Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer Bucket List

I'm really wanting to give my boys a fun summer. I always try to have a fun summer but this year feels like it will be easier to accomplish since they're older. There's a lot more we can do and simply getting out of the house doesn't feel like as much of a production as it used to. I created a little summer bucket list and wrote it on a small dry erase board that I keep in my pantry. A few things on the list are food trucks, water balloons, putt putt, lots of swimming, going to the movies and picking berries. We're already doing good on checking off the berry picking on our list.
A few weeks ago we went strawberry picking. We did that last year and we all had so much fun. Both of the boys did great at picking berries although I think Bennett ate more than he picked.
My kids LOVE fruit so picking berries is a perfect little summer activity for us. Plus I just really enjoy it. It makes me want to grow my own although I'm sure it's very time consuming to maintain so I guess I'll just visit these farms instead.
This morning we did something I've been wanting to do for years-we picked blueberries! For some reason I've never been able to get out to the blueberry farm but today we did it and it might be my favorite kind of berry picking. It took us an hour and we were only able to fill up about half of one of those buckets between the three of us. We had so much fun and the berries, of course, are delicious!!
Tomorrow I'm going to try to take the boys to the movies. Malco theaters (not just in NWA but all over--search to see if your town in included!) have a thing called Kids Summer Film Fest. They play $2 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00. I'm going to try to take the boys a few times this summer. I'm not sure how Bennett will do but we'll see. In a few weeks they're showing Trolls, which he requests to watch almost daily, so I know we'll make it through that one!
Doing my best to give my boys a fun summer! Let me know if you have any fun activities you think they would enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fathers Day Weekend

Happy Monday! We had a great weekend. We were finally able to go to the Farmers Market, something we love to do every summer. I have missed it! We've just been so busy we haven't had an opportunity to go so the first free Saturday that we had a chance to go, we took it! The boys loved it, especially Bennett. He picked out blackberries and blueberries and ate almost all of the blueberries before we got home. Campbell wanted to pet every single dog there. This was the first summer that we didn't have to take a stroller with us. The boys just got to walk around and enjoy and it was super nice. We decided to have lunch at Crepes Paulette once we finished shopping for our fresh goods. I haven't eaten there in a few years and I forgot how delicious it is. Surprisingly, the boys ate their crepe and loved it! It was just a fun little Saturday in our fun little town. The Farmers Market is my idea of a perfect Saturday. I love the atmosphere and getting to pick out fresh food. I hope to go several more times this summer.
After the Farmers Market and lunch, we went to Sam's. I swear we go to Sam's every Saturday. I don't know how that became a ritual but it has. The boys love the samples, I love getting my fruit there, and Scott loves looking at the TV's. It cracks me up that we end up there every Saturday but we do.
Yesterday we celebrated this guy! I made him some homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast, we went to church, had lunch with grandpa, then came home and (as backwards as this is) I took a nap while Scott played basketball and watched Trolls with the boys. I guess that's just a classic example of how good this man is.
Scott is such a great Dad and so helpful to me. We split our parenting and house duties 50/50. He doesn't expect me to do everything just because I stay at home. He is 100% aware of how hard my job is (he works from home so he gets to witness it) so he is my teammate. I am so very appreciative of him and I know that I'm lucky to have him help me as much as he does.
I'm sad I didn't get to see my own Dad on Fathers Day but he is coming up here next week so we'll just have to celebrate him then---because he is definitely worth celebrating! I have a lot of wonderful fathers surrounding me. I'm a very blessed girl.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Boys Disney Outfits

