This week has flown by and I’m so excited that we will actually be in town all weekend! Our schedule is a little busy but with fun parties and activities and possibly even a date night with the main squeeze.
On to this weeks 5 on Friday!
One…..FRIENDS….I have the greatest friends. I actually received 4….count them 4 “real” birthday cards in the mail this year. What a great surprise to see something besides junk mail in my mailbox! If you have the chance to drop a line to a friend…birthday or not…in the snail mail it is totally worth it and can make someones day!
We have also been BOO’ed not once but TWICE this week! What a fun way to surprise a friend and I’m telling you my kids think they have been living right.
If you want the deets on this fun picture frame head on over to my friend Holly’s blogpost here.
TWO….Girls Night Out! This really needs no further explanation and could just as easily been counted under number one but let’s be real…when you get the chance to head somewhere nice for dinner..you know…somewhere that doesn’t serve chicken nuggets…it deserves it’s own category! I really am fortunate to have a wide variety of friends…friends of all ages and stages of life. Some I feel like I am able to counsel and mentor and some definitely mentor and counsel me….and some are just perfect for making me laugh so hard I almost pee my pants. All of them are equally important in my life and I’m always grateful when I can spend some time hanging out. So last night I hooked up with two of my friends that came into my life first at the baseball field as our sons played ball together from 5th grade through senior year. If you missed my Tuesday Toast it was all about my friend Cindy on the left below and you can catch up here.
And this little Italian restaurant, Luigi’s, always makes for a great girls night or date night. Close to home, nice atmosphere and great food.
THREE….birthday presents to myself! I used some of mine….and Keith’s (shhhhh) birthday money to purchase…wait for it….some new kitchenware! In all seriousness one of the things Keith and I have always loved doing together is cooking and preparing meals. The last time I bought a crockpot was 11 years ago and it was seriously past it’s useful life span. The handle broke off the lid about 3 years ago so we had to use a fork or something to actually lift it off. So when I saw Shay at Mix and Match Mama post about the sale at Williams Sonoma I knew it was just what I wanted to spend my money on! It is even more beautiful in person and I can hardly wait to use it!
You can find it here. It is not discounted quite as much as it was the day I purchased but it is still on sale. The best feature to me is the actual pot is cast iron so you can place it directly on the stove to brown meat, etc. While I was at it I also bought these pans. Keith’s favorite thing to cook is breakfast and I think he’s going to rock these.
FOUR…..Doggy Daycare. So first you just have to know that most of the people who know me did not think I was a dog person in the least. What they really didn’t know is that I had resisted a dog because I knew I would fall fast in love with the little sucker! See my post about bringing Dutch home here. Anyway…I was determine to crate train this sweetie and somewhat train him to be a great dog that felt loved and secure. I go home for lunch almost every single day or I have my older daughter check on him but he is never left for more than 4-5 hours at a time without some playtime. As you can imagine this has really cut into my “free” time for running errands at lunch or having a lunch date with a friend or even working through lunch so I can leave a little early. On Fridays, however, I take Mr. Dutch Buddy to Doggy Daycare and I’m really not sure which one of us is more excited at drop off! Remember that first time after having a baby when you get out of the house baby free….even if you are only going to Walgreens…..and you peel out of the driveway and roll the windows down and let your hair blow in the wind as you celebrate the freedom?? Well…that’s how I feel on Fridays when Dutch goes to daycare….I overload my mind with ideas of what I can do with that one free hour in my day that I do not have to go home to let him out! And for real…he loves it there and I really think they love him too!
FIVE….in case it isn’t apparent yet I have somewhat of a shopping problem! I need to just stop the emails coming directly to me letting me know there is a sale. Does anyone ever buy anything full price anymore? I may at Nordstroms if I find something I absolutely adore but Gap, Loft, Old Navy, etc….they have a sale like every…single…week…that is at least 40% off so why pay full price?! There really are truly not too many things that I just can’t live without. Loft currently has 40% off fall favorites and here are a few items I thought were super cute!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! The weather will be what the forecaster called “unseasonably warm for Texas” but it will be high 80’s…I’ll take it!