Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Whats Hap-pinning Wednesday {August 16}

Since its back to school time I'm starting to get things ready for the boys. I have wanted to start a few "traditions" to help get them excited over starting school each year. Getting some new back to school books to read the night before school starts is a great way to start. I bought a few of these last year and plan to add to our collection and get one or two more for this year.

There are so many options out there and tons that can tailor to whatever grade your child is entering. These are just a handful of the ones Ive found and ones that I know my boys would enjoy reading.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

So what are some first day of school traditions you have? I'd love to know what you do and maybe it'll be something I want to start doing with my boys! 

*linking up with Jenn

Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Questions from The Blended Blog

Good Monday morning! I hope ya'll had a great weekend. We didn't do a whole lot, in fact I took like zero photos. Friday night Patrick and I went to dinner with two other couples. Saturday we hung out and had some friends over for pizza that night. Sunday Patrick and I went to see his mom for a bit and then I went to Raleigh to visit my friends baby who's in the hospital up there. Low key, but a pretty good weekend!

Last week I didn't get to participate in The Blended Blog's monthly questions so I figured that I'd go ahead and do it this week! Enjoy getting to know me just a little better..

1. Pool, lake or ocean? I'd say I love being on a lake the best, but on a boat. If I'm swimming I prefer a pool. 
2. Camping, cottage, or hotel?  Hotel for sure
3. Favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, or anything Peanut Butter 
4. PJs, nightgown, tshirt/shorts or birthday suit?  I love a night gown, something super soft! 
5. Fave summer beverage?  I am not a big drinker (thanks to my Crohn's) so my drink of choice anytime is a Diet boring I know! 
6. Would you rather be hot or cold?  Cold, definitely cold! You can always put more on, you can only take so much off  
7. Sandals with heels or flats?  Sandals, but I enjoy wedges every now and then! 
8. Shorts or skirts?  Dresses, but I really prefer pants (leggings to be exact hah)
9. Sit in the sun or the shade?  Shade, the teenager in me likes the sun to get tan but the recovering melanoma girl says shade all the way. 
10. Water, tea, or soda coke?  Diet coke
11. Fave summer fruit/vegetable?  Corn and Strawberries
12. Sunrise or sunset?  Nothing beats a Michigan Sunset! 
13. Bike ride or walk?  Walk 
14. Winery or brewery?  Brewery
15. Garden or no garden?  I would love to have a garden, but my husband doesn't believe I'd ever keep it up (he's right!) so I will just enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor! 
16. Big summer concert or music in the park?  Big summer concert!
17. Fave cookout food?  Burgers/hotdogs 
18. Dine indoors or patio?  Inside unless its not hot/humid and there are no bugs. (I'm so needy)
19. Fave summer destination  Torch Lake, Michigan
20. Big theme park or local carnival?  Unless its Disney World I say neither! 
21. Drinks blended or on the rocks?  I do love a pina colada! 
22. Popsicle or freeze flavor of choice?  I love the blue flavor ice pops
23. Hot dog or hamburger?  Cheeseburger 

*linking up with Biana, Heather

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Our Trip to Torch Lake

So, it's taken me way too long to recap this trip of ours. I am sure at this point it's not even interesting to you but I want to be able to look back and see this for myself! Our trip was so wonderful and low key, I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking since our days were spent doing most of the same thing, playing by the water and hanging out. I don't think besides two outings that the kids left the house.

Our trip started very early Tuesday morning. We had a 6 am flight which means we had to leave our house at 3 am to drive the hour to the airport, check in and make it to our gate. Which we barely did, who knew that the airport was hopping at 5 am! The boys did pretty well with the flight, I was shocked neither one slept at all considering they were up at 3 am. We had about 30 min of sitting on the runway before we took off which was annoying. We had a layover in Detroit and originally we were only supposed to have an hour layover, which would have given us enough time to get to our gate and change diaper/potty before boarding our next flight. Well, we had an hour delay and all the boys wanted to do was run around, which was great for them. Not so great for Patrick and me who just wanted to chill..jokes on us!

We arrived in Traverse City about 10 and were at the house by 11:15!

The Next 10 days were spent playing on the water, chasing Grahammy around (thankfully we had an awesome local sitter who came every day) and eating some wonderful meals!

The Next 10 days were spent playing on the water, chasing Grahammy around (thankfully we had an awesome local sitter who came every day) and eating some wonderful meals! 

 The sunsets in northern Michigan are like nothing you've ever seen! We saw some spectacular ones but this was by far the best!

We took family photos one morning, everyone did awesome and there wasn't one major meltdown from anyone. Can't wait to see them!

Our babysitter lives on an Elk farm and has tons of animals so we took a field trip one even over there!

 My mom and I took the boys to one of the many orchards up there. They have a fun play place and we got the best donuts!

My dad's garden is amazing, he has over 100 hydrangea plants and they are all gorgeous! 

 My dad cooked Shrimp and Grits one night, so yummy!

These two boys loved playing with each other. They explored and had so much fun chasing after one another!

 Our lake is a mile over from Lake Michigan, so one morning we took the big kids over there to hunt for rocks.

After my sisters husbands left the 3 of us and Patrick went to dinner one evening while my parents went to a neighbors party.

This was the only time we took Graham on the boat..he did love it!

We celebrated my nieces birthday with cupcakes!

Then it was time to go home! I will spare you details of our flight, lets just say it involved a lot of screaming and crying and by the time we landed in Raleigh I was almost in tears myself.

He didn't fall asleep until we were 5 minutes off the plane...

It was such a wonderful trip and one that I look forward to every single year! When thinking about my dream vacation there are a ton of places that I'd love to go..but if I had to choose one real place that I know I could go, it would be here! 

*linking up with Annie and Lindsay