Hi there from Florida!! Our household bumped up our annual summer time journey to Florida to the start of summer time this 12 months and have been absorbing the sunshine, splashing within the salty waves and having fun with as a lot time as doable with household. As all the time, the boys by no means need to go away!

In the present day’s Issues I’m Loving Friday weblog put up is a catch-up weblog put up of kinds since I took an unintentional (however pretty!) break from sharing life updates on the weblog and Instagram final week. I’ve just a few further enjoyable finds to share beneath as properly! Carry on scrolling to take a look at this week’s roundup of favorites!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

(Swimsuit: Maaji — it’s reversible and I really like the assist and protection of the highest. I simply sized up within the bottoms for further booty protection. / Boys’ neon rash guards: Amazon and price their weight in gold for swim security and all the time with the ability to in a short time spot our children) 

Buckle up for some sun-soaked footage as a result of that is by far what we’re loving most this week! We made our technique to Jacksonville Seaside per week in the past, as spending some prolonged time with my household in Florida in the summertime is one thing we stay up for all 12 months. We stick with my mother and father however they reside inside a pair miles of my sister and her household so we’re backwards and forwards quite a bit and see the entire gang each single day.

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Most of our time has been spent exterior and we’ve been filling our days with “lizard walks” (aka catching and releasing anole lizards), swimming on the pool, seashore days, park playtime, a visit to the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine and extra.

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(The boys’ matching pajamas have been a present from Mae! They’re Hanna Andersson and we love their pajamas a lot as a result of the standard is nice  they usually all the time go the hand-me-down take a look at.) 

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The Alligator Farm is an annual “should” for our boys as they love testing the assorted alligators, crocodiles, tropical birds, reptiles, amphibians and extra. My mother, sister and I majorly lucked out by taking all 6 children to the Alligator Farm on a Tuesday morning when it wasn’t crowded in any respect.

(Tank: Goal / Skirt: Amazon / Sneakers: Adidas / Bag: Freshly Picked / Sun shades: QUAY / And that is random however if in case you have a space-loving child, Chase is obsessed along with his new rocket ship shirt and it’s on sale for $6!) 

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(Are you able to see why everybody thinks Rhett and Colette are twins?) 

We nonetheless have just a few extra days in Florida earlier than we return residence and our plans embody extra seashore time, a shrimp boat eco tour this morning and an early birthday celebration for Ryder this weekend!

The timing of our go to to Florida was deliberate partially to permit us to have a good time a really big day with my household: My dad’s 71st birthday! We have been thrilled to have the ability to have a good time our favourite man on his birthday and the boys liked giving him their home made presents — a particular sketch from Chase, a melty bead race automobile and craft challenge from Ryder and a painted race automobile craft from Rhett.

My mother and pop additionally organized household images of all 12 of us collectively on the seashore on his birthday and we hope my dad felt all of the love coming his manner on his big day! Birthdays have a manner of creating me mirror and depend my blessings and I’m so aware of how fortunate we’re to have my dad in my life, as my mom’s husband of 47+ years, a beautiful father to me and my sister and as an extremely concerned and loving grandfather to his six grandchildren.

  • Les Mills Tone + BodyPump Exercises

My sister was in a position to snag me a visitor go at her fitness center and we have been in a position to take a few exercise lessons collectively this previous week which felt like such a deal with! Leslie’s favourite class is a Les Mills Tone class and I used to be excited to attempt it after listening to her rave in regards to the mixture of cardio, energy and steadiness workouts. The category is fast-paced and jogged my memory of a mixture of Jazzercise cardio workouts with some lighter energy and steadiness work which I might all the time use extra of in my private train routine. I liked it!

I additionally coerced Leslie into taking BodyPump with me on Wednesday once I noticed it on the group train schedule. I credit score BodyPump with making me fall in love with energy coaching, because it was the primary health class I took that launched me to coaching particular muscle teams in my 20s. I liked it a lot and taking the category once more this week was nostalgic and simply plain enjoyable! I really like the music, the vitality and the stream of BodyPump a lot!

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A Nordstrom Rack just lately opened close to my mother and father’ place in Jax Seaside and I used to be psyched to perform a little solo looking one afternoon when my mother and pop supplied to observe the boys. (Oh completely satisfied day!) I’ve been on the lookout for a brand new pair of exercise sneakers with a decrease profile for energy exercises and it’s been a lot more durable than I assumed to discover a pair that felt comfy and supportive however splendid for workouts like squats, lunges and deadlifts. I’ve heard folks rave about On Cloud sneakers at Burn Boot Camp for some time now however didn’t love the look of them till I noticed this pair of Cloudeasy sneakers at Nordstrom Rack. They jogged my memory of the Nike Flyknits I liked years in the past and the match is much like the Flyknits in the absolute best manner. They really feel like a hug on my toes and I really like the best way the tongue is connected to the sneaker so any bizarre tongue rubbing on the highest of my foot is eradicated. I wore the sneakers all week for my exercises and am now a member of the On Cloud fan membership!

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(Moist luggage: Amazon / Sandals: Roxy

I can not inform you how helpful these waterproof moist luggage are for our household this time of 12 months! We’ve used moist luggage for years for the boys’ soaking moist swimsuits after our pool and seashore days and when the zipper broke on considered one of my beloved luggage late final summer time, I ordered a new-to-me two pack. We’ve been loving them much more as a result of the checkerboard sample makes them simple to identify in my seashore bag they usually’ve stored all the things else in our bag dry as we haul moist stuff residence from the pool. (When the boys have been infants, I used a moist bag to maintain their diapers and wipes separate and dry.) I’ve been utilizing one bag to carry the boys’ goggles since they all the time need their goggles the minute we arrive on the pool and this makes them simple to seek out. I exploit the opposite bag to carry their dry garments to maintain them organized till we swap out their dry garments for his or her moist swimsuits earlier than heading residence. 10/10 advocate when you’re attempting to maintain your stuff dry this summer time and desire a extra organized swim bag!

  • Our Completely Mindy Present Debut!

This shall be a really area of interest share, but when any of you could have children and frequently take heed to the Completely Mindy present on Youngsters Place Stay I believe you’ll perceive our household’s pleasure. On Wednesday morning, as I used to be driving to satisfy my sister on the fitness center with the boys, we have been listening to the Completely Mindy present on Sirius XM. It’s the boys’ favourite morning radio present and the playful and uplifting present we pay attention to each single morning on the best way to high school. They have been taking calls about foolish or embarrassing tales and the boys informed me to name in to share a foolish story they love about Chase when he was a toddler. We referred to as the present and after speaking with Coach Jeff, we have been informed we’d be up subsequent to share our story reside on the air! The boys have been completely thrilled and so excited once we started speaking with Mindy on the radio! Once we hung up, Chase stated, “I used to be so nervous, I used to be shaking!” We’ve since heard our radio debut performed on-air as a re-run and it solely added to the boys’ pleasure! We love Mindy and Coach Jeff a lot!

Jacksonville Seaside Child Actions (Sharing this put up since Jax Seaside is clearly on the prime of thoughts for us this week! I must replace it a bit nevertheless it nonetheless highlights a few of our favourite locations to take the children once we go to household in Jacksonville.)

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Easy Summer time Pasta Salad (Endlessly a favourite of ours to make this time of 12 months!)

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Query of the Day

What’s one factor making you smile this week?