Thursday, June 30, 2016

Conversations with Connor -- Part 4

It's safe to say we've missed the threeanger stage. However, we have our hands full with a toddler that has more personality and sass than necessary. Connor is always saying something that completely blows our minds. He is so quick with a witty response, that trait he gets from his Papa. It's been 6 months since I've shared a Conversations with Connor post and well, there have been some doozy so I thought today would be a great time to play catch up.


Connor: What are you doing Momma?
Me: Cleaning the bathroom.
Connor: Why?
I clean the bathroom so rarely that Connor is questioning my actions. Maybe I should clean it more often.

Me: How much fun did you have at VBS?
C: It was an awesome blast. Like this big!
He had the time of his life and couldn't get his arms to stretch big enough to say how big of a blast he had.

"I need to go in there. It's my destiny to get wet". On experiencing his first splash pad of the season. 

Me: I love you to the moon, Connor.
CJ: I love you to Mars, Momma. It's big and red like my heart.
Me: Oh man, you are too sweet.
CJ: Can I go back to playing please?
Just when I thought he was a sweet one he goes and proves otherwise.

This was a negotiation between James and Connor:
CJ: When we get downstairs can you play for 100 minutes?
ME: I have to go to work soon, I can play for 2 minutes.
CJ: How about 4 minutes?
ME: 2 minutes.
CJ: 4 minutes please (in his cute voice.)
ME: 3 minutes?
CJ: Ok! But it's really going to be 4 minutes.

Every night when we go to bed, I ask Connor to give thanks for one thing. Here is what he gave thanks for this evening...
"Jesus, thank you for Joni and her girls and for her giving me a Pop Tart Mommy won't give me because it's sugars. Jesus, thank you for letting Tracy give me gifts. Even if one does have sugars, she didn't know Mommy's rule. Amen."

Instead is saying "This is going to blow your mind", Connor says "you are going to blow up your mind". And I have no interest in correcting him.

Me: "We have got to get this house in order Connor, there is stuff everywhere."
Connor: "How did it get so messy?"
Me: "From you and your toys. So let's clean up."
Connor: "I'm so sleepy Momma. I'll have quiet time while you clean."
Good thing this one's cute.

Connor: "Mommy did you quit MOPS?"
Me: "No. I still go."
Connor: "Where am I?"
Me: "I go when you are at school."
Connor: "Oh... okay..."
Moments later I hear...
"Jesus, please help my Mommy and let her know that I need to go to MOPS too. I need to play in the classroom super bad. That's all, Jesus. Amen".

I never imagined someone so little could have such a fun personality. The questions, his comments, his never ending talk makes for some interesting days, that's for sure. And while some day seem longer than others with all this chatter, I wouldn't want it any other way.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reading Wednesday -- June 2016

For this months Reading Wednesday, I'm sharing one must read and one guilty indulgence. As of now, I am on pace to hit my 25 books read this year. I'd love to exceed my goal but life just doesn't all for much reading nowadays. I currently have 20 books on my bookshelf that need to be read, that doesn't include book club books we are going to be adding to my to read list. But here are the books I was able to read in June along with my to read list for July.


Book Club Pick
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.


My Review
This is a must read book. I loved this novel from the first chapter. The ending is one that you never ever see coming which I love in books. I don't want to always read something that is predictable. I had this mystery figured out at least five different times throughout the book. Because I'm smart like that, you know? But then new information came to light so I had to change my mind never imagining the ending being what it was. The author guides the reader to an understanding of each character’s motivations and helps us sympathize with them. Add this to your must read list; you won't regret it.

Personal Pick
Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again by Teresa Giudice
The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey and three-time New York Times bestselling author offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison, her marriage, her rise to fame, the importance of her family, and the reality TV franchise that made her a household name in her explosive and ultimately uplifting first-ever memoir.

Teresa Giudice, star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has seen it all, but nothing—not even Real Housewives scandals—could compare to the media firestorm that ensued after she was convicted on federal fraud charges.

