Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Don't Want This to End

The other day I was driving with Avery to her fun little music class when it hit me; one day I won't be doing this. When I say "this" I don't mean her music class, that obviously is going to end when the session is done; I mean being with my kids every day, enjoying their childhood.

I don't want this stuff to end.  The trips to and from preschool, the drop and pick up of Brayden at the bus stop, the fun little classes I take the girls to, the helping Brayden with his homework, the volunteering at school, the kissing of boo boo's, the imaginary play, the daytime cuddles, the endless zoo trips, the summers filled with so much fun.I don't want to imagine a time when this is not what I'll be doing.

Of course everything is not always fun and enjoyable with raising small kids, but I really try and find the good in it all, and I am so aware of just how precious this time is. I know without a doubt that when I look back on my life, these will have been the best years.

Like an article I recently read said, I don't necessarily want more kids, I want more time with my own kids. That seems to ring true more and more lately with me.

I know we can't turn back time so all I can do is try so hard to savor this time while my kids are still small and want/need me around. Being a Mom is the most rewarding thing I will ever do and I'm so dang lucky to call these 3 mine.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly Recap {5.22.17}

Another week down and only 2 more left for Brayden until school is out officially for summer!! Let me tell you, he is ready!

Here's a look at our week - it was a good one!

Monday I took the girls the new park in town again and they had a blast

Tuesday was Miss A's music class while Ella was in preschool. We had fun but I think Avery is over the class. She was loving it for a while but now she seems to want to leave pretty much right after we get there. She is way too busy to be bothered with a structured class LOL

At night we all went to get ice cream because it was GORGEOUS!

Wednesday we headed to the mall to do some exchanges I've been putting off forever. The girls did pretty well in Macy's and then they played in the play area for a little.

At night Brayden had a baseball game. I thought I was being smart by showering the girls before we went, only to get there and realize it was a complete dust/dirt storm from the wind. Our hair was so knotty by the time we left. But, the game was good and Brayden was looking awesome pitching!! He even got the game ball.

Thursday was Ella's 3yr preschool graduation! Ah my little one is getting so big. I plan on doing a whole post on this for her

Rick went golfing after work so I was on solo parenting duty, which resulted in popsicles before dinner. Sometimes you just have to say yes, am I right?


Friday was Speech then grocery shopping.  Originally, a couple of weeks ago me and Rick had talked about taking the kids to the zoo in the afternoon (him taking a half day and pulling Brayden from school to come with) but when we saw the weather was terrible we decided that was off.  That morning I sent Brayden to school like any other day and then the hubs still decided to take a half day and suggested we go take the kids somewhere for some inside fun.  So he went and picked up Brayden around noon (who had NO idea this was happening) and I told the girls to get ready and get in the car. I didn't tell them where we were going and I hopped in the passenger side and they kept asking why I wasn't driving. 2 minutes later the hubs and Brayden got home and hopped in and the kids were all SO excited to go have some family fun!

We took them to this fun indoor play place I've been wanting to check out. I hear it gets insane on weekends and breaks so going on a Friday afternoon was perfect. Adults got to go on lots of the stuff too and there was a separate room for ball launching, we all had the best time and they were wiped out by the time we left!!


At night Brayden had his buddy's swimming birthday party and I had fun catching up with the Moms

Saturday morning Brayden's game got cancelled due to rain so he got to come with me and the girls to their cousins birthday party. Rick stayed home to work on our bathroom remodel. (it's almost done!!)

After the birthday party we headed home for naps/quiet time and then headed back out for another birthday party around 4. We got home around 7, gave the kids quick showers and all hung out on the couch for a while.


 Sunday we went to a Chocolate Fest a few towns over and had so much fun!! We ate chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered bacon and chocolate covered pretzels along with cookies, some mexican food and we stocked up on some old school candy at one of the cute candy shops. It was the perfect morning spent with my favorite people!!



Later in the day Rick worked more on the bathroom, I did cleaning/laundry and played with the kids (aka played a never ending game of Chutes & Ladders!) I got to work on the new footprint flip flop plate I'm making to hang up for summer and there was some relaxing in there too. It was quite the weekend, that's for sure!


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites {5.19.17}

Happy Friday!! I've been a bad blogger all week; the hubs and I binged 13 Reasons Why so I was up waaaaay past my bedtime pretty much every night. But we are finished and I have to say I liked it, I would recommend it to anyone thinking of watching it. Rick really liked it too which I didn't think he would, so that was good.

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Anyway, on to some favorites of the week!!

{ONE} - New bathing suit line

I posted this already on my FB group, so sorry if you've already seen it. I found this new bathing suit line that I'm obsessed with! Have you ever heard of Hapari? They have tons of tankini tops, bikini tops and bottoms and all in the prettiest prints! You can check them out here. I can't decide on which top I like, left or right???

I think I'm leaning towards the one on the right and pairing it with the same pink bottoms as the left. Tough decisions going on over here LOL


{TWO} - Ella's last day of preschool

I can't believe Ella is done with her first year of preschool, although sometimes it seems she's been in it forever. And it's crazy to believe she still has another year of it before she starts kinder, but that's OK because I want to soak in as much time with her as I can! (as I'm already learning from Brayden, attitudes seem to start in 1st grade so let's hold that off as long as possible for Ella)

I plan on doing a whole post about her last day but had to share this adorable pic of her! She's definitely a favorite of mine :)

{THREE} - New shirts at MMM

Mindy Mae's Market has some new patriotic shirts and I'm in love!! This one is my favorite but it's sold out right now (boo!) but this one and this one are cute too. I'm hoping that other one comes back soon!

