Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vacation. Show all posts

Monday, August 1, 2011

If you have never been...then you must the Adirondacks!!!

This past week my husband and I and the girls were away at my husbands annual family reunion. Every year we all get together and go to the Adirondacks for one whole week. He has a rather large Italian family...and so I must say the food is to die for!! And there was a TON of it!!! Not kidding!!! I think on lasagna night the pans just kept multiplying..because there were 5 pans still left over after dinner..I felt like when Jesus fed the 5000. I don't think we stopped eating from the moment we all got there. The family rents a large cabin (It's more like a mansion cabin..that's what I call it!) for one half of the family and the other half stays with my hubby's aunt. Thankfully she lives in the Adirondacks in a gorgeous house right off the lake! We stayed there for the whole week fishing off the dock, swimming in the crystal clear lake, horseback riding, building campfire's, and feeling refreshed in the cool mountain air. I kid you not it was like 15 degrees cooler up there! The best part about it was hot fresh coffee everyday and a wonderful place to stay with showers! Not just one shower but 5 showers!! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!! Now this is my kind of camping! We stayed with my hubby's Aunt along with 3-4 other families, all cousins to my husband. I think at one time there were 8 children under the age of 5 staying at the house. Ahhh..what memories! I am so thankful that I have a wonderful family (on both sides) and that we have the opportunity to spend time together even if it's once a year for the ones who live far away, it really does make a huge difference in each other's lives. And I'm so thankful that my hubby's Aunt has such a giving heart to let us all stay at her house for a whole week. And also so very thankful that my 2 precious girls will have wonderful memories of spending their summer's camping with family. 

This is where we stayed...just beautiful!

 Little L and her daddy on the kayak..

Little L and daddy fishing....

Little L's cousin even taught her how to hold a fish...she's so brave!!!

Thankfully we arrived home safe and I was so happy that my garden had survived the heat wave while we were gone. This is what was waiting for me when I got home...

I was so grateful for the fresh vegetables because after a week away there was literally nothing in my refrigerator. So I decided to make a Caprese Pizza with my tomatoes from my garden. It was spectacular! 
I can't get enough of those fresh tomatoes... and it was so easy to make...

Caprese Pizza:
*First cut your tomatoes and sprinkle both sides with a small
 amount of salt and let them sit for about 10-15 minutes.
*Next prepare your crust. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. It's easier just to use a pre-made dough. 
Spray your pizza pan with cooking spray and spread your dough on the pan. 
* Use about 1 tablespoon of oil and mix it with about one clove or one tsp of minced garlic.
*Spread it over the pizza dough and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese.
*Bake for 425 degrees for about 11 -13 minutes.
*Next mix about 1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil or more depending on how
much basil you like with one tablespoon olive oil and set aside. 
*Slice fresh mozzarella (shredded mozzarella if you don't have any fresh on hand).
*Place a slice of tomato then a slice of fresh mozzarella overlapping around the 
entire pizza and bake for about 5 more minutes until the cheese melts.
*After removing from the oven drizzle the olive oil/basil mixture over the top and 
sprinkle with pepper and serve.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Memory Journals

It's JULY!!!
Happy 4th of July weekend, friends! I survived the trip to Cedar Point amusement park, let me tell you some of those roller coasters are CRAZY and I am a pretty big chicken. I went on a few rides but mostly I was the one sitting with the backpacks, stroller and my two year old niece. She's a little sweetie and I taught her the fine art of people watching. ☺

Check out this ride, new for 2011. It's called The Wind Seeker. Swings? No problem, you say. Except, these swings are going around 300 feet in the air!!! And let me tell you, it's windy up there even if its not on the ground! Yes, I rode this. And survived. Barely. I shut my eyes really tight about half way through and prayed for it to be over.

Are you seeing this thing???
300 feet in the air, people!!

The view on the way up and the way down was awesome! It was just the spinning around once you get up there that was S-C-A-R-Y!!

Anyway, my sister and I were talking about summer memory journals, a project she introduced me to years ago and I had sorta forgotten about. She did these as a group with other moms and kids. We thought it would also be a great party idea for a group of girls Lulu's age (13-ish). All you need is a composition note book (the kind with the black and white marble cover and black binding). These notebooks tend to be really inexpensive during "back to school" time so grab a few extras then and save this idea for next summer. To make a summer memory journal just cover the front and back of the notebook with patterned scrapbook paper. Decorate with stickers. Cover the whole notebook with contact paper to keep the journal clean and neat. Easy peasy.

This is the front of the book I made...

and the back...I loved this "wave" paper and it was just begging to be decorated with fish and bubble stickers!

This is the front of Lulu's summer journal...

 and the sweet. Her taste would probably be a little different now, this was a few years ago.

So, now the fun part...use this journal for anything and everything that has to do with summer! My kids used it to record all the places they went, vacations and day trips. If we picked up a brochure or had ticket stubs from the trip they glued them in the journal. They also used it to keep track of books they read, friends they wanted to get together with, silly songs they learned at camp....anything!! I used mine to keep track of meals and a packing list for our camping trip, outdoor games and projects that sounded fun and  a list of movies we wanted to watch during the summer. My sister and her friends make a new summer journal every year because it is an event for the kids to get together and create their books. I didn't even begin to fill up one notebook so I just skipped a few pages and used the same book the next summer. Okay, so this idea may seem kinda oh-hum but it is really fun to look back and remember all the fun things you did on those lazy, summer days. You do tend to forget these least I do. ☺

The next thing to go into my summer memory journal...the Cedar Point park map and a list of the rides I was brave enough to get on!

I think this project is near and dear to my heart because I just love everything about summer...the slower pace, the food, being outdoors, going special places, staying up late and sleeping in, camping, swimming, reading etc. My absolute, hands down favorite book of all time is Susan Branch's Summer book. It is adorable!

I could look at it forever. If you haven't seen it before you must take a look the next time you are in a book store. It is pretty much her memory book for summers spent on Martha's Vineyard. She draws all the pictures and it is so sweet. I LOVE it!! It is full of all her favorite things...gardening, recipes, and just plain relaxing. Here is her summer picnic page...

So cute!!

And now, for the best thing we ate this had to be the huge, blue snow cone we all shared on our last day at Cedar Point. It was delicious because we were hot, it cost a million dollars so it had to be good and it was shared between four cousins (with parents sneaking tastes here and there). ☺

Isn't it pretty?? And check out these blue tongues! Very festive! 

Making memories! Lulu and the blond guy are mine, the two older boys are my sister's, along with the two year old niece who I stroller sat. ☺
Cousins are the's so fun for them to get together. I can't believe my nephew in the the front with the dark hair will be a senior in high school this fall!! Time does fly!
Happy 4th!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

beachy memories

I'm pretty sure Ball canning jars may have been one of the best things to happen to the decorating world. If you agree, you'll like this post.

 My husband and I both LOVE THE BEACH.  We visit the beach every summer, even if it's just the local beach at the lake, but of course it's always extra special to get away to a REAL beach. 

 And one of the next best things to being at the beach is finding awesome shells to take home.

 My husband and I started commemorating our vacations this way about two years ago.  We'd find a shell and (carefully) bring it home, and I take a permanent marker to inscribe the location and the year.


 And into the ball jar go the shells.  Each shell with a beach vacation or getaway memory.

I think it will take a long time to fill, but I'm up for it!

If you're not a "it's-not-a-vacation-unless-there's-a-beach" kinda family like us, you could start the tradition with a pretty pebble or vacation trinket as well.

How do you commemorate your vacations?

 And the Marshmallow is back... or is he?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Washington D.C.

Hello my lovely sisters! I am starting to feel that Spring-y feeling of all things new and fresh. So, because my house looks the opposite of anything new or fresh (try cluttered and dusty), I skipped town for a few days! Just kidding! Lulu and I had the pleasure of joining my parents on a bus trip to Washington DC. We were headed down for the annual Cherry Blossom Parade but alas, the only cherry blossoms we saw were on the ground due to recent wind and rain. We still had a nice trip, saw a lot of memorials and toured museums. I am much more interested in history now that I am older than I was as a student. I thought it was very boring when I was in school and now I find our nation's history fascinating! Here are some highlights of our four day tour...

The Cherry Blossom Parade

The President and First Lady on a parade float...just kidding, they are wax figures!! The other people on the float were real so we all did a double take!

Lulu and the Washington Monument, it was a cold but she still wore her capris and flip flops!

The Lincoln Memorial, so large and impressive

Honest Abe

JFK's grave site at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington was really awesome, so much honor and valor

We saw the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Ummm...excuse me sisters but does this dapper dude look like someone we know and love??? Who knew that the reason he isn't around Friday nights is because he is moonlighting as a guard in Arlington Cemetery!!! Your secret is out of bag!!

Even though the cherry blossoms were a bust, other flowering trees and the tulips and daffodils were very pretty.

There is still so much in Washington that we haven't seen yet, a return trip is definitely in order. I don't think I would ever want to live in a big city but it sure is fun to visit! Thanks to Nana and Grandpa for treating us girls to such a memorable trip!

Nel's smile for the week: The Mayor did some of our yard clean up while I was away, whoohooo!☺
Nel's frown for the week: Some furry animal with floppy ears ate all my tulips as soon as they came up! Boo...The Mayor wants to go hunting in the front yard, I don't think that is such a good idea so close to Easter, he could be the Easter Bunny after all! (the rabbit, I mean, not The Mayor)

Lulu's smile for the week: Next week is spring school!! ☺
Lulu's frown for the week: The Quebec trip for next year (for French class) has been canceled because not enough students signed up, Lulu and her friends who were signed up are very disappointed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

our vacation in photos

Can you guess where my husband and I vacationed to last week?

'"...where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

the depth saith, it is not in me: and the sea saith, it is not with me.

no mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air,

God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

for he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;

and unto man he said, behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom."
Job 28

100 Sister Points* to the person who guesses correctly where we took our vacation! (7Sisters authors excluded)


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