Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Highlights 4.17.15


Hello Friday!

Another Friday is here again and another school week is complete! Not that I am counting or anything... but I think the official count is at 3 weeks, 12 school days, approx 90 lessons and 72 hours left. 
Oh how home school moms love their summers.

Speaking of home school, next week I am kicking off my home school mini series with part one. A few week ago I asked if you had questions and you did not disappoint.


What I was thinking would be one post, is now looking like three. 

If you have a question that you want answered feel free to ask it in the comments.


{ONE} Instagram Loop

I am excited that I had the chance to team up with some great bloggers for my first ever Instagram loop giveaway. We are giving away cash and some other great prizes that you don't want to miss out on. 


Look for this photo in my IG profile and follow the directions from there for your chance to win!

{TWO} Blog Highlights

This week I shared about our Spring Bucket List progress.



FINALLY posted about my gallery wall for this weeks Tuesday Talk.



And did a "race recap" about the girls first fun run of the year


{THREE} Fun Run Finish Line Photos

Speaking of the fun run. Just as I suspected the same day that I published the post without the finish line photos they finally uploaded them. 

Take a look!






So much fun!

{FOUR} The Perfect Shade

With the gallery wall "complete" and the school year coming to an end I am starting to think of home projects I want to work on. I guess it turns out that when you wait 3 years to finish a room you might decide that you are starting to hate the paint color you chose. 


And that is when my quest to find the perfect shade of "graige" began.

I think I have a color picked. Next week I will share some ideas I have and details on what this face lift is going to include. 

{FIVE} Girl Mom Series:


This week I had Rebecca from Three Plus Me share her story about being a girl mom. It was a beautiful story about her struggles from the past, fear, overcoming fear and the new hope that she has found. You can read her post here if you missed it.


If you're interested in sharing your story about being a girl mom fill out this survey and I will be in touch.

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, April 16, 2015

Girl Mom Series: Rebecca, Three Plus Me


Hi Everyone! I'm Becca and my little piece of the Blogosphere is @ Three Plus Me. I'm a mom to three, a wife to one, and a former high school teacher who loves to drink tea and talk. Five years ago, I became a mom. Five years ago, I was still in college and had no clue what I was getting myself into. My own relationship with my mother is a strained one. Growing up I was terrified of repeating the cycle of becoming my own mother. Five years ago, that fear was faced and when the ultrasound tech said, "It's a Boy." I was so relieved. I was relieved because the cycle of not being present would not be there. I would have a son and I would certainly not be my mother.

 "Big D and Little D both amazing big brothers"

That all changed six months ago when I became a mom to a girl. I was so scared that once I learned she was a girl, I cried. Instead of being happy and ready for another female to help me stay sane in a home with all boys, I cried. I cried because I didn't want to have the relationship my mother had with me. I didn't want my daughter to not know that she was loved or have my daughter feel as if I would never be there for her. I cried because I am not close to my mom and what if she grew up to hate me? All of my worries engulfed me, and for the first few weeks, I was convinced the tech was wrong. Slowly, I grew to love her and to love the bond we are going to have.

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"Baby G five days old"

Being a mother to a girl is a totally different world to me. I have no girl toys in the house. Dolls are not in my sons' vocabulary and before Baby G was born I didn't even know how to change a girl diaper. But now, I am a pro. I love having her close to me and I love watching the boys interact with her. My hope is that Baby G and I will be close, we don't have to be Loralei and Rory close but I would love to be the first to hold her babies and the first person to help her try on her wedding dress. My mother was not there for either of these events. I never talked to my mom about my future goals and when I walked across that stage Magna Cum Laude, my mother never saw me. I want to be present in Baby G's life, I'd like to be her person. I want to help her get ready for her wedding and I'd love to hear about her dreams for her future. I did not have my mother present in my life, but the women role models who were present taught me how to love, how to forgive, and how to be a strong woman. Passing on these strengths to Baby G is important to me.

Baby G is comfy in the Ergo 
"Baby G is comfy in the Ergo"

The boys have a fierce and loyal love. A love that can only be between siblings. They are so proud to call her their sister and they love to cuddle with her and to sit with her and play. They cater to her every need and when she begins to wail, they make sure I know about it. They love her more than I ever thought was possible and Baby G brought a sense of calm to the chaos in our family.

