High Five for Friday #174 | Strawberries and Weddings!

 

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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.

I loved seeing all your fun posts last week! 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.

A Sprinkle of Joy // DIY Screen Free On the Go Survival Kit
So many fun ideas! I loved that all you need is a bag of goldfish. Done!

To Sparkle Punch // High Five for Friday: May 11
Jess never ceases to make me smile. And she shared about her gratitude jar – overflowing since 2017! That’s awesome!

The Diary of Nicole Alicia // Washington D.C. Tour
Nicole has been sharing pictures and stories from her recent trip to Washington D.C. and I have loved it. DC is one of my favorite places.  It’s such a pretty city, and it makes you feel oh so proud of your country and all the glorious people that have helped to shape it, through good times and bad.

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

Here’s what has been going on around here!

1. We’re getting closer and closer to the end of preschool… I have mixed feelings. I’m looking forward to the summer, with all of its promises of adventures, fun times and loose schedules. But I always get nervous about the lack of schedule, too. I love routine, but when a routine needs to change, it takes me FOREVER to get into a new groove.

2. One of the highlights this week was going to the strawberry farm and picking a zillion strawberries! Elizabeth was a great picker! William ate every one that he picked. HA! But I figured for every one he ate, it saved 10 berries on the bushes that he was not picking. But we had such a delightful time!

3. How was your Mother’s Day weekend?? Ours was wonderfully laid back. I was glad to have some quiet time to myself and then have a fun afternoon with my family.

4. Anyone else have a Target that’s under renovation?? Ours is a disaster! I had to pick up some things and it took me over an hour to find everything! I had to wander every single aisle. But, in my wander, I found the most perfect mug for myself.

5. I am SO excited for the Royal Wedding tomorrow!!!!!!! I plan on being up super early and watching all the coverage. It might complicate things – we have to be up and at ’em pretty quickly for church… but still! So excited! I watched all the pre-game coverage for William and Catherine’s wedding. And I plan on the same excitement tomorrow! Anyone else getting up early? Or are you waiting until later?

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 #173 | StayCation

 

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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.

This week is the week! Like I mentioned last week, today we’re shaking things up with a new H54F format!

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.

BUT I still plan to share my weekly recap 🙂

Here’s what has been going on the last few weeks.

1. Things have been quiet the last few weeks over here and on Instagram because my husband has had 2 weeks of vacation! We were planning on doing a longer gettaway, just the two of us, but we just couldn’t work out the kid watching details. So we opted for a staycation! And actually, we’ve had fun! We’ve spent time outside, we’ve explored and we’ve just relaxed.

2. One of our favorite things was last week. We drove to a children’s museum in the next county and explored. It was fun!! It was quiet and low key, so we had plenty of space to explore all the places. They had an amazing art area! In fact, at one point, I noticed there was a clear, cylindrical room in the middle of the art space. There was also a huge hose hanging from the center. It looked like it was meant to be a free paint space! Fun! But while I was helping Elizabeth with a craft, William grabbed the rolling paint cart and took off running through the museum!!!!! Paint went sploshing everywhere! Ugh. That kid. HA!

But, at the museum, we learned a few things.

William has a love of trains that we hadn’t noticed before. So our trains came out when we got home!

Elizabeth and William really can have fun together!

And Elizabeth is a fearless climber!

3. One funny thing that popped up this week. Since my husband has been home the last 2 weeks, he has seen a little peek into my every day life. Now, I’m not doing all the things I would normally do because it’s a vacation! But I still have laundry to do. HA! But my husband couldn’t believe how much laundry actually needs to be done! There’s always something to be washed. And that machine is constantly running. How many loads of laundry are YOU doing each day?? Maybe I am excessive.

4. This week was also the week of helping friends. I delivered meals to a friend who has just had a baby, which is the best gift for someone post-baby, especially if they don’t have family visiting them. I lived on meal deliveries with both kids for weeks. So great. And then I had another friend who got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever! That disease is no joke. It’s nasty. But I went to her house to watch her kiddos while she rested. It takes a village, everyone!

5. I’m so excited that I finally received my shipping confirmation for my new Simplified Planner!! I ordered the weekly edition, which I have had before. It’s the perfect format for me. I bought a daily with a similar layout as the SP last year to test and see if I liked the layout. I just am not in the season where an hourly layout is necessary. But the weekly is perfect! And I’m excited to own another SP! If you’ve been on the fence about one, you should just spring for it. They are just so beautiful, simple and lovely.

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 #172 | A Fun Change Is Coming!

 

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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.

Friends, we’ve got some excitement to announce!

How long have you been linking up with High Five for Friday? Let me know down in the comments below! I’ve been participating with this link up since the very beginnings of my blog in 2014. It’s always been a great place to meet new bloggers, share fun moments of the week, and catch up!

But it’s time for a little shake up.

Starting next week the H54F linkup is expanding! You can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week! Of course, you can still drop your link for a Week Recap/H54F post, but we want to make this the go-to place to discover a variety of fun new content and new bloggers each week.

Have a fun DIY post? Add the link! Want to share a yummy recipe? YES! Drop that link in below! Did you write an encouraging post? Share it!

Share up to 3 of your posts, no matter what the content.

And bonus! Each week I’ll share my favorite 3 posts from the previous week that you should be reading! And I’ll be excited to share all your great content over on my Facebook page. It’s so fun getting a chance to read all your great posts!

So what do you think about the change? Think that will be a benefit for your blog? Or did you enjoy the more specific theme each Friday?

Can’t wait to kick this off next week!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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High Five for Friday #171 | The Weekend That Exhausted Us All

 

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This week we had just a wonderful, normal week! It was one of those weeks where we just declared “play time!” when we should have been a bit more productive, but who cares.

1. We had a VERY busy Saturday! We had our usual church activities in the morning, but then Elizabeth and I headed right out afterward for a Mommy-Daughter event! A local school was performing Beauty and the Beast and we went! It was so much fun! Elizabeth was just thrilled to be there. She brought her own little Belle doll and gasped when she saw all the high school kids in costume. It was so sweet to spend that time with her. And then Saturday night the kids gathered for fun together at one house while we parents gathered at another house for a game night! We had a great time! Our throats were are sore at the end. And we needed a quiet Sunday!! It took us until about Wednesday to recover around here.

2. At my Bible study this week, we discussed what quiet time looks like when you have little ones. We sometimes have built up expectations that quiet time should be at least 30 minutes, alone and quiet, where you have engaged prayer time with in-depth Bible study. Most days, that’s just not realistic around here! We shared some ideas and I have some strong thoughts around this. But I want to know – whether you have little ones or not, what does quiet time look like for you? Even if you’re not doing Bible reading and prayer, what does quiet time look like in your house?

3. I discovered the best way to clean with William! I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out. I don’t ever use our broom… I prefer to use the vacuum on our hardwood floors. But I pulled out the broom to sweep the floor and carpet in the kitchen. I let William use the little handheld vacuum to suck up all the dirt piles! He thought this was the BEST idea ever!

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4. Anyone started planning the summer yet??? I can’t believe we’ve got just one month of preschool left and that summer is just around the corner. We had a GREAT summer last year, and it was down to the fun activities we had planned ahead of time….. what did you do last summer that was a lot of fun? Give me ideas!

5. Lately, I’ve been refining how I meal plan and cook meals. A blog post is brewing in my brain! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this. BUT I’ve been having fun creating meals based on the ingredients I’ve prepped earlier in the week. Dinners come together faster and it stretches my creativity. This week I had several meals where I sauteed sweet potatoes, onion, black beans and spinach with some scrambled egg and made burritos. So delicious!!!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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High Five for Friday #170 | Glorious Outside Time!

 

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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.

I hope you had a wonderful week! It was one of those normal weeks. One of those weeks were we just went about our regular routine. And it was delightful!

First off, thanks for all the comments around last week’s post and my lesson on grace from my husband. We’ve all been there – reactive, grumpy attitudes triggered by the crazies (like kids!). My attitude last week was ridiculous, and I’m grateful for a husband that saw I needed a quiet afternoon to myself and was quick to forgive me.

Anyway, on to this week!

1. We had a rough start to the weekend. William got sick in the car JUST as we pulled into the parking lot at school on Friday. WAAAAAAAA! Friday is the day both kids are at school and I had a whole list of things I was going to do. He thankfully didn’t seem sick otherwise, but we had to keep both kids home from church on Saturday, just in case. But thankfully, by the evening, the kids were sick-free for over 24 hours and we were able to meet friends at a new playground! Elizabeth and William both had a blast, and my husband and I had fun catching up with friends.

2. Sunday was lovely weather in the morning! So the kids and I went outside for some fun. My husband hauled out the ol’ kids car, and after a quick spider web sweep, the kids could use it. But they were having a hard time sharing. So I quickly rustled up some dishpans of soapy water and let them wash the car! It was about 30 minutes of working together and peace 🙂

3. Another fun outdoor activity we have loved lately is playing with water beads! Elizabeth has fun “cooking” with them. And then she was pretending to wash them. William was mastering pouring the water beads. It’s the perfect activity when you aren’t really up for playing chase but you can all be together.

4. One of my big projects this week was organizing the kids’ class closet at church. When we first moved into our new church I did an initial purge/declutter of supplies and tried to organize everything. But it was in need of a second purge and declutter. It went a lot faster than I expected! Monday I went through the items and tossed any trash and reorganized what we had. William was surprisingly helpful! And then Wednesday I went back to put everything back in to bins and logically organize it all. Hopefully the system will work for all of us.

5. Did you see yesterday’s lastest video?? It was a round up of all the favorites that I’ve been loving lately. I’m just so glad to be back to doing videos! Confession – I like doing videos more than blog writing. I keep toying around with doing videos 100% of the time and no blogging, but then there are some content ideas that would be better for the blog. It’s tough! Anyway, if you haven’t watched it yet, sneak in 10 minutes to watch!

How was your week?? Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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