Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites - only 17 weeks till Christmas!

Can I get an amen?!  Just kidding (kind of!)!  Since I'm still adjusting to all these early mornings and actually needing to function before 7am (Colby has football practice that starts at 6:30 each morning), I'm just going to move right on to my favorites. #mamaistired How funny is it that I almost added carpool to my FAVORITES this week because, well, I love and appreciate my carpool pals!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
{milestones}
This might seem like a little bit of deja vu!  Last Friday, Hope lost ANOTHER tooth!  Holy heck!  Teeth are falling out of her head!  She showed us that morning that it was lose and it was gone after lunch!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
she's my FAVORITE snaggle tooth!
Just like last time, she was at the pool, eating an ice cream sandwich (her FAVORITE), and again, she swallowed it!  Hopefully no more are loose!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
{helping out}
On Sunday, Colby and I went up to campus to help incoming Texas A&M students move in to their dorm rooms.
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
As much as I dread driving, grocery shopping, and long lines at restaurants once the students come back, you can't deny the excitement in the air!  It's definitely my FAVORITE thing about back to school!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
{traditions}
We have a couple of back-to-school traditions that I love!  Each year as summer winds down I try and schedule a one-on-one date with each of our kiddos.  Nothing fancy, just a time with undivided mom attention.  We talk about what they are excited about, what makes them nervous, and ways that I can help them with certain situations.  Last week Colby had his date night and this week it was Holden's turn!  We had an afternoon pedicure date to get her ready for the first day of school!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
her dimple by her eye is my FAVORITE!
I love surprising them with little happies!  On the morning of the first day of school they woke up to this:
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
and then I found some Pop Rocks in the pantry and couldn't resist a little after school goodie!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
{back-to-school pics}
The first day of school is my FAVORITE day on social media!  I love seeing how much the kiddos have grown and changed!  Here are a few of my FAVORITE pics from our first day!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
Colby-8th grade, Holden-5th grade
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
This is Holden's first year to ride the bus.  Since Colby was at football practice, she had to navigate it by herself.  Not gonna lie, I was sitting in the car with a big ol' lump in my throat watching my baby get on the bus and drive away!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
But, just a few short hours later, the bus dropped them off and they walked home.  Hope's FAVORITE time of day is when the bigs get home from school!
 While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
 Thank you, Katy, for your post on Your Merry Mailbox with the back-to-school round up!  I convinced the bigs to hold these signs!  ;)  Little bit starts "pretty school" (aka Preschool) Kindergarten on Tuesday.  I knew I would be pushing my luck to get more pictures from all three of them next week so we pretended today was Hope's first day!  :)
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
and we couldn't forget Maggie!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
{timehop}
I've mentioned this once or twice, but timehop is my absolute FAVORITE app!  I have had so many pics that have made me go "aaahhhh!" this week but here are a few of my very FAVORITES!
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
While I'm Waiting...back to school Friday FAVORITES
If you don't have timehop, stop what you're doing and go get it!!!  You won't be disappointed!

You know what else is my FAVORITE - the Merry Mamas over at Your Merry Mailbox!  Earlier this week I shared with you why it's never too soon to start thinking about your Christmas card.  Your Merry Mailbox is your source for "inspiration, ideas, and charming examples"!!! Seriously, no need to search Pinterest for your card design - your Merry Mamas have already done the work for you!

And, today I'm guest posting!  Head over and see some of my simple and MERRY ways to display Christmas cards!  Did you realize there are only 17 more Fridays till Christmas?!

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 - 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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14 comments:

  1. Kids grow up so fast! I can't believe summer is coming to a close already, but I am really looking forward to fall...and football! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Right before our eyes! I can't believe how quickly the grow and change!!! Oh, and you had me at football! I can't wait till the season starts! It's the absolute best part of the fall! Hope you guys have a great weekend too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Two things...First, 17 weeks until Christmas?! I might have just freaked out a little. Second, I love the idea of before back to school dates with your kids. That is so special! I think it's something I'll do in the future. As a teacher I could actually do it now with my kids as a before mommy goes back to school kind of thing. Once I'm back at work our time together becomes so much less :(

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    1. I know, right! I double checked my numbers when I was posting that cause I thought, "no way!!!" And, thanks for your sweet words! I really wish the kids and I had more date nights but things do get busy. I've tried to get better about taking just one when I need to run a quick errand or go to the grocery store. Sometimes just a few minutes alone in the car and you find out so much! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. I can't believe she has lost two teeth! I'm kind of hoping Emmy does soon because I ADORE a snaggle tooth grin! Thanks so much for the shout out, the blog love and the guest post! You are our FAVORITE! :)

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    1. #thirdkidproblems How did we not know she was so close to losing teeth?! It's so funny that she lost both in the exact same way! Oh, and you girls are my FAVORITE too! :) Hope you guys have a fun weekend planned!!!

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  4. I love those treats you made for your kids on the first day of school! Those are such sweet pictures of your kids! 6:30 football practice is rough! I had 6:30 cross country practice and it is not fun! Good Luck this season :)

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    1. Thanks, JulieAnn! Gifting is my love language! :) And, I don't think my kids mind! YES! 6:30 is super early - especially when it's almost a half hour round trip - thank God for carpools! Saw that you guys won last night! Hope you have a great (and winning!) season!!!

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  5. NOOOOO Christmas! Can't even think about it. Not only has the summer flew by but the school year begins for me on Monday and don't want to rush the season into Christmas. Although your cards are adorable. Someone please explain to me what exactly they do? Are they online cards or actually printed cards? I need so many explanations on things sometimes.

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    1. Oh, I don't want to rush it either!!! Drove me crazy this summer when I went in Hob Lob and they already had their Christmas decorations out! I just needed to tie in my guest post. :) #bloggerproblems Your Merry Mailbox doesn't print cards - they are just your source for endless ideas! Think of it as a blog dedicated to helping people design their Christmas cards. I hope you have a great first day back at school!!!

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  6. I am way too excited for Christmas now! lol! I adore how you are such a wondeful mom! Holly you definitely make me want to be a better mom to Xavier. Thank you for that!

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    1. Girl, don't be fooled! These are the highlights - be assured that I had royally screwed something up prior to this pic! :)

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  7. My Mom loves telling me how long till Christmas. And she does it all year long. Your kids back-to-school pictures are adorable. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! Now you have some ammo for your mom - "hey, mom, only 16 more Fridays till Christmas!" :)

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