Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Trying Some New Things for July 4th This Year!

First, let me just say that for fun, I uploaded pictures of Levi and Isabelle from two years ago and last year...and now I'm feeling a little heartbroken. Time, you are so cruel!

Ethan just came upstairs- Mondays and Wednesdays are his super early days- and we were just chatting a bit. Well, I was talking and he was nodding. Typical, ha! I told him that all twelve boys and their coach in Thailand were rescued from the cave and in fairly good condition. Can you even imagine what all those parents are feeling right now? It was such a heartwarming thing to see so many people from all over come together with the sole purpose of saving complete strangers, to go to such lengths to reach them. It's just terrible that one soul lost his life in the effort. His poor, poor family. They must be incredibly proud, though of course utterly heartbroken.

Well now I am all over the place! Life is so precious.

So anyway, this year we decided to do some new things. We were on day four of the heat wave, and the thought of dealing with our local fireworks amid the crowds did not seem appealing in any way, shape or form. Plus, we usually end up next to some cigar and cigarette smoking people, no matter where we go!, and it just plain irritates me to pieces. So, we got our own fireworks this year, and it was a ton of fun. I've got a gazillion pics to share, so I'll stop yapping here and just post the pics, ha ha!

2016: we had just brought Levi home from the hospital the day before because of a rare pneumonia, and he still wasn't feeling very well. Gah. Look at that squishy babyyyyy!

2017: the beginning of the make something festive and matchy for them, ha ha

2018: Levi's romper is still my favorite, so I'm saving the fabric I got for next year, and Isabelle adores her new checkered dress

Twirling like helicopters :)

Someone was very excited by the idea of having his own sparkler...

...until it got too close!

He finally went for it but didn't know what to do. Of course we were right there, ready to grab it. Or toss water on him. ;)

There's a smile!

It was taking forever for it to get dark. The sun doesn't set here in the summer until almost 9 pm. Don't be fooled- he looks like he loves these things. He did not.

Not sure WHAT to make of all the noise and fireworks...

Okay, maybe it's all good after all :)

Some of them got way higher- and BIGGER- than we'd anticipated. Talk about a mini heart attack!

He didn't settle down until well past 10 that night, and this was my view early the next morning. Remember, heat wave = family sleepover. So, so glad that's over. ha ha ha ha

We did not turn on our oven even one time last week, so we didn't make our two traditional favorites: Star-Spangled Fruit Tart and Poke Cake... now I know what we'll be having today since the temps are supposed to stay in the low 80's!!! Yesterday and Monday were SO hot again. This northern girl cannot take it!

I hear my little alarm clock now...I was hoping that he would fall back to sleep after his initial wake up at 5:20, but no such luck today. Fun times, ha ha! Have a great Wednesday! It's Donut Wednesday here. :) On second thought, maybe those desserts should wait until tomorrow... ;)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sweet Summertime

Hey friends! It's been a minute, haha! Just getting into the swing of summer, because for us, it only started two weeks ago, and so far, so good. :) We've been strawberry picking, swimming nearly every day, the lakes, the beach, pool parties, to the movies...and now, I'm tired! HA There have also been so many sweet moments between siblings, and it feels even more special knowing how much things will change once college begins.

Last week was one of the longest stretches of heat wave that I can ever remember here in NH. We don't have a/c since it only gets hot for two months out of the year, but oh, can those hot, sticky nights be just plain miserable. We put in an a/c unit in our window and had a week-long family sleepover. I learned I'm not really a fan of the week-long family sleepover, at least in my room. But our upstairs rooms reached 88F by the middle of each day, so hot you could barely breathe, so there really wasn't another option. Just glad it's over! :)

I've got plans to post some pictures of our landscaping and the new vegetable garden, which is doing great, as well as some personal thoughts on motherhood. I feel like I'm always playing catch up on our activities that I don't really write much else, and I miss talking about more personal stuff. Maybe no one else misses it, but that's okay, ha ha.

Onto the pics!!

my morning buddy, not much changed there. ha ha ha ha

 Ethan often pulls over the chair and the two of them cook up something yummy.

we decided to move the patio table from the pool to the deck, and we love it! Inaugural lunch :)

 slow mornings are nice mornings, for a while anyway - my type A personality can't take too much unstructured time, ha ha

this sums up how we felt about summer Story Time with way too many big kids running around

 we'd rather be hard at work computing :)

or browsing the books

I'll let the rest speak for themselves...just lots of fun in the sun!

I'll share highlights of our 4th festivities in the next post- we did some new things and it was lots of fun!

Oh! And THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the orders for Rose & Ruffle! They keep me busy, yes, but I am so grateful. I have some sewing projects to share too- do you guys like to read them here, or have them on a specific sewing/crafty blog, like Rose & Ruffle? Just wondering! :)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Favorites...School's (Finally) Out!

Hooray for Friday! AND it's the first official day of summer break for us, so we are packing up and heading to the beach today! I had not anticipated a wake up call of 4:58, and then NOT going back to sleep, ugh, but what can you do? Clearly, baby cakes did not get the memo that Mama gets to have a fun/non-traumatizing first morning of summer break, too.

It has been so hard to keep up with everything lately, especially the blog! Just life with five kids, I guess. :)

This is our third summer here, and I am seriously giddy-excited over the flowers in bloom right now. We worked really hard and the pay off is nothing short of glorious. I've run out of vases and jelly jars with all the bouquets we keep picking, and we looove giving some to friends and neighbors.

The veggies are doing great! I'm so excited!

Like I mentioned above, Levi has had some major sleep issues lately, everything from protesting naps- umm, nope- to taking over an hour to settle down at night to waking up with the birds. Literally. This view is a favorite for sure and I savor it, not knowing when it will happen next! Whyyyyyyy?

He adores his lovey over his face, but I always go in and move it to the side. They look like such angels when they're asleep, don't they?

We'll be doing much more of this in the coming days! He looked so intent, like he was in charge of getting things done, ha! And he still lines things up along the edge just so...maybe he'll be an engineer or architect?? Or an artist! :)

We've also been spending lots of time out here - this was the very first time Levi let us put him in his "boat" and bring him out deep. I think he'll be a fish just like the rest of them in no time.

Lastly, one of our very favorite traditions is ice cream sundaes for dinner on the last day of school! I have to say, it was strange not having Ethan be a part of it for the very first time, but he was off doing college-y /adult things. Jonah is too cool to be photographed with his sundae. ;)

Okay, so LAST last. Two things about this: I'm having an internal dilemma/debate over whether to embrace the grays that are coming in. I'm thinking, no, not yet, but I am not a high maintenance kind of girl- I'm 43 (and a half!!) and I rarely wear more make-up than mascara and lip balm, so... I'm thinking that just isn't going to change any time soon. Plus, my emotions have been alllll over the place with the changes going on here, and I'm just not feeling my best and not making good food choices- yes, a salad would be lovely but it takes so long to make, and this box of Oreos is RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Ugh. It's bad. So I'm recommitting to...something anyway, and hoping to feel- and look!- better. Levi and I went on a nice long walk yesterday- lots of hills! Here I am with no make up and all sweaty- I felt out of shape and pitiful, but happy to be moving in the right direction.

Okay, I had better go get things ready for our little adventure today! Have a super day and a wonderful weekend!

It's much easier for me to keep up with IG, so my personal account is @bethanylivs_life and my shop account is @roseandruffle ...having a great sale over there till the end of the month! :)

I'm joining in with Andrea, Narci and Erika today - you should too! Such a fun way to find new blogs and such...thanks, ladies!

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