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Weekend Review: A Summer Saturday

I had such a summery Saturday that I just felt I needed to share it with you through pictures. It started out with orange cranberry muffins, involved the farmers market, planting herbs and veggies, and ended with a great 3-year-old birthday party at the park. It involved copious amounts of family time, a shark movie, and watermelon. How much more summer can you get? I’m finding that as an adult, some of the warmest, most satisfying moments are the ones that are nostalgic and simple.

How was your weekend? What was your favorite part about it?

 

Fairies in a Jar.

So that picture that’s been going around on pinterest for the fairies in a jar recipe is, for lack of a nicer word, fake. I mean, I kinda knew deep down in my¬† heart that the picture couldn’t be real. But the wide-eyed child in me was really hoping that it was. Here is the original picture (just a disclaimer: I could not find the real origin of this picture or who put it up).

The directions that came with this picture goes like this: Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. Add diamond glitter. Seal the top with a lid, shake and voila! Fairies in a jar.

Well I thought that this was a wonderful activity for the kids to do at Abram’s first birthday coming up in April, since it will be a neverland theme. I tested it out last night, and here were my results:

So clearly, it looks nothing like the first picture above. Nevertheless, it is still really cool and I plan on doing these at his birthday party. And at this point I don’t have a choice because I have a box full of glow sticks sitting on my couch. What’s great is that the kids get to take these home and use them as night lights for at least that night because they are premium glow sticks that last 12-18 hours. Oh yea, I went big.

Our Backyard Project.

Who’s got a backyard that needs some serious help? This gal. In April we will be celebrating Abram’s first birthday. I’m overjoyed that our tax return was so large because this means that we can actually throw him a birthday party, and pay for it ourselves! Now, we aren’t going to go crazy or anything, but we do want to invite all of our friends and family from all over the place. My first thought was to have it at Daniel’s parents house, which is five minutes down the road. They have a giant backyard with a nice deck and a grill. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to have it at our home. We have plenty of space, and with the some work (well, a lot of work) we can get our backyard looking decent. It really does have great potential, it’s just overgrown and wasn’t kept up for about 15 years. Sooo….

We have all of the trees around our house, which provides excellent shade, but boy is it the worst when it comes to the leaf count.

Our patio is spacious. I have big dreams for it, but first….

We have to get rid of the spider haven. The entire roof of that overhang is covered in spiderwebs, where they all lurk and hide during the day. And the stuff on the patio isn’t necessarily junk. We got rid of the junk part last year. But it’s just stuff we need to move and find a place for. Now granted, there is still some stuff we need to throw away. Like that ridiculous pot. And the three paper/mail boxes.

 

Daniel’s fixing to build some shelves for me and a rack for his recording gear out of all that wood.

Yes, that is a bin of old mason jars. And yes, I am crazy for not having taken them out already and using them. But soon my friends, soon.

We are guessing that this is where Daniel’s great aunt Lois had her garden. Now it is just an overgrown poop box for our dog Titan. I bought some organic seeds at Lowe’s on Saturday, so my hope is to turn it back into the garden it once was.

Really?

There are currently two giant holes in the backyard. Daniel and Roger were on a quest to find the septic tank because our toilets have been backing up. So that’s a fun decoration.

Our shed, that I never looked into until Saturday, is an interesting part of our backyard. The eagle on the top is my favorite. Hopefully we can shove all the stuff on the patio that we want to keep in here so that we can start to clean it up. I don’t want to have a birthday party where spiders are raining on our guests heads. It just can’t happen.

 

What house projects have you been working on lately? What are some you want to start?