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I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wardrobe Wednesday - Football Favorites

am linking up with Kristin over at Taz and Belly for Wardrobe Wednesday today because she is talking about football season wardrobes!  And considering my Saturday wardrobe of Crimson and White looks a lot like hers, I figured why not!

Every year, on the Sunday before college football kicks off, our pastor always encourages the whole church to sport their favorite team colors for that day.  This is one of my favorite Sundays and it is always so much fun to see all the colors in the crowd (mostly crimson, orange, and blue).  Only in Alabama, do you get to shout Roll Tide to kick off your church service, right? My state love tshirt from RiffRaff is by far my favorite!

I always have a lot of fun coordinating our family in our best Bama get up!  Typically, it just consists of prowling through our closets for our best crimson and white!  I looooove football Saturday's! We usually grill out with friends while the kids run and play. We haven't been able to go to Tuscaloosa for a game in a few years but hope to get to one very soon!

I love looking back at these pictures in some of our favorite Bama gear over the past years and look forward to adding many more this year! Roll Tide!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What I've Been Reading

So I haven’t been tracking my reading as well as I would like but here are a few of the books I have read lately…

I received this book from Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest review.  When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I would enjoy it because it is about a girl and her grandmother.  I am very close to both of my grandmothers and I could really see my relationship with them reflected in this story as well.  Perla has a stroke and her granddaughter, Ella, moves back home to her small town to take care for her.  I love the relationship you see between them as they navigate their way through their own stories and secrets.  The characters in this story are really loveable and relatable and it weaves the Gospel throughout a heartwarming, good-feeling story.  Ella learns a lot about herself through her relationships with her family, friends, and God.  I am looking forward to reading some more books from this series.

This was a WWII story about a little blind girl and an orphaned boy.  The story jumps about over several years as the characters grow up during war times and eventually cross paths.  The imagery and descriptions of everything throughout the book were very detailed and added so much to the story.  It was a very long book, but the author kept me interested by jumping around in time so much and kept me guessing how and when the characters would actually cross paths and what it would be like when they finally did.  It wasn’t one of those books that I just couldn’t put down but I really did enjoy the 500+ page story.

I used to love Judy Blume books when I was younger so I was excited to finally get to read one of her adult novels.  This was a story based on true events that happened back in the 1950s.  I love stories set in that time period and I really love stories based on true events so I knew I would love this book.  The story follows fifteen year old Miri and the drama that unfolds when three airplanes crash down in their small town within just a few months of each other.  I loved all the characters and the way they all crossed paths throughout the story and the way some of their stories reveal that just because someone looks like they have it all on the outside, there may be a whole other something going on behind closed doors that will completely surprise you.

This is a sad but far too common story of what drugs can do to someone.  Allison Weiss is a woman who seems to have it all with her perfect little family in her perfect little town with a great job but a small pain pill addiction quickly turns into a big problem as she finds herself spiraling down the hole of addiction and she can’t fight her way out of on her own.  I really liked this book because it really touched on the anxiety that so many women have over looking like they have it all together and doing whatever they have to to keep up.  

After some of the negative reviews, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this or not but I am very glad I chose to. I needed something to read one day on the go so downloaded the ebook from the public library.  I thought this was a really great book I couldn't put down. It was a love story told from both main characters point of views and the secrets they kept revealing throughout kept me engrossed in the story. It may not be for everyone but I personally thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I will admit that it was a little bit more risque than my usual liking.          

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Storybook Ball 2016

Our local public library has hosted an annual Storybook Ball for the last few years as a fundraiser.  It seems like every single year, we have had something going on the same weekend so I was so excited we finally got a chance to go this year.  This year was a sports theme so the girls dressed in their favorite cheerleader outfits!  They had a ton of fun playing and dancing!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Let's talk about names...

A few days ago, some of my friends and I were discussing naming our kids.  I love talking about names and researching fun and unique names so I thought, why not talk about it here?  I may have even posted about this once before a few years back but o well you get to read it again!  

I was a little bit obsessed when it came to naming my kids.  I did lots of exploring names from our family tree, scoured tons of baby chat boards, and really researched meanings, popularity, famous connections, and combinations of some of my favorites.  I wanted something that was unique but not odd and something that was not too trendy or cutesy.  I wanted the name to have some type of meaning and connection to their heritage and be a name that could grow with them through all stages of life.

