Week In Review: Ashley

Oh my gosh you guys…happy Monday! We didn’t do our WIR post last week – So, I feel like I have TONS to share. I feel like SO much has happened in the span of two weeks. However, I also feel like I am overwhelmed by how much I have to share that this may end up being short and sweet. ha!

Sharing pictures in no particular order…

Alright alright…where to begin? Let’s see, so why didn’t we do our WIR post last week? Well, the shooting tragedy that happened Sunday night ย in Las Vegas was on our minds. We had to address that, and it just felt like carrying on with life as usual on the blog that day was not right.

What did I do that weekend? I got to spend Saturday night and all day Sunday with my family in a cabin that my parents rented. We did lots of outdoor activities including spending some time floating around on a pontoon boat. It was a blast…well except the no cell phone signal part – I survived though. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then, we (those of us on the gulf coast) started preparing for the possibility of being hit by a hurricane. Yup. You heard right .. ANOTHER hurricane.

Really that whole week was a whirlwind…and went by SO quickly. Cooper was on Fall Break from school on Thursday and Friday. Cruising the coast was also happening along the coast…so traffic was insane. What’s cruising the coast? It’s an annual week-long car show that happens down here. Thousands of people hop in their fancy vintage cars and head to the MS Coast. There are different events hosted, but mostly people literally park and/or cruise along – showing off their hard work. ๐Ÿ™‚ This year’s Crusin’ was rudely and abruptly interrupted by a very fast-moving Hurricane Nate. We were originally expecting to be hit early Sunday morning. However, on Saturday morning Nate decided he was ready to make landfall and started moving with unprecedented speed toward us. I’d gone Thursday night to buy essentials and prepare, but Saturday morning I woke up in a panic when I realized I’d forgotten the ICE! I did a whole story time about it on our Snapchat (RAtheMOMachine)…and I posted a little clip on our IG (rageagainstthemomachine)… so go check that out when you get a chance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After we got our ice…we spent all Saturday morning enjoying the sunshine before Nate made landfall. Once we got home around one, I turned on the weather channel and we hunkered down for the day. Cooper was all wrapped up in the Hurricane Nate Watch.

I am incredibly thankful that this storm was only a Category 1, and that we didn’t suffer much damage – the real only inconvenience was that we seemed to be some of the very last people to get power back late Sunday night. ๐Ÿ™

Anddd that’s what has been going on…what were you guys up to???

Week In Review: Ashley

Hay y’all Haaayyy! Happy Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a pretty jam packed week/weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

Our week started with me facing five days of doing all things parent related on my own since Shaun was going out of town for work. He and I usually share kid drop off/pick up responsibilities, but since he would be gone it was all on me. I know. That may not seem like a big deal, but it is pretty exhausting doing it all by yourself. However, by the end of the week I felt like the three of us handled it just fine. I even remembered to pack Cooper’s show and tell item for Friday! **high fives all around**

Speaking of Cooper and school – he has been doing really well. His dad had been dropping him off everyday so we were really worried that with me now bringing him we’d have to start all over in the department of his separation anxiety. BUT at Monday drop off he did not get upset or cry AT ALL. He whimpered a little bit at the classroom door, but was calm and collected when I kissed him bye. I wanted to cry from relief when I got in the car. The rest of the week was pretty smooth as well. He did cry each day, but each day the crying has become more and more controlled. I’m so proud of him. AND he’s been loving his new lunches I’ve packed. I’m surprised everyday that I open his lunch box and he’s eaten almost everything inside. He requests to take a picture with his school sign at least every other day which is incredibly cute.

Rhonda came to town on Wednesday and stayed with us until we left for Fort Worth on Friday evening. Cooper was enamored with her. On Sunday night he was still asking about her and when would she be coming back?? lol I know Soso enjoyed her company too…she’s just not as vocal about it as Coopy is…I think she gets that from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since I was off on Wednesday – I got to pick up Coop from school. Sophie loves seeing “Bubba’s tool”. ย As we walked to the car, they held hands. How freaking adorable is that???

Rhonda and I did our Wine Wednesday Live (on our Facebook Page) that night. It was so fun to actually get to be together in the same place when we filmed!

Thursday night I got to go out with my sister and Rhonda for ladies night at The Chill inside the IP Casino. It was so. much. fun. There was a fantastic band there to listen to and we did lots of dancing. I had to take a picture of the floor where I parked, because I am so bad at remembering where I park. Does anyone else do that?? lol We had a fantastic time that resulted in a late-ish night……Then I had to get up for work the next morning. Oy!

