I love the 4th of July for so many reasons. There is the food, the sociableness, and best of all, the fireworks. When I was younger, we would always go down the road to a friend’s house to shoot off fireworks. The boys were older than me but I loved help set them off. They shoot up in the sky and burst into a million sparkling pieces and I was in awe of their beauty. Everything has always seemed so much more magical under sparkling lights. As I grew older, I was able to go to a few 4th of July parties with some friends. These always felt like a special adventure because I was able to see how others celebrated the holiday. While the fireworks mostly stayed the same, the food was always different. There would be the classics: Hot dogs, chips, potato salad. But sometimes there were new surprises like homemade ice cream and blueberry/strawberry cheesecake bars!
I’ve spent years on the edge of my seat, never feeling at peace. I’ve either been waiting for something to happen or I’ve been trying to make something happen. While I hate to think of myself as discontent, it’s been my truth. I’ve always been looking forward to when we bought a house, paid off our credit cards, graduated college, and so much more. About two years ago, I hit a wall… hard. I finally realized that if I spend my whole life waiting for the next big thing, it would never be enough. The saying that “tomorrow never comes” was as clear as the water after a storm. This realization has been hard sometimes but honestly, it’s been the best thing for me.
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School ended a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been searching for ways for the boys to burn off their energy before bedtime. As many boy moms know, those sweet angels of ours seem to hit an all-time energy high right before bedtime. It’s like the witching hours at our house including but not limited to racing through the house, arguing, yelling, and most of all: wrestling. Being the good mother I am, I try to let them work of the energy outside. It seems kids do not get outside enough and sometimes some fresh air is just what you need to get a good nights sleep. I’ve come across some low to no-cost ideas that I think might help the boys but also benefit me [WIN!] and so, I thought I’d share them with you!
Have you ever been somewhere and immediately felt the urge to go back? That is exactly what I felt when we left our final destination, Barcelona. Our adventures were all fun but I was so excited to see Barcelona that I could hardly stand it. There was something about Barcelona that gave me so much joy and once we got there, I understood that feeling. I had completely romanticized Barcelona and I was right to do so. The weather was perfect, the food was wonderful, and the buildings were breathtaking. I could have roamed there all day if I would have had the time. I have placed a week stay in Barcelona at the top of my bucket list.
Gabe has 7 more days of school. Do you remember that feeling? The feeling of freedom right at your fingertips? He is so excited for summer break. I know he will miss his friends but his excitement is contagious and nostalgic. Days of sleeping late and doing anything I wanted around the house. Sure, my mom made sure we had chores and certain things had to be done but I’d trade a week of work for that almost any day. The close of the school year, paired with the Oklahoma heat, has me thinking about summer activities and what I want to see out of this time. So, I’ve started a summer bucket list. I wanted to share with you what I’m adding to my list and see what’s on your summer bucket list. Be sure to list some of your items below in the comments.
Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! I love a reason not to clean my house and make my family do want I want for a weekend. After all, I don’t feel much guilt if I make the boys all go and do girlie things for one weekend out of the year! Our plans are actually pretty low key this year. I think the only time we will be getting out of this house will be going to church. Honestly, that is perfectly fine with me. I’m looking forward to some baking and a serious movie night with the boys. On Wednesday, while I was at work, a package came for me. While I do a lot of ordering for my department, this box was a little different. I opened it to find a love letter from all my boys and chocolate covered strawberries! Be still my beating heart.
This week, I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces from a little bit of everywhere. Enjoy!!
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As I write about our fourth day of our European adventure, I can’t help but find it hard to believe that we were actually in these beautiful places. The culture is just completely different. I’m in love with how their culture is to build up, not out. They care for their older buildings by taking care of them as you would anything you love. They have flaws but they don’t let that stop them from sprucing things up and adding some bright flowers to their balconies. One day we will go back, but it will be quite some time. Read More »
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Mother’s Day is very special holiday for many. Our mother’s bend over backwards from the moment they know we are theirs to ensure that we are always safe, healthy, and happy. Since becoming a mother, I now see this more clearly. Each one of my boys has taught me something different, something more precious. They have given me gifts that I don’t know that I would have otherwise. While it’s true that mothers would be fine having kisses and hugs, they do appreciate other gifts. I’ve used my own personal experience [plus a few close mom-friends] to gather some ideas that are sure to be a hit!
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate and it’s always a little sweeter when it’s on a Friday. I usually try to have a get together with friends to celebrate but I think this year we will be doing something a little more low-key. Our city is hosting their annual Arts Festival this week and we love to attend when we can. Since our weekend is full of birthday parties, I’m thinking Friday night or Sunday afternoon are our best options to walk around and see all the art! Hopefully they will be selling margaritas or wine to enjoy at one of the many food trucks.
Everyone knows that some of the best sales are during a holiday weekend! I’ve found a couple worth checking out and I’m sharing some great Cinco de Mayo recipes that are great crowd pleasers. Read More »
On our European adventure, I was most surprised by our stop at Palermo. It was raining when we got off the ship and the port area wasn’t exactly clean. We also didn’t have a plan for what we were going to do -my nightmare- and we were being bombarded by people trying to sale us things. Basically, things were not looking great. We decided to get on a hop-on hop-off bus, which dropped us off a few blocks from the ship. As we got off the bus, the rain stopped but the clouds continued to hang out for most of the day.