Ours was actually great here which kinda doesn't jive with what I am gonna talk about here in a minute. :)
We started it out with a sweet 16 party for a daughter of a dear friend, had a baggo party (aka cornhole) with some neighbors and ended up with a lovely, I mean abso lovely Sunday spent in Michigan with some dear family.
We spent it with Doug, who is my gramma's nephew and his wife Linda, which makes Doug my cousin and Linda my cousin by marriage. My youngest called them gramma and grampa though which they didn't mind at all.
My kids really miss a grandparent figure, if you couldn't tell....:)
Anyhoo, here are some highlights:
The path to the blueberry patch....amazing.
Fixing a shoe along the way......
Ahhhh...this is the life.
On the golf cart en route to blueberry picking.
Apparently, "Pure" Michigan agrees with me.
I didn't want to leave.
She picked an entire large coffee can full.
This is the view from their beautiful home.
I couldn't say it enough....this was amazing.
Like a resort.
I kept saying to Mike, "you know, we would never be able to afford to stay at a resort like this, so soak it in". :)
Thank you to my dear family for this special day and we will be back soon.
And a shout out to Linda, who is a blog reader of mine from day one.
Yes, she has stuck with me through the bad and good.
And in the beginning, it was pretty bad.
I did a craft last week.
It has been awhile since I have really done anything involving creativity or glue.
Last week a friend gave me a tip about helping my youngest get over her monstersunderthebed phase and it involved glitter.
I looked at her and literally said, "but that means I have to go to the craft store...." in a whiny voice.
What happened to me????
I used to love going to the craft store even if I didn't have a plan.
And after thoughtful pondering I have come to this conclusion:
My kids are sucking the life outta me.
I read all these blogs and they talk all hearts and flowers about summertime, swinging on the porch while drinkin' lemonade and how it is goin' waaaaayyyyy too fast and how they are coming up with one project after another to keep their kids occupied AND have time to blog about it after.
This is my routine.
Day after day.
I. Kid. You. Not.
- wake up at the crack of dawn to my youngest asking if she can have some m and m's....at 6 am.
- spending every dime of my hubs salary to feed two females who I think, I really think, might be 38 year old Japanese sumo wrestlers.
- make a healthy lunch with lots of fruits and veggies to have them competely dunked in ranch and or sugar or both at once.
- too totally exhausted to use pool passes I paid too much money for, so just sit in driveway spraying hose at my kids and any other passerbyers just because its 100 degrees and I can.
- somehow my 4.5 year old has forgotten to go to the potty by herself and needs help and now has forgotten how to write her own name. Mother of the Year award should arrive in the mail any day.
- our garage now has a funky smell. Not sure if it is the stagnant water table that I forgot to empty...three days ago or the massive amounts of food carcasses I am sure my kids and the neighbor kids have left all over the yard/garage/street.
- when I hear someone call my name....which is always in a whiny, high pitched screeching noise which I am sure is akin to those annoying screecher monkeys that no one really likes but says they like at the zoo because who wants to admit they don't like monkeys??..... I run into the closest room/closet/neighbors home....to get away.
- I go out running to get out of the house away from all of the above not to get exercise.
- thankfully I also have a kick butt neighbor friend who enjoys margarita's and wine as much as I do to sit outside with and brave the mosquitos with after the kids go to bed.
At this moment, I have ten bites on me.
Four of which are on my butt.
I am just being honest here and I know I am not alone.
Just keepin' it real peeps.
So when I got some inspiration to work on something other than cleaning the kitchen floor for the 6th time that day...well, I almost wrote about it on my Facebook fan page.
But that would have required me to get off the lawn chair, put down the hose and get out the laptop...whoa, whoa, whoa slow down there.....
So here is what I came up with!
I had this board sitting in my basement for years. I have no idea what it is even from.
Then in March, I was in a Five Below store for the first time with the girls and found this calendar full of great Vintage ads and picked it up for 50 cents knowing I could use it for something someday.
By the way, how do we feel about Five Below?
The jury is still out with me.
Not sure how I like it.
So I was in a cute little boutique in Wisconsin a few months ago and saw this really cool vintage looking sign for Chicago.
Only it was 150 dollars.
I like Chicago.
Just not that much.
So I was a little inspired.
I asked the hubs if he could cut down the wood to the size of the calendar.
Then he sanded the sides a little since it was this cheap crappy board.
Then I whipped out my modge podge.
I have a love hate relationship with modge podge.
Its all uppity way of making it seem like its something its really not.
Its glue people.
Well, glue with some other chemicals in it but basically its glue.
Glue that really, really likes itself.
I ripped out the calendar page.
Slapped it onto the cut board.
Slathered some modge podge on top of the calendar picture and it will look like this:
Like a hot mess.
But its ok.
It will look better.
If you have never used modge podge before I will give you two tips:
1- clean your fingers as you are working with it, otherwise you will be peeling off what looks like skin but is actually modge and podge for days.....
2- hold the item you are modge podge-ing completely still and make sure there are no wrinkles or it will look like that when you are finished.
Not that I know that from experience.
Ok here it is all modge podged:
See the wrinkles?
I wasn't done though.
I didn't like the clean look of it.
I wanted it to look a little vintage and rustic.
Like an old sign from a train station or something like that.
So I went to the basement and got out my acrylic paints.
I found a brown paint, Coffee Bean by Folk Art.
I think I might have paid 99 cents for it two years ago.
And I painted over top of the dried modge podged calendar picture.
At first I was worried it would look less like vintage and more like my kids spilled chocolate pudding on top of it.Which wouldn't be unheard of around here.
While I was in this process, my oldest daughter actually said, " you are ruining it, mom".
And until it dried, I was kind of starting to believe her words.
Until I looked at it two days later....ya know, busy hosing the kids down.....and this is how it turned out:
And I loved it.
How imperfect it was.
And looked nothing like chocolate pudding.
Like an old sign that was found in the back of a shed.
About my fave big city.
Where I met my soul mate 19 years ago.
And just like that.
I got my mojo back.
Ok back to the lawn chair and the hose.......