Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of july 2015

Happy 4th!!!
We had a great 4th of July, in spite of the weather! Peter and I celebrated alone (Nathan spends this holiday with Kayla's family and Mom & Dad are still in Chincoteague). We still cook like we are hosting a crowd - we love the 4th of July and 4th of July food!!
The rain cleared around 4:00, so Peter was able to grill. We ended up eating inside because it was a bit humid and buggy after the rain. We had steaks w/onions & mushrooms, bbq wings, deviled eggs, jalapeno poppers, fresh tomatoes, and onion dip & chips (and Chicken in a Biskit crackers for me!).
recipe link HERE

For dessert, I made a Banana Split Pie..yummmm!!

recipe link HERE

After dinner, we went over to the beach. The skies looked threatening.......

but cleared while we were there.
I took way too many cloud pictures....but they are so pretty! :O)

Peter put the kite up for awhile, but there wasn't much wind.

We took a boat ride before heading home.


We went to get Peter's Dads flag down, then came home and had dessert.

No fireworks tonight! :O( The rain set in again around 8:30,
so they are set for tomorrow night.
We'll just stretch the 4th of July out a little longer! :O)

Friday, July 3, 2015

THe Happiness Project: June 2015 (part 2)

The Happiness Project

June 2015

Make Time For Friends


Part 2: Be Generous
"Studies show that your happiness is often boosted more by providing support to others than from receiving support yourself."
Do good, feel good.
Pinstrosity: Mix It Up Monday: Do Good Anyway
Being generous by taking dinner to someone who is sick or shut in is a good thing, but there are other ways too.
Help People Think Big
"One of the most generous acts is to help people think big. Words of enthusiasm and confidence from a friend can inspire you to tackle an ambitious goal: "You should do that!" "You should apply for the job!" "You should start your own business!"
Yes! IF:GATHERING did just this, assembled women, empowered them to shine by using their gifts and bringing all the glory to HiM!
"One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself."
Bring People Together
Look for ways to bring people together.
I always look forward to getting together with friends for a bonfire at the beach. A few times during the summer, a few of us meet at the beach for a fun, relaxing evening. Andrea usually gets the group together, most of the time spur of the moment, but there are usually a dozen or more moms who show up. Everyone is crazy busy, but we always have the best time! This is something that is not on the to-do list or marked on the calendar, just a friend who gets us all together to do something fun. That definitely brings happiness!! :O)
Contribute in My Way
If you are good at organizing- help someone move in or help them get organized, if you are good at photography- offer to take some pictures of their new baby or a family picture. Contribute in your own way to help bring someone else happiness. Surprisingly, it will make you happy too!
do good quote - do all the good you can in all the ways you can… I think I love this.. maybe canvas material

Thursday, July 2, 2015

thoughtful thursday {R}

skipping {Q} and onto the letter


Something I love:

trying new RECIPES

 recipe LINK

Something I don't:

Bulk Mini Boxes of Sun-Maid Raisins, 6-ct. Packs at


Place I've been:

Tanger Outlets | Rehoboth Beach, DE

Somewhere I want to go:

Stunning sunset behind the American Queen. Enjoy a Mississippi river cruise & experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland aboard a genuine steamboat like the #AmericanQueen!

Food I love:


(Mississippi Roast recipe HERE)

Movie I've seen:
I just watched RAIN MAN a few nights ago.
It had been years since I had seen it and I forgot how much I loved it!
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

[july chalkboard]

my July chalkboard 2015
#july4th #julychalkboard #independenceday
#landofthefree #homeofthebrave #summer

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Happiness Project: June 2015 (part 1)

The Happiness Project
June 2015
Make Time For Friends
"Having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness."

"Of all things that wisdom provides for living one's entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship. You need close long-term relationships, you need to be able to confide in others, you need to belong."

"Studies show that having strong friendships not only provides joy, but also lengthens life, boosts immunity, and cuts the risk of depression. To keep loneliness at bay, you need at least one close relationship with someone in whom you can confide, you also need a relationship network, which helps provide a sense of identity and self-esteem and in which you can give and receive support."

June is focused on relationships: strengthening old friendships, deepening existing friendships, and making new friends.

happy birthday watercolor card.

Part 1: Remember Birthdays

At a bare minimum, we should remember birthdays. I turned 50 this year, so I couldn't help but remember my classmates birthdays as they came up and many of them remembered mine too. I love birthdays!! I love getting birthday cards and calls and being made to feel extra special. Who doesn't love Happy Birthday wishes?

