High Five for Friday #197 | A Quick Hello!

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you’ve had a great week.

I hate to do a quick hello post, but this week has been zoomy! I’ve been catching up on some household things that have been on the to do list for way too long. I’ve also been prepping for this weekend. I’m doing the sermon at our church and that’s something I’ve NEVER done before! I have talked in front of all sorts of people – corporate presentations, client presentations, plays, story telling, videos! But never a sermon. There is a bit of an intimidation factor here.

But it’s been my focus this week, making sure it all makes sense.

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week!!! And thank you all for your sweet comments about Elizabeth’s birthday! It was a fun day. Aren’t kid birthdays so much fun?

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High Five for Friday #196 | Happy Birthday Elizabeth

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you’ve had a great week.

Pinch me – I have a 5 year old!

It’s hard to believe that 5 years ago, I became a mom. 

I almost woke her up at 3:12 am to say happy birthday, but then I rolled over and went back to sleep. I really should record her birth story – it’s a much better story to tell live HA!

She was a jolly little baby that make all sorts of squeals and snorts! She was a noisy little girl but oh so fun!

She has ALWAYS been up for an adventure. Unless it interferes with a tv show. But she’s always up for fun!

Dress up is always a thing – trick or treating just comes with bonus candy!

She is really coming in to her role as big sister (or second mommy… I have to remind her that she’s not William’s mommy). But she does love helping William and looking after him! And now she loves having him join her for playing fun games!

She’s always giggling! Has been practicing some great knock knock jokes. And even is trying to perfect the eye cross!

She’s become a little nature girl – enjoying being outside and collecting things! She always comes home from school with a pile of rocks, nuts or leaves that she found and thought was beautiful!

Happy birthday to our sweet, smart, adventurous, hilarious 5 year old!!

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High Five for Friday #195 | Chuckles

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you’ve had a great week.

I’ll admit, I’ve been thrown off from my usual routine lately. The start of preschool, the hurricane, vacation…. I just need to push the restart button.

Ever have one of those stretches?

And while this week was rather humdrum, I did get a chuckle by some hilarious memes! Sometimes those memes are just right on.

Hope you chuckle too!

Anyone else hope that MAYBE your kiddos will sleep in because they went to bed super late? Mine never do… boo!

The mosquitos here!!!! Because of Hurricane Florence, the mosquitos here have increased in number AND size! You seriously cannot go anywhere outside without getting bitten. We tried going to the museum this week but had to quickly flee inside so we would stop getting bites. They are monstrous! Apparently, our governor issued $4 million to fight the little buggers!

I saw this one pop up in a mommy FB group I’m a part of, and I ACTUALLY realized I had laundry to swap around! HAHAHA! Hopefully this triggers your memory too 🙂

This is so true in our house! My poor kids…. I won’t even cough up a bandaid unless there is flowing blood. Anyone else like that?

I CAN NOT STOP LAUGHING!!! HAHAHA! I actually sent this to my husband too, and he said when he saw it, he LOL’d at his clinic! HA! If he did that to me, draping a towel over my shoulders, I’d definitely laugh. Love it! I saw this posted on Focus on the Family’s FB page. What a sense of humor over there!!

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High Five for Friday #194 | Vacation Time

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope you’ve had a great week.

Let’s discuss vacations… AirBNB vacations…. ever feel like it was just basically living your usual life, just in someone’s house??

That’s how I felt on our vacation last week!  Our little family traveled to Asheville last Friday for a 5 day stay out there. We had so much fun!! But mercy – it was basically like my regular day to day life, not really a vacation HA! Nothing like trying to keep your small kiddos from knocking over someone else’s decorations or trying to find a pan in someone else’s kitchen.

But we did have SO much fun! We stayed about 20 minutes outside of Asheville. My husband and I have been to Asheville plenty of times, but this was the first time we had both kids there. There is a lot to do there! And we had a blast!

The house we rented had a wonderful set up for our little kids! It had a huge hill in the backyard! Need your kids to run out some energy? Just send them outside to run to the top of a massive hill a few times.

