Troy's parents live 9 hours away from us so any time we get to spend with them is a special treat. We made the most of their weekend visit with a trip to the nature museum and a luau event. Come along with us!
We went on a date! The kids are with the grandparents and we are OUT. A great night with yummy food and of course a trip to Target. If only the rain had taken the night off!
These date nights don't happen as often as we would like, but we try to make the most of it when the opportunity comes around- rain or shine!
It has been HOT here lately, but that hasn't kept us from enjoying the 4th of July! We went to huge fireworks show (getting home at 11:30 PM with two little kids...yikes!) and a morning parade. Come along and see!
Do you ever feel the tug between work and play? Both are important, of course, but when we grow up we tend to get a little...boring. We start to think that work can't wait and find ourselves pushing aside fun family memories to mark things off of a to-do list. Please don't get me wrong. We NEED to do housework, cooking, cleaning, researching how to fix the garage door, paying the bills, returning the thing we borrowed from what's-his-face, you name it! It's all important, and it's not wrong to complete tasks that are our job to do. One time, I attended a moms group and the speaker said something along the lines of, "Your kids will only be young for a short time. It can be tempting to get excited when they get distracted by a toy and you have a minute to get something done, but skip the chores and spend time building a valuable relationship with your child." I'll be honest...hearing that was not encouraging to me. It only made me feel guilty for doing the things in life that needed to get done because I felt like I was expected to spend every waking moment actively investing all of my attention on my children. That's not how life works. It's not practical or healthy.
Today, my kids magically found things to play with and had a wonderful stretch of getting along and imagining together. Yes, the house was a disaster after their independent play time, but I will not feel guilty for letting them do something together without me. I didn't miss out on a moment. I let them have their own moment. PLUS I got to do some important work to free my brain up to focus on them later when they are interested in playing with me again. It's all about balance people!
I'm not really an outdoorsy person. I rarely even venture to the far edges of our small yard. Still, we need to get the wiggles out, have some fun, and enjoy the summer in the sun. Here's a little peek at our mini water day when I decided to enjoy the moment and let the groceries wait a little bit longer. Enjoy!
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There are so many things that make Milo an awesome and unique kid. His food allergies are part of his life but not his defining quality. This week he had a very long doctor's appointment for a walnut food challenge. We wanted to share the journey with you!
This was his first experience eating walnuts as we have always avoided them due to positive allergy test results. Over the years as his blood test and skin test results have changed, his allergist felt it would be safe for him to try eating walnuts while under observation at the doctor's office.
This was our first food challenge with this doctor but not our first challenge ever. He also had an egg challenge, which he passed, when we lived in Ohio. For this challenge, we had to track down peanut safe walnuts (not the simplest task). I then washed, dried, ground them down, incorporated a very specific amount into cookie dough, and baked them. He was not allowed to eat when he woke up that morning and only had cookies to eat until lunchtime. It sounds like every kid's dream, but it seemed like quite a chore to him. After two cookies, he started to complain about all the sugar and eventually said no more. Thankfully, he made it through enough doses that the allergist cleared him and said he passed! We are so excited for him and thankful for a smooth and positive experience.
Over the years, his list of allergies has both shrunk (outgrowing wheat, eggs, and walnut) and grown (adding in a slew of environmental allergies). We just keep persevering and doing our best not only to keep him safe and healthy but also to keep him from being solely known for his limitations. He is one super cool kid, and the less we talk about and focus on his allergies- the more everyone in our family thrives. I hope that bringing you along encourages you on your journey- whatever it may be.