A Mix of Emotions

My oldest child will be starting full-day kindergarten in September.  With that comes a mix of emotions for me — EXCITEMENT, as I’m thrilled she’ll be off to start a new chapter in her young life… SADNESS, as I sit and wonder where the time has gone…and DREAD,  as I think about the inevitable morning chaos and the daily lunches I’ll have to pack!

I can’t offer any advice on how to make it through the mornings without turning into Cruella De Vil (I’m still trying to figure that one out myself), but I might be able to provide you with some lunch box ideas that will hopefully inspire you, or at least make you and your child smile.

PS  My girls couldn’t wait to eat up these fun faces I made using Babybels and seaweed.  I’m pretty sure they’ll be seeing more of these in their lunch boxes this fall….

(Inspiration source: Family Fun Magazine.)

Blueberry Picking

I put the kids to work last week and took them blueberry picking after our trip back from the coast.   My kids had a great time — my 5 year old was hard at work searching for the biggest, bluest berries while my soon-to-be 3 year old had to be constantly reminded to not touch the green or white ones….

We spent about an hour and a half and picked 16 lbs worth of sweet, plump and juicy blueberries.  Don’t they look great?

They also looked (and tasted) great in the blueberry streusel muffins we made the next day (recipe to come)…..

Oregon Coast

This post has nothing to do with crafting, partying, or baking, but it’s just so beautiful where I’m at I just wanted to share it with you.  This is my absolute favorite part of summer — relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, ocean air and beauty of the Oregon Coast with my family.  These pictures were taken at Cannon Beach, where my kids can spend all day playing in the sand and checking out the amazing tide pools.