Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Crafting

 The summer box from Happy Hedgehog Post was full of so many absolutely incredible projects that I think it's safe to say that this one is our most favorite one yet! Normally, we get a monthly "envelope", thought it's really a package, full of all sorts of projects and the materials to complete them, but since Samantha (the creator of HHP) was nearing the end of her pregnancy she decided to do one summer bundle so that she could focus on her baby rather than the envelopes that needed to go out. What a smart mama (and what lucky customers we all are)!
 The first project the girls chose to do was wet felting soap. The most luscious smelling cucumber melon soap was included, as well as all the roving that would be needed. While we've needle felted before wet felting was new for us!
 Emma's completed soap (I forgot to get a picture of Grace's). It came out beautifully!

Since there is a pretty strict water ban in our town this summer we decided to forgo our usual vegetable garden. We're so sad to not have one this year, but we've all agreed it was the right choice. We were thrilled to see that there were materials in the summer box to grow a little window herb garden! It was the perfect way to still include that part of our summer rhythm but on a much smaller scale.
 A backyard bird list to check-off as they see each bird. It's like Happy Hedgehog Post knows us!
And as if this box couldn't get any better there were lots and lots of fairy house making materials! The girls divided it up and went out to scout out locations in which to build their fairy houses.
Our window herb garden today. The girls clearly chose the right place for this sweet garden to grow! It's clearly very happy in our bedroom window!

There are still a few more projects left to complete, too! I figured I'd hold on to them for a while longer so that we can have a few more things to do throughout the rest of the summer. We truly cannot thank Donna and Peter enough for this wonderful subscription to Happy Hedgehog Post! It has been such a treat and is so very looked forward to each month! xo

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday Morning

This is the sight that greeted me when I arrived home from Pure Barre class yesterday morning. "Well, we all live here so I figured I'd do the laundry!" she told me when she saw me in the doorway. What an absolutely love surprise to arrive home to! Thank you, sweet Emma, for such a lovely start our week! xo

Monday, June 27, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

This Evening

Strawberry Shortcake for dessert and a walk/bike ride/flower picking afterward. A perfect ending to a lovely summer day. xo

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrating Solstice

All Summer Solstice celebrations should involve an absolutely gorgeous night, bare feet, bubbles, live music, lantern light and s'mores. We hope your Summer Solstice was as blessed and as lovely as ours! Happy Summer, friends!  xo

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

On this Father's Day we would like to take time to honor all the amazing, hands-on dads that we are fortunate to count among our friends and family, but most importantly the girls and I would like to take a moment to honor my dad, David and David's dad. Three men who possess a quiet strength, lots of wisdom and so much love for their families (those they created as well as those that they were born into). They are our biggest champions, and without them life as I know it would not be possible. It is due to their hard work and dedication that we are able to live these amazing lives. Thank you, gentlemen, for all you do. We are truly blessed beyond measure. xo

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Recital Day

And so ends another incredible year of dance! Today's recital was absolutely stellar (and may be my most favorite one yet)! All of the girls danced so beautifully, and I was definitely teary a few times during the show. Thank you to everyone who makes CSDS the amazing dance community it is! Special thanks to Lauri and Nicole for being the girls dance teachers this year. Their dancing truly improved so much this year and it's all thanks to your hard work and dedication. We are so blessed to be part of the Center Stage family and cannot wait to see all that next year brings! xo