Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Five: Favorites Edition

1.  Y'all, it's Friday, and the boy is napping! I have a moment to catch my breath. This week resembled normal and routine. I love it! I feel so much more productive. Routines are my favorite.

2. Have I mentioned how much I am loving Rocksbox? It's a fun way to trade out jewelry and keep it fresh. Use purposeboxoxo to try it out and get your first month free! Fun mail is my favorite.

Rocksbox

3. I'm obsessed with LuLaRoe's Amelia Dress. Check out my friend Laura's shop to find them--and other great stuff. I've lost count on how many I have now. It's a real obsession. Dresses with pockets are my favorite.

Amelia

4. I bought my first retractable lip brush a week or so ago because I had a lemon EOS that detached from the base in the car. I'm loving this new application style. Lip brushes are my favorite.

5. I had no idea how much I was missing having a shaker cup in my life until I had a Blender Bottle. Then I got another one. It has a ball that acts as a whisk inside. It shakes all the things. Blender Bottles are my favorite. (Affiliate link: I might make a few cents if you buy.)

Blender

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Back to School Edition

It's Tuesday, so you know what that means. I managed to string a thought or ten together here.

1. We had our first easy transition day at Happy House yesterday. The boy is not even worried about doing any transitioning, but he played like a champ and tried to reach out to a new friend who was nervous. Plus, we've got Mrs. Kristi again, so it was glorious.

Transition

2. Probably months ago, the boy bought four sets of Legos for children who don't have many toys. I have yet to find a home for them. Isn't that horrible. Anyone know anyone who would enjoy them but can't afford them? We'd love to share.

3.  We are headed to Schlitterbahn today. I couldn't tell you the last time I went to Schlitterbahn. (I think I've only been twice in my whole life.) Hooray for winning free tickets!

4. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was a teacher, but it's still weird not to have a first day of school. (Don't get me wrong, I would likely be devastated if I did have one.)

5. I kind of feel like I'm losing a little of my identity in our time in the camphouse. Some of it was just creating a good balance, others, I'm slipping a little far. I'm hoping the school year and being back in a normal-sized home with all my cooking and cleaning supplies will help me get back on track some.

6. The football countdown is getting smaller and smaller. We've resorted to watching preseason NFL on TV. I won't make it much longer with these conditions.

7. Super lice. That's a thing now. Makes my head itch just thinking about it. One year when I was teaching, I had a student who couldn't get rid of them. I had long hair, and I was terrified I was going to have a head full of lice. I started wearing my hair in a bun or ponytail every day and running my flat iron through it multiple times a day because the heat was supposed to kill lice, and on the off chance they got in my hair, I wanted them dead soon. Ahhh, memories.

8. I bought the cutest TOMS backpack the other day with laptop sleeve. Then I forgot about it and have never used it. I need to get it out and get packing!

9. Every time I have to fill out forms for my son, I try to write my mom's name where it says "mother's name" instead of my own. I wonder when I'll get that figured out.

How long do I have to be mom before I stop writing my mom's name in the mother's name field for my child?
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10. I bought some really neat journals a while back, and I can't wait to use them in my new quiet time space in the new house. I am so excited for that time and space for me to connect with the Lord and really be intentional about it.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Bit of a Recap

Y'all, what a summer. It has been a whirlwind of emotions, coordination at the new house, plans that changed, changed back, and changed again. It's been a test of faith, and I'd like to think I leaned in rather than running away. I held my boy a little tighter, snuggled close when he asked me to lay with him for just one more second, and said yes to far too many treats!

We've had a lot of fun as a family this summer, and I feel like I didn't really document any of it. When I look back in a few years and try to remember, I'll wonder why this was a summer of silence.

Silly Faces

+ I had the chance to back away from the computer and phone some, which was nice. In June, Mr. Gray and I took our first trip in over five years that I didn't have to have my phone for work. It was glorious.

+ The boy has almost worn a track around the new house with his Gator, and he's got a giant spot of "yard" that he turns into a muddy mess with his sprinkler on the regular. We've spent lots of evenings painting, cleaning, throwing trash away, brainstorming, and just being together in our big empty house. I can't wait to make it a home. (No, I do not know when we are moving in.)

+ Purpose Box has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two shipments. This past shipment was our fastest sellout ever--by a long shot--and we're upping our number of boxes for the next shipment. We hosted our first event with some friends from fadedology in New Braunfels, a shoe cutting party for Sole Hope. I met lots of new friends who quickly became Purpose Box supporters.

Sole Hope
 
+ We took a babysitter to Short Course in College Station this year, and it was our best decision all summer. I got some me-time, which is scarce while the boy isn't in school, we had some date nights, and we all had fun.

Children's Museum

+ We're squeezing every last drop out of summer this year--we haven't been to the beach at all, but we're headed to the Kilgore Resort this weekend to swim, rest, and getaway for a few days before fall activities take off.

+ Football is only 17 days away--seventeen. Praise. (Also, I bought us tickets for a ZZ Top concert on A&M's opening day. I thought it was away, away--turns out it's in Houston. Oops!)

Kyle Field
 
+ Also, completely irrelevant as far as summer goes, I want to do this to a staircase. I don't know which staircase, but a staircase somewhere. I feel that's important for everyone to know about me. I'm a closet (or not-so-closet Drake fan).

Drake Stairs



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