Monday, June 28, 2010

Return to Jellystone...these are the moments

Summer is in full swing in Louisiana...
...so camping is hot, hot, HOT! We returned to Jellystone this weekend and had a blast as usual!

We enjoyed the "hey ride" and sang songs obnoxiously...
Although he doesn't sing while on the hay ride, he loves it and sings the songs later when no one is around. His new favorite is "boom chica boom", followed closely by "where is yogi". It really is precious.

We got our first yogi bear family portrait in front the big statue we posed in front of as kids...
And needless to say, lots and LOTS of pool time! And lets face it, that pool area at Jellystone pretty much rocks.
I even put the camera down long enough to splash around too...and my sweet hubs saw that and just knew he had to pick up where I left off and capture those moments too. Love him for knowing that.
This weekend was the Red, White and Blue weekend...complete with a mini carnival!
For $5 the kids were given 20 tickets to play all the games and just be kids. Z had a ball. He got faux tattoos...
and faux blue mohawks...he pretty much thought he was a rockstar.
After all that and a 50 cent BBQ, we were off to the pool again to cool off.

Below is one of my favorite captures, I only wish i knew what they were discussing!
So this time we brought along some friends to camp with us...
They have a daughter about Z's age and they had a blast too! And Z loved having a partner in crime;)
Needless to say, we are planning our return trip already!
Man I love camping and the quality time it provides with family! I still get all nostalgic thinking about how these are the moments our children will remember fondly...as we remember our trips to Jellystone as kids. It's times like this that it really hits home that we are shaping the people our children will be and the things they will cherish and value in their lives for years to come. *le sigh*

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tribute to my daddy

Yes on this day...father's day, we reflect on our fathers.

Mine has been amazing. He is not always the most patient man. He is not always the nicest. He isn't even the smartest. But my father has always been the most supportive and understanding father I've ever know.

He was never afraid to be silly. He always tries to be encouraging. He supports us in whatever decisions we make and he has always given us the space to be who we are.

Not once do I remember my dad discouraging me. Or telling me I couldn't do something when I tried. He always made me feel like I could do anything. He exposed me to culture and foods and experiences that shaped me to the adult I am today.
Not only do I get my dark hair and big smile from him, but I get my impatience from him. I get lots of my creativity from him. I get my compassion and understanding from him. I get my love of life from him. I get so many wonderful qualities from him that I can't even list them.

I thank God for him and plan on going hug his neck right now.

And there is one other very special father in my life...
This one I got the pleasure of seeing him actually become a daddy right before my eyes. It still amazes me. It still brings tears to my eyes. It still makes me proud. Yes I'm tearing up right now. Shut up. LOL!
Happy Father's day to my guys. You two are amazing.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What's for dinner?

Anyone else tired of hearing that? So how do you handle it?With a handy meal planner that's how!
The pages are a downloaded pdf file that you can print out from www.theprojectgirl.com.

You can see more details about it on the Masters Kit club blog.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Organize Much?

Well I certainly have...sorta.
My friend April recently started her own organization business and gave me some great pointers and I was TOTALLY inspired to make some little organization aids. I made this gift card/receipt holder with the Little Miss Sunshine Masters kit.
You can even use it to hold your stamps, insurance cards, pictures and more!
Then while I was on a roll I gathered all my take out menus and made them a new home too.
I cut and sewed sheet protectors to make the pages and presto!
You can see more details on the Masters blog.

Never Loose Your Muchness

Playing blogger catch up still...this weekend we went to a birthday party for a friend's daughter.
It was an Alice in Wonderland themed party and they went ALL out! It was pretty amazing. Complete with a roasted pig, a professional fondant cake, life size character cut outs, costumes and all!

The picture of the three of us was snapped by the photographer, Ransonet Patterson. You can see more of her pics and the amazing costumes on her website.
Sadly my boys had already taken of their costumes. But you can see my Alice inspired outfit.
See I told you that cake was amazing...
It was made by Reed's Cakes and was delish...I never tasted such a yummy fondant covered cake.
And we even got to play a round of croquet...Z is actually a big fan of croquet.

Then on the way home Z decided to try on daddy's mad hatter hat...it was too adorable to not snap a picture of him as he giggled...sippin' on momma's icee!
Now I just have to post some scrappy projects and you will be all caught up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A camping we will go...

Yes last weekend we took our new (to us) camper out for our first family camping adventure.
We packed up the jeep and headed off to good 'ol Jellystone. David and I both have fond memories of Jellystone as a child. My parents used to take my brother and I tent camping when I was about Zane's age. Then we moved up to a camper.

So here we are...taking OUR child to experience the very same things we did as kids. It's true what they say, it really is more fun reliving it through your child's eyes. And Zane loved it!
We roasted marshmallows.
We went on hayrides.
Z was a big fan of the hayride.
But not so much of being an active participant...he just enjoyed the ride.
We even mined for gems.
It was so cute that they had this little set up for this. And Z was very excited to find a number of "gems" (unfinished colored rocks and minerals).
And he was LOVING him some Yogi bear. He could do without the others...as long as Yogi was there. *notice how the other bears are sort of nudged out of the picture...Yes did that. He insisted on sitting in front of YOGI.
Oh and stomping in the water was way up there on Z's fun list. Since it rained all day Friday (stormed most of the time really) and Saturday, there was lots of water to play in.

Then we moved on to arts and crafts.
Jellystone as a kick butt arts and crafts program. We actually got to tie dye shirts!

Yes they moved WAY up on my cool meter.
And Z was so proud of the one his daddy helped him make.
We actually all made one!
I just love how they turned out! I hope they let us do more next time!
Oh and the water activities...oh the water activities...
Z loved splashing in the kiddie pool and playing in the "spray ground". It took him A LONG time to warm up to it but with some help of a water gun and daddy getting in to provoke him...he was sold.
Not to mention I was pleased with the ample photo ops this provided;) LOL
He really did have a blast.
And I think his daddy did too! LOL!
We proudly wore our park bracelets all weekend and was sad to cut them off when we got home.
Oh and mini golf...another first for Z. He enjoyed it as well...although we sped through it quite a bit cause it was getting rather late.
And it was so nice for the boys to be able to just run around and act silly. Like this moment when David took Z to the lake to rinse his feet after playing golf. He picked him up and whisked him back...giggling the whole time!
As for food...although we had to smell the delish meals the other campers were preparing like fried fish, boiled crawfish and jambalaya...we stuck to the traditional camping meals... like hot dogs and nachoes.
Z rather enjoyed that.
And he loved that we cooked them over our camp fire too.
After hot dogs we roasted marshmallows...
Yes he totally loved that.
We even made S'mores...a first for all of us actually!
They were pretty good but Z was full and tuckered out...he ate a couple bites and was ready to call it a night.
Well that's pretty much our camping adventure. Oh and we went paddle boat riding (Z's first time in a boat) and my iphone took a swim as we were getting out the boat. Thankfully quick reflexes and a day of not using it saved it. *that was a close call...pun totally intended!*
Needless to say we will be back...VERY soon...and OFTEN!