Five simple things

August 29, 2015

Hey, hey!  Another weekend and Friday was my birthday.  We went out to eat and I had one cupcake.  Ha!  We are celebrating all three birthdays together this year and decided to keep them low-key until the last person's birthday, which is Skylar.  His falls on the 30 of September.  Anyway, here are the the things that made my week awesome!

1.  This Beer Name.

Because while looking for some micro brews we saw this.  I love how generic and simple the name and can is.  

2.  This Battery.

Because Skylar found it and it gave me an idea for a science experiment,  Stay tuned to our homeschool blog to find out what it was.  

3.  This Display.

Because when this goes up it means it's football season.  This display was at Safeway and I couldn't help but snap a photo of it.  Go DUCKS!

4.  This Gift.

Because it was hanging on our door when we came home and it was a nice surprise from the Mr.'s mom.

5.  This Lazy Day.

PITA and I shared a lazy day last week when I wasn't feeling well.  He is such a great cuddle doggie.

Five simple things

August 22, 2015

Six days until my birthday and I am thrilled to celebrate it this year.  I keep counting down the days until and I feel like a little kid.  Ha!  Before though, here are the things that made my week awesome!

1.  These Popsicles.

Because Skylar begged for them and I finally gave in.  Sometimes a treat isn't bad.

2.  This Ice Cream.

Because it was a nice little treat after shopping.

3.  This Chair.

Because when we are in Corvallis, we like to drive by it and use our imagination on what it would be like to sit in it as a giant.

4.  This Kid.

Because he passed his 5th grade test and is ready for summer now!  He is going to rock the 6th grade!

5.  These Moments.

Because I love my boys!  I enjoy the Father/Son moments the best.

Five simple things

August 15, 2015

Yeah!  It's the weekend!  I am so glad too.  We are less than two weeks away from my birthday, and I am so thrilled!  I can't wait for us to celebrate my birthday this year because we have decided to celebrate all three together.  Not sure how it will all play out, but it will be super fun!  Here are the things that made this week awesome!

1.  This Temporary Tattoo.

Because it came in my Yogi Surprise box and I really like it.  I placed it on my inner wrist and I have enjoyed looking at it every day.  It reminds me to pause and appreciate what's going on at that very moment.

2.  This Lunch.

The Mr. and I treated the boy to some lunch one day and it was a great little date.  We ate at a sub and sandwich place here that's local and I really enjoyed spending time with my boys.

3.  These Tomatoes.

Because it seems that we have so many growing that we can't seem to eat them all.  Our garden did really well this year since we moved it from one side of the house to the other.  Hopefully, we will be just as successful next year too.

4.  This Outlet.

Because it was at the library here and I was really floored at how well the local library here has come along.  It brings one more great thing to our city and it makes me happy knowing that Lebanon is growing.

5.  This New Restaurant.

Because it's new to our town and the Mr. and I ate there while Skylar was taking his end-of-the-year test for 5th grade.  I have to say, Schmizza Public House has some really great french fries and some excellent pizza!

Five simple things

August 8, 2015

The summer is blazing hot here in the Valley and we are loving the pool time we've spent in the backyard.  Wildfires are bit out of hand here at times, but they seem to get under control as fast as they break out.  Hopefully some rain will head out way soon.  Here are the things that made my week awesome!

1.  This Strawberry.

Because it was grown organically and grown right in my own backyard.

2.  This Snake.

Because Skylar found it and thought it was pretty darn cool.  It was a garter snake.

3.  This Pool.

Because we have had so much fun in it the last few days.  All three of us have had a chance to swim in it and enjoy the cool water.

4.  This Rain Shower.

Because it came all of a sudden and Meia and I enjoyed hearing it fall and also hearing some thunder in the distance.  I miss thunderstorms here in the Valley.  I used to hear them a lot when we lived in Arkansas and it's one of the rare occurrences that happen here and I welcome them.

5.  This Summer Flower.

Because Skylar brought it to me and even though some people think of them as weeds, I enjoy getting them from my boy.  They are English daisies (Bellis perennis).

