Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekending: Last One for July

We had such a fun, low-key weekend that was super welcomed after a busy July. I truly can't believe tomorrow is August, but I'm definitely ready for a month without any commitments except for Brandon's business travel and Walker starting school. 

So here's a bit of what we were up to this weekend: 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ Walker had the thrill of his little life Friday morning: he got to "help" our sanitation workers throw the trash in the back of the trash truck. Anyone who knows him knows that he adores the trash trucks and lives and breathes for the Friday morning trash pickup. So when one of the guys asked if he wanted to help, his little eyes lit up. After looking at me cautiously to ensure it was okay, he practically ran to help them. It was the sweetest! I'm so thankful for our community. 


+ Brandon got home from his business trip to Canada, and we spent a lazy afternoon together as a family. 

+ That evening, we had our babysitter come over to watch Knox so we could take Walker out on a one-on-one date night to Pinstack. We had a pretty rough go a couple of weeks ago on our first visit there, but after I nicely said something to the manager, they totally went above and beyond to make it right, inviting us back for an evening on them: bowling, arcade games, laser tag, food, drinks and snacks. It was totally unnecessary {I was thinking they'd maybe just reimburse us for our first visit} but it was definitely welcomed and we were thankful for their excellent customer service and the special treat of an evening on them! And, it was a complete blast to spend that special time with Walker. He was totally eating up spending time with us without his little brother around, and he may or may not have beaten me at bowling... ;) 





\\ SATURDAY: 

+ This was a completely lazy day: laundry; cleaning; errands; naps; and a long shower for me followed by this mask on my face, which worked wonders after my face was hating me for wearing makeup so many days last week in this ridiculous humidity. 

+ I was majorly craving a smoothie {nope, not pregnant!}, so Walker came with me to Jamba Juice to get smoothies for the family and wheatgrass shots for Brandon and me. When we sat down at the table to wait for our smoothies to be made, Walker said, "Mama, we're on a DATE." Oh, I could have just eaten him up! He was 3.5 years old exactly on Saturday and it made my mama heart a little sad at how quickly he's growing up. 


+ Saturday evening, we met Emily and her sweet family at Twisted Root for supper. It was a great time catching up with them, getting to hold sweet baby Betsy, and enjoy a yummy meal that we didn't have to cook. ;) 


+ After supper, we walked over to the adjacent splash pad, where my children proceeded to crawl and run right in the water and completely soak themselves from head to toe! 



+ We got the boys to bed, this tired mama took a ZzzQuil and we watched one episode of "Bloodline" before I fell asleep on the couch, per usual, and then quickly moved to the bedroom and slept from 9 p.m. - 7 a.m. Mom win! 

\\ SUNDAY: 

+ We went to church, where our pastor preached an amazing sermon. I wanted to share my favorite takeaway from it in hopes that it will benefit someone else, too: 

"Don't let Satan destroy your future by making you look back at the past and making you remember something Jesus already forgot. You can't move forward [in your pursuit of Christ] while still looking back."


+ After church, the boys took long naps and I had a long date...with the iron and ironing board. Ughhhh. {My least favorite chore ever!} 

+ When the boys woke up, we were thrilled to watch Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers hit his 3,000th hit. We were all rooting him on, including these two who stand exactly the same and I just love it: 


+ I did a bit of organizing in the boys' closet, which led us to cleaning out the garage. I don't know how, but our garage always gets so dirty, filled with junk and disorganized, so it felt amazing to throw away two giant contractor bags full of stuff, organize and blow it all out. All the praise hands for that chore being completed! 

+ And I shared this on Instagram, but wanted to share here, too: 

"This picture is such an accurate representation of my life with these two boys: blurry {because someone's always moving}, goofy, silly and rambunctious. And yes, Knox is totally only wearing a diaper! But, I'm trying to be more intentional about getting in those pictures and making my husband grab the camera so that my children will have pictures to remember me by when I'm not here one day: real-life, non-staged, imperfect photos. I might be exhausted, have bags under my eyes and find more gray hairs by the minute, but my hands and heart are full." 


I hope y'all have wonderful weeks! 

Linking up with Biana 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Favorites: Last One for July

Well, it's the last Friday of July {how did that happen?} and we have a weekend full of no plans other than welcoming my husband home from a week-long business trip to Canada {#allthepraisehands} and dinner with a friend. So let's get to my favorites this week, shall we?

