Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Day In The Life

Last Friday I decided to document my day so I could share it over here on the blog.  It's fun to look back at all of my Day in the Life posts from time to time to see how much has changed and what kept us busy at those times in our life.   Friday is my favorite day of the week, the week is over and the weekend is just about to happen! 
Since it's unfortunately not Summer yet I wake up around 6:20 and head straight to the shower.

The girls now make their own lunches and get their breakfast all by themselves!!!  Brooklyn has been doing this for quite awhile so I was happy to get Kayla into doing this as well.   I happily walk in after I'm showered and dressed and all I have to do is clean up a bit and sometimes help with cutting.  I prepare my chai latte and we chat while they eat.

Once they are done eating I usually sit in this spot and finish my chai.  Kayla will randomly come in and ask me questions like, "Does this match?" or "Do you like this on?" and sometimes she just comes and tells me things she forgot to tell me about.   She loves to stall and drive me crazy when it comes to not getting ready but I do love that she comes to talk to me continuously throughout the morning.

Everyone loaded up and ready for school.

Dropped of my babies at school and then headed to get some gas

after gas I stopped in to Starbucks for a tea before heading back to the school to help in Brooklyn's class.

As soon as I walked into the school I ran into my favorite ten year old!  She excitedly told me that she reached her 2 Million Words Read and received an award in the morning.   Her teacher sent me this picture soon after.   

Brooklyn had a substitute so I was only at the school for about an hour.  I checked in homework and then took a small group of kids to go read and then they took a short test on the book and I was free to go!

 After I ran a few errands like hitting up the grocery store for some necessities such as waters and rice krispy treat ingredients

I also stopped in at the library to return a book and pick out a new one along with a trip to Marshall's

I did a quick little refresh in the girls bathroom so I needed some new towels and was happy to find a cute rug to go in there as well.

It looks a little more beachy in there now.

After putting everything away I made a smoothie and then got a whole lot of things done that needed to be taken care.

Brooklyn has a project due this Friday but I wanted to get most of it taken care of over the weekend so since she had already painted the inside of the box I got to work gluing some sand at the bottom of the box for her.

Then I changed my Summer Countdown calendar from 7 weeks to 6 weeks left of school!!!

paid bills

folded laundry

and then look what I found on!
It's amazing that I got anything done afterward.  I have been missing this show so much so I was happy to watch this for a bit.

Good thing rice krispy treats are super easy to make so I could get back to watching Parenthood

Soon enough it was time to wait in the pick up line.   I started my new book while I waited.

Kayla had Early Act on this Friday so I only picked up this cutie.  She came home and decided on a birthday gift to order for Kayla and then we got started on her project.

Just about done but we still have a few finishing touches and then it will be ready to turn it in.

Brooklyn is ready to go back to the school and pick up Kayla.  Last week Kayla wore her shorts over leggings so this week Brooklyn decided to copy her style.  The flip flops with socks is just her being lazy and not wanting to put tennis shoes back on or take off her socks to wear flip flops.

Here comes Kayla

She hoped in and excitedly told me about her new medal she got from a member of the rotary club.  Kayla is the Vice President of Early Act so her and the President received special gifts today.

Back home the girls took early showers because on Fridays we eat dinner and have a movie night.  Daddy picked up Panda Express on his way home and a little after 5 we were ready to watch our movie together.   Oh and Kayla likes to wear her Panda Pajamas whenever we eat Panda Express ;)

 Family Movie Nights is one of the reasons Fridays are my favorite!!

We watched The Good Dinosaur, it was so good and very sad!

After that was over we found Indiana Jones so we watched that for a bit before it was time for bed.

Around 8:30 the girls climbed into bed for the night.

I got suckered into a Dateline episode before heading to bed myself.  It was a busy Friday but ended perfectly and along with a great end to our night we didn't have soccer until noon on Saturday which meant we all got to sleep in and enjoy a big family breakfast!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Favorites

I haven't posted a Friday favorites in so long so I thought today I'd list a few favorites going on over here.