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{FOUR} - Favorite New Candle

A few weeks ago I walked into Bath & Body Works and smelled the most amazing smell. The ladies who work there told me it was this candle and that it was a coconut scent. I almost didn't believe them because usually I really dislike coconut and this didn't really smell like coconut. But they were right, it was this candle and it's heavenly!!

{FIVE} - Chocolate Fest

This weekend we are heading to Chocolate Fest a few towns over. I'm super excited because I've never been to this town and hear it's super cute! I hope it will be a fun family day!

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Alright ladies, I'm off to take Ella to speech and then not too sure what the rest of the day brings! Originally we had planned for the zoo but the weather isn't cooperating.

See you all Monday!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Favorite Little Girl Rooms

We are slowly in the process of changing Avery's room into her new big girl room. I love the idea of a blank slate and getting ideas to decorate is so fun! We already have her new bedding (it's been tucked away in her closet for months, life just seems to keep getting in the way of this) and I know she will be getting Brayden's bed, which is white, and we bought her a grey/brown dresser because I thought that would tie in some rustic elements to her room.

That being said, I have no clue on anything else so where else to go but Pinterest - I rounded up some of my favorite little girl rooms I've found on my search. I'm sure I can easily pull some inspiration from these beautiful rooms!!

I love how light and airy this one is

Put shelf on wall on the side of bed for pictures and decor and hang spice racks for book shelfs under shelf maybe find cute canvas about reading:

This mermaid themed room is adorable!!

I always wanted a mermaid themed bedroom when I was little ❤️:

I love this gallery wall (and that dresser color!!)

sherwin+Williams+begonia | Little Girl to Big Girl Room Makeover Reveal:

I love all the pops of color in this room!

45 Inspiring Little Girls's Rooms - Whitney Donáe:

At the end of the day, I know I want to do a gallery wall but I need to start gathering some items to display. Which room is your favorite?


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekly Recap {5.15.17}

I totally have a weekend hangover.  We had so much fun and I overindulged way more than I normally do in both food and drink and I totally could have used another day to just relax, but oh well, the week is here and hopefully it will be a good one!

Before I recap our fun weekend, here's what we were up to all week

Monday I took the girls to the new park at our nature center and I was so happy I remembered a change of clothes for Avery! Girlfriend loves to play and the water/sand and is a hot mess by the time we leave.

At night Brayden had a game and it was freezing, like winter temps and I did not dress myself or the girls right (at least they had winter hats but that still didn't help) - I decided to leave early but before we did, I watched some more from the warmth of my car (why didn't I realize to do this sooner is beyond me)


Tuesday was Science day at Ella's school and I got to volunteer (which meant Avery was in the nursery for over 2 hours and she did great!)


Wednesday was gorgeous so after some cleaning and errands I took the girls on a really long bike ride and we ended up at one of their favorite parks. Avery's new thing is to pick up dandelions and blow them; it's super cute and reminds me of my childhood, always making a wish on those :)

Ella grabbed Brayden's binoculars and loved looking at everything

Thursday was beach day at school!! While Ella was having fun in class, me and Miss A ran tons of errands for the weekend and made a stop at McDonalds for coffee and a fry :)

I let the girls play at the school park for a little and they got this cool new swing - have you guys seen one of these before?!? So fun!!

While we were running errands, I picked up a few bubble guns so we busted those out when Brayden got home from school. The kids LOVE these and they work so good!!

Friday was the Fun Fair for the preschools and it was a gorgeous day!! We started with pony rides which both girls were originally excited for then got super hesitant once on. We went on to play tons of games, ride the train a couple times and when we were leaving, we tried the horses again and the girls loved them!



Friday night I went out with some Moms from Brayden's school and it was so fun to get out and commiserate with other Moms going through some of the same stuff. It's always good to hear things you are going through with your kids, other parents are too, makes you feel not so alone in this crazy thing called parenthood! :)

Saturday morning Brayden had a game and they played so well!! Avery loves going in the dugout :)

That's the hubby pitching to Brayden :)

Later that afternoon my Mom, sister, brother in law and nephew came over to celebrate Mother's Day. We spent the whole afternoon outside, it was so nice! My sister brought a bloody mary bar, my mom got steaks and I made a bunch of apps and we had baked potatoes to go with. We ate and drank so well and once my body hit the couch I was out

My Mom loves lotto tickets so we made her a bouquet bucket and she loved it!!

On Mother's Day the hubby picked up skillets from the local diner and the kids showered me with cards/gifts. It was all so sweet that it brought me to tears (happy tears of course!) 

Then once it was time to head outside and do some planting the kids pretty much didn't want anything to do with it. Ella was all about it until I poured in some manure compost and and she smelled it and ran away screaming that she wasn't going to help me because there was poop in there LOL. She did come back to help me water at the end but let's just say the whole idea of how I thought the day would go in my head turned out the exact opposite. I joked that I got a whole 5 minutes on Mother's Day :)

At least the kids took a decent picture with me :)

We spent the afternoon at my in laws and I think I ate my weight in food and enjoyed a couple of Corona Lights. We went home after a few hours of fun and the kids and I put on our tie dye shirts we made the day before (my sister brought a kit over and we all made them) - they all turned out so cute!

The rest of the night we relaxed and the kids were in bed by 7:30 :) 


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