I am SO glad it's the weekend. You know that smiley face emoji with the eyes bulging out? That's me right now! With four kids in four different schools, activities starting and Liam's round of yearly appointments, I'm pretty much living in my SUV. Don't even get me started on the abundance of paperwork and all the money the schools want from us right now! I'm overwhelmed and exhausted to say the least!
It has been a while since I wrote a Friday Favorites post and I have a lot of fun things to share this week!
In honor of our 16th wedding anniversary today my first favorite is this guy! We got married really young. I don't think anybody thought we would make it this far but here we are 16 years later with four kids! I am so proud of Grant. He works so hard for his family (big things are in the works) and he's a great dad to Dylan, Lexie, Lily and Liam!
You know that saying about how rabbits multiply? It's true! Lexie's dream since she was two years old was to have a pet rabbit. My dad took her to a farm on Sunday and that pet rabbit turned into TWO pet rabbits. In all fairness they were going to end up as food (not kidding) so I'm looking at it as a pet rescue. And they are REALLY cute and so sweet. Meet Fluffy and Arctic, our 6 week old FEMALE bunnies. (We triple checked so they don't multiply again!) We are currently working on house-training them.
I am a lifelong reader and I encourage all of my children to read every single day.
I was recently introduced to Join the StoryBox which is a monthly subscription service of children's books delivered to your home. The packages, which contain 2 books for kids and a parent guide, are put together by a speech-language pathologist so you know you are receiving something good! There are 3 package types: The Board Books Package (birth-2.5) contains 2 board books + tips for reading with your baby. The Picture Books Package (2.5-6) contains 2 picture books + a parent guide. The Family Package contains a board book, a picture book, a reading to baby tips card + the parent guide.
What I love most about this service is that they give back! An amount from each subscription price is used to purchase books and educational materials for kids with disabilities and kids from low-income families. As a mom I appreciated the quality of the books and the thought that went into the Family Package we received for review purposes. Lily and Liam were so excited to discover new favorite books to put on their bookshelf!
Speaking of books, I just started Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I'm only a few pages in but I really like it so far!
This is MY favorite pet. He's now 30+ years old and he isn't doing very well. My heart is breaking. Everyone keeps telling me to be grateful that he lived such a long life so far but no...I'm just not ready to say goodbye.
Cute outfit shoutouts!
Earlier this week I shared Dylan, Lexie and Lily's Back to School style with French Toast.
Lily also rocked a Kindergarten Diva outfit and hair clip from one of our favorite online boutiques: The HairBow Company! She LOVES Kindergarten so far. The day she wore this outfit she climbed in the car with her hoodie still on and told me she was so hot. I told her she was allowed to take off her hoodie at school and she replied, "I know that. But my shirt says that I am the Kindergarten Diva and I didn't want the other kids to see it and steal my diva status." Okay.
Liam isn't loving school as much as his big sister but he sure looks cute!
Shirt - Trendy Bubs (use the code liamff at checkout to save 20% on your order excluding sale and custom name items)
Overall shorts - H&M
Shoes - Converse
Backpack - Pottery Barn Kids
I am officially a dance mom! Both of my girls started tonight. We will be logging in 3 hours every Thursday night at the dance studio. Lexie is taking hip hop and Lily is taking tap, ballet, jazz and acro.
I'm wrapping up my list with a picture of my four favorite kids on Labor Day!
What are you loving this week?
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