Monday, April 06, 2020

I just called to say I love you

Well even though there is clearly not a lot going on - I still want to keep a record of these days.  These are FOR SURE days we will never forget.   We spend our days doing school in the mornings and then getting outside for a walk if it's nice and the rest of the time the kids play or craft or watch TV.  And we pretty much wear pj's or shorts and tees 100% of the time.  In fact as I was doing laundry this week - I realized it was just towels and pj's and I could basically just leave them in a pile for us to wear all over again the next week.  ha! 

I have managed to show the girls how to cook a few things.  They make bacon and eggs for breakfast and I taught them how to make Taco Soup one day last week.  

I work part time from home and since Scott is now in our office - I just set up my laptop on the kitchen table along with the kids.  This little elf just sits near me talking while I work.  ha! We have a small office in our laundry room that became a collection place for junk but this weekend we cleaned it out so I have a desk again to work at.  Hopefully that will help since we will all likely be home for a while.  

Wednesday I had to get out to do a few things (all from the car) so our first stop was 7 Brew for a coffee for me and a pup cup for Milli.  She LOVES going there! 

Wednesday was Laurie's birthday so I set us up with a zoom call with all our best friends.  We had so much fun talking - almost like we were in the same room.  I keep thinking of how much lonelier this would all be if this was 20 years ago - before social media and face time and zoom.  

My hair stylist mixed up my root color for me and I ran by and picked it up.  I hate she is having to be closed right now and my poor hair.  I'm completely gray so things were about to get bad.  ha! I think we are all finding out how important hair stylists and teachers are! And grocery store workers.  And of COURSE anyone in medical fields.  

One afternoon it was nice so we went to a trail that has a creek so they could wade and throw rocks.  Things like that make the world seem a little less scary and sad.  

I saw this candle from Bath and Bodyworks online and they said it smells like Soaring at Disney.  It was on sale so I ordered one and it is SO good! Scott usually hates candles but he LOVES it because it really does smell like Soaring.  We are dying to go back to Disney.  I'm not sure what that will look like right now but for now we just watch ride videos and burn the candle. ha! 

Milli has been with us 3 months as of last week.  She has grown so much.  I've said it a lot but I'm so grateful to have her right now.  She's such a good cuddler and I think she keeps me calm.  When this is all over and we have to leave her home alone - she is going to HATE LIFE.  She has gotten so used to being with us 24/7.  

Hollis got to have a google hang out with her teacher and a few friends last week.  It made her so happy.  She loves her teacher so much.  I'm sad that her year got cut because she just has such a connection with her teacher.  

I took this picture to send to my stylist because I was so proud that I colored my hair and it turned out okay.  I put the color on one morning that got SUPER busy and I got distracted and left it on twice as long as I was supposed to and when I went to wash it - I thought I had tuned it all black.  ha! It's funny that hair is a weird issue in this isolation time.  

The trees are SO pretty right now and our square is full of beautiful tulips.  I hate that we are all missing out on how pretty the spring is because we are stuck inside but just seeing the colors come out keeps reminding me the promise of new life after darkness and I know there will be joy again after all this is over.  

Harper had a google hang with her teacher too.  She's constantly on some kind of face time call or google hang right now.  I told Scott we had to be careful what we were doing or wearing or saying these days because one of our kids is always walking around on a video chat with other kids. ha ha ha ha! 

Will Holden even joined in with a few face time calls to friends this week.  He has missed his buddies SOOOOOO badly.  He begged and begged to talk to them.  Thankfully some of the moms of the boys asked me before I could ask them.  And it's so sweet to hear them talk.  WH just laughs and laughs when he talks to his friends.  

It's so hard being away from people.  I realize more than even how much we all crave community.  But I'm also so grateful for technology.  Letter writing is great - I did my fair share of it in college to friends - but I love being able to text and call and see people from my pj's at home too! 

Friday, April 03, 2020

Shop Local

I think we all know how hard this time is on small businesses.  I have so many friends with small businesses and I love to support them.  I thought I would share a few that not only are just great small companies but they have really great things I think you would love! Maybe you will find something you need!! 

I love Southern Trend tees.  They have so many cute designs.  The girls are both wearing Adult Mediums.  Since we are home all the time - we are living in tees and shorts and yoga pants.  My girls pretty much wear my shirts every day - which I guess is good that the three of us can share shirts. ha! 

This isn't a local company but the sweetest clothing online boutique.  The founder started it because she has a precious daughter with downs syndrome and she wanted her to have clothes that made her feel beautiful.  She now carries adult clothes and I love everything she has.  We were going to wear one of these dresses for Easter but we will probably be in t-shirts instead but Harper will be wearing these dresses this summer if we get to go back out! I'm shopping with optimism! You need to check out Wonderfully Made for clothes for you or your girls! 

