Category: Everyday Life

I admit that I am a failure.

Remember that time I wrote for a blog called The Harris Life and it was so fun and I posted all the time?

Remember that time I had a goal to write more?

Remember that time I realized I’m a complete failure when I looked back and am shocked to realize I haven’t posted since FEBRUARY?!!!!!!!!!!

Well. Now we can all remember all of these things.

What happened to me?!

Well, I’m gonna save the “deep” stuff for another post.

Today I will just tell you that life is so busy and I am not good at sitting down at a computer anymore and organizing my thoughts. I feel like every second is taken up by something and then I fall into bed after the kids bedtime and either binge on Friends or The Office, or I fall fast asleep until a kid decides to creepily wake me up.

See. Some things will never change. My kids are still waking me up by staring at me from the side of the bed, blowing in my face, or just coming up to my side of the bed and yelling random things at the top of their lungs…..

for example (picture a kid standing next to the bed in the pitch black and silent house):

“MAMA! I HAVE EYE BOOGERS!”

“MAMA! I THINK MAYBE I DIDN’T WIPE GOOD ENOUGH TODAY!”

“MAMA! DID YOU KNOW THAT PLUTO ISN’T A PLANET BUT MAYBE IT IS AGAIN?! CAN YOU GOOGLE THIS FOR ME REAL QUICK SO I CAN KNOW IF IT IS A PLANET OR NOT AND CAN GO BACK TO SLEEP?!”

“MAMA! I HAD A NIGHTMARE THAT I WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO SCHOOL AGAIN, PLEASE TELL ME YOU WON’T HOMESCHOOL ME!’

“MAMA! I JUST NEEDED TO TELL YOU THAT I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH THAT I COULDN’T EVEN STAY IN MY BED ALL NIGHT!”

Yes, these are actual things that have been said to me in the middle of the night the past few weeks of summer.

It is summer, y’all! All three of us are living in our bathing suits and top knots! I’ll spare you a pic of me in my bathing suit but LOOK HOW ADORABLE THESE CHICKEN NUGGETS ARE!

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Ryder graduated from Kindergarten! She had the best year ever! I could not have asked for a better year. Her teacher was amazing and the class was the sweetest, spunkiest class ever. I miss seeing their sweet faces every week so much. I can’t believe I don’t have Kindergarteners to AR test anymore. Maybe the K teachers will still let me come and test for them next year, ha! She’s so excited about going to 1st grade! She’s still so spunky. Friends flock to her – she has that contagious personality that everyone wants to be around. She still is completely obsessed with her mama. Sometimes too obsessed, ha! I’m so proud of how hard she worked this year and what an awesome girl she is!

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Rory made it through 1st grade with flying colors! She made straight A’s on the last two report cards! Man, y’all… I can’t even tell you how proud I am of my girl. From the start of the year to the end she was a different kid, but in the best ways. She became so much more confident and had so much more self control. Rory is a dream- A DREAM- at age 7. I can’t even begin to tell you. She is so extremely helpful. She’s seriously so compassionate to others and so kind. I’m so proud of her and the amazing big girl she has become.

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We are loving summer so much! Except we are having issues with fighting …. meaning those two heifer daughters of mine won’t quit with the fighting. Ryder is mean. I know its hard to believe, but for real, she’s got a mean streak when it comes to her sister especially. And Rory is so sensitive she can’t handle Ryder being a turd. So she tattles.

It is about to do me in.

So I created a new motto in our house- IF YOU FIGHT, YOU CLEAN.

Needless to say, my house is SUPER clean.

If any of you have suggestions on how to nip this in the bud I would so appreciate it.

The good news is that after a week of zero tv and cleaning until they can’t handle themselves anymore- things are looking up! ha! I just keep reminding them that “kindness always wins” and also that I won’t be their referee.

We’ve been having a blast though! The first week of summer we went to the river with Andy’s family where the kids fished for hours each day and had a blast. We ended the week in Mississippi with my family. 18698114_10102963844593736_1238840250508337410_n

The second week we went on a mini-vacation to Gatlinburg and it was THE BEST TIME EVER.  We aren’t going to the beach this summer so we decided while Andy had some extra time off we would take full advantage. We stayed at Black Fox Lodge and I couldn’t recommend it enough there! I have absolutely nothing negative to say about our stay. The room was so perfect, all the amenities were! And the breakfast was awesome! Of course, the girls’ favorite part was their amazing pool! They loved every second of our hotel stay! I remember a few years ago the thought of staying in a hotel for several days with the girls seemed like a nightmare- and it WAS a nightmare to stay at a hotel. Now it is such a fun treat for them and for us! It just gets better all the time!

