Happy Friday, friends! I hope you are having a fabulous week and are looking forward to this long holiday weekend! I know I am! This weekend starts the beginning of our community pool membership so I thought I would share a few of our favorite things about our summers at the pool!
Opening Weekend At the Community Pool
After lots of swim lessons, I finally have two kids that can swim which is a total win for me this year and is making me enormously happy. For the last couple of years, we have joined this community pool for the summer and I absolutely love it. We are the type of family that try to get every dollar out of our pool membership so we are there every day that we can be there and pack enough snacks & books to stay all day. The kids love having a destination to go to each day, they burn off a ton of energy, and I enjoy some summer reading while I am there. Dreaming of warm days at the pool are making me very happy and we are looking forward to the pool’s opening weekend this week!
My favorite part about this pool- the giant shaded area where really white people like me can sit. I pretty much park myself in a chair under there and if there are no chairs under there, I scoot a chair under there next to someone else sitting there and sit uncomfortably close to them.
My Favorite Pool Accessory EVER
My best friend got these collapsible rolling carts one year when they were on sale at a local hardware store. You may not have thought of a Rolling Cart as the world’s best pool accessory, but it really is. I load our entire cart up with our lunches (still in love with my favorite to-go salad containers), towels, pool toys, reading materials, sunblock, hats, and snacks. I throw them all in this cart and we wheel all of our stuff out to the pool, saving my back from breaking trying to lug all of our stuff out there.
The best part is that this cart is great in the off-seasons for library visits. And, yes, we do horde that many library books when we go that we need a rolling cart to bring everything home. If you are looking for a book at our library and can’t find it, chances are it ended up in this cart.
You know I am all about the drinks since I have to feature something to drink for you each week! One of the best investments I made for our summer was buying one of these little half gallon containers for our drinks. My kids were looking for constant refills and buying tiny juice boxes for them was expensive. I can fill this up with lemonade, or some of our favorite fruit-infused waters, or just plain water and they can refill if they want to. I bought a stack of cheap cups that are for the pool and a quick name written on them with a Sharpie or having everyone pick a color helps cut down on throwing out packaging too.
My bonus happy this week was celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary with the love of my life. On Instagram I posted this little Throwback Thursday image of the day we got married. These two kids had no idea what they were getting into. My caption speaks to what marriage has really been like for us…
“There were hard years and easy ones. There were lean years and fruitful ones. Some years felt like longer than years and others felt like days. But they were always together and for that I’m thankful. 14 married years with my best friend this week!”
It’s very a special occasion when I get to go out on a date with this guy too. We are so lucky that grandma and grandpa offer us the gift of a night out for our anniversary each year. I love getting to dress up and hit the town with this guy!
I found this beautiful dress & necklace from our site sponsor, Flourish Boutique, for the occasion. I went to the store and was overwhelmed with the dress choices. If you are looking for a special occasion dress, I highly recommend checking there- you can use WEB25 as a coupon code towards your dress. I found a gold clutch at Old Navy and put my nude heels and fake tan legs to work for a night on the town.
A power outage hit our downtown that weekend though and our plans for all of our favorite places was derailed. After a lot of FB input and a long visit on Yelp, we settled on Zing! for a sushi night and it was absolute perfection! If sushi makes you as happy as it makes me, check out this documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi and tell me if you don’t love sushi even more!
Lastly, if you are a Michael Jackson fan, please enjoy this talent show performance of Billie Jean with a flawless moonwalk (starts at minute 1:11, if it doesn’t start at the right spot)! Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!
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