good morning!

it's been a busy week.
i spent each morning 8:30am to 12:30 working with 1-2 year olds for vacation Bible school.
otherwise known as a staple of the south.
i'm pretty sure that, had i a mind to...i could keep my kids in VBS from june through august.
but it totally wiped me out.  call me a wuss if you want but i haven't worked outside the house in almost five years...i think i am a bit out of practice. 
we had some of THE hottest days so far this summer.
days in the low 100's and humidity so thick you can almost cut it.
we spent those days playing in the water in some way. 
it didn't matter what we did so long as it was WET.
these boys had a great week with VBS. 
i can't believe they are both old enough to do it.
awesome and sad at the same time.
my life. 
to a t.
 two family photos in one day.  what?!
please consider this your public service announcement.
i went to the dermatologist for the first time in six years.
he found two naughty moles.
one that had to be removed immediately.
another in a couple of weeks.
that makes three in my life.
tanning is not cool.  sunscreen is awesome.
i try not to think about the "what if's" what if i never came to the doctor and...
i'm just thankful for the ability to go...and have it taken care of.
you should do the same.  please. 
you may notice some changes around here.
for one, i changed my feed in reader to be shorter.
i'm hoping this will increase my revenue.
i know that sounds completely superficial...but i get paid to blog. 
and i want to do any non annoying thing i can do to increase that revenue.
will you stick with me?
i'll be spending today, packing, cleaning and organizing.
tomorrow morning i am leaving for new jersey.
alone.  with my two kids.  for a week.  alone.  without doug. alone.
did i mention that i am going without doug?
it's a six and a half hour drive without stops.
so blogging for the next week will be sparse.
unless i can figure out how to post blog entries from my iphone.
any pointers for that?
i'll be taking lots of photos so doug and follow along with us through our week.
i'm kind of jealous of him.
alone in the house for a week.
quiet.  sleeping.  calm.

family days.

this is the busiest time of year for doug.
busier than Christmas.
we've tried to make a point of having at least one fun family day a week. 
where we do nothing but SOMEthing fun together. :)
last week we took the boys to a local safari park.
you buy buckets of feed and drive through an enormous park full of animals.
admittedly, though the boys had fun, doug and i had WAY more fun.
something about two adults screaming and laughing while bossy animals try to steal food out of your car makes for a fun time.
this guy looks nice. 
but bossy.
and these emus?
i loved the camels. 
though they would steal the entire buckets of food from you.
 another crazy bird.
once the boys found out that the animals were bossy.
and stuck their heads in the car.
the boys wanted NOTHING to do with it.
and wanted their windows UP.
but they were happy to look at the animals while doug and i fed the animals.

but these animals they were ok with.
something about being in cages i think.
you were allowed to go through the safari part as many times as you wanted.
so i talked doug into going through again.
this photo does not do this guy justice.
his rack was as wide as our car.
and the zebras were gorgesous.
is God not the best artist ever?
thankfully...on the second go round moses got up his courage.
and had a great time feeding some llamas.
 hoho still insisted on his window being UP.
 isn't Virgina the prettiest?
it was a great family day.
we ALL had a great time.

do this RIGHT now.

i don't know if i am usually the bossy type.
do those people know? 
i don't know.
but i am telling you.
read this.  go to the store.  and start this RIGHT NOW.
you will be happy you did.
step one: take a pound of ground coffee (i used 8 o'clock bean). 
dump it into a huge container.  big enough to hold two gallons of water and then a bit.
add two gallons of water. mix it around to get all the grounds wet.  cover.
walk away until the next day.
the next day (at least 8-10 hours later) strain the coffee mixture through a strainer and paper towels or cheesecloth.  (look Q i bought paper towels!!! only because they didn't have cheesecloth).
this will get out all the grounds.
if you used the same container to steep and store...wash it good before putting the coffee concentrate back in there. 
put in the fridge. 
leave it alone until it is frosty cold and you are sweating buckets.
i then filled my cup with ice to the top green line and then coffee concentrate to that line too.
then added a fun creamer selection...this one was caramel macciato.
delish.  perfect.  wonderful.  awesome.  did not need to add sugar or anything else.
it went down WAYYYYYY too easy. 

iced VIA from starbucks costs $6 for six servings.
this cost me about around the same amount for ten times the servings.
and i love it more than the VIA.  and you know how much i love my starbucks.

thank you pioneer woman for changing my life.
i will make and keep this idea forever and ever and ever and ever.

you can thank me later.


our 4th was very laid back.
two reasons. 
doug worked.
and i refuse to take my kids to see real fireworks until they learn to sleep in.
currently they wake up at 6:30am.  regardless of what time they go to bed. 
so this year, again, we laid low.
well i wasn't actually low.
we had a bad storm that knocked down our neighbors gutter which was connected to ours.
as long as we have lived here the owners have never taken great care of their side...and our side paid for it.
our solution...cut it down the middle, cap our end off and be done with it.
doug and i are a good team.
one of us is not a fan of killing bugs.
one of us is not a fan of heights.
i made these for doug to take to work.
birthday cake rice krispie treats
three batches made one at a time. 
layered into the same pan.
i made time to make another cute pool robe. 

and we treated the boys to sparklers from the dollar bin at target. 
so as far as they are concerned they saw fireworks. 
and clearly, from this photo, you can tell where hoho's priorities are. :) 
and lastly. 
to celebrate reaching 1,000 facebook fans, i am giving this happy weathered sign away to one lucky fan.  hop on over to my facebook page to enter.  ---------------->

happy day to you!  xo

when i'm not playing.

i've been "working".
somehow the days are both long and short.
i can't believe it is already july.  and to me, july is already over because it is packed.
even though it looks like all i am doing is playing...or being lazy, i am getting things done.
like this weathered "barn" wood flag for doug's grandpa's 90th birthday.
it turned out just the way i wanted.
weathered.  worn and loved. 
it's made to hang outside.
i've also been working on custom orders like this one...made to match invitations.
i've also been working with a lot of towels.
i finally got this one done for my hokie colors of course.
can i just tell you how much easier this makes life at the pool? 
because it does.  you put it on once and it is done.
it stays on and my kids like to keep a towel on when not in the water.
i'm taking orders for them if you want one.  email me. :)
i'm also making this variety.
a simple (but cute) hooded towel...with a little hot mess thrown in there for the girls.
my darling (bribed model) demonstrates.
i'm also taking orders for these. 
you can't go wrong with either one.
they are great for the pool, beach, lake and bathtub.
pair them with some fun bath soap or googles for a fun gift.

i hope your 4th is lovely. :)


with the new iphone comes a new addition.
so much more me than twitter.
 i've been using it to capture random little moments in our day.
 and it's turning into a fun little way to track our life.
eventually i will get a bunch printed and do something fun with them
(app to do that: postalpix)
 so if you are an instagram addict like myself...come find me.
user name: littlebitfunky
 or maybe you aren't an addict yet...
 but there is time to change that...and capture all the little moments that would normally involve lugging a camera around...
 like naughty children with balloons.
or that i got all my hair cut off. :)
there was an audible gasp from the women in the shop when she made the first cut (to donate).
and that i repainted the picnic table for the boys.
vive norge. :)
 pretty flowers in my yard.

or the day (yesterday)where we drove an hour and a half to the zoo only to discover that it is closed on Sundays.

 we ended up in maymont park in richmond instead.
 it was boy approved.
this is a sure sign that he enjoyed it. :)

are you on instagram?  come find me! :)
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