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Slow Day: Week 31

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

As I mentioned earlier, we spent all last week near Mountain Home, Arkansas at Bull Shoals Lake with all of my extended family (26 people total, if I counted correctly!)

So enjoy a little peek into our day at the lake…

We all contribute to the meals when we’re together. My youngest sister plans the menu and then put together a sign-up sheet that we all signed up on. Today’s breakfast was Baked Oatmeal, courtesy of my sister-in-law.

We all stay in different cabins, but we eat our meals (and hang out a lot) in the big cabin that my parents stay in.

The girls loved getting to spend time with their baby cousins.

It was an absolutely gorgeous morning!

Silas and I went out on the boat for the afternoon.

We watched Jesse ski.

And then he knee-boarded, too.

(I also knee-boarded,  but since I’m the one who usually takes pictures, we don’t have any pictures of me. 🙂 Silas knee-boarded, too, and you can.)

Atlas and I spent a lot of time together this past week. He’s such a cutie and I love how much he’s learning how to talk and communicate!

The chaos before dinner. 🙂

Dinner was hamburgers, hot dogs, veggies, fruit, corn on the cob, and french fries.

Slow Day: Week 30

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

Silas and I flew to Kansas on Tuesday to be with all of my siblings, my parents, sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews (except for Zachary who is working as a counselor at The Wilds camp this summer) and celebrate my older sister’s 40th birthday.

We talked, ate all sorts of healthful foods (my sisters are a combination of gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and a whole bunch of other things free 😉), got pedicures, went out for coffee, talked some more, played crazy games that my dad is famous for coming up with (including a cookie-baking contest with random unmarked gluten-free and vegan ingredients to see who could make up the best cookie recipe with what we were given — no measuring spoons/cups or consulting the internet allowed!), and laughed at the hilarious antics of our kids.

My family is BIG (there are 7 kids and lots of grandkids) and LOUD (we are always talking over one another and having many conversations going at once) and a little crazy (hello, I’m one of them so I’m sure that’s no surprise!), but we always enjoy the rare few times a year we all get to be together!

This time around, I got to say, “See you in a few days!” when I left to fly back to TN because we are ALL meeting up in Arkansas at our annual week at the lake trip starting tonight.

Here’s a little peek into how we spent Wednesday (my day off):

My mom took us to for breakfast. It was one of their last days to be open for breakfast this season.

I had heard so much about this cafe and it was fun to finally get to go — it’s owned by a family that Jesse’s family knows and is just down the street from where my parents live.

It’s beautiful and so fun — and I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you live near Wichita, KS!

I missed the pink memo, but at least I wore stripes! 😉This is my mom and my older sister and youngest sister (we missed you, Gretchen!)

My mom and I split two different items and they were both yummy.

We came home and hung out with my sister’s kids for awhile.

They are growing up so much!

And then I made a big bowl of watermelon for dinner.

The kids found out that I’d never played before, so they taught me how to.

They were all a little upset when I ended up winning! 🙂

Then, Cadence (my oldest niece) and I made a big salad for dinner.

We used some fresh veggies from their garden and it looked SO good!

My sister, Gretchen, came over and brought her three boys and my mom watched them so all of us four sisters could go get pedicures. (Aren’t her boys adorable! I can’t get enough of them!!)

Here are all my four sisters — I think the older we get, the more we look alike! When we were younger, people didn’t usually know that we were sisters!

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet my new niece, Genevieve. She’s absolutely beautiful! You can’t see the deep color of her blue eyes here because of the light, but they are just stunning!

Silas LOVED getting to take care of his little cousins!

These two were so cute together!

Dinner!

After dinner, I did two of my nieces’ makeup. They asked me if I could do their makeup and I was happy to oblige! 🙂

I mentioned above that we played some games — one was that we broke into 4 teams and had to see who could put together a US map puzzle the fastest. Our team ended up winning, which I was surprised by since there were only 3 of us!

And then we divided into four different teams and did the cookie-baking challenge. We were given unmarked bags of ingredients that Brigette (the birthday girl!) could eat with her current food restrictions/allergies.

After smelling and tasting them, our team decided that they included gluten-free flour, almond flour, oat flour, coconut oil, vanilla, flax seed, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, and chocolate chips.

We used the oat flour, cocoa, vanilla, salt, baking power, baking soda, sugar, and flax seed mixed with water (egg substitute) + chocolate chips to make Double Chocolate Cookies.

We had to choose the time to bake them and the temperature to bake them at, too. Pictured above were the cookie creations from the 4 different teams ready to go into the oven.

Our cookies (the chocolate ones in the back) were SO good — thanks to the fact that I was teamed with my brother, Nathaniel, and sister-in-law, Ellen — both who are great bakers!

We also played some outdoor games and relays.

And had a vegan, gluten-free birthday cake for Brigette!

It was a good day and I’m so glad that I was able to be there for it!

Slow Day: Week 28

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

I am posting this late because we travelled to South Africa yesterday and I’m finally having a chance to write a blog post! This is a little peek into my day on July 4…

My day started with a warm-up walk on the treadmill. I’m reading snippets from , , and during my warm-up walk right now.

After my run, I took a shower and Jesse made me a cup of . And then my friend, Melissa, came over and we just chatted for two hours.

And then we left to head on a hike with two families. While we drove (the hike was an hour or so away), I read out loud to the kids.

(This is our current read aloud, but please note that it has some language and kind of unexpected things in it for a kids’ book and I’ve had to censor it a little and we’ve had some discussions on various topics as a result of reading it.)

