Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Favorites

I saw this quote on Penny's blog yesterday and could totally relate!  Anyone else feel summer slipping away?!  It seems like only yesterday that the kids were getting out of school and now we are already getting ready to send them back!
Since I didn't do a Friday Favorites post last week {gasp!}, I've decided to catch you up on a few of my FAVORITE things from the past two weeks.  You might want to grab a coffee - this one is long!

{CAMP}

Each summer our kids go to camp.  We choose session 9 for a variety of reasons.  First, we want a date late in the summer because it gives them something to look forward to.  We also like that they get an extra helping dose of Jesus right before they start back to school. It's a win-win!  But, it seems like when they return it's the home stretch of summer before school starts.  I don't want to talk about school starting, I would rather share some of my FAVORITE camp pics!  :)
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Every morning I would jump on my computer and start looking through the pics from the day before that the camp posts on their website.  It was always a FAVORITE when I could find their smiling faces!  And, notice the top pic where Holden is holding up crossed fingers?  Yep, that's her way of telling me she loves me!  Man, I love that girl!  She's my FAVORITE middle child!  :) 
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and here are a few of my FAVORITE pics that I snapped from drop off/pick-up days!
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 future cabin mates - only three more years before these two can go to camp!
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 the friendship between these kiddos is my absolute FAVORITE!
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all the pictures below are from pick-up day
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 here she comes running to us!  
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 someone please tell me when she got to be so big!
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 the girls are reunited!
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 showing off our not-so-secret code!  :)
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 best friends are my FAVORITE
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 I love this pic of Hope seeing Colby for the first time at camp pick-up!
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 I guess it's not cool to run to your parents at the big kid camp!
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 yes, he really does love her that much!
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 it's so hard when they outgrow you!
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 these boys - they definitely keep us on our toes!
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and this is my FAVORITE family pic - you know there's one in every family... :)

You can read more about why we send our kids to camp here and if you ever need a few ideas on what to include in those camp care packages - check out this post!

So...what were we to do with only one kiddo at home?  Maybe check off a few things from our growing to do list.  Or get things ready and organized for back to school.  Heck, maybe even catch up on laundry.  Well, I can tell you that none of those things happened (well, I did stay up entirely too late the night before we left for Austin doing the laundry so we would have clean undies to wear!).  Those things would have all been great to do but I decided to continue in our tradition of another FAVORITE summer camp:

{Camp Spoil Me Rotten While the Bigs are Gone!}

I take for granted how much the bigs help me during the day with Hope.  She is so use to always having someone at her beck-and-call and while they are gone, I'm that girl - all.day!  :)  

Our first day of "camp" included a trip to the splash pad with friends, helping with Maggie's "graduation" from puppy obedience training, and a date night with dad!
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 one of the things we had to work with Maggie on was "staying" while someone walked over her
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 our puppy Grad!
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Who is the FAVORITE First Lady of Aggieland?  That would be Reveille!  We were surprised that she was attending the class right after ours so we snapped a couple of pics.  I think Ms. Rev likes Hope too!
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date night with daddy!
Day Two of "camp" was sponsored by the letter P - popsicles, paint, and pool!
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U Paint It is our FAVORITE place to paint!
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 pool time is more fun when you have friends to share it with - oh, and ice cream sandwiches!

We started day three of "camp" with a trip to the gym and then we packed up our bags for a day at the lake!
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 The initial draw at the lake is always the swings.  Apparently the deer don't mind one bit!
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 sun, fun, and snacks!
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 such big helpers!
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 being photo bombed by a deer was a huge FAVORITE!
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 there was a little slipping, a little sliding, and a LOT of drinking the water!
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 don't they look like crayons?  :)
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 after the deer hung around all day, we finally got the food out - and a couple even ate out of their hands!
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and then this one braved the slip-n-slide!

Day four was a fun one - we grabbed Hope's friend, Jacque, and took a little road trip to Waco to visit the Cameron Park Zoo!  Visiting a zoo that we had never been to was on our summer bucket list - the Cameron Park Zoo is one of our FAVORITES but we couldn't remember if we had ever taken Hope. #thirdchildproblems
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As we were leaving the zoo - we were asked to take part in an interview for a local news station.  I couldn't say "no" fast enough but my hubby said yes so this sweet girl from the station could get out of the 100 degree heat!  You can see the interview here!

