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Friday, August 29, 2014

To the ends of the earth...

My sweet friend Courtney is leaving on an 11 month mission trip in a few days with the World Race Organization.  She will be going to 11 countries in 11 months with nothing but a backpack!  I am so excited for her and can't wait to see what God has in store for her.  I am so proud and impressed with Courtney for following God's will for her life and going to the "ends of the earth" to share God's love. 
 
Luke 9:23 says  "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me."  Courtney is doing just that and I am so amazed at her bravery and sacrifice to give up a year of her life to do this! 
 
I am so excited to follow Courtney's journey throughout this next year on her blog page!  You can check it out at http://courtneynaylor.theworldrace.org/.  You can also help contribute if you feel led to! 
 
Best of luck to you Courtney!  You will be in our prayers!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chore Time

I feel like I spend a whole lot of time cleaning my house and yet, it is never clean!  Considering I have a 4 year old who loves her Barbies and all their little accessories and a toddler who loves to make piles and throw things away, and not to mention a husband who tends to empty his pockets in the most random places, I have little stuff strewn all over my house! 
 
I found a 30-minute cleaning chart that was aimed to help get your house clean in just 30 minutes a day but I tried it a few days and it just didn't work for me.  So I recreated it to better fit my own needs. 
 
Sunday
 - Meal Prep for the week
 
Monday
- Linens
- Vaccuum
- Sweep
- Dishes
- Pick up Bedroom
 
Tuesday
- Laundry
- Mop
- Dishes
- Pick up Girls' Rooms
 
Wednesday
- Dust
- Dishes
- Pick up Playroom
 
Thursday
- Laundry
- Bathroom Counters
- Kitchen Counters
- Dishes
 
Friday
- Pick up Living Room
 
Saturday
- Grocery
- Yard Work
- Project
 
I usually start a load of laundry as soon as I get home and it takes me about 2 loads to get caught up.  I try to do most of the other ones after the kids go to bed about 8:30 before I pack their bags and get ready for the next day.  Of course there are times when I have to get off my schedule some but I really try to leave the weekends free so I can catch up then if I need to.  But best of all, it keeps me from getting overwhelmed by the huge mess my house can get in and I have to spend a whole day or two to get it cleaned up... a little each day is soo much easier!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Spirit Day

College football season kicks off this week so here in Alabama, people are more excited than a kid at Christmas!  So our pastor asked everyone to wear their favorite team colors and have a Spirit Day at church Sunday. 

There was lots if crimson, a hefty amount of yucky orange and blue, some purple and gold, and even a little bright ugly orange! It was a lot of fun and I was really impressed with how many people participated! 

Of course the Harrison's proudly sported crimson and houndstooth!! ROLL TIDE!!

Too bad it is nearly impossible to get a decent picture but these two Bama cuties are just so stinkin cute!

Living With Less - Clothes

So I already posted about the Project 333 I am participating in.  Well I have a small confession... as I went to clean out Jarrod's closet he threw a fit about getting rid of all of his stuff so he got to keep most of it (including the 12 pairs of blue jeans he swears he wears).  And well the girls had a few things I just couldn't let myself part with but I am going to go back through and purge again to get it to match their lists because they seriously have waaay too many clothes.  But the most important thing is my closet.... It really only has 33 (not counting a few pieces of simple jewelry I usually always wear).  I created a "draft" of what it should be.. a.k.a. the ideal list on my last posts... then I started going through my closet and got it to about 45-50 pieces.  I thought okay good job but then I shamed myself for cheating and went back to the drawing board and really recreated my list to get it down to these 33 items:
 
1 - 5 -Black Pants, Dress Jeans, Black Skirt, Casual Jeans, Jeggings
 
6 - 7 - Crimson/tan Dress,  Blue Lace Dress
 
8-21 - Chambray Shirt, White sheer shirt, red flowy shirt, pink silk shirt, white blouse, lace tank, cream lace shirt, black long sleeve, black ruffle tank, gold embellished shirt, tan flowy shirt, grey/white striped tshirt, white button up
 
22- 26 - cream cardigan, blue cardigan, red cardigan, mint cardigan, jean jacket
 
27 - 32 - tan pumps, black heels, black sandal, taupe sandal, taupe boots, brown flats
 
33 - brown belt
 
 
A few other edits I had to make --
-- I completely forgot about my boots when I made my first list considering it was like 100 degrees that day so I had to go back and add them.
-- I really wanted a casual skirt but I never could find one I liked so I scratched that one.  If I ever come across one I love, I may just have to swap something out with it but just doing without for now.
-- I don't really like scarves or chunky jewlery so I haven't counted any of that... I may very rarely sneak in an extra necklace or scarf but I just don't feel like I wear them enough to even count!
-- I must confess that I did go out a buy a few new pieces but I promise I got some good deals on them!
-- I REALLY need a full length mirror so I can document my outfits when I wear them!
 
