Friday Things #467
1. This boy turned EIGHT yesterday! I can’t believe how quickly time passes and boy, most days I wish I could redo the years all over again. Just to soak up every minute like it’s impossible to do when you’re in the thick of it.
2. We realized over the summer that Joseph had really outgrown his bike and got him a new one for his birthday. The stars aligned and it was an unbelievable 50 degrees yesterday, so he actually got to ride for a while after school ❤️
3. And I had one of the best days ever with this sweet girl. After we dropped her brothers off at school, she helped me wrap Joseph’s presents, we made the Rice Krispie treats that he had requested for his birthday dessert, ran a ton of errands, bought balloons, etc. She was just so happy and we had such a great time together.
4. Dominic will begin his second round of the new immunotherapy and low-dose chemo regimen next week, and afterward will have another full-body scan to see how everything is looking. Please offer up some prayers or good thoughts that the treatment is effective, he has minimal side effects, and that we get encouraging news from the scans 🙏🏻
5. Love this, such great ideas >> Five Types of Habits That Will Radially Change Your Life
6. I made these saucy gochujang noodles last weekend (used pork instead of chicken) and my family LOVED them. There were zero leftovers, which rarely happened. Highly recommend!
7. I’ve always preferred the morning to late afternoon or evening, and a few weeks ago my mom and I were talking about this (she likes nighttime). She said my grandfather always went to bed early and relished the mornings, while my grandma would like staying up later, and that he would tell her, “You can’t soar with the eagles in the morning if you’re up with the owls at night”, and I just love it 😊
8. Talk to me about little girl hair accessories… Isabelle has probably outgrown most of the bows and clips she has, and she isn’t a huge fan of headbands. Any recommendations for where to get some hair accessories for girls that have outgrown the baby and toddler-sized things? Looking for things that are simple and cute, not a bow the size of her head 😆
9. What are you currently watching? We finished the season of Tulsa King and are enjoying 1923… still need to start the new season of Mayor of Kingstown. We’ve also watched Stay Close (Netflix) and are currently watching Paranoid (also Netflix).
10. TGIF! Pup snuggles are the best!
Prayers for the very best outcome for Dominic. I love your family, and like you, I cannot believe that Joseph is 8 years old. Happy Birthday, Joseph. Bless you, all.
I somehow stopped getting the e-mails when you post your Friday things or Weekend Dish. How do I get back on the e-mail list? I hopped on the site today to get an update on your sweet family. I continue to keep you all in my prayers.
You’re children are getting so big, and they’re beautiful! Happy belated Birthday to Joseph, what a handsome boy! Isabelle looks so comfortable at the stove, and she’s so adorable! We are so happy sweet Dominic’s been doing so much better…Sending love, prayers, and blessings, from our hearts to yours. God Bless you and your family!
Hi Michelle, I just wanted to stop by and say I am always thinking of you and your family. You all are so strong and I hope the very best for each and every one of you <3
Keeping your beautiful family in our prayers. May each day be a blessed day! May Dominic, aka Super Hero’s test & treatment go well! ❤️🙏
Try Garlic Noodles from the New York Times cooking pages. I can send you the recipe if you can’t access it. Anyway, in spite of 20 cloves of garlic, chopped, it is not overpowering. It also has some Asian flavorings added too. My family loved it, but next time I will need to cook more than a pound of pasta. Three men can eat a lot of pasta!
I’ll be trying the noodles featured in FRIDAY THINGS today, after I get everything. Do you think I can cut the brown sugar in half or more?
Thoughts are with you for a healthy next step. I’m so curious about the Gochujang noodles – do you sub in another nut butter for your allergic son? I also have a peanut allergy in the house. Very impressed they’ll also do a spicy recipe!
Yes! I used creamy almond butter :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSEPH!!! I can’t believe he’s EIGHT! I remember when he was born. I saw on TODAY show this a.m. a dad who did his kids’ hair using zip ties to hold his 4 yo’s pigtails. So cute! Could she wear scrunchies? I made some for my 6 yo great niece – really easy to make. Thinking good thoughts for Dominic’s next treatments. Isabel is such a good helper. Hope you have a good week!
Happy Birthday to Joseph. Praying and sending positive thoughts and energy your way. I’m praying for son and your family that Jesus keeps you covered in Blessings and Strength. Hugs and Prayers always💕🙏🏻
Happy Birthday sweet Joseph. I still remember when you were born. You’re such a brave, loving brother. I’m also praying for you Dominic. You’re my little hero.
