Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites . . . on Friday, the 13th!

I love a Friday Favorites post because it's a treat to scroll back through my phone and reminisce about things that made me happy recently so let's get to it . . .

1.  Ahh, fall . . . it is for sure my favorite season. It just feels so cozy to me. The smells of cinnamon, raking leaves, cooler temperatures (well, sort of) and all things pumpkin . . . especially a pumpkin patch. 
Amanda is still game for all my adventures, but the boys would rather just not. I bribed them this year . . . Ryan got to skip the early release day at school, and Kyle got a new video game. #parentingboss They smiled when asked for pictures, but I saw them like this quite a bit.
Kyle is not normally a mouth breather . . . I must have caught him saying something to Ryan.  LOL.
I looked around for a new place to go but couldn't find one I preferred over our old standby . . . Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville, GA. 
The boys politely declined to join . . . ha!
They always have a Groupon, there's enough to keep the kids busy to justify the cost and everyone is just so nice. Oh, and they have camels. Yes, camels!
Included in the entry fee is a hayride (minus any hay, actually) and for a dollar, you can buy a bag of food to feed the animals. I bought each kid a bag . . . even the ones that said no thank you. Yes, you will all enjoy my fall fun.
I love that Amanda's friends could join us. They call themselves the "Gringos" and love to hang out together. They really are such sweet girls . . . they seem to know when to tease each other and when to give support. I'm trying really hard not to raise a mean girl . . . and having such a good set of friends makes that easier.
A mom can never have too many pictures of her kids all together and thankfully mine were happy to indulge me. Oh, my heart.
2.  Zeus . . . he's a mess. He is so fun with our family and loves my kids so much . . . that's why he gets to keep a permanent residence at our house despite his general grumpy demeanor with others. But would you just look at him and his girl? I can't even.
3.  Are any of you out there a fan of Gilmore Girls? Several friends have recommended this over the years, but I never wanted to make the commitment to 7 seasons with 22 shows per season. 
As it turns out, I love it. I watched one episode a while ago and then took a break. I picked it back up recently and now have to regulate myself on not binge-ing and ignoring other things in my life. It's so good.  

4.  Amanda loves horseback riding, and I love to watch her. I also like to text my mom each week so she can see which horse Amanda is riding and pictures and videos of her riding and jumping . . . it makes my mama so happy since she always wanted to ride horses as a child.

So far we have her favorite . . . the gorgeous Dixie.
Next up is Tennessee Whiskey . . . a lovely gray fellow.
And this past week was Winchester . . . such a dapper name.
Amanda rides with an English saddle and is working on her jumping skills. They start off with "jumping" over poles and then they just keep getting higher . . .
And higher! Oh my mama heart drops every time, but I know she loves it. And she looks so cool!
See . . . aren't you impressed too?

5.  My sweet friend Kim invited us to her lake house in north Georgia last Saturday, and we had a blast! They made us a delicious lunch and were the perfect hosts.  And man is their lake house gorgeous.  

Getzy clearly didn't have any trouble kicking back and relaxing on the water.
We had so much fun boating, and the kids had a blast tubing.  I took action shots but they all came out blurry so these will have to do.
Last but not least . . . I was thinking maybe I could add one of these to our Christmas card or get a new profile pic for Facebook, but my Kyle got a little over zealous with his smile.  
Every time I look at that picture, I giggle. What a goofball . . . but they all keep us laughing. My favorite quote of the day was when Ryan fell off, and as we were circling around to get him he said, "It was like I was Jesus."  

6. I'm adding an extra this week . . . I need to send a special shout out to my gorgeous friend Anny. I joined her gym recently and needed someone to basically hold my hand in the weight room since it's been awhile for me. 
I met her there this week and she spent about an hour walking me through so many different weight lifting options. I was so darn impressed with how much she knew and can appreciate how her body is so amazing. Now I just need to put it all into action. Baby steps. Or at least horizontal running steps.

Well that's a wrap . . . I hope you have a fabulous weekend. 

I'm linking up with some fabulous bloggers because it makes life more interesting . . . Andrea, Erika, Narci, and Amanda!


  1. ugh...the mean girls. why??? i've also been raising a non-mean girl and i'm teaching her what it means to be mean vs compassionate/empathetic. most of K's friends are actually quite kind (thank god) but there is one who is just....a bad seed. yeah, i said it. i try to get K to really "SEE" that person (ie. stay away from her/dont trust her) but K has to figure that out on her own (ie. when that bad seed eventually turns on her which she will because MEAN GIRLS).

  2. Amanda and her friends are so precious....Amy, you are the best mama and that will sine through in Amanda forever! The boys are getting so stinkin tall and oh so handsome! Love the idea of horizontal running steps, lol! Enjoy this Fall weekend my friend! xo

  3. What sweet pictures you got of the kiddos at the pumpkin patch!!! I love that Amanda is still totally down for it...and that the boys humored you with some bribing ;) I have to laugh so hard at that gif, that is so me lol. Yay for supportive friends at the gym!!!

    I love Gilmore Girls!!! I rewatched the whole series when I was on maternity leave, and then the four new episodes that came out last year. Lorelei is my absolute favorite character. Rory got on my nerves sometimes, I totally watched it for the mom. When I was younger, I remember watching it for Rory. Go figure.