This Day in Katie History

Cathy Zielske has been doing a fun little thing on her blog lately. She posts a photo of a family member taken on that exact day a couple of years ago. She also has a great tutorial for creating photo overlays, like the one I used here.

Here’s a fun pic I found of K, taken 4 years ago. Look how little she looks!!!


More Riding

 Riding for blog

Katie had her second horseback riding lesson yesterday and once again she did really great. She is continuing to learn about taking care of the horse, as well as how to saddle it up and ride.

Yesterday she worked on her reining skills and she did some pole work, weaving Two Bit in between a series of poles.

The most exciting part of the day though, was when her instructor, Emily, got up on the horse with her and they cantered. It was the fastest she had gone on a horse, and I could tell she absolutely LOVED it.

She is really quite in awe of her instructor, Emily. She is very cool, 🙂 She took us to her house yesterday to let Katie borrow some horse books, and not only is Emily a horse lover, but we found out she plays guitar too. Acoustic AND electric mind you, LOL

I am so very grateful my girl has this opportunity, it is so neat to see some of her dreams come true in this way.

Tomorrow is….

National Teddy Bear Picnic Day

several blogs I read have mentiond this. If you have little ones, why not do some celebrating tomorrow?
Here is a post from A Purse Full of Cheerios
Tomorrow is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day! So today we are getting things ready for the big celebration.
We made teddy bear ears out of construction paper to disguise ourselves. (read song lyrics) We’re also making wagons out of old shoe boxes, diaper boxes, etc to pull the bears around in for our teddy bear parade. I covered the sides of the boxes with construction paper and the boys are decorating them. Then we’ll tie a small rope to the front for them to pull the box around with.

We’ve been practicing this song to sing during the parade. You can find the music here.



If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares.

At six o’clock their Mummies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any care.

At six o’clock their Mummies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.


Our picnic basket will be full of pb&j sandwiches cut out like teddy bears, teddy grahams and different yummy fruits and veggies. We’ll bring a thermos of milk and some bottles of water and head to the park. For dessert I’m baking a special cake shaped like a teddy bear! The boys are so excited!

We’ll search for hidden pictures and color these pages from Highlights:

Then we’ll lay back and read a few books, some of which include Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Corduroy, The Adventures of Paddington Bear, and my personal favorite, The Tale of Tatty Teddy (which is my bear of choice to bring along as well).

The basket and blanket are ready! Are you?

Happy Independence Day!

4th of july

We are celebrating a little bit early at our house. I have to work tomorrow evening, so we will be doing some of our festivites early today and tonight. Shane’s boss was kind enough to give everyone a three day weekend, so we are enjoying the day together.

Our big feast we decided to eat tomorrow after all. I am going to make some ribs, make Pioneer Woman’s potato salad and roast some corn. Katie is going to make some star shaped sugar cookies.

Tonight we are going to a local area 4th of July celebration, and Katie is going to set off some of her fireworks. Looking forward to some relaxing time with our family, I hope you are able to do the same.

Happy Independence Day!

Family Tea Time

As a tea lover, I was thrilled to see this post on Simple Kids today about the benefits of tea drinking for all of us, children included.


teaAs a parent, you’re undoubtedly always looking for opportunities to foster your child’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social health. As a parent striving for simplicity in your home, discovering something that can cultivate all those areas (without adding strain to the pocketbook) is simply thrilling. Hold on to your many hats, because have I got a gem for you. You might not realize it, but you likely have this amazing treasure in your house right now; perhaps you just haven’t considered sharing it with your children yet. This impressive tool has the power to heal, educate, and build character if you simply introduce it to your kids’ world. Got tea? It does a family good.

To read the rest of the article, please visit Simple Kids.

Shane’s Birthday Recap

The birthday boy


Well, as I mentioned on Tuesday, Katie and I had big plans to spoil Shane on his special day. We went shopping yesterday morning and got balloons to decorate the mailbox with, and a sign to put in the yard. Unfortunately, at the EXACT time that he was getting home, a HUGE storm cell moved thru our town, and this is what it look like outside:


This also delayed  grilling the steaks, but they turned out wonderfully anyway. It was worth the wait I think.

