Summer Recap Week 3

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Week 3 of summer covers May 27th – June 2nd! Zach and I were in Mexico for most of this week and you can see those posts here: Part 1 and Part 2.  Here is everything else that went on that week:

Kye spent Thur and Fri night with Courtney and Brad and then Saturday he went with Aunt Karen. They had a BLAST. They went golfing together all day Saturday which lead to a whole lot of downtime for Kye in which he ended up texting me a lot πŸ˜‰ It was pretty adorable!

After golfing they went to a friend’s lake house and Kye got to swim in the lake and catch minnows (I guess it was a random decision to go out there b/c he was wearing his golfing shorts haha)

I mean he sent me this pic and said “look at my cool minnow” and I responded that it looked really cool, but also really dead haha

Aunt Karen also hooked him up with a MUCH needed trim!!!

On Sunday he went to church with her and then spent most of the day with Uncle Barry. He had a BLAST learning about WWII, multiplication tables, and rockets. They bought some cool legit rocket and built it together. Here’s a video they sent me of the rocket in action!

The girls had a great weekend with G-Mama…they sent me these pics of Britt having a chicken nugget that looked like a chicken and then Tess being sad that her’s did not resemble a chicken haha!

All the kids had such a great time! On Sunday night Kye went to G-Mama’s and Britt went to Mema’s which was nice for her to get that quality time too. We are SO blessed with so many amazing influences in our childrens lives and it made my heart happy to keep getting reports of how much FUN they were having while we were away!

We left Mexico on Wednesday and when we got to Atlanta I spoke to Mrs Charlotte and found out that morning that Britt got hurt while playing. I guess the kids were running around and she scraped her leg against the corner of a basket. It was deep enough where it was concerning so Mrs Charlotte took her in and they did a sterile strip to help hold it together while it healed. First ever injury while we have been away from the kids…thankful it was so minor! She was VERY brave and didn’t even cry at all!

Tess also did AMAZING with the potty while we were away and was pooping it in pretty regularly for Mrs Charlotte when we got back! We jokingly told her that we’d take the scraped leg any-day if it meant we’d have a poop trained toddler πŸ˜‰ 

We drove home from Atlanta first thing Thursday morning and had the kids home well before lunch time. It was SO exciting to see them! They always look so grown and changed even though we were only gone for a week and saw them via FaceTime every day haha

Our yearly anniversary tradition is to re-watch our wedding video so we watched it as a family. The kids loved pointing out everyone they know and Britt especially just loved seeing the whole process of us becoming man and wife. She was very curious why she wasn’t there πŸ˜‰ 

While Britt was at Mema’s they made a crunch cake together! I wish there were pictures because how sweet is that a little girl baking with her great-grandmother?

Y’all know this is a legit thing. You come home from traveling and are SO PUMPED to see your kids only to have them be nightmares for a few days because they’ve been so spoiled!

We got the kids down for naps and immediately had to go to an adoption meeting we had set up. We had a babysitter come sit while the girls napped and headed to our meeting. We now have added a local lawyer (a wonderful one at that!) to our list of people working with us on our adoption!

We rushed home from that meeting and then had to rush to get dressed up nice for a big dinner event that night. YES y’all. We flew into Atlanta late Wednesday night, woke up early Thur to drive home, got the kids, had an adoption meeting and then had an awards banquet! Whew. Busy day. 

While we were in Mexico Zach was asked to be the guest speaker at the In The Game South Georgia Athletic Awards Banquet! Such an honor and he worked hard on preparing a 15-20 min speech to give. #nopressure.

The banquet was in Downtown Valdosta which literally our kids have never even been to haha. We don’t even frequent downtown b/c all the restaurants are fancy which equals expensive πŸ˜‰ The entire family was invited to the event and since Zach was speaking we were free. Big win! I was a tad stressed about having the kids there, especially being our first day home from the trip. It always takes a few days to adjust and I wasn’t sure how they’d do. Plus it was an awards banquet which is super boring for kids! I amped up how fancy it was all going to be and I cannot even find the words to express how AMAZING the kids did the ENTIRE time. It last over 2 hours and they were phenomenal. TONS of people came up to us to say they enjoyed Zach’s speech and to mention our well behaved children. It was a combo of a great proud wife and proud mama night πŸ™‚ 

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Tess had her first sip of sweet tea!

