Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday's Walk - We're Goin Campin Now!

Camp in the Past....

Summer camps are so much fun. I remember how much I loved going to Girl Scout camp and Church camp when I was young.Here I am at our cabin, of course always ready with a great face for the camera.

I always had fun in Girl Scouts! Can you find my cheese face below?

Camp Now...

My daughter just went to Powette. Powette is our states girl's ministries church camp that we have every year. We had a great time.

Of course there was a lot of swimming!!!
Great services and a great speaker, Thank Netta Chilton!

LinkFun PJ Fashion Show!
Yummy food!

Fun Games!

Awesome Tea Party!

They do fun competitions like cooking, scrapbooking & sewing. Her is my girls pillow she made!
Summer Camps are always a blast!

Wednesday Walk Ideas:
Do you have any fun summer camp memories?
Do your children go to summer camp?

Always remember to....

Get Joy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday's Walk - Ice Cream Truck Edition

Growing up in the city, it is not uncommon to hear the sounds of the ice cream truck coming down your street during the summer months. However, here in small town northern Michigan it is very rare to hear that sound...very rare. In fact, I think I have only heard the ice cream truck maybe three times in the 8 years we have lived here. One of those three was last Thursday.

My kids were pretty excited to pick out their ice cream treats. I remember that same excitement when I was little. I remember the joy of hearing that sound, running into the house, scurrying around looking for loose change, then hurrying out the door fearing that I might have missed the frozen treats on a stick and all I would see was the evidence of him being there on the faces of all the other children who were quicker than me.

Last Thursday, we waved down that ice cream man and here is the evidence that we didn't miss him......
He was very excited about his Batman ice cream! He kept saying over and over in a sing-songy- voice, "Batman"! Don't you just love that blue face?!
My girls enjoying their treats! My oldest and her expensive taste...of course she got the big yummy chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. I think I will have her do some dishes to pay off that one! Hahahaha My middle girl of course wanted the double cream and bubble gum!
I love, love, love those strawberry crunch good.
Don't you just love this guys face??? He was actually pretty excited about his ice cream (it was like some orange creamsicle something) even though that is hard to tell from this picture. LOL

Wednesday's Walk ideas:

Do you have any ice cream truck memories?
Do you have any summer time favorite foods that remind you of something special?

Ice cream trucks and family fun help me...

Get Joy

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Verses I Love!

Top Ten {Tuesday}

I have blogged about my favorite verses here before but here they are in a condensed version.

#1 Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

#2 Micah 6:8
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

#3 Philippians 4:13
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:8
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

#5 Philippians 3:13-14
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

#6 I Peter 3:3-4
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

#7 Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

#8 Romans 8:38-39
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

#9 Psalm 16:11
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.

#10 Numbers 6:24-25
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.

These verses help me to

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday's Walk - Home of the Sicky Sick

Sickness has reared its ugly head in our home the last 2 weeks. Fevers of 103.4, sore throats, congestion, sneezing, coughing you name it we got it. Usually, when these germs creep into my home they also keep my kids up at night which then keeps me up with worry. I know, I know.... I am such a mom.

Now, I know that this seems to be a strange Wednesday's Walk; but hang on, I will get to the reason in a second. As I was caring for my kids this past week and the hours of tending to them in the middle of the night when I would rather be sleeping....I got to thinking. I started to remember the things my mom did for me when I was sick.

When I would have a fever she would sit by my bed and wipe a cool wash cloth on my forehead, cheeks and arms ever so gently. She would bring me water, juice, soup whatever to help me feel better. She would hold my hair back when my tummy wasn't feeling well and I was returning nasty germs to the toilet where they belonged. When I was in the hospital, she would sleep in the wretched chair every night until they released me. I always knew mom would take care of me even if it was gross, tiresome, or even frustrating. Why? Simply, because she loved me and she hated seeing me sick.

It is funny how much we pattern ourselves after our parents even in what seems small and insignificant. As I was wiping my daughter's forehead with a cool cloth, I remembered my mom. When I was a girl and was sick and felt crummy, I still felt love. I hope that my kids feel the same from me and they will give the same love that I gave to their children. In some strange way, a little piece of my mom and me will pass on long after we are gone in the ways that my children lovingly treat their children. That makes my heart feel glad.

Even in the little things.....