Check out these beauties, on sale for half price at Target this week, 🙂

tbones-webI marinated them in a recipe of Shane’s grandmothers, they were SO good! See for yourself (sorry I can’t offer you a bite, they were every bit as good as Texas Roadhouse.)


Katie did a great job setting the table and wrapping the gifts. Here is the table setting she chose.


Here is a picture of Shane’s gifts:

gift pile-web

He got a shirt, some coffee beans, some books and…


a picture frame made from a re-purposed computer circuit board, 🙂

For dessert, I used a whole bunch of these little guys ( and their big brothers)

key limes-web

for my first attempt at a favorite of Shane’s, Key Lime pie.


It turned out well, but I am glad I added as much whipped cream as I did to balance out the tartness. Shane had fun teasing me as we ate because I made the “boy is this tart face” everytime I took a bite.

All in all, we had a nice night, and today we get the added bonus of having Shane home,  he has another long weekend, woo hoo!

Gratituesday-June 17th

Gratituesday for blogYes, I know that today is the 16th. And I know that my topic for my last Gratituesday post was my husband. And I really do have many other things in my life that I am grateful for. But tomorrow is my sweetie’s birthday, and so that makes me stop and reflect about how much I love him. And so he is once again the topic of my Gratituesday post. I promise to wax poetic about something else next week, 🙂

I generally make a big deal out of people’s birthdays. It’s what I do. My husband, not so much. And because of that, he doesn’t expect anyone to make a big deal out of his. He is very LM (low maintenance ) that way. But I always do anyway.

Mostly because this man deserves a day to be celebrated. For all the big and little things he does. For putting up with me, he deserves a medal. For working a million hours a week to support our family. For being such an amazing and loving father. For the godly example he strives to be at home, work, and church. Each year in my heart, I have celebrated these things and tried to show my appreciation for this wonderful man God has given me.

Now I say this following in all humility, as I do not want to continually bring up Shane’s illness. But I saw an ad on the Internet the other day that spoke volumes to me, and totally expressed how I feel today. It was a picture of a woman in a birthday hat, with a cake before her and the title read: To a cancer survivor, Happy Birthday is a victory song.

So, everyone, (including you Shane) will have to forgive me if I make a fuss tomorrow. Victory parties are not usually quiet affairs.  🙂

I love you my wonderful, amazing, handsome husband!  Happy Birthday!

Shane Bday for blog

Grateful for my husband

gratituesday-for-blogOn many of the other blogs I read, I see ladies doing posts on Tuesdays about something they are grateful for, it is a feature called Gratituesdays.  I would like to start that on this blog as well.

Today, as I am many other days, I am grateful for my husband. A man who takes some vacation days, and adds on to summer weekends. A man who delights in spending time with his daughter, in seeing how she spends her time. A man who likes to treat his girls (both of us) to special Daddy dates. A man who just enjoys his family, and is content with the simple things.

daddy-for-blogI think Katie is kind of fond of him too.

Happy Summer!

june-for-blogI love June. Even if school let’s out in late May, it just doesn’t seem like summer to me until June. And here we are, June 1st. I am so excited for the summer ahead of us. Not because we have lofty summer plans or are going on any elaborate trips. Summer just makes me happy!

Speaking of plans though, Janet Phillips at one of my favorite digi scrapping sites,
the Daily Digi, posted a list of 100 things she wants to do this summer. Some of the items involved going places, others where to do list type items. It inspired to make our own list as a family. I really want to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the summer, not my typical “Oh no, where did the summer go?”

So I have challenged Shane and Katie to come up with 33 things each that they would like/need to do this summer, and we will combine our lists and see how many we can cross off by the end of the season. I can’t wait!

And of course I will be continuing to document everything through our Project 365, and this blog, so when it comes time to scrap all those memories, I will have great reference material, 🙂

What are your family’s goals for the summer?