Ah, what a weekend. I’m admittedly starting the week feeling a little frazzled and counting down the hours until my mom flies to my rescue Wednesday night (my in-laws follow on Friday and then we get Jamie home on Saturday, hopefully just hours before Hadley steps on stage for her first dance recital – squeal!) While the first half of Mothers Day was enjoyable, the second half surprised me by being full of tantrums (like I have never, ever seen from my child), scary falls (they’re okay!), and lots of tears (from all three of us). It was a more wild afternoon than we’ve had in a really, really long time, and it was kind of a bummer that it fell on Mothers Day.
The majority of our weekend was nice, and I’d love to share some happy pictures and stories, if you’re interested. 🙂
On Friday morning, we were up and at ’em early shopping for flowers. Getting out the door with the girls early almost always guarantees a happy, calm day. The girls get up, everybody eats breakfast, gets dressed, and we’re out the door for an adventure. We all enjoy it. For this trip, I wore Sadie in our Ergo on my chest (she loves the baby carrier!), and Hadley sat in the top part of the cart. Sadie napped when we got home, so Hadley and I had some one-on-one time outside planting all of my pots. She loved it, and so did I.
During the girls’ naps that afternoon, I straightened up the basement (in anticipation for our guests this weekend) and freshened up the guest bathroom with a few things I’d spontaneously picked up at Marshall’s earlier in the week.
Because I’m a sucker for before and after pictures, here’s a picture of our guest bathroom a couple years ago (I’d already starting painting the brown trim when I took this picture.)
I took the following “before” picture after I’d already replaced the brown doors, painted the trim, and replaced the knob.
And today! If this were our forever house, we would replace the shower, buuuuut we are out of here in (hopefully) about 10 months! (Who wants to buy our home next March?) To make the bathroom more presentable, I just put up a new rod and shower curtain. It has a little bit of gray in it to pull in the wall color, but I just love the bright-colored birds! This room makes me happy.
Speaking of working in the basement, I took about half of the toys from the playroom and put them away in our basement storage area because the girls were clearly bored with them (and throwing them ALL over my house digging for things that would interest them). I brought up three new items (including new crayons and this coloring pad), and both girls IMMEDIATELY noticed the “new” stuff when they woke up from their nap. It’s amazing how much more into their stuff my kids are when they only have a few options at a time. Too much stuff bores them because they can’t really focus on any one thing.
On Friday night, our doorbell rang at 6:30 p.m. during dinner, and we had a cupcake delivery from one of my very best friends Noel, who we met at Fort Campbell. She knew it would just be me and the girls this weekend and sent me the sweetest (literally!) gift. I adore her so much! I’m frustrated I didn’t save the picture I took for my IG story, but she sent them from Bake Me A Wish, and they were to die for! I’ll definitely be using them in the future to send baked goods to family and friends.
Since we dug into the cupcakes, the girls didn’t get into the bathtub until almost 8, so when Jamie FaceTimed around 8:30, he was shocked to still see the girls awake! We hadn’t heard his voice in 19 days, so it was really special to all sit on the couch together and talk with him. Hadley was ecstatic, and Sadie nearly made Jamie tear up when she said “Dada” over and over and over again. Our smiles were so huge and I couldn’t help screenshotting our conversation. We can’t wait to put our arms around him this weekend. He’s only been gone for a month, but we do so much better around here when he’s home. Imagine that?!
On Saturday morning I left the girls in their pjs, threw them in the stroller, and went for a jog. Both of my girls love riding in the stroller, but Sadie especially. She very rarely falls asleep. She just loves the fresh air and checking out everything along the way. It’s really sweet to see.
On Saturday afternoon we went to Britt’s Farm and picked some strawberries. Really, really glad we did this because Hadley and I really enjoyed it. Sadie came along for the ride too of course and happily hung out in the BOB while we did our picking. 🙂
When we got home, both girls were reaching for the box of strawberries to eat (since I told them to wait to eat them until we got home), so I plopped them on the porch, rinsed them off with the hose, and let them go to town. 🙂
They probably devoured 10 each. You don’t get much fresher or sweeter than straight off the vine!
We all showered off, put on pajamas, and enjoyed a Saturday night in. The girls play so well together 80% of the time, and their laughter while I folded and put away laundry was music to my ears.
On Sunday morning, we quickly got ready and went to the 8:15 church service. My friend Shannon and I wanted the kids to have playground time and the chance to grab a meal somewhere, so we both decided that the earliest service would be best to work around our one year olds’ nap times. We hit up a local playground after church until brunch was served at Hibachi Hut at 10.
Anyway! All in all, a really nice weekend. We had a few hours of crazy that fought hard to overshadow what a great few days we all had together. I truly do feel like a very lucky mama and wife to have the kiddos I do and the husband I call mine.
Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend too. I know Mothers Day can be a rough one for some for a plethora of reasons. Hope you were able to squeeze in a little bit of fun and happiness, regardless of your potential valleys. xoxoxo
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo