brainy brainy brain dump

1. I have to keep writing brain dump posts and random posts because I keep forgetting to take out my camera when we’re doing fun things. I know, I know, it means I’m having fun, too, and not focusing on taking pictures. But I want pictures! It makes for more interesting blogging, sure, but it also will be important to me and my kiddos someday. Gotta remember to take pictures of the fun!

2. And we are having so much fun! This summer is already flying by, and we’ve been filling our time with more fun that we have in the past. The boys’ ages are so great that I feel like we can just go, go, go, nap, and go, go, go some more! We’ve had lots of trips to the pool, the zoo, swim lessons, swim camp, romps in the backyard with the dogs and the slip ‘n slide. I really gotta remember to take pictures of the fun!

3. We got our preliminary kitchen cabinet drawings today and I’m starting to feel panicky. Once again, I gotta remember to take more pictures because I want to do an actual house update. But now that I’m looking at the kitchen cabinet drawings I’m trying to decide if we want more drawers or more cabinets. And do we want any glass doors or will that drive me crazy having to keep them tidy? I’ve been pretty low key and easy-going about house stuff so far, but these decisions just make me nervous.

4. I’m going to see Nina in just a couple of weeks! It will be so great to have a couple of days with my dear friend. And then we won’t go on vacation until August. We’re going back to Orange Beach, Alabama. Gulf Shores/Perdido Key/Orange Beach are just my favorite place because they bring back such great memories. And I’m excited about a late-summer vacation!

5. I was heading to choir rehearsal last night, and I left the house 45 minutes before I needed to be there. And then I spent the next 50 minutes sitting in stand-still traffic on the interstate. Good gravy, that’s so frustrating!

6. I do not like wearing makeup in the summer. I need to share my favorite summer makeup with y’all, but I really would just prefer not to wear it at all. (Here’s last year’s post on my favorites for summer.) And in a perfect world of perfect skin and long, dark eyelashes instead of my super blonde, almost invisible eyelashes, going makeup-free for three months would be fantastic. But, alas, I don’t live in that world and I really need makeup.

7. It’s hot, y’all. Somehow it jumped from a cool 85 degrees to 98 degrees in just a day. Hello, summer! So nice to see you so soon!

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Five on Friday

*I’ve kind of slacked off the blog this week. And, you know, sometimes that’s just the way it is. Family comes first. Fun comes first. Writing an actual blog post doesn’t take longer than 45 minutes for me, but keeping up with comments, emails, and everything else does take up a lot of time. And I just haven’t felt much like opening that door this week. It’s the ebb and flow of blogging, and the fun comes and goes. 

I’m linking up today with Darci and the other girls for Five on Friday to share some things I’m loving and just some other fun things I want to share on this Friday!

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1. I am absolutely loving this T-Rex wedding party photo that went viral. Todd and I saw it on the Today Show yesterday morning and just laughed and laughed! (We’re big Jurassic Park fans.) I just love the looks on everyone’s faces! It must have been so much fun to do this.

(photos by Baton Rouge photographer, Quinn Miller)

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2. We are Knoxville-bound today. We’re hitting the road for Tennessee later this morning and heading to the wedding of one of Todd’s good friends from law school. We’re bringing Hudson and Hayes with us, and I’m just so excited to have a little weekend out of town. And super excited to see some good friends and a beautiful wedding.

3. We went to the zoo twice this week with friends. We’re trying to make the most of the cooler (80-degree) mornings and get to the zoo before it gets too hot. We met Emily and Jack there on Tuesday, and then met John, Dolan, and Emma there on Wednesday. The big kids got ICEEs. A Coke ICEE was my favorite thing in the world when I was a kid.

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We are so ready to be getting to the pool every afternoon. Next week, that’s our plan!

4. I’ve been such a Pure Barre slacker this summer. I used to go to a class that met at 9:30, right after I dropped the boys off at preschool for the morning on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. But the early morning class is at 6:00 a.m., and I’d have to wake up at 5:00. And I just don’t see that happening. But, goodness knows I need to tone, burn, and lift! It’s swimsuit season, friends! I’m trying to work out a couple of mornings and one evening that I can get back to Pure Barre.

5. The house has outside walls! And we chose our roof shingle color! Progress, people! Our expected move-in date is October 1. We moved into Nana’s house on November 18, so that’s pretty good progress.

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We still don’t have stairs in the house, so I haven’t been up to the second floor to see the kids’ rooms and the kids’ den/playroom. But I’m so excited to get up there!

