Oh my goodness, ladies. Am I the only one absolutely dragging this morning? I can’t even believe how wiped out I am. I suppose I can blame it on the time change but something tells me it is just the busy weekend we had. Despite the weekend being non-stop I didn’t stop to take many photos. Truth be told my iPhone storage is full and I need to do something about it. Any recommendations? Besides deleting photos one by one. Do you all use the cloud? Help this mama out in the comments below.
I cruised around Target the other day looking for a tablecloth. But I took my time. It’s very rare for me to even go to Target as I usually take my mom. We haven’t been going lately and to be honest it’s a bit emotional for me. But I decided to just wander around and take it all in. These stools are BEYOND CUTE! I think I audibly exclaimed that and the people around me thought I was nuts. Two of these beneath a table or one next to a bed would be so darling. They are 1,000 times better in person. Really cute. (I couldn’t find it on the website but I will look again later).
This darling striped top is price matched. You can’t beat the price for a Madewell top. I just ordered it!!
The other day I was driving and I pulled over just to take in the views. I snapped a picture but I also just sat and stared for a bit. Do you ever do that? Our constant rain has drenched our hills and the green is just so beautiful.
Part of why I love sharing our wrap-up is because I can pass along fun places we find. This restaurant is located in the Tustin Market Place. It’s called Hopdoddy Burger Bar and we loved it. I believe there are a few locations including Austin and Denver.
This was snapped at Hopdoddy by our son. We took a lunch break during my daughter’s volleyball tournament and loved finding this spot. It’s located next to a breakfast spot called Snooze. That had a line a mile long so we want to check that out next.
The boys headed a few hours away for hockey playoffs. I wanted so much to be there but it happened to be the weekend of a big event for my daughter’s charity group. No question my son was wiped out after the long hockey weekend. I’m sure the time change hasn’t helped.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
My daughter belongs to the Assisteens which is a group for teens who volunteer in our community and raise money for really wonderful philanthropies. The annual fashion show was on Sunday. We were in charge of decorating one of the tables. We decorated ours to honor my mom. My mom was a part of the Assistance League (President for two terms) and always created the centerpieces for the big events. It was an emotional day sure. One we won’t soon forget. I’ll be sharing all of the table details very soon on the blog.
OUR SWEET MAMA
Lastly, we welcome all good thoughts and prayers for this little lady. She could use them. As Alzheimer’s progresses, so do her challenging behaviors. We love her more than anything and just want to make her days better.
*If you are new to our story, you can read about our journey here.
Wishing you a wonderful Monday, my friends. I hope it’s a really nice start to your week. xo
Sending prayers her way…and your way too.
This is how I handle my Apple photo storage: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205703.
Dominique Carmichael says
Saw this on QVC recently: Picture Keeper Connect 16GB Smartphone Photo Saver and Storage Device.
Kelly K. says
Hopdoddy is a BIG DEAL in Austin. The line is always out of the door!
We LOVE Hopdoddy too! There’s one in Fashion Island and is our favorite spot for Father Day! Truffle fries….Yumm!
Praying for you and your sweet mom Courtney! Xo
Hi Courtenay, I am so sorry to hear that your mom has been having such a rough time. Sending hugs and prayers. In terms of iPhone photos I can’t recommend google photos enough. Free storage, it automatically frees up space on your phone so no longer to I got to snap a picture of some special moment only to get that annoying phone storage full business! Arg! I found a free tutorial on line and of course the ladies name is escaping me at the moment. I am not very tech savvy and she walked through it step by step. Now I can’t imagine not having google photos. It’s been a game changer for me! If I think of the name of the tutorial I will email it to you! Xo
Heather O says
Praying for your sweet mama!
Also stopping in to second the recommendation for Google Photos!
Dianna Noeth says
Prayers for you and your family! If you have Amazon Prime, they have Prime Photos, you can download the app and upload all your photos. You can set it up to automatically upload everyday, this way you don’t lose any. They also have photo processing services. I order my photos from Amazon , the quality is good, only 9 cents a piece and free shipping.
Jen Biggs says
Prayers for your mom and the whole family.
Download Google Photos for free on your phone. It will import your iPhone pictures/videos and keep them forever with unlimited storage (again, for free!). After it imports photos it asks you if you want to erase them from your iPhone.
ditto Google photos!
Hi Courtney! I’ve got two recommendations for your photo storage – 1) use DropBox to store your photos and 2) download the app Flic to delete photos from your phone. I think it’s about $1 and makes deleting photos from your phone so much simpler – you just flick the photo to the right to keep it and to the left to delete it. Doesn’t sound that amazing, but is much easier than deleting one by one 🙂 Hope you have a quieter week.
I second the Dropbox idea. I’ve used it for years. I pay $9/month for unlimited storage and it’s always comforting knowing I never have to worry about losing my photos.
Hi Courtney! So sorry to hear your mom is going through a challenging time. My mom has Alzheimer’s also and it’s especially hard that I’m on the west coast and she’s on the east coast. I see such huge digression when I do get to travel to see her, which sadly isn’t anywhere near as often as I’d like. I can tell you are an amazing person and radiate warmth and kindness. Hang in there. I know your mom feels the love that surrounds her.
I am very sorry to hear about your mother. I lost my mother to cancer a couple years ago. We used to love to go shopping especially at Bed Bath & Beyond and it is still difficult for me to go into that store without feeling some grief. Hope things get better for you and your family.
Love Aunt Marymary says
I remember those days all too well Courtney. I’m sure Ryan remembers them he was so patient with his grandmother and even with me because I was very upset when I was with her. We were six hours away and when we did see year it was always most emotional for me And if Ryan was there just his presence was calming.
You’re lucky to have him to go with you on this journey I think of you daily and you’re in my prayers because I know how hard it was. I felt like I was looking at an alien someone who had taken over my mothers body. Love and kisses to you
Kaitlin M says
Yes Google Photos!! All my coworkers use it and kept telling me about it and I finally downloaded it a few weeks ago. It’s FREE UNLIMITED (!!!) storage. I deleted my photos from the iCloud and now have basically empty cloud storage so I don’t have to worry about maxing out on that. All photos automatically link to Google photos so I still use the regular photo app on my iphone to edit and delete pics and it’s all linked together. Can’t recommend enough!!
Sending endless prayers as you navigate all of the feelings as thugs change with your beautiful mom, and prayers for peacefulness in her days.
I downloaded the google photos app last night and transferred all 12,000 images/videos from my phone to the app and organized them all into folders. Then I deleted them from my “photos” on my phone. They were taking up almost 3/4 of the storage on my phone!
Prayers for your sweet mom and for you guys too. Hoping for better days ahead for all!