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Monday, August 30, 2010

Little Boy with Green Boots

I shot this photo last week when it was raining. The temperatures have finally cooled down. Well at least it is not 95 anymore, but I think 85 if perfectly wonderful. My husband says 75 would be even better. It's raining it's pouring the old man is snoring. Little boy with the green boots wanted to wear the boots so badly even if he was wearing shorts. Have a happy Tuesday! I need to go off and pack my suitcase for my trip to Italy on Friday. I don't know how I am going to keep it to one suitcase. Ugh!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek at just one of the hotels I will be staying at while in Italy. This hotel is in a perfect location to Milan city center.

I can't wait to go here.
Maybe, I will see George Clooney here. Walk in the Gardens and see the art work here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunday Morning Banana Bread

Banana Bread
3 mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup of butter
1 tablespoon of flax seed
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of baking soda

In a mixing bowl combine wet ingredients then slowly add flour, chips, walnuts, flax seed.
Pour mixture into a grease.d bread pan, and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or
until done in the middle. Allow to cool before slicing.

Have a Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

movie ticket travel

Two weeks ago, I went to see Eat,Love, Pray with my girlfriends. I loved it! It will not disappoint. Don't have the money to travel? Well, for the price of a movie ticket you get to travel to three beautiful countries. Now, I just need to start saving my money so I can go to India and Bali. Don't miss this movie if you haven't seen it all ready! If you have seen it, what was your favorite part. I loved how she talks about just going for it with the enjoyment of food while in Italy. That is all I am going to say because I don't want to ruin the movie for those of you who haven't seen it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Empty House

It was back to school today for my two oldest children, and the first day of preschool for my littlest. They were all pretty excited. I think they were sick of me. Actually, Winston said yesterday that this was the best summer! However, I think they were happy to be in a routine again. Harris was excited to be in middle school where he has his own locker, can participate in clubs, and even eat lunch outside if he so chooses. I think Winston was just excited to see his friends again since none of them live in the neighborhood. Roman told me he had fun, but that he missed me today. Aaah! It was strange being able to go to the store without any children, and not just one store but many as I ran errands all morning. These photos are getting harder and harder to get as the boys didn't want me to take them this morning. I was even told not to walk them to the bus. What is nice is that each of them comes home at a different time, so it will give me time with each of them individually each day.




All 3 children in School= a quiet house

Sapphire and Emerald

Hi! How was your weekend? We had a fantastic weekend! We spent the weekend at the Lake. Celebrated going back to school with the neighborhood at the pool, and spent Sunday cuddling on the couch after church watching a movie and eating cake. Meet our newest family members Sapphire and Emerald. Aren't they cute?

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Day at the Lake


Today we spent the day up at the Lake. I don't know why it has taken us 7 years to discover the Lake. It is a fantastic place to take the children. They spent the day with their friends playing games, snorkeling, looking at fish and chasing crabs. No one cried. No one said they were bored. Topped off with grilled hot dogs the day couldn't have been any better.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Harris's Summer Reading

Harris's Summer Reading

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Phoenix
Theodore Boone Kid lawyer by John Grisham
Swindle by Gordon Korman
Stink #4 by Megan McDonald
Stink #3 by Megan McDonald
Stink #2 by Megan McDonald
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling
Stink #1 by Mean McDonald
The 39 Clues #9 by Linda Sue Park
Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcer Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harris all mommy can say is WOW! I am so proud of you. You are a super reader! Keep up the good work and you will go far. Love, Mommy

Winston's Summer Reading

Winston's Summer Reading


Stink #1 #2 #3 #4 by Megan McDonald
Rigsby by Beverly Clerey
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Lepracauns in Winter by Mary Pope Osborn
Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
The Box Car Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Case of the Oragami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future by Dav Pilkey
The Mad Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt -Judy Moody and Stink by Meagan McDonald
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl
Winston, mommy is so proud of you for reading so many books this summer on top of all our other activities. It is a real accomplishment. I hope you learn to love reading as much as I do. I enjoyed snuggling up in bed while listening to you read to me.
Love, Mommy



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Not Just Another Handbag

I struggled with the title for this post. This handbag is not just another handbag. It is too bad it is not Earth Day. When I saw this handbag, I thought how cute is that! The cool thing it is made out of shopping bags from the grocery store. What a cool way to reuse something that is so not earth friendly. Wouldn't this make a cute beach bag. When I saw the bag it reminded me of those purses from the 70's called Macrame, but what is even cooler is that this bag isn't even scratchy. My mom made this for me. Isn't she the greatest! Unfortunately, I didn't get the knitting/crocheting gene. She makes things for me all the time. Anyway, if you would like to find out how to make a cool bag like this go over to this blog to get the directions. This is one reason I love blogging is because you can find really cool stuff out there and people who are willing to share what they know. If you like the two toned effect you will need to go to maybe a different shopping store where there bags are a different color.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One last Hurrah!



