Happy 4th of July 2011!!!!

Today we celebrated like we always do with a parade and a fun family and friend picnic!!  Lots of fun and the girls had a blast all day!  Melody kept saying, “This is the BEST DAY EVER!!”  It was pretty funny to hear all day long!  She loved Gram Gram’s options of ice cream for dessert this afternoon as we had about 10 – 15 options!  I don’t think Melody has seen that much ice cream in one place in a home ..ever!  We also let our Painted Lady Butterflies free today at the beginning of the picnic so that they can live out the rest of their adult life, which consists of a whole TWO weeks!  I did notice some butterflies mating yesterday and the day before so hopefully they will go lay their eggs and more Painted Lady Butterflies will be born in a few weeks!!

When we came home we started watching all of the 4th of July programs on tv and the girls enjoyed the music and the fireworks!  I took the girls outside after it got dark outside to light some sparklers too.  (I bought them last year and forgot about them so I saved them for today!)

I also had Peter help me wash three loads of laundry and put away all of our stuff when we got home today so it was a full and joyful day all around.  Peter just went up to bed because he needs to get up in about 8 1/2 hours to mow some lawns and I will be getting up to take the kids to the beach on the Farmington River for the afternoon.  Because of all of our time at the beach so far this summer I have built up a pretty nice tan so far too!  🙂  I usually just burn and that is it for me all year so I am grateful for a slow building tan this time around.

My latest sewing projects…

I haven’t been sewing much this past month while recovering from surgery as sitting in my sewing chair was painful but now that I am starting to feel much more normal I have started on a few new projects!  🙂  This skirt I made using some fabrics from Above All Fabrics during her remnant sale.

I love how it came out and Kylie is super excited to wear it too!

I made these tissue pouches using a tutorial posted here on A Lemon Squeezy Home.

I plan on having the girls give them to their teachers tonight at their MPact Graduation.

This skirt is for Melody’s girlfriend Paige for her birthday.  We couldn’t make it to her birthday party because I wasn’t feeling well so I told her mother that we would still bring her gift to the girls groups.  The next week it was horrible storms so we stayed home and then last week there wasn’t any group.  So tonight it is.  She gets to show off what she earned this year in Prims and she also gets a fun little skirt as a belated birthday gift.

Caterpillars – Days 1 – 9

I decided this year was the perfect year to do this project with the kids because the girls are old enough to read more books about caterpillars and butterflies and truly understand what they are seeing live and in person.  It has been lots of fun for us all so far and we are only on day 10!!  It takes up to about three weeks for a full transformation of our caterpillars into Painted Lady Butterflies.  I will be posting more updates on their progress as I have been taking a picture a day of their transformation!  🙂

Below are days 1 – 10

June 12th – 14th, 2011

We have been taking it easy the past few days as my belly was starting to hurt again.  I did get outside to take some new pictures of the lilies that were in bloom and the roses flourishing in my garden.  Today in the mail we received our order of live caterpillars!  They are painted lady caterpillars and I will be taking pictures of them DAILY for the next three weeks or so until we release them.  The girls are SUPER excited and didn’t want to leave the table because they thought they would miss something!

Showing the pictures with a slideshow which is a new thing that wordpress is doing with the pictures if you choose.  I hope it works!  🙂  Enjoy!

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June 1st – 9th, 2011

June 1st through June 9th was a bit crazy with insane weather and fun times outside in the heat..it was about 98* outside!  My flowers started growing like crazy and then the storms would roll in at night and blow us away!  The girls had a blast outside in the pool on the hot days ..even though they are small kiddie pools it was fun for them to float and splash one another in the heat.

May 29 – 31st, 2011

May 29th we went to my nieces son’s birthday party and my brother was there.  Kylie decided she wanted ONLY to hang out with Uncle Matt!  While the boys were opening their gifts the girls both sat down with Uncle Matt and cuddled up with him.  I think they all enjoyed the time together!

May 30th was Memorial Day and we went downtown to the parade.  I had the girls wear their 4th of July dresses from last year and we got so many comments on them!  Kylie even made a new friend!  She decided to go hang out with this little girl and her mother and spent the whole parade sitting with them! 🙂  The mother at the end told Kylie to never change!  (She never stopped talking!)

After the parade we went across the street to Dairy Queen and waited only a few minutes and after our order was placed and we started to get our items handed back out to us Zachary got this weird look on his face and suddenly passed out..only for a second but boy was that scary!  He had spent the whole parade in MY chair in the shade!  It didn’t make any sense!  So I had the paramedics take him to the hospital so they could hopefully figure out what happened.  In the over and hour that we spent there they really didn’t do much for tests and just sent him on his way.  I made an appt. for him to be seen the next day at his regular Dr. and he did some blood work which came back a few days later as perfect.  So we still have no idea what happened.  I guess I need to contact the Dr. again to find out if there is more we should be doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again!

On May 31st the girls had some fun in a large box that I turned into a little house for them.  They were both reading and making funny faces and it was just making me smile seeing them enjoying books the way I always have in life.

May 2 – 9, 2011

May 2, 2011 I went to my in-laws to get some beautiful pictures of the blooming magnolia tree!  I think it is so pretty every year but usually miss it because they bloom and fall off so fast usually with some nasty rain storm that rolls through!  This year I caught it on a good day.  I was also lucky enough to find a robin’s nest with 2 eggs in it!  The next day she laid another one too!  We never did see the chicks and the nest disappeared but I am grateful the girls were able to see the beautiful eggs even for a minute.

May 5th turned out to be an exciting day too!  We had a little red squirrel who kept climbing up into my window bird feeders and eating the seeds!

Melody also lost her fourth tooth that day too!  So now she has a big toothless grin!  🙂

On May 8th we had a little visit by one of our neighbor hood bears!!  I only got a few pictures but I was lucky to see it at all!

May 8th – 9th I sewed up a cute bonnet for a little girl in Simsbury who’s mother posted that she was looking for one for a school event.  I offered to make her one if she wasn’t able to find one and she took me up on it. I think it came out really cute and it actually sewed up rather quickly!

April 24, 2011 – Easter through May 1, 2011 at the Daffodil Fields

We had a small family Easter dinner at the in-laws and then a quick little Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.  That night Melody lost her third tooth!  🙂  Happy Easter to her ..too bad the Tooth Fairy got lost and dropped off her necklace and money a little late the next day!  On April 27th I finally got around to coloring Easter Eggs with the girls!  LOL And finally, on May 1st, 2011 we went to Northfield to the Daffodil Fields and took some family pictures.  It truly is a beautiful place full of thousands and thousands of daffodils!!

April 22, 2011 – Beardsley Zoo for the day!

Today we went to the zoo to meet up with my girlfriend Alexis and her daughter.  It was a nice day but the breeze made it rather chilly for the end of April!  The kids had a blast!  Kylie didn’t want to listen, as usual, so Peter spent much of the day chasing after her and holding her.  I took over 600 pictures!  The following 127 pictures were my favorites!  LOL  You will see LOTS of peacocks as they wander the grounds freely and get pretty close to you!

4/5/11

I have been MIA lately and I am sorry for anyone who may have been looking forward to my daily photos.  I apparently just can’t keep up with that anymore so I will post as often as I can from now on.  I am going to include a bunch of photos in this post to kind of make up for any that were passed over during my time missing in action.  When I was going through my pictures I apparently picked out a ton of them so it may take some time to open up all of the following photos.  To see them bigger just click on them!  🙂