Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Five: Family and Farming

Friday 5 Time! (#Friday5)  Share 5 Thoughts and 5 Pictures from the week.  Fun way to end the week, recapping those little things that might not have made your blog.

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This week I am excited to announce my guest host Natalie of From Corporate to Domestic.
I love Natalie's blog!  I have read her blog for quite a while now and she is someone I consider a true blogging friend.  She blogs about her journey from the Corporate world to Motherhood.  She has two adorable boys that I have loved watching grow.  She doesn't blog as frequently as she used to, but I love every post she writes and hope she never gives it up.

Here are the questions I asked Natalie

1. How long have you been blogging? Why did you start blogging? Just over 3 years. I started blogging after my first son turned 5 months old. I had a few close friends that already blogged and encouraged me to do so.

2. If you could get all expense paid trip would you choose a trip to the beach or the mountains? To the beach no question! Bora Bora would be my first choice!

3. What is a book you could read again and again, or just really liked?  I am a huge book reader, but I'm not one to read books over. My favorite book is East of Eden.

4. If someone gave you $1,000 and told you you had to spend it in one day, what would you buy? I would try to go on a huge shopping spree because I really could use some new clothes. However, when I try to find some I always come home empty handed. My day would also include a mani/pedi, a massage, and lots of coffee!

5. What is your best blogging advice? Blog for you and no one else. Do it for the reasons you want to do it. If it's to keep up with your family, to meet an online community, or make it because you want to!

Thank you Natalie!  Definitely make sure you go read Natalie's Friday 5 post. You can find her at the following:

5 Thoughts

1. I have been kind of absent from the blogging world again this week because my parents are in town, yep more company all ready!  We are having a great time visiting with them; though my mom has gotten all three of my kids hooked on farming, with the iPad game of Hay Day (think Farmville but a bit different).  So far I am holding out and not getting it.. I know how I get, it would be bad.

2. This week we got to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle.  It was really very inspiring and to hear and see recordings of the last flight it took, almost brought tears to my eyes and made me really upset that the space program has lost it's funding.

3. This is my kids last week of swimming lessons, I am so so happy with the progress they have made.  Lucas and Alex both know and can do 6 different strokes, can kind of dive and can tread water!  Alex treaded water for over two minutes yesterday!  Lucas went into these lessons honestly barely knowing how to swim and being pretty hesitant about it.  I am a proud mama!

4. In early May I hit my top (non pregnant weight)-I did not like it.  I started to do things about it... then summer and company and more company happened. I am afraid to get on the scale.  Does anyone have any tips on eating and doing good when you have constant company??

5. Did you realize that not only is today Friday the 13th but there is a full moon tonight.  There won't be another Friday the 13th with a full moon until 2049!

5 Pictures
Free donuts on National Donut Day
Fort building with Dad
A painting my mom painted for Alex that she brought out and gave to Alex. 
Farrells for dinner with the family-- see why I am doing bad.
My parents and two of my kids (Ryder wouldn't get in the picture) seeing Endeavor 

What is your Friday 5 this week?


  1. I don't know what to tell you about eating...I went to weight watchers when that happened to me. (A friend dragged me.) It changed how I thought about food. Your mom paints amazing. It's so fun to see pics of your parents. Wish I could hang out while they are there. Playing doctor with Alex and your mom is one of my favorite memories ever! I'm looking forward to seeing the kids in action in the pool this summer. Go! Go! Go!

    1. Yes, that was a great time. This fall we can all be together again for Alex's baptism :)

  2. Thanks for letting me co-host with you and for being a great friend!

  3. Two weeks ago I was the highest weight I've ever been besides pregnancy, too. I know how you feel - it's a little depressing. When I saw that, I immediately got rid of all the sweets in our house and so far so good! Four pounds down! When your family leaves, I'm sure it'll be much easier for you to get back on track, too.

    When we go back to visit family, I KNOW I won't be able to stick to my regular diet the way I'd like because my mom doesn't exactly cook healthy foods. Since it would be rude to refuse to eat everything she's made for us, what I try to do is eat less than I normally would. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We're about to spend 1.5 weeks there and I'm already dreading the food struggle!

    1. Oh good luck on your trip back home.. just try and eat a little at each meal maybe, that is what I need to try and do as yes, when there is family there seems to be constant eating!

  4. Its Vacation Bible School week here...not the time for a Friday the 13th or a full moon!

  5. It looks like you had a blast! I'm terrible when guests are in town- we eat out more and I don't find time to exercise. This last week of school has been bad, too- and then next week, my parents come into town. I'm a little scared of the scale.

    1. Yes, not only do I not exercise but we eat out more, eat more and just eat more treats too! We have a few days company free again but then will have company again by the end of the week. I have just given up until July I think.

  6. I've really had to watch my portions and my snacking. It's the snacking that kills me. I should get more active, but scheduling it is never easy.

  7. We already talked about this, but counting calories is the only thing that ever worked for me…though not very well when family is in town. I gained almost 5 pounds last summer when Raelynn was here. Now that she'll be here full-time (YAY!) we are both going to have to be more careful. You should just calorie count for a couple days to get an idea of what you're eating. It's annoying at first, but gets easier. Lucky for me, I won't have to calorie count until next year! :)

    1. Yes, I really think I need to do that, if I started it up again and stuck with it I think it would help a ton.

  8. I can't imagine what an amazing experience seeing Endeavor was!

    1. I must admit, in the past I wasn’t really in to the space program— but seeing this was seriously just amazing and made me have a whole new respect for it and interest in it.

  9. Oh goodness, your mother is talented! I love the photo!