Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys! How was your week? We hope it finds you ready to enjoy a long weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day and unofficially kick off the beginning of summer.
We’ve had a great week this week as we prep for the office makeover, a wild weekend and gear up for a summer sabbatical of sorts.
As I shared last Thursday, we’ve all been on “Dad Duty” while my Mom is in Isreal and it’s been so much fun. We promised her we would diligently look after my Dad since it’s only been a little over a month since he had a heart attack.
He has the personality of Rambo and Clint Eastwood since he was in the military for 45 years so when he agreed to meet us at an arcade for games and bowling, we were all shocked. My middle sister challenged us to a motorbike race and my brother in law sent us this picture. My Dad normally hates crowds but as you can see, he was totally into it 😊He’s been out of town this week and we miss our dates with him each night already!
While I was out looking for office inspiration, I spotted these fabulous horse photos!
I plan to use them on the bookcases or on a cool art ledge once we’re able to get the board and batten installed.
At the same antique store, I spotted this gorgeous bed! Can you even imagine sleeping there?
Finally, and this is probably the most important thing in this post, we celebrated S being officially off crutches and bilateral braces. If you’ve been following along on all our adventures since she broke one leg in multiple places and tore all the ligaments and tendons in the other leg last October which caused her to spend months in a wheelchair, you know this is a HUGE deal!
She’ll still have to keep the crutches and braces in the car for the times she has to navigate uneven terrain and we won’t be skiing, hiking or going to be beach for a few more months but it feels like the biggest blessing to be on the other side of what has been a pretty crazy and difficult year.
From her shoulder surgery last May to the leg surgery in October and everything that has happened in between I seriously can’t thank you guys enough for all your love and support!
Reading this week…
One of my big goals for the summer is to find time to read more. If you loved Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis, you’ll love her follow up book Girl, Stop Apologizing.
A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…
* This Cape Style home is decorated in classic red, white and blue style.
*This spectacular Spanish townhouse on Mallorca is the stuff dreams are made of!
* There are so many gorgeous destinations on this list of the 10 Happiest Countries in the World.
* 4 Time Management Tips that will easily work for each day.
* If you love before and after makeovers, you’ll love how an antiques dealer in Kentucky decorated her first home.
* Love, love, love this stunning master bathroom makeover!
* This greenhouse is so dreamy it makes me want to run to the permit office and get started building a greenhouse of my own.
* Add these 25 habits to your daily routine for a happy life.
Quote of the week & Free Printable…
On the Menu this Week…
**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**
*Week of May 27 – June 2
Monday – Easily plan your Memorial Day Menu with these recipes.
Tuesday – Jerk Shrimp Tacos
Wednesday – Spicy Southwestern Salad with Avocado Dressing
Thursday – Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken with side salad
Saturday – Sheet Pan Sriracha Ranch Chicken
Sunday – Tuscan Tortellini Pasta
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Celebrate Memorial Day with this patriotic cheesecake recipe
Here are a few summer patio finds we spotted on Amazon this week…
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If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…
52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge
If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge, we’re completing Week 21Home Office or Guest Room Closet and Drawers and looking forward to working on Week 22 Summer Bucket List.
*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again. You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***
I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. Our schedule this weekend is going to be bananas but in the best possible way. Tomorrow, I’ll travel down to watch my sweet nephew graduate from elementary school to middle school and to welcome my Mom home from Isreal.
Saturday, I’ll drive back down to watch my niece in her dance recital then travel with my family to our hometown a few hours away to see three of my cousins graduate from high school. Then on Sunday we’ll all meet for dinner to celebrate my nephew’s graduation.
On Monday, we plan to commemorate Memorial Day and officially kick off the summer season. Sometime during all these activities, I’m hoping to meet up with my Dad so he can cut the wood and we can start installing the board and batten in my office early next week. There are tons of things coming down the pipeline this summer and I’m itching to use my office before things get too squirrely!