August 17, 2018

Texas to Alabama Recap

Vacation #2 is over!  I think I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that its already the end of Summer break.  I am going to miss sleeping in, but Id like to think that we managed to fill our memory buckets to the brink so its time to move on to the next season!

My little brother is officially an married man!  The wedding was beautiful.  My sister in law was a stunning bride.  And we had an amazing weekend with family and friends.

Look how happy he is!!
My birthday was one I will never forget!  I have never been one for big celebrations.  Actually the last time I celebrated I was 15 and visiting my sister then too!  There was cake, a birthday serenade before everyone left the Lodge, then a failed hike that was made up for with naps and an amazing steak dinner.  The sun set that night and I was 36 and blessed!

There was more celebrating to come the next night.  Food, family, singing, dancing. This wedding not only brought me a sister in law but I claim the rest of them too!

The drive was beautiful!  The closer we got to Alabama, the bigger and greener the trees got.  I know its silly,  but I freaking love trees!  In my neck of the woods they tend to bulldoze everything and then stick in little baby trees when they are done building houses and stuff.  So most of them are fairly small in comparison. Plus we are in drought so things aren't as green!

And now we are back and I am trying to get the whole house back in order before school starts.  I have a week and a half.  Just enough time to purge closets, fill them up again and get back on a bedtime routine!  I have to schedule a few appointments and get somethings done around the house quick because I know once school starts, the rest of the year flies bye!

Im looking forward to catching up with all that I missed and getting back to things here on the blog.  I have so much to share and all that fresh air I got has my brain refreshed and ready to go!  Next week I will get with the program!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Summer!  Did anyone do anything fun?  I want to hear all about it!  Where did you go?  What did you do?  What was your favorite part of the whole thing?!

August 15, 2018

5 ways to make mornings easier

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We still have a few days before we head back to school but I know some of y'all have started already.  I am conflicted.  Part of me wants to hold on to every last bit of Summer Vacation.  The other half of me is counting down the days till we are back into our school routines and schedules.

During the summer, many mornings may have been overlooked. Or slept through.  Which means the biggest adjustment when school starts will be the waking up part.  Lucky for me the boys are pretty good with this adjustment.  The first few days can be a little rough, but then they get with the program.  We will be taking the next couple of days to get back into a more normal nightly routine and so I'm hoping that will help.

If I had a dollar for every time someone commend on our sleep and wake up habits I would be rich, so today I'm going to share a few things we do to get our school days started with mostly smiles!

July 28, 2018

Whats up Weekend? { July 27th }

Did that week go by fast or what?  Just me?  Now I'm sitting here thinking that there is no way I am going to to get everything done in time before we head out on our next adventure!  I need to make a list.  Why does making a list make me feel so much better?  Every time I cross something off, its like I'm that much calmer.  Where's my notebook!

I just shared the start of our last trip yesterday.  You can find that HERE. I will share the rest of the trip soon.  For real this time.

But for today I'm linking up with Lindsay from The Flynnigans, Charlotte from My Pixie Blog and Beth from Coffee until Cocktails.  Every Friday we share all the things that we are happy, grateful and thankful for!  Stop on over and see what everyone else is sharing today! Here is my list for this week!

July 26, 2018

Summer Road Trip & Disney Day 1

Vacation # 2 is creeping up on us and I realized I haven't even shared our first trip!  Hello! My name is Kim and I am a slacker!  But you guys, I took so many photos and videos it has been a little overwhelming.  But I have finally sorted them all out, by park, and am able to breathe a little better when I look at the folders on my computer.   And I have deleted them all off my memory card so we can do this all over again in a week!

Lucky for us, the boys love a good drive.  Alex slept most of the time and Anthony was pretty content to just watch movies and videos on his phone.  I tried to sleep but I feel so bad leaving David to drive while we all take a nap.  So I was taking pictures and video the whole way.  I may have put my glasses on and dozed off a few times.  I wonder if he noticed!

First things first, a little video of the drive to Florida.  It was long, rainy and then when we got to town, we were hit with a million memories.  We moved to Texas over 10 years ago and still, our memories were so fresh!  So fresh we missed a turn. Or two!

July 23, 2018

Menu Plan Monday { July 23rd }

I'm up a little early for Summer but today is a long day and so here I am.  I am headed to the Transplant Clinic for scans and labs.  Then I have some time to come home and let the dogs out and get dinner started before heading to 2 more appointments for hematology.  I could really use a coffee right about now but I have to fast for my CT! Boo.

This weeks menu is not as light and Wednesdays dinner takes a little extra time, but its all delicious. Here's what we are cooking up this week.