Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer bucketlist | u-pick strawberries

Every year after school is officially out and summer break has begun
one of our first bucket list items is to go pick strawberries!! The weather
has already been amazing here so the season was on its last few days when we went.
That is fine for us because we just take all the cousins for the experience.
Since the last day for u-pick we were free to go anywhere we wanted.
We set the kids loose to pick.
Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at the little playground there.
I love this yearly tradition!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer bucket list | summer schedule and organization

Now that the kids are getting older it is time
to add a little more to our summer plans.
Normally I have our summer bucket list printed up but
I am the only one to see it. This year I wanted to have it up
so they could help choice what we will doing that week.
You can check out the list I am made here.
We may or may not get to it all.
I also came up with daily chores (nothing to crazy)
and a summer schedule more for Jordan and I.
I strive on having a schedule to follow and a to do list.
For some reason seeing it helps me!
I have been letting Jordan know for weeks now that his
summer is not going to be sitting in front of the tv playing Minecraft.
I am hoping having the schedule he can see what he needs to be
doing and will keep us busy enough there is no "I'm bored"
I am not a real crazy though.
This is flexible.
If it is a yucky day I am totally fine with lounging in pjs
and having a movie day or lazy day as Jordan says.
Michelle is included in this too.
She may be a teenager but she still has to
hang out with us occasionally.
She enjoys going along with a friend to the lake with us.
I did make her get a summer job working on the raspberry picker.
That will keep her very busy for about a month.
I won't be making her have quiet time in her room though.
She already does that on her own lol.
Here's how I put together our summer spot.
First I made magnets to hold each days activities.
The magnets were not sticking good at all so I don't
go buy some crazy glue to help them stay on the clothes pins.
I then we through all my project life cards
and picked out some journaling cards that would work good!
The two smaller cards I filled with the kids daily chores.
The two bigger ones I wrote down our daily schedule.
I have two schedules one for at home/library days
and another is for our field trip days when we spend the
day out and about!

I filled in a bunch with items off our summer bucket list.

I then took all that and displayed it on our fridge where
everyone can see it! Hopefully this will help
us have a productive but fun summer with less
I am bored or whining because can't play video games all day.

Today is the last day of school and
we are more then ready to jump right into summer!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Fun in the Sun | Summer bucket list

 I am so excited to start planning summer fun!
I love everything about summer!
For the past few years I have been making
a list of fun things I want to do with the kids and as a family.
A lot of the things are simple summer musts and some are traditional things we do each year!
While we may not get to everything it is fun to have a go to list!

I also put together a daily schedule to help guide us through the day.
I strive with lists, to dos and a routine.
But that is a whole other post when I get it finalized.

Family Football Fest at Link Field
Summer regional for Josh's work at Suncadia Resort  again this year {2012}
evening BBQ roast marshmallows on the beach or river
real camping at Silver Lake with the family {2014}
Go to a Seattle Mariner Game
many BBQ's with family and friends
have a cousin sleepover in a tent in the yard
fondue night
family bike rides in the evening
summer baseball league {Jordan} {2014}
do sparklers at the beach
3-on-3 basketball tournaments {Jordan}

Everson {2014}
razz fest {2014} {2013} {2012}
Ferndale 3-on-3 {2014}
Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends {2010}{2013} {2014}
Summer Movie Express starts 6/24
take spray bottles of colored water to beach or in yard
try at least one new restaurant or bakery
Lets kids plan the entire day
library reading program
play dates with friends
Send a postcard to someone from a place we visit
Set up balloons or targets in yard to shoot nerf guns at
many bike rides to Edaleen for ice cream
Play in big sprinkler at bender
get ice cream from the Sugar Shack Ice Cream Truck
pic or list scavenger hunt walk
Go to the Northwest Washington Fair {2012}{2013} {2014}
Lynden Airport Open house {2014}
Let kids ride bike to gas station for a treat
watermania in Canada
go to the skating rink on a rainy day
Go to Birch Bay! We will play, explore, and have a picnic lunch! {2012} {2013}
Take kids to Castle fun park in Canada for mini golf and more {2012} {2013}
pool in the yard with slide going into it {2010} {2013}
Day trip to Forest Park
Weekend "camping" trips to the Glen
the museum of Flight in Seattle
Picnic lunches in the yard
layout in the yard and read a book
lots of playing in the creek by our house {2012}
go to lake Samish is a must! This was the kids favorite spot last year {2013} {2014}
continue swim lessons for Jordan {2013} {2014}

go get a donuts for breakfast {2013}
Go to local parks old and new
Water slides at Birch bay
Eat lots and lots ice cream!!
U pick strawberries {2010} {2012} {2013}
Bowling at Mt. Baker lanes with Kids bowl free
Day trip to Jetty Island

