Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 06.30.2017

 It’s Friday and that means it’s time to link up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, and April to share five of my favorites from the week!

Of course my grandma and grandpa are two of my most favorite people.  I was so blessed to have two sets of amazing grandparents as I grew up and well into my adulthood.  About a month ago my sweet 90-year-old grandma got really sick.  She’s been transferred from the hospital to a constant care facility and is still there.  Boy does my grandpa miss her terribly!  They have a beautiful love story and have been married for 75 years! Yes, 75!  At 93, grandpa still gets along pretty well and lives independently.  He even hops on his stationary bike every day and takes it for a spin. He is a fantastic storyteller and loves to tell stories about his life.  When he gets going, I could listen for hours.  I love spending these beautiful summer evenings hanging out with him and hearing about his younger years, WWII experiences, and the adventures he and my grandma have been on!  What an amazing life he has lead.  It truly is the greatest generation.


How sweet are these two? Love them!

I’ve been working this week on organizing all of the pictures I took while we were on vacation.  I love taking pictures, looking at pictures, and putting them together in digital albums.  Traveling is definitely one of our favorite things to do as a family, and summer is the perfect time to hit the road for a little family time.  I’m not sure why, but I love to take a pic of the open road.  There is something about this kind of pic that makes me happy!

We left Montana and headed west!  Montana (left) has the beautiful, snow capped Crazy Mountains in the distance and Washington’s Highway 101 (right) is tree lined and just gorgeous.


Check out the Top Ten List of Road Trip Essentials I created while packing for our trip.

We made a quick lunch stop in Coeur d’Alene on our way through.  We have driven through this beautiful Idaho town many times, but never really spent any time there.  I’m adding it to the travel wish list.  Maybe some day?!?  As we approached Coeur d’Alene, Eli said he wanted a good burger for lunch.  I found Crafted on Yelp.  They had great burger reviews…and did not disappoint.  I wish I would have snapped a pic.  I’m telling you – delicious burgers.  The #42 was our favorite!  We recommend you check this place out if you are ever in the area.

I am going to try and recreate the #42 burger!  It was sooooo yummy!

And…who wouldn’t want to check out the turtle races?  They sound like a lot of fun too!  Wish we would’ve been there on a Friday!

I am happy to be home and back on track with my diet and exercise.  I have spent the week listening to Pastor Nate Poetzl’s series titled The Original 33AD.  This is a six part series about the early church, but is so relatable to our world today.  During soccer season we missed many Sundays, so I wanted to catch up and fill in the services I missed.  This is such a good series, and one of my favorites!  Check it out here. You will have to scroll down to part 1, but it’s so worth it.  You can watch a live service, or listen to the audio only version.  I like to download them like a podcast so I can pop my earbuds in and listen on my phone.

Our oldest, Dylan, is working as an assistant to a carpenter this summer.  He is learning a lot, and having fun doing it!  He has always been creative, so carpentry is a great outlet for his creativity. This summer, I am trying to make the outside of our home more welcoming.  Recently, I casually mentioned I wanted a little bench for our small front entry.  Soooo, while we were away, as a surprise Dylan whipped up this bench!  This surprise is my favorite and I’m loving how it looks in our entry.  Now, for a new rug and a fun sign to hang above the bench.

It really was a great week, loving the unstructured summer life!  But, I am a little panicked to think that June has come to a close.  Check out my June wrap up here. I hope you had a great week too!

10 thoughts on “Friday Favorites 06.30.2017

  1. I live in Washington and we love driving the short distance to Coeure d’Alene. Crafted is so good! It is such a fun little town and lake! I hope you enjoyed Washington. We LOVE Montana. I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I’m totally checking out your roadtrip essentials- we’re headed on a long one in a few weeks, and I need to keep my sanity! How wonderful for you to still have your grandparents. I miss mine every day and haven’t deleted my Nana’s phone number- just can’t do it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    1. We are traveling with a teen, it is a bit easier compared to when my boys were younger I have to admit! There is nothing better than grandma and grandpa! Have a great weekend!

  3. I’ve been to Coeur d’Alene once, but unfortunately I wasn’t in the area long enough to be able to see or do much. It’s a beautiful part of the country. Happy Friday!

  4. Mom here! I’m amazed I figured out how to see your blog. You are so special and so nice to share. Love you much. Godspeed!!

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