Happy Monday, Friends!!! This weekend was a fun one! Thursday night we walked down to the park in our neighborhood with these crazies. We are so excited about spending lots of time here when the weather cools off!
Friday morning the kids and I ran errands and our first stop was Wal-Mart. Griffin insisted on wearing her princess shoes and bringing along her kitty on a leash.
I obliged because really, what difference does it make and she lasted about 5 minutes before she rode in the cart. The deal was that if she didn't want to walk in the shoes she had to ride in the cart (which she isn't a fan of), so I'm thinking the lesson was learned!
Meanwhile, this kid brought his own shopping cart full of animals. ;) When my kids make weird requests like this my first instinct is to say no, but in reality... why not! So I like to indulge their little whims when I can. Dave and I took a Love and Logic course back when we only had Luke and the course talked often about giving your children as much say as you could (obviously within reason) when it wasn't super important so when it was time for something important they felt like they had already made tons of decisions.
For example... I let me kids pick out their clothes every day this summer. Mismatched, backwards, whatever. But on Sunday mornings I pick out the clothes and when they protest I say, "Remember that you got to pick out your clothes 6 mornings this week? Now it's my turn" or for lunch I will offer them a choice of fruit, vegetable, yogurt, juice, etc. but then the main course is my choice. It makes them feel empowered and has worked great for us.
Riding in the cart because her shoes hurt :)
He was seriously so pumped to bring his cart. ;)
While at WalMart I let them each pick out a little craft to work on that afternoon. Griffin picked out a teeny tiny birdhouse that now is multicolored and covered in glitter and googly eyes :)
And the boys picked out these wooden Ninja Turtle masks that they colored with markers.
Cutest TMNT I know :)
Saturday morning we packed up and headed out to the Beach Club to celebrate Miley's birthday! Mason was ready and looking GOOD ;)
That pose! That face! hahaha
Griffin wasn't a fan of the sand at first...
... but she warmed up pretty quickly.
The boys dug a really big hole with a group of their friends and couldn't have been more proud.
Excited to see her friend!
Manda did a FANTASTIC job and the party was so cute!
Griffin was so excited to show Miley what she brought :)
Saturday afternoon the kids all rested and I worked on taking apart a HUUUUGE flower arrangement that Dave brought home and making little arrangements to put around the house. Lots of the time brides will leave all of their flowers at the Country Club just to get thrown out. Crazy, right?
Sometimes they go to assisted living facilities and sometimes Dave and the other employees bring them home. These were so pretty and my house smells FANTASTIC!
It took a while, but it was so worth it!
Up from her nap, but still a little sleepy from such a fun morning at Miley's party.
A little more crafting...
... dinner and then a show :)
We finished the night with forts (the boys needed their own so they could watch Turbo and she could watch more Elena).
Sunday we went to church and I hosted a Matilda Jane show in the afternoon (check out my post below!) and later in the evening I found these two cuties watching Popular Mechanics for kids together. So sweet!!!
I'm not sure how long they're going to be able to fit in that chair together so I'm loving that I grabbed a few pictures.
I start inservice this week and we are planning on making the most of the last few days. Lots of swimming, a trip to the Perot Museum with friends and a few last mornings to sleep in.
Happy Monday, Friends!!!