One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish!

Last night was the last night for swim lessons. Although I am very excited I don't have to go the "Y" every day after work, I am sad I won't get to have my girl time with Jenny and Allison. Every night for two weeks we have been catching up while Finley, Brock and Ben and have been learning to swim. The kids did so great! What little fish we have created...

Apparently they even teach them to stand on one foot!


Just Us Girls

Today Robby and Poppy went fishing, so it was just us girls. We started the day with donuts for breakfast. Finley decided on the one that had pink icing and sprinkles. She then figured out she liked mine better and came up with the great idea to share it!

Then we headed over to the Athens Farmers Market. Finley made us walk the aisles about 10 times until she finally decided on a cookie about the size of her head and some peach lemonade. It was great to get to support the local farmers and buy some of their yummy vegetables. Not to mention there was free face painting. Of course Finley went for a pink flower on her cheek.

Next we headed home for some painting on the porch. Last night at the store she picked out a ceramic cat to paint. She gathered up the pink, purple and turquoise paint and went to town. After the cat, she did her first real canvas painting. It turned out great and as soon as it dries, which might take days, we will hang it up in the playroom.

We then grabbed the new quilt and some pimento cheese sandwiches and headed out the door for a picnic. After eating we went for a nature walk and collected all kinds of things: sticks, flowers, leafs, pine cones (we even found twin pine cones and she named them Babe and BonBon), and she found a worm, but she didn't want to keep it. We ended up walking all around the lake and at the end we found a great construction site where there was the biggest sandbox ever!

We barely made it home before she passed out and Daddy was home!


How GRACEful...

Finley keeps talking about going on picnics and eating outside. She wants to sit out on a blanket with her us and her babydolls. So I did what every normal mother would do...and made her a quilt! I think I am tuning into Grandma Grace. What an inspiration! She was such a great sewer and so very creative. I picked fabrics I felt she and Finley Jane would approve. What a blast it has been making the quilt! I have loved every step of the way, from picking out the fabric to sewing to tying the yarn and now to enjoying it with Finley. She thinks it is the greatest and I think this picnic blanket will last years to come!
(That last picture is me on the quilt taken by Finley Jane!-great shot)

Thanks for the inspiration!!!


Peace, Love and Candy!

I must say that the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. It is one of those holidays where you just get to celebrate without having to worry about gifts and everything else that can make holidays harder. It is just good old fun. I mean who doesn't love a parade and fireworks.

Finley Jane loved every bit of it...from the golfcarts

...to the parade

...to the candy

...to the fireworks!

The fourth is simple. It is just about remembering where we are and where we came from. It reminds us to just have fun. And that is what we did.

Plus, Finley got a new best friend!