Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!  It's my last Friday of summer break.  Back to work next week!  I'm always excited for the start of a new school year.  This year marks 10 years of teaching!

Let's get to my favorites.

Guys, I loved this book.  It made me cry, laugh and feel all the feels. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.  I want to read it with Max this year, because the message is one every kid and human being should learn.  The movie comes out in November.  I've seen the trailer 3 times, and every time I cry.  So. Good.

This week I went to my classroom and set it up!  I made this bulletin board.  Thank you Pinterest.  My kiddos will be learning Math, Science, Social Studies and Health from me, but they will also be getting daily doses of kindness.  I obviously want them to learn everything I'm teaching, but I want them to be kind.  Always be kind.

Also a Pinterest find.  Emoji board!  The new movie comes out today, and I'm hoping they get a kick out of the emojis I made. The many faces of 3rd grade.   Dollar store yellow plates and markers for the win! 

My MOST favorite thing this week: we bought a house!!!!  We love everything about this house.  From the moment we saw it, it was like it was meant to be.  I'll be sharing more, as we get settled.  Eek!!!  Happy dance!!!

Happy Friday!! 


August 13th

August 13th is slowly creeping up on me. 25 days away.  As the day gets closer, I'm feeling more lost. I get consumed with thinking about what life would be like as a family of 5.
I was watching Marley & Me awhile back, and the scene where Jen Aniston's character is at the doctor having an ultrasound. She finds out her baby doesn't have a heartbeat.  That moment took me back to August 13th. I had gone to the doctor a week before, because of signs that had me worried. We listened to the heartbeat. Our baby's heart was pounding away. A baby's heartbeat is the sweetest sound. Music to your ears. It's a sound that you don't forget hearing. When I went back to the doctor to check  on our baby on August 13th, I wanted to hear that sweet sound so bad. When I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat...my heart stopped. A whole life I was planning for gone. Just like that our baby was gone. 
It'll be 3 years since we lost our sweet baby. 3 whole years.  I'll tell you it doesn't matter if it's 3 years, 3 months or 3 days. The ache I have for our sweet baby is the same. 
Max and Emma know the angel we have is special, but they don't fully understand. Max was 3 almost 4 when I miscarried. Emma was 15 months.  This past week Emma was looking at the angel and the wing broke. I got so mad, I cried.  I tried to explain why the angel means so much. That lead to questions. Oh my sweet boy. Max asked a lot of questions. One of them being, "So you had a baby in your tummy? Well...how did you and Daddy put it there?"  Ummmm....crickets. He's 6.  He doesn't need to know about the birds and bees quite yet. 
To my sweet baby, who I'm assuming has access to my blog up in Heaven. I love you. My heart aches for you. I wish so badly you were here. Life would have been so full, so complete with you here. You will forever be my favorite what if. 
Remember that miscarriages happen. 1 in 4 women will experience the pain and loss. If you know someone who has had a miscarriage be considerate of your words. Be kind. Be a good listener. Be a shoulder to cry on. Be there. Be understanding. A woman changes. Your heart isn't the same after a loss. You go from a place full of life and light to a place so dark. No matter who is around you, you feel alone.  You learn to live with the ache. It doesn't go away, but you learn to live with it.  
August 13th my least favorite day. 


A Weekend of Swimming

Max and Emma completed a week of swim lessons, and we have two swimmers!!  Max moved up a level and Emma moved up 2 levels!

When we moved to GA we were surprised that most communities have a pool.  It has been the best thing ever.  This week it has been hot, and we've practically have lived at the pool.
Max is all about the cannon balls.

They won't swim without their goggles.
Emma makes me laugh.  We had them get out of the pool to reapply sunblock and take a few minutes to sit in the shade.  I turn to  talk to Emma and she had made herself comfortable.  I love that she still had her goggles on.
We also had to go for ice cream, because it was National Ice Cream Day and all. 
Such a fun weekend with my favorite people. 


