Monday, August 29, 2016

Weekly Recap(s) {8.29.16}

Good Morning, friends! Since I never got around to a weekly recap last week, you'll get a double dose today!  I hope you're ready for lots of pictures :)

A couple weeks ago I hosted a "back to school" playdate with some of Brayden's school friends.  It was a nice day so we played outside mostly and I made sure to have lots of water balloons!!

Call me crazy, but I loved seeing all these kids around our table!

We headed to the library to play and hang out and the kids had the best time.  Seriously, Brayden said "this is the best library day ever!!"


Popsicles are always a good idea!!

We made a surprise visit to Dad's work and the kids were so excited! We stayed and had lunch too, it was a fun day for sure!



We had a playdate with some friends in a neighboring town - they had a splash pad area, a park and a fun area with a zip line for kids and a climbing rope. The kids had a great time here and I can't wait to go back!

We had some play time with Daddy with the girls new toys

Last week Brayden started 1st Grade on Monday so it was our fist week without him.  We had tons of errands to run and things to do around the house that have been neglected, therefore, we didn't have a super fun week, but thankfully the girls are so little they have fun doing pretty much anything!

Ella wanted to help make cookies for Brayden's first day of school after school treat - she is such a love!

Big brother was super happy to come home and eat one too! He had a great first day!

Playing with some new chalk paint she got from her birthday party

The kids' first time holding their new cousin, Erin.  Ella is so in love, she talks about her all the time!

We celebrated Papa's birthday 

Max finally got a much needed haircut and the kids have been obsessed with him more than usual


Ever since our family vacation earlier this month, Brayden and Ella have been so into fishing! We took them the other night to a local area and even though we didn't catch anything, they still had fun. I walked the path with Avery a couple of times to keep her busy.

We got in some park time :)

And Friday Daddy was leaving for his out of town bachelor party and Miss A was NOT having it!


Friday I thought I would get alot accomplished with Rick being gone but I think I passed out on the couch watching a Hallmark movie by 9:30 #thestruggleisreal

Saturday we went by my SIL's house for the kids to play and later Rick took Brayden fishing while the girls napped and I cleaned out the entire car, vacuumed it and all.  

We went swimming at my in laws at night and ate dinner over there then headed home where the hubby passed out by 8pm. It's so funny how we just can't hang like we use to!

Sunday Rick took Brayden and Ella fishing in the morning while I got some things done around the house and played with Miss A.  Later we stopped at church to meet Brayden's religious education teacher and pick up some paperwork then went to Pirates Cove (a cute little kids amusement park)

Our friends met us there and that made the kids even happier!


No fear!

We ended the day having dinner at the same friends house and relaxing (well kind of when there are 5 kids involved, how much relaxing can really be done?) but it was still nice.  Then it was home for baths and bed and I sat my butt on my couch for the first time all day.

Today I'm hopefully going to start and finish painting our front door...yes again.  I have serious problems, I tire of things too quickly and the red door is certainly one of them!

*linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites {8.26.16}

Woohoo for Friday! This week has flown by and that's probably because we are back into somewhat of a routine and Brayden is back in school full time.

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Today's Friday Favorites is pretty random, but isn't it always?


Surprisingly the girls didn't get a ton of toys from their birthday party (which I was TOTALLY ok with), but Ella did get a pink razor that she is obsessed with. Ever since Brayden got one for his birthday she has been all about it, so it's good now that she has her own!



Speaking of the girls combo party, you can see all those details here! It was such a fun, low key party with some cute details.


Halloween with kids is my favorite! I'm already thinking costumes and I think Ella is going to be Little Red Riding Hood and Avery will be Goldie from Goldie and Bear (that is her favorite show ever!) I would love if Brayden would cooperate and be Bear but that is not looking like it will happen! However, if we do go to a Halloween party as a family, he will be forced to be Bear :) Then I'll be Mama Bear and Rick will be Papa Bear or Big Bad Wolf. Now let's just hope it goes that perfectly.

I saw this on Pinterest and love it! I think I might actually buy Ella's costume this year vs making it.

This Kids Red Riding Hood Tutu Costume is an exclusive Little Red Riding Hood costume for girls you won't find anywhere else. Goes well with a group costume.:


I am itching to buy these shoes but don't feel I can justify since I already own 2 pairs of converse, but aren't they soooo cute?! They've been all over blogland forever but really just now I am wanting them!



Some favorite pins of the week

How freaking good do these look!? I want them, like now. 

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars with a Streusel Topping:

And this!? 

Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake:
Fall is not going to be good for my diet!

Happy Weekend, see you Monday :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confessions {8.25.16}

Happy Thursday!  It's time for some confessions!

I confess.....

