that time we camped about 4 months ago.

ok. it wasn’t that long ago. but it was awhile.
like august.

and the school year has been crazy. so i haven’t posted in a millionty years.

and i barely remember this camping trip.

so, here are some pictures.


chilly morning…

the baby.

grub face.

my favorite all time pic of crazel.

a terrible pic of the older two playing bingo.  we won about 8 candy bars each.

ike and hazel quality time.

ice cream face.

relaxing annababy.



after a semi-rough night number one with hazel (and two terrible night’s rest for me and derek), it was determined that the best course of action, once again, was to take her home for the night. it was my turn, so derek stayed with the kids, and hazel and i came home for a solid night’s rest. we woke up, picked up breakfast, and headed back to the site, only to find the rest of the lidboms still fast asleep. luckies.

ok. camping trip. check.

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a boring august recap.

the second half of summer flew past in a flash.

i hit up some consignment sales for clothes for the annababy, who can still squeeze into 4t clothes, but they are quite short.  i took her with me, and wound up purchasing a darth vader costume, which she insisted on wearing everywhere, much to the amusement of everyday folk who came across her path.IMG_0439

she’s actually kind of obsessed.IMG_0440

we had a big fat playdate.IMG_0460

these two girls.  anna and hazel are becoming such cute little sisters.  leaving isaac to fend for himself.  someday, he won’t mind.IMG_0472

hazelnut.  keeping score.  IMG_0476

BEFORE our beach trip, i decided i would get my school shopping knocked out.  off to target, with standard winston-salem forsyth county schools list in hand.IMG_0494_2

the first round.  i thought i was done.  i was very wrong.IMG_0496_2

the dwindling days of lazy late morning breakfasts…IMG_0504_2

we squeezed in a visit with the peters family.  the girls get along famously.IMG_0525

the boys, not as much.  but i think they maybe still had a moment or two of fun.IMG_0521

sadly, we had to list our vocal rooster, chicken harry potter, on craigslist.  i loaded him up and took him west to meet a guy who promised him a good home with some ladies.  i hope it all worked out. IMG_0542_2

we were actually down to just five hens after sending him off, so we decided to take a chicken break.  we gave the hens to a friend who has a bunch of chickens.  and we can skip the miserable part of raising chickens – the winter, and start over with chicks in the spring. the mass murder of our last little batch by lucy sealed the deal.  it’s so hard to introduce babies to an established flock and we weren’t super attached to any of the old girls (lucy had murdered all of the nice ones).  so, that’s the chicken update.

we had a delightful playdate with the barrier ladies.  a greenway stroll.IMG_1010_2

to a creek.IMG_1016_2

hazel strolled right in.  before any of the other kids.  they had years of moms telling them not to do such things.  hazel is a blank slate.  :)IMG_1036_2

happy tiny people.IMG_1043_2

a post creek frolicking lunch.IMG_1046_2

hazel has become obsessed with wall-e.  she has this little figurine and anna drew and cut out a paper doppelgänger of the beloved robot.IMG_1058_2

this face.IMG_1075_2

we busted out the mr. sketch markers. (i obviously needed a back to school gift).  we had a smelling party, and hazel caught on quickly.  (we found her the next day, amidst the markers, coloring her whole arm and then sniffing it.  she’s an addict).IMG_1089_2

kindercamp!! on the thursday before school, anna had a morning of kindercamp, and i had a morning of kindergarten orientation.  she looks grumpy but she’s mostly mad that i was hanging around the classroom for too long.  IMG_1093_2

the last day of summer vacation.  well, the last weekday.  weekends don’t count.  we went to lorena’s and did a bit of swimming with her kids and the peters kids.  IMG_1127_2

oh. and at open house, we received a way longer and way differenter list of school supplies.  mostly for isaac.  he’s in the nerd class, and they apparently need more stuff than i needed in college.  seriously.  so, i got to run to target and staples on the friday before school, along with all of the rest of winston-salem, who had also received their lists the night before.IMG_1131_2

with the kids back in school, hazel and i have had some pretty fun days just to ourselves.  we met a friend at chipotle.  life is easy with one baby!IMG_1182_2anna’s bff, natalie, had a volleyball match at west forsyth (super close to our house), so anna and i headed over to cheer her on.  anna made this cute sign, complete with a pile of pipecleaners taped to it.  IMG_1187_2

on friday, anna had her first ever dance class.  she was in HEAVEN.  i can’t even tell you how much she has been looking forward to this.  IMG_1212

all of the tiny dancers.IMG_1213

and then yesterday.  a park day.  :)IMG_1287

aaaaaaand that’s all of august.
onto autumn!!! (just kidding. i live in north carolina. summer lasts for another 4 months. ho hum.)

