Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Lazy Days of Summer in Wisconsin

We were fortunate to spend a week with my parents at our annual vacation spots in Wisconsin. Thankfully my dad was feeling well enough to travel via car all the way from Arizona to Wisconsin. We had a great time as usual and were happy to get to spend time with not only my parents but aunts, uncles and cousins too.
When we arrived in Door County grandma had a birthday cake waiting for Ethan. After taking a swim in the pool we all celebrated with cake and ice cream.
Our first day there, and our only rainy day, the boys and I walked to downtown Egg Harbor. We had to visit their favorite fudge shop, Gomy's Goodies, and I took a few pictures of the very Cape Codish looking town.


The small little town even has a natural foods store, Greens N' Grains.

On our walk I found several tea related goodies like these teacup and teapot planters.

And this cute little tea store, the Harbor Tea and Spice shop where we stopped for some black currant ice tea. This tea shop carries mostly Harney and Sons tea.
We had dinner with my parents, uncle and my cousin and his family. The kids got their own table and seemed to entertain each other.
 We also took some time to go mini golfing which I hadn't done in a very long time. It was fun and a great day to be out side.

My aunt bought kites for the kids and the green space behind the condos along with lake breeze made for great kite flying conditions!
Ethan was the first to get his up and flying high.

Notice how the kite matches the kid.

Right next to the condo was a cherry tree orchard. The cherries weren't ready for picking but the orchard provided for some pretty scenery

After our four days in Door County we headed up north to the cottage on White Lake. On the way the boys and I made our annual stop at Bay Beach. We had fun riding the scrambler, bumper cars, and the Tilt-A-Whirl.

The boys also rode the super slide.

Once at the cabin, Grandma and Grandpa treated us to a good old fashion fish fry at the local corner bar. We ate some yummy local perch and then back at the cottage the kids got the fire pit ready to make s'mores.
Ethan stoking the fire.

Roasting marshmallows
The grandparents relaxing, and trying to stay out of the smoke!

We spent most of the long weekend on lake. The kids enjoyed taking out the paddle boat. We also took several trips in the pontoon boat. Ethan even got a chance to drive.
We even played Sequence with my aunt and uncle on the pontoon.
And enjoyed beautiful sunsets on the lake! Life doesn't get much better than this!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The hazards of living in a neighborhood with mature trees

This car belonged to our neighbors across the street. They had only parked it in their driveway 20 minutes before this huge cherry tree toppled on top of it. Thankfully no one was in the car when the tree fell. The tree had decay at the base of the trunk, and  that along with the wet weather might have contributed to the fall..
Keith went over and helped cut some of the limbs off the tree, which provided us with plenty of wood for next winter. The rest of the tree had to be professionally removed. And the car was obviously totaled.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Sweet Little Dresses

These are two more dresses, from the Lelia and Ben pattern, that I made for my niece, Madelyn. The pink is a made from an eyelet seersucker-type cotton, and the blue is made from two coordinating fabrics. The main bodice fabric has little birds and the sleeves match the print in some of the birds.

Of course the model and recipient, Madelyn,  is even cuter (and sweeter) than the dresses!  I was glad to see that they fit her since I had to guess on the size which was tricky living 2000 miles away!
Pink eyelet dress
Blue birdie dress

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recital Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream that I made for Mac's violin recital.  I made the dark chocolate treble staffs with a chocolate mold, and sprinkled them with sparkly silver sanding sugar. Simple yet elegant.