Summer Recap: Week 7

Week 7 of summer was a BUMMER. We left from the Parker trip early due to my face situation and my week pretty much consisted of doctors visits and zero fun.  This week covers Monday June 27 – Friday July 1st.

The upside was all the meds I was on. I got a GOOD bit of stuff done thanks to steroids!!!

Timing worked out this week though for Kye to at least still have a fun week! He went to work out at Mr. Rusty’s farm picking corn and preparing it to be creamed. It was a very “proud mom” situation. I wasn’t there the whole time (he went one day then asked to sleep over at G-Mama’s and went back a second day!) but heard NOTHING but positives about Kye. His behavior, his choices, and especially his hard work ethic! Not just from one person either but from multiple people who were there or who stopped by. It’s always great to see your kids making good choices but it’s even better to not be around them and hear it from others! He had a BLAST with his cousins and it was a learning lesson for me. I like to be PART OF all the fun my kid’s have. But it’s okay that they have fun without me (at least once in awhile haha). I hate that I wasn’t part of this memory for him but sometimes being away from Mommy and Daddy makes it even more of a fun time ya know?

While Kye was gone Britt and Tess had a lot of “panty only” time. Kye often runs around in his underwear (which we’re working on reminding him to put on shorts) and Britt is envious that she has to wear clothes haha So when the boys are away, it’s time for panty play!

I was proud of Britt for how she handled Kye being away. She’s just too young to be part of the corn stuff yet and she understood and had a BLAST with some Mommy time!

I took Tess’s party pics this week (post to come b/c omg they are precious!) and was excited when she was featured on the Instagram page of Muffin Tops and Tutus!

On top of my multiple days of dr visits, I also ended up taking the girl in to be seen. Britt had some issues with her privates bothering her. I’m prone to issues down there and know they started as a young girl so I wanted to make sure she was good to go before our trip to the beach! Tess also broke out in a rash so I had them check her too. 

Both girls were fine! Tess always gets a rash associated with teething. And Britt just needs to take regular baking soda baths and use ointment occasionally to keep things operating smoothly and comfortably! I’m glad we went before the beach because the chlorine pool and the beach sand are not a good combo for female issues!

Face issues, dr visits, and LOTS of packing filled my week! I love to have the kids coordinate their outfits, especially when traveling. But, whew, it does take some WORK! I actually take a pic of all their outfits laid out together so while on the trip I know what they are wearing when πŸ˜‰ 

Girl loves to dunk food in her water? Yuck.

Britt had been asking and asking to cut off her hair. She wanted it “all the way to my chin” but Daddy wanted it to at least graze the shoulders. Zach really wanted me to take her to get it cut before we left for the beach as it’d be SO much easier to handle on the trip if it was shorter. I’m so thankful for a sweet friend who was able to get us in at the last minute!

Finished Product! She looks SO GROWN

We left for the beach Saturday and I was SO THANKFUL for a LOT of improvements with my face by Friday afternoon!!!

A tradition I’ve been looking forward to since Britt was born has been getting our nails done. A lot of “mother/daughter” stuff isn’t really fun until little girls are older. Shopping and nails are two things you can’t really do with a young baby! Britt had never been to get her nails done and I was SO PUMPED for this! We decided to make it a yearly tradition to get our nails done before our yearly beach trip. I looooove traditions, especially starting new ones!

We had an appointment set. She got a mani and pedi and I just got a pedi. Y’all. It’s SO crazy expensive to get your nails done! I just can’t justify it! The pedi is at least worth the experience so I’m glad we got to do that together!

She loved getting to pick out her colors πŸ™‚

A little too short for the massage chair!

I could NOT stop smiling. I cried multiple times. It was just a dream come true for me. Growing up I’d always wanted a daughter and these are the types of experiences I was so excited to have. So thankful that God gave me the gift of not one daughter, but two!

Special water πŸ˜‰

All of the nail techs are super nice but sometimes the language barrier is an issue. The girl kept messing up Britt’s colors and I didn’t want to just “let it go” because it was her first time there, she was excited for the exact colors she wanted and if I’m paying that much for something I want it done how she wants it!

She loved the leg massage!

4 or 14??!?!

We had THE BEST TIME. It was truly a dream come true for me and I’m glad I waited to start this tradition until she was old enough to really appreciate and enjoy it! 

We had to go to CVS on the way home to get more meds for me so I let Britt hold my phone to look through our special nail pics πŸ˜‰ 

Blue fingers, pink toes! All of which were GONE by the next morning. For real. 

It was a pretty bummer week but I’m so thankful for the time to HEAL and REST and just prepare for our beach trip. It’s my favorite trip every year and I didn’t want to let anything get in the way of making the precious memories with my family! 

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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 Love What Matters, 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 7

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 πŸ™‚ 

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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™

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 πŸ˜‰ 

You can see a video of his performance here

Entrepreneur? Yes. Singer? Probably not!

At least the message is good and godly πŸ™‚

Kye had an intermission and served us water and cookies

Then it was Britt’s turn to perform! You can see it here πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚  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 πŸ˜‰ 

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 πŸ™‚ 

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 Love What Matters, 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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