our daughter and son in law decided that they wanted to dedicate charlie at home with family instead of a church dedication. they got married here, so it made sense to them.
since it was on july 5th i went with a patriotic theme for the decorations
i also made a birthday cake for ethan since he was to turn two in a few days
i decorated the table with bandannas from walmart and made a cross of cupcakes.
i painted frames from dollar tree and downloaded and printed these free graphics.
i bought a youth bible and had everyone write something in it.
of course we had to feast because that's what we do! i did a hot dog bar with chips
we all stood around the dining room table and prayed and read scripture
everyone took turns
the little boys just played while we did this
papa burrows offered a wonderful prayer
grampa smith and jeff jr. played "jesus loves me"
then grampa played and sang a song he had written years ago & he dedicated it to all the little boys.
it was a wonderful, special time for this family. i love how grampa & gramma smith were watching over us.
yup, it's finally hot in maine!!!!!! depending on where you are, of course! yesterday and today were in the upper 80's at my house and inland, but lower along the coast.
i bought this pool at marden's for the awesome price of $15. it's supposed to be for the boys, but i told jeff to fill it up on friday and we enjoyed lazing in it yesterday and today when the afternoon got too hot. we are surrounded by lakes, but i just want peace and quiet and privacy.
well, i think after blogging every day for 30 days, writing a blog a couple times a week should be easy? i'm hoping that this summer is not a busy one. i want to take time to rest and relax and breathe.
my day started at 6 am. coffee and out to my garden to sit and drink my coffee. it's finally warm enough in the mornings to do that, but i did wear a sweater.
a 2.5 mile walk
pastor talked about paying attention to how we speak this week. no boasting. no talking about ourselves. no facebook selfies. he dislikes facebook.
home for lunch
up to bangor to pick up my new futon for my guest/craft room. i love it! its a queen size, oak, with an 8" innerspring mattress.
home to sit in my little pool i bought for the boys (and me) as we have finally gotten some pretty warm temperatures. the pool is just the right size for jeff and i to lounge in with a drink in our hand.
then putting the futon together
doing a few houseworky things
a nice fresh salad for dinner with peanuts and cheese
now a cup of chai latte
not a bad day at all.
this year i am trying to go to the farmers market each week. i did not plant a garden this summer so it is really important to get me some fresh, fresh, fresh veggies!
the season has been really slow in starting this year, but i think its going to be a good one.
here is my bounty from todays market
i purchased 2 really large heads of leaf lettuce, a large bunch of swiss chard, a large bunch of spinach, 4 medium heads of brocolli, 2 large bunches of radishes, 2 pints of strawberries, and 2 containers of goat cheese spread--all organic.
eating healthy does not come cheap. these purchases cost me $43. however salad greens are the basis for all of my lunches and dinners and these will last me all week.
i'm looking forward to visiting the market each saturday morning & i'm considering joining a CSA next summer.
for work today we took our program on a ride to acadia national park to picnic.
the name of the picnic area is the Fabbri picnic area.
evidently there was a guy during world war one who manned a naval something or other on mount desert island and the town of otter creek erected a memorial to him because of the awesome importance of his work there from 1917-1919. when the land was donated to the feds for the park they were told they needed to honor this memorial.
it is a pretty little spot
it was a nice afternoon out & we are lucky to have this park nearby.