Currently June/July 2021

Hello and happy July! I skipped last month’s currently post and just barely making July’s in time!

June was very eventful! My family, including my parents, sister, nieces and nephews came to visit and stayed with us at our place. There were 10 people in my house for 10 days! It was chaos at times, but we had such a great time!

We kept things pretty low key the first couple days, but then Tuesday came and we packed up and spent the day at Silverwood! Mikey and I went a couple years ago, but going with family was so much fun! Plus Gryffin is older now so he was able to enjoy it too!

I got to take him on his very first roller coaster ride! He loved it!

Excuse the no makeup look

And we stayed and played all day!

Goodbye Silverwood!

The rest of the time we enjoyed each other’s company with BBQ’s, water balloon fights, movies, and late evening chats out on our deck. It was hard to say goodbye at the end!

And now we’re in July!

4th of July we spent with friends for a couple hours after church and then spent a quiet evening watching fireworks. Ok, so they were actually illegal, but we definitely weren’t the ones lighting them off and they just so happened to be seen from our back deck, so we took full advantage and enjoyed the show anyway.

Since then we have been checking off items on our summer bucket list here and there and soaking in as much of the season as we can. Speaking of summer – this summer is a HOT one. We have been averaging high 90-100 degree days for weeks on end! I feel like we typically average in the 80’s range. The highest hit 115 (at least that’s what our car registered when driving). We are very thankful pools and splash pads are open this year!

Ok, so here’s what else we’ve been up to!

Currently Watching

Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet on Disney +!

My sister introduced me to this show. I wasn’t expecting to get so hooked on it, but here I am!-

Currently Reading

You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

Ok, sooo I’m still listening to this on the audiobook. It’s a good read but not super exciting to me either, so it’s taking me longer to get through

The Little Book of Hyyge by Meik Wiking

I read a different book on hygge a couple years ago, but that one was difficult to get through. This one, however, I’m adoring! My favorite way to read this book is sitting on our deck, with the breeze gently rustling through the trees, and birds singing in the background. Pretty much the perfect setting for any book though. :)

Currently Making/Baking

Cherry Pie Bars! by Mom Spark

Finally! This has been on my Pinterest board for about 2 years and I just now tried it! They were pretty yummy and perfect topped with whipped cream.

Current Favorite

Our new Keurig!

Confession – I have been without a coffee maker for about 2-3 years. I would always get coffee when I got to work and at home I would just make instant coffee (I imagine some of you are cringing right now…am I right?).

Well, I needed help to start waking up earlier in the mornings and this was my solution. We high-tailed it to Walmart one late Sunday afternoon and picked this one up. Let me tell you…it worked. I can actually motivate myself to get out of bed in the morning now without hitting the snooze a million times.

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I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer! I would love to know what you all are up to!

Much love to you all,

Cami

2021 Summer Bucket List

It’s amazing how much different this year feels from last year. I think the weather changed so dramatically this year that we basically jumped into summer with both feet! Winter practically started in October of last year and seemed to last a million years, so I am perfectly ok with the dramatic change.

To keep up with tradition I am sharing our summer bucket list. Some of these things might look familiar as they were on the last year’s list as well, but I look forward to it each year. :)

Also, I still want to point out that some of these things are geared toward kids as well. I put this little “FYI” out there in case you’re wondering why a grown adult would want to do some of these things, haha.

So let’s jump in here!

Food & Drink

  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Make cherry pie bars (this has been on my Pinterest page for far too long without having tried it!)
  • Make peach cobbler
  • Make sun tea
  • Buy a treat from the ice cream truck
  • Have a BBQ (we’re hopefully buying a grill this year!)
  • Make a cheesecake

Out & About

  • Feed the ducks
  • Check out books at the library
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Visit a new park
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Go on a nature walk
  • Go to a splash pad (they were all closed last year, so hopefully we are good to go this year!)

Fun in the Sun

  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Go on a picnic
  • Play outdoor field hockey
  • Make a rock garden
  • Decorate the back deck
  • Plant flowers
  • Go on a treasure hunt

Rain or Shine

  • Go puddle jumping
  • Pajama movie night
  • Hand-write a letter and mail it
  • Play a new board game
  • Make a summer scrapbook
  • 30 day photo challenge (this is a stretch, but we’ll see!)
  • Make a sensory bin (Gryffin is getting a little old for this, but I think he’ll still have fun with it!)

For those who want to make your own, you can also download a blank copy!

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I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your summer! What’s on your summer bucket list?!

Much Love,

Cami

Currently May 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed the long weekend so I decided it wouldn’t kill me if I posted this a little late.

