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Manic Monday; Friday Fireworks

#1- We got our first taste of the 4th this past weekend in Valdese, North Carolina where we took the boys to an awesome fireworks show. We found a car show once we got there and the boys (all 3) were in awe. If you follow on Instagram you already know that we found Dream Car. Truth be told though, I was way more excited about fireworks and ice cream.

#2- This makes me laugh every time I see it. Maybe that makes me a bad person? I can’t even decide which one is my favorite.

Manic Monday; Happiness

#3- Happiness is an Inside Job. — Things We Forget

#4- My kids are making me crazy. Summer vacation is taking its toll. I keep trying to find fun things for us to do but the bickering is on my last nerve as are the Hot Wheels car sound effects. If I don’t post by 11 am Monday through Friday please send help.

#5- My friend Ashley at Center Cut Cook made super Easy Homemade Hot Fudge. She basically made all my ice cream dreams and brownie sundaes come true.

Manic Monday; Lucy Girl

#6- This is my Lucy Girl. I don’t share photos of her very often because this is pretty much what she is always doing– couch surfing (and Norma Jean is almost always doing something really dumb/photo worthy). But this week she was looking especially cute from her perch on the sofa. Which is a good thing because Lucy just might be the most high maintenance rescue puppy on earth. I’m talking DIVA. She can’t stand it if we leave.

For awhile we tried leaving her out thinking she would just couch sleep like always, but she ate the blinds. And my camera strap. And a box of crayons. Oh also– my running shoe. So we started putting her in her crate. At first I gave her nice fluffy bedding. She shredded it. I tried giving her chew toys, rawhide, treats… she was still pissed. Like literally pissed. Because now if she has to go in her crate she pees herself. Every. Single. Time. Lucy gets more baths than my kids.

I have tried to reason with her. I mean, I work from home for crying out loud. It’s not very often we have to leave her behind. She comes to all our family parties and if the weather is nice (which it won’t be for like 6 more months) then she can go with me in the car. But there are just some places that Lucy Girl can’t go. Do any of you have ideas? I mean, you know it’s bad when I’m pointing her towards Norma Jean as a good example.

Manic Monday; Fireworks

#7- Have a great 4th!! I have some great recipes for you this week that will be perfect for all your celebrations.

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HelloMyNameIs

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

I don't understand the happiness poster lol Is that a tear drop? Way to confuse a blonde Heather!! lol Lucy is SO cute...and your couch looks super comfy...if I was Lucy I'd sit on that thing all day too!!! haha Send your boys outside on a mission lol Bike rides...friends houses!! IDK I don't have kids but when you figure out what to do with them this summer let me know so I can put it on my show!!! haha

Heather

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

It's a little word bubble with a happy face!!!! Lucy is cute right? Okay with my kids... there are no friends houses to go to around here and they can't ride bikes because it's a 2 lane road and people drive too fast (when there are cars). So. Evan helped me make cookies. We shut off ALL the electronics for a day and it shut the bickering down-- I have no idea why that worked lol. The library is on the roster (because I am the mean mom that makes them read everyday) and kids really like picking out books for some reason. I'll think of more stuff and pass it on!

Ashley @CenterCutCook

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

I'm glad I could help make your dreams comes true! ;) BTW... Lucy Girl is ADORABLE!

Heather

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Thanks, Ashley!! And thank you thank you for that hot fudge! It. Is. Awesome.

thepinkrachael

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

that car in pink would be awesome ;) Ice cream and fireworks though - DOUBLE AWESOME! I love fireworks (and ice cream...) Things We Forget has gone straight in my faves list - love that idea!

Heather

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Isn't that a neat blog? It makes me happy. Yay for ice cream and fireworks!! :)

Ameena

Monday 1st of July 2013

I want to couch surf too...and eat my blinds. How do I get to do that? LOL

Happy 4th to you Heather!

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Happy 4th Ameena! P.S. Show up at my house looking sad and like you need a family-- THAT is how you get to couch surf all day and eat the blinds.

Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

Monday 1st of July 2013

I hear ya about the doggie issues! Riley is pretty good most of the time but she HATES it when we leave. I've found getting her a lot of exercise helps. If we have big plans for the day, we'll take her on a super long walk before we leave. That way, she just sleeps the whole time and stays out of trouble.

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Yep. We've done the exercise. I wish it worked for Lucy. She's pretty lazy for a puppy. She just REALLY hates being alone!