Life Lately

Rule #68: Mama said there’d be days like these.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for our family. I have to be honest and say that they’ve had me back in my “rabbit hole” of grief. Our family lost a great friend and a friend of mine lost the love of her life – both on the same day. I can’t begin to describe the devastating sorrow I feel for both families. Grief is such a slippery emotion. It sneaks up on you and overwhelms you to the point of suffocation sometimes. Days like these are hard to get through, but I know there’s light on the other side. I hope those affected by these losses can hang on to that thought as well.

mama and corey

This big guy has been a great distraction through all of the pain + tears. He’s started saying, “I’m so cool, man!” every time he wears his sunglasses. The comedic relief is greatly appreciated!

corey douglas

This was one of the sunsets we had during our horrible week. It was a great reminder of God’s grace + presence even in times when we think He’s abandoned us.

sunset

Jon Boy + Corey had a little boys’ weekend, and so of course they had to go to Willie’s Grill & Icehouse. Corey ate about 1/2 pound of queso, a burger, and fries. He was one happy camper.

corey douglas

I’ve been trying to get this kid to wear his Mickey house slippers since we bought them (about 8 months ago). He’s finally loving them, and I am so grateful because that means fewer wipe outs on the hardwood floor!

penny and corey

The Mickey slippers haven’t quite helped with avoiding the Terrible Two’s Tantrums though… This particular tantrum occurred because the sun dared to shine in his eyes.

corey douglas

The Mickey slippers have also served as a vessel with which to transport dog food from Penny’s bowl to all areas of the house. It’s a treasure hunt I wish I’d never been on frankly.

corey douglas

I know I’ve talked about them before, but Barrington Gifts has some of the greatest personalized handbags. I’ve gotten the St. Anne tote, the St. Anne diaper bag, and now this Savannah tote. I love them all! They have tons of pockets and the quality is wonderful so they last a long time.

barrington gifts

We made some yummy pancakes this past weekend (because carbs make everything better, right?). We’ve used this recipe for years, and it always makes the perfect pancakes:

Homemade Pancakes

1½ cups all-purpose flour
3½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tbs. white sugar
1¼ cups milk
1 egg
3 tbs. butter, melted

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

homemade pancakes

Saturday night we continued the carb-loading tradition by heading to El Tiempo at Vintage Park. It’s the BEST Mexican (okay, Tex-Mex) food around, and they’re great when you’ve got kiddos. Corey was on another queso-infused-high that evening.

corey douglas

And who are we kidding, so was I!

corey douglas

Sunday was a long day for this kid. Those delirious eyes stayed up about 2 hours after his normal nap time. Good thing for this Mama is that he still slept a loooooong time. I’m going to miss these nap times one day…

corey douglas

Sending lots of prayers, love, and comfort to those who’ve lost dear loved ones recently. My heart is aching for you and yours.

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