Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sue Sue time!

Mom came to stay a couple of days with us, and it always feels a bit like Christmas.  We visited the Pensacola Art Museum to enjoy the internationally acclaimed Lego Exhibit, which is stunning and a must-see.  We spent time at the beach, enjoyed lunch at my favorite Cactus Flower, and mom even sent me off for a morning of running errands alone while she & the kids cleaned the house!  We don't see her nearly as often as we'd like (if it were up to us, she'd live next door), but we surely enjoy the time we have with her!  Team Davis loves our Sue Sue!

Tucker's favorites at the Lego exhibit:

 Lana's favorite:

 After you finished walking through the exhibit, they had a room set up with Legos to play with:

Our masterpiece - ha!

Two weeks ago, Tucker wouldn't put his toe in water; it didn't matter if it was a pool or an ocean.  Now he's swimming out to the sandbar by himself!

Those are my two children out there!  I can't believe how brave Tucker was being - he was intent on keeping up with big sister.

He even got brave enough to do this:

Nothing like taking your snack out to the sandbar.

One of the things I love most about my girl is how she watches over her brother.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thieves wipes

It's no secret: I love Thieves oil.  It has kept us out of the pediatrician's office for eight months now.  Before Thieves oil, we didn't stay out of the pedi's office for eight weeks in a row, much less months.  So basically I'm in love.  I also love it's funny little history:
So I use Thieves oil everything.  I love Thieves dental floss and throat spray and hand sanitizer and I even put a drop of Thieves oil on my toothbrush when I'm brushing my teeth these days.  I love it.

I have, however, been strangely reluctant to try the Thieves household cleaner.  Honestly, I'm just kind of averse to natural cleaners.  I love the smells of Comet and bleach and Pine-sol.  They smell clean, and I like clean.

I finally broke down and ordered myself the (small) bottle of Thieves cleaner.  I decided to give it a chance, knowing that if I didn't like it for "real" cleaning, I could give it to my kids in spray bottles for when they help me clean and it would be safe for them.  
My first surprise is how very far this little bottle of cleaner will go.  It's a 30:1 ratio, meaning an ounce of Thieves cleaner to 30 ounces of water.  At that rate, this cleaner will last forever!

I've also been pleasantly surprised with its cleaning power and versatility.  I use that same spray bottle of cleaner to clean my mirrors, toilets, countertops, dog kennel, etc.  The only thing I've found that I don't think it cleans well is my shower floor....but nothing cleans that thing well.

So after the Thieves cleaner stole my heart, a friend told me how to take it to the next level and make my own Thieves cleaning wipes, to replace my beloved Lysol wipes.  It's so easy and wonderful that I want to share!

I just used a roll of select-a-size paper towels and a rubbermaid food storage container.  I cut the paper towels to fit into my container - did a big ol' stack of them.

Then I mixed together 1 cup of water to 1 capful of Thieves.

Pour the cup of Thieves cleaner over the stack of paper towels.
Flip the stack over, and repeat with another cup of water + cap of cleaner.

Put the top on and that's it!
These have stayed very moist, and are so versatile.
I give these to the kids to clean the breakfast table, the windows, their toys, everything.
I love grabbing them instead of Clorox wipes.

Thieves has won me over, yet again!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: VBS Weird Animals

Lazy summer days.

My goal this summer was to not have a goal.


Last summer we did camps and schedules and I was worn out at the end of it and I said never again.  Never, ever again.

So we're doing no camps besides an overnight Kids Camp for Lana, which Dan will go on.  We did VBS last week, and that's done.

This summer we are doing slow starts and last minute beach trips and learning to clean and do laundry and reading lots of books and having rest times and doing art and making messes and eating snack lunches and watching cartoons and playing in the sprinkler and hanging with friends and cousins and basically, whatever we want.

I'm determined to give them the kind of summer in which they are not entertained to death and they do get quite bored and have to figure out what to do about that.

I haven't even taken my camera with me much, because I have to WORK at being laid back, but I think it's worth it.  So far, we are enjoying it immensely.  Here are a few glimpses of the fun from my cell phone camera:

Pepper is a fan of this summer plan, too.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

This man is adored.  
by all of us, in every way.
He is the joy and laughter and fun in every day of our lives.

The kids were SO excited to have his Father's Day treats laid out for him on the table:

Can't you just see the love dripping of of those two?
He's earned it.
the thousands of breakfasts he's cooked, with the eggs just the way they like them.
early morning book reading, even though it makes him late.
taking the time to answer the facetime calls to hear about the funny thing that happened right in the middle of the day.
walking in the door and giving us his full attention
scheduling meetings and hangouts after their bedtime, so they get all of him they need.
swing pushing and bubble blowing and giggle making and wrestling.
thousands of Bible stories read, tens of thousands of prayers prayed.
saying yes patiently, tirelessly, to the one more kisses and sips of water and please close the closet doors.
the middle of the night nightmares, soothed by his calmness.
the grace.  the forgiveness.
He's earned their adoration, I tell you.....
and just watching him be a daddy to them has earned him mine.

The Father's Day interviews are always my favorite thing to do for him!

 Even the dog loves him best, as you can see.
He's everyone's favorite.

Tucker's special gift to him:


 Dan Davis, you made me the happiest girl in the world when you made me your bride.
And then you gave me the privilege of raising babies with you,
and it's breathtaking to watch.
You are the kind of Daddy every child dreams of having.
Thank you for being the Daddy of Team Davis.
You are our favorite everything.