Life with the Bs

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Beach Trip 2014

We had a great trip to Gulf Shores!  Lots of fun on the beach.  Nolan loved the ocean this time, very different from his first visit to the beach.  We enjoyed the sand too!


We had good seafood at Sea-n-Suds.  Their hush puppies were awesome but I didn’t care for their gumbo.  Nolan ordered a corn dog and when our food came out, Janie told the best joke ever…..hush puppies meet your mom, corn dog!  After dinner, we went to hang out at the Hang Out.

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We also ate at Tacky Jacks.  I got the fish tacos and they were okay.  Tim caught some salt water catfish (didn’t know there was such a thing) so the guys fried that up for lunch one day.  It was a fun trip with great friends.  Jennifer and I had our first trip of many to the beach back in 10th grade….just a few short years ago!

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Summer Bucket List

We never actually made a summer bucket list but I like to think that if we did, we would have been able to cross everything off!

Road trip – We knocked this one out right away with our trip to Great Wolf Lodge.  I highly recommend it!

Bike rides, bonfires and cookouts – Check, check, and check.  Tim and Nolan have enjoyed some local mountain bike trails.  Tim said it’s both awesome and terrifying to watch Nolan ride.

Out of town visitors – We had some good friends in town a few weeks ago and more coming next week!


Beach and pool time – We’ve had lots of pool time and Nolan started swimming this summer!  We’re also making a quick trip to the beach before school starts.

Camps – The kids went to Vacation Bible School together, Janie did a sewing camp, and Nolan completed Safety Camp (they even allowed him to graduate).

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T-shirt quilt

I’ve wanted to make Janie a t-shirt quilt for a long time but they can be pretty pricey.  I was going to start asking some friends and family if they would be able/interested in making one for me but this offer came up on Living Social.  The full size quilt with 30 t-shirts is only $85!  I also got 6% cash back by using Ebates.  I’m so excited to send in her shirts.  These would make a great gift for a graduate!  Tim happens to be the owner of lots of beer shirts.  Maybe I could make a lap blanket for the man cave 🙂

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Our newest Godchild

My niece, Avery, was Baptized on Saturday.  Tim and I have the honor of being her Godparents.  Catholics are generally Baptized as babies to wash away original sin (the sin of Adam and Eve) but it was pretty cool to see Avery choose to be Baptized and be so excited about it!

Avery Baptism 035She was able to wear the dress that my sister wore for her First Communion.  She will be in my religious education class this year to start preparing for her First Communion next year.  I’m really excited for her and even more excited that I get to share in her journey!

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Date Night


We had four tickets to the premier of Planes Fire and Rescue last night but Janie’s sick so it ended up being a date night for Nolan and I.  It’s always nice to get some one on one time with my kids so I was excited!  Although, I will admit that he’s not the greatest movie date.  I think he stepped on my toes 10 times with his sneakers, he moved from seat to my lap and back to his seat throughout the movie, and we made 3 trips to the bathroom.  The movie was very good and Nolan won a prize pack for knowing it was a sequel to Cars.


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Busy Summer

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I’m still around.  We’ve had a busy summer with friends in town, camps, ear infections that won’t go away, and a crazy workout routine for me.  I know that the fall will be busy with baseball and softball for the kids so I’m getting in shape now so I’ll be able to keep up!  I’m doing boot camp twice a week, running 2 – 3 evenings per week, and Zumba once a week.  A friend and I actually bought a Groupon for Barre classes.  I’m excited to give them a try (I think we will replace the running with them, not adding them to that crazy schedule).

We might be busy but we’re still taking time to enjoy these last weeks of summer!


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I’m no Forrest Gump

My running partner and I were up to week 6, day 3 on Couch to 5K.  That 22 minute run about killed us!  The first 11 minutes were good but that last half was awful.  I don’t know if it was the heat (we go out between 7 – 8pm so we’re not dealing with the sun) or what I had eaten that day but it was no fun and made me wonder why I’m even running anyway.  Luckily, my friend was there to keep me going so we finished.  We both knew the next run was a 25 minute run.  The next time we met, we decided to go back a few weeks.  We went back to week 5 and did three 5 minute runs.  I don’t know what our plan will be from here.  Running has gotten easier and my breathing is better.  Our pace is pretty sad but hey, we’re running.  I like to finish things that I start so I’m tempted to just finish and get the to 5K but I don’t know if I can.  Should I run the other way?!

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Parades and cookouts

I’m sure we were not alone in celebrating the 4th with parades and cookouts…’s the American way!  Nolan wanted to ride his bike in the parade this year.  I should have worn my running shoes to keep up with him!

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Not my most creative decorating.  I did manage to recycle a Lalaloopsy wig.  Someone yelled out that he won the best helmet award.  Sadly, there was not a best helmet award.

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Janie won a jar of gumballs for guessing how many there were in the jar.  She guessed 79 and there were 77.  Luckily, they weren’t playing the Price is Right way.

I witnessed my first frozen shirt contest.  Everyone that wants to participate gets a frozen shirt and has to unfold it and put it on.  Neither of my kids wanted to participate but Nolan decided he wanted a frozen shirt after some of his friends were wearing them.  He got pizza on it so I washed it and he didn’t understand why it wasn’t frozen anymore.  Nolan’s frozen dress…..

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Overall, we had a great weekend and the weather was beautiful!  I guess it takes a hurricane to suck all the humidity out of Georgia.

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Patio Clearance at Target

We scored some good deals on patio furniture at Target, just in time for the completion of our covered deck!

Love seatWe found this love seat at one of our local stores on clearance (even though says they are not carried in the stores).  It was the floor model and has a scratch on one of the legs so we got 15% off the clearance price.  I got 10% off with the Cartwheel App and 5% off for using my Red card.  The retail price was $319 and we paid $172.

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I got 10% off the pillow with the Cartwheel App.  However, the Target closest to us still has a number pillows so I may keep an eye on this one to see if the price goes down.  I found the garden stool on Sunday, once the 10% off coupon had expired.  However, it was 50% off of $69.99.  It was also the last one so I grabbed it!