Simple Days ~ 3.17.12

Ok, so simple may not be the best word for the title of this post, but I’M GOING FOR A THEME, PEOPLE!  Obviously, I have problems.

What I’ve been up to…

I think the last couple weeks can pretty easily be summed up by adventures in obsessive party planning.  I’ve been making soap for favors, making yogurt by the drum, making SIX DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF CUPCAKES, making 6 different trips to 4 different grocery stores, and overall making myself crazy.  But I *think* it’s in a good way?

While I know I sound like a lunatic going to these great lengths for a 3 year old’s birthday, I really do enjoy the process.  At least most of the process.  It’s my one time a year to go balls-to-the-wall crafty.  When I can astound family and friends (and myself) with my mad Martha skillz.  And that is hella awesome.  Even though the knowledge of a sixth dimension of crafty that includes printables exists taunts my need for perfection…  But I’m just not ready for that yet.

While party prep has been taking over a large portion of my days, it’s not the only thing we’ve been doing.  Last Friday night, Matt went to an old sand mine in Herculaneum, MO that has been converted into a rec center of sorts.  He’s a disc golf player and they have a 9 hole course underground.  Next time, we’re all going to go because they have barge tours and other activities as well.

Then Saturday night we went to our neighbor’s house for a while to hang out while our kid was asleep.  It was a good break from the cupcake recipe testing that had broken my brain.  I love that we have cool neighbors because we can be social without having to get a sitter since we can still monitor the house closely.  It turned into a fairly late night and tacking on the time change made for a rough start to Sunday.

Daylight savings is always best enjoyed the next day…  After I get home from work and it’s still light out.  I love that.  I wish it was that way all year round.  So on Monday, I said the hell with cleaning the kitchen and we packed up after dinner and got ice cream.

Tuesday night was a bit of a “fuck it” night, too.  After Allison’s hair cut, we came home (after going back to Trader Joe’s to pick up the forgotten items) and invited some neighbors over for a bon fire.  What can I say?  We like fire.

Finally on Thursday we went out for one of my closest friend’s birthday.  It is an annual tradition to spend it at Schlafly Bottleworks, a local brewery specializing in local ingredients.  I usually get the field greens salad that was the inspiration for my vanilla bean vinaigrette, but this time I got a bison burger.  It was good, but someone else’s plate of pistachio ravioli make my burger look a bit less impressive.

What I’ve been doing around the web…

Sarah from Clover Lane is one of my favorite parenting bloggers.  She always makes it look so easy, but this week she lifted the veil on “doing it all.”

Ever try to share a blog post link on Facebook and you get a generic thumbnail and excerpt?  I was pulling my hair out about this just the other day.  Then Blogging with Amy shared a great tip on a plugin that can fix it!  It was like the Blogging Gods were listening to my prayers!  Or my complaining…

I recently stumbled upon a site called Homemade Frontier and FELL IN LOVE!  And as I was talking to my mom the other night about Allison’s party plans and she was telling me she didn’t understand why I go to so much trouble, this post played through my head. Because it’s not just about making things.  It’s about making memories.

Hope everyone has a great St. Patty’s Day! 

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One Response to Simple Days ~ 3.17.12

  1. Shirley says:

    I just discovered Clover Lane. I may have spent a few hours looking through it. I am in love.