Summer Birthdays

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
This past summer my girls each had their birthdays. Seven and three. They were simple birthday events as each on desired.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss E is still young to really have too many ideas about a birthday party, but she helped pick out decorations (all from Target) and said she wanted an icecream cake.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
We celebrated just with our little family and took time to focus on her and let her open a few presents. Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss J on the other hand kept changing her mind about what she wanted. We went from a party at the bouncy house, to Micheal’s for a craft party, to a pool party, to traveling somewhere, etc. Finally she decided she wanted to invite only one of her friends over (so she came with her family). J picked out a cheesecake and I used some decorations I had. I found those green pinwheel fans at Walmart a while back for only $.29 for a pack of two! It must not have been a popular color lol. My mother in law sent some party supplies that matched perfectly. It worked out nice and she had a great time with her friend.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
I have a feeling next year might be more of a “party” kind of year, but we will see. I think it will depend if we move somewhere new where we don’t know anyone or get close to family/friends. I’m just glad that they don’t need to have things a certain way, that they can be content with whatever can be done. I look forward to this new year of their lives, to see them continue to grow up and flourish and bond more of a friendship with their sisterhood.

-Jess

10 on 10

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Time for 10 photos on the 10th (although late as usual…haha). Remember how I said my garden was mostly lost during our month long adventure? Well, my zinnias are at least still going strong! I’m loving all the pretty colors they are making. I used to not care for these flowers as much, but I have so much more appreciation for them now that I have seen how strong and hearty they are. And of course, they are pretty too.

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This past month was full, as always it seems to be these days. But I had one photo session that I had promised last year. It was for a lovely couple who’s to be wed in October. I will have to share some of those pics soon because they are just so pretty! And I just love “love” photos. You know? It’s fun to capture peoples “love” for them to keep forever.

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We have been working on some slow coming projects. I am working on finishing up a crocheted blanket. All that is left is making a bunch of big pom poms to put on the edges and then weave in all the ends. I can’t wait to have it finished. It’s the softest blanket ever! My hubby finished up our new kitchen table. Above is a sneak peak. I have always wanted something with lighter wood, so he made a new top to go on our old one and I helped by painting the table legs white and finishing the top. It’s so good to have a kitchen table back in place. The folding tables were okay, but nothing like a good solid table. Isn’t is lovely?

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We have also been busy ranking our top places we want to go next transfer season (if you are a new reader, my hubby is in the Coast Guard). We have been looking into all kinds of places. Even if we never make it to some spots, I feel a lot more educated about America to say the least.

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I helped put together this display at church for going back to school time. For that back banner, I taped two pieces of kraft paper together, glued on wide ruled paper, then taped on cardstock letters and painted over them. Super easy and makes a big impact! We highlighted the edges of the books and covered them with white papers so the colored edges stand out. Then we hung them with fishing wire to give the illusion that the books are floating in the air.

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We had another mini adventure to Grand Isle, LA too. Our friends offered for us to come on a mini trip with them, so we did! It was a lot of fun, even if it rained a ton. My girls had so much fun playing with their friends and catching frogs and crabs.

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Both my girls had their birthdays recently as well. Seriously, I really feel like time is flying fast with them now. 7 and 3. Crazy! I will have to share pics of our simple parties soon.

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And of course, I get in a thrifting trip every now and then! I was so excited to find this pretty vintage sheet (that I split with my friend) and this pretty gold frame. I’m slowly working on gathering what I want to create an art wall in our living room and I think this will fit in nicely. So there are some going ons with us recently. Miss J started school this week so we are having fun getting into a new routine. So far so good!

-Jess

Our Very First Square Foot Garden

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together This past spring I decided to try and do a legit little garden for my family to enjoy. I have so many fond memories of helping my grandfather and father in their gardens, that I wanted to give that opportunity to my girls. We rent and can’t exactly go tearing up our yard to make a huge garden, so I was very happy when I discovered square foot gardening while browsing on pinterest one day. We actually had a little raised bed that we fixed up last year, but we only grew flowers then. This year I planted carrots, beets, onions, peas, a tomato plant, and spinach in our little garden bed. Then I planted a cucumber plant in a planter and a pepper plant in another planter.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together These pictures are mostly from May when we did our big harvest. I should have let things stay in the ground a little longer, but we were getting ready to leave for a long trip and I knew it would be too late by the time we got back. My girls had so much fun pulling out their veggies! And let me tell you, they were so much more excited and open to eat vegetables that they picked themselves.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together The peas, tomatoes, and cucumber plants kept giving a continuous harvest for a while, so they were still able to go pick some goodies to eat later.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together   I liked square foot gardening because it was more technical for a smaller garden space. Meaning, the sites I found told you how big to make your “boxes” with string (if you like) and how much of each thing to plant in each “box”. That way everything is spaced out correctly and has enough room to grow. I did know that our space wasn’t very deep and it was rocky once you dug down far enough, so I wasn’t sure how the root vegetables would do. Fortunately, they did pretty good! Our carrots are a little funky looking, but that’s okay. It was still fun to give them a try and they tasted fine.

Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together
Our First Square Foot Garden | by happy together Unfortunately, we came back from our few weeks trip to a very sad garden. I figured it would happen since it gets so hot here in Louisiana it makes plants dry up real quick. Aphids and stink bugs also attacked our tomato plant and it was too late to try and save it. I planted some zinnia seeds for the time being and am having pretty flowers consistently. I’m hoping to get some things planted this month for a fall harvest though. Did you grow a garden this year? What did you plant?

