Summer Recap: Week 7

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This is a recap of our 7th week of summer! It covers Saturday June 24th – Friday June 30th!

Saturday was a girl-day for Britt, Tess and I as Zach and Kye went to Tally for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. It’s a free competition for kids for golf and you can end up winning a trip to Augusta during the Masters if you win the whole thing for your age group. Kye loves competition so they decided to give it a go! I was thankful it ended up being a very quick thing as I felt pretty cruddy with my strep and didn’t love the idea of an entire Saturday solo with the girls!

Britt was so sweet to help with breakfast…and I don’t think the girls minded what she “made” ha!

I will show more from Kye’s experience in his solo post for the month but he had a GREAT time! 

Lazy morning…girl time meant pulling out my old doll houses!

Seriously in SUCH good shape still!!!

Sick. Mode. 

I’ve had two daughters for almost three years now and I’m just now starting to figure some tricks out. I wish I had a “family closet” to keep ALL the kids clothes in as it’d make it SO MUCH EASIER. BUT I did decide to move all of Britt’s hair accessories down to Tess’s room. All the bows and headbands are in one spot now and so much easier to find!

The boys got home in time for lunch on the porch and swim time!

These two melt my heart. Britt reading to Tess on the potty πŸ™‚ 

That afternoon we had Cooper’s birthday party! You can see all the details of the event on Robyn’s blog here πŸ™‚ They had a pool party at her mom’s house and it was great! It really wasn’t too hot at all and the kids all had a blast (we had tears when it was time to leave). 

Birthday Boy!

I was SO proud that none of the kids got the icing on their suits haha

Cooper loves superheros and all the kids got to take home super fun masks! 

I wanted to wear my suit from Mexico but it’s a little cheeky so I put some shorts on over it! I loved how the look turned out and got so many compliments at the party from it…you can order the suit here! (it’s NOT a thong…it just shows a little more tush than I was comfortable with showing at a 5 year old birthday party ha!)

Someone I know might have a little crushy crush on Robyn’s step-dad so I took a selfie to make her jealous haha! I also love Robyn’s mom in the background like “what is she doing with my man?” πŸ˜‰ 

All the kids had a great time but it was so nice for Tess to have a little friend to play with! Suzanna may be a year younger, but they hit it off really well! 

Successful party fo’ sho!

Zach and I had a date night that night and picked up Atlanta Bread since neither of us were feeling that great. Their to-go was TERRIBLE. 

But at least our movie night was great. He loved Lion just as much as I did (although he cried less ha!)

On Sunday the kids were instructed to wear red, white and blue to church for a pre-church performance of American pride songs. Didn’t they look so cute?

I took three videos…you can’t really see Kye in any of them and Tess was too young to participate:

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Three

Had to grab some movie candy on the way home and stocked up on Mt Dew (if you get headaches the BEST trick I’ve found is to down a Mt Dew and take 2 tylenol/ibprophen at the start of a headache and it blasts it away!)

We don’t go to the movie theater often as a family because it’s SO dang expensive! But I found products that offered discount tickets for Cars 3. I bought granola bars that offered $3 off and sunscreen that earned us a free ticket. We ended up spending right at $20 for our entire family to see the movie! We didn’t have church that night and really needed the family time so it was perfect. 

Ka-Chow!

We all really enjoyed the movie. Was it as good as some of the recent Disney movies? No. It’s not Moana. It’s Cars. Was it was good as the original Cars? No. Was it as awful as Cars 2? No. It was 1,000 times BETTER than Cars 2 but def not among my favorites as far as Disney/Pixar goes. I’d watch it again but I don’t see us sitting down for a family movie night for it. VERY little kid friendly though but be warned that little little ones may get bored as it’s not super action packed either. 

After my root canal I had to do follow up visits to have my tooth internally bleached. The kids were SO great about sitting and waiting for me to have that done. It’s so hard being confined to a chair and having to trust your kids to SIT STILL. But they did!

Waiting for Britt at speech!

This week was our most chill week so far of the summer. Because I didn’t feel good but mostly because I was focused on PACKING for the beach! We try hard to spend smart and that also means packing smart. We bring a lot from home to minimize vacation spending! I have to really plan and think through things. Especially b/c I love to coordinate our outfits on vacation. Which takes a TON of extra work! 