Day One 
"They loved meeting her"

 I was nervous to be the mother of a girl. I was nervous that I would project my tense relationship worries onto her. Now, I am no longer worried. My relationship with my mom is not my relationship with my daughter and I understand that. Baby G has taught me so much. I love holding her and dressing her up in cute dresses. I can't wait to share her birth story with her and I love her temperament. She is so mellow and so calm. Her hair sent me for a loop. Curly, raven black hair, that I love putting up in bows, surrounds her head. Baby G has a loud voice and makes her presence known.

5months 
"5 Months Old"

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"That Hair"

 The last six months have changed me completely. Baby G did not make me a mom; her brother was the first to call me mom. Baby G made me a Girl Mom. A title that I will always cherish. She is my first daughter and she has taught me that I want to break down the wall of tense relationships and hard hearts. I will forever remember holding her in my arms and whispering the words, "I love you," for the first time.Baby G has changed my outlook on being the mother of a girl and someday when she becomes a mom, I hope she will remember that her mom taught her how to love unconditionally. No longer am I the mom with two sons, I am now proudly a mother to three- my two sweet boys and my beautiful Baby G.      

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Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Becca. It was such a beautiful reminder of how the past does not determine the future. Overcoming a fear that holds so many captive is a story that needs to be shared.

Make sure you stop by Three Plus Me to read more about Becca, Baby G and her boys.

 

If you're interested in sharing your story about being a girl mom fill out this survey and I will be in touch.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Freeman Fun Run "Race-Recap"

This weekend was the Freeman Family One Mile Fun Run. 

Usually fun runs come with a registration fee of $10-15 a kid. But this one, it was free. Yahoo! Sign us up!
 My girls absolutely love doing fun runs and free ones are pretty few and far between. There was just one problem, I was supposed to run 11 miles that morning.  I would call myself an early bird but there was NO way in the world I was waking up early enough to run 11 miles, get the girls ready, fed and be there by 7:30. So Friday night I squeezed on my spandex for 11 miles of pavement pounding. 


Come Saturday morning I was up, smiling and ready to log one more mile for the weekend with my girls

At some point on our 11 mile run my friend Anna and I joked about how funny it would be if the kids took an "obligatory" pre-race selfie (like we always do). Once the idea was out there we just knew we had to follow through. After a little lesson and some laughing on our part we had this. 




#nailedit

Does it get much better than that?! They just started and they are already better at them than I am.

 We decided to let the 2 kids, 2 parent situation work its benefit and buddy up. Marissa chose to run with her dad. I must admit, I was a little (or a lot) heart broken. I have such happy memories of the very first fun run I did with her the day before I ran my very first half marathon. Now she is choosing Dad?! You see, she used to always see me as the "runner". Not any more friends. She said "Daddy's faster than you mommy!" *Knife to the heart* Although if I am being honest I must admit over the course of one mile, she is most likely correct. 

So I got to run Emily's first fun run with her, which was awesome. She was so excited to run with mommy. She is a self proclaimed "fast runner girl" and boy she took off on me, not wanting to stop for almost half a mile.


We did a whole lot of hand holding along the way too.

Both girls finished strong and received a medal for the accomplishment. I love how excited they get about their medals.

Another great family run in the books


I wish I had more pictures to share but sadly I am still waiting for them to publish the finish line photos from the race. I am sure they will do that about the time this post publishes. But if I waited it would be another month. You know how that situation works, right? Hopefully they will upload them soon and I'll be able to share a few more pictures Friday.  
 
Passing on a healthy lifestyle to our kids is HUGE for us. 

Here are some ways we do that in our home.

We lead by example// If I'm not being an active role model for them, who is. The girls are very aware of and supportive of my exercise habits, even though most of my gym hours are logged while they are getting their beauty sleep.

We play with our kids// Bike rides, fun runs, and even the backyard. Playing as a family is awesome.

I kick them out of the house some times// Book reading, playing, coloring and some TV are great but some days I unashamedly make them go play outside. Even if it means locking the screen door to keep them out there. They always seem glad about it in the end. 

Teach them how to make healthy nutrition choices young// Each house is different so this isn't a one size fits all subject. But at our house we talk about making good choices with our kids and treats are a treat. They are never to young to learn.

Have you done a fun run with your kids?
How do you encourage a healthy lifestyle in your home?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday Talk: My Gallery Wall

Welcome to Tuesday Talk!
So glad you're joining us for another week.



