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Christmas Chaos

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Christmas   I love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and the beginning  of the Easter season. Since getting married and having kids Drew and I have been able  to create our own traditions mixed in with traditions we both brought from our extended family. Early on I wanted to create a simple Christmas, with the focus staying on Jesus. We established the 4 gift rule, where are each child receive something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. Because I work at a church the past few Christmas’s have looked like our family serving and spending Christmas Eve or a day close to it with our church family. We usually get to spend some part of Christmas Eve with my parents which Consists of brand new Christmas jammies, my grandmother’s gumbo recipe, and a reading of the Cajun night before Christmas. When Drew’s parents aren’t in Tennessee we’re all together, usually in our home which has become so special to me. Traditions  Christmas

My kinda manicure

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Nail polish is the worst For the past couple months I’ve been trying to stop biting my nails, I know, I know,  it’s a bad habit (thus my quest to quit). So I decided that the only way I was going to be able to not bite them was to have them done. I tried to do the whole dip thing that is amazing and beautiful but not really in the budget right now. My next attempt was to paint them, which was super annoying and no matter how long I let them dry I always seem to smudge one. Which led me to I’m not sure how I discovered them and I feel like I’ could be very late to the party, so if your reading this and are rolling your eyes saying that’s so 2012 then I’m really sorry. But I came across this whole nail sticker trend and I love it!!! I keep my nails super short so I can get 2 uses out of one sticker. All you need is a cuticle scooter thing (that’s the professional term), some manicure scissors, and an Emory board or this little four in one manicure cube (agin I’m sure tha

Have a little faith

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I’ve been super quiet on here lately because well, life. Honestly, we’ve been going through a lot over in our household. First all 4 kids caught croup which led to many sleepless nights, so that was a ball of fun. I seriously feel like we have lived at some sort of doctor’s office for the majority of the last couple of months.   We went to get 3 out of the 4 kids evaluated for some type of therapy. We got Gray evaluated for speech and occupational therapy which hopefully he’ll start receiving here soon, Charlee got evaluated for physical therapy and it was recommended that she receive it, and then I got Crew evaluated because he wasn’t putting any weight on his legs and I thought it was because he was breech my whole pregnancy, turns out he’s just lazy, that little turd. After working on it at home, he is now standing on his legs and jumping in his jumper so that was a nice little relief.   I’ve been pretty open about what’s going on and the struggles we are facing because

MOANA

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Moana .  My kids do this thing where they get obsessed with a movie and I feel like all I do is watch said movie, on repeat. I surely hope that I am not alone in this, and someone out there feels this pain of being subjected to the same characters and plot until you could act out the movie scene by scene with perfect rendition… awe motherhood. We’ve been on our third round of the Moana obsession recently and last night as I was cooking dinner I feel like God gave me fresh ears for Moana but more specifically for my children. Hang with me, Moana is such a different princess, or “chief’s daughter”, or whatever she is, and I could spend this whole blog talking about how she doesn’t wait for a prince to rescue her and it would be good, but it’s also already been said, so that’s not where this is going. Instead, I want to focus on her identity. Me and Lisa- cause were on a first name basis   I just finished reading “Without Rival” by Lisa Brevere. I also got to hear her spe

Leslie Knope

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I remember coming cross this image and I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec, so naturally I loved it. If you have not seen this amazing show you must stop, block off 5-7 hours and benge this amazing television masterpiece. If you are one of those people who doesn’t like P and R then your dead to me….. Just kidding, but seriously, it's the best. I love the passion that the character Leslie Knope brings to her life, job, and relationships. And I remember about a year ago seeing this picture of her with the caption “Be the Leslie Knope of whatever you do”....meaning give it 110%. The go getter in me has always felt inspired by this quote. But it was today as I sat at my kitchen table feeding my baby oatmeal, watching him try to learn how to keep the food in his mouth instead of letting his little tongue push it back out, listening to my two year old and four year old run around playing queen and king/ power rangers; that I remembered this quote and I felt the Holy Spirit say “lesli

