Thursday, September 1, 2016

Life lately

It's September! For me that means the students are back and things are busier than ever at work.   

Sunday night we had a welcome event for our freshman.  My friend M and I took a picture with our mascot Red the dragon.    


Some of my students with Red.


Monday I went to book club.  We read  What Was Mine this month and it was so good!  It was about a baby who gets kidnapped at an IKEA.  The story in the book was told from three main perspectives-the birth Mom, the daughter, and the lady who took the baby and raised her.  I couldn't put it down it was a great story. 


As always the food and drinks were delicious at book club.



Tuesday night I made us Mason jar BBQ.  I read about this in a magazine and thought it would be fun to try.  You layer cornbread. BBQ pork, and then put coleslaw on top.  It was great.  I think this would be perfect for a party!  

Yesterday I canned pizza sauce with my friend J.  It is delicious and I can't wait to use it this fall/winter when we make homemade pizza.


I hope you've 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekend Fun!

We are soaking up the last bit of summer before fall classes start on Monday.

I got together with my friend V and we made eggplant parm.  I've never made it at home and I love it so it was fun to learn to make it with her.


Here is our finished product!


I also got together with my friend/neighbor K to can tomatoes and salsa.  Canning is hard work!  We chopped and boiled tomatoes for hours.  

We started with all of these tomatoes!


After hours of hard work here was our finished product. K and I were thrilled! 


In other exciting news Brock found an apartment!  We are so thrilled for him.  He sent us this picture of his kitchen.  He has a great roommate and his complex has a gym and a pool.  


Ava has been in Colorado for the week visiting her her aunt and uncle.  She sent us this picture of her getting ready to zip line.


Bestie R and I went on bestie S's boat yesterday.  It was a goregous day on the lake!
The three of us went tubing and it was hilarious.  We went so fast!



It has been a great weekend so far! 


Thursday, August 25, 2016


This past few weeks have been a whirlwind full of fun, friends and parties.  I am really trying to enjoy every single second of the summer.   

Last Wednesday we had a birthday party for four friends celebrating August birthdays.  It was a great night!  


Rachael and I made the 4 birthday girls these little serving trays.  I'm going to show a tutorial on them next week.  They were so easy to make and the birthday girls loved them!


Friday Brock left for Arizona.  Ava took this selfie of us on his last night at home :-) 


Saturday we celebrated my friend Debbie's birthday!  It was a beautiful night and it was such a fun party!


Sunday, Sabrina and I went to our friend Melinda's house to rescue barn board from a falling down property near Melinda's farm.  We got all sorts of wood to make different projects.  I made serving trays, candle holders and I got wood to make shelves for two of our bathrooms.  I will show all of my projects next week!  


Monday I went to the Glimmerglass Opera.  It was my first time going and it was fabulous.  The singers were so talented and the opera was beautiful. It was an amazing experience!

That was our week!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Weekend fun!

Friday Ava and went back to school shopping. She starts her freshman year of high school this year!   She got a ton of stuff and we only need need a few more things and she'll be set for the year!


Saturday was my bestie S's birthday!  I posted these pics of us on fb to wish her a happy birthday.  


Saturday our friends B and M had a party.  It was a fun time.  They had a band and everyone danced and ate it was so fun! S wore her birthday crown all night :-) 


We even took a golf cart ride!  

I love my pineapple plant and it's been doing growing all summer.  It takes forever to grow a pineapple btw :-) Sadly yesterday a squirrel had a few bites of it :-(. 


That was our weekend!! 

Girls night!

Last night bestie R hosted a girls night!  Her sister is visiting from California and she wanted all of us to get to hang out with her.  

It was pouring rain so instead of being on the deck like she planned we were inside.  R put out a fabulous spread of food! 


It was a great night we talked and laughed and ate for hours and hours.  



I can't wait until we do it again!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wednesday, Wednesday

Last night Ava and I stayed up way too late and watched Olympics gymnastics.  It was so fun!  It was great watching them with her.  I found this adorable picture of her from when we watched together in 2008.  We were in Wyoming visiting with my Dad.  She loved this leotard and wore it everywhere!  


Tonight I went to a painting party with a few friends.  I am so NOT a painter but it was fun to try it.  


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A box of happy

My good friend H lost her grandmother over the weekend. H's grandma was full of life and love and she adored H and her sister.  She loved to cook, bake, garden and spend time with her family. Sadly I never got the chance to meet her but H loved her and talked about her grandma all the time.  I feel like I did get to know her a little bit through H.

Here's a pic of H, me and R from my birthday lunch last winter.

Bestie R and I were at a loss for what to get H to let her know that we are thinking of her during this difficult time.  You see H is an amazing cook so any food item was out, she has an amazing garden full of vegetables and flowers so flowers were out.  H even taught me how to can!  She cans everything from her amazing garden.

  Thank goodness for Pinterest!  We were looking there and found a cute idea for a Box of Sunshine.  We decided to get her a box of yellow items to cheer her up.

Here's our finished product.  We dropped it off to H this morning and she loved it!



It was a fun little project to put together!