Thursday, August 29, 2013

{fall favorites}


Not only am I pining for fall fashion, I'm also longing for the days of changing leaves, pumpkin-scented candles, acorns blanketing our yard, and trips to the apple orchard.

I channeled all of these things into a new print for the shop yesterday...


You can purchase a printable here!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{playing dress up}


As I was walking into work today, a burnt orange leaf fell through the sky and landed down at my feet. And despite the fact that it was already hot and humid, and I was running on fumes, I couldn't help but get a huge smile on my face.

Hello, fall...I'm ready for you!

Here are my favorite looks from this past fall season...can't wait to break out the sweaters and boots!










Do you love dressing for fall? What are your favorite pieces to wear?

Linking up with...
pleated poppy
My Style Monday @ My Greatest Hits 
Wardrobe Wednesday @ Create Hope Inspire
Casual Friday @ Two Thirty-Five Designs
Sunday Style @ Modern Modest Beauty
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty
What We Wore, Read & Made Linky Party @ Rae Gun Ramblings

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Monday, August 26, 2013

{hello monday}


I was so happy this morning to wake up and feel like I had a sufficient weekend. Quality time with the boys was much needed. After working the whole weekend after their first week of school we were all aching for time together. 

So yesterday morning we snuggled...

And we visited the homeland...



where I tried on some cute dresses to wear to the Influence Conference ...

{Yes I'm going! I need to do a post on this!}



This one ^^^ was the winner...it is so cute!

And before Ben could go to sleep last night he asked me to sit and rock him. The older he gets the more willing I am to say yes to this. School has been a big adjustment for him and I know feeling the safety of my arms helps him feel secure. And it doesn't hurt me either. ;)

And finally after the boys were in bed I was reunited with Jillian...



I've been a bit unhappy with my body {specifically my everlasting baby belly} lately, so I decided I have to do something about it. The last time I did the 30 Day Shred I lost 10 pounds, and that was only doing level 1 for 20 or so days, so I know that it works. 

I'm also trying to watch my calories...drinking smoothies for breakfast, snacking on healthier things like almonds and dried fruit. {OK...I did sneak in a few Starbursts today...can't take away this girl's sweet tooth completely.}

I actually felt ready to say hello to Monday today and for that I'm grateful.

I've also had another blogger and her family in my thoughts quite a bit. Diana from Hormonal Imbalances is facing an unthinkable situation with her newborn son, Kaden. You can find out more on this Facebook page. Today at lunch I had these Sara Bareilles lyrics stuck in my head and decided to doodle them with her sweet Kaden in mind...



If you have a moment could you pray for them? For healing for Kaden and peace for their family, in whatever form that will need to look like?

What are you saying hello to today?

Linking up with..

Blair
Lisa

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

{playing dress up}


My work wear has kind of been a 3rd or 4th thought the past week and a half since the boys started kindergarten. Getting them dressed, fed and out the door in time is hard work! I've had my usual go-to's like this outfit I wore yesterday for a faculty retreat at work...


Yay for jeans on a Monday, right?! 

I know...I do look a bit pregnant here but rest assured that is simply a food/bloat baby. Whew! ;)

AND because we have to get the boys to school super early {they start at 7:50!}, I actually have time to stop at my favorite coffee shop for a latte before work. They have this fun vintage mirror in their bathroom. 

Tomorrow is another faculty retreat so you can be assured I'll be wearing some combo of dress/jeans/flats. What are you wearing a lot of lately?

Outfit details >>>
Dress: thrifted {Target}
Jeans: Kohls
Flats: thrifted
Scarf: Groopdealz
Bag: Groopdealz

Linking up with...
pleated poppy

My Style Monday @ My Greatest Hits 
Wardrobe Wednesday @ Create Hope Inspire
Casual Friday @ Two Thirty-Five Designs
Sunday Style @ Modern Modest Beauty
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty
What We Wore, Read & Made Linky Party @ Rae Gun Ramblings

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

{bees in my belly}


That up there is the reminder I needed after the rough transition week we've had in our little family. The boys started kindergarten on Monday...if you follow me at all I'm sure you already knew this. :)

And WHOA. What a bumpy ride it has been. 

School sure has changed since the early 80's when I started kindergarten. I remember my Mom walking me into my classroom, getting me settled and saying our good-byes. Now, and I'm sure it is partly because of the school violence we've seen in recent years, it is a whole new ballgame. 

When we drop the boys off at their school, ALL of the children grades K-4 are gathered in the gym, lined up with their class. It is A LOT of kids and really loud. So of course the first day was super overwhelming for the boys. Both Monday and yesterday Landon had a really tough time with it. We had to leave him with the teachers, screaming and crying for us. Talk about the most horrible feeling as a parent ever. Thankfully both days, once he got to his classroom, he was fine and both the boys have enjoyed their days so far.

It has been rougher on my hubby and I for sure. Letting go. Admitting they are grown up. Giving their security and minds over to people we've barely met. Scary stuff. 

We've talked a lot with them about being scared and nervous and what that feels like. 

Ben said it feels like he has "bees in his belly."  

Don't you just love 5-year-old analogies? We've been talking a lot about those bees and how we can acknowledge them but not let them take over. I think this morning the bees were finally making their belly exits for all of us when we dropped the boys off and none of us cried. What a huge victory that felt like. 

The hardest thing for me over the past week has been to put my anxiety aside and show them only my excitement about them starting school. I get my tears out in the shower, the car, sometimes even behind my closed office door. They've seen me a little bit teary, and I think that's completely OK, but they've been spared the ugly cries. Nobody wants to see that. :)

I can honestly say that this has been the biggest parenting test for me since the boys were infants. Going to bed and waking up with a whole swarm of bees in my belly. And not that those times are fun or even desirable, but they sure do make the bee-less times even sweeter. 

Being a person is hard. Being a parent is hard. We all go through ups and downs but ultimately those are what make life exciting and worth living. Can I get an amen? :)

And this post wouldn't be complete without the boys' first day of kindergarten photo...
Handsome devils. 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

{july insta-life album}


I've really been on a roll lately with my insta-life albums. I can't believe that we're only halfway into August and I'm done with June!

Here are my favorite pages from the month...it is my thickest album to date...


August's album will undoubtedly be filled with lots of school-related photos with the boys starting kindergarten!

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