In a world of social media, things have changed from mailing birthday cards or calling, to a simple "Happy Birthday" wish on a Facebook wall (although everyone loves to see how many wishes they can are really loved if you get over 100...LOL). :O)

The 101 Best Birthday Quotes - Curated Quotes

In this chapter, Gretchen updated her address book, and copied it on her computer. She chose to send out birthday emails as her way to keep in touch. While looking through her contact list, she realized how many "friends" she had lost contact with over the years. She remembered a girl from high school whom she had fallen out of touch with, and was saddened that so many years had passed without contact. After a little searching, she tracked down her phone number and called her. She sounded surprised, but happy to hear from her and they ended up talking for two hours. Hearing her voice brought back good memories. Before hanging up, she asked when her birthday was and promised not to wait ten more years without contacting her.

Happy Birthday! Make a Wish!

There really wasn't a way for them to become close friends again; they lived too far apart, and too much time had passed. But for years Gretchen had been bothered by this relationship that had just been left hanging. She was very happy to talk to her again and was planning to keep in touch.

In a time where things seem "too busy", if we don't take time for regular visits or calls to friends, at least "remember birthdays", at least once a year we can make others feel special.

Pink birthday party table display with pink ombr cake. All the details and more pictures on the blog! Maggie Holmes

Sunday, June 28, 2015

weekend catch-up & summer calendar

What a crazy, busy week!

Nathan came home from work for 2 hours on Monday, then headed to Gloucester for his last two days of school for awhile. He needed the lifeboat course to finish his AB. On Friday, he got his call to begin training on the barge on his next tour. So proud of him! What a big accomplishment in less than two years on the job! Kayla had orientation at college on Thursday, so she and Nathan went to that and then stayed off for a few nights.

I had VBS all week, ending with the program on Friday night. We had crabs for dinner after the program. :0)

I had a slow weekend at work, so I worked alone. I guess it was a combination of bad weather and next weekend being a week looks much busier.

We had some great return guests this week who brought me some veggies from their garden, a huge watermelon, and the best (homemade) donuts I ever ate!

On Saturday, we grilled and we were able to get dinner in before the rain started. It rained the rest of the evening, so we took a long nap after dinner.....(a perk of having a semi-empty nest). :0)

Strange Photo of the Week:

This guy showed up while we were eating. I never saw a crane on a wire (in our backyard!).

Since we missed Nathan's birthday last Saturday, we celebrated today......

Nathan loved them!!!!!

Cookies by Mary!! They are not only pretty, they are delicious! She is super-talented.:0)

It's Peter's birthday tomorrow, so I made Lemon Lush today and we did a little birthday-combo celebrating!

Big Brother started this week! And I love that one of the couples from Amazing Race is on the show. :O)
Big Brother 17 Jeff Wedon and Jackie Ibarra
[source: google]
and a few random pictures from the week:

 [source: facebook]
Logan doing one of the things he loves best!

We have Martin's everyday!!.....[they just won't go inside the house!!!]
Frustrating birds!

Nathan has a kayak! I'm super-excited!!!!

Calendar Countdown:

 as of today.....99 days of work left!!!!!!!! :O)

 1 day - June 29- Peter's Birthday

6 days- July 4- *cookout/beach/fireworks*
19 days- July 17- Lindsey's Birthday

60 days- August 27/28/29 - Homecoming

67 days- September 3- Logan's birthday
71 days- September 7 Labor Day
74 days- September 10 Football begins!!!!
77 days- September 13 Bears first game [vs.Packers]

99 days - October 4 - last night at b&b 
125 days - October 31 - Halloween

Friday, June 26, 2015

VBS 2015 - Days 4 & 5

-VBS 2015-
Days 4 & 5

Day 4:


Jesus Gives Bartimaeus Sight

Mark 10:46–52
Jesus gives me faith.

We practiced singing a little longer today, so we just did 2 puzzle/coloring sheets and played a few games in our room. :0)

We had nachos and cheese for our snack today.

We practiced at church for Friday's program.


Day 5: The Program
We practiced our songs in assembly and then had our lesson, a little snack, and a quick game in our room before going downstairs to wait to march in for the program.

Jesus Gives Bartimaeus Sight

Mark 10:46–52
Jesus gives me His love to share.

The kids always sing their hearts out (and everyone always enjoys watching them). :0)
It was a great program.
We had a very good class this year and I have really enjoyed spending the week with them.  
You always hope that you have said or done something during those 10 hours that will stick with the children. Lulabelle does such a good job bringing the lessons and the songs we learn are so fun and have a good message. We had fun doing crafts and playing games too. 
This is always a busy time of year for me, but I'm glad I am part of VBS week! 

 “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19