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the first day of school.

on monday, the summer came screeching to a halt, and the two oldest lid kids had their first day of school. a new school. isaac tested into the HAG (highly academically gifted) program, which is only at two schools in our system. fortunately, it’s only about 6 minutes away from where we live. anyhow, anna can go there because he does, and so we are there now. we absolutely love it, so far.
anna was excited. isaac was surprisingly pleasant. so, no complaints.

the obliged my morning photos. isaac dressed up in his first-day-of-school-bow-tie. we had a slight disagreement over fabric choices. he won, but conceded the school picture day bow tie choice to me. and they HAD to have a picture showing over their new lunch boxes.

not one to be left out, hazel joined in. she was pretty sad when the kids unloaded at school without her.

of course, i had the obligatory instagram photo crop and filter.

i walked them in. anna’s kindergarten class was getting all collected up in the lobby, to be escorted to their classroom. so, i walked isaac to his room and planned to snap a pic of anna on the way back, once they had settled in. isaac strolled in, got to work, let me take a pic and was on his way. he did great. (there was some concern, after a considerable amount of anxiety in second grade).

on the way back through, anna’s class was still in the lobby and i made eye contact with her and she LOST IT. after a bit of consoling, i convinced her to chat with a little boy who had an r2d2 backpack, and she recovered enough to let me head out. she was fine on tuesday. but woke up very tired on wednesday and has had a bit of a tough rest of the week. isaac, again, has been surprisingly great about school. so relieved.

we are heading out to go camping this afternoon (after her first ever dance class!!), so hopefully everyone will forget the first looooong week of school and be ready and raring to go on monday.

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family beach trip 2015. the last day.

the last day.  we started out at the beach.

derek took isaac out in the deeper waters for a long time, so i wandered about with the girls.  collecting bits of shells.IMG_0870_2 IMG_0875_2 IMG_0877_2

and writing in the sand.IMG_0886_2

and snapping as many photos of the sister love as i could.IMG_0894_2

making beach soup.IMG_0896_2

beach soup sous chef.IMG_0898_2

tidal pool fun.IMG_0907_2

i can’t stand it.IMG_0908_2

more tidal pool frolics.IMG_0914_2

isaac returned from his wave adventures to hang a bit.IMG_0921_2

we almost even managed a decent picture.  almost.IMG_0925_2

then, back to the pool.  this knucklehead.IMG_0933_2

for dinner, we found a new little mediterranean place and it was awesome.IMG_0939_2

chicken souvlaki.  seriously.  so good.IMG_0944_2

we pulled into a random mall (to get me a new book!) and happened upon an old school arcade.  i tried donkey kong and then remembered that i’m terrible at video games.IMG_1002 IMG_0950

derek, of course, was in heaven.  he played some super mario bros and then got the high score on ms. pacman, while a fellow ms. pacman enthusiast looked on with wonder.IMG_0951_2

the kids tried pinball.  IMG_0961

we got home pretty late.  slept.  awoke.  packed.  and left.  and derek sneakily snapped this pic while i soaked in one last moment.  i was probably crying.  until next year…IMG_1003_2

i’m done.  just in time for back-to-school blogging!

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fam beach trip ’15 (part 3)

hello. and welcome to another installment of the lidbom family beach trip.
today, i will be blogging about wednesday and thursday.
buckle up. it’s super exciting.

