Mother's Day Gifts from Modcloth {Sponsored}



Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you haven't already picked out the perfect gifts for the moms in your life (and even if you have) you're going to love my roundup of Mother's Day Gifts from Modcloth.  I found all kinds of cool stuff on the site with gifts ideal for all moms - from Star Wars geeks, to retro moms, to girly girls and every mom in between.  I've included unique gifts in a range of prices so you don't have to break the bank to show Mom you care.  Oh, and in case you haven't figured it out, this is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links - if you decide to purchase something in this post, I receive a small commission (at no cost to you).  As always, all opinions are my own and I curated this roundup myself. #themoreyouknow  Now that I got that business out of the way, on to the roundup!!

Shop Mother's Day gifts from Modcloth

This necklace and earring set is to die for! The soft colors are perfect for spring and can be worn with just about anything. Perfect for a dressy affair or paired with jeans and a plain white tee!
 Beauteous Bravado Necklace and Earring Set - $24.99
Beauteous Bravado Necklace and Earring Set - $24.99


May the Force be with you. These Star Wars earrings are fun and simple and perfect for everyday wear. The only thing this set is missing is Poe Dameron. *swoon*
 Endorse the Force Earrings Set - $19.99
Endorse the Force Earrings Set - $19.99


I absolutely love picnicing, but I don't have a picnic basket (and could sure use one - hint, hint). Whenever we enjoy a nice afternoon in the park, we end up having to lug several lunch bags with us. Stop the insanity with this adorable (and convenient) picnic basket.
 Open Air Enjoyment Picnic Basket - $99.99
Open Air Enjoyment Picnic Basket - $99.99


I love journaling and once had a 5 year journal similar to this one and adored it. This journal asks a different question every day of the year and has enough room for 5 years of answers. Love it. Love, love, love, love, love it!
 QA a Day for Moms 5 Year Journal - $16.99
QA a Day for Moms 5 Year Journal - $16.99


No picnic is complete without a picnic blanket. This one is beautiful and functional (and would make for great Instagram pics!) Win, win, win!
 Lunch is on Me! Picnic Blanket - $49.99
Lunch is on Me! Picnic Blanket - $49.99


It's no secret that moms love pajamas. But there's no reason you can't sleep comfortably and adorably. Especially since there's a chance you're going to spend a good portion of your day in these as well. No? Only me? Okay.
 In Purr the Night Pajamas - $29.99
In Purr the Night Pajamas - $29.99


Moms are known pack mules, but there's no reason the Mom Bag has to be unfashionable. Enter this yellow beauty that's fashionable and big enough to lug around everything (and I mean everything).
 Know a Thing or Two-Tone Bag in Goldenrod - $59.99
Know a Thing or Two-Tone Bag in Goldenrod - $59.99


If you don't want to see Mommy's dark side, make sure she has plenty of coffee. Just set the mug down and back away, slowly.
 Force of Action Mug - $21.99
Force of Action Mug - $21.99


This book is the bee's knees and is great for all those hip retro mommas out there!
 Vintage Hairstyles - $16.99
Vintage Hairstyles - $16.99


You don't have to be a retro momma to appreciate this cute apron. I don't know why an apron isn't a kitchen necessity, but it sure should be, and why not make it a super cute cooking accessory?
 Infused With Femininity Apron - $29.99
Infused With Femininity Apron - $29.99

I hope you found something great to gift a mom in your life with this Mother's Day Gift Guide.  If you need even more ideas, click over to Mod Cloth and take a look at all the amazing things they have!
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Weekend Snapshots 17



It's Monday, Monday, Monday, so that means it's time for this week's Weekend Snapshots linkup with yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix!  This week's snapshots are brought to you by our spur of the moment decision to go to Sunday Streets even though it was rainy and there were tons of other things we needed to do.   We can only adult so much, you know?  Make sure to check out everyone's posts in the link-up at the end of the post and grab the code to have the link-up show up on your post, too!  Sharing the love!