While we were there we went to Splash Country. Y’all know how much we love Dollywood- well, I can’t believe I’m saying this but we may love the water park even more! Families of all ages and stages will love it. It has something for everyone!  18892891_10102979697259866_2719773883539371040_n

The other big thing we did was visit Cade’s Cove. I thought the girls might like it, but didn’t anticipate their insane over-the-top love for it! They were 100% enthralled and committed to learning everything there was to know about how people lived “in the olden days”. ha! We saw all kinds of wild life too- several bears, deer so close we could have touched it, and other various things like snakes and rabbits and 5 trillion butterflies. (Side note: My kids are convinced Dolly Partner released all the butterflies in Gatlinburg area because she loves them so much. THEY ARE THE CUTEST.) I know my sweet Granddaddy would have been tickled to pieces with them at his favorite place on earth.

The rest of the time was spent at the pool, shopping, eating amazing food, and playing putt putt! It was such a much needed getaway and seriously the best time. Now I cannot stinking wait for our next adventure!

What else is new????

Well, Andy started a new job! He’s now a Corporate Engineer for Shaw Flooring. So far its been such an amazing change and I’m praying hard it continues that way. He is happier than he’s been in a long time. We are so thankful God has always provided for us in our marriage and He has continued to bless Andy’s hard work by moving him up and giving him amazing opportunities. 18766095_10102977618520676_5972374845439448378_n

Oh! We celebrated 13 years of marriage! And he wasn’t on outage! Shocking, yes?! So I last minute grabbed a babysitter so we could actually go on a date!18920207_10102990203545186_3080049272670199168_n

As for me, I turned 32. We spent the day by the pool with my girls as per usual, which is totally the best way to spend a birthday if you ask me! Then we went to eat dinner as a family. And then some of my friends and I went to the movies and laughed and laughed. It was good for the soul. Oh, and I got glasses. Apparently my vision is bad and I didn’t even know it. Is anyone surprised by this?! 18922171_10102999800662486_4938935653192803658_n

Ok. I think we have caught up enough for one day. I am so thankful for my summers with the girls- I just can’t even tell you. We love school and all that comes with it but I stinkin’ LIVE for summer with my girls.

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Happy Friday, y’all!

 

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Well, people, I am here to tell you our latest saga at The Harris House.

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That is right, folks, lice.

Rory came home one day in the last few weeks (not disclosing the day so y’all won’t assume you are getting it if you saw us in the last 2 weeks) with lice.

So when I discovered this you can imagine how PSYCHOTIC I went.

Let us just say on a scale from 0-10 on the crazy scale I was a solid EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN.

I contemplated burning my house down for a good 2 days.

Instead, I put on my big girl panties (emphasis on big) and started washing every.dang.piece.of.fabric. in this house.

I swear if someone would have come into my home they would have sworn I was on the crack because ENERGY WAS HIGH. I was scrubbing and washing and spraying.

But the washing was the easy part.

Let’s move on to treating Rory’s hair.

Have you ever tried to wash, then wash, and then wash again THEN comb through a feral cat’s hair strand by strand?!

If so, you have come close to seeing how delightful it was to treat Rory’s hair.crazy-cat

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Rory and I have the exact same hair type- medium thickness but coarse as all get out. So them suckers WERE NOT ABOUT TO LET GO. Bless her, I was in her hair treating and combing that crap out from 4pm to 10pm.  We did break for stretches and food. img_5924

Bless.

This is what I discovered about a child getting lice……

IT IS HELL.

That’s all I discovered.

After I was done with Rory, I treated Ryder, Andy, and myself JUST IN CASE. Because ain’t nobody playing around when it comes to lice.

We treated and combed until 11pm and the children straight passed out.

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Again, bless.

The RID and Tea Tree Oil fumes were at an insane level in our home and then Andy realized he needed to also treat his beard and he STRAIGHT FREAKED OUT (it may or may not be because I straight freaked him out) and ended up completely shaving his beard off.

I haven’t seen that face since 2003, y’all.

The next morning Ryder woke up and came into the room and saw Andy and she LOST HER MIND.

She fell out on the floor sobbing saying, “WHO TOOK MY DADDY?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?! WHY WOULD YOU MAKE YOURSELF SO TERRIBLE?!”

In other words, Ryder FREAKING HATES Andy without a beard.

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I kept them home because we were up so late and because I feel like if someone has lice they really need to stay home for a day even though that isn’t protocol at school anymore.

BUT we had a dentist appointment and y’all know it is an act of God to get Ryder set up for an appointment AND get her medicine called in and given to her before so I wasn’t about to cancel the appt.

We get there and they call Rory back but not Ryder therefore they expected her to go back by herself and Y’ALL…… PANIC MODE.

I was mad texting people saying, “They just called Rory back alone so I can’t control anything she says!”

Well, don’t worry.

I was correct.

