August or bust!!!

>> Monday, September 3, 2012

I will post pics from August before October. I will post pics from August before October. I will...

Bunny ears :)
I have enjoyed this summer so much. The girls and I spent almost every minute together and I loved it (until they fought of course which is inevitable spending every minute together). We were able to do so many things I wouldn't have tackled last year when Ruby was 2. Amazing what a year will do for you.

New sneaks. So bright and pretty :)

Unfortunate hubs turned me on to these. Makes those miles I run moot.

Cook Out!
We have a restaurant called Cook Out. Cheap, good, and outdoor dining. Reminds me of the old Dave's Burger Shanty in Menasha :)

Princess P - for peace!
Princess Peace.

A thank you for supper from the littles.
They pick all of my flowers outside but how can I not let them when they say things like "Thank you for making us supper mama". Just a note - I always feed them so they aren't actually thanking me for the food they are just being sweet :)

She flatters me :)
Piperoni "tattooed" her wrist. She flatters me :)

My lap is a pillow to a dog and kid tonight.
Typical night. Ruby sleeps on my lap but this night was joined by Pica. Not minding one bit!

Watching my own synchronized swimmers.  #PCISPY
Synchronized swimming thanks to hours of watching the Olympics.

Ready for round 2 after lunch :)
My squeezable little babe. Love her!

Running a 1/2 marathon in October. This was my first longer run. I am not breaking any speed records but hey I am an old woman!


On a roll

>> Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alright here it goes...

Love when Kohls sends me $10 to spend on whatever I want!
Do you get those $10 gift cards from Kohls? I don't shop there (because well, I shop at Goodwill) and they still send me them every so often. I use them mostly to buy jewelry for me and the girls. Thank you Kohls :)

Deck plant. Violet picked it out. I am trying to figure out how to keep this beauty alive this winter so we can enjoy it again next year. Am I the only one that doesn't like to buy annuals?

From the garden to my plate. I love summer!
Afternoon snack. Those cherry tomatoes are still going crazy! I love summer produce especially when it is from my garden and free - well basically free :)

A Pearl Necklace. Interesting.
I got a variety pack of Flying Dog and this was in it. Needless to say the other 2 bottles are still in my fridge. I think I might try and cook with it because I can't bear to drink it again. Ewww...

Pogo stick from her birthday. She's improving. Still chooses biking over anything though.

Set... #olympics
On your marks...

So pretty!
I won these pretties. Gorgeous crocheted shoes. Love!

Salted Caramel No Bakes - YUM!
Salted caramel no bakes - yum!

Ruffly sweetness from Cornelius GW @goodwillsp
Someone already donated this cuteness and we were at Goodwill at the perfect time to scoop it up!

So there won't be sweetness overload I will end with that :)



>> Friday, August 31, 2012

I wonder when I am going to have an original thought to write a real post on this blog? Ha, not today! As I was looking to see what I hadn't posted yet (the list is long) I realized that there is a lot of water pics here. Since I have no imagination at the time I simply titled this post "Water". I can't really call these Project 366 anymore because nothing is numbered and it is all jumbled on my Flickr. I have no idea what date is what anymore. And with this post concludes July...

Quick clean water rinse after swimming in the lake
We spent so much time in the lake this year! Sometimes a little rinse gets you through until the next day when we do it all over again.

And here comes the hail!
This was July 25th and we had hail! Big hail!

Bathing beauties
What a life right?

Another tooth!  Up to 6!
She's not going to have any left at this rate :)

Hose is much cooler than the lake today!
They make me laugh. A lot!

Watching the Olympics with the (obviously cold) littles
We had the Olympics on almost everyday. Missy Franklin became a household name over here. I even let them watch Beach Volleyball at night! We love Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh!

Sleeping Princess :)
Such an angel when she's sleeping :)

Lessons for the babe!
Lessons after she almost drown.

Boutonnière for @matthewdlucas from Rubarb :)
Rubarb picked her Daddy a boutonniere. Love!

Girls Night!
Hello Girls Night Out!

2 little girls that need to go to bed!
Snuggles. My favorite!

Ruby just woke up so that is it for today :)


As summer break is coming to a close...

>> Saturday, August 25, 2012

I thought I might try and finish off my dailies from July :) Actually I was told by a friend she was sick of seeing pics of Daytona when she comes to my blog :) Can you say slacker?

