May was an excellent month, full to the brim with all kinds of activities and events (this linked weekend was our best and busiest!), but June has a lot of wide open spaces on the calendar. Hallelujah!
My plan is to have sloooow mornings with the kids, throw sundresses or swimsuits on and get out the door by 10ish, do some kind of something (we made a visual list of options and there are plenty of things to get into each day), and then come home for quiet time, dinner, and maybe a post-dinner swim at the neighborhood pool if we’re up for it.
Full disclaimer: I’ve been known to cook dinner around 3 p.m.-ish (or not at all) lately because I go from 100 to 0 energy-wise right around this time and have no interest in cooking at 5 p.m. Oh well!
For months, I anticipated that June would be a difficult month for me: “It’ll be super hot, I’ll be super pregnant, super tired, and have kids that will want to go go go.” My energy is generally good though (still getting up at 4:20 a.m. like the true psycho I am!), it’s not crazy hot yet by any means (90 degrees isn’t too bad when you live in Alabama haha!), and I’m relieved to be in a good head space while motivated to soak up time with my big girls before baby sis arrives.
Hadley and Sadie are at these awesome ages (5.5 and 3) where every outing is thrilling to them, so running around doing “simple” things sounds great to me since I know simple things won’t be so simple once we have a baby in tow. We are all so excited for Jillian to get here and to start life as a family of five, but I really like this season too.
Let’s get to a “Slice of Life”, shall we? I’ll have another one tomorrow too since I didn’t want to overload this single post too much. 🙂
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We typically do a weekly online grocery haul from Walmart, but every once in a while we’ll shop at the commissary, Kroger, Publix, etc. The girls love going to Kroger specifically because they get to push around these carts! I have to arm myself with some extra patience when we go though since Sadie isn’t the best “driver”. Seeing how much they enjoy it though is worth it.
Our good friends Jenna and Cody hosted an awesome Kentucky Derby party, and we had so much fun! Jenna is from Kentucky and super into all things “derby”, so they did their party right! I had zero clue what kind of hat to wear, but my 19 year old cousin Mallory saved the day when she posted pictures from her college sorority’s Derby party where she wore this hat from Amazon. She looked so stinkin’ cute, so I got the same one (though I didn’t pull it off nearly as well as she did!!) 😉 Jamie picked out his own outfit like a big boy and enjoyed dabbling with this southern/preppy style. lol.
The tragedy of the month was shattering my brand spankin’ new Apple Watch. Nope, I didn’t have apple care (“These are nearly indestructible,” says the Apple rep who sold us my watch in January.) and yes, that was a bad choice not to have it since the Apple store wants $300 + tax and shipping to fix it. Even our local repair stores want $200-$300. Honestly it wouldn’t matter if I were a billionaire; I hate the idea of spending hard-earned money on fixing a “dumb” watch. Arg. So I’m being stubborn and haven’t fixed it yet but miss it so much. It’s true that once you have a “luxury” like this that it’s hard to not have it. I’ll fix it eventually, and when I do I’ll for sure put a case on it.
Oh, and as for how I broke it: I set it on the bathroom counter while I did my hair and makeup (I don’t like wearing it while I do makeup), and the cord from my hair wand knocked it off the counter face down onto the bathroom tile. Must have knocked it just the right way. Sad face.
But happy face! I got over the watch tragedy quickly and had so much fun with these friends. You can see the tan line on my wrist where my watch should be though, haha.
Nothing super special about this picture below except that lounging with Grandpa and Grandma is one of their favorite things to do. Mine too!
My friend Kelly had a joint party for her two sweet girls recently, and she hired two princesses to come and hang with all of the party guests! Sadie was so shy and therefore in almost no pictures, but Hadley was in absolute Heaven! We’re hoping to head on a Disney cruise next year for our 2020 family vacation, and I’m already anxiously counting down the months (16, haha, because those stinkin’ cruises are EXPENSIVE for a family of five and will require substantial savings). 😉
My mom and I attended a Bachelorette premiere event a few weeks ago, and I got this picture from Jamie while we were there. Apparently he took them out front to conduct science experiments with baking soda and vinegar. Ha!
And then the neighbor kids came to join in the fun. When Mom is away, daddy and the kids definitely play!
But Mom and I had fun! We liked the venue a lot (StandUp Live), and watching The Bachelorette with 150ish other women was hilarious.
Luke Pell, who came in 4th on JoJo’s season, was the host… but he didn’t “wow” us by any means. Seemed like a regular dude who wasn’t overly interested in chatting with everyone or sharing “behind the scenes” stuff. Not knocking him as a person; He seemed like a very nice guy. He just wasn’t much of an entertainer, if you know what I mean.
Sadie’s favorite daily “chore” to help with: watering mama’s pots! PS: We will never buy a hose again that isn’t the expanding kind. This one is so light and easy to roll out and back up once it’s emptied of the water. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a new one.
Ted man, our chug (chihuahua pug) man. Sharing this photo just because we love our elderly family superstar. He seems to be in good health these days with no joints that are giving him grief (thank you Jesus, lol), but we do feel like he’s slowing down just a bit. He’s at least 11, but we’re hoping that as long as he’s healthy and comfortable, he’ll be around for a while, superb bed hog and all.
See ya tomorrow, friends! As always, thanks for reading! I am continually thankful for your visits to this site.
Update: Here is the next day’s “Slice of Life” post! xo
Are you watching The Bachelorette this season? What do you think of how Hannah’s doing?
Have you done a Disney cruise before? Did you love it?
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