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Gratitude

Hello!  November has finally arrived.  We are finally in a month of pure gratitude.  I'm so thankful for this month and all that we get to experience in it.  The kids are completing their soccer season, which means we will have family time without having to run around to multiple locations.  I'm planning a huge Mommy/Son weekend with Bug.  It's also time to prep for new adventures.  I can't wait to share.


Friday Favorites: My Favorite Back-to-school Busy Night Meals

Hello everyone!

This week I got to see the familiar postings of little people returning to and starting their first day of school.  It is always such a joy to see parents posting and to see how proud they are of the same.  We've been in school two weeks now and are getting used to the school pace of classes, homework, practices, and rehearsals.  It was easy to forget just how busy our week can be as a family.  That's why I am sharing some of my favorite meals for busy nights.  I've collected these from various bloggers, pinners, and experiments across the board.  The ones listed are my go-to meals when we're running low on time, but need something filling for fuel.

I'm linking with Momfessionals for Friday Favorites to share the love!  Hope you like enjoy!



Home with Baby J

Hello everyone!  It's been a little over two weeks and things are progressing pretty well.  Baby J. has had his two week appointment and is now 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long.  He's growing well and is a calm and chill baby, which is appreciated after his fast entry into the world.  He is a breast fed and formula fed baby as it became apparent early that I was not producing enough.  (I don't want to hear the "you are enough" comments.  I know what my son needs and when he stopped screaming after receiving formula (after being on my breast for thirty minutes), I knew he needed additional.


On our 7th Anniversary...

It's hard to believe that we have been married for 7 years.  I thank God for you as my husband.  I thank Him for every mountain we've climbed, for every valley we've walked, for every prayer we have prayed, and for every new joy we have experienced.  I thank you for being my husband and for every step we have taken together.


Weekend Recap: Beautiful Weather, Family Time, and the Sickness Persists


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend.  The weather was just amazing for us this past weekend and after the cold temps that picked at us while visiting the zoo, I was here for it!  Unfortunately, while the weather was beautiful, we were still plagued by persistent sickness. Baby A. has had a fever that keeps returning.  We know from her appointment that it is a virus that must run its course, but...ugh.  Still, there were plenty of highlights and we were able to have some cool family memories together.

Parenting Hacks for Surviving a Trip to the Zoo



Kids never forget anything!  A few weeks ago, I mentioned to the older littles that I would be willing to take them to the zoo on the first full weekend of Spring.  I hadn't taken the kids for a number of years and knew this would be the year that I wanted to do so.  Sure enough, the kids were super excited the Friday before.  They were more than excited and more than ready to go.

Sick and Pregnant

Hello everyone!  I was supposed to have posted my Weekend Recap about our fun zoo trip yesterday, but Sunday night I was hit with a massive stomach virus that had me regurgitating everything in my stomach every 40 minutes like clockwork.  This lasted until yesterday morning about 6:30, but by then I was so weak and tired from using the trash can as my friend that I just lay on the couch trying to see if I was going to brave enough to try and eat.  I wasn't until about 6:30 last evening when the baby in my belly started dictating that I try something.



Weekend Recap: Our Top 5


Friday afternoon, I picked Bug up from school a few minutes before dismissal so that he could get a hair cut.  His hair grows so fast, so he was definitely overdue.  I love out barber.  He's a family friend who has an amazing rapport with kids and adults alike.  The last time he cut Bug's hair, Bug promised him that he'd bring him a baked good that he cooked from the Raddish club.  He bought him a full plate and they were pretty yummy.  Bug walked out with a nice haircut and we enjoyed some Mommy Son time in the car.

Weekend Recap: The Sleepover Edition


Guys!  My tired is tired!  What an awesome weekend, but man what an exhausting one ☺!  S. and I were still up in the air about just how we would celebrate Honeybee turning 5 years old.  It's a milestone and begs a nice celebration, but with our huge family we just can't go anywhere.  Tuesday or so, S. suggested a visit to Chuck E. Cheese and a sleepover with the little cousins.  Now, full disclaimer, I am not a fan of Chuck E. Cheese.  No knock on them, but I think of them as little germ factories lol.  That being said, the one in our area recently underwent a renovation (per the flyer outside) and was ready for our large family.

Dance floor

My Big Fat Laid Back Weekend Recap

I have often enjoyed reading the blogs of moms and professional bloggers who share what that particular day looks like for them.  This weekend, because it was scheduled to be super cold and murky (alas, it really wasn't), I decided that I'd capture what our weekend looked like.  Again, it was pretty boring thanks to the colder temps outside, but I hope you enjoy the read.