Rory says to the hygienist, “Well my daddy looks terrible because he shaved his beard because we have lice.”

SWEET MERCY.

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So that was fun to explain.

After the dentist we came home and took a 2 hour nap that was so glorious I almost forgot about the lice of yesterday.

ALMOST.

The good news is that it hasn’t come back and we are enough time out to do the second treatment and no new lice have been found. Hallelujah and amen.

Not even kidding though, I paranoid scratched until I made my head bleed.

Thank goodness I have THE BEST FRIEND EVER who offered to look through my hair to help the paranoia settle.

Kristen, you are my girl.

Now that I have lived through a lice saga, I have some words of wisdom:

HIRE SOMEONE TO COME IN AND TREAT EVERYONE.

It is so worth the $. I know because I decided not to spend it.

And by I, obviously I mean Andy.

Happy Friday & You’re Welcome for that paranoia itch you are currently having.

Whole 30 Update- day 30(ish)

Tuesday was the last day of Whole 30!

If nothing else, I knew I would be so proud that I stuck with this for 30 days.IMG_4450

So, here are my results:

  • Clearer, glowy-er skin.
  • Less bloat.
  • Better sleep
  • No longer craving sugar or coke
  • No pain. Sometimes I get restless leg type symptoms and I had ZERO of this.
  • More confidence in my cooking. I’m a decent cook and like to cook at times, but I wasn’t super confident in it. Now that I’ve spent 30 days cooking nonstop and doing brand new dishes I feel so proud of my cooking skills.
  • This is a weird one- but I didn’t have as much hair fall out. Usually when I shower I get several handfuls of hair to fall out and on whole 30 this went way down.
  • LOST 22 POUNDS. Y’all. I just can’t even. I am still in such shock.

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I am still having a hard time believing the difference in my face.

Now. Let me put this in a disclaimer- I lost 22 lbs because I have weight to lose and sugar was such a staple in my every day eating. So was dairy. So this was a significant change for me.

I am now in the re-entry stage and the only thing I’ve eaten off w30 is gluten (had a hamburger on day 31) and well, I have felt terrible. My leg/back pain is back and I spent the last few nights awake with it. NOT FUN. So looks like gluten free is what I need to do.

So, to give you an overall review of Whole 30- DO IT. Seriously, just do it. I’ve had so many people tell me they could never do it and HELLO if I can do it YOU CAN CERTAINLY DO IT. Not even kidding about that. The first week was tough and there were days here and there that I thought JUST LET ME MURDER A PIZZA REAL QUICK but I am so glad I did this and stuck with it. I think its a good start to losing the weight I’ve wanted to lose for a long time. Now I just have to find a good balance.

The only negative to this is the cleaning. I AM SO TIRED OF CONSTANTLY CLEANING THE KITCHEN. But I think it was worth it for feelings so good and losing more weight than I thought I would.

Please do not go in thinking you will lose a ton of weight because most don’t. But everyone loses inches and feels better.

I wish Andy would have stuck with it because 1)I wanted him to feel as good as I did and 2) it made it harder for me but I did not do this for Andy. I did this for me.

Ladies, that is the key. It is great to want to look better for your husband, but YOU GOTTA DO IT FOR YOU. If you are feeling like crap and need a recheck on what you are putting in your body, this is the best thing you could do. I know it has changed my relationship with food so much which was my main goal.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the updates! I will be doing another Whole 30 after the holidays for sure!

If you have enjoyed the updates then maybe I will continue with this to help keep myself accountable and to encourage any of you in the same boat as me. Just let me know!

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Whole 30: Week 3

It has been another week already! I cannot believe it.

This past week has been so great. I didn’t really struggle to stay on diet. Even when others were eating ALL OF THE FOOD around me.

I told you I would do better about taking pictures and well. no. ha! I didn’t do a great job, again. Oh well.

Highlights:

  • Still sleeping amazing
  • more energy
  • skin looking better/glowy-er (When you are detoxing it will look worse before it gets better so I struggled with some spots early on)
  • Clothes fitting different/better
  • less bloat
  • mood is better – at the beginning I really struggled with mood swings

I know some people say some cons to this but really the only con I have is how much I absolutely hate cleaning up all the mess from all the cooking. My kitchen is always a mess and it is driving me crazy!

The best meals I have made this week have been:

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Egg Roll in a Bowl

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Compliant Salsa and Plantain Chips

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8 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And y’all. I took this picture with Rory today and when I saw my own face I was shocked at the person looking back at me. My face for sure is skinnier, even if my butt isn’t! haha!IMG_4174

Also, I tried on clothes in a size I haven’t been able to fit into in a LONG time and they fit great! I was in tears over it from excitement!

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Whole 30 week 2 Update – HALFWAY THERE!

