Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Midweek Randoms : )

I've been a horrible blogger lately! There are so many thoughts swirling around in my head, but lots of things swirling around in real life, too. 



  • Addi is diving right into her first tee ball season. She is on a co-ed team, with her daddy as the coach. The first meet-and-greet didn't go over so well. She cried maniacally and wouldn't participate at all. She loved the second practice and jumped right in. She's a pretty awesome little ball player. She has good genes for that, apparently. Nope. she. doesn't. get. it. from. her. mom. : ( More like her awesome daddy and cousins. 

  • Trey was out of town over the weekend. We are so thrilled to have him back home. We definitely enjoyed our time spent eating out and shopping, but its much nicer to have Daddy back home. Things just flow better and routine goes smoother, which is essential for my little robots.

  • The weather has been nice when it isn't raining. We have enjoyed a couple of afternoons outside riding bikes and exploring. Moods are always so much better when we can get out and release some energy. Hutt loves to ride his bike. He asks to go out five thousand times every. single. day. 

he likes to 'fix' it.





  • We recently finished a study in our Sunday School class on Malachi and empty religion. I've been thinking about motives and the condition of my heart. I want to do as I'm called to do, having a pure heart and the correct motives. We shouldn't strive to serve for our own glory because we feel like we should be serving. We should strive to glorify God through our service that we want to give to him. So. I'm working on my heart.
  • I just looked at my calendar. SEVEN more weeks of class. Approximately EIGHT weeks and I will be finished with my degree. I can hear the hallelujah chorus! 
  • The kids are having some sinus issues. We've been sickness free for about 6 weeks now, which is a record for Hutt. We are treating reflux. The medication for that has made a huge difference. I still plan to post on this and the TEF relationship.  Now, I think we're just battling bad sinuses. Not looking forward to this yuckiness at all. 
  • Tomorrow is March 1st. I am so so ready for Spring. 

Hope everyone has a fantastic rest of the day!                  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Life Planner

I wanted to share a little Erin Condren love today. They've just announced a special combo discount of 40% off if you you purchase a life planner and a package of gift labels. I have both products and LOVE them.
And, no, I'm not being compensated for this post. I just wanted to share the love.

Monday, February 6, 2012

a season...

In our family, we are right in the midst of a season of celebrating weddings and marriage. 


At the end of January, the husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. You can read more about that in this post. 
This past weekend, our family hosted a couple's shower for my brother, Blake, and his soon-to-be wife, Lauren. I'll do a post on their shower later this week. It was loads of fun to catch up with everyone and celebrate their upcoming wedding. 
In June, both my grandparents and grandparents-in-law will celebrate 50 years of marriage. yep. FIFTY! What wonderful examples of marriage these two couples have laid out for their children, grandchildren and, now, great-grandchildren to follow. 


With all of this lovely activity, I've been thinking a lot about marriage lately. Not just weddings, but marriage. Little girls spend great amounts of their childhood dreaming about their wedding day. My little lady already makes her brother play 'wedding' with her. 
More important than the wedding is the marriage that follows that particular day. So much thought and planning goes into the wedding day, but it seems that there is a serious lack of planning a marriage. What happens after the big day is much more important than the actual day. Granted, you can't plan out how your marriage and life with go. You can plan on how you will work things out and be a team. 


Getting married is a big deal. Staying married seems to be much less of a big deal. Don't misunderstand me. There are ALWAYS two sides to every story. Both individuals have to work on a marriage and that doesn't always happen. Each instance is always unique. 


I ran across this interesting article about a marriage. It is in no way faith-based; however, the wife's approach to saving their marriage was very interesting. 


I consistently pray about my marriage- thankful for it, for it to be strengthened even more, and for it to be an example for my children and grandchildren, as well. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Getaway

Last Thursday, the hubs and I dropped the little people off at school and headed for the hills. no, really. We left our crying kiddos with their sweet teachers and took off for our little vacation. We headed to the Smokey Mountains to celebrate our first five years of marriage.
Tons and tons of thanks to my lovely in-laws and favorite people ever, my grandparents, for loving and caring for the littles while we were gone. They put up with a LOT of poop. literally. Of course, my people came down with a stomach bug and some nasty poop situations on Thursday after we had left. Thank you, thank you for not making us feel like we needed to come back home. : )
I think they probably also answered approximately five zillion questions as to when mommy and daddy were coming back home and another five zillion general questions. that's how my kids roll. zillions of questions each and every day.


We rented a cabin located between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. It was so adorable and just perfect for our little getaway. We had only ever rented in Gatlinburg so it was nice to be a bit closer to Pigeon Forge! We found some wonderful places to eat: Huck Finn's (a catfish joint in PF) which was delicious! and Buckberry Creek in Gatlinburg. Buckberry Creek is a resort that was so beautiful, with exceptionally nice staff. They have a restaurant on the premises where the menu changed nightly. We feasted (literally ate until we couldn't eat anymore) on some yummy foods there. Of course, our favorite little secret is The Donut Friar. yep. donuts. There is this adorable older lady that runs this donut shop. She makes and sells cake donuts that are the greatest ones I've ever had. We may or may not have went there every night we were in town and got a dozen to bring home. I'm telling you.... if you go to Gatlinburg, go to the Donut Friar. Its out of this world.
little box of deliciousness 

We did do other things besides eat and sleep..... we rode go karts, played putt-putt and shopped until a certain someone stopped the fun. but really, I got some super fantastic deals and finds while we were gone.


boots and packers cup : )


We packed up and headed home to our little monkeys on Sunday. We really enjoyed our time together, but were definitely ready to get home to our babies. I have some thoughts regarding marriage for another time. The topic of a lasting marriage is really on the top of my thoughts right now so look for those to come. 

We got quite a few pictures sent to us while we were gone. And of course we had some beautiful scenery to take in. 






my sweet, hunky zac brown look-alike


off to celebratory dinner at buckberry creek


sweet baby boy fell asleep in the floor
beautiful girl
A quick recap of our trip. We had such a great time and took so little pictures. It was fantastic.... but we've been given strict orders that we aren't allowed to go without the little people again.... betcha can't imagine which sassy 4 year old lady told me that!?!?!