I started with Tess and worked my way up. I put out all the outfits I thought would be cute and then took pics and tried to pair them up with stuff Kye and Britt had. Then I decided where to wear what and put back things that didn’t coordinate or that we didn’t need. 

Of course I mean it was a MONDAY so something had to happen out of the plan! We added black out to Tess’s curtains awhile ago and I guess the rod finally gave out from the added weight. 

Sweet boy is SO good with playing with his sisters! 

Even though we had a mostly stick-close-to-home week I still wanted to try to knock something off our summer bucket list and it was the perfect time to escape to the Peach Barn for some yummy treats! Keeli met us there and it was so great to just let the kids PLAY while we caught up πŸ™‚

Kye hid one of his rocks πŸ˜‰

Really cool spider!

Kye actually prefers snow cones/ slushes over actual ice cream. He’s crazy!!!

5 years old…still a messy eater πŸ˜‰

Eli is SO STINKING ADORABLE. 

This one is pretty cute herself πŸ˜‰

Watching the kids run and opting to just stand there haha

Eli and Tess were straight FILTHY by the end of it! 

And exhausted!

So ready and excited to have Keeli living closer to us!!! It’s so funny b/c I think Zach may be even more pumped than I am about their move! 

Here’s a video of the kids swinging!

Shockingly I won for messiest eater. Guess I know where Britt gets it!

SO. DIRTY. 

There has been a LOT of stress on us lately and I felt super overwhelmed with everything and hadn’t gotten my “me time” in awhile and was just basically STRESSING. I lashed out at Zach (not cool. i apologized later!) and then decided to just SIT in the TUB. I’m not a big fan of a bath. I get hot and I don’t like it for very long but I figured it’d help. And it did! I relaxed and read a bit and did some self evaluating and just realized that I can’t rely on one person to fulfill my “happy needs.” It’s been hard lately to not be spending time with my “person who makes even the lamest moments awesome” and I just need to figure out how to have awesome moments even without a specific person being involved. It was a good moment for me of some self analyzing and I came out of the bath feeling MUCH BETTER!

More packing! I went through all of Britt’s and Kye’s and then brought Kye’s into Britt’s room and paired things up!

Break for lunch and FUN!

Omg I was sitting by the pool while the kids swam and felt something on my crocs and assumed it was just water from the pool dripping. NOPE. IT WAS A WORM. I freaked haha!

I did something I very rarely do and I jumped in with the kids and swam. It was amazing and felt SO GOOD and I showed them how swimming is really done πŸ˜‰ 

 The oldest and youngest really buddied up this week!

Finally done! Outfits bagged and labeled and I could finally check the kids clothes off my list haha

Zach was out of town so I surprised ALL of the kids with early dinner and then NIGHT SWIMMING. Honestly, I think of night swimming being IN THE DARK haha but for my kids they feel like it means past their bedtime. Whatever works πŸ˜‰ I also jumped in again and they loved swimming with me and playing together. I loved loved loved it and it was so fun. But I ended up with a freaking ear infection from the two times of going under. I got it cleared up now but it was a BEAST and def made me invest in swimmers ear. Kye complains about his ears bugging him some after swimming so I’m just going to start using the drops for both he and I anytime we swim. 

Here’s when I told them the news….and I love how opposite Britt and Tess were in their emotions about it haha!

Heading to Speech! 

I had my regular 6 week hair appointment that next day but Zach had a work meeting lunch that was also kinda a kick off thing to him being the new district. Since all of my attempts at celebrating with him the week prior got washed…I REALLY wanted to just go to the work lunch. At least that way I’d get to celebrate him and feel part of such a big honor he’s accepted! I texted this to my stylist to see if she thought we could wait longer on my hair and she said FOR SURE that I could go another 2 weeks easy! So I rescheduled in order to attend the lunch πŸ™‚ 

Our Wednesday routine: Zaxbys!

Our big table was taken so the big kids had a little “date” and Tess and I got to have a table to ourselves. 

I never really think Britt and I look super alike but MAN our EYES! This might be my new fav pic of us together (props to Kye for snapping it!)

Kye made up a game where he makes “hidden mickeys” out of paper and hides them around the house for the rest of us to find. 

