Thursday, August 25, 2016

World Record

Today was a world record in the Kit home.

JB left for work at 6am, but I fell back to sleep and at 7:30am I woke up and



Vermont Part VI: Glimpses of Lake Life

What would time at the Lake be without a water gun fight?

Or posing on the front porch.

Oh! How great! 75 percent participation.

Hey Hannah! Will you join us?

Silly faces!

Oh Hannah. What a piece of work she is.

This kid makes my heart so happy and so flabbergasted all at the same time!

Trying out a fun new gun in the house. But we need a target!

Cool. Isaac can be the target.

Trying to dodge ...

... the bullets.

Not going so well.

Oh no.

Time to make a run for it.

All righty. Now it is time to take those water guns out on the lake.

Abigail is dodging incoming fire.

Hannah is not helping me much here. And as you can say, Abigail has abandoned ship.

Bombs away!

I'm about to get shot!

Oh no!

JB was hard to beat.

Go Auntie Rita!

The boys decided to take the dock.

Good job Isaac.

While back inside, Hannah ...

... meets a bear.

And tries to do a scared face.

She also did not want to stay in her bed. Here she is on the second floor railing spying on the grown-ups.


Roses are red
Violets blue
Your home will love flowers
and so will you

No other accessory will bring more color and freshness to your home than plants and flowers. Flower arrangements will add the finishing touch to your design. They will also bring the outdoors inside making your home fragrant and refined.

Living plants and flowers can be displayed in multiple ways. The containers in which you exhibit them and the way you place them throughout the house will give texture, pattern and visual interest to your design.

Decorating with flowers will allow you to be playful with seasonal decor, too. Choosing different colors and displays for all of the seasons and festivities, will personalize your home and emphasize your style.

Flowers can be a small investment, so you could also use dried flowers, branches, pods and other foliage if you are looking for a low maintenance, low cost alternative. Whatever you decide to use, I think your design will greatly benefit from the display of some type of greenery. So...

1. Get familiar with the flowers available in every season! Here you have a practical chart to help you with that:

2. Get to know basic types of indoor plants:

3. Find affordable places where to buy plants and flowers. Search for a local flower market, plant farm, wholesale stores like COSTCO and/or your local grocery stores.

4. Learn to make simple bouquets:

5. Use large plants as focal points to fill an empty corner or add drama to a small space (example: reading nook).

6. Learn to make your very own terrariums and display them as beautiful pieces of greenery art.

7. Get creative in the way you showcase your plants and flowers throughout the house. Find focal points in each room where your greenery will stand out. Here are some ideas:

~ Create a beautiful table center piece:

~ Use different pots together and display them as a collection:

~ Use plants and flowers to make your shelves pop:

~ Place your plants on the walls for an unexpected effect.

~ Hang a floating shelf for your plants:

As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Decide if you want to go green, multicolor, or monochromatic on your flowers color options. Don't forget to take into account the color palette on your overall design for the room.

Don't underestimate the beautiful effect flower and plants will have in your home. Find ways to incorporate greenery in your spaces. Change your display with the different seasons and have fun!  Go green!

Until next week!



Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I've been seeing a lot of press regarding the price of EpiPens which makes me VERY happy. As many of you know, my son Isaac has an egg allergy. When we got out of the military, we went to go get the suggested two EpiPens to carry with us everywhere we went only to see that the price was up in the $400 range!

Please take a moment to click here and sign this petition.

This is ALL over the news right now, but here is just one link that discusses the 400% increase in price. I honestly find this insulting. These are people who do NOT have a choice.

Vermont Part III: Meeting the Dock

After we picked blueberries, we headed down to the dock. It was an overcast day and not a good one for water sports. Little did we know that it would be the only yucky day we would have!

First look at the water.

Isaac begins his rock collecting!

Mike and I having a conversation while the kids played at the dock.

Hannah LOVED running back and forth on the dock.

Andre is getting quite old, but he did REALLY good with the kiddos this week.

No idea what is going on here.

Isaac's favorite Vermont activity? Without a doubt is collecting rocks!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vermont Part II: Blueberry Picking

We are home from our awesome vacation, and I am going to be sharing tons of pics. Don't look if you don't want, but this was a much needed week of R&R. Thank you to Grampa and Grama K. who held down the farm for us while we were gone so that we could make this week happen.

On day 1, after completing our treasure hunt, we went blueberry picking! Joni's neighbors had a blueberry patch, and since they were out of town, they encouraged us to forage. Here we go!

Daddy mostly did the eating.

What would an adventure be without .... mushrooms. JB has turned out kids into mushroom-machines. They can spot them everywhere.

On the way home, went through the woods.

Look at us wearing jackets. Oh was the reprieve from the Tennessee heat a welcome one!