Monday, August 24, 2015

Wild Adventures!

We're back-tracking to July again today! Y'all, I doubled my work days this year, I added Keep to my daily routine, I still have Jamberry parties going on, and the boys are NON-STOP. I am exhausted. I am still going to try my darnedest to keep up with this blog, but know that it likely isn't going to be daily occurrences anymore. I would say follow me on Instagram (@lefresh) - and I still would love for you to follow me there, but I have a hard time even remembering to post there! Hopefully this is just a back-to-school slump that I'm in. I need some ENERGY and I need it now. Someone (*ahem* Anna) suggested that there might be a bun in the oven but I would like to let you know that that is NOT true. I know a lot of bloggers fall off the face of the earth when they're expecting, but that is not the case here. I think I'm just in need of A) some energy and B) a good routine. I have neither at the moment.

Okay, so back to middle of July. Our church planned to take the younger kids (ages 3-sixth grade) to Wild Adventures in Valdosta for the day. If you live in South Georgia/North Florida and you haven't been to Wild Adventures, you need to go. Our boys have season passes and they LOVE it. We will probably go again in October/November/December when it cools off a bit, but the water park is open in the summer and it is FUN.

I planned to take the boys with the church, but Grandmama and Kelly are big Wild Adventures fans so they decided to go with us. We rode with Grandmama and met the church crowd after we got there.

We started our day on the theme park side. It was cool{er} in the morning so we figured we'd do the roller coasters and then hit the water park later in the day. I hadn't been in years and years and it was SO much fun! We put Will on his very first *real* roller coaster and it was hysterical. I rode with him and as we climbed the first hill he was oohing and ahing about all that he could see and I said, "Pay attention! We're about to go down this hill." He looked up and started screaming like a girl and didn't stop until the end. He wound up LOVING it, but it caught him off guard.

See the tiger?!

After lunch we headed over to the water park side. I had to put my phone away over there so no pictures. Our church group had rented two cabanas and let me tell you, they were awesome! They were shaded, had a fridge, a tv (which we didn't use, obviously), a table, chairs, a fan, and a private bathroom (for all the cabanas). We enjoyed that IMMENSELY. We ran back and forth from the cabana to the water rides. We did have one unfortunate "code brown" moment where we had to evacuate a ride. (We were not the cause of said "code brown," but I did have to explain to some youth boys what it meant and they DIED apologies to those mamas!) The boys had the most fun on the water playground. I HATED IT. I told Mrs. Bobby it was my version of hell. We've discussed here before that I am basically blind and cannot see three feet in front of me without contacts or glasses. I got on that water playground and couldn't even open my eyes. I had to find the boys to tell them I was getting out but I basically walked like a zombie with my arms in front of me and just prayed I'd be able to get out. Thankfully, Kelly played on it with them. Gracious! My FAVORITE ride was one that we all climbed up a huge staircase and sat in a big round float together. It was SO fun. I rode backwards EVERY SINGLE TIME, but it was still awesome! Unfortunately, we had some pretty bad weather while we were there and several times had to stop playing for lightning. We finally called it a day around 5pm (we'd been there since about 10!).

We'll go back for sure later in the year (without the water park). A good time was had by all!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Will's First Day!

Well, the second First Day of School has arrived! {Mine is tomorrow but I will spare you the back-to-school pictures of that!} Will has NOT been ready to go back to school. He is a mama's boy and he didn't want to promote away from his teacher from last year that he is in LOVE with. ;) I was a little nervous about how the day would go, especially after I had to pry him off of me at Sunday School yesterday kicking and screaming.

We got up this morning and sent a VERY unhappy James off to school {seriously hoping ALL Mondays are not like the first two Mondays have been!} and then Will and I were on our own to get ready. I think that made things work better. The big boys left and I got ready, helped him brush his teeth and get dressed, and we talked about who would be in his class this year. He had forgotten that his two best buddies are in his room and he was especially excited to see one of them. "Can we wrestle?" Umm, no. "Can I jump over B's head?" Umm, no. "Can we chase each other around?" Ummm, on the playground only. Lol! 