Hadley was super easy for us to name.  We were set on her name well before we even knew she was a girl.  Jarrod has always dreamed of going to a place called Hadley Creek.  It is a beautiful area in Illinois with tons of wildlife.  Jarrod has said for a long time that he wanted to name his little girl Hadley.  I thought it was such a sweet southern sounding name and I didn't know any Hadley's at the time so it was just perfect for our little girl.  Elizabeth is my middle name.  I always loved my middle name so much when I was little.  I loved that it was long and had a "z" and there were famous people with it.  But what I loved the most about it was that it came from my aunt.  I am a huge fan of family names and I couldn't wait to pass it on to my daughter as well.  So Hadley was easy peasy when it came to the naming game!

Hunter Claire was a whole other story.  It was so much tougher the second time around.  I knew I wanted an "H" name but I didn't want anything that favored Hadley.  When I first found out that I was pregnant, I was dead set on Harlow but Jarrod was not having it at all.  He wanted Harper Jo but that was way too popular for me so we were stuck just kind of hoping it would be a boy since we had agreed on several boy names we both loved.  When we found out she was a girl, we were back to square one on the name.  John Ross and Hunter had always been our boy names we had agreed on.  Hunter is my grandmother's maiden name and my mom had thought about using it for me if I had been a boy. I have always loved boy names for girls so we decided to just use it for a girl.  I have always loved the name Claire.  I read a few books with a character named Claire and just fell in love with it.  I think it both looks and sounds so pretty and is just a timeless classic name.  We also have a few on our family tree and I know a few Claire's that I think are just such great young women.  I am also a huge fan of double names and was always so jealous of my sister's. Claire just went so perfectly with Hunter so we put them together and got Hunter Claire.

I think our kid's names fit their personalities so perfectly.  They are so different from each other in so many ways and I could not think of anything more fitting for them both.

One of my most favorite things about starting back to school, is hearing all the names of the kids in their classes. I love to see what the trendy names are for their age and predict about how those kids will be the Brittanys, Joshs and Jessicas of my class.  But what I really love the most is seeing the unique names and wonder where they came from.  There are so many names in this world and maybe I am a weirdo but I just really love exploring them all.  I would love to hear where your names came from!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tooth Fairy

Hadley finally pulled her first tooth yesterday!  That little tooth has been loose for several weeks and we had been begging Hadley to let us pull it the last few days. She would panic and scream every time we would try to. She was finally just sitting on the couch wiggling it with her tongue and it just came out. She was so excited and right away put it in her tooth pouch.

She didn't really want to give it away last night but decided it was worthy trading it for a few bucks. She woke me up at 3:30 to inform me that indeed the tooth fairy had come! 

And it came out just in time for picture day at school! She was pretty pumped that everyone would see she had pulled a tooth in her picture. She already has another loose tooth so I guess I better get to saving my dollar bills huh?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back in Order

Back to school means getting my life back in order!  I have been so off all summer.  I love the freedom that summer brings and I love going and doing fun things with my family but I feel like I have really slacked on my meal planning and exercising and housekeeping and well really just adulting/momming the last couple of months.  So now that we are back to a normal routine, I am so glad to get back on track with all that.  I am a huge planner and just having a consistent plan and routine helps me to really feel like I’ve got my act together.  I have gathered together a few really great resources to help get everything organized….

1 - First of all, I LOVE my Day Designer planner.  I got it from Target for like $10 and it's perfect for my everyday needs.  I love that has lots of room but is not too bulky or heavy.  I also love that I can see monthly and weekly calendars with plenty of room to write and it has lots of extra places for lists and notes all throughout.


2 - I am jumping on board the LiveWhole365 train and printed off a few of their planning materials.  I really love the grocery list and weekly meal planner.  I track most of this in my regular planner as well but it is nice to have separate sheets to pull out when I need them.

3 - I am really loving get back to eating right.  My body really hates me when I eat a bunch of crap and I just feel so much better.  Planning ahead and tracking what I eat helps me so much to only look better, but feel so much better too! I have also been using MyRecipes a good bit for finding recipes.  You can search by ingredient or type and it has soooo many recipes to choose from.  All you have to do is sign up for a free account and you can start making your own little digital cookbook.