The infamous, fun-loving Jersey mom of four was sentenced to fifteen months in the same prison where Piper Kerman—the real-life inspiration behind Orange Is the New Black—did her time. Her tiny prison cubicle in Connecticut felt so far removed from the glamorous world portrayed on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. What was a skinny Italian to do? Keep a diary, of course…

In her very first tell-all memoir, Teresa comes clean on all things Giudice: growing up as an Italian-American, meeting the love of her life and starting a family, dealing with chaos and catfights on national television, and eventually, coming to terms with the reality of life in prison. Featuring never-before-seen scans of her prison diary, Turning the Tables captures some of the most memorable moments of her prison stay, including the cringe-inducing fights she witnessed, the awkward conundrum of being trapped when a fellow inmate had a…guest…over, and the strength she found while confined between four concrete walls.

Even at her lowest of lows, Teresa was able to live la bella vita by staying positive and realizing her purpose. Friends, foes, and fans have speculated about Teresa’s prison experience, but nothing will prepare you for the revelations she makes in this entertaining and heartwarming memoir.


My Review
This was an impulse pick when visiting the library. It was on display on the end cap and since I'm a huge of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, this was an obvious choice of a guilty pleasure read. Here are my thoughts on this book in a nutshell -- 1) Teresa was guilty of her crimes. She never says that in the book but it's perfectly clear she made less than innocent decisions with her husband 2) Teresa's biggest fan is Teresa. Throughout the books she praises her character, her faithfulness, her love of family. If you your character was so "grand" how come you are in prison? and 3) My thoughts on her guilt have something to do with her vision board. She put one together while in prison, displaying things she helps for when she is out. The word money is written 3 (maybe 4) times. Clearly this is someone who puts more value on materialistic desires than being an honest person. So unless you get a kick of out reality TV, Teresa's show in particular, I would skip this book. But as a fan of the show, I just had to give it a try. 


For June, I will be reading Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews. I am hoping to read a third book but know that I want to read these two first.

Now it's your turn to share what you've been reading. Add our button to your book themed post and linkup your book reviews and lists. You have until July 4 to add your May reading list.





Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Epic Virus of Summer 2016

A week ago today, Connor came down with a pretty high fever, 103.2 at 4AM. I quickly jumped into action, giving him medicine, diffusing Thieves and pumping him full of the liquids. Little did I know that this virus wasn't going to be kicked so easily.

Tuesday was off to a rough start, but as quickly as he woke up, got medicine and drank a bit of water, C went right back to sleep. While I didn't see this as a good sign, I was happy to be going back to bed. 4AM comes early when you go to bed at midnight. We ended up sleeping until almost 9 and that's when I began what felt like the never-ending routine of taking his temperature and administering Tylenol and Ibuprofen.


Between Tuesday morning and Thursday, his temp went as low as a normal 98.6 to a high of 103.2. It was all over the place. We were chalking it up as a Summer flu (although he received a flu shot in the Fall). Sleep was hard to come by because every time his fever would spike, it would wake him up. I saw the hours of 3AM to 5AM far too often this last week. I called our doctor on Wednesday and she said that we could come in or continue to watch for new signs. If anything worsened or we felt like his condition wasn't improving, to bring him. She mentioned that they had been pretty busy with the stomach bug as did my Mom who works in the ER of a local hospital. I made an appointment for Thursday morning and we were at the office bright and early at 8AM.

Upon examining C, the doctor suggestion that we take him to the ER for some scans as he was having some stomach pains and when she attempted to do an exam on his tummy, he lost his mind and said it hurt. The first thing out of her mouth was this could be something serious, let's get it checked out. So off to Children's ER we went.


We spent 3.5 hours at Children's where they ran 4 different tests: an x-ray, an ultrasound, a urine test and strep test. Each exam came back clean, with no issues present. His ultrasound did show that he was a bit constipated, even with going #2 on Wednesday, which made sense to us since he hadn't been eating or drinking much. He was kept for observation for an hour or so after completing his exams. His temp was back up to 103.5 (this highest it ever got) and the doc wanted to have him eat to see if he could keep it down. The pain was never diagnosed and we haven't had anymore stomach pains since Thursday morning. We were told he more than likely had a tough GI bug and that it would run it's course in over a span of 7 days.

