Summer Recap: Week 4

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This was a CRAZY busy week of summer for us! Our current week has been super, super chill so I feel less guilt over the chill week when I look back on this week haha. Week 4 covers Sat June 3rd through Friday the 9th!

Saturday morning Lakeland finished out their VBS that had started the night prior. I opted not to attend. After getting back from Mexico and having been SO crazy busy, I just needed to get my house in order and my stuff fully unpacked and just de-stress. It was SUCH a perfect morning to do that and Zach took the kids to VBS and they all had a great time!

I’m in LOVE with our robot vacuum! It’s seriously amazing!!!

They made super cute necklaces at VBS and were proud to show ’em off when they got home. 

Brad is known as “Boss” so Colt is “Boss 2” and Kye is “Boss 3” 😉

Yes, Daddy made a necklace too 😉

Nametag hahaha

Katie’s birthday was the day before we left for Mexico so we hadn’t gotten to celebrate with her. We were all so excited to have a family meal together that we kinda went all out for her celebration! Aunt Katie was spoiled by us this year 😉 

First time making blondies!

Kye made the menu

And such cute cards

I tried a new green bean recipe and it was just okay. Probably won’t make it again!

This though. Is a HUGE crowd pleaser! YUM!

Blondies were ammmmmazing! Britt chose this recipe herself from Pinterest and it was great!

Kye did the menu and then was inspired to make more signs 😉

The seat for the birthday girl

Britt’s first time drawing crowns! 

Happy Birthday Auntie Katie : We LOVE you!

Kye and Britt provided after dinner entertainment and Tess was so funny pulling her seat in to watch!

It was a pretty epic performance with a lot of singing and dancing and cartwheels and even a skit 😉 

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We ended the night with an intense game of Headbandz! 

So thankful to have Katie in our lives. She’s the best best friend a girl could ask for!

Zach and I have both always just naturally coordinated. Even before marriage. Before social media. Before kids. We just are going to be that little old couple holding hands wearing matching outfits. It’s our destiny 😉 As we’ve had kids it’s now become a pretty natural thing I do when picking out their clothes too. We don’t always coordinate…but we do it pretty often. So often that I will joke that Zach picked out his clothes to match mine and he’ll joke that I must have mentally known what he was planning to wear and matched him. Love us for it or hate us for it…it’s just us 😉 

Decked out in purple for church!

We do eggs a lot for lunch on Sundays and on this Sunday we had a treat and did Nutella toast too!

Monday was Tess’s first visit to the dentist. I didn’t talk it up a lot ahead of time. I’ve learned to kinda wait it out a bit and feel my kids out. Kye likes preparation. Britt does better just tossed in at the moment without knowing about it in advance. I haven’t been sure which way works best for Tess so I waited until Sunday night and pulled out our Visit The Dentist book! We read through it and talked it up a lot and made her excited. It’s so easy with a third kid because my older two LOVE the dentist so their excitement rubbed off on her 😉 

Zach had to go out of town that night for a work meeting Monday so the big kids and I decided to knock an item off our Summer Bucket List and have our Mommy Sleepover! Honestly, it SHOCKED me that they even remembered doing this last summer and I was glad it worked out on a time when I was super mega tired (we’d stayed up with Katie till midnight!) so I could go to bed early 😉 

We celebrated with our “midnight snacks” of left over blondies!

Three people in a queen size bed. Yes I am crazy!

We got a new tv in our bedroom quite awhile ago but I guess Z has yet to hook up DVD player so we found a show on tv to watch! 

Zach bought me this bear YEARS ago to snuggle with when he travels so I sent him a pic 😉 

I took this video the next morning after our experience of all sleeping together. I learned that Britt radiates heat EXACTLY the way Zach does while she sleeps. She also moves around like crazy and moans and talks (which is a “mama thing”). Kye lays perfectly still but snores! It was a long night for sure and I’m thinking we may not be able to to do this again next year as the kids are just getting too big to fit in the bed! I may do a sleep over in their rooms with their bunkbeds or something 😉 

We headed to the dentist first thing in the morning and the kids, as usual, did phenomenal!

The big kids both went first to help ease Tess into it all and to show her what it was all about. She watched a good bit and was eager for her turn!

The kids are like zombies because there are tv screens in the ceiling. Britt’s check up was great. No concerns and he’s hopeful she’ll have more spacing for her adult teeth than Kye has had. He said he didn’t seen any alignment issues regarding her jaw (and after this appointment I canceled the chiropractor b/c if the dentist says her jaw is now aligned, we probably don’t need to go anymore!). He said she can expect to begin losing teeth in another year. Probably earlier than Kye did being that she’s a girl and that she got teeth in younger and that she is more of an advanced bone age than delayed like he was. 

x-ray of her teeth!

Kye was my main concern for this visit. His front and bottom adult teeth are in and he’s very insecure about them. He says he doesn’t like his smile and would change it if he could. The darker color of the adult teeth bothers him which is NORMAL. I’ve googled it and showed it to him. The adult teeth just look darker next to the baby ones. He also doesn’t like his smile due to the crowdedness of his top two teeth. The great thing about the kids watching tv during the visit is that I’m able to talk to the dentist without them hearing 😉 I discussed Kye’s concerns with him and he really was awesome about building Kye up regarding his teeth, their color, and his overall smile. Benefit of having a dentist who also has a ton of kids 😉 He did say that Kye will probably lose more teeth in the next 8 months or so and that at that time we will discuss braces. The plus side of Kye not loving his teeth is that it should make the braces transition a little easier on him. They do braces so differently now and do it more in phases so phase 1 will be in roughly 8-12 months from now for Kye. I guess we better start saving b/c they ain’t cheap!

Tess loved getting to watch the TV on her turn and it was great timing because a Mickey show was on! She did great for her cleaning and has no issues or concerns and we were given the ok to move up to the regular toothpaste the big kids use!

No cavities! So proud of all the kids for taking care of their teeth and now I feel like we officially have another BIG KID on our hands!!!

I had a dentist appointment at 10:45 that was a quick run in and look at my tooth thing and decide if I needed a root canal. I knew I needed it. So I knew the appointment was really just going to be scheduling it. The dentist had told me to drop by whenever.

So I went straight from the kids’ dentist to their office and figured we’d be in and out real quick. It was a classic case of the dentist not communicating with the front desk staff. Y’all we waited for over an HOUR to literally walk back and have him say “yup schedule it” and leave. So. Frustrating. 

I hadn’t brought ANYTHING for the kids b/c I didn’t anticipate the wait like that so we made the best of it!

Looking at magazines 

I will take it 😉

Shopping Oriental Trading

Waiting. And Waiting. 

Finally busted out some filters to pass the time!

Whew. We got home and ALL needed a pool dip!!!

I have been STRUGGLING to find a good pair of white shorts. I have some from Old Navy but they get so wrinkled and are so see through. I also don’t love the length for Old Navy. It’s either 3 1/2 inches or 5 inches. I really wanted to find a solid 4 inch short as I feel like that’s a perfect length. Not LONG like 5 inches but not too short where I feel inappropriate either. I ended up getting some from NY&Co which is super mega random but y’all they are AMAZING! Here’s a link to the ones I bought (true to size, I’m wearing a 4)

We had a bit of a crazy Tuesday planned too (every day this week was just slammed!). I took the kids first thing to Target to get some must-have items. I made the mistake of letting them choose Father’s Day cards. I spent $35 on CARDS. But I felt bad saying no to things they chose and they were so serious about it and so thoughtful! The downside of having kids that can read I guess haha!

Is anyone pushing the cart? 😉

We have had THE most rain this summer. I’m SO OVER IT. We also realized Kye needs a larger umbrella 😉 

We finished up at Target and went back by the house to pick up William (you can read more about his sweet mama and why they need prayers here) then headed to the library for Story Time!

I laughed when I walked in because in Mexico a guy at our Hibachi dinner kept talking about how Zach needs to buy me a brick at Disney. Maybe he can get me one at the new library instead? haha

Story time was on construction vehicles which William LOVED!

William and Tessie wanted to stay close to me 🙂 

Our sweet friends were there too and Britt and Maggie Grace were so cute together coloring

Getting to do our own construction!

The kids picking out books to check out was a tad chaotic for me. We did a LOT of library books last summer but I’m just not feeling it this summer. It’s a struggle to keep an eye on them all when their reading levels are spread out and it’s a struggle to help them choose proper books. Britt got stuff that was WAY beyond her skill set, Tess just grabbed randomly, and Kye was the only one who truly enjoyed reading the books he got. We may try out another library in town that may allow me to feel safer letting the kids look around a bit. We’ll see!

William was over it haha

They have an area of used books for purchase so I did a little shopping!

Got all these for a few bucks!

I’ve always heard once you have three kids it doesn’t matter how many more you add to the group. While I haven’t had our 4th baby yet, I have had times where I’ve had extra kids over for various reasons and I will say…it doesn’t add much extra work at ALL. Especially thanks to our playroom!

Game time fun!

Robyn and I have a tradition of taking each other out for dinner for our birthdays and we FINALLY got to celebrate hers! And it worked out that Zach was home early enough so we could hit up Chicken Salad Chick! Whoop Whoop!

Trying out some new dinners and stuff that freezes well too!

I like to only eat half my sandwich at CSC so I can enjoy the rest for lunch the next day 😉

I typically shop once a month but I went to Publix three times in a WEEK!!!

I had a dr appointment and the kids tagged along and it was hilarious because Kye wanted to wear his spy googles to the appointment. He said he wanted to spy on the drs in case they are evil bahahaha!

All the rain is driving me nuts but I still wanted to host a pool party to officially kick off summer! Our friends still came and even though it was chilly, the kids all had a BLAST!

Sweet Ellie pushing Tess!

Lunch with friends!

Kye had SUCH a blast with Mary Allen and Aubrey! He kept saying “We are JUST FRIENDS” and I mentally thought “yeah, for a few more years” haha!

All the kids had fun swimming, playing and eating!

And the mamas had a great time too 🙂

I’ve been buying ready-to-roast chicken and cook it for dinner then use it for lunch meat for Kye and Zach. Publix was out of them when I went and I happened to run into Robyn while there and she suggested just getting a regular chicken to roast. This was my first time ever handling a raw whole chicken. BARF BARF BARF. I’m also so newbie with it that I totally went in through the NECK to remove the innards. The bag busted and I was pulling out all these chunks of the inside of a chicken. So, so gross. Thankfully though the chicken did turn out to be really tasty! 

Sweet note from the dentist office for Tess 🙂 

The Mix had a deal going on for BOGO so I couldn’t pass that up! Zach took Kye to get a (much needed) hair cut and I surprised the girls with ice cream before bed! 

$2 for 4 things of froyo! Such a deal!

The boys crashed our party 😉

Tess was in an ice cream coma and was passed out when we got home!

The boys were going to Walmart after The Mix to get supplies for Bible Camp for Kye so Britt and I had a little extra solo time together painting her nails. Britt is such a quality time person. She just LOVES time together!!! She was so excited to choose her colors and we had so much fun in just a simple, 15 min activity. 

She wanted to use the filters and make a video 😉

When Zach and I went to New Orleans we brought home some beignet mix (and you can buy the same stuff on Amazon for cheaper than we actually paid haha!) and were waiting to make it with the kids until we had the time to do a themed night and watch The Princess and The Frog. Zach happened to have a later morning for work on Friday and would be home early that evening so we decided to make it a day-long kinda event! Start with a themed breakfast and end with dinner 🙂 

Y’all. These were AMAZING!!!

After breakfast I loaded up the crew for our first Wild Adventures visit of the SUMMER. This rain has really stalled our WA game and I was so glad to FINALLY get to go!!!

And I got to wear my new hat! Target find (in the mens section…sidenote but I’m so over guys fashion stealing our feminine looks!)

The kids LOVE seeing the characters when we arrive.

Britt’s main man!

He opened my stroller and picked Tess up. It cracks me up so, so much that they do this!

And this is the reason my kids see a snake in the back yard and want to touch it!

This was super funny too. So they have this fancy bird and tell KIDS that they can HOLD the bird but that the bird is mean when touched. So hold him but DO NOT touch him. Really?!?! 

Kye didn’t get bit! Yay!

Britt wasn’t as confident…

So she went with a photo over a holding attempt 😉

The water park doesn’t open until 11 so we like to get there when the park opens at 10 and have some time to ride a few things first!

Our two must do items: horsey for Tess, dragons for big kids. 

While we were in line for the dragons Robyn and her crew and Kori and her crew arrived so all the big kids got to ride together which was SO adorable!

Ready for LOTS of FUN!

Stop. It. I mean isn’t this adorable?!?! 

Had to stop and see the meerkats!

Kori had this for her kids and Robyn has bought it since then and loves it too! Anyone else love it? I haven’t made the leap yet!

You know you’re a mom squad when you’re all wearing black suits haha

Wild Adventures opened a new area of the Splash Park this summer and it was our first time visiting. And it’s FABULOUS! It is great for our age range of kids because the big kids can slide on the larger slides and I can keep an eye on them while Tess is able to play in the little splash area and on those slides. I loved it!

Big kids all had SO MUCH fun together and since they were able to go up the stairs to the slides without adults it was very “kid time” for them which they enjoyed!

Tess and Cooper really hit it off! They were so sweet together and I think a little crush is forming 😉 

Britt is in a stage where she cries when it’s time to leave places (Kye went through it too) and Tess was really sweet consoling her!

Yay for a fun morning!!!

We got home a little late for nap time but still plenty of time for MAMA time!

After naps we kicked off our Princess and the Frog night!

We made frog hats just using some green construction paper 🙂

Then each kid got to make two frog treats

Aren’t these cute? SO SIMPLE! Just use a dab of frosting for the “glue”

Free printable color pages are always a win too 

I love how he drew an alligator and the frogs! 

I bought some crepes to give the menu French flair 😉

Easy crock pot dinner 

I cut up apple slices and put peanut butter in the middle. Then used strawberry slices for the tongue and raisins for the eyes. Cute frog side dish!

Beads are a must with a NOLA Night!

After dinner we watched the movie as a family. Zach and I hadn’t watched the whole thing since we saw it for the first time in 2010 when it was raining in St Augustine! I have such vivid memories of watching it with Kye (who was an only child at the time) but have very little memories of the actual movie. Watching it again was great because we both really enjoyed it! Disney does such a great job of making things authentic and New Orleans was dead on!

Great way to end a super busy week!

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Summer Recap: Week 4

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Our 4th week of summer kicked off on June 4th and went through June 10th! It was a BUSY week and super fun 🙂

Pretty much every single weekend of our summer had plans: except for this one. We were PUMPED that there was actually a build event that weekend. We have always enjoyed the Lowe’s ones (Zach used to take Kye ALL THE TIME when he was little) but they changed the dates and times to Thursdays at 7. Which just is kinda crazy?!?! This weekend Home Depot had an event and it worked out where it was Carter’s actual birthday and Casey wanted something fun to do with him so we all went together 🙂

Y’all. There was a little girl at the work shop wearing her apron and it was COVERED in the little pins and everyone there knew her and I literally got tears in my eyes. I feel like Kye should still be little and wearing his apron covered in his little patches and should need his Daddy to help him on each part of the little project. Instead he’s reading the instructions himself and doing it all on his own!!!

Whew. Big Kid Status.

While it is sad that Kye is Mr. Independent…it’s kinda a good thing he is b/c we had our hands full enough with the girls haha!

Carter was all about it 🙂

These two are just tooooooo adorable

“Everyone hold up your completed project!”

I used to be the mom who would see other kids doing this and say “whew that’s probably not safe” and now I’m the mom taking a pic of my kids doing it 😉 

We had to get a few things for our house for the home study (locks for our privacy fence) and the kids rocked their aprons!

I have carried Tess ALL THE TIME since she was a baby. Even with her walking, carrying her is just EASIER. I’m so used to it I never ever even think about having her walk? The past few months I’m legit having to train MYSELF to put her down and let her walk places. We went into a gun store to get a cover for my gun and walked over to a restaurant for lunch and she was SO happy to get to walk…poor kid is so deprived of a simple privilege 😉

Since getting pregnant with Tess I’ve pretty much become obsessed with Mexican food and was pumped when I won free lunch at a local Mexican restaurant from my favorite Lunch Date Diva on our local radio station, Hot 102.7! 

I’m never ashamed to ask a hostess for a pic 😉

The building project required painting and my clever husband knew paint and three kids wasn’t a good combo so we waited until we got home and busted out the spray paint for the job!

They all ended up looking super good! They are little trophies to hold cell phones 🙂 We gave one to Big Papa for Father’s Day since Zach doesn’t have three cell phones haha

That afternoon we FINALLY got to go see Katie’s new-to-her house. She’s lived there for awhile now and it was so great to see all the awesome improvements she’s made and to get to chill and visit with her. The kids LOVED her cats and watching her Netflix 😉

Sundays mean church days and sweet times together!

Sundays also mean EGGS. Every single Sunday we make eggs and toast for lunch. Random? Yes. But it’s EASY b/c Sundays are CRAZZZZY and we need to keep it simple! Someday I’ll be that Mom with an awesome big lunch for everyone, but that day is not anytime soon!

On this Sunday we had Titus over to hang out with Kye and he stayed the night. Britt was cracking up at him! It was so cute!

Nap time meant dude time watching some Star Wars

And they got to play Mario Karts with Zach after the girls went to bed for the night!

Zach was so sweet to make them all some pancakes before Titus went home the next morning!

Rainy day meant no walk for us

The girls LOVE stickers! Tess thinks they are magnets though and always puts them on the fridge. 

Movie morning!

We did a cute candy craft for Father’s Day and Kye was cracking me up helping come up with sayings…I finally gave him all the Air Heads and told him he could do whatever he wanted with them for Daddy. He made a little frame and said “You are not a air head” on it haha

Trying on clothes for family pics later in the summer…clearly Britt loves being a model

Our library does a toddler story time and typically we go once a summer. It was Crazy this time! Tess and Carter were kinda all over the place b/c the books the girl read were deeeeeef not appropriate for the toddler age group. It was hard for them to keep their attention that long, but Kye enjoyed it!

Kye wore OUT our library card over the summer! Child is a straight up book worm!

Tell me this isn’t the sweetest thing to see pop up on your feed? Day. Made. 

On Tuesdays in the summers Zach and Jordan run a basketball league. With all of Zach’s back issues he can’t play in the league but still went out to help run it. That left Casey and I solo mommin’ in Tuesday nights! Hello CFA kids night fun 🙂 Courtney and her crew and Mrs. Charlotte all came with us for an awesome cousin hang out!

THEN we even drove out to the Peach Shed for ice cream after…how cool are we?!?!

These two are just so precious to me. I love that they have their own bond and will break away from everyone to be able to just sit and talk together. I can’t wait to watch them grow up as best buds!

The next morning I rode with Casey, Jordan and Carter out to Mr. Rusty’s farm to take some pics for Carter’s 2nd bday! The weather was BEAUTIFUL and we had a good time! Here’s a few of my favs from the bunch:

We had some friends over to swim and eat lunch! The kids all had buddies to play with which made it so fun 🙂

Cute little Emma!

Maggie Grace is Britt’s favorite friend from church and we live literally on the same street! So glad we FINALLY hung out and hope to do it more often!

You know it’s summer when your kid is chilling in a pool eating a peanut butter sandwich #coolmom

Tess loves to just LAY in the water and roll over and over in it. Is she part dog?

