Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Highlights

Last week was great! We had some fun stuff going on outside of our usual routine like an anniversary date, a birthday, a birthday party, and a wedding!
 

Aubrey had croup in the middle of the night and Alaina was coughing a lot too, so I stayed home from church with them on Sunday morning. David and Jude went without us.
We enjoyed our girl time :)
We had a nice morning at home, and I cooked lunch. We ate when the boys got home. That afternoon, we took naps. Jude and I went to church that evening, and then we ate dinner at McAlister's. I loved my one on one time with him. We then went to Whole Food and ordered his birthday cake :)

We just hung around our house on Monday. The girls were still recovering, so we had a low-key day. My mom came over that evening, because David and I were going on a date! It had been 10 years since our fist date, so of course we had to celebrate! :)
We went to dinner at Bonefish, and then we saw Edge of Tomorrow. It was good! I always LOVE our date nights! The kids were asleep when we got home and had had fun with Gramzie :)

I was debating on whether I should go to Bible study on Tuesday (the girls were still coughing some), but then our realtor texted us to say that we were having three showings at our old house that day. We desperately needed to do some yard work, so we went over there. David took the morning off from work, and we got a lot done. It was too wet to mow, but we edged and did a ton of weeding. We came home for lunch, and David got ready and went to work. The rest of our afternoon was uneventful. David came home that evening, and I cooked tacos. He then had to go to church for a meeting. The kids and I watched a movie, and then I bathed them and put them to bed. David got home right as I was putting Aubrey to bed, and we talked for a while and went to bed ourselves.

Wednesday was Jude's fourth birthday! As it turns out, he doesn't really like to have his birthday acknowledged, and he really HATES it if you sing happy birthday to him. This led to a major fit that morning :-/ We were going to lunch for his birthday, and I had to let everyone know in advance not to mention the "b" word. OMG. We went to Beagle Bagel (his choice) and David and our moms met us there.
After lunch, we went to Whole Foods for a cupcake. Jude was definitely ok with that! ;) We came home for naps. That evening, we had small group. It was a VERY small group, but we enjoyed it! We picked the kids up from the nursery and came home and put everyone to bed.

We went to tutoring on Thursday morning, and then Megan and I took our kids to the playground and let them play while we chatted :) We had some unseasonably BEAUTIFUL weather. It was in the low 80's, no humidity, and a cool breeze. Unheard of for July in MS, but it was SOOO nice! David had picked Aubrey up while I was tutoring and taken her to the dentist. He brought her to the playground when they finished (no cavities - yay!) and then we had to go to the grocery store. I was taking a meal to a family that night and had to get ingredients. We went to Whole Foods so that the kids could get pizza for lunch. We ran into my mom having coffee with a friend! We crashed their party and sat at their table ;) My mom had to leave to go to the eye doctor, but her friend (who is actually my friend, too ;)) stayed with the kids and me until we finished lunch. We then did our grocery shopping. My mom finished her eye appointment and saw that our car was still in the parking lot, so she came back in and found us (I was so glad she did a few minutes later). We finally got checked out and went to get in the car. Umm, I had locked my keys in the car. AHHHH! It was naptime, and I had a buggy full of groceries. I called David and he was eating lunch with his dad at Cracker Barrel. I had to leave my mom at the grocery store with my kids (and groceries) and drive her car to Cracker Barrel to get David's keys so that I could get into our house to get the spare keys for my car. GOOD.NESS. So annoying. I'm just thankful that we live close to where David is now. And I'm super thankful that my mom was there! We FINALLY got home, and I put the kids down for naps. And then sat on the couch and recovered. Except not. I cooked a meal for a sweet family who just had a baby. David came home and cut the grass, and I left the kids with him while I delivered the food. I got to hold a SWEET little newborn girl. And I got an hour in the car by myself. Not too shabby :) We ate dinner when I got home, and then I went on a walk and David bathed the kids. Busy day!

Friday was a gloomy, rainy day. I wanted to get out of the house, though, so the kids and I went to the library. We got a stack of books and then came home and read them :) We ate lunch, and I put the kids down for their naps. I did some cleaning around the house since we were having Jude's birthday party the next day. When David got home, we went to Newk's for dinner, and then we went and got some balloons from Party City. I then ran in Kroger while David and the kids sat in the car. We got home and put the kids to bed. David and I watched the first Bourne movie and went to bed.

