Summer Recap: Week 9

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Our entire 8th week of summer we were living it UP at the beach! So this post covers web 9…our post-beach week!

The condo where we stay has a washer and dryer but y’all I’m anti-laundry on vacation. But I’m also that person that feels like anything that went on a beach trip…probably needs to be washed when you get back home. Needless to say…it was SO MUCH LAUNDRY!!!

While on the trip I mentioned that I had both an ear infection and some mouth sores that we were pretty sure was thrush that came from the antibiotic I’d been taking the week prior. I still didn’t feel well so I decided to spend Monday morning at our walk-in clinic. She told me she didn’t think any of my issues were related. I got sinus meds as she thought that was the ear issue, some cocktail of meds made into a mouth wash for the mouth sores, and some other antibiotics to hopefully get me feeling back to normal! 

Zach also switched up my phone wallpaper while at the beach haha! 

I had originally scheduled our annual fire station visit for this week but when I made the event page for it a bunch of people said they had VBS so I rescheduled. It was then I realized that a local congregation had VBS that week and TONS of people we know attend that VBS and help run it. I didn’t feel super mega comfortable with taking the kids since it’s not our home church but Zach always talks about how much he loved summer VBS as a kid and I know it’s so valuable for the kids to deepen bonds with fellow christians. They all three wanted to go and we made it just in time after the walk-in. This VBS was SO LEGIT!

Dropping them off gave me a couple hours…most of which was spent sitting and waiting for my prescriptions. #ugh

THEY LOVED IT!!! Like loved loved loved!

We needed our monthly groceries super bad so Kye went shopping with me that evening. It was so good for him to see firsthand how much things COST. 

I discovered in Mexico that I like sushi! Who knew!!!

All three kids agreed that they wanted to go for the full week to VBS. It was from 9-12 Mon -Fri which meant a super easy week for Mama 😉 And a super fun week for them!

Tuesday was Cow Appreciation Day at CFA. We’ve never participated in Cow Day before! I’ve always seen people super hardcore into it and I thought it was dumb to spend a bunch of money for free food? And it always looked like a ZOO. 

But I got a pack of cheap cow masks and figured why not go for it? We kept it simple…and it wasn’t TOO crazy crowded! 

So creative haha

PLUS we got another kids meal they’d forgotten to ring us up for! COMPLETELY FREE y’all. And Z and I got fancier sandwiches than we’ve ever gotten (bacon?!). It was AWESOME!

They also had ice cream sundae night so we traded in the toys for ice cream and I was able to divide the free ice cream out so we all got some! 

Even Mama 😉 

Completely and totally free meal…including dessert! We’re sold! Keeping those cow masks for next year 😉 

And we saw the Mullican Fam! 

Britt didn’t have speech Monday which worked out great for VBS but she did have it Wednesday and her instructor even said she was SO EAGER to get out of there for VBS. So awesome that the kids loved it that much! 

William came with us that day but didn’t want a picture 😉 

Sidenote but Tess also STOLE THAT BOOK she’s holding! I didn’t realize it till we got in the car so I made her take it back the next day and apologize 😉

Movies during nap with William!

I found my bag roaster chicken, PTL b/c that other one was YUCK to deal with!

Prime Day was during this week so I found SO MANY DEALS. On top of the Prime Day Deals I also was on the deal hunt for office stuff for Zach. With his new job he needed a legit office which meant he also needed office furniture. 

I got lots of questions about my shorts when I posted this…they are from New York and Co! Which I know is SUPER random but they are the PERFECT length (4 inches) and they don’t wrinkle 🙂 

Day 4 of VBS!

(notice Tess returning the book!)

G-Mama picked them all up from VBS to take them on a lunch date. They all also went to Dollar General and got a prize. #spoiled

My delivery guy LOVES ME 😉 

This didn’t even include the stuff I ordered but did slow shipping on! 

It was a BIG delivery day and so fun to open it all! We got some GREAT deals!

Zach isn’t usually into the deals with me but he did join in for Prime Day and it was a super fun memory I’ll always cherish. There was a glitch when Prime Day first started and we were getting things for like 70% off! It was CRAZY and SO awesome!

I’m SUPER indecisive and I’ve realized that IG Stories are WHERE IT’S AT! I can ask for help and input and SO many people are so sweet to offer up their thoughts! I plan to totally do this more often as it really helped me in deciding our family picture outfits 😉 

Daddy was out of town so it meant movie dinner night and knocking something off our summer bucket list: Mommy Date Time! 

Each of the big kids got 30 min with me to do whatever they wanted 🙂 It worked out great as the other two kids watched the movie! 

Kye chose video games (shocker)

And Britt chose snuggling in my bed and watching a movie 😉 

Don’t you LOVE when you find some random clothing item in your closet that you totally forgot you owned? So. Awesome!

This is what happens when you walk into VBS when they are singing “Booster Booster Be a Booster!” haha!

By Friday my slow ship stuff started to arrive including MY INSTANT POT!!! Last year on Prime Day I wanted one and everyone was grabbing them for $69. I waited an entire year for Prime Day to come again and I scored this for $44! Whoop Whoop!!!

SPAM ME with your favorite instapot recipes!!!!!!

Our dvds also arrived from an older co-op deal I did. We have two new to us shows to start on our next trip!

Last Day of VBS was another success! They can’t wait to go back next year 🙂 

Daddy got home and we all snuggled up to end the week with an episode of Rapunzel! (It’s super cute if you’re looking for a family friendly show to watch together). 

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Summer Recap: Week 9

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Week 8 of our summer was spent at the B E A C H! So week 9 kicked off the day we got home (July 9th) and went through July 15th!

We had a big week because it was VBS week at church! Our VBS is Sun-Wed night from 6-8. Which is great because it means dinner is taken care of for the kids, but it’s also rough because it means a lot of late nights in a row. I was hoping to be more involved this year with helping since there is a decent chance we may have a baby next year, but Tess just could NOT handle it so she only went one night!

During church on Sunday Tess was in an odd mood and I had to stay with her in Bible Class. She was acting super strange and I realized, too late, that she must have been trying to tell me she had to go potty. TONS of Tee Tee ALL OVER ME. Not a good look. 

Every summer I like to do a Movie Theme Day with the kids. We’ve done Brave and Nemo and this year I was excited to surprise the kids by buying The Good Dinosaur! I started the morning off with one of their favorite breakfasts: Dinosaur Oatmeal 😉

Then we made one of my favorite recipes (for sugar cookies!) and put a dino spin on them 🙂 Hello EASY! I just put out the cookie dough and let the kids go crazy with different dinosaur toys putting “footprints” on all of the cookies. Kye (at 7) and Tess (at 2) both thought it was super fun. Which is not always an easy thing to pull off with kids at such different ages and abilities!

While the cookies were in the oven we cleaned off the dinosaurs we had used for our baking 🙂 I did this same activity a few years ago as a “snow” activity and it proved to be just as much of a hit with dinosaurs 🙂  Again, all three kids enjoyed it. Although I was surprised that Britt was “over it” first. Kye was much more into it than I had expected!

The kids decorated our “movie screen” with the theme!

I love Kye’s dinosaur artwork 🙂

Finished cookies!

We took a movie break for a bit to do another fun craft…dinosaur magnets. I bought a kit from Hobby Lobby similar to this one but it came with magnets to attach on the back and was a little more work because I had to bake the molds (hence why we went ahead and watched some of the movie before painting).  The kids all did awesome painting them and then we covered them with glow in the dark paint which surprisingly works! Kye’s are in his room on his locker and they glow every night!

Dino themed lunch 🙂

This was the one night Tess went to VBS. Zach took all of the kids so I could do our monthly grocery shopping . I guess the class for Tess didn’t start on time or something and Zach had to go to help in the class he was part of and Tess had a ROUGH time. So much so that when I took the kids another night several people commented to me about it. Guess she’s not old enough to handle it yet!

Our VBS is always AWESOME!

I think Zach had more fun than the kids haha It made me SO proud to be his wife and really just made me appreciate him on a new level as a father too when several people posted photos and videos of him on Facebook. He really is just super great with kids and LOVES working with them! There are three videos (all of which I need to watch whenever I’m annoyed with him b/c they make me love him more bahaha): one, two and three!

On our beach trip we gathered a TON of shells and Kye has been all about wanting to do some crafts with them. I went to Hobby Lobby and found some cool letters made from thicker cardboard. I got one for each of the kids and they used tacky glue to attach their shells. The end result was super cute! 

Of course we did some SWIMMING! Especially b/c Mommy bought new goggles (Britt’s crack me up bc she wants to wear them so loose)

That cute tummy

is almost as cute as that cute tush!

While the late nights with VBS can be rough…the naps are AWESOME 🙂

Last VBS night!

Since Tess couldn’t handle VBS we met up with Keeli so she could have her first “date” with her future husband, Eli. I swear he is THE cutest kid and I’m totally crossing fingers they end up together someday. Hey, it could happen! 

We went to a Mexican restaurant in town that I’d never been to but that Keeli’s family LOVES. I’m so glad we got to eat there because a few weeks later Zach and I passed by it and it was completely burned from a fire 🙁 So sad for the family who owns it and hoping they are able to rebuild/reopen (especially for Keeli’s sake ha!).  

It was DOWNPOUR rain but it was worth it for our Mexican fix!

