Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekending

Hey friends,

Sorry for my lack of posting last week. We got some very unexpected news early last week that has rocked our world. I plan on posting about this at some point but right now it's so fresh and we are still trying to process. Patrick, the boys and I are ok! Please keep our whole family in your prayers over the coming days and weeks. But also know that I may be taking a bit of a break or stepping back for a little bit, but I will be back blogging full force in no time!

We had a very low key weekend. I'm slacking in the picture taking lately...I really need to step up my game!

Friday //

Jack had a swim lesson that morning and did so well! He is learning to kick and blow bubbles. Our focus is to get him comfortable especially with getting his face wet, something he even hates to do in the bathtub.


Friday evening our friends came over for an early dinner of pizza. I just love that Jay and Tate love my boys so much. They were so sweet playing with them.

Saturday //

Saturday morning we picked up doughnuts and headed over to my in-laws for a bit. We enjoyed sitting on the porch.




Jack and I headed to a birthday party for the cutest twin girls in his class. It was so hot outside but we had a great time.


Saturday evening Patrick and I decided on a whim to try and get a sitter so we could go out. Luckily we have a great list of sitters and were able to have one come. We went out to dinner and after over to our friends for a bit. It was nice to get away just the two of us.




Sunday //

Jack and I headed to church. Our church does not offer childrens church during the summer so this was his first Sunday sitting with me the entire hour. I packed a book bag full of quiet activities and for the most part he did well. I don't know much of what the sermon was about but it was nice to have him sitting with me.


We had a lazy afternoon and then went over to my in-laws for supper. Patricks aunt is in town so its been fun visiting with her. The boys just love Aunt Patsy!


*linking up with Biana

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Lovin' Blog Hop- Fourth of July



Hey friends! Can you believe that June is almost over? Where do the months go? Today I am linking up with some blogger friends to share all things summer for you! I am bringing you a Fourth of July spectacular! I've linked my favorite crafts for kids, decor, and red white and blue themed yummies! 

Crafts for Kids: 
These are all toddler friendly crafts that don't require a lot of steps or time. Because, lets be honest, when we're dealing with toddlers their attention span isn't the longest! I love anything with a handprint so you know I had to include some of that! 


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Red, White and Blue Decor: 
If you've been reading my blog for awhile now you know that I love any excuse to decorate! These are all cute and easy things that you can make or even buy (door hanger) to spruce up your house for a fun festive party! 

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Festive Treats: 
What would a holiday be without something yummy? I've picked some of the treats that I would love to have at a cookout over the Fourth of July weekend. Now, I don't like watermelon {gasp!} but my kids will gobble it up and these cute cut out stars are just darling! I think the popcorn mix is going to be on my list of things to make to take with us to the beach! 

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I hope you will try out some of these linked ideas! Let me know if you do any of the crafts or make any of those yummy treats! Be sure to hop on over to all the other blogs and check out what they are sharing that is Summer related! 


Monday, June 19, 2017

$10 at Target- June

Hey ya'll! I hope you had a great weekend and all the daddies in your life were celebrated. We had a great weekend and rounded it out celebrating all the dads in Patrick's family with a cookout! Today is our $10 at Target link up, I do hope you will join in! 




I've got another random assortment of things that I picked up this month. My goal was to really try and stay at $10



I needed to get something to wrap Patricks Father's Day gift. I love the bags that Target has, they have all different colors, I went with the tradition brown paper this time. I also found this cute tissue paper that was all about dad.


Of course the first thing I do when going into Target is browsing the dollar spot. I don't do a ton of decorating for the Fourth of July but these little flags caught me eye. I think I'm going to put them in the two flower pots I have that flank the side of my front door.


The last thing I got is some water guns. Jack has been begging me to get them since he found some at the pool the other week. He and his buddies have the best time with them so I decided to be a fun mom and surprise him with them. The sheer excitement on his face was well worth it! "OH man, thanks mom! These are so cool! Thank you so much! I love you mom". It was the sweetest moment and the reason that I love to surprise him.


Breakdown of my purchases:

Gift Bag - $2.50
Tissue Paper - $1.99 x 2
Flag - $1.00 x 2
Water Guns- $1.99

Total: $10.47
Subtract Red Card savings (5%) $0.52
Tax: $0.67

Grand Total: $10.62

Whew, I did it!

Now it's your turn to link up! Show us what you spent $10 on. Be sure to give some love to the other hosts of this link up and check out their posts!

Meet Your Hosts! 
Stephanie | Wife Mommy Me
Becky | By BMG 
Ashley | Ashley Newell
Johannah | Johannah Sirois
Stephanie | The Gifty Girl 
Danielle | Sparkles and Lattes 







Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites!


Friday, I'm so glad to see you! This week has seemed so long. I don't know why but I've felt like it's been Friday for about 3 days now. Maybe its just Summer? We've had such a fun week!

My favorites from the week...

O N E | The boys have had such a fun week at "camp". I love seeing all the photos that are posted. They spent the week working on Father's Day crafts and having a great time!






T W O | We have been having a great time going to the pool in the afternoons after naps! Jack is a little fish and loves swimming with his buddies. He even started jumping off the side all by himself yesterday! I will say that Graham hates the pool! I remember Jack hating it at this age as well. I'm thankful for my babysitter because she will go with us and then after 30 minutes when Graham is ready to go home she will bring him home. I don't want Jack to miss out on the pool and I'm so thankful I've got Anna to help us! 





