Little Things Thursday

I’m hanging on by a thin cord this week since my boys are in soccer camp. We are on day 4 of brutal temps and 5 hours of field time each day. Georgia is no place for outdoor summer camps, yet we carry on anyway. We do love our kids and wish for them to have growth in their passions, so we sit on those sidelines like a champ! I do believe I have accumulated tons of “Mommy Points” this week. I’ve clocked field hours and pool hours each day and I’m totally shattered.  It’s worth it, though.

Yesterday the kids had Wacky Wednesday where they wear their “fancy dress” items. I’m thankful that my BBC watching has paid off and fancy dress made perfect sense. There were a couple confused looks on the sidelines. I can imagine what they were thinking.

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We didn’t have much to choose from costume wise, but somehow we found things to scrape up a “Fancy Unicorn” and a Batman.  The unicorn is a stretch.  Aidan invented that on his own, which makes it even funnier to me.  So kids, all you need to be a unicorn is a party hat and sunglasses. Halloween: SOLVED!

Two more days. Two more days. I think we can make it!

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My boys are doing their first sports camp this summer.  British Soccer hosts a Challenger clinic in various cities across the US. Our town just happens to be one of them, surprisingly!

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Minolta SRT 101 on  Kodak Portra 400 Film (desaturated)

Local families host British coaches that come run the camp for our kids. Interestingly, the host family for our group is just one street over from us.  The morning camp hours are mostly fun and games, but our boys are taking a special after hours clinic with the coaches.  5 kids registered for the “Golden” clinic, but since 3 were no shows the boys are getting semi-private lessons.  This has been great!

They’ve been learning ball handling skills, agility training, and how to outsmart their opponents with fancy footwork. Georgia decided that this was a great week to hit the 90’s. The boys are absolutely toast by the end of camp that all we can do is take a quick shower and go to the community pool.  These boys are filthy and roasted by the end of the day.  Not one ounce of energy is left to play with the neighborhood kids.  That is saying something.

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday so I might just bring my camera along to see what happens.

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June Is Busting Out All Over

June is busting out all over! The saplins’ are busting out with sap.

First week of June 2015

June is when I finally exhale a bit. The days are warm and bright. My garden is fully alive and productive. The corn is corning, berries are ripening, tomatoes are turning red, and the basil is plentiful.  We are looking forward to the benefits of harvest. My garden is most beautiful in June. Each year it surprises me and makes the wait worthwhile.

We kicked off June with Vacation Bible School and the young one’s 8th birthday. The sapling in the bottom left corner is growing into her High School self in many ways. Her social calendar is full and we are learning to manage the bottomless pit of opportunities to be social.  All of it is good stuff, so we are excited to let her enjoy those things. Anyone who has ever worried about homeschoolers and their socialization can rest assured that we have got it covered in spades.

We also ushered in summer with our first family trip to our local amusement park. I remember living at said park as a teen.  We had a mixed bag of reactions to the rides, but I believe our courage will muster as summer goes on. We did get a little braver than the carousel.  We highly encouraged Aidan, our 10 year old, to ride the stand up coaster for his first ride of the day and he lived to tell despite exclaiming that we were “all going to die” on the way up.

Yep, that’s my crazy hubby in blue. So proud. 🙂

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It’s that time again. Fall and Spring.



Aidan soccer-web

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Kidecals reached out to me a few weeks ago about trying some of their personalized decals.  The selections were great!  I love the idea of labeling everything because if your kids are like mine, they leave their stuff everywhere.  Summer is definitely a perfect time for using Kidecals durable labels.

I’m usually a Sharpie pen girl.  However, over time even Sharpie pens start to wear off.  You can use Kidecals on any surface…even fabric! They are dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer safe.  You can be confident that these labels will keep your kid’s personal belongings labeled for the long haul.

I will use my labels on all our sporting gear that seems to get “lost”.

Kidecals is offering my readers a 15% off discount so that you can get all those labels you need for summer camps and activities. Simple use the code: fashion at checkout.  Go stock up on Kidecals for your kids!

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Kidecals provided me with their product to try and review. All opinions are my own.


Berry Picking

We kept on walking down these aisles to get our annual strawberry pick day started.  There was lots of sun on our shoulders, faces, and well, all of us!

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berry patch

But we got our berries!
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berry patch
Raspberries, too!
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berry patch
berry patch
berry patch
The bounty afforded berry smoothies for lunch and strawberry shortcake for dessert. It was a berry berry good day.

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One is the loneliest number.  It’s always best to play as a team.

But, if you don’t have model releases on the other players, you’ll have to use your imagination.





And because one truly is a lonely number. He scored twice.


The Score

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Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday!  Today is a special Thursday because it is hubby’s and my 15th anniversary!  Truly we blinked and it is 15 years and 3 kids later.  It’s been a wonderful journey filled with adventures.  We plan to celebrate tomorrow night since having 3 kids means that weekdays are filled with their activities…like soccer practice where your husband is the coach.

Meanwhile, a picture or two from the pumpkin patch for your autumnal enjoyment.

Apples and Pumpkins

Burt’s pumpkin patch was roughly 5 miles from the apple orchard.   The kids were excited about choosing the biggest pumpkins in the budget for carving, which we normally do a couple days before Halloween to stave off the rot.  I kind of felt like a Schmuck for spending $12-$14 per gourd, but I can remember how excited I was to carve a pumpkin as a kid.  And while we usually buy a $5 a piece grocery store pumpkin, which is just as lovely, I wanted the kids to have the memory of visiting a pumpkin patch.  I mean, some people take the patch very seriously…like the group wearing “Operation Pumpkin Patch 2013” T-shirts.   Wheel barrowing 50lbs of pumpkins around a muddy field was worth the ensuing backache to see the kids find the perfect barely liftable pumpkin.  The real joke is on my husband who will have to essentially do all the carving.  A little pumpkin carving saw is no match for these rinds.

Apples and Pumpkins

What’s up in your slice of the pumpkin pie?

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Apples to Apples

Apple picking was a new experience for us.  I have always wanted to go apple picking, but haven’t in the past because of the two hour drive to get there.  I realized that the drive was never going to get any shorter and that we should just do it!

So we did.

Of course the photographs were just as important to me as the apples.

Apples and Pumpkins

Apples and Pumpkins

Apples and Pumpkins

The sun was a battle, and so was color casting…but we tried to work it out in the few open shade spots that I found.

Orchards normally would make me long for color, but I’m really liking these conversions.

Tonight I made an apple crisp with 4 of our freshly picked Granny Smith apples.  It was ugly, but great!  We did a switch up on our ice cream flavor and served chocolate with the crisp.  I highly recommend.

I still have 4 bags of apples to do something with.  I think we are going to be all apple-d out by the end of the week.

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The Best Day of My Life

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Every beautiful autumn day is the best day of my life.  At least I always feel that way.  This past Friday, I took my 3 kidlets and my mom on a journey to pick apples and choose pumpkins.  I have always wanted to visit a real orchard.

We each picked 1/2 a peck of apples, and now my kitchen teems with apples.  What to make? What to make?

I’m sure a pie is in there somewhere, and perhaps apple butter or applesauce.

It was a great day, even the part where I wheelbarrow 100lbs of pumpkins around the patch all by my bitty self.  That’s another story….and another entry in the annals of the best day of our life.

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