Friday, July 3, 2020

Flashbacks

Our 4th of July celebrations of years past. Always good times! Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

July.

Can y'all believe it's July? I feel like we're having a really fun summer so far. We aren't doing much but the boys are older and things just get easier and more fun I guess. I left my house today for the first time since....wait for it....Friday. I literally have not gone anywhere outside of my house for nearly a week. And what is sad is that I hardy even noticed. A true sign of what life has been like since mid-March. I used to feel like I was going absolutely stir crazy with cabin fever if I had even one day where I didn't get out of my house and now I've gone nearly a week and didn't even care. Granted, I did have a lot of work this week so that kept me busy in front of the computer but still. It's sad.
We are looking forward to a long weekend. I always love celebrating Independence Day but this year I am extra happy to celebrate my country that I love so much. Today was a good day in America. Hoping for more like it in the upcoming months!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Play

We have somehow managed to become the go-to play house in the neighborhood. There are a lot of kids on our street and every day, at some point during the day, one of them is knocking on our door to come inside and play. These kids know where I keep the snacks and that they have to take their shoes off if they come inside. Ha! I actually really love it. I like keeping my eyes on my own kiddos (totally a helicopter mom) and the boys love having people pop over to play.
We are really reaching for things to do around here. I set the Wii up for the boys a few months ago and it's been good entertainment! Scott and I got a Wii when we first got married and I remembered I had it stored away in a closet somewhere. I thought the boys would enjoy playing the one game we had that I think may have come with the Wii. They have really enjoyed playing it but started getting tired of playing the same thing over and over. So I got them some new Wii games to play and they came in the mail over the weekend. One of the games is classic Super Mario Bros and y'all. We have had SO. MUCH. FUN playing it. The boys are getting a lot better and I've stillll got it. Ha! It's so crazy because I haven't played Super Mario Bros since I was probably Campbell's age but I remember everything about the game. We needed something fun and new and exciting in our lives and this has done the trick! If you haven't played Super Mario Bros since the early 90's then I highly suggest you start playing!! I think it's even more fun playing as an adult than it was when I was a kiddo. I'm glad the boys have something new and fun to look forward to throughout the day. Between Mario and neighbors coming over, it's turning out to be a pretty fun summer for my boys!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Won't You Be My Neighbor

This is our third summer in our home. Our neighborhood is new and we were one of the very first homes here. The first summer felt a little depressing. We left a wonderful neighborhood full of people we loved and spent a lot of time with to a nearly empty neighborhood with no one around. However, three years later, we now have eleven homes on our street and a lot more throughout the neighborhood! We have gotten to know all of our neighbors really well and it feels good to be part of a community again.
On Saturday night we had a small group of people come to our house for a little party! I have said for a year now that I wanted to have a get-together for everyone on my street so we could all get to know one another better. A few weeks ago I finally decided I needed to stop talking about doing it and just do it. Almost everyone was able to make it and we had such a nice time! We catered BBQ, set up the bounce house for the kiddos, and spent several hours hanging out! The weather was great and we had a nice little breeze and everyone kept saying how fun the evening was. I noticed a lot of people exchanging numbers and that made me happy!!
It has always been important to me to have a good relationship with my neighbors. Some of my very closest friends have been my neighbors. We had such a fun time over the weekend and I'm already planning on another gathering this fall....maybe a fun chili cook-off or something like that!

If you want to have a good relationship with your neighbors I encourage you to take the initiative and do it! Neighbors make for such great friends and we have been so lucky in our last two homes to become friends with so many of our neighbors.

I'm no expert but a few things I have noticed that make a neighborhood community come together are:
1.) A neighborhood Facebook group
2.) Get togethers whether it be the entire family, just ladies, or play dates with the kiddos.
3.) Fun neighborhood events for holidays like an egg hunt, 4th of July bike parade, etc.
4.) Boo'ing your neighbors for Halloween. Shhh....don't tell my neighbors but I start it every year and it's so fun watching it spread throughout the neighborhood.
5.) Introducing yourself to a new neighbor when they move in and bringing them a tasty treat.
6.) Spending time outside so you have a chance to talk to neighbors who are passing by.

May you all have a happy Monday and a merry new week!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wordless Wednesday