We are officially one month into summer and once again the saying, “The days are long, the years are short,” applies here. Most days I am longing for Andy to get home and yet I’m sitting here feeling BUT I DON’T WANT SUMMER TO END. Rory will be starting Kindergarten in just 7 weeks. WHAT!?!
The best part about summer is that there is no set schedule and we have been very much enjoying that. We come and go as we please and our days are filled with fun.
Our typical summer day is getting up and going between 6:30-7 (I know, right?! My kids are sleeping in!) and watching a tv show or two and then the girls do some sort of art project while I clean. Usually by the time that is over we are ready to eat lunch and head to the pool for a couple of hours. Then we have a rest time and then Andy is home. At some point in the day, Rory goes in the backyard and plays for an hour or so while Ryder heads to her room to play barbies or what-have-you in her own little world. Our only real struggle this summer that is about to make me a bit insane is the fighting. Good gracious these girls can THROW DOWN.
I will say though, this summer is the first as a parent where I feel we are relaxing AND having fun all at the same time. There are no diapers to change or mandatory naps or bottles to make/wash. It is a whole new world of parenting for me!
I mean…. y’all…. I DON’T EVEN CARRY A DIAPER BAG ANYMORE.
I have a tiny purse now. CAN YOU EVEN?!
I seriously never thought this day, or summer, would come. We are so carefree!
So a few months ago I got an email from a company asking if I would be interested in having one of my photos from Instagram in an ad campaign from a “major company”. Before they gave me any details they made my sign a non-disclosure agreement. So I did and then they told me it was Oscar Meyer and they showed me the picture that would be in the campaign. I literally laughed out loud when they sent it. So I had to sign a bunch of papers and then keep my mouth shut and wait for over two months before, FINALLY, last week a friend of mine sent me a text saying, “Tiffany! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! ARE THESE YOUR KIDS?!” and then two seconds later another friend sent it too.
I seriously crack up every time I see that picture.
The best part is that there was compensation for the picture….
Sadly, it wasn’t free wieners for life.
But it was enough money to send us on a family beach trip that will be going down next week! Holla!
This past weekend was Father’s Day Weekend and we spent it mostly cleaning the garage and house and unpacking even more boxes…. and we still aren’t done. But I can finally park in the garage, thanks to Andy’s hard work, so I feel progress is being made!
Saturday night we went to Chattanooga to dinner and a Lookouts game. When we got there the sun was BLARING ON US and I wasn’t quite sure if the girls would make it past the first inning. Thankfully they did and as soon as they sun went down enough to not blind us, they had the best time EVER.
Rory won this hat right when we walked in and she hasn’t taken it off much since. ha!
Somehow Ryder managed to sneak some Coke from her daddy…………..
This is what Andy and I referred to as – “Ryder is coked out.” She cannot- CANNOT- handle caffeine.
After the game they let the kids run the bases and much to our surprise Ryder wanted to do it too.
Rory was at the start of the line and ran so fast she beat two older boys, which I shall say gives me so much pride. That chick is fast. Ryder wasn’t exactly sure what “running bases” meant so she ran like a chicken who had escaped her coop for a minute but finally got the hang of it. AND SHE RAN THE ENTIRE WAY AND HER LEGS WORKED THE ENTIRE TIME. I’m telling you, the girl is getting more brave by the minute!
Last week I wrote about my 30th birthday and I have kicked myself ever since because somehow my OLD brain completely forgot one of the biggest highlights of the week!
The day after my birthday my friend, Amber, and I had plans to go to dinner. I was so looking forward to a girls night with her and ….. welll…… my actual birthday wasn’t really that fantastic. It was okay but I mean, just another day.
You should know that Amber drove so slow that she even stopped at a green light. I didn’t think anything of her slow driving until that point and then I just thought, “Chick has lost her mind.”
We get to the restaurant and Amber tells the girl her name and I heard the hostess say, “the rest are over there,” and that is when I saw it- a table full of friends!
Y’all. It was everything I could do to not cry! Amber didn’t even know these people but she still got on facebook and got together a group of girlfriends to throw me a surprise dinner. It was just the best.
The dinner was so much fun- we just sat there and laughed until I was certain I was going to pee my pants. I was also just overwhelmed by how thankful I was that all these women came to dinner and not all of them know me well. I just couldn’t get over it. It was the very best birthday dinner.
Every time I move somewhere I always pray the same prayer- “God please send me one great friend.” He has always far exceeded my expectations and sent me several great friends. We have lived in Cleveland for almost a year now and I’m feeling so blessed that God has already sent me great friends. Amber has been such an amazing friend to me for many years now and now I have all these new friends to be thankful for too.
In my 30 years I have realized that some of the greatest blessings in life are your girlfriends. I’m so thankful for all of mine, new and old.