This year, one of my New Years Resolutions was to spend more time with Chris and Addison. I’m not talking about just sitting on the couch watching television. I’m talking about spending quality time enjoying the state that we currently live in. Both Chris and I have our sights on one day moving to Washington State. I know that for me, having that goal in mind distracts me from the beautiful state that I live in. Even though Florida is not my dream state, I want to make more of an effort to enjoy the time I have here. I want to see the different beaches, go to the sporting events, and experience Florida to the best of my ability.
Tiny Cottons Swim Suit, Toddler Inner Tube
This past weekend, Chris and I were supposed to go out to Fort Myers to spend the weekend with our best friends but things got switched around and we decided to do something different. Living in Central Florida is pretty ideal because everything is relatively close. Chris and I decided that we wanted to go to the springs and packed a bag for Juniper Springs in the Ocala Forest. We live 45 minutes from the campground and it’s only $5/person for the day pass.
We only ended up spending about 2 hours over there but we considered it a pretty successful day trip. The springs were nice even though it was small. There were a ton of people there but neither of us mind crowds, so we weren’t bothered. The water was ice cold. Addison was shivering in her float. I have no idea how the kids there were just diving in. I went up to my waist and felt like I was freezing to death.
I think next time we go to Juniper Springs, we’ll camp overnight. We saw the mill exhibit but didn’t even get to touch the trails or the kayak route.
Hope everyone is having a great summer so far and don’t forget to stay cool!
Guys, I don’t know if you were aware or not but today is National Ice Cream Day and July is the National Ice Cream Month. It’s 90+ degrees here in Central Florida so when I saw this pop up on my calendar, I knew I had to celebrate because I absolutely have a soft spot in my heart for a particular ice cream treat: ice cream sandwiches. Another thing I am craving is football season! I am seriously missing my Seahawks and thank God there is only one month of the year left without football.
So what better way to celebrate and to get ready for preseason coming in August, than to make Seattle Seahawks inspired ice cream sandwiches. Now, if you have the time and are so inclined, I’m sure you could do this from scratch but it’s so much easier to just use premade sandwiches. You also don’t need that many supplies to whip up a fun dessert for National Ice Cream Month, a party, or maybe even Super Bowl 2018! 😉
Ugh, it’s so hot out we just stepped outside and my two-year-old looks at me and says “HOT! HOT, MOMMY!” and cue the ice cream to immediately start melting.
For this yummy DIY, I’m making football inspired sandwiches. Feel free to make one and tag me on Instagram so I can see what you did to celebrate National Ice Cream Month!
Ice cream sandwiches
Sprinkles (variety of colors)
Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments down below what your eating in celebration on National Ice Cream Month or better yet, what football team you’ve been impatiently waiting to watch play again in August!
You’re officially two. It definitely looks good on you. I’ve actually been telling people you’re two for a few months now because you don’t seem one anymore. One year old is babyhood. Two years old is toddlerhood. I think you hit it early. And by hit-it-early, I mean those tantrums and pouting…. yikes! I try not to laugh when you pout, but I’m not good at that. Usually, you will walk away with your hands over your eyes and just plant your face into whatever is softest. And yes, I roll my eyes at you a lot. I know you don’t believe it now, but not getting to shove knives into light sockets or not suffocating a dog with a plastic bag is just not reasons to cry about. Take it from me.
You’re such a real person now! I know that seems like a weird thing to say but before you were just so different. You couldn’t communicate like you do now. You are beyond stubborn. Stubborn to the point where I’m taking deep breaths and wondering if I should take up meditation. And even though I hate this stubbornness, I love it. Who are you going to be in 16 years? I want that stubbornness to push you to be the best you can be. I pray you will follow your dreams and no matter how many time life says, “no. stop it!” You just push right past. Because that’s who you are.
You play it tough but you’re soft. I can tell because when you lash out in anger and you see me cry or hear the dog squeal, your face changes. It goes from livid to sorry. You always try to fight back your tears because you didn’t really mean it. “S-sorry, mommy…” you whisper. “S-sorry, Bently…” you say as you try to console him. You’re not a mean as you try to play. You’re sensitive. And that’s ok.
Another thing I hope never changes is your love of sharing. Even if it’s the last bite of a cookie, if someone asks, you’ll always give it up. And the smile on your face shows that you were just happy to have a bite at all. You just pass it off and giggle as you climb down from the barstool. Like it was a no-brainer to you. Like it’s just that simple. I hope that even when you’re older, you still share whatever you have, even if it’s all you have. You should never regret giving your best to others, even if they don’t give it back in return.
I hope that you know that I love you. I hope one day you realize that when I say no, it’s not because I want to be mean but because I want only the best for you. I pray that year two will be the best year yet. I hope you climb higher, jump further, and continue to grow into the person that God planned for you to be. Be who you are, no matter what others say.
Dear Addison, You’re One (7.13.16)
Addison: 3 Months (10.18.15)
First Letter from Mom & Dad (2.24.15)
This year, I made a resolution to set aside one day of each month and designate it as Family Day. On Family Day, we do something fun that we wouldn’t normally do. We go to the park and then go get frozen yogurt or we go to the beach.
Earlier in the week, my mom shot me a text with a link to an event in our town: Uncle Donald’s Farm Fourth of July Animal Parade. Sounded like something Addison would love because she loves animals. Also, it’s Uncle Donald’s Farm. It’s like a tradition in my family to spend time there. My grandparents worked there, my mom and aunt worked there as teenagers, and I have been plenty times from the time I was a small child until now.
Addison loved the farm, even though she got worn down, especially by the end. She fed the chickens and ducks. She went on a hay ride and pet goats. Basically every two year old’s idea of a good time.
The biggest surprise was that Addison actually got to participate in the parade. Addison seemed to enjoy leading a goat and waving her American flag. She was exhausted and was a little slow but she was a trooper!
It was such a great day! I love my little family.
My husband is the best husband. He is also the best father. Going into June, I knew I wanted to highlight the importance and privilege of having a father. Not every child gets a kiss and hug good bye when their dad leaves for work. Not every child has a father who will sneak them an extra spoonful of ice cream after mom has already said no. Not every child has a father who takes pride in them.
I know Addison is little and my reasoning will not resonate with her, but regardless, I wanted my June Six to feature dads. The story that makes me smile the most is “My Dad Used to Be So Cool”. The illustrations are bright and the story makes me heart smile knowing that good parents will give up parts of their past to make a life that is focused on loving their children.
My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
Mighty Dads by Joan Holub
Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley
How To Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan
Daddies by Janet Frank
I hope you enjoy the books I picked out this month. And happy Father’s Day to all the great guys that invest in their children!