That although I miss Brayden so much while he's at school, it's kind of nice too.  Brayden is my child who I have to constantly entertain and sometimes it can be downright exhausting.  But my girls? They are so chill and don't require constant entertaining.  I'm kind of liking not getting yelled at for doing the dishes #firstkidproblems

We are probably done having kids and that makes me SO sad. I mean who knows what the future holds but this is where we are at right now.  The thought that I'll never be pregnant or have another little baby of my own to snuggle and hold is alot to process.  I feel us moving into the next season of life with our kids but will forever miss the baby season

I really don't understand how I cannot lose weight or tone up (stomach area specifically) I work out 5 days a week with a mix of cardio and strength training and I can't even explain how frustrating it is to not see results.  It's not like I eat like sh*t either - I am pretty clean with the exception of the weekend and even then I don't overdue it that much.

I am probably way too invested in Bachelor in Paradise. I think the hubby is too.  I really felt for Vinny this week.  This is probably a sign I need to get out more.

Writing thank you cards for the girls' party is the last thing I want to do right now, but I know I need to get on it

I think that's enough for today! See you back tomorrow for some Friday Favorites :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall is near!

I know we still have a little less than a month of summer but once September hits, it reminds me of Fall. I just can't help it.

I rounded up some of my favorite Fall decor pins in hopes to give me some inspiration for Fall decorating.  Last year I didn't really decorate at all and this year I want to change that.

I am LOVING this wreath! I think I could totally DIY something similar :)

Thanksgiving Decor Fall Wreath Fall Decor by HomeHearthGarden:

This would make such a pretty centerpiece!

For a tabletop focal point, nothing draws attention like our arrangement of faux dahlias, complete with a glass vase filled with pinecones. From top to bottom, it tells a story of color, texture and style. Handcrafted exclusively for Pier 1—and you.:

I would never go to this extreme but this is gorgeous!

Serendipity Refined: Fall Harvest Porch Decor with Reclaimed Wood Sign:

This mantel is simple but elegant and I love that giant clock!

Fall Decorations for the Fireplace!:

What's your favorite spot to decorate for Fall? We don't have many areas to decorate in our house, so I always focus on our mantel.

*linking up with Jess's Design for What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brayden's First Day of 1st Grade

Well, it happened.  My baby boy started 1st grade yesterday! I literally feel like I blinked and I now have a young man living with us.

I get so emotional around this time of year. It's so bittersweet.  I absolutely love elementary school and what it has done for Brayden, and of course growing up is a part of life, but man does it pull at my Mama heartstrings. I kept thinking back to when he was just a teeny tiny baby (which is kind of hard to remember and that kills me) and how fast the time has gone.  I will always want to freeze time but since that can't happen, I embrace these new changes.

The day before his first day I had Brayden put on this t-shirt I made him last year and snap a picture. I didn't want to have to do this on the morning of his first day. I know I will love looking back at how he changes over the years.

And for fun here's last years vs this year. Look at where the shirt hits his legs! He's grown so much already!


At night we read none other than The Night Before 1st Grade and it was a really cute book.  His Kindergarten teacher gifted each kid this on the last day of school last year. I also bought the night before Kindergarten when he was going into Kinder and that one is adorable as well!

Yesterday morning I made chocolate chip/blueberry pancakes at Brayden's request.  I did have to go upstairs and wake him but thankfully he didn't give me too hard of a time.

I asked him 3 questions on his first day:

  1. What are you most excited about 1st grade?

      Answer: Meet new friends
      2. Is there anything you are worried about?

     Answer: No

      3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
     Answer: Race car driver

After breakfast we headed out for a few pictures then my Mom came over and we all drove to school. For the first day I like to drive him in the morning but he will take the bus home and here on out.

Brayden was so sweet including his sisters and my Mom in all his pictures! I love that he shared his special day with everyone so nicely.



Ella even got a goodbye kiss!

1st grade feels so different and I kinda hate that.  Kindergarten is such a big deal, especially since last year was the first year our district did all day, so on the first day the teachers were all outside and it was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. But 1st grade? You just show up and have your kid walk into school.  A couple teachers were outside but not any 1st grade ones.  Luckily the school janitor let me go in with Brayden and I was able to walk him to his class and snap some pics. (They didn't want parents all over the school so I was happy to get in before the janitor got in trouble for letting us all in)


 With his teacher

I gave him the biggest hug and the tears just started falling. He almost cried but he didn't and I was so proud! (now only if I could have held it together, we would have been good!) His teacher is so sweet and gave me a big hug.  She has 4 grown kids of her own and she said with the first one everything is always so hard, but it gets easier. I know that's true, but I have a feeling I will still be crying like a baby when Ella & Avery hit grade school!

The rest of the day was a little weird, it definitely felt different not having Brayden with us, but us girls managed to have a great day!  Ella and I made Brayden the monster cookies (which he said are his favorite even though I've never technically made these exact ones) and I enjoyed hearing all about the first day!

I know 1st grade is going to be amazing for my boy!

*linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls for Tuesday Talk