Just keep Swimming

Max and Emma started swim lessons in June.  They were taking lessons every Saturday.  Emma picked it up right away, and was swimming by her 3rd lesson.  Max took awhile to get comfortable in the water.  I put him in lessons back in WA, and it was a traumatizing experience for both of us.  This week they are taking swim every day, and I don't know what changed for Max.  Something just clicked, but he can swim!!!   

We have two swimmers, and I'm so proud I could cry!


4th of July

A little 4th of July recap on this Thursday morning.  We came back from our staycation on the 4th.  I really wish we could have stayed downtown an extra night, because our room at an amazing view of the park where the fireworks were happening.  Oh well....instead we came home.  Both kids were not happy campers, full of tears.  Then the sky opened and poured down all the rain with a little side of lightning and thunder.  Our power went out of a hot minute, and I thought that was the end of our 4th of July. 

I was wrong!  We went outside and had some from with Pop Its, or Poppers...whatever you want to call them.  Emma forgot where she wasn't supposed to throw them and ended up throwing them at Max once.  She didn't forget again.  Ian gave them a sparkles lesson 101.  We did a box of those, but decided it wasn't dark enough.  We went inside and played a family game of Sorry. 

 Max immediately declared himself to be champion.  I have no idea where he gets his competitiveness from.  I started off pretty strong, and got all the right cards.  Of course, the boys team up against me.  Emma came out of nowhere and had three of her pegs in home, and she waited a few rounds before beating us all!  She was victorious!
Then we went outside for some more fun with sparklers. 

Our neighborhood went bananas with the big and loud fireworks.  They lit up the skies and left a smoke cloud until about 1:30.  The kids and Ian slept through all the noise...I did not.  I woke up this morning with both kids in bed, and I've had all the coffee.  It was a fun family celebration!
We're excited for the month of July!  We went to Target today and the school supplies are out.  I love new school supplies with all of my teacher heart!
Happy Friday eve!  It's almost the weekend!!  



Happy Wednesday friends!!  I hope you guys had a great 4th!  I'll share some of our pictures of our 4th at home tomorrow, but first our staycation.   We headed to downtown Atlanta for a couple days.  We stayed at the OMNI hotel, and it was the perfect place to stay.  It was within walking distance of the places we went, and our room had a beautiful view.
Our first stop on our staycation was The World of Coca-Cola.  We walked through the Centennial Olympic Park.  The Olympic rings on the ground are fountains, and it becomes a splash pad.  We meant to take the kiddos there, but the park was closed on Monday to get ready for the 4th of July celebration. 
We made it to The World of Coca-Cola, and had to stand in an insanely long line...in the humidity.  Once we got in though, we all enjoyed a coke.  The kids were so excited that we even let them have their own coke.
We did a little taste testing of the coke from around the world...some were much better than others.  I won't say which one tastes terrible, because when family comes to visit we are taking them there, and I wouldn't want to ruin the experience for them...or us to see their faces! Max and Emma were in coke heaven, and probably would have stayed in that section all day.  We didn't let them, obviously. 
We discovered the secret formula....
Our night view from our room.

Emma and Max would stand at the window and look out at the view.  Emma was usually pointing out something she saw to Max.  Seeing the world through their eyes is always the best.  They see things that sometimes we miss. 
Day 2 we went to the College Football Hall of Fame.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but let me tell you it was so fun!!  When you first get their you get these badges that are tied to the college team you pick.  Your whole experience is personalized. 
There are 3 levels to the hall of fame.  The first floor has a field with different football activities you can do.  This was Max and Emma's favorite part...I think maybe Ian's too. 

Are they not the cutest? 
I represented my NMSU Aggies! 
The 2nd floor had games you can play, a play to karaoke your college's fight song, film a game day scene, create a marching band routine, and so much more. 
We were there for over two hours.  Definitely a fun place for any football fan!!
Yesterday before heading home we did the CNN tour.  It was pretty cool.  It's not really for kids though.  50 minutes of straight talking was too much for them.
All in all, our staycation was a success and so much fun!! 
Update on the road rage incident.  The detective called me this weekend, and unfortunately the prints didn't have a match.  Also the cameras at the store didn't catch the whole incident...boo.  Hopefully I don't see him again.