Casual Fridays

I love Fridays!  Even thought its a homeschool day for us, its generally a lighter load and so close to the weekend that it almost feels weekendish.  I’m less stressed knowing that relaxation (or fun) (or both!) are coming soon!  So these posts are filled with random, not super important, Friday-esque details: lighter topic, no stress, things that I find funny, and I hope you do, too!

I’m on the hunt for a new pair of athletic shoes, but not for actually being athletic in!  I have a pair of shoes I work out in now, and want to just have another fun pair for wearing around.  I love New Balance, their fun colors, and retro vibe, but I can’t decide which pair I like best!  Will you weigh in for me?  I’m open to other colors, too, but these were the first ones I found.

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New Balance 697 Sneaker (rose) New Balance 696 (sage) New Balance 520 70’s Running (pink) 574 Serpent Plus (dusted peach)

pink sneakers

Actually, while I was working on this post, I found a really cute pair of sneakers that I’m going to try for a fraction of the price, from Target!  They haven’t arrived yet, but I sure hope they fit right!

Also, I swear I wear things that are colors other than pink!

dance biscuits

One of the perks of having older kids is introducing them to things that Sean & I find hilarious, but when they are little just wouldn’t make sense.  Around here, we’re big fans of stupid humor! Like The Three Amigos.  Also, random videos, like the SNL skit on Beyonce’s Single Ladies video, featuring Justin Timberlake.  I think this video is hilarious!  My 12 year old, Lily, got a letter board for Christmas and quoted the best lines from the skit on it (above).

On the topic of movies and videos for older kids, I would love some suggestions from you guys!  We generally go pretty clean with our movies, but are relaxing a bit with language for our oldest.  If there’s any sexual material, we either skip it or pass on the movie or show entirely.  Abbie from M is for Mama gave me a bunch of recommendations recently, but I’d love more!  My girls and I recently watched You’ve Got Mail (per Abbie’s suggestion) and they loved it and it was so clean!  As a family, we have been watching the old reruns of Tool Time.  While Tim makes some slightly more adult remarks, they are generally above the kids’ understanding, and we all enjoy watching it.  A friend recommended a short series recently called Dr. Thorne (its free with Amazon Prime!) and our whole family enjoyed it, even our 10 year old son.  So what about you – do you have any good clean shows you can suggest?

Any weekend plans?  We have a 4 day weekend (woohooo!) with very few plans – my favorite!  I always have several projects running at once, so maybe I’ll get to finish one of them…

Casual Fridays

Do any of you remember “Insta Fridays“?  I used to do an Instagram update every Friday on the blog – like a little weekly recap.  I miss that!

Instead, today I’m sharing a few things I’m loving lately, am inspired by, or just get a kick out of!

  • I recently listened to Michael Hyatt’s new podcast called Lead to Win which he hosts with his daughter.  I particularly liked this episode talking about 5 reasons resolutions fail – its made me rethink my list of resolutions, rework them, and rename some of them as “goals” and set a plan in action to achieve them!  There are several podcasts that I’m loving right now – maybe I’ll share them all in a post soon.  Do you have a favorite?

4 to follow

  • I have been doing some deep dives on Instagram after I took a month off over Christmas break.  I am finding more “house-centric” feeds and endless inspiration for our next home.  Here are 4 of my new & old favorites: (clockwise, starting top left) Arrows & Bow, Brepurposed, Chris Loves Julia, and My Simply Simple.  And you can follow me over there, too!  Who are some of your favorites?
  • Pretty much our entire family is NOT musically gifted, but we sure do love music here in the Cheney household!  Dance parties are a pretty regular occurrence.  Sometimes just me alone.  By myself.  In the kitchen.  We have a Samsung Soundbar that gets pretty loud and has great sound, if you’re looking to up your dance party game! new city catechism
  • Our family (and our church) is going through the New City Catechism together.  There’s a kid’s version and an adult version – we’re using the app but I also got the book because I like to have an actual book sometimes to read through.  We’re choosing to do both versions, but aiming to memorize the longer adult version.  There are 52 questions, designed for us to memorize 1 each week.  We’re 3 weeks in to it and successful so far – only 49 weeks to go ;)
  • Our youngest, Silas, is 10.  Obviously old enough to know how to tie his shoes.  But the kid (along with his father) hates to tie & untie his shoes, so he does his best to slip them on without doing either, which tends to break down the shoe a little faster.  My sister introduced us to these awesome elastic shoe laces – they look like regular laces, but are stretchy so make just about any lace-up shoes into slip-ons!

And now let’s celebrate because its the WEEKEND!!!  Sean has been traveling all week and this mama is ready for some time with her favorite man.  We’ve got a teenage girl sleepover planned, a little parent training seminar to attend, a birthday party, and a wine & cheesecake party (woohoo!).  I also have several started projects that I need to finish – did you know I am famous for starting projects and not finishing them? One of my goals is to be a better finisher – ha!

Have a great weekend friends!  What are your plans?