Monday, July 30, 2012

Nana and Papa's B&B

Beautiful, quiet Bed and Breakfast in the middle of a farming countryside.  
2009- Awarded land to build this fine piece of property.
2010- Highest local review rating from family and friends 
2011- Featured on Jody Childs' blog for great guest comments
2012- Highlighted as one of the best accommodations in the area

This quaint home resides in the middle of a field.  You won't hear the hustle and bustle of the city from here.  It offers two guest accommodations, as well as a guest bathroom.  

The basement can used for many things including crafts for the kids.  Nana will have a craft table and shelving unit set up for each individual child.  A pencil box will include the following:  a box of crayons, scissors, a glue stick, pencils, markers, and scotch tape.  Paper bags will be a the main source of fun for your child as he/she creates paper bag puppets of characters that range from Cinderella to Red Riding Hood to the Tin Man.

 This location offers wonderful attractions including canoe rides on a man-made pond across the dirt road. Enjoy the soothing ride on water while Papa guides the canoe.  

Other activities include Bubbles by Nana as you swim in the pool, while talking out on the porch with your loved ones.

 Nana and Papa's Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place if you're looking for somewhere that guarantees good food and entertainment.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

winding down

With school fast approaching, I have to sit back and think of all we've done this summer.  

I have to say this has been one of the best summers we've had- the weather cooperated with us until July- which was much better than last summer!  (The whole summer was over 100 degrees and miserable!) And better weather made for more time outside!

We have a few more things to check off the summer to-do list.  Most of them we might not get to- they include going places outside of our small town (Royals baseball games, spend the night in a hotel, etc).  

However, God has been good to us this summer.  A few minor things like a mirror, and maybe some shelves on the walls, and Sophie's room will be done.  We are SO excited for her arrival in just a few weeks!

 Since all the major stores we go to are giving up on people having a good time in their backyard pool, we are taking this thing down. Just because they want to get their back to school stuff out?  It's sad.  It would have been a nice relaxing thing to do after a day at school.  But, we still have this for Trey...
 Jada found out that when your own bedroom looks like this...
Then you just get more toys and take over your parents bedroom, too.

I'm thinking Dollhouse Mom and I are feeling the same emotion about this.

I've been in this position at one point this summer.  :)

The last week or so I've been thanking God more and more for all the blessings he's given us. Just today a neighbor came by and brought lots of tomatoes.  How could he have known Chad needed more tomatoes for the salsa he's making tonight? 

With friends coming over this afternoon, and vehicle shopping this evening, my brother, sis-in-law, and niece coming tomorrow, we are definitely keeping ourselves busy.  Because let's face it- we have exactly 16 days until this mom goes back to work. Things are definitely winding down.


Friday, July 20, 2012


My poor mother.

She's a saint.

She puts up with my brilliant time-consuming projects I find on Pinterest.

But, she IS the one with the sewing machine.  (I have asked for a sewing machine for Christmas- I'm guessing she'll be contributing to that fund.)

Last Wednesday I dropped off Gracie at a friend's house, went through Taco Bell for the two youngers and me, and we headed to mom and dad's house for our, what we didn't realize to be, all day project.
Again, my brilliancy (just made that word up) came into effect as I ordered a hard shell taco for my kids to eat... in the car. 

   Two bites in and I was regretting that move like the time I took a butane curling iron to WILDERNESS CAMP!

Anyways, we headed on- I figured any taco pieces left in the seat was for the birds.  And any other creepy creature that lives in the country by my parent's house.

The project I so lovingly brought to my mother that Wednesday was lots of panels that I had cut from queen size bed sheets.  The plan was to sew these panels onto a very large (102 in. by 65 in) piece of bed sheet to make a ruffled curtain for Sophie's closet.

This is how it started...

 I "hemmed" the panels with that iron on fusion stuff.  Now, that's my kind of sewing.

Then, mom put stitching across the top part of the panel and we pulled the backside string (I know you're really impressed with all of my unknown sewing vocabulary) so that it bunched it up and made a ruffle.  And then, she sewed it onto the very large piece I mentioned earlier.

The look on my mom's panic-stricken face was priceless as she realized what this project involved.

However, she pulled it together (as always) and once we got started and learned what we were doing, we were on a roll.

This is what it looked like after a few ruffles were sewn on.
5 and a half hours (no joking) later and this is what we had.
 I guess I'll have to learn that after 5 and a half hours of sewing you get to have the "Hi.  I just woke up," look about you.  

Mom, don't worry.  After Christmas, you'll get to just come LOOK at all my Pinterest projects!  And Chad might be the one with the panic-stricken face!

If you want to see where I got this idea from, it's here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

sisterly love

What could be cuter than this?
 Well, maybe this...
 These girls were so silly tonight.  It was one of those nights where their voices were entirely too loud for the restaurant, the store, and the car ride home.  I wanted to bottle it up, AND yell at them for yelling.  :)

 These kids are growing too fast, and keeping me busy!  No wonder I have wrinkles around my eyes.  
 I watch them fight, giggle, argue, cuddle, play, laugh, yell, cry, sing, and dance together pretty much every day.  I'm glad they have each other.

Friday, July 13, 2012

These feet were made for walkin'...

These feet were made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do.
One of these days these feet
are gonna walk all over the zoo.

 We do love Wet and Wild Days at the zoo.  The fire department brings in a fire truck and sprays a large area with a TON of kids playing.  It was so stinkin' hot, so it felt good to get wet.

Our feet also walked to the penguins.  Here are my three penguins.

 Our feet walked through the reptile house and afterward we got to walk on one.
Of course when you stay at the zoo for three and a half hours, you can't get by without an injury.  So, these feet were very sad after running and tripping on the sidewalk.

Luckily it happened almost right before we left, so he didn't miss out on much.  Sure didn't miss out on eating a sno cone.  You only need one hand for that!  

All four pairs of feet are tired now.  These feet are made for walkin', and that's just what they did.  Now, these feet are gettin' ready for a nap up on the bed.

Monday, July 9, 2012

How many people and dogs can you fit into the Childs' house?

17 people and 3 dogs is the answer.

And for the first time every adult had a bed!
Yeah for beds!  

We were blessed to have Chad's whole family here this weekend.  We crammed in a German buffet, a (hot!) Mexican meal, a 1st birthday party for two, swimming, Star Wars Monopoly, feeding horses, sword fights, a horrible movie, and family pictures in Hesston.  

Tons of pictures to follow...