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2016: Looking Back

2016 was a year full of lots of changes for our family, but all in all it was a good year. we made the tough decision for me to quit my job and instead of finding something else decided i would stay home and take care of lennon full time. not long after, kyle got a “promotion” at work, which was quite the blessing as i was a bit nervous about how we were going to be able to make it on only his current income; something that actually wasn’t as difficult as i thought once we took out all the added expenses that me actually going to work added. we celebrated lennon’s first birthday (where did that first year go) and a few months later found out we would be adding another sweet baby to our little family. we traveled and spent time enjoying the summer at home. and finally as the year came to a close we welcomed maddox home. it wasn’t an easy year by any means as we all adjusted into …

Welcome Maddox

we couldn’t be more excited or happy to have our baby boy finally be here and join our family just in time for christmas. for some reason my babies don’t like to come early so as we passed our due date with little man we decided to schedule an induction in order to get out of the hospital and recover for a day or two before all of the christmas celebrations we had planned (little did we know we would be struck with the flu the day we brought baby home from the hospital with it taking each one of us down on a different day throughout the week). it was really important for me to be able to be well for christmas as i was really looking forward to seeing lennon enjoy it this year…unfortunately things don’t always go as planned. the day was cold and blizzardy, i suppose it was the perfect day to spend in the hospital as the weather was so crappy. we started the induction process around 8:30 in the …

Photos From The Weekend

^^^this girl of mine makes me laugh like no other ^^^there are moments when you catch these two girls looking at one another and you know they are going to cause some trouble someday    ^^^those lips   the weekend came and went faster than expected. why does it always feel like the weekend days are so much shorter than those during the week? probably because everyone is rushing around trying to get all of their errands done, homes cleans, to-do lists checked off all while trying to make time for family and friends. even after becoming a stay-at-home mom i still find myself looking forward to friday’s and dreading sunday’s end. weekend’s are my favorite, like most people, because they are time spent with family and those we love. this past weekend was no exception. with all of our other obligations over easter weekend we decided to push the celebration one week back with my family. we met for dinner at hu hot where we devoured some excellent hibachi, seriously i am still craving …

5 Tips to Cut Out Added Sugar

i think i’m addicted to sugar. i really can’t remember the last day that i didn’t have something that wasn’t sweet and i’m not talking something that is naturally sweet i’m talking about the sweets that aren’t good for you. coming right off of easter and the loads of candy that filled our baskets, my mom loves to overdo it and i love her for that, doesn’t make it any easier to stay away. it makes sense that i could have a sugar addiction as i love myself a sweet treat; candy, ice cream, a donut, you name it if it’s sweet i probably could be tempted to have one, scientists have found that sugar is addictive and actually stimulates the same pleasure centers of the brain as heroin and cocaine (source). i’ve tried cutting out sweets before and it didn’t work, but here i am attempting to do it all over again. i felt by putting it out here where everyone can see will hopefully help me stay more accountable. in order for me to …

Thoughts on Thursday

1. “clothe yourself with with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – colossians 3:12 2. lennon and i took a little day trip earlier this week to go meet up with one of my very good college friends. we spent the day shopping and going to lunch; lennon spending more time people watching with a ridiculously cheesy grin on her face than eating. the weather ended up being super nice and the day turned out wonderful. it truly was a great visit. however, i do have to admit i always feel a little bit sad after days like those, visiting with people i don’t get to see often enough. i really miss all the times we had together and while i know our lives have changed and we will always remain close, i wish we lived a little bit closer. does anyone else feel this way when they leave a visit with old friends? 3. i am all caught up on the game of thrones and am anxiously awaiting the next season (which is set to …

5 Ways to Feel More Accomplished

i don’t know about you but when my house is cluttered or i am not getting things checked off my never-ending to-do list i start to get anxious and it actually makes me feel extremely unmotivated. clutter in your home makes for clutter in your life; at least it does for me. however, i feel like i always have a little bit more energy in the springtime. maybe it’s because the days are longer and lighter or the fact that we can get outside a little bit more, either way i am checking things off of my to-do list one by one. spring cleaning is in full affect around here. today i am going to share some tips with you that help me stay motivated. 1. wake up early. although it may be hard to do sometimes try to set an alarm and wake up early. i always feel more productive on days that i am up starting my day rather than sleeping in. 2. to-do lists are your friend. i am a list maker. i have too …

Easter 

      easter has easily become one of my favorite holidays and no, it has nothing to do with the egg hunts and chocolate bunnies (although those don’t hurt). what i love about this holiday is that it is not surrounded with all of the hustle and bustle of other holidays, ahem christmas. don’t get me wrong there is still lots to do and much to prep, but in a different way. i’m not out shopping for weeks in advance searching for the perfect gift or wondering if my wrapping and bows are made just right. i’m not planning and preparing tons of food and rushing in and out of our families homes to be sure we don’t miss anyone or anything. while i do love christmas it always leaves me feeling so anxious, overwhelmed and tired. cue easter. easter is different for me. i love that it falls right around the first day of spring, this season is really growing on me. this time of year is so refreshing to me; all about renewing, …

Thoughts on Thursday

 1. “you’re mad. bonkers. off your head…but i’ll tell you a secret…all of the best people are.” – alice in wonderland 2. it snowed yesterday. end of march, officially spring and we got inches of snow. multiple inches. it was kind of pretty and a great excuse for us to slow down and have a “snow day” but we are so ready for nice weather it’s not even funny. we are starting to feel cooped up and definitely need some fresh air. there were a few nice days scattered throughout the last couple of weeks and it was so nice to get outside without having to get all bundled up. here’s to wishes for warmer weather and the snow to melt just as quickly as it came. 3. we are trying to transition lennon away from the bottle and it is not going so well. she will drink water out of her sippy cup and sometimes throughout the day, mostly at meals, will drink milk from the sippy cup as well. but we give her …

Taking Stock

the pages have turned and the chapter has ended on another season. spring is finally here. just knowing that it is officially spring has me excited for bluer skies, chirping birds and the sun shining down; warming up our skin as we get outside in short sleeves and bare feet, until our hands are dirty and our eyes heavy from a day well spent. a day filled with laughter and love. a season that leaves me feeling refreshed and inspired and the perfect time for taking stock. i’m… making : easter treats cooking : from scratch as often as we can drinking : lots of water reading : big magic-creative living beyond fear by elizabeth gilbert wanting : the days to warm up playing : with lennon, always deciding : what to do next wishing : for the forecasted snow to bypass us enjoying : extra time with my family waiting : for our trip to florida liking : anything sweet wondering : when our family will grow again loving : my husband. my daughter. my pets. pondering : life considering : going on a sweet date …

Thoughts on Thursday

1. “the only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” – johnny depp 2. happy st. patty’s day! how many of you will be celebrating today, green beer anyone? i’m not even irish, but i will surely be feasting on the corned beef and cabbage my husband is cooking up. it always smells delicious and tastes so so good. my husband is definitely the cook in the family. however, lately, especially now that i am home, cooking has become more interesting to me. i like planning out our meals for the week, grocery shopping with a purpose and, although it is still rare, preparing a meal. i know my husband enjoys the cooking so we will see if he passes the reigns over to me. 3. babies and bad dreams, have any of you experienced this? there have been multiple times where lennon as “woken” up inconsolable and in tears in the middle of the night and from a nap. there is no other explanation for me except to …