Tuesday, July 28, 2015

4th of July.

It's been quiet around the blog for the past two weeks, I think. Not because I didn't have a lot to say {as per usual we are running like crazy people}, but because my computer has been telling me it's full and I can't download any of my recent pictures...which presents a problem in the blogging world. I have not been diligent in keeping up with moving my pictures over to my external hard drive and in the process of doing that I've discovered that iPhoto is a stinky program that doesn't like you to do that anyway. So the whole process has taken a loonnnnng time and I'm still not finished. Whew! Maybe once we start school and we're not in 15 directions every day. We shall see.

I'm backing all the way up to July 4th weekend today where we headed up to Lake Blackshear for two nights. Eddie was off on Friday so we headed up on Friday morning. Friday was very low-key and relaxing. We spent the whole day on the dock. It has been so breezy at the lake this summer that on the dock it hasn't been all that hot and the gnats haven't been bad. I have loved that! Some friends of ours came by and picked us up for a boat ride, but other than that I spent the day in the hammock reading and the boys spent the day swimming with Daddy and Granddaddy or fishing. There might have even been some mama-heart-stopping moments where the men, young and old, did flips off the dock. Lord, have mercy. I couldn't handle it.

{Eddie was fishing and caught a turtle. Is that turtling?}

On the 4th we had lots of visitors. Granddaddy always invites his sisters over and sometimes a few of their children come. Unfortunately, it started to storm just before we sat down for lunch so we moved into the house which put a damper on the party. Most everyone left after lunch was over and headed home. Thankfully, the rain passed in time for fireworks from the neighbors' house (they put on a GREAT show - better than the professional ones we've seen in recent years) and we enjoyed a post-rain cold cool snap during the show.

Both nights at the lake Eddie, Kelly, David, and I stayed up way, way, way too late playing Ticket to Ride. I know I've tooted its horn before, but Kelly and David enjoyed it (enough to stay up until after 1 two nights in a row to play it). I played the best game I will ever, in the history of my game playing, play. It was awesome.

It continued to rain on Sunday so after a little morning fishing we packed it up and headed home after lunch.

We had a fun weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jamberry Inventory!

I'm having a Jamberry sale! We have a new catalog coming out in September and my book is full of designs (they may or may not be back, but I need to clear out some space anyway!). If you are interested, take a look at the images HERE. Each sheet is $15. I cannot discount sheets of wraps BUT I can offer you free shipping and no tax so it winds up being a savings of $5 for you. If you're interested, let me know! (All proceeds go toward our Disney trip in the fall. LOL! James and Will think it's a worthwhile cause! *wink*)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Riverquarium and Merle Haggard.

The first week of July Eddie and I had big plans for a night out at a concert - Merle Haggard. HA! He was on tour near us and we thought we'd get tickets. We asked a few friends if they wanted to join us and one couple did so we made a double date out of it. A few days before the concert the same friend asked if I wanted to take our kids on a day trip so we planned to go to Albany's Flint Riverquarium in the morning and then have dinner and go to the concert that night! It made for a fun day!

We picked the W family up at 10:45 and headed out for our adventure. First stop - the Riverquarium! I had been before Eddie and I were ever married so it was a completely different experience with children. The aquarium is primarily devoted to life around the Flint River with its fish, birds, and reptiles being on display there. There are a few salt water exhibits, but not many. Overall, the place is small, but there was plenty to see. If you were going without children there was a good bit to read, but as we had kids that just RAN from one exhibit to the next, we didn't get to stop and take it all in. We spent a little over an hour going through it before we pressed some pennies (the best souvenir in all the lands!) and left.

We grabbed lunch at Chick-fil-A and took it to the Chehaw playground to picnic and play. It was a FUN outing and I would do it again!

Later that night after we'd arrived back home and showered and gotten ready we met the W (parents only!) for dinner at a local restaurant and headed out to the concert. Eddie got us GREAT seats. We were 8 rows back and right in the middle. It was so much fun!

Thankful for precious friends that are a good fit for our whole family!

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Day the Crayons Quit.

