Thursday, March 31, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: March Edition

In the midst of the chaos that is happening around here and the fact that my brain has recently seemed to turn to mush; I popped up my post for yesterday and realized in turn I missed my monthly What's Up Wednesday. Wompppp. BUT! I'm here today to remedy that situation. A day late and a dollar short, but it's happening. So, here's a look at What's Up Wednesday: March Edition where I cover these topics:
What we're eating this week ... a mix of takeout and organic items. I'm trying to work my way away from the processed junk that I seem to have gotten in a rut purchasing and trying to slowly but surely replace the same things with more organic items. I find myself frustrated at grocery stores like Whole Foods, etc because I'm so efficient at Kroger. I know the aisles like the back of my hand and with two kiddos in tow I need to get in and out of the grocery QUICK. And I feel like when I try new grocery stores I get frustrated because it takes me a long time and I can't find what I'm looking for. So, I'm working into the new routine slowly but surely!

What I'm reminiscing about ...
Easter with these littles. We had a perfect weekend and I want to go back and re-watch my boy eat his "chocwate chip cookie."
What I'm loving ... my kids. Seriously. Lainey's personality is shining through more and more every day and for the most part she's her daddy's clone. Go-along-get-along and happy most of the time.  And her big brother and his dramatic stories and mischievousness is well, perhaps a direct clone of mine. But after spending the last 5 days with him and CLOSE with him while potty training. The kid is funny. And he calls his undies underpants and says the entire word every time. They frustrate the heck out of me :) but I love them. So so much.  

What we've been up to ...
 Doctor's visits, phone calls and potty training! It's been a crazy busy time around here. I can honestly say I don't think our life has ever been crazier. Sometimes I have to just breathe and remind myself to settle down because SO much is happening so fast. But, I've felt every one's hugs from near and far and Bennett thinks it's AWESOME (he has no clue why we are receiving these things!) because we're getting some "thinking of you" something sent our way nearly every other day. Every time the doorbell rings he squeals "wow mommy, this is fun! Who's coming today?! :)' Bless his heart!

What I'm dreading ... playing the waiting game of my medical issue. Surgery is scheduled for mid-April and ironically as much as I'm dreading it because I know the recovery may be a little tough, I'm actually also looking forward to it to get some answers. We're getting to know this place way better than I ever hoped. I know I keep asking, but keep us in your prayers!
What I'm working on ... taxes. Womp. I've got this fancy new business I've got to file for this year along with the rest of it (Shane is laughing because let's be honest he's doing most all of it. But I had to do the Katie Marie stuff, sort of).

What I'm excited about ... Ya'll, MY BABY BROTHER GOT INTO FILM SCHOOL AT NYU!!! So, I've always talked about how he's in film at NYU and he's been in the school, but not THE school. He was a cinema studies major and had to apply this semester for Film School and Monday he got the email we've been waiting for ... HE'S ACCEPTED!!! He's been working his tail off and talking about this for such a long time and it finally happened. I couldn't be more proud of him!

What I'm watching/reading ...
The Bible. It's bringing me a lot of comfort and peace in a much needed time. 

What I'm listening to ... Nashville (the TV show). It's back ya'll. And I love it.

What I'm wearing ...
I'm really into these leggings/workout pants. They seem to fit me really well and I like ... A LOT.  I also love these shirts right now!

What I'm doing this weekend ... We don't have much on the docket. Bennett's baseball and soccer classes start back up and I've got a baby shower to attend for a little bitty baby girl due very soon, that I'm looking forward to. Plus, her name ya'll ... Elsie Tate! So stinking adorable!

What I'm looking forward to next month ... Getting all of this hooplah in our rear view mirror and celebrating with my rock (this handsome fella pictured right here) afterward! 
What else is new ... That's about it gang. Just trying to stay as busy as possible and keep my mind in happy happy places. The spring weather seems to make that a little easier on all of us!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Get Muddy and Make Memories

Spring is here and we're doing happy dances and jumping in muddy puddles and washing off in the creek. It's wasn't planned, we weren't prepared. But, it makes us happy.
 Muddy feet, muddy feet, give me something good to eat.

