Hooray for Friday Favorites! Before I dive in, I want to welcome you lovely people coming from High Five for Friday. Turns out I’m the featured blogger this week, and I’m kind of stupidly excited about it. I love discovering new blogs and catching up with my favorite ones, and I do that by following awesome Friday faves linkups like H54F. I’m so glad you dropped by!
The theme for this week could be: I’m old. It’s kind of funny how many memories have been creeping in lately. And maybe because my 20th high school reunion is this weekend (!!) and I’m having a mini family reunion too, everything I loved this week carried a little bit of nostalgia. So here are a few things I am loving lately, as I wrap up a time-warping kind of week with my fantastic family of four.
When I was a kid, there were these two brands of flavored seltzer water that I thought were the bomb: Zeltzer Seltzer and Clearly Canadian. I’d grab them on summer road trips with my family every chance I got, but they disappeared decades ago. You can imagine my surprise when I was shopping and saw a basket full of Clearly Canadian sitting there like it was 1989.
When I checked out with my beloved blast from the past, the young man bagging my groceries asked me about it. I told him they used to sell them when I was a kid, but all he said in response was, “They’re always coming out with something new.”
Either I still look like a kid, or this poor guy didn’t see it: These are priceless relics from the ’80s!
I think it was about 15 years ago. Ry and I were newly married, and we found this amazing “reality show” (which at the time was not a normal thing) following two Canadian couples who gave up everything to live life as pioneers for an entire year. They built their own houses and animal pens, they milked cows and churned butter, they gathered their own food to survive the frigid winter, and lived as though it were the late 1800s. It was so good.
Well, we found it again on Amazon Prime and started re-watching, and it’s JUST as good now. It’s completely riveting. We absolutely love the two couples, who have a great sense of humor paired with complete honesty and faith. Watching this show has really made us think about the back-breaking work, dangers, and uncertainty our ancestors faced just so we could have a better life. And boy, do we ever!
My Daughter’s Fashion Sense
Sylvie loves my Alex and Ani bangles with birthstones of our little family of four. (Thanks Nicole and Mom!) I used to wear them almost every day, but stopped when she was a baby. I finally pulled them out again, and it seems my one-year-old is obsessed. I did something I shouldn’t have, and let her wear them for a little while. WELL. Now she thinks they are hers!
I tried looking around for baby/toddler-safe bracelets to pacify her, but all I found were teething bracelets for moms to wear and play jewelry for ages 3 and up (small parts). Does anyone remember jelly bracelets? If it were the ’80s, I’d grab her a couple of those.
All the Photo Books
I didn’t post on Wednesday this week because I was enthralled in other projects, the most pressing being creating my daughter’s first year baby book. My mom and my husband both pitched in more than normal to watch the kids while I created as quickly as I could–partly to meet my own goal of finishing before the end of the month, and partly to make sure I got within a sale period.
I made a lovely (hopefully) book using Shutterfly that covers milestones and sweet moments from Sylvie’s first year. And even though I was a bit rushed, all the memories of where we were a year ago came flooding back–the good right along with the challenging. She’s an amazing girl!
And then I used Chatbooks to create a couple of quick photo albums for the vacation we took with Ry’s family, and everyday family pics from Spring this year. Can’t wait to start doing this more often to get actual pictures in our hands! (Yeah, their ad worked on me.)
What I’m Pinning: My Favorite Post of the Week
This week’s favorite comes from Welcome Heart and is about an all-too-familiar struggle with the “greet someone you haven’t met” session on Sunday mornings. It’s called Who Sits in Front of You at Church (Or Behind?). This genuine post on hospitality is just a small example of the things Sue shares on her blog, which is full of inspiring devotionals as well as recipes. It’s definitely a new favorite of mine. Go check it out!
I’m on Pinterest here, if you want to see what else I’m pinning lately. I’d love to see what you’re pinning too!
Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!