High Five for Friday #182 | The Burn…

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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.

Remember, you can link up any 3 posts you want – regardless of content! Link up your favorite posts from the week that you want more people to read. Share away! And, of course, if you have a weekly recap post, link that up too! But we want to give you a chance to share your other content from the week.

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

This Blond’s Shopping Bag // Friday Favorites
Always fun reading a great favorites recap and seeing all the fun everyone has gotten up to the past week. I am especially loving her new flag platter!

Coast to Coast // Friday Favorites – Hair Care Favorites
There are so many good gems, but she’s another person that loves Aquage Uplifting foam! I need to try this…

The Other Side of the Road // Friday Favorites
Tanya shared some great memories, but I love that her son’s choir sang at their local minor league baseball game! What fun!

And now – can’t wait to share with you what we’ve been up to this week!

Last week, on 4th of July, I completely forgot to take photos of the kids in their red white and blue. So on Saturday afternoon, after church, we ran out to the back yard and quickly snapped a few pictures. It was hard getting a good picture from them, but one worked.

I don’t know why Elizabeth never looks right at the camera. She is always staring off in the distance.

This week, Elizabeth has also had another VBS! She has been tickled to do it. Any of your kids doing Rolling River Rampage? Today is the last day. Can’t wait to watch a few songs today at pick up!

The other big news around here is that I signed back up to Burn Boot Camp! I joined 2 years ago, shortly after William was born. I loved it! The workouts were challenging but fun. This week has been hard – I’m so sore! But it also feels great getting back into regular workouts. Look online and see if there is a Burn Boot Camp near you! There is a free 2 week trial to give it a try – give it a shot! I guarantee you have never been to a more friendly, positive environment!

Finally, this Sunday is our 11th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it! 11 years have flown by, and so many fun adventures have been had. We’ve had 3 moves, new states, lots of medical training (for my husband… although maybe me by proxy), and 2 crazy, fun kids!

And now, it’s time to link up your posts! Can’t wait to cruise around and see what you all have been blogging about!

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High Five for Friday #181 | USA! USA!

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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.

Remember, you can link up any 3 posts you want – regardless of content! Link up your favorite posts from the week that you want more people to read. Share away! And, of course, if you have a weekly recap post, link that up too! But we want to give you a chance to share your other content from the week.

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

Fourth of July is my #3 favorite holiday!! And this year, Elizabeth was receptive to learning a bit about the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence.

BUT… like a lot of days, I had so much fun this week that I forgot to snap pictures. I actually plan on getting the kids dressed up again in their 4th of July outfits and hauling them outside today to get some photos. HAHA!

Our holiday consisted of fun crafts, a party with friends, and TRYING to catch the downtown Durham fireworks. We thought we timed it all perfectly. We found a grassy hillside where everyone gathers to watch it. But after 30 minutes the fireworks still hadn’t begun. Elizabeth declared she was too tired to wait, so we went home. Apparently, the fireworks didn’t start until close to 10:30pm! But the win from all of that was that William slept in until 9am the next day. He has NEVER slept in his entire life. Yay!

We have had one fun new thing this week – I picked up an inflatable pool! Elizabeth was thrilled to jump right in and play. I basically had to toss William in, unwillingly. But we did have fun.

And my CSA box that was started last week has been fun! I love taking all the veggies and trying to throw them in dishes. My husband wasn’t super excited that I threw squash into his beloved Sunday huevos rancheros, but I thought it was delicious!

Next week brings us to another VBS! This one is in the morning, so we’re picking back up our summer themes the following week. Can’t wait for that one – Art Week!

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High Five for Friday #180 | Aaaargh! Pirates!

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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.

Remember, you can link up any 3 posts you want – regardless of content! Link up your favorite posts from the week that you want more people to read. Share away! And, of course, if you have a weekly recap post, link that up too! But we want to give you a chance to share your other content from the week.

How to Make a Milkshake Using Hazelnut Spread // YUMMommy
Perfect for summer! Or any time, really 🙂 SIGN me up!

Five Things Friday // Homebird Hummings
Hooray for persevering and running a 5K, even though it was hard!

Life Lately // Typically Jane
She’s one busy girl – summer parties, living the real estate agent life, and zooming around the state of Washington!

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

Friends! The last few weeks we’ve been filled with pirate action. Our summer theme the previous week was Pirates, to go along with the Shipwrecked VBS theme. (anyone else have kids doing shipwrecked?? My Lighthouse is on repeat!)

Our fun pirate week included pirate ships, tattoos, crafts and treasures!

This week, Elizabeth has had a Peter Pan-themed summer camp at her preschool (more pirates!) so she’s had a blast this week! The first day she came home dressed as Peter Pan, and it was adorable!

