{Thoughts for Thursday}

 

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Hello! I’m linking up with Annie and Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday.

I am helping out with VBS as a crew leader (Will was in my group) all week and am worn out! Chasing around a group of preschoolers will do that, ha!

Here are some things that are happening around our house…

Summer reading…I love Emily Giffin’s books and was excited to read her latest. My friend borrowed it from the library and passed it on to me (thanks, Ashley!), but I just couldn’t get into it. It focused too much on football.  I’m not into sports but was going to give it a try.  Well, I got half-way through it and decided that the sports talk was just too much.  Any recommendations for good summer reads?  Something light and fun?

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The adventures of potty training have started…we picked up some potty essentials a few weeks ago and have been working on sitting on the potty. Harper wakes up most mornings with a dry diaper so I immediately stick her on the potty. She also wakes up from her naps with a dry diaper, which is great! With Will, he was super easy to potty train. However, I waited until he was three and was ready for it. I’m not sure that Harper is completely ready, but we’re working on it slowly.

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Fixin’ cars…my husband and his co-worker were repairing my car last week, so Will decided he needed to “fix” his car as well.  Daddy gave him a few tools to play with and he had a blast! Harper wanted to get in the action, too!20140619-205219-75139693.jpg

Lilies…my husband has a beautiful lily garden and the lilies are in full bloom now.  He has a variety of lilies in all different colors–so pretty!20140619-205220-75140830.jpg

We have been grilling more this summer than we have in the past, yay! The other day I made some grilled honey lime chicken and roasted vegetables. Well, I just made the marinade and my husband grilled it, ha! It was such an easy and delicious meal! You just marinate the chicken in some soy sauce, honey, and lime juice and grill. How easy is that?!20140619-205220-75140531.jpgHave a wonderful {almost} weekend!

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5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Natasha and friends for 5 on Friday:)

{one} Spring blooms! I’m loving this weather and the gorgeous flowers that are popping up around us! School is almost over and summer will be here! Yay!

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{two} Water Wows-these are really fun no-mess paint with water coloring pads from Melissa and Doug.  You fill the pen up with water and “paint” on the scenes.  The color magically appears and dries so you can color the pictures over and over again.  We enjoy these coloring pads in the car as well…it’s a fun travel activity.  20140519-220546-79546437.jpg

{three} Making pb and honey sandwiches! Will has really been big into helping me in the kitchen lately and was thrilled when I told him he could make his own peanut butter and honey sandwich for his field trip this week.  We typically eat leftovers for lunch (even the kiddos…I pack them leftovers and they have hot lunches every day at the babysitter) so it’s rare that we have bread in the house.  We just aren’t big sandwich eaters.  However, my husband and Will went on a field trip this week (see picture below) and I needed to make sandwiches for them.  Now Will has been asking for a peanut butter sandwich all the time, ha!20140519-220546-79546014.jpg

{four} I was unable to go on Will’s field trip this week due to conflicts with school, so my husband went.  He texted me pictures throughout the morning of Will and his preschool friends having their field day, which was so fun!  For this field trip, they headed to a local park and set up stations with a variety of games and activities.  They also had a picnic lunch.  My husband told me that Will was so shy and clung to him most of the time.  Here’s a picture of his class (he’s in the green striped shirt). 20140520-211422-76462841.jpg

{five} Essential oils-do you use them? I’ve been reading more and more about them on blogs and am curious about them.  I picked up some orange essential oil from a local store the other week and plan on making a bug spray that’s safe for kiddos.  I just haven’t gotten around to making it yet, ha! I’m sure it will be one of my weekly Pinterest project posts:)20140520-212306-76986165.jpg

I hope you all have a super weekend!

Mother’s Day Weekend 2014

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend:) We had a great weekend!

On Friday afternoon after work, I stopped by our local toy store, Pufferbellies (I mention them a lot on my blog since they’re such a great store with a super staff) to pick up a free gift certificate. Pufferbellies gave away free gift certificates ranging from $3 to $20 all day Friday to any mother who came to the store. Last year and this year I received a $5 certificate. How cool is that?! They gave away over $1,000 in free gift certificates!

