Monday, May 23, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - Favorite Vacation Edition

I am so excited to for today's post!  Last summer we had THE BEST time on our first real family vacation - a road trip to Colorado!

We drove through Amarillo and made the most of the crazy long drive by making lots of stops for ice cream and tourist attractions like Cadillac Ranch ;)

We made it to Colorado and were READY to breathe in the mountain air.  Summer in Texas can feel suffocating and we were so excited to get to experience some cooler temperatures!

We stayed in Vail which was beautiful. Just walking around Vail Village and letting the kids play on the playgrounds (Starbucks venti in hand, duh!) was vacation enough.

We stuck our feet in our share of icy river water...

... and indulged in some sweet treats.

We swam in one of the most picturesque settings EVER...

... and Luke had the best day ever when we got to go into a REAL MINE and then pan for gold!

Griffin was most excited about the candy :)

We rode up gondolas...

... and slid down slides...

... played mini golf...

... tried out a ropes course...

... and explored Lionshead one evening.

My FAVORITE part of the whole trip was hanging out down by the river right outside of our condo.  The boys loved throwing rocks and getting out into the river a bit to feel how cold the water was.  It reminded me so much of all the evenings I spent throwing rocks at my grandparents cottage.  Pure summer perfection.

We hiked and explored....

... climbed and took in the amazing views.

We enjoyed lots of dinners out on the balcony...

... attempted family selfies down by the river...

... marveled at the wildflowers (while pretend fighting)...

... and then road tripped back home.

The trip was fun-filled, but relaxing and the perfect mix of activities and exploring.

You can check out all the details on these posts...
... including what we did, where we ate, where we stayed and what we loved.

And if you have a question, leave it in the comments and I'll get back with you!

I loved this vacation so much because it included all of our favorite people, but our best pre-kids vacation was a trip we took through the Canadian Rockies that you can read about HERE.  Can you tell that we're cool weather vacation people? ;) Sweatshirt weather is perfect weather and we tend to seek that out when we can.

And since we're talking about cool weather vacations, our trip to The Homestead is worth mentioning as well.  I was pregnant with Mason when we went and I still occasionally dream about the naps and bubble baths I enjoyed on that trip.

Now it's your turn!  Link up below and share your favorite vacation(s)!   I can't wait to see all of your favorite spots!

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Weekend Recap: We're In Edition

Happy Monday, friends!
It's Sunday night and I just sat down to write this post and MAN is this weekend a blur.
Friday morning we closed on the new house and pretty much after that it was non-stop. 
Movers, painters, deliveries, internet, TV, etc., etc. etc.  

I'm happy to say that everything went smoothly... all of our stuff is here and there were minimal tears :)  Moving is STRESSFUL and add onto that three kids and it can be pretty darn overwhelming.  We can't say thank you enough to my parents who helped us a TON and made the process 2000 times easier than it would have been otherwise.

We are settling in and I'm trying to work a room at a time getting things unpacked and set up.  The problem is that I have to see everything out in order to pick and choose where I want things, so our dining and living room look like Homegoods threw up in them :)

I finished up the kitchen Sunday night and got most of the family room done as well.  Our last day of school is Thursday and I can't WAIT to start working on the other rooms.

Thank you so much for all the sweet encouragement this weekend and really through this entire process.  I feel like I had dozens and dozens of personal cheerleaders and it was seriously the best. 

Also, this cute kid graduates from PreK today!!!  I'll have more on that later this week, but the short version is that we're crazy proud of him.

Tomorrow is Show and Tell Tuesday and the topic is Favorite vacations!  I need a vacation right about now so I'm excited to peruse everyones posts!  

Happy Monday, Friends!!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites - It's CLOSING DAY Edition!

Well, today is closing day!  We're signing the papers on our new house and we are PUMPED!!!  Except that then the work starts :) hahaha  

Earlier this week while I was looking through pictures for my post about "home" I came across some of my FAVORITE photos ever.

A friend of mine from high school came and took these on a Saturday morning in October of 2012.  I was pregnant with Griffin and we just went about our normal business while Shannon snapped away.  I will FOREVER treasure these pictures and am determined to get similar ones taken in our new house this Fall.

This week I decided to take an extra hour I had and knock out teacher gifts for the boys teachers.  I stopped in to Anthropologie with the intent of buying them each one of my FAVORITE candles.  But I got sucked into their kitchenwares and ended up leaving with one of these BEAUTIFUL dish towels and sets of measuring spoons for each of them.

I'm not sure how I'm going to wrap them (all my craft and wrapping stuff is packed up, but I'm seeing brown craft paper and bakers twine along with some fresh flowers.  We'll see :)  If it looks cute wrapped I'll share next week.

