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Summer Recap: Week 7

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This week of our summer was from Saturday June 27th through Friday July 3rd. On Saturday we celebrated Zach's Father's Day and you can read all about it here :) 

We attend church services twice on Sundays. We have Bible Study then morning worship then go back for an evening worship service (we also attend a Wednesday night Bible Study as well). Our church has started having Spiritual Enrichment Group meetings once a month where we meet with a smaller group of people to get to know each other better and have a small Bible study together instead of Sunday evening services. Zach's family's church doesn't do SEG meetings but does have a double church morning ever-so-often where they have potluck after morning services then immediately go into their "evening" worship service but at like 2 rather than 6. Sometimes it works out where we have SEG and they have early services on the same Sunday. It happened this week so I thought of a fun idea to have everyone over to swim and eat a simple dinner (tacos). It was a blast! 



Tess loves to "jump" in the pool!


They are twins even in their random confused faces haha




Wherever Uncle Jordan is...that's where you will find Britt!


Of course the boys made up a game!






One of our plans for summer was to have a cousin sleep over! It made sense to just have Colt and Payton stay after the swim party :) They had a BLAST playing and the boys got to stay up and play Mario Karts with Zach before bed. We let Kye play for 20-30 min a week with us and only Mario Karts. He's done really well with it and it hasn't caused any issues and has been a good lesson for him in winning and losing. Colt enjoyed getting to play too! And the girls were so sweet reading books together in Britt's room!

I've given a LOT of thought to sleep overs. I've read a LOT of articles about the advantages and disadvantages to having them and I've reflected a lot on my own personal experiences with them growing up. And I personally just don't see us having sleep overs with friends. I think cousin sleep overs, for now, are fine but I can also see us not allowing them to sleep in the same room in the future. And if there are friends who spend the night I also don't see us ever doing in the same room sleeping arrangements. And I don't see us being okay with our kids spending the night at other people's homes. It's still something I'm praying about and thinking about and I know we're getting close to spend the night party ages, especially for Kye, and it's going to be something Zach and I will need to be on the same page about. But I believe in the saying "nothing good happens after dark." What good things really happen when kids/teens spend the night together? They can have JUST as much fun having a later playdate or even staying in the same house over night but sleeping in separate rooms! 

It was super cute listening on the monitors to them though. Kye and Colt were debating whose dad is stronger haha! It was hilarious. Zach and I were CRACKING up! Then the girls were reading to each other and poor Payton was ready to go to sleep but Britt wasn't having it. I felt bad for Payton but she handled her own and they both, finally, went to sleep!







This was the sleep over aftermath and adds another reason to why I can see us deciding against them in the future. Both kids were a MESS. Exhausted and just really unable to function. It took Britt a good couple of days to get back to herself!



This week I got wind of a rumor that my beloved Gap Factory store in a nearby town was closing it's doors. When I heard earlier this year that the Gap brand is closing a lot of stores I had a bad feeling. The "outlet" (using that term extremely loosely here) we have near us has literally like 4 stores left in it. I'm honestly surprised we've kept Gap as long as we have. But man y'all. I cried real tears over this news. Lame? Maybe. But Gap Outlet is my JAM. Kye even prayed "please let Gap stay open because it's where Mommy gets all my shirts" haha. I legit love Gap and it's been a place of some awesome "me time" over the years. I've nursed my babies in their dressing room. I've gone on shopping sprees with friends. I've cried and vented about issues while loading up on sales. I just love it. Plus it's cheap and I get GREAT deals there. I'm super, mega sad to see it go and called an emergency shopping session with Casey! It did end up being our last shopping adventure to Gap together. :(


For the memories...


This week Kye and Britt decided to put on a show. I really think Kye has a future in the business world. Kid is just a straight up entrepreneur. He had his show and also set up a stand with stuff for sale. He wanted to grab people's attention by offering something for free and then charging for other items ;) 




You can see a video of his performance here
Entrepreneur? Yes. Singer? Probably not!
At least the message is good and godly :)


Kye had an intermission and served us water and cookies


Then it was Britt's turn to perform! You can see it here :)


This week I took the big kids to watch Zach and Jordan play in the basketball tournament. I took Tess to Mrs. Charlotte's and she did her bedtime routine then met me with her after the game. It was still past her bedtime when we got home but it worked out and Tess did fine and it was worth it to support Daddy and Uncle Jordan :)  We got there super early and the kids' favorite part was getting to play basketball!







It was kid's night at CFA so I drove through and got us some dinner too!



While basketball is sooooo annoying in that it's every week and super late at night, I do love to watch Zach play. Basketball isn't my favorite sport and it's no where NEAR like watching him play football but it does always bring back those memories of my time in the stands cheering him on. He even makes basketball look good ;) 


It's also so funny to see him and Michael (my friend Kori's husband) matched up bc they are so similar in size and build!




 I had to keep reminding Britt to cheer for Daddy too...


This week Zach gave the kids a job of picking up sticks in the yard. I asked him to please not ask them to do that again unless he's home to supervise b/c omg the drama. Kye of course loved to help and was eager to help and was all about it. Britt, also of course, cried the whole time because she didn't want her shoes and hands to get dirty haha. It FINALLY got done and they got popsicles! 


Probably crying b/c the popsicle was cold haha


The fire station was our big outing this week (you can read about it here!) but I spent most of my time packing for our BIG beach trip! Y'all. Packing with a toddler is insane and packing us all for a week-long trip took me a full week to prepare for! It was SO WORTH IT but whew it was work! We've realized now that when we have a big trip or I need the house deep cleaned for an event we're hosting that it works best for Zach to come home early from work one afternoon and take all the kids up to the playroom. They play and I get stuff DONE :) 

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