maybe i’m crazy, but THIS seems like it could be a fun little vacation. i know my kids would absolutely LOVE it, can you imagine? maybe we will have to head up to oregon next summer. there are so many different choices! i’m not sure which TREE HOUSE is my favorite…
image via out ‘n’ about
so, i’ve got a hawaiian itch, & i’ve got it bad. unfortunately, it’s looking like it’s not going getting scratched anytime soon. not a problem – i’m adaptable like that…. enter the hawaiian staycation. the waves might not be crashing outside my window, or a breeze rustling through the palm trees, but it’s doesn’t take much to create a little island paradise of my own…
* jack johnson on repeat
* a little bit of johnson’s baby oil gel with cocoa butter slathered on. (the lotion is wonderful too!)
* piña coladas complete with tiny umbrella, whipped cream & cherry
* & all the makings of my own personal hawaiian luau:
hawaiian kalua pork
4-5 lb. pork butt or shoulder
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
2-3 tablespoons hawaiian salt (or coarse sea salt)
2 cups apple cider
the night before… rub the pork with salt & liquid smoke, and place in the crockpot. cover with apple cider. turn crockpot on low & leave it to cook for 10-16 hours, flipping pork over halfway through. take meat out of crockpot and shred with two forks.
serve the pork with sticky rice, macaroni salad & finish the feast with a big ‘ole slice of ted’s chocolate haupia pie. yum! yum! yum!
so break out your grass skirt & coconut bra… let’s staycation together. at the very least, whip up a ted’s chocolate haupia pie, it’s heavenly! i think i’ll go cut myself another slice.
can you believe the summer is almost over? september is just around the corner! we’ve got one more road trip planned, so i’ll be taking off for a week or so. i’ll be busy relaxing, playing, visiting & shopping… so don’t worry if i don’t manage to get any blogging done.
enjoy these last, few precious moments of summer! looking for some fun activities to keep you & your little ones busy over the next week or so? check out a few of these:
* play kick the can, capture the flag, ghosts in the graveyard. for game ideas, rules & so much more, check out HERE.
* visit your local farmer’s market… find the nearest location HERE.
* make home-made ice cream sandwiches. recipes HERE.
* break out the tie-dye.
* check out story time at your local barnes & noble.
* get your craft on.
* have a water balloon fight, break out the slip ‘n slide, blow up pool, or sprinkler attachments, or use cheap, store bought spray bottles to have fun & keep cool.
* make some homemade m&m and caramel popcorn & have a family movie night.
* make home-made ice-cream. instructions HERE.
* paint backyard murals.
whatever you do… be sure to have fun! see you in a week or so!
image via flickr.
i think thomas wolfe said it best: “one belongs to new york instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” & although, i’ve had the wonderful opportunity of visiting gotham city on several occasions, this was a first for jeffy & the boys… & let me tell you, they took to it instantly! thanks to you & all your help, my list of places to go, and things to do & see would have taken us weeks to accomplish. & unfortunately, we only had about 2 & 1/2 days to pack it in – which is exactly what we did. saw the sights, did a little shopping & even caught a baseball game. so here are some of the highlights. (as always, click on pictures to enlarge.)
gavin loved the view from our room, we had a hard time keeping him away from the windows, but who could blame him? a completely unobstructed view of central park? breathtaking!
no trip to new york is complete without a stop at dylan’s candy bar. you can’t beat three entire floors of candy. everything & anything you could possibly dream of… lollipops & jelly beans, nostalgia candy, but unfortunately for me – no big bins filled with vanilla tootsie rolls (my personal favorite). and in the front window, i spied the entire collection from project runway’s hershey challenge.
of course we found some time to do a little (okay maybe a lot) of shopping, explore central park, catch a musical, & eat lots and lots of new york pizza. but we also managed to pack in a yankee game.
of course we visited the brightest lights in the big city, checked out the huge ferris wheel inside toy ‘r us, and ate hot dogs & roasted peanuts from the street vendors.
and as the story books go, our trip to new york ended happily ever after with a midnight serving of serendipity 3′s frrrozen hot chocolate.
as you can see… we definitely played hard.
summer is here! have you noticed? for many that means the traditional summer vacation…. have you got any exciting plans? we are busy readying ourselves & preparing for a quick trip to the big apple. i’ve been there before, but never with the little kiddos in tow. any tips/suggestions? how about kid friendly attractions & must dos? of course, serendipity’s & a baseball game are at the top of the list… but other than that, we are wide open. i’d love to hear about your favorite hot spots & must sees!
somewhere over the rainbow
way up high
there’s a land that i heard of
once in a lullaby
somewhere over the rainbow
skies are blue
& the dreams that you dare to dream
really do come true
whenever i’m missing the islands (can you believe some lucky people actually get to live there?) anyway, as i was saying… whenever i have a little bit of island fever, i like to play my favorite version of this song over & over. check it out check out HERE. (i’m guessing it’ll be on repeat all week long. i’m not quite ready for “real” life.)
it’s almost scary how much owen loves the water. he’ll just run & jump. now we just have to work on him learning how to float on his back – he prefers to swim with his face in the water & blow bubbles.
a pair of hot pink googles.