{Five on Friday // Pond // The travelling bag // Flag Day}

Happy Friday friends!! I don't know about you, but I am ready to get another summer weekend underway. We have been having the best summer weekends and I can't get enough. But first...Friday {and another excuse for a photo dump!!}.

{O N E} // Posts from this week



{T W O} // While organizing my photos I realized that I never shared these sweet pictures. Mason had a turtle for a pet for about a week. He was a tiny little thing and Nathan found him crossing our street. As much as Mason loved him, we noticed he wasn't really thriving in the home we built for him. Nathan and I were afraid he was going to die. So we talked Mason into taking him to the pond to 'find his family'. So one evening we loaded up in the Trail-Wagon and went to take our turtle home. The light was glorious and I couldn't help but snap pictures. While at the pond Nathan taught Mason the art of skipping rocks. We really should spend more time at the pond.


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{T H R E E} // I have a sweet story to share. My husband and his best friend have been exchanging the same gift bag for almost 30 years now. Whether they were giving a birthday gift or a graduation gift or even just a just because gift they would put it in this same gift bag each time and pass it back and forth. It's become a tradition that they have carried into their adult years and I just love it. Our best friends are in the Air Force and have been stationed in a different country for a year now. The wife {who is now one of my closest and best friends} messaged me to let me know they were sending us a box of 'local' things from where they are living. We got our package in the mail opened the box and found this...


The gift bag! We can now say that thing has traveled across the world. Goodness I love a good tradition and good friends even more.

{F O U R} // Tuesday was Flag Day! I love National holidays because for some reason Mason is more agreeable to letting me take pictures of him. Like on Flag Day! I said, "Mason today is flag day. I need to take some pictures of you with the flag!" And he agreed without any fuss! Umm, whaaaatt? I might just have to make up some holidays for the sake of getting photos.

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{F I V E} // We went on some family bike rides this week!  It's kind of become our evening jam. We are loving being able to just go without having to stop every five minutes for Mason! When he had training wheels he would get high-centered on our uneven streets in our neighborhood. Now, he is a bike riding machine. We normally ride to Nate's parents house and back (which is exactly a mile), but one night we took the long way home. Mason is a little champ! This makes me even more excited to see him ride in the bike parade at 5th of July! If we aren't bike riding we at least try to get out and do some sort of outdoor activity each night! Summers are the best.






Any plans for the weekend? I doubt we do much tonight because Nate has to be at the church at 5:30 am to leave for a men's fishing trip! Mason and I will find something to do. Then Sunday is child dedication and Father's Day at church!!

Hope you have an amazing weekend!!

13 comments

  1. I love the pond pictures. I laughed at the turtle's name! How sweet that Mason wanted him to be happy. That's funny about the Flag Day pictures - there are a ton of little unknown holidays you can use to trick him into pictures! Maybe I'll try that trick too!

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  2. Haha you totally have to make up some random holidays whenever you need a photo! Those of him in front of the flag are great! And how cool is that gift bag going back and forth for so long!!!! Happy weekend friend!

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  3. The tradition with your hubby & his friend and the bag is so cool! What an awesome idea! I think it's such a special thing to share something like that. The pics you took at the pond are stunning and the ones of Mason for flag day are, too! Girl, google June National Holidays. Every month there is a list of them. Some would make really cute pictures! And we love being outdoors this time of year, too! There's nothing better than summer evenings!

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  4. That gift bag story is so sweet! How fun! Mason's Flag Day pictures are adorable, too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating Father's Day with Nate!

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  5. That gift bag exchange is so cool! What a crazy tradition!

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  6. I love the bag tradition! What a great story! Hopefully, they will pass it on to their kids!

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  7. Awe, that bag story is too great! And such a fun tradition to start! We need to get back into our walking routine. This week has been crazy with VBS, plus it's so dang hot! And love those flag pictures!!

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  8. I love your flag pallet!!!! Gorgeous pictures as always, friend.

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  9. Oh sweet Mason and his big heart. Putting a pet back would be tough. Love the flag pallet. I really want to make one. :) we need to go on bike rides too. have a great weekend.

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  10. Oh my gosh that bag story! I love that sort of thing. Like suck it all up and just marinate in it. So awesome! And the turtle! How sweet! Happy weekend!

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  11. The bag tradition is so cool. How did it start? I'd love to hear the history of the bag.

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  12. Excellent idea about making up a few holidays here and there for the sake of pictures =)

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  13. Yay for family bike rides! We took one last night so Marissa could try out her new bike :). That bag is awesome. I am a sucker for things like that too.

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Thanks for the comments! Hope you are having an amazing day!!