This past month has been a huge improvement from last month! The situation that occurred has now been fully resolved and I’m feeling much better about things. In addition to that, the weather has been amazing! Gardening is in full swing (my poor front yard needs quite a bit of work done) but I’m so happy to finally be getting outdoors more!

We spent this past Memorial Day weekend shopping, getting our house clean, laundry, spending quality time with friends, and soaking in sunshine. It was a perfect weekend!

Here’s what else we’ve been up to…

Currently Watching

WandaVision on Disney+!

Just finished! Now we’re on the search for the next show.

Currently Reading

You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

I can’t remember where I found this book, but it’s been on my to-read list for quite a while! I haven’t gotten very far, but it’s a pretty short book. It’s another one that has given me some food for thought, so I’m looking forward to getting into this one more.

Currently Making/Baking

5 Ingredient Energy Bites from Chef Savvy

These make for a great snack! It’s yummy and sweet and I appreciate this recipe includes flax seed as well.

Current Favorite

All things summer!

Seriously, nothing can beat the smell of freshly cut grass, the smell of summer rain, and cold treats on a hot day. Even reading during the summer somehow feels extra relaxing. I’m loving it and soaking it all in!

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I hope you all are doing well! I realize I’ve been slacking on posts this year, but keeping up with life is still quite a challenge sometimes. Thanks for bearing with me through it all!

Much love to you all,

Cami

Just as a heads up, I’m not sure if this post will be of interest to anyone else, but I just want to document as a reminder that God hears, listens, and speaks.

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, April was a really difficult month.  I had been struggling a lot from a situation that had left me blindsided and hurt (I realize I’m being cryptic about what actually happened, but it’s sensitive).  Thankfully between time, prayer, and a fresh perspective, I’ve finally been able to move forward.

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One morning I had gotten up expecting to have another really hard day.  As I walked out the door of my bedroom, the following verse sounded in my head loud and clear…

“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it”.  

As I slowly walked up the stairs I prayed “You’re right Lord, you did make this day and I will rejoice and be glad in it, regardless of how I feel.” I certainly didn’t want to be glad, but none the less, He did make this day and I could be thankful for life itself, regardless of my circumstances.  I took a shower and repeated the verse a couple more times, willing myself to have a better attitude about the day ahead.

As I continued getting ready for work I listened to the devotional on the YouVersion app. It was only about 2 minutes long but what was said was exactly everything I needed to hear. It was on Mathew 20:28:

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many”

It’s been a couple weeks since I listened to the devotional, but the point has stayed with me – it’s all about humility. In the big picture, our occupation, job status, title, etc. doesn’t matter. We are called to love others and to serve.

It was a lightbulb moment, a clear calling, and a good reminder of our purpose and the importance of humility.

Thankfully the past month is over, time has healed some of the hurt, and things have worked itself out, and through it all, God was right there.

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To all that are struggling, know you are loved and not alone.

Much love to you all,

Cami

A Fresh Perspective

Currently April 2021

Not going to lie, April has been a rough, rough month. There’s just no sugar coating this one. There were some things that metaphorically blindsided me and I’ve been dealing with emotional whiplash from it all month long. I am beyond happy to say goodbye to this month and move on to the next since the issues have (mostly) been dealt with and I am ready to move on.

Aside from that drama, here’s what we’ve been up to…

Currently Watching

WandaVision on Disney+!

We still haven’t finished The Mandalorian – at this point we might just wait until the next season is out haha.

Currently Reading

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I’ve been dying to read a book that I just can’t put down. I was not really expecting this book to be that kind of book but I. Was. Wrong! I’ve been staying up past my bedtime because I don’t want to stop. I’m almost a week in of reading this and about half way done. That might not seem like much, but considering it usually takes me about a month to finish a novel, it’s pretty impressive. At this rate I’ll be done by the end of the weekend.

Currently Making/Baking

Napa Almond Chicken Salad from Valeries Kitchen.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, we’re beginning to move away from cozy soups and stews and incorporating more light and fresh meals. This recipe was delicious. We used pita bread and it was perfect! I was out of a few key ingredients when I made this, but still turned out pretty good. I will definitely be making this again. It would be a great picnic option!

Current Favorite

This month’s favorite has been all about the little things in life.

Slowing down, enjoying the smell of coffee in the morning, getting rest, reading, bubble baths, etc. When life is hard you have to look for the beauty and blessings that God has given us. It’s so hard to see when you have dense fog and the dark clouds of life in your way, but it makes such a different when you stop to take a moment to be grateful for the things that bring us joy.

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Anyway, I hope you all are doing well and staying safe.

Much love to you all,

Cami