Summer “Reading”

I love to read.  I love books, I love stories.  But am I going to make time to sit down with a book one-on-one and read when I have precisely 867,932 things on my to-do list that are far more essential and critical?  Unlikely.  BUT, I am ALL ABOUT listening to books!  While I’m driving, while I’m cooking, while I’m exercising, while I’m working, I am multi-tasking like a BOSS and listening to all kinds of podcasts and books! This[Read more]

Friday Favorites

We survived the first (half)week of school! And we are all EXHAUSTED!!! We maxed out the beginning of our week with back to school errands, prep, and a bit of last day of summer fun, and then we had to get down to business and serious for school!  The early mornings and long days have gotten us back into the swing of things, but we are wiped.  We’re ready for a pretty low-key weekend to gear us up for our[Read more]

Back to School 2018

And here we are.  Back to school. Did we mark everything off our summer bucket list?  No.  But did we make the most of the summer break that we had?  We certainly made a valiant effort. All three kids started back to school yesterday, all at the same school, my beautiful babies.  Honestly, most days this summer I took for granted.  Late mornings, coffee in my pjs, snuggles on the sofa.  Sweet conversations and pressure-free bedtimes.  All summer long I thought,[Read more]

Friday Favorites

TGIF!  But actually, it’s more like ISIF (I’m Sad It’s Friday) because the kids go back to school next week.  Though I AM looking forward to more structure and routine, and the kids are SO EXCITED about going back to school, I just can’t help but be a sappy sentimental mom, just in disbelief that the kids are growing up so fast. BUT… let’s not get into all that quite yet!  Today I thought I’d bring back an old post[Read more]

Christmas (Cards!) in July with Basic Invite

You might say that I’m a procrastinator.  I love a good deadline, have no problems staying up late to get projects done, and actually often do the best work when I’m under a bit of pressure.  BUT, for about five years running now, come December 1st, I am rushing to create our family’s Christmas Cards.  I am down to the wire, rushing shipping, and licking stamps (okay, not licking stamps, sticking stamps) in the post office lobby to ship the cards out[Read more]

Luton + Midkiff Beach Trip 2018: Port St. Joe

We spent last week in Port St. Joe, Florida with my side of the family for our second (and final) beach vacation of the summer.  We ate, we drank, the kids played, and we had a great time.  Here’s oh, just a few picks of our sunny week on the Gulf! On our way down, we stopped in Dothan, Alabama at Hunt’s Fish Camp for some shrimp, fish, oysters, and scallops before we ate more shrimp, fish, oysters, and scallops[Read more]

Prime Day Picks

Hello, my friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I am back after our last beach trip of the summer (post to come later this week!) and have about 9000 things on my to-do list (who’s with me??).   School starts back in TWO AND A HALF WEEKS (OMG!!!!) and I have some serious shopping that needs to be done. And there’s nothing like perfect timing- Amazon’s PRIME DAY started yesterday!  Amazon is offering awesome deals and perhaps by waiting until today, I’ve avoided site[Read more]

Happy Independence Day!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” –Ronald Reagan Happy Independence Day, my friends!!  I hope you’re celebrating our great nation’s birthday with friends and family, and celebrating all the wonderful liberties that our country has provided us.  God bless you and God bless America!

Lutons Take Chicago!

Last weekend, Scott had a big presentation at a work conference, and I was lucky enough to tag along on the trip… to Chicago!!  I was probably Grayson’s age the last time I was in Chicago, and I was so excited to get a fun weekend away with Scott.  And man, did we have a great time!! I hadn’t flown in about 10 years (!!!), and honestly, I was VERY anxious about the flight.  We’ve left the kids plenty of[Read more]

Luton Beach Trip 2018- Murrell’s Inlet

Hello my friends!!!  I have been absent from the blog the past week because we took our first beach trip of the summer with our Luton side of the family last week, and then a quick (but awesome) working trip to Chicago this past weekend!  I am still unpacking, still getting settled back in, and still readjusting, but I wanted to share a bit about our beach trip today.  Follow along if you’d like! We left last Saturday mid-morning for[Read more]

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