David took the kids to breakfast and to pick up Jude's cake on Saturday morning. I got ready and finished getting the house ready, and then our families came over to celebrate Jude's birthday! Jude had INSISTED on only inviting family. He didn't want any "children" at his party. Hahaha! That made it simple for me, so I didn't protest too much ;) We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, opened presents, and then ate cake and ice cream.
It was a fun day! After everyone left, I went to the grocery store, and then I got ready for a wedding. David's mom came over to babysit, and then David and I went to the wedding. It was beautiful! It was also really fun because so many of our friends from church were there. I love a good wedding :) That night, I started prepping our lunch for the next day and then went to bed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I've Read Lately...

I've read some good books over the past several months! I thought I'd share some of them here. If you have any recommendations please share! I'm always looking for new books. I really like books that are pager turners. I want to be hooked from the first few pages. But I also like books with some depth. I definitely read my fair share of "fluff" but I also like to have to use my mind when I'm reading. I don't necessarily like ALL of the books I read to be written on a highschool level, ya know? ;) So, without further ado, here are some books that I've enjoyed recently:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This book was really different than the typical books that I read. It was funny in a really quirky way. But I found myself laughing out loud a few times, so that's a success in my book. It was hard for me to figure out of I should take this book seriously or just laugh it off. So I ended up doing both. Definitely an entertaining read.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
I read another book by this same author (The Husband's Secret) that I didn't enjoy as much. I did like Moriarty's writing style, though, so I gave her another chance. What Alice Forgot was very interesting to me. It was a page turner like I enjoy, but it was very thought provoking. It's about a lady who falls and hits her head in a spin class. When she wakes up, she can't remember anything about her life from the past 10 years. Nothing is as she remembers when she wakes up, and she realizes that she's changed so much over the past 10 years that she doesn't even recognize herself. The changes aren't necessarily good ones, either. Anyway, it was just interesting to look back and try to remember myself 10 years ago. If I couldn't remember the last 10 years of my life, would I like who I am today and be happy with the decisions I've made?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This was one of those books that I loved because it was beautifully written. It took me a little while to fully get into it (it's a LONG book) but I kept picking it back up because I enjoyed the writing so much. It was just a pleasure to read because of the writing style. There was also amazing character development. It tells the story of a young girl who is blind and lives in France during World War II. At the same time, it also follows a young German boy. Their paths eventually collide at the end of the book, and it's just a beautiful, heart wrenching story. I definitely recommend this one.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down and read it so quickly. It's about a girl who spends her childhood in the foster system. She's in and out of different foster homes and has some terrible experiences. She becomes a very hard, difficult child. She has one last chance to be adopted before she's labeled "unadoptable." A single lady takes her in and finally breaks through her tough exterior. Everything is going well until something happens to mess up the whole situation. The book flashes back and forth between current day and the main character's experiences as an adult and her experiences with her foster mom as a child. I cared about her so much as an adult and I wanted to read about that to find out if she is finally able to accept love and find her "happily ever after", but I also wanted to breeze through those chapters so that I could read the flashbacks to find out what happened with her foster mother. To me, that's good story telling right there - when the reader is equally invested in a character's past and present. Loved this book!

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle
This one was hilarious to me. I love Big Mama's blog, and I've loved both of her books, too. Her books make me laugh out loud like no other books I've ever read. I guess I just really appreciate her sense of humor. This was her memoire of her marriage, and I really enjoyed it.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
I wanted a book that would be easy to read and a page turner, so I decided to go the Kate Morton route. I do enjoy her writing style, but I thought this book was a bit hard to follow at times. She doesn't tell stories chronologically, which keeps things interesting, but for some reason, this one seemed a bit all over the place to me. I did enjoy the story, though, and it was a page turner like I hoped!

I know I've read more, but those are the ones that are immediately coming to mind. I've misplaced my Kindle (I refuse to say I've lost it - IT WILL TURN UP!) so I can't just grab it to see what else I've read. But those are apparently the ones that have stood out the most since they're the ones I'm remembering. ;) So, what should I read next??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday, Jude!!

Four years ago, at 5:23pm, after a whirlwind labor and delivery, I met my little boy for the first time. When I was pregnant with Jude, I often wondered what it would feel like to be a mother to two children. Would I love my second child as much as my first? Was it even possible to love two babies with my whole heart? Well, as any mother of more than one child knows, those fears vanished the moment this tiny little baby boy was placed in my arms. It was love at first sight, and immediately - before I even knew him - my whole heart was his because he was mine.
2010
Over the past four years, I have fallen more in love with this wild little guy every singe day. I didn't think it was possible to love him any more than I did on July 16th 2010, but somehow, I do.

