Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summertime, Summertime...Sum, Sum, Summertime

The other day, out of the blue, Small Fry came into the room and told me he found a special rock for me.  He was so excited about his find and this is what he put into my hand:
A special heart shaped rock.  I now proudly carry it in my purse everywhere I go. He told me it's going to help me remember that he loves me every second of the day.  Guess its a good thing that he has time to play outside in the summer. He comes up with the cutest finds.
That kid....he can say the sweetest things and just make me melt!

Another thing that makes me melt is a pretty picture of my puppy dog.  My sweet friend Nancy gave Mr. H an adorable picture frame when he graduated with his Master's Degree.  She knew that something showcasing his "baby" Allie would be the best gift ever! 

When I spend quiet evenings looking at blogs, I love to save ideas about easy crafts to make for the house.  I saw a website about Modge Podge and found inspiration to make this cute frame for the living room.  It was super easy with some black-and-white toile scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.  I just bought an inexpensive wooden frame and Modge Podged (is that a verb?) the paper to the frame.  It turned out so cute!

I also found scrapbook paper to frame in this Pier One frame we received as a gift at our wedding.  I love the look of framed scrapbook paper. So easy and so simple.

This summer is a time for celebration.  I recently did something that I've never done in my entire life.  I actually bought a car brand-new and kept it long enough to pay it off.  I'm now officially debt-free.  No car payment.  It's an amazing feeling!  I have to say that my Jeep Cherokee has been one of the best vehicles I've ever driven.  The only problem I've had is a dead battery and that's to be expected after a couple of years.  I really have no desire for a new car and think I'll keep my Jeep for quite a while.  I had to take a celebratory pic on the way home today!

I also found my Barry Manilow Greatest Hits CD-oh heaven!
The boys and I were bored the other night and decoupaged the lazy susan server in our kitchen.  We used striped scrapbook paper in the same colors as the kitchen. Plus, it matches the frame hanging in the kitchen. The boys liked brushing the Modge Podge and getting their hands messy placing the pieces of paper on the server.  I just let them put the pieces where they wanted to and didn't worry about it being perfect.  I think it turned out terrific!
I stopped into Dollar General to get some Diet Coke for the office yesterday and look at this cute purse I found. It was $5 and I don't mind that it's's a fun purse! 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The boys and I

Monday, June 28, 2010

Boxer puppies

My brother-in-law has the sweetest Boxer named Bella and she had 7 adorable puppies.  Two males and five girls.  Everyone of them are so cute with beautiful markings.  Bella is such a good momma and she takes great care of her babies. 
Cleaning her baby off
What a perfect Boxer!
Nothing sweeter than a Momma and her baby

We won't be getting any of the Boxers though, because this Boxer thinks she is the Queen Bee and has a slight jealousy problem.  When we love on her sister Baylee the Beagle, she thinks she needs to "talk" to us and let us know she doesn't like it!  Silly spoiled White Boxer!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer Evening Baseball

Birthday Party for Baylee the Beagle

Our beloved Beagle Baylee Boo recently turned 5 years old.  It seems like it was just yesterday that we brought her home and the boys fell in love.  She's a Beagle so she causes us a little heartburn, as in, running away every two seconds if she's not on a chain in the backyard!  I know it sounds mean, but it's a 50 foot chain so she has the room to roam around the yard and find shade to lounge in during the day.  Beagles follow their noses and it gets them into tons of trouble.  She will literally dig out of the yard and go as far as possible with her nose to the ground.  She doesn't even look for traffic, silly dog!  So, I consider the chain her lifesaver.  Baylee is a super sweet dog and when she decides she wants to cuddle and get her belly rubbed, she'll come right up into your face as close as possible.  It's so cute!

We decided to have her birthday party on an afternoon that her cousin Bella the Boxer would be able to come celebrate with Baylee and her sister Allie the White Boxer.  We bought little tiaras for the girls and made them some special peanut butter dog cookies.  The pups had a great time, even though Baylee's a little shy and didn't like the camera.  It was also the last time we saw Bella pregnant.  She just had her puppies so I'll post them later.  They're adorable!

Get ready for some adorable doggie pics!

Baylee didn't like her tiara at first

Our favorite-peanut butter doggie cookies

Bella - the expectant momma
The Queen Bee - Allie
Small Fry and his birthday girl
Mr. H and Nana
Beautiful boxers