Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Favorites - summertime, you are my favorite!

While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Another week has flown by!  Nothing exciting over here - just hanging out in pj's longer than we should (ok, ok - this is completely a me problem!), a craft or two, the teen sleeping on the couch all afternoon (he gets up for Strength & Conditioning camp that starts at 6am so I give him a break), and lots of snuggles and playtime with Maggie. What's our FAVORITE part of the day?!  When dad comes home from work!  So while we haven't been on a grand vacation or had any gourmet meals, we are doing our best to not irritate the snot our of each other have a fun and relaxing summer.  Here are a few of my FAVORITES from this week!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Father's Day FAVORITES
We were at my parents a few days before Father's Day so we took advantage and got the whole family together for a pre-Father's Day meal at our FAVORITE BBQ restaurant - the Country Tavern.  I looked to see if they had a website I could link to but unfortunately they don't - you'll just have to take my word for it - the ribs are a-MAY-zing!!!  You can find the Country Tavern located on Highway 31 outside of Kilgore.
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites - Country Tavern
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites - Country Tavern
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites - Country Tavern
There's not many places in East Texas where my hubby loves to go eat - except the Country Tavern!  He loves this place as much as I do!  I did notice they are trying to get a little fancy...the ribs use to be served on sliced white sandwich bread! :)
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
When the grandkids range in age from 4 to 25, it's hard to get them all together - but we did it!  And, Colby was happy to announce that he's the tallest grandkid (Christian and Collyn were wearing heels).
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
 Thanks to a very kind stranger in the parking lot, we were able to snap a picture of all of us.  Family pictures are one of my FAVORITES!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
On the actual day of Father's Day, we celebrated this guy!  My rock - couldn't live without him!  He's an amazing dad and I'm so thankful he's mine!
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 He's not much for gifts so we decided to take him hiking instead!  :)  We went to Huntsville State Park and attempted to hike the Dogwood Trail.  All was going well till we got about halfway only to realize the trail was closed!  :(  Oh, well!  It was still fun! 
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
We've driven by this statue so many times on Interstate 45 - we finally stopped the other day!  Did you know it's the World's Tallest Statue of an American Hero?!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
We ended our day with this as my few!  Little miss swimming away and our bigs trying to (unsuccessfully) balance on the top of triple intertubes!  

While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Someone didn't realize big brother was photo bombing her picture...
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but when she did, this happened!
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my FAVORITE Father's Day pic!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
{one of my} FAVORITE bloggers:  Melanie Shankle

It's no secret that I love anything Melanie writes!  If there is one person out there that hasn't heard of her {gasp!} you can find her website here.  She wrote my FAVORITE post this week about dog camp and I nearly peed my pants from laughing.  You might have to be a dog lover to appreciate it but regardless, Melanie is hilarious!  
And be sure and sign up for her newsletter  - you'll get bonus material from her like her summer play list!  I have no shame, I now have every song listed below and have claimed it as my own.  I'll pretend Melanie is sitting shotgun with me singing all the words as I cruise the streets of the neighborhood this summer!  :)

Melanie's summer play list
1.  Sugar - Maroon 5
2.  I Really Like You - Carly Rae Jepsen
3.  Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor
4.  Broke - Jason Derulo
5.  Pretty Girls - Britney Spears
6.  Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw
7.  XO - John Mayer
8.  Kiss Me Quick - Nathan Sykes
9.  Cheerleader - OMI
10. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
11. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
12. Force of Nature - Bea Miller
13. Biscuits - Kacey Musgraves
14. Sparks - Hillary Duff
15. Shine - Years & Years
16. California Roll - Snoop Dog
17. Crazy in Love - Daniela Andrade
18. Roots and Wings - Miranda Lambert
19. Dime Store Cowgirl - Kacey Musgraves
20. Love Me Like You Mean It - Kelsea Ballerini
21. Where It All Begins - Hunter Hayes
22. Loving You Easy - Zac Brown Band
23. Shake It Off - Us the Duo
24. Four Five Seconds - Rhianna
25. Bright - Echosmith
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
{one of my} FAVORITE restaurants:  Blue Baker
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Forgive the terrible picture but I nearly passed out when I saw this sign the other day!  
A Blue Baker in south College Station?!  YES, please!!!

Blue Baker is a local restaurant that we love to visit.  I would tell you they have amazing sandwiches, salads, and pizzas (and they totally DO!) but I L-O-V-E their cookies!  You can even order them by the dozen (or so I've been told!) and they will cook them while you are there and they will be ready just about the time you finish your meal.  Delicious! Cookies are my FAVORITE!

Not only is their food great but I love supporting a business that gives back to our community.  They currently have two locations but I am most excited about their new location!!!

Something else I'm excited about - this event!!!  Join us July 1st as we go red, white, and BLUE at Blue Baker at their University Drive location.  If you are local, we would love to see you there!
Red, White & Blue at Blue Baker
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
FAVORITE puppy

