Wild Animals

Summer time means we get ice cream before dinner!  Max and Emma were looking at a bird.  Emma is obsessed with birds.  When she sees one in our yard, she'll try to sneak up on it.  She wants so badly to hold one.  I on the other hand do not like birds.  They are creepy! 

Today I took Max and Emma to Michael's to an art class.  The theme this week is camping, so they painted a Happy Camper scene on a canvas.  It was a bit much for Emma to do with a lot of cutting, but she cut her little heart out. 

Max used glow in the dark paint for his tent, so you can't really see it.  Emma was all about pink.  They did pretty good, and I want to take them to an actual paint class now!

After their class we went to lunch with a friend.  Normally, Max and Emma behave pretty well when we're at a restaurant.  Today you would have thought they were wild animals, and that they've never been to a restaurant in their lives.  I was so embarrassed and mortified by their behavior.  I texted my friend when we got home and apologized.  We were supposed to go to Target, because Max lost another tooth and his money from the tooth fairy is burning a hole in his pocket.  We did not go, which is a punishment for me too because I always love a Target trip.  Kids.

Happy Wednesday, Friends!  I hope your children are not acting like wild animals today, and if they are...Wine not Wednesday!



Emma and I went to Michaels the other day, and the cashier told me they have craft classes for kiddos during the summer every Mon, Tues. and Friday.  I signed Emma up for todays and it was a slime making class.  She loved it so much, and it was really cute.  I signed up her and Max for a class next week, and I think I just may sign them up for a few more.  My crafting loving heart is happy.  

While we were there we walked around and they are having 70% off some items.  So I bought this cute little mason jar center piece and some flowers.  My thought is that every season I can change out the middle flowers.  

Today is Max's last day of Camp All American, and there's an assembly for parents to go to, so I'm really excited to see what it's all about.  I can tell you that he has LOVED this camp so much.  So much.  It makes me happy to see how much fun he's been having.  

Emma and I had a week of fun as well.  I love getting time with just my girl.  Today she was being so silly.  I asked her to smile, and this is the smile she gave me....

My girl makes me laugh.  Her personality is really shining lately, and I can't wait to see how much she soaks up being in Kindergarten.  

Happy Friday, Friends!!  I hope you have a fun filled weekend!  We have a friend coming into town and Ian will be going to all the sport things this weekend.  Next week I have 3 days of work training.  I'm looking forward to seeing my people, but training during the summer is never fun.  Hopefully it will be! 


Be Kind

This week with Max at camp, I'm getting quality time with my girl.  On Monday after dropped off Max, I asked what she wanted to do.  She sweetly said, "Go to Target."  She is so my girl.  So we did, and we of course had to stop at Starbucks.  Then we walked around and chatted. 

Yesterday we went swimming.  Normally Max entertains her, and they race.  They have all the fun. This time it was just me.  I'm not as much as Max. She kept bossing me around.  She was so sassy, but she absolutely loves the pool. 

After we picked up Max we went for frozen yogurt and got caught in the rain.   Max is LOVING camp.  He loves it so much he wants to go back next week.  Ha!

Today I was taking Emma to Michael's to do a craft after we dropped off Max.

It filled up and she wasn't able to paint the cutest little bird house.  So....

Emma has the sweetest spirit.  She brightens up the room.  She is so funny, and I have loved laughing with her this week.  This quality time has been good for my soul.  

After yesterdays post, one of my fav bloggers posted this on her instagram.  Another one of my fav's posted a link to this article.  It full of information and 4 ways to help out.  

"Three things in human life are important:
The first is to be kind;
The second is to be kind;
and the third is to
=Henry James


Real Talk

Yesterday Max started a week long camp.  This type of camp is new for us, so dropping him off yesterday I was a bit nervous.  It's a lot longer than the camps he normally does in the summer.  So there I am dropping him off for the day, and I had to tell myself, "Pull it together Jennifer!"  I wanted to cry.  I find it hard to be away from my kiddos.  I can remember both Max and Emma's first day of daycare, and I can remember the feeling of having to be away from them.

If you've been following the news you've seen what's going on at the border with families.  I never post anything about politics on any social media.  I think politics brings out the worst in people.  Political parties aside, what's happening is wrong.  As a mother, as a human being this makes me sick.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to have my children taken away from me.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to hear and see my children crying, because they don't understand what's going on.  I cannot imagine not being able to hold my scared children, comfort them, tell them I love them and that everything will be okay.  I cannot imagine, and yet so many parents are actually living this nightmare.  We are doing this to children.  Children.  As a country, we are better than this.  As human beings, we are better than this.

All of this makes me want to just cry.  Cry for the parents who have to be apart from their children.  Cry for the children who don't understand what's going on, and have to be so scared.  Can you imagine what they are going through?  What they must be feeling?

I get to go pick up Max this afternoon.  I get to see his smiling face.  I get to hold him and tell him that I love him.

I don't get politics.   I don't get how someone can sit there and say to separate children from their parents.  How can people be so cruel?  It's fucked up and the longer I think about it not only does it make me so sad, but it makes me angry.  We have to do better.  We need to do better.  


Father's Day Weekend

This weekend was a good one.  On Saturday we surprised Ian with donuts from a shop that he's wanted to try for quite some time.  They aren't open on Sunday, so we had a special breakfast on Saturday.  The donuts did not disappoint!  So melt in your mouth delicious.  

