Saturday, June 30, 2018

No Place Like Home

I know I’ve mentioned about a thousand times that our house is 100+ year olds and it shows.  And sometimes I may have complained about it.  Ahem.  It seems everything is falling apart.  The master home repair to-do list keeps growing and growing and the items repaired have been few.  But we continue to work on it.  Still there are moments when I look around and have an overwhelming sense of content and happiness.  Like when we’ve just given the kitchen a deep clean, and everything is polished and in its place.  And when our entry hall has been wiped down and swept and is decorated for the current season.  

Like this month, when it’s done up for the 4th of July.  All red, white and blue touches. 

Yea, the grass needs cut, there is cement work to be done and the basement needs a cleaning out…again, but that can’t touch the feeling of “home” when I’m cooking up a festive meal for family, or filling the fridge and pantry shelves after a big grocery shopping, or running around with the little ones for whom this has been the only home they’ve every known.  There really is no place like home.

What about you?  What do you love about your house??

Peace and Happiness,

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Do you remember YOUR very first vacation?

It’s vacation time! Well, not quite yet.  Our vacation is scheduled for the first week of August.  I was trying to think back on vacations taken as a child and I can think of two trips: 1) the time we visited my Mom’s Aunt in Ohio.  I must have been very young because all I can remember of that trip is their dog’s wheezing and drooling; and 2) my Pap Pap taking us to Presque Isle, with a visit to Niagara Falls.  Or maybe the visits to Presque Isle and Niagara Falls were two separate trips.  I’ll have to ask my Mom.

We filled the sandbox and now it's rained every day!!!!
When I was around the age of twelve, my Dad bought camping equipment, but then we were invited to a picnic on 12 Mile Island (a/k/a Maple Island).  This island is located in Harmarville and sits in the middle of the Allegheny River.  My Dad saw a cottage for sale, bought it, sold the camping equipment and from then on we spent our summers on the island.  Sadly, we no longer have the cottage, I think how perfect it would be for Elliot and Amelia.  However, we are working on making the backyard a summer paradise.  If only it would stop raining long enough to cut the grass!!!

Do you remember your very first vacation???  

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Inspiration and Family Fun

During a recent stint of blog-hopping, I landed on this one: Hearth and Vine.  So much inspiration!!! Anyway, one of the articles - $100  Room Challenge really appealed to me.  This was something that would be challenging, fun and inexpensive.  I am so on board!  and my coming across this NOW is incredible.  You see, Elliot and I are going to exchange rooms.  His room has too many cut-outs, is darker and although the rooms are the same size, because of the doorways, cut-outs, etc., his seems smaller.  Mine is lighter (room faces back of house and gets LOTS of sunshine) and has more room to hold his train table, and tons of toys and books. 

Changing rooms is also a great way for us to clear out the clutter.  I look around my room and see so much that I really do not need.  This is going to be a GREAT challenge!  I will add photos as we progress.

If you were to challenge yourself to update a room and stay under $100.00, which room would you choose????

In other news, we took the kiddies to Zone 28 last night to bowl and play games.  We had a really fun time.  At first, little E was a bit hard on himself when bowling - jeez kiddo, you are only 5!  But then he got the hang of things and had a good time.  In fact, we are leaning towards signing him up for a Junior League at our local bowling alley.  As for Amelia, she is just a bundle of fun.  Kayla and I hadn't bowled in such a long time, but we didn't do too bad.  Later, we ended up at Elliot's 2nd all time favorite - Eat -n - Park for dinner (McDonald's is his first).  Then home to bed.  It was a fabulous family night out.
Kayla and Elliot take a virtual ride

Little E - such form!
Amelia taking aim at the aliens

Friday, June 1, 2018


Home to Flag Day, Father’s Day, Summer Solstice, Picnics, Pool Parties, Grilling and BBQ, Weddings, Graduations, Melissa and Kayla’s birthdays, Amusement Parks and Traveling.

On the home front, we have been working on our Summer Bucket list.  So much to do, so little time.  I work away from home and am gone an average of 10 hours each week day, so we will attempt to cram as much fun time into each day as possible.  Kayla IS GOING TO PASS her driver’s test tomorrow and then we can plan many activities for her and the children to enjoy while I am at the office.  

So far on our list is Kennywood Amusement Park (when Thomas the Train is opened), miniature golfing, a visit to the Pittsburgh Water Steps, the Three Rivers Arts Festival which begins TODAY, the Dependable Drive-In (this is a personal favorite), Summer camp (for Elliot), trips to the zoo and museums, and a whole bunch more.
Playing at a Schenley Park (new to us)

Over the Memorial Day weekend we worked on the front/back yards and porches.  We picked up sand for the sandbox, planted a few flowers, filled a little play pool.  Our own little form of paradise.

Gonna take alot of work to make this
look like Paradise!
I am so excited for this month and the rest of summer.  Making good memories – that’s what I’m about.

What plans do YOU have for this summer?

Nothin’ but Sunshine,