Isabelle’s hair…it’s gorgeous! Let me offer the wisdom of experience – be careful about how you pin it up all the time. Vary how you do it…high pony, low pony, braids, clips, barrettes, etc. Nothing ever pulled tight. I have a mess of hair, naturally curly and I’m horrible about regular cuts. When it gets long and unruly, I find myself pinning it up every day. It has resulted in headaches and thinning hair at the top of my head because of the weight of the hair. Maybe stick with pinning it up when she is active with her brothers and cooking with her mom, leaving it down the rest of the time. Daddy better get the baseball bat ready – he’ll need it in a few years :)
Congrats to Joseph on his “big boy” bike. I remember when he was born!
Best wishes to Dominic – you have raised such a strong and resilient young man. We should all be ashamed for whining when we have a cold.
My girls liked going to Target or Claire’s for hair accessories. One of my daughters like the stretchy headbands but they always fell off my other daughters head. I’m such a night owl but I’m forced to be a morning person with 3 kids. Love the new bicycle… such a great gift. I’m praying for Dominic and your family.
Happy birthday to Joseph!
Sweet day with your daughter!
Continue prayers for Dominic .
Hi Michelle, So happy that the family is doing well. Sending positive thoughts for Dominic’s next scan and hope it is successful outcome.
Love all the pictures of the children. My best to you and the family.
Tons and tons of love, hugs and prayers coming your way for easy treatment and great positive results for Dominic these next couple of weeks and beyond. Love and hugs and prayers and strength and positive vibes for the rest of your family too. ❤️🙏🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏
Happy Birthday to Joseph! Yesterday was my birthday also :)
Praying for Dominic! He is in my thoughts and prayers often.
Happy 8th Birthday to Joseph!!🧁🧁🎈🎉
Always prayers for Dominick that the meds work and he finishes all the treatments and back to good health.
And Isabelle continues to be happy!
Continued prayers for your family, especially Dominic, but also for you, momma. I’ve so enjoyed your posts over many years – I talk about you to my husband as though you live down the street, not 5 hours away! I’m really enjoying the teen years with our only child, but I look back with fondness on the early years too. Soak it all up!
If you go on Amazon and type in hair accessories for girls 4-6, they have tons of them.
You and your husband have a beautiful family! My prayers for Dominic are that his body will respond well to the immunotherapy. It was a godsend for my daughter.
If you haven’t watched, please watch Wednesday on netflix. Prayers for Dominick and birthday wishes for Joseph.
Happy Birthday to Joseph!! Isabel is growing up so quickly. Sending love and prayers for Dominick and your family. Hugs to your pups too!
I can’t believe how time flies! I remember when you were pregnant for Joseph and one of my favorite videos is of him pushing a chair when he was just learning to walk. It sounds like he had a great birthday and yes, relish those days wgen the weather is decent during the winter season, which I’m already tired of. I will keep Dominic in my prayers and will pray for good results. Isabel looks more and more like a young lady and very happy.
Happy 8th Birthday Joseph! You are a mighty handsome young fellow. Dominic I’m glad you are able to go to school. I taught Home Economics or Family and Consumer Sciences for 30 years. I enjoyed helping young people learn. Also I will keep you in my prayers for your upcoming treatments and scans. Hopefully everything will be a positive help for you. I cannot think your your sisters name but I enjoy seeing her and of course your dogs on your mom’s blog. I have a great nephew who was born the same week and year your sister was. His name is Emerson. I think this is the first time I’ve ever written to your family. However I have been following your mom since before she was married. I enjoy hearing about all of you and all the recipes she shares. I wish your family all the best and God’s Blessings be with you.
Happy Friday Michelle! My thoughts and prayers are with Dominic and will continue to be. I will be thinking of all of you next week. All the kids look so happy, you are doing such a great job as their Mom! I remember those days and miss them. I have grandchildren now so I get to enjoy being and grandmother but even these years are going so quickly! I pick my grandchildren up from school everyday and I see the kindergartener’s and think how just yesterday my grandchildren were in kindergarten and I was picking them up. Now they are 10 and 12! Where did the time go?? Hold on to each day and make the most of it. I love your grandfathers saying, it’s so beautiful! He must have been a great man. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and pray next week will be very successful. Blessings, Lucy
When I was about Isabelle’s age, my mother controlled my hair by putting the top and a little of the sides into 2 French braids on my crown. She sometimes used Dutch braids, but I preferred the look of the French. Chic and out of my face! Alternatively, all of Isabelle’s hair could go into one big French braid the whole length of her hair.
Happy Birthday, Joseph! Dominic, my heart is with you!
Happy Birthday Joseph! Love your new bike. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Have a good weekend.
Dear Michelle, I always love hearing about you and your beautiful family. I always pray for healing for Dominic and for your family. Please keep us informed and know that our hearts are with you always. Love, Susan
Claire’s has a section (Claire’s Club) for young girls. The sizes are for little girls heads and bodies. Cute stuff for the most part.
