Sunflower State of Mind: Five on Friday!

June 6, 2014

Five on Friday!

Hello Friday! It's lovely to see you again!

I'm joining Darci, Natasha, April and Christina for another fun Five on Friday!
So let's get to it, shall we?


Arden started swimming lessons this week!  I wouldn't go as far as to say that she loved them, but she's getting there ;)  I assumed that because she mastered her lessons last year that she'd be a pro in the pool this time around too...ehh, not so much!  I think being older has made her a little less trusting of the water.  She wants to be on my hip most of the time--but she's getting a little braver each day!

The funniest thing is that there are a bunch of little bath toys in the pool during the lessons and one of them is a guy riding a wave runner...for whatever reason, Arden LOVES him.  I had to wake her up yesterday morning and when I asked if she wanted to go to swimming lessons, still half asleep she asked: "And get the guy?"  I just love her :)


It may not be the Dr. Pepper Ten I would like to be enjoying every day, but I've been getting my carbonated bev fix from this sparkling strawberry lemonade.  It's delicious!


Life at Gigi & Papa's is pretty darn good.  So good that I'm starting to worry about how Arden will react to moving into our new house next month.  No playhouse, no ranger, no cows? Say what?!? Good thing we'll only be a short drive from all these awesome amenities...and her grandparents :)


One thing our new house WILL have? Awesome countertops.  Ahhh!!! After countless hours of research (and just as many convincing Chris that we needed them!) I finally decided on a Carrara-looking quartz for our kitchen counters.  You might've seen the same dilemma on Darci's five last week...let's just say we've shared about 3,596 text on this topic!! I'm so glad we're doing all of this at the same time because we've been able to share ideas, get each other's opinions, and become totally consumed in things like countertops without looking like super crazies to one another!!! That doesn't mean our husbands didn't think we looked like super crazies though ;)

So anyyyyyway, this is where I finally landed and I'm pretty ecstatic about it!  It's called Viatera Minuet and this picture shows it paired with our beveled subway tile backsplash. Eeek, I can't wait!!!!

And yes, that's the biggest sample I could get my hands on. Ha!


I'm dying over this printable donut placemat that my sweet and talented friend Emily designed! 
I mean, how ADORABLE is this?!?!

I just love everything about it!  And wouldn't it be the perfect addition to Arden's "donut shop" 2nd birthday party (which I'm only planning in my head at this point! Ha!)?!  Love, love, love!

Well folks, that's all I've got today! Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!! :)


  1. When our pool season ended last year Aria was so mad. I wasn't sure if she'd be the same little daredevil fish this year, but so far...yup. Just a wee bit more in the life preserving category would be okay with me. Too cute that she was ready to go back for 'the guy'!
    Sliding face first into the pool, too funny. Maybe you should think about getting a cow or two for your own backyard. Just for a little whimsy.
    Apparently there are free donuts up for grabs today, don't miss out!

  2. Oh my gosh your parents farm looks so fun, Arden will miss it but it's a good thing you're close. Also.. That countertop!!! Gorgeous! Happy Friday! Xo

  3. The little girl in my belly is definitely screaming "DONUTS" right now! ;)

  4. There's nothing like country living! We live in the city now but Harp loves visiting her great grandma's farm. Pretty sure our next move will have to be to the country. Love the new countertops! And the picture of Arden sliding into the pool is by far my fave!

  5. So fun about swim lessons! Lilly is starting them next weekend for the first time ever and I am so excited!

  6. I really wanted to get Hayden in lessons this summer, but there was no way this pregnant mama was getting in the water with him haha!

    Can't wait to see the house all come together, it's going to be gorgeous I'm sure!

  7. We started swimming lessons this week too!!!! Tonite is our second class. :) And love, love the donut theme! Perfection!

  8. Can't wait to see how your kitchen turns out, love your choices!!

  9. I cannot wait to see pictures of your finished house. It's going to be amazing. Avery has been the same way with the pool this year. She clings to us for the first 20 minutes then doesn't want to get out after that! Gotta love this stage!

  10. Ha! I love the picture of her sliding into the kiddie pool! So much fun :)

    And of course, loving the décor house updates!

  11. pretty sure your house is going to be AMAZING!!!! come re-do mine too? pretty please!!!! and yay for swim lessons with the "little guy"! i love it!

  12. Love the countertops with the backsplash! It's perfect :) and I am tickled over that picture of her going head first down the slide into the pool!

  13. Yay! Happy National Donut Day! Love the countertops you picked! I'm a big carrara marble fan. And how adorbs is Arden in her swimsuit. She'll get used to lessons and the water in no time. Mac's only been going for a few months and I'm shocked at how good he's getting now!

  14. I'm questioning why I still haven't had a donut today?? LOVE the house plans coming along as we are supaaaa excited to start swim class soon, too!!

  15. cannot wait to see the house! You are doing a great job! And look at all that fun at your parents - can we come play soon!??!?!?

  16. Oh going to be such a great kitchen, can't wait to see it come together!

  17. I am a huge DDP and Dr. Pepper 10 fan, too! But recently, I've been having to avoid caffeine....;-) and have been looking for a carbonated substitute. I am totally going to look for that V8 drink. Did you just find it at the grocery store?

  18. Arden in her little swim suit, and asking for "the guy"! I just died. We're taking lessons in a few weeks and I hope our ventures are as successful as yours!
    And the sparkling strawberry lemonade? YES PLEASE!!

  19. So much to say .... so much!!!!! First of all, the countertops rock my world and I am beyond grateful that you shared them with me!! Thank you for dealing will all of my crazy town texts! ;) Next........ the photo of Arden going down head first on that slide is the best thing I've seen all week. WE MISS YOU GUYS.

    Lastly - you are the cutest, tiniest preggo in all the land. You make it look good!!!!!!!!!

    Happy (almost) Friday --- J sends kisses Arden's way! :)

  20. I have so much to say-but it's 4 am while nursing and so I will quickly say You're the BEST thank you for sharing and!!!!!' I miss you!!!! XO

  21. hey gal! i am contacting people that linked up in the last 5 on friday linkup...that has since been put on hold for the summer. well...if you were interested, a friend of mine and i are starting it back up! the first one will be live this friday morning! prepare your post! :) it's going to be called "oh hey, friday!" it'll be the exact same rules. write about five anythings. hope to see you there!