We ordered a table from National Rustic and they are so awesome they finished our table ahead of schedule!  The only problem was that delivery day was Tuesday... and it had to be delivered to our current house.  hahaha

OMG!!!  Isn't it perfect!!!  Their tables are totally custom and they can do chairs, benches, etc. all to order.  I ordered 2 sets of the x-back chairs (one of the chairs is going to to at the built in desk in the kitchen) and got a different set of chairs to go on the ends.  I thought it would be fun to mix it up :)  The bench wasn't my first choice aesthetically, BUT it's going to be great for our everyday life as well as entertaining.

We couldn't let the first night with our new table pass by without breaking it in so we celebrated with cake... at the table... amongst the boxes :)  

I am SO excited for the life that's going to happen at this table over the years!

Evystree released a NEW style of hoodie this week... it's similar to my FAVORITE, the Sophie, but is so lightweight and airy for summer.  The fabric is tissue-y and soft and it's the perfect "throw on top" layer for when you're going to be in AC and might need something on your arms.  

I paired mine with this top and, I have a feeling this shirt will be on repeat this summer.  It's light and airy and flowy without being too flowy. ;)

The v-neck isn't too deep and the pattern is a great scale.  The shirt also comes in a few other patterns and colors that are pretty great as well.  I found the top to run true to size... although if you have a larger bust you may want to size up so that the buttons don't pull.

My straw tote is from Lands End years ago, but here are a few cute options...

And since I'm talking about clothing on repeat... we need to talk about this flamingo dress from Poppy Whitaker!  This style of dress is my favorite one she's made - it's twirly and comfy and the length is PERFECTION.  Griffin is in a 3T and I see her getting lots of wear out of it this summer and again next Spring.

Her appliques just keep getting better and better!

My next FAVORITE is super random, but I watched both of these videos again this week and they are so cute!

I love me some Kristin Chenowith and if you haven't heard her sing "Taylor the Latte Boy" before you should check this out ;)

And then when you have a minute, Taylor's rebuttal is my FAVORITE.

We have a new FAVORITE book in our house called "Rules of the House".

"Ian always follows the rules.  His sister, Jenny, breaks them all the time - especially "don't pinch."  So Ian is thrilled when the house where his family is vacationing posts a tidy list of rules.  But when Jenny breaks them all, the house itself decides it's time for payback.  The rug, the stove, and the bathtub are hungry for rulebreaker soup, and they've found the perfect ingredient: Jenny!

Now Ian is faced with a thorny question: What if saving your sister means breaking the rules? 

It's a hilarious tale of sibling rivalry, moral complexity and disgruntled monsters, perfect for sharing with your own favorite rulebreakers."

The illustrations are precious and my kids loved the storyline.

Disney-Hyperion sent my kids this book, and is providing a prize pack for one of my readers including the book, a special toothbrush and a $25 Toys R' Us gift card for your little rule follower!  

Next up is a FAVORITE new addition to my arm party - this JORD watch!  It haven't worn a watch in forever and a half, but the unique design and fun color is helping my up my accessory game ;) 
It's lightweight, great quality and I have loved mixing it in with bracelets as well as wearing it solo.  

The pink is right up my alley and the wood tone is light and perfect for summer.

Luke's favorite part???  Being able to see the mechanics on the back.  Isn't that cool?  The only problem is that he wants to take it apart :)

They have a great selection of mens and women's watches and I think a wood watch would be a really unique gift for Father's Day.  Probably not the pink :) hahaha

You can find my watch HERE or check out their entire line HERE.

Also, you can click HERE to enter to win a $75 JORD watch credit - and even if you don't win the big prize, everyone who enters will get a $20 coupon!

Next up is the cutest zoo EVER.  Luke's class has been working on a partner research project that culminated in a "talking zoo".  They're taking their show on the road and presenting it at the Senior Center tomorrow, but yesterday I got to go to the dress rehearsal and it was PRECIOUS!  The tigers were my FAVORITE ;)

I mean!!! Luke is quite the little performer :)

This weekend is going to be nuts.  We're attempting to move over some things this afternoon after closing and then the movers come tomorrow morning at 7 am.... and we don't just have movers to coordinate, but painters, furniture delivery, internet installation, cable installation, alarm system installers, etc.   Mason graduates from Prek on Monday and exams start on Tuesday!  The countdown to summer is ON and we are so excited!

Happy Friday, Friends!   
Shoutout to JORD for providing me with the GORGEOUS watch to review.  I absolutely love it!  And thank you to Disney-Hyperion for partnering with me on the Rules of the House giveaway.  Last, this post contained affiliate links, which means that if you clicked on an item and made a purchase I may receive a small commission.  THANK YOU!!!
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