2011
Jude is pure joy. He's full of life. He's mischievous at times. He's into everything. He's always climbing on something. It truly blows my mind and puts fear in my heart the heights he can scale sometimes. He's all boy. He's rough, he's loud, and he can destroy just about anything in no time flat.
But he's also the most loving, affectionate, sweet child that I've ever been around. He tells me that he "wuves me a wot, a wot, a wot, a wot, a wot...." (loves me a lot) all the time, and he is oh-so-generous with kisses and hugs. He often shares without being asked, and he tries to cheer Alaina up when she's crying. He has a smile that lights up my whole day.
2012
Being a mom to my little boy has been one of the most wonderful, fulfilling, joy educing things I've ever done. I have such a sweet bond with my son, and I'm so so incredibly thankful that God chose me to be Jude Anderson Howie's mom. The past 4 years have been so wonderful, and I cannot wait to see what God has planned for Jude's life. My prayer for him is that he is a strong man of God who leads and loves like Christ.
2013
Happy 4th Birthday, Jude. We love you so very much!

2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekly Highlights

Last week was fun! It was fairly busy, but it was all fun stuff :)

Sunday was unusually busy. We went to church and Sunday school like normal, and then we ate lunch at home. We took short naps, and then we got the kids up to go to a cookout at my great aunt's house. We had some relatives in town, and the cookout was so that people could see them. We enjoyed it, and we left in time to make it to night church. After church, we met David's family at Newk's. His mom had asked us to meet them for dinner and said they had a "surprise guest" in town. It turned out to be David's sister who lives in Saudi Arabia. We were very surprised to see her! We had a great visit, and then we came home to get the kids to bed after a full day.

In contrast to Sunday, Monday was a very chill, laid back day. The kids and I just stayed home and I did a lot of house work. I was glad to get so much accomplished. That evening, David came home from work and I ran to Kroger to get some food for Bible study the next day. When I got home, I baked a coffee cake and cooked quiche for dinner. We ate, and I took the dog for a walk after dinner. When I got home, David and I got the kids to bed and then had an uneventful evening.

Megan and I were in charge of snacks for Circle this month, so we had to leave home a little early on Tuesday morning. The kids and I dropped off our food at the house where we meet for Circle, and then I took the kids to the nursery at church. I went to Circle, and it went well! After it was over, I picked up the kids, and we came home for lunch and naps. That evening, I cooked dinner for David and the kids, and then I left for "UnBunco." I picked up Megan and a new friend on the way, and we headed to my mom's house. We had a small group that night, but we still had a lot of fun! We dropped our new friend off, and she invited us in to see her house (we had said we wanted to see it). I then dropped Megan off and went home. David and I talked for a little while and went to bed.

We were going to be hosting small group on Wednesday night, so most of the day was spent getting the house ready for that. I got in the zone and really cleaned the house thoroughly. I knew no one would be going upstairs for small group, but having people over just got me super motivated and I got the kids' rooms really clean too. It's always nice to have a clean house, even though it NEVER lasts longer than a day. ;) That evening, the kids ate pizza, and then I took them to the church since that's where our babysitting happens for small group. When I got back home, everyone was here, so we got started. David led our Bible study, and I really enjoyed it! We had good discussions. When it was over, David picked the kids up from church, and we put them right to bed.

We got up and went to church early on Thursday for tutoring. That went well. When it was over, though, Aubrey was having a meltdown. My brothers watch my kids while I tutor, and she was just falling apart (throwing a fit). It took me forever to deal with that, and when David got to church to teach karate, I let him finish talking to Aubrey. She finally calmed down, and we left church and went to Kroger. I was cooking dinner for a friend that night, so I had to get everything I needed for that. I fixed the kids lunch when we got home, and then I put them down for naps. I worked on dinner while they slept. My sweet friend Anna recently had her 5th precious baby, so I was cooking for her family. She texted me that afternoon and said that they would love for us to stay and eat with them and play when we dropped dinner off. Gotta love a mom of 5! :) So, I cooked some extra, and we did just that! We went over to their house that evening after David got home, and we had so much fun with them! I loved holding that sweet newborn baby :) We came home at bedtime, and I got a quick walk in before it got too dark.

