Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Sleepover

Another first for Miss Paisley Pie; she hosted her very first non-family sleepover and she wanted Little Miss Kyndall to stay the night. To make sure the girls had a blast I did a little research in blogland for ideas of things to keep them busy.

This is how it went down: 1) We picked Kyndall up from preschool and visited with all of Paisley's old classmates. The volume in the class was through the roof when they saw her. 2) We had dinner at CiCi's (did you know that Tuesday night is kids night and they eat for 99 cents - score!). 3) Then we came home to play baseball and silly string outside.

4) Then we came in for a snack and bed time. The girls talked for about an hour before they finally fell asleep. 

5) Due to our late night we had a side of cranky with breakfast but it didn't last long because we were off to swim lessons and to play in the park.  After swim lessons we headed home to play a little more until lunch.  Then everyone had a much needed nap. 6) After everyone was rested we headed out to find more clues for our treasure hunt (more on this later) and ended up at the carousel in the park. The girls were so excited they said I was "The BEST!" 
7) Then we headed back home for a shaving cream fight. It took a little bit before the girls understood that it was ok to make a mess and then they went CRAZY!
Poor Ryder got caught in the crossfire.
8) We rounded out our day with fun in the sprinkler to wash off the shaving cream.

We had fun but EVERYONE is wiped out; early to bed and I think we might need to have a low key day at the house.  (Paisley is already planning her next sleepover and she has great ideas!  Rylee and Avrey watch out you are in for a treat.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Check this one off our Summer List; homemade ice cream! 

We wanted to do this right so we borrowed my in-laws ice cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid and their Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert book. We made vanilla, rocky road and cookies n' cream.  It tasted just like the real deal, cost way less and was so much fun to make!  I think we will be adding this attachment and book to our Christmas list.  

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Less Drama

Trying to keep drama/stress at a minimum I have deleted my facebook account and it feels sooo good! 

Over the last few months whenever I would log on I would get all stressed out or mad at what some people where saying.  So I decided to take action and started deleting some of my "friends" that were making me CRAZY.  Then I started deleting the people I don't really talk to and then I realized that I had my list down to family and close friends that I already talk to by email, phone or text.  So the decision to delete the account seemed like a more logical step.  I hope now that I do not have the option to be on facebook I will have more time for my blog!

Anyone else getting to that point with facebook or is it just me?   

Friday, June 24, 2011

Week Three

Finally.....a new post from me! 

We have been having so much fun with camping, crafts, swim lessons, field trips and naps for me to stop and blog.  But today while the kids nap I am making the time! 

Time with Nana
The end of week one was spent with Nana and Papa Bob.  Lucky for us Rylee and Avrey were also visiting so we had more people to visit with!

At Nana's we:
Helped in the garden

Had s'mores by the fire

    Slept in a tent under the stars (well, the girls and Nana did while Ryder and I enjoyed the AC)

      Played water games

        Made crafts

          Visited with "The Boys"


          Our time at Nana's is never boring!

          Family Fishing
          On one of the hottest days last week Toby decided it was time to go fishing as a family.  I am not a fan of fishing because I am not good at being still or quiet or patient but not wanting to take away from the kids I helped load the car with gear and off we went.  We didn't catch anything but still had fun.

          Yes, he is playing with a worm and LOVING it.  What a BOY!!


          Pool Time
          Last week we took the kids to the North pool and they had a blast!  Paisley was on the kids water slide almost the whole time and Ryder was splashing around in the shallow kids play area.

          Topeka Zoo
          On Tuesday the weather was WAY to nice to be spent indoors so after swim lessons we walked over to the Zoo. The animals were out and active and there wasn't very many people there yet so we enjoy every minute of our visit! Our favorite of the day was the orangutan (I think her name was Zoe). When we got to the exhibit the orangutan was sitting on a barrel right at the glass. When Zoe saw Ryder's cookie she kept pointing to it and holding out her hand. Paisley felt sorry for her so leaned into the glass to give Zoe a kiss and then Zoe leaned in and smash her lips on the glass. It was so funny (they did this a few more times). The sad thing is that I only had my phone so I only have a few pictures - none of the kiss. 

          After we were done playing with Zoe we went to see the gorillas in the walk through glass tunnel and saw this sign. Uh-oh, I hope this isn't as bad as it looks (and yes, the glass is shattered behind the sign)!

          Playing at the Park
          After the zoo we still had a little energy to burn so we played at the park for a bit!

          And by "We" had energy/played at the park I mean Paisley because as you can see Ryder was taking a little cat nap!

          Father's Day Weekend
          We took Toby to the Louisberg Cider Mill.  We did a little shopping and got a few new spice packs to try out, apple cider and donuts.  We are so excited to go back this fall and get more goodies and maybe a pumpkin!  On our way home we stopped at The Great Mall in Olathe to stretch our legs and let the kids run around. While at the mall we stopped at Zonkers (first time visit) and I have to say we had fun.  It wasn't very crowded and they had things for both Paisley and Ryder to enjoy. (Most of my pictures where blurry because they were moving so much.  These are the few that were not.)   

          Swim Lessons
          This week was the start of Paisley's swim lessons and she is LOVING them! I don't know what she likes more; the lessons or the break from Ryder and I. I hope by the end of summer she will be able to swim on her own (fingers crosses). After Paisley's lesson starts Ryder and I go for a 20 minute walk around the park and head back to watch the last 30 minutes of the lesson and play in the the dirt.