Today is day 7 and we've been fever free since Saturday morning. While the high temps are gone, we still have a moody kid and a really wacky sleep schedule to deal with. We've been talking about where he could have picked up such a virus and all we can think of is maybe he got it from the amusement park on Father's Day. While we washed our hands before meals and after using the restroom, we didn't think to clean our hands after each ride or game. Lesson learned, I guess.

I can't thank everyone enough for their thoughts and prayers during this messy, messy week. Once his fever broke, the Mister and I starting cleaning and removing every single speck of dust and any chance of a germ lingering. We went as far as cleaning our basement Saturday - purging, throwing away, dusting, sweeping and mopping. Our house hasn't been this clean in quiet some time and it feels so good.

It's a new week and we have some plans that I hope we can stick to, that we don't have any more illnesses this Summer, that we can enjoy this week and then the holiday. If nothing else, I've learned that I am capable of running on as little as 3 hours of sleep. Although, I'd rather not.

Monday, June 27, 2016

June's Must Make Menu + Grown Up Grilled Cheese

I have to brag on myself for a second. If there is one thing I can whip up in the kitchen that might put others to shame, it's a grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, grilled cheese. I know how simple this is but hear me out. I have mastered the amount of time it takes to perfect grilling the bread so that the end result is a deliciously golden grilled cheese. Today, I wanna share with you a grown up spin on the classic cheesy goodness we all know and love.


My love of grilled cheese goes way back to when my brother and I spent Summer days at home and we had to fend for ourselves. It was either PB&J or grilled cheese. My parents gave us particular orders to not order out and to not use the oven (someone once caught it on fire -- that someone is me) so we stuck with the basics - sandwiches. Served with chips or soup, it's hands down one of my favorite meals.

This past week was one for the books in our household. C came down with a vicious virus causing us to be stuck at home more days than usual. Come Saturday, I wanted a feel good meal and that's when I decided to whip a grown up version of my childhood favorite. The ingredients are basic yet yield a tasty lunch that leaves you full and satisfied.


Grown Up Grilled Cheese
Ingredients
2 slices of American Cheese
6 oz of lunch meat (we used ham)
4 pieces of Artisan style bread 
1/2 cup of  European Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
1/4 cup of minced garlic (or less if you don't like garlic as much as us)

Directions
Mix the EVOO and garlic together. Using a brush, cover each piece of bread with the garlic oil mixture. Assemble your sandwich, adding cheese and ham to your bread, in your pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.


The end result is the perfect combination of traditional ham and cheese with a crunchy garlic bread. It's delicious and I am always quick to regret not making myself more. Paired with soup, our favorite is potato, and you have yourself a hearty lunch or a quick and easy dinner on nights when you have little to no desire to spend too much time in the kitchen.

And while I know many of you use butter or margarine when making grilled cheese, I am here to say that you are missing out by not using European EVOOs. From the start of the olive tree to the time you hold the bottle of a oil in your hand, you are getting the finest olive oil available. The type of tree and harvest of an oil makes a huge difference, too. Depending on the location and time of harvest, your oil is a one of kind creation where the taste can be mild and buttery to fruity and nutty. We currently have 4 different types of oils on hand in our pantry because I love experimenting with EVOOs in soups, on meat and veggies, on my grilled cheese. The options are endless.

This month has proven to be quiet diverse when it comes to what we've been eating. From grilled cheese to chicken with black beans and corn to Italian chicken sandwiches, we've branched out and tried so many new dishes. Here are 5 new recipes we've tried in June that receive 2 thumbs up. 

 
Rotini Bake -- very much like a baked ziti
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches -- I think the addition of the Italian dressing is a surprisingly genius idea
Honey Ham & Veggies -- such a simple meal
Chicken with Black Beans & Corn -- this uses Rotel and well, I there is nothing ever wrong with that
Italian Chicken Sandwiches -- Mississippi Chicken on a bun... delicious

In July, I want to create a stock of  freezer meals. 6-8 meals that I can prep at once and then serve throughout the month when I need something that takes little to no work come dinner time. Think crock pot meals. Please share your recipes in the comments below. We are pretty much game for anything (minus fish).

Today I'm joining 3 other bloggers -- Come Home for Comfort, Polka-Dotty Place and Cup of Tea -- to share some of our favorite meals from this month. Be sure to visit each lady and find some new meals to add to your rotation.

