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ten on ten {september 2014}

Our September has been hot, full of baby life and back to school…with some redecorating and family fun! Our weather has been in the 90’s and I am over it…I am having a hard time imagining that the Autumn season is even within our grasp. Check out how we spent the tenth day of the month from last week. As always it’s fun to link up with the lovely Rebekah at a bit of sunshine for her ten on ten project every month! Enjoy!DSC_0212 DSC_0227 DSC_0246 DSC_0220 DSC_0301 DSC_0369


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ten on ten {august 2014}

…all about BLAKE…

For the most part our life is all about our little BLAKE {otherwise known as Blakey} right now! He was the star of this months ten on ten! We have had a ton of lazy summer days just holding the baby and enjoying the slow pace. We are soaking up every minute of our new life as a family of 5. I am loving this sweet boys cuddles and even though I have been pretty tired I will take it {I’ve only had a few meltdowns and overwhelmed moments so far}! Sometimes it’s hard to just be lazy, holding the baby all day {guilt-free} and stay in…but the school year and routine life are coming soon and we know Blake will be in kindergarten before we know it! I love that ten on ten allows me to capture the beauty all around us and the tiny moments of our ever day life. Enjoy and Happy Summer!

{P.S. cookies for breakfast work for me…they had oatmeal}

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ten on ten {july 2014} & waiting for baby

What we have been up to: I actually managed to remember that it was the tenth on Thursday and I took my pictures happily for 10 on 10 all day. I have been pretty miserable. I’m very thankful that a sweet baby boy is growing in my body but pregnancy is very hard on my me and this 3rd one has been no exception. Between the gestational diabetes, insomnia and PUPPP {a really itchy and painful pregnancy rash} I’m officially over it. My days are mostly spent trying to survive and deal with the fatigue, aches, pains and itches {as well as trying to eat every 3 hours, test my blood sugar and drink plenty of water}. My sweet kids are having to be pretty independent these days. Paige is in love with listening to The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe and Grant is quite the Lego-maniac {and they are fighting a lot…but with mommy so “out of commission” I guess I don’t blame them}. The days are drawing closer to baby’s due date and I cannot wait to meet him! We still don’t have a name for him but we are hopeful that we will land on one soon enough! DSC_0169 DSC_0176 DSC_0200 DSC_0202DSC_0221 DSC_0248 DSC_0252 DSC_0327 DSC_0354  {i’m packed for the hospital…and ready…can you tell?}

DSC_0361{our besties came through on their way home from a long road trip…this little boy is so cute I cannot stand it…love him}

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Here are a few of the things I’ve watched, read, shopped for & listened to while spending my days resting. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired {and entertained} me!

1. online shopping {for Baby & Mommy}: Zulily/Amazon {prime}/

2. reading & drinking: The Nesting Place/McDonald’s diet Sweet Tea {the only product I have found that does not taste like a diet drink}

3. nesting {setting up my favorite baby products}: Swing Mamaroo  4moms/Baby Co-sleeper Arm’s Reach/Blankets & Bedding Aden & Anais

4. dealing with my PUPPP rash: Coconut Oil/Pine Tar Soap {smells like a campfire but really helps with the itching}

5. watching lots of TV {especially in the middle of the night when dealing with my insomnia}: Property Brothers/Fixer Upper on HGTV & Magnolia Homes /Tree House Masters on Animal Planet/Food Network {Guy’s Grocery Games, Food Network Star, Cutthroat Kitchen}

6. listening to a few of my favorite Pandora stations: Nashville {music from the TV show}/Waiting Here for You {no pun intended, I just love this song and Christy Nockels}

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ten on ten {june 2014} via my iphone

Tuesday was a crazy, busy day! Doctor visits, book study, gymnastics & puting away all our fun baby shower gifts, last week of school…wow-eee! So I took the easier route for 10 on 10 and took my pictures with my iphone. Some of them turned out better than others. I loved that most of them had a blue hue {signs of baby boy are everywhere} and my favorite is this first one of my belly!

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ten on ten june blue As usual I’m linking up with the lovely Rebekah at A Bit of Sunshine!

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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!


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!

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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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