Oh.my.goodness!  Maggie has come in and turned our world upside down - in a good way!  I feel like she was hand picked from heaven just for us!  We might have rescued her from the shelter but we all feel like she's rescued us right back.  Losing Kennedy was so hard and really left a void in our family.  We could never, ever replace her but Maggie is showing us that it's ok to love again.  Here are a few of my FAVORITE pics of her from the past week.
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 A week ago Tuesday, Maggie had eye surgery to remove the "cherry eye" from her left eye.  She was supposed to be confined to her cone till tomorrow but thankfully she only had to wear it four days.  But, even with the cone on, she was still happy!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
just a girl and her dog
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Look at that sweet face!  The vet guesstimates her age to be around 6 months old.
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there is never, ever a shortage of people to love on her!
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seriously, doesn't it look like she's smiling?!
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she doesn't mind being used as a pillow
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she loves when we snuggle with her
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she's got the sweetest quirks - she'll lay her paw over you when she doesn't want you to leave
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we truly, truly feel like she knows this is home
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and she gives really, really good hugs!
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If you've ever considered adopting from the shelter, here's a before/after picture.  The picture on the left is the picture that the shelter posted on their website (she looks so sad...) and the picture on the right is from three WEEKS later!  Love - that's all those animals are looking for!  She doesn't even look like the same dog!  We feel so fortunate and blessed to have her - she is the perfect dog for our family!  And, if you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you'll be seeing many (many!) more pictures of her!  :)
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Summer of Service
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites Summer of Service
Don't forget about our Summer of Service challenge!  This week was about donating things we have around our homes.  I encouraged the kids to donate the number of items that they were in years.  You would think that Hope would have it easy but giving away four things for a four year-old was hard!  But, she did it and she was super proud of herself!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
We also donated time this week to the Brazos Valley Food Bank.  It's one of my FAVORITE days of the week!   While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
friends who volunteer together, stay together!
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you are never too young to help!
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
Holden took this picture and the next two and entered them into the photo contest for #StrongGirlsCan.  You can find more info here
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
While I'm Waiting...summer favorites
This group of kiddos bagged up 360 senior bags in about an hour and 15 minutes!  That's approximately 5 bags PER MINUTE!  Kids giving back to their community is my FAVORITE!
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Colby and Dillon weren't too much older than these two little guys when they started helping out at the Food Bank!  
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Three things these girls love - each other, the food bank, and T Bar M!  And, I really have their camp to thank for me wanting the kids to always remember - Love God, love others - it's really that simple!

Check back Monday to see the week 5 challenge!  #soschallenge2015

I hope you've had a week filled with your FAVORITE people, places, and memories!

Have a fabulous weekend!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

and don't forget about the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly!  :)  it's open through tomorrow!
While I'm Waiting...Waiting on...Wednesday link-up
we've also got a bonus link-up opportunity for you for the next 10 weeks - link up your summer family fun posts here!
Summer Family Fun link-up
You can check my FAVORITE link-ups page to find where I'm linking up today. 
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18 comments:

  1. Aw. Your doggie is so adorable! I wanna give a hug.
    Family, fun, food. Summer is made of these.

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    1. Thank you! We think she's pretty special! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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  2. I loved all your Maggie pics, but the one of 'just a girl and her dog' is my favorite! And yes! Melanie's post about Dog Camp had me laughing my head off, too! Enjoy your weekend, Holly!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! We never ever thought we could love another dog but Maggie has shown us that it's possible! I think Melanie should post a warning before she starts her post - reading this post might cause you to have an accident from laughing! :) Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Everything about his I love. You are blessed beyond!

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    1. Yes ma'am! Blessed way more than I deserve to be! God is good!

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  4. Oh em gee! Melanie's dog camp post made me bust our laughing too! I have read all her books and I always end up reading parts of it to my husband! I think she is hilarious! Have a fabulous weekend!!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought Melanie's post was hilarious! I couldn't help but LOL! :) I hope you guys have a great weekend too!

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  5. So much to love here and how in the world did I not even know about y'all going to hike on Father's Day?!! The pix from Henderson are amazing....I think I would use that pick for your mom's Christmas card and call it good...check. Thanks so much for dragging my kids with you to volunteer and I'm totally going to have to check out the strong girls photo info. Carly has been so into taking pictures lately. Great post...love all your favorites.

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    1. The hiking was definitely a last minute idea! We got home from church and then I sprung it on everyone! :) There was minimal whining during the hike - mostly cause the baby just couldn't understand why anyone didn't want to hold her! :) She did great and walked the entire time! I'm so glad your kiddos went with us to the Food Bank - you know they can come anytime!!! I think the photo contest ends today but they are doing a great #stronggirlscan series this summer. Check it out!

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  6. Cindy and I thought it was so kind of Mel to make up our road trip play list for us! She's such a great friend! :) And those ribs - road trip for BBQ? I'll bring the music!

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    1. That was SO sweet of her especially since you guys are about to hit the road. I bet she totally did that for you guys! :) She's the best! And, you name the time and I'll make are ressies! I love a good road trip!

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  7. I love that you have a new four legged family member! She seems so happy! We have shelter dogs as well...the best ever!

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    1. We are so excited too, Kristy! She's the sweetest thing!!! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Oh my goodness, that post on canine camp had me in tears I was laughing so hard! Maggie is looking great! She looks adorable in her "cone of shame"! :-)

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    1. I thought Melanie's post was hilarious! Granted, you have to be a dog lover but I laughed out loud while reading it! Maggie is doing so good! She's about half way through puppy Kindergarten and we totally expect her to be the valedictorian! :) Thanks for stopping by! Have a super week!

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  9. A few things...
    1. Love Hope's bathing suit
    2. Yay for red, white and BLUE People
    3. Did you know Blue Baker is saying its going to be ANOTHER YEAR? NO. JUST NO.
    4. Are y'all members at Pebble Creek? We are thinking of joining so I need the low down.:)

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    1. Thanks, friend!
      1. The black/white swimsuit is retro Old Navy - I wish I would have bought the next bigger size for this year!
      2. Getting excited about tomorrow!!!
      3. Another year - NOOOOO!
      4. Yes, we are members - we can chat tomorrow! :)

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