I MADE IT HALF WAY!!!!!!!!

Honestly there were times where I seriously did not think it was going to happen because MAMA WANTED COKE.

But I can honestly say now that I’m halfway through I’m seriously not craving Coke like I used to (I mean unless someone is drinking it in front of me or I’m checking out at Walmart then I’m like GIVE ME ALL THE COKE but it goes away fast).

The positive changes I have seen in myself are:

  • better sleep- we are ALL sleeping better. I don’t think I’ve slept more than 4 hours straight without waking up since I had kids. I’ve been going to bed earlier and sleeping all night without waking up unless a kid wakes me up.
  • less bloated, tummy issues
  • It took until the last two days but I’m finally feeling more energized. I woke up this morning and went and worked out and felt really good. And! I did not want to quench my thirst with anything other than water! (Side note: I gave up caffeine all together
  • Truly am not missing sugar. I never ever ever thought I’d be able to say that.

Now, you should know that I haven’t cheated. However… Andrew has. (He got a coke last week and I found it in his car and I told him it was the worst betrayal of trust we had ever had, hahahahaha!) He’s done pretty good while at home because, as I have said before, I’m not cooking more than one meal. Whatever I cook, everyone eats. Well let me tell you something- mister has had some serious changes.

You all know how much/how loud he snores- it has gone down SIGNIFICANTLY. The other night I didn’t hear him a single time. It is CRAZY.

I am so proud of him for trying to stick with it even though he doesn’t want to and hates it. I’m thankful he agreed to do it with me!

So this past week I slacked MAJORLY on taking pictures which I am super aggravated about. I swore I would do better and then this morning I was so hungry after working out I couldn’t even think straight enough to remember to get a picture. Oh well! I’ll do better from now on.

Breakfast is pretty much always the same- eggs, sweet potatoes, fruit, or some other leftover veggies.IMG_3873 IMG_3855

Lunch is leftovers because I cannot cook three times a day and not a salad fan.

Dinners are where I shine. This week I made both asparagus and green beans the same way and they were AMAZING. (Sautéed with light olive oil, salt, pepper, and a little onion powder until they are caramelized… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!)IMG_3967 IMG_3923

This week I’m trying some more creative meals and I cannot wait. My staples for sides are brussel sprouts, fresh green beans, and asparagus.

It was a better week, although there were times I wanted to cut someone. ha! Hanger is a real thing, y’all.

Overall I am feeling so much better and feel like the next two weeks will be easier now that I’m not craving sugar anymore. I’m hoping to stay with exercising to maximize my overall results too.

Being halfway through this gives me a mental pick-me-up and I’m so ready to tackle the rest of this.

Even if I do sometimes/most of the time feel like this… 😉IMG_3872My biggest encouragers and inspirations are these two precious faces. They have been champs through all of this!

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survived the first week of school.

WHEW SWEET MERCY.

It is Friday and we all officially survived the first week of school. We are all exhausted but also excited about the new beginnings of this year.IMG_3813

I haven’t talked much about this since it all went down, but last year proved to be a little rough for us. So many reasons that I won’t discuss here but we just felt with 100% certainty that it would be best for us to change schools. It is hard when your children get older to blog because the things I say here and on social media can really affect them now. I learned that the hard way. I want to be wise with my words and not vindictive over others who may have done me wrong. Especially because my reaction could and has caused chain reactions that aren’t what I want for my life or for my children’s lives. All that to say- I’ve struggled to find balance between my old blogging ways of hilarious honesty and also protecting my children. I think I’m starting to find the balance though.

We started our new school and it has been a wonderful week. Both girls absolutely love their teachers and cannot talking about how pretty and sweet they are. Oh, how I have prayed for these teachers even before I knew who they were.

Ryder’s favorite part has, of course, been the food.

Side note: FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. Holla.

She has absolutely loved eating lunch every day and she cannot contain her excitement each day when telling me about it. Bless it.

Rory has actually enjoyed it too! She is really going through a growth spurt and eating well consistently for the first time in her life. But I also think that has to do with the Whole 30 we have been on. No sugar means better meal times. She’s been doing a great job with this diet change and I can really tell a difference in her.

I forgot to mention this on Monday but a few weeks ago when we went to get school supplies, new shoes, and new outfits for the first day I told the girls they could pick anything they wanted to wear. Well when we got to the store they both decided without my prompting to wear the same thing. They decided on the outfit because they said it would be easier for people to know they were sisters. IS THAT NOT THE SWEETEST?! They wanted to match every day this week but contrary to popular belief I really don’t have much that matches anymore besides dresses for church and a few outfits. So they were forced to wear different things and I think they survived it. ha!IMG_3763

All of this to say, we survived and I am just so proud of the girls for doing so well the first week. Some seeds of doubt were planted in my mind a few weeks before Ryder started Kindergarten and I really struggled with “are we doing the right thing?!” by sending her. I got a few papers back that confirmed she was ready because she did so great and got a little note from the teacher saying so. I’m thankful I trusted my gut.

