Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letter to My Son On His First Day of School

Today I'm over on All Mom Does, raw and real with you guys, sharing a letter I wrote to my boy, who starts kindergarten this week. Maybe this will inspire you to do the same or at least, you’ll know that you aren't alone in this back to school stuff. To read more, join me here


Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Things Right Now

Because it's been a wonderful and packed weekend. Because it's September and I love everything about this month and because lists make me happy....
30 Things Right Now.

1. Saturday morning we went on a hike to the Ice Caves. It rained the whole time, but it was still so fun.
 2. The kids could stop and play in the woods along the hike every 2 feet, if we let them. Judah was climbing everything and taking every opportunity he could find to try and find a "short cut" off the path.
 3. Last year when we went, Paisley's legs got tired and she ended up riding on Daddy's shoulders. This year, she walked the entire way. I'm proud of that girl. She's becoming such a fun little adventurer!
 4. Along the path, we noticed a few wild huckleberries that were nearing the end of their season. Last year, we went about 2 weeks earlier in the year and the bushes were covered so, we brought containers with us, anticipating lots of berries. The bushes ended up being pretty bare, but we still enjoyed a few along the way.
 5. Eliza napped in the Ergo against my chest for a good part of our hike. This poor baby has been on the go all weekend and tonight, it showed. She's had 3 days in a row without a regular nap and she was all sorts of grumpy.

6. Cheers to starting new routines/getting back to old routines tomorrow!

7. I like my kids rested.

8. Having them normally well rested has really made life with 3 little ones way easier.

9. Sleep is good.....okay, enough about sleep.

10. I've been wearing her on my back lately and having her on my front was sweet, but my word, that girl is getting heavy. At her last appointment, she was 27lbs. Having her on my back is MUCH more comfortable. But, that face....I just can't get over it.
11. Even though is was raining, it was still gorgeous. The fog and the mountains were amazing!
12. I still can't get over the fact that we get to live in an area this beautiful. Honestly, I hope I never get over it. Wouldn't it be a shame to start taking it all for granted and not let it blow you away? It's way more fun to let things get you excited, don't you agree?
 13. On the way home from our hike, we played a game in the car, that I'll call "Would You Rather". Normally, we play music for the kids in the back and Jeremiah and I ask each other questions like "would you rather go a week without underwear or wear the same ones all week?" Or more mild stuff like "would you rather bungee jump or go sky diving?" It's a great way to pass the time and really get to know each other all over again. And for the record, after playing that for almost 2 hours on Saturday, you'll probably never want to compete against us on one of those "How Well Do You Know Your Spouse" games.  After Saturday, it's like we've been married for 60 years.

14. Anyway- one of the questions I asked him was if he'd choose apple pie or pumpkin pie at that very moment and as soon as I said the word PIE, Judah suddenly piped in. "Did someone say PIE??? PIE? We're having pie?!"

15. You guessed it, that night I ended up making a pumpkin pie at 6pm.

16. For all who want to know, Pumpkin Pie tastes WAY better in August or September than it does after you've stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving and you're only eating it to make the person who brought it happy.

17. The funny thing is that I didn't realize that the recipe makes TWO pies. So, we ended up bringing one over to our new neighbors who've I've been needing to introduce myself to anyway.

18. So, basically- make a pumpkin pie. I forgot how good it is!
 19. Sunday we went to church and then we headed out to the Mobile Food Fight for Hunger.

20. This event was absolutely a blast! I mean, what's better than the Top 10 food trucks of Seattle, serving up amazing food, all for a great cause???

21. I had British Fish & Chips, from the Nosh food truck and I was absolutely blown away! It doesn't hurt that the guy taking orders is full of charisma either- and that he has a real British accent. Next time I'm in Seattle, I'm going to track down this food truck again. It was out of this world.
22. One of the best family photos we've had in a long time. I'm so glad these are my people.
 23. Today I went to Target to get a few last minute things for the week. Spontaneously, I decided I'd get the  kids a couple surprises for their first days of school.