Ready for our lunch date! Y’all I can’t think of the last time I went out to LUNCH. I NEVER get to “lunch” and it was so fun! Aunt Cheryl and Jolee came to swim with the kids so they all had fun and we were able to enjoy the work lunch. I’m so proud of Zach and know he’ll do amazing things in his new role! 

I also loved the excuse to wear my new dress! It’s SUPER flattering (I ordered a small and really could have gone down a size) and the material is great too b/c no wrinkles! You can get one here! It was my first cold shoulder look and I really liked it…and Zach LOVED it. He said it’s his new favorite dress of mine!

After the lunch I rushed home and took Britt to get our nails done before the beach. It’s a tradition we started last year and both agreed that Tess may be ready to join us before the beach trip next year! We had a GREAT time and I love that quality time with my kids. I will post more on this in Britt’s solo post for the month since it was a special time for “just us”

Came home to the guys playing chess haha such nerds πŸ˜‰

I LOVE THIS SONG. I am not a huge Lady Gaga person but this song is ammmmazing. 

I dropped off Britt and turned around and left again! This time for Casey’s baby shower at Smallcakes. It’s the first baby shower they’ve hosted at their location and it was seriously PERFECT. The decor and lighting makes photos turn out so great and it’s just the perfect spot for celebrating. It’d be great for other events too like bridal luncheons! If you’re local be sure to visit the Smallcakes Facebook Page for more info πŸ™‚ 

Casey is due with her baby boy TOMORROW. Please be lifting her and this sweet baby in your prayers, we will know more about potential delivery dates after her appointment! We are all eager and ready and waiting for him to make his arrival πŸ™‚ 

Mrs. Charlotte got food from Chicken Salad Chick plus tons of mini cupcakes from Smallcakes and it was all SO DELICIOUS!

ZippityZip! My first time ever seeing one “in the flesh” ha!

Little Mama was sitting in a kids’ size chair which was awesome haha

Yay for the travel system she was wanting!

Katie is seriously just beyond thoughtful. She MADE a blanket! So so sweet. 

My gifts!

From Aunt Cheryl…Kye wants to steal it for Tab πŸ˜‰ 

All the guests! It was SUCH a FUN night together. I hope Casey left feeling loved and cherished by us all because we all adore her so much and can’t wait to rally around her while she adjusts to life with two here soon πŸ™‚ 

Morgan brought precious baby Baylor! 

I’m telling y’all the lighting was fantastic so we took tons and tons of pics ha!

I always struggle on people’s birthdays to have pics of JUST me and them together so I might have used the opportunity to snap a couple of me solo with people too πŸ˜‰ 

Katie and I hit up Starbucks after for some treats and catching up! The specialty s’mores drink they have right now? SO. LEGIT.

I woke up the day prior to our beach trip with a dang migraine. I lingered in bed as long as I could and it was so sweet to see the kids slowlllly trickle in. 

Kye volunteered to make breakfast for me so I could rest. Sweet, sweet boy. 

I know a blog reader asked for this recipe and I need to try to find her and how she contacted me (I swear we have WAY too many methods of communication right now) but if you’re reading…here’s the Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice recipe! It’s YUMMY!

Letting the kids play and play and play. 

I typically don’t overly stress about the weather but this summer has had SO MUCH RAIN that I just envisioned us being in a 2 bedroom condo for a week with no beach time. I over packed just in case we needed to go and do more! 

This has become a family favorite recipe! I made double and Zach and the kids ran some down to Sara! Please continue praying for her and her family πŸ™‚ 

Had to have some more pool time on our last lazy day before vacation!!!

Messy face from lunch but the pool cleans it off, right? πŸ˜‰

“I messy. But I cute”

Made these to go along with Sara’s dinner. Y’all. This brand is AMAZING. We always bought cheap brownies but never, ever again. These are SO good. We cook them for less time, duh, and they are even better!

The kids have been working hard on their chores so we paid ’em for the week a couple days early (Pay Day is usually Sunday right before church) so they could have the spending money for the trip!

LOTS of fun beach posts ahead! Whoop whoop!

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Summer Recap: Week 7

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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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Summer Recap: Week 7

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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™‚ 

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy 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 Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. 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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