Day 7 … Joyful

Day 7 … Joyful

Today’s prompt is what brings you joy. ¬†I could have taken the easy way out and just listed each person in my family including the pup but I didn’t. ūüôā

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  • My family – of course they are my #1. ¬†They are the ones I can’t live¬†without and the one’s that bring a smile to my face each and every day. ¬†Even Brutus who isn’t in the picture ;).
  • God – my faith always seems to be my saving grace. ¬†If I am having a bad day or just need something uplifting I turn to the Bible or a Bible study.
  • Rain – I love the rain. ¬†I love the smell of rain and could literally sit and watch ran for hours.
  • softball/baseball – my first love. ¬†I have played the game since I was 4 and still play to this day. ¬†It is my safe place
  • reading – I hated reading growing up, however, the older I have gotten the more I love to read. ¬†I love being drawn into a good book and taken to a place I have never been before.

What brings you joy?

Mel

Day 6 … my playlist

Day 6 … My playlist

ok so day 5 I was out and about but looking at the topic, I can’t really remember a memorable birthday. ¬†It was definitely not for a lack of having them, I just have a horrible memory and honestly can only remember about one of my birthdays growing up … and I was actually about 13. OOPS!!

Anyway¬†… I haven’t been listening to music all that often but lately we have been listening to Blink 182 and Florida Georgia Line so Those two CDs would have to be my playlist right now.

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What are you listening to?

Mel

Day 4 … Currently

Day 4 … Currently

Reading…¬†Home Game
Playing…¬†yahtzee with the girls
Watching…¬†Underground
Trying… to¬†eat healthier
Cooking… not a lot … I hate cooking.
Eating… better
Drinking… water
Calling… my mom
Texting… Matt usually
Pinning… nothing lately … I haven’t been on Pinterest in the longest time.
Tweeting…¬†my blog post
Going…¬†crazy … 3 kids well 4 if you count the hubby.
Loving…¬†life .. I have been super stressed lately but looking at my kids makes everything that much better.
Hating… my body … my back has been hurting and now I think I pulled a muscle in my shoulder.
Discovering… that life is full of ups and downs.
Thinking… I need to start saving money
Feeling… like my head might explode
Hoping (for)… that the girls and Matt have a good year in school
Listening (to)… football
Celebrating… little man being 3 months old
Smelling… stinky .. we don’t have central air so it has been super hot … this fall weather is much appreciated.
Thanking…¬†God for the life I have been given
Considering… how to save money … and getting a job.
Starting… to eat healthy and work out again
Finishing… this blog post!!

Mel

Day 3 … Summer Favorites

Day 3 … Summer Favorites

So I have to say that this summer flew by. ¬†It probably didn’t help that I had a baby the week after the girls got out of school, so things have just flown by for me.

Some of my summer favorites:

  • Watching the girls play ball. ¬†I was really bummed this year because I couldn’t help coach, however, it was fun to be able to sit back and enjoy the games and really focus on them and what they could improve on.
  • Trevor – Of course, my precious baby boy. ¬†He was born this summer and is 3 months old and time has just been flying by.
  • New friends and parties – we have made quite a few new friends through our softball board and hanging out and getting to know them has been such a blessing.
  • Swimming – Brooke has learned how to swim this summer. ¬†She is not so great above the water but doing awesome under water … and I’ll take it ūüôā

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What were some of your summer favorites?

Mel

Day 2 … September Goals

Day 2 … September Goals

As a teenager, I always set goals for myself.  I would write things down and really get a handle on what exactly I wanted to accomplish and in how much time.  The older I have gotten, the more goals have slipped through the cracks.  I have a husband, a dog, and 3 kiddos to take care, most days the last thing on my mind is what I want to achieve in the next coming month.

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Today, I am changing that mind-set.  I am setting goals and getting myself a step in the right direction.

GOALS:

  1. Start working out and eating right РI fell of this wagon a long time ago and then got pregnant so working out and eating right has not been on my mind lately.  I am ready to get back on track and get this momma back in shape.  I have also been looking into healthier options for the girls too.
  2. Start saving – This is something we don’t do. ¬†We have 0% saved back for anything, the girls have a small college fund but other than that we have zip. ¬†I know that it is important for our future so I want to start saving some money this month.
  3. itWorks РI started itWorks last month and have been in a little rut and not really working the business the way I should be.  This month I am going to get back on track and work the business the way it should be.
  4. Cherish time Рso many things for me get passed in a day and before I know I am wishing that I would have done more.  I am wishing that I would have said yes to the girls one more time. I am wishing that I would do something they asked me to do with them.  Our time is precious here on Earth and I really need to start making the most of the time I have with my kiddos and enjoying it more.
  5. Unplug – lets face it ¬†… it’s 2016 and everyone is glued to their phone. ¬†If you say you aren’t you are a liar. ¬†I want to unplug more and be with the kiddos more. (see #4).
  6. Date nights – Matt and I hardly ever get to go on date nights and it is one thing I want to start doing more of. ¬†It is very important for any marriage to take the time for yourselves away from your kiddos. ¬†We don’t do this enough. ¬†It doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money, we can go on a hike or just a drive, etc.

What are your goals for this month?

Mel

Blog-tember … who am I?

Blog-tember … who am I?

OK so I can’t remember if it was last year or two years ago, but I joined Bailey Jean in her blog-tember challenge and I am so excited to be joining her again this year.

If you would like to participate or see what it is all about you can check out her blog here or find a complete list of topics here.

I just recently saw this so I have to admit that I was unprepared and will be doing this on the fly each day, I mean who has time to get blog post ready with a 3 month old?? ¬†I went to Bailey Jean’s page today and totally stole her idea but here goes:

