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August 29, 2014

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Genius: This was a really weird week because our census was super low at work so I got to take Monday and Tuesday off. I knew I was getting Monday off, but I didn’t know about Tuesday. Three day weekends make a huge difference in my attitude because I felt like I had SO MUCH TIME. I took things slow and easy on Saturday and Sunday because I knew I had an extra day to get things done. And the funny thing is that I was still pretty much done with everything before Monday came around! (Mental note: calm down.)

So I decided to keep the kids home with me on Monday and it was awesome and special and fun. But THEN I found out I could stay home Tuesday also, and I dropped those kids at daycare, read for a solid hour at Starbucks, took my time picking fabric at the craft store for Meredith’s quilt, finished everything except the binding on the other quilt, and went to the gym. It was fantastic.

Fail: One day last week David and I were meeting over at his parents’ house for dinner. He had Meredith, and I had Liam. As I was driving over there, Liam fell asleep in the car. When I pulled up, Meredith and her cousins were outside playing so I got out and said hi to them and then went inside. My sister-in-law, who I hadn’t seen in a couple of weeks, was there and so we said hello and she asked, “Where’s Liam?” Yup. I had left him in the car. Of course it was fine, it was only a couple minutes, but this is how worse things can happen! Is there some sort of alarm you can get to make sure you don’t forget your baby? Am I a horrible mother?? (Don’t answer that.)

Currently:

planning a big room switch for this weekend so the kids have a room that will fit two beds

dreading all the painting and moving involved

no seriously, getting a knot in my stomach just thinking about it

optimistic about what the end result will be

glad that I have two more 3-day weekends coming up

realizing that there is a type of chick lit I enjoy, and it’s written by Liane Moriarty

reading The Husband’s Secret

allocating our extra money: emergency fund, debts, house repairs, vacation fund

trying to be financially responsible

frustrated that the tension on my sewing machine seems to be off again

looking forward to a couple family birthday meals this weekend

Happy weekend!

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book review + giveaway : dark hope by monica mcgurk

August 28, 2014

Yes this is a sponsored post and I was given the book as well as compensated for my review, but I promise I was only asked for my honest opinion! And I would never do otherwise. So feel free to skip this or check it out! You may like it. *** I agreed to review Dark Hope by Monica McGurk for three reasons: 1) I spent most of the summer reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry which is an epic western. It was awesome, but with something like that I always want to follow it with a completely different reading experience. 2) I am no stranger to some YA fantasy. In fact it’s probably one of my most beloved genres. 3) It was…
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instax home life / 2

August 27, 2014

Continuing on with my little Instax mini project today. I’m not taking pictures every single day but that’s okay. :) >dirty dishes in the sink >making eggs as usual for breakfast >sitting up and sucking his thumb >putting stickers on the potty chart >playing with toys in bed >reading books on the couch >making a mess in the craft room >quilt in progress >Liam was screaming whenever David made a growling noise >photo cluster on the wall >playing in the kitchen while I made breakfast >little toys on the toddler bed 0 Like

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30 days of lists blog hop

August 26, 2014

In September I’m taking part in the 30 days of lists challenge. I’ve followed it for a couple of years and finally decided to officially join. For every day of the month there is a prompt for a list and you can choose to document it however you like. I wanted to keep mine super simple but tangible, and I didn’t want to spend any money. So I grabbed this little notebook that I already had. The inside cover had some random doodles that didn’t relate so I covered it up with some patterned paper and washi tape.   Today, as an introduction, there is a little blog hop. I’ve chosen a topic from the March 2011 lists and made a page…
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working mama files : melissa from yours truly, melissa

August 25, 2014

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today I want to introduce you to my blogging buddy Melissa from Yours Truly, Melissa. She and I are both nurses (i.e. have non-creative day jobs) so we both love to be creative at home. On her blog she writes about life adventures, thoughts on family and motherhood, & creativity and DIY. She’s totally sweet and relatable and I’m thrilled to have her involved! Who lives in your house? I live with Matt, my husband of over three years, our one year old daughter Alice, and our German Shepperd, Penny Lane. Soon to join us is our second daughter…
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link roundup / 10

August 23, 2014

Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the Internet. Enjoy! >I like this perspective on what to do when good and bad things happen at the same time. >I know since I’m from Texas I’m supposed to worship Blue Bell ice cream (and I do like it) but Ben & Jerry’s is still my favorite. Look at this genius ice cream sandwich idea! >Pretty sure some serious rearranging is going to take place in our house soon in order to get the kids into their own beds. Here is my Pinterest board for kids’ shared spaces. >What to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed. >I’m going to be joining this Bible study group for the first time starting Monday. >Seriously…
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