Saturday, April 22, 2017

Six on Saturday

I hope this Saturday evening finds you cozy somewhere curled up on a couch reflecting on sweet things from the weekend.  That's what this girl is doing:)  
April has been one stormy, dreary, rainy month around here...  
It's a little hard for that not to let it drag you down in spirits every now + then.  
But after the rain, there always seems to be that beautiful sunny day. 
This reminds me of my Cam.

As we go to sleep each night, he never forgets to ask...
"Mom, will you stay til' it's sunny?" 
Even in the rain, in the dark, we know the sun is coming.  
Those we love, + whom love us, never leave. 
No matter the weather, no matter the time, no matter the conditions.  
We stay + commit til' it's sunny 😘
+ yes, our lawn care did not show up Friday...<so embarrasing>

one.  easter
We had a wonderful easter weekend + just like every other holiday, it's over in the blink of an eye.  We spent most the hot days before on the playground, but we did attempt to watch Peter Cottontail + try to go to a storybook reading at Barnes & Noble (which we missed).  Instead we read books about sharks + played with the train table for, oh, approximately four hoursπŸ˜›
We got up e a r l y Sunday morning & Cam immediately ask that we go check to see if the Easter Bunny had came for a visit.  We opened the bedroom doors + he spotted two baskets sitting on the bench.  Even at 5 am he was bubbling with excitement:)
E s p e c i a l l y when he seen that remote control alligator.
And even Conley was impressed when he spotted his Elmo + shark peeking through the paper shreds of his basket.  Ok.  Maybe it was just the Arrow Root Cookies...
They admired + gathered their little easter treasures + we packed them into the car in their pjs!  
We slipped into our church clothes + made it to Sunday school to learn the true meaning of easter.  We had a wonderful service + then went to the top of a mountain for a picnic + egg hunt.  The genius that I am, I decided to wear shorts + a t-shirt, which lead me to freeze. to. death.  The boys didn't seem to care:)  As long as they are running + playing outdoors, they wouldn't care if it was a blizzard outside!  

we sure missed daddy.

two.  back to work
We are on a downward swing to summer.  And why does that mean for school employees?  
All the post it "to do" notes!

three.  summer loving
Remember when I was whining about people jumping into Spring when the first days of Winter had barely been welcomed in?  Well, here I am jumping into Summer!  I've definitely got my eyes peeled for cheap summery pieces to liven up the house...
First up?  The coffee bar:)  Target dollar bin is on POINT.

four.  new house projects
there is something about the warm weather...well, no.  I guess just the fact that I have air in my lungs that gets me in the mood for home projects.  Pinterest + my instagram feed are feeding my home decor itch.  I think the first up on the DIY list is this framed ship lap board.  I want to do this as the background for a type of eclectic gallery wall display type thingy on the huge blank wall in the living room.
The tutorial I found looks like it would be inexpensive + fairly simple.  
(As they a l w a y s do...laughing...)
Prob should wait on he hubs for this one.
Find tutorial here.

five.  new hair
These days I am lucky to get to the salon once every 4-5 months.  My poor scarecrow hair was past the point of going.  Thankful for a little refresher.
Of course, it was pouring cats + dogs when I left, so as you can imagine,
 that lasted all of 3 minutes.  Bye pretty hair...
Also.  Sidenote:
Anybody else sit in disbelief at beauty shop chatter? πŸ˜‚
People watching at it's finest.

six.  bible study
Thursday night we dove into our new study! 
 We ended up choosing "A woman that never quits."  The topic didn't speak to me as something I felt I could relate to initially, but after our little get together, I found that in every aspect of my life, it will + does have potential to help me grow in Christ just as I had hoped.  
I literally still have chills thinking about how God has fit each girl in our group together like a puzzle.   The more we talked, the more God revealed to me why we were all in the same place.  Though we are still practically strangers, I believe we all have similar backgrounds + experiences + God plans to help us help one another.  So excited to see what happens through this sweet group of girls he has blessed me in being a part of...