4 - There are about a billion budgeting tools out there but lately I have been using EveryDollar for my budget planning/tracking.  We are trying super hard to get completely out of debt and really build up some savings for some special vacations and fun stuff we have on our radar so sticking to a budget is key for us right now (more on all that to come later).  I really love EveryDollar because I can access it from both my phone and computer and Jarrod and I can share an account so we can both update and see it wherever we are.  It has a really neat and easy to use layout and some extra tools built in without be overwhelming.  I use the free version but they offer a ‘Plus’ version that you can even link to your bank account and such.  You can sign up here for free here!

5 - A few months ago, I signed up to go to Washington D.C. in October to run the Army 10 Miler and that is approaching very very quickly.  Like I said before, I have been extremely inconsistent with my running and exercising this summer so it is time to really get my butt in gear if I plan to run it without completely dying!  There are so many running plans out there but I am following this one from Shape.  It is really for a half marathon plan but it should get me to the 10 mile point by the time I need to be.  I followed one very similar to this when I completed the Bridgestreet Half last fall so it should be pretty doable for me.  I don’t really follow the run/walk part of it but I like the schedule.  As much as I would love to do more, realistically, I don't usually get more than about three days each week to get a run in... especially long ones.. so this plan works well for me.    

6 - And last but certainly not least… Google Docs!  I am not sure how I have completely ignored this amazing resource in the past because it has seriously become my lifeline!  Instead of toting around a billion papers and notebooks all the time or email stuff back and forth to myself, I can just upload it all here and access it from anywhere that I am.  I mean I can get it on my phone, my home, my work, everywhere.  And it is super easy to use and work with my documents on all of my devices.  This is where I keep all of my long term lists, plans, ideas, posts, spreadsheets, etc. and it is seriously the best.  If you are not using Google Docs, you need to start right now!    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Ramblings

It's already Tuesday and I am just now getting to my weekend wrap up!

This past weekend, we went with several folks from our Sunday School class to a marriage conference in Birmingham.  Our class has been doing a study from Paul Tripp’s Book, What Did You Expect, so we were super excited when we discovered he would be speaking at a friend’s church.  He was a really great speaker and taught us a lot about “fixing” ourselves before we can try to “fix” our spouse and on how when we put God at the center of our lives instead of us and our selfish ways, only then can we be blessed with all the great things He wants us to have in our marriages.  I have a lot more to say about that but I will save it for another day!  It was fun to get away with some of our friends and just have a little time to spend together without kids.  I am pretty sure the girls had even more fun staying with family! 

On Sunday, I stopped by to see my friend Brittany before she went back to LA.  I know I have probably talked about Brittany on here before but she is one of my best long time friends and has been a huge part of my life.  We chat often but it’s still really great to actually get to get together, even if it was for a super short visit.

Sunday afternoon, we celebrated our nephew, Whit’s, 8th birthday!  The girls both love Whit so much and had a great time at his party.  I still can’t believe this fun boy is eight!

We finished off the weekend with a fun time at AWANA.  HC loves to sing and dance to all the fun songs in Puggles and Hadley was super pumped she won gold at the “AWANA Olympics.”  I know I have said it a million times but I am so thankful for everyone who volunteers their time and talents for our kids through AWANA.  It is such a great program to teach them about Christ!

Back to the grind this week as we tackle another week of school, work, dance, praying for some time to get my runs in, and finding some easy and healthyish meals to feed my family all while trying to convince my child to let me pull her tooth that is just dangling out of her mouth... #momlife

Oh yeah.. And HC managed to convince her Babu to let her keep her cape on for school today. Thanks Mrs. Tiffany for understandingšŸ˜Š

Saturday, August 20, 2016

We made it!

We officially made it through our first week of our new normal! Back to school and dance and AWANA and all the fun stuff that comes with that has worn me out but we are slowly getting used to this new routine. 

The girls have both absolutely loved school. They come home every day talking about it and have been super excited about learning and even asked to do their homework! How long will this keep up? I am praying for the next 15 years.. Wishful thinking?

Or first week of AWANA was lots of fun and they had a blast in their new dance classes! It's been a great first week!!