Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Life Lately

Here are a few snippets of what has been going on with us over the past week or so: 


Brad and I went to Tuscaloosa last Friday night to see Miranda Lambert.  She is my favorite country singer and I have loved her since her Me and Charlie Talking CD came out while I was in college.  As you can tell, Brad was thrilled about going with me :)


My little fashionista - socks with Toms and goggles.  I can handle the goggles, but the socks with Toms is KILLING me.  I had to bribe her to take them off.


VBS was this week and i'm exhausted.  I can tell by Addi's attitude that she is pretty tired herself.  Hopefully we will all get some rest this weekend.  Anyways, she had a great time and declared "I LOVE bible school!" every time we pulled in the parking lot of the church.


I bought Jack Jack his first back pack and lunchbox.  I just thought they were so cute.  Plus, I got them at Target at a great price!  I can't believe my baby will be moving up to the younger toddler class and will be sleeping on a nap mat, sitting up at a table to eat and will need a lunchbox.  Makes this mama super sad!  Addi found out who her teacher is going to be next year and I'm SO excited.  Her current teacher took her over to her new class today and said Addi was so shy.  Addi doesn't do very well with change, so i'm praying this transition is a smooth one!


Last weekend we talked daddy into a swimming pool.  Addi and I had a blast playing in it!


My sweet Jack had a fever virus last weekend that lasted through Tuesday.  He was so pitiful.  I'm happy to say he is now back to his happy self!

Tonight, we went to have dinner with Brad's parents for his dad's birthday and then came home to relax.  I'm now trying to talk Brad (in between convincing a 4 year old she needs to go to sleep in her big girl bed) into booking a trip to Vegas in a few months .  We received a few nights free and I think we should take advantage of that - don't you?!?! Ha!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Friday, July 11, 2014

A Day in the Life

I love reading these type of posts from different bloggers. I think it’s super interesting to get a glimpse into someone else’s day to day happenings. My days aren’t at all that interesting, but I thought I would join in the fun with Leslie from A Blonde 
Ambition.




Yesterday…

5:00 AM – my alarm starts to go off and I quickly reset it for 5:30. I always have hopes that I will wake up at 5:00 and be able to drink a cup of coffee and have a quiet time before everyone else wakes up. Yeah, that never happens. I’m not quite sure why I still set my alarm for 5:00 when I always reset it as soon as it goes off – ha!

5:30 AM – my 2nd alarm goes off and I hear Jack stirring, so I go fix him a bottle and get him out of his crib. I notice his diaper has overflowed and he needs to be stripped down and changed. After a quick diaper change and wipe down, I take him to Brad who feeds him while I begin to get ready.

5:50 AM – I continue getting ready and turn the TV on hoping this will wake our sleeping beauty (who REALLY enjoys her sleep). I also rush through the house to get clothes together and lunches made. I ALWAYS think to myself that my mornings would go a lot smoother if I would prepare the night before.

6:45 AM – All of us are out the door. Brad helps me get the kids in my car and I turn Despicable Me 2 on the DVD player in the car (because heaven forbid we make the 5 minute car ride to daycare without some form of entertainment – ha!)

6:50 AM – I get Jack out of the car and have to convince Addi that mommy is late and needs to hurry, but she continues to take her time. We go put her lunchbox in the fridge and she always helps me put Jack in his room. We both give him kisses goodbye and quickly get out of the room before he notices we are gone and starts screaming. I then take Addi to her room, open her Poptart and fix her a cup of water for breakfast and she tells me “bye” 50 times and blows kisses to me as I’m leaving. I quickly fix a cup of coffee that they have prepared for us at the daycare and out the door I go around 7:00ish.


7:45 AM – I arrive at work. Immediately I fix another cup of coffee and some oatmeal. I pretty much eat this same breakfast every day. Occasionally I will stop at Jack’s for a biscuit and iced coffee, but try not to make a habit out of it!

10:00 AM – After working a few hours, I grab a small bag of bbq potato chips b/c I like to keep things healthy.

11:30 AM – I am already starving and decide to fix my lunch of leftover red beans and rice. Most days I walk in the mall and shop before I eat lunch, but today I decide to just sit at my desk and read while I eat. Jack's teacher sends me a picture of him ready for water day at school...

12:45-4:00 PM – I work. It’s real exciting stuff – spreadsheets, numbers and calculators are what my days as an accountant consist of.

4:00 PM – I’m out the door! Tonight is different because I’m meeting some of my best friends for dinner.

4:15 PM – I arrive at the shopping center and meet up with my friend Sadie to do a little shopping before everyone meets at 6:00.

5:30 PM – We go ahead and get a table at Chuys in case it starts to get crowded. We also devour a basket of chips, creamy jalapeno dip, salsa and queso – yum!