This weekend was more adultier than our usual weekends, but not as adulty as last weekend.  Saturday, I filled in at a spa that I sometimes pick up appointments at so I could make a little extra money this month.  Dennis and Jack went to the zoo and then thought I got off work at 8 instead of 7, so I walked to a nearby coffee shop, Black Hole Coffee, to wait for them to pick me up.  Black Hole Coffee was a pretty cool coffee shop - it reminded me just a tiny bit of Karma Cup, the coffee shop I hung out at as a teen, but slightly more pretentious.  My iced caramel latte was on point, though, so I can forgive a bit of pretentiousness.  I sat out on the patio sipping my latte and writing in my bullet journal, so I fit right in, lol.  At least I wasn't writing terrible teenage poetry like back in the day.  After my coffee break, we went to Star Pizza for dinner - Jack had already had a long day and it was getting late so we did what we don't normally like to do and let Jack watch Mighty Machines on Den's phone.  Yes, we were those parents, but we wanted to eat without Jack having a mega meltdown.  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Sunday we got less accomplished than we should have - there's still a hole in our bathroom floor and there's still a hole in our yard that needs to be filled in, but for some reason we were all moving through molasses.  I'm at least finally caught up on the laundry and the floors are super clean, so there's that.  Midway through the day, I saw a FB post from Ariana about Sunday Streets and since it was only about a mile or so from us, Den and I decided we needed to have some fun and go.  We wanted to ride our bikes there, but as soon as Den went out to the garage, it started to sprinkle and didn't look like it was going to let up, so we drove instead.

This month's Sunday Streets was pretty deserted.  I guess because we got there a little late and the weather was getting worse nobody was brave enough to stick it out.  There were plenty of food trucks, though and we couldn't pass up on the shaved ice.  The guy making them was nice enough to mix blue coconut and yellow pineapple to make Jack a green one - Jack's favorite color right now is green, so everything must be green.  I had tiger's blood and it was delicious!  We met up with Ariana and her husband, Elliot, and two of their friends whose names I didn't get (sorry guys).  Because of the rain, we ended up hanging out under a tree eating our food.  We didn't see much of the Sunday Streets, but it was nice to just hang out.  Jack fell down and scraped his hand and needed a "dam-baid", Dennis tried his hand at juggling three wildly different objects, and Jack played in the puddles.  Fun was had.

Sunday night, we just couldn't get Jack to settle down.  Was it all the sugar from the shaved ice?  Was it the fact that we can't seem to get him to bed before 10:30 anyway?  After dinner, he and I played a rousing game of Ghostbusters Hunters where we looked for ghosts and monsters around the house and pretended to shoot spaghetti at them (most of them turned out to be good guys), and then Jack wanted to run laps around the house.  Then he wanted to have deep and meaningful conversations about hot burning lava.  Dennis and I were exhausted.  So I came up with the idea to camp in the living room.  One air mattress and showing of Robin Hood {affilliate} later, we were all asleep.  Victory!!!!  Of course, the cats were thrilled that their sleeping humans were within cuddle distance (we lock them out of the bedroom at night), so all six cats were piled on the bed with us.  To say I woke up achy is an understatement.  But living room camping is pretty awesome, so there's that.

What were you up to this weekend?  Make sure to share your recap and snapshot posts with us in the linkup.  Have you ever been living room camping?  Was your weekend full of fun or did you adult, too?
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Sunday Confessions 17

The United States of Becky


I confess:  I don't use Bloglovin' to follow blogs.  I know I should because I want you to follow me on bloglovin and read my blog, but I just never go to the site.  Actually, I just went to the site, and it's just not very intuitive to me.  Where the hell are all the blog posts from the blogs I follow?  Because I sure can't find them.

I confess:  Despite having a degree in theatre/acting, I can't seem to muster the courage to do a video on the blog. Both Becky and Heather have been putting videos up on their blogs and I think they're great, but I guess my balls just haven't dropped yet.  I also have no idea what I'd do a video about.  Also this is why I don't really periscope.  Also, I know I'd be super critical of whatever I filmed and/or would be too wrapped up in "production value" to just wing it and do a spontaneous video.  Maybe someday.

