Happy Friday, friends!
I am so glad the weekend is finally here! There are so many good things in life right now, but this week has just been a series of unfortunate events.
My husband's brand new car was the victim of a hit and run. (Thank goodness for a vanishing deductible.) I rolled my ankle while coming down the steps and could barely walk for 2 days. Now it's just a dull ache. Our water heater is starting to go and it heats up the water to approximately 5000 degrees (or so). It feels about as lovely as it sounds. Grant is putting in long hours at the office due to an increased workload. I had a work issue today that left me in tears. And to top off the week, my parents had to put their dog down tonight. It was a dog they got when I was still living at home so now I'm just feeling sad and old and pathetic. Oh, and did I mention that I have 4 blog posts and 2 photoshoots due by Sunday night and 2 weeks to find a new SUV to lease? I really could use a vacation from everyday life right now!
I hate to complain. I really do. But sometimes I just need to vent! Now that I got it out of my system...
Here are the Friday Favorites that I'm loving this week!
Weekly visits with our horse!
The kids and I head to the stable every weekend for a visit with our horse. Notice I left out my husband? Grant and Cherokee have not been friends since Cherokee nearly bucked Grant off while he was riding! The kids, however, love him and I am so thankful that one of my four children is a natural on horseback!
On Friday, Lily told me she wanted a saddle and a helmet for her upcoming birthday and wants me to teach her how to ride the real way. I was unbelievably proud!
Is anybody else watching Stranger Things? Grant convinced me to start watching it and we're hooked! We only have 2 more episodes left! #StreamTeam
The kids use our water table almost every day all year round and after a decade of use, it was time to replace it. We bought Liam the Step 2 Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table as an early birthday present and he loves it!
A gorgeous birthday gift for my husband!
Grant's birthday is on Sunday and he's going to absolutely love his gift. He has been jealous of my beautiful JORD watch since I got it, so he's going to be thrilled to have one of his own!
Summer days spent with my four sweet kids!
Summer is my favorite time of the year and I'm savoring all these moments with my kids at home. Do we really have to go back to school?!?
This super easy, super cute puffy paint craft! It was one of our Camp Mom activities this past week. My kids love puffy paint and this craft turned out to be one of my favorite keepsakes so far! (You can read more HERE.)
$150 Minted Giveaway and these awesome personalized name labels!
I'm labeling everything to prepare for the school year ahead and I love these stick on labels. There's a $150 Minted credit up for grabs on my blog HERE!
An awesome new photoshoot location!
On Tuesday, we headed to a nearby conservancy for Liam's Down syndrome awareness photoshoot. My friend took the pictures for the calendar, but I snapped a few of her taking their pictures. We went to a wedding at this conservancy 4 years ago but I forgot how gorgeous it was AND that it's not too far from our house! I'm definitely going to start heading there for photoshoots because there are so many photo perfect backgrounds, including this one! (And, well, these four are my absolute favorite things!)
What are you loving this week?