Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Highlights 3.27.15

Hello Friday!

I am beyond excited for this Friday to finally be here.

1. Today is our co-op project fair. Marissa has been working on her Panda Bear project for weeks now and it has all led up to today. This is her first big project and I couldn't possibly be more proud of her hard work. 

2. Spring Break baby! Woo-hoo!!! We waited for what felt like forever but it is finally here at last. Of course we do have achievement testing to deal with Monday and Tuesday morning, but the rest of the week we are free. To bad the forecast is showing rain pretty much every day next week. At least it is supposed to be warm.


{ONE} Spring Bucket List

Earlier this week I shared our spring bucket list


I am thinking that spring break will be the perfect time to start marking things off of our list. 

{TWO} Home School Questions

There are two areas in my life that I get a lot of questions: Exercise/running and all things home school. For several people I think I am "the home school friend". You know, you meet a homeschooling family and find yourself saying, "Oh I have a friend who home schools."

I have received so many questions that I thought it would be fun to do a blog post focused on answering YOUR questions, anything and everything. 


So have at it, if you have a question for me, leave me a comment or send me an email. I am hoping to have a post up later next month. 

{THREE} Insta Life Lately

Show of hand from those who love Instagram

What's not to love. 


Wednesday I did a little IG recap. Check it out or better yet just find me on Instagram.

{FOUR} Burn Baby Burn

A couple weeks ago I discovered I had packed on a few pounds over winter. I tried to blame it on my shorts shrinking and as much as I would like to do that we all know the real truth. Ever since then I have been on a mission and let me tell you, that was just the fuel I needed to get my fire going. 

Here are a few random things I have learned.

* Jumping Rope is a serious calorie buster and not for the faint hearted.
* Condiments are evil, especially butter... I love butter.
* Portion control is key.
* My gym membership is finally worth what I pay for it.
* Counting calories does not mean starving yourself.

I may share more about my journey once I survive a month. 

{FIVE} Girl Mom Series: Meet Keri

Yesterday Keri from Living In This Season was my 3rd guest blogger in my 'Girl Mom' series


Keri's blog is a favorite of mine. She is always so full of great ideas and encouragement. Make sure you read her post and stop by her blog to say hello. 


Friday Linkup Parties

To see where I am linking up check out my link-up tab.

Have a great weekend!
We will see you back here on Monday.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Girl Mom Series: Keri, Living In This Season


When I first heard that Beth was going to be doing a Girl Mom Series, I was beyond excited. Last year, I had participated in the Boy Mom Series over at Chasin Mason and it was so fun talking about superheroes, dirt, and crazy boy stuff. But, friends, after having 2 boys you better believe I love talking about all things girl

Honestly, as soon as I found out I was pregnant with baby #3, I just knew it had to be a boy. When I was about 18 weeks pregnant, I went in for a doctors visit with my mom and grandma who were visiting from Michigan. We had been out and about, so they just came along and my doctor sweetly offered to do an ultrasound so they could see the baby. It was then that we found out little baby #3 was a little girl. Such a special moment to share with my grandma and mom. We have gone through a lot over the years and it just seemed like such hope and promise in that moment. 

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Now here I am with an almost 10 month old precious baby girl. I cannot imagine life without her. There really is just something unique and special about the bond you have with your daughter. 

As I think about my daughter growing up, there are 4 things I hope for her. 

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1) I hope she finds her identity in God, not in boys or herself or material things.
2) I hope she has confidence to be her unique self. 
3) I hope she overflows with grace and love to others. 
4) I hope she laughs and loves life. 

There are many other hopes and dreams I have, but for now, I am enjoying her sweet little baby phase. She already is way more active than my boys ever were- perhaps that is what happens when you have 2 older brothers. She is starting to love snuggling with stuffed animals and it just melts my heart. Daily I look at her playing with her brothers, and I am filled with overflowing love and amazement. Even in the midst of crazy moments, there really is something special and incredible about being a mom.

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I would love to connect with you~ Stop on over at Living In This Season where I share about living fully in your current season of life. I love sharing a little assortment of everything and absolutely love the community of blogging. It is pretty amazing. Thanks again, Beth, for letting me share today.

I would love to connect via social media
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Thank you so much Keri!

I absolutely love Keri's blog, she is such an encouragement to my soul and I know you will find it to be a blessing as well. Make sure you stop by, say hello and follow along!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Insta Life Lately

Happy Hump Day!

Finally the middle of the week, hooray. I usually don't get to excited over the weekend this early but next week we are finally on spring break. This mama can not wait. I am praying it is the perfect time to recover, rest and prepare ourselves for the last 5 weeks of school that we will have left! Come on May 7th!

I love Instagram, I really really do. The past couple months I have been putting a bit more effort into my account. I have been trying to grow it, engage more and up the quality of my photos. Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites over the past month.

A cupcake celebration on my one year blogiversary. 
This would be a great photo to keep taking every year.


So it started out like this. She was not impressed with the 2nd grade curriculum starting to pile up...


then this happened.

I almost felt bad for her, then I remembered I am her teacher.


Classic. Emily the girl of a million expressions and Marissa completely oblivious.


