{WW} : Swing, Run and Salute

Can you believe we’ve never owned a swingset before?! So when I found a used one on Craigslist for a fraction of it’s original cost I decided it was now or never, the kids are only getting older. Fast forward two weeks, it was a big undertaking dismantling, painting and reassembling the wooden monster but boy has it been a big hit! They run out in backyard everyday to swing, climb and slide, it’s been worth it’s weight in gold already. 

Sunday was awesome! We watched and cheered on many members of our family as they participated in the
 Buffalo Marathon, my Aunt ran even completed her first full marathon 26.1 
miles, now that’s a long long long way and we are so proud of everyone, and even more that they
 were running for a great cause to raise money for children with cerebral palsy….way to go!
We ended our busy weekend with two of the girls recovery from strep throat and soaking in the sun at the local Memorial Day parade.
Now it’s prep time for my birthday and my beautiful Grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration.
Happy and Healthy Wednesday everyone!
Blogs to Link up with …
 Bumbles & Light The Paper Mama    Better in Bulk Dagmar's momsense blog button  babybabylemon 

All-Elementary Track Meet

Today was interesting, Stream was in her first track meet and it was at my old high school. I started
 sounding a bit like Wilma Flintstone telling the kiddos about how the track was made out of gravel back in the
days when I ran varsity cross-country & track, seriously and now it some really nice rubber
composite but I never thought in a million years I’d be back to watch one of my own run it
was a very proud yet surreal moment for me and comforting in times like this to have a to
place we call home, our hearts are with Oklahoma and all their families.

Blogs to Link up with …
 Bumbles & Light The Paper Mama    Better in Bulk Dagmar's momsense blog button  babybabylemon 

{WW} : Backyard Dinner

Finally got around to posting our one meal under the pussy willow tree,  it was so beautiful and every time the wind  
blew the white petals fell like giant snowflakes, by the end of our feast the table
 was covered.
The flowers are are since gone now and the tree is just covered in green leaves, but I’ll be
making a trip to the hardware store so I can sit and swing under it’s shade come summer.

Blogs to Link up with …
 Bumbles & Light The Paper Mama    Better in Bulk Dagmar's momsense blog button  babybabylemon 

SH:: Sundays #32

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! 

I’m excited to share the day with my 4 favorite people, it
 will be extra special to me being able to visit with my Mom
 for the first time in 20 years on Mother’s Day too!


I love the view looking up at the trees in my friends backyard.


My new boots, the color just brightens a rainy day.


Unfortunately are yard has more than it’s fair share of these.


The kiddos can’t get enough of these, if you want to try out our healthier donuts you can find the recipe HERE.


It’ll be a bit different living along one of the great lakes and not the Gulf, the water is definitely much colder this time of year, no swimming for a while.

DIY: Easy Upcycled Floral Centerpieces

I’ve been busy pruning back the trees and cleaning out the flowerbeds, I hated to have to toss
 all the pretty clippings into the compost pile so I came up with three really easy table 
centerpieces so we could enjoy all the beautiful flowers. 
The first one I made by punching 9 holes in the metal lid of a Del Monte fruit jar , the holes
 in 2 hole sizes to accommodate different stems.
Next was a french lemonade bottle, it’s really good lemonade we got ours at T.J. Maxx but
 the sell the same drink at World Market too.
Then finally I added some soil into our left over egg shells, I thought they were beautiful and had 
been saving the cleaned out shells on my kitchen window sill for some time now waiting to
turn them into something special and the ceramic egg cartons were my find of the week for $2.99 at T.J. Maxx!

Photo Canvas Giveaway!

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I’m in love with photos on canvas, I’ve been ordering them for my clients for almost 8 years now and I finally got around to getting some of my own. Canvas on Demand is my go to site, (they are not sponsoring of affiliated with this giveaway) and in honor of Mother’s Day, though you don’t have to be a Mom to enter the giveaway is open to everyone within the 48 contiguous states,  I thought it would be great to share the love and let one lucky reader win a 16×20 photo on canvas**.
Check out more about the canvas HERE.
I am also offering my editing abilities to make your chosen photo look it’s best before it heads off to be printed.
kitchen gallery wall contest
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The giveaway runs through May 10, 2013 and one lucky winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter.
**The canvas prize must be claimed by May 31,2013.

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