Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pennsylvania Weekend

A few weeks ago, we headed to Pennsylvania for a fun weekend with friends and family.  Ben was attending a bachelor party and the girls and I had a chance to visit with some of our favorite friends and have a girls evening and morning with Nana.

Driving to Pennsylvania on Saturday morning

The girls and I dropped Ben off at his uncle's farm for the bachelor party
The girls wanted to see all the cows

Ben showing the girls all the cows

Elizabeth got up on the tractor

Her older cousins; John and Stephen, her Uncle Adam, and her Pap Pap had
a great time showing her the farm.

Pap Pap put Caroline on the tractor too

After we dropped Ben off, we met up with Kelly and Kylie for Chick-Fil-A lunch and then swimming in the pool.  They had heated the pool and it was 86 degrees!
It was sooo wonderful! :)
That's Kelly swimming with Kylie, Elizabeth, and Caroline.

Trying to get a picture of all three.  Ha! :)

Caroline was on her way out...

Two big girls left!

We met up with Nana for dinner and then she took us out for the best ice cream!

Nana and I got dole whips (my first!) and the girls got ice cream with sprinkles.

Sunday morning, Aunt Brigette came out with Sam and brought all the bubbles! :)

The girls had a blast blowing bubbles on the deck

Happy Thursday y'all!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Keeping kids busy

I'm linking up with Erika for Workin' It Wednesday.

Today's link-up is about keeping kids busy during the summer.
 Each summer we make a bucket list of fun things the kids (and adults)
want to try to do during summer.
The bucket list helps us pull together a few ideas each week for something to do.
Some of them cost money and some are free.
Earlier in the month, I posted our summer bucket list here.

Check out my post for the complete list of fun things to do during summer!

In addition to the list, I try to do a few other things each year:

- Send Elizabeth to Vacation Bible School (VBS)
- Send Elizabeth to summer camp
(Caroline will go to VBS and camp when she is old enough)
- Go to the beach
-Go to the pool as much as possible
- Travel to see friends and family
- Have friends and family visit us
- Eat on the deck as much as possible
- Play outside as much as possible
- Go to spray parks
- Try new playgrounds and parks
- Play dates with friends outside

 Here's a look at some activities from our summers past:

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: The struggle is real

Today I am linking up with Andrea for her Show and Tell Tuesday.  Today's topic is about struggles.

Everyone has something that they struggle with and no one can truly know what someone else is dealing with in their life.

I completely agree with the idea that social media makes life "look great all the time".  And for those that are struggling with depression, loneliness, anxiety, and other insecurities; checking Facebook, Instagram, and blogs can become a daily dose of "her life is better than mine".

I too am guilty of checking out home improvement projects, birthday parties, and vacations of my friends and assuming that the people in the pictures are having the time of their life, nothing is wrong, and they have everything going for them.  But, a picture only shows you what the person displaying it wants you to see.

Everyone has struggles.
Some people share them.
Some people don't.

So today, I wanted to take a minute to share some things I struggle with.  Some of these are serious and some of these are not. Also, these are in no particular order.  :)

1. Dinner.  I despise cooking dinner.  I tell Ben that if we ever won the lottery, I would totally hire a personal chef.  I like variety in my food, but I can't stand to come up with new recipe ideas.  I would go out to eat every night if I could afford to, just so I don't have to cook.  I truly struggle with coming up with meals and preparing them every night.  Sometimes I try to make them fun for us and/or the kids which helps me try new things.  Monthly meal planning is the best plan I have come up with to prevent my struggle/rut.  But I haven't made a monthly meal plan in forever and so I continue to struggle. :(

Here are some "fun" dinners from the past:

 Fondue dinner

 Breakfast for dinner (with smiley faces)

 Picnic dinner

Themed dinners for holidays

2. Friends.  Making friends and keeping friends.  I know as adults we are all busy and it is hard to make new friends, but I really wish it were easier.  I love a good girls night, venting to my girlfriends about stuff (making dinner), sharing tips about kids, borrowing clothes, and enjoying wine.  I have a couple of very close friends but they don't live anywhere near me and so I often feel lonely and sad that I am missing out on "doing life" with them and their families.  Does anyone else struggle with living in a place they are not from and making new friends?

Not only is hard to make new friends, but having the time and energy to maintain friendships as I get older.  Between swim lessons, sports teams, traveling, taking care of a toddler, school, Ben's job, and household obligations I am just plain tired at the end of the day.  It is struggle to change out of comfy clothes, turn off Netflix, and go out for an evening.  But... I always come back refreshed and happy that I met up with friends for a few hours.

3. Anxiety.  I have anxiety.  It's a daily struggle.  My anxiety goes through the roof when Ben travels, when stressful situations arise, and when I don't workout.  Working out helps me decrease my anxiety so I try to workout several days a week. My anxiety has gotten worse as I have gotten older and I work hard to maintain a balance so that my anxiety does not take over.  Talking to a friend, working out, going out and walking around the neighborhood, or changing the activity I am doing always help me deal with my anxiety. 

Happy Tuesday y'all!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Clemyjontri Park!

A few weeks ago I took the girls to Clemyjontri Park for a picnic lunch and playing on the playground.

The girls LOVE this playground because there are so many different things to play on and experiment with- musical instruments, vehicles to "drive", slides, monkey bars, swings, etc.

We had a blast and hope to get back to the playground again before summer is over.

Elizabeth loves telescopes :)

 And so does Caroline

 This girl has no fear.

 I am happy this is all they can drive for now ;)

 Elizabeth loved the monkey bars!

 We all took turns going down the curvy slides

 This photo is from last week...

And this is from last April.

Happy Monday y'all!