Okay soo... that's my closet and I am sticking to it!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ramblings

I feel like my days have gotten so busy lately and I have been in an "I don't want to do anything productive" mood.  I feel like my house is a mess and the laundry is backed up.  Our meals have been blah and my grocery shopping has been scarce.  Hadley has pretty much cut out her afternoon nap so bed time seems to be getting earlier.  She has been asleep by about 8:30 every night which is really nice except for that good hour I have to get everything done after the kids fall asleep has pretty much turned into me being like I am just going to bed early myself! 
 
Anyways... I have been reading about a lot about closet capsules and project 333  lately so I am hoping to clean out and get my closet organized for the next season this weekend.  I have done really good this summer with my 30 in 30 (which was more like 45 or so but whose counting) and am excited about trying to do this simple wardrobe for fall as well!  Fall can be kinda tricky though because of our hot weather stretching well into September and sometimes even on into October!  It's hard to pull off your super cute boots in 85 degree weather!  I am thinking I am going to try and step the accessorizing as well!  Luckily I am not a huge shoe girl so I can save a few pieces on that and spend on an additional top.  And I am also somewhat shying away from dresses so much... I will probably bring more of those back in the winter months when I can wear them with my leggings!  Guess we will see how this goes! I may even try it with the girls' closet because geez they have way too much!
 
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My bed is full but my heart is fuller...

Every few nights I tend to wake up with some little body part in my face or neck or back.  Both of my girls have always been pretty good sleepers until a few months ago.  Hunter Claire decided she no longer liked her crib and was waking up several times in the night and screamed when I would try to put her back in her crib.  I have never been a fan of the "cry it out method," in fact, I absolutely hate to hear my kids cry and would never be able to sleep with a crying baby in the next room.  So every time she cried, I got her out and walked or rocked or laid her down in the bed with me **OOPS**  Well HC decided she loves the big bed and then absolutely refused to go back to her crib.  So... we got her a twin bed and she sleeps sooo much better in it!  However, she has learned that she can get out of her bed by herself and come crawl into my bed.  Hadley has already mastered the houdini sneak in the bed trick (you know the one where she very quitely sneaks into our bed without waking anyone up because she learned that if she wakes me up and gives me a half heart attack from being awaken with a face staring very closely to me that I will make her go back to her bed).  Sometimes if I find them in my bed, I will pick them up and gently put them back in their beds but sometimes I just let them stay! 
 


Anyways... all that is to say that some nights I wake up with a VERY full bed!  But I love those nights because I know that one day they will no longer want to sneak into the "big bed" and snuggle with mommy and daddy.  It makes me so sad to think that one day, there will be a last time that they sneak into my bed and scoot real close.  And I am so sad that that day will come all too soon!  I love the mornings when I have to sneak around in the dark because they are sleeping so soundly in my bed.  My heart is so full of love for these two little sleeping beauties and I love the fact that they find comfort in being close to mom and dad at night.  It may sound crazy, but I wouldn't trade a minute of sleep for these precious moments that go by way too fast.... I can catch up on my sleep when they are grown (tear tear).   

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fun Fun!!

We have had such a fun weekend! Jarrod's sister works for TVA and every year they have a huge weekend long company picnic full of lots of fun events.

Friday night they rented out a bowling alley and arcade place for everyone so we went there and had so much fun acting like we were 12 playing skee ball, race cars, and attempting to shoot pool (which I am absolutely terrible at).

They also have a softball tournament and Jarrod and I got recruited to be on their softball team and we had so much fun! We played five (yes five) slow pitch games! I was so afraid I was going to get hurt but thankfully nobody did!
I hate to brag but I was so impressed with how well Jarrod and I did considering we haven't touched a ball or bat in a few years! And our team even won the championship!! It was so much fun!
  