Friday, April 14, 2017

H54F || Good Friday

Cam decided to ride to my barre class with me this morning & on the way, it was the perfect opportunity to talk about what "Good Friday" really is.  A little hard to describe to a four year old, but he was very interested in our conversation.  
We talked about how today was "the day" many years ago, that Jesus chose to drag a big cross up a mountain.  People didn't like him b/c they didn't like that they called himself God's son.  So they whipped him, spit on him, & were so mean to him.  Put a circle of thorns on his head to make a mean crown.  They hurt him & then nailed his hands and feet to the cross.  And he did ALL of that because he loved us & wanted us to be able to go to heaven with him.
That conversation was powerful (probably more for me than it was Cam).  I pray that these little conversations add up over time & lead to his own salvation one day.  May we each remember in the midst of easter bunnies & eggs, it is all about Jesus & his gift of life + forgiveness.  The best gift we could ever receive.

one.  new recipes
Still over here figuring out the best "Cassidy healthy way to eat."  I truly believe you have to listen to yourself (even STUDY yourself) to establish a way of life.  My worst enemy is getting off scheduleπŸ™ˆ  Experimenting in the kitchen + finding the healthiest, happiest alternatives that suit me are all on my constant agenda.  I almost want to go back to school to be a nutritionist (& finish my interior design degree-HA).  But this girl is officially a permanent school alumni!  Too old for all that jazz.

two.  monster truck
R u n!  
Don't walk, to watch this (ES pecially if you're a boy mom.)
  SUCH a cute, clean, family movie!

three.  easter bucket list
Not going so well.  We did meet cousins to play with real bunnies yesterday evening.  
Does that count?
Cam doesn't want to watch The Easter Beagle-He wants to watch sharks.  
Saturday night.  We ARE watching it!  πŸ˜
We ARE a l s o going to an Easter book reading at Barnes & Noble Saturday morning.  
And sometime I hope to convince them to die eggs. 
MOST importantly,
I hope Sunday will be full of the true meaning of Easter along with spending time with family.   

four.   Essie's ballet slippers
 I think this is the perfect color for spring! 😍  This has been the best way to defer my cravings for a fresh manicure + pedicure.  I NEVER get these.  But for some reason, (maybe it's because my boots are being replaced with my flip flops?) lately, I feel like it would be kind of I did it myself!

five.  PickPocketing
So.  Conley Scout has a thing for my wallet.  He always pickpockets me at any chance he gets.  Tuesday night, I noticed he was attempting to slide my cards into the child proofed cabinent under the coffee bar.  I grabbed it from him *thinking* I had rescued all my cards.
I didn't notice that my main squeeze...our debit card...was the only card that made it into the childproofed cabinet.  UNTIL.  I was checking out at Sam's the next day.
Grocery day.
The cashier gave me my total + as soon as I realized it was missing, I had a mini freakout sesh!  Searching frantically, I remembered where it had to be.
Luckily, I found enough cash to cover everything but our stash of cheese cubes + sprite.
On my way out, the most precious man came up behind me...
"Mam, Do your children need that cheese & Sprite?  I'd be glad to cover it."
I shared with him our little mishap + & thanked him from the bottom of my heart.  I couldn't help but giggle through the embarrassment to myself while Cam + Conley snickered evily from the cart.
I HAD to take this picture.  This sums up outings with them.  Cam ALWAYS has to use every public restroom he comes across, stripping down + touching every dirty thing in sight, for *at minimum* 30 minutes...all while Conley is crying to get out of any type of restraint so he can run free 😜 #thankGodforfamilyrestrooms
Happy Friday!
Teaming up with the girls of High Five for Friday:)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

tuesday favorites

Last week was a bit challenging.  I'm not going to sugar coat it.  We have been so off our schedule since March + it's no easy task getting things back to normal.  I've had no motivation to blog lately.  I've had so much planned + failed to post so many fun things.  I almost feel like giving up on it, but I know I would regret it one day... I s u r e wouldn't take the time to write it down in a book as faithful as I post.  After a fresh cup of coffee, the warm glow from a little pink candle, + nap time = I'm feeling a little inspired to get back at it...
hear that?  it's nap time;) #regroup

one.  first ladies night bible study
Many (of the group of 12) were at home sick with the flu or held up late at work/appointments, but the five of us had a great first meet & greet night.  So much fun...loved the girl time + finding out how small of a world it really is<3.  I know it's early on, but it's so cool to think about each person God plants in our lives.  Not to mention- the reason he may have behind it all!
 ((P.S. the boys decided 4 am was the perfect time to wake up Thursday morning.  And then, they basically napped for like two seconds, + carried on with the day.  Therefore, getting ready for company Thursday night was =😱.  They were table sharks, ogling the food like they hadn't ate in 5 months.))