Remedy Road is owned by a friend of mine.  They have a store front in Bentonville but now they are doing online business.  They sell items that are fair trade or that help people.  They have such a great mission and heart behind what they sell and it's CUTE stuff.  They have things from clothes to jewelry to candles to bags! Check it out here! It would all make great gifts for you or someone else! 

Riffraff is a store I have loved forever in Fayetteville.  The owner Kirsten started it in college and she's an inspirational business owner who also is so generous and kind to her community.  I want to see them sustain what they have built.  They have super cute clothes and such fun pop culture tees.  Again - another great source for what you are living in right now! 

I love life and laundry tees.  They are so soft and have such inspirational designs.  They have this new design or for every one bought - they are sending one to a nurse or doctor in NYC.  I love it! 

If you have littles - the sweetest children's boutique, Southern Style,  is in Bentonville but if you can't go there - you can shop online! Babies to tweens - they have something you will love! 

Since we are shopping for Easter baskets from home this year - check out Freckled Hen Farmhouse for the most darling stuff! I wish you could visit the store because it is the cutest place you will ever go to but you can find all kinds of unique things for those baskets (or yourself) HERE

And my friend Amy has the cutest kitchen store Euna Mae's.  You can get these really fun comfort crates right now sent to you or someone you love and they fill it with really neat things from the store.  I had a friend send me one and it was such a wonderful surprise.  She has also has really cute shirts that say Be Contagious with Joy which we all need right now! 

We are all shopping from home for the unforeseeable future so I hope you will consider some of these stores when you need to shop! 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Good Days Ahead

Well our spring break has come and gone.  We had a lot of mostly good quality time at home.  

Like the rest of the world - we spent Thursday making a chalkboard mosaic in our drive way.  It rained this weekend and it's gone but it was fun while it lasted.  

We wrote out a verse that encourages us.  I love going for walks in the neighborhood and seeing words of hope in chalk.  

Saturday was mostly rainy and we just hung around the house.  We finally got out for walks in the afternoon and played outside.  We are cooking at home constantly so at least once a week - we try to get take out to support local businesses.  We love Tacos 4 Life. It's SO good but it's also AR owned and they feed hungry children with every meal you buy.  They are offering family packs right now so I got one and it came with so much food we had lunch on Sunday with it too.  

We even got their famous punch to go!!! 

Jonesboro, in east AR, had a horrible tornado hit Friday night.  Thankfully it wasn't deadly but it did hurt many homes.  Praying for all the people there.  It's a tough time to deal with that kind of loss along with the whole corona thing.  

I went to the store today and they had a lot more things but are still out of a lot.  I don't even bother looking for sanitizer but I found some in a backpack yesterday morning.  Then my girls said " oh we have some" and they brought out a whole stash.  ha! I forgot how they hoard sanitizer.  

Saturday we just had cabin fever.  I think we were all on each other's nerves.  So we made plans to make Sunday a better day.  I got up early and hit walmart as soon as it opened to get groceries for the week.  Thankfully it was pretty empty.  I came home and cooked breakfast and then we went to Hobbs state park.  

We walked a couple of trails.  The weather was perfect and we had the best time.  It was pretty empty.  We are so thankful that we can still get outside.  And that this is going on in the spring/summer and not in winter so getting out is such a gift.  

We stayed until lunch time and then went home to eat.  

I was so happy to find paper products today.  It's been empty for weeks so it felt like the heavens opened up a little to find this and some cleaning products and all the other things we needed.  

The teachers at our school did a drive through parade today in all the neighborhoods.  Every teacher and staff member decorated their car and drove by honking and yelling.  Seeing their faces smiling made me cry.  We have INCREDIBLE teachers.  And this is tough on them.  They are having to learn how to do things differently - teaching online.  It's not easy on anyone.  And they are home doing it while trying to help their own kids.  But they have been amazing and we miss them so much.  

It was such a lift to see them all! I just love seeing community come together and support each other! 

One of our favorite local spots is doing Sunday dinners only right now.  You can get a family meal for 4 from Louise on Sundays by calling between 3 and 6 and they will bring it out curbside.  We had roast beef, gouda mashed potatoes and salads and it was SO good.  And we have enough to eat today too.  We will be doing this again on Sunday nights! And it will be something different each week.  

Yesterday was just a good day and everything I needed.  

Oh and if I didn't mention it - my dad is HOME! Last Monday we found out he would be stuck in Liberia indefinitely.  Thanks to the embassy and our senator, they got him on a medical evacuation flight and he got home on Friday! He is quarantined at home now and I'm so grateful.  Thank you so much for praying!!