But we’ve also spent some time this week thinking of fun activities to do. One hit was taking some basic numbers flash cards and creating an action game where the kids do an action – like touch toes, jump, twirl – to the number on the card. They both loved this! Elizabeth even came up with a “run around the house” action and they were SO into it. And exhausted! HAHA!

Another popular game this week was playing “sleep” 🙂 Can we play this game every day?? They basically wanted their sleeping bags and pretended to sleep in the sunroom. Win! (had questions over on IG about the sleeping bags. Elizabeth’s was from Pottery Barn Kids, and William’s bag is from KidKraft)

We also had our first local CSA box! Basically for the next 8 weeks we pick up a box of farm produce for a fun “what are we going to do??” challenge!

And we had a GREAT date night last night! We checked out a new Ethiopian restaurant in downtown Durham and it was DELICIOUS!!! I don’t think I’ve had Ethiopian food before, but I’ll definitely be back! And the server was so sweet – she brought over forks and said “we normally eat with our hands, but since it’s your first time, you’re allowed some forks” HA! It was also great weather – perfect night for an evening stroll.

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High Five for Friday #179 | A Quick Hi!

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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.

Remember, you can link up any 3 posts you want – regardless of content! Link up your favorite posts from the week that you want more people to read. Share away! And, of course, if you have a weekly recap post, link that up too! But we want to give you a chance to share your other content from the week.

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

This is a quick post. We’ve had a whirlwind week, which included late night VBS fun! Nothing sweeter than seeing a whole bundle of kids praising God!

If you want to have a little catch up, head on over to Instagram! I’ve always got something to ramble about. I’m also thinking about what to do for that first IGTV! Anyone else really excited for that?? I think it will be a fun way to just sit, chat, unedited but without live comments.

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High Five for Friday #178 | Around the World via Pyramids

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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.

Remember, you can link up any 3 posts you want – regardless of content! Link up your favorite posts from the week that you want more people to read. Share away! And, of course, if you have a weekly recap post, link that up too! But we want to give you a chance to share your other content from the week.

Here were my favorites from last week!

Chatting Over Chocolate // You Have Worth
Given all the sad news about people choosing to end their own life, I loved Brenda’s encouraging reminder that
we all have worth in the eyes of our Creator! And that can give tremendous hope to a hurting world.

Connected in the Kitchen // Friday Favorites
It sounds like Kenzie had a fun week, but you MUST check out this post for her recipe for her
loaded sweet potato sliders! It totally inspired me to make those, but with a spicy black bean patty. It would be delicious!

Toots & Dill // Friday Favorites
So many fun things for her last week! Bridal shower, dance recital and a zoo visit! Thanks for linking up with us!

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

Our week was a bit more low key than past weeks. Maybe we’re doing summer too hard! HA! But we’ve all been a bit tired. My husband has also had a super busy work week. It’s been crazy.

We kicked off the weekend with another speared lunch! We had our summer mom camp compadres over for lunch for more spearing, and everyone loved it!

And then on Sunday, my husband and Elizabeth hung out at the lake!

Mom Summer Camp fun continues this week! The original plan was focusing on Around the World, with a different country each day. I started off that ambitious, but we fizzled as the week went on. I lost steam. But Monday was learning about the continents in general, and then Tuesday we learned about Ancient Egypt!

I chose Ancient Egypt purely because I had these PlayMobil pyramid sets from my Mother-in-Law’s teaching days, and I wanted to use them. Both kids went crazy! It’s still set up in the play room because we’ve had so much fun with it.

Our next day was to be a day at our buddy’s house, learning about South Korea! But, alas, they were all sick. So we learned from a distance. One of the fun activities was to be learning a Korean fan dance, and Elizabeth loved it! She even went into her room at quiet time, declaring she was going to practice her “North Carolina” fan dance. She wouldn’t let me film it, but it was adorable. Next week is our Pirate Week, to coincide with the VBS’s theme of “Shipwrecked”. We’re SO excited about that!

If you follow me on insta, you may have seen my personal crises unfolding about my beloved veggie burger getting changed. I adore the Morningstar Farms Griller Original, but this week I cracked open a new package to discover it tasted different, and not in a good way! It was awful. I have sent messages (4 to be exact) to the company, telling them my disappointment! I even have a thread on my personal FB page about how it’s changed. It’s consumed my week 🙂 But yesterday I spent time hopping around to a few stores to stock up on the original flavor before the new is a permanent replacement.

Finally, Netflix recommendation! We’re almost through watching The Staircase on Netflix, and it’s fantastic! (No spoilers if you’ve seen it already!!!)

If you loved Making of a Murderer or other true crimes docs, then you’ll love this. It’s set in my city, Durham, NC, and it’s an unfolding 10+ year case. Add it to your queue!

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