We had evaluations for Aubrey and Jude at their school on Friday morning. David helped me get everyone ready, and we actually made it out the door on time! Jude had his evaluation first. I wasn't in there for it, but they just ask them to do different things like draw, cut, sort, listen to a story, hop, skip, etc. and observe them to see where they are. During Jude's evaluation, Aubrey and Alaina and I just played and visited with other moms and kids. We went out on the playground, too, and then it was time for Aubrey's evaluation. After they were both done, we were going to lunch at Corner Bakery. Another sweet mama, Morgan, and her three kiddos decided to join us. I'm so glad they did! We had a great time visiting and catching up. And considering the fact that we have 6 kids between us, I thought lunch went very well ;)
We came home for naps, and I had a low-key afternoon. David came home a little early that afternoon, and we just hung out at home for a while and moved some furniture around a bit. That evening, we went to dinner at Mellow Mushroom. We hadn't been since we moved, and we were missing it!
After dinner, I ran in TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Hobby Lobby. We then went by our old house and got some paint and other random stuff. We came home and got the kids to bed, and then I got on the internet until bedtime.

Saturday was another busy day! David and the kids went to the Farmer's Market that morning, and I did my meal planning and grocery list. Then I took a shower and got ready. My grandfather's 80th birthday was Thursday, so we were having a surprise birthday party for him on Saturday afternoon. It was taking place during Alaina's naptime, so David stayed home with her and just brought her when she woke up. I went little early to help set up, and I took Aubrey and Jude with me.
The party was at our church, and we had told my grandfather that the children's choir was performing that afternoon. I'm afraid he figured out what was up, but he was surprised to see how many people were there! A lot of family had come in from out of town. It was a fun afternoon!
After the party, we got everything cleaned up. My family and my grandparents came over to our house that afternoon to kill a little time before we went out to dinner. We always go out to eat at a hibachi restaurant at some point every July to celebrate all of the July birthdays in our family, and we were going that night. A lot of our out of town family joined us, so we had a bigger group than usual. It was fun! Alaina was hilarious. She got kind of nervous while they were cooking and grabbed my hand and held it over her eyes. She would pull my hand down and peek out every once in a while, and then pull it right back up over her eyes. Ha!
After dinner, we went home so that David could bathe the kids and get them to bed, and I went to the grocery store. Fun day!

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Lot of Nothing

I've learned that once you get out of the habit of blogging, it's kind of hard to just jump back in. Several days this week, I've had the time to blog, and I've wanted to blog, but I just haven't been able to think of anything to post. Haha! So, that's still the case... I'm just basically blogging about nothing with some cute pictures of my kids sprinkled in for good measure. I need to come up with some ideas.
We are having a great summer! I'm really not ready for it to end anytime soon. David took a break from Monday night karate this summer, and that's been SO nice. Having him home an extra night every week has made our weekday evenings so pleasant. We have such a nice routine that I'm loving. I cook dinner and then we eat outside every night. We have a screened porch at our new house, but we haven't used it so far. We just eat out on our deck. After dinner, I go on a walk while David bathes the kids and gets them ready for bed. I feel like this is the first time in my life that I'm actually enjoying some form of exercise. Haha! I'm going to be sad when it starts getting dark at 5:00. Maybe I'll turn into a morning person and get my exercise before David goes to work? Doubtful. ;)
Anyway, I feel like we are just in such a nice little groove right now, and I'm treasuring this time with my family. As everyone knows, we are hoping to adopt soon, so I often think that I should savor this summer with my little family of 5. It is our prayer that we'll be a family of 6 this time next year. And I know I'll savor those days as well! :)
You know what other habit is hard to resume once you fall off the wagon? EATING HEALTHY. Ughh, I need a sugar detox like crazy. When I was at the beach two times in the past month, I didn't really worry about what I was eating. And I don't regret that. But since sugar is addictive, once you start.... whew, it's HARD to stop. And usually we just don't have sugary stuff in the house, so that's not a huge temptation for me. Lately I've had to cook for several functions, though, which has left me with extra cookies and coffee cake sitting around my house. And if it's in the house, I'm GOING to eat it. I can just tell such a difference in how I feel when I'm not eating well.
So, it's time to get back on track in the food department. (And by the way, this isn't a weight thing for me. It's just a lifestyle that I've chosen for myself and my family. I feel like I have to say that because I've learned that when I talk about needing/wanting to eat healthy, people often respond with, "but you don't need to loose any weight!" While that's sweet and I appreciate the kind words, I think what I put into my body is important no matter what I weigh.) I would love to do another cleanse. David and I did one last year (and I never blogged part 2... I really should do that because that was the interesting part to me), and I loved the way I felt while I did it. I didn't enjoy the process. It was HARD. We do eat "clean" for the most part, but we eat whole grains and dairy in moderation in our everyday life. On the cleanse, there were no grains, no dairy, no beans, no corn, no sugar, no caffeine, no processed anything... and probably a bunch of other stuff that I'm forgetting. Basically, we ate fruits, vegetables, and a little bit of lean meat. I didn't even realize before the cleanse how hard it would be to NEVER be able to "cheat" and eat whatever I wanted to eat. We were really strict when we were on the cleanse and didn't allow ourselves any cheats that I remember. It was really hard and really good at the same time. Anyway, I'd love to do that again, but it was expensive and we're trying not to spend a lot of unnecessary money right now. So, I'm thinking about maybe trying The Whole 30. I think it's really similar to the cleanse that we did as far as what is off limits, it just won't include any of the supplements that we took. But I think it might be the jumpstart that I need to get back on track. I'm dreading it, though. Ha!
Maybe I'll think of some blog topics for next week..... at least I hope so. I don't want to have to do another rambly post like this again soon. ;)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weekly Highlights (RYM Edition)