-ONE-
I never go too crazy on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {mostly because I can't stand to look at jeans, booties and puffer vests when it's upwards of 100* outside...and also because I don't have $500 burning a hole in my pocket ;) } but I did order this Calson top using a $10 Nordstrom Note last week. I'm slowly starting to embrace the ruffle/bell-sleeve trend and think this will be super cute later this summer and into fall. 

Did anyone get anything good? 



-TWO-
Speaking of things I'm loving, I'm loving this tunic from that PinkBlush sent me {thanks, guys!}. It's so comfy and works great as a transitional piece between summer and fall when it's still warm here in Texas. I think it would also look great with leggings {it's long enough to cover the bum -- a necessity with leggings!} and I am really looking forward to wearing it with skinny jeans and wedges, too. It's nice and comfy, wide {but not in a bad way} and flouncy...and it's fun to wear!

And yes, if you're wondering, I'm no fashion model. ;) Click the link above to see an actual model do it some justice! 

And, as an aside, I have a nude tank on underneath this shirt. I don't personally think you need one under it, as the shirt is thick and not see-through, but I wanted a smoother look...and needed something to suck in that post-babies belly. ;)




-THREE-
I fell in love with this tote after Katie blogged about it, and I'm thinking I need to scoop it up pretty quickly to replace my nearly-four-year-old, falling-apart Kate Spade Diaper Bag. I have to go into Old Navy next weekend to get some socks and a few staples for Walker to start school next month, so hopefully it will be there so I can grab it. If not, I'm ordering online ASAP! 



-FOUR-
Well, I bit the bullet and ordered Rapidlash after Owen's suggestion. I've only been using it for six days now, but I can't wait to see the results and report back! Since having kids, my eyelashes have been so thin and not nearly as long and thick as usual, so I'm willing to try anything at this point. I'll let y'all know if it's worth the money!




-FIVE-
My sweet blogging friend Ashley sent me the most adorable monogrammed hat on Monday and it was such a sweet surprise! Ashley owns Premium Pineapple Embroidery and I just love every single thing she does. Be sure to check her out! Ashley, thank you again! You made my Monday! :)





-SIX-
It has been a long week by myself with these two cutie pies, but I have been really relishing in that special time with them with just me. It's by no means easy, but I know I'll look back on these times and smile -- especially when they're big, stinky, hairy teenagers who won't want to take a selfie with their mama or kiss her endlessly. 




Linking up with April, Amanda, Andrea and Katie 
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Coffee Talk

If we were sitting down having coffee together this morning, we would have a lot chat about. A few things: 



\\ I'm in sheer denial that it's the last full week of July. Seriously, how is it almost August? This summer has absolutely flown by, and I can't believe that Walker will have started school by this time next month. 

\\ Even though it's just preschool right now, it made me a bit sad to think that next year Walker will start Pre-Kindergarten and in two years, Kindergarten. Holy moly. That said, I took him down from three-days-a-week preschool to two-days-a-week preschool, and I think that, coupled with our weekly two-hour BSF program, will be plenty and give us just the right amount of time together at home vs. at school/church. Knox may or may not start in January when the new semester starts; we'll see how I feel about it then. 

\\ I admit that I'm an avid Real Housewives watcher, and I'm pretty convinced that New York is my favorite. But can we just talk about how much it bugs me when Ramona and Sonja are such freaks about their rooms every time they travel? They're so annoying. 

\\ Brandon and I started doing yoga together each evening and it's such a nice time to wind down with him after putting the kids down to bed. It's nothing fancy -- just a yoga series on YouTube that we stream via Amazon Fire TV -- but it feels amazing and I swear we have slept better at night because of it.

\\ And, adding to that, we had gotten into a bad habit of having a glass {or two} of wine in the evenings and we noticed we weren't sleeping well...and were gaining some weight. So, we have made a big change and reserved our wine for weekend evenings only, if that. It's definitely not easy, but our sleep and weight need to get back on track, and after just two weeks of it, we have already noticed our sleep getting much better and some water weight dropping off. 

\\ It's just so ridiculously hot in Texas right now. It was 102* at 4 p.m. when I took the boys out to pick up one item from Kroger that I forgot to put on my Walmart Online Grocery list and I was sweating just walking into the grocery store. I have lived in Texas my entire life and yet every year I complain about the heat like it actually surprises me...but good grief, it is just hot right now. 