While there we also worked on a zoo scavenger hunt - another bucket list item checked off!  ;)  I'll make an ABC photo book of all the pictures we took for each girl!  
And we wrapped up Hope's week at Camp Spoil Me Rotten While the Bigs are Gone with a road trip to Austin to pick up Colby and Holden from camp.
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 no road trip is complete without a stop at Buc-ee's - even if dad decides to photo bomb your picture!
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we stayed at the Lone Star Court - if laid back accommodations is your style, this hotel would be a FAVORITE!
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We also completed a few challenges for the week 9 Summer of Service challenge! Random acts of kindness is one of our FAVORITE things to do!
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 she really, really wanted one of these bouncy balls but we talked about how much fun it would be for someone else to get one - so she loaded two machines with a couple of quarters!
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 we stopped by the dollar store and picked up some chalk - on our way home we left it at the park by our house for someone else to find
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 she was just a little bit excited about leaving popcorn at the Redbox machine!
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and we attached a lottery ticket to the gas pump - sure hope the person who found it was a winner!
Hope might just be four years old but she completely gets how much fun it is to do little things for others without expecting anything in return.  The week of the water challenge had a huge impact on her - we can't pass someone working out in the heat without her wanting to help!  So, mamas (and any dads that might be reading this!) keep on giving them opportunities to serve others.  Absolutely everyone can make a difference - big or little, young or old, boy or girl - it just takes a willing attitude!

{labels}

If you are looking for labels for back-to-school, no need to look any further!  I have used Mabel's Labels for years now and they are absolutely my FAVORITE!  I've labeled anything and everything from water bottles to camp clothes and these labels last through it all!
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{Chacos}

OK, so these have been around for a while but I'm just now getting a pair. Oh.my.goodness - what made me wait so long?!  These are absolutely my FAVORITE go to summer shoe!  And, bonus - they are comfortable!  How comfortable?  I wore them to the zoo in over 100 degree heat!

{anniversaries}

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It's hard to believe but this picture was taken 18 years ago!  Holy heck!  That sounds like a long time (thankfully it doesn't feel like that long!).
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 while in Austin, I couldn't help but want to swing by a couple of murals that were perfect for anniversary pics!
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Hope loves going on dates with us so she was happy to help us celebrate a day early!
So...what did we do on our actual anniversary?
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We checked another item off our bucket list by hiking to a waterfall!  OK, so it wasn't much of a "hike" but it WAS a waterfall!  It's Texas, ya'll - there's just not many of those around here!  ;)
(and, yes, Hope is crying - this was definitely NOT her FAVORITE day!)
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and then we stopped for a late lunch with some of my FAVORITE people!

Marriage isn't easy.  It's a choice every.single.day but it's so worth it!  I can't imagine doing life with anyone else!  Here's to many, many more years of anniversaries!

Whoo hoo!  You made it to the end of my post!  Bless your heart!  

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!
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we've also got a bonus link-up opportunity for you for the next 4 weeks - link up your summer family fun posts here!
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You can check my FAVORITE link-ups page to find where I'm linking up today. 
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12 comments:

  1. Even though I follow you daily, it was fun to go back and recap with you.

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    1. Ah! Thanks, Michelle! Hope you have an amazing weekend planned!

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  2. Your kids look like they have had a wonderful and fun summer! What a fun time :) I hope you have a great weekend!

    Alexis @ www.chemistrycachet.com

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    1. Just remember this is the highlight reel! ;) Plenty of time spend vegging out at home and fighting between themselves! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a super weekend!

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  3. I so love when camps use a "Camp Cam" it is so fun to search for those smiling faces. It helps knowing they are having a good time. Your photo with the deer was so sweet, they are such gentle creatures. I am a new follower, I blog at http://www.mybashfullife.com/ I am a bit new to blogging and I would be so happy if you could stop by and say hello! Everyone could use a few new friends!
    xoxo Mickey

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    1. Hi, Mickey! I'm so glad you found me! YES! I love, love, love the camp pictures! It's nice to be able to know what they are talking about when you pick them up! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  4. Love everything about this! You are an amazing mom Holly and I admire you so much. What a beautiful family- wish we lived closer!

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    1. Thank you, Keri! Your sweet words made my day! But, I'm really not amazing! I promise! If you lived closer you would see exactly how non-amazing I really am! :) But, oh, if we lived close to each other, think of all the fun we could have!!! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Loved every single favorite! Especially the pics of you & Mike!

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  6. Love all these favorites! So much fun, joy and love in each of these pics!

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