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Review the List

Earlier this spring, I wrote a little bucket list.  Let’s review what was accomplished.

Holly’s Grown Up Summer Bucket List

10) Read a book.  I so miss reading.  It has been three years since I read a book simply because instead I have this blog!  And I really do enjoy and miss it.

Okay, so I started to read a book and even got a few chapters in.  That’s something, right?

9) Sit on the beach and relax with my toes in the sand.  This has to be on everyone’s summer bucket list.

Check, check!  Not to mention countless hours at the pool, even if it was chilly most of the time.

8) Go somewhere I’ve never been.  I love a good adventure and don’t go often enough.

Hm…I may have missed this one.  Sounds like a road trip this fall to me!

7) Take a year off from my annual garage sale.  I just need a break this year.

Yes!  The break was great!

6) Try not to kill my flowers.  Last year even my planted hostas dried up.  This year I’m determined to water daily.

They are still alive.  Well, except those really tiny potted plants.  They had no hope.

5) Host a get together for friends.  It seems like this long, long winter I haven’t seen many of them lately.  It’s time for a party!

I’ve seen a few of them here and there.  I did not host any big blowouts but I did attend other friend’s blowouts.

4) Go to a baseball game and have a hotdog.  Yes, I’m sure they not sanitary but they are a tradition.  Go ahead and judge.

One of my kids went…  I substituted the hotdog/ballgame for mini donuts/state fair action.

3) Spend a day on a boat with family.  It’s time to get out on the water.

Check!

2) Attend an outdoor concert.  Or any concert for that matter.  It has been a very long time since I’ve purchased a ticket to see anyone sing.

The Doobie Brothers and Boston!  Check!

1) Finish some uncompleted projects.  Get some of that weight off my shoulders before school starts again.

Still working on this.  I pretty much took the summer off and focused on the kids.  So now the paint brush is getting full on use!

Not too bad overall!

End of June?

 

End of June

End of June

“Month” by arztsamui via freedigitalphotos.net

Hi there!  Remember me?  I’m back!

Did you know that June is almost over?  Whaaaaa????

We have done some seriously fun things lately.  Last week, my family and I went to the Field of Dreams for the 25th anniversary of the movie.  It was my father’s day gift to my hubby, even though he’s not my father.  🙂  Our family loves that movie and we watch it annually every spring.  And my kids were excited to be at the place where the movie was filmed.  The most exciting part of our day was when my boys got to play catch with Kevin Costner.  That was soooo cool.

Last week I was lucky enough to get to spend some time at a friend’s cabin.  I brought a some members of my family that could escape for a few days, since it was during the middle of the week.  So no Mr.  But we had a good time.  We rented a boat and hit the beach and took in the local food flavors.  Thank you friend!

This weekend I attended a church convention and met a few awesome ladies who are excited about my church’s women’s group.  It’s nice to know there are other young women who care about doing the Lord’s work in their communities and through out the world.

The next few weeks are looking pretty hairy too.  My church has a new pastor coming and we have a week of farewell receptions, moving his family in and also installation services.  Not to mention a little thing called VBS in the middle of it all.  And the 4th of July. Did I mention we have a float in the parade?

Oh and I forgot, my husband was supposed to go to France for a week-long work trip in the midst of it all but that ended up getting cancelled.  A word to the wise, don’t let you passport get anywhere near its expiration date if you’re planning on traveling.

And that’s how my June has gone.  Getting out of school the first week of June sure sets summer into hyperdrive.  I can’t complain because we’ve had so much fun but I wish it would slow down.  I want more time to capture the moments at t-ball games and soak in the days of swimming lessons at the pool.

I know you are busy too.  It’s pretty remarkable to write down all you have done and have coming up.  It makes me feel better when I can no longer walk through my laundry room and wonder how it ended up that way!

This week, I’ll be showing you small projects around the house.  I wish I could say I have more done than I have, but there’s always July…

 

Last Day of School

Today is the last day of school, hurrah!  I know as a parent, I’m excited.  And I also know the teachers have to be cheering as well!

Empty Classroom

Empty Classroom

“Empty Classroom” by criminalatt via freedigitalphotos.net

Speaking of teachers, I’m going to do something rather embarrassing.  I’m going to give a little shout-out to a teacher who has been very special in the lives of my two oldest.  She was both their kindergarten teachers.

This year I nominated her for a local radio station’s teacher of the week.  And she won! Much to my chagrin, my name was also announced as to who nominated her.  I wasn’t smart enough to be discreet!   Winning the award also means that she gets to be in the pool for potentially winning the teacher of the year award.  I’m so happy for her.

Through some oversight by my local small-town paper, only her photo appeared with the news that she had been honored with teacher of the week and not the reason WHY she had been nominated.  Like we have so much more important news to share here in our little corner of the woods.

So, since it is the last day, I wanted to share my nomination form and give her, and all the other great teachers out there, special thanks for what they do every day for our kids.  You all deserve a break!

“Mrs. Wonderful Kindergarten Teacher is one of the amazing teachers here. We have phenomenal teachers in our school system, but Mrs. WKT stands out. She teaches kindergarten and I can’t imagine the undertaking it is to get twenty wiggly bodies to learn- especially very important tasks such as reading, counting…tying shoes. But not only does she accomplish teaching these tasks but she excels at it. The children are taught their potential and encouraged to achieve it. The classroom is always in control; she keeps the kids engaged and excited. I think she is remarkable and she deserves, like every teacher here, to be recognized for their exceptional work with our kids. They are making our future brighter. And to be recognized brings satisfaction that their efforts do not go unnoticed.”

