Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Favorites

We made it!  This week seemed to drag a little bit for me, so I'm glad to see Friday's smiling face.  :)

I've teamed up with my girls, Andrea and Narci, to share our Friday Favorites.

I have some random favorites for you today...
I saw this graphic on Instagram and could NOT stop laughing!  It was a FAVORITE!  And all the stay-at-home moms said, "AMEN!".  Right?  hahaha!

Bowen is in that awkward stage where he's not taking a nap without a fight, but he usually doesn't fall asleep until 2:00ish.  And we pick the big kids up at 3:00.  Ugh.  So Bowen's been getting quick 45 minute naps that usually look something like what's pictured above.  Having to wake him up is not my FAVORITE.

Oktoberfest on Saturday evening was so much fun!  Festivals are our FAVORITE!

This kid wanted to ride the swings but was way too nervous to do it alone.  Lucky for him, I'm a fan of all carnival rides (until mid-ride I start internally freaking out about the safety).  This set of swings had several double seats.  The double seats were all gone when it was our turn so I rode right behind him.  He did great.  However, when asked he told us that it was TERRIFYING.  :)

Ebby Lee found a friend from school and rode beside her.

Bowen was all smiles for his turn.

I should have taken a picture of this ride, but there was a little car you got inside.  It went into a tunnel and straight up.  Then it came out of the top of the tunnel and went around and around until you got back down.  It was hot and stinky in this little car, but we had fun!

This kid wasn't scared of a thing.  He'd go in, buckle himself, and ride like a champ.

Dinner break!  Worst angle ever but proof we were all there.  :)

These two took a little break in the petting zoo.

We got one quick turn at a carnival game and then we headed out!  

I'm off to get ready for our weekend....Friday night lights and a gala are in our future!  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Running the Race

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

First of all our FALLING FOR FALL GIVEAWAY winner is Juli McGuire!  Juli, please e-mail at to claim your prize.  Congratulations!

Today, I want to share a little something with you that is completely from my heart.  This past Sunday morning was yucky....rainy, a little windy, just plain yucky.  The kids and I set out to church and just pulling out of our neighborhood realized there was a big race happening in our area.  Orange cones were everywhere.  There were police officers at every possible intersection.  I'm talking even an officer helping people turn in and out of Starbucks.  Because we all need coffee and especially on rainy Sunday mornings at church.  Right?  :)

Anyway, it's rainy and yucky.  I drive-thru to get a coffee and as we're waiting for a break in the cyclists (and a go from the officer), the kiddos and I decide we should start cheering for these people.  What a yucky day to be racing and they should really be so proud.  We roll our windows down a little bit so they can see and hear us.  As they ride by we're screaming, cheering, and acting a fool.  Those people have to be struggling and it's such an accomplishment.

I pull out into my lane.  On our two lane road there is now one entire lane shut down for these bikers.  I'm thinking how awful it must be to be racing in this weather and I'm seriously having a pity party in my head for all these people.  Then we go down a hill and I see a HUGE crowd of family and friends waiting to cheer, congratulate, hoop, and holler for their people.  We just happened to be driving right beside a biker whose wife (or at least that's who I'm guessing she was) had the BIGGEST, BADDEST sign AND she happened to be wearing the BIGGEST smile on her face as she cheered for her man.

Seeing what was waiting for them had to have given them all a little turbo boost.  The crowd sure made me wanna put the pedal to the metal.  :)  I started tearing up just thinking about how much that encouragement had to be helping these people!  (Sidenote-I turned thirty-three and EVERYTHING makes me tear up!)  And it made me think about our life here on earth.  How it's SO important to keep our eyes on the prize.  Or the finish line.  Or in our case, heaven.   You guys stuff here on earth is TOUGH...divorce, death, job loss, and cancer just to name a few.  It's tough and this race we're running is not easy.  I started thinking about how if we have heaven in mind at the end of this "race" then just like those cyclists, we can keep going a little harder.  A little stronger.  Until we make it to the end.

I love how The Message shares these verses, "Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrews 12:1-3.

I love how it says, "All these veterans cheering us on".  Just like the crowds we saw on Sunday.  I'm not sure what you're going through right now, but know there are fellow Christians who are going through this thing called life with you cheering you on every step of the way.  We also have amazing examples of faith heroes throughout the Bible who never lost focus of their end game.  I hope you're running your race and living this life with your end game in mind.

Thanks for letting me share a little of my heart.  Please know I'm praying for you today.  If you have a little bit of your heart to share today as well, PLEASE do.  We'd all love to read.  And know I'm cheering you on in this race we call life!  XOXO

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

 I'm joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link-up!

What we're eating this week:
Monday-We had Shay's Mexi Beef over Rice.  It was chilly outside (WAHOO!) and this was the perfect warm meal.
Tuesday-Beer Cheese Joe's are some of our favorites!
Wednesday-Chicken Parm Sloppy Joe's are on the menu tonight!  Apparently, it's a sloppy joe kind of week around here. :)
Thursday-All the leftovers!!  Thursdays are our crazy nights.
Friday-We'll be eating out!

What I'm Reminiscing About:
Another year at Oktoberfest...our town's little festival has really grown!  Now there are rides and TONS of people.  In 2014, there was a petting zoo and a few bounce houses.  And look at how little Bowen was-you can see the back of his head!

What I'm Loving:
I love watching my kids do things they enjoy.  This season Nixon is playing flag football.  He's only had two games so far, but he's really having fun.  #andthatswhatitsallabout

What We've Been Up To:
Oktoberfest 2016!

My mom was in town this weekend so she got to experience Oktoberfest for the first time.  We had so much fun!  These people are all about some carnival rides.  We had sauerkraut (my mom and I LOVE sauerkraut), bumped into lots of friends, and enjoyed ice cream.  It was a great evening!

What I'm Dreading:
Nothing at the moment.

What I'm Working On:
Light fixture hunt!  The front sitting room is almost completely finished.  I just have to find a new light fixture.  Right now there's an ugly white fan.  Ugh!

What I'm Excited About:
This guy will be home this weekend!  You know anytime that happens during football season I'm smiling.  :)

What I'm watching/reading:
I just started this one.  I'll keep you posted.  :)

What I'm Listening To:
The same songs as usual...Kidz Bop, Disney, and some Christian music.

What I'm Wearing:
I'm not really wearing this anywhere YET.  I bought this dress in navy for family pictures and I might dress it up for a wedding.  I'm only sharing because I thought it was so cute!  It has a bell sleeve.  The lace is so pretty and it's the perfect length.  For size reference, I'm wearing a small.

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
We have a fun family night planned and a special date night as well!  WAHOO!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
All things HALLOWEEN!  We just ordered costumes this week.  My kiddos are so funny.  They always tend to revert to the same things when discussing Halloween costumes....Bowen ALMOST chose a crocodile costume that pretty much looks exactly like the T-Rex pictured above.  Nixon went with a VERY similar thing he's been before.  Ebby Lee stepped out of her box.  :)

Hope you ladies have a great Wednesday!  XOXO