Friday, May 11, 2018

The Highlights

Happy Friday! Hope you've had a nice week.  My pinky toe is feeling much better and I'm getting used to wearing a boot almost 24/7.  Being on crutches was exhausting so I'm glad that part is behind me.  We had lots of fun things going on this week.

We have been spending a lot of time outside!  The weather has been gorgeous.  I'm missing going on walks every afternoon, but I'm hoping to get back to walking with the kids in June.

Our country club had a beer tasting event recently and we had the best time.  I was skeptical because I'm not a beer drinker.  Basically I was just going for the food... beer cheese soup, soft pretzels, apps and more.  I ended up finding a drink I loved: Arnold Palmer Spiked.  How could you go wrong with a spiked mix of sweet tea and lemonade!?!  ALL of the ladies there were a fan.  Kevin loved sampling all the different beers and ranking them.  It was fun to vote on our favorites to see at the club this summer.  They also did parents night out this same night so the kids played downstairs and ate dinner while we were upstairs enjoying dinner alone.  It was a fun night for all of us :)

You all know I've been working hard for the last 3 years to learn how to garden.  I've come a long way.  My MIL came to visit and helped us work on some more front landscaping.  Our house had almost zero landscaping when we moved in.  We're trying every year to work on a different part of the yard.  We added about 30 plants to the yard and they look great!  The kids LOVED helping with their gardening wagons.

My pinky toe is doing a lot better a week after my injury.  It's still very tender and sore, but the pain is much less than it was last week.  Topher loved all of the extra snuggles and relaxing that had to happen this week.  He's the best side kick.

A friend hosted a fun event where the kids got to do shrinky dink hand prints for me.  They turned out so cute.  They're about the size of a half dollar.  And I think it's funny that Fletcher's hand is almost as big as Olive's and he's three years younger than her.

I've been extra thankful for my friends this week.  They've texted, called and helped me out so much.  Friends took Olive to school, came to my house to hang out with my kids while I was at appointments, picked Olive up from school, had her over to play, fed her and brought me care packages to brighten my day.  I couldn't have done this week without their kindness.  She was thrilled for the extra friend time :)

I got to go to my first Mother's Day luncheon with Olive at her school this week.  She'd been working hard on special surprises - fruit kabobs and thumb print flower pot.  She was so happy to have us at her school.  Fletcher loved being there and eating with her.  It's hard to believe we're wrapping up the year for preK and looking ahead to kindergarten in August.

Olive and Fletcher want to see each other first thing when they wake up in the morning.  They're also cooking up a plan that includes sharing a bedroom with bunk beds.  They talk about it nonstop so I think we'll be moving them into one room at some point.  I just love watching them be so sweet to each other.  I'll refer back to this picture the next time they're fighting and arguing over something silly :)

Open gym is always fun for these two.

I read I Can't Believe You Just Said That! Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child's Tongue by Ginger Hubbard this week.  I enjoyed the book and liked how it was organized into 17 chapters from whining to lying to gossiping.  There is something for every parent here.  It was great to read straight through, but the specific chapters would be really easy to read alone as you needed them.  Hubbard fills her book with Biblical truth, Bible verses and Bible stories to help illustrate her parenting points.  I think you could fully implement her plan for taming your child's tongue or slowly introduce her ideas into your parenting plan.  For me, it's overwhelming to think about overhauling my entire parenting plan at once.  So I plan to start small and change a little at a time.  Adding more Biblical truth into my parenting style each year as my kids get older.  This would be a fun book to read with other moms, in a small group or with your spouse.  There is tons to talk about and it would be a great discussion starter.
*I got this book from BookLook in exchange for an honest review of it.

In case you missed it on Polka-Dotty Place:

Monday: Firetruck Festival
Tuesday: 8 Summer Recipes I Couldn't Live Without
Wednesday: Pray for Police

Hope you have a great weekend!!

I'm also linking up with My Glittery Heart


  1. What a lovely week! The night at the country club sounds like so much fun! How neat to have activities like that! So glad to hear that you were so well cared for by your friends this week - they sounds like such good girlfriends!

  2. Love all of this outside time - yay for that! I love the plants you chose and you always have the best book recommendations. Where do you hear about them all! I just keep jotting down your notes but now I need to get reading :) xoxo ERIN

  3. Oh my goodness! That beer tasting event sounds SO SO fun! And I love that it coincided with parents night out! PERFECT! I am so glad you are feeling better and have had so much support from friends! That is AMAZING! You are my hero with all the landscaping and gardening you do!! I have the BLACKEST thumb and don't even want to attempt to keep anything green alive! HA! Hope you have a wonderful weekend...Happiest Mother's Day!!

  4. That country club event sounds like so much fun! And isn't it amazing how friends really show up when needed?! Sounds like you have a bunch of good ones!

  5. I'm glad your toe is getting better! I need to be on the lookout for the Arnold Palmer. It's one of Russ's favorite drinks!


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