Friday, April 25, 2014


Hello Friends! This week flew by.

Last Friday we got all decked out in our red, white, and blue for AJ's 1st grade patriotic program!

It was super cute. We could definitely tell a lot of hard work went into it.

AJ was crazy excited for this day to come.

He learned 7 songs, lines for his speaking part, made a Liberty Bell, Washington a Monument and Statue of Liberty, and wrote a book about United States symbols!

So proud of his boy!

After the program we helped daddy pick out a shirt for Easter and hit Happy Hour! Love me some Sonic.

After happy hour we rushed to the neighborhood Easter egg hunt! So fun every year. Brody was the only one I could keep up with this year...

Love this pic by Sharon Arnoldi.

Saturday we ventured to AJ's soccer game.

Then I got my hair done.

I went for a no maintainance summer do.

Then I panicked afterward.

I always do this...get impatient....cut my hair...regret cutting it...say I'll never cut it again...get impatient....cut my hair...regret cutting it...say I'll never cut it again...

When I was looking for ideas of what the kids could give up for Lent I came across the idea of giving up wearing make-up for Lent and thought oh I could never do that.

But as soon as that thought entered my mind I had to prove to myself that I could.

It was a humbling 46 days. It was a new challenge with every new place and set of beautiful people I knew I would see....or set of beautiful people that would see me without make-up.

I have blonde eye lashes and look like I'm either 12 years old...or really hagered without eyeliner and mascara. I haven't gone a day without make-up since I was 14 years old. This was huge for me.

It was an interesting experience to put my raw self out there.

It was actually very liberating and refreshing to know nothing changes if I don't wear make-up.

People still see me for me.

Love the lamb shaped butter every Easter...

And the lamb coconut cake.

Don't love the fam getting blindsided with a tummy bug.

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

Do love neighbors bringing yummy chicken noodle soup with magical healing powers.

AJ had assessment day this week, and we visited the book fair.
Loved the book fair as a kid. Love the book fair as an adult.
Ab picked out Barbie books.
Brody picked out a Planes book and a Turbo book.

AJ picked out two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

And hasn't put them down since he got them.

Love to see the world around him melt away as he falls into reading.

Have a great weekend!

We have a full weekend planned.

Soccer...tea parties...birthday concert...

No rest for the wicked as my mom used to say.


Friday, April 18, 2014


Happy Good Friday!

So excited for Easter this weekend!

April is flying by.

We got this visitors guide in the mail this week!

Charleston, South Carolina!

For 4 days! Without kids!

Exactly how ten years of marriage should be celebrated!

Southern comfort food, beaches, sweet tea, fresh seafood, a lighthouse.

I can't wait to stroll through the farmers market in a sundress with Andy.

Seriously this girls dream.

June can't come soon enough!

Sundress and flip flops! Now that's more like it Colorado!

I could get used to this.

A friend gifted me with Easter M&M's this week.

I ate the entire bag.

I have no self-control.

Love those spring colors! Especially that periwinkle and teal together. Can't get enough of that color combo. It needs to be an Easter dress!

And purple. I'm really into purple this season.

We were blessed to hang out with Great Grandma Joyce last Saturday.

We fit in breakfast, a soccer game, and lunch.

I hung out with 400 teenagers Monday night for a huge Young Life club.
400 kids on a Monday night just hanging out and learning about Jesus.
That's what I want my kids to be doing as teenagers.
The message was...
Often times our actions determine our verdict, but what if we reversed our thinking and consider allowing the verdict to determine our actions.
The verdict is in: Jesus died for us...
Now, how are our actions going to reflect that.
He loves us. He suffered and died for us. He forgave us.
Talk about being inspired to go out and be the good in the world.

AJ had a make-up soccer game this week.

He's much more in the game this season.

Brody likes going to the play on the playground.

My MJ order came in!
Happiest box ever!
Ribbons and ruffles and super cute fabric! Be still my heart.
It totally inspired me to clean out my closet!
Now that is some serious inspiration.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your fam!