How many kids can you put in a baby's sandbox?
How many little girls can you fit in a sandbox?

The oldest girls. Both are the best big sisters around!

6 pack 2012 (1 of 1)
The 6 pack from the visit with our Ohio family.

Someone said Bye Bye Bye to these
Who would say "Bye Bye Bye" to the 'N Sync boys? These cracked me up when I saw them at Goodwill and immediately thought of Hanna and her love for the boys :)

Ruby's Beauty Shop
It's Ruby's world to do with what she wants and we just live in it.

Pet skunk for the zoo?
A pet skunk. For real! Not ours though :)

From my friends boy :)
From the Ryder man! Sweet boy <3

Call Me Maybe
My The girls favorite song at the moment.

Big girl dangle earrings
Big girl dangly earrings. They thought they were so cool.

Girl won't get burned this year with this suit :)
Hoola hoops have been HUGE here this summer. I even learned how to do it again! See you CAN teach old dogs new tricks :)

It's #NationalHotdogDay!
Rounding out this post today with some food.

My version of the #chicagodog
Specifically hotdogs. I love a good Chicago dog. This was my version


Project 366 - Daytona

>> Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Not all of these are from Daytona but most. We have been going the past few years over the 4th and it has been pretty fun for everyone. Daddy works and Mama and the girls play. That's fair right?


We found this Bitty Baby at Goodwill in Wisconsin. Why yes I visit Goodwill when I am in different states just to see the goodies they might have. "Lucy" was under $2. Probably because one of her eyes stays shut most of the time (our other 2nd loved baby, "Lily", is missing her big toe). We love her and now have triplets. Of course with different hair color :)

Trying to stay cool. Keyword *trying*

We were welcomed back to NC by 100+ degree weather. Yay! << that's sarcasm

Later that evening. Piper was running a fun foot race in a friend's backyard and tripped. Probably over the two left feet she inherited from her mama.

We should have named her Grace :)

Thank goodness for water casts because Daytona here we come!

A mater sandwich sandwich. Lunch at the zoo :)
Missing this plant. It still looks good but it is in a pot and quit producing. My favorite tomato plant yet!

Road trippin with the fam @matthewdlucas Fun times right?

Road Trip!


I think everyone in the van was happy to see this familiar sign :)

daytona fireworks (1 of 1)

We arrived to Daytona on July 4th. We met some friends for supper then headed back to the hotel to watch fireworks. This trip we stayed at the Hilton next to the boardwalk. This shot isn't to show you how awesome I am at photographing fireworks but to show how awesome the fireworks looked from our room! We ate Twizzlers and chips and watched from our balcony. Perfect!

Drip castles

The girls and I spent mornings on the beach, went back to the room for lunch, and then swam in the pool all afternoon. Rough.

Out front of North Turn.

Matt has been coming here so long he knows good places to eat. If that place is busy we just go to another. Racing's North Turn wasn't our first choice but I am so glad we ended up there! There was an awesome band playing and we had an incredible view of the ocean all the while I enjoyed an iced cold Fat Tire and oysters. Perfection. Until the noseeums came and drove us away. It was alright though because we had a long day and Daddy had a REALLY long day coming up Friday.

Happy screams. This is what it's all about!

Now comes some family time!



We entered a sand castle contest while we were there. Why not right? So we made Violet and Piper into mermaids but one of the judges said that they wouldn't win. Why? "While the children are cute this is about the purity of the sand" What? It's all good. We made a sun. And lost :)

Ready, set...
There were 2 pools at the hotel. The one that served drinks and the one that didn't. Guess which one was basically our private pool?

Dinner. YUM
Another delicious meal out. Who am I kidding. ANY meal is delicious if I don't have to cook, serve, and clean it up!

Life is like a box of chocolates :)

We never leave early on our last day. Drives my husband crazy because we roll back home at like midnight but I want to enjoy every last moment we can. Especially when we are having such a great time! So we woke up Sunday and swam in the pool. Came back to the room and showered. Thank you Hilton for your generous late check outs! A trip to Daytona isn't complete without going to Bubba Gump.

FL wore them out!

Before we were out of Daytona! Think they had fun? We all had so much fun and can't wait until next year!

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