February 25, 2015

How are My 2015 Goals Going?

On January 9th I posted my 2015 goals.  Here is an update on how they are coming along.

1.  Have a baby
Meh.  I told Jonathan I wanted to stop trying.  Literally, my words exactly.  Then I went home and did my MOPS lesson and it was, "The Courage to Try" and it was about getting out of your comfort zone.  Yeah, infertility is waaay out of my comfort zone.  So back to my original word on the topic.  Meh. 

2.  Finish the Old Testament
I'm making really good progress y'all!  I'm in Proverbs right now.  Really good stuff!

3.  Make forward progress on the house
It's coming along.  I put up a new light and there are little things here and there.  I know that will take off during spring break and the summer.

4.  Read one book a month.
Doing well on this front.  I have finished three books.  So, ahead of the game.
I've read
-Eleanor and Park-
-The Circle Maker-
-Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories-

So, a new book, a devotional type book, and a classic.

5.  Continue being physically active.
Now that it's getting warmer this is getting easier.  I go run when Jonathan gets home from work and he watches G while he cooks dinner.

6.  Find easy new healthy recipes.
I haven't tackled this yet but I'm drinking more water and snacking less.  We are also planning to do the Daniel Fast at the end of the month to up our prayer life so I know we will get a lof of new recipes then.

So, over all the goals are going really well.  At least the ones that are within my control.  And, the fact that the first goal is going the opposite of planned has caused my prayer life to flourish so, that's great right.  I am learning a lot and creating a new routine for myself.  Included in this new routine is a lot of prayer and way less social media.  I've even taken Instagram and Bloglovin' off of my phone for the time being.

I wake up at 7am every morning and read my Bible and literally get on my knees and pray.  I have three main things I pray for every day.  I repeat this routine during nap time and at night.  Jonathan and I will be doing the Daniel Fast to enhance this and show our dependence on God.  Hopefully when I do get pregnant and I look back when my youngest child is no longer a baby I can say that I have still hung onto this routine.  I want it to be something that sticks with me.

So, that is how 2015 is looking like for me.  How are y'all doing with your goals/resolutions?

February 20, 2015

Friday Y'all!

Friday FIVE

This week I really kicked it up a notch with my culinary creations.  The somoa s'more was for me and the apple nachos were for Georgia

Loving these cute little videos of Georgia and I working on school stuff.  She's doing pretty well.

I posted this already but Jonathan had Monday off and it was so nice.  He did school with Georgia on Monday so that means our school week was over on Wednesday AND I cleaned and did all my things while he taught her so we've had a pretty relaxing week.

Relaxing week meaning we've done A LOT of this!

And, this!  (That's my brother she's using as a jungle gym)

And, I've been busy this week working on Etsy orders and booking and editing photo sessions.  Visit my shop HERE and see more of my photography HERE.

I hope y'all have a lovely

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February 18, 2015

A Valentine's Tea Party

For Valentine's Day I hosted a small tea party for Georgia and her friends.  She was so excited and all the girls looked adorable and had a great time.

I also had a great time setting up the tea party.  I mainly used things we already had on hand.  I already had the cups, place settings, garlands, straws,  and tea pot.  I printed the conversation hearts from HERE and made the party hats.

The party hats are just pink cups with pink ribbon and purple flowers.  I put a pack of stickers inside the cup that they used to customize their hats.

Each place setting was a little different.  Most contained some pieces of my grandmother's china.  Yes, I let 3-6 year olds use real china.  It was all so pretty and I loved the mix matched look.  Had more kids been invited and come to the party I probably would not have used such nice things.  Also, the other parents were there so I wasn't worried about it.

I also whipped up some name tag cup cake toppers from free clip art I found on Pinterest.  Now, I don't have the source because I didn't save it.  I used first and middle names for a more formal look.

Jonathan made the cupcakes and the sandwiches.  The sandwiches were heart shaped peanut butter and jelly.

I also set up a gift bag station for all the valentines the girls brought.  Georgia's treats that she gave out are in the picture on the right.  I got the pink bags at HEB and the turquoise bags at Target last year.  Inside the turquoise bags are strawberry milk straws and conversation hearts.

Georgia picked out a peach dress and pink shoes to wear...so I had to some how make this outfit go together.  She was so proud of herself, her outfit, and her little party.  Here is her little friend modeling the party hats.

Here is what I wore.  I kind of looked like Mary Poppins but I'm ok with that...well a Mary Poppins who shows a bit more leg.

