Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summery Stuff

Hard to believe July is almost over, which means August is almost here, which means school is about to start again. Holy smokes! Here's some of what we've been up to the past few weeks.

Fourth of July

We had a nice 4th of July weekend. The fireworks were on the 3rd, and were really nice! This was our second time taking Harry (his first time here), and he was so excited to see them. We got to the high school a little early and a nice family with a 5 year old girl sat down next to us. Her and Harry got to play around while we enjoyed hearing the 16 Candles Band play some awesome 80s music. 

On the 4th we did a few fireworks of our own. 

School Shopping

Once Upon A Child was having a clearance sale so we got a head start on some school shopping for Harry. We got some cute stuff! We didn't bring anything to trade in, so all this cost us about $50.

The shirt on the top right is one we've had before. We loved it so much when Harry was younger and couldn't pass it up!


I've been doing well with my new year's resolution of wearing makeup more often. Harry often sits in the bathroom with me while I get ready. The other week we were at Big Lots and Harry found a $1 makeup palette he wanted. Knowing "no" would cause a tantrum, I bought it for him. And.... we've had a lot of fun with it ;)

He's quite the little artist! When he was doing my makeup he was so meticulous, making sure everything looked just like he wanted it to. And no, I don't think these photos are "blackmail" or ones that I'll have to show his Prom date one day. They just show a little boy who is curious about the world. He has asked to wear makeup to camp, but I tell him makeup is for grownups and not kids. This blog post from Baby Sideburns pretty much sums up my parenting philosophies on the whole should I let my son wear makeup/nail polish thing. It's definitely worth reading IMO :)

First Movie

We took Harry to his first movie theater experience! We took him to see Inside Out. He woke up in a bad mood that day and honestly, wasn't too into the whole movie-going experience. He's talked about going a bunch since though, so maybe it made more of an impact than we thought. I think we're going to hold out going to another one until either The Good Dinosaur or The Peanuts Movie, both of which release in November.

Dad's Birthday

Ant's birthday was last week. As we've done for the past few years, Harry got to pick out some presents for his dad at the Dollar Tree. We always have such a fun time finding the perfect gifts! Which, of course, are all things Harry loves ;).

For a cake we ordered Batman themed cupcakes from Target. Delish!

The Friday after his birthday we went out to Joe's Crab Shack per Ant's request.

PhotoShop Class

I took a DSLR camera class with Balanced Exposure a few years ago. I enjoyed it and have been wanting to take another one of their classes. When they sent out an email about their 1000th class, all about PhotoShop, I signed up right away.

I've been working with PhotoShop Elements for about 5 years now, and everything I know about the program has been self taught. The class was really informative. While I knew the basics of most of what was taught, I learned easier ways to do things and some advanced techniques. As a gift for attending the 1000th class we received admission to another class free of charge, so I get to go back in just a couple weeks, yay!

Here's a before and after of one of the photos we worked on in the class. It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with the results!

Ninety94 Chicago

Ant started a podcast a couple months ago! It's called Ninety94 Chicago and is conversations with people around Chicago. He has quite a few episodes already. One segment he does is called "Around Town," where he and I review different places in the area. Our latest one, about Pie Five, also includes Harry! I haven't posted a video of him in a while, so if you're curious about what he sounds like, be sure to listen to it! Harry was so in to it as Pie Five is his new favorite restaurant and couldn't wait to talk in to the "big microphone" about it!

Ant is always looking for new, interesting people to talk to, so send him an email if you think you'd make a good interview!

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