June 30, 2010


Last night we went over to our nieghbors house for smores. I have not had them in years it felt like. Our neighbors daughter Bri was having a blast making her smores as you can tell from the photos!
Jon, Bri and Mike watching the fire.

June 28, 2010


Shooter's outdoor tuff (the grill cover)

{My growing garden:}

Green Beans

{Lazy Sunday night:}

Sunday Jon and I went up north to see his Dad and then headed back home. We ended up just sitting outside on the patio listening to music. Later that night we ended up takening the boys for a walk for the third time this week.

June 25, 2010

{Fire Pit:}

I caught Shooter in the fire pit this afternoon...

{Fishing 6/23:}

Went out on the boat again yesterday but this time we went to the other side of the lake. I would not believe how big this place is. We did not catch anything but it was sit fun to be out on the water. Next time I think we will bring the boys out on the boat. That should be interesting...

{After the Storm:}

Earlier in the week we had a nasty storm hit down in Joliet. The boys and I heard the tornado sirens going off so we packed up things that we would need (in case anything happened to the house) and headed to our pantry. We do not have a basement in our house so this was the next best thing. Hank thought we were playing and Shooter was freaking out and panting. Everything turned out good. No tornado, pergola was still up and the grill did not knock the fence over. I really thought it was going to be alot worse than it really was. Here are some photos that I took after the storm was finished.

June 22, 2010

{Crack in Windshield:}

On our way up to our friend's surprise birthday party Jon and I were on the highway when a rock hit my windshield and cracked it.


June 19, 2010

{New Lights:}

My Mom gave me these cute lanterns to use to light up the steps from the patio.
I found these cute candle lit balls to use for lighting in the pergola.

{June 12th:}

A lazy day. Cleaned up the house, did some work for work, gardened and played with the boys. So far it's been a great day

{Shooter's Booboo:}

Yesterday we thought we should cut the boys nails and while clipping Shooter's nails Jon went a little too far on one and Shooter started to bleed. He is fine now but I had to wrap his foot up in paper towels and tape to make sure he would not bleed all over the house.

{Hank and His Bone:}

June 13, 2010

{Dropping off the Trailer:}

On our way up north we ended up dropping off the trailer at my Dad's work to get it out of the driveway for a few weeks.

{Early Father's Day:}

Dad's old grill (new one on the way.)
Parent's checking out the grill
Today Jon and I went up north to see my Dad for an early Father's Day. My mom ended up getting my Dad a new grill so Jon and I got him the accessories for his new grill.

{Uncle Bill's House:}

Last night Jon and I went to see his Uncle Bill. We ended up leaving with a trolling motor, boat motor, hostas and a bird bath. Our car was packed. Not to mention that we ended up bring the boys with us to! They wanted to see their "girlfirends"

June 12, 2010


This morning I got up early so I could do some gardening and 2 hours into it, it starts to rain! I will never be done with this yard.

June 9, 2010


Jon is finishing up working on the boat tonight. Hopefully he will finish so that on his day off tomorrow he can take the boat out and fish.


We have mushrooms again!

June 8, 2010

{Homemade Tomato Ketchup:}

As soon as my tomatoes start growing I will try to make homemade tomato ketchup

Homemade Tomato Ketchup
By: Jamie Oliver


  • 1 large red onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 stick celery, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 a fresh red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Bunch fresh basil, leaves picked, stalks chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound amazing cherry or plum tomatoes, halved plus 1 pound canned plum tomatoes, chopped or 2 pounds yellow, orange or green tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soft brown sugar

Place all the vegetables in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan with a big splash of olive oil and the ginger, garlic, chili, basil stalks, coriander seeds and cloves. Season with the pepper and a good pinch of salt.

Cook gently over a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until softened, stirring every so often. Add all the tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer gently until the sauce reduces by half.

Add the basil leaves, then whiz the sauce in a food processor or with a hand blender and push it through a sieve twice, to make it smooth and shiny. Put the sauce into a clean pan and add the vinegar and the sugar. Place the sauce on the heat and simmer until it reduces and thickens to the consistency of tomato ketchup. At this point, correct the seasoning to taste.

Spoon the ketchup through a sterilized funnel into sterilized bottles, then seal tightly and place in a cool dark place or the refrigerator until needed - it should keep for 6 months.


Jon's Mom found this cute statue at a store and we had to have it. I love it! It looks just like the boys! I ended up putting the pups in front of the fence when you walk into the backyard.

{Jon and I:}

{Jon fixing the boat:}

Jon fixed the back of our boat tonight so that the motor will not fall off.