Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day was pretty laid back. The two holidays that I have never had to work are Memorial Day and Labor Day, so it's nice to know that I have two guaranteed days off during the peak season. And they're great ones to have, because all of the tourists are headed south! (: This means that traffic is much nicer heading up north and there are less people around, which I like.

The morning was pretty relaxing and I just worked on some stuff at home and watched Cupcake Wars. (: Hulu gets one new episode a week, and I felt so bad for the guy who dropped his cupcakes on the floor fresh out of the oven in the first round! I also signed up for Stitch Fix and I am impatiently waiting for my first fix.

After I had lunch, I got ready and drove up north so that I could go horseback riding! I was so excited! The weather app that I have on my phone was predicting thunderstorms, so I checked on the radar a couple times and saw that it looked like there would be an hour or two that was clear. I got to the stable, and I saw some horses and I was so excited! There was only one other car there, but when I walked to the office, I saw that there was a note that said that they were "closed due to weather," and I was so disappointed.

I started driving away, and then I saw a reindeer! So I had to stop and take a couple pictures.

I headed up north a little bit and stopped at a wayside because I noticed that the leaves were starting to change. Some of them are already falling off the trees. We've had a cooler summer, so I'm not surprised that it's going to be an early fall.

I was standing on the side of the highway to take these pictures. Crazy girl with a camera! (;

I went a little bit further up the road, and I stopped at an antique place that I've never been to before. They had these awesome vintage motel chairs outside (I totally want a set, and these are the perfect color.), and I ended up running into my landlords inside.

I drove north again and stopped a couple more times, and then headed back south. The traffic heading south wasn't bad at all around 2:30.

When I got home I made some cupcakes! I found a cupcake mix at Target in Green Bay a couple months back, so I made those. They're chai latte with cinnamon chips and vanilla bean frosting. I used my KitchenAid hand mixer for the first time! (: I generally sub applesauce for oil in recipes, in case you're wondering what's in that upside down matryoshka!

I almost forgot to add the egg. That wouldn't have worked too well.

Then I had to wait for them to cool so that I could make the frosting and frost them.

I was a little nervous at first when I made the frosting, because it was pretty clumpy at first, but it did come together. I tried to pipe them, but that didn't work out too well. I need some frosting lessons.

I lounged around and worked on some blog posts and such, and I had dinner while I watched Tangled. I did eat fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water today, too!

The sky was starting to turn golden during the lantern scene, and that's when I caught this one.

It was a pretty relaxing night that ended with some laundry, cleaning, and reading!

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Remember the summer bucket list? Here's how it turned out:

1. go horseback riding. - obviously didn't happen. I was supposed to go on an earlier day, but then there were some schedule changes and it didn't work. we're planning on fall, but the stable's hours might not let that happen... we shall see.

2. watch the sunset on the water. - every time I try to plan this one, it doesn't happen. the times I was on the water, it was too cloudy for a sunset. I guess technically I caught a tiny bit of the sun setting on the water one night when I got out of work a couple minutes early.

3. pizza at Wild Tomato in Fish Creek. - this one happened on Memorial Day!

4. Disney/Pixar movie "marathon" - I watched two of the movies I wanted to see: Frozen and Tangled! I still need to see Toy Story 3 and the Princess and the Frog!


ps: I finished writing this while listening to the Beatles (:

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Month by iPhone :: August 2014

Oh, August. You came and went so fast this year. It seems like the summer just began, but now it's already over. August means my birthday and the end of camp. My schedule is going to seem more regular for me now, but it's still going to be pretty busy. My classes start this week at the Y and I'm pretty excited to see who I'm going to have this session! Here's to hoping that it all goes well.

I actually didn't change my calendar until the second. Oops!

hoses hanging to dry at the fire station. I loved documenting camp field trips this year.

princess birthday balloons!

at the USCG canal station. the lighthouse looks so tiny!

what I wore on my birthday {Forever 21 tee // Gap colorblock belt // American Eagle skinny jeans // Converse}

princess roses because everyone knows that I am a princess.

don't give me flowers, because I will just take pictures of them all of the time.

we took the kids bowling at Apple Valley Lanes. it was so weird being the only people there.

Groundskeeper Frappe from Copper Rock Coffee in Appleton. it tasted just like an Oreo!

more mini golfing at Egg Harbor Fun Park.

obligatory first legal drink photo (;

I was refilling the mints in the lobby at the motel, and I noticed that some of them are smaller and not circular, so I had to be annoying and take a picture.

that's a child doing a cartwheel. I wish I would have caught her with both hands on the ground and legs in the air, because that would have been a cool picture.

we took the kids to Cherry Blossom Park, and I just thought that the trees looked pretty.

one of my favorite views.

hey, steel bridge...

final day with our campers. we took them to Otumba Park.

cute little bottle opener (:

new leaves

feeling small

I watched Frozen and painted my nails (:

I've already started spotting fall leaves, which is so weird since it's still August. But it's been a cooler summer this year.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 2014 NatureBox

let's preface this by saying that these pictures were taken around nine/ten o'clock at night in a poorly lit kitchen using a flash. oh, and I still don't know very much about my photoshop elements.

moving on.

you know, I don't know what to really say as an introduction, so let's just have some pictures.

that little card was to tell me that one of my snacks had to be replaced, but I don't remember what it was, and I'm kind of wondering if I ever filled that spot in my pantry.

you know, I often get distracted when I'm trying to write these posts because I go and look at the NatureBox website and add new snacks to my pantry. I'm back now!

Salt & Pepper Lentil Loops :: I was a bit nervous about this one, since I've never had lentils before. they were really good! they taste like French fries from somewhere, but I can't figure out where! they do have a little kick to them, but it is quite delicious.

Blueberry Nom Noms :: I was expecting a lot out of these because I really like the dark cocoa ones last month. these weren't as great as those (hello, the other ones were chocolate!), but they aren't bad. they're soft and pillowy little oat cookies (:

French Vanilla Almond Granola :: it's granola. I like granola. I'm satisfied. in case you're wondering, that's caramel yogurt {Yoplait Greek}, which is kind of strange, but very good with an apple!

Blueberry Almond Bites :: these are so cute. they have three different types of rice, and one of them must give them a tiny almost spicy flavor, because I can't figure out what else it would be. cocoa is also listed as an ingredient, but I don't taste it.

Dried Cranberries :: not impressive. this is clearly the replacement snack. I don't really know what to say about these, because they're just like the cranberries that you can buy anywhere. I already have cranberries, and now I have more!

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