Friday evening after work Rhonda and I piled in the car to make our way to Forth Worth for a fun weekend. The 9ish hour drive wasn’t so bad. Actually about three hours in we were feeling like rockstars. Then. Well then we started getting hungry, and we couldn’t find a an exit to stop that met our criteria. We wanted to exit somewhere that had a gas station and food place within seeing distance of the exit. We ended up having to wait until we got to Alexandria, LA – which met none of our pre established criteria. Sooo after a long trip to Chick Fil A that began with somehow ending up in a random mall parking lot and ended with a near death experience via an almost collision with oncoming traffic – we had food in our bellies, gas in the car, and were back on the road for the last leg of the trip. From this point on there was lots of made up milestones that kept us motivated and encouraged until we finally made it to the DFW. ย We rolled in just before three am, and after a little house tour, guzzling some water for our severely dehydrated bodies (we’d avoided drinking for the last 3-4 hours so that we wouldn’t have to make a potty stop), and chit chat with Stuart – we crashed in our respective beds.

Saturday day was just a lazy chill day. After a super delicious brunch served by Stuart, we made quick trip to Target and Ross for some things I’d forgotten to pack. The rest of the day was just lots of time hanging on the couch while talking and relaxing. Sometimes it’s just so nice to be still and present and not have anything pressing to do. Rhonda and I did a little live Get Ready with Us broadcast on our Facebook page. That night we went to the Stockyards and hung out at a our go to bar. There was some really entertaining live music. We snagged the perfect spot right in front of the dance floor and band. We were continually impressed by the dancing skills that were demonstrated on the dance floor. Seems like knowing how to two step is a Texan (or maybe just Fort Worth?) requirement. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday night led to Sunday morning and we found ourselves once again up until after three. After sleeping in Sunday, we had another fantastic brunch then got ready to head to the airport. I was pretty dang sad to leave…but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those babies waiting for me back in Mississippi.

 

 

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey hey! Here we are again for another peak into our lives this past week. So great to see you here, and don’t forget to chat with us in the comments – we LOVE hearing from you guys!

Alright let’s see…what did we have going on this week? Well, last week was Cooper’s first full week at his new school. I am incredibly happy to report that drop offs are getting better and better. He’s really trying his hardest to not breakdown during that initial separation at drop off. And even when it is rough the rest of the day is really fantastic. He always always is in a good mood about school in the afternoons, and doesn’t really dread going back until right before he has to enter the building. Worry. Fear of the unknown. Then all of that turns into stress and anxiety. Poor bubs. ๐Ÿ™ We’re working through it though! ย I’m just so happy that HE’S happy!

Want to hear a mom fail though? ย I didn’t send anything with him for show and tell last Friday. I expected that they’d send a note saying what letter to represent for show and tell, but I never saw that note so I thought maybe show and tell was not happening? Wellll, apparently the information for show and tell is in the weekly newsletter that comes home on Mondays. ย Soo yeah. I felt awful about that. ๐Ÿ™ I won’t forget this week though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday we did our usual Wine Wednesday LIVE video on our Facebook page… if you haven’t liked our FB page.. you should go do that pronto so that you are notified of when we go live! This Wednesday we will actually be TOGETHER for Wine Wednesday LIVE. Trust me. You do not want to miss that…so come join us, grab your preferred beverage of choice and chat with us!

Also, I had some really awesome packages in the mail box this week…a new Lipsense color and my August Ipsy bag!

This weekend was really great. I spent time at my parents, per the usual, but on Saturday night I got to go out with my sister and a friend of ours. We started out in downtown OS and eventually made our way to Biloxi for some casino night life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย We drank, talked, listened to live music, danced, and even saw a proposal….right in the middle of the dance floor at the club! LOL

Sunday, we enjoyed the pool and more family time. Cooper got to take a trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Mobile, Al with my mom and brother. They said he was amazed when he stepped foot into the building. For my little outdoors loving dude – The Bass Pro Shop is pretty much equivalent to a Disney trip!

That night I was feeling pretty proud of myself because I did a little meal prep for Cooper’s daily lunch box. I bought these new containers from Target over the weekend and went ahead and packed four days worth of lunches. So now all I have to do is pull the container from the fridge and stick it in his lunch box each night – instead of spending time every night packing his lunch. Why these particular containers you ask? Well, I was already using little separate plastic lunch box food storage containers, but I felt like they didn’t really fit well in his lunch box and also that was a lot of lids and bowls for him to have to deal with. These new ones just have one lid that he’ll have to take off and put back on, and the ‘bowl’ part is divided into three sections. The larger section is great for a sandwich or wrap situation, but he doesn’t eat sandwiches or wraps. I just used some cupcake wrappers to create little sections within the larger one to put pepperonis, turkey, cheese, and a sweet treat (Oreos or mini muffins). I couldn’t find the exact ones I bought from Target on their website, but these from Amazon are extremely similar.