Sunday we went to the Grilled Cheese Festival.  It was so hot and humid that we only lasted an hour.  We tried some majorly yummy grilled cheeses though.  So good that today I'm attempting to recreate one that the whole family loved.  I'll let you know how it turns out! 

For dinner we went to Medieval Times.  Ian had mentioned it before that he'd like to go.  I happen to see that Dads got in free this weekend, so I bought us tickets.  Best idea ever.  It was so fun! 

We were in the second row and were cheering for the yellow knight.  He came by on his horse and threw a flower at Emma.  I'm pretty sure she was smitten after that. 

 Max was so into it.  I loved watching him watch the show.  It was really cute. 

The show itself was really entertaining.  Our knight ended up winning and saving the day.  Made for one great evening!

As we left Max asked if we could go again.  I highly recommend going if you are looking for some family fun!

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you have a great week!!  



Yesterday we went to the Braves game.  Y'all know how I feel about baseball.  I don't like it.  Well, let me clarify that.  I love watching Max and Emma play baseball, but MLB baseball, not so much.  Our realtor, Schiff Real Estate Team, tailgates every year and offers their clients tickets to the game.  Ian took Emma last year.  This year we all went, and it was fun!  Max loves watching baseball and he was excited to watch the Braves.  He took his baseball glove with him, and was ready to catch a ball. No such luck there, but they got a Popsicle at the end of the game, so all was right in the world. 

The Braves played the Mets.  The innings were going quick, because both teams were getting 3 outs right away.  My kind of game!  We did see a home run and a grand slam last night, which was pretty cool.  Max and Emma were so excited!

We left before the end of the game, because kids.  Emma asked if we could leave at the start of the 4th inning.  That's my girl! 

The Braves ended up winning 8-2 in case you were wondering. 


Lake Martin

This weekend we went to Alabama to hang out with family on Lake Martin.  We love going to see them, and Max and Emma especially love that they have two pugs.  They are in dog heaven.   All they want to do is play with them, take them on walks, and give them treats.

Our first night there we went straight to the pool and let the kiddos burn off some energy before dinner.  Then we got on the boat and headed to our favorite pizza place: Chucks.  The pizza there is so good.  So. Good.  We sat right by the water and had a great view.  It was just ridiculously humid out.

Someone was ready for a nap.

Ian bought her this dress, and she looked so grown up.

Emma is just the sweetest.  I love the way she holds her hands behind her back. 

Sunsets are so pretty out on the lake. 

 Day 2 at the lake we got up and were ready to go out on the boat!!  They took us to Goat Island.  All the goats were out!  We fed them lettuce, but other people had bread, chips and other junk food that they didn't care for the lettuce. 

That night we hung out at their home.  We grilled burgers and just had a good time.  Max started watching the college baseball, and is now obsessed with it.  If you looked for Nyny, Emma was right there next to her. 

Seeing how they are with the pups, makes me really want to get them a dog. 

In our backyard we have to hydrangea bushes.  Emma and I picked some to brighten up our kitchen.  Are they not so pretty??

Today we are going to just relax at home.  I'll probably watch 1 or 5 episodes of The Great British Baking Show.   I can't stop.  I love it so much.  I'm also reading Happy Teachers Change the World.  A fellow teacher on Instagram is doing a book club, and I joined in. 

The movie theater close to us has summer movies for a $2 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so I think we may check that out.  We'll of course be at the pool, and probably go play at a couple other parks this week.  

Happy Monday, Friends!!


Park Pool Repeat

It's summertime, and I'm so happy!  This was my first Monday on summer break.  I still had to work Tuesday and Wednesday last week.  Our first Monday, and I had scheduled Emma's wellness checkup for 8 in the morning.  I clearly was not thinking.  She is up to date on her vaccines, so thankfully no shots.  That was the first thing she asked when I told her we were going to the doctor.  My girl grew 3 inches since her last wellness check up, and the doctor did a double check on her height to make sure.

After the doctor we went to the motherland.  Target.  We needed to get Thank You cards so Emma can send to her friends.  I'm super proud to say that we did not walk around.  We got what we needed and left.  I say that's a win.  I think Ian would agree!

It was only 9:30 by the time we were done, so we went to the park by our house.  We for sure thought we'd see someone from school, but we didn't.  Max and Emma did make a new friend.  They played tag and hide and seek.  When we're at the park, Max and Emma play so well together.  They are inseparable, and it makes my mama heart happy.  Then we get into the car and that sibling love evaporates and the fighting starts.

Emma looked so cute counting for hide and seek.  I bought her a few dresses from Old Navy when they were having their Memorial Day sale.  She loves this tutu dress, and I'm pretty sure she'll ask to wear it every day.

My sweet kinndergartener.  Is that dress not the cutest?  I wanted to get it in pink, and she said no.

This kid.  I still can't believe he's going to be in 3rd grade.

Pool time is after lunch.  Every time we've gone to the pool there has either been no one there, or there's one family there.  Emma thinks it's just our pool.  I don't blame her confusing, because it really does feel like just our pool!

Have I mentioned how much I love summer break?!  I love spending time with these two with no work to worry about.  #teacheronbreak