 Watching him throw rocks is therapeutic.
 Sister likes it too :)
 And he takes it to the next level. No longer does he throw them in, he gets in and throw them. Hehe
 Let them be little.
 And when you didn't expect your child to be covered in mud and water, you take their clothes off, roll down the windows, bust out the snack and ride home in the buff.
Well he did at least, if I did that may have been a little awkward. Ha!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Recap Rewind ~ HE LIVES

We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song! Our family had an AMAZING Easter weekend and it was good for my soul. Jesus promised us he would rise and he did, he lives and starts a new beginning for us all. On top of a fabulous Sermon at church and the feel good"ness" of the weekend, we indulged in all things Easter and one another and we're thankful for the time together. Here's a photo overload of our second Nashville Easter!

Saturday we woke up and headed to Cheekwood for the annual Spring Art-Hop. The weather was great, the food trucks were amazing, the tulips were beautiful, the kids were in good moods, and the bunnies and egg hunts made for special fun!

Bennett couldn't wait to tear into the egg hunt!

 Lainey wanted to hold his basket too, just as a warm up for more competition next year.
 I'm so lucky I get to call them mine.
 After our big egg hunt, we indulged in some games and some lunch.

 Potato Sack races weren't our best showcase of athletic ability.
 But racing was a different story, however Bennett has yet to understand that he should maybe let his girlfriends win a few (wink).

 After naps, we set up shop in the front driveway for a little scenery change vs our usual backyard hang out and dyed Easter eggs. If you asked Bennett what we did, he would inform you we spent the night "driving eggs", which in my opinion sounds like a lot more fun. But, I haven't yet figured out how one actually does that.
Bennett got thirsty waiting for the color pellets to dissolve and decided to drink like Maggie - because he's two and that's awesome.
 And then we got right to whipping up them pretty colors.
 Deez babiez make me smile.
 His first egg is complete!

 And daddy made one to match his awesome outfit :)

 Then we indulged in our second (which turned into our seventh) egg hunt of the day, while we waited for our eggs to soak up some color and dry.
 And then we marveled at our pretties!
 It was such a good day. We got ready for bed and eagerly awaited the Easter Bunny. Scratch that, the moment we mentioned the Easter Bunny was coming sheer panic set in and the tears began. "I don't want the Easter Bunny to come inside Mommy!" Bless his sweet heart. So we agreed to put a note on the door instructing the Easter Bunny to leave our goodies on the porch and not enter our house. Mommy wrote it and Bennett signed, sealed and delivered.

 After the Beebster was tucked in bed, confident the Easter Bunny would remain on his turf and not encroach on ours we could breathe a little easier and I got to assembling the kiddos baskets. Starting with these ADORABLE monogrammed jelly-cat bunnies from Peek-a-Whoo. They have the cutest little animals (not just bunnies) and make great gifts all year round.

 And the dreaded "Chocwate Chip Cookie" request I mentioned Friday.  I decided to go with Great American Cookies, because they are delicious. And when I got there, I couldn't decide between the Bunny cutout cookie or the regular, so I splurged and got both. And it DID NOT disappoint.  We filmed our Easter baskets vs taking pictures, but Bennett's reaction was everything and more. And for the record, he ate the bunny cookie first.
 Lainey got a basket of baby food, diapers and pacis :)
 And that sneaky Easter Bunny left some fun surprises for mommy and daddy too. Hehe.
 So, I said that Bennett went to bed confident. But, I lied. Two hours later and three visits to his room he was still laying in bed eyes WIDE open staring at the monitor, terrified of the Easter Bunny. So, we caved and let Bennett sleep in our bed. That snugly little bunny.
 And then we got up and found our baskets and giggled a bit before heading to church to sing about Jesus!

 And the Jelly-cat bunnies did not disappoint either.
 And then we cleaned up and headed to praise His name.

After church we headed to brunch with some friends and then brought the whole gang back to our house and had a fun night of chatting, games and hilarious take out with family and friends. It was a good Easter weekend indeed. And most importantly, HE LIVES!
Have a great week friends!
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