I confess:  Because of all this plumbing crap we've been having to deal with, it looks like our bathroom is headed for a complete redecoration.  Even though Dennis recently painted the bathroom (and did this cool custom seahorse on the back of the door) it looks like we're going to be changing everything.  I feel bad because I'm super excited about this. Den is the one who picked the colors and design for the paint that's currently on the walls, but it's never really been what I wanted.  I let him do the bathroom because I've done the rest of the house.  I feel bad because he worked hard on the paint in there, and I feel even worse that I'm really looking forward to putting together the bathroom exactly how I want - or rather as close as I can get on a budget.  The guilt runs deep within me.

Linking up with United States of Becky
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Amazing Yoga Pants from YogaOutlet.com {Sponsored}

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I love yoga pants.  And since I'm a mom, it's not unusual to find me in the cliched mom uniform of yoga pants and a t-shirt or tank top pretty much every day.  My activewear drawer is literally overflowing and I still don't think I have enough pairs to get me through the week.  I at least make it to the YMCA some days, so my activewear obsession is at least partly justified.

I used to think all yoga pants were pretty much created equal.  Used to, that is, until I had the opportunity to partner with YogaOutlet.com to review their amazing selection of yoga pants, clothing, home and wellness products, and many other awesome things found on their site.  In case you haven't figured it out by now, this is a sponsored post thanks to the amazing peeps at YogaOutlet.com, yo.

Like I said, I have more pairs of yoga pants than I should probably admit to owning and I pretty much thought that all yoga pants were created equal.  I'd mostly shop the sale racks, but would occasionally splurge on a $20 (gasp) pair if they made my butt look really great.  I just didn't see the point in expensive designer workout clothes until I put on a pair and my life changed forever.  No exaggeration.

I picked out the Onzie Yoga Capris in a skull print (I might be a mom wearing a mom uniform, but I'm going to do it my way) that took me forever to decide on - YogaOutlet.com has an amazing selection (go ahead and check it out - I'll wait - and while you're there, sign up to receive 10% off your first purchase) and I'm terrible at making decisions (buy all the pants my heart screamed - no yelled my checking account).  As soon as they arrived and I put them on, I wanted to take all of my other yoga pants and make a burn pile in the back yard.  All yoga pants are NOT CREATED EQUAL!!!

onzie yoga pants, yoga pants, yogaoutlet.com
sorry, kiddo, they're not created equal


First, the material.  Not only do I absolutely adore the funky skull print, but the actual material of the leggings feels like liquid satin when you're holding them and even better when you put them on.  These Onzie Yoga Capris are made with some sort of magical moisture wicking material that must've been made by sorcerers because somehow these pants actually feel cool to the touch.  I haven't had the chance to do any hot yoga in them, but I'm willing to bet these would help me survive a 90 minute 100 degree class without dying.  And not that I'm looking forward to the inevitable heat heading for Houston sooner rather than later, but I'm actually excited to try running in these once the weather heats up.

Next, the fit.  These leggings fit like they were custom made for me.  The leggings are tight enough to make me feel like my fat isn't jiggling around when I'm working out without being so tight that I feel like I'm stuffed in a sausage casing.  They stretch perfectly and basically feel like an amazingly soft and fluid second skin.  It rubs the lotion on its skin.....wait, that's not what I meant.  The waistband is nice and thick and also supports my belly flab without cutting into my waist so there's no muffin top (yay!!!).  Also, my butt looks fantastic in them.

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Now, the price.  I used to scoff at yoga pants and other activewear in this price point, but you really do get what you pay for.  I will admit, at this time in my financial life I would not normally be able to afford yoga pants at this price and even when I had more money I still might not have paid this price for yoga pants, but having this high end pair has taught me that it's truly worth investing in an item of clothing that is well made and that you will wear often (I wear these more than once a week).  I'd rather have 3 pairs of these leggings that I have to wash often than 10 pairs of clearance cheapos.  And I'm sure sorcerers don't come cheap - it's definitely worth paying a little more for their magic pants.

Do you have any clothing pieces in your closet that you were surprised by or that you spent more money on than you normally would, but are totally satisfied with?  How often do you wear activewear (and do you actually go to the gym, lol)?  Are there any magically charmed pants in your wardrobe?
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Weekend Snapshots 16



Welcome to another edition of Weekend Snapshots!  I can't believe that this weekend recap link-up with Ariana at 3twentysix is already 16 weeks old!!!  I feel like I'm counting the developmental weeks of a baby - our precious little link-up is 16 weeks old (awwwwww) - or in real people speak, our link-up is 4 months old (awwwwww).  Anyway, this week's post is brought to you by the no-frills weekend we adulted our way through and Dennis and Jack enjoying some popcorn outside our favorite Home Depot.  Make sure to link-up your weekend recap at the end of this post and check out what everyone has been up to.  And don't forget - you can get the code right here to have the link-up show up in your post, too!

