Friday, October 31, 2014

My Friday Favorites!

It feels like a Saturday to me today. I think it's because there is no school for the boys. Which is awesome! And it's also terrific that Halloween lands on a Friday!
 And then tomorrow is daylight savings...1 extra hour of sleep. Hallelujah! It just keeps getting better :)

On Monday I have a very special post I've been working on for awhile. You may laugh and cry. I'm just saying :)

Today, I'm linking up with the beautiful...


1.) This week I got the chance to have lunch with my sweet oldest! And I am so grateful! It was a FAVORITE moment of my week forsure! He was super excited for me to come. I brought Subway Flatizzas for us. When I came to his classroom a little early, his girl classmates saw me. And they peeked their cute heads outside the room and asked who I was. Then they giggled when they found out I was Austin's Mom. :) And they yelled for Austin and told him I was there. So cute! 
At Lunch we sat by my nephew (Austin's cousin and bestie) and some other friends. Austin was begging me to stay for recess and play soccer. His guy friends were so excited when they found out I was going to play soccer with them. It's nice to know that it's still cool to hang out with Mom at school! I hope he will always want me to have lunch with him and play soccer at recess :). His sweet friends kept getting the ball for me so I could make a goal! And they were so happy to get some attention and encouraging words from an adult telling the "Great job" or "You are such a rockstar soccer player!" They were absolutely adorable!
Great memories!!

2.) Flashback Friday FAVORITE to Halloween 2011. My Batman, Superman and Batbaby! I worked this evening but my awesome Hubby took the kiddos to my parents, his parents and some other family member's homes. He is the best :)! 

3.) My Mom is one of my FAVORITE women in the world! I just love and adore her so much! She came over yesterday morning (early) to watch my kiddos when I needed to leave for work. She is constantly encouraging me and my sweet kids. And the best thing is that she is a beautiful woman of God! I pray that I can be like her when I get older. Her heart must be made of pure gold! :) God is so good in blessing me with her as my Mom.

What are some of your favorites of this past week? I'd love to hear!!

Happy Halloween to you!
Jamie :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Family Fun Time in Florida

We feel so fortunate to have went to Florida during Austin's MEA break. It was so much fun!

Here we are waiting at the airport to board our plane. We were very excited to join the rest of the family in Florida. I absolutely love my family. Family are forever friends and it is an honor to spend time together. 
Sidenote: If you look closely at my neck you can see my poison ivy rash. It was also on my face but it's not very obvious in this photo. The boys and I were playing catch and the ball went into our woods that are full of poison ivy. I got the ball and must have touched my face afterwards. To be honest, I didn't think that I touched any poison ivy. But I did indeed and was so very itchy-itchy. I had a hard time not itching it and I can only imagine how hard it is for kiddos to not itch it. It was a bummer but fortunately my husband encouraged me to see the Doctor the day before leaving. I got a prescription for Prednisone which helped very quickly. Praise God :)!

We spent almost every day at the beach. The weather was so beautiful in the 80's and the ocean water was pretty warm.

Troy loved the sand the most. He was afraid of the big waves, he told me. He enjoyed feeding pretzels to the birds and making sand castles.

He also liked standing on the boogie board in the shallow water.

This big boy was loving the waves. He rode those waves over and over. 

Me and my boys :)!

Here's my Mom and Austin playing in the waves. 

My fun and fearless Uncle also brought this huge tube. It was so much fun riding the waves on it. 

We swam in a couple different pools, too. Here's Grayson, Troy and Taylor. Good buddies/cousins!

Taylor was "the wife" and Troy was "the husband." They are so cute together!

We got some yummy and healthy smoothies at this shop. Funny story is that I didn't know if Austin would like some of the fruity flavors or the green healthy smoothie. He said he didn't. He wanted a pop (which I don't let him drink). Therefore, I got him a peanut butter + chocolate smoothie. He didn't like it BUT he liked mine. And the smoothie I got for myself was... a healthy berry/kale/spinach smoothie. He wanted it and I was happy he was getting the healthy nutrients! :)

Austin and Grayson! 

Bike ride with my big boy enjoying the beautiful weather.

The super kind backyard neighbor has 2 of these pretty birds. We enjoyed watching the birds. 

The tree below is covered with these gorgeous white birds. Every evening at around the same time they would cover this tree and in the morning they would leave. They were so white and fluffy. We enjoyed watching them. The kids would run to the window to see them :).

On our way home driving through the historic down town. 

This kid was absolutely exhausted and he fell asleep like this on the way home. 

Troy + Tay at the airport together. :)

We had an awesome time and it was SO great to get home to be back with Daddy again. 

Happy Day to you!
Jamie :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

A few of my favorite things...

Today I'm linking up with Andrea from Momfessionals and Erika from A Little Bit of Everything for their "Favorite Things Party!"

Tomorrow I'll be sharing some photos from our family Florida trip we took earlier this month. :)

1.) I just purchased these earrings after seeing Sheaffer's (from Pinterest Told Me To) Instagram post regarding them. They are $8.00! I'm really excited for them to come! :) I chose the turquoise color. I got 2 pairs for Christmas gifts. I'm starting earlier this year ;)!

Click HERE to get them.
Statements by DCK Stone Stud Earrings (Juniors)
2.) I went to Old Navy last week and bought 2 of these super comfortable and affordable tops.
 I love the fit and the material. They are definitely my favorite tops.
 Online today they are an extra 20% off at checkout making them $10 or so each for the striped ones or $7 or $8 for the solid colors. 

Click HERE to view them.

Women's Boatneck Tees

Women's Boatneck Tees

3.) I love this hand soap from JR Watkins. It's made with natural ingredients. We went to Menard's and I saw all the "JR Watkins" products displayed and I was excited :)! It's under $4.00.

JR Watkins White Tea & Bamboo Liquid Hand Soap

4.) At Walmart today I picked up a set of 4 small glass Pyrex storage containers for Austin's school lunches. I use 3-4 sandwich baggies daily for his lunch. I think these will save on that waste and be easier to pack various items for him. Click HERE to see them. 

Pyrex 6-piece Storage Plus Value Pack, 3 each - 2 cup round with red plastic covers

What are some of your favorite things under $10? I'd love to hear.

Jamie :)