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Birthday Brine

I had a really great birthday yesterday. My friend Jody, her two kids, my kiddos, and I all piled into my car and took off on a big birthday adventure. We ate a yummy picnic lunch at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls and got a chance to do a bit of exploring with our naked footsies in the cold water after.

Next we packed up and headed off to Hood River’s Waterfront Park. The kids loved the playground there and the beach leant an awesome view of the river. The water was clean and oh-so crisp (i.e. too cold to go in past my knees), but watching the kite boarders, jet skiers, and sailboats go by as well as the seagulls and osprey more than made up for it.

Then it was home again, home again jiggity jig for some homemade pizzas off the grill served up by Hubs and this little yummy for dessert – Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and it was good! We ended the night with the girls staying up late to watch SYTYCD with me. My favorite show is quickly becoming theirs as well.

Today, after a nice long walk with PZ (that 6 year old’s got LEGS!), we made pickles! Of course, I haven’t tried them yet, but they look great and were really easy to make. I think I want to try pickling some other veggies like carrots and green beans next.

And the count down begins – only 364 more days till next year’s birthday. As my friend, Nick said, “Another year ’round the sun”. Birthday wishes and hopeful thoughts for the new year! Thanks everyone who made yesterday such a special one for me. Whoo-hoo!

My Birthday!

My birthday was Monday. While I’ve decided I’d be a much happier girl if my birthday were sometime in October, I did have a very nice day. Lazy morning, pleasant jog, lunch at a local cafe with just me and my book, a little resale shopping where I found those cutie patootie vintage overalls pictured below on little Miss Q, and a wonderful dinner prepared by Hubs and enjoyed with good friends, lots of laughs, and a drink or two.

PZ was so excited to be able to blow up balloons all on her own (I tied them.) and then the girls took turns marking faces on each one. I had a gaggle of balloon friends at my birthday party!

My sister got me this great book by Joe Kaufman and Pip’s new book Meet Me at Mike’s. I’ve been loving sharing the Kaufman book with my girls. They’ve always got so many questions!

My friend Anne made this great vase and filled it with beautiful flowers from her garden for me. The yellow lilies have been filling my house with the sweetest perfume each evening. I got some very lovely accessories from the girls from Redux.

But the best present of all was from Hubs, of course. Tickets to see Adele and a night in a fancy smancy hotel! Yay! I also must say the carmel cake I made was delish! Cheers to me and all the other July birthday babes!

Must Have Monday – tutorials and handmade items to make your El Cinco de Mayo a hit!

My man and I have been together for fourteen years tomorrow. El Cinco De Mayo! Margaritas, fireworks – it is always a good time. This year we’re having a party/potluck with some families from my mom’s group and even celebrating O’s, one of the little guys from the group, third birthday. My hubby is a bit of a bbq fanatic, so no, this isn’t our first time entertaining outside this year and it certainly won’t be the last. If you’re anything like us you love having outside parties, too! Here are some great handmade items to buy and make to get your party season and El Cinco de Mayo started right!



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