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Slow Day: Week 26

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. 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 disclosure policy here.)

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 Turmeric Milk 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 Pink Himalayan Salt.

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 Dutch Blitz.

Slow Day: Week 25

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. 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 disclosure policy here.)

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 Dutch Blitz 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 The Homespun Heart. 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 disclosure policy here.)

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 Dutch Blitz.

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 Dutch Blitz!

Slow Day: Week 22

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. 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 disclosure policy here.)

I’m loving reading through the Bible this year using the M’Cheyne Reading Plan (it’s at the back of my Bible that was a gift from She Reads Truth). I read the 4-5 chapters for the day each morning during my morning warm-up walk before I run — yes, on the treadmill because I prefer to run on a treadmill since I’m weird like that.

He thinks I’m crazy for taking so many pictures throughout the day, so I sometimes take pictures of him during really normal things like eating his Baked Oatmeal for breakfast just so he’ll make faces at me and start laughing at me! 🙂

I love this essential oil diffuser!

Jesse recently bought these little pans for the kids to use to make eggs (they love to eat fried eggs for a snack and they have been begging for little pans to make them in — yes, that might seem weird. But welcome to our life and the kinds of things that our kids want!), so I had to try one out. I didn’t like them as much as I like the regular pans, but it was kind of fun to make just one egg in a tiny pan!

We’ve been eating lots of melon since I keep finding great deals on it!

Part of my breakfast — I also had whole wheat toast and the fried egg.

Oh man, this episode was so good! I listened to it while working on some house projects. It sort of inspired me to finish writing this post.

My mom sent him a bunch of old coins and this safe and he had so much fun organizing everything!

We picked up our mail and there was a box of FREE books from My Reader Rewards!

I also got my coupon for FREE Sparkling Water!

I had earned a free gift card from Barnes & Noble, so Kaitlynn and I went on an afternoon date there together.

I just finished this book and surprised myself by really enjoying it. I’ll share more tomorrow in my weekly book post!

I worked on prepping to lead our Discipleship Small Group next week and went over this week’s lessons, too.

I had trouble getting into The Weight of Glory, but the more I’m reading it, the more I’m really finding it insightful and challenging.

And I took this picture as I was getting ready to head to meet up with my Discipleship Small Group. It was rainy and a little on the cold side which was a welcome change compared to the hot weather we’d had for a few days.

Slow Day: Week 21

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. 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 disclosure policy here.)

I started the morning out like I usually do — with running, prayer, Bible reading, and a shower. I dropped Kathrynne off at school and then headed to Frothy Monkey to enjoy a cup of tea and do the reading/studying for our summer Discipleship Group study. (Our small group is going through this book together.)

A friend texted and asked me what my plans were for my day off. I texted her back to say that I was planning to do some cooking and cleaning, hang out with Jesse and the kids, have a chiropractic appointment, and get together with my Discipleship Small Group.

Well, God had other plans in store for my day… 🙂

When I got home, Kaitlynn and I spent some time together since it was her first day of Summer vacation!

And of course we had to take some pictures of Quill! 😉

I also worked on cleaning up our messy kitchen.

While I was in the middle of cleaning up the kitchen, the doorbell rang and our chair for the library was delivered.

Somehow, the legs for it weren’t delivered, so they put in an order to have them overnighted to us and went ahead and set up the chair without them.

I’m SO happy we chose this chair for our library. It’s perfect for cozy-ing up with a great book! Now we just need to get a rug and floor lamp (and some more books!) and our library is done. We just love this room so much!

Kaitlynn sat at the table (with her freshly-washed hair up in a towel!!) and played with Quill while I finished cleaning up the kitchen.

(She took these pictures and edited them on my phone — something she loves to do!)

My phone started blowing up with a bunch of texts and I found out that some of the women couldn’t come to the Discipleship Group get-together that evening. In fact, we were down to three ladies (including myself). I got this crazy idea… there is a mom and her 4 girls who recently moved to our area and started coming to our church that is a relative of one of the women in our small group.

We’d talked about having a get-together as a group with our families and this mom and her girls. Well, why not invite the two women who can come tonight and their families over for dinner and invite this mom and her girls, too?

It was one of those ideas that I often get, but I usually talk myself out of because it feels so spontaneous and crazy. But I decided to not talk myself out of moving forward with it… and I checked to see if we had food on hand that we could use to make dinner for three families plus our family.

I had bought 7 pounds of meat the day before and was already planning to make a bunch of meatballs for the freezer. We had marked down potatoes I could make mashed potatoes with. We had a bunch of corn on the cob I had gotten marked down. We had frozen broccoli I could use to make Roasted Broccoli.

So, as I shared here, I decided to just text the three families and offer what we had on hand and invite them to come for dinner.

And guess what? They were all so excited about it!

So, the rest of my morning was spent prepping food.

Kaitlynn came and helped me and she made two Spaghetti Casseroles for the freezer for later.

And then I watched some YouTube shows with the kids and relaxed while Kaitlynn gave me a pedicure — complete with foot massage! (Have I mentioned how amazing it is to have older kids??)

You can’t see it very clearly here, but she did this fun design on them. Because Kaitlynn never does anything in a boring way! 😉

Kathrynne and I headed to our chiropractic appointments — which is always super relaxing!

And then I came home and finished dinner prep and we all worked on cleaning the house and getting things ready for our guests — including getting this burned spot off the stovetop!

I stuck the broccoli in the oven… and then our doorbell rang and the three families arrived. I didn’t get any pictures of the evening, but I wrote a little more about it here.

I love how intentionally taking time to be offline gives me the ability to have more space in my life for spontaneity and relationships!

Slow Day: Week 20

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. 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 — and I’ll let the pictures almost 100% speak for themselves, instead of giving many explanations. 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 disclosure policy here.)

The perfect way to start a Slow Day! I finished this book and really loved it!

I picked up my FREE photo at Walgreens.

I started this book and am anxious to see what I think of it!

We went to the UPS store to pick up our mail and I got my FREE Revolution Math Kit. Have you gotten yours yet? See what was inside of mine here and find out how to get yours.

After we picked the girls up from school (Silas is already out of school for the summer), we went shopping for furniture for our library.

The girls had a blast dreaming of ideas for Kathrynne’s room (she still hasn’t picked out furniture — she just has a mattress and a dresser. I told her she had to make this a priority as soon as she gets done with school for the summer at the end of this week.)

We didn’t find what we were looking for at the first store, so we headed to another store.

The kids LOVED the kid’s section of Rooms to Go.

We decided to go with this chair and a half for the library — we wanted something that wouldn’t take up a ton of space but that would be super comfortable and could seat two kids curled up. We also wanted something that was simple and would match the rest of our house decor. I have a feeling that all of us will spend many hours curled up in this chair with a good book!

We ended up taking way more time furniture shopping than we expected, so we decide to bump our dinner plans for the night and use our one Dinner Out night. I was having a friend over and wanted to get a few cleaning projects done before she came, so Jesse dropped me off at our house and then he took the kids out to Sonic.