-Jess

10 on 10

10 on 10 | Happy Together I’m am determined to keep this 10 on 10 up. Even if I skip a month or am a day (or more!) late. It’s fun to share a little bit of life along with craft stuff. My oldest got out of school in May and we have been having a fun and very full summer so far. 1> I started it off with finishing up some Fourth of July projects. Yes, I actually did something way in advance for once. Go figure ;) Those giant pinwheels were mostly made from wrapping paper. Believe it or not, I made them all during a two hour nap time. I had never made them before and was a bit nervous it would be time consuming. I was really surprised when they weren’t. 2> We have been able to visit with my sister and I loved seeing her artwork (see more here). I have one painting she did of miss J and plan on acquiring more over the next few years. 3> We like to pull over and watch the animals sometimes. Both my girls are big time animal lovers. 4> Miss E went on a carousel for the very first time at the Kemah Boardwalk in Texas. My hubby had to go work right outside of Houston for a week and we swung over there and hung out one night. It was a lovely time. 5> Miss J is currently obsessed with having a parakeet and a hermit crab for pets. The hermit crab is in top place though since it will be easier to take care of. One of her uncles found her some at the beach to play with one night while she awaits one of her very own (you know, one that doesn’t need to live in the water). 6> I have always wanted to be a better drawer and I have been wanting a new logo for a while. I decided to just try and see what I could come up with. I found with some better drawing supplies I pleasantly surprised myself with how I could do. Hopefully one of these will be my new logo soon.

10 on 10 | Happy Together 7> Our garden has continued to give us all kinds of yummies. Especially our tomato plant as of late. I’m so glad I actually stuck to it this year and really tried. The girls have been much more excited to eat their veggies when they go and pick them from the garden all by themselves. 8> Another pic of my family having fun in Kemah. 9> We went to a Lego store for the very first time and I think you can see the “big kid” of the family was in Lego heaven! He was one of those kids who was really into them and he still really likes them. Maybe I should get him some for Father’s Day? 10> With the girls getting older, we have been trying to incorporate them more into the big people chores. It’s usually so much easier and faster to just do things ourselves, but they need to learn. Plus they actually enjoy it right now, so we definitely need to take advantage of that.

-Jess

My Very First Yarn Bomb Sighting

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com

I had a friend over a few weeks back and asked her if she wanted to go do some photography location scouting in the downtown of Lake Charles, LA. She obliged and we hopped in the car. Much to my surprise I discovered that the area had been yarn bombed! I was so excited! We had our little ones with us, so she sat in the car with them while I hopped out and snapped a few pics on my iphone. I meant to make it back with my big camera, but that never happened, so I’m sharing these today. I was most impressed by this tank that was decorated. Lovely isn’t it?

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com Light posts and poles were also covered along the streets. It looked so pretty.

Yarn Bombing in Lake Charles, LA | www.happytogetherbyjess.com I’m hoping they do it again next year. We have one more year here before it’s time to move again (three years goes by fast!), so it would be neat to see before then. Have you even seen yarn bombing in your local area?

-jess

A Birthday in New Orleans

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Birthday decor in the hotel room.

Our girls both had their birthdays this summer. Miss J was first and turned 6 on me. I can’t believe she’s 6.

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The birthday princess in Anthropologie. She loves it there as much as I do.

This year she asked to stay in a hotel for her birthday instead of have a party. I was totally down with that. We decided to use it as an opportunity to see New Orleans with the girls (my hubby has to go down there a lot so he’s been many times already). We had to make it a short trip, but that was plenty for us.

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We went to the zoo, the aquarium, the mall, a cute restaurant for breakfast, and had lots of fun at the hotel.

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It was a nice break and a good time for our family. We usually save our trips for visiting family, but we are trying to do more just ourselves to explore new places while the Coast Guard has us moving around. Might as well experience all we can while we are in different places.

Happy Birthday sign
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Since this trip was her birthday present, we only got her one gift that we had been talking about for a year. A sewing machine. Well, actually we gave her a picture and are hoping to go get one soon lol.

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Miss J started school back up again. It’s a little more quiet than normal. Although miss E definitely makes herself known. Along with getting into a new school routine, we are prepping for a family wedding coming up soon! I’m making flower girl dresses and taking the pictures, so I can’t wait to share all of that.
-Jess

Alligator Huntin’

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Being a military family, we have learned to embrace where we are moved and enjoy what it offers.

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One thing that is growing on me here in Louisiana, is the nature. Granted, it is rather hot right now, but it is beautiful. I’m starting to enjoy rides out into the country side and even find myself longing to settle down in a more rural place eventually (but not too rural….).

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Since moving here, I have seen plenty of alligators in the wild. In Florida, there were some that I heard of (like the one that lived in the lake at the golf course, etc), but I never saw them. Here it’s different. Usually though, my oldest daughter can’t catch a glimpse of them because we are driving too fast and there’s not a place to stop and look. So we heard about an alligator loop, where it is just for driving around and looking at the alligators, and decided to visit it.

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It’s a 3 mile (i think) road covered in rocks. You go slow and stay in the car and partake in the beautiful birds, plants, and alligators. Miss J was able to see a ton of alligators on this ride!

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We said we were alligator huntin’ because we were looking for them.

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There was no shortage here. That’s for sure.

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Although, we didn’t see any real big ones like I had seen in some other spots. But this was good enough.

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I liked that we were in a car and I’m glad that some pictures came out. I just had my 50 mm, so I wasn’t sure how that would work out with no zooming capabilities and all.

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It did grow the desire for my husband and I to get a lens that would work better for wild life. We do love taking pictures on these adventures and capturing animals and birds in action.

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I kind of kept thinking we might see an alligator go after one of the birds that were everywhere, but not that day.

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It was a trip well worth it in my book.

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Now onto the next adventure…..
-Jess