\\ I absolutely adore reading blogs, but I'll tell you what kills me: bloggers whose posts are all completely sponsored. I just want to scream, "We don't want to see that!" I mean, absolutely get that free swag and make some money in the process, but I just miss the blogging days where bloggers didn't have 90% of their blog and social media accounts shilling stuff. 

\\ Thanks to Owen's recommendation, I ordered RapidLash and I'm hoping it works! My eyelashes are so sparse and thin after having two babies {the things no one tells you...!} and they used to be so long, full and thick. I've read the reviews online and it appears that I'll have to use it for about a month to see any noticeable results, but I'll report back! I'm hoping it works! 

\\ Knox is getting about six teeth right now and the poor guy is just downright miserable. I think I put it out of my mind how fussy and clingy they are when they're cutting teeth, but bless his little heart, he just wants to be held all day and practically lives off of Ibuprofen and Tylenol...le sigh. 

So, what are you confessing today? 


Linking up with Julie, Annie and Natalie 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: July 2017

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon this month. 



I'm linking up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday" to answer the following questions: 



{1} What We're Eating This Week
Well, it's summer and I loathe turning on my oven when it's upwards of 100 degrees out, so we've had lots of easy, quick meals on the stovetop and on the grill. Lately we have had: Bacon, Asparagus, Shallot and Pea Pasta; salmon on the grill with a side of couscous and broccoli; grilled chicken with Italian Summer Pasta Salad; and have reinstated Friday Night Pizza Night with either a quick take-and-bake pizza or a homemade one. 

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About
I just feel like summer went by so quickly. I know everyone says it, but wasn't it just May? Wasn't I just trying to figure out what to do with the boys all summer long? Now Walker starts school in less than a month and I'm just baffled that our fall schedule and routine will be here before I know it. So, I'm basically reminiscing about May and how we had the entire summer ahead of us and I'm just trying to soak up this last month of summer. (Even though it is still hot as Hades here in Texas until at least early October.) 






{3} What I'm Loving 
I could go on and on about things I'm loving lately! I'm trying to be really good about spending since we're gearing up for the super expensive holiday season where I feel like I'm constantly buying ALL THE THINGS, but I do have my eye on a few things: 

This hat, which has been added to my Christmas list {ahem, husband}: 



This top: 



And I'm also loving these earrings I purchased to wear to Baylor games this fall {for $5.99!}: 



{4} What We've Been Up To
Well, it's been a nice little lazy summer, honestly, and I'm relishing these slower days after last summer, which was basically survival mode after having a newborn baby in late May 2016. I feel like we've actually been able to enjoy summer and all it has to offer this year. 

Walker started a summer "camp" at his school, which he goes to one day a week for four hours. He absolutely loves it, and it's a great time for me to do things around the house during Knox's morning nap and spend a few hours with him one-on-one while big brother is at school. We've had lots of fun play dates with friends and cousins; gone swimming; visited the library to check out books {and have smoothies}; taken a trip to the local fire station; and I've had my babysitter come for two hours each week to take the boys to do something fun while I catch up on stuff at home {or go to doctor's appointments}. 











{5} What I'm Dreading 
I'm not sure if "dreading" is the right word, but I'm definitely not looking forward to my annual eye doctor and bi-annual dentist appointments I have coming up. Two of my least favorite doctor visits ever! 

{6} What I'm Excited About 
Brandon and I were planning a trip to Cabo in late September to celebrate our anniversary {early}, but that kind of fell through the cracks with travel details. October is such a busy month, and our parents were going to have to literally put their lives on hold and miss out on some important stuff to watch the boys, so we just rearranged and are now going to Scottsdale/Phoenix for a weekend in October! So if anyone has any must-see things or must-eat restaurants, please let me know! It will be the first time there for both of us, so we're totally in the dark. 



{7} What I'm Watching/Reading 
I have really fallen off the reading bandwagon this summer and need to get back on it quickly. Anyone have any good book recommendations? 

