Thursday, August 25, 2016

Weekly Wrap-Up

As summer continues to wind down, we are trying to squeeze in as many events as possible before our autumn routine commences. This week we took a trip to one of our very favorite parks...Delgrosso's Amusement Park. We have made the drive to this fun family park most every summer since Madison was around two years old. I love the quaintness, the cleanliness, and the food. Because. Amusement parks = food, right? I got a bit teary eyed when I saw the kiddie park where Madison rode her very first rides all those years ago. But the joy and the excitement in Peyton, Rhett, and Flynn's eyes quickly dried them and allowed for a beautiful, family afternoon. That and several texts and photos to and from Madison. : )

We made it!
We actually don't plan a day to go.
We wait for a nice, cool, rain free day.
Then we arrive in the late afternoon.
Less crowd. Perfect weather.
Winning.

First up. Dinner.

Mamma was happy. : )

Flynn rode a few of the kiddie rides...

And her sister and brother were happy to join her on a few.


While Dad and Mom were happy to watch from the sidelines.

This. Was. Terrifying.
To Watch.

Not only am I no longer pushing a stroller here, but some of those babies I used to push in this very park are taller than I am now!



And as they announced the park would be closing, my super sweet husband made sure to get me my favorite...Funnel Cake and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.

It was a wonderful afternoon, made even better with our realization that our children are indeed each others best friends.

In other news...

Happy mail is arriving. And I am sloooowly adding fall items to my daily routine.
I mean, what other mug could I drink from while browsing thorough one of my favorite magazines, which is filled with all things fall?

One night last week Flynn invited her sweet friends and cousins over for some summer fun!
It was a last minute thing, and I was thankful they could come!
They played, jumped in the kiddie pool, used the swing set, and ran through the sprinkler.
The highlight of the evening, though, were the awesome water balloons her friend Josiah brought!


So thankful to Rhett for entertaining, and for Peyton for pushing the swings!
We had hot dogs and macaroni and cheese...

And the hit of the night?
Make Your Own Brownie Sundaes!
It was an easy, fun way for the little ones to have some summer playtime together!


The rest of the week involved first grade lesson planning...Yay!...a hair cut and coloring...Amen! Goodbye dark roots...A date night with friends...So nice!...and let's be honest here...a few cozy afternoon naps. 

Oh. And a week wouldn't be complete without some baking!
Peyton tried a new recipe for Triple Berry Muffins, and they were incredible! I
I found the recipe over at a friend's lovely blog right here.

The other muffins are an old favorite of ours.
The Double Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe can be found here.

Muffins are a great school morning breakfast, or after school snack.
We pair them with some fresh fruit, and are all set to go!


And for all my friends that have sent your littles to school, enjoy your weekend!
We have another week to go, but will be preparing by cleaning and decorating the schoolroom, and updating the computers.

Thanks for visiting!
Thank you also for the very warm welcome you gave to my Madison's new blog.
She was so excited and thankful!

Have a cozy weekend with your people, my friends!









17 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you got a chance to do what you do best, keepin up with those special family traditions and being together. There are my favorite posts... I love the fun trip and the regular life all mixed in. Wishing you a sweet last week of summer and happiness as you prepare for your homeschool year in front of you. Just tonight at dinner Anna said, "can't you home school mama? Billie Jo does!" Happy almost your favorite time of the year. xo

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  2. Oh, I need to try that double chocolate chip muffin recipe! I love muffins for weekend morning breakfasts. ;)

    That ride does look scary!! And I love fresh squeezed lemonade. So fun!

    Happy Friday! :)

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  3. Awesome Billie Jo...have a beautiful weekend, friend.

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  4. That amusement park looks perfect and so much fun! Your food photos are killing me!! We missed the fair this year and funnel cake -- hoping to find some soon!

    Have a good weekend sweetie!

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  5. Dear Billie Jo ... such wonderful family fun. Being with family and friends are such a sweet blessing. Weekend blessings to you and your family.

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  6. Beautiful family! That pizza looks delicious ♥

    summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

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  7. I've been on a blog break... school and our homeschool group activities are keeping me hopping! Looks like everyone is having a good time :)

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  8. It looks like you had a great day at the park with your family...love the picture of you and Steve..you look .ike a teenager!! Would you believe me if I told you that I have not had a funnel cake before??

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  9. That's amazing that you've been going to that amusement park for that long! Such a fun way to end summer!

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  10. Looks like you all have had an awesome week! I so want a funnel cake now. I love how you are so sentimental about your children, I am the same way. Have a great weekend. Hugs. Juli

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  11. Hi Billie Jo!

    I sure have missed your cozy blog, seeing your kids cute faces, and just enjoying your sweetness. Keeping summertime traditions is such a wonderful way to bond and remember the good things in life.

    It's hard to believe that school has started in my area, time just seems to keep on keeping on!

    Looking forward to checking out those yummy muffins...have a blessed Sunday!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  12. Hi Billie Jo!

    I sure have missed your cozy blog, seeing your kids cute faces, and just enjoying your sweetness. Keeping summertime traditions is such a wonderful way to bond and remember the good things in life.

    It's hard to believe that school has started in my area, time just seems to keep on keeping on!

    Looking forward to checking out those yummy muffins...have a blessed Sunday!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  13. Fun way to catch me up!! I've loved the Denmark pictures and Madison's new Blog!!

    Muffins....yes! We need to start making muffins!

    I am doing (and almost always have) CHC for first grade for Bridget too!! I love their curriculum! (we are doing Saxon math though)

    My 2 youngest girls want to start school this next week(I want to wait til Labor day) so we might start this week, then take off a couple days when everyone else is in school! (praying for a warm day to go to the lake!)

    Love all the family things you do and all the beautiful traditions!!

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  14. I so enjoyed your lovely family pictures, Billie Jo.
    Can see you had a fantastic day! The end of summer is a great time for fitting in all that outdoor fun...
    I am trying not to think about Fall yet, but when I do I shall borrow all your ideas!!
    Blessings, and thanks for your sweet vist to me,

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  15. Sounds like a great week! I grew up in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), but I never heard of DeGrosso's. We always went to Kennywood.

    Degrosso's looks like a fun place, and as you said, clean. And that pizza looks really yummy.

    I am definitely ready for fall. In fact, I'm going to decorate this week. After all, September starts on Thursday, and we all know September is a fall month, right? (Even though the calendar says it's summer for 3 of those weeks.)

    Happy day to you,
    Patti

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  16. Looks like you all had a fun relaxing week, I use to Love amusement parks but the older I get the more I tense up on every ride-I cant do most of the scary ones anymore ok I cant even get on or watch my family ride a big Ferris wheel lol but Degrosso's looks fun! and those muffins! they look so yummy.

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  17. Such a fun tradition! Absolutely love it!!! What a perfect way to end the summer and say hello to fall! ♥♥♥ (p.s....that mug! loooove! )

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Thanks so much for saying hello!