Monday, July 22, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Man, Monday came fast! We had a fun weekend together as a family. Here are the highlights: 


+ Brandon got off work before noon for his Summer Friday, and we had a lazy afternoon at home. (I'm sure going to miss those early Fridays post-Labor Day!) That night, our babysitter came over and we had a date night! We grabbed a grapefruit martini at Wildwood Grill, then had sushi at Sushi Zen, and capped off our night with mini pies from Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. It was such a great time spent with my #1 guy. 

My romper is old, but here is an identical one. My earrings are here (on final sale for $39.97!). 


+ We celebrated our youngest nephew's first birthday party! It was a Mickey Mouse theme and my boys absolutely loved when Minnie and Mickey showed up! I don't think we can put Disney off for much longer...

+ Post-naps, I wasn't feeling like cooking at all, so we went to Dragon House for some delicious dumplings, dim sum and noodles! 

+ We capped off the night with "Monsters, Inc." (the boys couldn't get enough!) and some leftover pie. 


+ We went to church, made a quick Lowe's run, and came home for leftover Dragon House (and the boys' first taste of cotton candy) and lots of laundry and picking up. The boys watched "Monsters, Inc." for a second time and Brandon and I got tons done while they napped. 

Hope everyone has great weeks! 

Linking up with Lindsay 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Favorites

Hey friends! Happy Friday! 

Walker and Knox had a fun little week this week: while my friend Victoria and I were the Mom Shuttle Service! Walker and his best buddy, Smith, went to LEGO Camp together, while Knox and his best buddy, Sawyer (Smith's brother) went to a Preschool VBS together. Victoria and I traded drop-off and pick-up and the boys just thought it was so fun. 

Did anyone get anything good on Prime Day? I never go in with a list of things I want to buy, to be honest, so I never know what I "need" or want until the day arrives. I typically go through my boys' Amazon Wish Lists (I add stuff to them throughout the year for Christmas and birthday ideas for them for ourselves and others) and just see if there are any deals on those items. There were a few things that were Prime Day Deals, so Santa will be hiding those gifts in her closet for the next six months! 

Here's what I found: 

Green Camo Walkie Talkies (were a lightning deal that I paid $15 for; originally $25.99)

+ 40-piece Magnatiles set ($20.79 down from $49.99) 

+ Razor Scooter ($33.99 down from $57.12) 

+ AquaDoodle Mat ($15.99 down from $19.99) 

+ Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle ($7.14 down from $12.99) 

In case you missed it, I shared our beach vacation recap on Wednesday HERE. It was a great time and I'm already missing that beautiful water! 

Walker starts Kindergarten in less than a month (so many emotions) and so I'm getting all sorts of ready for and with him with school supplies (shout-out to his elementary school's PTA for providing school supply packs so we don't have to shop individually for those!), clothes shopping, backpack, etc. I found a ton of clothes for him at Target and Old Navy last week; Old Navy's were on clearance -- and 30% off of the clearance price, at that! Score! 

Here were a few things I came home with that he absolutely loved: 

+ Solar System Backpack + Lunch Box (he's really into space right now!) 

+ Camo Bento Box (also really into camo right now!) 

+ New water cups (we love this brand and the bigger ones are perfect for school!) 

+ Bright Tennis Shoes

I'm not even sure if I shared here yet or not, but my youngest little brother proposed to his girlfriend a few weeks ago atop Wheeler Peak in New Mexico! They are high school sweethearts; we are absolutely thrilled and just adore her to pieces. We can't wait to celebrate them! 

Linking up with: Andrea, Claire and Della

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Our Beach Trip

Hi, y'all! Sorry it's taken me a minute to recap our beach vacation. But, better late than never, right? 

We went to Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Okaloosa Island for a few days as part of Brandon's extended family reunion. (There were 50+ family members there!) They do this every few years or so, and this year decided to do it in Fort Walton Beach and we all stayed in the Azure Condominum. I'll be honest and say that it wasn't my favorite beach town (although the beach was beautiful) nor my favorite place I've ever stayed (although the beachfront view from our condo was great; I just think our condo could have used some updating and some paint touch-ups). I much prefer the Sandestin/30A area, but that's just my two cents. We still had a great time with family! 

