Hey friends! I’m typing away, putting this together on Monday night while plopped comfortably on the couch with The Bachelorette in the background and a husband around the corner who is acting like he isn’t counting down the minutes until The Proposal comes on. 😉 It’s the silliest show, but neither of us can turn away! Our girls have been out cold for a while, and quiet nights like this are always some of my favorite.
I would love to share a “Slice of Life” with you, if you’re interested. 🙂 May was busy, June’s been quiet, and while we have our eyes on picking up steam with traveling again in a few months, for now we are enjoying some leisurely days where we can say “yes” more often to last-minute plans.
One random Saturday morning we decided to tackle the girls’ playroom and organize it a bit so that it was actually usable for them. For a couple of months, we’d just been throwing anything “toy” related into there with plans to organize it eventually.
We got rid of a big Rubbermaid worth of stuff, with some of it heading to the thrift store and some of it going into another Rubbermaid labeled “toys to keep”, that we’ll hold onto for the long haul (maybe even for our grandkids like both of our parents did with some of ours – crazy to think about). The picture below is one of the walls in the girls’ flex room, and I think it’s just going to be a work in progress until we can make it a bit more attractive, organized, and “user friendly”.
I’m sure I have, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever shared on the blog how much Sadie loves babies? Hadley never found much interest in baby dolls, but Sadie can’t get enough of real babies and little baby dolls. It’s the sweetest thing. I find that whenever we’re around my friends with babies that I have to play this balancing act of letting Sadie coo over the baby but also holding her back so that she’s not too much. I just adore this girl and how big she thinks she is.
One of my favorite nights during my sister’s visit was a Sunday night when we met my parents, my sister, and my niece and nephew for ice cream. So simple, but those are the moments that make my world go around. The girls set themselves up perfectly for a picture, but getting all three of them to look at the camera at the same time was impossible of course. 🙂
Another picture of my Sadie girl showing that she’s so far from a baby. Time is flying.
Oh, that nephew of mine stole my heart! I’ve been obsessed with my niece since she was born, but Luke stole my heart too and really twisted it up in a completely different way. Jamie’s too! Maybe it’s because we don’t have a son, so we bonded with Luke in a unique way. I don’t know, but oh my goodness, we adore him. I miss my bud and am so glad we had a few weeks to get to know each other until I can hopefully get myself over to Germany to snuggle him in his home.
Hadley’s T-ball season is kind of a wreck thanks to our wonky weather. Three out of six practices/games have been rained out, so Jamie and Hadley have been doing a ton of practicing at home instead. This t-ball thing has been totally Jamie’s thing with Had, so it’s fun to see how into it they both are together.
We limited both girls to one main activity this summer, so Hadley got t-ball and Sadie got seven weeks of gymnastics. It’s a “mommy and me” class once a week, and whew buddy – she loves it. She’s the youngest one in her class but does her best to keep up. This specific gymnastics gym is way more advanced than Hadley’s ever was in Manhattan, so it makes me a bit nervous to see what the girls could be working on if we continue into the fall. Gymnastics honestly makes me so nervous because of the potential injuries and stuff. I know I’m such a worry wart!
PS: Sadie is definitely wearing Hadley’s first leotard because hand-me-downs rock and this mama forgot all together about getting Sadie an outfit for gymnastics. I found this in a bin with about a minute to spare before we had to get out the door. Ha.
One of my favorite days recently was spent with my sister and her kids at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. We packed lunches and let the kids play for 2.5 hours in this little water area.
I needed to get a pedicure the other day, so I got spontaneously brave and decided to take the girls with me instead of waiting for Jamie or my mom to keep them. Hadley has had two pedicures in the past, but this was Sadie’s first one. They honestly loved it so much and were super well behaved. All they actually did was soak their feet in a drum and get their toes painted, which was perfect.
We struck gold with our neighbors three doors down, who have kids the same ages as ours. We spontaneously decided to take them on a little “mom & four year olds” date last week and had such a sweet time! The girls ate chicken fingers, danced, and played with the gum ball machine while Alyssa and I were able to talk way more than we usually get to when we’re hanging out while also watching our bunch of kiddos.
A photographer for the restaurant came around and took our picture for their website, so in return we asked if he’d take one with my phone too, just for fun. 🙂
Well it’s successfully taken me 2.5 hours to write this super short post since I’ve been so distracted by my guilty pleasure (The Bachelorette), but now I need to call it a night since a 5 a.m. OTF class is on tap for tomorrow. If you cancel your class less than eight hours before the start time, you’re charged $12 a pop, and there is no room in the budget to waste moolah like that. 🙂
I’ll be back tomorrow with another post like this. 🙂 Have a great Tuesday! xoxo
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