First ring pop on her first date 😉

Not only was VBS this week but Kye was also supposed to have his second summer camp this week. When we decided to let the kids each pick two camps I thought for sure that Kye would choose golf and football as they are both camps he’s enjoyed in the past. Instead he surprised us by wanting to do golf and tennis. Tennis? He’s never seen anyone play tennis nor do we own any tennis equipment. He was pretty hardcore about this choice so I hunted tennis camp options and found one at the same place we did the golf camp. I was VERY disappointed when they called me the night before the first day to let me know they were canceling the camp. I guess Kye was the only kid who had signed up! Which I mean THEY KNEW THAT well before the night prior, ya know? Kye had been disappointed by the golf camp and then was SO upset that he didn’t get to do tennis camp at all. I felt so bad for him and was very appreciative of the tennis camp instructor for offering Kye the ability to attend a 30 min lesson just to see if he liked it. The girls and I played on the playground while he had his lesson!

30 minutes of playing a brand new sport for the very first time that you know nothing about isn’t very long but it still allowed Kye to see if it was something he wants to learn more about! He really enjoyed it and I was fortunate enough to find him a racquet at a kids sale a couple weeks later! 

After the tennis we hit up the library to restock!

I was VERY busy these few weeks preparing for home study, preparing for Tess’s party and preparing for the upcoming kids sale! Thankful for the guest closet to hold all the outfits I was selling!

On Thursday we needed to get out of the house and have some FUN! Casey met us at Wild Adventures for the Splash Island. It doesn’t open until 11 (don’t even get me started…SO DUMB) so the kids and I walked around a bit and were among the first people let in the park. We packed lunches and headed home at nap time. It was just a couple of hours but it was fun!

I got a new hat when Britt and I went shopping 🙂 My rule of thumb when it comes to hats is if it fits my massive head then it means I’m meant to own it haha

Straight CASHED!

When all my foot stuff happened I gave up on the idea of going on walks and let Casey have my jogging stroller. I told her if my foot ever got better that I’d get it back but I honestly assumed that just wouldn’t happen. SO thankful for the healing I’ve experienced thus far and the ability to take my babies on walks and to be able to use it again!!!

My week started with pee all over myself and ended up poop all over the pack and play. Lovely. 

Zach and I had set aside the entire weekend to get the house party/home study ready but we found out that Zach’s family’s church was having their VBS that Friday and Saturday. They needed Zach to help with the songs (Zach is in high demand due to his phenomenal VBS skills haha) so the big kids got to go too! It was a pet theme so I found cat shirts for Kye and Britt to wear 🙂 They had a blast!

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Summer Recap: Week 9

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Week 8 of our summer we spent at THE BEACH! It was awesome and it was also broken up into several posts for you to enjoy 🙂

Week 9 of our summer covers the day we returned from the beach (July 11th) through Friday July 17th!

Recovering from an entire week long vacation took me awhile. Whew the laundry!!! I’m SO thankful we’ve gotten into a routine of cleaning the house prior to leaving for a trip. Coming home to a tidy home is such a blessing!

The kids LOVED our Nemo Themed Day this summer and wanted to do another themed activity. I tried to think up something I could do with stuff we already had and decided to do a Pinkalicious Day! If you haven’t read Pinkalicious
then you should, it’s a cute read and the series has a ton of different books. I don’t love her attitude or some of her choices but rather than not read the book I use it as a chance to talk about making godly choices and having a happy heart 😉

Anyways Pinkalicious is all about PINK and the story is about pink cupcakes. Hello easy way to make a Pinkalicious themed snack 🙂 

Pink food coloring is our friend!

When I stopped to take a picture of our pink snack in progress both kids grabbed their cameras and started snapping away and told me we had to wait to bake because they need to take more pics. I’ve created little picture taking monsters 😉

When I posted this on IG I got lots of questions about what cameras my kids have. They are Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Cameras and they are awesome! Highly recommend as a great Christmas gift!

Cupcakes are a process because of the cooling before frosting factor. We baked them while Tess had her morning nap but then didn’t actually eat any until after everyone had their afternoon naps. Everyone got dressed in their pink and we read the book prior to enjoying our snack!

Not a fan of sitting in her high chair just to read 😉

Cheese wasn’t pink but it worked!

It was a fun treat and surprisingly none of us turned pink (well other than our tongues!)

I think swimming has been in every summer recap post! I love how the big kids are playing with Tess. They love to swim around with her in the float 🙂 

This week Zach had to travel a good bit for work so I was all about making things simple. Since I wanted to make some of my Easy Egg and Sausage Burritos (recipe here!) for Kye’s lunches once school started I went ahead and made them this week. The kids and I ate them for our dinner one night and I was able to freeze and store the rest. They are SO YUMMY!

One of my goals this summer was to be more supportive of Zach’s basketball league. Yes, it’s every Tuesday of the summer. Yes, it means he doesn’t see the kids at all that afternoon because he goes straight to the gym. Yes, it means he doesn’t see me either because he doesn’t get home until after 11. Yes, it’s easy to get bitter b/c he plays in the league and still golfs mostly every Friday afternoon. Butttttt I wanted to be more supportive and more of a FAN and cheerleader for my man rather than being annoyed by the whole thing. I actually got a sitter a couple times to sit at the house while the kids slept so I could go watch Zach in action 🙂 It was fun and made me feel like back to when he played football and I was his girlfriend. I had a good time and was glad I did it! 

I also thought it was SO ADORABLE to watch Big Daddy and Little Mama. Yes, Zach’s family comes to watch him play (Jordan too!) in a men’s adult league basketball tournament. Pretty hilarious. I’m pretty sure Big Daddy and Little Mama were at every game or close to it and they get crunk. Sometimes I was a little embarrassed at the stuff Big Daddy would say! Classic!

In the beginning of summer we hit up Hobby Lobby for some craft ideas and had quite a stash to work our way through. This week the kids colored their masks and put on a show for me!

Here’s a video of the show!

While there have been plenty of arguments this summer, I do feel like the time together has been good for Kye and Britt. Overall, they enjoy playing together!

When Daddy is out of town it’s easiest to let them bathe in the big tub together while I shower. I have this weird phobia about showering when I’m home alone!

This week I got all the info from Kye’s and Britt’s schools and could go ahead and knock out their school supplies. I’m basically a nerd and straight up LOVE school supplies. I thought it was going to be a super fun outing with the kids where they’d get to pick out all sorts of fun things for school. I packed their lunches and had them eat at Target in order to maximize our time. With Tess only having 2 hours of awake time I have to take advantage of every second!

Love her little bruised up head from all her craziness!

Unsure about this adventure haha

“pllllease let this go okay” bahaha

It took us awhile (we didn’t leave Target until 1:15, which is 15 minutes past start of naps!) but we got it done! I was very shocked by the cost of all the supplies and SUPER bummed that it wasn’t really all that fun. Kye had to have specific items and none of them allowed for very much personalization. I still tried to keep it fun though and build the excitement for back to school!

While Zach was out of town our family was invited to a birthday party for a little boy from church (who is in Britt’s bible classes). The timing of it worked out well for our schedules and they live very close to my house so I thought it’d be a great outing and fun for the kids to get to play with friends! We arrived really early since I’d have to leave early in order to feed Tess. Great in theory…but then when it came time for me to leave my car was blocked in by like legit at least 30 other vehicles (this was THE biggest birthday party I’ve ever attended! I’m beyond impressed with his mama’s ability to host all those people so well!). Seeing as I was holding Tess and am terrible at backing up I had to ask for help to get people to move their cars. Hello embarrassing moment when like practically every party guest had to rearrange their parking just so I could get out. Oops! The kids had a great time with their friends and it was a very successful party!

Britt loved the “hot tub”

Also this week we had Robyn and crew over to play and swim! We def didn’t get together as much as I’d hoped this summer. Somehow summer always just slips away!!! Our kids play SO WELL together and it’s so awesome to watch them become good friends. I’m so thankful for Robyn and our friendship through the years. 🙂

Our big mission for the weekend was to prep for the party. I’m a high stress person and need to make sure I give myself plenty of time for party prep so I don’t become stressed. What’s the point of planning a party if it only makes you stressed out right? I want to ENJOY the process because I truly do love putting together parties for my kids! I’ve found that by keeping our schedule open the weekend prior to a party I feel WAY less stress in the days leading up to the party 🙂 This time worked out so well too! We’ve also learned that when it comes to deep cleaning my house (which I also do leading up to a party) that it works best when Zach can be home and keep all the kids in the playroom so I can just CLEAN. We did both of those things this time around and really had very little stress at all for the big party!

In my cleaning I killed this on Tess’s high chair. UM SCORPION?!?! I thought we didn’t get these in South Ga? Growing up near Atlanta we got them a lot but I’d never seen one down here!

I also got prints done to update our photo gallery wall. I’m kinda hardcore about all my kids being equally represented on the wall. Like I legit count and make sure they appear in an even number of photos and that there are an even number of solo pics of them too. I know, it’s probably a bit much haha. But I never want anyone to get the impression that we favor one child over the others or that we care about any of them less or something. All our children are our greatest gifts and we wanna show them all off equally 😉 

I don’t do a lot of framed photos around our house so the photo wall is pretty much it when it comes to pictures. I like to have them somewhat updated which is tricky since we do get photos taken so often. I try to remember to update the wall prior to birthday parties as it’s a good way to remember to do it! I am SO glad we decided to put together this wall when we built out home. It’s the #1 thing people comment on when they come to visit and I still love it!

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