We flew from DFW-Pensacola last Saturday, July 6. Brandon's office was closed for July 4-5, so it was nice to have an extra long weekend before our trip. We flew around lunchtime, so we went to the Admirals Club and let the boys get filled up with food before we left. They did great on the plane! We rented a car and car seats in Pensacola and the boys fell asleep for almost all of our 1.5-hour drive. I ordered groceries from Publix (the best grocery store!) ahead of time via Instacart and we picked them up on our way to the beach. 

Walker's shirt (old, similar here)

Knox's shirt

My dress | my hat | my bag 

Once we got settled in our condo, we walked across the street to AJ's Oyster Shanty for dinner. The food was actually really good (we ordered a platter of oysters, fried mozzarella and crab cake balls for us to share and the boys both got fried shrimp and fish) and the drinks were delicious. It hit the spot; we were starving! 

After dinner, the boys begged to go to the beach, so we just let them in their clothes. Which turned into them stripping down into their underwear. Oh well! 

My hat | my dress

My hat | my dress

Our first beach day! We couldn't have asked for prettier weather! We stayed on the beach from morning until lunchtime playing in the ocean and visiting with family. We came back in our room and had lunch and let the boys nap while we had a glass of wine on the patio. We then went back to the beach and pool post-nap, which the boys loved. (They were worn out!)

My hat | my swimsuit | my sunglasses| Brandon's swim trunks | Knox's hat | Boys' rash guards | Boys' swim trunks (old, similar here

For dinner, we drove 10-ish minutes to Destin to Louisiana Lagniappe -- and it was absolutely delicious! We started with the lobster rangoons, and Brandon had the special (grouper baked in paper, a salad and a twice-baked potato) and I had the blackened red fish with lobster/crab topping, a salad and a twice-baked potato). The boys shared a grilled cheese, as they filled up on the appetizer and the delicious homemade hushpuppies the waiter kept bringing. 

We sat outside on the balcony and the view (and sunset) were spectacular! 

After dinner, we took the boys to Sugar Land for an ice cream treat before heading back to the condo to go crab hunting with the family. 

Boys' sandals

Beach day two! It was another beautiful day (and thankfully much cooler with a breeze). We enjoyed another day playing in the ocean, visiting with family and hopping in the pool. 

My hat | my swimsuit | my sunglasses | Brandon's swim trunks | Boys' swim trunks | Boys' hats | the boys' rash guards 

My nieces' hats 

That night, a huge storm rolled in right before we were scheduled to take family pictures. We attempted a few in my in-laws' condo before we spied the rain stopping and a beautiful rainbow, so we all hightailed it down to the beach to capture that gorgeousness as our backdrop! 

These are just iPhone snaps; I can't wait to get the actual images back!

My dress (old, similar here) | my earrings (old, similar here) | Brandon's shirt 

We had dinner in my in-laws' condo post-pictures, and then the extended family all gathered there and we stayed out far too late for our liking, but had a ball visiting with family. 

We headed home! Brandon had to get back to work and we had already taken our ski trip earlier this year, and he simply just doesn't have a ton of days to take off. So, we said our goodbyes to everyone, stopped by Capriccio Cafe for a crepe on our way out, and headed to the airport. 

We flew home out of Destin/Fort Walton Beach Airport and again, the boys did great on the flight. We were pleasantly surprised both times with them, our flights (on-time both ways!) and how generous the flight attendants were in bringing them snacks...and more snacks!...and us adult beverages. ;) 

We got home just in time for our favorite ice cream truck to roll through our neighborhood, and the boys enjoyed that special treat before we all went to bed super early. We were BEAT! 

Knox's PJ's (old, similar here -- and we have these, too!)

That's a wrap on our beach vacation! We are looking forward to next year's beach trip -- whenever and wherever that will be! :) 

Linking up with Jenn, Jessi and Lindsay

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