 

And there you have it! What were you guys up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey you guys! So glad to have you back for another Monday of looking back on what we’ve been up to. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday was Labor Day so I had the day off from work. The kids and I just hung out at home. I had a ton of household chores to catch up on…and they were exhausted from being on the go Saturday & Sunday.

Tuesday Cooper and I toured his new school! He was super excited. I had to drag him out of there and he kept saying that he couldn’t wait to go back which was such a relief. Drop offs have been rocky each morning though. He ends up having a fabulous day, and the school staff have been supportive during the tough time right at drop off SO hopefully he can get past that initial separation anxiety/control issues. ย Anyway, we love the new school and I just hope it continues to work out.

Wednesday through Friday were much of the same. School, work, evening life at home…etc etc. I feel like I spent most of the week obsessively watching Hurricane Irma as she made her way to the Florida. Huge hurricanes like that are no joke, and I can’t stop thinking about all the people who are suffering major loss because of it. As a resident of the MS Gulf Coast I know how lasting that loss can be. You can still drive around here and see the lasting effects of hurricane Katrina which was 12 years ago. ๐Ÿ™

This weekend was really great. The weather was beautiful and enjoyable to be out and about in. Friday night I got to hang out with some of my most favorite peeps for some Mexican with margaritas and then several games of pool. I did lose one of my Nickel and Suede earrings that night which STILL makes me sad. ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

Saturday and Sunday we spent most of our days with Grammy and Ppop and my siblings…just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh. That gold face mask in the collage above. Don’t buy it if you have even the least bit of sensitive skin. It broke my face out AND it was annoying AF while wearing it.

Speaking of face masks, Sunday night I used this amazing face mask. I’m pretty sure it’s one my sister bought me for Mother’s Day that I’d thought I misplaced BUT I found it Sunday morning during a cleaning frenzy. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway. It’s fantastic…it has this great cooling effect when you put it on your face. It was easy to position and stayed put for the entire 20 minutes.

There you have it folks…my week in less than 500 words… ๐Ÿ˜‰ What were YOU guys up to? Are you enjoying this fallish weather??

Week In Review: Ashley

Well well here we are again at another week in review! Thanks so much for coming by. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a decent start to the week. If you read last week’s WIR you know that I went on and on about Cooper and his struggles with separation from me when I drop him off at school. So, as I said last week I made a plan to start implementing some of the things the school suggested and some ideas I came up on my own. He was still crying when he got dropped off, but his teachers were saying that the crying didn’t last long and he ended up having a good day.

However, Wednesday changed things. I’m not really ready to get into the full details of what went on that day. I actually even considered not saying anything at all on the blog, but I have been pretty open about our struggles with transitioning to school and I thought it would be odd if I just all of a sudden stopped talking about it. Anyway, long story short? Cooper is no longer attending the school he was going to. We’re searching and considering different options. I probably won’t speak about it again on the blog until we’ve nailed down a solution and have settled in.

So yeah. Wednesday was rough – and the rest of the week just kind of flew by after that. Friday night Cooper and Sophie stayed the night with Grammy and Ppop. To say they were excited is an understatement. ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday night I spent some time working on room decor updates in the kids’ room. I’m doing a black, white, and gray color scheme. They’ve been sharing a room for a while now, but I never got around to decorating it before. I thought that we’d be moving soon. That never materialized though. So, I figured I’d go ahead and implement my vision. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did a little shopping Saturday morning before heading over to my parents. We just hung out…did a little more shopping with my mom. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You know. The usual.

Cooper stayed another night with my parents. He spent the whole day with them while they checked out a cabin in Lumberton that they are renting later in October. Sophie and I hung out with Aunt Grace for a bit – then just had a low key day at home. We gathered up Coop that evening and came back home for the usual usual at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Both the kids seem to be having another allergy flare up so that’s been pitiful. Hate seeing my babies sick. ๐Ÿ™

What were you guys up to?

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey y’all hey! Welcome back to another Monday of Week In Reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you’re here. Ok, sooo prepare for lots of me going on and on about Pre-K drama.