I plan to!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Insta -Friday

Hello friends!

Another awesome week in these parts.

Abby and Brody had my phone the other day.

I found these pictures later...

It amazes me that my children are growing up taking pictures with iPhones.

I grew up with glow worms, Cabbage Patch kids, and Troll dolls.

I wonder what their kids will grow up with?

I had my trunk show last weekend! So fun! Mamas and daughters trying on adorable clothes... Drinking lemonade, eating fruit pizzas/ caprese apps/funfetti dip.

I love the smell of dirt. I love seeing my seedlings grow. I do not love not having counterspace because of trays of the said seedlings.

Can't it just be the end of May already?!

Got my first issue of Country Living!

Love a new magazine...especially one about comfort food and country cottages!

AJ had his first spring soccer game. He was on top of his game. I think it was because of the new cleats. He said they made him run faster.

This boy wakes up so happy every day. He wakes up bursting with a smile and his arms open ready for a snuggle hug! We fight over who gets to get him up in the morning. It's that good.

Can't get enough of him. His happiness is contagious.

Andy took the kiddos to Home Depot last weekend to make birdfeeders while I spent all our money at my trunk show.

They were so excited to hang them outside. And are so excited to watch the birds every morning.

Brody says, "Birds! Birds! Look guys, BIRDS!"

Who needs Disney World when your kids get this excited about birds?!

AJ got to ride his bike to school for the first time this spring. That boy loves to ride his bike to school. And we are blessed with a friend brave enough to let him do it. She's my shero.
I was gifted with a kid-free afternoon of shopping at a consignment sale this week with a good friend. I love a good bargain and every mom deserves a kid-free afternoon every once and awhile.
I treated these 2 to the Jamba Juice on Thursday.
Love me some Jamba Juice.
Love these kids. Even if that's the face she makes when I say smile.
Shameless plug: If you love Jamba Juice and are local... I can hook you up with a BOGO free punch card.
$10 for 8 BOGO free Jamba Juices.
The money goes to help awesome teenagers go to Young Life camp and learn about Jesus!
Brody thinks he's riding to school with the big his footie pj's....
Dream boy little boy. You'll grow into those dreams one day.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Funfetti Dip
This dip is sooo delicious...
Like dangerously addictive delicious.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Check out Eat Yourself Skinny for the recipe.

Then forgive and thank me later.


Friday, April 4, 2014


It's been a pretty low key week this week.

Last weekend we had gorgeous weather with temps in the 70's.

Lots of time playing in the back yard.

Love these kid of back yard days.

And this boy loves the sand box.

So I downloaded this app for Abby, and decided to try it first so I could teach her how to play it...

I'm on level 50 now and Abby hasn't been allowed to touch it.

Abby drew this family portrait this week.

Love it.

Cranky momma needed a Starbucks one day.

It was in everybody's best interest.

Those chocolate croissants are to die for!

The wind woke up Brody one night...

Who then woke up Abby...

Who then woke up mommy and daddy...

Finally about 2:30am everyone was back to sleep.

Then I found this little guy in the floor next to bed bed in the morning...

MJ released their newest spring line this week.

Can't wait till Saturday's trunk show!

It's starting to look like Easter around here...

Lots of bunnies...

I made some boy burp cloths for a friend this week...

This boy rocked his Thomas the train robe all day Wednesday.

Then we woke up to this Thursday morning...

Brody came downstairs and greeted us with his usual cheerful groggy good morning "HI!"...

Then he looked out the window and said, "What?!!! Snow?!!!"

My thoughts exactly Brody.

I was all bumming around the house in my spring snow funk when Andy surprised me with this awesome lunch...

and my day got so much brighter!n

I took Ab to pick out new shoes to wear with her Easter dress...
Leave it to Ab to pick out metallic light up sandals for Easter.
The neon socks are a nice touch too....

Have a great weekend!