Thursday, July 21, 2011

Keys Game with Calvary UMC

On June 25th, Calvary UMC had its annual outing to the Frederick Keys game at Harry Grove Stadium. The game was sold out because it was Church Night, Scouts Night, and Fireworks Night. Rob and I didn't realize this so we drove separately (just in case one of us had to leave early to take Brady home to bed) and had a difficult time finding a place to park. Once we finally made it to our seats, we had a wonderful time.

Alaina was well-behaved and had a good time sitting with her friends Riley and Taylor while the parents watched the game. By the 3rd or 4th inning, though, the girls were getting bored so a bunch of us headed over to the carnival rides located near right field. Alaina had a fabulous time on the carousel (ok, I did too).

Rob left with Brady shortly thereafter and Alaina & I made our way out to my car during the 8th inning. I wanted us to already be at the car to watch the fireworks because traffic was going to be terrible if we stayed to watch the fireworks from within the stadium. After an hour of waiting at the car (no joke!), the fireworks finally started at 10:15 PM. Side Note: have you ever tried entertaining a 2-year-old for an hour when they were up way past their bedtime? It wasn't easy; she resorted to using my car as a jungle-gym. I will admit, though, that the fireworks were spectacular and Alaina had a wonderful time watching them (ok, I did too).

I'm also happy to report that the Keys played the Winston-Salem Dash that night and they won 6-2!

Instead of posting a bunch of pictures from the game, I'll just post the link to my Picasa web album:

Lipstix ReMix

While I was home on maternity leave I became a big fan of daytime TV. One morning while watching Rachel Ray, I saw a segment on a lipstick making tool called Lipstix ReMix. I had used some of my favorite lipsticks to the point that they were below the tube and I could no longer get to the color. Well, Lipstix ReMix allows you to scoop out the leftover lipstick from the tube, melt it down, and remold it into a new tube. Brilliant! I bought mine for $19.95 on Amazon

Here are the 5 tubes of lipstick I could no longer use

The Lipstix ReMix kit came with everything pictured here

I scooped out the old lipstick from the 5 tubes and placed it in the microwave safe container

After I melted down the old lipstick, I poured it into the new mold and placed in the freezer

After the lipstick was frozen, I took the mold apart. 
Here is the picture of my newly-formed lipstick
Ready to use!

Close up:

Pool Days

It's safe to say that our favorite summertime activity is going to the pool. I was literally raised at Guilford Pool (now the Ragged Edge Swim Club) in Chambersburg, PA. I'm not kidding. My parents have pictures of me playing at the pool when I was an infant (see the picture of me below from August 1977 when I was 1 year old) and I still go there everytime I'm in PA during the summer months.

Jen at Guilford Pool (August 1977):

Jen at Guilford Pool (Early 1980's): Alaina loves to jump off the side of the pool and even puts her whole head under water without holding her nose. The swimming lessons she took at the YMCA last Fall have really paid off. She's very comfortable in the water and likes to swim all by herself. In fact, if Rob or I go to hold her in the pool or help her to the side, she swats our hand away and sternly tells us, "By myself!" Now that she has a lifejacket she can go down the slide at Guilford Pool and also jumps off the side of the pool without any help. She's so independent!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our pool days this summer:

The Fourth of July

Typically we spend the Fourth of July either in Maine or South Carolina with Rob's family, but since we didn't make the trip this year, we ended up spending the holiday in Chambersburg. We enjoyed an afternoon of swimming at Guilford Pool where Alaina discovered her new favorite thing -- going down the slide! She probably went down the slide about 50 times.

Later that evening, Cindy and her family came over to Mom & Dad's and we had a family picnic. My parents set up the same Wet Banana my sister and I played with back in the 1980's. Lauren, Andrew, and Alaina had a blast running and sliding down the wet mat. Good times!

I baked a sugar-free vanilla cake for dessert which I decorated to look like the American flag. It was decorated with sugar-free Cool Whip instead of icing but I have to say that it was quite tasty. It reminded me strawberry shortcake. After dinner all of us went into Gary & Jan Aughinbaugh's house on Prairie Drive to watch the fireworks at Memorial Park. It was a very fun day and I think everyone had a good time.

Litte Miss Independence:
My US flag cake:
Wet Banana!
Andrew & Alaina at the fireworks:

Mother's Day & Father's Day

Time keeps getting away from me (story of my life) so here it is mid-July and I'm just now blogging about events that occurred in May and June. Rob and I had a wonderful Mother's Day and Father's Day (respectively) this year. We spent both Mother's Day and Father's Day mornings at church and then drove up to Chambersburg following Sunday School to see my folks.

On Mother's Day, Rob gave me a delicious Edible Arrangment and then he and the children gave me a beautiful Mother's pendant and marigold. The sterling silver pendant contains Alaina's & Brady's birthstones and I absolutely adore it:

On Father's Day, the children gave Rob a complete set of Washington Nationals baseball cards to start his Nats collection. His plan is to buy the team set each year hereafter and store them in a protective binder for posterity. I chose to give Rob a more practical gift for Father's Day -- a bed fan from Sharper Image. Rob was always getting hot during the night and would either sleep with his legs sticking out of the covers or he would sleep completely on top of the covers. This bed fan blows a continues a flow of cool air between the sheets and has absolutely worked wonders with Rob. He has now been enjoying a comfortable night's sleep and would probably be sleeping through the night if Brady would let him. Here is Rob with the kiddos on Father's Day: