Summer Recap: Week 5

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This summary covers our 5th week of summer! From Saturday June 10th through Friday June 16th! On Saturday we celebrated Father’s Day as a family and you can see that post here πŸ™‚

Growing up some of Zach’s most treasured memories are from Georgia Bible Camp. He has always said our kids will go as soon as they are old enough to attend. I don’t like the idea of my babies spending a week away from home BUT it’s located very close to our house and they are totally cool with parents dropping by throughout the week. Colt and Payton stayed last year which also helped to ease my mind. It was Kye’s big year! His first year at camp! 

He and Zach went to Walmart and stocked up on snack and “supplies” and I helped him pack his house items for the week. I’m so thankful for many wise friends whose children have attended as I got a lot of great tips from them!

Heading to drop him off!

At checkin each camper had a lice check, whew glad he’s in the clear πŸ˜‰

We went to his cabin and this place is a legit camp camp. Simple and basic! I actually spent some time out there the first summer Zach and I had started dating AND it’s where I got baptized (you can learn more about baptism and why it’s essential for salvation here)! I love that I have a personal tie to a place that is so special to Zach and will now be special to our children πŸ™‚ 

Kye got there nice and early and was able to score a coveted top bunk!

Kye, Britt and Zach walked from the check in to the cabin but Tess and I preferred the AC! She thought she was SO BIG getting to sit in the booster for the little bit of a drive (as in 2 seconds). 

Excited for a week with his bff!

I did okay dropping him off. I joked a lot that I was super upset, but really I did okay! No tears or anything. I knew he’d have so much fun and I have always tried to keep in mind that my job as a mama is to raise my babies to leave me. Small steps like these will happen over the years as Kye grows up. It’s simply a part of life! 

It also helped that I had to rush from camp to Lakeland for Casey’s baby shower at her church. I didn’t have much time to be upset AND I had to keep my makeup looking halfway decent so it was good incentive πŸ˜‰ Casey is due with her baby boy any day now. It was so sweet of her church family to put together such a nice event in her honor. 

Typical πŸ˜‰ 

On top of camp drop off and the baby shower…our church had VBS that started Sunday night. Kye originally was going to attend our VBS but he was having SUCH a blast at camp that he never wanted to leave so he skipped VBS this year. The girl got to go each night and they had a GREAT time! It was Tess’s first year of having a legit class and she loved it! 

On Monday we kicked off Britt’s speech. (Whew, lots of big firsts this week huh?). I talked back in April about Britt’s speech and how we got her evaluated. We decided to go the VSU route as it’s FREE and she doesn’t have a lot of needs so we don’t feel we could justify the cost of her going somewhere else. She’s going two mornings a week during summer and I’m crossing fingers that it’s enough to get her where she needs to be! 

Tess learning some delayed gratification and clinging to that sucker waiting for Britt to finish up!

We had a LOT of girl time with Kye being away at camp. Britt loves to bake so we baked cookies for Grampa to mail to him for Father’s Day! She chose to bake chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter m&ms πŸ™‚ 

Had to taste test…and Tess has the BEST side eye πŸ˜‰ 

Zach was home early enough for lunch to handle the girls so I could run out to camp and see Kye. Y’all. I had quite the emotional week because Tess had NO reservations about leaving me for VBS. She was just like “see ya!” when I’m SO used to her clinging to me. Then Kye?!?! I showed up at camp and he looked at me like “what are you doing here?!?!” Ugh. My babies are growing up! I didn’t stay long as I could tell he was preferring his “guy time” so I just visited a few minutes and left. It was a more emotional experience for me than the initial leaving him for camp. I felt like he wasn’t excited to see me and didn’t want me there which is something I’m totally not used to or ready for! 

Kye was excited that his buddy from back in preschool was in his cabin too that week and they had a lot of fun together πŸ™‚ 

Y’all this keeps happening with our washing machine and we can’t figure out WHY or HOW?!?! Does anyone else has this issue? 

While the girls had VBS that night I got to catch up with a sweet friend, Brandie, who just moved back to town. We bonded over walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby while I grabbed everything in sight for Tess’s party. My part planning strategy is to buy it all then return what I don’t use after the party πŸ˜‰ 

More VBS fun!

I love this! It was taken when they announced that The Mix truck would be there the next night during VBS!

Over Mother’s Day I had some pain in my tooth and then a few weeks later I noticed it was discoloring. Prior to Mexico I went in and agreed that we’d need to watch it and sure enough, I needed a root canal. Blah. This dentist does NOT do laughing gas which made the root canal experience pretty cruddy for me. I’m a big fan of the gas bc you just don’t feel attached to reality. I was really attached to this reality and it wasn’t fun! I guess the root was SUPER deep and it took them a lot of work to get it all mended up! I then had to follow up for a few more weeks to do internal bleaching of the tooth to get it the right color. $1000 later and I’m fixed up nicely πŸ˜‰

Pulled out Mommy’s childhood toys for girl time!

I told Kye before camp that I had spies all over camp watching him haha it was great because he was hardcore about trying to figure out who the spies were all week AND I did legit have tons of people keeping me updating. I especially appreciate my new friend, Tiffany, for sending me the scoop! I snagged some pics off FB too which was great! It was always nice to hear that Kye was making great choices AND that he was having so much fun! 

The theme for our VBS at church was Super Heroes and the kids were encouraged to dress up like super heroes for the last night of VBS. We don’t do super heroes in our house. So I didn’t have any costume stuff, but we talked about it and deciding that princesses and fairies can totally be super heroes too πŸ˜‰ Right? 

For the last night of VBS Zach and I took advantage of our KID FREE TIME and had a DATE! Not just any date but we went to actual downtown Valdosta which never happens πŸ˜‰ We had a great time!!!

YUM.

And we even had time for dessert at DQ before heading back to church to scoop up the girls!

Double YUM!

The girls made blessing bags to keep in our car and to pass out to people in need. 

The Mix provided the froyo which was a HUGE hit!

Our local theater has movies for super cheap on Tues and Thur mornings during the summers. They are CRAZY crowded and all the cheap candy sells out at all the drug stores near the theater. So I got smart and planned ahead πŸ˜‰ The girls and I stopped on our way to speech, a day before the movie day, and I let them pick their treats! 

Britt instantly LOVED speech! Her instructor is wonderful and Britt hit it off with her right away πŸ™‚ 

Waiting area fun πŸ˜‰ 

Publix stop!

A couple years ago we went out to a blueberry patch to pick blueberries. (Britt was actually wearing the dress Tess has on in these pics!) It was a LOT of work to pick the berries so I had no plans on doing that again but I remembered that they sold already picked berries for SUPER cheap so I wanted to go check it out. Zach uses blueberries in his smoothies and they are SO stinking expensive. We had the toughest time finding the place and when we finally did? NO BLUEBERRIES. Booooooo. We could go pick ’em ourselves but that wasn’t about to happen! 

We did stop by a produce place on the way home and while they didn’t have blueberries they did have boiled peanuts!

After all the blueberry hunting we all deserved some POOL TIME!

She found her prince!

Usually Britt has gymnastics on Wed and then we eat at Zaxby’s b/c it’s close to our church. This Wednesday, however, we got to try out Moe’s for their kids night because we went to Georgia Bible Camp for church! I wish they had a Moe’s closer to our church because their kids night was awesome and YUMMY!

The girls were SO excited to visit Kye at camp and we all enjoyed Chapel together very much. The lesson was great and the singing was beautiful.

Kye was MUCH more excited and eager to see me during this visit πŸ™‚ He kept whispering to me throughout the whole chapel wanting to fill me in on everything he’d been doing that week. 

He also wanted to walk us around camp a bit to tell us more about what he’d been up to!

The girls didn’t want to leave and even stayed for snack time!

She didn’t want to let go of her big brother. 

Thursday we went to the movies and I found this random cute pair of yellow pants I did not know I had!

It’s $1 for the movie and $1 for popcorn. Can’t beat it!!! Tess was free thanks to being 2 πŸ˜‰ 

We met up with Robyn and Julie and had a great time seeing Trolls!!! 

I know I’m totally late to the Trolls party. But it’s not a Disney movie, so y’all know I wasn’t in a rush to see it. But y’all. I LOVED IT!!! So cute and great lessons and no political agendas pushed down our throats. And hello, GREAT MUSIC! None of us wanted it to end!

These two played SO great together all week! Now that I have three kids I will say it’s true: even numbers are best. I’m thankful we are waiting on our 4th to even it out! Having three creates a tough playing dynamic and it’s always easiest when just two play together!

Zach was out of town for his infusion so I offered to host our book club at my house! We had a pj party and everyone brought a dish to share. It was SO fun!

I made one of my favs that I haven’t done in awhile: Starr Studded Dip

And I did another favorite: crock pot spinach and artichoke dip. Y’all this recipe is AMAZING!

Picnic dinner on the porch because Mama’s house was clean πŸ™‚ 

Zach got home early and was SO SWEET by helping me get the house all clean for the company coming over. He went over to his parents for dinner to go over some work stuff with his dad so he was out of the house for “girl time” 

I promised Britt she could stay up a little late to meet all the Book Club ladies and show them her princess room πŸ˜‰ 

Our book for the month was NOT a winner so we mostly used the night as a chance to get to know each other better. And it was THE BEST time. I haven’t laughed that much in a long time and we all just really enjoyed it! 

Wild and crazy for me means up past 11 and laughing with friends haha I had a ROUGH morning so I can’t fathom how people who go out and party feel!!!

I randomly clicked on a hashtag on one of my IG posts that lead me to see all the people who have visited our resort in Mexico. And guess what? David Hasselhoff recently got married there!!!! How cool is that?!?! I mean ignore the fact that his bride is younger than his daughter…but still so neat!

Put myself together enough to hit up the Friday Frolic! 

You can get the Raising Little People shirt here!

The girls LOVE the Friday Frolic and once Britt turns 6 she won’t be able to attend anymore. So I was thankful for the day without Kye because it meant we could go! They had such a blast and I loved seeing them run around together playing and watching Britt teach Tess all her gymnastics moves πŸ™‚ 

Tess did this beam, which is pretty high off the ground, ALL by herself! The first time she did it I wasn’t even anywhere NEAR her and just happened to see it from across the room!

Sweet EllaKate came too and had a great time! It’s a tough place to really catch up so Julie and I need  a night out sometime to hang kid-free πŸ˜‰ 

Pick up from Bible Camp was that afternoon: at TWO. I figured it’d be a super quick thing but there was a whole long awards ceremony. Poor Tess was wore out but did SUCH a great job sitting through it all as I didn’t pack any toys or snacks or anything! 

I love Kye’s face πŸ™‚ So proud!

Kye was awarded the TOP honor at camp! They have a Mr Georgia Bible Camp for the older boys and a Jr Mr GBC for the younger and Kye got the title of Jr Mr GBC! This makes me SO PROUD as it’s an award chosen by the staff and is for someone who shows great character throughout the week. It’s such a great mama moment to feel like you’re doing a pretty decent job when you send your kid off for a week without parental supervision and he receives such a high honor. Everyone we saw gave us compliments on his behavior and character and leadership. I couldn’t be prouder!!!

Plus a free bible whoop whoop!

When we went to clean out his cabin is was neat seeing that his bunk had Zach’s name on it. I mean I know it’s not our actual Zach but still cool!

These two had a BLAST together and I’m so proud of Colt for earning the Bible Class Award too! 

Kye had THE BEST time and it made my little bits of worry and missing him well worth it to know he made such great memories πŸ™‚ 

Zach and I have decided we can’t do book recommendations for each other. We never like them! Ha! This had TOO many twists and turns for me and I was just SO ready for it to END. 

We have heard there is a new snow cone truck in town and we’ve kept an eye/ear out for it all summer. I saw on Facebook that the truck was coming to our neighborhood so we sat on the porch to eat dinner so we could wait and be sure not to miss it!

I got impatient so we hopped in the car and chased him down haha!!! Then proceeded to all step in huge ant beds which kinda ruined our snow cone excitement πŸ˜‰ 

How awesome is this?!?! 

I bought a refillable cup b/c I def plan to hit this up on the regular!

Levi enjoyed the attention πŸ˜‰ 

Sine Kye had been gone all week Britt was SO pumped to have him home. Even though he was exhausted from camp I still was down for them to have a sibling sleep over because she wanted that together time with him so badly πŸ™‚ 

Zach went to bed early and I randomly decided to watch Up Close and Personal. Such an old movie that I remember so vividly when it came to theaters (and the Celine Dion song from the soundtrack) but MAN it’s CHEESY. 

Yet another great week of summer behind us! 

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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.

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Summer Recap: Week 5

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This is a recap of our 5th week of summer. We got back from the Parker Family Trip on Monday June 15th so this covers Tuesday June 16th through Friday June 19th πŸ™‚ 

I feel like I’ve never taken my kids out and about as much as I do now that I have three. Which is interesting to me. Because it would be WAY easier to just take one or two kids out rather than three right?!?! But I think this has to do with the older two being at ages where they bicker. Going out places stops the bickering from happening. It also has to do with how easy going Tess is. She has a great go-with-the-flow temperament which makes going out a pure joy with her! It’s stressful taking them all places and I’d def still rather run errands solo…but we make it work quite a bit now and it’s always an adventure!

Conquering Target!

Of course it started DOWNPOUR raining when we went to leave! And I didn’t have any type of umbrella or anything. We made it work with our plastic bags πŸ˜‰ 

Ever so often I have some random creepy thing happen from the blog. This week I had someone contact me from Canada to let me know that my husband is on a dating site. Well. Thankfully my husband and I have mega trust in our relationship because I knew right away that it wasn’t actually my husband. Sorry ladies! The girl was nice enough to send me a screen shot of the guys profile and then also sent me the picture of the actual guy who had the account once she found out who he was. I mean why lie and then send a different picture of yourself once you start chatting? And it’s not like the real guy has any reason to use a fake picture! Anyways if you EVER see Zach on any type of dating sight please let me know! This is the 2nd time someone has used pictures from my blog to catfish him! Just a reminder to anyone who is considering using any images from my blog without permission: it’s a crime!

