This is how the boys usually wake up during the week:
This is A helping me shop at Whole Foods, one of our new favorite stops:
These are the puzzle pieces of our popsicle puzzle that we are currently working on:
These are the watermelon margaritas B and I had with our nachos and tacos Friday night:
This is the great shrimp lo mein B made this Saturday night:
And this is the Mickey from Mickey’s 90th Birthday Tsum Tsum set that A got for J’s upcoming birthday:
Birthday Tsum Tsums will make for a very excited seven year old!
We’ve been enjoying our last chances to “drive over the mountain” before it closes for an entire year and every errand is going to take a lot longer (as is our drive to work…bring on the podcasts!).
I’ve been crafting and drawing in my art journal to deal with my current prednisone always on brain (one of the side effects of having asthma with kids who give you germs in the south in the winter).
We picked up McDonald’s for lunch on Saturday after J’s game and J chose hot cakes, because obviously.
I was reminiscing of my sister and I making sugar cookies when we were little, just the two of us. It’s funny now because sugar cookie making usually consists of five fairly loud kids. I probably shouldn’t include fairly.
We had an early riser this week. That’s not typical during the school week, they like to save their early rising for the weekend, ha!
And finally, you know when you are eating and suddenly have this uncomfortable feeling someone is watching you? That’s Dasher.
This weekend we visited Santa and the boys shared what they would like for Christmas…
This is my favorite nail combination (I do polish x 2, top coat, glitter coat and let my nails dry for about ten minutes in between the polish coats, top coat, and glitter coat)….
My favorite frozen Rhodes rolls hack is to put two freezer rolls in a greased muffin tin, and then let them rise all afternoon, then bake at 350 for fifteen minutes:
I took this picture of A by my favorite tree on campus when we were walking to my class last week:
And finally two of my current favorite things, my Magnolia Journal and a Gingerbread Spiced Latte:
This is the crossword spelling list J made with Bananagrams:
This is the sunny soccer game we had on Saturday:
That we went to Taco Mama for lunch after:
And then made margarita pizza from scratch for dinner:
And this is how we started our fall garden
And gave our redwood a new home:
I would love to say everyone on our house is on the mend, but I’m really afraid of jinxing it at this point, so I’m just going to say nothing and continue on with some happenings around here.
First up, B and I are officially the same age again:
We didn’t celebrate like we had intended since A caught J’s croup by the end of the week, but the four of us had fun nonetheless:
I made Halloween candied popcorn, mainly so we could drown our Auburn loss sorrows in it…ha!
I can’t say enough how much I love my work. In part because my hybrid courses have given me the flexibility to join the boys on field trips that aren’t on Fridays. I went with J’s class to learn about animals and plants:
And we saw a goat that was the GOAT:
I went to pick up some items from Target and came upon this:
The only time a Target worker hasn’t asked if I need help with anything.
And the boys got to have donuts with Granna that they were very excited about:
The boys love that Granna teaches at their school and so do we!
Lastly, our final countdown to Disney is on now that our magic bands arrived:
I’m so ready for this trip!! We are praying for everyone to be healthy and for good weather!!
Okay the sickness in our house needs to go away. Stat! I’m currently running around like:
As soon as one person gets well, somebody else gets sick. So I’ve been cleaning everything and then cleaning it all again, and then saying a whole bunch of prayers that this week we are officially on the mend.
In between all that, J had a soccer scrimmage:
We harvested hydroponic basil that is literally the size of your fist:
This is my new favorite hat:
The hat is Codeword hats and the donate a percentage of their profits to children’s hospitals in that area code.
And despite the fact that it’s still 90 plus degrees I’ve been doing some fall online shopping and picked up this top from Nordstrom:
And finally the boys are obsessed with battlebots, so I already started Christmas shopping:
It’s never too early, right? Ha!
Several years ago B and I went to a food truck event and split a box of these amazing fresh, warm, and small donuts at this airstream trailer shop called Bigfoot’s Little Donuts. Then I took the boys for a back to school treat. Now that airstream shop has a store front and my sister and I took all the kiddos for an end of summer breakfast. It is just as amazing as I remembered it, and you’ve got to try it, friends! Here is a look at their menu:
They also have different specials if you follow them on Instagram! We picked the Cookies and Cream and the Cinnamon Sugar:
Pretty eye catching right? And they melt in your mouth, they are made to order, and oh so delicious! The kids ate two boxes and we ordered a third to take to my parents:
And we took a picture with the store mascot (of course):
We had a great breakfast! Their staff is awesome, and they split milks and waters for the kids. It was a great end to our summer vacation! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself without having five kids at my house two days a week, ha! Besides work and all. I’m so glad these five have each other!
For the teachers….
For the kiddos….
We are ready for fourth grade….
I cannot believe summer vacation is over! The boys were ready to go back to school, I was ready for them to go back to school, but I still had a moment of “woah, did it really end that fast?” We did a lot this summer! We went to the beach and Texas! We had loads of cousin time, ran laps through our “family farm”, spent hours at the pool, went fishing, and saw The Incredibles, Han Solo, Hotel Transylvania 3, and Christopher Robin. We played Fortnite, MARIO, and Kirby All Stars. We read a whole bunch of books (J read thirty Magic Treehouse books!), and we made it to story time at least three times. There was VBS, FCA, baseball camp, and swim lessons. And best of all we slept in (some, my kids get up early), took time to be lazy, and spent some afternoons just doing nothing.
To me that is the best part of summer.
Bubbles and water balloons…
Storytime at the library…
Lunch at Granna and Papa’s…
Building worlds on Minecraft…
Going to Cub Scout events…
And celebrations at church…
And ice cream for dinner!
As I referenced in my Waco post, our Texas road trip idea began because my youngest cousin (I have ten first cousins), was getting married. After we went to Waco we headed to Dripping Springs for the wedding, which is about twenty minutes outside of Austin. If you’re ever in Dripping Springs for a wedding, the Holiday Inn Express has a good pool…
And some nice nearby playgrounds…
But we were really there to hang with my family, and see my Grandparents:
And climb a few trees…
And go to a wedding…
We’ve been to quite a few weddings with these two. My tips are lollipops and iPad time bribes. Obviously they behaved:
J accidentally broke the corner of his iPad, and we are trying to keep it from dying completely, so I replaced it with this cover and have been really pleased (especially because it fully covers the broken corner). We were so excited to celebrate with our family…
And then we were headed out again with Austin in our sights! Stay tuned!