Fancy bathrooms πŸ™‚

Zach did an A-MAZING job. I was nervous because he didn’t have much time to prepare but he totally nailed it πŸ™‚ I couldn’t record the whole thing as it was a solid 20 min but I took 4 short videos: 1, 2, 3, and 4.  

Cole, Zach’s first cousin, is the COO of In The Game! He is doing such great things and he’s such a great speaker as well! 

During the awards portion Tess was really into the cheering. She’d cheer like crazy when a name was called but then did so good being quiet right after. I took two videos: 1 and 2!

Bored but behaving πŸ˜‰ 

A restaurant in town catered the food (and it was DELICIOUS!) and they handed out cards. Britt was SO excited b/c she thought it was a gift card. She kept posing with it and wanting pictures with it πŸ˜‰ 

(You can also guess but our present to the girls from Mexico was purses!)

So proud of my little family and proud to be a Blazer! It was a great night!!!

I promised Tess that if she did well at the dinner that she’d get to smell the flowers we passed on our way in πŸ™‚ 

Tess cracks us up because she won’t want to take pictures unless it’s a time where you don’t want her in it!!! 

Zach’s parents came out to support and Steven and Debby were also there with us πŸ™‚ 

First time in downtown Valdosta!

DUH! Someone who worked there came up and asked if we wanted leftovers and we totally took 5 boxes hahaha. No shame in our game!

Even though it was 8:30 by the time we got out of there, we HAD to reward the kids for their AMAZING job during the whole thing. So we ran through McDonalds on the way home for ice cream! I took this video and then Kye wanted to do this one πŸ˜‰

We travel often enough where I have a set routine down for how I like things to go. I like to unpack everything immediately. When we get home. I’ve found that if I let stuff linger then it lingers for AWHILE but if I just go ahead and get fully unpacked right away then I can truly relax and unwind and feel good about being back home. With the craziness of our day, that wasn’t able to happen. And sure enough, it took me a good week to finally get everything completely unpacked!

Blah. Scales shouldn’t be allowed on vaca or for the week following πŸ˜‰

We jumped right into some poop training since G-Mama got us started! 

Y’all know I’ve been doing a good bit of shopping from AliExpress here lately but it’s all been stuff that I haven’t counted on. I haven’t trusted it enough yet to make a larger purchase. Well the time has come! I went for it with a robot vacuum! We had an original Roomba YEARS ago and loved it but haven’t invested in another one, mostly because of the cost. Have y’all looked at them?!?! Crazy expensive. This one was only $170 AND it mops!!! This is the one I have, but I didn’t pay the current price for it. It has been AWESOME. It came with an American plug and English instructions and it’s been very user friendly and our whole house loves it. We named him BBClean but mostly call him “Robot” haha

Zach ended up being home a good it on Friday so I went to get groceries for the month. I was glad to have her help and it made her appreciate what I do for our family with that shopping because it’s an intense amount of groceries! 

Friday was also National Donut Day and I saw on FB (thanks to Amanda!) that a local donut place was doing a dozen donuts for $5! On our way home from the store we stopped and grabbed a box. It was hilarious because Zach was on the phone with me and I told him I’d have to call him back because I was on a mission. He freaked out and thought I was returning the ring he’d gotten me for our anniversary! Dude I LOVE THE RING!

On my first Disney Solo Day I had an amazing breakfast treat: a donut with ice cream. I made the same for the kids! YUM! 

Britt and I got home from the store at 12:30 and unloaded all the groceries. We had a LOT and the kids were eating lunch and it was a little insane. Zach always puts up all the food in the garage (we have two deep freezers and a fridge out there) and I guess he’d told me to do it this time? But I never heard him and was busy unloading all the inside stuff like I normally do. Regardless of who was supposed to put it all away, it never happened. So a good 10 bags or so of groceries were sitting in the garage from 12:30 – 4:30. Oops. When Zach discovered it all he quickly put it away without really paying attention to the items and their status. No smell tests or checking for any coldness etc. We really had to take a gamble on what to save and what to toss!

I didn’t feel comfortable keeping the chickens (BOO) or the hot dogs based on what Google said. But we did keep everything else and it all has seemed to be fine! Things last better than we sometimes assume they do I guess! 

That night kicked off a 2 day VBS at Lakeland Church of Christ (the church where Zach grew up and we attended prior to finding our current church home at Central). Brad is the youth minister there and asked Zach to do songs for the kids. It was such a great time and they do an AMAZING job as a church at reaching out to the community. It’s so inspiring to see all the kids they bring in and how hard they work at putting together the event. Brad is a NATURAL with the kids and it’s clear that it’s his passion. Even G-Mama was part of a skit and it was hilarious!

