Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites: The Roller Coaster + Highlights

So the past 2 weeks have been doozies. Crazy busy and just really overwhelming and stressful for this mama. It's been a looong time since I've allowed stress and anxiety to take root like this but unfortunately it's happened over the past 2 weeks and it's just been a roller coaster that I haven't handled well. 

So blogging has sort of taken a backseat. Boo.

I love blogging and I really, reeally want to continue because this blog holds so many memories for us and SO many things we wouldn't remember otherwise if it weren't documented here. Plus I just love writing and keeping a family "scrapbook". But I'm honestly struggling with everything on my plate right now...going back to work (at least my version of back to work) plus everything else we have going on with school, soccer, schedules, homework, preschool SS, finding time to cook, finding time for family time, juggling all of my responsibilities, etc. Enter stress, exhaustion, anxiety, fear, more stress. Ugh. Sooo, I may not be blogging as often until this passes and things settle down and I'm able to get my bearings and adjust to everything. 

Today, though, I do have some highlights for Friday Favorites as these daily little snapshots of our favorite happenings are pretty special to me...

*Thank you Lord for your faithfulness and your mercies that are new every morning. This was sooo needed this morning after a rough night last night.

*Feeding the fish at Granna's is always a favorite!

*Bubble bath fun while Austin had soccer practice. =)

*Game Night with all 3 boys last week! Layton didn't understand the game but he was included and enjoyed himself without interfering so it was a win-win.

*Austin's turn for bubble bath fun while Garrison had soccer!

*Puzzles are still a big time favorite for my littlest man.

*I stumbled across this sensory box I made for Garrison shortly after I had Austin and Layton is in LOVE. He's played with it several times this week and I'm thankful we have another fun and independent activity for him to do!

*It's a "Fall" sensory bin so here's a closer look at some of what's inside.

*Our middle man was Student of the Month for his class for August! So proud of him!!

*I was able to sneak a pic of these 3 watching an episode of a favorite show on the iPad Tuesday evening. Terrell had to work late and Austin's practice was cancelled so it was a rare, laid back, week night moment that I was super thankful for.

*This month various parents and people in our community "sponsored" teachers and helped out with supplies and wish lists... we sponsored AnAn and Austin's teacher! (Garrison's teacher was already sponsored.) It was so fun and such a great way to help out our hardworking teachers who spend so much of their own money on their classrooms and supplies. We LOVE supporting teachers and Pick a Trojan!!

*More one-on-one puzzle time with my littlest love. =)

*Wednesday night legos! They played so great together for so long. Such a blessing!

*Layton and I made a visit to the library yesterday and after picking out books little man was all about the puzzles. 

*Then, we had a surprise visitor join us! Terrell was across the street at a closing and saw my car so stopped by and hung out with us for a little while. A sweet surprise for all of us. =)

This weekend is all about Austin's birthday party!! We're busy preparing and looking forward to a fun time of celebration with our almost 5 year old! I'm hoping he has the BEST time and that we all enjoy every minute of our weekend. Happy Friday!

1 comment:

Lauren and Eddie said...

I feel you on the stress! :) I am "working" three mornings a week, part time as our preschool assistant (running errands, making copies, etc.), and am in charge of Wednesday afternoon activities at our church. Add that in with the stuff that goes with two boys and I am just exhausted by the end of the week. I don't know how working mamas do it.