Monday, July 17, 2017

Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap 7.17.17

Hi! We had a great week of celebrating our now 8 year old! We started the week off learning to jump rope.


We bought a new mattress for the guest room on Amazon Prime Day, so I'm hoping to get my act together and actually decorate the guest room. We have a light blue quilt in there, and I like the idea of bringing in corals and oranges. These curtain panels have a little bit of gold shimmer in them! 


I love that I can walk out into my living room and see my kids kicking back and relaxing with a game, Legos, or a book.


I slept in one morning and had to bribe the kids with a playground visit if they rode their bikes with me on my run. They were pretending to be monkeys in the zoo!


On Wednesday, I assembled Trip's family birthday cake. He requested a Boston Cream Pie cake, and it was awesome! I'll share it with you in a few weeks.


I got my first Ipsy bag on Wednesday, and I love it! I'm going to share my final thoughts on the Sephora Play! subscription service with you all this Wednesday, and then I can't wait to tell you all about my Ipsy products!


Producers at Wheel of Fortune still haven't called me to come play, but I'm still practicing nightly! Last week was a bunch of reruns from their Disney couples week, and it was so fun to watch. The one lady had us dying of laughter when she asked to solve the puzzle for the category of "Living Things." Her guess? "Popsicle bike!" What!??!?! We now randomly shout that out during other puzzles! 


On Thursday, we celebrated Trip's birthday! 8 is great!


 He was super excited to test out his remote control boat!


The kids and I ventured out to Color Me Mine and had a really relaxing afternoon. Before:


Sorta-after since they still have to be fired:


I am going to be a Bengal this year, so I had to get in on the painting fun and made a new tiger striped cup to hold pens and desk supplies. I can't wait to see everyone's ceramics when they're complete!


On Thursday night, the boys went to a Chinese buffet and then came home to have cake with Sue-Sue and Grandpa.



 On Friday, we ventured to a new to us playground.





After a hot hour at the playground, we ventured over to the Pearl Fincher Art Museum. It's a very small gallery, but we really liked cooling off and looking at all of the paintings and photographs. If you're local, it's a nice little museum to stop into, but be warned, the girl that is in charge of "security" yells at anyone and everyone about anything and everything!


We then ventured just a bit further north to a mall that I hadn't been to in almost a decade. We stopped into a pet store and watched a guy play with prairie dogs. I can't believe pet stores are still a thing in malls, and I really can't believe they're selling prairie dogs and pigs! 


While the boys played at the Microsoft store, the girls ventured into Build a Bear. Ari found the Hot Topic bears and loved them. Speaking of, the kids had a lot of fun looking around Hot Topic! 


Trip found a new drawing desk at Arhaus. Just slightly over budget!


The kids liked window shopping at Lego.


And then we finally got what we came for- treats from Carlo's Bakery! Sadly, they weren't worth the 45 minute drive. The boys liked the cannolis but the cream puffs were super dry and the cupcake was fine, just nothing to write home about. I have one of Cake Boss' cookbooks, and he definitely does not give out his actual recipes. The cookbook calls for a LOT of lard in the icing, and the icing on Ari's cupcake was definitely lard-less. I'll for sure keep watching his show, but I won't be back for dessert. 


I finally got around to season 2 of Fuller House, and the kids and Robert even came in to start watching with me. It's super corny but definitely will make you chuckle and remind you of the original. 


We had a rainy Saturday, and Robert and I headed to an engagement party that evening. On Sunday, the kids played with Legos and had a pet fair. They went swimming with their grandparents, and I packed them up for their week away.



We are headed to Trip's 8 year check-up today and then dropping them off with their Lea-Lea for the week. Robert and I can't wait to catch up on our shows, go on date nights, and tackle some more house projects. Have a great week, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for Tuesday Training and a special celebration! 

Don't forget that some of my favorite blogging friends and I are hosting our monthly Ladies Who Link party THIS Thursday. I hope you'll link up with us to share your favorite travel tips and your ultimate travel destinations. I can't wait to see what places you tell me to add to my travel bucket list! See you soon!