Tess was the youngest kid at VBS so I stuck with her the whole night but she did a GREAT job at sitting and listening and participating! She loved it!

Chalk creations!

We stayed late that night (another after 9 PM bedtime for our kids…I mean #summerlife right?!?!) to surprise Aunt Betty for her 92nd birthday!!! Aunt Betty is Little Mama’s sister who has been visiting for awhile now and she is beyond adorable and sweet. We loved getting to make her day special! 

I ended the busy week with some exciting news! My blog FB page hit 2,000 likes! If you’re not already following my page be sure to do so…I post links to all my blog posts as well as lots of other articles and such that speak to me and involve motherhood πŸ™‚ 


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Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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Summer Recap: Week 3

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This is a long, fun recap so be ready! Week 3 of our summer was a blast! This post covers from Saturday May 30th – Friday June 5th!

Early Saturday morning I met Casey and Jordan to take Carter’s 1 year pics. It was so fun and I love how they came out! {You can see them here}

It was nice to have a down weekend as we only had a couple the entire summer πŸ™‚ We soaked it up by just hanging out at home. Summers mean time by the pool and slushies! 

I loooooove watching Kye and Britt from afar when they are together. They are becoming such buddies and their friendship is a blessing to them both, as well as to us as their parents. I love to hear them laughing and to see them sharing moments together that Zach and I aren’t part of. I hope we can always nurture that bond they share!

Picnic lunches are another summer fav! 

As is swimming in our underwear (or in Tess’s case…just a diaper!)

During naps Zach and I had some quality pool time together. Reading and laying out and just US time which is rare and wonderful πŸ™‚

During that weekend we divided up to have some special one on one time with the big kids! I went on my date with Kye Friday night (you can see that in the recap from week 2 here) so Zach took Britt out Saturday night. Zach always picks out her clothes and gets her ready for their dates and she loves it. She always has THE biggest smile and truly enjoys that special time with her Daddy!

While they were gone the biggest and littlest kid helped Mommy bake some cookies πŸ™‚

Great minds…Zach and Britt surprised us with donuts for dessert and we surprised them with cookies for dessert. Hello spoiled children πŸ™‚

On Sunday Zach wore one of his new suits from our Hilton Head trip to church and I had to get a pic! We got this suit from Banana Republic outlet for under $100. I think it was like $80? And we got the tie on clearance too! I LOVE the combo!

This girl adores her two favorite guys (well and Uncle Jordan haha)

I also snagged this dress in two colors from Banana Republic Outlet for only $6 each!

While we were in Hilton Head we missed Jolee’s high school graduation. While I LOVE that our anniversary is over Memorial Day weekend because it makes planning trips very easy…I also hate that we tend to miss out on stuff. We missed Colt’s birth, have missed his birthday parties many times, missed Trey’s graduation and now we missed Jolee’s too! We actually had a LOT of drama here in town surrounding graduation and there was a ton of security and even helicopters flying over the stadium to protect the students and families there that day due to some threats. So I probably wouldn’t have gone to the graduation ceremony anyway (I mean one of us may have gone and the other one stayed with the kids?!? I just wouldn’t have felt safe going with all the threats going on!) but I do hate that I missed it and that I missed the party celebrating Jolee’s accomplishments. Jolee has been through SO MUCH and I see so much of myself in her. She’s a person who doesn’t let circumstances dictate her path. She rises above and I know she’ll only continue to do so in the future. I’m so proud of her!!!

In celebration of her graduation Courtney, Casey and I planned a quick girls trip to the beach together. Jordan’s grandmother sadly passed away in the days prior to the trip so Casey couldn’t come along with us but Courtney, Jolee and I decided to still go ahead and go. With all of our schedules it was hard to find a date that worked and we worried we wouldn’t get the chance to go if we didn’t go ahead and do it. We missed Casey and hate she missed out but had a great time!

We hit the road on Monday morning and went to Fernandina. It took us like 4 hours to go on a 2 hour trip because Courtney had to stop to pee literally 8 times haha! Luckily we didn’t have any agenda and just enjoyed the ride πŸ˜‰ We only had one plan: hit the beach!

First up though: lunch!

Beach time!

We got matching shell rings to remember the trip (and got one for Casey too, of course!)

We stayed on the beach for several hours then headed to check in the hotel and get ready for a night out!

