Monday, August 23, 2021

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I'm super behind on blogging - not that literally ANYONE cares. ha ha ! But for my own prosperity - I'm going to do a few posts to catch up! 

Right before school started we had to get the back to school obligatory hair cuts! 

Our church kid's ministry had a skate night.  It was so fun.  I think I had more fun than the kids but I LOVE skating.  I've suggested a moms night out skate night.  

Thankful for the friends my kids have made! 

The weekend before school started, Scott and WH went to south AR to work on the deer camp for a few days and we girls had a weekend together.  We had the BEST time! I love spending time with them.  They are so much fun.  

We went to WH's open house without him.  I met his teacher and dropped off his supplies.  She was referring to him as William which is technically his name but I had to let her know to call him Will Holden before he and all the other kids corrected her.  I never knew if the double name out stick but I love hearing all the kids yelling "Will Holden" all the time! 

The girls and I went and ate at Ye-Yo's which is a big favorite.  Then we walked over to the Momentary.  

The Momentary is a free modern art museum in an old Kraft cheese factory.  I have to admit - it's a lot of weird stuff but I still like to check it out from time to time.  

We walked around that area before heading home.  

The next morning we were up and hit up Onyx coffee before shopping downtown for a little bit. 

We always love to visit Remedy Road.  

We tried a new lunch spot - Sunny's.  It's a healthy organic place.  

Harper has been wanting highlights so I had my friend Crystal give her some.  They are SUPER subtle but I wanted her to feel confident and happy going into junior high and it did the trick.  

She was so excited and proud! 

I can't believe how she is growing.  But she's so kind and beautiful on the inside and that's what I'm most thankful for! 

I usually let the girls get their nails done before school starts.  They LOVE having nails.  It was a fun treat! 

Then we headed to Hollis' open house at middle school.  

Hollis has the sweetest home room teacher and a great team of teachers.  And she has 5 of her best friends in her class which honestly is a complete dream.  

Saturday the girls and I did some tennis shoe shopping and then met up with Laurie and Sarah Kate for lunch.  Then we did more school shopping.  

Sunday we headed to church.  

And then Harper went to a birthday party for one of her new church friends.  Harper has made the best group of friends at church and it's an answer to prayer as she starts youth group.  They are always texting each other Bible verses and talking about God and praying for each other.  And they sit together at church and take pages of notes from the sermon.  God is working on her heart and it couldn't come at a better time.  

While we girls were doing all the girly things - the boys were having a total boy weekend.  They drove tractors, built bridges and fished.  This is my favorite picture ever of Will Holden.  I'm going to put it on a canvas somewhere in my house.  


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The dog days of August

We are soaking up all the last few days before school starts but it's also a busy time.  Yesterday was one of my favorite days - the days everyone in elementary finds out their teachers.  Why is that such a fun day? It's all the texting and facebook messages of "who did you get?" and figuring out who is in your class.  We now know who almost all our teachers are and we are ready for the year.  We have a few open houses later this week.  This year possibly holds more uncertainty than it did last year but we are going to pray and keep on going as normally as we can. 

Harper and her friends talked me in a slumber party Friday night.  These three have been friends really since kindergarten but best friends since the 4th grade.  They are at different junior highs and different classes and different sports this year but I'm hoping they stay so close because they will meet back up in the same high school in 2 years.  They were so happy to all be together.  They are always on FaceTime together but in person is SO much better.  Their faces show how I feel when I'm with people too! 

One of the moms sent me the picture on the left of them going into middle school.  And now they are headed to junior high.  It just happens so fast. 

Saturday afternoon we headed to the movies.  My kids act like we are going on a trip.  They always take blankets and pillows.  It was actually hot in the movies.  I told them they didn't need sweatshirts.  

Me and Harper.  

We saw Jungle Cruise.  Listen my family liked it.  I hated it.  I'm sorry if you love it.  It's just my opinion. It was long.  Dark.  Boring.  And a lot of snakes.  I love Emily Blunt but even she couldn't save it for me.  I think WH was bored too because I took him to the bathroom 3 times and he came to my seat about 3 more times.  Which means he isn't interested.  I was glad to take him to the bathroom each time. ha! 