Monday & Tuesday & Wednesday were pretty typical. As you know (or don’t know if you don’t regularly read my WIR posts…) we have been riding the struggle bus when it comes to getting Cooper adjusted to full day Pre-K. He has been freaking out at drop off each day. HOWEVER We had some fantastic days of drop off during the first part of this week! Cooper didn’t cry one bit which was super fantastic. I really felt like we were making some progress.

Then. His teacher called Wednesday afternoon to say that he’d been having a hard day. She said he was whining a lot and very concerned about what was going to happen next…as in he was asking her this every five minutes or so. The wanting to know what is next – well that’s just his personality. He’s super aware of his surroundings. He always wants to know the span of events that lie before him. I can understand though how that is frustrating. Because seriously you guys, some days I have to tell him “enough with the questions…I’ve already told you this over and over again.” She did suggest that maybe he needs more one on one time and attention from me. I get that. I decided I’d start making more deliberate attempts at giving him my attention in the evenings. Also, she thought maybe he was trying so hard to keep things together for my sake at drop off that the emotions were coming out throughout the day now. Thursday he was pretty upset at drop off BUT nothing major. ย So that night we went to Chick-Fil-A and played at the playground and I took him to Target to pick out a toy for being so good at drop off for the four previous days. ย I wanted to give him some positive reinforcement.

Friday morning was a rough rough rough. I’m pretty sure he sensed that it wasn’t a normal day. He could tell that I wasn’t going to work…we weren’t rushing like we normally do. So, about an hour before we had to leave he started getting upset and crying. I normally attempt to console him and do everything that I can to get him calmed down and not crying. However, that day I decided maybe he just needs to cry at home and get it all out of his system? So I let him go on and on. I told him it was ok to cry at home, but when we get to school he has to stop. Did that work? Hell no. He was in major freaking melt down mode once we got to school. I was crying. He was flipping out. It was bad bad bad. I actually told his teacher I was considering taking him out of school. She urged me to take him home that day and think things over, because the truth is that he’ll have to adjust now at Pre-K or later at Kindergarten.

I could tell that he was just doing all that he could in order to get to stay home with me. As soon as he realized he was going home he stopped crying and pitching a fit.

I honestly believe he has some major anxiety issues. I know part of it is that he just can’t control his anxiety and emotions. I get that. I feel for him. It’s stressful on both of us..and sometimes I make it all about me and how it makes me feel and how emotionally draining this whole process has been on me. But I have to remember that HE is the one going to school.

So. I’ve decided to implement some changes and start reinforcing routine for the morning. I don’t know how to fix his anxiety and make all of our transition problems magically go away, but I do know that he thrives in a routine. So yeah, I’m making some changes to our morning so that it will always be the same and consistent – you know as much as I can…I can’t control everything. Unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And his dad is going to start dropping him off .. I think that not having to leave me will help. ย And I’m also going to do a calendar that we’ll put stickers on everyday that reflect how that day went at drop off and give him little rewards each day when he does well.

But yeah. We shall see if that all makes a difference.

This weekend? We stayed home. Took several trips to Target. Sunday afternoon we did get out for a bit to go the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. If you are local, you should definitely take your children there. Sunday afternoons are a great time to go because it’s only $6 to enter. That night I made Sangria and watched the BEST Game of Thrones episode from this entire season.

There you have it. What have you guys been up to? Anyone else have some transitioning to Pre-K stories similar to mine? If so, tell me and make me feel better by saying it all worked out in the end. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Week In Review: Ashley

Letโ€™s see shall we?

Monday & Tuesday – We did the whole school/grandparent drop off, work, coffee, kid pick up, make dinner the kids wonโ€™t eat, play, chores, wine for mommy, bath/bedtime routine. Cooper cried every single day at drop off this week. Like. Screaming and crying. That was fun and definitely not emotionally exhausting for both of us. We survived though. Sophie seems ready to stay at school in a momentโ€™s notice. On Wednesday I have to pry her away.. You know. While Cooper is screaming for me to stay with him. ย ๐Ÿ™

Wednesday – Oh glorious day off in the middle of the week. I love it. Sophie and I took Cooper to school and then hit up Target. We got all of Cooperโ€™s fall school supplies. I love school supplies shopping. Except for the hot minute that I thought Iโ€™d have to spend $30 for 300 paper plates. Thankfully, I found a 300 ct Target brand pack that was only $10. ย We also went to Chick Fil A so that the kids could play and get some energy out. That afternoon they both had a doctor’s appointment. They’ve both had colds for about a month now that I can’t get rid of. However, according to Dr. Harper – they are suffering from intense allergies. So we got some medicine and I did some deep cleaning of their room to help cut down on the allergen inducing things. That night Rhonda and I went live on our Facebook Page for Wine Wednesday. Make sure you guys head over and like our page so that you wonโ€™t miss the next video! Weโ€™re hosting a giveaway for this week.