First up are these pretty flowers I picked up at Trader Joes this week.  The color is so pretty.  Fingers crossed they make it through the weekend!

Wednesday night I made one of our favorite pasta dishes and knowing that there are some leftovers waiting for us to enjoy over the weekend is a favorite for sure! 
Recipe found here

So I love, love, love Anthropologie's home decor but not getting free shipping and living an hour away from one makes me not shop there as often as I would like to so now that Nordstrom is carrying some of their home items I'm enjoying the free shipping.   I ordered this candle a few week ago.  It smells so good and has me even more excited for the Summer months!

Finding pretty things for our home like these flowers makes me happy!  Hobby Lobby has so many fun choices and it's even better when they are 50% off.

Since Summer is only 7 weeks away I am stocking up on some Summer fun goods for the girls as well as a few fun decor items.  I recently found this cute shop called, DecoMod and I ordered two of their banners for our home.  I ordered and already received this banner.  It'll be perfect for our annual 4th of July party.

 I loved the quality so much that I immediately ordered this watermelon banner which I'll put up for Summertime.  Their prices are great too!

These two got a hold of my camera last weekend and had too much fun taking selfies.  I laughed out loud at all of their silly photos they took together but this ones my favorite.

 This weekend is full of soccer games and 7am pictures one of the mornings.  Yes, I said 7am!  We are not looking forward to that.   Hopefully you all get to sleep in for us this weekend.  Have a good one!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring Break Camping

A few weeks ago while the girls were on Spring Break we went camping.    We knew we wanted to do something fun over Spring Break and had atleast two other destinations, which had to change due to weather issues, before landing at our final camping spot.   We have camped at Vail Lake several other times but they were always with friends so we never really got to explore much while there.   

We had not camped since November so we were so happy to be camping again.   With soccer every weekend our family trips don't happen much so fitting them in whenever possible is important.  

Best Buddies cuddling on the couch while waiting for us to get out and explore.

Hubby suggested we drive to the Palomar Observatory which was a very twisty drive up, not so good for my motion sickness self.  I survived though and felt fine once I stepped out into the cold air.  It was beautiful and new experience for us all.

Their were some great stops to look out at the world below on the way down which I'm happy we made it back to after a deer ran out right in front of the us and we had to slam on our brakes.  Thank goodness nobody was behind us!

We stopped at a nature preserve on the way down and decided to hike along their trails for a while.

It was beautiful and I very much enjoyed it as did my husband but the girls on the other hand were over it!   They complained non stop and whined the entire time.   We did our best to ignore the attitudes and enjoyed ourselves regardless of their annoyances.

Kayla giving Brooklyn a piggy back ride because they had to walk so much it was unbearable!  Sometimes I wonder how we hiked nonstop for three straight days in Zion, Utah?  Nobody complained there and those hikes were hard!

Back at the campground everyone was happy again.  Kayla went inside to do some writing while Brooklyn rode her bike around.

The girls came up with their own game that evening which they played pretty much non stop for the rest of the trip.

Our little camping pup

S'mores after dinner

Kayla had us cracking up around the campfire.  She is so funny sometimes and I think her laughing at herself most of the time is what makes her so hilarious.

All of my girls enjoying themselves

The next morning we chose a nearby hike 

Thankfully everyone was in a much better mood!

 There were tadpoles everywhere so we were hoping to find some frogs but no such luck

We did see lots of butterflies and a few large paw tracks.

After our hike we came back and ate lunch and then spent the rest of the day relaxing.  The girls rode bikes and played their game they made up.  We eventually showered and then headed into town to eat at a favorite burger place for dinner.

It was so delicious!

The girls got a complimentary dessert since the waitress made a mistake with their orders.

The next morning we packed up and headed back home.

Our little camping trips are much needed and I miss being in that trailer with us all together as soon as we have to leave.   I can't wait for our next trip in a a few months!