Thursday, January 17, 2019

Celebrate Good Times

Harper turned 10 yesterday! I just can barely believe it! 

When people say it goes by fast - they aren't kidding! I feel like she was just born.  She is such a joy.  I'm so grateful to be her mom.  We celebrated her Saturday but I couldn't let the day pass without making her day special.  TEN is a monumental age! Double digits! 

I told the girls I would come bring them lunch and eat with them.  Hollis has lunch first.  We were sitting at a table right outside the library and Harper's class was in the library.  Harper saw me and mouthed through the window "where is my lunch?"  I tried to act like I forgot.  She looked so upset.  When she came out I said "I didn't bring you lunch.  Because I'm TAKING you to lunch".  I had already talked to her teacher about it so I checked her out so we could have a couple of hours together! 

Our first stop was Fish City Grill.  (WHY DOES SHE LOOK SO OLD?)

She is my gumbo obsessed partner! So our fav treat is a cup or bowl of gumbo! 

Next we went to Claire's.  She LOVES to wear choker necklaces.  She has one she wears almost every day so I let her get a couple of new ones! And in good Claire's fashion - we got something free with the purchase of two things so she picked out BFF necklaces for she and Hollis which I thought was really sweet.  

We went to Nothing Bundt Cake and got some little mini cakes.  She thought it was so fun.  And now I need to admit that Scott and I have been on keto since New Years and it's going well but we both had a small cheat moment last night ate a little bundt cake and we both decided it was the best cake ever.  He has already requested one for his birthday.  

When we got home, there was a knock at the door.  My parents and Aunt Linda surprised Harper by coming for a visit to see her.  They brought her a gift and stayed to visit for a while.  

Right after they left, Sarah Kate showed up at the door with cupcakes for Harper.  It was SO sweet and another great surprise! I love these two! 

When Scott got home - Harper opened her presents.  She wanted two things - this Barbie head that she could fix hair and makeup on and a new Bible.  She was THRILLED with both.  And I love that at 10 - these are the things she wanted most.  

Our town has a new restaurant at the small private airport.   Louise Thaden was one of the first female pilots in the U.S.  She lived in Bentonville and was friends with Amelia Earhart who used to visit her in the summer.  The restuarant is named after her - Louise.  We decided to try it out last night. 

I had chicken and vegetables and it was so good.  The vegetables were DELICIOUS! We all loved it.  

And we got to look at a few airplanes too! 

10 years of celebrating! She said this was the best birthday yet.  

Harper's Arrival from Kelly Stamps on Vimeo.

I shared this on social media but this is the video Scott made on Harper's first birthday of her birth and time in the hospital.  I think it's a sweet 13 minute testimony.  Warning - it will make you cry!

Monday, January 14, 2019

A Perfect Ten

We were still out of school last Monday and it was almost 70 degrees so we put on shorts and t-shirts and went for a long walk on a new trail.  Our town has a TON of the nicest trails for walking and bike riding.  I LOVE them.  

We had a great day.  But it was time to go back to school! 

The girls wanted to sleep in braids so they would have wavy hair to start second semester! They went back with all smiles! I can't believe the year is half over! 

Will Holden and I started back to Bible Study on Tuesday.  

I'm doing Authentic by James Macdonald.  I think it's going to be really good.  I love his studies! 

Wednesday Will Holden went back to school.  I'm not going to lie - I had a little skip in my step.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE being with my kids.  But I'm also someone who just likes to be alone.  I need a few hours a lone a week or I get kind of crazy.  So after 3 weeks of togetherness during Christmas break - it was nice to have a few hours asleep.  I got my hair done and ran some errands! 

Saturday we celebrated Harper's birthday a few days early.  She invited just a couple of friends to go out to lunch and to a movie.  We ate at chilis and were going to the 12:40 show of A Dog's Way Home.  In typical Kelly fashion - I pulled up our tickets at lunch and realized that I had bought them for FRIDAY.  (I bought them ON Friday but thought I had gotten them for Saturday).  I called the theatre in a panic and they were so nice.  They got us tickets for a later showing.  It actually worked out great because we went home and had cake and opened presents and then went to the movie.  

