April 13, 2014

Life Collage

I'm in a bit of an anti social media mood lately. 
Here's a recap.
1.Watching baby birds learn to fly///2.Frozen yogurt dates///3.Picking my lovely up from school///4.Collecting wild flowers///5.Being super cute///6.Nature hunting///7.Sassy///8.Messy summer fun///9.Sibling love///10.Enjoying the sun///11.Loving Frozen///12.Eating outside///13.Naked piano time///14.Prepster///15.Donuts for only panites at bed times///16.Picking flowers///17.Visiting nana and pawpaw///18.Baseball games///19.River fun///20.MOPS craft///21.My girl///22.Easter hipster///23.Ice cream///24.Fits to end all fits. A LOT.

March 31, 2014

Lots of Talking (Writing?)

The Part Where I Talk About Blogging:
I feel like blogging is taking a downward spiral.  I don't have nearly as many blogs to read these days and I hardly get any comments so I'm guessing that most of us are just too busy to sit down and type.  But, I'm pressing on...I've been here too long ;)

The Part Where I Talk About Being Busy:
We are busy these days too.  So busy.  Just this week I had four photo shoots and five Etsy orders.  For so long I have wanted some sort of creative outlet for myself and if it earned so money on the side, well that would just be dumb luck a blessing.  I've had so many encouragers the past few months and I feel so SO blessed to stay at home with Georgia but to also have some fun of my own.


The Part Where I Talk About Being Blessed:
I am blessed beyond measure.  A safe home.  A wonderful husband.  A brilliant daughter.  New and old friends.  More than enough.  Abundance.

The Part Where I Talk About Our Future Home:
We also put a contract in to build a DR Horton home (which we've had issues with before).  I'm somewhat excited but there are A LOT of emotions to sort through here.  This is the 5th offer we've put in on a home.  Out of the first 4 I felt really, REALLY good about two of them.  The other two were back ups but I still liked them.  AND, although I felt really good about two, as in, could have been our forever home, it didn't work out.  Clearly my "gut" feeling can't be trusted.  So, #1 I am NOT getting attached to the new build and #2 I wanted an old house so I honestly feel a little iffy about a new one.  So, why am I swayed towards a new build.  #1 The school district for this area is awesome.  The elementary Georgia would go to is just amazing.  It will open in the fall and I just love it and the zoning.  Which, for me, is HUGE. #2 While we had a free lease on the previous house we were trying to buy we had to pay the bills on it.  The electricity bill for that house (2200 sq ft - one story) was $355 in the WINTER and the gas bill was $125!  What the?!  My highest electricity bill in the middle of a Texas summer was $150 and my highest gas bill was previously 50 ish dollars.  So older homes a lot of the times equal HIGH energy bills.  Which I knew, but not THAT high!  Goodness.  And in NO way would I feel ungrateful for living in a new house.  I don't want to come off as needy or pretentious or anything like that.  I've just always "seen" us living in a certain place so I'm trying to change my vision.  (And, I picked a 2 story?! Who am I?!)  And the picture of our choices is super orange-ish.  Not true life color.


The Part Where I Talk About Over Sharing:
Why even mention the housing info above?  Well, because I shared all our housing issues HERE and I shared all our fertility issues HERE so I figured why the heck not.  It's honestly where I am right now so I'm embracing it.

That's my life in a nut shell right now.

March 24, 2014

Meanwhile at the Powell's

I've been doing photoshoots.  You can see more here.



I've also been doing some design stuff.  Buy yours HERE.  Or just add me to your etsy favorites for future reference. (I do custom designs as well)  Please and thank you.



My sweet girl is going through that stage where if you ask her to smile she can't remember how.  Or sometimes she just won't...that's not new.  But then when you snap a random pic on the potty she's grinning ear to ear.  Silly girl.



She had rodeo roundup day at school.  Again, couldn't remember how to smile.  Although her sweet little friend did :)


I've become her favorite place to hang out.  Much to my discomfort ;)



She's been doing well with night time training.  SEVERAL months ago she started staying dry and I just ignored it thinking it was a fluke.  Well after about two weeks of staying dry she started wetting while "sleeping" again. (She was actually doing it before/after she was asleep)  So, I changed how often I take her potty during the day and gave her less to drink.  She still didn't stay dry.  So, I started a rewards system and sure enough she started to stay dry.  Mom fail.  So, she was ready to be sleep trained but just was peeing on purpose because I never acknowledged her staying dry as a good thing.  And she doesn't care AT ALL if she's wet.  She's nap time and day time trained 100% now but bed time is still touch and go.  She sleeps 12 hours straight or more.  So, she potties at about 7:20, is in bed at 7:30, I get her up at 10:30 or 11 and make her go and then its 50/50 whether or not she'll be dry in the morning.  Girl is just a hard sleeper and if it's night time and she pees she just doesn't wake up.

Showing off her rewards chart and new Palace Pet (her pick for staying dry.)


Normal Georgia play.  Two years later this is still one of her favorite toys!


We celebrated my brother's birthday.  He let G blow out the candles.  She did so well!

And, we've had good mail days.  Five new pairs of shoes in the past week and a new Bible and Devotional.  All for G but still fun.  The Bible and Devotional are for her Easter basket so we haven't started them yet.


And, we think we've come up with a house option.  It's not 100% yet but we think we'll be ready to share details soon.