two.  easter basket fun + easter matchy matchies
||  Broken record here || b u t I love any + every excuse to celebrate a holiday.  Easter baskets are so fun.  I can remember waking up before our "Sonrise Services" on early Sunday mornings to find our little easter baskets stuffed to the brim sitting on the stairs.  They always were filled with the coolest things (it almost felt like Christmas!)  This year, we are going with a shark theme b/c Cam is super obsessed with sharks & shark is a fond word of Conley Scout's new vocabulary.  It was all fine & dandy until he told me yesterday that he wanted a "remote control alligator."  What the what?
Yes, remote control alligators DO exist apparently...

three. moo moos
The president of the cow fan club finally came face to face with his beloved moo moos.
Does this mean we get to sleep again, Conley?

four.  puppy sitting 
Some friends went to the beach this week + we got to keep their pup.  The boys absolutely loved it.  Conley especially.  His whole face lights up + he screams "dawg!  dawg!"  They loved walking her on her leash + feeding/watering her.  (Where was all this when we had our golden doodle, Ony?)  

five.  SPRING BU-REEAKKK is here
We have a little bucket list to visit lot's of parks, watching The Easter Beagle while making easter cookies, having an easter egg hunt in our yard/house since we missed a "formal-ish" egg hunt + making easter bunny pancakes (or fruit).  So thankful to have this refreshing spring break happening over here!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Words + Wednesday+A Four Year Old

Generally, Wednesday's in the blog world, are a fun day to just post pictures & go to bed.  
But today.
This WEEK? 
Has no place for a wordless Wednesday.  We are wordy over here this evening.
ALL words!

I am beginning to think that the people who coined the term "terrible twos" just had no clue what they were talking about.  Can we talk about four???  Y'all, I am at a loss for words.
My next question is...
What happened to my sweet, innocent, loving, biggest heart in the world, Cam?  The past two weeks have been 99.9% whining, complaining, & wanting a n y t h i n g but what I do for him.  This is a real + raw moment.  I'm feeling discouraged about my momma abilities.  I feel unloved.  Unappreciated.  And like I am letting my children down.  And in letting them down...I feel like I'm useless.

Let's just start with the day we dropped Daddy off at the airport.  The exact minute the Mr. shut the door, Cam started begging for ice cream.  He wouldn't eat anything h e a l t h y we cooked for him-but homeboy was all about some ice cream.  Mmmm nope.  
Worst.  Momma.  Ever.

Then, we seen a carnival (oh, you know basically 4 pm on a Sunday evening) & then he set in wanting to go there.  Just what I need to do.  Single handedly drag two sleepy kiddos four + under around a carnival.  Not to mention we were trying to make it home for the Sunday evening church service.  Again, who gave ME license to be a mama??

And let's not even talk about the fact that he wants to have the phone or iPad all up in his face 24/7.  In my best Kevin McCallister impression...

Fast forward to Monday & Tuesday...  
Mommy, I hate school.  I don't want to go.  I don't like naps.
Tuesday morning=peeling him off of me screaming refusing to get in the car to go to school.  Mommy, no!  Mommy, no!

I tell you, that was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do as a parent so far.  I know, you're thinking-she's got something coming, right?  

The m i n u t e I picked him up for school that day?  
The whining set in again.
I looked at his teacher (somewhat concerned he may be sick) & she shook her head.
No, he's been fine for me.

I'll end my post by saying brother boy can pitch one about ice cream + refusing naps.
  And when you give in to him, he's not happy & wants something else.
Then, theres little brother.
You better believe he's gonna join in the whining game.
Little brother got g a m e in that area, y'all.
Ain't NOBODY gonna sit baby in a corner.
Meanwhile, Mama's over here having those come to Jesus moments I mentioned a post or two back- trying my b e s t to remain calm + collected, while trying to convince myself I'm not crazy.
Telling him he has to nap + he can't eat ice-cream for supper isn't equal to 1st degree murder...right??
I'm not so sure sometimes.
Enough of wordy Wednesday.
We are over the hump + Spring Break home freeπŸ™Œ

Friday, March 31, 2017

H54F || 3.31.2017

I've been looking forward to another light-hearted High Five for Friday!  Can you guys believe today is the last day of March?  I can honestly say this has been the quickest month of my life for some reason.  Maybe b/c we have found ourselves so busy + occupied.  I really don't know, but it can slow down now.  

