The salty air transported us.
Little hands full of tiny crabs,
scouted from overturned rocks.
Treasure after treasure gathered & joyfully displayed.
The wet sand full of spitting clams, surrounded our feet & the sound of sea lions echoed over the bay.
Every detail cemented in my mind like it’s held fast in my heart.
We sat while the warm waves washed over our feet.
Making memories together.
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Family smash cake fun ❤️❤️❤️
seeing them happy is what I live for🐉
The crazy thing to me is that some people just live in paradise. Day in, day out, living amongst palm trees 🌴, white sand 🏝, and turquoise ocean water 🌊. They LIVE there. How amazing is that?! Every winter, I ask myself (and strangers, if we’re being honest 😂), “Why do we live here?” as I shake my fist at the snow. I saw an inspirational quote once that deeply resonated, and still does: “Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” Our girls trip to Panama City Beach was definitely a taste of the paradise life. As the days get shorter and temperatures are on the verge of cooling up here, I’ll be clinging to these memories of an amazing trip and tropical paradise. If you need me, I’ll be stockpiling my winter “hygge” Pinterest board and going through 600 of the best photos I’ve ever taken. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but lord, I am so, so, so grateful for the travel I’ve been able to do with my littles this summer. 😍
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Over, and over, and over again this has been proven to me. Particularly in situations where I feel like I know better, and need it now. Whew, ESPECIALLY then! This week was SUCH a good reminder of this for me.
Back in the Spring we registered our daughter for kindergarten. A few weeks later we found out we were being moved to the overflow campus. Well of course the frustration and irritation ensued. I wanted to have her closer to home to make our mornings easier, and I wanted to be able to participate in the unique learning environment at our zoned school, and I wanted...well ya, it was all about what I wanted. Which was clearly the wrong mindset in MANY ways.
After thinking it over for a couple weeks, checking out the overflow school, and getting used to the idea I let it go. I thought to myself if the overflow school is where God wants us, then that is where we go. So I prepped and planned, from PTO involvement to school supplies we were READY to go!
Well fast forward to Meet the Teacher Night. One hour before this event, yes ONE, I got a phone call from the school we are zoned for saying they had a spot for our sweet girl. Ummm, I’m sorry what?!?! Yes, yes, YES!!! All the planning and comfortable feelings about our overflow school went out the window. Here I was an hour before Meet the Teacher, and two days before kindergarten, back at square one. I actually kind of laughed about it. What a sense of humor God has sometimes!
Back in the Spring I was told we were on the waitlist, and if a spot opened we could potentially move. Well that was not happening in the middle of the school year, so when I handed it over to God I just prayed that if we were meant to go to our zoned school it would happen before school started. Little did I think He would take me down to the wire. But He did. And we, my husband, my daughter, and myself are in perfect peace about it. Because He knows where we are meant to be, and He will always make it happen at the perfect time. .
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I'm a happy mama when I can workout and Logan sits in his rocker for the full 30 minutes. Yesterday I used him as my weight during my workout because he was being fussy. He loved it! I'm teaching healthy habits early on.
I could eat them up I love them so ❤️
Twenty eight days separate these 2 photos.
I'll be honest with you, when I heard about this new program and that it was only 4 days a week, I was a bit nervous.
I'm use to 6-7 days a week of workouts.
That's my "normal."
But I decided to give it a shot because my husband was willing to try too so that he could run on the other days (running is his passion).
And let's be honest - no one wants to workout 6-7 days a week in the summer time with beautiful weather.
The first week was hard and I felt like I wanted to add some more workouts.
But I stuck with 4 days a week and just really focused on nutrition the other days.
Not going to lie ...
I FEEL amazing.
I FEEL strong.
I FEEL energized.
I FEEL focused.
I FEEL sexy.
And excuse my own pat on the back, but I LOOK good too ;)
But seriously who would have though 4 days a week, 30 minutes, super simple nothing off limits nutrition - hello booze and fast food ... and with results like this!
Are you ready THIS TIME?!?!
My kids were throwing rocks into a lake today and they didn't see the ducks that were making their way over. The conversation goes like this:
Me: let's stop throwing rocks for a minute, there are ducks there.
*everyone ignores, continues with rocks*
Me: How would you feel if someone threw ducks at you?
