Hi, friends! We’re back from our trip to Oklahoma. We make a yearly trip to visit the McCain family. I figured I’d pop in with a few photos from our trip and fourth of July. I hope you all have had a nice few weeks. I’m still trying to get back into the swing of HOME life. David headed back to class today (and thank goodness for it, it was Mexican food day! YUM!) We’ve restocked the refridgerator and cabinets. We’ve already been to the library and have a zoo trip planned. We’re normalling out again and it’s pretty nice.
You should know, Bo is just the best driver! *wink wink* In reality, he’s just quick to steal your seat when you move your butt from it. I get out to stretch and this happens. Haha.
Also, we stopped at a Super Target somewhere while in Oklahoma and spotted this fella. The kids had fun with him.
Owen says he’s Yoda.
David and the kids lit off some smoke bombs. They’re gross and will temporarily dye your feet if you hold your foot over em long enough. Haha! Maddie almost went to our pedicure trip with a pink foot.
Cicada shells. Eww. The boys were obsessed with finding these suckers all over the yard. I remember our first trip out to Oklahoma, they CRIED over having to touch a shell and now they’re chasing each other around the yard with them. They even convinced Pa to decorate his beard with shells. haha. It was gross.
Great Grandma, GiGi.
The amount of times we woke up to “Get off of me” and to see them LITERALLY shoving each other’s faces over because air mattresses deflate and you end up on top of whoever is next to you. haha. I laughed but felt their pain because been there, done that.
This one is from the 4th, but their faces crack me up in it and Owen’s little movement made me laugh. I wonder what they were side-eying.
Also, brownies as big as his head make him very happy.
We basically spent a lot of our time swimming, making whirlpools, playing ‘monkey in the middle’ and hanging out. It was really nice to just be out of the city for a while.
Every year, Maddie & Ma (grandma) go for pedicures. I got the invite this year and loved every minute of it. We meant to get a group picture, but food became a priority after Renee’s (My MIL) manicure and our pedicures.
And that’s that. We’re home now like I said and settling in again. It was a nice trip, but it’s nice to be home.
This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Good morning, friends. I come to you on this our 203958249674235th day of summer. I’m sitting at my computer, drinking my umpteenth cup of coffee (that’s already been reheated because summer) and I thought I’d pop in and share some of my favorite “survival” tips for summer break. *wink*
Tip #1 Send the kids outside to play. Trust me when I say that BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR THEM! I’ll repeat it. . . . BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR KIDS! Kids NEED to be bored so that they can grow from it. Imaginations come out during “boredom”. Encourage your kiddos to be bored, to find something to do, to put the technology down, to play outside. I watched my younger two play with beanie boo stuffed animals in our wheelbarrow for almost an hour. Two stuffed animals and a wheelbarrow, y’all. That’s it. An HOUR of play!
Tip #2 As long as they’re fed, you’re good. Listen… summertime is a strugglebus. We all know that. Some days are glorious and some just are NOT. Invest in frozen pizza. Red Baron is my go-to. It’s budget friendly, doesn’t taste like cardboard (you guys know the frozen pizza struggles, right?!). There have been so many days that I’ve forgotten about lunch. Thank goodness for the Red Baron stock pile I keep on hand now! They’ve been such a life-saver! And the kids just gobble them right up!
Tip #3 Tell that “Mom guilt” to jog off. I know you’ve probably seen the quotes about how you only get 18 summers with your kids and while that’s true-ish and kind of bittersweet, that does not under any circumstances mean that you need to feel mom guilt for anything they eat, how long they sleep, how much coffee you drink, how long they game for…. let that shit go, people! Summer breaks are just that…. summer break. And that means some days are adventurous and amazing. That also means that some just flat out fly by and it’s bedtime before you know where the day went. And some just flat out rub your wrong and you’re a grumpy pants all day. ALL OKAY! Be real. Don’t try to be the perfect Pinterest mom, you’ll just exhaust yourself and that’s no good for anyone.
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What’s your SPF style? Are you a daily wearer? A beach-day-only kind of girl? What? Be honest with me. I used to be a “only when actively outside” kind of SPF wearer, but then we moved to Colorado. Now everything we do is outdoorsy and SPF is my best friend. I am basically obsessing over Olay Whips with SPF 25.