She wanted an ice cream cake.  She always gets ice cream cakes and usually from Dairy Queen but I thought I would try Cold Stone this year.  I got a small cake that would be enough for the kids but wouldn't leave any to tempt Scott and I since we are on Keto.  It looked SOOOO good  but we didn't cave.  

Harper and two of her best friends.  I always pray for her to have sweet friends.  It's one of my biggest hopes for her.  

Why does she look SO old? Ten feels so grown up! I think it's just a great age.  I hate that she's growing so fast but I also LOVE LOVE this age and watching her become the person she is.  

I really hope her wishes come true.  After the movie we came back and the girls all ended up staying for dinner.  The kids had pizza and I fixed steaks and salad for me and Scott and Steve came over because Laurie and Emily were out of town.  The guys watched the Cowboy game while I took the girls home.  

Yesterday we had church and then we walked to lunch with our friends.  It was FREEZING COLD but it's not a long walk.  It was fun to visit.  Hollis went home with Joseph for a couple of hours to play.  The kids started back to choir and activities at church and then Scott and I went up to pray.  Our church has started a new prayer time on Sunday nights - it's kind of come and go to just pray over our church and any requests or needs or anything really.  

And now it's Monday again! Hope you have a great one! 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

What's APP?????

If you know me - you know my great love for Sonic.  I LOVE a Sonic vanilla diet coke.  Well, this summer I discovered the Sonic app.  More specifically I discovered that if you used the Sonic app to order your drinks - they were 1/2 price ALL DAY! A L L   D A Y!!! AND it constantly gives you rewards like free tater tots or milkshakes! So I soon became great friends with the Sonic app.  And it also is like being a Sonic VIP.  You just pull it up, order, and then pull into a stall and "check in" and the screen will pop up and say "Welcome back Kelly!" and your drink is out so fast! Or you can go through the drive through and tell them you ordered on the app.  It's amazing!

Then recently - I started a coffee obsession.  Starbucks is not my favorite coffee spot but I had a few gift cards so I plugged them into the Starbucks app and realized I could order ahead on this also and either run in and it was ready right away without waiting in line or I could drive thru and it was faster.  AND once again - you get "reward stars" that earn you free drinks! I am all about FREE REWARDS! 

Really, the only fast food we eat is generally Chickfila.  But ours is so fast and they have people always working outside in line so I never really understood a reason to use the "one" app.  UNTIL about a few weeks ago when I ordered a nugget tray on it for a school function and I realized that you can get points and rewards on this app too and it adds up FAST! I have since learned you can order ahead (or like I do when I get in the back of the drive thru line) OR you can order like normal inside or outside and then have them scan your app to give you credit.  ALSO - you can order on the app and park and they will bring it out to you.  Hello - moms of young kids! You can also go inside and let your kids play in the playground or just sit with them at the table and order from your table on the app and they will bring it to you (instead of standing in line with toddlers).  Genius! This is by far the best app that I have found! It's "my pleasure" to share it with you! 

So then I talked about these apps on Instagram and asked for what other ones you are using out there  and here is what I found.

McDonalds (who knew?)

Panera (I have never ordered on this app but I do get MYpanera rewards.  But their drive thru is slow so it makes sense to order ahead so it's ready when you get there)

Pizza Hut (can earn free pizza)

Dominos (you can earn free pizza)

Slim Chickens (if you have one - you get $4 of free food for every $50 you spend)

Chipotle (You can order ahead. No rewards yet - but it's coming) 

Chili's (they give you rewards and free dessert on your birthday)

Outback (you get 50% off on every 4th visit!) 

What other ones do you use? Just a few extra seconds on your phone can save you time and money! It's totally worth it.  I have a sweet friend that is so good at this.  She saves up and makes a day of it - gets her free Starbucks and her free Chickfila and her free pizza all on one day!