Unlike most of our weekends, this past weekend was long on adult responsibility and short on fun and frivolity.  You've got to adult some of the time, right?  We (ie Dennis) spent all of last weekend (and part of the week before that), and all of this week dealing with our plumbing problems.  Dennis tried to do as much of the plumbing work as he could manage, but then he also got the same stomach virus that Jack and I had and finally had to call the plumbers back to finish what he started.  The plumbers finally finished up on Wednesday afternoon and after a week away from home, Jack and I finally got to move back in.

Saturday was spent on a couple of errands - Home Depot and the grocery store - and trying to catch up on the massive piles of laundry that being without water for almost 10 days will leave you with (spoiler:  It's Monday and I'm still working on laundry).  As we were leaving Home Depot, Jack noticed some guys sitting on these stacks of plywood eating their lunch, so Jack wanted to stop and eat his popcorn like them.  After Home Depot, we needed to stop for some groceries where Jack apparently decided he needed to get in a weight lifting workout with the paper plates.  "Me strong boy!!!"  Get it, Jack, get it.

We were supposed to go straight home from the grocery store, but we got a little side tracked with Ingress and managed to clear our neighborhood of the nasty blue portals that have been cropping up and then we threw some nice sized green fields.  In other words, we shirked our adult responsibility for about an hour to play Ingress.  Dennis mowed the lawn when we got home, and I got down to doing a massive detailed sweeping and mopping of the house.

I had already mopped a few times where the plumbers had tracked poop-mud around, but I figured the rest of the house could use a good mopping, too.  One thing led to another and I ended up on this massive reorganization/spring cleaning of the living room.  It took me the entire afternoon to move everything out of the living room so I could really scrub the floors.  Then I decided to only move some of the things back so the room would look nicer.  While everything was moved away from the fireplace, I snapped a pic to seek some advice via Instagram as to what color I should paint my fireplace.  We're thinking of getting these curtains from Ikea and I've been using  yellow as an accent color throughout the house, so any suggestions are welcome!

Early Saturday evening, our dryer started making a loud screeching noise, so Dennis and Jack took it apart and fixed it.  The top of dryer needed a good cleaning off and organizing, so we're in the process of that now, too.  #springcleaningwhetherornotwewantto  Jack loved taking the dryer apart, though, so there's that.

Sunday was more laundry, more mopping, and Dennis taking care of some things for our tenant and doing a bit of plumbing work.  The clog is fixed, but we still have a gaping hole in the main bathroom floor that probably won't be fixed until we have time next weekend.  Sunday was so exciting I didn't even take any pics, lol!

We may not have had much fun this weekend, but I definitely feel accomplished (even though we did get side tracked with some Ingress).  I certainly can't wait to get done with this laundry and get that bathroom put back together!  What were you up to this weekend?  Do you have any home improvement projects going on?  Spring Cleaning?  Make sure to link up your posts and have a great week!!!
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Sunday Confessions 16 (on Monday - oops)

The United States of Becky


I confess:  S'mores are one of my favorite desserts of all time, but I really don't like them with chocolate in them.  I prefer a perfectly roasted marshmallow - completely melted on the inside with a light golden roasting on the outside - sandwiched in the middle of two graham crackers.  I mean, I love chocolate, don't get me wrong, but I find it overpowers the marshmallow goodness if it's all mixed together.

I confess:  Because of the plumbing problems we had last week I've been furiously cleaning the house since Wednesday afternoon.  This is obviously not my normal MO, but both bathrooms ended up with raw sewage on the floors and the plumbers tracked poop-mud throughout the house.  I'm going above and beyond just cleaning the floors, though, and I hope this burst of cleaning energy doesn't burn me out and I can actually manage to keep the house semi-decent for a while.

