Friday Favorites

Hey Everyone! It has been quite a week over here and truthfully I am glad to see it end. I want to thank each and every one of you who sent well wishes and prayers to Reid before his surgery. He is recovering well and has been a trooper through the whole thing. We are playing the weekend by ear depending on how he is feeling.

While you are here, check out my other posts from the week:
I shared how our family tackles Back to School season.
On the same topic I also talked about my Top 10 Back to School Must Haves.
And I shared my summer favorites.
You can also follow along on Instagram.

Our Brave Soldier

Can you tell he was not a fan of this whole operation thing?

Reid did amazing throughout his whole ordeal this week. It was a whirlwind for us as parents. It was less than two weeks ago that we found out he needed surgery to repair a congenital issue and we immediately were sent to meet with the specialists at CHOP and then in surgery a few days later. The worst part of the whole thing was his fear. He was definitely scared while being prepped for the operation and I would have done anything to take that fear away from him.

From the moment he woke up he was happy as could be. He never cried once and has been goofy lovable self since the moment he opened his eyes. I think it helped that the nurses had a blue Icee (his favorite) waiting for him when he woke up from the anesthesia to help with the sore throat from the breathing tubes. He is still talking about that blue Icee.

Yard Visitors

We have so many animals that wander our yard every day. There are turtles, turkeys, rabbits, a huge gopher that is the bane of Kevin’s existance, and my favorite family of deer. This deer family comes in our yard every morning and I love to watch them out the window, the babies are still covered in their spots and they are so sweet to watch. Our old house had a TON of deer that lived just beyond our property line so it is almost a comfort to me to see the deer in the morning.

End of Summer Party

While I’m not crazy about the fact that an “end of summer” party was thrown in the first half of August I will admit that we had a great time. Our library held the event which featured South Pacific dancers. Their studio is owned by an old friend of mine so I love when I get to see the girls perform. The boys loved the visit from Moana and Maui. Hank is still dancing around the house doing the warrior dance that Maui taught. The party was capped off with cookies so you know that was a win with the kids.

Pizza Nights

I’ve talked about this before but some of our favorite times with the kids is just when we walk into town and look in store fronts and explore our beautiful town. Our favorite pizza shop is walkable so on nice days we like to stroll over and sit outside. Their desserts are fabulous too and we always let the kids pick a treat from the dessert tray.

End of T-Ball Season

This is not a favorite because it’s over. I actually really enjoyed watching Hank play. It’s a favorite because it was such a positive experience for him. He really took direction well from his coaches and and was able to  show a little independence. We are very very proud of him and how hard he worked. He is literally counting down the days until Fall Ball.

Pumpkin Cake

I know. I am rolling my eyes at myself too. But when I was on the baking aisle in the food store the pumpkin was calling out to me. I knew I had to make a little something to cure my craving. I made a pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake stuffed with cream cheese. It’s delicious and I’m just going to pretend that it’s not weird to eat pumpkin treats in August. Plus, I’m pregnant so I’m giving myself a pass.


While you’re here check out a few of my wonderful blog friends.

Friday Favorites with ErikaAndrea, and Narci

High Five for Friday with Bright on a BudgetCup of TeabyBMG, and Della Devoted

5 on Friday with Smidge of ThisCarolina Charm, and hello! happiness


  • Reply Cara August 11, 2017 at 7:38 am

    So glad Reid’s surgery went well, I was praying! What a fun week you had, and that pumpkin cake? Yum! Can’t wait for all the pumpkin everything!!

  • Reply Allie @ August 11, 2017 at 7:47 am

    So glad to hear that Reid’s surgery went well! No pumpkin shaming from me! That looks so yummy, and I was pinning pumpkin cakes yesterday. Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Reply Erin Port August 11, 2017 at 8:38 am

    You are pregnant so you get a pass in pulling out the pumpkin early 🙂 plus I love pumpkin YUM! I am so glad your little guy is okay! Now I can mark praise next to his sweet name in my prayer journal – love looking back and seeing God fulfill his promise to be with us and take care of us! We have been loving dining el fresco as well lately! xoxo ERIN

    • Reply xo Tara August 11, 2017 at 9:01 am

      This made my heart swell. Your prayers mean so much to me. Love ya girlie!

  • Reply Andrea Nine August 11, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Pumpkin is calling me too my friend!! Hank looks so proud and cute in his uniform. Reid, bless his heart, glad it went well and it is over!! Enjoy your weekend gorgeous mama!!

  • Reply Lisa August 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    So happy Reid is done and you can put that behind you. He was the cutest little patient though and I just love they had a blue icee (my personal fav too) waiting for him. I know that was so hard on your nerves and heart. Seeing your babies scared and sad is the WORST!!! AND being brave for them is HARD when you just want to cry yourself. Great job mama! Holy cannoli that looked delicious and so does that cake. Seeing it and you talking about pumpkin got me thinking I may actually have a small loaf of chocolate chip pumpkin bread in the freezer I just might need to bust out. Obviously I’ve been eating my share of ice cream, but I haven’t had a yummy treat like that in ages! Have a great weekend, Tara!! XOXO

  • Reply Alex Messina-Schultheis August 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    So glad your boy is doing well! How sweet does he look in that gown?! (Even though I’m sure he was less than pleased!) Many prayers for continued health.

    It’s not weird to eat pumpkin treats in August! 😉 It’s the 11th, it’s basically September. (This from a fall-loving girl.)

  • Reply Jenna August 11, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I am a pumpkin loving girl so that is not weird! In fact, I am jealous 🙂 What a fun week and I am glad that your sweet boy is doing well. I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady August 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    So glad things went well with Reid- thinking of you and praying for you Mama XO

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