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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!

may update

::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.


instaDUMP {FEB 2013}

 So I hope your Valentine’s Day was as lovely as mine! We have had a very fun February and I got very spoiled during my {self-proclaimed} birthday week. I wanted to share some of my recent Instagram pics because we have been having so much fun!
{from left to right} Paigey the heart girl…my sweet friend Cara made this for me {i’m inspired to copy it sometime soon}…i finally got this bag that i have been wanting for a long time {joe’s totes}…chalkboard love…me and my family on my 33rd birthday…washi tape and jewelry supplies {via the plaid barn}…flowers from my sweet man {who also surprised me with my a few gifts and my favorite dinner and cake on my birthday}…jewelry and accessories that my sister {aunt fifi} helped the kids pick out for me {after taking them out for a whole evening so i could get some much needed alone time}…my buddy at the zoo {getting to hang with a bunch of our little friends}
Look at this beautiful girl…she is growing up too fast!

god {BLESS} america

Land that I love!Hope you had a Happy 4th (wow it’s been a whole week)! I have some catching up to do but in the meantime here is an Instadump from the last week or so.

from left to right:
1. having fun on a ride at the fair with my buddy
2. on the 4th we just hung out with some good friends and made some summer Shirley’s (I just add a splash of grenadine to ginger-ale & cherries to make my Shirley Temples…for this one I switched out the cherries for blueberries and added star ice cubes…yum and fun)
3. i’m obsessed with Emily Maynard and this season of Bachelorette…adore her and wish her the best…not sure why i feel so attached to the love-life of a stranger but i do…and i’m a hopeless romantic looking forward to a happy ending for this lovely lady (oh and I’m 100% #teamjef…adore them together…think he’s great…think she liked him early on…i could go on and on and on…okay I’ll stop
4. the Alameda County Fair celebrated 100 years…as a teenager i got to sing at the fair and so I have many fond memories when i go there now (especially with my voice teacher Judy Curtis who passed away a few years ago…miss her so much and thankful for the things she taught me)
5. my girl paige cut her hair…luckily its in the front and just looks like layers from a distance…add it to the list of torn books, writing on the walls and all the other crazy stuff she has done!
6. we got to hang at daddy’s fire station last week and the kids loved being on the fire engines and seeing daddy at the fire house….i love seeing them adore him
7. grant is more in love with his aunt fifi everyday…last week he got hurt int he middle of the day and started crying out for her as if she could just rush home from work and be there to comfort him…it was so cute
7. our dishwasher broke…it was bad and gross and mold was involved…but we did not have to fix it (hear that huge sigh of relief…whew)…it makes renting this place not so bad when we did not have to buy the new one
8. if you have never had this “Macho Salad” you must (it was our other 4th of July treat)

let’s call it an instaDUMP

“Holla” if you love Instagram!  It’s so fun and because I am such a visual person I love following my friends lives through photos on Instagram! Here are my favorite Instagram photos from the last few weeks. Let’s call it an instaDUMP (Instagram + Photo Dump = InstaDump).  
Bottom left: The laundry pile I folded during a Friday night movie! Top right: I sang at church for the first time in about three years yesterday.  I completely love worshiping the Lord through song and doing it in the place I grew up singing made me feel right at home (making it even cooler was the fact that my dad was playing guitar…so familiar to me). Top left: I truly believe that ice tea tastes better with “STAR ice cubes…don’t you?  The rest are just fun pics from a day trip to San Francisco (including an ice cream break at Ghirardelli) along with painted Paigey faces & nails.
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