I confess:  All this house cleaning makes me want to start decorating the house again.  I feel like I did so much when we first moved in and then just......stopped.  I mean, it's not like I'm not super busy and all, but there are still so many boxes that need to be unpacked and even though I pretty much painted the entire house, there are still things that need painting.  It doesn't help that I don't really have any shelves to to put the stuff that's still in boxes (that I want to keep - things like photos and books, not just crap that I've lived without for 3+ years) and no money to buy shelves/bookcases right now.  I know it'll eventually get done and we'll eventually have the money to buy the things we need to get the house more put together, but man, I really just want to throw myself into it right now!
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Weekend Snapshots 15



What a wild weekend we had.  It was full of adventure, both good and bad - so much so that it's Tuesday and I still feel like I'm recovering from everything.  This week's edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Jack running through the grass at the Tee Pee Motel and RV Park.  As always, this link-up is brought to you by yours truly and Ariana over at 3twentysix.  Make sure to add your weekend recap post to the link-up so we can web-stalk you and grab the code here so the link-up will show up in your post, too.  It's all about sharing the love.

This weekend really started for us on Thursday.  My MIL's brother (I guess that would be my uncle-in-law, right?) had to have surgery in Austin and since it's just a couple hours from Houston, Jack and I drove her there.  I've only visited Austin a couple of times, and I've never had the chance to go to the Capitol building, so that's what I decided to do with Jack for the day.  Yay for spur of the moment road trips!!!  We didn't get to go on any of the guided tours (hello, toddler, not exactly interested in the history of the building), but that was okay because the public has virtually complete access to all areas of the building and grounds!  Whaaaaat?!?  I had no idea we would be able to just wander around the seat of the Texas government as we pleased.  I guess since it's a public building and all - I mean we as the public are paying for it after all.

The grounds of the Capitol are just lovely and Jack had so much fun running around and, "booming bad monsters" with the cannons.  After running around the grounds for a while (and playing some Ingress, of course - you didn't think I'd pass up the chance to do some missions or capture unique portals, now did you?), we went inside to admire the building.  We wandered into the State Senate chambers and then into the House of Representatives viewing gallery - the House seemed to actually be in session, but not the Senate.  I told Jack to make sure to be quiet because people were working hard down below and Jack immediately pointed at one guy and said rather loudly, "Not him.  Him napping.  Mommy, that man not working.  He napping."  Yup, our government hard at work, people, hard at work.

After spending all day at the Capitol (where I scored a sweet pair of Ray Bans {affiliate} on the ground), we went to my niece, Stephanie's (who is only a couple years younger than I am) to spend the night.  Not long before we got there, her one year old son had started getting sick - she told me as soon as we got there, and as soon as she told me, I should've gotten a hotel room - better safe than sorry, but we didn't.  Jack got to play some with his other cousin, and then Friday, we hung out while my MIL went back to the hospital to visit her brother again.  When we left that afternoon, Jack's cousin really wanted to hold his hand and as you can see, he wasn't so sure about it.

We drove straight to Wharton (about an hour south of Houston) to spend the night at the Tee Pee Motel and RV Park.  I'm not sure who was more excited to stay in the Tee Pee Motel - me, Jack or my MIL.  The tee-pees were so awesome and I'll try to do an entire post dedicated just to them soon!!!!  But that night, disaster struck.  I started throwing up, just like Stephanie's one year old.  I had come down with a nasty stomach virus.  I have to say, I handled it all pretty well - after having 12 weeks of morning sickness when I was pregnant with Jack, I've come to accept that sometimes you just have to puke and trying to stop it is only going to make it worse.  So the first few times I barfed, it wasn't so bad.  I even managed to rest a little between pukes and I didn't wake anyone up.

But then I heard Jack call out for me and dry heave.  Mimi, rushed him to the bathroom (which was only a few steps away - those tee-pees are small, lol) and then it was Jack's turn to barf.  He handled it like a champ.  So Jack and I took turns throwing up and I thought everything was going to be okay - my MIL could take us to an Urgent Care Clinic in the morning, but then she got sick, too, and nobody could help anybody.  It was awful.  Really, really awful.  Dennis had to work and couldn't come rescue us and neither my MIL or myself could drive.  I finally got ahold of myself enough to load up our stuff in the car and drive us to the small town ER where we all got IVs and medicine.  My SILs Sandy and Renada drove down to get us later that morning.  Not exactly how we wanted to end the weekend's adventures.  We spent all day on Sunday recovering.  It's Tuesday already and I haven't even gotten my appetite back - ugh.

