Dog days of summer

Summer is winding down, just a few short days until the girls are back in school – fortunately they are all excited about it.  We had a great time in Oregon not only camping but doing some tax-free back-to-school shopping.  New shoes, shorts, dresses with matching socks and brand new glow-in-the-dark pink skeleton pajamas.  The girls were given a set of the jammies a couple of Christmases ago, but as they just keep growing (should I stop feeding them to keep them little?) and have all made holes in the knees due to excessive wear, I bought each of them a new set.

Pete bought himself more cool graphic tees but I only bought a pair of shorts and a shirt.  I can shop for hours for stuff for the girls but absolutely despise shopping for me!  So our first night, spent in the WalMart parking lot at Wood Village was cheaper for us than the other families we were with – just groceries for us.

Our trip was with 4 other families so there were 9 grown-ups and 11 kids altogether – oh, yeah 3 dogs too!

 

 

 

The dogs all get along quite well although it took Echo a few times to clue in that she really shouldn’t eat Molly’s food unless she wants to see directly down Molly’s throat!  Cute but not so bright.

All the kids had an absolute blast whether it was playing at the beaches or looking at lighthouses.  Our girls developed a love for lighthouses last summer when we visited the Umpqua River lighthouse.  Our family visited 3 more this year.  The other families came with us to the Heceta Head lighthouse just outside of Florence.  As we were staying at the Jessie M. Honeyman State Park, it was fairly close.  That same day we had all headed to the Sea Lion Caves where we expected to be gagging from the stench.  I guess that fact that it was overcast, cool, windy and that the sea lions were all outside made for a surprisingly fresh air experience!

 

 

I’ll try to post more vacation photos in the next few days but now I really should start thinking about get my photos printed and my scrapping started!

 

” Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time”

Edwin P. Whipple

I survived and finished 2 books!!

I take it all back!  Not only did I survive the weekend of kiddie parties, including hosting one with 10 Kindergarteners and 5 other kids of various ages, but I made 3 (almost identical) cards and finished two books.  Granted, I started Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes on Tuesday and finished it Saturday evening and the other book was the teen novel When Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot, but clearly there was some me time. 

The cards I made were pretty easy to put together but as they are spinners cards, they never fail to impress the kids.  Heather asked that I give her the third one.   Like what you see?  Let me know.

 

 

So, the party was controlled chaos.  I’m a firm believer in limiting the uselessness of goody bags and keeping the kids busy.  At our parties, the kids make crafts and that becomes the main part of the goody bag.  Add a granola bar or rice crispy square and a couple of fruit leathers and voila, you are done!

Yesterday, the kids decorated picture frames with sequins, buttons, stickers and whatever they could grab.  Once that was done, I snapped a shot of each kid with the birthday girl and printed it off on our fabulous compact photo printer.  Then the photo was put into the frame as an instant memento.  Later the kids decorated their own goody bags.  I found some great coloured paper bags on the cheap and again let them loose with the glue, stickers, buttons, brads, papers and sequins.  One of the Kindergarten girls did such a bang up job that I thought my 12-year-old niece had made it!!  That’s high praise ’cause my niece is an amazing crafter.

 

 

A baker I am not, so do not submit this picture to http://www.cakewrecks.blogspot.com/  Heather’s class is working on a teddy bear theme for the next two weeks so the day before her party she asked for a teddy bear cake.  Here is what I came up with!  No comments about pink goo and  leakage please – it’s supposed to be a six – not pink diarrhea.

 

 

 

And, of course, what party would be complete without tears??

“It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to”

Lesley Gore