Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer O' Fun Week 2

We spent the larger portion of Week 2 in The Mighty Mississippi. My sweet Grammy is not doing well and we usually take a trip there in July anyway, so we went ahead early!

Since J had to be at work early, we had a LIIIITTTLE extra time in the airport.  (Like 3 hours extra.) If you haven't had the blessing of spending 3 hours in an airport with a toddler, I suggest you put it on your bucket list. It'll bring you closer to Jesus. 

I do feel like someone has given Greyson an extra shot of Kryptonite these last few weeks (or is this the new normal?), so he was extra rambunctious. Thank goodness the flight was on time and we made it to MS with no problems. (Despite the problem with the blinking button I noticed the pilot was having before take off.  I wish I didn't do this. I watch the cockpit like a hawk, as if there's something I can do about it.

When we got to MS, we went straight to my Grammy's house and got some energy out in the backyard. Greyson was already making CC work for it. (I'm on the patio sippin' lemonade like, "Hey, this is the grandchild you begged me for....")

Greyson loved Grammy's house (because it's awesome) and he found the "toy closet". Most of these toys were ones I played with which were the same ones my MOM and her siblings played with! So we had retro hour! He was amazed.

My Mother-in-law came to get the little cherub and a lot of our time was spent at the nursing home over the weekend....

And my Grammy would NOT BE HAPPY with a bad picture of herself, so I'll share with you my fabulous Grammy.....

YES MA'AM. Isn't she lovely?...
Meanwhile, I'm getting pics from Nona like this.....

And this....

      And this...
If baby wants an entire train track, baby gets...
They had a BIG time and I'm so thankful for me DEAR DEAR in-laws. 

My mom and I did manage to get some time away. (I even got a toddler free shopping trip to Old can read about here.) We also hit up a concert in the park and dinner one night! Although the circumstances were heavy, I did enjoy some long overdue one on one time with my Mama. 

We sort of look alike. ; ) 
On Sunday I headed to my in-laws to pick up the little bambino....he spotted me pulling up from the "Ranger".....

I spent the next few days at my parents house, where the country fun continued....for real....both of our parents houses are like big amusement parks for G, complete with ATV's, shops, tractors, etc. 

My dad has a HUGE work shop...(seriously, their neighbors call it the Taj Mahal) and Greyson is completely OBSESSED with it.  It has every tool and machine imaginable. Greyson calls it the "POP SHOP" and that's where he wanted to be ALL DAY ER'DAY. And listen, while I'm not a 100% girly-girl, there's only so much tool identification and fake screwdriver/hammer work I can handle. #wherestheteaparty

Pop was eating it up though.

There were many rides on the tractor.
Look at those sweet hands. Pop and Greyson's birthdays are just days apart. I remember on Greyson's first birthday, Pop telling him: "'re ONE...and I'm SIXTY-ONE." I feel like this picture is just priceless!
CC's popcorn machine is always a main attraction's the little things, right?
My "hair girl" is in Mississippi, so I figured I'd get a trim while there. (Once you find a good one, there's no turning back!) My mom was with Grammy and there was no way that I was taking G with me alone to the hair salon.  So Pop tagged along and we grabbed some lunch at McDonald's and he was in sole charge while I went across the street for my hair cut. I could tell he was a little nervous, which I thought was hilarious, being that he raised 3 kids of his own. (He's says he has amnesia from it all.) He did great and took G to Dollar General and Fred's, and of course they came back with a new toy. 

By the end of the weekend, my Grammy was back at home, but is still doing rough, so we'd all appreciate your prayers. It was hard to leave her, but we are certainly glad we went! Greyson ended our visit with her by rolling around on her bed and making her some "toast" with the little plastic toaster she gave him.  Sweet memories tucked away in my heart.  : ) 

We got back on Thursday, just in time for Father's Day weekend! 

We hit up the Arboretum on Saturday and had a big time with Dad......

Again...gorgeous background available but not much cooperation for a family photo.....I give up.
I did catch this little gem...these two are BEST BUDS and I love watching them together.
On Sunday, we rolled the Toddler Dice and took G to his first movie, Cars 3.  We could probably all quote the original Cars, so we couldn't wait to see the new one! G sported is "Mater" shirt and off we went! 

