Toddlers sitting in a box watching TV

Family Lowes Trips, Sickness, and a Sleepover

I’m pretty sure Lowes is our family’s happy place in terms of stores. Jimmy dreads when I drag him into Hobby Lobby and I’d rather not visit the car parts store, but Lowes? We can do Lowes.

Sadie loves the car shopping carts, Niva gets attention from shoppers and treats from cashiers, and Jimmy and I enjoy dreaming of home projects while we wander the aisles.

Dog at Lowes

No car shopping cart this time, but Sadie was still a happy camper and kept saying “Hey!” to people in the aisles.

I am definitely a big fan of the garden area, while Jimmy prefers gazing longingly at the power tools. Niva likes the checkout because of the aforementioned treats 😉 Do you enjoy home improvement stores or are they totally boring to you?

Sadie and I caught a cold over the weekend and the poor gal had fever after fever. We gave her some of this medicine and let her watch more television than we normally do, mostly to keep her resting instead of running all over the place like usual.

We missed church on Sunday morning and my dad texted me this photo.

Cufflink made from ship

It was so sweet that he was checking in on us and I was super happy to see him wearing the cufflinks I bought him for Father’s Day a few years ago. They have a cool story behind them.

My dad served in the U.S. Navy and lived and worked on a nuclear submarine, the USS Bergall. I found cufflinks (in this Etsy shop) made from maple off of the submarine he was on and he was so happy to have a piece of his history to be able to wear.

This post is just full of random tangents, so onto the next one! Sadie, Niva, and I joined my sister, her dog, and daughter for a little sleepover at my parents’ house and it was the best kind of chaos.

Husky on bunk bed with toddlers

Toddlers sitting in a box watching TV

Two toddlers, four adults, and four dogs all in one house is so much fun. Seeing Sadie and Caroline spending time together is precious and it’s also nice that they entertain each other.

I’m was able to sneak in a bit of real estate work (and blogging!) while they played the day away. The fact that our sleepover tired Niva out is just icing on the cake 😉

Husky sleeping on couch

Are there any stores that your whole family enjoys going to?


Jimmy and I had our cousins stay the night on Friday so their parents could have a date night and it was seriously so much fun! Since we see the boys at church a few times a week, we’ve become really close and they kind of feel like little brothers to me. I’ve always wanted a younger brother, and now I feel like I have three 🙂

Cody, Josiah, and Nathan came over after Jimmy and I got home from work and we all cooked dinner together. We made pizza, pasta, soup, and sandwiches. Variety is the spice of life, right?!

After dinner, we all hung out for a bit with Malcolm and Lola. Then the boys played video games, and I fell asleep on the couch at like 9:30, haha. It was fun to hear all the banter going on between the boys about who was beating who at the video games!

We all went to bed around 11:30 and I think only two out of the three boys were woken up by Malcolm walking on them while they were trying to sleep. Not too bad 😉

For breakfast, Jimmy helped me cook pancakes and bacon.

After everyone ate, Josiah and Nathan perfected their gaming skills while Cody and I took Lola on a walk and then played a board game he created. Yes, you read that right, he created a board game! I got so into it and was bummed when their parents came to pick them up because I wanted to keep playing, ha.

I think it’s safe to say Cody could be creating board games for Hasbro in the future.

We hung out with the whole family (including baby sister, Leia!) and then they left and our house felt super quiet. The sudden silence must have made us realize how tired we were because we promptly took a nap, haha. I don’t know how parents keep up with their kids. It’s amazing.

All in all, it was such a fun sleepover and I can’t wait to do it again 🙂