We’ve had Mediacom issues since OCTOBER. I’m talking the kind of hardcore issues where I have several technicians cell phone numbers and call them regularly. It’s been a JOKE and legit made me cry all. the. time. A guy came on this day and stayed for several hours and told me the TWO very expensive routers I’ve bought since Jan are both fried and that I needed a third router. Ugh. He also said he had me “up and running” and “good to go” and then left and my internet immediately stopped working. He recommended that I buy a THIRD router. I did and ended up returning it b/c Zach and I threw up our hands with the whole mess. We ended up signing up for some plan where Mediacom handles our wifi and uses their products to do it. Of course it’s more money each month but it seems to (so far) be working so it’s worth it not to have the headache!

Every time Tess gives Britt a big hug Britt yells “MOM TAKE A PICTURE!”

I love MANY things about my husband. It’s crazy to me b/c I loved him SO MUCH before I married him but many of the things I adore about him now are things I didn’t even know about him then. Like how awesome of a father he is, how handy he is around the house, and how he can randomly COOK. Dude is talented! Even in the kitchen! We were both bummed to miss out on Italian food since we didn’t get to go to Italy and Zach decided to bring a taste of Italy home and made his own sausage gnocchi! 

Tess is def a big kid now enough to be included in a lot of our “big kid club” experiences, but Zach wanted to be with us when she experienced her first movie theater experience. So we took her to spend some time with Mema so the big kids and I could go to the cheap summer movie day! It ended up being the only one we were able to go to. We saw Home and it was pretty dumb. I know I’m a Disney snob but NONE of us laughed once in the whole movie! The kids did still say they liked it though!

On Friday Lindsay came with her crew to swim and it was so fun! Her daughters have AWESOME personalities (and are so cute!). Britt and Hannah instantly clicked which makes me excited b/c as a mama I just want my kids to have good christian friends! We def need to get together more often 🙂 

Having a photographer friend has advantages…and she earns even more points for making swimsuit pics black and white haha!

Why play in the big pool when there is a baby pool??

So blessed to call her my FRIEND!

Kye has been reading up a STORM and read about a character in his books playing marbles. I haven’t ever in my life played marbles. But he learned how and taught me 🙂 

It was a great week! We kept things a lot more simple this summer and still had a blast 🙂

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Summer Recap: Week 4

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Week 4 of our summer fun was from June 6th through June 13th. We left on Thursday the 11th for the Parker Family Vacation so it was a shorter week of hanging at home 🙂 

We kicked things off on Saturday morning with Carter’s birthday party! That afternoon I went to enjoy my spa day from my Mother’s Day gift. It was SO relaxing! I had an hour massage, extra time focused on my scalp (which is like my favorite thing EVER) and got a pedicure. I loved just relaxing and being pampered. It’s not something that I get to do often and it was such a thoughtful gift!

While I was gone the kids weren’t lacking for fun! They have such a great Daddy 🙂

I got home just in time for a big “picnic” dinner (we call eating outside in any fashion a “picnic”). I mean he took care of three kids and prepared a feast? Prodad! 

First time having corn on the cobb

Sunday was another great day starting off with church

and then Titus came over to play! Zach and Seth became friends in high school so we’ve known all his children their entire lives. It’s so neat to watch them grow up and to have our friends be friends together! Poor Titus has three sisters so he def needed the “guy time” with Kye! We let the girls nap and the guys just got to play rather than napping 🙂

Muscle Men!

I mentioned in another post about Sadie and her age. She’s a shih-tzu I got when I was 16. I’m now 30 so she’s 14 years old. I know small dogs can live a long time but she’s at the stage of life where when we can’t find her we think this is it. I mentioned in the post how embarrassing it is when she escapes. It’s embarrassing because she looks SO ROUGH at this point. She has a MASSIVE growth (that, yes, looks like a testicle haha) on her underside as well as one smack dab in the middle of her eyes. It’s disgusting. I don’t think it’s cancer but it could be. But at her age I’d rather not know b/c then I’ll just be sad and feel bad because obviously she’s too old to do any sort of treatments or anything. 

