The Adventure Starts Here: Friday Favorites

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  Chris took the day off and we are spending the day at the beach with some friends.  I am really enjoying summer and love that we are only an hour away from the beach and can do these day trips!  I haven't done a traditional "Friday post" in a while, so I thought today would be the perfect time to share some randomness with you!  Have a great weekend :)


The pool!  We live in a neighborhood that has single family homes, duplexes, and condos.  We are all part of the association, but the involvement varies depending on what type of house you own.  Since we live in a single family home, we are responsible for all maintenance.  But we do still have to pay an association fee, which goes towards the neighborhood pool.  The thing is, even if you don't use the pool, you still have to pay for it.  The pool really is nice, but it's just a big pool and baby pool.  On top of that, they are rather strict with their rules and very limiting when it comes to guests.  We would have loved to bring my brother and his family to go swimming, but they wouldn't let us... which is especially frustrating when the pool is absolutely empty!  

This summer, we've been very fortunate to be invited by our friends to the town pool on many occasions.  Noah and I have gone a lot during the week and Chris has come with us twice on the weekends.  These visits made us really want to join!   In the big pool, they have a large 2 1/2 feet section that is perfect for Noah to play in.  He is able to stand, walk around, and swim without us getting nervous of him going under.  Then there's the huge kid section with slides, spray grounds, and a training pool.  I'm also a huge fan of their snack shack where the food is remarkably good and affordable!   But the best part is how many of Noah's friends belong to the pool.  While we often go as guests with our friends, we always see some of Noah's other friends there as well.  

We had planned to join next summer, but then we found out that they were offering an "August membership" and decided to do it now rather than wait for next year.   I think we will be spending a lot of our August at the pool!

Underwater photos taken with my Nikon Coolpix AW130


A Daddy Noah date!  On our bucket list, was for Chris and Noah to have a little Daddy Noah date.  We decided last Saturday would be a good time for them to do it.  The plan was for them to go out for pizza and ice cream and then go to the playground.  But when the time came, Noah wanted to do the playground first and said he wanted to get the pizza to bring home and didn't want ice cream.  I was shocked!  When they were home within the hour, I was even more surprised at how short this daddy son date turned out... talk about disappointment.  At least they hung out together on their iphone/ipad?  


Noah got another Octonauts tee shirt!  Noah loves to wear graphic tees of his current obsessions, and Octonauts is one of his favorite things at the moment!  But it's really hard to find Octonauts shirts!  So we asked our friend, Ken, to make Noah a second Octonauts shirt.  He made Noah his first one back in May.  This time we asked our friend to make one with all the Octonauts characters on it... and it turned out great!  Noah was so excited and asked to wear it right away :)


Flow, otherwise known as my newest obsession!  While Noah is really into Octonauts, I'm loving this new to me app/game.  My mom and nephew introduced it to me and I was hooked right away!  I'm a huge fan of puzzles and games that make you think.  Noah likes doing the easy levels while I've moved onto the harder ones, and even got the paid version so I'd have even more puzzles!


Lowe's Build and Grow - The Avengers!  This summer, Lowes is doing a superhero Avengers theme.  So far we've done three of the projects this summer... Captain America, Iron Man, and Falcon.  Noah is really into superheroes right now and I love watching him get excited to build the projects.  Tomorrow we get to build Thor and then it's just Black Widow and Hulk before our superhero collection will be complete! 

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday" and with A. Liz Adventures for "Five on Friday"!


  1. That's so awesome that you guys got to join the pool early! It looks like the perfect place to spend your summer days. Have a great weekend!

  2. That's great that you got to join the pool! My parents belonged to ours growing up and we spent a ton of time there. I used to play Flow until I finished most of the levels! My kids like it too.

  3. I LOVE puzzle games to and used to play that one all the time. Your pool has such a cool kid/ water area to play in. I feel like we have some super great pools too. Our town has 3 and our memebership gets us into any of them at any time. I do wish things were a little more interactive though. But we spend most of our time at the deep end anyways :P.

  4. I've seen the signs for that Lowes program and think it looks so cute! Glad to see Noah enjoying it!

  5. Aww! Poor Daddy. Maybe they can make a date to go hang out another time and Noah will want to do ALL the things instead of half the things. It was nice they got out together for a bit though!

  6. Such a fun pool!! Our neighborhood association is super strict about visitors, etc and is just one big pool & a large kiddie pool. In glad yall found a better suited one to have fun in for the rest of the Summer!

  7. You're pool looks so cool! I feel like they don't have a lot of cool pool options out here because they assume that people will go to the beach. But the water is always so cold at the beach here, you can never get in! We have a pool but it's just the pool, no other fun stuff like yours!We have been loving the Avengers theme too! I'm excited to complete them all so he will have all of the patches on his apron! I wonder what they will do next?

  8. So exciting that Chris took the day off! Nathan is off on Fridays, but has worked over-time for months. If he doesn’t go in for a few hours on Friday his Monday is really ugly! But, we’ve been on vacation time and he’s taken the last several Fridays off from over-time. I have loved it! The pool you guys joined sounds really awesome. I think August was meant to be spent in the pool. Loving the underwater photos you are capturing lately. They are so clear and full of color (which you know I love). Yay for Daddy/Son dates even if there was a change in plans. The time together is still so special. I love Noah’s love for Octonauts! It’s precious. I was telling Mason’s dentist yesterday that I never thought I would miss cartoons like I do. Mason is into the big kid shows on Nickolodeon now. I miss him being little and watching cartoons! I love your Lowe’s Build and Grow adventures! I am going to have to take Mason sometime and see if it’s something he enjoys!


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