High Five for Friday | Favorites

So it's actually Saturday... but I like the alliteration of Friday Favorites, so I'm going ahead with it.
I missed last week, so I really wanted to update this week because we have done SO MUCH!

My birthday was the 4th, and we were planning a trip out of town to see family. We canceled at the last minute because of bad weather (traveling 12 hours in 2.5 days to spend all day inside didn't seem very fun). Our kids were DEVASTATED to not see grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, so we decided to have a staycation at home. We basically planned (at the last minute) fun stuff for every day that weekend. Our weekends are usually VERY chill so this was for sure out of the ordinary for us.

Day one of our staycation involved going on a drive through animal safari. It was GREAT. So much fun for our kids and for us! I loved that the animals were free to roam ACRES of forest and grassland. It was so fun to get upclose and feed them. The highlight for me was the zebra and giraffe. They also had a little zoo area that had a SLOTH--which is also a favorite of mine!

Day two of our staycation we went to a local waterpark. It was SUPER fun and cheap and our kids are still talking about it!

First day of school!! It rained on Luke's first day of school, so inside pictures it was! He started this year at a University Model School where he goes to school 2 days a week and is homeschooled 3 days a week. It's an adjustment and we are getting used to it but so far it has been SO GOOD. We just love it! Emmie started pre-k 4s this year!

JUST CAN YOU EVEN. I said earlier that giraffes and sloths were my favorite-- but BELUGAS take the cake. They are 100% at the top of my list and I could actually sit and watch them swim for HOURS. Leave me at the tank and come back and get me when everyone else is ready to leave. Josh surprised me with a beluga experience for my birthday and I died. Like went to heaven. They are absolutely my favorite and to be able to experience them up close was incredible. I plan to do a whole post about the experience. We have almost 100 pictures that I'll pick my 10 favorites and share. For now though I'll leave you with this:

We are SLOOOOOOWLY working on painting our kitchen cabinets. We started at the end of July and I lovingly refer to my mom as my project manager. She'll come over and tell me "we need to do this, this and this today" dealing with the cabinets. I'm such a procrastinator that it would take me a year to finish. I am very thankful for her help and motivation. We are almost done with 3 of these doors and this coming week we'll be moving on to the other 4! I will say that I AM SO SICK OF LOOKING AT MY DISHES. So glad we don't have open shelving!

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