Monday, August 12, 2019

Summer road trip

(These photos are totally not what I would have chosen but I have no preview on the vacation photos and there are approximately 1000 of them, LOL).

This years road trip was to Mount Rushmore! We went through Nebraska on the way there and Minnesota on the way home. We spent a week in Custer State park and saw ALL THE THINGS!  we saw a pony express station, the quilt museum, Mount Rushmore, the Crazy horse memorial, Custer state park, The badlands, The Ingalls homestead in De Smet, Walnut Grove, Chimney rock, bison, antelope, deer (twin fawns!), parts of the Oregon trail, we took a chuck wagon and had a cowboy cook out on the fourth of July, and so much more. It really is the most lovely, peaceful place and we enjoyed every minute of it.

The kids are at a really good age for road tripping. As long we allow them access to screens in the car they pretty much just ride. We always do "mom camping" and stay in a cabin, this time the bluebell lodge in custer state park. The kids get a kick out of "tiny housing" it and I get the peacefulness of camping but with a bed and a toilet. The weather was AMAZING. Jackets in the morning, shorts all day - not hot and only cold on the chuck wagon. It did rain every evening on our S'mores parade, but meh, if that's the only disappointment we are winners.

We are already thinking about where to go next!

Well then

I've thought about blogging a few times, but clearly I have totally lost my mojo. The summer has actually gone blissfully fast (despite doing virtually nothing) and school starts in just 2 days.

There are a few things to note:

 Sam decided she wanted her ears pierced.
 It was starting to seem like she would never want that!
 I went on a sewing binge and made two doll quilts and two baby quilts. One set will be gifted, hopefully the others will be sold in Etsy.

And Grant was accepted into Gifted Ed! We are three for three on that front.

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Summer break is officially 30 days old at this point. To say that I am not adjusting well is an understatement really. 

This is the first year that the kids were all in school ALL day, so this is really the first summer that I wasn't used to always having a kid with me.

The kids are fighting, there is constantly food on the floor, the messes are epic, the bossing of screens is sucking the life out of me.  Everyone on the internets is all HEY! LOOK AT ME! DOING ALL THE SUMMER THINGS! Meanwhile, I am over here like, well, we are all still alive.

I sent Sammi to three weeks of STEM camp, and the driving for that alone was a bit nuts. By the start of week three I was like omg I live in the car. However, it did keep her busy and with her friends. 

Grant has decided that he shall never, ever cooperate with anything ever again.

I've tried to get excited about something. Anything really. But nah, I will just live on dark berry dr pepper and hope the buses come soon I guess.

Did I mention that Grant gets up at 5 and Jack stays up until at least 11 so there is ALWAYS A KID WANDERING AROUND?

So, that's whats news over here.

BTW, people leave comments I would love to answer, but ! no reply at blogger strikes every time.  (your profile is not attached to an email address)  You can always email if you really need to know, or leave a comment on whatever post you want on Instagram. I do get notifications from the makin projiks facebook page too, even though I don't ever post there. (the game cards you asked about were part of some kind of bingo thing I think - the box photo is on Instagram)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Of cats and gnats

 Poppet is surely enjoying all the spoiling of being an only cat now.  She is getting very close to her 20th birthday!
We had an EPIC plaque of midges this year due to flooding. Every morning there were millions on the porch dead, they would get in your mouth constantly outside. UGH!

Friday, June 21, 2019


 Since we had to cut down our big tree this spring, we decided to upgrade to a bigger pool. OH MY WORD. We were out there for so many weekends leveling a spot for it.And it was SO HOT.

These pools are the best entertainment for the kids though!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

More going on

 The kids are learning how to cook over summer break.
 I reorganized some things in my sewing room and bought shelves to hang my toy sewing machine collection on. They don't all fit. OOPS.
 I thrifted this weirdly small pillow, ripped it apart and turned it into a not weirdly small pillow.

 Some lily of the valley that needed to be planted bloomed in the bag.
 I turned some fabric from my great aunt into a few blouses for Sam. (And she wears them and loves them!)
A weird massive wind blew right through my porch and made a huge mess.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A new playground

 They opened a new playground near us a few months ago and I decided we should try it. It's different than most playgrounds and mostly I liked it. (There have been some really bad accidents on the water feature part that I keep seeing on facebook. I think it's definitely meant to be more "free" than regular playgrounds, but I kept my kids off that particular part as Grant is really prone to being hurt.)

I can't seem to get my phone to send ALL the photos I tell it to send, but there are log bridges, rope bridges, etc. Plus turf instead of rubber.  Pretty cool for the littles, not so much for Jack. LOL