Patience

Love is Patient This post is for anyone who loves someone, cue love languages. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I highly suggest you read “The 5 love languages” by Gary Chapman. To give you a little context basically there are 5 major types of love languages, or ways that people give and receive love. I think an important side note here is that we should never go to any person to make us feel fulfilled. Only Jesus can do that and if we’re looking to others for that fulfillment we’re always going to be disappointed. My husband Drew makes a great husband but he makes a crappy God. Everything starts with having a healthy relationship with God, and from there we can also approach healthy relationships with others.  Not our Comfort  These healthy relationships take time, understanding, patience and so many other virtues that God wants to grow in us. Knowing and understanding each other’s love language is a really important step and one that can help our relationships gro

Cough Cough

Fall  Hey friends. I am loving this "fallish" weather. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love sweaters, boots, cozy blankets, fires, and football. I also just recently discovered the show Friday Night Lights...I know, I'm super super late to the party. But how good is that show?? Sickness The other thing that comes with Fall is sickness, which I do not like. I would consider myself a borderline germaphobe and "worry-wart", and with 3 little kids sickness comes with the territory.  Both Kayla and I have been busy with sick kids over the past few weeks with various viruses and infections, and it had me thinking a lot about control. Control God has grown me a lot in the area of control and worry especially when it comes to the sicknesses of my kids. When my daughter was a baby, every cough, sneeze, and fever sent me into a tizzy. Luckily, I have had amazing people in my life who have gone before and have helped me to not be such a "worry-wart".

How I workout

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How I workout  I have a rotation of a couple things that I do and I’ve had enough people ask me what I do to workout that I thought I would be fun to share it here! I have been working out since I quit playing soccer in the 10th grade. I love the endorphins and the feeling of accomplishing a hard workout. I know not everyone loves to exercise but I hope that I can share some tips with you that will make it more enjoyable! What I do I love to run, before you roll your eyes and quit reading hear me out. Running can be enjoyable, and doesn't have to be something you hate. I don’t get to it as often as I like because I have three kids and a double jogger, you do the math. The biggest thing I will say if your learning to run, is do it with someone. I can run twice as long with a friend as I can by myself! It helps you to not think about it and to make it go faster. If you can't run with someone, then music is a must. This is one of my favorite running playlist if you need

I don't fold laundry

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Laundry. Laundry. Laundry Shutter Did the title of this blog make you shutter, your shoulders tense, or did you spouse notice you were reading a blog about laundry and nudge you in the side? My hope is that this blog will not only provide some practical tips on laundry but will also freeing to someone! Why oh why? Laundry is essential to everyday living, I don't think anyone would debate about that. However, the manner in which people do laundry can vary greatly. I have been on a quest since having my first child to find the 1. Easiest 2. Cheapest 3. Fastest way to do household chores. I am not a wife and mom that leisurely loves doing laundry and dishes, if that is you then continue to enjoy and love it and I’m so glad for you. If you are not this wife and mom, and can relate to the constant mental struggle of spending 5.5 minutes to unload the dishwasher, (yes I timed myself because it was getting ridiculous at how much I avoided it) then you can probably relate

The real you.

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Some days I feel like I’m too much and some days I’m not enough. Some days I’m strong and feel like superwoman and others I feel so weak that I don’t want to get out of bed.  I am an extrovert in some situations and an introvert in others. I love to get dressed up, get ready, and be around people and then sometimes all I want to do is stay in my pajamas for a week straight, close all my blinds, and make my kids play the silent game when the doorbell rings so no one knows I’m home.  I get excited about silly little things and upset about the littlest things. I speak too loud in restaurants and in public places and my feelings and thoughts are always on the craziest roller coaster ride.  Some days I’m in my bible for 30 minutes or more and some days all I want to do is scroll through my social media while sitting on the couch drinking a luke warm cup of coffee. Okay, let’s be real, cold coffee that I have previously heated up 3 times in the microwave. My 4 kids have a pact t