How is everyone’s summer going so far? Good I hope! Sharing some randomness today. Some of this.. some of that. A little bit of the other. :)
My house for the most part is a disaster. But I’ve found that during the summer if I can just keep the kitchen semi-clean with a vase full of hydrangeas, I can handle the rest of the chaos.
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Of course it’s no easy feat keeping the kitchen clean in the summer. Especially with all of the slime that’s going down around here. I had hoped by now that my kids would be over it (2 out of 3 are) but I have one child who is STILL slime obsessed a year later and we’re honestly about to turn into a slime factory over here she has made so much of the stuff. I’ve been holding out hope that this phase would pass (right along with her “I desperately want/need a Bearded Dragon in my life) phase but both are still going strong. I can most likely compromise with her and get rid of one if I’m ok with the other.. but because I’m not excited about either we are at a stand still. And the slime just keeps on coming. I guess I should just be grateful that (so far) there isn’t a large lizard camping out on my couch every morning.
I wanted my girls to learn some healthy habits they can take with them the rest of their lives so I hired a nutritionist to meet with us a few times this summer. I’ve got a lot of things covered around here (they will definitely leave this house knowing how to scrub a sink) but healthy eating habits? Turning this one over to an expert. We had our first meeting and it was pretty clear that I’m the one who needs the most help! Apparently Coke Zero doesn’t count as a healthy breakfast. Who knew? ;) After 2 hours of ALL the information, she gave each of a copy of this Wellness Journal.
We have to write down everything we eat over the next couple of weeks and it has a place to check off our water (we are drinking SO much water I feel like I’m drowning). I thought I’d share this little journal (you can buy one here) in case it’s helpful for any of you! Misery loves company so come on.. join my world of carrots and cauliflower. ;)
Summer evenings are my favorite! I love being outside in our yard watching my kids swim and play, checking on the plants and flowers in my yard, going on walks with Kenny. When a neighbor is having a BBQ or mowing their lawn it’s even better. Aren’t summer smells the best? Love them.
Summer night date look. This Embroidered Lace Top is so beautiful! Hands down one of my favorites this season.
The detail is so pretty and I love wearing white in the summer time. I wore this somewhere a couple of weeks ago and when two of my friends saw it they decided to order it too! Now we will all be white embroidered triplets in this top. :)
I shared this similar white eyelet dress in my last Fashion post. All the love for summer white! These are a few other white tops I adore. I really wanted to order this one (adorable and only $32!) but it’s sold out in my size! One of you get it and wear it and love it for me. I’ll feel better. :)
If we aren’t outside enjoying summer evenings you can usually find us camped out on our family room couch. Reading or watching TV.
Or cracking up over who knows what. This picture made me smile when I came across it! Typical night with Ad. We laugh a lot when we’re together.
Somehow it always ends up being us two hanging out together because El is usually busy with dance or friends and Kole and Kenny are doing their thing. Ad and I have become partners in crime lately. :) We watched the entire series of Gilmore Girls together when I had knee surgery (Ad’s first time watching, my second) and are looking for a good summer series to start. Any suggestions for fun Netflix series or movies? I’ve been showing her the classics lately. We started with Gone With the Wind and then Fiddler on the Roof. I have a list we’re making our way through this summer so if you can think of any good classics you love give me those too! I can share my list in a post later if anyone is interested? I love a good classic. Especially when it includes Clark Gable or Jimmy Stewart. :) Is it ok to watch It’s a Wonderful Life in July? I never get tired of that movie.
The cute blue sweats I’m wearing are one of my favorite brands.. Make and Model. I love this set so much because they’re lightweight, crazy soft and comfortable and also I feel like I can wear them to the grocery store or to run kids around. I’m all for pj’s that double for real clothes! Plus in the summer I’m always cold inside most places because the air is usually blasting so these have been perfect indoor summer sweats.
Some of you have asked if I’d share pics from our recent trip to Florida. Here are a few for those of you who are interested! We hit Universal Studios and Volcano Bay and spent three days at the two parks. My best tip if you are planning on hitting theme parks this summer (after years of owning Disneyland season passes and spending more time than I’d like to at theme parks!) is to GO EARLY. Pretty obvious tip, but I’m always amazed how few people do it. We always try to be at the parks ready to go the second they open! It’s hard to get up so early on vacation, but you can hit so many fun rides and see A LOT in the first two hours before the park starts getting busy. Plan your route the night before and hit everything that you care about the most first thing. My kids have wanted to see all things Harry Potter at Universal for a while now so we surprised them with this trip and they were so excited.
Such a fun day and because we went early we were able to really enjoy it all without crowds!
Caught this quickly with my cell phone in line to choose their wands. Oh my word.. the look on her face! Ha ha.. priceless.
The windows all have fun things that happen when you wave your wand a certain way and these two could have done this for hours.
A little tricky to figure out, but after some help we were in business! Like magic. :)
First ButterBeer of the day!
Riding the train between parks was one of our favorite things! The window showed scenes from the movie and there were shadows on the doors of the train on the opposite side that made it feel so real. Friends from the movie, Dementors and leaping chocolate frogs all passed by on our journey. My kids loved it.
After we hit all things Harry Potter we split up for a while because my girls wanted to go on some scary rides that Kole wasn’t excited about. Plus he and I had our own agenda. Time to hang with Transformers. After years of Disney Princesses it has been so fun to dive into all things little boy. :)
Curious George was a long time favorite so we spent some time there and on other fun rides. The next day Kenny took the girls back for more rides and Kole and I decided to take a break and swim at the hotel and feed the ducks. Sometimes the two of us enjoy a slower pace. ;)
Our third day we hit Volcano Bay (the water park next to Universal Studios) and this is the only pic I have to share! Taken from my lounge chair. :) We put our phones away and enjoyed a day of water slides. Really fun park! Once again we made the most of our early morning time and hit as much as we could. By 3:00 the park was so busy and we had done most of the rides we cared about several times (plus the lazy rivers.. love those!) so we left early for dinner. Right around that same time a huge thunderstorm hit and they closed the park! I was so glad we went early and were on our way out anyway.
The rest of the trip we just enjoyed some down time at the hotel. Always such a treat to have uninterrupted time together.
On our last day there we took off on a boat to see alligators. When in Florida right!? The girls and I sat in front with the boys in back.
Can you see the gator in this picture? They blend in SO well with their environment! It was unreal being so close to them without even knowing it until we spotted them. I have to admit.. I was ready to move on as soon as I saw that nose coming up out of the water. Too close for my taste!
Holding a baby after our boat ride. “Snap a pic quick because I’m not holding this thing for two seconds longer!” Ha. Glad I did it.. don’t need to do it again.
But when in Florida right!?