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A wonderful family filled Memorial Day weekend!

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Hellooooo there!!!  It’s been forever since I have posted and I apologize!!  Life has been a bit out of control around here!

Did everyone have a great Memorial day weekend??  And can I just say THANK YOU to those who risk their lives to keep us free!  I know I should devote a whole lot more words to those men and women.  Really, do we stop to think about how much our freedom means??!!  I know I don’t enough!  I will confess I took it completely for granted until one of my brothers joined the Army.  When it became more personal it became more important for me to stop and think about all of those putting our nation first!  Our freedom is a beautiful thing!

We spent the weekend with my family going to the zoo, playing mini golf, and fishing!  Thrown in the midst of all those fun activities was my class reunion.  Let me tell you — I cannot, really cannot, believe it has been 15 years since high school!  It might truly feel that long ago – but I don’t feel that old! 🙂  It was great to see old classmates and their families!

So, want to hear about us going fishing??  Growing up my mom was the avid fisherman.  She is thrilled the girls are getting old enough to go fishing.  So, for weeks, she had planned on taking them fishing Sunday.  It turned out hot, super windy, and we were in a thunderstorm warning.  But the entire family went and had a good time!

My husband and I both enjoy fishing but we have found it is virtually impossible to fish ourselves while our girls are fishing.  My husband is always determined to try – I have just given up and decided my role is better as the “helper” for the girls!  It’s always amusing to see how fast they feel a tug, just know they have a bite, and need to reel in their line!

Other than spending quality time with family the best part of fishing was E caught her first fish!

She wanted to keep the fish and bring it home to keep alive in a tank or pond…we had to break her heart and throw it back!  Aunt Joce made the fish touch her arm and E panicked!  When she saw blood on the fish I thought she might never fish again.  It was an emotional few minutes – I think E experienced the whole range of emotions!

I love weekends spent with my kids and my family!  This weekend was a great time to focus on my girls and be so thankful for all we have!

Hope you had a great weekend as well!

Jaimi 

Be My Valentine!

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We have been valentine making fools around our house!  I’ve heard a couple other moms talking about how their boys do not see the fun in Valentine’s day and it makes me SO glad I have girls!!  Girls who are excited about Valentine’s day anyway!

We totally used ideas we found on pinterest (of course) and made them work for us!

See what we have made…

E really wanted wild animals for her valentines.  We got the inspiration from Design Mom.  I so wish we could have found wild animals for her to give, because she seriously has the awesomest free printables!  We settled for squirting sea life animals instead!  (I have to tell you I am so proud of myself.  I let E cut out all the baggie tops herself – so not a straight line in sight, but she was so proud she did it all herself!  Makes it worth not being a control freak for a little bit!)

H enjoys goofing around with play mustaches.  So these were totally calling her name!  We found the idea and free pattern at Blonde Designs Blog.  Sparkly red lips for the girls and mustaches for the boys.  I hope the other kids love it as much as we do!  I know we are a little kooky!  (We did make things easier by buying file folder labels and printing the tag on those instead of sticker paper.  Super simple!)

We had to make some for our cousins and special friends.  So we totally didn’t reinvent the wheel and used this awesome freebie from Moms by Heart.  Our favorite flavor Kool-Aid and a silly straw!  Awesome!  My husband just couldn’t wait two days and tore into his immediately!  Such a kid!

For bus drivers and teachers we bought those cute little mini antibacterial hand gels and put cute labels on them from the girls.

So, that wraps up what we gave for Valentine’s this year!  Now, I must get everything ready for the class party tomorrow!!!  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh?!

Do you have any great Valentine ideas??

Jaimi