This week I want to talk about something that I have been working on for a while, a long while. 
If I had to put a number on it I would say somewhere in the neighborhood of about 2 years. 

My Living Room Gallery Wall

I know, I know 2 years is a long time to have a project in limbo. But it is a gallery wall! Until the wall is completely filled is it ever really finished?! I say that it is not. 

I guess that would technically mean mine isn't done, but it is close enough to share. I am so happy with things just the way they are right now. I don't see myself browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby or searching Pinterest for ideas for a while.

It started out by adding shelves to an empty wall. We chose to make Ana Whites Gallery shelves and revised the plans a bit to make them our own. 

(Please pardon my horribly lit cell phone picture) 

This was one of the first projects we worked on when we finally started doing a bit of decorating. The hubby was happy and thought the wall was done.... I had other plans in mind. I mean a wall that big just needed more, right?

Slowly over time It transformed to this. 


Much better, right?

Let's take a look at a few of the things we have hanging on the wall.


Antique letter N. You can't find them like this at Hobby Lobby folks. It does a have a bit of damage but we don't mind one bit. I often wonder what sign this was once hanging on.


This was a rainy afternoon art project with a couple sheets of scrapbook paper.


Don't say you haven't been warned.


This sign rotates seasonally. So far I have made one for fall and one for Christmas. I am currently wanting to do something that works for in between the seasons. Something I could leave up all year round if I wanted. I am just not feeling very creative. But I know something will come to me soon and when it does, I am ready!


This was the last piece I added to the wall, I saw it at Hobby Lobby and knew it was perfect.


Okay I know some girls are saying, "WHAT?" followed by "Why?" The truth of the matter is it just works for us. I love cars, he loves cars, why not?!


I adore this picture of Russ' grandmother. Apparently she didn't mind cars either.

P.S. see those dimples..... Marissa definitely picked up that gene. 


Family photos that I can easily rotate


It may have taken me about 2 years to get it to this point but I couldn't be happier with the choices we made. 

I think a gallery wall is about more than just hanging things on the wall to fill up space. It is finding things that you love, that represent your family and then blending them together to make something beautiful. 


Now it's your turn to grab the button and link up!

An InLinkz Link-up


Do you have a gallery wall in your home?
Is it a work in progress or how long did it take you to complete?


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Bucket List: Update #1

Hello Monday!

Another week, another chance to try and embrace Monday. 

If you've been around a while you know that I have a love hate relationship with Mondays. 
Pretty much meaning I love to hate them. Who's with me?!



A few weeks ago I shared our Spring Bucket List. Since then we have been hard at work checking things off and I thought it would be fun to share our progress.

Dye Easter Eggs

This year we decided to go with the Kool-Aid approach. This method may have smelled better than using vinegar but the eggs were not very pretty in my opinion. Maybe that is why I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. The girls did have a lot of fun and they weren't holding their noses the whole time, so I will call it a win. 




Grow Something

We have definitely been growing something. Knowing I would be starting my garden from seed in February/March I waited to do the seeds and plants section of Marissa's science book until recently. She has been a big help taking care of my little seedlings and she even grew her own green bean plant during an experiment.



Easter Egg Hunt

A couple weeks ago we met up with some of our favorite friends for some Easter Egg hunting fun. It always amazes me that HUNDREDS of eggs are collected in two minutes. We came home with way more candy than we needed and had a great afternoon playing and having fun. 





Fly A Kite

One year I will actually buy a kite that doesn't cost $1, but this was not the year. Marissa was so excited to assemble her own kite for the first time. Then we were able to head to the back yard and fly them around for a while. I guess living in an area with very few trees does have at least one benefit. Not everyone can fly kites in their own back yard. 





Bake A Spring Treat

On Easter we baked up some resurrection rolls. It was fun talking with the girls about the symbolism of the marshmallow (Jesus) and the tomb (crescent roll). Don't worry though, I was pretty clear in explaining that Jesus was not really a marshmallow. We popped them in the oven and 3 days (or 12 minutes) later the tomb was empty. I love Marissa's face in the last picture. She was so surprised. 




We are making some great progress working through our list. Now if the weather would just cooperate a little better we might be able to finish it off in the next few weeks. 




Did you make a spring bucket list
How is yours going?

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