This and that

Last week was our first real week of summer at home (last week we were at the beach), and I already ran out of popsicles…

The boys also started refresher swim lessons, and my niece was the best towel holder (and so good, considering she couldn’t get in the pool)…

We did a few “avoid the summer slump” things…

And a whole bunch of reading…

And J has been doing his own hair…

I’m thinking of getting him some styling cream, but all I can think of is these neon LA look gel that we used in the eighties…

Oh and I totally want this shirt in my size…

And the boys and I made key lime pie jars

That we ate while watching baseball on TV! Summer is definitely in full swing!

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This and that

This is the haul of shirts I bought for the boys at Old Navy and The Gap for $14.15 (total):

No, this is not a paid advertisement. Yes, this is why I have a Gap card. And actually I got a free gift with purchase, so if you deduct that, the total is actually $2.

This is my favorite lunch at Connor’s…

Crab cakes with sweet potato fries.

This is the beach set B asked me to pick up from Costco…

Hopefully now we have enough sand castle building items!

These are the books J is loving right now, and are on his summer reading list…

I hope that he’s always this excited about summer reading!

This is the way the boys are chilling in the shade outback right now:

These are the baby birds hanging out by our baby maple tree:

And that was the happiest way to tell me I’m done grading in my Canvas app…

 

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Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day the boys made me muffins and eggs, got me handmade cards, a new cookbook, iPhone case, and perfume. And an adorable new maple tree:

And we just hung out all day, the boys playing outside until it got too hot, J colored, I read my new cookbook, and B made literally the best brisket I’ve ever had. My sister, Mom, and I took a quick picture…

As my niece headed outside to join the big kids while finishing up her cake!

Love that girl!

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Field trip with A

This past week, I went with A and his class on their field trip to one of our city’s historic cemeteries. I know what you maybe thinking…a cemetery, really? However, it’s one of the coolest tours the kid’s get to take in elementary school, and they learn so much about the history of our city. In addition to that the cemetery is beautiful a features some massive and enchanting magnolia trees.

 

A loves to learn about pretty much everything, so he enjoyed all the historical information about the settlers of our city, and how they played a part in what our city was and is. And I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Spring trees.

We did a tour of one of the historical homes and then decided to not go on the bus tour, but instead A and I had popsicles in downtown Huntsville. It’s rare that I have off work on days when the boys have field trips during the school years, so this was very special.

Oh and I wore this backpack and these shoes. The backpack can also be carried like a purse and I love it because it’s comfortable, but also stylish. And the shoes are more comfortable than my Converse. Seriously. They have arch support and a bit of stretchiness in the toe that means I wore them all day and my feet didn’t hurt, nor did they slip off my ankle. Amazing!

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A day in the life

B was out of town last week, so in an effort to keep him updated, I took him through our Friday.

Every school day I get the boys up at 6:30:

On this particular day, J had TBall practice the night before, so he did NOT want to get up, hence, why he is in the chair.

So around 6:45, I finally got J to the table:

Finished the boys’ lunches:

And after they got dressed, I helped J brush his teeth, because he has a tendency right now to play with the tooth paste and forgets to brush his teeth:

Then after the boys got all their school stuff together, it was off to morning car line:

Then I headed to Target and found Christmas ideas for A:

Put this lamp on my idea list for the study:

And gathered up all of that and headed home:

Then while I had lunch (naan, Apple, Turkey, cheese) I answered emails, graded a few things, and did a load of laundry:

If you haven’t noticed, I hate lunch, and usually just fix snack type food for myself.

I did a few more things then headed back to pick up the boys from school. Since it was Friday they get extra screen time:

 

After they were done playing Geometry Dash, we ordered pizza for dinner, I read my new InStyle:

And got caught up on Spring Baking Championship & Iron Chef Gauntlet:

And J drew and colored with his new highlighters while we did:

 

Then after that it was books and bed!

 

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Spring break weekend

We’re on spring break! We are taking a staycation that started with this:

 

Y’all. I’m still putting stuff back together. It was worth it though. The paint looks awesome! I ran some errands while B hung out with the painters and I discovered all the bonsai at one of our favorite local garden shops:

And while they were finishing up painting and the boys got out of school on Friday, we headed to get frozen yogurt:

 

And then for dinner I made shrimp dejohne that we ate with Rhodes dinner rolls, and it was officially a bread and butter carb fest:

Then on Saturday we spent almost all day trying to get our house back together, but headed out for tacos at Taco Mama:

And J was eating salsa with a fork:

So there’s that. And on Sunday we went to Cabela’s to find hiking boots for B:

And they were out of his size, so we headed to Dick’s Sporting Goods and on a whim I decided to measure the boys’ feet:

And discovered both of them had grown about a size and a half since they got new shoes in September. So new shoes all around!

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Music, fish, and a little green

This weekend the boys had piano lessons with Granna…

James had piano homework (I’m hopeful he always loves homework this much)…

We made rainbow popcorn for St. Patrick’s day:

And J dressed up for dinner:

The boys tested if ice makes dirt soft:

And my wildflowers are blooming:

And my tulips are amazing!

The boys learned how to fish at Cub Scouts:

And we watched a ton of March Madness basketball and J defied all brackets and picked UMBC with the ultimate upset. B and his co-workers are still in disbelief.

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The in between season

Right now we are living in the in between. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold. Sometimes rainy, sometimes sunny. Sometimes chili, sometimes salad. And sometimes that’s all in one day. So I’m running in and out to protect my tulips and daffodils, who have decided to shine this week:

 

And we’re making chili and cornbread on the rainy days:

And riding bikes and jumping on trampolines in between rain storms:

 

It may still be winter, but I can feel spring right around the corner!

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Signs of Spring

The tulip leaves and eighty degrees mean Spring is right around the corner. While we may see another temperature dive before we completely kiss winter goodbye, I’m enjoying the beginning stages of planning for our spring gardening and summer activities.

B and I were out scouting spring plants and found this cool above ground garden:

Which left us wondering if we could build it ourselves…

Then we stopped by Frio’s for a birthday cake popsicle:

And this weekend A went to a birthday party at Top Golf:

 

If we’re golfing and switching out our latte for peach tea:

It’s a sign that Spring is right around the corner!

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