My month through Instagram-July 2015

August 1, 2015

Another load to Goodwill. Love when we do our season purge.
#goodwill @goodwill #purge #donations #lettinggo #seasonalcleaning #summer

We took back all of the water bottles we used throughout the spring baseball season. $6.35 isn't too bad of a payback on 127 bottles. We will add that money straight into the baseball fund for the fall season. 
#recycling #baseball #coachjeff #waterbottles #springbaseball

What do you do with 12 pints of organic raspberries and five pints of Oregon strawberries? Make jam and syrup, of course.
#raspberries #strawberries #homemadejam #homemadesyrup #organicberries #organic #jamandsyrup #homesteading

Daisy. (Orange Dark Eye)
#gerbera #daisies #summer #orange

Took a walk with the dogs at Corvallis Rose Garden. #roses #corvallisrosegarden #julyfourth

Taking on the three pound Monster Burger at Newport Cafe. He's no Joey Chestnut, or Matt Stonie, but he sure packed it in.
#nathanshotdogeatingcontest #monsterburger #newport #oregon #hamburger #thiskidcaneat
@skylarbeandeer @jeffreytodd72

Thanks, Neil! Abby's Pizza in Newport is awesome! 
#abbyspizza #theydeliver #southjetty

My new trinkets for the geocaching boxes around the Willamette Valley.
#geocaching #willamettevalley #thepeppermintbee #oregon #rusticstars

Got our free @Slurpee for 7-11 Day! 
Flavors we got are pina colada and cherry limeade.
Did you get yours?
#seveneleven #sevenelevenday #slurpee #freeslurpee #pinacoladaslurpee #cherrylimeadeslurpee @7eleven #slurp

In the Red Snail Classroom we are learning how to cook by way of solar power.
See what we're up to throughout the summer and the rest of the year at:
#rainvalley #redsnails #solaroven #solarpower #quesadillas #pizzabox #sunshine #learning #summerlearning #homeschooling #cooking

Learning more about color in the Red Snail Classroom today. To create color movement, start with three cups containing blue, yellow, and red dyes with water. (Easter egg dyes work great for this!) Next, place empty cups in between your dye cups and twist white paper towels to form "rainbows" into each cup. Wait 24 hours and let the color magic take place! 
#color #colormovement #kiwicrate #colorexperiment #scienceofcolor #science #homeschooling #love #rainvalleyredsnails #roygbiv

Just going with the "Flo" today.
#progressive #flo @skylarbeandeer

Enjoying Family Day at Selmet. So floored at some of the detailed work that goes into Boeing commercial airplanes, F-15s, F-22s, and F-35s military planes. Thank you, B. Evans and G. Sladick for the great tour! (Skylar sitting at Jeff's desk- 7/18/15)
#selmet #boeing #military #factorytours #familyday #selmetfamilyday #deminsional @skylarbeandeer @jeffreytodd72

Enchanted Forest for the first time! Wooowhooo!
#enchantedforest #roadtrip #weekend @skylarbeandeer

Sundays are just better. 
#sundayevening #porkribs #countrystyle #bbq #sweetbabyraysbbqsauce #sweetcornonthecob
#sundaynight @jeffreytodd72 @skylarbeandeer

Whoooooooo are youuuuuuuuuu................ #aliceandwonderland #curiouserandcuriouser #caterpiller #throughtherabbithole #enchantedforest

Floating meditation.
#yogisurprise #yogi #diaryofayogi #pool #watermeditation #relaxation @yogisurprise #zhenasgypsytea #auracacia #yogamist #gaiam #gaiamheadband #acurefacemask #betterplanetbrands #yogisurprisejewelry

Happy National Hammock Day!
#nationalhammockday #hammocklife#enjoytheday #love(

Learning a cool science experiment on why Polystyrene is bad for the environment and why cornstarch packing peanuts dissolve in just plain water. *Picture explanation: Polystyrene packing peanuts in the back and cornstarch packing peanuts in the front, dissolving in warm water.
#science #polystyrene #cornstarchpackingpeanuts #rainvalleyredsnails #homeschooling #earthfriendly #ecofriendly

Nature just has this way of making everything seem okay.
#naturehealing #blueskies #natureischeaperthantherapy #love #motherearth #onebladeofgrass

This ad is comical. I don't think it would have caught my attention otherwise if the date they arrive wasn't my birthday. (Maybe I should ask for baby chicks for my birthday. Hmmm.........) #wilco #farmerscoop #chickens #babychicksofinstagram #mybirthday

The tiniest snail. 
This little guy was climbing on my lavender plants. He looked like he was in need of some attention. :) #cute

To you, this is just an ordinary strawberry. To me, this is my first attempt at growing organic strawberries from seed. I would say it's a solid!
#success #strawberries #organic #thepeppermintbee #gardening