Saturday night, they have a nice dinner and fun dj for everyone. So we got dressed up and enjoyed a fun night with some new friends!

I am so thankful we get to enjoy some fun grown up weekends but miss my babies when we are gone and notice myself talking about my girls all of the time! Luckily they had a good weekend being spoiled by aunts, grandparents, and cousins! We got lots of sweet pictures of the girls having a big time while we were away!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Preschool, Here She Comes!

Today was a huge milestone in Hadley's little life... the first day of preschool at Little Tots! I cannot believe my baby is old enough to be starting preschool.  We have been really talking up preschool a lot over the last several weeks hoping to get her excited about it.  We went Monday night to orientation to meet her teacher and get some paperwork.  They also sent home a little paper doll to decorate like her to bring on the first day so we did that last night as we got everything together for the big day! She was so excited about packing her new backpack (even though she already complained about homework making her arm hurt.. Let's pray she never gets in trouble and has to write sentences).



I took off this morning so I could take her on her first day and make sure we got all the important first day of school pictures (you know the one with the chalkboard and backpack like all the other moms have been posting of their kids). 


When I got there to drop her off, she said "I think I am kinda nervous" and started wiping her eyes like she does when she is trying not to cry so I was thinking oh no!  I quickly reminded her that it would be okay and she would have lots of fun and get to play!  After a few minutes in her new classroom with her sweet teacher, she was okay and I left and went and sat in my car and cried! 
 

I never thought I would be one of those moms that cries on every first day of school or special event in my children's lives.... but I am!  It just makes me so sad to think of how fast these precious days are going by and I feel like I am missing out on so much with my girls!  But I am so thankful for every precious memory with my babies and excited about of all the many firsts that are yet to come!  I pray that she has a great day and am sure I will worry about her every minute today while she is there!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Jamberry!


I am so excited that my friend Leslie introduced me to Jamberry Nails!  It is by far my new favorite thing.. vinyl nail wraps that are easy to do and look great!  With my busy house full of girls, these are the perfect find for us! 

I am not creative at all and am absolutely terrible at painting my nails, but with Jamberry nails, all I have to do is pick the design I want and apply them to my nails.  It only takes a few minutes and is seriously so easy to do!  And costs way less and takes less time than going to the salon to get my nails done - which I never do because that requires finding a sitter, spending lots of money, and taking away a few hours from everything else I need to be doing only to have to go back in a few days to have them redone!



They even have adorable Jamberry Juniors for little girls to and matching Mommy and Me sets!  Hadley is such a girly girl and always wants her nails painted but they come right off within a day but these Jamberry nails actually stayed for several days on her.  And the very best part is once you apply them, there is NO DRYING!!  No more polish strown all over my house because of little girls that can't sit still long enough to let their nails dry!  


I am so excited to be consultant for Jamberry nails and can not wait to share my Jamberry love with everyone else!  You can check them all out here!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy 60th Daddy!

Tonight we celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday and retirement with a huge party with tons of family and friends!  We had such great time celebrating our Babu!  Instead of gifts, we tried to collect 60 cards for Dad.  The girls each made one, Jarrod wrote one, and I wrote him one to!  In my card, I decided to include 60 things that I have learned from Daddy!

