Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Favorites


Whew!  It's been a crazy week.  Fun, but crazy.  Big kids are settling into their new classrooms, Camden started preschool, and I have had a little time on my hands to get myself in trouble get some work done around here.

So, what have we been up to?

I have been running again.  After a pretty long break, where I've mostly stuck to power walking and Momsanity workouts (which are awesome), I have broken out the running shoes again.  And it might be time for a new pair, considering the last time I shopped for shoes, Camden wasn't even walking!  I get excited about the prospect of a new pair of shoes, but the cost?  Not so much.  Where is your favorite place to shop for running shoes?  My last pair came from Fleet Feet and since they recently emailed me a coupon, they may be my place.   I also finally invested in a pair of patterned running pants.  I know, so last year.  I wasn't sure if I would like them, since they are kind of wild, but I think they'll grow on me.

Camden is in school Tuesdays and Thursdays, so those are my days to clean, organize, do laundry, grocery shop...and write!  I thought I would just head to a coffee shop after I dropped Camden off and sit with a steaming cup of joe and my laptop, but so far I have found myself exercising and shopping during preschool hours.  At least one of those things is healthy!  But I truly dream of being disciplined enough to get my workout in and then spend the bulk of the time working on my blog and on PetPartner's blog.  Speaking of PetPartners, I had a post this week about National Disaster Preparedness Month, that really got me thinking about whether or not I am prepared for an emergency.  Are you?  There are some good tips could you not want to be prepared when you look at this face?

I was inspired by Jen Hatmaker not to rush a weeknight dinner, and to invest the time and energy necessary to lull my kids into the kitchen asking, "What smells so good?" and "That looks amazing!"  These kinds of comments from my boys make my soul sing and remind me that I am doing something right.  Want my recipe?  You'll have to tune in on Monday when I will share it along with some sermon notes.  Have you read Jen Hatmaker's latest book For the Love?  She has me laughing out loud, although for some reason my husband mostly looks at me with a blank stare when I insist on reading aloud parts that strike me as hilarious.  Must be a mom thing.  But seriously, Jen has so much wisdom to impart and she does it with such grace and love that you will never feel condemned or judged.  Just encouraged to be your best you.

I was also inspired by Sheaffer of Pinterest Told Me To in her transitioning to fall outfit post to splurge on a military jacket she recommended for girls who like a longer fit.  When I say I splurged, I typically mean I spent over, say $19.99 for something.  I am a Target and Old Navy girl at heart.  I like more bang for my buck, so when I pay almost $100 for one item, it better be good.  I just wasn't sold on it.  It seemed too big and kind of slouchy, and definitely not worth the price tag.  So, I think I am going to return it next week.  

And I already bought the more reasonably priced ON ($44 to be exact) version.  Want to see?  
Which one do you like better?  The jury is still out...

And since I'm on a role with the inspiration thing, I was inspired to take my boys to the park on Thursday night.  I took Camden on Wednesday and he could not stop talking about it and how much he wanted to take "his boys" back there.  So, after school, we packed a picnic dinner, took off for Stallings Park, played and ate dinner at the picnic tables.  It was so much fun, and a great way to appreciate summer before it gets too cold to play and picnic at the park.

What have you been up to?  I am SO ready for Friday!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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