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My sweet girl.

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Will came home from preschool on Thursday with a secret gift for mommy. He was so excited about giving it to me and couldn’t wait until Sunday! I received a beautiful card and a vase of flowers with his picture in it. So sweet! Love you, Will!

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On Saturday, we ate breakfast and headed to a local craft fair.  My childhood friend’s father sells his woodenware at the craft fair, so we always stop by to visit (he’s the one who makes the wooden stools you see Will and Harper sitting/standing on in my pics!).

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I loved this jewelry from CameraSHY Photography, especially her custom photo necklaces.

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We had fun wandering around the booths and browsing the beautiful crafts, but it was kind of hard with two kiddos who wanted to touch everything!

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Our plan was to eat lunch at the craft fair but it started raining. We played for a few minutes on the playground before getting in the car and deciding to head to a new place for lunch.

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My husband randomly found an awesome pizza place called Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.   We ordered the Popeye pizza, which was topped with spinach, caramelized onions, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, mozzarella, cheddar, and feta.  It was one of the best pizzas I have ever had! We both loved the roasted garlic on the pizza…now I’m on the hunt for some good roasted garlic recipes! This restaurant was very kid friendly too, which is a must for us right now! Any place that has crayons and paper for kids to draw is great!

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As we headed back over the mountain on our way home, Will and Harper took a nap.

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Before going home, we stopped at a local garden center to pick up a blueberry bush and a lily.

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It was rainy, but Will and Harper had a blast running around the garden center and helping daddy push the wagon, as evidenced by Harper’s muddy shorts!

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Today, we attended church and have been home hanging out all afternoon.  We tried our best to get a picture of me with the kiddos…this is one of the outtakes!

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It’s hard to believe that I’m celebrating my fifth Mother’s Day! On my first Mother’s Day back in 2010, Will was only eight days old. Two years later, in 2012, we celebrated Mother’s Day with a two year old and sweet Harper, who was seven weeks old.  I love you, Will and Harper! You both bring so much joy and fun to my life:) Love ya!

5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Christina and several other bloggers for 5 on Friday:)

{one} Spring is here! I’m loving the beautiful flowers that are popping up outside in our flower gardens. I picked a few daffodils the other day and put them in a pretty blue mason jar.  They  smell wonderful!

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{two} Iced vanilla coffee!  Hmm….I’m seeing a mason jar trend here, ha! It’s just all the mason jars from Harper’s second birthday party.  I only like my coffee with a lot of milk and some sugar (and not much coffee!).  Also leftover from Harper’s birthday are those adorable pink chevron straws. I love how fun they make my iced coffee look (but I don’t like that they eventually get soggy-boo).

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{three} I hate taking pictures of myself (and especially if there are no kids in the picture), but I snapped this last week before heading to work. I’m loving maxi skirts this spring! So comfy and cute! So far, I have this blue and white striped one and a gray one.  I’m looking to add more to my collection.  Any recommendations on where to purchase another one?

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{four} Playing outside in the sand! We’re soaking up all the nice weather this week!

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{five} Last week at school, we had a fun career fair day. As part of it, every teacher contributes food for a yummy lunch for the staff as well as the presenters. I opted to make a super easy chocolate trifle with layers of Ghirardelli brownies, chocolate pudding, and whipped topping.  It was delicious!

Edited-I have had several requests to share this recipe, so here it is!

Chocolate trifle

1 package brownie mix

1 (3.9 oz) instant chocolate pudding mix

1/2 c water

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (12 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (1.5 oz) bar chocolate candy (I actually used 3 Heath bars).

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and cool completely.  Cut into 1 inch squares.  In a large bowl, combine pudding mix, water, and sweetened condensed milk.  Mix until smooth, then fold in 8 ounces whipped topping.

In a trifle bowl, layer half of the brownies, half of the pudding mixture, and half of the 12 ounces frozen whipped topping.  Repeat layers.  Chop candy bar and sprinkle onto top layer.  Refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

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I hope y’all have a fabulous Friday and weekend! I’m at school for a half day and then have a reading training in the afternoon.  It should be fun!