Friday we meet again! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and a great week! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays of the year and I am sad that it is already over this summer! This week as usual I am linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Narci and Andrea.
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4th of July Fun
We have some very strong 4th of July traditions, so the holiday is really one of our favorites! This year was SO hot and as a result, I didn’t take a lot of pictures (of us melting!).
First, we start the day with a parade and some candy catching. Seriously the amount of candy the kids catch rivals their Halloween buckets! Ugh!
We will wave for candy:)
Every holiday I have a little tug at my heart thinking about how that holiday will be the following year with the kids older. It is bittersweet to think of them growing up! No one ever warns you about this part of parenting..
Well the theme for the week was HOT! We spent most of our days at the pool or beach. It’s hard to complain when we had such a never ending winter, right?!
I think we had ice cream just about every day! There is not much else to do when it is this hot but be in water or eat ice cream:)
Even our dog got his own pup cone one afternoon.
I mentioned the other day on Facebook and Instagram that I had unintentionally taken about a week off from social media. Something I read the other day really gave me pause that Life’s best moments are not social media worthy. I barely took pictures this week and I realized that it was because I was enjoying the moments. I wish I could bottle up our family time because pictures don’t do those precious times justice. Can you relate?
Summer is going by too quickly and I find myself already giving thought to back to school. I’m going to do my best to soak up the next two months!!
Favorite New Pool Toy
Speaking of pool time, I purchased a new pool toy for the kids this week and I wanted to mention it! I honestly thought the toy might be a bit on the younger side for my kids but I was wrong! This toy has been the best $15 I’ve spent because the kids have gotten hours of play from it!
The toy can be used as a matching game or a hide and seek type thing but of course my kids found their own ways to play with it! I have to say it was the hit of the pool for other kids that were at the pool. Isn’t that always the case–everyone else’s toys look more fun?!
I mentioned earlier in the week on Instagram that my favorite Athleta pants are on major sale (which is rare!). The entire Athleta Trekkie line is on sale. Plus as of today (7/7/17), you can get an extra 20% off sale items. The pants are cuter in person…once you put them on you won’t want to take off. So comfy and lightweight!
I just might have to get this adorable Trekkie skirt. It would be perfect for all summer activities.
Skirt available here
Did you catch my post on Tuesday that I wrote with my daughter?! We shared some of our favorite book recommendations that both tween and moms would enjoy. My daughter is the biggest bookworm of the family, so I always trust her book suggestions.
I have finally got back to reading a (not tween) book this week. I’m halfway into The Sound of Gravel (super on sale on Amazon right now!) and it is so good! It is a very intense memoir about a woman who left a polygomist colony. I will probably have the book finished by the time this post goes live. When I get into a book, I tend to finish it very fast!
That about wraps up my week! I hope you have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday for our July Clear the Clutter Challenge!