We’re looking forward to the holiday weekend this weekend, and I hope you have some fun things planned. We have a little bit of everything on the schedule this weekend, but it’s all good! Let’s get going with this week’s Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
Surely with the holiday weekend there will be water involved in some way shape or form. If you don’t have a pool, grab a Bunch O Balloons and have a water ballon toss with the kids, or a full out water balloon war (which I would anticipate if you have teens). The Bunch O Balloons makes fast work for creating water balloons for a crowd. My daughter had some and put them to work when she had a friend over to hang out. Her advice, “Shake the hose so that they’ll come loose, and make sure you don’t fill them up too much or they’ll explode.”
I think I still have college on the brain after going to my son’s orientation last week, but I’m thinking he and I could both use one of these MacBook wood skins. That’s the cool thing about them – they work for men and women, don’t you think?
We got into a great game of Monopoly as a family this week, and can I just tell you how much fun we had? While it’s a parenting fail on my part for not introducing this game to the kids sooner, it was a huge hit. We’re on our third game this week, and it’s a lot of fun to watch the kids learn, plot and bargain.
Luckily the game didn’t end like this:
I have to say that I’m a fan of the “vintage” Monopoly game. I just like things old school when it comes to this game, as I remember playing it a lot as a kid. Hearing that they’re changing some of the game pieces just makes me a little bit sad (as my game piece is the thimble). 😉
Speaking of vintage, how cute are these Lemmy’s Lemonade bottles? I’m a sucker for cute packaging. And yes, I bought one.
Large Paint Samples
I don’t think I’ve shared these before, so forgive me if this is a duplicate, but even if it is, it’s worth sharing. I wish all paint stores would have these oversized paint sample swatches in their most popular colors. So smart. And I saw this at Walmart!
My +1 for the week – The End of Baseball for my Graduate
Both of our boys have played baseball for as long as I can remember. We’re a baseball family, and while things can get crazy and hectic, the boys love the game, and I love watching them. Both of my boys are left-handed pitchers, and watching them pitch is one of my favorite things during baseball season. We just found out this week, after an MRI, that my oldest son has a torn UCL, which essentially means the end of pitching. While I didn’t expect him to play in the MLB, he had planned on trying to walk on and try out in college. Who knows if that would have panned out, but I’m just sad that this is the way it all went down. I had planned on at least watching him this summer, and had prepared myself for baseball ending that way vs. ending in an injury. I get teary just sitting her writing about it. Knowing that in all likelihood, I won’t get to see him pitch again, hurts.
Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Surgery isn’t even required, as it’s an injury that’s related specifically to throwing. I am still trying to gauge how he feels about it, and I’m pretty sure that I’m more upset than he is at this point. It’s just another one of those things that sneak up on you when you least expect it. Parenting these older teens is hard. There are articles in my Facebook feed about your little boy becoming a man, dropping them off at college, and I just have to skip them because I’m on the verge of tears just reading the title of the article.
Thanks for letting me (over)share. 🙂
Have an awesome holiday weekend.