High Five for Friday #188 | Parents Are Coming To Town!

Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

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Friends, I’m living up this long weekend – my parents are visiting! It’s nice to have them here. It means staying up late to chat and laugh, letting someone else play cars and trains for a few minutes (ha!) and just hanging out. My favorite thing to do! Quality time is my Love Language.

So it’s a quick Hi, then on to the link up today! 

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High Five for Friday #187 | Savoring the Last of Summer

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Cardio, Cab and a Keyboard // Currently August
Love a good ol’ round up of favs in the moment. And Amanda always makes me chuckle! Seriously, LOL humor!

Coast to Coast // A Better Makeup Bag
This intrigued me! I love getting a peek into people’s storage and bags. I’m also in the market for an updated makeup/travel bag too! 

Cheryl Shops // Get the Look: White Blouse and Kick Flare Jeans
Looking for a fun, transitional outfit to move you through summer into early fall? Here’s one!

Who had a great week?? Ours just flew by! I’m shocked we only have a few weeks left until preschool starts back up after Labor Day. I’m excited but also a little bummed another summer is almost over. Each summer gets better and better!

Last weekend we had a quick trip up to Virginia Beach to visit with my in laws! We had such a fabulous time. It was quick – we had to get back Sunday night for my husband’s early start on Monday. But it was definitely quality time!

The kids played SO hard! William skipped his naps, and I was hoping that they would be so tired that on Sunday morning they would sleep in! But, alas, Sunday morning, 6:15am, Elizabeth shouted “I have to go potty!” and that started the wake up process. I told them they had to stay in their room a little longer (please! let me have a coffee first!), but shortly after, Elizabeth shouted again!

She said “Mom! William is out of his bed!

I ran up there, opened the door, and found William, face down on the floor, head under the bed, still zipped up in his sleep sack, lying so still! I was nervous he actually hurt himself climbing out of the pack n play (he’s never done that before!). As I walked closer, he started to chuckle, and then sat up and said “Hi momma!”. 

Stinker 🙂

BUT our car ride home was pretty quiet.

This week we had adventures at the gym, the backyard, and a last ballet class. Generally just taking it slow. Not trying to pack in a million adventures… just enjoying each day.

Speaking of gym, I’ve really gotten into this whole gym thing. I find myself pretty darn excited to go each day. I’ve even been more mindful of what I have been eating during the day. We generally are healthy eaters, but portions can be crazy.

I did manage to eat just half of my dinner during date night this week! Non-scale victory!

I’ve got leftovers for today! Win!

Not pictures: the dessert I ate. Completely. No splitting HA!

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High Five for Friday #185 | It’s Friday??

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Anyone else shocked that it’s Friday??? This post is SUPER short because I’m writing this just before you all come on over to link up. 7:56am to be exact HA!

I just completely forgot today was Friday. Anyone else having a hard time keeping days straight as the summer winds down?

Hope you all have a smashing weekend!!!

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High Five for Friday #184 | When You Try to Purge Toys

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Can’t wait to read some more fun things this week!

This week DRAGGED on and on and on and on! Usually, my weeks fly by. But this week? I don’t know why it was a-creeping.

One project I worked on for several days was a giant toy purge! Technically I sorted the keeps and the purges last week, but this week, while Elizabeth was at summer camp, I was determined to get the purges out of the house.

Instead of doing a Goodwill-style drop and run, I opted to post the toys on our local free swap Facebook group! I figured there would be people who would be interested in the various toys I had.

Word to the wise, if you EVER do this, limit yourself to no more than 20 at a time.

I made the mistake of posting over 60 items! It was SO hard to manage! I spent several hours answering comments, figuring out who wanted what, bagging up items, and coordinating pick up times. Thankfully, every person just picked up the items off my front porch, so I didn’t need to drive around town. But still… it was too much.

But now we’re lighter! We had such a backlog of baby toys that we’ve outgrown.

Next up is a little play room makeover and a revamp of our toy swap system!

Another tip, if you’re planning on purging and taking photos of things to post – try not to have a helper! Every single toy I laid out to snap a picture of, William wandered over and said “ooooo! Yay!” haha! I had to crop his feet out of so many pictures!

One of my favorite traditions this summer has been going to the little Hub Farm to pick up our CSA bag! William has got the hang of it now, and we always check on the chickens, ducks and veggies. It’s so sweet watching him zoom around remembering all the fun things. And I enjoy our little walk back to the farm.

Speaking of William, if you don’t have a small hand vacuum at your house, I demand that you order this one from Amazon ASAP. It’s lightweight, easy to clean and charge, and little guys can clean up messes they make when they knock over their big sister’s potted plant. Oops!

Elizabeth has had two fun things recently! She started ballet classes last week! She loves it! But she has also declared that she loves gymnastics more because “I can play on the equipment”. Totally get it. And yes, the ballet studio and hallway is always that messy. The first week I spent the class time throwing away trash. Ick.

She also asked to start reading on her own… now…. I often romanticized the idea of homeschooling. And then we would have a bad day, and I declared “no!”. Well, trying to teach Elizabeth how to read was one of those “no!” moments in the homeschooling debate. BUT, she has been steadily clicking away at reading some old Dick & Jane stories! She has already completed one book, and moved into another one! Truly without much help from parentals. She is just so stinking proud of herself!

In other news, I splurged and bought myself an Apple Watch Series 1 from Walmart. I thought it would be fun to track heart rate, workouts, etc. But now I’ve got a mini-phone on my wrist that bings. Also, I can’t disconnect it from my husband. We share an apple account, which in all other ways is super handy. But now I’m tracking his workouts too! HAHA!

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High Five for Friday #183 | When Kids Take Photos

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Welcome to High Five for Friday – hosted by me, BeckyTif, and Della! Come, read up on what we’ve been up to this week and get to know some amazing bloggers.

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Can’t wait to read some more fun things this week!

We had a fun week around here – can’t believe another week of summer is done and in the books. It’s FLYING!

Sunday was our 11 year wedding anniversary! Thank you all for your sweet comments here and on IG! We celebrated the only way a couple with 2 kids can – take them to the most kid-friendly restaurant so everyone will be happy HAHA! We went to our favorite local diner where the kids dined on eggs and pancakes. But it was fun! When we got home, I asked Elizabeth to take our picture, which provided hilarious results! I was flipping through them and they are all cropped funny or blurry. And then a few pics in we had William join us! HA!

We officially have 6 weeks left of summer vacation. I think this might mean we’re half way now? Crazy! It’s flying by! Elizabeth has 2 of those weeks at her preschool, one of which is next week. I’m planning on sorting and purging through our toys. We’re swimming in baby toys, and we’re now out of that phase. Time to find them new homes.

Speaking of activities, I found this little gem of a photo tucked away from VBS last week. It’s just the cutest!

I only made it over to Burn Boot Camp a few days this week. I got sick in the middle of the week and opted to rest… but I’m so BUMMED I couldn’t get there. Summer colds stink.

 

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