Once I was finished reading to the kids, I read one of the books I finished last week, .

It was a HOT day and we were a little worried that it was going to be too hot on the hike and at the waterfall.

But then as soon as we started walking down the hill, the temperature began dropping.

And by the time we got down to the waterfall, it was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was perfect and it was not too hot, not too cool. Just perfect!

The kids had so much fun wading into the water!

And there weren’t that many people there!

The waterfall we went to was called and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend it — especially on a hot day and if you have older kids.

I love these women so much!

After the waterfall hike, we came back home and showered and then went over to friends’ house for dinner.

And then we walked from their house over to nearby friends’ house to watch their neighborhood fireworks.

It was super impressive and so much less crowded.

Multiple neighbors had fireworks to shoot off and the entire “show” went on for well over an hour!

I couldn’t really get any pictures to do it justice. But at least this gives you a little idea! 🙂 It was SUCH a good day!

Slow Day: Week 26

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our .)

Jesse has almost finished the flooring in the workout room and he got the climbing rope up! This is where my morning starts almost every single day — a warmup walk on the treadmill while I read my Bible and then my run while I pray over my day.

Some friends invited us and some other friends over to swim in their pool. So this is where we spent a lot of the day!

The weather was a little overcast — but it was great because it meant that it wasn’t blazing hot! But it was still plenty warm for swimming.

We couldn’t believe that the kids all swam for as long as they did! Us moms were mostly able to just oversee and hang out and talk. It was so nice!

We brought snacks/lunch to the pool and ended up staying for quite a bit longer than I was expecting we would because the kids were enjoying themselves so much!

And I enjoyed getting to hang out with this adorable little friend for quite awhile. We picked leaves and watched birds and ate snacks and talked about the sounds that animals make… all the things that most little boys love doing! 🙂

I came home and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and then made a quick dinner and Turmeric Milk for myself before leaving to hang out with my Discipleship Group Small Group for an evening of sharing our hearts and stories.

You’re supposed to heat the up on the stove, but I just mix it in the Vita-mix and let it blend for about a minute longer so that it is frothy and warm. I also add in a pinch of .

It’s so yummy — and so good for you! And I can tell a difference in how I feel by drinking it!

When I came home, we capped out the evening with a rousing family game of .

Slow Day: Week 25

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our .)

We’ve instituted a technology chart this summer where the kids can earn computer/movie time by doing certain things. It’s been the best and has eliminated so much whining and frustration for everyone! And you better believe that the first thing the kids do when they wake up is start working on earning their minutes for later in the day! 🙂

These kids! 🙂

This is my current treadmill setup — in the gym that is so close to being finished off! Every day I just dust it off and run! 🙂

Kathrynne spent the day with a friend so we took Kaitlynn and Silas to Soar — a ropes course. It’s usually insanely expensive to go to but I found that Groupon was offering a 4-person deal so we scooped it up and surprised the kids.

Isn’t this a great picture of real life… Kids all like, “Mom, why are taking yet another picture??” (They are never convinced by my statements of how I want to document these moments so I don’t forget! I’m sure they’ll understand someday!)

I promise I actually did go across a ton of parts of the course — Jesse just happened to only get pics of me standing and watching the kids! 🙂

It was so fun — a little scary and hot and tiring. But so fun! And the kids always love it when I get out there and jump right in with them!

After we went to the ropes course, Kaitlynn and I had chiropractic appointments.

Then we came home and I made Haystacks for dinner while Kathrynne made Homemade Guac.

And then we played a few rounds of before I needed to head out. We are addicted to this game right now and love that it’s something we can all do together and love. We have been playing at least a few rounds every night… and some evenings, it’s more like a few hours of this game! 🙂

The kids and Jesse kept playing while I left to meet up with my Discipleship Small Group at Frothy Monkey. We had such a great time together — and everyone was able to make it but one. I love these ladies so much and am grateful that even though our group will be going in different directions this fall, the relationships and deep friendships we’ve made will hopefully will last for years to come!

Slow Day: Week 23

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from . My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

(Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our .)

I did my hair in a Dutch braid and blob today. I was happy with how it turned how — not sure that I could recreate it, though! 🙂

Here’s what it looked like from the front.

And I wore my favorite yellow sandals!

Since I had more time today, I decided to do a little leisurely shopping. I went to Dollar Tree to pick up lemon juice for my gallon of lemon water that I drink every day.

I was also excited to find Brown Rice and Pinto Beans for just a dollar per bag!

And then I picked up a few markdowns at Kroger.

I also headed to Big Lots to check out the deals there.

Other than the bread deal I found, I wasn’t super impressed with their other prices.

But they do have great prices on oil, I discovered!

And of course I went to Aldi to pick up some cheap strawberries and corn on the cob.

Since our neighborhood doesn’t have a pool, we bought a membership to a rec pool in a nearby town and we are looking forward to getting to spend lots of time there this summer!

We convinced some friends of ours to also buy a membership, so we met them there to close down the pool on Wednesday night (it closes at 7 p.m.)

It was the perfect evening for swimming. Hot but not too hot!

And this pool is perfect for kids of many different ages!

We came home and made breakfast for dinner — sausage and waffles.

While the waffles were cooking, we played some .

We love this game!

This is our favorite waffle recipe.

We made a double batch and we froze half of it.

(She had just washed her hair!)

The kids love to help make waffles!

And then we stayed up a little too late playing round after round of !