1 - Be honest.
2 - How to drive.
3 - How to open a bank account.
4 - Good grades are important.
5 - Run straight and keep turning left.
6 - The meaning of the word "err"
7 - How much fun you can have with a fart machine.
8 - The words to "I Saw the Light" and "Glory Hallelujah"
9 - The greatness of a tomato and mayo sandwich.
10 - How to put air in my tire.
11- You can't fix stupid.
12 - How to hit a softball where you want it to go.
13 - How to put peanuts in an RC Cola.
14 - How to encourage my kids.
15 - Who to call for insurance.
16 - Always pick a resting ball up with your hand.
17 - How to help my mother.
18 - You can be whatever you want to be.
19 - How to wrestle.
20 - The importance of keeping your word.
21 - "Sav" can fix anything.
22 - How to properly discipline.
23 - How to buy a house.
24 - How to hit a golf ball.
25 - Take your kids to church and set an example.
26 - Work hard!
27 - How to turn on a pool pump.
28 - Don't settle for something you don't really want.
29 - How to get along with my sister.
30 - Show your kids you love them.
31 - How to ride or become a bull.
32 - How funny the 3 stooges are.
33 - How to play basketball.
34 - Support your kids by being there for every event, game, play, project, etc.
35 - Some people don't want to be helped.
36 - You really only need three golf clubs.
37 - How to "stretch" a story.
38 - All about greyhound racing.
39 - How to read.
40 - Save your money!
41 - Nobody wants to hear you complain.
42 - Eat lots of veggies.
43 - You don't really need a golf cart.
44 - Sacrifice for others.
45 - How to build a fence.
46 - How to take care of a dog.
47 - You don't need a nice new car to get you where you need to go.
48 - Pay back your debts.
49 - Learn everything you can!
50 - Read a lot.
51 - Teach your kids early in their lives.
52 - Finish what you start.
53 - Dad's can fix anything.
54 - How to really help others by just doing the little things for them.
55 - A banana is better with peanut butter.
56 - Peanut M&M's are REALLY good!
57 - I can ALWAYS count on my daddy.
58 - Turn the air conditioner up or down instead of all the way off.
59 - The secrets of the funeral home.
60 - How to really love your family and children by showing them you care, helping them out any time they need it, going the "extra" mile for them, and teaching them everything they need to know about life, love, and everything that goes along with it!


















Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Babies Babies Everywhere!

guess we are officially in that season of life where all of our friends are between the ages of 24-30 which for the majority of people raised in the South means the years where you have graduated college, married your soul mate, and have babies!  I have so many friends who have little ones or newborns or one on the way.  Honestly, I have constantly had at least a few friends who were pregant, are pregnant, are trying to get pregnant for the past two years! 



 

It is so fun and exciting sharing all the joys of pregnancy and new motherhood with my closest friends!  I love sharing been-there-done-thats of my parenting uh-ohs and victories with my friends and watching as they learn the ins and outs of parenting little ones to.  It is so much fun to share this season of life together.  There is nothing in this world like the feelings that come with seeing that first positive pregnancy test, waiting on your babies arrival, and finally getting to hold that sweet new baby in your arms and I still get just as excited for my friends as I did my own!  But as much as I enjoy sharing these times with my dear friends, it also makes me so sad to know that I will probably never get to experience those feelings myself again.  I am so happy and content with our sweet girls and our family of four but I believe every mother will always miss the joys of having a new baby.  It's like a little part of motherhood that you will always miss whether you have 1 child or 20!  And I am sure in 5 or 10 years from now, when my kids are in school and involved in all of their activities, I will look back on this time of raising little ones and ache for it the same way!  But each season with my children just gets better and better and I am so excited to share each one with my friends sharing stories, advice, fears, tears, smiles, and laughs!



Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

What a fun weekend we had these past few days!  Jarrod went to a men's conference Friday night so I invited some of the my old and new friends over for pizza and some girl time!  We had so much fun catching up on everything and just chit chatting about fun times and people in our past while the little ones played.  I have missed some of them so much and it is just so great to get to spend time together.  I hope we get together more often in the near future!
 
Saturday morning I had to take Barney to the groomer so I dropped him and then headed to town BY MYSELF which very rarely happens so I definitely took advantage of the opportunity and took my time and piddled around several stores.  I stopped by a great little kids consignment store and scored a ton of great things for the girls for the next few months!  I got lots of smocked and Kelly's Kids and didn't pay more than $10 for anything!  I love consignment!  My kids may never wear new stuff again.  After that, I ventured on to the grocery store and took my time strolling the aisles making sure I actually got everything on my list. 
 
Saturday afternoon we went to swim and to a family Back to School Party at my mom's house.  Our family started this tradition back when my mom started Kindergarten and there has constantly been someone in school every year since so it has continued for 50 or so years now!  We just get together and eat and buy all the kids some school supplies.  This year we had one in college, one in high school, one in middle school, one starting preschool, and two going back to daycare!  We have at least 17 more years with someone in school so I don't see this fun tradition changing anytime soon! 
 
Sunday we went to church and then ate lunch at Jarrod's parents.  His dad is having hip replacement surgery on Tuesday so we got to enjoy some time with him before he is down for a few weeks.  We have a busy busy week coming up so it was nice to have a somewhat low key weekend!

Sorry! Pictures are still sitting on my camera!