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  1. Coffee or tea? Hot chocolate … tea and coffee are gross
  2. Black and white or color?  oo this is a tough one for me.  I love being able to see expression through color, however, I love having an untold story with black and white and the colors and story can be whatever you want.
  3. Drawings or paintings? ¬†tough one again … I have huge respect for both because I can’t do either.
  4. Dresses or skirts? neither!
  5. Books or movies?  Books. I still watch the movies but 99% of the time I will take the book over the movie any day
  6. Pepsi or Coke? Coke
  7. Chinese or Italian? Italian hands down
  8. Early bird or night owl?  Night owl
  9. Chocolate or vanilla?  depends on what it is but I am going to say vanilla.
  10. Introvert or extrovert?  Extrovert
  11. Hugs or kisses? Both
  12. Hunting or fishing?  Fishing
  13. Winter or summer? Winter, I hate the heat
  14. Spring or fall?  This is another tough one.  I love spring because of the rain.  However, I would ultimately have to say that the fall chilly weather and bonfires steal my heart!
  15. Rural or urban? hmm I think a little of both
  16. ¬†PC or Mac? ¬†PC because I’ve never owned a MAC
  17. Tan or pale? Pale .. just ask my family
  18. Cake or pie?  Not a huge fan of either but if I had to choose CAKE
  19. Ice cream or yogurt?  Ice Cream
  20. Ketchup or mustard?  Love them both but choosing one would be ketchup, I use it more.
  21. Sweet pickles or dill pickles? ¬†Neither …. I HATE pickles!
  22. Comedy or mystery? I like both.
  23. Boots or sandals?  hmmm  I would say sandals only because I have huge legs that makes for finding boots that fit very difficult.
  24. Silver or gold? Silver
  25. Jazz or classical?¬†I don’t listen to either
  26. Dancing or singing?  Dancing while singing.  The girls and I have dancing/singing parties all the time.
  27. Checkers or chess? Checkers
  28. Board games or video games? Board games.
  29. Wine or beer?  Wine
  30. Freckles or dimples? ¬†I have dimples my hubby has freckles so I will say both ūüėČ
  31. Honey mustard or BBQ sauce?  BBQ sauce
  32. Body weight exercises or lifting weights?  A mixture
  33. Baseball or basketball?  super easy one BASEBALL 100%
  34. Crossword puzzles or sudoku? Either one, love them both
  35. Facial hair or clean shaven?  Facial hair!
  36. Crushed ice or cubed ice?  Crushed is the way to go
  37. Skiing or snowboarding?  I have never done either one but I would probably be better at skiing.
  38. Smile or game face?  Smile
  39. Bracelet or necklace? Necklace
  40. Fruit or vegetables?  Fruit
  41. Sausage or bacon?  Bacon
  42. Scrambled or fried? Scrambled
  43. Dark chocolate or white chocolate? White chocolate.  Dark chocolate is too bitter for me.
  44. Tattoos or piercings?  Tattoos
  45. Antique or brand new?  Antique
  46. Dress up or dress down? Dress down
  47. Cowboys or aliens?  Cowboys
  48. Cats or dogs? Dogs
  49. Pancakes or waffles?  Pancakes
  50. Bond or Bourne?¬†Never seen either one of these movies ūüôĀ
  51. Sci-Fi or fantasy? Not a huge fan of either
  52. Numbers or letters?  Letters, they are more fun
  53. Star Wars or Star Trek? ¬†Again … never seen either
  54. Fair or theme park? Fair
  55. Money or fame? Money
  56. Washing dishes or doing laundry? Laundry.  Both are never-ending tasks but I would definitely choose laundry over dishes any day
  57. Snakes or sharks? ummm neither
  58. Orange juice or apple juice? orange
  59. Sunrise or sunset? 100% cannot chose between the two.  I have seen both be the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
  60. Slacker or over-achiever? Over-achiever
  61. Pen or pencil?  Pen
  62. Peanut butter or jelly?  Peanut butter
  63. Grammys or Oscars?  Grammys
  64. Detailed or abstract? Detailed
  65. Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Essays
  66. Adventurous or cautious?¬†Adventurous … but as I am getting older and have had my kids I have become a little more on the cautious side.
  67. Saver or spender?¬†Spender … just ask Matt
  68. Glasses or contacts? glasses
  69. Laptop or desktop? L Laptop
  70. Classic or modern? Classic
  71. Personal chef or personal fitness trainer?¬†hmm both please but if I had to choose chef … I hate to cook.
  72. Internet or cell phone?¬†Don’t these two go together??
  73. Call or text? Text
  74. Curly hair or straight hair?¬†Curly … and frizzy
  75. Shower in the morning or shower in the evening? In the evening
  76. Spicy or mild? Mild
  77. Marvel or DC?¬†don’t kill my but a comic is a comic.
  78. Paying a mortgage or paying rent? mortgage
  79. Sky dive or bungee jump? BOTH!!  I am dying to do both
  80. Oreos or Chips Ahoy? Chips Ahoy
  81. Jello or pudding? Not a fan of either but I do like Vanilla pudding so I guess pudding
  82. Truth or dare? dare
  83. Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? BOTH!
  84. Leather or denim?  Denim
  85. Stripes or solids? Stripes and solids. I am boring.
  86. Bagels or muffins? Muffins
  87. Whole wheat or white? White
  88. Beads or pearls?¬†pearls … I am an old soul.
  89. Hardwood or carpet? Hardwood
  90. Bright colors or neutral tones? Neutral
  91. Be older than you are or younger than you are?¬†um not sure on this one. ¬†I like where I am now, don’t want to go back to the past, it has made me who I am but don’t want to go to the future for life is short already.
  92. Raisins or nuts? Nuts
  93. Picnic or nice restaurant? Picnic
  94. Black leather or brown leather? Brown
  95. Long hair or short hair? Long. Although I always seem to want it short, but as soon as I cut it I regret it.
  96. ‚ÄúReady, aim, fire‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúReady, fire, aim‚ÄĚ? Ready, aim, fire
  97. Fiction or non-fiction? BOTH .. love to read anything
  98. Smoking or non-smoking? Non … can’t stand it!
  99. Think before you talk or talk before you think? Think before you talk … although sometimes it winds up being the other.
  100. Asking questions or answering questions? Answering questions.

PHEW!! That was fun.  Tell me about you!

Mel

Currently … pregnancy edition

I have been a little MIA lately from the blog and I have mentioned it a couple of times, however, I am trying to get back in the swing of things. ¬†I love currently posts so I thought it would be fun to do a currently … pregnancy edition today!