Had to try out the pool first though πŸ™‚

When I booked the hotel I wanted to book the same place that Mrs Charlotte, Casey and I stayed over Labor Day a couple of years ago. The reason it was the “must stay” place in my eyes? FREE FOOD!!!

Nachhhoooooosss for freeeeeee

The thing about not having Casey with us was that the three of us aren’t very decisive. Casey is the decisive one for sure! We drove around for awhile before finally picking a place for dinner!

I don’t remember the name of the place but the burger was good!

It DOWN POURED rained! Courtney was so nice to go get the car (foot injury comes in handy sometimes haha) so Jolee and I waited to make a run for it!

Had to stop for ice cream! Zach mentioned that we must have gotten ice cream at the same place he and I did on an Aflac trip several years ago (gah…blast from the past looking at this post!) since we were having dinner in downtown Amelia Island. I’m pretty dumb with geography and I didn’t realize that Amelia Island and Fernandina are the same place until this trip!

On the way back to the room I went to call Zach and for some reason looked up his phone number under my contacts. I don’t know if iPhones automatically do this or what but my phone synced I guess with Facebook and puts peoples Facebook accounts under their contacts? Zach isn’t on Facebook but I about died when I saw that it said he has a Facebook profile under the name Dan Magladonion?!?! We legit still can’t figure this out! Obviously someone used his email to create the account as a joke…but who? The only person we could figure was Jordan but he swears it wasn’t him. I also thought maybe Zach did it to be funny as Dan is a common fake name he uses when joking around. I just told him he got lucky that whoever created it used a picture of an old woman! If it’d been his face he would have been in some trouble trying to explain that one haha!

We had a fun night staying up late and joking around (and they made Dubsmash videos which I avoided being in because I was already ready for bed and no one wants to see that look haha!). It was a GREAT trip and I hope Jolee had a fun time. She deserves it and I’m so thankful for the chance to get to spend quality time with her and Courtney! 

I got back home and jumped right back into the summer of fun with the kids! It was nice to have the little break and to enjoy some me time with some awesome girls! 

Back home I decided to finally make a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for the kids. It’s yogurt bark and is SO EASY. Britt isn’t a big fan of yogurt and it’s also a messy thing to let Tess eat. So I just took a jug of yogurt and poured it on a cookie sheet (covered with parchment paper or wax paper). Then I cut up pieces of strawberries and put them on top. Freeze it and then break it into large chunks! It is Tess’s FAVORITE food! If you are doing Baby Led Weaning then I highly recommend making this as a less messy way to feed yogurt. I just cut it into small pieces (I found letting her hold it makes her hand too cold) and she’s good to go! 

At Preston’s birthday party Ashley had the cutest craft for the kids to make: superhero capes! I got the instructions from her on how to make them and it was a GREAT summer craft for the big kids! 

Zach recently went through his t-shirts and put a ton of them in a Goodwill pile so I grabbed a handful of them and let the kids choose which ones they wanted for their capes. l 

Then I cut each shirt around the neck 

And bought some stickers and fabric markers for them to use to decorate! I also printed off some super hero masks but neither kid wanted to make them! The capes were enough πŸ™‚

Making their capes!

Finished products!

My superheroes!

They LOVE the capes…buttttt playing superheroes can quickly lead to this: 
(so we don’t get to play superheroes for very long ha!)

Growing up I was raised with using placemats. Every meal we ate our dinner with a placemat. I naturally continued to do so as an adult and my children use placemats. I noticed that Zach’s mom never uses them. People just set their plates on her table and it doesn’t cause any damage or anything. I figured it’d make clean up easier to actually not have the placemat so why not try it? Um. Mistake. Turns out her table has some super finish on it that prevents damage…and mine doesn’t. Zach used a paper plate for a hot omelet and BAM. I now have this lovely spot on my table. We can’t figure out how to get rid of it other than just refinishing the whole table top?!?! Zach’s mom has a thing where she says stuff is a “memory” and will say “oops so and so made a memory!” I, however, do not want a memory on my table forever of that time Zach used a paper plate for his omelet haha! Any suggestions for fixes?!?!

Also this week in the world of “memory” making…Zach was out of town for a night and while he was gone Sadie got out. She is SUPER old (14) and is really just losing it. She has become quite the Facebook celebrity for our neighborhood group because she will get out, people will find her, and then post pictures of her to let us know she’s missing. Hello embarrassing! Kye and I had to go on a “Sadie hunt” that particular evening and were thankful someone had her. It’s tough to know how long she’ll be with us, each time she gets out (she’s been digging) I worry that she’s gone off to find a place to die. It was so sweet when Kye got her back and we are thankful for more time with her!

