In the words of my middlest, July is for CELEBRATIONS! And we have much to celebrate! So many good things are happening and I love sharing them with you here.
To start, it was the birth of our nation this weekend - the best nation in the entire world full of opportunity and freedoms much of the world can only dream of! We played it a bit low-key this 4th but did manage visit a neighbor's for a yummy cookout and light a few cheapy fireworks much to the delight of the boys! Speaking of the boys check out how BIG they're getting. Seriously! I take this same photo every year and all of a sudden, this year...well this year I realized I don't have "little" boys any more...
See what I mean? sigh. And please don't mind Ethan's smile (what.is.up.with.that.fakey.fake.thing) or Turner's big lip. Someone (I'm not going to name names) was doing something he shouldn't (jumping on the couch) and busted it big time. Poor kid, but he'd been warned...more than once. Just saying.
And for those of you who are crafty like me and love to get your pictures down on scrapbook pages, Better Homes & Gardens' Scrapbooks Etc included tips in their newsletter for patriotic and summer sports pages. I was excited to see some of my own old favorites included but beyond my pages, there are some really great ideas there. I hope you check it out. :)
My next celebration is over at STUDIO CALICO for their 4th Anniversary/Birthday! I had the honor to come back to party with them a bit and put up a challenge for the site members which just sent went live over the weekend. Here's a link if you want to play along! And yes, there are prizes involved!
And the final celebration I get to talk about is for my 5th ANNIVERSARY/500th POST Blog Extravaganza giveaway! To think it all started on July 1st 2006 with THIS POST! See what I mean about my boys?! Five years ago they were ALL so little! To celebrate, I am giving away a USPS flat rate box SHOVED FULL with all I can fit into it. Unfortunately that means US friends only unless any of my international friends are willing to split the difference with me to get the box to them. (I'm happy to do that if you'd like :)) I'm not exactly sure what all that will be but I can tell you it *will* at least have a full collection pack of both OXFORD & OUT OF PRINT - the newest releases from BasicGrey...and maybe even something handmade, too. So please - leave a comment on this post (one per person please) - telling me something you've enjoyed about this blog and I'll draw a winner a bit later this week! I'm leaving this open for a while because parties are more fun when there's no set *end date*, right?!
Oh and Monica Schoenemann - if you're still reading! Send me a little message because you were my first ever blog commenter and I'd love to send you a little something, too!
Here's to a wonderful July!