On Monday night we met Dave's family for dinner at the Country Club to visit and celebrate his dad, Charles. I had the nachos (one of my FAVORITES) and they smelled delicious :)
This was Griffin's first meal out to not sit in a high chair and she did so well!!!
Griffin played with sugar packets, Luke built Legos and Mason Facetimed :)
Mason was getting antsy near the end of dinner, so he and I headed outside to run off some energy.
Homeboy likes to run!
Luke and Griffin joined us for some twirling...
... and some racing.
The next picture cracks me up because Griffin is basically in the same spot, but Luke is WAY off. hahaha #soclosesister
Everything is a competition! Every. Thing.
Then the boys spent a solid 20 minutes doing this...
Which is why Luke looks like he's going to lose his dinner in the pictures with Uncle Stephen and Cynthia below :)
I may have warned him about rolling after eating a "few" times, but sometimes you just have to learn by experience.
Griffin and Jack Bauer are still each other's FAVORITES.. especially when her breath smells like peanut butter toast :) And let's just reminisce to teeny tiny Jack Bauer back in January!
And y'all can kiss that shaggy dog goodbye... he's getting groomed this morning and will be looking SLEEK by tonight. hahaha
This kid has been smelling STINKY every morning by 10 a.m. when he's been getting home from tennis camp. He's been having so much fun working with the pros and coaches and has made some great progress.
And yesterday he was pumped about the zinc war paint/suncreen that he came home with. He asked me if I could order him some from Amazon Prime. That's my boy! hahaha
Yesterday afternoon we attempted a sensory play activity that is a new FAVORITE for the boys. And my whole kitchen smelled like shaving cream when we were done :)
I saw the directions for this on Pinterest and I was totally skeptical, but the boys were excited about it so we tried it out. We got a big plastic tub and they each scooped out 3 cups of play sand into the tub.
Next, they each got to spray an entire can of shaving cream into the box. I'm fairly certain that Luke's dimple has NEVER been so deep :) I was also just as certain that he was about to turn and spray me with the shaving cream. hahaha
Then we mixed.
and mixed and mixed and mixed.
It was supposed to turn into "sand foam", but ours ended up like mud. We threw in more sand and shaving cream to see if that helped. It didn't :)
Also, note in the picture above that Griffin stuck about 3 fingers into the sandy yuck and was done. "WASH HANDS, MOMMY!!! WASH HANDS!!!"
The boys played for a solid 45 minutes with the gunk before we made them stop so we could clean up. I took all of them (Luke, Mason and the container) out back and rinsed them all off with the hose. :)
It did NOT turn out as planned, but I'm counting it as a success because the boys had a blast.
An activity more up Griffin's alley??? Beads on a pipe cleaner.
She would get one bead on and then want another pipe cleaner. We kept trying to get her to put more on, but she wasn't having it. And the pink pipe cleaners and pink beads were TOPS in her book.
We all made bracelets and this moment may have been my FAVORITE from the week.
My next FAVORITE is seeing how much my littles love the grocery store. That's Griffin waving to the girls at Starbucks :) hahaha
And how about this... while I was prepping stuff for our What Griffin Wore sale earlier this week, Griffin wanted the lights on. So she made it happen.
On Monday night when we headed to dinner I wore some of my FAVORITE things.
And on Wednesday night got to do one of my FAVORITE things... pool time and cruising the golf course with my people!
When Luke was a baby I washed EVERYTHING in Dreft and I loooooooooove the smell. It's one of my FAVORITES. I stopped using it when his eczema was really bad (it's gone now) and have been using free and clear detergent ever since. I'm a big fan of the Unstoppables, but when I saw the Dreft version of them this week I had to give them a try. Oh my goodness, y'all! It's like having a baby again without the spit up smell! :) I washed all of our pillows yesterday and today and they all smell like a precious newborn. It's amazing. (And if you're in the market for a stain remover, the Dreft one is the BEST!)
Who would have guessed that the purchase of an electric pencil sharpener would be Mason's FAVORITE part of the week??? Not me. But it was :)
Back when I worked at a store downtown McKinney I fell in love with Lollia products. I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and they all smell AMAZING, but one of my FAVORITES was always the Breathe perfume. I ran out forever ago and this week decided to reorder it. Mason told me that I smell like zombie, but I'm taking that as a total compliment.
Lastly... It's no secret that I love Matilda Jane - I fell in love with the brand before I even had a girl. I loved giving it as gifts and would admire it on other little girls. After having Griffin it wasn't long before I had her in her first piece of Matilda Jane and it's been a love affair since then. I think that the designer and founder of Matilda Jane, Denise DeMarchis, said it best...
"It's all about keeping a little girl... a little girl. Keeping her youthful. Keeping her spinning and twirling and carefree. And most importantly, bringing her happiness."
Denise was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago and she passed away this week after a recurrence a couple of months ago. Even though I never met Denise, I found her passion and vision inspiring and was often in awe of the community that she created through a little girls clothing company. The lives she touched and children she impacted through charity around the world was amazing to see.
Whether you like ruffles or don't, if the dresses are "too busy" for your taste or if you just don't "get" the sometimes quirky designs - one thing can't be denied... they're whimsical clothes that make little girls and their moms smile.
I'm not naive enough to think that GG is going to want to wear ruffles and bows and all of that for her entire life, but in years to come when I think back on this time, Matilda Jane will be the backdrop to a lot of those memories. Rather than post a million pictures, I put together a little flipagram of some of my favorite MJ moments from the past two years :)
I LOVE sharing Matilda Jane with all of you and whether or not you "get it" I hope that you feel happy in something you put on this week. Life is short and it's too short not to feel twirly on occasion :)
Happy Friday, girls!
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