Friday, September 30, 2011

My fall decor!!!

Appreciate it!!!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Apples to Apples

It's about making the right choices at the store so you don't have the opportunity at home!! Well, in our case anyway.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Having a yummy snack of yogurt and granola (confession: im trying to learn to like yogurt!) while my daughter plays in a box (weird??)!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's what's for dinner

Homemade turkey noodle soup with grilled cheese, turkey, tomato and basil sandwiches!!! Yum!!

-all cooking props go to my chef hubby!!! I'm a lucky gal!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hard day = yummy cupcake

Had a hard day yesterday, so hubby surprised me with a treat when he got home from work!!

Strawberry cupcake!! My favorite from The Bakery here in Athens!!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Picture Perfect!

We're loving some fall weather!!

AK is almost sitting up on her own. I figured this out after I laid her down for a nap and came back and found her like this...

She loves her carrier, but loves her two fingers even more!

We are all about the leg warmers these days!!

Catching some snuggle with abba on Sunday morning before church!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stay at home Mom's tip

Warning!!!!¡¡¡¡ Great idea in 5...4...3...2...1 ok, so this post is to those stay at home Mom's who always feel like their housework is never done! First off let me say that it is true; it is never done, but that is ok. That is a gift of God's grace, after all the reason it is never done is because you have that special hunk of a man and those sweet littles to keep your life busy!!

Ok, now let's get down to the nitty!! I abhor, revolt against, hate anything that comes close to a schedule in my life (except for AK! I have to put her on a schedule), so when my amazingly beautiful friend, Joy Finch, started to share how she does housework with three kids under three, and when she said the 's' word, I felt my heart stiffen a little inside! But then... she explained how she does it. Mondays are "mopping Monday's" which means the only thing, let me repeat, the only thing she does all day is sweep and mop her floors. The same goes for "tidy tuesday". The only thing she does for that day is pick up everything that is out of place in the house. "Washing Wednesday" is designed only for washing your clothes. "Thorough Thursday" is specifically for deep cleaning bathrooms, maybe dusting, whatever needs to be deep cleaned. Friday is "frugal friday" where you plan your meals and coupon (I don't coupon!!). Ok, let me repeat that you only do what that day calls for.

My heart slipped into sublimity (did I just make up a word, nah). I think sometimes I can tend to feel imprisoned when is comes to scheduling, but this schedule really frees me in more than one way.

1. I don't feel like I have to clean my house all day every day. I have one specific task for one specific day. Even though there is only one task, it still takes all day to get these done; let me reassure you I am not sitting on the couch eating bon bons all day (Thanks s.sluss for this illustration!)

2. My house gets fully cleaned! I don't miss doing the floors for a month because I never got around to them.

3. I really struggle with wanting my house to be clean for company. This keeps me from cleaning everything spotless all day just to look good. Again, I only have one job for that day.

Thank you Joy Finch for simplifying my life!!!

Disclaimer: this method is not for everyone. Some people may like it and others not. This is just a tool!!!

Here is my version:

For your entertainment:

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Baby Sophia

You know those women that just look so beautiful after they give birth? I'm talking like not even two hours afterwards? Well, that is what my Nessa looked like after pushing for almost two hours.

I walked in the hospital room about three hours after she had given birth and the only thing more beautiful than she was, was the fact that she was holding her (also amazingly beautiful) daughter in her arms!!

Nessa had a few complications yesterday, but all in all it looks like they are doing pretty well!

I pray God's kindness and grace be shown in little sophia's life! May she grow to be a woman who loves Jesus with all her might and know Him well!!

I love you little Soph Soph!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Honor of a mother

For the past two days I have beaten the sun up! As I sit her with my little precious, I'm aware of my need for God's grace in my life. This excerpt is taken from The Girltalk blog:
I need my gaze lifted beyond my daily duties to my eternal mission as a mother. In his book, Womanly Dominion, Mr. Chanski brings us encouragement right where we need it:

“There she sits exhausted on the edge of her bed, her face in her hands, wondering, “Where's the glory in this?”

She needs something more empowering to keep her going.

She needs to gain and maintain the deep conviction of the glory, honor, and nobility of selfless service. This she finds at the foot of the cross, looking up to the One who earned for Himself “the name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9), by “emptying Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant” (2:7), humbling “Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (2:8). There she beholds her Savior who mopped up the damning vomit of her own sin with the precious sponge of His perfect life and atoning death. The love of Christ constrains and compels her to press on (2 Corinthians 5:14). The Spirit of Christ empowers her” (pp. 120-121, emphasis mine).

Are you having a hard time being “the hub” today? Then "fix your eyes on Jesus” (Heb. 12:2-3), ask Him for help and strength, and thank Him for the honor of being a mother.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I got a feelin!!!

"I got a feeling that tonights gonna be a good night!"
That is what Alex Kate and I sang Thursday morning as our anticipation built as we waited for the arrival of Nonnie. She would come in late Thursday night and stay until sat morning. It was delightful. Here is a picture documentary of our fun excursion on Friday!
First thing we did when we woke up: snuggled

Then we had some bathtime, and oh did I make Nonnie laugh!!

Next it was play time, and I showed off a few tricks for Nonnie! But not before Nonnie got me all dolled up for the day! (I don't know why, but my grandmas love doing this! Wink wink)

Then mama and Nonnie spent some time together whilst I Laos my head upon my pillow (oh wait, I don't have a pillow)

Then it was Party Time!! We left the house, and of course the first thing we did was get some yumminess!

I just had to take a nap with all that yackin they did in the front seat. Yack yack yack!!

Next it was on to better things: shopping!!! We went to the Cleveland downtown for a quick look. It was quick due to the lack of stores.

Next: food again!

With no luck downtown, we headed straight to the mall where we knew there were sure to be some fun buys! While mom was in a dressing room, I found a fun cart to play and chew on.

On the way back home there was miles and miles of traffic. But this didn't stop mommy and Nonnie from having fun:

What did you just call me?"

The day ended perfectly with some dinner with my abba!

Mama loved this band made up of all old people; one even had to use a walker, but they were jammin!

The day ended with a new friend being born into the world!!! Hi John, can't wait to meet you!!

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