Rory has done great too. Any time you change schools and don’t know anyone is so hard- I know from personal experience- so I was so nervous for her. We talked it up and prayed lots about finding new friends and I know that really helped to settle her nerves. The first day she hopped right in and she has already made a few friends. Rory is so resilient and I’m so thankful for that. She has also worked so hard this week and I’m very, very proud of her. We are excited about this new chapter. I’m also so proud of her for being such a great big sister and helping Ryder’s start to school. I know that has helped my heart and Ryder’s nerves so much!IMG_3809

This morning I was dropping them off and Rory helped Ryder out of the car and then they walked in holding hands. There is just nothing sweeter than that.

As for me…. well. Its been an emotional week. On Wednesday I pulled into the garage and sat and cried because I didn’t want to go up into the quiet house. I let the devil take over my brain and cried to God asking why, WHY, can’t I have another baby? That is the desire of my heart and coming home to a quiet house sent me over that edge. But God is always perfect in His timing and answers so I have to push that negativity out of my mind and keep on praying. One of my best friends just found out she is pregnant after the same struggle as me and I am so happy for them and know that it can happen for me too in the perfect time. God is good and I’ll continue to trust Him.

Also on Wednesday I crawled back in bed and went back to sleep until 12:00. I’m not gonna lie- I enjoyed that very much. I’ve been working on normal house things and just relaxing this week. Next week I’m going to tackle some major organization issues in the house. And who knows what else!

AWANA and choir start next week and soccer starts shortly after. I already miss the easiness of summer but also enjoy this season of fun activities. It makes the days we are together at home so much sweeter.

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Happy Friday, y’all!

the end of summer

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Not only is this the last week of summer, but it is also our first week of Whole 30.

It is a bittersweet time.

And by bittersweet I definitely mean there is no sweet to it because that is forbidden for the next 30 days.

Y’all.

I do not want the summer to end. It has been the most fun ever. Me and my girls have become such a tight little trio. We have thoroughly enjoyed sleep this summer (all but one week of random sleep regression for Rory) – sleeping for EIGHT SOLID HOURS or more each night. Yesterday she even slept 8:30pm-9:30am. I never ever ever ever thought I would see the day! More days than not we have slept in until 7:30/8am! I mean! For rest time almost every day we would pile into my bed and watch 3-10 episodes of Good Luck Charlie or some other show together. (One of my biggest mom accomplishments will always be teaching them how to binge on netflix the summer of 2016.)

The past two weeks I’ve realized that it is getting to be time to go back to school because the girls have been fighting about every.single.thing. And then tattling.

“MOM! RYDER PULLED MY SHIRT!”

“MOM! RORY KICKED ME IN THE FACE!”

“MOM! RYDER CHOKED ME OUT!”

“MOM! SHE WON’T STOP LOOKING AT ME!”

At the beginning of the summer I would tell them during their few quarrels that they only had one sister and they needed to treat each other better YADA YADA YADA.

Now it goes something like this:

“Girls. I could care less. If you want to fight like trashy girls GO RIGHT AHEAD but I do not want to hear about it. And if you pick a fight and then get hurt SORRY FOR YA.”

I’m such a caring mother, yes?

But even with all the fighting I am still not wanting summer to be over yet.

Needless to say, I am freaking doomed come Friday and Monday when the girls go to school. DOOMED.

I’ve been crying over the dumbest things.

Andy is totally loving this phase in my life.

I know it has been a harder transition for me because I truly thought I would have another baby or at least be pregnant by the time I sent Ryder to Kindergarten. When we found out we were pregnant in January I was delighted at the perfect timing because the due date would have been Sept 3. But here I am, with an empty womb and soon-to-be empty house for most of the day. It really has been tough to keep myself together, to be honest.

The one thing I can say is that even in this time of sorrow for me this year I’ve learned to cherish time more. It has changed my parenting significantly. I used to be much more selfish and always “need” breaks from the girls. I used to complain more about how hard it was to have two so close together. I used to lose my cool at home way too often when things seemed out of control. I used to be on my phone all day and never put it down.

Now we snuggle so much more. I read more books at bedtime and go all out with the silly voices and dramatic tones. We color more together. We play more games. We dance all the time- even in public. I cook more meals for my family. I sing more songs. I watch endless “fashion shows” and “rockstar shows” and “gymnastic shows” and clap like they just won a gold medal.

