Friday, August 19, 2016

The Best Parts

We had a pretty nice week at our house.  Visited family last weekend while Kevin was out of town for four days, enjoyed some down time at home, made some major progress in the potty training department and then somehow we all ended up sharing summer colds.  So the kids and I are all sick :(  Nothing terrible, but we are never far from a box of Puffs due to our ever runny noses and constant sneezing.  Here's to hoping these silly colds are short lived and that Kevin doesn't catch it.  He's got his first week of Fall classes starting next week so that's no time for a professor to get sick.

The best parts of our week were:

// 1 //
We are having so much fun watching the olympics.  It's fun to cheer the athletes on all day long and all of the different events are so cool.  I may have shed a tear when Kerri Walsh won bronze in beach volleyball, love watching the runners and I think that the USA gymnastics team wins the award for being the cutest girls of all time.  I think they'd be a blast to hang out with.  What have you enjoyed watching??

 // 2 //
He's HOME!
I mentioned that Kevin was out of town for 4 days and it felt like an eternity.  He had a good trip and we were thrilled to have him home.  It's amazing how much longer the days seemed when my partner in crime wasn't there to help me in the evenings.  I am thankful he doesn't travel often.  He loved Seattle (Maybe I can talk him into doing a guest post about his trip :) and brought us back some gifts.  
Olive got a cute t-shirt and he picked out this polka-dotted scarf for me.  He went with a group of guys and he said that he mentioned needing to find a shop to pick out some gifts to bring home.  None of the other guys had even thought to pick up something for their wives so after seeing him shopping for me, they all picked up something for their ladies.  It made me smile to know he was thinking of us on his trip and wasn't afraid to let the guys know he was missing us.  He's a keeper and our gifts were perfect :)

// 3 //
I headed down to visit my parents while Kevin was out of town and the kids and I had a wonderful time.  We got to see lots of family, friends and packed a lot into our days.   It rained a lot or was super humid so we hung out indoor as much as possible.  We ate mexican, went to church with my family, played with cousins, ate with grandparents and had a blast.  I even made sure to get a breakfast sandwich from Hardees on our way home.  I love those things and usually only eat them on road trips.  Definitely a yummy treat.

 // 4 //
I stocked my fridge full of veggies this week so that salad making and eating would be easy.  I've eaten lots of salads and they all look similar to this one.  We also got our double stroller assembled and ready to go on walks.  We've been on two longs walks and I think this will be my best opportunity for exercise right now.  The kids love to ride, talk about all the sights and sounds in our neighborhood and I get a good work out.  Win-Win!

 // 5 //
This book has been getting a lot of hype on-line and I'm happy to report that it's living up to it!  I'm LOVING the book and have almost finished it in just a few days.  Come back next week for a full review, but so far it's inspiring, motivating, thought provoking and I'm taking notes throughout the whole thing.  Have any of you read it yet??  I'd love to hear what you think of it.

// 6 //
We've been scoping out bikes and helmets for Olive because this is what she has decided she wants to be her big potty training prize.  She's loving looking at the options, has definite opinions about what she wants and we have been her biggest cheerleaders as she's working on achieving this milestone.  Isn't this unicorn helmet adorable?!?! 
 Fletcher started eating rice cereal this week and I think he's a fan.  He pays such close attention to our food that I think he was happy to have something solid.  We've ordered some replacement parts for our high chair and are excited that he's ready for these big boy things.  He's also grabbing for toys, babbling all day and loving his toes.

Best Posts of the Week:
I shared my favorite recipe for Indoor S'more Bars

I hope you have a really great weekend!!
Do you have any fun plans in the works?


  1. What a great week!!! I am thinking about getting a couple of those baskets from Target...I like the idea of keeping all of my coffee stuff in a little basket next to the coffee maker and for $3- you can't beat that! So happy you got some family time in...I get to see mine in a few weeks and I can't wait!! And that picture of Olive in the unicorn helmet is AMAZING!! Please tell me you bought that for her!! HA!

  2. I might have to go buy a million of those baskets. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi! I found your blog on the Friday Favorites Link Up! I see that you're from the Midwest, I am as well... Ohio to be exact. I love your hair in that half bun, super cute! Also, you will have to definitely let me know how that book is. I am always looking for a new good read. Consider me a follower :)

    Alisia - Appetizer

  4. *sigh* i wish we had target! they just up and left us canadians :( great haul, though.

  5. Yay for Kevin being home. You are a super mama for the road trip! Woot!

  6. That is so sweet of Kevin! My husband would totally be one of the guys who hadn't even thought of it, bless his heart. And OMG so many sweets in one place. I'm having major cravings, but I have to say that salad looks amazing too.
    Blessed Messes

  7. I agree - I think you should have him do a guest post on Seattle. That's a place I've ALWAYS wanted to visit. In fact, I joke that I should have been born there as much as I love cloudy weather and rain.
    I've heard that Seattle has the highest rate for people depressed and they link it to lack of sunshine. CRAZY huh? I'm like "send me, that's my happy place is the cloudy weather! lol"

  8. Those animal helmets always leave me cracking up. I am so glad he is home I imagine that was a very long 4 days without him. The scarf he brought you is gorgeous too. Well done Kevin. I hope you are having and amazing weekend!

  9. I am loving the scarf your husband brought back for you! It is so pretty. And how very thoughtful. And I hear ya on the missing your partner. I am an Army wife and man oh man, I am getting so exhausted from this parenting alone stuff! My husband was gone for 6 weeks this summer, home for 7 days, and gone again for 2 weeks. Gah. I just want his help again! But we mommas are a tough breed, for sure! Great post, by the way. I love all your favorites!

    I would love for you to come join my weekly link up On the Edge of the Week! It goes live every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EST and stays open for the week! Have a wonderful day!


  10. My husband travels frequently for work, and I know what you mean about the nights seeming longer! I couldn't imagine it if I had a child as well- my pups are hard enough!! - Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1

  11. Praying you all are feeling better and that Kevin stays well! Love your scarf - and love that Kevin inspired the rest of the guys to be thoughtful. :) Also, I just realized your sister has a blog...and she's also married to a Kevin? Did I read that correctly?

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  12. I have that book on my Amazon wish list. Love the bike helmet!! So sweet he bought y'all gifts! I would say he is a keeper for sure!!!

  13. Olivia got a big bike and loves it. She rides it all the time. It was going to be her birthday present but grandma got it early. How's potty training going?


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