Summer is officially here in Alabama. It was HOT this weekend. I knew the days of beautiful weather were numbered, as they always are. I am mad with myself that we didn’t have the time to take more advantage last week. We did manage to see my sister for a little while on Friday and go to lunch with her. These street tacos were amazing.

Saturday morning I was able to knock out a job before Zoe got up. We made some breakfast and got ready to head out to her friend’s birthday party. This was our first party since December of 2019, and Zoe lives for a party. She has been talking about it for weeks, had her outfit and swimming suit picked out, poured over what present she was going to bring, we even had to make a special trip to find the perfect wrapping paper. They had a bounce house, sprinkler, and outdoor games set up. She had so much fun and is asking how long she has to wait for her own birthday.

When we got home, Zoe asked if we could pull out our sprinkler. I let her run around under it, and play with her water table for awhile before dinner.

We had pork medallions and mashed potatoes. It is definitely a labor of love to prepare, but we all enjoy it so much so it is worth it.

Sunday morning I got another job knocked out before Zoe woke up. After breakfast I decided that it was time to wash all our outdoor cushions and hose off the deck. Pollen had coated everything, as it always does down here. I felt like the worst of the pollen had come through, and I wanted to be able to enjoy that space again. A good washing and hosing and it looks so good out there!!!!

After lunch, Zoe and I ran to Publix to grab a few items and came home and got the sprinkler out again. While she ran around enjoying that, I hung up our string lights on our deck. I didn’t love them after I got 3/4 of them hung, so I took them all down and started over. Now I am in love and cannot believe the transformation. They are so beautiful at night time! I know we are going to enjoy them a ton this summer.

I still need to order some lanterns or plants for our hanging hooks, but it is about done! We keep Zoe’s water table stored up on the deck when she isn’t using it so it doesn’t collect water in the yard. Those things are mosquito attracters if you don’t empty them! Since that is the state bird here, I try not to do things to make it worse.

I have one more row of lights that are pinned to the ceiling that will run above near the toy box storage on that side of the deck. I needed to get an extension cord but wanted to be able to use the lights until then. I got the lights here, very affordable and currently on sale. They come with extra bulbs. The furniture was purchased last year, here is the link. It is from the Hawthorne light, they have other pieces like a bar top table and barstools, and a few other pieces. The quality is amazing for the price. I have seen other pieces that are much more expensive that look essentially identical to ours. I am so happy with it, and the cushion covers unzip and clean up really nice.

I had meant to measure and hang our shelving above the coffee bar, deep clean the floors and go through and do another closet purge this weekend…but none of that happened. I am fine with it though. I really enjoyed taking Zoe to her friends birthday party and getting to see her enjoy the sprinklers outside. All of those tasks will be there next time.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Tell me something good that is going on for you. Anything, big or small. Linking up with Tanya.

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  • Reply Laura May 24, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Loving your patio – it looks so nice! Glad Z had a good time at the birthday party – I know she was super excited. We also “opened” our pool this weekend, so we had a lot of time outside. Can’t believe it’s going to be in the 90s all week!! Bye-bye spring!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer May 24, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Love that patio furniture. I like how yours has cushioning on the seat and back; I need to order some with that because ours is not as comfortable! I’m so glad that Zoe had fun at the birthday party; I’m sure it was a big day for her!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent May 24, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I just love string lights – changes the atmosphere so much at night. I need to get some myself for our enclosed room. & hope Ozzie doesnt try to Jump & pull them all down

  • Reply Lauren May 24, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    My sister and her family come to visit this week and that is the BEST news!

    • Reply Nadine May 24, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      That is amazing news! I hope you have the best time!

  • Reply Biana May 24, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    We want to do some string lights on our deck as well – I think it’s so pretty at night! So glad Zoe had fun at the birthday party – sounded like a fun weekend!

  • Reply Danielle Butler May 24, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    I am definitely feeling like I am reaching to find something good…I would say family time. Work just sucks right now. And it is getting worse. I do love the time we have at home and spending it outside in the backyard. We have some lights like that too.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag May 24, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I love how much Zoe prepared for the party. It sounds like a great time. It was 90 here and while it’s not humid yet, that’s still too dang hot and I’m not here for it. It’s still MAY! lol

    Love the string lights. I really need some for my outside areas.


  • Reply Lovely May 24, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful weekend! I’m glad to know Zoe had fun at the party and those tacos look yum!

  • Reply Ashley May 25, 2021 at 10:15 am

    I looooove your screened porch! I’ve always wanted that or a 3 season room. So glad Zoe got to par-tay!

  • Reply Andrea Nine May 26, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Give me on the street tacos! Your deck, screened in area looks just delightful and our string lights just the best! Hope you’re having a good week!

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