This week saw a lot of chill time at home which meant bubbles in the yard…

…and swimming in the pool!

When we went to Hobby Lobby early in the summer I let the kids pick some craft things for us to work on over the summer. Kye was really excited a make-your-own-puzzle! I let him choose between that and some sand art and he was all about the puzzle. Britt didn’t want one so Kye decorated the puzzle then let Britt see if she could figure it out πŸ™‚ 

Kye is also trying to teach Britt about his favorite game: checkers!
(So far…no such luck on her catching on haha)

This week was also Carter’s first birthday! I seriously can’t get over it. He’s a TODDLER!!! It was so fun being pregnant with Casey but it’s been even more fun being mommies together πŸ™‚ I love that Tess has a built in BFF! I put together a little picture collage for him on his day of the two of them together! 

We have three Chick-Fil-A’s in our town, one is in the mall and the other two are on different “sides” of town from each other. Recently they decided to switch up their kids nights so one is on Tuesdays and the other is on Thursdays. Pretty awesome because if we want to eat out we have two nights a week that kids eat free πŸ™‚ Parents of multiple children feel me on the free kids meals!!! 

One of the CFA’s had Pirate and Princess night…so duh. We had to make that happen! Britt was THRILLED to get to wear her Anna dress and Kye was pumped to get out his pirate gear from his birthday party. I even found a random princess shirt for Tess πŸ™‚ My trick for a successful CFA Family Night is to get there at 4:30ish. Let the kids play on the playground and then get our food right at 5 when the Kid’s Night technically begins. We beat the rush and the wild children who always tend to take over the play place πŸ˜‰

Tess enjoyed crawling around

and her friend Kate was there to play together πŸ™‚

I know all CFA’s are privately owned and operated but man we have some great ones here in town! They go ALL OUT with fun crafts and activities! The kids never want to leave πŸ™‚

(Yes, Kye made a crown for Tess…such a sweet Big Bro!)

Something I love about Britt is that she’s never lacking in confidence. She put the entire eye patch together wrong but she owned it πŸ˜‰

Princess Tess!

Even G-Mama stopped by for the fun!

I ADORE Britt’s happy face watching her pirate brother πŸ™‚

All the kids had THE BEST time!!!!

I had a blast too until we left…on the way out I thought my bag was pinching my arm but then I got home and realized I got stung by something. I’m assuming a wasp or bee? Not really sure but MAN. I haven’t been stung since I was a kid and I didn’t realize how long that junk takes to heal up! It was really annoying. It stayed red and raised for several days and was even painful. I’m kinda glad it happened because I know the day will come when the kids will get stung and I will better be able to relate to what they go through and know better what to expect!

This week we also did a fun food “craft!” We made Rainbow Bread! It was my first time doing this and omg sooooo easy. Zach was shocked when I told him I needed him to get some white bread. I can’t remember ever buying white bread before? It was the first time, to my knowledge, that my kids have ever had white bread! But you have to have white bread to make rainbow bread πŸ™‚ 

All you need is: white bread, milk, food coloring. Yup. That’s it. I put some milk in some ramekins and then dropped in some food coloring. Mixed it together, stuck a paint brush in it and let the kids go to town painting to their hearts content!

This was one of THE easiest things I’ve had the kids do and it was SO FUN. They LOVED it because it was art they could eat πŸ™‚ We had special toast with it and did brinner one night with it too. They’ve specifically asked to do it again and I can see this becoming a summer fun agenda item every year!

For Kye’s FIRST birthday we bought him a water table! I’ve held onto this thing since then and Zach has basically begged for me to get rid of it. It’s pretty bulky to store and we have a pool in the back yard so, ya know, it doesn’t get used much. One thing you may or may not know about me is that I’m a borderline hoarder when it comes to saving stuff. I just figure I may use it someday and if I get rid of it I’ll regret it πŸ˜‰ See Zach…we put it to good use! Britt can use it to wash off her feet when she gets grass on them haha!!!

Seriously though…I busted it out for Tess now that she can stand and I figured it’d be useful for times when the big kids were swimming but I didn’t want to have to get in the pool with her πŸ™‚ Of course any time I get out a “new” toy the big kids take it over!

She was a fan!

It was a BUSY and fun-filled week 3 of our summer! 

Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Babywise.Life. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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