(not really.)

on wednesday, we did the same thing we did most of the week… headed for the beach.  for some reason, this was the day we were obsessed with digging up crushed shells on the edge of the tidal pool.

i’m not gonna lie.  we had a couple of good days and moments, but isaac spent a lot of the vacation a bit grumpy.  he’s hard right now.  IMG_0764_2

this kid loves the beach. ocean. and pool.IMG_0765_2

hazel even began to warm up to the giant ocean trying to sneak up around her ankles.IMG_0767_2

a smile. :)IMG_0823_2

the sisters. IMG_0778_2

more sisters.IMG_0822_2

the crazel!IMG_0798_2

shell shard collector.IMG_0812_2

more grump head.  (i actually think maybe he wasn’t actually grumpy here, he just looked it).


tidal pool sand sifting.


in the afternoon, we hit the pool, and they were selling snow cones, so we obviously had to get some.  IMG_0826_2

snow cone aftermath.IMG_0828_2

for dinner, we hit up the squirrel hut, which derek had heard great things about.  it was a little tiny hole in the wall place that boasted a “legit philly cheesesteak” and was decked out in all manner of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh sports paraphernalia.

the girl.  awaiting her burger.IMG_0834_2

my cheesesteak.  it was good.  but, it definitely fell short of expectations.  sorry squirrel hut.



on thursday, all the kiddos were beached out.  so, we started our day at the pool.  anna did a little tanning in the shade.  weirdo.IMG_1006_2

i got pretty bored with the pool quickly, so hazel and i headed out to the beach for a bit.IMG_0856_2

we spent the rest of thursday inside.  i think we were all worn out.  i read on the balcony with some margaritas, so i can’t really complain.  the kids just played and watched tv and recovered.IMG_0859_2


and that’s all for wednesday and thursday.  so close.

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family beach trip, 2015 (part 2)

our second day at the beach began slowly.  we worked a little on a puzzle (and hazel worked on wrecking it).  had a lazy breakfast.  and eventually got ready for the beach…IMG_0993

at the beach, i made a feeble attempt at a family picture.  hazel was not super agreeable.IMG_0659_2

the boy.IMG_0661_2

the girl.IMG_0663_2

the toddler.IMG_0669_2

the family.IMG_0670_2

more family action shot.IMG_0677_2

isaac learned a lesson in the proper water to sand ratio needed for a solid sand castle.  needless to say, this attempt was a failure.IMG_0681_2

the crazel was  a fan of the walled in wading pool.IMG_0686_2

during hazel’s nap, isaac stayed in and i went to the pool with just this kiddo.  she wasn’t super patient with allowing me some reading time.  here, she’s waiting for 10 minutes to pass until my next dip in the pool.IMG_0702_2

we had a low-key evening, and derek busted out the kerplunk game for a little family gaming.  hazel lost.IMG_0719_2

i underestimated my reading time and read my two books in two days, so on the third morning, this little bookstore saved the day and i picked up two more.IMG_0724_2

the kids needed a little break from the beach, and hazel took a super early nap, so we opted for a day at broadway at the beach in myrtle beach.  our first stop was amici’s brickoven.  i got this super amazing stromboli and then ate way too much.  also.  cool story.  while we were there, a couple saw derek’s pok-a-dot t-shirt and came up to our table and asked if we were from batavia.  she worked at the middle school and knew my brother and he worked at the ARC a few hundred feet down the road from where i grew up.  so, that was a fun little surprise.IMG_0728_2

our main reason for broadway at the beach was to go to magiquest.  it was pretty cool, but maybe geared for kids a little older than ours.  anna was with derek and did ok.  i had isaac and hazel (she was just along for the ride).  isaac got frustrated often.  as did i.  mostly because i hate conglomerations of the general public and i was toting hazel around the whole time.  anyhow, it wasn’t so bad in the end and i’m sure we will go back now that we’ve dropped the big money on the wands and such.IMG_0995

the lighting was terrible and there were people swarming everywhere so it was hard to get a good picture.  IMG_0733_2

this is how i felt about it all.  grumpy selfie.IMG_0734_2

anna chugged along, with the goal of doing this unicorn thing.  and she made it at the very end.  (isaac, on the other hand, collapsed into a ball of tears after a super bratty kid cut in front of us at one of the little portals).IMG_0736_2

after our magiquest adventure, we hit up ben and jerry’s for some delicious icecream.  IMG_0747_2

derek’s birthday was monday, but we didn’t do anything to celebrate, so for dinner, we picked up some grocery store deli foods for the kids and scored some thai food for ourselves.  IMG_0752_2

after i stuffed myself with thai, the girls took a bubble bath.  hazel said “bubbles” on repeat about 200 times.  this was the only sort of appropriate pic i managed.  IMG_0754_2

so that’s a wrap on monday and tuesday…  

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myrtle beach-ish, 2015 (part 1).