Get Joy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Girly Summer Crafts 2011!

Fourth of July Fun
Dress up the things you have with fun patriotic ribbon. I got this ribbon at Wal-mart for like $2.00. Look at how cute this plain white bucket hat now looks!!!! So easy, all you need to do is make a bow and sew it on with a simple stitch. You could hot glue it on; but if you want the bow to stay on better sewing it is the way to go! If you are unsure of your sewing your best and then add hot glue to make sure. hahahahaa!

These were fun patriotic pins we came up with this year. I got a cheep skein of, white and blue of course. My daughter then crocheted a very long chain stitch for me. Go here to learn how to crochet a chain stitch. I then sewed the loops together at one end, sewed on a button and a pin on the back. Go here to learn how to make these flowers! How patriotic.... you could pin these on a jacket, dress, or a hat!
Flippy Flops
I love taking cheap flip flops and making them cute! Tie balloons to them! Take scraps of material and tie them on! Our take my fun fabric flowers and tie them on! So many fun ways to make your flip flops dazzling and adorable! And did I easy it is!!!!

For the balloon flip flops I first tied the ends of two water balloons together. I then tied those around the plastic top of the flip flop. What makes them cute is using complementary colors, patterns or rainbow order....Just have fun!

For these fun fabric flip flops, I borrowed my friend picking shears. You know those scissors that have a zig zag edge to keep fabric from fraying. You don't have to use those, they look fun frayed as well. I wanted to try something different this year. Cut your fabric in several strips to as long and as wide as you like. Lastly, tie them on! Your kids can do this one!!!!!

Don't you just love these gingham ones!!!!
Fabric Flowers!
Have I told you how much I love, love, love making these fabric flowers. I have blogged about making these before, go here to see how. New tidbit though....if you have and embossing heat tool use it! It is so much easier than using fire to melt the edges and less dangerous.

Put this flowers on hats, barrettes, pins, flip flops, purses or anything to make everything more adorable.
If you make lots of this stuff you can then sell it for some summer cash!!!! Whooo HOO!

Being crafty helps me...

Wednesday's Walk - Last Day of School

I remember always loving the last day of school. I loved cleaning out my locker, the excitement of summer vacation, saying good bye to teachers and friends, sitting in a bare classroom waiting for the last bell to ring and cheering as we left the building.

I had such fond memories of another year done; now, my girls are experiencing the same every year. Last Friday was their last day of school. Our school has some fun traditions. The intermediate school has an awards ceremony and at the end the 5th graders "graduate" by marching out of the gym and shaking the principal's hand on the way out. The teachers line the hall they go down and clap for their success.
The elementary "graduates" the second graders by having them march out of the building to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance". Parents, students and teachers line the long hallways as the 2nd graders wave goodbye. John and I always count the students crying, so many tears!

Our family always hangs around for the final tradition of our school. The children load up in the bus yard. As the drivers leave the school grounds, the drivers beep their horns wildly as children hang out the widows waving goodbye to the teachers that line the sidewalk happily waving back to the children. As the last bus leaves the yard, a very loud cheer from the teachers can be heard blocks away.

Finally, a new tradition for us is to go reward our children for "A Job Well Done" at our favorite local ice cream shop.
Congratulations kids, another year done!!!!

Some ideas for your Wednesday's Walk if you can not think of one! Make sure you link up & get the button!

Do have any memories of your last days of school?
Do you have any traditions to celebrate the last day of school?

Celebrating the "Last Day of School" is fun and help me....

Get Joy

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday's Walk - Lessons

My kids just finished swimming lessons this year. It was their Christmas present from Grandpa and Grandma. (Great gift idea isn't it!) They love it so much, well maybe not my little man. He is getting use to it though. My oldest is doing really well; in fact, they want her to join the swim team. Here are some pictures from their last day!
There is my man helping my little man!!! Love it!

Please, link up with your favorite memories. They can be any memory you would like to share; but, if you need help I will give you an idea every week.

Did you take lessons as a kid? Do you take lessons now? Or what fun lessons do your kids take?

Enjoy walking down memory lane! Funny side note, we were walking downtown and went by a workout gym. My girls asked me, "Is that where you go for Wednesday's walk?" Hahahahaha I had to explain to them the saying, "Walk down memory lane"....toooooo cute!!!!

Be blessed and
Get Joy