Our Weekend In Pictures

I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but my kids love bath time. Ever since Emery started sitting up well we've been throwing them in the tub together and they love it. Friday night TJ was in the bathroom with them while I was cleaning up dinner and he was making weird noises and the kids were cracking up. Emery dipped her face into the water and came up looking like Colonel Saunders and Liam can't help but force his face into any photo op. These kids are a riot.
Have I mentioned that Emery is way too advanced for her age? She's 7 months but I swear she's doing things Liam was doing at 10. She just wants to keep up with her big brother. She already crawls like a pro (and has been for a while) and now she's pulling herself up to stand. Here she is in the tub.
She will be the kid we're in the ER with all the time because she has no fear. I'm already mentally preparing myself for this.

Saturday was our first scorcher of the summer. We've had a mild summer according to SC standards so far, but that all changed this weekend. Hello 90s. We let Emery get into the pool for the first time and she loved it. Luckily I only put a tiny bit of water in there though, because she was trying to chew on the air part and there was no stopping her.
Unfortunately the happiness only lasted half an hour for both kids and I didn't even get to sit and enjoy it so we decided to just go back inside. It was early in the day and there were a few things I wanted to accomplish so I decided to go run some errands instead of sitting inside all day. I took Emery and we did a little shopping and while I was gone my amazing husband cleaned the house. He's amazing. Seriously.

Yesterday was way too hot to do anything so we decided to bum around.
I honestly accomplished nothing. I did wash (but didn't fold) two loads of laundry and TJ smoked salmon, so it was a pretty good day and a pretty great weekend. I hope yours was great, too!

At Home Date Night

TJ and I don't get out much. It isn't because we don't want to--trust me, we want to--it's just that we don't have family close by to watch our kids for free and babysitters make a killing these days! (Plus, we can only ask our non-parent friends so many times before we start to feel bad that we can't watch their kids for them, too.) So we improvise and have dates at home. I'm not sure most people would call them dates, but we take what we can get and call fun nights at home dates.

Now that it's summer it's bags season--or "cornhole" for you weirdos who insist on calling it that (is that a geographic thing?). Most of the time--read 99% of the time--I sit on the sidelines entertaining children while other adults have fun playing bags, but every once in a while TJ and I make time to play together, just us, and it's a little at home date night.
TJ just added that little area for the grill and smoker and I swear
it's opened things up so much it feels like a new backyard!
The nights that it feels most like a date night are when we make dinner together. We prefer something on the grill so the kitchen doesn't turn into a mess. Also, I don't man the grill, so less work for me. Haha. After dinner we get the kids occupied doing something that won't require us to stop every 3 minutes. Usually for Liam this means setting up his mini boards. We actually had a friend make a kid sized version for him so he would quit walking on the boards during games and/or wanting to be held by TJ while playing. They're so cute and the kids love them. We set Emery up on a blanket with a few toys and then I make some drinks while TJ sets up the boards and turns on Dierks Bentley.

My current signature cocktail is a Moscow Mule. They're light and refreshing and seriously way too good for my own good--aka they go down wayyy too easily. Here's what you need:
  • limes
  • mint leaves
  • vodka
  • ginger beer
  • ice
  • & TJ swears you need a copper mug
Squeeze the juice of 1 lime into a copper mug (TJ swears the mug is necessary, but I'm not so sure. I just like the handle) and add a few mint leaves. Muddle. Add ice, 2 ounces of vodka, and 4 ounces of ginger beer. Drink. It's amazing.
Some nights we just have a couple beers instead. Then we play a few games of bags. I'm not going to lie, I almost always lose. I'm not that bad, TJ is just better. It's just fun to do something with TJ while Liam runs around and Emery eats grass plays.

I know this may not sound super date night-y if you don't have kids, but trust me, if everything actually works out they way it's supposed to it's just as much fun.

What do you do for at home date nights?

High Waisted Shorts? I Can't Get Behind 'em

Behind 'em, get it, ahahaha.
Anyone else having a major problem buying shorts this year? I don't know about you, but I'm about thisclose to pledging my allegiance to leggings and call it a day, er summer.

I know I don't speak for everyone, but the shorts that are "in" just don't work for me. High waisted and shorty-short? No. I feel like the high waist looks like a grandpa, but at the same time my (extra long apparently?) butt cheeks are hanging out. I mean, I know I need to do some toning, but I just can't get behind it. Then I go to another store and their shorts claim to be mid-length, but they're tight as hell! No. Please. Why can't my ideal shorts just appear in my closet?

I went to PacSun today and they had a short called Mom Shorts, right..? The smallest size they had was a 5. Sorry, but no. I am a mom. I'm probably even considered a skinny mom, but I don't fit in a 5. Get it together PacSun. Don't have a mom short that won't even fit the tiniest of teen moms.

Anywhoosies, a few weeks ago I discovered a low-rise boyfriend fit online. It sounded perfect, exactly like what I think I want, but I just can't order shorts online with the state of the shorts that are "in" this season so I passed. They were on sale and technically I can return them, but I just don't trust ordering online. So today I went to the mall with the fam and I decided I had a little bit of time to try on shorts. I grabbed a few different styles in a few different sizes and hit the dressing room. High rise? No. Sorry. I'm a mom, I can't have my ass cheeks hanging out that much. Low rise? Only in one cut and color, otherwise inappropriate. There was another style I tried on... festival style or some shit? No. Basically high rise, but shorter and even more ass cheek. Where can a --what I imagine as average size-- 20-something year old mom go to get shorts? Even a 20-something non-mom?!?

Well apparently a few weeks ago when I found those low-rise boyfriend fit shorts online I found my match because they were exactly what I needed, but I honestly can't believe how difficult it is to find shorts that are comfortable and flattering. I know that a size 00 (those exist?), 0 (again, those exist?), 1, 3, and maybe even 5 look good in midriff shirts with low rise shorts and their pre-pubescent ass cheeks, but really, why do those cut of shorts even exist above a 5? No one I know that's above a 5 could pull those off without their cottage cheese ass and self-esteem hanging out, so why even shatter the self-worth of people that size who even dare to try them on?

My advice? Drop your kid off at the babysitter, have a couple drinks at the mall bar to get the edge off, and try on any and every short you can get your hands on. I finally decided that those low-rise boyfriend fit shorts were about as close as I could get to looking good and appropriate for my body type so I came home and ordered every color they had of them online.

I sincerely hope that buying shorts isn't as difficult as I make it out to be, but I swear that I can't be the only one who feels this way. I just want shorts that make me feel good and look good.

Where do you get your shorts?