The Sweet Spot of Parenting

Happy NOVEMBER! Can you even believe there’s only two months left in 2018??  Blows. My. Mind.  After 3 Trunk/Trick or Treats, 4 different costumes for 4 different occasions for each of the 3 kids, and 9,734 pieces of candy, I am happy to be through Halloween and on the other side!  I really do love Halloween; I have such fond memories of counting down the days to dressing up and going door to door in search of my favorite candies[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]

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]

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]

Field Trips and Softball and Volunteering, Oh My! + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello friends!  As expected, we had a busy, busy end of last week with two field trips, a softball game, a quick family visit, and a morning of volunteering on Saturday.  I wrote up a little recap if you’d like to see… On Thursday, I chaperoned Brantley’s third-grade field trip to Callaway Gardens, the Bulloch House in Warm Springs for lunch, and then to the Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari.  It was a long day, but we had a really,[Read more]

Highlights of Spring Break

I am usually so excited for it to be Friday, but when it’s the Friday of Spring Break, it’s so sad!  It has gone by so quickly, and I guess the silver lining is that we are one step closer to summer!  We’ve had fun, and at least we still have today and the weekend relax, play, and maybe squeeze in a surprise or two. 🙂  Here’s a few fun snapshots from our week: I hope you’ve had a wonderful[Read more]

Friday Coffee Talk

Happy Friday, friends!  Isn’t it funny how even if you’ve had the week off school or even if it’s the summer, it always feels SO GOOD to know it’s Friday??!  That’s totally how I feel today.  AND the fact that I’m doing something a little different on the blog today!  Instead of writing a post about what’s been going on around here lately and what we’ve been up to, I made a video! So pretend like we’re sitting together, over coffee, and[Read more]

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t heard (or have been living in a cave), this year’s cold and flu season has been horrible.  Every single family we know has been affected in some way, shape, or form, and not just by bad colds, but the flu, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, or a terrible combination of a few!  Typically I am not a big germaphobe, but I have been trying really hard to keep our family healthy by taking vitamins, diffusing and applying[Read more]

Happy New Year! 2017: Year in Review

Helllllooooooo friends!!  It was not my intention to take such a long break through the holidays… my WordPress blog server was down for almost two weeks and it took me a while to figure THAT out, and then it took them a while to get it fixed!  But here we are now, back up, and a lot to catch up on! I had several end-of-year blog posts planned that will just be published a bit late.  Nothing much more that you[Read more]

Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I cannot BELIEVE that Christmas is now less than one week away!  Are you ready?  Are you done with your shopping?  Are you ready to just sit back and enjoy the holiday cheer this week?  If your answers are no, no, and no, then I’m right there with you!!  I have a SUPER CRAZY week this week (just like last week- hello, only one post), we have three school parties this week, and we’re finishing up teacher gifts,[Read more]

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