Happy Birthday wishes and continued prayers
Love your pis of the kiddos, they are growing up in a hurry. I agree with you wanting to turn back time, the older we get the faster time goes. Dominic is in my daily prayers, hoping the scans will be good ones. May God give you/family strength to face each day with all of your activities associated with Dom’s medical issues. Take each day as they come, God bless you!
So good to hear about the updates on your family. I will continue praying for sweet Dominic! Happy Birthday to Joseph! Love seeing Isabelle cooking with Mom. They are all learning from the best. Love all the pictures. Love to all and Happy Friday!
Sorry, I won’t be taking the habit helping posts. But, we definitely will be praying for your adorable Dominic. Happy birthday to Joseph! Beautiful daughter! I love the inexpensive clips that spring open & shut in so many colors at Dollar Tree. Peace to you.
From one morning person to another…..GOOD MORNING MICHELLE:)
Of course there will be continued prayers for Dominic and your family and I hope you feel all the positivity and love being sent from all of us. Happy 8th Birthday Joseph! Our daughter is 35, but I remember well the dilemma of hair accessories. After outgrowing the bows and clips, etc….all Christina wanted in her hair were the tiny terry cloth type round hair ties (they come in all colors, thicknesses, designs,etc….they even have flowers, sparkles and lots of cool decorations attached now). She always said how comfortable they were and it didn’t feel like anything was even in her hair. As for what we are watching right now; I cannot recommend highly enough The Chosen. Yes, it is the story of Jesus, but it is unlike any other version I have ever seen. The acting is mind blowing. Also, we recently discovered The Dr. Blake Mysteries. I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned this series before or not. I am loving this show and am trying to limit myself to 2 or 3 episodes a day…..but it is hard because it is that good. Have a great day!
So glad to hear this update! Always praying for you and your family.
Girl accessories: We have Claires in our area. They do have the huge bows (lol), but also a few other accessories that are in the back of the store.
A show recommendation: Ginny and Georgia (Netflix), good show and talks about some tough teenage situations (for boys and girls). It really hit home when watching it and wish that I had known some of this before I had a teenager. :)
Hi, I love your weekly family included sendings! Wishing you little guy great success with his next round. What a trooper.
Joseph turned 8 on January 19 and I celebrated #80. The years go by so quickly, as you know, enjoy every moment!
Hair clips. If you have a C & A or maybe a Zara in your area. Check the young girl accessories area- sometimes I see cute items.
Thank You for sharing your awesome family with us! I will continue to pray knowing that God is so GREAT!
When your kids are all getting drivers’ licenses (gulp), graduating h.s. and college, you’ll marvel at how fast the time went. It was the strangest feeling the first time our oldest was legal to carry a passenger and we watched her drive off down the street with her younger sister. Best wishes for the birthday boy and the upcoming medical treatments for Dominic.
If you haven’t seen them yet, watch “Inside Man” (Netflix) and “Slow Horses” (Apple). We’ve also been watching Season 2 of “Hunters” (Amazon). And there’s the new season of Jack Ryan too.
Love the pictures! Happy 8 th Birthday to you Joseph! That’s a deluxe new bike ! Isabelle is a good mama’s helper ! Safe travels next week ! We’ll be thinking of you all & keeping Dominic in our daily prayers. Love to all & miss you guys !❤️
Many positive thoughts and prayers for Dominic and family. Your family is growing up so fast and I enjoy reading about them and of course the great recipes!!
I will be praying for good results and easy recovery for Dominic. The kids all look wonderful and are growing up waaaay too quickly 😁 Best wishes and prayers for your family, as always ❤️🙏
Can’t believe it’s been 8 years! Happy birthday! Sending your family all the positive thoughts ♥️
Happy 8th Birthday Joseph! Love the new bike. Time does fly by so fast with your babes. My daily prayers for Dominic and your family. I too turned into a morning person after my first born arrived. If I ever sleep late I feel like I missed out on the day. Cute pics of the kiddos and pups :)
I remember how excited everyone was when Joseph was born. Dominic is a treasure, pictures of him warm my heart. And Miss Thing is coming into her own, after all she has 2 brothers that need her! Your children seem very loving with one another. Prayers for Dominic and the whole family every day.
Wow, it really seems like just yesterday that Joseph was born! Time flies when raising a young family. Thankyou for still sharing these Fridays post Michelle, love seeing how your family is growing. All my continued prayers and loving support for your brave Dominic, also definitely a morning person, I think becoming mum’s makes this a must 😊❤️
Haha my dad used to tell me that same phrase when as a college student I’d stay out late partying and didn’t want to wake up to go to my little brothers Y basketball games the next morning 🤪