last week was our annual family trip to north myrtle beach. we left saturday mid-morning and began the four hour road trip to our salty and sandy destination. while i have been doing a lot of traveling this year, derek has not. this was his first real vacation. and it was nice to have a vacation with a husband/dad in attendance.

here’s my account of the travels and the first whole day.

hazel snoozed away on the ride. mouth breather.

we stopped at a gas station in biscoe and derek hooked me up with a surprise slush puppie. hooray.

we arrived around five pm. settled in. went out for some dinner. grocery shopped. and did a little late night swimming. and called it a night to get ready for a big long day at the beach in the morning.

the first day (sunday) was beautiful.  and all week, low tide was during the time that we were out (mid morning and early afternoon) and these wonderful little tidal pools were formed.  especially wonderful for those of us that don’t like the giant ocean sneaking up and knocking us down (hazel).  the anna baby was a fan, too.  IMG_0572_2

ike, hard at work bringing sand castle materials.  he spent most of his time in the ocean, jumping waves and floating on the swells just past the crashing waves.IMG_0573_2

the first sandcastle.  home to several princesses and my little ponies.IMG_0578_2

all of my people, in action.IMG_0582_2

burying crazel.IMG_0584_2

burying the annababy.IMG_0588_2

sand face crazel.IMG_0593_2

hazel was more of a demolisher than a builder.  thankfully, the other two kids are old enough to roll with it.  IMG_0599_2

our daily routine was usually, breakfast, beach, lunch, then big kids at pool while hazel napped.  so, here we are at the pool. IMG_0604_2


the other goof.IMG_0613_2

the boy. IMG_0615_2

we found out that there was a special at medieval times, where on the weekends, each adult ticket got a free kid’s ticket.  coupled with hazel being free if she sat on a lap, we decided to give it a go.  so, we got all cleaned up and ready to go.  but first.  a pic of my people.IMG_0619_2

medieval times entrance.  me and the lid kids.IMG_0651_2

the lighting wasn’t fantastic and we had our hands full (the crazel on my lap, the eating food with bare hands, the stupid flags that kept being dropped, etc).  this dude was the like the em cee.IMG_0652_2

hazel enjoyed it, even if she had no idea what was going down.  she just said “horse!” repeatedly.  IMG_0635_2

anna sort of understood and paid attention, but i was a little sad, when about an hour in, she asked me when it was going to start.  IMG_0639_2

isaac played along, but when the jousting and duels and sword fighting began, his attention was fixed.IMG_0991_2

we gave each kid $15 to spend at medieval times, but derek also brought a few toys along that they could purchase with their money.  both kids opted for a daddy store toy.  isaac got some more minecraft figurines.  anna went for this lego bird set.  it’s for ages 12 and up.  she needed help a couple of times, but mostly rocked it out herself.  she was so proud.  IMG_0992


and that brings our first day to a close.  i’ll be back with more soon!


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rainbow cascading wonky star quilt.

a super quick post about a recent quilting finish.

awhile back, my friend danii asked (begged) for a quilt. i finally gave in and after some discussion settled on sticking with my guns and going for a rainbow wonky star cascade on a gray background.

i started this sucker a way way way long time ago. like in january or february maybe? it was on my wall for months. there’s not much quilty time for me lately. anyhow. i went to a sew in with some friends and managed to get it basted, and i had high hopes that i would maybe venture out of my comfort zone for the quilting. in the end, since it’s for a non-quilty friend, and i just wanted it finished, i just went with the old standby, free motion meander. boring. but fast.

i backed it in some metallic silver polkadots on white and a gray and white lattice print from hobby lobby.
and bound it with cotton and steel dottie print. my fave for binding these days.

i was in a super rush to get this to danii, and i did a terrible job taking pics.

and that’s that. i think it’s my third quilt of 2015. the first two being baby quilts. ugh.