So things didn't exactly end the way we hoped this weekend.  But I guess nobody expects a visit to the ER as part of their plans or anything.  I mean, I know my weekends are usually eventful, but I don't need them to be quite this eventful.  I'm just glad we're finally getting back to our old selves.

How was your weekend?  Did you have any adventures?  Have you ever had your plans go completely awry and end up in the ER, too (I hope not)?  What's your craziest road trip story?  I'd love to hear about it!!!

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Sunday Confessions 15

The United States of Becky


I confess:  We've had a massive plumbing clog and I've been away from our house almost all week.  I feel totally out of sorts and haven't had the time to do my usual stuff (ie - blogging, et al.) and just feel off.  My SIL is graciously letting me and Jack stay in the guest room while Dennis sorts everything out at least.

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I confess:  I let Jack help me with my confessions this week because we both had a nasty stomach virus.

I confess:  I forgot to hit publish last night and am getting these done on Monday morning.

Linking up with United States of Becky.
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Weekend Snapshots 14



It's Monday, ya'll, and that means it's time for another edition of Weekend Snapshots, featuring Jack admiring the kites at the Hermann Park Kite Festival on Sunday.  And what a jam packed weekend we had!  As always, I'm hosting this Weekend Snapshots Link-Up with Ariana over at 3twentysix - make sure to link up your weekend recaps so we can all stalk each other show each other some love.  And if you want the whole link-up to show up in your post, you can get the code here.  Now, on to the recap!

This crazy weekend started off early Saturday morning as Dennis and I geared up to drive to San Antonio to take part in the Ingress Obsidian Anomaly.  What exactly is that, you ask?  I've mentioned Ingress a time or two here on the blog, but haven't written about it in detail.  Maybe I'll dedicate a whole post to it someday, but for now, the tl;dr summary is Ingress is a GPS based smartphone game (meaning in order to play, you actually have to be in the physical location of what you're interacting with on your phone).  There are two factions, or teams, playing against each other in real time in an advanced capture the flag battle for the minds and souls of humans.  That's a horrible summary, so if you want to learn more, watch this video (and then sign up for the Enlightened - they're the only team that matters).

An Anomaly is an event that is put on by the game creators, Niantic Labs, where thousands of agents from both factions battle it out for control of specific portals of interest in a day long city wide event.  These events take place on the same day all over the world and the global score determines which faction wins.  And OMGtheyaresomuchfun!!!  And I couldn't miss an Anomaly happening so close to home.  We took Jack with us, and I have to say, he was so well behaved for the whole day!  He stayed in his stroller most of the time (which he never does) and only got a little cranky at the very end - but he was getting tired and we weren't able to pay as much dedicated attention to him as we usually do (the fate of humanity was at stake), so I totally understand him finally getting cranky.

We stopped at Bucee's on the way to San Antonio and had to get pics with the Bucee statue.  Jack wanted nothing to do with a giant beaver statue (and the statue got a little handsy with Dennis), but we had to get our pics anyway.  We left Houston with plenty of time to arrive in San Antonio before gameplay started.  We were assigned special roles on our team - we were ninjas and had to be at our portals of interest to do some Ingress business before the actual official Anomaly started, so we ended up running around like headless chickens for the first couple of hours.  Our rendezvous point with our faction was a park about a mile away from our assigned portals and we practically had to run all the way to our targets to get our jobs done in time, then we had to run another half mile to the official Niantic check point to officially check in as participating agents.  We made the check in with about one minute to spare.  We booked it back to the original rendezvous place to (hopefully) make the event photo (spoiler:  we didn't), where Jack somehow convinced Dennis to let him play in the splash pad fountains.  Then we had to book it back to our original portals for more ninja business - I'm tired just writing all of that - we basically did an unprepared 5K first thing upon arrival.