I’m proud of the mom I have become. I’m proud that I’ve worked hard on my family and fought for the important things and time together. I’m proud that I’ve fought off bitterness this year- which hasn’t been an easy feat. God has 100% carried me through this and I’m so thankful He always loves me enough to send the right people and nudges in my life to do better.

The summer of 2016 has been so good to me. I hope the girls always remember it as an amazing summer too. I’m already planning our road trip for next summer and can’t wait.

For the rest of this week we will be by the pool, going for pedicures, and binging on the last season of Good Luck Charlie.

Hope you had as great of a summer as I did, friends.

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parties galore!

I feel like I am currently nursing a party/candy hangover right now and I can’t quite get out of it.

Probably because there is still a million pieces of candy floating around our house.

Basically we had Rory’s actual birthday, Valentine’s Day Party, Valentine’s Day and then two days off of school to be in a huge cloud of sugar and fun.

I want you to know that one of the greatest moments of motherhood happened to me the night before Valentine’s Day. My children did their Valentine’s ALL ON THEIR OWN. They wrote their friends’ names and sign their own. I just sat there and watched and cried in delight.

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Last Friday, as you know, was Rory’s birthday. I had been telling her all week that it wasn’t going to snow on her birthday this year because there was 0% chance in the forecast and it was going to be too warm. It has snowed every year since her birth but this was the year it was going to skip over us. Well, don’t you know it stinkin’ snowed that morning! We woke up and went outside to load in the car for school and we were all giggling and jumping up and down because it is officially 6 years of snow for Rory’s birthday! Here is an excited picture of Rory, but you can’t see the snow.

IMG_4947 and it was also Valentine’s Party Day. It was a whirlwind of fun for the girls and for me! I went to Rory’s school first where they went to different rooms and did different things like have a tea party, played bingo, and made crafts. The tea party was my favorite part- they learned about manners and the boys pushed the chairs up for the girls. Rory said to me, “Mama, my husband better do this on my wedding day!” and I laughed so hard. YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT, SISTER.IMG_4954IMG_5006 IMG_5012 IMG_4979 IMG_5073 IMG_5017 IMG_5105

After Rory’s party I rushed over to Ryder’s school party. I think Miss Janice, Ryder’s amazing teacher, has the funniest bunch of kids this year. They are all so hilarious and have big personalities. I cannot possibly say enough about Miss Janice. She is, hands down, the best preschool teacher on the entire planet. I KID YOU NOT. She is fun and she loves those kids like they are her own. I never ever worry for a second that Ryder isn’t having the best day ever with her because she is just so good to all the kids. We adore her and this preschool. This is the last year the preschool will have a school and I don’t know anyone who has put their kids in school here that isn’t TORN UP over it. I cannot tell you how this school has changed our lives for the better. Ryder cannot wait to go every single day.

The kids ate some party food and then they sang songs and danced. It was the cutest thing, ever. Ryder got the giggles so bad I was afraid she was going to wet her pants.

I may or may not have cried during prayer time. Is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen?!
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One of the things I love most about my time being a stay-at-home mom right now is getting to go to all the parties and volunteer at their schools. I just love these stinkers of mine so much.

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Friday night was date night at our church and I didn’t think we would go because it was Rory’s birthday but both girls insisted they wanted to go so we didn’t argue. Andy and I went to Lowe’s and to a movie which is my idea of the perfect date. (Saw Deadpool. Please do not take your children/teenagers to see this. It is BAD. Look up reviews. We felt guilty for staying!) Andy and I haven’t been on a real date in a few months so it was so nice to get some time alone. Even after 13 Valentine’s Days together, I still love holding his hand at the movies. 😉

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For the past few days we have been having a lot of girl time fun. I’m going to be honest right now and tell you I kind of was dreading the days off from school because sometimes they can be long and draining. But, much to my surprise, we have had the absolute best time. I mean, I was sad having to wake them up early for school this morning! (Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying some alone time this morning!)

First, you should know that I decided to change things up a bit with the girls’ room. They have been begging me to share a room for a while, so we decided to go ahead and see how it would go. I sold their beds to get some new, girly white beds that matched because they never did well with bunk beds. (Mainly because I was always nervous they would somehow hang themselves off of them or fall.) So, in the meantime, we put their mattresses on the floor next to each other until their beds came in.

Y’all.

These children have slept harder than ever in their entire lives. Because there was no school, they would go to sleep about 9 and then they have both slept the entire night. Rory has slept 9-7:30/45 and Ryder 9-8:30 or later.

THIS IS ME DOING ALL THE SHOCKED FACES OF LIFE.

I told Andy I wasn’t sure I would be buying any beds. Because clearly this floor mattress thing is working out AMAZINGLY. Rory said she has woken up each night, but saw Ryder was next to her and just rolled over and went back to sleep. HOW PRECIOUS IS THAT?!

