It feels like summer has arrived

I don't want to jinx it, but doesn't it feel like summer has finally arrived? We're loving the sun and I'm feeling so blessed to have Hailey as an excuse to stay home and do nothing. The other day she took a nap and I went out on the deck and read from my new magazine - Body and Soul. Pete got me a subscription for $4.95 - it was a deal of the day on some website and it was a surprise for me...such a great one as I love this magazine!

(right after we moved in...freshly painted deck)

Anyway, we are enjoying the weather and really enjoying our deck despite it's peeling paint. :( Pete's summer project looks to be about 970 square feet of deck....the snow this winter really did a doosie on the deck and now we have rotted boards throughout. We are learning that it takes a lot of time and effort to properly maintain a deck. At least Pete says that our large lawn takes less time to mow than the lawn at his old house - because he has a riding lawn mower and does it at full speed. Hailey and I have fun watching him cruise around on that thing. I need to fashion a beer holder on it so he can really let loose and go wild on the lawn. ;P

Hailey has been totally awesome lately. Having a night time routine is working out real well - I'm glad I checked out this book at the library, it's been a big help. Around 8pm we change her into pj's and then we read 2 books to her. Then we put her in her crib and no matter how tired she is, she cries until she falls asleep (it's usually about 2-5 minutes). The first week was not so easy as she cried and cried and cried...but after a good week or two, she's going to sleep much easier and staying asleep. We tried hard to ignored her cries in the middle of the night and she learned to soothe herself right back to sleep - now she only wakes once (most nights - it's not always peachy keen). She sleeps until somewhere around 4am when she has scooted her way into the top corner of the crib and wakes herself up. She eats for about 10 minutes and then she goes right back to sleep until 7:45ish. It's been SO nice to get sleep and to know what to expect during the night!

Tonight I was responsible for bringing punch to a birthday party. It was so good I thought I'd share the recipe with you all. I wanted to spike it, but I didn't (I might do it next time - will keep you posted). I found this recipe on and it was so easy and delish (what more could you ask for in a punch?)! This is a great one for summer parties....everyone loved it!

Raspberry-Lemonade Punch
Makes about 12 cups.

* 8 cups (2 quarts) ginger ale
* 3/4 cup powdered lemonade mix
* 4 cups (16 ounces) frozen raspberries
* 4 cups ice

1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl mix the ginger ale and lemonade mix. Before serving, stir in the raspberries and ice.

At the party we played the special modified version of Balderdash (everyone makes up an answer rather than using the real answer and you have to guess which answer the person reading the card wrote). The theme of the game turned into "poopy underwear" - it got a little ridiculous as several answers every round had something to do with poopy underwear. That game is great for getting a good laugh in!

Whelp...time to go get some beauty rest before my girl gets me up nice and early. Enjoy the weekend everyone!