Jack got cold from being soaking wet so we bundled him up in his stroller and Den fed him chips (so spoiled, lol).  The morning started off at 40 something degrees, so it was still pretty chilly in the cold and the wind.  That didn't last long, though.  Temps got up to the mid-to-high 70's and we were all sweaty and hot before long.  I didn't get any pics during game play (hello, the fate of humanity was hanging in the balance), and by the end of the day, Jack let us know just how tired he was on the steps of the Alamo.  But he had the energy for an epic family selfie in front of the Alamo before we headed all the way back down to the original park to hear who won the Anomaly (spoiler:  The Enlightened WON!!!  Hell yes!!!).  Jack went back for more splash pad action before we headed to the Enlightened after party BBQ.  Then it was a short long drive home back to Houston.

Sunday, Dennis was playing Dungeons & Dragons {affiliate} with friends so I decided to take Jack to the Hermann Park Kite Festival.  We live kinda by the park, but definitely not in walking distance, and there were so many people there, we ended up having to park almost all the way back at our house.  It was crazy.  I had second thoughts about going when I realized how far away we had park and how many people would be there, but I had already told Jack what we were doing so I had to follow through.  I'm glad we made the hike because we really did end up having a good time - even though I left our kite in the car (doh!).  There were tons of kites there, but it wasn't a particularly windy day.  I went ahead and bought a $10 mini-kite (totally not worth the money), but there wasn't enough wind to make it fly.  Jack had more fun rolling down the hill than anything.  We had to wait for FOREVER in line at one of the food trucks just for orange juice and chips for Jack.  But it turns out it was a good way to rest (even if it was in the sun).  Jack made friends with the millennials in line in front of us while we waited.  Jack found a bubble gun without bubbles in it on the ground while we were walking around and since nobody was around to claim it, I let him keep it - ground score!!!  Then Jack spied the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage and had to go play with the kids up there.  There was this great lady with a working bubble gun that Jack kept trying to trade her - then they played bubble wars and by the end of it, she was giving him the bubble bottle off the bottom of her gun.  That kid is such a charmer.  He also tried to join in with this group of girls that were making up a choreographed dance.  It was too cute.  By this time, I knew I was too exhausted to walk all the way back to the car and that Dennis would be finishing up with D&D, so I had him meet us at the park to take us back to my car.  One last climb up the boulders for Jack and it was time to go.  He barely made it home before he fell asleep.

We had quite the jam packed exhausting weekend, but I really wouldn't have it any other way.  What were you up to this weekend?  Did you help in the fight for humanity or fly a kite?  Did you go to any festivals or parties?  Or maybe you just stayed at home and binge watched Netflix.  Whatever you did, I'd love to hear about it!  Make sure to link-up with us to share the love!!!

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Sunday Confessions 14

The United States of Becky


I confess:  I am terrible at returning phone calls.  I don't like to talk on the phone to begin with, but for some reason making a phone call gives me a certain amount of anxiety - especially if I'm having to return a phone call to someone I don't know - like if I company calls for information or something like that (you know, where they have a legitimate non-scary reason for calling that's usually not a big deal and super simple).  Sometimes I don't even check my voicemail - come on, Jessica, adult already.

I confess:  I've been feeling a little burnt out lately (I guess that's why I haven't posted all week).  The only real time I have to dedicate to the blog is in the morning before Jack wakes up and I'm so not a morning person.  These earlier hours are killing me.  I'm going to have to figure out a different system for sure.  There are blog posts I want to write and it's driving me a little crazy to have them bouncing around in my head - there's already too much ADD nonsense in there as it is.  Also, it's Den's week off from work, so finding time to write when he's home is difficult, not to mention his not so subtle hints that housework needs to be done sends me on a guilt/shame spiral.  Can we just hire a maid already?  #needtowinthelotteryfirst

I confess:  I went ahead and started the Whole30 diet on the first.  It was kinda a spur of the moment now or never decision, so I don't even really have all the necessary foods in the pantry (or rather I have A LOT of stuff I can't eat around the house).  Two days in and things aren't so bad - I bet they'll be even better after I make it to the grocery store for more things I can actually eat.  I didn't want to say anything because when I usually broadcast things to the world, the pressure to not fail is too much and I fail - so we'll see how this goes.

Linking up with United States of Becky
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