I posted in our Valentine's recap that Bug has been dealing with a nasty case of the flu and has been under strict quarantine.  Prior to his getting sick, Mr. Bug decided to play catch inside the garage (a no-no) and accidentally broke a garage light and disengaged the garage door opener.  👀  He didn't tell us what happened and we found out when we couldn't enter the garage that evening.

You can see the bracket is totally disengaged from the ceiling.

Weekend recap: Fun Times and Public Announcements


Hello everyone and happy Monday! It is a beautifully brisk 32 degrees outside and I am SHIVERING. I’m a fan of snow, but not of cold temperatures (how’s that for an oxymoron J). Anyway, this weekend was all kinds of interesting as the genders went separate ways to do separate things and then came together again for fellowship. 

Friday evening, S. and Bug loaded up the car and headed to a Men’s Fellowship Lock-in at one of the neighboring churches in the community. I’m told there were over 200 men there and Bug told me later he had the BEST time. How awesome is it that my 12 year old son was excited and enjoyed talking about God and being/becoming a Godly man in Christ. While the men were away, the girls and I snuggled up watching Frozen and Ice Age because Baby A. wasn’t feeling so peppy. We watched the movies until it was bedtime and both girls snuggled in the bed with Mama until they couldn’t keep their eyes open. I then let them go to their beds. It was an awesome way to end the evening.

Saturday morning, everyone was up early. I gave the girls pastries with the intent of having a breakfast date out after my social media ministry meeting at the church. When we got there, our ministry leader had purchased hotcakes and juices for the entire ministry. That was so sweet of her. The girls enjoyed hashbrowns, juices, and pancakes while we discussed upcoming social media activities for the church. February will be a busy month!
Breakfast and brainstorming!  Got to love it!
                   

Weekend Recap: #SnowDay FunDay


Christmas Recap 2018-Part I

What an absolutely beautiful Christmas season it has been. This holiday was just beautiful. There was so much love, so much fellowship, and so much genuine enjoyment and merriment. What a blessing it is and was to be with family. The Friday before Christmas, I grabbed the kids and we went to Walmart so that the kids could buy each other Christmas gifts.

The rules were simple. You have $20 to spend for a total of three gifts—one of each of your siblings. Guys, it was such a beautiful process watching the kids walk through the store putting serious thought into each other’s gift. I allowed Bug to go off by himself and then come back to me with his concealed in his cart. I took baby A. and Honeybee with me and the girls had so much fun selecting gifts.

Super excited to find this gift for her brother

Weekend Recap: Celebration!


Hi everyone! What an amazing weekend! It flew by, but I have no complaints about that. I’m hoping your weekend was awesome. This weekend was filled with some of my favorite things—food and fun! Saturday was my sister in love’s birthday celebration. Her husband, my brother in love, hosted a girls’ night out weekend for her. It was so sweet.

Thanksgiving Recap


Hello everyone! I am hoping you had an amazing Thanksgiving and that it was so very blessed in the Lord. This was the first year in about four that S. and I did not host Thanksgiving. Our sister in love did a fantastic job and we were so glad to be able to make a few dishes, come to her and my brother in love’s home, and just enjoy the day.

Skate Night with the Family

Hi everyone!  Last night was a pretty cool night for us.  I promise I'd already decided we weren't doing anything.  We don't celebrate Halloween and I wasn't too keen on going out, but Honeybee asked if she could be a "pretty purple princess" and S. mentioned at least showing face at the church's skate event and I acquiesced.  I'm so glad I did.

Weekend Recap: #ENDALZ: Memory Walk 2018

Hello everyone!  Here's hoping your weekend was wonderful!

It was an absolutely beautiful day for our family to walk to end Alzheimer’s. We woke up early, donned our purple, had a bit of breakfast in the chill of the morning and then headed out for a great time.


Weekend Recap: My Weekend Top 5

I'm sorry for the delay, everyone!  It was a great weekend, but I got a bit busy in trying to recap it.    Friday night into early Saturday morning, our church hosted a Women's Lock-in where we fellowshipped, talked, and worshiped until 5AM.  It was an absolutely amazing event.  I have to admit I was reminded that I am not as young as I used to be lol because I was EXHAUSTED come time for Honeybee's game.  I decided instead of sharing tons of words and recaps, I'd list my Weekend Top 5.


Weekend Recap: Fair Thee Well, Auntie



This weekend I was blessed to attend the home going of my great aunt M.  That great aunt may make her seem distance, but when you remember that it was my great grandmother who raised me, it makes sense that I would have a close relationship with her sister.  I'm so glad that I did.

Weekend Recap: Soccer Games and Homecoming Rain...

Hello everyone!  I am hoping you had an amazing weekend.  This one was a busy one for us, which I have to admit was a nice change of pace from the lazier days.  (I'm sorry, but I admit that I think I might actually like the more hectic pace (insert smile here)).