The movie was so cute and Greyson did incredible.  Perhaps it was the 20 pounds and 2 gallons of lemonade that kept him busy, but nevertheless, it was a good experience.  He squealed and laughed through all of it! Another checkmark on the Summer O' Fun Bucket List! 

And while it's hard to believe, this is actually the BEST picture I could manage once we were actually inside the theatre. 
And that's it for Week 2! We're still kinda slow goin' during Week 3, but we're having fun! 

Hope your Summer is great so far!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June Must Reads!

We are FINALLY getting back into the swing of things after being gone over a week! We arrived and it was BOOM! THE WEEKEND! BOOM! Father's Day! BOOM! MONDAY AND WE'RE ALL OUT OF CLEAN UNDERWEAR!

It takes me a while to get back on schedule, get the clothes washed, and get groceries back into the fridge!

Anyway, last month I shared some of my favorite recent blogposts, so I figured I'd do that again this month! These are random, but some great topics ranging from emotional to logistical! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

1) We Are Watching Other Kids Grow Up: I love Christie's blog at Letter's From the Nest, and this one convicted me SO MUCH. It talks about how we are so zoned in to our friend's posts about their kids and activities, that our own child is in the next room playing alone. OUCH. Since G and I have a lot of extra time together during the summer, I'm REALLY trying to not look at my phone constantly. I'm trying to focus on him and just PLAY.

2) Now that you've got all the mommy guilt, let's switch gears.  ; ). My friend Vanessa at Collin County Moms Blog put this genius list together, 10 Things Every Mommy Needs in Her Car.  I don't know about you, but I feel like all the crazy happens when we pull out of the driveway. You'll feel like you are organized and WINNING with these simple but handy tips!

3) Speaking of logistics, this post about Ten Ways to Occupy Your Toddler While Showering by Rachel Randolph is now bookmarked on my computer. Now that Greyson is potty training, I can't let him "linger" in his crib anymore while I get ready, and I seriously have used several of these tips since reading this post! It's awesome.

4) Get ready for some laughs (but seriously, TRUTH) in this post about Unspoken Mom Rules. My friend, Mary wrote it for CCMB, but she also has a great family blog at Trust Without Borders.

5) And finally, I was so excited to see a piece I wrote featured on the National City Moms Blog Website! It's about 2.5 years late getting on "paper", but I finally sat down and crunched out my thoughts at Lessons From the Carseat...Life is Full of Red Lights.

HAPPY READING FOLKS! I'll be back tomorrow to recap our Summer O' Fun Week 2!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites: Old Navy Edition

HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL! Me and G just returned from Mississippi yesterday and we are trying to recover from over a week of being gone! I'm stuck in the middle of wanting to take a NAP and wanting to redeem my household. 

As usual, I'm linking up with Narci today for Friday Favorites! 
Narci shared some super fun summery outfits, and while I would NEVER consider myself a "fashion blogger", I DID hit up the Old Navy this week and essentially purchased my summer wardrobe. So I thought I'd share. I rarely have a ton of luck at Old Navy because I do feel like there is just a ton of inventory and and HAVE to try everything on.  Their fits are kind of weird and really vary. But this week, I had a few hours to myself (my inlaws had Lil G), so I thought I'd give it a whirl. 

I did spend a TON of time in there and looked at everything.  They really do have some cute summer things! And I love how affordable it is.  This is a season where I just can't pull the trigger on pricey clothes because....#TODDLERS. I feel like my clothes are always being spilled on, pulled on, stepped on, etc. So here are some super cute but affordable pieces I found: 

I think I actually shared this dress before, and it's safe to say that I'm a little obsessed with this dress. The length is long enough and neckline is high enough that I'm not worried about flashing anyone in any manner as I chase my little wild banshee. It's SO LIGHT and airy, and loose, but somehow, still sort of flattering.  (I don't really know how this works.) This dress can bee super casual, or you can dress it up with jewelry, wedges, etc.  They were on sale for TEN DOLLARS last week, so Mama bought 2. I have the blue striped, so I got the black striped and salmon color. I'm going to wear the heck out of these things this summer!

