Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer 2018 (Week 8) - Date Night & Jacob’s Birthday Weekend

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We’ve been going ninety to nothing this past week trying to squeeze in all the things before school starts back.  Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Monday, July 16

Monday started out as a, well, Monday.  It was the first day all summer that I actually thought I was ready for the kids to go back to school… because they were awful!!!!  The day started well… we stopped by the library to pick up a couple of books that my friend Jeannine had put on hold for us.  After the library we did a little bit of back-to-school shopping.  The kids both needed new shoes so we headed to Rack Room for that “buy one get one half off” sale!  We headed straight home after that and the kids had Spaghetti-O’s, strawberries, grapes, and Ritz crackers for lunch, and then we made homemade popsicles… this time, Strawberry Lemon Yogurt.  I didn’t have quite enough yogurt, though, so they turned out a little sour.  Whoops.

Once the popsicle-making was over, that was when everything fell apart.  Jacob spent the rest of the day whining about every little thing, crying for pretty much no reason at all, and he and Olivia fought nonstop all afternoon.  That afternoon I also discovered that Olivia had written on the walls upstairs not one, not two, but FIVE TIMES.  Fortunately it was done in pencil so it was (mostly) able to be erased.  After that it was just one thing after another, and I was pretty much done by the time B came home.

Tuesday, July 17

I was worried Tuesday would be similar, but fortunately, they were little angels all day!  We played Candy Land, we played with Jacob’s Hot Wheels Garage, the kids had chicken nuggets, fruit and veggie pouches, Cheez-Its, and a couple of mini chocolate chip cookies for lunch, and we hung out at home all day. 

After dinner we even went for a walk around our neighborhood because we thought it was a little cooler that evening.  Jacob rode his bike, Olivia rode her tricycle, and B and I walked.  It ended up being sweltering hot, though, so it ended up not being the best idea.  Haha.

Wednesday, July 18

After slacking all day Tuesday, I declared Wednesday our day to get stuff done, so we ran all the errands.  We had to stop by the kids’ school to drop off some polos to have embroidered with the school crest, and then we ran a bunch of other random errands – Rite Aid, the mall, the battery place, the bakery to order Jacob’s birthday cake, and then we went to a new pizza place for lunch with one of my old coworkers.  Her birthday is actually today – Happy Birthday, Tammy! – so it was nice to see her and have lunch and catch up. 

Once lunch was over we still had to make one more stop – Walmart – because Momma was almost all out of Halo Top!  Haha.  The rest of the afternoon was spent finishing up summer homework and then I rewarded the kids with an afternoon movie since they had both been so well-behaved during all of our errands.

My side table arrived that evening, so I got it all put together and I’m in loooove.  This table is GORGEOUS, y’all.  If you’re looking for a great quality side table, I highly recommend this one.  It comes in lots of colors, too!

Thursday, July 19

Olivia had kept us up half the night Wednesday night (see picture below), so the morning started off sloooow… with coffee and reading on the couch in our PJs.  We finally got going mid-morning because it was allergy shot day for yours truly.  We headed there first, stopped by Marshall’s to do a return, and then I took the kids to the playground because it was gloriously cool that day!  They played for a while and then we all walked around exploring and looking for painted rocks.  It was nice to be able to spend a big chunk of time outside during the day without sweating to death.

We headed home after that and had sandwiches, cheese puffs, strawberries, and blueberries for lunch, and then we had some reading time followed by a couple of games of Candy Land.  Olivia is obsessed!

We had a random surprise delivery from Larabar that afternoon and we were so excited to see that they have a new line of products for kids.  If you love Larabar like I do, check these out!

Just as I was about to sit down and do a little bit of work Thursday afternoon, I heard some loud music on our street and was shocked and amazed to see… the ice cream man!!!!  Y’all, we have lived in this neighborhood for almost nine years and I can count the times on one hand that we’ve seen an ice cream truck here.  I didn’t even know the ice cream man was really even a thing anymore!

I ran downstairs, grabbed some cash, gathered the kids (they were totally confused and had no clue that the music even meant ice cream), and we ran outside to buy something.  They pretty much thought it was the best thing ever. 

I finally got some work done after that, and then later after dinner I spruced up my little side table with some books, a plant, and a lamp, and I could not be more obsessed with this space, y’all!!!!  I cannot wait to finish a few other little projects in our bedroom and show you guys the changes we’ve made!

That evening Jacob took his first shower ever!  He was still taking baths, but since he was about to turn seven, we thought it was time to start showering!  It was a huge success and he loves it!  He informed me that he never wants to take a bath again.  Haha.  I was just happy that he made the transition so easily… he typically doesn’t like change.

Friday, July 20

Friday morning was another slow morning.  We played more Candy Land, I got some things done around the house, and then we met up with Brian at Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  The kids played on the playground there forever, and then we went across the street to Target while B went back to work.  While we were there, we grabbed some ballet gear for Olivia.  I’m not sure what the dress code is quite yet, but I grabbed these just in case because they were the last ones in her size.  If they are not up to code we’ll just return them.  And look how adorable she is, y’all.  She was beaming when she put them on.

When B got home from work we dropped the kids at my MIL’s because it was time for… daaaate niiiight!  Can I get an amen! 

B and I have been on lots of dates this year, but every single one of them has been for an event, fundraiser, or concert, so it was nice to just do the “dinner and a movie” thing for once.

We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant that we had been wanting to try.  I had been once with my girlfriends when they were in their old location, but B had never been at all, so it was the perfect choice.  We started our evening with drinks – merlot for me and a blackberry bourbon mule for B – and then we both opted for the mezzaluna salsiccia (mezzaluna with ground house sausage, pomodoro, and goat cheese for the entre.  I was one happy, happy lady, y’all. 