So yeah. Floor mattresses for life.

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Rory got tons of fun things for her birthday that she likes to call “projects” so we have also worked on that! Yesterday she got to spend her $50 gift card at Walmart too, which was the highlight of her life I’m pretty sure. Swiping the gift card on the card machine about did her in.

IMG_5264 IMG_5269We made lipglosses first which was so fun.

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Then we made brownies. Not for the faint of heart because they were gross, but I ate one anyway to please my children because I am mother of the year, of course.

IMG_5278 IMG_5279Also, please see the sign Rory made. “Welcome to Rory’s shop. You are delighted to Rory’s shop!” HAHA! Her making that sign about made my life, y’all.IMG_5277

You will also be delighted to know that the heat guy is here currently and after a month and a half of no eat in the winter- WE SHOULD HAVE HEAT TODAY. It has been crazy. Andy has had THE WORDS with the warranty people. You know if Andy blows up, things are bad.

I’m also clearly wife of the year because talking to me on the skype is so enjoyable it puts you right to sleep five minutes in.

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Bless it.

Happy Wednesday!

PS: Rory wanted to get my fuzzy dice for my van with her birthday money. I plan to surprise her with that soon. To be continued…

PPS: Ryder went the entire day with no pants on the other day and told me, “Mama, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could do life without pants?” That pretty much sums up Ryder right there.

 

things I’m into lately?

Listen.

I have felt so bad about letting things go here on the blog. I mean, it is seriously neglected.

Right now life is so crazy busy and full that I’m having a hard time posting and also, I feel like most of it will bore you to tears. But, if you are willing to be a victim to that, then here we go….

Today I will catch you up on life with just telling you things I am into/digging/interested in/laughing at lately. In a list form. Because I am feeling terribly unclever and therefore I will use a cliche list.

  1. Music. In particular, Adele. I adore her. If I were to choose anyone to sound like in the entire world it would be Adele. “Hello” is a breath of fresh air in the “secular music world” as my Christian self should say. What I’m trying to say here is that it is devil music but I love it. KIDDDDDDINGGGGGGGGGGG. I will say though, we have switched over to only Christian radio and that has helped me so much with my natural potty mouth and lifts my mood like no other. But I can’t resist Adele. I JUST CAN’T. She is also so stinking gorgeous and I want her skin and her nose and HER VOICE. The only negative I have to say about the song is that the video is a leeeeeettle too long on the front. Only because I’m so ready to hear her sing I don’t care about the dramatics. So fast forward to the 1:12 mark and SING YOUR HEARTS OUT SISTERS. *brb gotta belt it out for a minute….. “helloooooooooooooooooooo from the other siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide”*

2. Jane.com – OH YES. I realize I am 23094 years late to trend because I resisted the temptation. BUT THEN. I found these shirts and gave in to the urge and OH MY LAWD I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE MYSELF ON THIS WEBSITE.IMG_8201

3. Memes. I am ALWAYS into memes. Here are my favorite as of late. The first two can relate back to point #1.

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4. Rory. Man, this girl has hit an age where she is helpful without being asked 99% of the time and she is independent and coming into her own. It is just the best. Last week I took her to her 5 year well child visit (almost a year late) and she is growing like a weed. I mean, she is petite for her age, but has grown so much still. The doctor asked her what she ate normally and she said, “Vegetables because I’m a vegemetarian. I don’t eat meat. Unless it is deer- I love me some deer meat.” The doctor laughed and I said, “oh yes, we are just hillbillies eatin’ deer meat.” He asked her how school was going and she said, “well it is fine but I would like to do more math and social studies.” Bless her heart. Also, enter that under things her mama would never say. She still makes me crazy a lot of days because she is so strong willed and so….. mischievous, but she’s such a joy at this age. If only I could get her to stop putting things in her mouth (like pencils and such…) and to stop cutting her hair and pants and the Lord only knows what else.

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Brussel Sprout Pizza… because why not?

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5. Obviously this one is going to be Ryder. Listen. This child is keeping me on my toes these days. She’s SNEAKY, y’all. And hilarious and cute and ohmygoodnessIcouldjustsqueezeherallofthetime. It is so very hard to get her in trouble because she knows just how to put on the cuteness to a level you cannot handle. She is SUPER into comfy clothes right now and will do just about anything to make sure she gets to wear some sort of sweat shirt and leggings every day. Then I put some fleece pants that were Rory’s in her drawer and when she wore them the first time she literally said, “These pants are so soft I’m never taking them off. They are BLOWING MY MIND.” Also remember that I said she was sneaky and then look at the bottom picture. I told her to put her “cell phone” up before school……… She decided to hide it in her pants. IMG_7801IMG_8793

6. Podcasts. Y’ALLLLLLLLLLL. How have I never been into podcasts before now? Last weekend I made a trip to South Carolina for my friend’s baby shower. I ended up listening to podcasts all the way there and all the way back. I absolutely adore Big Mama and Boo Mama’s podcasts because they are my soul sisters in life. I’ve always loved their blogs and you better believe the podcast is just as hilarious. Then. THENNNNNN. I listened to Serial all the way home from SC and I AM SO ADDICTED AND I NEED TO KNOW WHO DID IT OR WHO DIDN’T AND OH MY WORDDDDDD I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE.

