favorites friday.

I don’t know if it’s because of the stage of life I’m in with 3 kids, or if it’s having a newborn, or if it’s summer, or what — but I have a lot of favorite things!  I want to share them with you!  So many of my favorite things have come from other people’s suggestions, so I want to start regularly sharing my favorites around here.  And I want to know your favorites, too!


We spend a lot of time on the go, and there is nothing that beats my Bob double stroller.  It is the mac daddy of all strollers.  It is the king of all strollers, and it makes my life so much easier.  We can do any combination of children in there.  It’s delightful.

To go with it, I have a few accessories ::

–  the handlebar console for water, iPhone, keys, and the millions of kid accessories
–  the Duallie snack tray — crucial for kids snacks and drinks and peace 🙂
–  the infant car seat adapter that makes popping the baby’s carseat in and out so easy!
–  the Mommy Hook — my favorite way to keep track of all my bags while we’re moving around.

This bird feeder!!  We are obsessed with it at our house.  It is so fun to watch birds come right up to the window!  And it works great as a distractor.  If someone starts to get upset, I can say “hey, look at the bird feeder” and immediately they are on to something better and productive.  Seriously the best 8 bucks I’ve spent.  Seriously!  Get this.

In case you’re wondering how I get all of these things, two words — Amazon Prime.  Have you heard of it?  Do you use it?  It’s amazing!  We’ve been using it since Jack was born, and it’s awesome.  I get my diapers delivered.  Any time I need something, I go on Amazon and it’s there and usually with free 2 day shipping.  I don’t even have to leave my house, which is especially important since taking 3 kids shopping is a challenge.  Try it if you are at all curious.  You won’t regret it!


Like I mentioned the other day, my favorite show right now.  So good.  And free if you’re on Amazon Prime.



And to watch that show on my TV, that isn’t smart, we have the Amazon Fire stick.  We can watch all of the Amazon Prime videos plus our Amazon library on our TV!  It’s fantastic.  We have a constant repeat of Frozen, Despicable Me, Monsters Inc., Disney movies, and when I’m able to sit at watch TV alone, the Good Wife.


So I want to know, what are your favorite things right now?  



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Part of the fun newborn phase means more tv watching.  At least it does for me.  I remember watching several new series when Jack was a teeny babe, and wouldn’t you know I have plenty of tv time now with our baby.  When I’m up late, early, or during the night, I turn on the tv.  It might not be the best thing, but it helps keep me awake.  So I’m on a roll with a steady stream of my current favorite shows.

My very favorite show right now is the Good Wife.  I keep trying to get my friends to watch it, so we can talk about it.  I also always watch reruns of some of my old favorites — Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls.  I enjoy the Middle more and more as I have more children.  I watched some rerun from Mother’s Day a few years ago, and it was spot on.  Because I just can’t stop, I’m still watching the Bachelorette.  It’s disgusting.  Yet I watch.

I like turning off my mind to watch tv.  I also like multitasking, so I will often have the tv on but will have no clue what I’m watching.  This drives Tommy crazy.  He will frequently talk about a commercial we saw, but I never saw it because I was multitasking 🙂

A few things I’m going to try to do this summer include reading more!  Less tv, more reading.  That’s better for you right?

What are some of your favorite shows?  Any I NEED to start watching??

i’m baaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk.

In my most excited voice, I say “I’m bbbbaaaaaaaaaccckkkk.”

After 8ish months away from blogging, I’m ready to come back to it.  I never intended to stop blogging.  If I had planned to, I would have posted a farewell.  And I’ve wanted to write and start back for quite awhile.  But the reason for this big time gap is life.  Man, we’ve been busy.  Lots and lots of life happening around here.  And it’s wonderful.  It’s so nice to have a full house — one that’s full of life — after having had an empty house, a sad house.  I’m assuming that most of you know what I’m talking about, although that assumption may not be correct. 

This time last year Tommy and I started the process of becoming a foster family.  We started attended training classes in July, through August.  Then we began our home study.  After several weeks of visits and interviews, we finally received our home study write up.  Then we were approved as a foster family in November.  It’s been non-stop since then.  We started getting calls for placements the very next day after finding out we were approved.  About 2 weeks later we took in our first placement — a teenage girl.  She was only here for a short while until they found another home better suited for her needs.  Then right after she left we got our little girl (still with us!).  A month after that we got a newborn.  We brought him home from the NICU when he was still weighing 4 pounds!!  He was tiny and precious.  He stayed with us for 4 months and then he went to family.  We have another baby in our home now who is so sweet!  We are really thrilled to have 2 girls here with Jack! 

Things are going well.  Right now we are tired.  Tommy has been working a lot, and I’ve not been sleeping a lot.  But everyone is doing great.  Considering all that baby girl has been through, she is doing remarkably well!  I could write a hundred blog posts on foster care.  And I just might one day.  I’m limited right now by confidentiality agreements, but additionally, I want to protect the hearts, the stories, and the people behind them.  My kids have been through a lot.  All of my kids have.  Jack has lost a brother and adjusted to being a big brother to kids who have high needs.  He’s also done amazing at saying hello and goodbye to new brothers and sisters.  He’s the best.  It goes without saying that our 2 foster daughters have been through a lot in their lifetimes.  I’m not equipped to help our children, but I pray every day God will help me.  The responsibility of parenting this tribe is not lost on me. 

That’s a quick little catch up on our life.  I have missed you all.  I’ve missed this community, and communicating with friends here.  I’m looking forward to being back and writing again — as often as I can. 

Happy Monday and I hope your week gets off to a good start!