It's Friday and I am actually linking up on the right day!  
 Decided to do a little something different with my 5 on Friday...hope you enjoy!

{one thing I am reading}
I was gifted a copy of this last Christmas, but was reading another book at the time so this found it's way to our bookshelf and I am just now reading it.  Lee and I recently started a study at church on the Bible from beginning to end and I am using this, along with my trusty NIV,  to help me study.  In The Story, "the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible...read like a novel." 
You can get one for yourself here

{two things that stopped me in my tracks this week}

READ this.  

And this.  The line that got me was...

{three pictures I found on my phone, thanks to Hampton}

This is the toilet in my bathroom....lucky the phone didn't end up in the bowl.

Me making my bed.  Didn't even know he did this...

Selfies in the Target. 

{four things that I hope will make my life easier}
To say the laundry at my house is overwhelming some days would be a gross understatement. My least favorite step in the process is putting it all away!  The big boys are old enough now to put away their own laundry so I am hoping this helps to get the laundry upstairs and actually put away.  

{how we will spend at least five hours this weekend}
Several friends have RAVED about this show so we are having a marathon tonight to catch up!  Lee and I never started watching and have never seen one episode!   The boys will be with grandparents so our date night will be take out, cocktails, and HOMELAND!   


Weekend Recap

boosterthon & pizza night

krispy kremes & tailgates

worship. blog reading. porch 

how was your weekend?


Five on Friday...or Saturday Morning

I am linking up with my girl April for her fun series Five on Friday! 
 (I realize it's Saturday, but let's just go with it)


Holiday Market 2013 is in full swing!  My best girl Claudia and I are beyond excited...we have the BEST committee of dedicated women working with us.  Less than 3 months away and it will be here before we know it!  

I was super late to the iPhone world.  Like embarassingly late.  
I try to limit the amount of time the boys play on my phone because 1 phone, 3 boys...you can see the problem here.   Recently I purchased one app for Hampton that has saved me so many times when I need him occupied.  
It's called Endless Alphabet and it's a lifesaver.  
Kids are given big words, like gargantuan {pun totally intended} to "spell".  Cute little monsters run through the word to scrabble the letters leaving a shadow of the word behind.  The child then moves the scrabbled letters to the shadow to respell the word.  
GENIUS!  Check it out!   

Most of you tech savvy mom's probably already know this little trick I am about to share, but even if I help one person I will be so happy.  Hampton is forever wanting to "play phone mama" and I really don't mind it.  The catch is that kid knows his way around an iPhone and can click and swipe his way around like nobody's business!  He has texted almost everyone we know at some point.  Parents can set up Guided Access so that once in an app, 
I found this picture online to get you started.   
"To enter Guided Access mode on your iPhone or iPad, just enter the app you'd like someone to be locked into and triple click the Home button. If you have multiple shortcuts set up for triple clicking the Home button, you'll be given the option to choose between them. Just tap on Guided Access. You'll now be launched into Guided Access mode and you can begin setting it up.
Go here for more info.


Yesterday I was feeling super productive and decided to clean the outside of the windows of our house.  Most of our windows are not covered {and I like it this way!} so you really notice the yuck on the windows.  I saw a commercial for this stuff about birds flying into windows or something like that and decided to give it a try.  I don't want birds flying into my windows.  But it has to be said... if one did because my windows were SO CLEAN I would be smiling inside while I helped the little bird back to his feet.  This stuff worked like a charm and it only took me an hour or so!  I love looking out of freshly cleaned windows!!  

Never shared a picture of my big second graders on the first day of school!