We had VBS at church this week! The kids LOVE VBS and I loved that Zach was in town this year so I didn’t have to keep Tess up late to pick the big kids up. Last year Zach was out of town so Britt went to every night of VBS even though I felt like she was too young for it (and she really couldn’t handle it. Whew. Child needs sleep). This year there was no way she could miss out! It was a big of a struggle with the late nights, but she had a blast and it was worth it! Here’s all our VBS pics from the week:

As people post them on Facebook I try to save any I see of my crew! Love getting to see what all they are up to! Water balloons were a hit!

I took Tess to drop off the kids a couple of the nights so she could take part in the singing before the kids went to their classrooms. We had some AWESOME songs this year that we are all still singing around our house. I love how into it my kids get and even Tess loved the energy and singing about Jesus!

One of my major summer goals this year was to make a lot of foods that could be frozen and used when I pack Kye’s lunch this school year. I’m the queen of freezer recipes. I love when I can make a large batch of something and then use it over and over again rather than just on the day that I make it. Baking is something I’ve always done with my children and it’s a great time for bonding together. They love being helpers in the kitchen and Kye is finally at an age where he’s pretty legit helpful! 

Cracking eggs

We made two different types of muffins to enjoy that day for lunch as well as freeze for future lunches. Britt’s job was to put the cheese on top! She rocked it!

Just another Muffin Monday 🙂 

When I try new recipes I also like to make sure I stick with ones I know we all like. We made my favorite breakfast casserole muffins and then also made some new ones we hadn’t done before: carrot zucchini muffins. The kids loved them both! Even with helping making the carrot zucchini ones (and knowing they had vegetables in the them) they were still a hit! 

We live in a relatively small town. I know it’s not SUPER small. I mean we have two Walmarts so compared to some towns it’s huge but compared to where I spent most of my life (outside of Atlanta) it often feels small here to me. That being said, even a smaller town can still be filled with many surprises and things to explore. I kept hearing on Facebook about some awesome ice cream at a “peach shed” so, duh, Casey and I had to check it out. It’s only about 20 minutes from my house and it’s straight up ADORABLE. Like they should film a movie here. It’s what you think the south would look like. I instantly fell in love with it and even though it was nottttt a good afternoon for the crew (Carter was randomly crying and even KYE broke down in tears. VBS y’all wears em OUT) Casey and I still left with smiles on our faces 🙂 

If you are semi-local here’s the Facebook page to Burton Brooks Peach Orchid 

No joke. It was THE best ice cream!!!

It was hot and there were bugs and omg Britt’s shoes got dirty because there was dirt. So I struggled with my patience. My #1 pet peeve is when kids act entitled. I cannot stand it. And here we were at a special treat and all my kids could do was complain. I let them know how disappointed I was and Kye instantly busted out in tears. Typical first born: disappointed parent = crying. Britt though? Didn’t care one bit that I was disappointed in her! 

I opted for a snow cone because I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle eating ice cream while holding Tess. I about died when she grabbed a huge handful of it and shoveled it in her mouth. She LOVED it! I got this video of her 🙂

Carter cracks me up b/c he doesn’t like to touch grass!

I think Tess was the only happy camper that day. Carter is usually SO happy but we decided he must have gotten hot in the car seat or something on the way there. Snow cone cheered him right up though 🙂

As I wrote recently, I’ve been making HUGE strides (pun not intended!) with my foot. You can read the latest update here 🙂 This week I put it to the test by taking the kids down to our neighborhood playground and pushed Tess around the track in the stroller. It worked out nicely as our playground is in the center of the track so I could see the big kids playing while I walked.

I also got lapped by a 6 year old 😉

And this child cried because she didn’t want to play on the playground and then cried because she didn’t want to leave. She has it rough 😉

Even though it’s summer and even though I see my kids all day every day, I still feel like it takes extra effort to really connect with them one on one. I feel like so often Kye gets kinda “pushed to the side” because Britt is very demanding and Tess is a baby so she’s the most demanding right now. One afternoon this week I let Kye get up early from nap and we made some hot chocolate (totally fitting for summer right? ha!) and just sat and talked. We both needed that connecting time and I always leave our talks feeling uplifted and just so blessed to be his mom. I have some awesome kids!

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