It’s officially my favorite season – Screened In Porch Season! Our house has a screened in porch. It was one of the few extras we splurged on for our new home, but it’s also one of my favorite parts of it! The builder said that ours was one of the first screened in porches in the neighborhood (evidently most people opted for sun rooms or covered porches instead). But he was pretty sure that after seeing how great ours is, more and more people would be building them.
The sun room vs. screened in porch debate is a familiar one in my family. My parents have a screened in porch that we all LOVE, but my mom has always been tempted to replace the screens with glass. My dad and I always vetoed this idea though. Sure, you can use a sun room in all four seasons rather than just three, but the enjoyment you get from being outside on the porch sans bugs during spring, summer, and fall totally makes up for losing the time out there in the winter. In my opinion at least! Happy Screened In Porch Season to all!
My favorite special occasion of 2015 probably doesn’t appear on any calendars or Hallmark cards. After a long late winter and spring living in our tiny crowded apartment, closing day on our new house finally arrived! This week’s blog post will be short and sweet as we are currently crazy busy shuttling boxes, slogging through mile long shopping lists at Target and Lowes, painting rooms, installing kitchen hardware, and doing all of the other fun things involved with moving into a new house. Suffice it to say that our closing day celebration which consisted of a pizza and cupcakes picnic on the floor of our new kitchen was everything we had hoped it would be – and more!
A few years ago, I used “bugs” as the theme to decorate our kitchen for spring and summer. I got the idea at first because I threw a high school graduation party for my very first class of second graders. (Yes, I am old – my first class of second graders graduated from high school. In fact I am super old because they have also now graduated from college. A year ago. Oh well.) Way back when they were second graders, our big thematic unit that year was about insects. We even put on a play for the rest of the school called “The Ladybug Ball.” So I thought that their graduation party just had to have a bug theme. We also used the bug decorations for a cookout we hosted later that summer.
The bugs made for really cute spring and summer parties. They were bright and fun and went perfectly with our checkered red and white checkered picnic napkins.
Bug Graduation Party
We made bug cupcakes topped with red m&ms with black frosting dots for ladybugs and yellow m&ms with black frosting stripes for bees.
We even had bug chocolates on the tables and bug favor bags for everyone.
Bug Favor Bags
One word of warning though – we (coincidentally?) had more pesky live ants to deal with in our kitchen that summer than ever before or since. My husband was convinced that the ants mistakenly thought our little ant decoration was some sort of tiny god that they all just had to make a pilgrimage to come visit.
So decorate with caution… 🙂
So my plan for today’s blog post was going to be to report on our lovely and idyllic Mother’s Day celebration. And all weekend I have been desperately searching for wonderful things I could write about… Unfortunately, as with the other holidays of 2015 so far (Valentine’s Day – moving to a tiny apartment in the snow while battling germs and sickness all around our family… Easter – rushing to the ER with a surprise nut allergy for our daughter…) things did not go so well. After our track record in 2015, I should not have been surprised. Here’s a list of the highlights from our Mother’s Day traditions:
Buying and planting flowers: Oh yeah, we are still in this little apartment sans flower beds. No flowers for this mommy this year.
Cupcakes from Flying Cupcake: Delicious and beautiful!
Mother’s Day Cupcakes from Flying Cupcake
Except for the meltdown when leaving the shop with our cupcakes in a box to go because a certain toddler wanted to eat one “right here, right now.”
Mother’s Day Cards: My husband went to several different Hallmark stores (one of which had closed down unexpectedly) to pick out beautiful and thoughtful cards for me for every day of the weekend! Not only did our daughter refuse to sign them despite my husband’s constant hushed pleas with her to “draw on Mommy’s cards,” but she was quite perturbed when it became evident that the cards were not for her. All was made right though when I handed her one of the envelopes after I had opened it and she joyfully tore into it saying, “A card? For me?!? It’s what I always wanted!”
Brunch: Service was terrible – they brought my mom the wrong kind of eggs, and they forgot my dad’s bacon – replacing it with just one broken piece alone on a plate.
Truly a comedy of errors. However, as I write this and reflect on our day while doing laundry (which from all reports is another time honored Mother’s Day tradition), I must say it was a nice Mother’s Day in the end. This is so cliche – but so true. All joking aside, I got all I could ever have hoped for to make my Mother’s Day special when our precious daughter came into the bathroom on her own while I was getting ready for church this morning, and without prompting said, “Happy Mommy’s Day.” My cup runneth over – even on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Mother’s Day.
May’s card of the month is a Mother’s Day card. I was looking through my card file and found this one I made a long time ago. It reminded me of some card making techniques I haven’t used in a long time, and now I want to try them again!
I started with a 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ piece of pink card stock folded in half. Then I cut a background sheet out of white card stock and stamped small flowers and shapes all over it. I added some flower stickers made out of double stick tape and covered them with glitter. Finally I got a metal edged white tag and stamped a Mother’s Day greeting on it. I’ll have to check my supply stash to see if I still have some of these supplies – like the double stick tape stickers and the metal edged tags. I’m sure something similar is available in craft stores these days even if the exact supplies are no longer available. Even though it’s one of my older cards, I still really like it. I hope you (and your mom) do too!