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what we’ve been up to {an instaDUMP} and May’s belated {ten on ten}

So here are some of the things we’ve been up to over the last month {but let’s get one thing out of the way first}…

::pregnancy has been rough::

So it has been kind of weird around here. We have been in survival mode. Pregnancy is really hard on my body and my energy level. It’s taking its toll on me and everyone around here. I recently got the news that I have gestational diabetes {something that requires a lot of energy to take care of} and have zero extra to give beyond the basic necessities of life {eat, school, church, a few extras, sleep…repeat} I have not been able to do much more. I’m also just tired from not really sleeping well at night…so there’s that! And now I’m having contractions constantly. I wish I could describe my gratitude for my husband and family for helping us all get through this. They deserve a medal, or a million dollars, or a trip to Disneyland or something. I saw a shirt the other day that should be purchased for Aaron because it said “BE NICE TO ME…my wife is pregnant” {so, so true}. He is a good man!

::instaDUMP::

If you follow me on Instagram {username: everydayVALENTINE} you have an idea! So let’s just call this an instaDUMP and then some!

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::sweet kids::

My sweet kids have had to be troopers. They are watching a lot of TV and doing their share of chores to keep things moving along. They have to get themselves dressed, make their own snacks and deal with a very impatient/sleep deprived mommy! So thankful this is just a season and I love how excited they are for the baby to arrive!

927296_1495313054015463_745266541_nGrant finished up preschool last week and go the Joyful award from his teacher. Love this boy. He also got a cool new hair cut and continues to be obsessed with his Legos, belly buttons and being a goofball! Besides his occasional meltdowns, pushing boundaries and being pretty sensitive these days he is my buddy and seems to rarely leave my side. It’s safe to say he has felt the baby kick more than anyone else because he is always with me!

 Paige is loving kindergarten and cracking us up all the time. She is growing up to be a special little lady. Open house was a weird night as she had a small meltdown over the baby picture I chose for her classes “guess that baby” board {I thought the picture was cute…but what do I know?!}. It set off the night and took some deep breaths and distractions to recover. At least her meltdowns are very rare these days!10375779_577606982358018_788545541_n 10401753_682700671765874_1470018475_n

::in other news::

I’m still nesting. Washing baby clothes and preparing for baby boy’s arrival. While lying around I have shopped online a lot for the babies room and our room {as we are switching them and re-decorating a bit}. Aaron is doing his best to help get these rooms switched for me on his days off {when he is not taking care of everything else}. I’m still quite the pack-rat and have had to dig dip to get rid of more of my stuff. It’s not easy to squeeze everyone & everything in this tiny home. As I sort, toss and give-away I hear the advice of Peter Walsh and all the other organizing geniuses I have read-up on in my head…but it’s just hard for me to figure out what to keep and what to toss. I need help! Pray for me {and my husband}. Let’s just hope hoarding is not in my future!

Easter was great!

My buddy turned 5…what?

I attended {and helped decorate} a women’s conference {entitled Rekindle} at our church with the loveliest speaker a few weeks back. Her name is Jan Johnson and she was vulnerable, honest, disarming and had so much wisdom to share. She loves to talk about authentic spirituality, practicing the presence of God and allowing the Lord to be present and on our heart and mind through the daily & mundane activities of life. If you ever get the chance to read her books or hear her speak I would highly recommend you do!

Hobby Lobby opened in the town next door…I’m a happy crafter…this is big news!

Oh and my sister and I are taking a sewing class…so that’s fun!

Mother’s day was low-key and nice. I spent the weekend with my mom and the kids while Aaron was out-of-town {and my siblings joined us Sunday afternoon for a low-key get-together}. The kids had some hysterical perspectives on their mama {see below} and got/made me some sweet gifts.

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Aaron was out-of-town because he got to celebrate my very talented sister-in-law Shannon as she graduated with her doctorate in education. Very proud of her and glad he could be there with his sister and family to celebrate. We have a Dr. in the family now! Woohoo!

Our MOPS year ended with a pamper day for the ladies of our group. It was fabulous! Relaxing and fun and full of most women’s favorite things. Shopping, good conversation, breakfast, massage treatments, nail polish and beauty treatments…it was just great. I decided to use some birthday money to buy this gorgeous blue agate necklace from the talented k.lynn bayne jewelry and I have hardly taken it off since.

And let’s not forget {ten on ten} again.

So I actually took some fun photos on the tenth this month. I love documenting our life this way and looking for beauty in the mundane. I did not, however, post them or link up with a bit of sunshine because life just got away. Here are  very belated pictures!

::ten on ten::

DSC_0027 DSC_0041 DSC_0076 DSC_0069DSC_0092DSC_0080 DSC_0101 DSC_0104DSC_0112DSC_0115Pregnancy is not easy…but I love feeling this active little boy kick and looking forward to the day when we will meet him face to face.

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our world through instagram {instaDUMP time}

It’s instaDUMP time! Just a few of the things we have been up to lately {through some of my favorite pictures that I have posted on my Instagram feed}! What have you been up to? Are you on Instagram? Don’t you just love it?

    I've been getting ready for Paigey's 6th birthday party all month. The theme is "it's a small world" (because we LOVE the ride and Disneyland and any excuse for a costume party)! I have been collecting all these decorative items for literally months. Time to start bringing it all together. Thanks to the help of Michaels, Marshals, The Plaid Barn, Pick Your Plum, Hobby Lobby and a small adoption shop over at Hugs and Punches!

I’ve been getting ready for Paigey’s 6th birthday party all month. The theme is “it’s a small world” (because we LOVE the ride and Disneyland and any excuse for a costume party)! I have been collecting all these decorative items for literally months. Time to start bringing it all together. Thanks to the help of Michaels, Marshals, The Plaid Barn, Pick Your Plum, Hobby Lobby and a small adoption shop over at Hugs and Punches!

Paigey started kindergarten and turned six this month...boy the time flies...she was just my little girl yesterday!

Paigey started kindergarten and turned six this month…boy time flies…she was just my little baby yesterday!

trying to be happy and celebrate my dad's birthday this year...we miss him so much and are still dealing with our grief...but it felt great to be happy and celebrate his life on the day he was born!

In August we spent my Dad’s birthday trying to be happy and celebrate this year {we made his favorite meal and my sister whipped up this cake}…we miss him so much and are still dealing with our grief…but it felt great to be happy and celebrate his life on the day he was born!

this one was blurry but so cute of my kitchen helper

This one was blurry but so cute of my kitchen helper!

my favorite kitchen helper learned how to chop pineapple and skewer kabobs with me the other day

My favorite kitchen helper, Paigey,  learned how to chop pineapple and skewer kabobs with me the other day!

my love {and obsession} for Pumpkin Spice Lattes has returned

My love {and obsession} for Pumpkin Spice Lattes has returned!

And this speaks for itself...PSL baby!

And this speaks for itself…PSL baby!

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