Thursday & Friday – So much sameness for Thursday. Sweet time with my babies and a job to go to. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a lot of great mail this week. Some new Nickel & Suede earrings arrived Thursday along with new glasses and contacts that I ordered. Inexplicably my current pair of glasses went missing Friday morning. ย So the arrival of my new glasses was perfect. I may or may not be obsessed with them. I’ve taken way too many selfies in them. Oh well. Friday night I got to hang out with my Sister and her husband. We had a great dinner. Itโ€™s really nice to get to talk to the adults in my life without two little children underfoot begging you to stop talking and pay attention to them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Saturday – We hung out with Grammy and Ppop. Uncle Shane came over also. It was pretty much just a chill and relaxing day of hanging out…watching Shane wash his boat and my dad mow the whole neighborhoodโ€™s yards (ok thatโ€™s an exaggeration…just the neighbor across the street- but still…donโ€™t you wish he was your neighbor?? I know I do!) eating delicious food cooked on the grill…and then the fun time of tearing away a very disappointed four year old who had to come home with Mommy instead of staying the night with his Ppop. That same four year old spent most of the rest of the night telling me how he wanted to go live with his Ppop, because he has a big yard and a pool and a pond and a lawn mower. You know. Unlike us. LOL

Sunday – We went to the park…came home for naps…and then just lounged the rest of the day. I ended the night with the latest Game of Thrones episode which was super great and of course ended way too soon.

What have yโ€™all been up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Well well…look who’s late to the party? Anyway, I made it…with a few hours to spare! So, let’s see what we were up to last week….

Monday & Tuesday – Usualness allll around over here. Per usual. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Work, school, pick up kids, play time, make dinner (that they don’t eat), break up fights, threaten them with time out, sneak in some kisses and sweet cuddles…then bath and bed time at 7:30.

Wednesday – We were up bright and early to take Coop to school. I told him that after school we’d have to come straight home for naps. However, after Sophie and I met up with Aunt Grace at Target, after school drop off, I decided that we’d surprise Coop and go straight to the Trampoline Park after I picked him up. Wednesday night was Wine Wednesday on our Facebook page. Rhonda and I went live to discuss life…and whatever else came to mind with a glass of wine in hand. It was a lot of fun…make sure you’re there next week to catch the fun!

Friday night there was some shopping…Marshall’s has some super cute home decor stuff out right now. I also stopped by Kohl’s. These two songs are my current obsessions: Jule Vera Bad Companyย and Imagine Dragons Believer

Saturday – There was actually not another trip to Target. That picture is from Wednesday….. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There was wine and catching up on West World…and some face masks…and as always..meme searching. ย I spent Saturday Day at my parents.

Sunday – I had tentative plans to take the kids to the beach BUT of course it rained. Again. Like almost every other day since the beginning of May. So we went back to Grammy and Ppop’s for some family time …and yummy food. ย And of course Sunday night was Game of Thrones. ๐Ÿ™‚

What were YOU guys up to this past week???

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey! So great to see all of you back for another WIR post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just what were up to this past week? Let’s see…

Monday & Tuesday – The usual business of school, work, drop the kids off…pick the kids up…come home, make dinner, play, break up fights, distract the children with screen time ..then bath and bed.

Wednesday – I didn’t have work, but Cooper still had school. After Sophie and I dropped Coop off at school, we headed to Target for a few essentials and non essentials. I snapped about my Target haul that afternoon so make sure you are following our Snapchat so that you don’t miss a thing! (RAtheMOMachine) Cooper had a dentist appointment scheduled for the afternoon at two. So, instead of our usual – head home for naps – I decided we’d go to CVS. You know. To look around. Plus it was the closest place to pull over at when Cooper announced that he had to pee “RIGHT NOW!”. We lasted about 15 minutes in CVS before all hell broke loose and my children lost their minds. I got to be that mom dragging two screaming children from a store. Lots of scolding followed said incident – THEN we called Aunt Grace to seek a place to chill while killing time before the appointment. Thankfully, she and Dejan were home and willing to take us in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cooper’s appointment went well. He’d hit his two front teeth the weekend prior, so I’d gotten the appointment to have them looked at. Sure enough they are loose and will most likely fall out prematurely. Nothing major going on though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday & Friday – These days were much of the same usualness that went on during Monday & Tuesday. Friday night we spent an inordinate amount of time playing with Snapchat filters. We laughed so hard at a couple of them! I also opened some makeup brushes that I’d bought during Amazon Prime Day.