The front yard also dipped down to a huge creek. Elizabeth spent an hour trudging through the creek, scampering over rocks! Living a kid’s best life.

We went apple picking one day. Classic fall activity! But I have NEVER been to a more beautiful orchard! Those sweeping views of the mountains – swoon!

Of all the activities and fun we did, if you ask either kid what their favorite part was, they both would say “seeing the waterfall”! It was a waterfall off of a twisty road. We climbed several flights of steps down to see it. It was FUN! But then we climbed back to the car and kept driving. It cracks me up that we were there for about 5 minutes, but it was their fav!

If you’re heading into Asheville with your little ones, I HIGHLY recommend a visit at the Asheville Museum of Science! It is a small science museum, but everything is hands on and tons of fun. There was a gem room and Elizabeth wouldn’t leave it! And then they had a water table, a dinosaur dig, a large climbing structure, and quite a bit more.

We had wonderful weather while we were there. It rained the last full day we were there. In fact, we had the most delightful walk in the rain while we were visiting the arboretum there. Nothing like walking in the woods in a downpour!

When we got back home, our plans for a bonfire were thwarted, so we opted for s’mores indoors. In hindsight, it was probably a good idea. William with a flaming hot marshmallow at the end of a stick didn’t sound like a great idea.

The part that gave me a chuckle, though, was a truck spotting on our drive from Durham to Asheville! High Five for the best company name! HA!

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High Five for Friday #193 | When You Need A Canoe

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Well, on the other side of Hurricane Florence, we’ve managed to come through to the other side. Thank you all for your messages over the weekend. I was truly worried last Friday that we’d be without power, and thankfully we never lost it. Phew!

It’s a hard set of emotions – on the one hand, our family is SO grateful that the hurricane, which was originally forecasted to make a straight shot to us in the Raleigh/Durham area, took a turn and spared us! But, on the other hand, that turn caused so much devastation at our coast. The pictures and stories from the coast are heartbreaking.

Our week last week was so topsy-turvy! We truly went from mass hysteria and hurricane prep to watching some rainfall. I pushed hard to cancel our church services on Saturday last week because I thought we’d lose power. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Rainfall here was so minimal that we eventually escaped our house Saturday just to go out to eat.

On Sunday, we still had some steady rain… but we went on a puddle search! We walked our neighborhood and found the best puddle!

It took a full day for the kids’ rain boots and coats to dry out. They were properly soaked but oh so happy!!

And then… Monday rolled around.

By Sunday evening, you could tell on all the local Facebook groups that people were getting stir crazy and all were excited to get back to routine on Monday after our non-hurricane weather.

But Monday morning, we got woken up at 6:30am with a hurricane warning! We hauled the kids downstairs to our hall bathroom and watched the radar on the news. Turns out, that tornado rotation was RIGHT by our house! We stayed there for about 30 minutes until all was well, but crazy start to our morning.

Kids got dressed for the day (so excited for everyone to get back to school!!) and we started breakfast. Fast forward 30 more minutes and we were BACK in the bathroom for another tornado warning! Same situation.

Meanwhile, outside, it was POURING buckets! Our several days of hurricane rain didn’t really amount to much rain (maybe 2 inches?) but this was a deluge. My little makeshift rain gauge outside already looked like it was at 4 inches in about an hour.

We started getting “flash flood” warnings on our phones. And online on Facebook I noticed tons of people posting that roads were completely flooded. It was SUCH a heavy rain. It lasted for a few hours, and it flooded out so many roads right around us. The main river right by our house flooded over 20 feet. I’ve never experienced a true “flash flood”, but it was a wild experience.

Our creek in our backyard, which flows to the main river, was the highest we’ve every seen!

Do you see that log in the background? Next to the clump of grass? That’s the edge of our yard, and after the clump of grass is where the bank of our creek starts.

Thankfully, by Friday, all is back to normal here in our area. Obviously, the coast is still struggling. Ugh, I feel so helpless just a few hours away.

OK… I can’t end on that note! So let’s end on my favorite video from the hurricane coverage… the Weather Channel Guy!

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