When the kids and I made our plans for summer Kye’s big thing he really wanted to do was have a lemonade stand. He talks about it all the time. He has a natural entrepreneur spirit which I’m very proud of! I want to foster that in him as it’ll raise him to be a great provider someday for his family. It is SO HOT here so we set up the stand first thing when Tess went down for her morning nap and lucked out that the corner of our front yard is a busy corner as well as a spot with some shade πŸ™‚ 

Britt’s future husband better be ready for her enjoyment of spending. Girl is always wanting to break into her piggy bank to support her brother’s business ventures πŸ˜‰ I had to limit what she could spend and she enjoyed her three cups of lemonade and bookmark. 

The business was BOOMING. We ran out of lemonade and had to go make more within 30 minutes of opening the stand and he made $13.50 in only 45 minutes. I mean maybe Zach is in the wrong business!?!?! It was a big success and Kye had a great time! He made sure to set aside his earnings to give to the Lord and to also pay his sister for her help πŸ™‚ We need to open him a bank account because his piggy bank is getting too full from all his earnings!

I really enjoy our yearly strawberry patch visit and kept seeing on social media about people picking blueberries. I use blueberries almost daily in my smoothies (so good to help lose belly fat!) and they ain’t cheap so I thought going for a picking outing would be a fun way to stock up! 

Casey, of course, was in to come with and we decided to load up one afternoon and find this little hole in the wall place Robyn knew about. We struggled BIG TIME to find it. Finally got there and I got Tess out of her seat to realize she was COVERED in poop. Which quickly turned into me being covered in poop. Lovely. 

Thankfully Casey is a lover of layers and had on two tank tops. I did a quick change in the back of my car and rolled with it. I didn’t ever look at myself and got home that night and Zach kept saying how sexy I looked. Finally looked in the mirror and realized it was one of those baggy tanks that totally revealed EVERYTHING from the side. Guess the blueberry farm owners got quite the show hahaha

It was an odd situation as it was someones home. We finally realized what to do and got to picking. Picking blueberries is WORK guys. They are TINY. 

“who likes picking blueberries?”

God bless Britt. She is so my child in so many ways. It was hot. And hard work. And there were gnats like crazy and for some reason they especially loved her. To say she was miserable was an understatement. Girl will never want to go pick blueberries again!

So many screams and tears haha

It may have been hot and hard work but that didn’t stop Kye. He is just such a worker and enjoys working no matter what the circumstances. I’m glad he was there because he picked majority of our blueberries for me while I dealt with the girls!

In the end we only got half a bucket full but it was SO cheap. I really wanted to go back again but never got the chance. I did find out they open at 7 am so next summer I plan to go bright and early and probably just with Kye so we can get it done fast and get more. They also sold pre-picked buckets and I regret not just buying one of those too bc they were still WAY cheaper than the store prices! Instead of growing so much corn, Mr. Rusty should grow blueberries πŸ˜‰

Every week, if you haven’t noticed by now, I am trying to make something new for the kids. I love freezer-friendly things as I can store them to use later. My goal for this summer was to have some nutritious options for Kye’s lunch once school starts as well as have some easy-healthy options for Tess. This one is more of a toddler/baby food as the big kids weren’t crazy about the amount of spinach in them! Here’s the recipe for Cauliflower Spinach Bites!

I know pools may not add a lot of resale value to a home but MAN it’s SO worth having one. We LIVE in our pool in the summer and both of our big kids are amazing swimmers. Tess even has a natural love for the water! My only regret is that we didn’t do a beach access to the pool (the gradual slope to enter the pool) and I do think someday we may do some additions on the pool if we stay here forever and have our other items checked off our “house to do” list!

While in PCB with the fam Gap Factory had their HUGE 40% off everything deal that I looooove. I was pretty bummed that I missed it but decided to hit it up asap when we got back in hopes of still finding some good deals. I think missing the big sale actually worked in my favor. SO much for under $2. I went a little crazy! I think I’d call this some good “me time” wouldn’t you? πŸ™‚

Zach cracks me up because whenever I’m away from home he always gets creative in the kitchen. I cook but I don’t really love cooking and have to follow a recipe whereas Zach is all about creating random new recipes. And he takes pictures of them and sends them to me haha. He made a chicken parmesan sub out of some garlic bread we had πŸ˜‰

That’s it for week 5!

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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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