I promise that I'm going to post something other than weekly highlights on this blog at some point. We've just had a lot going on, and this has been all I've had time for lately!

Last week was SUCH a great week! I spent the week in Florida chaperoning a youth group trip to RYM. One of my best friends, Megan, and her husband are the youth group coordinators at our church. Several months ago, she told me that she was going to be chaperoning a trip to RYM this summer (it's in Panama City), and she asked if I would like to be the other chaperone. Of course I said yes! I was especially excited because I went to RYM with the youth group several times as a teenager and loved it. I have such fond memories of those trips, so I was excited to go and experience it again as an adult. I can say that it did not disappoint. It was exactly as I remembered it. This is such an excellent conference. The teaching is wonderful, the music is great, and I just love that everyone there has a passion and a heart for teenagers. Anyway, it was just an all around great experience! The group from our church was small - we took 5 teenagers, and 2 of them were my brothers ;) It was a sweet group of kids. (And I now feel like I'm 60 years old for referring to highschoolers as "kids." Haha!) I'm also SO thankful to David for taking such great care of our kids while I was gone and for my mom and mother-in-law taking so much time out of their weeks to watch the kids during the day while David was at work.

Sunday was a normal day at church. We aren't having children's church during the summer, so Aubrey and Jude are sitting with us in big church the whole time. It's.... interesting ;) But it's good for them to learn to sit through church! We came home and cooked lunch. We grilled chicken and realized when we took it off the grill that it had gone bad. I was SO annoyed. So, we had a nice lunch of sides (vegetables) but no meat. We went back to church that night and then had Newk's for dinner. I got my suitcase packed before bed.

David's mom came over on Monday morning, and David took me to church to meet up with the group. We took a quick picture, and then loaded the van.
Seriously cannot believe that I drove this thing. With other people's kids in there. Praise God for His protection! ;) Oh, and I decided on this trip that my cutoff for having kids will be anything that's gonna require a 15 passenger van. Hahah!
The trip went well! Megan and I took turns driving, and we stopped for lunch at Cain's. We made it to Panama City at around 4:30.
We got settled into our rooms, and then we went to dinner.
When we got dinner the first night, we started to get nervous that we were going to starve all week. No, seriously, the portions were HUGE.
After dinner, we had our first group assembly. It was great! I LOVED the band and the music, and it was just wonderful to worship with so many people. After evening assembly, we had small group on the beach, and then we had free time. We went to our room at 11 and got ready for bed.