Happy Summer Mrs. WKT!  And all you teachers and parents out there!!

Summer Spots- The Pool

Summer Spots- The Pool

Now here’s a place my kids have been dreaming about all winter.  And I have to admit, I enjoy it almost as much.  Are you ready for a dip in the pool?

Can you smell that combination of sunscreen and chlorine?  I’m ready for some long afternoons sitting poolside!

 

Summer Spots- The Pool by stylefromthesticks featuring outdoors patio furniture

Sky beach towel
bloomingdales.com

Havaianas green sandals
lordandtaylor.com

Canvas purse
target.com

Summer Spots- The Picnic

Summer Spots- The Picnic

In the summer, there is nothing I enjoy more than eating outside.  Sure there are bugs and heat and occasionally the wind blows your stuff all around.  After a long winter, being cooped up inside, it feels so liberating to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors.

My kids and I often picnic, especially at the park.  It doesn’t always involve a meal; sometimes the kids are better at snacks than a real meal.  We love spreading the blanket on the ground, even if there is a picnic table available, and lounging in the sun.  Sometimes we take a book, sometimes it’s baseball or tennis equipment.  Or we just play in the sand on the playground.

No matter how you picnic, doing it is so much fun.  And if your kids are like mine, they will ask to picnic again and again.  And I know one day, these days will be some of mine and their most treasured memories.

 

Summer Spots- The Picnic by stylefromthesticks featuring a cotton bedding

Metal home decor
$67 – habitat.co.uk

Summer Spots- The Porch

Summer Spots- The Porch

I apologize.  I must be still in vacation mode.  All I wanna do is spend some nights on my porch, sitting in my chair, sipping on something cold on a hot night.  I wanna turn on the twinkle lights, light some candles and listen to some country music.

Are you ready?  I’m so ready!

 

Summer Spots- The Porch by stylefromthesticks featuring outdoor party lights

Garden Trading outdoor wall light
$100 – occa-home.co.uk

Summer Bucket List

I had a wonderful weekend!  I hope you did too.  We had a family graduation to celebrate. And had to travel across state lines.  Since we were already traveling so far, we decided to make a vacation out of our trip.  The next day we visited my hometown when I was small.  We ran into a few special people including my old baseball coach and a former VBS teacher whose daughter used to babysit me.  Being there was proof that nothing and everything changes.

And our last day, we visited De Smet and the Laura Ingalls Wilder museums and homestead.  I’m reading the book series to my two oldests right now and thought it would be a good history lesson brought to life.  Mom enjoyed it as well.

Going back to school after this long weekend was rough.  My kids and I are so ready to be done.  Which brings me to today’s topic, my summer bucket list.  I made one last year for the kids but today I want to try to make mine.

Summer Time

Summer Time

Photo credit:  freedigitalphotos.net via Winnond

Here goes:

Holly’s Grown Up Summer Bucket List

10) Read a book.  I so miss reading.  It has been three years since I read a book simply because instead I have this blog!  And I really do enjoy and miss it.

9) Sit on the beach and relax with my toes in the sand.  This has to be on everyone’s summer bucket list.

8) Go somewhere I’ve never been.  I love a good adventure and don’t go often enough.

7) Take a year off from my annual garage sale.  I just need a break this year.

6) Try not to kill my flowers.  Last year even my planted hostas dried up.  This year I’m determined to water daily.

5) Host a get together for friends.  It seems like this long, long winter I haven’t seen many of them lately.  It’s time for a party!

4) Go to a baseball game and have a hotdog.  Yes, I’m sure they not sanitary but they are a tradition.  Go ahead and judge.

3) Spend a day on a boat with family.  It’s time to get out on the water.

2) Attend an outdoor concert.  Or any concert for that matter.  It has been a very long time since I’ve purchased a ticket to see anyone sing.

1) Finish some uncompleted projects.  Get some of that weight off my shoulders before school starts again.

I can’t wait to get started!  I challenge you to make a bucket list, just for yourself this summer.  It is so fun to watch the checklist get shorter!

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille

This is pretty basic really, but can you name a shoe that crosses over from spring to summer to fall with ease?  If you just said a flip flop, EEERRNNNTT.  That was a sound of a buzzer.  Nope.  If you said boot, you might want to send me an email about style.  The answer is… the espadrille! Ladies, there are lots of you who wear sandals year round, so this post doesn’t ring true for you. But for those of us who live in the frozen tundra that is the Midwest, you might get a good three months out of those sandals.  And then it is back to reality.
That’s where the espadrille can be your best friend.  Many a time these shoes can also be open toed but for maximum wear-ability, finding one in a close toe is a great option.  When it is springtime and not really warm enough to bare the toes…don the espadrille.  Wear it with short-shorts in the summertime for less “exposure.”  And in the fall, pair it with ankle jeans, a tank and a cardigan for casual layers that may or may not be needed for warmth.
Also, consider purchasing in a color.  It’ll give your outfit an extra pop!
Espadrilles…They’re fun, comfortable and as Lloyd points out, great for when you need a pedicure!

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille

SWL- Three Seasons of the Espadrille by stylefromthesticks featuring bcbgeneration shoes

Influence summer dress
$38 – thehut.com

Open back tank top
storenvy.com

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Motel short sleeve shirt
$23 – motelrocks.com

Dorothy perkin
dorothyperkins.com

Crossbody bag
uk.accessorize.com

Pieces imitation purse
$64 – nelly.com

Tear drop earrings
shoppepro.com

H M chain necklace
$9.10 – hm.com

Jewel belt
buckle.com