I actually got a light khaki color, but how adorable are these denim striped ones too? There were several other colors including white, black, green, and a darker khaki.  I LOOOOOVE linen pants for night outings in the summer.  I get cold in restaurants, but who wants to wear jeans!? They are incredible comfortable yet look super trendy. (P.S., I'm 5'1" ish and the length is actually fine on me...I can fold the cuff up if needed.)

I've been trying SO HARD to join the "cold shoulder top" party, but just couldn't EVER find one that fit me right.  I'm short with a shirt torso and narrow from shoulder to shoulder, so I seriously look like a bird or clown in most ruffled cold shoulder tops.  But this one is perfect!  I purchased the white, but wanted the denim one so bad (and apparently so did the rest of America) They didn't have my size, but here's an of what this top looks like. 

PLEASE EXCUSE the gym short pairing and yucky hair. It is against everything Southern in me to post a bad picture of myself, but I had a window of opportunity to shop alone and I TOOK IT. Shower or no shower. But sometimes the model pictures are deceiving. So I took one for the team, y'all.
4) Linen Blend Shorts

YES YES YES to everything about these. They are soft, light, and there's so many colors in them I already have about 5 different shirts I could pair them with! I don't know if I'm brave enough to mix florals and stripes like the picture above, but we'll see.

5) Classic Semi-fitted Tank

This is another item where I could buy one of every color! (And there's lots of colors.) It's exactly what it fitted enough to wear with flowy pants/shorts, but loose enough to eat some fried shrimp and not feel self-conscious. (Because that's my PLAN.)

6) Fit and Flare Cami Dress

This is the lightest, most fun little dress for summer! I can't wait to wear it on our beach trip! There are a ton of fun and colorful prints! AND it's super flattering on all body types with that fitted waistline and flare!

So there's some of my fun finds! Again-if you make an Old Navy run, my advice is to try on a lot everything (a lot of things look a lot better ON your body than on the hanger).  The have a lot of variety and always have great sales! (Make sure to sign up for their emails for extra discounts too!).

We are happy to be home and excited to spend the weekend with "Dad" and celebrate Father's Day!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Summer O' Fun Week 1

Here we go with our first post for the Summer O' Fun! Despite our last minute trip to Mississippi, we still managed to knock a couple of things off of our bucket list before we left! 

The Farmstead is an original homestead built in 1891. There is the beautiful farmhouse (available for tours) and several outbuildings like a blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. They host lots of fun activities including a program for preschoolers once a month on Fridays. Each month is a different theme, and I've always wanted to take Greyson.  I've been to an Adult Easter Egg Hunt at the Farmstead (sounds questionable I know, but it's just a night Easter Egg Hunt with food and drinks.) This place is so charming, so I finally got to take Greyson last Friday and the theme was...drumroll....Fireman on the Farm. 

So he got all decked out in his Fireman gear and to the Farmstead we went. Beforehand, we got to walk around and look at all the animals (chickens, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.) 

He's my Mr. October.
Then we headed into the charming pole barn for story and song time. The Farmstead girls we so fun and animated. 

Then they split us up into 2 groups...our first stop was to see the firetruck. A firetruck never disappoints my toddler.

Then we switched and got to meet the fireman with all their gear. Greyson was ALL IN and asked to wear the oxygen tank, mask, hat, boots, everything! He was in HEAVEN. 

Fist bumping his hero.
Afterwards, we had some cupcakes and a craft time (no pictures of craft time because I was busy stopping G from rolling a glue stick all over his arm.) I will say craft was super fun for those who craft. Then we headed to the back and got to "officially" put out the fire.....this little wooden house had painted fire in the windows that fell down when you sprayed them...adorable.

Finally we went on a wagon ride pulled by a tractor. And if you have a boy toddler you know anything to do with a tractor is a WIN. I think this was actually G's favorite part. 

Fun on the Farm follows the school year (they have lots of camps in the summer), and will start back  in August I think.  Admission is $11 for 1 child and 1 parent. It is a full 2 hours or more of outdoor fun, so no different than if you went to Playstreet. I love stuff with a theme and since they cap attendance at 30, it's not overcrowded. Everybody can see and experience everything. Definitely worth the trip!