T H R E E | Our movie theater offers a kids movie at 10am on Mondays and Wednesdays. It's $4 and you get popcorn, gummies and a drink! We saw The Lorax last week and next week they are playing Trolls. It was the first time I've taken Jack to the movie and he did so good! You can't beat $4 for a movie. Check out your local theaters, I'm sure they are doing the same! 


F O U R | I've said it so many times but our babysitter is seriously a jack of all trades! She has gotten into sewing childrens clothes. She made this precious jon jon and just finished a cute sun-bubble. I don't hate that she needs a model and takes the best photos! win/win for me! 




F I V E | I have been wanting a new side table for my den. The one we had was given to me years ago when I first graduated college and was moving into an apartment. I was happily surprised when I walked into my friends shop this week and found this beauty for sale. It fit's perfectly in the space and I love that it has shelves, I just need to figure out what I'm going to put on them! 


S I X  | The best favorite of this week is our Daddy! We are so looking forward to celebrating him Sunday for Father's Day! He is simply the best and we couldn't get through a day without him. The boys were too excited to wait to give him their goodies from  camp this week, so at lunch yesterday they had them waiting on him! My favorite is the mosaic print they did of their daddy. Jack said "I gave him red hair like you dad!" 



I hope ya'll have a great weekend! Jack is going "camping" with his grandaddy tonight and we have a date night planned! We will be celebrating Patrick and the other daddies in our family on Sunday.

*Linking up with April, Andrea, and Katie


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Show And Tell Tuesday- My Struggles

Today I'm linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. I'm so glad I actually remembered to participate this month! Today's topic is "struggles". I recently posted about my struggle with anxiety. So today I'm going to share with you what I like to call the "mom struggles". 

As a mom there are so many highs and lows that we experience on daily basis, sometimes on an hourly basis in my house. I am by no means a perfect mom. In fact there are times when I think I down right stink at it. I lose my patience more than I care to admit. I wake up each morning and tell myself that I will not get frustrated easily, I will accept the whining and temper tantrums and I will get through the day with a cheerful heart. And then at the first melt down that goes out the window. 

I struggle with getting Jack to eat anything remotely healthy! He is beyond picky! Unless it is peanut butter, waffles, pancakes, yogurt, apple sauce, bananas or things unhealthy he won't eat it. I couldn't even get him to try popcorn at the movie yesterday morning! Thankfully Graham is a much better eater and I just pray he continues. I have totally failed in this department as a mom with Jack.

I struggle with screen time. My kids are addicted to ipads/phones etc. It's 100% my fault and I am working on cutting out the amount of time spent on them. Jack started watching the iPad (youtube) when Graham was a newborn. I know that I need to be better about this and I know there is tons of research that says that screen time does terrible things to their brains, but sometimes mama just needs a little break and if it keeps them occupied for 15 minutes than so be it! 

I struggle with comparing my kids. Not only comparing them to each other. Lord knows I did enough of this Graham's first year of life! But also comparing them to other kids. Are they behind what everyone else is doing. Is one doing something better than the other? It's a terrible habit and one that I would really love to break. But I think as parents, its natural to compare. Even if we don't mean to, we are going to do it. 

I struggle with making sure that my boys know just how much I love them. I don't ever want them to question for one second how much I love them. Even in the moments when I am frustrated and don't think I can "mom" one more minute I still want them to know they are the most important thing in my life and that I love them more than anything! 

Here are just a few of my struggles right now! What do you struggle with? can you relate to any of this?

Linking up with Lindsay 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekend Recap

We had a jam packed fun weekend! This is the first weekend in awhile where I felt like we've really crammed a lot in!

FRIDAY |

The boys went to camp in the morning and I ran around trying to get stuff together for a baby sprinkle I was hosting on Saturday.  Friday night Patrick, Jack and I went to a baseball game. I've mentioned before that we live in a small town. I really do love it! We have a local summer baseball team that is a team of college ball players from all over. Local family will even host a player for the summer. If you've ever seen the movie Summer Catch it reminds me of this so much. Jack had a great time, the weather was perfect, no humidity! Graham of course stayed home with a sitter. He's too wild to go and he goes to bed at 7.










SATURDAY |

I spent the morning getting my house ready for the sprinkle. That afternoon a friend and I hosted a sweet sprinkle for our friend Megan. (The one I met at Target!) She is pregnant with a baby girl and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome Emma Kate into our group. Megan also has a boy who is Jacks age and one of his best buddies.

















Saturday night we had a low key night at home.

SUNDAY |

We had a lazy morning. The boys played and we just hung out in our jammies until about 10:30. We made a quick trip to the grocery store and to lunch. When Graham went down for nap Jack and I went to the pool for a few hours. He is loving the pool and quite the little fish!



Sunday evening we had our friends over to try out the new grill Patrick just got. We did burgers and hot dogs and the kids all had a good time. Their kids are 8 and 10 and Jack and Graham adore them. They are always so sweet with the boys! Jack of course was wild since I let him skip his nap.





It was a really fun weekend and feels like Summer has officially started! The boys start camp this week and I've got some appointments. I'm sure we will be heading to the pool most afternoons! What did you do fun this weekend?

*Linking up with Biana