As I sit down to write this it is 10:02pm on Thursday evening. I just nearly fell asleep in Audrey’s bed as she massaged my back. The boys are still up making polymer clay creations. There is laundry going, the sun just went down (it stays light around here until 9:30 in the summer!) and the couch is calling my name.
Writing blog posts in the summer is hard.
My theory has always been that since a majority of you sweet readers are moms, we’re all in the same boat during summer – routines are all askew, vacations and activities abound, time indoors is limited and (hopefully) we’re spending less time on our computers and phones – and therefore, I can scale back on posts and not worry too much about it.
But I still want to try.
So here I am, popping in to say hi and share a few thoughts and links as we move into the weekend.
Here we go …
+ First up, the Summer Beach Bag Giveaway ends today! ENTER HERE.
+ Did you see this kitchen from Design Loves Details? Oh, it is just so good.
+ Audrey has been doing VBS (vacation bible school) all week at a local church and so we’ve been listening to the cd on repeat. THIS SONG is my favorite. I just love when songs that are supposed to be for kids speak right to the heart of an adult.
+ I ordered THIS PLUMPING LIP GLOSS partially because I was curious about the tingly-plumping situation but mostly because there was a color called Emily and I couldn’t resist. My review: the tingling is interesting and the color is excellent. Now if I could remember what bag I stuck it in so I can wear it …
+ If you’re looking for a sweet treat to make for the 4th of July, these CHOCOLATE DIPPED NUTELLA PEANUT BUTTER S’MORES are our tradition. Just add red, white and blue sprinkles and you’re set! (I talk about them and show what they look like in this coffee chat)
+ Ryan and I need a new mattress. Ours is like sleeping in two ditches with a big mountain in between us. We’re tempted to go for a Sleep Number … but I’d love to know if you have any suggestions? Do you have a mattress that you love that is not pillow top, doesn’t sag and is pretty firm? Please share …
+ I shared this on INSTAGRAM this week, but I’ll share it here as well:
We spent the weekend on a local mission trip doing service projects around the Seattle area. One day was spent packaging oats at the food bank, feeding lunch to the homeless and chopping veggies at a shelter to prep dinner; the next was spent weeding an organic garden that provides produce to local food banks. #fullcircle
Here’s what I learned about my boys (and middle schoolers in general): Yes, they can be lazy. And Aloof. And perhaps fall on the ground in the most dramatic fashion when you ask them to take their laundry up to their room (ahem). But they will also rise to the occasion and make you so proud with how hard they work when given the opportunity and a purpose behind it.
It was a really cool way to start our summer off with the boys (Audrey was too young so she stayed with cousins). This particular trip was organized by our church, but it definitely inspired us to find ways to serve locally on a more regular basis. A few people asked on instagram if I had any suggestions for where and how to get young families involved in community service, so here are a few ideas:
- Check to see if you have a local food bank you can volunteer at. We packaged oats and pasta as a group and it was easy/fun/totally doable for middle school aged kids and adults.
- Look for a community garden where you can spend an hour or two weeding. Often the produce is donated to food banks and it makes this salad-loving girl super happy that veggies are being provided.
- There are so many shelters and housing for those with disabilities and addictions that need volunteers. Our group spent a day painting, cleaning floors, helping in the kitchen and available to play games with residents. This is a little more risky with little kids, so it’s not for every family, but it sure was cool to see our kids show compassion and have their eyes opened to this different living condition.
Do you have any other suggestions for how families can serve? Please share in the comments!
Have a happy weekend, my friends!
P.S. It is now 1:17 am (why am I still awake?!). Ryan and I just watched this Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney and it is a must. I was raised on a healthy diet of The Beatles so this one was a special episode!