Early Mornings

While right now we are sleeping in, one of my favorite parts of our early school mornings is finding A reading in bed before his alarm goes off:

And J playing Tsum Tsums on the couch while B gets breakfast together:

A is busily reading through the entire 39 clues series:

And I’ve got my eye on this fun set of Tsum Tsums for J:

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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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Friday Favorites

It’s the Friday before spring break! We’ve got painters coming tomorrow to paint three rooms, including J’s. I’ve got his room re-do almost all planned out, and it’s probably what I’ll spend a good part of the weekend working on after it’s painted. J is most excited to get to spend the night in A’s room on Friday.

Here are my two of my inspirations for the study and J’s room:

I’m ready for a week of not answering emails while I’m drying hair:

We’ve had yet another cold snap, so I brought in my tulips and daffodils:

Thanks a lot…Toby:

Finally, made this pork tenderloin on Wednesday and it was super tasty:

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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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Friday Favorites

Afternoon spelling practice spot.

1. You can catch stress. We were just talking about this in my communication foundations course!

2. With the beginning of our yearly road trips in sight, I’ve picked up puzzles, a screen time free activity set, koala neck supporters, and lap desks for the road.

5. I love the clean scents from southern firefly.

6. Eyeshadow layering.

7. Pizza bread takes me back to one of my favorite college dinners.

9. Ideas to shake up my breakfast routine.

10. Flowering trees to look at from afar.

11. The benefits of weight training.

12. Classic ruffles for Spring.

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Deep dish pizza

Saturday night dinner. Make the pizza sauce, save yourself time and buy canned pizza dough (or pick up fresh pizza dough from Publix). And definitely get the whole milk mozzarella and cut it into cubes instead of shredding. I made this in a 9×13 brownie pan, and only heated the oven to 475 (our oven is firmly against 500 degrees). And let it cool for at least five minutes before you eat it. You’ll probably need a knife and fork. It’ll be worth it. You may even need to make two. Just a thought. Enjoy!

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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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