Saturday, June 30, 2012

Yard Sale

Earlier this week I started cleaning out kitchen cabinets which led to other things.  Instead of hauling it all up to the attic for our annual springtime yard sale, I decided to go ahead and have one...TODAY.  So, I called my trusty ol' yard sale bud and said, "Hey!  Are you up for a yard sale???"  She said, "Well, ok."  (I love her.)

It was only, like, the HOTTEST day of the summer so far.... somewhere around, oh say. 105 degrees!!!

 But we started early and were in the shade just about the whole time.

Of course, it wouldn't be a yard sale if ALL our kids weren't there.!

We had lots of fun visitors!

This little boy is ready for a baby brother...or sister!

 There were feedings...

...and the WHOLE Thames family came!

Titus just plopped down with a book....

...and these two plopped down with him.

Cely Kay left with a treasure....

 ...and Bethany just took it all in.

Joey found some vintage dress-up for his girls..

...and his dad found a seat.

It was fun having daddy join us this time!

And the day was a success...even if it was the hottest day of the year!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Half Birthday Surprise

Her birthday is on December 27th.  It's cold.  It's Christmas.  It's busy.  We are usually out of town.  
She's always wanted a "Birthday Pool Party".  
So this week, on her half birthday, I spontaneously threw together a little surprise shin-dig to celebrate!

And all these little cutie patooties showed up for the celebration.  Sweet friends!

The Cutliff Clan hosted this happy event at their pool! 

This punkin' and Caroline share the same birthday...ten years apart!  He came to celebrate with her.

On a quick trip to Wal-Mart,  the day of the party, I found these adorable summer cupcakes in the case ready made! 

Everyone sang "Happy Half Birthday to You!" and blew out  a candle.

Caroline's buddy Allison gave her "half" of a birthday card.  So cute!

Happy "Half" Birthday, Miss Caroline! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Project Summer Sewing" Continues

In the frenzy of Summer activity, I have been sneaking over to my sewing machine every chance I get. 

Last night I finished these fun jammie pants for Miss C.

Makes me happy to see her curled up in them.

Rebecca was delighted with her knitting bag... a birthday treat that was one week late!

It's reversible!

And this little project is JUST FOR ME!  Does that not have "Alisa" written all over it!

Thanks for sharing in my J.O.Y!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beach Gratitude

1239.  A little beach get-away for our family of four.... to "cozy up" with one another and ENJOY each others company.

1240.  How the burden lifts because I am deliberate about laying it at Your feet and resting in You.

1241.  The girls...swimming with the dolphins at dusk.

1242.  The beautiful skies and perfect temperatures.  The sunshine with cool breezes...ahhhh.

1243.  Learning the "secret" of contentment...learning.

1244.  Sisters who really like each other.


1246.  The cozy, quaint little Inn where we stayed and the kind words of the ladies in the office.

1247.  How the girls (reluctantly) indulge me and all my picture taking shenanigans.

1248.  Eating our homemade dinner on our little balcony and how everyone genuinely enjoyed it.

1249.  How Andy wanted to share a few verses with us and chose a passage about FISH (go figure!) and how he gave details and background and a commentary as he read and how it took FOREVER, 
but how he faithfully instructs his family from the scriptures and reminds us that God does the impossible over and over and how His Word brings peace to our spirits.

1250.  Ice cream on the dock of the Marina and singing "Take me home, country roads" with the whole crowd.

1251.  Making friends on the beach....the cute dog who was afraid of the ocean and made us all laugh.

1252.  Your promise to provide.

1253.  Watching her in the waves.... her delight in Your creation!

1254.  The thrill of catching one on my one and only cast!  

1255.  How the girls LOVE their daddy and think of him before themselves.... most of the time.

1256.  How he fishes til well past dark.

1257.  Our little trip over to Coligny plaza (leaving daddy to fish!) and a treat from Sweet Carolina Cupcakes (all thanks to a tip from Bebe) and how the three of us sat in the middle of the bed that night and devoured it...and how yummy it was!

1258.  Our bike ride from South Beach to Harbour Town and how much fun it was; 
the breeze & the alligators...and the laughter.

1259.  Bright, bright days.

1260.  How he likes to "stop and smell the roses"... or watch the waves.

1261.  His promise to "light our path"...Psalm 119:105

1262.  The nice guy at the Blue Water Tackle Shop who put the girls new croakies on their sunglasses.

1263.  Piddlin' with my girls.

1264.  The vivid colors in Creation that man cannot replicate.  
A much needed get away that allows for time and energy to notice.

1265.  How Andy constantly recognizes to me and the girls how much we have to be thankful for.

1266.  Reflecting over the story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish on the drive home and how faith was all that they had.

1267.  The gift of the daddy God gave them.  Happy Father's Day!