 24. The book section is where it all hit me. "Even Droids Need Friends" and I almost started balling right there in Target. Gosh. How is it that my baby is going into kindergarten?

25. September is going to hopefully continue to be a great month for the garden. Right now we have tomatoes turning everyday.
 26. And lemon cucumbers.
 27. And all sorts of squash and zucchinis and lots of other stuff.
 28. I decided on our rooster's name. This is Mr. Darcy. He isn't crowing yet and he's still nice so, it's TBD if he'll be staying with us permanently. Judah's attached to him. Darn it. We're like that around here.
 29. The pumpkins turning make me excited about fall, sweaters, boots and pumpkin patches.
30. I hope you had a great weekend! What did you do?


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe that this is the last Friday in August? Today has been the perfect day at home for us, the kind of laid back day that we really need before all of the new routines start. This morning the kids played outside, while I harvested tomatoes and spaghetti squash, while wearing my first sweater of the season. It was absolutely glorious to be out there with the kids, and experience a few of the first signs of fall.

By next Friday, we'll have our first days of kindergarten under our belt. We'll have made it to our first MOPS meeting of the year and we'll have experienced Paisley's first preschool orientation. It's a crazy and wonderful time of year. You'll have to forgive me, but I get really excited about fall. So brace yourselves, lots of fall talk and pumpkin things will be happening around here.

Here are a few of my favorite things from the week:

Favorite Etsy Item:
These chicken decals from Fresh Eggs Daily Etsy Shop. I want these for my chore boots!

Favorite Facebook Post:
Jen Hatmaker's post to parents of adopted/fostered children. While this doesn't directly apply to us as a family, I thought it was just brilliant. Go take a look.

Favorite Instagram:
This chore idea from JoAnna Gaines. I'm loving how functional AND cute it is!

Favorite Video:
Can we have more good news like this, please? So funny!

Favorite Random Funny Thing:
Favorite moment of the week:
Sitting in a parked car, sipping milkshakes with this kid, after kindergarten orientation. Favorite moment for sure.

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Forward Challenge #3 By Zone Perfect with a GIVEAWAY!

This year, I'm happy to welcome Zone Perfect to the blog. Every few months or so, I've been writing on some of the prompts that they have provided and today, I'm also doing a fun giveaway, provided by Zone Perfect. As always, these opinions are all mine.

Next week my first born starts kindergarten. When we school supply shopped a few weeks ago, I couldn't even believe that I've entered that phase of Motherhood. I am one of those Moms now. The ones with the supply list, the ones with the backpacks, lunch boxes to keep track of and lunches to make. Gosh, I hope I don't forget to make his lunches!

All kidding aside- the year is flying by and as you know, this year,  I've partnered with Zone Perfect. With their help, I've set goals, written them down (read my first post here) and quarterly, I'm going back over those goals, reviewing them, celebrating accomplishments and getting inspired to get back on track where necessary.

With school starting and other fall activities beginning, I feel like this is the perfect time to re-evaluate goals, find new routines that set us up for success and dive into the things that make us feel like we're really living the way we want to.

One of my biggest goals for the year was to feed my family healthier meals. Our garden has helped a lot with this and another thing that I've loved are the Zone Perfect bars that are specifically designed for kids. Each bar contains 5 grams of protein so, my kids actually get FULL and they aren't asking for more food 10 minutes later!

To celebrate fall, new goals and fresh, new routines, I have an exciting giveaway for you all!

Zone Perfect is offering one of you the all of the well being essentials.

 Pedometer, tumbler, lip balm, hair ties, hand sanitizer and a box of Zone Perfect bars. I've seen inside the box and the bars are the Kidz Zone Perfect bars, which happen to be my favorite!

To enter, use the rafflecopter widget below for multiple entries, or if you'd prefer, just leave me a comment telling me what you like most about fall and new routines.


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