraffe Pool Fun

In continuation of my “There is too much snow, let’s look at fun summer memories instead!” I present to you, the giraffe pool.

I picked this thing up on clearance for $12 in mid-July at Walgreens and we brought it out for our family get together in early August. Despite being much much much smaller than the picture on the front depicted it (the box showed several kids ages 4-8 playing in it and the pool was too small for one 3 year and one 4 year old), Mason and his cousin Chloe had a blast playing in it – mostly going down the slide in crazy positions and then jumping OFF the slide.

I took a zillion pictures but here were some of my favorites that just include Mason (since I’m not posting my niece in a swimsuit online without her parent’s permission….)