Saturday – We were up early… of course, because why would you sleep in on a Saturday morning??? I took care of some chores around the house while the kids chilled and played. Around mid morning though we were dressed and walking out the door to go play at the park.

I had some kid free time that night so I spent a glorious hour alone in Target and Ulta before getting ready to meet up with my sister and our friend Michael for dinner and drinks. We surprisingly broke with tradition and did not eat at Chili’s OR a Mexican restaurant! We went to the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi. Grace’s husband joined us when he got off from work. After dinner, we took Michael back to his car – and Grace and Dejan and I spent the rest of the night drinking and dancing (ok so Dejan didn’t dance.. lol ) and just having a good time between the Beau Rivage Casino and the Hardrock Casino.

Sunday – Oh man, Sunday was ANOTHER rainy day here on the coast. The kids and I spent the day at Grammy and Ppop’s. Grammy and I snuck away with Soso for a little bit for some shopping. When we got back to the house Ppop had already let Cooper play in the mud (a result of all that rain…) so I figured I’d let Sophie have at it too! They had a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚ Around five we got all cleaned up and headed back home. That night we just hung out..watched a little of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie before bath and bed time. Sunday night was also the premier of the newest season of Game of Thrones!

And that’s it you guys…what were y’all up to?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey guys! Welcome back to another WIR by yours truly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you all had an amazing week and weekend…wanna know what we did? I mean. I’m going to tell you even if you don’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Monday- Ooh, Monday. This Monday was super weird feeling to me. Work was extremely quiet…and overall felt like a Friday. I did have the upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday off from work .. sooo that may have had something to do with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That evening the kids were lit. Cooper whined to go the park. They had so much energy and seemed to be dying cooped up in the house. (eye roll here..) So yeah. We did an impromptu after work trip to the park that evening. It was still super hot, so we didn’t stay long, but they thoroughly enjoyed the extra time outside. And were significantly less whiney, which I loved.

Tuesday – was the Fourth of July. As I said, I had the day off. We had plans to go to my brother’s house later in the afternoon and evening for a little get together. However, we started the morning bright and early. I decided to go ahead and get all of us dressed and hit the park. We also made a quick trip to WalMart for some food supplies. At home the kids napped while I cooked a few dishes to take to my brother’s. Around 2:30 the kids were up and we were in the car headed to Uncle Shane’s. There was lots of good food, a controversial game of Family Fued, great company, and firework fun galore.

Wednesday – I was once again off from work, but Cooper had school that day. So, Sophie and I took him to school and then went back home to take care of some chores. After school the kids napped and Aunt Grace came over to visit/eat lunch with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a lot of daily chores finished as well as some much needed closet organizing. Jealous of that TP hoard?? ๐Ÿ˜‰ We also went to the park for a little bit when Soso and Coop woke up from their longggg naps. They were both tired. We’d stayed up past ten the night before because of 4th celebrations…normally they are both in bed shortly after eight.

Thursday & Friday – were back to work for me. Nothing too noteworthy happened on those days. My kid free Friday night consisted of some running around at Walmart and Target for household essentials…then a couple glasses of wine..and an early bed time for this tired momma.

Saturday – we hung out at Grammy and Ppop’s for most of the day. That evening Cooper stayed the night with my parents while Soso and I went to hang out at Aunt Grace’s house for most the evening. We rolled into the driving right at bath time .. Sophie’s bath time to be exact ๐Ÿ˜‰ I put that tired baby promptly into the bath and on to bed … I stayed up way too late that night.

Sunday – I was determined to get to the beach on Sunday. Thankfully, the weather held out all morning and we enjoyed lots of sunshine…and high temps BUT I’ll take hawt temps over rain any day of the week. We went to our favorite spot in Ocean Springs – the Fort Maurepas area. We were able to enjoy the beach, walk across the street to the splash pad, do a quick change to dry clothes, and spend some time at the playground area. It’s really great kid/family/anyone friendly area of Ocean Springs. The beaches have these really great wide sidewalks, and I’ve never had trouble finding a parking spot.

And that is it y’all! What did you do this past week? How was your 4th?