We are heading out on a road trip soon, so I’ve been making activity folders for the kids. On the long trip to Texas, it helps to have little activities hidden to break up the trip! I just make a folder for each kiddo with activities that I think they’ll enjoy.
These Cars3 goodies will definitely be in Riley’s!
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I have a sweet friend in my life who drops beautiful hand me downs off at my gate. They are treasured and special and I love seeing my kids in them.
She is a little further down this motherhood road than I am. Clothes aren’t the only thing she hands out.
When I’m at my wits end and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s ever felt a certain way, I reach out to her and she reassures me that I’m not alone. We laugh about the funny things and the hard things and the in between things. She reminds me that my job as mom is to make sure that my children just know they are loved and safe and are children of God. She reminds me to make sure that I’m not just getting through each day but that I am working hard to make beautiful memories and moments along the way.
This sweet girl reminds me every day to find joy. She can find joy in 2.8 seconds flat. She might see a fire truck or a little beetle or a toy airplane, and she’s all smiles. Her heart bubbles over with giggles. I am so thankful for her. She keeps us on our toes and she loves us all fiercely. One of my friends recently wrote about the sweet feisty second born girls. She reminded me about the Laura Ingalls and the Marianne Dashwoods of this world. It made me smile widely, shaking my head in affirmation that yes, my sweet Mary Alice certainly fits that role. How lucky are we?
Maybe you are the mom who is just a little further down the road than someone. Trust me, they’d love your company and your words of encouragement!
The first time I saw cars, I was a huge fan. It touched a sentimental and meaningful nerve that ran deep within me. I don’t know if it was the stage of life we were in or if it is just how I am programmed – sentimental and cheesy.
Brian and I were building a life with our two oldest in Denton, Texas. We were saving to buy our first home and working to pay off student loans and medical bills. We had very little, but we were so very happy with our little family of four. Julia and Nate were six and three. At the time you could get some of the cars in happy meals. Nate and I would sit in the floor during Julia’s ballet classes and roll them back and forth. I’d glance up and look through the glass door to see her smiling shyly in the back of the class. Whenever we traveled to Tulsa to visit Brian’s grandmother, we borrowed a DVD player that Nate would hold in his lap. He watched Cars over and over. I didn’t mind because I loved the soundtrack.
At the time, I worked at a company who was beginning to downsize. I was in the accounting department, and I remember sitting around a big table with the accounting team asking for more severance for people. I was asked pointedly why I thought we should do that. It was a time when our competitors were catching up with us and we were losing our lead in the marketplace. Drastic changes had to be made. I clearly remember standing up and giving a speech that was all about the scene in Cars when it showed the new highway being built. I spoke of being fearless about taking the scenic route, treating people right, and valuing the good life. I made the case that as a company we had never rushed to an end. We were always careful to treat our team with respect. It was definitely a Jerry Maguire moment, but it bound me forever to the movie Cars. I’m not sure if I change any minds that day, but hopefully I planted something in their hearts.
A few weeks ago, we were invited to visit the Cars3 event.
Riley had an amazing time changing lug nuts and meeting the characters in the new movie.
After seeing his excitement, I decided to take him to take him with me to see the press screening of the movie.
I wasn’t sure if Disney could pull off a sequel with a message as meaningful and powerful as the first one. I have pretty high expectations.
Wow, they did it again. Without ruining anything for you, I can tell you I loved it as much as the first one. What an incredible surprise to see a sequel that was done so incredibly well. I think it only disappointment I had was with the soundtrack. The soundtrack of the first cars movie was hands-down outstanding. I think that was their only miss this time. So be sure and take your family, and enjoy Father’s Day weekend.
I know the other kids will absolutely love it, and I can’t wait to take them to see it!
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Brian has always had great hair, even in high school. It has always been thick and wavy and gorgeous.
Shortly after we were married, he grew a mustache and goatee. Over the years, it has evolved into a gorgeous beard. Now, I don’t think I can remember what he looked like without a beard. I’ve always been a softie for facial hair – probably because of Tom Selleck and Magnum P.I.
I love how the kids snuggle in and rest his head on his shoulder, reaching up to feel his beard.
For Father’s Day, Brian was sent a beautiful kit from WSP. Their products made his beard smell and feel amazing! Every scent he tried was amazing, but my personal favorite was the barbershop scent. There is nothing like leaning up to kiss a soft, amazing smelling beard.
It was beautifully packaged and arrived the next day.
And, they are local! The company is from Chandler. You know how I love supporting local companies!
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