Friday, August 16, 2019

A few random things for Friday

The ministry I work for is putting on this really fun one night conference if you are near Northwest AR.  You won't want to miss it.  This is for men and women - married or single. Really for anyone. There is going to be a panel of a male and female representing every number and will help you understand how to better relate to those around you - at work, friends, family and love relationships. I sat in on a meeting with the panel - and listening to everyone share was SO interesting! I can't wait!
You can get tickets here or at the door!

I found this shirt at Walmart the other day when I was buying groceries.  ha! It's so cute for right now when it's still 105 but the fall colors would be cute if you added a cardigan in the fall.  And it's only $15.  It also comes in a cream plaid.  

People keep asking me how FWTFL is going and I'm still doing it.  I have about 30 pounds to go so I will be on it for a while but I've lost 15 lbs and a lot of inches and I feel SO GREAT! I've not done a great job in the last week or so because life just got super crazy. I haven't had time to work out or track my macros - but I have it kind of down so I haven't gained any weight back.  I'm hoping to step up and really push hard for the next two months so I will be down quite a bit more before we go to Disney.  The motto is "memories over macros" so I will eat Disney treats and then just go back to the lifestyle after! That's a plan I can stick with long term! 

A new group is starting on Monday - if you are interested or thinking about it - click below! The great news is they have JUST gone through an update and the program is now 8 weeks long! It also comes with meal plans - shopping lists and recipes! So if you just want someone to tell you EXACTLY what to eat and how to work out - all you have to do is follow directions and you will LOSE! 

We have made it through our first week of school! Hollis loves third grade.  And Harper has literally never been happier.  She keeps saying "I just love my life" and can't stop beaming.  I love seeing her fly! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Praying for a new school year

Today is the first day of school for the girls! We are excited! I'm sad to see summer come to an end but the beginning of school is always a fresh, exciting time.   

Last week we had open house at both schools and met our teachers.  Harper is headed to middle school today! Middle school is 5th and 6th here.  Harper was so thrilled to see some of her best friends! 

She got the SWEETEST teacher.  This teacher's kids have been in class with Harper and Hollis so we have known her as a mom but I have heard she's a great teacher too! Harper only knows one girl in her class but I know she will make good friends! 

And thankfully in middle school kids can sit with whoever they want so she can meet up with her besties at least at first! I love these sweet girls! 

Hollis got a wonderful third grade teacher.  She's a perfect fit for my girl1 

She started kindergarten crying and clinging to me and now she's a confident 3rd grader.  She's got several good friends in her class so I know she will have the best year.  

Our school has a toy story theme this year and Will Holden is HERE FOR IT! 

This morning I took the girls for a special treat and got them a mani/pedi.  They were so excited! 

They are ready for school with pretty nails.  

I met some moms at school after lunch to pray over the school.  It was a really sweet time! It was moms I didn't know well so that made it special to me to make some new connections.  

After dinner last night, we went to the school to pray as a family.  This is a back to school tradition we have.  We stand in the parking lot or just outside the school and take turns praying.

We pray for: 

Teachers - to have wisdom and energy and to be protected
Staff - to have wisdom and to be protected
Kids - to feel loved at school and to be kind to each other
Parents - to feel peace as they leave their kids 
For ALL kids to be included and have friends 
For safety over the entire school
For our kids to be a light and represent Jesus

We pray daily over our kids and school and with our kids about school but I think it's powerful to stand by the school and pray over the year the night before it starts. I can't think of a better way to prepare for the new year! 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Last Minute Vacay

School starts tomorrow so we tried to have last minute fun this weekend to end our summer.  We had planned to go to White water in Branson on Friday but then the weather showed storms so we rearranged our plans.  Since we had a free day Friday - I took the kids to do some things in town.  Harper has been asking about trying iced coffee all summer.  Apparently all the cool 5th graders like it.  So I got them a coffee at my local coffee stop.  Thankfully for my wallet - they weren't big fans.  Don't worry - it was decaf! :-) 

We have a new Climb place in our town that is really neat.  The kids have been wanting to go.  So we hit it early and we were some of the only ones there for a while.  

The kids loved it! We ended up staying for about 3 hours in the morning.  

I didn't climb but I had a great time visiting with the other moms and grandmas there.  Because it started getting crowded and I knew most of the people there.  It was one of those days that made me feel like I still live in a small town.  

Will Holden ran into some of his best buddies from church.  He was so happy.  He's my very most social kid.  He LOVES having friends.  And every where he go - he talks to people and then comes up to me and says "I made a new friend".  

We paid for a day pass so you can come and go all day.  We hated for Scott to miss all the fun so after dinner we went back so they could show their dad all their climbing skills.  Four hours of climbing was a good way to wear them out! 

Saturday we headed to Branson.  We have been wanting to go to an Imax movie and it didn't disappoint.  We loved it.  

Hollis always wants to sit by me at the movies.  

It was 485 degrees outside that day but we decided to ride go karts.  They had small ones that WH could drive and he loved it.

I was so hot at this point I could barely speak.  ha! We headed to our hotel after this to find some air.  We stayed at the Branson landing which was convenient because then we could walk to eat and shop.

This is WH when he gets tired of shopping.

Branson can be super cheesy but there are parts that are pretty and we like the Landing.

We love Cantina Laredo so we always eat there.

We walked around dinner and looked at the lake.

The guys went back early and we girls went shopping.  We hit all the girls' favorites - Justice, Claire's, and Bath and Body Works.

The next morning we headed to White Water.  It was supposed to storm all day but we decided to make the best of it.  It ended up being great weather.  I'm not a fan of water parks but the kids love it. WH and I hung out in the kid areas while Scott and the girls did slides.

We left there about 3 and ate a late lunch/early dinner before heading home.  Today is all about getting ready for school to start.  I can't believe our summer is over!