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Ready to Go

The last loop of the paper chain has been torn. Our bags our packed. Our car is loaded. In just a bit we will begin our 17-hour road trip to a beach house in Virginia. We are going with some of Husbandie's family and are incredibly excited for the week of relaxation and fellowship. 
Small issue: the house we are staying at doesn't have internet. But I actually think it will be nice to be "unplugged" for a whole week. I had a originally planned to work ahead and schedule some posts for when we are gone, but this week has flown by and my time got consumed by other activities.  We started revamping one of the rooms in our house into an official school room - lots of painting and sanding. We also had some great park time; a little with just our family and then with some friends we don't see nearly enough. 
I am sure I'll have lots to share with you when we get back. Until then, I hope you all have a fabulous week. Thanks for reading! 

Style Summary

Little Lady's go-to accessory - her red blanket. 

This dress probably could have used a good ironing, but I didn't want to ruin the "easy" summer look, since it was the whole point. :)



These short were a happy Goodwill find this week. I was in search of a couple new pairs because several from last year are currently too small - my thighs are refusing to part with the weight we gained this winter. I really like the color of these shorts and the fabric is shockingly soft - major props to J. Crew.




Want more? Check out these sites to see lots of other ladies having fun with their clothes.





Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".
He is in the small graces.... small graces pointing me to the larger one... little glimpses of the kingdom come..."







This past week has been rough. The boys and I have been battling over some behavioral issues and I haven't handle it the best. I've let myself get frustrated. I've yelled raised my voice far too often. I've forgotten to be loving and encouraging. I've had to apologize and ask my children to forgive me. I hate having to ask for their forgiveness - I so want to be a perfect mom. It's hard confessing to them that I messed up but there is also such a sweetness in those times. I'm so thankful for their little hearts, that they are quick to forgive and to smother me in hugs and kisses. This week when I had to apologize to Mini Man his response was "it's ok, you a sweet mommy" - my heart melted. 
I hope I get better. That I become more patient and…

3D Paint Chip Art

A couple weeks ago, while subbing at the child care center, I spotted some 3D folded paper art and decided I had to try it with my boys. We changed it up a little bit, using paint chips instead of construction paper. The thickness of paint chips hold shapes better and all the colors add to the fun. 

Our Supplies:

Step 1: cut paint chips into strips


Step 2: zigzag/accordion fold strips (this is optional, we left some pieces unfolded and used them to make arches) 


Step 3: put a drop of glue on both ends of your strips


Step 4: place strips in desired positions

 Our finished work:



This activity was a lot of fun and is defiantly one we will do again - I think it would be a great addition to our Dr. Seuss unit. The boys liked that it was an open-ended activity and that they got to use glue. I liked that their fine motor skills got a workout.

A Little Lady Mess

Usually, Little Lady's crib is a corner of her room a good distance away from the window, shelves, and changing table. This past weekend, though, we rearranged it to be a guest room for my family. When they left on Sunday we were all so tired we decided we would wait until nap time to move it back - BIG mistake! About fifteen minutes after laying Little Lady down we heard some unexpected noises. Husbandie went upstairs to check and found this...

I'm glad he was the one who found her because he immediatly yelled for me to bring the camera - I would have probably just yelled. 

Butt Paste does not clean up very easily. It took quite a bit of scrubbing to get it off the crib and the window. Little Lady also took a bit of scrubbing; she had two baths yesterday and her hair is still a little on the crazy side.


Husbandie teases me all the time about not screwing lids all the way back on - I think I may have finally learned my lesson.

Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".
"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come... they are a reminder to the heart there is more to life than meets the eye... He is in the small graces.... small graces pointing me to the larger one... little glimpses of the kingdom come..."










This week was very busy and full - our house was packed with family. There were times when I was younger that I wished my family was a little more "hallmark", "traditional, or "picture perfect". All the way back to my grandparent's generation there are divorces, steps, and halves. It's confusing and messy; there has been a lot of loss, anger, and heartbreak. Over the last couple years, though, I have become incredibly thankful for my roots.

Style Summary

Since this is the third day this week I've worn these shoes, it is probably obvious that they are a current favorite. Not only do I love the colors but they are also super comfortable. My mother-in-law picked them up at Kohl's for me for the amazing price of only $11! She's always finding the greatest treasures there - I'm a little jealous of her Simply Vera Vera Wang jewelry collection. With three little kiddos, though, I don't have time to do much in-store, bargain hunting. So I was really excited when they sent me an email with a exclusive 10% off code for kohl's.com. You are also welcome to use it - the code is BLOGIT10 and it's good through August 23rd. Bonus: you can use it in combination with one other department-specific discount code.

My family came to visit this weekend and I snagged this shirt from my littlest sister, Angel. Being thirteen years older, I have had fun watching her grow from a cute little girl into a women I'm proud to call a …

Little Lady

This girl...

looks like her daddy but seems to to have her mommy's personality carries her blanket everywherestill sucks her thumblights up when her daddy comes home is talking up a storm; new words everyday, but "maaama" is still her favoritehas no problem keeping up with the boys, but still finds time for more feminine pursuits: purses, mommy's makeup & jewelry, babies, shoes, etc. already has her own sense of style; she frequently insists on wearing specfic clothing items and shoeshates having her hair done loves the wateris not afraid to get dirtyloves doggiesis slow to smile but when she does the whole world seems brightershows a scary amount of determination and will power - she already insists on doing things all.by.herselflikes to color - not always on paperalready likes to take care of people, especially her babies and her brothers 
... is growing far too fast.