We have plenty of furniture and don’t plan to buy brand new everything. I like the things we have and we plan to use them in the new house. But we will have a screened-in porch with fireplace right off the kitchen, and I’ve been pinning away looking for outdoor furniture ideas.

I want it to be a super comfortable, relaxing space we can use year-round. Wish a swing, an outdoor sofa, an ottoman, a TV (for SEC football!), and gas lights! It make take a while to acquire all the furniture to make the space what I dream of.

 

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brain dump and catch up

I feel like I’ve got so much to say, but not enough for a big blog post!

1. The boys’ Peter Pan extravaganza was this weekend and it was so much fun! If I can get my act together I’ll blog about it this week.

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This may have been my very favorite part of the party!

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2. My parents were here this weekend for the birthday party. Having my whole family together for the weekend was fantastic. I really can’t think of anything better. I love this picture of my mom and Hayes on FaceTime on Mother’s Day. It’s so hard to be 800 miles away from my parents, but technology makes it a lot easier.

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3. Walker was here last week, too, and the boys loved playing with him! We had a Bojangles picnic outside in the yard and really loved the pleasant temperatures last week.

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3. Hudson had a soccer game last week and received his very first trophy. He was so excited! He has really done a great job this season and has learned a lot about the game. It’s been a big commitment for all of us, but I’ve loved watching him improve and get more into the game. And he loves seeing all of his friends.

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And the sweet little JV team of 1 and 2 year olds cheering on their brothers and sisters from the sidelines!

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4. I finished Scandal. I watched Season 1 and Season 2 from start to finish in about a week’s time. And then I was able to watch the finale the night it aired. And now I don’t really know what to do with myself. I am missing Olivia Pope! If you haven’t watched Scandal, do it this summer! I even got KK hooked and she watched the whole thing, too. Watch it now!

5. I’m trying to find a new show to watch with Todd this summer. Maybe House of Cards on Netflix? I feel like we’ve seen everything else!

6. The second floor of our house is being framed name. It’s so exciting to watch it all come together. I am going to answer all of your questions about it in a blog post. I currently have a large white farm sink sitting in Nana’s garage. The sink was one of our big “must haves.”

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7. We haven’t booked our summer vacation yet and I’m itching to pull the trigger to get back to Isle of Palms!

8. Our Sunday School class had an indoor picnic yesterday after church and then we had a big family game of kickball. It was so much fun! I was on “Hayes duty,” but Hayes just wanted to be in the outfield with his Daddy. He was so excited to get to be a part of the team.

9. Todd and I went to the Carrie Underwood concert a few weeks ago and had the best time. This was our second time to see her and she is just as amazing as ever. She belts it out all night long and looks absolutely stunning. I just love her!

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10. I love this side-by-side comparison of Hayes in the first week of school and in the last week of school. I can’t believe how much he has grown up!

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11. Don’t forget about Build ‘Em Up tomorrow. We’ll announce more topics soon because we’ve loved keeping this going and connecting with so many of you! Tomorrow’s topic is all about our parenting differences and we should be confident in motherhood.

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catch up and brain dump

1. The house is coming along. It’s such an interesting process. Right now, we’re looking at the the crawl space/foundation and wondering how all of our house is going to fit on top of that “small” space. I know it will start to look normal soon.

2. Choosing major kitchen appliances is stressful. They’re big purchases. We don’t want the most high end appliances, but want quality appliances that won’t need repair in six months. Just stressful to be making these decisions.

3. Smash is one of my absolute favorite shows, and now it’s ending. I just love this show. I’ve watched it from the beginning. I love musicals, I love the storyline, I love all of the characters and the singing and dancing. I’m so sad about this! Does anyone else watch?

4. Our 5th anniversary is Friday. We have dinner plans and I really want to go see a movie. And I’ve ordered a small replica of our wedding cake. Just because I can’t get enough of almond-flavored cake.

5. Hayes’s 2nd birthday is on Sunday. We’re going to do a small family party for him since their joint party isn’t until later in the month.

6. Hudson is such a hoot. He says the funniest things every single day. I’ve been slacking on keeping notes on my phone to remember the goofy things he says, but I have started doing it again. My father-in-law sent me this text when we were out of town and I just laughed and laughed!

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7. I’m thinking of starting a weekly thing on my blog where I repost something from my archives. Something serious or funny or organizing tips? Maybe I’ll start today? What do you think?

 

 

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