{Friday Link Ups} Staycations + Disney Cruises

Happy Friday, yall! Let me begin by saying I was blown away by all of your sweet words concerning our patio makeover reveal that I shared on the blog Wednesday. You ladies sure do know how to make a girl's day! If you missed that reveal, you can see it here. You can also read about our Father's Day weekend; as well as catch up on 20 random facts that you may not have known about me that I shared yesterday. But back to today's post. As per the usual, I've got five little things from this week....

{1} Our Little Writer
One of Harper's favorite things to do each day is to write everyone's name. I spend an hour each day sitting at her little table in the playroom, writing everyone's name as she calls them out to me. Each day we have to write Nana, Dada, Mama, Hutson, Rimy, etc in a variety of different colors. But hands down, her favorite name to write is Papa. So on Sunday, as we were sitting in church, it came as no surprise when Harper spotted a tithing envelope and pencil that she wanted me to use to write Papa's name. Not wanting to waste a tithing envelope, I grabbed the Sunday bulletin and flipped to the inside to write Papa's name as Harper requested. Satisfied, Harper took the pencil and paper and wandered about her little way on the back pew. And then a few minutes later, she came over to me with that same bulletin. With a big smile on her face, she pointed to some scribble scrabble at the bottom of the bulletin and said "Papa". And then I had to do a double take because in her own little way, I could totally point out her p and a at the end of the drawing! Guess all of that writing, she's finally picking up on it herself! 

{2} My Nephew, the Driver
On Monday, after taking Harper to daycare, I headed to my sister's house to accompany my nephew to get his driver's license. Needless to say he passed. My sister told me to update her when he finished and so I sent her the following picture, accompanied with the text, "He passed. Apparently, they'll give anyone a license these days." But seriously, his driving skills surprised me. We'll see how long the ten and two lasts now that he won't have an adult in the car (; 

{3} Some Food for Thought
I came across this quote this week while scrolling through facebook. A lady from church had shared it among other things but for some reason, I kept being drawn back to this quote over and over. Throughout my week, this quote has popped back into my mind numerous times and each time one thought comes to mind. If our mind was completely consumed with Jesus, what could our lives be like? 

{4} A Much-Needed Staycation
The hubs has been off this week and will be off for part of next week. Having him home has been absolutely wonderful. When Kevin decided to take a vacation this week, we had discussed going away for a few days but after talking it over, we decided since we're never hardly home as a family, a vacation could wait and we'd enjoy a staycation instead. And enjoy a staycation we have! Since Harper is still in daycare, Kevin and I have spent our days together as just a couple and it has felt so good to have some time with just him. We've spent our days grabbing breakfast and lunch, hanging out on the couch, and lounging at the pool. In the evenings, we've enjoyed our time as a family of three and Harper couldn't be more excited about having Daddy at home!

{5} Disney Cruises
Last weekend, I started discussing taking a Disney cruise vacation with my friend Stacey over at Loving Life and Learning Lots. Stacey is married to Kevin's best friend and together they have two sons, Elijah who turns 5 next week and Griffin who is 2. Since the kids are still a tad bit too young for Disney World, we talked a while back about taking them on a Disney cruise so that they could still experience the characters and environment whilst not having to measure them on every ride! haha We've been looking at our calendars and discussing dates but nothing has been set in stone yet. Since Stacey and I are both teachers, we know we'll have to go during a week when we already have a few days off. Which means currently we're looking into November and January. That being said, the only cruises available are those to the Bahamas. Have any of you ladies traveled to the Bahamas with Disney? My sister and her family has and she gave great reviews but I'd love to hear others input. If you haven't gone to the Bahamas with Disney, have you gone any where else? How was your experience? Any must haves and must do's?

Join in on the fun!

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  1. How exciting! You're family is doing so much! Have a great weekend!

  2. I love the story about your daughter wanting to write everyone's names. That is way too cute. My sister is due in August and is naming her baby girl Harper too! This post made me excited to have a little girl around. So sweet!


  3. Enjoy the staycation that will be such a fun week for you guys! I've cruised to the bahamas and it was a great experience - not with Disney though. Although years ago the first time we did it the Disney cruise was departing the same time as us and they looked like they were having so much fun over there!

  4. I love that you helped out your Nephew! My uncle actually had a lot to do with my driving education, because we went to visit him in a smaller town, and he just let me drive around!

  5. I've never been on a Disney Cruise but I did go to the Bahamas last year and loved every single sunshiney moment of it. I love your sweet story about Harper's writing. Enjoy your staycation! (:

  6. I've never done a Disney cruise before but that would be so much fun for your family.
    I hope you have a great weekend!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  7. That warms my heart to read about your daughter's writing story! You must be so proud :) The quote you posted really resonates with me. I think it rings true especially when we reorient our thoughts toward a more positive direction-- positive things seem to fall into place!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  8. Love this! I can't believe she is starting to write! That's super impressive! And I'm so excited to hear about your Disney cruise. Everyone raves about them!

  9. You have so much amazing stuff going on, and I love the food for thought section! I've never been on a Disney cruise but I've heard so many great things about on board activities and the restaurants! If you decide to go I'd love to hear about your experience! :)

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

  10. So much fun for your fam! A Disney cruise would be so perfect for little ones!

  11. I've never been on a Disney cruise but I always hear the most wonderful things about them- good for parents and children! Also the story about your daughter writing papa totally melted my heart!

    Southern Belle Secrets

  12. I love the quote. I think it's just what I needed to hear right now, thank you so much for sharing!

    Jessica Grace

  13. I love staycations. Also, the perfect can of coke :)

  14. Staycations are the best! Love the quote!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  15. Teaching your girl to read must be the most exciting and fulfilling thing. Harper sounds like quite the smarty pants! And that coke photo poolside...nothing beats it!

    Coming Up Roses

  16. Hahaha love your face in the picture with your nephew driving.

  17. I love that ya'll took a staycation! Sometimes those are just much needed and it's fun that you and your husband got to do one together!

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design


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