I want to just pack up and move to the beach.
Luckily, we only live about 3 hours – so it’s worth a day trip to soak in the sand and ocean.
We went with my mother and father in law for a Saturday escape – it was perfect weather and tons of relaxation.
I sported a bikini with a big ol belly and didn’t feel bad at all. It’s like hello, I’m pregnant ~ I don’t think it’s as taboo as it used to be to wear bikinis while preggo – so I went with it.
We packed up the van, took a change of clothes, sunscreen, umbrellas, and beach toys – and off we went. 5 hours on the beach, a walk to the pier, jumping in the ocean, and the sun beaming made for a great day!
What’s your favorite Saturday activity?
Summer is basically here, the girls had their last day of school this past Friday!! So bring on the pool days, summer projects, silly faces and cookouts!
The girls have been enjoying their week home with daddy this week building a headboard, lounging by the pool, spending time here and here – and loving summer kick off!
Rylee has suddenly become camera shy, so capturing her lately has been a chore and a fight I’m not willing to battle.
Reese on the other hand, could have her picture made all day, everyday.
Mike – well, it’s always been a battle to get him on the camera.
I swear one day, they will appreciate my “snap happy, just one more, come on, just smile” spirit!
How are you spending your summer? We have several beach days planned, a beach trip, carowinds, pool days, cookouts, baby shower, date nights, and lots of family time planned – with lots of yummy food. Because who doesn’t love summer food?!
These girls are obsessed with their mother. I was just telling my Dad the other night how they remind me so much of my sister and I when we were little – always hanging on our Dad.
My forever wish is that they never get tired of hanging all over me, that we always share special dates like this together, and that they always know I cherish them.
It warms my heart and makes me unbelievably grateful for their loving hearts toward me.
A whole living room and they sit on top of me, they shower with me, they constantly bring me books/balls/cards/games to play, they wait impatiently for me to return from the gym or grocery store, they won’t go to bed without “just one more hug” :: I could go on and on.
I love them for loving me, I savor every hug and little giggle we share. This is what mother-hood is – when you love little humans you created with all of your being. When nothing they do can ever change the way I love or care for them.
On Sundays occasionally, me and the girlies like to go to O’Henry Hotel for afternoon tea time – it’s perfect. Dainty little tea dishes, delicious teas, perfect treats and sweets: all while we giggle chatting about all things girly and fun.
I was made to be a mother and our special times together like this remind me why.
Recently we started taking the kids to Yum Yums in Greensboro on Friday nights then walking around the UNCG campus.
Perfect for chatting about our weeks, exploring, and spending time together.
As I plan out our summer – I typically look for movie nights, downtown events, celebrations, camps, parties… etc.
We usually spend Sundays meal prepping and relaxing or catching up on household duties, Saturdays by the pool or with family/friends, so Friday nights are our out of the house – try anything nights.
We are excited for Summer along with all the laughter and fun it brings.
One thing Mike and I got into last year was running!
We turn it into date time really – no kids, us with thousands of other runners, adrenaline, and accomplishment.
We’ve ran the Color Runs, Race the Bar, Tarheel, Biscuitville – to name a few.
We recently ran the Tarheel 4 Miler and even though I was 19 weeks pregnant – it felt amazing! I’ve been studying ways to move up to a half marathon.. baby steps yal. Also, let me point out that I don’t think I could convince hubs to do a half – but hey, a girl can dream.
Some steps I’ve come up with in order to accomplish this are:
- Access my level of fitness: having a baby this fall – means no half marathons this fall. My level of fitness this time last year was amazing – losing weight, eating balanced at every meal.. pregnancy is different for everyone, with that said, I’ll get back on my strenuous fitness kick once the baby arrives
- Choose a half marathon: this makes it visible and real! Pay for it, mark it on the calendar, and prepare
- Train at least 12 weeks prior to the big day: I’ve been researching training programs – have any you recommend?
- Take 1 day breaks in between running days: simple, don’t over do it! Muscles tear, you fatigue, and lose focus
- Stretch and strength train in between days
- Nutrition game strong! When you eat good, you feel good. Feeling energized and nutritional for the big day plays a big role in how you finish.
What are your thoughts on preparing for running?
Our afternoons used to be so hectic it seems…
But not so much anymore – we usually all arrive home by 4 or 5p.
Everyone changes into comfy clothes, we take care of animals, check homework, tidy up from breakfast mayhem that morning, prepare dinner, and head out for a stroll to the playground.
The kids play, the parents chat, we head back for treats, showers and games or stories.
We are such an organized family – meal prepping for the week and clothes laid out on Sundays, cleaning on the Saturday mornings, daily calendar hanging in the kitchen for everyone.. it just makes things run smoothly.
Sure: we still have fights about bedtime, multiple bathroom trips and water sips, bargaining at its best – but who doesn’t. We choose our battles wisely.
5 Steps for a family routine that may be helpful for you to:
- Analyze the day: I start each morning in my calendar. Mike and I communicate about plans for the day: who’s picking up which kid, gym time, dinner plans…
- Brainstorm what you want: for us, balancing everyone’s needs and wants can be tricky – but manageable : say the kids want to go to something fun, we plan in advance which day and time works best
- Write it down: I am notorious for this! Just ask Mike. Whether it’s grocery lists/needs, events, favorites.. I write it down
- Follow the schedule: We make ours on Sundays – and we stick by it! Of course things come up so we tweak and add in without chaos
- Tweek as needed: Not everything goes as planned- – soccer practices, a friend needs help, extra homework – leave some room in your schedule to make adjustmentments
Rylee and I started a devotional book together in June … Growing Little Women by Donna Miller.
We are doing this devotional study with a group of other mothers and their 5-8 year old girls.
Our first meeting was on June 1. We had older high school girls come and share thier faith and memories of thier mothers with us. We also had afternoon snacks like lemonade, scones, muffins, cookies and fruits. We then presented our daughters with a journal… a journal that would be treasured forever.. A journal that we would both write in as mother and daughter sharing stories, insight, and quiet moments. The girls all got to decorate thier journals and they turned out beautiful.
We started our first devotion that night together. Our first reading talked about how God loved us before he ever knew us. Mothers were to share the daughter’s birth story with them. What a sweet time to tell Rylee of how loved she was before we even saw her. She soaked in every word as I told her how when I first saw her I kissed her cheek and nuzzled my nose against hers. Being strapped to a table, I couldn’t hold her just then but I wanted to feel her. This devotional series will be a special reminder of the bond we share as Mother and Daughter that I hope Rylee will always cherish.
We recently started attending Daystar Church
in January as one of our New Year’s Resolutions to get our children active in church. I’m a firm believer in you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian – but the best place to raise a family is in church. Even as a child, my sister and I would catch the bus to church on Sundays and I still remember the memories we made. To see my children thriving and enjoying church as I once did really blesses me. To hear them ask questions about God and ask to do devotional time together – I couldn’t ask for more.