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spontaneous mountain getaway.

so. derek’s parents and sister’s family and sister’s husband’s parents were in the mountains. i was hoping to maybe take the three lid kids up for a day trip, but when we mentioned it, derek’s dad swooped into action and found us a super cheap place to stay for a few days. (and he footed the bill!). so, off we went!

first things first, some fishing. (in the new overalls from gramma’s outlet shopping).

for dinner, on the first night, we went to pappy’s… er… the pedalin’ pig.

so good.

the next day, derek had to work some, so i loaded up the kids and derek’s mom and dad, and off we went to the mast general store. so much candy.

hazel LOVES candy. she had her basket filled in no time.

after looking around a bit, we picked up some pops and went out back to the mountain stream for some sugar consumption.

it was a very nice day, so a quick dip in the stream was in order.

or a full on swim.

classy hazel.

background: we recently decided it was time to introduce isaac to star wars. well, all three kids are big fans. we brought some dvds with us and the adventure continued in our mountain evenings.

the next day, derek took some time off and we went to tweetsie railroad. we headed straight for the chairlift to the top of the mountain. (mostly because we came in behind a couple of busses and they were all at the bottom, waiting on the train).

i managed to capture this pic of the boy and the dad riding up the chairlift. (i just held the camera behind me and snapped away, while holding onto the girls, hoping for just one good shot).

once we were at the top, we went straight for the mouse mine ride, a tiny little train the rolls around the top of the mountain and then into a terrifying neon animatronic filled mine.

the rides at the top are geared more for little folks, so isaac and derek wandered off, while the girls rode this.

then we wandered into a weird little performance and anna insisted we stick around until the end for photos.

anna was the only brave big kid to ride this.

after a bit of riding, we made our way into the petting zoo. there are always baby goats running rampant, so that’s super fun times.

hazel was mostly terrified, after a baby goat jumped on her and knocked her down, but then recovered quickly.

some llamas i think. :)IMG_0366IMG_0368

a shot with dad in front of old tweetsie.  somehow i managed zero pictures of the actual train ride.IMG_0385

the ferris wheel view.  it was a bust.  anna and hazel rode with me and hazel hated it.  she said “owwww” everytime we came over the top and we got that terrible feeling in our stomachs from dropping too quickly.  IMG_0393

race cars.


tweetsie jail birds.

we made our way back to the condo for a nice long hazel nap and some chill out time before reassembling for a cookout with all of the whole entire family at the pavilion.

all of the cousins.

watermelon “first dessert”. (we had ice cream later for all of the august birthdays).

knocked out kiddos.

we had to checkout the next morning, but we extended the vacation a bit, by hitting the outlets and having lunch with derek’s parents, before getting back on the road for home. and our little spontaneous mountain adventure was in the books.

the end.

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july twenty fifteen.

we were gone for a lot of july, so there’s not a lot to post about.
but, i will manage. :)

during our week at home between the beach and new york, derek was training for a new job at wells fargo. he settled in while we were in new york, so when we came home, he was ready for us to meet him for lunch. we gladly obliged and met him at bib’s for some delicious barbecue.

derek took anna fishing and she made her first catch.

the sisters with matchy pig tails.

hazel is a goon.

park play date with sam and his mom and bro.

hazel is crazy.

bead mania.

watermelons at grammas.IMG_0181

we went to the $3.50 summer movie with the hungerfords and saw rio 2.  hazel was a champ and made it through the whole movie.  we saw this display on the way out, and obviously stopped for a photo.IMG_0194

all the minions with minions.IMG_0204

on another playdate with the peters girls, some makeup happened.  IMG_0219

so. one day.  i was out in the garden, weeding.  and anna was “helping”.  but she got bored. she asked me for the next worm i dug up and put it in a cup with some dirt.  then, disappeared.  when i came in the house, this was the scene.  somehow the dirt was all across the floor on on the island.  and she was holding half of the worm in each hand.  i’m thinking she was gonna wrap it up in the papertowel?  i never did find out what exactly happened.IMG_0220

this face.  i can’t stand it.IMG_0245

and that’s mostly it.
we had a mountain vacation squeezed in, but i need to sort through the pics. hopefully i can get that up tonight before we head out tomorrow for the beach. :)

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