As for watching, I'm all sucked in to summer TV: "The Bachelorette," "Real Housewives" and we are still binge-watching "Bloodline." We also finished the latest seasons of "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards." I can't wait for fall TV to come back. {I'm looking at you, "This is Us!"} 

{8} What I'm Listening To
As per usual, I'm listening to the boys' little kid-friendly CD's in the car. I stupidly bought Walker this CD and now I want to yank my ears off every time we're in the car. But then I see he and Knox dancing to it and my heart melts and I just crank that volume up louder. #momlife

But in those rare moments when I get alone time in the car, I'm so basic and am loving "Despacito!" It's such an addicting song! 




{9} What I'm Wearing 
Well, when I'm not in my swimsuit {this one and this one have been favorites this summer}, I'm in Nike shorts and a workout top...and a ponytail. It's just too dang hot for anything else at this point in the year! 






{10} What I'm Doing This Weekend
We're still loving Brandon's summer hours at work, where he gets off at 11 a.m. on Fridays! We're planning to take Walker on a little "Mommy/Daddy Date" to go bowling on Friday evening; then have lunch with Emily and her sweet family on Saturday; and then we'll just have church on Sunday and I'm praying for a nice, lazy Sunday afternoon! 

{11} What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
August and September are my least favorite months of the year...it's still so hot outside, but all the fall clothes {that you Northerners actually can wear next month I'm sure!} are everywhere and just tempting me to purchase. ;) But I think I'm just looking forward to getting into somewhat of a routine...and for all the kids to go back to school so the indoor and outdoor play places aren't quite as crazy crowded as they are right now. 

{12} What Else is New 
We don't have much else new to report! I hope y'all have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Bonus Question: What is Your Favorite Part of Summer?
Honestly, I'm such a routine girl and I live and die by my calendar. {Spontaneous I am not.} But, summer has really helped me embrace spontaneity a bit and I'm really loving these slower, easier days. Yes, it gets a little crazy 'round here by Thursday afternoon, but I'm loving that we practically live in swimsuits each day, and I do love that my boys are home with me every single day, minus Walker's one-day-a-week summer camp. And, I'm just loving being able to see summer through my kids' eyes. I loved summer as a kid and have fond memories of Popsicles in the pool; swimming all day, every day; getting to be home with my mom all day; and hanging out with my friends. 

*Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekending

Whew, why do Mondays always come so quickly? We had a busy, but fun, weekend. Here's a bit of what we were up to: 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ Brandon had his blessed summer hours where he got home before lunch, so the boys and I just had some play time in the morning, followed by Walker's favorite part of Friday: going outside to watch the trash truck in action. 



+ After lunch, we went to check out our new bowling alley, which was super neat! They had everything: arcade games, bumper cars, bowling, a full menu + bar where they bring the food to you as you bowl, bumpers on the lane that come up just for each player, etc. It was a really fun 10 minutes of bowling...until our machine broke and it wasn't fixed, and the boys left crying. It's a long story, but thankfully the general manager made it right and we're planning to go back next Friday on a little date with Walker to try it again. 


+ I ran some errands during the boys' nap time and then we ventured out to give Walker his ice cream reward for getting five stickers on his sticker chart last week. 


...and then stopped by Chick-fil-A for a peach shake to share. 


\\ SATURDAY: 

+ We had a lazy morning: Brandon made pancakes, we introduced Knox to "Sesame Street," we cleaned up a bit around the house, Knox took a morning nap, and then it was a birthday party afternoon. 




+ Walker's best friend's birthday party and our nephew's birthday party were both Saturday at the exact same time. Since we had just spent a week with our nephew at the beach {and we RSVP'd to Walker's best friend's birthday party first}, Brandon and I split up: I took the boys to Walker's best friend's party and Brandon went to our nephew's party since that one was outdoors and it was just too hot for Knox. 

So anyway, I took the boys and they had a ball jumping at the trampoline park and Walker and his best friend just had a ball with each other. 


+ The boys both took 2.5-hour afternoon naps {!!!}, and then we went on a family date night to Chuy's, followed by swimming at my in-law's. Walker jumped off the diving board for the first time and just loved it...and proceeded to do it over and over and over again. He's such a little fish! 


\\ SUNDAY: 

+ Sunday was church, lunch and naps; a slow, easy day. Brandon and I watched an episode of "Bloodline" while the boys slept, I got some laundry and blogging done, and we just relaxed inside on a hot, hot day. 


We're gearing up for a fun week ahead! Hope y'all have a great Monday. 


Linking up with Biana