March 19, 2014

L.A. Spring Break

Jonathan and I were chaperons for his school's Dance Team trip.  I think there were 33 people on the trip total and 19 were students...so there was A LOT of supervision so it was a super easy trip.  Originally I was paying most of my way and would not be a chaperon but then one girl dropped out, it was non refundable, and I got bumped into her spot.  So, the trip was 100% free, even meals, but I had to stay on their exact schedule.  You win some, you lose some.  

Either way, we made the best of it, both rocking some MAJOR allergy issues, and ended up having a really great time.

It was a quick trip.  We left on Saturday morning, early and came home Monday, very late.  Also, these are all iphone pics (terrible) or auto DSLR non edited pics (blown out).

Saturday:
The alarm went off at 5:15 and we landed in LA before lunch.


We went to Paramount studios which was really cool.  It was something I never would have picked to do because I'm not into celebrities but we had a lot of fun and had a great tour guide.  It's really neat to see where so many films and tv shows were shot.



This is an outdoor eating area for guest but they use it apparently as a "college campus" on Community.


Some of the stages and celebrity trailers with a view of the Hollywood sign.  Pretty cool.



On the left is Lucille Ball's "dressing area" I guess you could call it.  She also put a playground/park in across the sidewalk for her kids and created one of the first day cares for working moms just across from this area as well.  It's still open :)  On the right is a picture of "New York" and we also visited "Chicago" as well.


I LOVE the movie Forrest Gump.  My favorite of all time.  They said they call Tom Hanks "Tom Pranks" because he likes to pull pranks on visitors.  Once he sat on this bench dressed up like Forrest Gump and handed out chocolates.  They said it took people a while to realize it was actually the real Tom Hanks.


After this we killed an hour and a half on the tour bus while the kids did a dance clinic.

We ended the night with Maggiano's and some shopping at the Farmer's Market.

Sunday:
We spent the entire day at Six Flags.  Which, I don't ride rides AT ALL so this was a bit of a waste for me.




That's Jonathan and a bunch of students up side down :/



Monday:
We took a tour of the city (Rodeo drive, Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills...), went to Santa Monica Pier and the beach, the walk of fame, Venice Beach...busy busy!


 Clearly, I'm into older men ;)





We totally fell in love with southern cali and will be back for sure.  Jonathan had been but I never had so we really want to go back and spend some more time since we already have most of the "touristy" stuff out of the way...and free of charge ;)

March 18, 2014

Rodeo Houston

We went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a week or so ago and despite the chilly weather we had a great time.  I'm pretty sure it's the largest rodeo in the world and a HUGE deal here in the Houston area.  Georgia loved the livestock area and all the children's activities.  Before the rodeo begins they do the National Anthem with fireworks inside the stadium and Georgia FLIPPED out (because of the 4th of July incident last year where the fireworks malfunctioned) and was just terrified.  But, other than that she loved it.

Last year she would not ride a horse and this year she was all about it.  I was so proud of her!  She got a stuffed horse that she named "Dr.Pepper" after the horse she rode, a rodeo princess necklace, and a ton of free goodies.



March 4, 2014

Our Encourager

Jonathan was out of town friday, saturday, and sunday.  When he is out of town I leave the TV in the living room on at night but just mute it.  When Georgia and I got up the next morning Dr. Charles Stanley was on (although I left it on Tree House Masters when I went to bed) and he was talking about God our Encourager.  (I've talked about Charles Stanley a bit HERE)  I had never heard any of his sermons until this week and then I suddenly get two that really spoke to me.

From his sermon on TV what really stood out to me was that:
 God is always encouraging us.  He gives us grace always and never leaves us.  He doesn't want us to give up.  He is our comforter.  He is faithful to keep his word to us...always!  He knows what is good for us...always!  He does not change.  We should never and are not meant to live in discouragement.

He also closed with these three verses.  They're just perfect.  Feel encouraged today :)

Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


March 3, 2014

Up To: Randoms

First of all, thank you so much for your kind words and support from my weighty posts HERE and HERE.  It feels good to know that y'all care and understand.

Because of what's been going on in my life I just don't feel inspired to blog.  But because my life is more than just my troubles I need to document all of it.  I need to remember and highlight the good.  Because there is a lot of good!

First of all, this girl is my sunshine.  I just love her and cannot get enough.  Although I can on some days...like when I'm counting down to nap time and then bed time.  Like the days I find her playing with gum she found under a public table or putting toilet water in her mouth (at our house).






Not this weekend, but the one before that, I went to Dallas to host a shower for one of my best friends from college.  I left my house at 7 am.  That's REAL early for me.




While I was gone Jonathan sent me these pictures.  Notice they went to get breakfast with her pajamas on.  She had a wonderful weekend with her daddy.  He's awesome.


We've started doing some handwriting skills and she's doing really well for not even being three.  My mom now has me all set up to teach her the "correct" skills on how to write so that should be happening soon!


I bought her a few things at Target for her "big girl room" whenever we do eventually find a house.  Her room is actually "done" in theory.  We don't need to buy anything else for it.  Besides a house...and paint :)

This past weekend Jonathan went camping with my dad and brother Austin.  So, it was just Georgia and I for the weekend.  We went to a birthday party and a school auction.  I do horribly when Jonathan isn't home.  I just don't like it and I don't sleep well either.  But we made it through with a trip to my mom and step dad's house for the day.

By sunday I was feeling a bit icky.  I had been trying to get a sore throat for a few days and when I woke up on sunday I was exhausted and my throat hurt.  By the end of the day I was fine though so I'm guessing my allergies are just getting to me in this crazy up and down weather.  We closed the weekend with dinner at my brother's house.

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