Olay Whips often gets refered to as the “Unicorn of Moisturizers” but now it’s time to meet its SPF sister! Unlike other sunscrens, Whips with SPF has Active Rush Technology which holds and releases 1000x its weight in hydration, meaning it instantly absorbs into your skin. It feels light and moisturizing. You almost won’t even believe that its got SPF in it, it blends so beautifully with all skin tones and doesn’t leave any sticky feeling behind. Woo!
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Adding this into my everyday routine has been a total no-brainer. It’s great for my skin, provides me some sun protection and it’s pretty budget friendly! Winning! Are you loving Olay Whips as much as I am? I grabbed mine from Walmart. You can grab yours there too or head here and grab it online.
This post is sponsored by Activia but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while now, you know that my husband and I have been on a bit of a health kick. I don’t think “kick” is the proper word for it really, but we’ve definitely made healthier choices over the last year + for our family. Especially after the medical retirement and the medication that bumped David’s weight up higher than he’d ever seen it. Jumping on this 2 week Activia challenge was a no brainer for the both of us. (And there is a coupon for YOU when you click that link)
I am not the biggest fan of yogurt, but these daily probiotic drinks are quickly becomming an obsession of mine. They’re perfect for those grab & go mornings. I can drink one with my coffee, or in the car on the way to the zoo, or while walking to the local library. SO convienent. One of our biggest struggles with our healthy journey has simply been convienence. Sometimes it is just easier to grab fast food on our way out the door, or grab something quicker to eat. These have seriously helped with that problem! A banana & a daily drink and good to go! I love them. They’re such a little game changer.
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Summer break is in full force around here. David only has two days of college this semester, so we’ve been squeezing in all the fun adventures on non class days. We visited our favorite fishing spot over Memorial Day weekend, and phew it was packed. It was a gorgeous day, a nice trip, and a fun time… we just remembered why we don’t go do much on holidays – so peopley.
We have made lots of trips to the local library already this year with many more in our future. The kids have discovered that they can ask the lady’s at the desk to help them find books and put books on hold for us. Maddie’s new favorite thing is to check to see if any of our holds are in – even though I get a notification when they come in, we still stop to check every time we go.
We’ve already done a fair amount of hiking this summer as well. We even saw a rattle snake a few hikes back. I can’t remember if I mentioned that here already or not.
David turned 33 earlier this month and we “surprised him” with a renewed zoo membership and a zoo trip. Owen was SO excited to finally get a picture with the otters. Ignore his end of the year shoes. haha. You know it’s summer time when shoes have holes and pants are too short. Haha.
And Bo loves boxes as usual.
Otherwise so far our summer has been hot & lazy & absolutely wonderful. I hope your summer has been enjoyable so far. 🙂
Blood donation drops 20% during the summer. We don’t have enough As, Bs, ABs and Os. Did you know that every 2 seconds someone is need of a blood transfusion? 1 out of 7 people that enter a hospital needs a transfusion. When Maddie was born, I was almost one of them and it was really scary but made me really thankful for other people that took the time to donate. One donation can help 3 patients!
Once upon a time, long, long, long ago during David’s 2nd deployment I was a scared mom of TWO. I’d just had my 2nd C-Section and given birth to a beautiful little baby girl. Everyone was so pleased to meet this little lady. Her daddy even got the chance to call and check in on us from Afghanistan before going out on an 8-day mission. I was told I’d lost a lot of blood and may need a blood transfusion. At this point, it’s just me & this little lady & I’m trying to not panic. Everyone had left, I couldn’t call & cry to David. I was a mess. Thankfully, I ended up NOT needing the transfusion (phew) and we were fine and dandy, spent an extra day in the hospital and were good to go home. By the time I was able to talk to my husband again, the transfusion was a thing of the past & I’d already almost forgotten all about it.
You can donate every 56 days, up to 6 times a year. Take a step to donate at MissingTypeUS.org.
To this day, it makes me so thankful knowing that there were donations out there to help me in the event that I’d needed it. Blood is always in critical supply but it’s especially needed in the summer when donations typically drop about 20%. Are you a donor? Take a step to donate at MissingTypeUS.org.