As if life didn't seem to be flying by fast enough...
Cam pulled out the book, "I'll Love You Forever," for his bedtime story this week & I boo-hooed all the way through it.  I just seen him in all of it, especially since we just celebrated his FOURTH birthday.  I can't believe how quickly my first baby has grown up.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to go by so fast...
  Now, he walks around pretending to read from memorization, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."  All the feels + emotions, you guys!  If you are at all emotional, don't read this book.  
Like, ever.

On to the high fives for the week:)
one.  quiet, slow mornings
I think i have posted this before...but I can't help declare my love for early mornings!
I am learning, that if I want to be the best mom/wife/person I can be, I HAVE to find some time of day that I can just do something i enjoy.  Typically, it has been at night, but lately, Cam demands cuddles + I always fall asleep after laying down with the second babe.  I'm finding out there is just something about getting up early before everyone else.  I love when I actually (it's very rare) can sneak out of bed & slip downstairs to read my bible + blog, do a little work from home, or just "be."  

two. neighborhood wide bible study
A couple of weeks ago, I did something God laid on my heart.  I reached out to the ladies in our neighborhood, to see if any were interested in starting a bible study group.  Not only to possibly meet some new friends (& kids for Cam+Conley to play with) but to bond with other Christians + share Christ with those who may not know Him!  Surprisingly, I had a lot of interest!  I think around ten ladies reached out & wanted to be a part!  Our first meeting is this upcoming Thursday & I am so excited!  

three. we conquered the mammoth week
I have dreaded last week for a while now.  I knew we weren't going to get to go home all week b/c in addition to my Monday-Wednesday work week, I had to attend a conference in NC Thursday + Friday.  On top of that, we had Cam's fourth birthday party in NC on Saturday.  (more on that soon!:)  =No home time.  No barre time.  No REST time.  We made it home Saturday evening for one day at home & then it was back to the daily grind.
But, here we are & we survived!

four.  easter + spring decorations
So this will probably be a reoccurring topic for the next couple of weeks!  Aren't springy decorations so bright + cheerful?  As much as i love my fall & Christmas things, it's always exciting to pull out those pastel colors & hunt for fresh blooms to fill the house, too!  There is something so refreshing & rejuvenating about spring<3

five.  bebe is okay!
We had a very sick Bebe (my mr's mom) since I last posted.  We are so happy that she is doing better & working her way back to her normal self.  Another instance where God is so good to our family.

Honorable mentions?
We got our order paid for at Starbucks this am.  I've heard of it happening, but it never happened to me-but it really made my day<3  It's the little things!  Needless to say, we paid it forward to continue the sweetness... ;)  
What are your plans this weekend?  We are currently on stand by at home in case the Mr. gets called back to North Dakota.  It's supposed to be any day now.  If he doesn't, we will be trekking back to NC for a County wide egg hunt with our babes to celebrate Jesus + this beautiful easter season<3
I hope you all have an egg-celent weekend.  Corny much? ;)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jesus Moments

Hi, y'all!  Remember me?  
It's definitely been silent around here for a while & I don't even know where to begin or what to talk about.  SO much has happened since I last posted.  Let me start by saying... 
How do you mamas do it??? 
this was a couple of weeks age...right after conley got the go to start brushing his four teeth :)  had to capture the first brush!
and apparently cam wore a construction vest to bed.
 I constantly feel pulled in so many directions + like I never get anything done or make anybody happy.  And that's all I want to do is make everyone that I love (& even those that are hard to love) happy!  I know we (or I, anyway) say that life isn't about making others happy, but at the end of the day, especially when it comes to family & friends, it's the way I lay my head down peacefully each night.  Knowing that I tried my best to live a life of love, that shares Christ.  

 You guys, can I share with you that I fail miserably on a daily basis?  I have to have my coming to Jesus moments second x second where I realize I am a total butt hole & I need that grace to help me be the person he forgave me to be.  I have to pray for him to help me over and over during the day, b/c if I relied on Cassidy & how she wants to act or think, people would (& maybe so sadly don't at times) never see Jesus in my life.  And that is why I am here on planet earth.  To wear Him well every day of my life in every role I play in my life.

Pray for me to do that!
And for my two little boys to see that in my life...

HEY.  They have their need for coming to Jesus moments, too every now & then! ;)
Our kids can change the world girls, as long as we continuously instill in them the power of Christ, his grace+forgiveness+love!
Til tomorrow...

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