Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Phone Pics :)

as of today we have 24 little cars!! He is still pretty resistant to the potty, but things are getting better and he even wore big boy undies and teeteed in the potty while having them on..of course I asked him every 5 minutes if he needed to go!!

not loving his first time out...for throwing a Little People giraffe at his little brother!


and the Lone Ranger obsession begins!!

I had dvr'd the new Disney version of the Lone Ranger for Daddy to watch while he was here visiting, and he unknowingly had gotten Merritt a Lone Ranger mask and gun set for a prize! Perfect timing!!

When Daddy was here when McCoy was born he had packed Merritt a prize for everyday and kept them in his suitcase, he caught on pretty quick and every time Daddy went to get something out of his suitcase Merritt was right there with him looking for a prize!! ha! So this time, Daddy kept all the prizes in his truck, so every morning they went out and got one..I think the Lone Ranger set was his fave!!

While Daddy and I were antiquing, we found this old Lone Ranger board game!! Soo fun!

loves to be outside!

Also, loves to be outside :)

this is what happens when you stop bringing along a change of clothes for your two year old!! Ugghh!!

He teeteed right through his diaper and his shorts were least I had an extra diaper!!

doing his shopping! The Farmer says this will probably end up on the Shoppers of Walmart website! ha!

He is really into puzzles lately! We only had the kind where you put an animal or a shape on a board in its designated spot, but He was doing "real" puzzles at Story Time, so I got him a couple like those and he loves them!

All done, with August Ann's help :)

he can do this one all by himself  :)

when you put the last piece on, it makes a train noise, so cute!!

sidewalk chalk fun!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sew, Sew!

Since August Ann has been here (and she doesn't like to take naps...crazy...i know!) we have been going downstairs to my sewing area when the boys are asleep during the day. She has organized all of my sewing/craft supplies, while I finished up some long overdue sewing projects! I made two valances for the kitchen, a pennant pillow, and curtains and valance for our bedroom! 




This is the pennant pillow, I got the idea off of Pinterest and then saw this super cool pennant while my Daddy and I were antiquing! Such a fun and easy project!

I made the back the same material as some of the other pillows...

Confession time...I just cleaned my room so I could take these pics and there may or may not be a pile of clothes in the corner! :)

I have had this Pottery Barn bed skirt for a few years and could never find curtains to coordinate with it...

Then I found the perfect fabric!! I'm not totally in love with them..maybe a little too matchy-matchy and a little too circus tent-esque, but they took so long to make they will probably stay up for ten or so years! ha!

I know this looks way too short, but Merritt loves to look out this window, so I wanted to keep it short...I have some turquoise picture frames to hang up on either side of this window too!

all in all, I think everything turned out ok, and I'm just happy to mark it off the list!!

Another Year!

Yep, another year has come and gone and I am...hmmmm...29, yes, 29! I decided a couple of years ago that I was going to be 29 the rest of my life, so far it's working for me :)

I went to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people to celebrate! Hobby Lobby with my boys and August Ann, of course! :) She has decided she wants to start making clay sculptures and after watching a million youtube videos, we finally got her a starter kit and I must say she is pretty good at it (takes after her artistic aunt!! hehe!). I picked up another basket for my entry locker/nook and as soon as I get the last finishing touch I will take pics and post! Afterwards, we had a yummy lunch at Red Robin then came home and played with clay! The Farmer got me an ice cream cake and we devoured it after supper! What a perfect day :)

Her first creation! Soo cute!

she also made a pig, a family of turtles, other color roses, and a gumball machine!

you know this little guy had to get in on the fun!! We got the playdoh out  for him!

watching how-to videos!

"umm could you stop taking pics, you are cramping our creative process!!" HA!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


RAGBRAI is a huge bike ride all the way across the state, it's a super big deal here in Iowa put on by the Des Moines Register! Lance Armstrong is even riding this year! They have a different route every time and this year it came right through our town!  There are 8,500 riders for the week but lots more just ride for one day or just through a few towns.

If I could ride a bike more than a couple yards or was just the tiniest bit athletic, I would totally do this!! hehe!! It would be so fun to visit all the small towns and see the country side...of course I would have to stop every five minutes to take pics...we have so many cool old barns here!

The Farmer took Merritt down the dirt road by our farm to see all the bikers pass. The whole town was decorated with bikes and other fun bike related things! There were food vendors and singing this morning, so our church service started late, which threw us all off and we were almost late for church at 11:15!! 

When I lived down in Indianola, the route was scheduled to stay there overnight, so there was a huge party in town, of course everyone had to fill me in because this Mississippi girl had no clue what RAGBRAI even was :)  Some people travel in teams and have big buses that go along with them and they all have fun themes and colors, I was working for a graphic design company then, so we got to design jerseys and logos, there was even a contest to design the logo for the Indianola event shirts and signage that my friend Erin won! 

Here are some pics of Merritt watching all the bikes!!


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