We got up bright and early on Tuesday and went to breakfast.
Love these "little" goofballs.
We then had time for private devotions. Megan and I found a quiet place together and did our Bible study separately, and then we prayed together for our group and the conference as a whole. Afterwards, there were break out classes. The kids got to choose the ones they wanted to take (they each took two). Megan and I went to the first one and we chose "Digital Christianity." It was SO interesting. It was all about living and being a Christian in an age of social media and "mediated communication." It was actually really convicting. I might expound more on that in another post. During the second break out, Megan and I just kind of took a "break." We just sat and talked and enjoyed an hour without kids ;) Next was lunch, and then we had free time for the rest of the afternoon. We spent several hours on the beach and a little bit of time at the pool.
We then went and took showers and got ready for dinner and evening assembly.
The girls!!
Once again, the worship time was great!
I did notice that there seemed to be a real lack of Tim Keller books on the book table, though. LOL.
That night, the worship band put on a concert during free time. It was so much fun! We had a little more free time after the concert, an then we went to our room.

Wednesday was more of the same. Breakfast, devotions, break outs, lunch, and free time. We spent most of the afternoon at the beach again.
Just some girls and a Merman.
After several hours on the beach, we went to the little concession stand and got snacks. I got French fries and a coke Icee. I quit drinking coke a couple of years ago, but that Icee was SO good! I didn't regret my decision to indulge once (or twice... ;)) but I'm definitely ready to get back on the healthy eating train this week! There were a lot of "treats" last week. Ha! The schedule was a little different that night because we had the night off to go out to eat, so we had evening assembly before dinner. Then each church was on their own for dinner and whatever else they wanted to do. We decided to go to Pier Park. We ate dinner at The Back Porch.
Then we just walked around Pier Park for a long time. We got some ice cream.... see? Lots of treats! ;)
Love this friend!!
Late that night, we even saw Honey Boo Boo! Haha!
We ended the night with a trip to Target and then went back for curfew.

Thursday was the last day of the conference, and it was another great day! We ate breakfast, had our devotional time, and then went to our first break out on Digital Christianity. The speaker wrapped it up really well. He basically said that when using social media, we need to remember the second greatest commandment (love your neighbor as yourself) and use it to build others up and not just to meet our own needs. Obviously, I'm really over simplifying it, and this issue is definitely more complicated than that, but I think that's really the bottom line, and I'd do well to remember that. Anyway, during the second break out, Megan and I had a really good talk. We went to lunch, and then enjoyed our last day at the beach. The weather was perfect that day, and the water was clear. (It had been really seaweed-y the other days.) We spent a good bit of time at the pool, and then we went to our rooms and got ready for dinner. After dinner, we had evening assembly. The theme of the week had been hope in a hopeless age, and we talked about how our hope is glorification. All of the sermons had been good, but this one was my favorite. The speaker talked about how the promise of glorification should effect everything we do and how we live. It's a lot easier to be content and joyful in hard situations when we remember what is coming. Anyway, it was just a great conference.
I have no clue what they're doing, but they wanted a picture with one of the speakers. Haha!
That night, there was a "dance party on the beach." This was COMPLETELY out of my element. Haha! But I actually ended up having fun. They played fun music (that had been approved ahead of time - haha!) and everyone was just having so much fun.
I have no idea? Two moms trying to fit in with a bunch of teenagers? Hahaha!
The guy in charge of the whole conference literally sat up on a ladder and supervised the whole thing to make sure it stayed clean ;) I loved seeing him up there on that ladder - he just seemed very fatherly, and I loved that.
All good things must come to an end. This was a fun way to wrap up a great week! Here's our whole sweet group.
After the party, we had to go back to our rooms and clean up and get packed.

On Friday, it was time to head home. We left around 8:30 and stopped at Panera for coffee and a bagel. Megan and I took turns driving again, and the trip was uneventful. Well, we did have a little dance party and sing-off in the van, so not TOTALLY uneventful. Haha!!
 
We stopped at Chick Fil A for lunch, and we got home around 4. I was so happy to see David and the kids!! I missed all of them! That night we went out to eat Mexican food (Mexican on the 4th - it felt so un-American. Haha!). We wanted to go see some fireworks, but the big ones had happened the night before. Bummer! Instead, we came home and went on a walk and then put the kids to bed. I was super excited to sleep in my own bed that night ;)

On Saturday, David took the kids to the Farmer's Market, and then I met them at Whole Foods for breakfast. We walked around Highland Village for a while afterwards.
When we got home, we played outside in our inflatable pool until naptime. I took a shower and made a grocery list while the kids napped, and then I went to the grocery store. When I got home, we cooked dinner and ate outside. I went on a walk (I took our dog Jane this time instead of Knightly) and David bathed the kids. We got them to bed after that.