*Disclosure: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group, LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions shared in today's post are mine alone.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rewind Friday -- The Best of Wife Mommy Me's Kitchen: 5 Quick & Easy Recipes

Happy Friday! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first month of our new Rewind Friday series. Not only does this party give me the chance to share my favorite Wife Mommy Me posts but it also provides me with the opportunity to read some of your best work too. Don't forget to check out this month's spotlight post at the bottom of mine. Be sure to join our party; you just might snag June's spotlight! 

This month, I am going to focus my Rewind Friday my top 5 favorite recipe posts. If I had to share one of the many things blogging has done for me, it is that it's pushed me to get in the kitchen more. I've never been one who loved cooking and baking but thanks to all the tasty recipes that I've seen in the blogisphere and on Pinterest, my love of preparing meals and baked goods is slowly growing.

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
I enjoyed my first breakfast casserole 3 years ago when I joined MOPS. The combination of potatoes, sausage and egg topped with cheese is pure perfection. The best part is you can prep this the night before and just throw in the oven first thing in the morning. There are so many options to making these casseroles that you could easily have a different one each week. Just visit Pinterest for inspiration.

Blueberry Muffins
Muffins are the way to my heart. This recipe is so simple that you can make it during quiet time (or nap time if you are lucky enough to enjoy those still #jealous) and enjoy them 2-3 mornings thereafter. If blueberries aren't your favorite, you can substitute them with chocolate chips, raspberries or even cinnamon and apples.
 
Lemon Chicken Asparagus Stir Fry
Stir fry can't be any more versatile. Pick your meat and veggies and start cooking. We love this lemon chicken asparagus and we make it every 2-3 weeks. Not only it is quick and easy to throw together for dinner, but it's a light meal perfect for Summer. Plus, it makes great leftovers for lunch.

Zucchini Boats
I recently tried these for the first time thanks to the fresh produce we have access to at local farmers markets and they were delicious! I can't make them often enough. Packed full of protein, this carb free dinner option makes you feel good about going back for seconds. I made my first batch with beef but you can easily use turkey or sausage or a combination of both.

Buckeye Brookie
My favorite dessert is a warm pan of brownies. But when I'm wanting a cookie, I turn my love of brownies into a Buckeye Brookie. It's the perfect mesh between brownie and cookie with a touch of peanut butter. Something about peanut butter and chocolate is just so good that you can't stop at one and these brookies are the perfect excuse to indulge.

These recipes are just a handful of ones shared on my blog. If you want to see more quick and easy recipes, just search FOOD or RECIPE. I can promise you that all recipes you will find are simple. I'm slowly working my way around the kitchen and I have a handful of go to recipes that I love and have shared here with my readers. 

Last month's most clicked post was from Klein dot Co
Be sure to visit Amanda and check out her amazing strawberry smoothie bowl recipe. 


Now it's your turn. The link up is a chance for you to share your favorite overlooked content. Fresh eyes and new love on posts that you've poured your heart out on. Link up a collection of posts like mine or add a single post. It's up to you, no rules. Be sure to use hashtag #RewindFridayParty when sharing your posts so we can check it out. Grab my Rewind Friday button and join the party.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

#boyMom Box Swap Reveal

Happy Thursday! Today, we get to share with you the goodies we received from Ashley from Perks of Ponder in our #boyMOM Box Swap. Connecting with other boy Moms is always fun for me and her little guy is a bit older than C so I liked hearing what a "bigger" kid enjoyed. I love shopping for others and sending snail mail so swaps like these are something I look forward to. So enough chit-chat, here is what Ashley sent us.



When the box was delivered, Connor was really excited because it was quiet large. We dug in right away and discovered some great Summer finds. We've been having park play dates followed by lunch and the paper plates and napkins and Igloo lunch box is perfect for play date lunches with friends. Connor's love of Marvel heroes runs deep so he instantly tore into those items. Ashley throw in some fun Fourth of July finds, too. And we both scored new cups -- which we love but don't need. I'm sure James is shaking his head at yet more cups.

Thank you Ashley for our #boyMom box. 


