Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

We’re about halfway through the summer, and about halfway through our bucket list. Here’s a recap of some of our summer fun! ZOO TRIP We visit the zoo about once a year. It turns out, May is military appreciation month! As a veteran, Tim was free, I was half price as a spouse, and the kids are still young enough they’re free year round. Admission for our family of four was only about $7. This was quite the bargain, and made me feel better about getting our money’s worth since we only stay for a couple of hours. The kids can only hang until about noon before it’s just too hot and miserable. In true Phillips baby style, Smith slept his way through the entire zoo trip. Graydon did the exact same thing on his first zoo trip at 8 months old. Graydon loved seeing the giraffes the best, but eventually ended up in the stroller more interested in snacks. That’s when we knew it was time to go. BRACKENRIDGE EAGLE TRAIN Before going to the zoo, riding the train is a must. This was Smith’s first time on the train, and he absolutely loved it! This sweet boy is always up for adventure with all smiles across his face. Graydon has ridden the train 3 summers now, and was all talk up to the point of boarding the train. The furrowed brows and sulky face took over for the entire ride. It was a little loud with conductor’s voice booming over the speaker right above us. I gotta laugh at the bottom left photo. Nothing says #momlife more than one...
July Goals

July Goals

I posted my goals last month thinking that would be good accountability. It’s shown me what’s realistic for me right now, and what kind of expectations I should put on myself (in addition to the everyday cleaning and taking care of baby). JUNE GOALS REVISITED: 1. Put things on my walls. Sadly, my walls look just about the same as they did a month ago. I realize when it comes to household chores, taking care of baby, and living life, decorating is just really low on my priority list. I’ve adjusted this goal to be more realistic for this month. 2. Take Graydon to the library and read more. Success! Graydon and I went to Baby Time at the library twice this month and we signed up for summer reading (or listening in his case). I have such fond memories of the library in the summertime with my mom and want to pass that love of reading on to him. I also checked out a few books that I’ve been wanting to read. I read 2 books this month…highly recommend both. First I read, Defending Jacob. This is not a book I would normally choose, but I’m so glad I did. I first saw the recommendation on Blue-Eyed Bride (Erin has some good book recs) and then noticed several Instagram friends post and comment about how intriguing it is. I was engaged throughout the entire 400 pages of this mystery. And then I needed something a little lighter to read, so I went for Sparkly Green Earrings. I’ve been wanting to read her book after discovering The Big Mama Blog. Such...
Momspiration

Momspiration

I spent the majority of last week feeling frustrated and stressed. It’s just one of those weeks where I don’t feel like I’m good at anything. Including being a mom. I know how fortunate I am to be able to stay at home with my little boy. But some days are hard. The whole mom 24/7 thing really hits home some days. It also doesn’t help that Graydon’s in a major mommy stage right now and only seems to want me to hold him…even when that’s all I’ve been doing all day long. By Thursday evening I reached my “I can’t do anything well or focus on making any decisions or think about anything at all because baby just wants to fuss at me for no reason” point, I scooped up the boy and went upstairs. I stripped him down to his diaper, which usually makes him super happy to be free and put him in the jumparoo in front of the tv in our room with his favorite show on. Then I made myself a hot bubble bath and relaxed for 20 minutes. Graydon was only feet away from me, but it was all I needed to be alone for a minute and recharge, spend a few minutes in prayer and finish our night on a good note.     Pinterest also helped give me a couple good laughs, reminders, and some inspiration. Check out  the rest of my Momspiration board here. I feel like I’ll be adding to this board often. What inspires you when you’re having a tough mom week? Would love to hear your ideas to...
Road Trip to the Coast

Road Trip to the Coast

Last week, we took a family road trip to Rockport. This trip had three purposes: 1. To see my mom’s new home 2. For Graydon to meet his great-grandmother 3. Baby’s first trip to the beach I still can’t believe we have this much stuff packed into the Expedition for just a couple of days. This is our third road trip with Graydon. For some reason, the bigger he gets, the more stuff I seem to have to pack for him. And yes, I brought the exersaucer. That thing is a lifesaver and will keep Graydon happy for hours! And we’re off! Driveway selfie.  As long as Graydon’s got a wubbanub and his Sophie, he’s pretty happy in the car and sleeps for a few hours. I hope he’s always a good car traveler. My mom and stepdad moved to Rockport last summer and split their time between here and there, so we always try to make the most of our visits. This is the first time we’ve been able to travel to them. Graydon loves spending time with his G-Mama and G-Pa. He’s always listening intently to the stories they tell. This boy was immediately at home enjoying the coastal breeze on the patio. My oldest brother and his family also live in Rockport. Tuesday evening, we had a good old-fashioned family dinner and all sat down at the table together to enjoy some ribs that had been smoked on the grill all day. Yum! Of course, we had to get a few family pictures. My oldest niece, Reese, a.k.a. “Little Chandra” since we look so much alike. She’s...
from Teacher to Stay At Home Self

from Teacher to Stay At Home Self

The last 7 years of my life have been devoted to teaching 13 and 14 year olds the love of classic literature and the art of exquisitely writing the English language. Actually, it was more like finding the answers to mind-wandering questions, listening to endless adolescent drama, and struggling to make an attention span last more than 8 minutes at a time. But I loved every minute with the kids! Anyone who has ever been in the classroom truly knows what the job entails and all of the “other duties as assigned” that seem to multiply each year. After giving myself whole-heartedly to an institution, I decided I wanted me back and the only way to achieve that was to resign. Growing up, I always had aspirations to go to college, find a career that made me happy, and find time in there to have a family as well. I settled on teaching half-way through my time at Texas A&M, got a job in the wonderful school district I grew up in just weeks after completing student teaching, went back to school at nights to complete my masters in educational administration, and continued to thrive in the profession. 7 years later, kids are all I’ve known, so to give up this life I’ve made to start something new is a decision that came after plenty of consideration and prayer. In order to find me again, I’m taking some time off, maybe indefinitely. I suppose by default this makes me a housewife, but I’ve shunned this word because of the sit-at-home-eating-bon-bons-watching-soap-operas-princess-mentality that many people have of this word. I rid...