On Monday of this week it was overcast and nice out in the morning so all of us headed out to back to do some of our FAVORITE things.
Well, the kids did their favorite things, Dave and I did yard work :)
Later in the morning ,one of our FAVORITE guys (a former student of mine) came by to help us out in the yard. Dave and I laughed so hard because the kids talked to and at him the entire few hours he was over. Sam had been at strength and conditioning at school for several hours before coming over and we joked that talking to 3 little kids for two uninterrupted hours may have been more exhausting :)
When I did my post about the Perot Museum on Wednesday, I forgot to include a couple of my FAVORITE pictures from my phone.
Griffin wasn't so sure what to think of the elevator, but she refused to hold on. #wildwoman
My van was getting serviced earlier this week to make sure we were good to go for our Colorado trip and while it was at Honda we were driving around in what Luke lovingly referred to as "the tank" :)
Their FAVORITE part?? All being on the same row. The hitting, touching, grabbing, taking, etc. of having everyone so close was not my favorite :)
I'm not sure where/how I heard about Jim Gaffigan's book "Dad is Fat", but I ordered it on Amazon after reading the reviews on Amazon and I am LOVING it! It is SO FUNNY! I was reading it last night and was laughing out loud. Dave asked me what was so funny and when I tried reading it to him I couldn't get through the passage because I was giggling so hard.
It is a super light, hysterical read and my cheeks hurt from laughing - which is my FAVORITE.
(sidenote: Dave thought that it was just a case of "ten stupid thirty", but he thought it was just as funny as I did. What is "ten stupid thirty"??? It's been a joke since I was about 15 when we would go out with friends and at 10:30 I would get giggly)
Griffin is a girl after my own heart :) She and I have a few of the same FAVORITE things.
Hot tea and a baseball cap.
Last week Luke went to a friends house for a play date and came home with a dozen fresh eggs from their coop. Ummmm, best play date ever. I used a couple to make our FAVORITE cookies.
(PS - I always use the original Nestle tollhouse cookie recipe and I chill the dough before scooping it onto the cookie sheet)
Mason has been attending a preschool music camp at church this week and I've been enjoying some sweet time with my biggest and smallest.
And then yesterday we got to hang out with one of our FAVORITE big boys as well while his mama took down the Nordstrom Sale :)
And speaking of sale, a few of the Anthro items that I mentioned earlier arrived this week and I was so excited to show y'all I threw them on with my jeans and baseball cap. #priorities #momlife
This blue blouse is GORGEOUS! The light in my bedroom is awful, but you can see the true color in the foreground of the pick where I'm showing the cute back.
I LOVE the floral on this poncho so so so much! It's a really lightweight knit and will be great for going back to school.
And I am ecstatic about this henley. Yes, I realize that that is dramatic - but it's true. I love the fabric, fit and how easy it will be to transition into cooler weather. I read that it was "tight" across the back and doesn't have any stretch, so I ordered up a size.
Cute with a scarf and flats as well!
Luke's new FAVORITE thing is taking pictures with my camera and he took these the other day while we were working on our Eric Carle crafts. He instructed me to make silly faces and act like I was trying to grab him :) hahaha
Little photographer in the making? Maybe!
Model in the making? Heck, no :)
And speaking of cameras, how awesome is my new camera strap! I snagged it on Fourth of July when she was doing an extra 30% off her sale items and free shipping.
In case you've been living under a rock and didn't know - there's a big sale happening right now at Nordstrom. Check out my FAVORITE picks so far HERE.
When I was approached by Tabitha on Instagram about picking out a Keep Collective bracelet to share, I immediately knew what I wanted it to say. When I told Tabitha about Ashleigh and why I picked "Light and Momentary" as my saying, she emailed me right back to let me know that not only was she sending me one - but was including one for Ashleigh as well. I've been wearing it every day and I love looking down and having a reminder of her amazing perspective and strength. My next plan is for a #mandastrong bracelet!
And last, but CERTAINLY not least is the best diaper bag there ever was.
I am absolutely IN LOVE with my Elizabeth in Brandy full leather diaper bag. It's stylish, but CRAZY functional at the same time.
I never like to brag on things unless I've fully tried them out and, let me tell you, I've put bag through the ringer the past couple of months and I keep reaching for it because it's a total winner :)
I notoriously carry around way too much junk. If there's a crisis and you need sunscreen and snacks, I'm your girl (or if we ever find ourselves on Let's Make a Deal you'll be glad you have me with you).
I've kind of moved on from the "baby bag" phase that I have been in for a full on SEVEN YEARS, but find myself carrying just as much (if not more!) stuff than I ever have. Because we need things to keep us hydrated and fed and entertained and everyone wants to bring a toy as we're walking out the door, but no one wants to lug it through the museum like they promised they would :)
I present to you, my haul...
Yes, this is for real. Welcome to the glamorous life of a mom of three.
Just the essentials :)
The best part is that all of this fit, without being crammed or disorganized, and I don't feel like I'm going to dislocate my shoulder carrying it all around because BACKPACK STRAPS!
And all the moms say Amen.
I can quickly change the strap from crossbody to backpack and then remove it just as quickly if I want to "disguise" that I'm carrying anything other than a super stylish handbag :)
Now everyone who wants to hold a hand can! (can we pause for a minute and mourn that Luke doesn't want to hold my hand 100% of the time anymore?!?!?! #insertuglycry)
I have toted it everywhere and with everything and I can 100% vouch for it's awesomeness. If you're thinking it's pricey, let me assure you that it's worth every single penny. It's a bag that you'll carry YEARS beyond the diaper bag phase and after carrying mine almost exclusively it still looks almost brand new... in fact, it's almost gotten better over time.
Happy Friday, friends!!! This weekend I'll be scrambling around getting ready to hit the road and head to the mountains with my crew. Any road trip tips from some seasoned travelers? We have movies, snacks and wireless headphones.... what else do I need to pack for my kids in the car?
PS - Shoutout to Tabitha at Keep Collective for providing me and Ashleigh with wrap bracelets. It was SUCH a kind and generous gift and I appreciate it so much and to Lily Jade for the AMAZING bag! This post contains affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase an item I may receive a small commission.