We went to a new TCBY by us after the movies and that was our dinner. ha! I don't like frozen yogurt either.  My family doesn't get me. ha! 

Then we went home so I could watch the NFL hall of fame.  Now I could care less about the NFL but this one interested me.  Cliff Harris who played for the cowboys also played for OBU and our stadium is named after him.  Steve Atwater and Jimmy Johnson were Razorbacks.  And one of my favorite IG follows who I think of as a "friend" - Landyn - her husband was inducted.  My actual friend Darla was there with Cliff Harris and she follows Landyn too so she sent me this picture.  I loved it.  

IT was fun seeing so many Arkansas ties! 

Sunday we went tot the church for the first time in a month after our quarantine.  I was so happy to be back and it was such a good service.  I cried so much my eyes were swollen.  And the sermon was on Hell.  Not a fire and brimstone sermon - but we are walking through Jesus' parables and this was one on Hell and the seriousness of it.  It was so life convicting.  I don't want to see anyone that I know ever go to Hell.  And I pray if you ever hear anything from me - it's that Jesus is real and He just wants you to trust Him and walk with Him and spend eternity with Him.  I wrote the notes above down and I am overwhelmed with how God has brought so much good to us after a very very hard period of time and a long season of praying for Him to help us grow in Him.  

Yesterday we picked up a friend and had a picnic in the park and played.  

Harper had them doing filters in the car. ha! We were parked.

And then we swam for a few hours.  We basically had a pool to our selves which was so nice.  We are going to miss these sleep late and swim days.  But a routine is going to be so good.  

We hope you are enjoying these dog days of August.  


Friday, August 06, 2021

Almost School Time

We are on the downward slope of summer.  We have one more week until school starts.  So we are trying to get ready and pack in as much fun and sleeping late as we can.  

Monday was a preview day of junior high.  I think Harper was a little intimidated.  It's just a big building and a lot of changing classes and different schedules every day but I know she is going to have so much fun there.  

We met up with one of her best friends and her mom.  They don't have any classes together but hopefully they can see each other at lunch and in the halls.  And I know Harper will make new friends too.  

We found all her classes and then her friend and her mom  went with us to eat lunch and shop for school supplies.  It was a fun girls day.  Harper got all her stuff organized and she told me she is excited for school now.  We have a fun weekend planned next weekend to do some clothes shopping and get their hair done.  I have had so many people asking where I'm shopping for clothes for the girls right now.  I'm going to do a blog post on that next week.  Back to school edition - shopping for tweens.  

Wednesday night, Harper went to her first youth group service.  She was SO excited.  Several of her friends met here there and she loved it.  I'm so excited for her to be in youth! 

I met Laurie and Paige for dinner Wednesday night.  I haven't seen Laurie in over a month which is so weird for us but with quarantine and summer schedules - it just happened.  We had a great time talking! 

My kids have had several friend dates this week.  Will Holden spent all day with his friend on Tuesday and Hollis has had two days with one of her friends.  Harper's friends have been super busy with sports practices so it's harder to get a friend date in but we have some planned for next week.  I took Harper and Will Holden on a walk, food truck lunch and to climb yesterday.  It was sweet to me how well these two got along with their age differences.  They even slept together last night.  WH is so lucky to have two big sisters who love him.  

I also took Hollis this week and got her and WH's school supplies.  WH didn't want to go.  Harper had me buying so much extra stuff that I spent about twice on her than I did on the other two and she barely needed any supplies.  Hollis is no nonsense and we just got what we needed and barely spent anything.  I love their differences.  

The other thing I'm working on is teacher gifts.  Do you do first of the year gifts? I like to get off a good foot with the teachers.  I do something small.  I think this year it will by clorox wipes, kleenex and maybe a Sonic or coffee gift card because they all need caffeine coming back after summer. Teachers are my heroes so I try to thank them every chance I get.