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Hooray for Friday Favorites! It’s time once again for all of the internet to share the things that made our week just a little bit better. And to do a little victory dance. And to get the song “My Favorite Things” stuck in our heads. (Sorry.) So here are a few things I am loving lately, as I wrap up a bittersweet (but mostly sweet) kind of week with my fantastic family of four.

In the week since last Friday, it feels like a lot happened. Our little family had five days apart from daddy while Ry was in New Jersey and Virginia for his grandfather’s funeral. The kids and I spent time at my parents’ farm while he was away. I’m sharing a favorite for every day we were away.


Fresh Pears

Being away from Ry helped me a TON in remembering to take pictures, so I have lots I can share here with you too.

Here we are pulling out of the driveway…

When we got to the farm, we immediately visited the sandbox,

and then we checked out the corn.

We looked at each small ear of corn, touched the fuzzy stalks, and the silky leaves, and decided they weren’t ready to be harvested yet. Good thing grandpa has us around to look into these things!

Then we ate pears off the tree.


Our first night was hilarious in hindsight. We recovered and moved on to Day Two with a surprising amount of energy.




I don’t have as many pictures of Saturday in comparison to the other days, but that’s because we ALL napped like the champs that we are.

We did get in some playing on the four-wheeler–once while it was parked, and once while it was moving at a snails pace with a helmet of course.


I have this odd picture because my mom didn’t understand why I was confused about which cinnamon to use. Every bag and container is full of cinnamon. It should be obvious, right?



This night, I gave myself a hair trim and then my mom dyed my hair. I just went for a medium blonde to cover up some gray spots. Here I am, fully confident in the process.

This night was much better, although the kids slept a little fitfully and woke up early once again.




Here’s my after shot. I swear, I’m attempting to smile in these pictures. Who wants to give me selfie lessons? Anyone?


My parents were on tech team duty for church, meaning they ran sound and lights. It’s not a simple job. They attend a multi-site church and have their services coordinated down to the second.


I was so happy that both of my kids did really well and loved their time at a different church than they’re used to. Kai has lost all of the nervousness he had in his toddler days.



Sylvie was just thrilled to discover the baby dolls!

We had a good lunch, some naps, and some coloring time.

No, it doesn’t get any cuter than this.

We grilled for dinner, and got the kids to bed…


…while the grown ups watched the pilot of Miami Vice. It was *almost* just like old times. Even though I wasn’t allowed to watch it as a little girl, I sometimes caught the opening. I guess my mom never knew why I named my Cabbage Patch kid Sonny until that moment. #imafan



At four in the morning, I woke up to a crazy thunderstorm.

Good thing I took a picture, right?

It was a completely overcast day, but good weather for frolicking.

He’s too fast for my camera!

After Sylvie was napping, we tried to watch the eclipse.

No such luck.



Big Brother Moments

On our last day, Kai really took to showing his little sister around the farm. He taught her not to be afraid of the dog, and how to drive a tractor. These are skills she’ll use for the rest of her life.



Bonus Favorite: Glitter Paint

Ry got home after the kids were in bed, but I wanted to include some pictures of the gifts he brought us. I never expected him to come home with presents, but he did, and he hit a home run with them.

The first is glitter chalk paint! I added water, stirred, and set them loose with the foam brushes that were part of the set.

They absolutely loved it. Even though it looks super messy, it wasn’t too bad. My advice is to put rain boots on the kids and bring out a bowl of warm water for washing their hands outside afterwards. That worked well for us!

The second were these beautiful and lightweight gold leaf earrings! I absolutely love them, and the children haven’t tried to pull them off my ears yet, so I’m a very happy lady.


We’re so happy to be reunited. I want to thank you all so much for your kind words for my husband and me. He had a safe trip and really enjoyed reconnecting with family even though the circumstances were difficult.

Tell me what you’re loving this week. And have a happy Friday!

P.S. Join me in praying for the Lone Star State, a place very near and dear to my heart. I have family in southern Texas as well as in Corpus Christi. Let’s hope this hurricane fizzles out!


Linking up with:

Friday Favorites with AndreaNarci, and Erika
High Five for Friday with  Cup of TeaBright on a BudgetbyBMG, and Della Devoted
Five on Friday with Smidge of This

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9 Comments on Friday Favorites: Pears and Glitter

  1. I love your hair!! It’s so pretty! I have to admit I’m a little jealous your kids have a farm to run around on. What amazing memories you will have.

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