I've gotten some requests to share where I got mine and the boys Disney outfits from and I'm finally getting a chance to get it together and share. I had planned on blogging our outfits anyway because, as you know, Disney outfits are very important. Ha! I'll start with the boys!!
These are the outfits the boys wore on the plane. I think everyone knew where we were headed! I love these little outfits and they're both on sale! Campbell's HERE and Bennett's HERE.
I coordinated their outfits each day, obviously. Everyone at Disney does that so even if you aren't into coordinating, you totally need to for Disney! I ordered these shirts for them months and months ago. They are one of my favorite shirts the boys have--even cuter in person! I got a lot of compliments on these while we were there. It was perfect for our first day at Magic Kingdom! Get them HERE.
This will be of no help but since I know some will ask, I'll just share. Campbell's Mickey shirt is from Gap but it's not on the site anymore. Maybe it's still in select stores?! Bennett's precious bubble is from a Facebook boutique called Sweet LaRose Clothing. I ordered it from a BST Facebook page called Snips and Snails Upscale Boys Re-Sale. The person selling it bought it for a Disney cruise and it didn't come in, in time so I took it off her hands! It's adorable and was perfect for our beach day. It ended up raining hard that afternoon so I traded Bennett's bubble for a little Mickey shirt, also from Gap, so he could be comfortable. I don't have any pictures because of the rain.
I've gotten a lot of questions about these adorable Toy Story shirts. They are from an IG account I follow called @sugarplumtees501. It's based out of Little Rock and she got these out to me so fast! They are seriously so cute and Campbell loves wearing his Toy Story shirt.
So there ya go! The boys Disney outfits. I hope this helps those of you that are planning your Disney vacation. I'm already itching to go back!!! Best trip ever.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer School 2018

The summer session of our Mothers Day Out program kicked off yesterday. It will go for six weeks before we have another month long break and the fall session will start. The boys were super excited to go back to school. Campbell has been begging to go back since it ended a month ago. And I was excited for our routine to start back up.
However, both boys were uncharacteristically sad at drop off. First time ever. I was nervous for Bennett because he had a new classroom with new teachers. So I honestly wasn't surprised that he cried. But Campbell. What in the world? He clung to my shirt and his little chin quivered. He is in the same classroom with the same friends. However, his favorite teacher isn't there for the summer session. I knew he'd be bummed about it but I didn't realize he would be that upset. I had a knot in my stomach as I was walking to my car. I couldn't believe both of my boys acted like that!! I don't think they'll do that when they go back later this week. I was told that they both had a wonderful day, of course. I'm glad the  boys have the opportunity to do this in the summer. It beats staying home all day, bored, or running errands with me! I'm looking forward to seeing how drop off goes later this week. I'm crossing my fingers that they leave me in the dust like they always have. No more of this crying business. My heart doesn't like that!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Parade of Homes

I know I have been so MIA for a few weeks now. Life was so hectic but now it's over!! Woo Hoo! We had the parade of homes last week which has consumed our life (at least it feels like it) since February. Now that it's over I feel like life has instantly become less busy and we can just relax and enjoy ourselves and our home now.
The parade of homes was a great success! Scott walked away with three out of the five awards. Best kitchen, best curb appeal, and best overall. I was thrilled for him. He is a fantastic builder and I was so happy to see him rewarded for his work. Scott is involved in every step of the way in a home build. He only builds about 5 homes a year so that he can have his thumb in every single detail. He is always on the job site making sure everything is being done correctly, he goes to every meeting with his customers to help them with their custom selections, and his attention to detail and quality are unsurpassed. He cares about his work and while he knows no home can be perfect, he does his best to make sure it's as perfect as it can be. Scott works very, very hard and he doesn't have an easy job but he does it so well. I couldn't be more proud of him!
We estimated that we had about 2500 people come through our house over the weekend. It was constantly busy. I actually really enjoyed it. I was exhausted by the end of the day but we had a lot of fun! I was a little nervous leading up to it but everyone was very respectful and I was quickly put at ease.
There was no way we could have done the week with the boys and girls in tow so they hung out at Pops and Gamma's house while we focused on the parade. They had a great time but we sure did miss them. Our house was very quiet and extra empty with all four of our little loves gone. It was also extra clean without our little mess makers!!
It was an exhausting week but a really great week! The judging was on Wednesday morning, we had our house photographed and filmed on Thursday, the awards banquet was Thursday night and the parade of homes was Friday-Sunday for most of the day. Very busy week but so much fun! I'm glad it's over though. It was a lot of work but now we get to relax. Finally!