After we went outside to take pictures we stopped by Daddy's office to pick him up. This is a BIG deal. Eddie hasn't ever gone with me on their first days of preschool. But what you do for one, you have to do for the other! ;) We arrived at school around 8:45 and he walked right in, put his stuff in his cubby, and immediately set to work on his painting for the day. This class reads The Kissing Hand on the first day of school so they put heart stickers on their palm, paint over them, pull them off, and stamp their hands. If you haven't read the book, it is one of my favorites for back-to-school. Eddie and I told him goodbye and he didn't even bat an eye! We are SO STINKIN' EXCITED about this class. This is the one James was in when we moved two years ago and Sonny died right at the beginning of the year. They were EXCELLENT in helping James transition with all of the other stuff that was going on at the same time. It could've been a tough year. Will needs firm, but loving and they are just that. I cannot WAIT to see him grow this year!

And just to compare, here is James almost exactly two years ago:

And Will almost exactly two years ago...

When I picked him up he had THREE stamps on his hand {the best he can get!} and had a report that he had a great day! He said it was fun, they played on the big boy playground, and he was WIRED. Hoping every day he is as good as today!

Friday, August 14, 2015

KEEP Collective.

Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment. Maybe I love to be busy. Maybe I'm just plain crazy. I was hosting a party for a Jamberry customer who sells KEEP Collective and I got so caught up in the fun of it all that I signed up to be a Designer. YES! I'm still going to be doing Jamberry. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. {I had TWO people text me and tell me I needed to sign up, ONE person say she would sign up under me, and ONE person tell me she would order all of her teacher gifts from me. How can I say no to that?} The plan {for now} is to keep busting my booty with Jamberry because I love it and I BIG PUFFY HEART LOVE my team. They make it amazing. I'm tacking this on as well and I will do "socials" as I can and try to build a business, but not abandon Jamberry. So "job" number three the week before I go back to work for "job" number one {rocking babies} which has actually been increased to four days a week this year. Glutton. for. punishment.

SO. Will you indulge me for a minute and let me show you exactly what KEEP Collective is? Keep was founded by the creators of Stella & Dot. It is made up of Keepers {bracelets and necklaces} and Keys {accents that you can slide on the Keepers like a charm bracelet}. Each piece is "...a wearable touchstone, an instant reminder of the big things, the small things, and all the things that matter."

I have had THE MOST FUN this week listening to friends describe their hobbies and interests and piecing together something special for them. That's what sealed the deal for me. One friend created a bracelet for her daughter to give her when she's older. Another is shopping for her best friend. Another for her sister-in-law and niece. The possibilities are endless.

I would love to help you create your own story. My website is HERE. I'd be EXTREMELY happy, too, for you to host your own social so I could share with your friends! I do Facebook parties with Jamberry OFTEN and they are fun and easy. If you're close, I'll be happy to come to you so that your friends can see and try on the pieces. That's another thing that sealed the deal for me. My friends wanted to shop, but they wanted to SEE the pieces in person!

Thanks so much for letting me share this! I know it's not normal blog stuff, but I think it's so fun!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Island Time.

The third week of July we loaded up on a Monday morning and headed over to Anna's house on the island. Last time Mom and I tried to go out of town together my car broke down. This time my car was working fine, but the boys' headphones gave out. We have GOT to get this out-of-town thing working.

We arrived at Anna's and immediately headed downtown to find the pressed penny maker. Have I mentioned how obsessed James is with pressed pennies? Anytime we go out of town he makes me look on the Georgia pressed pennies website to see if there will be a machine close to where we're going. Thankfully for him, there was one on the island so we headed over to grab our pennies and then we wandered around the downtown area. I should've known how the three days we would be there would go just by Will's behavior the first hour. *Insert me shaking my head.*

We had supper at Half Shell (I think that's the name of it), walked on the pier, played on the playground, and wandered around at the lighthouse on our first day.

{Can you tell who staged this photo?}

The next morning we started off at Fort Frederica which was SO MUCH FUN. It was very kid friendly and interactive and the boys really enjoyed it. I would love to go back again and read everything and watch the movie WITHOUT my children, but they liked a lot of it. Crossed National Park off of our bucket list, too! Later we went to the lighthouse. Will isn't tall enough to climb the one in St. Augustine so he was THRILLED with being able to climb this one. He is obsessed with "light towers" right now and can spot one (a real one or a souvenir - like the full-size lighthouse table at Cracker Barrel right now!) a mile away. He was also the only one brave enough to climb to the top of the Coast Guard tower later in the day. It was HOT and muggy and lightning was popping so we did it quickly and went home.

On our last day we headed to Brunswick for school supplies at Target and lunch at a FAB Mexican restaurant. We don't have good Mexican. It was sooooo good.

Overall, I would say this was a good trip. It was just HARD without Eddie and two rambunctious boys. And it rained a good portion of the time. Next year if we do it again there will be a little bitty girl with us!