7. Baby showers. Well, I have only been to one but I had a blast and had to figure out a way to add that into this post. I’m so glad I got to make the way too quick trip to see Erin and her family and celebrate her and baby Silas. I cannot wait to meet him soon. We have been friends since HS and it is crazy to think that was 12 years ago and she is having her 3rd baby.

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9. Man buns. I don’t know what it is about this that makes me say, ‘YES’, but I’m really really into man buns. I have been asking, nay, BEGGING Andy to get a man bun. Let me tell you how he feels about it. He feels strongly that he’ll never have one. I have even bribed him to see if he would grow his hair out. Nope. Nothing is working. But can’t you imagine Andrew in a man bun? I think I’m going to start a “Andrew Needs a Man Bun” GoFundMe or Kickstarter….. what do you think?! IMG_8190 IMG_8189

I’m totally getting Andy this as a stocking stuffer this year……

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Well, I think that is it for now. I am currently knee deep in packing for our trip.

Oh. Let me tell you one more thing.

Last night a commercial for Disney World came on. The girls sat in wonder and when it was over they started BEGGING us to take them there. We told them we were going on a cruise and couldn’t take them right now because of that and both of them SOBBED saying they just couldn’t wait to go. I mean, it was like a total meltdown! They have never done anything like that before over a commercial especially.

Andy and I were reallllyyyyyyy mean and just kept playing into the “maybe one day but not until you are older like 8 or 9” thing and just drove the point home that we wouldn’t be going to Disney soon.

BUT OH MY WORD you should have seen the looks we were shooting each other over SHEER DELIGHT that we are surprising them on Saturday with a day at Magic Kingdom.

I literally could cry right now just thinking about it. I promise to film the surprise for all to see. I cannot freaking wait, y’all.

And I’m pretty sure there is nothing better than going to Disney from opening to close and then getting on a boat the next day to cruise the Caribbean. It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly and we are just beside ourselves with excitement.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Halloween 2016

We have had the most eventful Halloween week in the history of all our Halloweens. Last week was such a whirlwind that I still feel hungover from all the sugar and events.

On Thursday Rory had her first ever field trip! Now. Let me just say, they could seriously load those kiddos up and drive the bus around for about 30 minutes and they would have been so dang happy. Rory was BESIDE HERSELF with excitement because of getting to ride the bus.

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We headed to the pumpkin patch and Rory had an absolute blast! I love getting to see her interact with her school friends and teachers. She is such a mess.

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I’ll tell you what– I never pictured myself being the mom that loved to go on field trips and volunteer at the girls’ schools, but it turns out I really, really love it.

Last week was especially fun because I got TWO girls’ nights and I mean… come on. It doesn’t get better than that!

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I can’t even tell you how thankful I am to have girlfriends in Cleveland now. It is so nice to get out of the house and nothing is better than two nights in a row!

On Saturday we slept in for the first time in I don’t know how long and we were able to get the house clean and ready for our Halloween Party! Our church normally does a big festival but this year they decided not to do it this year so we invited our Sunday School class over for a party. Our neighborhood is a huge trick or treating place so we took our kids out and then came back to eat. The kids had THE best time. In fact, Ryder won’t stop talking about how it was the best day she has ever had. Most everyone, even the adults, dressed up and it was just so much fun. I can’t wait until next year!

The girls really wanted me to go as Ursula at first but I had to draw the line and say no. We had a lot of suggestions but finally they settled on their current favorite movie- 101 Dalmatians. So Andy was Roger, I was Cruella and the girls were puppies. It was a lot of fun getting dressed up with them.

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Sunday afternoon I took the girls’ picture in front of a school here in town that is always gorgeous in the fall. Then yesterday the same picture from a year ago showed up on my facebook “on this day” and BASICALLY I HAD A SOB FEST, OKAY?!

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So basically I have had the hugest baby fever in all of the land for the past few days. And then God comes down just when I think I can have another one and whispers to Rory at 3am, “Wake up, my child, and remind your parents why they never had a third baby.”

Baby fever has left until the next time facebook breaks my heart with a picture of tiny babies. And then it’ll be over again when Rory wakes up yet again in the middle of the night and I realize OH HECK NO.

Happy Tuesday, my friends!