Monday, July 21, 2014


We are making every attempt to fight against today's culture of kids with electronics, TV's, video games, etc!!

Our kiddos have been fishing the last 3 weekends...!

Their new favorite store is Cabela's. It has been so fun to get them in our beautiful state's outdoors!

I will admit that the 5:30am fishing alarm is a little hard on a Saturday morning! But once we get outside I am so thankful I got my butt out of bed.

 Haha! Kyle knew I was taking a picture so he shook his tush at me. ;)

 Ava's excitement over catching a stick!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Flowers!

I know I just blogged an entire post on my flowers {here}, but I have a few more pictures!

Maybe it is the weekly occurrence of hail that is prompting my flower documentation??! We get thunderstorms almost daily in the summer months, and I love them! But now that I have invested $$ into plants (for the first time ever) I get a little anxious with each clap of thunder that hail is going to come any second and murder my flowers.

I ran outside just as it started raining today to snap these!

 I love the vibrant reds and oranges of the flowers on this plant, mixed with the deep greenish-purple leaves. It adds such a contrast of color to our garden. 
 This flower (the gayfeather) is definitely my new favorite! It looks like it came straight out of the Lorax movie! It also reminds me of a sea anemone. SO pretty!

 Look at what our mystery plant ended up being!! Gorgeous. 
 I had to Google what the heck was happening to some of our Hens and Chicks! {For the life of me I keep wanting to call them Chicks and Hens!!} Apparently they bloom just before they die. Kinda tragic, right?! Every 3 to 5 years they do this so they can make more chicks. :)
These buds will turn into pink flowers. 

Don't be surprised if I post a picture when they do! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ikea Ektorp Couches

I have to admit I am really not a fan of Ikea furniture. If you've moved as much as we have, you totally get it!!

When we bought our house we were in need of furniture! My budget was pretty small, being that we had just used all of our pennies to buy a house! I was familiar with the Ektorp series because they are sooo popular in blogland.

I searched and searched trying to find some Pottery Barn knockoff couches. I couldn't find anything decent in my price range in our area. So I broke down and headed to Ikea...

I have to say, I am totally pleased with this set! The style/look is just what I was wanting and the best part is the slip covers!! If you have kids and/or pets this is the best invention E.V.E.R!! I just pop those bad boys in the washer when needed and have perfectly new looking {and smelling} couches! The covers are also very inexpensive. The chair covers are as cheap as $20 for some fabrics. I have two sets for the chairs, so when I am washing one pair I just put the other set on.

Our set includes: 1 sofa, 1 love seat, 2 chairs, and an ottoman. The ottoman opens and has storage inside for blankets, toys, etc...

If have the $$$ to buy super nice couches, DO IT!! But, if you are on a budget or needing something kid friendly, check these out! They are also perfect for people who suffer from change-my-entire-decor-frequently-syndrome like me. You are not locked into any one color for life! You can just go buy new covers and bam, whole new look!!

Oh! These are also great for basements! Some stairwells are awkward and difficult to fit large furniture down. We know from experience! These come in a box and you assemble them {gotta love Ikea}. You can carry them pre-made into the basement and then build them once they are down there.

 Dirty feet from my four year old??! No big deal! Gentle cycle in the washer will take care of that!

Are you considering Ikea couches?! Have questions? Ask away! :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Grand Lake {4th of July}

We spent a super fun 3 day weekend in Grand Lake with our friends celebrating the 4th!

Our kids were in heaven! They got to fish, canoe, paddle boat, ride ATV's, spend a day on the pontoon boat, make smores around the bonfire, and explore the outdoors til the sun went down!

I loved watching the fire works over the lake. It was gorgeous!

 Look at poor Ruca's face! He did not want to go out on the boat. He eventually decided it wasn't too bad.

 The boys are fishing in the canoe and Kyle, Quinn, Ava, and Ruca are making their way over in the paddle boat. 

 Sadly the fireworks show was cut short. We later found out that a faulty firework fell over and blew the barge in two, sinking it. Luckily nobody was injured. The little bit we got to see was so pretty!

We docked the pontoon and went into town for some ice cream.
 Quinn almost fell asleep eating his.

 Captain Quinn driving us around.
 We ran into the guys who were out fishing. 
 Miss Leah took her turn driving us. 

 I want a boat garage!

 Everyone took their turn jumping in the ice cold water. Well, I didn't jump in, but I wish I would have now!

 A storm moved in and rained on us.
 Tanner showed us how the hummingbirds will land on your fingers. 

Such a fun time! Ava has already asked if she can go back again. :)
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