It is the annual garage sale weekend in our neighboring town, Woodbury. We do most everything in Woodbury but houses are about 25% more expensive there so we live in Cottage Grove. The commute to Woodbury is only 10 minutes so it isn’t bad unless it is garage sale weekend. Every mini van, truck, trailer and SUV with in a 10 mile radius of Woodbury are on the roads following small, hard to read signs that are half washed away by rain. No one knows where they are going but everyone is on a mission. It took an extra half hour to get to the gym today because… well I was one of those mini vans following washed out signs.
This major garage sale weekend happens every year and most of the people who are selling stuff register with the local Lions Club as a fundraisers. I am not quite sure how the fundraiser works but there are hundreds of garage sales in one town on one weekend. It is a big event. I assume a lot of money is raised. Last year I went to a few of the garage sales and was able to find a Columbia snow suit for Elise that she wore this past winter with matching Kamik boots for under $25.
I got sucked into the hype again this year with hopes of finding an extra pair of snow boots for the kids for next winter. You can never have enough winter gear. We stopped by a few garage sales yesterday afternoon and this morning. I didn’t buy a single thing today even though some Mom was selling all of her son’s Imaginext toys (Patrick’s go to and favorite toys) for $40. I know that the pile of toys she had was worth over $200 new so it was tempting but I also knew I wouldn’t have a husband any more if I brought home a box of Imaginext toys to our son who has yet to earn back everything that was taken away from him last week. (He was in serious trouble people.)
Yesterday I did buy two things though. Don’t tell Tim but I bought Patrick a little transformer for 75 cents that he picked out when I was paying for a purple dress up costume for Elise.
Tim if you want to pick a fight about the transformer, please look at these photos first…. then try and be mad!
Look at the twirl radius of that skirt.
Here are a few of Patrick. He is saying thank you Dad. I love you Dad.
And the reason we were in the front yard… His bus driver is getting a very big gift card to Starbucks on the last day of school. He is so good with Michael.
Anyone else think his shark face look very similar to his Mario Brother’s bullet face? If he is going to become a child actor he is really going to have to work on his range of emotions. There is more that just happy and angry kid.
I am a hands on learner. I could read my camera manual cover to cover twice and learn nothing. I just don’t learn like that. That is why when we play a new board game Tim always has to read the directions. It drives him crazy when I don’t give him my full attention when he is reading instructions out loud but really, even if I was giving 110% of my attention I still wouldn’t understand so why not stack the pieces of Ticket to Ride into a tower of mini train cars.
That said, in order to get better at taking photos I am just going to have to take more photos. I know my Mom will be thrilled with the idea because it means daily photos of her Grandkids so here we go again.
Today I was organized and the kids were cooperating so there was enough time for me to make waffles for breakfast AND playoutside before the bus came. I was even awake enough to grab my camera and snap a few shots. #parentingwin
This morning waiting for the bus.
Nothing special about this photo except for the fact that the boys are playing nicely and if I post this I will remember to take Michael to get his glasses fixed this afternoon. How those specs are still in one piece is a mystery. Thank goodness for free glasses adjustments.
My favorite time of year will be tomorrow or the next day. I love when the tree in our front yard looks like it has a thousand little neon green balls of life on its branches. Today is pretty good too.
If I titled my photos this one would be, “Didn’t I smile enough at the camera on Sunday?”
This is Elise’s “I’m a princess” dance. Even sick and running on little sleep the girl takes time to accessorise her outfit.
There is no place like home.
Elise picked out these shoes at Target before we went to Arizona. They are knock off Toms meets a hot pink pair of Dorthy’s Ruby slippers. I want a pair in my size.
This is Patrick’s favorite pass time. If riding down the hill in a truck were a sport he would be MVP.
These are a few of my mis-focused, almost good photos. I really love my camera. It is a fun challenge to learn and I dare say it is my favorite hobby yet. I love you quilting but this lady needs to get outside and Singers don’t travel near as well as my Cannon.
I did not mean to focus on the temporary Angry Bird tattoo on PJ’s hand. I wanted his face sharp.
Here is a great shot of the playground equipment with a blurry PJ in the background. Whoops.
This one I really like though.
There are a lot of photos of Patrick because he kept calling me over and asking me to “Take a picture of me Mom!” That doesn’t happen often so I took full advantage of him being a ham.
Hold on buddy! This one should have been cropped with more of Tim and less of the retaining wall.
These are the runners-up for favorite photos of Elise. The photo I posted of Elise yesterday takes the cake.
Any time I can get all three in the same photo is a win…
You can find the rest here. Now I need to go read a few more tutorials and get out and take some more photos!