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Reading… Your Pregnancy Week by Week and For the Love
Playing‚Ķ¬†nothing …. resting
Watching… a lot lately.  Trying to rest as much as I can so TV has become my normal day
Trying… to keep this baby growing as long as I can
Cooking‚Ķ¬†not a lot because I haven’t had the energy but it is coming back
Eating… chicken and noodles tonight!
Drinking‚Ķ¬†water … lots and lots of water
Calling… my momma for insurance advice
Texting‚Ķ¬†everyone …. lots of baby questions going on
Pinning… baby stuff of course
Tweeting… not much these days
Going‚Ķ¬†to the doctor ¬†… what feels like once a week
Loving… knowing there is a little nugget in my belly growing each day!
Hating… having no energy
Discovering‚Ķ¬†women’s bodies truly are amazing!
Thinking‚Ķ¬†I can’t wait to meet my baby boy!
Feeling‚Ķ¬†like a cow … i’m really not even that big but I can still say that right?
Hoping (for)… to keep this baby in my belly as long as possible.  Our goal is 32 weeks right now but each week after 26 is a milestone.
Listening (to)… Thomas Rhett
Celebrating… my dads birthday and mine as well.
Smelling‚Ķ everything … my sniffer has gotten stronger since being pregnant and I hate it!
Ordering… baby stuff of course!
Thanking… God … for all that he has blessed me with and continues to bless me with.
Considering… what I should be doing right now to prepare for this baby.
Starting… to get excited about being a family of 5!
Finishing‚Ķ¬†nothing … I can’t really think of anything for this one :).

What have you been up to lately?

Mel

Hello Friends

Hello Friends!!!!

Ok I know it has been silent around her for a while but I promise it has been for good/bad reasons!

The good first :). ¬†We found out we are expecting!!! ¬†Matt and I have been trying for over a year so when we finally took the test and it was positive we couldn’t have been more excited! ¬†That is one reason why I haven’t been on for a while. ¬† I have been growing this baby and sleeping about 90% of the day :). ¬†I am 14.5 weeks along now and getting back to my normal self.

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The second reason I haven’t been around lately is because there has been a nasty stomach bug going around the girls school and for the past two weeks we have been missing school and taking care of kiddos.

I promise though, I am starting to get more energy back and can’t wait to get back to the blog. ¬†I don’t know about you but Christmas has crept up on me but I am so excited to celebrate the holiday!

Mel

Favorite Four

Today it is time for a new Favorite Four.  Matt was on vacation this past week and we got to do some fun things with the girls.

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We took the girls to the aquarium for the 1st time and they loved it.  They were pretty amazed by this big guy in the picture too.

My dad was also on vacation and he takes the kids fishing at least once in the summer and I went with them!  It was so much fun watching the girls fish for the first time!

Brooke’s new bed. ¬†We bought this new shelf unit and left the box in our family room. Brooke claimed it as her bed, literally. ¬†I woke up the next morning and instead of being in her bed she was sleeping like this. ¬†Needless to say she was pretty mad when I put the box in the trash.

Kendall also started soccer last week. ¬†This is totally new for us. ¬†Matt and I never really played soccer, well I never did and Matt did I believe for one year. ¬†We know absolutely nothing about soccer except you can’t use your hands. ¬†Our little athlete went out there like a champ and is loving it so far!

What is new with you this week?

Mel

Tie Dye – DIY

Today I am sharing a fun Tie Dye – DIY that I did with the girls. ¬†I am not sure how but growing up I never tie-dyed anything. ¬†We were walking through Target one day and they had kits on clearance for $2.98 so of course I couldn’t pass it up. ¬†We got all the supplies we needed and the girls and I (with Matt’s help of course) tie-dyed our first ever shirts.

ITEMS NEEDED:
Tie-Dye kit or (bottles, dye, rubber bands, & gloves)
t-shirts
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. The first thing you want to do is set up a station. ¬†You want somewhere that the dye can run to and won’t ruin anything.
  2. Next you want to pick your shirt design and then rubber band it accordingly.
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  3. Then you will fill your dye bottles with the dye powder and then add water to the fill line.
  4. Next you want to take everything to your station and put on your gloves.
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  5. Then you will start dying.  We pre-chose which sections would be what colors so it would be a little easier for the girls.
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  6. After you have the shirt completely covered in dye then you want to cover it in plastic wrap or we just grabbed a freezer bag and placed them in there for 6-8 hours (the longer it sits the deeper the color).
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  7. After they have sat for 6-8 hours then you can take them out of the bag and rinse them off.  You will rinse to get all the extra dye off the shirt.
  8. Then you want to wash and dry it using the hottest water possible for the fabric.
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Have you ever tie-dyed a shirt? How did it turn out?

Mel