20 comments:

  1. Whoohoo, adulting time!! But what a great week the kids had!! Love the ceramic creation and that cake..YUM!! So happy Trip and a great birthday!! Happy Happy Monday, hope they do well at drop off and then you go mama!!

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    1. Oh drop off is a breeze! We've officially reached that point in summer where everyone needs a break! We already had a fun date night on day 1!

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  2. That playground y'all found looks incredible...I think even my big kids would like that huge play structure! Your BCPie looks delicious...I can't wait to get the recipe and try it. Grace got her Ipsy bag and the contents were completely different from yours! She has loved the last two bags (she got the subscription for her birthday.) I'm guessing Sephora Play wasn't a hit! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I watched one YouTube video yesterday of an unboxing, and the vlogger's bag was very different than mine which I think is awesome! It seems like they really try to cater more to each person's profile like Stitch Fix. Sephora basically comes out with 2 boxes and then ships them at random, regardless of your profile. I've been using my ipsy products all week and am loving them so far!

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  3. I LOVE your mug-that is going to be so adorable! It is inspiring me to go paint a mug!

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    1. Thanks, Holly! I can't wait to see it completed!

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  4. I'd better get on the stick for Thursday😜. I hope Ari remembers to breath when she's jumping rope...LOL. So cute!!! You had a full weekend. The Boston Cream Pie Cake looks scrumptious. Too bad about the treats from Carlos, but not really a surprise. Honestly, I feel like most bakery treats nearly always look better than they taste. Bummer. I love that you got the kids to ride their bikes while you ran. We used to love to paint pottery. That's what we did for one of Katie's bday parties. Can't wait to see your projects when you get them back. They looked cute before, but after they'll be all shiny👍🏼. I need to do my last Sephora box review too. I'm also looking forward to your Ipsy review. I almost ordered FabFitFun the other day, but haven't pulled the trigger on that yet. They do have a great code right now and you can get it for $29.99 so I'm really tempted. Happy Monday Allie!!!

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    1. So, we drove 45 minutes to this mall, window shopped to work off lunch before treats, and Ari was so antsy- she just wanted the Cake Boss cupcake! We finally get to the kiosk and they tell us that their system is down and they're only taking cash! What the heck is that these days!?!? So we had to track down an ATM in the mall to get our desserts only to have them be bland. Just a sign that I didn't need to be eating it, right!?

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see it fired and shiny. It was super relaxing the first hour, but when I had to do a second coat of color on everything, I was kind of over it!

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  6. That picture of Ari jumping..totally into it! You guys have been having some fun!

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    1. She used her allowance and bought a kid sized jump rope later in the week, so there are signs of improvement! I was hoping they would have Jump Rope for Heart, but Trip says they've never had it at school. So sad!

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  7. What a bummer about the cupcakes! I agree with Lisa above! The treats nearly always look better than they taste! A week without your kids?! Wow! I'm sure you have a lot of things planned and the time will fly by!

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    1. We actually went to a bakery yesterday that Cake Boss came to Houston to help rescue on his old show and it was so much better! Our week of child-free life has been nice date nights but also school workshops and HOA meetings!

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  8. Boston Cream Pie cake???? Sounds AMAZING!

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  9. What a cute cup! Boston Cream Pie cake sounds and looks so YUMMY! I would totally be the lady that yelled out "Bicycle Popsicle" as an answer. We watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy almost nightly as a family and I am always yelling out really random things during Wheel and thinking I nailed it. I am NEVER close. In order for me to get it right the puzzle has to be pretty much completely finished! Hahahaha! Jeopardy is my strong suite!

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    1. Oh and see I'm so bad at Jeopardy! I need to record The Price is Right for the kids- I think they would think it's a hoot!

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  10. I love the cup you painted AND that Boston cream pie cake! It's a shame you didn't enjoy Carlo's. The one near us is great, especially the brownies.

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    1. I wonder if everything is fresh for you in Jersey compared to ours. The products sold in Houston are baked in Jersey, frozen, and shipped to Texas. :(

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