Last week, I took the boys up to Lake Lanier to go camping with some good friends from church. The boys had a blast. Personally, it was a little too hot to camp for me, and I am grateful I brought my extension cord and fan; otherwise, we would have never fallen asleep. After setting up the tents, all the children ran across the street to jump in the lake. By the time they came back our tin foil dinners were finished. Then it was back to lake until almost all the last rays of sun were gone. What camping trip would be a camping trip without Smore's? Yummy! I don't think any of us escaped from being a little sticky. We made attempts to tell ghost stories, but we had all forgotten them. (Note to self, next time we go camping to look in library for campfire story book.) I had some sparklers left over from the forth of July, and these turned out to be a big hit. When the boys saw the images that were caught in the camera, they wanted to see what effect flashlights would have. Then it was time for bed. Emma wanted to sleep in our tent. She made Roman's day. He had so much fun playing with her, and her horses earlier in the evening. Plus she is just his right size. When Harris couldn't sleep because his spot wasn't cozy I switched with him. I felt a little like the princess and the pea except in my story it was a rock. There was nothing I could do about it without waking up all the children to move the tent. On top of that, it is really noisy here in Georgia at night with the crickets chirping, and the Cicadas making their thrill of ttttch tttch sound all night long. Morning came way to fast, and the first thing all the kids did was jump back in the lake until the call for breakfast of bacon, fried eggs, donuts, and chocolate milk. Before we left we celebrated the end of summer and going back to school with silly string. Yahoo! While I have had fun with my children this summer, I am ready for them to go back to school in 6 days. This week we will attend 3 open houses and do some last minute school shopping. It is hard to believe that I am the mother of a middle schooler. How is that possible? I just graduated from high school yesterday. No, not really, but it seems that way to me.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lady and Sons


While there are lots of places in Georgia to eat southern style food, Paula Deen is the Queen of southern cooking in Savannah. For those of you who live in the states, you might know her from her show on the Food Network. My family visited her restaurant Lady and Sons 4 years ago when we went to Savannah and loved it. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to get into her restaurant these days. Her popularity has spread around the world. So be warned if you want to get a taste of some of the best comfort food in the south, then be prepared to be waiting in line at 7am. They begin taking reservation at 9:30am. Now things might be different in the winter months, but I am just telling you if you plan on walking in off the street then good luck. If you are a party of 10 then it is easier to get a reservation over the phone. Other good restaurants in the are The Crab Shack and her brothers restaurant Uncle Bubba's Oyster House that features fresh seafood.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fort Pulaski



Located on the coast between Savannah and Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski is a great place for adults and children to learn and explore Civil War history. Built in the years between 1820-1848 when Savannah was a bustling port city the fort was built to be used as a line of defense against foreign invasions. However, when the civil war broke out it was first used as a military hold for the confederates until their capture by Union troops in 1862, and was later used as part of the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves and as a prison for captured confederates. At scheduled times throughout the day you can hear the cannon fired and learn about muscat guns. The boys had fun watching the demonstrations. The Fort now apart of the national parks system participates in the Junior Rangers program which is a fun way to teach children about the location, and is even a host to a resident alligator who likes to hang out in the moat that surrounds the fort walls.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hilton Head


If you live hear in the south, you make the trip to Hilton Head at least one time in your live. The atmosphere is fantastic in Hilton Head with families riding their bikes along the tree lined oak and pine tree streets, fantastic restaurants, and cute boutique. It is the Hawaii of the south. However, I would still choose to go to Orange Beach, Alabama because of the white powder sand beaches. It just wasn't possible this year due to the oil spill. We had lunch at Salty Dog. The food was fantastic! Harris had he fish nuggets, Winston enjoyed the shrimp basket, and Roman enjoyed a hamburger. I ate out of their baskets because I know they never finish their food. Afterwards, we got an ice creams. Roman got Superman which turned him and everything within his reach blue. This time I was hoping to find a public beach, but without the crowds, and I was able to do that over off the fish haul road near the airport. It was perfect. I didn't even have to pay for parking. The water was almost too hot. , but the boys had fun playing in the sand dunes, collecting shells, and chasing crabs along the shore.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Savannah