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our Day at Paramount's Kings Island

For Father's Day this year, James wanted to visit a local amusement park. We made plans to meet my brother-in-law and niece and nephew, who have season passes and love going (I think Sunday was their 4th or 5th visit of the season!). It's been 10+ years since I had been to Kings Island and even longer for the Mister. Connor has yet to visit such a huge park so this was going to either be amazing or completely awful. You never know with little ones, you know? But Connor totally surprised us by completely rocking it. We spent 7 hours in 90+ heat and not once did he complain. I'll let the photos I snapped do the talking.






He hated it, right? We spent the bulk of our day in Planet Snoopy. While this area is designed for little ones, my 14 year old niece and I are still "small" enough to ride some of the rides in the area. I have to admit, I am not a fan of roller coasters so these kiddie ones are perfect for me. Sad but true. Planet Snoopy is Charlie Brown themed and since our love of Chuck runs deep, I had to snap a few photos of the park's theme.




The characters walked around too and while we were able to snag a photo with Snoopy, we missed Charlie Brown who is our favorite. Maybe next time. By mid-afternoon, the big kids wanted to ride the water rides and C didn't meet the high requirement for all of them so he rode one, cooled off and then he and I hung out in the shade while they got to ride a few more things.





Connor had the best ride in our blue folding wagon. If you have little ones or kids that play sports and need to carry all the things, pick up one of these folding wagons from Sam's. It was a lifesaver and plenty big enough for C and our bag. And before we left, we had to stop and get the famous "blue ice cream". I think it's a blueberry flavor, but can't say because I've never had it. I'm a chocolate vanilla twist kind of girl.

We had a really great Father's Day and were so proud of how well Connor handle the long lines and hot temps. I'm not sure if we will make it back before Summer is over but I think it would be fun to go again in the Fall when it's not so warm outside. When I asked Connor what he favorite part of Kings Island, he couldn't narrow it down to just one thing so I think it's safe to say he had a great time.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite Fonts -- Summer Edition

Y'all it's hot here, which makes perfect sense since yesterday was the day of Summer. Now that it's officially my least favorite season Summer, I thought today would be the perfect chance to introduce you to my favorite Summertime fonts. The best part? Each is a FREE download. Check out my suggestions and download a few (or all) and add a bit of Summer to your blog design or photos.



Downloading is super easy, too! Follow the links above to download. Save to your computer. Once you've downloaded your choices, you'll need to restart your computer. Once we restart you can instantly put these pretty script fonts to use on your blog and images. Additionally, what I love about adding new fonts to my collection is that they work in Word and PicMonkey, which are my top two (free) blogger tools.


Which is your favorite? I'm partial to KG All Things New and Always Here.
Happy downloading, font lovers!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Red, White and Blue - $10 at Target

Happy Monday friends! Today I'm sharing my $10 find from Target. I decided to pick up some 4th of the July decorations. I have more than enough decorations for Fall and Christmas but when it comes to the holidays from January to September, it's slim pickings. I am happy to say I was able to discover some cute items to decorate with for the Summer.


Target had such cute red, white and blue goodies to choose from. I was able to stay under my budget of $10, including at the Nemo cup for Connor. I've seen some amazing Summer decorations on Instagram but my Target (and I shop at 3) didn't have any of the items I've seen online. These have worked great for the small spaces I have to decorate with. My favorite find was the banner. I have area in our entry that is perfect for banners.


In case you were curious, the burlap Mason jar is from Hobby Lobby. Now it's your turn to share what you scored this month. Link-up your posts below. 



Friday, June 17, 2016

Blogger Love Vol. 5

Good morning friends! I am happy to say that after a rough weekend we've rebounded nicely and this week has been mostly stress free. I think Connor has realized the importance of rest and getting sleep as he has been a sleeping champion this week. We have a busy weekend ahead of us so I'm hoping the good vibes continue to carry through. Before I share some "Blogger Love" this week, I want to share quick links to my posts from Monday to Thursday.



National Fudge Day + Printable from The Queen In Between 
National Fudge Day? How did I miss this opportunity to indulge? Shelly pushes us to whip up a batch of yummy fudge brownies and share the love with friends with a cute printable. While I may have missed the holiday, I think this could be a perfect just because gift for friends this summer. Grab the printable from The Queen in Between.