A few weeks ago, another blogger posted THIS about Family Book Club. Now y'all know I am all about Book Club. James is ALWAYS mad that he can't go, so FAMILY Book Club seemed liked a great alternative! I ordered the two books that Andrea had done in their FBC so far {she's since added an author study} and penciled a day in on the calendar.

The night before I moved our little children's table into the kitchen and covered it with butcher paper. I put crayons out so that they could color and put the book on our kitchen table. The boys got up and set to work coloring the paper. James {obviously} had clear ideas and rules to follow about the coloring process, but Will wasn't nearly as structured. They colored while I made pancakes {with sprinkles!}.

While the boys were eating, I read The Day the Crayons Quit aloud to them. It's a cute book about a boy whose crayons start writing letters to him about how unsatisfied they are in their work. My favorite is peach who is mad that the boy peeled his paper off and now he is NAKED. I always peeled crayon wrappers off. Does that drive any of you crazy?

After eating breakfast and reading, we settled in on the sofa to watch Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood - the episode about the crayon factory. James had seen Mr. Rogers a few years ago and LOVED it {it's on Amazon Prime if you want to share it with your kids}, but Will had never seen it. They're avid Daniel Tiger fans so they ate. it. up. We'll probably watch more! After watching that episode {that was circa 1985} James shared with me that there's a Daniel Tiger episode about a crayon factory, too! So then we watched that! It was definitely an updated version of the same thing.

The next thing on my schedule was to have the boys use blocks to build crayon factories. I took the opportunity to get a shower so while I was gone the activity kind of fizzled out. We had a few other things to do and didn't get back to playing until later in the afternoon.

Poor White Crayon is upset because he doesn't show up on white paper so we used him to color and then water colored over him! It was really a neat activity. James LOVED it.

We also did the graphing activity that Andrea mentions on her blog. It was fun, but James needed some help doing it and I started him on it when I was making supper.

Overall, this was a fun day! I'll probably follow a few more of Andrea's plans and then do some of my own! The boys loved it!

Friday, July 10, 2015


One of our favorite friends from church recently starred as Annie in our community's production of the musical. (She even has curly red hair naturally! Although she did sleep in curlers for some help...) Her sister starred as Molly (Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!). The boys had never seen Annie before (even Eddie) so they went not knowing any of the music. They loved it! Since seeing it they have watched the new version of the movie (which I was apprehensive about...I love a sequel, but not a remake - it was SO good!) and haven't stopped singing the songs! It was a hit! Now we need to find a copy of the original!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jamberry Application Party

A few weekends ago I had some of my favorite friends over for a Jamberry application party. Jamberry is NOT hard to put on, but it is intimidating and I'd had several friends tell me they wanted to get together for me to help them do a whole manicure with what they like rather than just a sample or two. So we did! And it was fun!

I only had three girls come over (several dropped out on us at the last minute) and it was super low-key and laid back! I will do this again!!! I shared a few tips just to start with, asked what their problems/concerns were, and then we just jumped in! We sat around and chatted, had a snack, and had a new manicure by the time we were all done! It was a hit!

In case you're wondering, I applied these on June 27th and took them off on July 5th since mine was a patriotic look and wanted to change it up. They didn't NEED to be removed, I just wanted them gone. A friend of mine leaves hers on for THREE weeks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


My dearest friends of the internet, today is a day that I don't talk about my kids but talk about my business instead. Have I told you about Jamberry? Have I told you how much I love the products and the business and my friends and the company? It is just seriously SO MUCH FUN. And I want you to all be part of that fun! I am booking my calendar for the remainder of this month THROUGH September and I need a few friends who would like to help me out, share me with your friends, and get LOTS of FREE PRODUCTS! I would love to talk to each of you about hosting a party! My calendar is empty for August and September and that makes me SAD. The first THREE ladies to sign up to host a party from one of the dates below will get a FREE mini heater (in addition to the other great hostess rewards) when her party hits $150! The mini heater is awesome and makes application super easy. SO...all you friends out there that have been fun reader-friends for a long time...shoot me a message and let's get something worked out! fresh{dot}lauren{at}gmail{dot}com!