2) Swim Lessons

This will actually be an ongoing summer activity, but still on the bucket list regardless. After G fell in my in-laws pool over Easter, I wanted to make SURE this was happening this year. I'm not expecting a total swimmer, but we needed to start on some life-saving techniques. 

So last Monday we arrived for Swim Lesson #1.

We were all smiles and giggles until I actually handed G over to the teacher to begin the lesson. (She doesn't allow parents in the pool which I like.

Greyson lost his ever-lovin' mind. The teacher scooted me to the sitting area and closed the doors, which actually helped.  I could see G actually go in the water through the opaque doors.  

I just KNEW the next day he'd be all warmed up and good to go.  Do you HEAR THE toddler gods laughing at me?????  

HEAVEN HELP. He was screaming so loud he almost bust the plexi-glass. The teacher let him get out and sit on the floor next to me, but still wanted him to watch the lesson, which meant that I had the privilege of sitting in the SAUNA of the indoor pool for 45 minutes. I had actually showered that day and now I had sweat literally running down my stomach.  Mama WAS NOT HAPPY. 

I desparately wanted to do a cannonball by the time the lesson was over.  This was just too tempting. 

Good thing I had a mama day date planned.  We went straight to our buddy's house, I dropped him off with some lunch and we peeled out for the movie theatre.

BTW ladies, our Mama Day Date was a perfect plan.  We shared a sitter and planned our timing to leave right after lunch, so the boys ate and then went down for naps about 20 minutes later. (We just brought our pack 'n play.) So the sitter wasn't overwhelmed and we had several free hours to ourselves! You should definitely try this with your friends!

So that's it for Week 1! Nothing too dramatic but just some fun things that are out of our normal rotation! Can't wait to keep working on our bucket list! Hope your week is going great and would love to hear about your activities!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Today, I bring you Friday Favorites from the good ole State of Mississippi. We are enjoying some family time and checking in on my sweet Grammy who has been a little under the weather. 

My already Southern accent will be so thick by the end of the week that I'll need closed captioning.  

1) We spent last night at Grammy's, which holds MANY memories for me! I spent so much time here. There are so many rooms to explore and Greyson is having a big time digging through all the closets that I used to play in as a kid.  

2) I hosted a Noonday Party this past week, and the theme was "Noonday Summer Soiree". I hit the jackpot on some summer/luau decor at The Dollar Tree.  SOMEBODY was super into the theme.....

I have NO IDEA how he knows what a hula dancer or hula moves are, but he was in it to win it. He told me to "turn on the music" and started shaking his hips!!!
The weather apparently didn't get the memo about my theme because it was raining cats and dogs. We still had a blast and the rain didn't steal our summer spirit! (P.S. The party will close today! You can still shop and place an order here!) Noonday is an amazing company that employs women through fair trade in countries where the cards are really stacked against them.  Every piece is handmade!

Here's some things I have my eye one! 

3) This week was also our first week of swim lessons. BLESS. I had high hopes people, but let's just say the majority of Greyson's time was screaming and the rest sitting by my feet watching the other kids during the lesson.  The second day, the teacher said she might recommend a "private lesson". I.E.: YOUR KID RUINED MY CLASSES AND CAN'T COME BACK UNTIL I STRAIGHTEN HIM OUT. 

At least he had the cute factor going for him in his swimsuit.
4) We enjoyed our buddy Preston visiting this week! During said visit, Preston squeezed through the spindles on the catwalk and on to a 10 foot high landing in our foyer. I'm learning to stay calm in crises. We coaxed him off the landing with the promise of chocolate and popcorn.

Mid-playdate, Greyson wanted to put on these onesie pajamas. He looked like Robert Duval on Lonesome Dove. Sometimes you just do what the monkey wants.

5) And GREAT HEAVENS! It sounds like everyone was READY to start they're Summer O' Fun and work on their bucket lists! I've loved hearing everybody's ideas! If you missed it, my post with the compiled list of ideas can be found here! We've already marked something off our bucket list last week at The Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano! All the details next week!

Now I'm off to eat some fried catfish, because that's what ALL Southern people do on Friday!!! HAPPY FRIDAY FOLKS!