Larrabee beach {2013} {2014}
Lake Padden {2013} {2014}
Semiahmoo {2013} {2014}
U pick blueberries {2014}
Enjoy my children
kids lemonade stand
Michelle, Cohen, Ezra and Jordan's BIRTHDAYS
treasure hunt around the neighborhood with clues for surprise
slip n slide both big and small
Cultus Lake Water Slides {2014}

let kids plan, shop for and cook dinner
fly kites at bender or birch bay
messy play in the yard
make sponge balls
Take a picnic lunch to dad at work or meet at a nearby park
Take an "Alphabet tour" around town on our bikes.
{We will bring cameras, journals and an idea list}
Make an I am bored jar
date night with the kids
take fun sunset pictures at Birchbay
visit Tennant Lake Park {2014}
family hike or two
{Scenic Chuckanut Drive}
check out a Bells baseball game on Family Fun Sunday
weekend softball tournament for Pioneer Days with Josh {2012}{2013} {2014}

spray bubbles with spray bottles {2012}
summer date nights with Josh
wine tasting cruises
Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema
Make ice cream in a bag
home made Popsicles
easy peasy banana treats
make donuts
Tie Dye - shirts, tank tops or pillowcases
Tennis- get out with rackets and balls and try our hand at tennis
Egg drop- have kids take an egg and create a safe box for them.
Then take them to Hovander Park and do an egg drop from tower.
Horseback Riding
Have a Bonfire- at river or beach and roast hot dogs/s'mores
Throw a Dart or blind and twirl with a dot marker on a Map and go there
 - use a local map from Lynden or Bellingham
sing loudly with the car windows down
Whip Cream Fight
have the kids help wash the cars
and so many more ideas I have!!

You can check out my summer fun board on pinterest
or past few years of fun in the sun lists for more ideas!

Other ideas we have done in the past but won't do this year
Spend the day at the Seattle zoo {2014}
Century Link Field Tour
Take kids up in the space needle {2014}
Take advantage of a free month at Perch and Play
spray bubbles with spray bottles {2012}

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Project Life | week 16

I am so happy with myself and how I am sticking with
Project Life this year. I have never made it this far in the past
5 years. I am enjoying it so much and it is my me time.
I think what is helping make it more fun this year
is all the fun goodies I have been buying and hoarding.
I love mixing up kits and adding fun little doodads here
and there and making it my own.
I think the traditional way of just using one kit and
just sliding in the pics was to boring for me.
I can't do simple lol.
So I am on week 16 right now!
Not totally up to date but I am ok with that.
The only down side to working on catching up is
my journaling is very minimal. I have a hard to
remembering all the details and such.
I make up for that by adding lots of pictures.
I need to also work on my photo taking skills for my layouts.
You would think for non moving subjects it would be easy.
This week was a pretty normal day to day week for us.
We have been having amazing spring weather full of sunshine.
Just the way I like it.
Totally makes up for the gray dreary winter months.
Monday there was no school again for a teacher work day.
I had promised Michelle I would take her and a friend to the mall.
I also had my nephews. Jordan decided to stay with Gramma.
The kids and I entertained ourselves at the play area, had some lunch,
just let them go to walk the mall (it was a quiet day) and then
they each got a quarter to get some candy. That was probably the best part.
The rest of the week was homework, baseball practice, another nephew of mine
had his birthday so we took him for the traditional ice cream sundae, Jordan
mowed the lawn, and a cute pic of Jordan before school.

The weekend was super nice.
Friday night Jordan and I went to mother/son dodgeball at his
school.  I am on the Parent Volunteer Team so I helped put on the event.
It is a yearly one that is super fun!
This year we added in a BBQ that was a huge hit!
Josh came too to help cook hotdogs and hamburgers.
Saturday Josh played in a two day softball tournament.
We chilled around the house. Jordan really wanted to mow
someone's lawn but we couldn't find any takers.
Sunday Jordan got to go with Josh so that left us girls at home.
Michelle and I invited my mom to walk to NY Pizza with us
for lunch. Afterwards we enjoyed some music and sun bathing in the yard!

That is week 16!
If want to check out more Project Life layouts by me
or other amazing ladies check out my weekly Project Life Link Up.
It is open all month long and you can link up as many posts as you like!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Michelle!

Today my baby girl turns 14!
Every year is just as hard as the last.
You realize how much time really does fly by.
It is hard to hold on to each day and cherish when you
are in the midst of it. Then their birthday comes and
you are reminded to enjoy them just the way they are
because it doesn't last for forever.
In two years she will be driving and maybe going on
a date or two.
In four years she will be graduating high school
and possibly saying good bye to us to start a new chapter of her life.
Ok I am not ready to think about that.
Instead today we will cherish Michelle just as she is.
A caring, kind friend to all, drama problem solver, compassionate,
lover of music, her ipod, snap chat, instagram, selfies, hanging with friends,
pestering her brother and then acting innocent, loves to give and receive hugs,
lover of Woods and Starbucks, and our special daughter who we love more then
words can say. Stay being just the way you are Michelle!
Happy 14th Birthday Michelle!
We love you!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Mother's day weekend | Birchbay

Finally getting around to posting part 2 of my mother's day weekend.
On Saturday we did the Color vibe 5k in Arlington and had an absolute blast!
Sunday morning I got spoiled as usual with breakfast in
bed, Josh even drove all the way to the store to get bread for French toast
and a coffee from Woods. While he was cooking the kids came
and snuggled up in bed with me. They also brought their cards and gifts.
The kids each got me a coffee gift card with their own money and
Josh got me a cut and color which I greatly need.

After breakfast we went to church.
From church we went home to change.
 I wanted to do something relaxing so
we headed out to Birch bay with BBQ. We stopped
by the store and loaded up on goodies first.

About an hour later my sister and her family joined us.
All the kiddos played great for a few hours.
Perfect day and just the way I wanted it.