I picked some Daffodils on Saturday. Hello Spring!


A selfie. What's an IG recap without at least one?!


"Look mama, I'm fixin the car" She truly lives up to her shirt. She is so cool. Build mama's car real fast baby girl then we can go for a ride.


Late night shopping trip with my Kohls buddy Anna. I looked so classy in my early 2000 athletic pants. 


One of the verses from Marissa's handwriting work book. She handed it to me, I read it and my heart exploded.

Let it be so!


Friday night I somehow managed to not only see but photograph one of the prettiest sunsets I have seen in a very, very long time. It was beautiful.


So that's a little bit of our life lately via Instagram.

If your not already following me I would LOVE to have you.

Do you love Instagram?
What's your "IG style" any favorite filters or the unfiltered approach?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Talk: Mom Talk Tuesday, Expanding Your Family

Welcome to Tuesday Talk!

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Feel free to grab the button, link up and mingle around

This week I am excited to also be linking up with Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me for Mom Talk Tuesdays

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The topic for this month: Expanding Your Family, Baby #2.

I always knew I wanted two kids. I am not sure if it is because I was one of two kids, most of my friends were from two kid families or that I just always knew two would be the magic number. From as young as I can remember I pictured myself married, a stay at home mom and I had two kids a boy (the oldest) then a girl. Obviously things didn't quite work out the way I pictured them.

They turned out even better. 

About the time that Marissa was approaching the two year mark it hit, baby fever. We knew that we didn't want our kids to be really close in age, but we also didn't want a larger age gap either. We decided to try for baby number 2 about the time that Marissa was turning 2 and hope for the best.

We celebrated her second birthday on June 17th, 2010

 

And 4 days later this happened.


What a blessing.

I will forever love this picture. I mean look at that face... seriously. 
It is almost like she knew exactly what was coming.

9 months later we were a family of four, just like I had always imagined us being.





I look at these pictures and I feel overwhelmingly blessed. Blessed to have two healthy, beautiful girls and blessed by the timing of them coming into our lives. 

God has been exceedingly gracious to us.

For us 2 is the magic number. It may have taken me a bit of time to fully process that, check my heart, talk to Russ about his. But now we feel we can confidently say that our family is complete.


What are your thoughts on expanding your family?
How did you know you were ready?


We'd love for you to join us for Tuesday Talk this week!
Becky from BYBMG, Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls, Chelsea from The Contented Wife, Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things, Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims, Keri from Living In This Season, Sarah from Abiding In Grace, Lauren fromSimply Free , Andrea from Mitchael Journey, Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones, Mandy from Almond Place, Teressa from Teressa Jane



Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Bucket List 2015

It's spring, it's spring, it's glorious wonderful spring! 

It felt like winter would last forever (some days it still does). But the days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting warmer (slowly) and the birds are starting to sing. 

We seem to have made it through another winter!

Last year I discovered I have a love for bucket lists. Which makes complete since since I am a "list girl". If it's going to get done, it better be wrote down. We made and completed a summerfall and Christmas bucket list. With spring here and so much to do what better way to celebrate than with another bucket list to help keep us on track?


Feel free to steal our list, or make your own and share it with us.

What are you most looking forward to doing this spring?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Highlights 3.20.15

Hello Friday!

This week has been an unusual one for us. The whole world around us seems to be on spring break, but we are still hitting the books hard. We chose to take our spring break the week before Easter and I am pretty sure we made the right choice. The weather this week has been cold, cloudy and rainy. I really hope April brings some warm sunshine!


{ONE} Spring Is Officially Here

Speaking of warm sunshine

Hello Spring!!!

Just in case you didn't know TODAY is the first day of spring.


Early next week I plan on sharing this years spring bucket list. It is sure to be packed with loads of outside fun.

{TWO} Shrinking Pants

Fact: When your shorts sit in your closet over fall and winter, they shrink.

It's true! I swear and most of you have wholeheartedly agreed.


This was the last photo of me being naive to that fact. A few hours later I discovered the mysterious shrinking pants and ever since then I have been on a mission to drop those extra winter pounds I picked up. 

If your on My Fitness Pal, you can find me here

{THREE} Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Now that I am on a healthy eating kick I discovered a favorite new snack.


So yummy, you really should give them a try.

{FOUR} Bad Day X 2 = Ice Cream

You know those days that start out all wrong before you even get out of bed? That was my Wednesday. To make matters worse Marissa joined me in having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I felt so bad for her I could cry. Instead I taught her something every young girl needs to eventually learn.

Ice cream makes everything better.


Okay, maybe not everything but getting out of the house, having a sweet treat and talking about it sure did seem to help.

Sometimes love looks like taking your 6 year old who had a terrible day out for ice cream and watching her eat it because you are on a "diet". She is so worth it though. 

{FIVE} Girl Mom Series: Meet Kelly

Yesterday Kelly from Happily Ever Mock guest posted as part of my girl mom series.


I loved sharing Kelly and her adorable little girl Hallie with you. Make sure you check out her post and find her blog for more,


Friday Linkup Parties

To see where I am linking up check out my link-up tab.

Have a great weekend!
We will see you back here on Monday.

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