Life is not a box of chocolates when visiting Savannah because you definitely know what you are going to get a beautiful city filled with rich history and full southern charm and hospitality. Coincidentally parts of Forrest Gump were filmed in Savannah. We visited Savannah 4 years ago, and I loved it! Now, I think I need to find a way for my husband and I to move to this place. It is amazing! Maybe because it is such an amazing city is why so many films have been filmed in Savannah. Besides being located on near the ocean, the city is made gorgeous from all the old mature oak trees draped in Spanish moss. We really enjoyed taking a trolley ride through the city and was well worth the money.

Postcards from Savannah


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tybee Beach


Despite it being slightly overcast, it was very very hot. There is nothing better to remedy this, but to go to the beach. While we have a pool across the street from our house, I find that my boys are much happier at the beach. They love to ride the waves with their boogie boards, dig in the sand, and explore.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cooling Off

I think this has to be my favorite picture of our trip this past weekend. I love how children know how to have fun no matter where they are. After eating lunch at Paul Dean's restaurant Lady and Sons, we headed to the parking garage to go home. The boys couldn't resist the water fountain, and for 30 minutes they had fun weaving in and out of the water sprays. This fountain is actually new to Savannah. When Savannah was built originally it was built around a series of park squares-a total of 24 to be exact. However, over the years a couple of the squares were lost in development. The city is making an effort to restore the two lost squares and in march they put the parking garage that was sitting on this square underground. This fountain is a good addition to the city; especially, since in the summer it can't get really hot and muggy.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Found One Orange Bear

My husband found a huge nail in the passenger side front tire, as he was about to send us off on our trip to Savannah. Thankfully, our tire shop was able to fit us in without causing too much delay. Then about 90 minutes south from our home as we were sitting behind a long line of semi-trucks due to an accident above, I looked out the window and saw an orange bear inside a sandwich box. I said to my boys, "Look there is a bear on the side of the road." Before I knew it my oldest son had jumped out of the car to pick it up despite me begging him to leave it be. Inside the box was a certificate of ownership to a little boy named Robbie saying that the bear's name was Baloo along with a couple of used movie tickets from April of 2008. I realize it is kind of gross because I have no idea where this bear has been, but what was I to do. The rest of the way there we had fun imagining stories of how the bear got on the side of the road. What do you think his story is ????? More photos of our trip to come in the next couple of days.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Savannah, Tybee, and Hilton Head here we come!


Trips, I just love them! My mother and I are off with the children for the next 4 days. Paula Dean and low country cooking here we come. Beach we can't wait! See you when I get back!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Take me out to the Ball Game


Tonight we went to our very first baseball game. I have always wanted to take the boys; however, I wanted to wait until the age where they would actually sit through a game, and not run around. They had a blast! The Braves played against the Mets and won 4-1. Yeah! We even had hot dogs and Cracker Jacks. I have found a new boy friend Tim Hudson. Isn't he cute! Honey, I still love you too. Harris brought his mitt in hopes that he might catch a ball. Winston was just happy enough to do the wave, make hammer motions with his arm, and sing take me out to the ball game. Roman stayed home with his papa. Another summer bucket item checked off.
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Lost in Sweden

When I was 17, my mom took me on a ten week trip of Europe. I know, I am so lucky! We started in England, went to up to Scotland, and then got on a tour bus that took us to Russia and Scandinavia. We had so much fun! However, in Sweden I left my Top Sperry's otherwise known as Top Siders. I loved though shoes! I know exactly where I left them. I left them half way tucked under the bed at the hotel. Ugh! By the time I realized that I had left them behind we were in Denmark. Moral of the story, always make sure you do a sweep of the hotel room before you leave and that means looking under the bed. I have missed though shoes all these years. If I could live in an advertisement print it would be for Tom Sperry. I love Nautical scenes and I love Nautical colors. I finally bought a pair a couple of weeks ago along with a pair of Keds. In style or out of style, I can't wait to wear these shoes this weekend when we go to Savannah.