Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I'll never do that!

I remember before we had kids, Justin and I both said we never wanted to homeschool. It was fine for all the other people who want to, but not us. "I'll never, ever, ever, EVER homeschool". Meanwhile, God was all like "Mmmhmm"





And obviously, never say never. Because we will definitely be homeschooling next year. It is crazy how God put together His plan for our family. A few months ago Justin and I were thinking about what we would do with Inara next year. She is pretty smart for her age and based on a bunch of different kindergarten assessments I found, she already knew most of the stuff they teach in kindergarten. Plus it is only half a day in our area, and since I work a couple days a week, how would she get from school to wherever Shepherd would be?
We really were struggling with it, and then I asked Justin if he had prayed about it. He said "No" and neither had I. So we decided to take 2 weeks and pray and ask God for wisdom and to show us His plan for our family. I really wanted to know if we were going to homeschool for a long time, or not. But God showed me, that I was wanting something from God that he doesn't promise. He doesn't promise our life will be one way forever. He DOES promise he will be with us wherever we go and he'll never leave us.

Literally the next day, my friend Jordan messaged me and asked if we knew of anyone who would need childcare in the fall. I told her might, depending on whether we homeschool or not. She is a first grade teacher and said she would love to help us homeschool! We discussed a few details and it was really a no brainer! We are excited to employ a friend and help her stay home with her son. And since she is a first grade teacher, she'll be able to help us know what Inara needs to work on to be ready for first grade.

We will be trying out Classical Conversations this year. I am nervous and excited. Even last week, I kind of freaked out and was like "Oh my gosh. What was I thinking?! I can't do this!" But I am so thankful that God gave us such peace that we will be doing it for this year, and just taking one year at a time.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stitch Fix #7

 This weekend I got my 7th Stitch Fix. It is one of my favorite treats and ways to shop. Especially as a busy mom! I usually ask for credit for my birthday and Christmas which covers most of the cost.


So what IS Stitch Fix?

Create your style profile  
Fill out a pretty extensive questionnaire about your style.
You can even link it up to a specific Pinterest board.

Get five hand picked items
You can even specify what you want/don't want. (No jewelry, only dresses, etc)
Keep what you like and send back the rest
Try on the items in the comfort of your own home.
Send back items in bag with pre-paid shipping.

Comes with styling tips
Each piece comes with styling tips,
how to dress it up or dress it down
Ok, so how much does this cost?

$20 Styling fee
Use this towards the cost of your final order

Get 25% off
If you keep all 5 items, they give you 25% off your purchase

Average price
They state on their average price per items is $65, that being said most of my items have been under $50. Although this month the dresses were more.

Here's what I got this month!



This shirt was fun, but was just a tad too small. I sent it back




This fit perfect and was stripes, so I was sold! I kept this one


Back view



I asked for a Kimono and there weren't any in stock so they sent me this.
It looks way better in this picture than in real life, but it wasn't what
I was looking for, so I sent it back.


This dress was a good fit and SOOO soft. But also expensive,
so I sent it back.


Even though this was less expensive than the other dress, I still
couldn't justify spending that much money on a dress that I could
probably find a similar version of at Old Navy or Target.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bedtime sweetness

Shepherd is crazy and wild, which makes our bedtime snuggles even sweeter. He ALWAYS wants me to put him to bed and I'm going to lie...I love it. We sit in the rocking chair and sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", "Jesus Loves Me", "Your Are My Sunshine", and then "Happy". And I can't change the order or skip any, either. It is so sweet as he sings along with me and I just want to die and keep his little baby voice forever. Is that too much to ask? I tried to record it so I could keep it forever :)



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stitch Fix #6

I received my 6th fix this month! It is always so fun to get something fun in the mail for ME, that isn't a bill or junk mail.

So what IS Stitch Fix?

Create your style profile  
Fill out a pretty extensive questionnaire about your style.
You can even link it up to a specific Pinterest board.

Get five hand picked items
You can even specify what you want/don't want. (No jewelry, only dresses, etc)

Keep what you like and send back the rest
Try on the items in the comfort of your own home.
Send back items in bag with pre-paid shipping.

Comes with styling tips
Each piece comes with styling tips,
how to dress it up or dress it down
Ok, so how much does this cost?

$20 Styling fee
Use this towards the cost of your final order

Get 25% off
If you keep all 5 items, they give you 25% off your purchase

Average price
They state on their average price per items is $65, that being said most of my items have been under $50.

Here's what I got this month!



My first item was a Papermoon Holburn Keyhole Top. The back was sheer
and perfect for hot summer nights. It was $48 and I kept it!
This was the Papermoon Holland Zipper Blouse. It looked SO much better off than on.
It was just too big, especially around the arms and just hung on me, kind of weird.
It too would have been perfect for the summer, as it was a really thin material. It was $44 and was sent back.


Ugh! I almost didn't post his picture because both pieces were so bad. They don't look as bad
in the picture as they did in real life. The Dear John Roll Cuff Shorts were too long and
just screamed "I'm an uncool Mom", plus they were $58. No thanks! I really liked this
Papermoon Sheydon Trim Blouse, but it too was just a tad too big and hung off me.
It was $44 and was also sent back.

This Skies are Blue Haleiwa Tie-neck top actually looks way better in pictures than in real life.
That piece at the bottom was see through. Not a huge deal, but it also just was in a weird
spot on the shirt and brought attention to my muffin top :) It was $44 and was sent back

My little shadow wanted in on the show, too :)
Each piece comes with a styling card to show you how to dress up and dress down each piece. 

Overall I was pretty happy with this month. I liked most of the pieces, but they didn't fit right. This happened last month too, so I think I need to make my shirt size a small instead of a medium and see if that helps. I think I am probably in between a small and a medium, but the brand sizes seem to run a little large, so I'll see how the next month goes :) And if you haven't tried it, you totally should :) And don't forget to sign up under my link! I'd love you forever for it! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Shepherd!

Oh the second child! This post is 2 months later, but butter than nothing huh?!


Weight: 26 pounds
Length: 35 inches
Favorite moments: Our slap happy moments right before bed, his sweet belly laugh when tickled or played with, seeing Him and Inara becoming buddies.
Least favorite moments: Hitting Inara all the time
Milestones: learning colors and shapes, new words everyday
Likes: Inara (we are always hearing "Nara. Come on!"), The Lego Movie, Legos, MawMaw and PawPaw, cousins, chipotle, blankie ("kankie"), cars, seeing the Penguins at the Zoo.

Shepherd is such a fun addition to our family. Right now he is really into The LEGO Movie. He carries around a little Emmet and Wyldstyle all day long, switching their heads, hair which he calls "hats", and pants. He follows around Inara and does whatever she does. He is really mastering the art of being an annoying little brother. It is really sweet how he just wants to play with her all the time. Inara is so sweet and patient with him, way more patient than I would be. She is always looking out for him, too. Just today, they were coloring together at the table and I heard this:

Inara: Ok Buddy, these are the scissors and they will hurt you. So don't touch them ok?
Shepherd: Ok

I can't believe my baby is two. Time raced after Inara was born, but with Shepherd it has flown by. I mean he was just born, how can he possibly be two?! But I guess I officially can't call him my baby anymore. I always say "Are you my baby?" and he would reply "Uh-huh." Now it's "No!" As much as I hate the baby phase is gone, it really is so fun to watch him learn new things. Inara had an amazing vocabulary at this age. And even though he doesn't, he seems to be smarter in other ways and just really understands how things work.

He's such a blessing to our family, and it is hard to remember a time when he wasn't in it.
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