Summer Bucket List 2016 by Our Pretty Little Girls
My girl Beth knocks it out of the park with her Summer Bucket list. She covers all the bases, too. From a kid's cooking dinner night to mom-cation with friends to flashlight tag, there are so many possibilities to make memories with this list, it's just too good to pass up. Snag your copy by visiting Our Pretty Little Girls. 

I've mentioned a few times how I am new to cooking and spending time in the kitchen. Because of that, I'm learning that there are tools for everything. Alexis shares 11 kitchen tools for fruit and veggies and this is the perfect time of year to put such gadgets to use. I've been adding more and more fresh veggies to our meals and I am loving the benefits we are seeing. Head over to Chemistry Cachet to see the full list.

Free Fonts for Summer by Hall Around Texas 
Raise your hand if you love fonts like I do? I'm constantly downloading new fonts to use on images I create for my blog, for printables and even invitations for birthdays and holiday parties. I can't get enough of them. Thanks to Crystal, I know have 10 new fonts to download that are perfect for the Summer. The best part? Each font is a free download! Check them out over at Hall Around Texas. 

10 Homemade Popsicle Recipes for Summer from Mom to Mom Nutrition
Katie has rounded up some delicious cool treats in this post. From Watermelon Ice Pops to PB & J Popsicles to Juicy Grape Pops you have plenty of sweet treats to choose from. With all the fresh fruit and veggies at our disposal this time of year, you can enjoy these popsicles daily without feeling the guilt of indulging too much like you do with ice cream. Visit Mom to Mom Nutrition for all the recipes. 

What post inspired you this week?
Enjoy your weekend, friends! 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Our Short & Sweet Camping Adventure

Five years ago, when registering for our wedding, James and I picked out some basic camping goods we thought we'd like with the mindset that one day we would go camping. Our sweet friend Amanda gifted us the requested camping items, which soon found a home in the basement, among stuff we've never used but didn't want to part with. Fast forward to earlier this month and we decide we want to go camping. Too bad we purged before moving back home and have absolutely ZERO camping equipment. But because our desire to experience camping for the first time as a married couple and a family of 3 was so strong, we headed out and purchased ALL. THE. THINGS. needed to go camping. As fate would have it, we would be camping on our 5th wedding anniversary. While it wasn't exactly the way we imagined it, we had a blast and can't wait to go back. Here are a few highlights from our trip, which was exactly 19 hours long. 




 





All week long, we had been watching the weather. Storms were forcasted for the entire weekend but being in Ohio, this means nothing. We decided we would wait until Thursday to make our decision on whether to go or not. Thursday evening rolled around and Friday looked beautiful as well as Saturday afternoon. From about Saturday around 4 to Sunday evening, storms would be blanketing the area. We figured we'd give it a shot and camp for the night, allowing Connor to experience a bit of what camp life is like.

Connor helped James set up our tent and was just beside himself with excitement over sleeping outside. Once we had our site together, we visit the local beach where Connor rushed in, fully dressed. It took every once of control for me to not prevent him for playing in the water. I love swimming in the ocean but lake water, water in which you can't see through, freaks me out. But from the photos above you can tell we let him be little.

We took in some sites and checked out the campgrounds and found a small playground for Connor to burn some energy off at. We cooked turkey dogs on the fire and enjoyed our first Smore of the season.

It started raining much earlier than predicted. Around 3AM it rained to the point that James and I both wondered what we had gotten ourselves into, all while Connor snoozed in his sleeping bag. Around 7AM the rain stopped long enough for us to head into town to get breakfast and cell service. We checked the weather and discovered the storm was moving much faster than predicated so we decided to call it a day and packed up. We arrived Friday at 5:12 and pulled out Saturday at 12:10. I didn't say short and sweet for nothing.

I am so glad we went because Connor had a blast. He and James told ghost stories until nearly 11PM Friday night and we were able to go off the grid for just a bit and that's always a welcomed experience. We made it up just in time for one heck of a storm. It rained non-stop from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning. I would have hated every minute of being stuck in a tent for that long.

While this trip wasn't as long as we would have liked, we had a great time together and have plans to go again in a couple of weeks. A few activities marked off our Summer bucket list - camping included! - we can focus on some more fun ways to celebrate the season.