6:00 PM – Leah and Heather arrive and we order. I got the fish tacos and they were SO good! I didn’t even touch my rice and beans. We try to meet up at least once a month to catch up. I love getting together because it’s just like we have never been a part.

7:30ishPM – We all go our separate ways except I go with Leah to VS to shop around for a little bit.

8:00 PM – I’m on my way home to my people.

8:30 PM – After I get home, I chit chat with Brad for a little bit about our days, go check on sleeping Jack Jack and say hey to Addi who is in her bed watching a movie.

9:00 PM – Addi ends up in our bed pitching a fit because she wants her daddy to come to bed. I end up rubbing her feet/legs until she falls asleep. I read a book until falling asleep probably around 9:45ish. Side note – I am usually in bed a lot earlier than this. I think I was asleep at 8:00 every day last week – except for one night when I was in bed at 6:30 and Brad made me get up haha! I love my sleep!



That was my day! Jealous? Haha! It may not seem that exciting, but I love my life and I’m so thankful for the many blessings God has given me.



In other news, one of my sweet friends who was supposed to meet us for dinner last night couldn’t because she was having to deliver her baby boy who unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. She was only a few weeks away from her due date. Please please pray for their family. My heart hurts for them and I can’t even imagine what she’s going through right now. They are strong in their faith and know that their sweet boy is in heaven and know God has a reason for all of this happening.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Why Not Confess Some More?

I've already done a little confessing earlier this week, so why not confess a little more?  I'm linking up with Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition.

{1} I confess my sweet baby girl is sick today and even though I HATE seeing her sick, i'm so thankful to be spending my Friday with her rather than at work.  Bless her!



{2} I confess that even though I have done really well on my diet/exercising this week, that I slowly browsed the ice cream section at Publix yesterday and even contemplated buying and eating the entire pint of my favorite Haagan Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.  Do not try this stuff unless you want to keep going back for more!


{3} I confess that it has been a little while since I have had a true quality quiet time with God and I finally got back to it this week.  I have been getting up at 5:00 AM each morning to do my exercising and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to open up my bible.  I love how God has already starting speaking to me through this.  I can't think of a better way to start my day than in God's Word!

{4} I confess that I got a new (to me) car the other day and it's smarter than I am.  Seriously.  Any car that you just push a button to start is way to fancy for this girl.  I spent half of my drive home with the air conditioner on full blast because I couldn't figure out how to turn it down. Ha! Since I drive 40 miles each way to work, I needed something that would get better gas mileage. Hopefully I will be making less gas station stops each week (and save some moolah!)

{5} I confess bananas + almond butter + dark chocolate chips = AMAZING!  this is my new go to snack when I want something sweet.  Yum.  Just thinking about it makes me want to go fix some for breakfast :)

{6} I confess that I could just eat this little man up.  He's the cutest little thing ever!


That's all I have - be sure to go to Leslie's blog and link up too!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If I'm Being Honest

We all have struggles. Some more than others, but we ALL have them. Most of us want to keep the things we are dealing with under wraps and dare not let anyone know what we are going through. I have several posts that I have written but never published because then you would know the “real” me. So, instead, I just keep them behind closed doors and write about happy, cute things such as my kids and our weekends. I started this blog to keep as kind of a scrapbook for myself, but I also want to use it to not only glorify God, but to reach out/relate to others that might be going through the same things I am. So, here goes nothing…




You know how I just said I like to keep things I’m dealing with behind closed doors and not let anyone peak in? You know why? Because I care too much about what people think about me. I wish I didn’t, but I do. It’s a daily struggle, but I’m working on it. We (when I say “we” I really mean “I”, but it makes me feel better to pretend I’m not the only one dealing with this – haha) always have to have the nicest, newest, brand name things. We want to fit in. We want people to think we have it all together. We want to be LIKED. I mean who doesn’t want to be liked?



Some of this I blame on social media. You look on Facebook or Instagram and see how cute everyone looks in their pretty new clothes, brand new cars, and huge houses. Then you start comparing your life to theirs. Then jealousy kicks in and you feel like you have to have those things as well. We look at these images and feel like we have to be like them or live up to their standards. But, you know what? They are just images we are seeing. We don’t see the real, true life stuff these people are dealing with. Yes, they might look PERFECT on the outside and like they have everything all together, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say these people have the same struggles we do. They could be dealing with heartache, a failing marriage, debt, jealousy, and the list could go on and on.



I'm embarrassed each month at how much money I spend on STUFF and to "keep up with the Jonses". I feel like a failure when it comes to spending the resources God has provided us with. I'm definitely going to start being more intentional with how our money is being spent (brad will be happy to hear this haha). Our closets are full, but yet I still go shopping weekly. I want to GIVE more.



We have to stop comparing our lives to others. God made us each differently. This world would be a pretty boring place if we were all the same, wouldn’t it? We all have different purposes in this life, but yet we are wasting our time and money trying to be like everyone else.