Not all her friends are pictured because I have some friends who would rather not have their kids online and that's fine with me.  Also three of her little friends could not come but we had a great time.  Georgia adores her friend Kiersten pictured here.

So, all in all, our little girl tea party went splendidly.

February 17, 2015

A Long Valentine's Weekend

Georgia and I hosted a tea party for some of her church friends.  We had a great morning.  I will post more details on this later.  Hopefully it will be an annual thing.

Georgia and I woke up to a little family celebration.  Jonathan made us chocolate chip pancakes and bought us flowers.  He's so sweet.

Later that day we went to a nice Italian dinner just the two of us.  It was so nice to have some time to ourselves!

When we got home we watched two movies in bed.  Nice and relaxing.

Typical day.  We went to church and Subway with family.  Then we came home, relaxed, ran errands, and Jonathan worked on our one acre farm.  He planted his potatoes and watered them and the onions.  He still needs to put the fence around the garden.  He also built a bench to go next to the chicken coop, and still hasn't finished the coop but he's getting there.

We ended the day in bed watching TV and working on lesson plans.  I love that Pearl is jumping from Jonathan watering the plants.

Jonathan really wanted to do school with Georgia, because he had Monday off, and we don't normally do school on Mondays but we went with it and they both enjoyed it.  We were really looking forward to spending some time outside.  Too bad it was cold and rainy.  So, I just cleaned and did laundry instead.

Hope y'all were able to have a lovely long weekend as well.

February 13, 2015


Happy Friday everyone!  I am beyond excited it is Friday, per usual BUT I just have so much that I am looking forward too!

Here are a few things that have made this week great or are about to make this week ALL the better!

Is this not the cutest picture you have ever seen?  Georgia and our neighbor Ethan.  I would love it if they got married in the far off future...but they do look like siblings.

Jonathan has Monday off so our weekend is a LONG one!  Can I get an AMEN!  Jonathan being home has reached an entire new level since we've started home school.  The extra set of hands is always welcomed.

Random front door pictures.  Door color is Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore and Georgia loves it just as much as I do!

It's Valentine's weekend!  That means Valentine's Day tea party today and date night tomorrow!  Here are some sneak peaks of the party prep!  Georgia and I have been so busy and been running so many errands getting ready.

The past few weeks Jonathan and I have been planning a few vacations.  Charleston is top on the list.  Mexico is this summer.  Jonathan wants to go skiing.  I'm trying to convince him NYC isn't all bad.  It's fun to think of where we'll go next...but then there are also home renos...

Happy weekend!

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February 9, 2015

Our Weekend

This weekend was nice and low key and family oriented.

Filed our taxes!!!
Ran errands with this little trooper!

Replaced a light!  Finally!

We met my brother and his family and my stepdad for dinner and then,
came back to our house for cookies...no photo evidence but, it happened ;)


Tried a Home Depot class but ended up having to bring the packet home.
Georgia is scared of loud noises and she couldn't take all the hammers banging at one time.

Then, we enjoyed the warm sunny weather by:
Cleaning the yard
starting our chicken coop
and, I went on a run

My brother and his family, my mom and stepdad, and my grandmother all came over for dinner.
And, I have one blurry Nanny picture to prove it :)


Church as usual
"family" lunch AKA: My brother and his family and some favorite friends.
We went to my brother's for dinner.  Well, Jonathand and Georgia did.  I stayed home to have some time to myself.

So, 3 days and 4 family meals.  Life is good :)

February 6, 2015

This and That This Week

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Happy Friday Everyone!

We've been on a fort building kick lately.  It's cold and damp outside so we have to stay entertained somehow!

I got a super good deal on Zulily for Georgia's summer vacation clothes.  I'm in love with all of them.  I can't wait for warmer weather...about to spend way too much money on some Matilda Jane too.  If I only spent the amount of money on MY clothes as I do on HER clothes.  Seriously!

Georgia had her first choir practice at church.  The choir teacher is one of my good friends so we're all really excited about it.  At G's first practice she was devastated when she found out they were not actually performing then and there!

Georgia and I had a lot of fun playing around with my Valentine's Day photo session set up.  She's so cute if I do say so myself!  I had a lot of fun with my photo clients as well.

Home school is going really well for us.  Georgia is so well rested.  Her moods are so much more consistent.  Not that she was terrible or anything but now she's just much calmer.  School goes pretty quickly most days because one on one teaching is so much more efficient.  We have a great home school group we have created for ourselves so we feel great "socially" as well.  All is good here!  We get asked a lot which is nice, because I'm glad people are interested and care :)

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


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