It goes without saying that there are a whole lot of great things inside, but it’s hard to tell one thing from another when it’s all mixed together. My brain, that is, not the smoothie. The smoothie is supposed to be like that!
Anyway, it certainly makes for good conversation. So, here, in no particular order, are the things currently swimming around this head of mine. Enjoy!
April is the start of birthday season. You might remember my mentioning that we have a birthday season in our house. It’s already started really, but April is where it gets freakin’ ridiculous. Starting at the end of April, we will have five birthdays, along with Mothers Day and Fathers Day, to celebrate. In an 8-week period. Two of those will be in the same week. Anyway, obviously I’m thinking parties. Here are a few of my favorites. That gumball garland? Amazing. The Yo Gabba Gabba drink station? Love it. Especially the DJ Lance-esque labels!
Inevitably, when searching for parties, you come across parties that you may love, but just don’t apply. I just fell in love with this Gender Reveal Book themed Party at Ice Cream Off Paper Plates. No, I’m not pregnant – I have five kids already; bite your tongue! – and everyone else I know who may be pregnant already knows their baby’s gender, but, with any luck you know someone for whom it might be fun. If you do, send me pictures of your execution. I’m just madly in love with the idea!
Despite the lack of posts showing you all the work we’ve been doing around the house, there has been some, just not a lot of time to share it! I’ll get to the posts soon. Part of the problem is that there is fair amount of dreaming of other people’s houses going on. My Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law recently bought a big, beautiful house near us – congrats to them! I come across ideas for their new house daily. I’m wishing and obsessively waiting for them to call me so I can help with the decorating! Does anyone else do that or am I just crazy? Wait, don’t answer that.
My friend April also just bought a big, very cool and unique, house. She has a pool. I know other people have pools, but I don’t have a pool, which means I automatically think she’s way cooler than I am. She updates us regularly with progress of making it into a home at Uncookiecutter.com. Her latest project had me literally swooning and thinking I need to move to a house that has a wide fireplace. I especially love the efforts she puts in to making it her own So fun.
Last week was Spring Break for us and we took off for a short camping trip. It was so nice to get away and I’ve really grown to love camping. As anyone knows, there is always some crazy shenanigan that happens.. more to come on our latest, but what is really nice is forced family fun. I know that sounds terrible, but when we’re home, and all running in different directions, it’s easy to sort of.. not see one another. Not communicate. Being locked together always starts out a little rocky, but in the end, we’re all a lot closer and we’re back to laughing together instead of just passing each other in the hall.
We have two tweens, and they are lovely.. inside and out. But. As with any tween, sometimes what they say isn’t as lovely. Sometimes, what they say makes your left eye twitch ever so slightly. Sometimes you have to grit your teeth. There was a teeny bit of eye twitching and teeth gritting going on. It was teeny.. but it brought to mind this article by my fellow blogger Thea, at Supermom?, on instilling kindness in our children. My children are kind, and they are polite, but at the age they are, it’s easy to forget how far kindness goes. Reminders are important. As is my not having a stroke before they actually become teens.
When I think of strokes – not a fun thing to think about obviously – and stress and eye twitching and teeth gritting I think of chocolate. It would be better if I thought of going to the gym or running, but it is what it is. Anything with ooey-gooey, caramel AND peanut butter in the title has my vote. This particular recipe is part of a series of recipes for kids to make their Mother’s for Mother’s Day. Yes, please!
Back at the ranch – I wish – we’re running around like crazies trying to get our yard back into shape after the long, long winter. It’s almost time for these babies to make an appearance on my deck! With any luck, they’ll fare better this year than last. It was not a good herb season. Jillian has some great tips to ensure your success both during and after the growing season, not to mention gorgeous photos of what you’ll for sure want your herb garden to look like!
And, last but not least, this time of year always has me trying to figure out what to wear. Cassie @ HiSugarplum to the rescue! This woman is like my personal stylist.. only she’s a stylist to everyone. If you are struggling with the winter/spring transition, she has you covered here and here. And, before you see me out and about in the next few week, I have this outfit.. minus the sandals.. but I really, really want them.