“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14



Not sure if anyone else deals with this, but if you do, I’m praying for you today

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Weekend

I'm not sure about yours, but our weekend has been super busy! Friday, Jack's class had their water day at school.  The bigger kids have a splash pad to play on, but the babies get to play in a little blow up pool.  I think he had a great time, except his teacher said none of them liked the water that sprayed out of the pool :)


 Our weekend really started Friday night with going out for some Mexican food.  Jack had his first Mexican food experience.  He ate part of a cheese quesadilla, rice and beans.  He loved it!  We then made a quick trip to Sam's and came home.  It was a real exciting Friday night!

This little man gets up at 5:30 EVERYday.  He doesn't care if it's the weekend or not, he's getting up at 5:30.  I love the little quiet time we have together before everyone else wakes up.


After the others woke up Saturday morning, Brad requested we go eat breakfast at his favorite place, Waffle House.  After breakfast, we ran a few errands and then came home to rest and clean up around the house.  Addi was apparently worn out.  She was in her room playing and watching a movie and when I came in there to check on her, I saw this...


Brad's parents kept the kids Saturday night so we could go celebrate some of our good friends, Brody and Amy.  After we dropped the kids off, we realized that we were going to be really early to the wedding, so we stopped for popsicles.  There is a new popsicle place that just opened up near our house and it is SO good!  We have already hit it up 3 times in last week.  Brad even likes it...


Brody and Amy had such a beautiful little country wedding.  We were so happy we could be there to celebrate with them!  Even though we were exhausted and our bedtime is usually 9:00, we decided to make most of our night without the kids and we went out with some friends afterwards.  It was a great night with lots of laughs with good friends!


Brad and I were able to sleep in until 8:00 this morning which was wonderful!  Every Father's Day, Brad takes the kids and goes to church with his parents and I go to lunch with my mom.  I am so thankful for Brad - he is an amazing dad to Addi and Jack.  God really blessed us with putting him in our lives.


Tomorrow, I start back on my "diet" and begin exercising again.  I'm really looking forward to it.  This afternoon I was able to prep a lot of my meals for the week.  Planning and preparing what I'm going to eat for the week is really the only way i'm able to stay on track.  I have eaten everything under the sun today.  I had to make most of my last cheat day for a while.  I made sure to eat plenty of carbs...


They were really good too!  I hope everyone has a great week!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Frozen Family Night



It’s no secret that little girls (and boys) everywhere have become obsessed with the movie Frozen over the past few months. When I found out Chick-fil-a was having a Family Date Night that was Frozen themed and Princess Elsa herself would be there, I knew we had to go!  Not exactly sure how I did it, but I managed to talk Brad into tagging along with us.  I mean it was FAMILY date night after all, right?  Of course, as soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed the crowd and began searching for a spot to park, Brad started saying he would never come to anything like that again haha! 

 

Once we finally parked the truck, we began squeezing our way through the crowd to see Princess Elsa.  Addi wasn’t sure what to think at first and just ducked her head. We asked her if she wanted her pic made with her and she immediately said, “Yes” and put on a huge smile!  We then ordered and sat down while “Let it Go” was being played through the speakers while all of the kids sang along.  It wasn’t a nice, peaceful meal, but Addi had fun and that’s all that mattered to us!


Back on Track

I’m not gonna lie, I have been really struggling lately when it comes to sticking to my diet and exercising.  I got off track and have had a really hard time getting back to it.  I forgot how hard it is to take that first step.  It’s not so bad once I get started and turn it into a habit.  I lost a total of 66 lbs and have gained back 6 of them since getting off track.  I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel and how sluggish I am during the day. 

 

Last Saturday, our church started a ministry where we hand out water/fruit to runners in our area.  I went to help out and ended up running/walking for a little bit while I was there.   That was the first time in about a month that I have ran and it felt good and bad all at the same time (if that makes any sense haha).  Monday night, I went out for my second run of the week and it was tough and HOT.  I love running outside, but this Alabama heat/humidity is killing me so I might have to stick to the treadmill.  Brad is going out with some friends tonight, so I will have to pick back up my running tomorrow night. 

 

I have also started trying to buy more organic produce and grass fed meats.  I wish it wasn’t so expensive, but I have been catching sales at EarthFare for the meat and shopping Aldi for the rest.  Who knew I would like Aldi so much?  I’m kind of obsessed  haha!  I’m just kind of in a rut when it comes to preparing meals that are healthy.  The main reason is because Brad won’t eat anything that’s good for him and Addi eats horribly.  If it’s not a lunchable or sandwich, she doesn’t want it.  I signed up for the Bikini Body Mommy meal plan, so I’m anxious to get my first week of recipes to try out!

 

Any other ideas on healthy meals that my entire family will eat?  I always start looking on Pinterest, but then I get sucked into all of the YUMMY not good for you food and it makes me crave the bad stuff – haha!