After dinner we still had a few minutes to spare before our movie started, so we stopped by Walmart to grab some candy for the movie (yes, we are those people), and then we stopped by Academy Sports because B wanted to check out baseball gloves for J.

We saw Skyscraper and, whew, y’all.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.  If you’re afraid of heights don’t even bother to go see this one!  I liked it a lot, though!  It’ll definitely keep you entertained!

Saturday, July 21

Saturday morning we had a HUGE storm.  It was so dark outside that it looked like nighttime.  Our streetlights even came on.  Fortunately it blew through quickly because we had a swimming party to attend.  Jacob’s friend Jaxon from school had his birthday party that day and fortunately the weather ended up cooperating.  The kids swam their little hearts out and neither of them were afraid of the water, so it looks like our swimming lessons are paying off!  Woo hoo!  Now we just have to get Olivia to actually swim properly… girlfriend still won’t kick her feet!

I played with my decor in the bedroom a little more that afternoon, too!

That evening we went out for Mex with my father-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew for Jacob’s birthday.  Afterward we did our standard cake (or in this case – key lime pie, haha) and presents at my FIL’s house and a good time was had by all.

B and I mixed up some drinks after the kiddos went to bed that evening, and we binged a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad. 

Sunday, July 22

Sunday we headed to my MIL and step-FIL’s for Sunday lunch and we celebrated Jacob’s birthday there, too.  He selected cookie cake for this celebration so we all stuffed our faces.  It’s my favorite! 

Then Sunday evening we did Jacob’s birthday with my family at Sunday dinner.  Jacob had requested spaghetti, rice (LOL), and watermelon for dinner, so that’s exactly what we had.  Well, the adults all opted for spaghetti, salad, and bread, and Jacob happily ate his little pot of rice with his spaghetti that my mom had made just for him.  He LOVES some rice.

After dinner we had cake and opened presents.  Jacob had requested a lemon cake with butter cream frosting and he wanted Voltron on it, so that’s exactly what he had!

While we were there, my grandmother brought a couple of clippings from her hydrangeas and I’m so excited I can’t stand it!  Let’s just hope I can keep them alive.

Monday, July 23

Monday was Jacob’s actual birthday and since B took off of work I thought I’d just go ahead and stick it in this post.

We started out the day opening gifts because that’s what Jacob wanted to do.  We had gotten him The Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage and he was ecstatic.  He has been asking for it for about a year, but since he already had the regular Hot Wheels garage B and I didn’t think it was necessary for him to have this one, too.  Well, he’s been begging and begging and saying that it’s the only thing he wants, so we finally caved and got it for him.  It’s completely different that the original, and considering the original one got many years of good play, we thought it was okay to go ahead and get the newer version.  I have to say, it’s pretty awesome.  It would make a perfect Christmas gift!  If you do get one, be sure to purchase from Walmart because it has special pieces that you can't get on Amazon.  And psssst, it's currently on rollback at Walmart for a limited time!  

Next on the agenda was cinnamon rolls at Panera followed by games at a local arcade.  The weather was nice and cool again, so we made a stop at the playground, and then we headed to Chipotle for lunch, also Jacob’s choice!

The rest of the day was spent putting together the garage and playing with it.  The kids played with it nonstop for the rest of the day.  For HOURS, y’all.  I have a feeling it’s going to be worth the investment. 

I got my little baby hydrangeas in the ground, we had a nice little rain – complete with a rainbow – and then we called it a day!  Oh what a birthday it was!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

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  1. Glad to hear tuesday was better than Monday :) He looked pretty happy with the cake you guys got him! xo, Biana- BlovedBoston

  2. I love Jacob's face when opening his presents - it's so sweet to see his excitment! And I still crack up at Olivia...wuz here, haha! So glad it was just a one off day, though! Seems like the rest of the week was pretty darn good and Jacob had a great birthday!

  3. So much fun here! Loved your date night look and I adore the table!

  4. Those days are hard when the kids act up but good thing it was early on in the week and the rest of it was a good one for you. I love your new table! Bright and white is my favorite with a little pop of color. So glad Jacob had a great time celebrating his birthday! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  5. Sounds like the week started out a little rough but at least ended on a good note!

  6. Jacob is so sweet! I love that you declared Wednesday a get er’ done day! Good feeling but do great to have down time too!

  7. Wow you guys did a lot in the last week. So glad Jacob had a great birthday. I am waiting for my girls to draw on the walls. They draw on themselves all the time. ugh.

  8. I am exhausted from reading about your week let alone doing it all. The side table looks perfect BTW! And man, Olivia and the walls. Glad it was pencil this time. And the ice cream man and cookie cake in one week is a win for me.

  9. Man you deserved that date night after that crazy week! Sounds like Jacob got everything he wanted for his birthday. The rice made me lol!

  10. We have that same side table - great choice! I still can't wrap my head around how early the kiddos go back to school in Georgia. I grew up always going back after Labor Day. Going back in July isn't truly a "summer break" is it? Ha! <3
    Green Fashionista

  11. Oh man I've had a few days like that this summer where I'm ready for the kids to go back to school haha! I'm glad it's not all the time! We have only seen the ice cream man 1 time in 5 years!!

  12. What a great recap. I smiled so big when I saw what Olivia did. Why do they always write their own name?!?! Ha! I have students that will write their names on the desk or in really random places and just look at me, did you know it was me?!?! Hahahaha! That white table looks great in your bedroom. What a great recap!

  13. Oh man I have had days like your Tuesday and I say it makes me thankful for all the good days in between ;)

  14. Thank you! The scalloped top is from J. Crew! I bought it last year so I don't know if they still carry them or not, though.


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