Kids: ducks?! (Cue laughter)
Me: I mean threw rocks!
Kids: If I was a duck?
Me: No as yourself!
Kids: Elephants probably feel that.
Me: Wha? Elephants?? But... no... the ducks...I...ugh. Nevermind.
And honestly, even the ducks were looking at me like I should just probably stop talking. So we all continued our walk talking about elephants somehow.
Zoom in on his cute wittle facial expression 😍
It’s been really fun watching Moriah explore her love for water over the last 18 months. Since day one, I’ve called her my lil water baby. As a newborn, she never cried in the tub. During her first ocean encounter, she rolled around in the sand and surf like a baby seal. 😂(With 58 degree waves crashing over her no less). Every time Moriah hears the kitchen sink running, she comes flying around the corner hoping to play in it or “get to” wash her hands. Haha (On multiple occasions, Mo has used a stool to climb INTO the sink on her own volition). . . . How do your kids “enjoy their JOY?” . . . Who else has a water baby?! .
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Ruthie Mae is just the loveliest little person I’ve ever met. She never stops smiling and is dainty down to her toes. Our entire household is smitten. I don’t know if my future daughter-in-laws are cursed or blessed based on how much my boys love their sister and mama! 📷: @taylor_moye
18 weeks with this little 🥜 ❤️ i love those early kicks when baby is big enough that you feel them strongly but still small enough that your ribs and hips are left alone😂
18 weeks pregnancy update is live on my channel! #linkinbio
wishing I could capture every moment✨I wish I would’ve used my instax more through out noah’s first year, guess it’s not too late to start.
You know what I really love about being a parent? I am able to relive the best times of my childhood all over again, but this time through his eyes. There is nothing better than watching him learn and grow. I always have a friend.
It is not easy at all. At times, it can be extremely exhausting. You will constantly feel the weight and pressure of making sure our littles become good and caring people. I am still learning how to be patient because at times I am ready to lose my mind. Motherhood is the best gift in the world.
Well I was doing a good job THEN I realized little man turned 9 months old 4 days ago 🤷♀️😂 Whoops.
It's been a BIG month! Mr. Drake is 9 months old. He's crawling, says Dada 24/7 and lovessss food. I mean what 9 month old is eating steak, chicken, pizza, and literally everything in site? 😝 He's a hoot!!! He still loves bathtime 🛀 and his ticklish spot is on his chunky thights🕺!!! Sleep is still a little shaky but I love seeing his personality grow as he changes daily! Love you, Drakey!
Ahhhhhh, I can't believe I get the privilege to be my best friend's maid of honor! Well, matron I guess 😆 but what I am even MORE excited about is Emma gets to be a flower girl!!!! 💐🌸🌹 Have you been a maid of honor before?! What special thing did you do for your bride?
JUST. DO. YOU. 😑
Too many women trying to justify to others why they haven't snapped back after having baby. I'm perhaps a bit guilty of it. But STOP IT. You owe no one an explanation. I owe no one an explanation. I speak purely as an experience share but that's it from now on. With justifying yourself comes judging yourself. STOP IT. If you are doing your best then why are you giving yourself so much self hate? Especially after having a baby???? It's ok to have goals. That's fine. But when the focus is so much on what you have not yet achieved then you are giving yourself less credit than deserved less credit means less respect... For yourself. So stop it. Be kind to yourself. You grew a human FFS. 😑
When your husband brings home GIANT cucumbers 🥒 from work .... haha there was a bigger one... but it’s been eaten already 😋 🤤...
Last day of summer and my heart is torn in all different directions. Yes, I know she must go and show the world her greatness. On the other hand, I want to make bracelets on this front porch forever.💜 I always said that motherhood has so many joys, but some of the biggest heartbreaks too. This being a smaller one than what some of my warrior mom friends have gone through. 💔 But, it's still another reminder to soak up all of these precious moments.
So, I'll be soaking today. Tomorrow I will put my big girl chonies on and walk her to her first full day of school. She will be brave, as always. 😥😭
Life is always better at the beach 🌿
We watched caterpillars turn into butterflies last week, and yesterday, we set them free! 🐛🦋
Seeing our kids show interest and excitement in different ways is one of the most fascinating parts about being a parent. God has hard-wired our little people with their own unique personalities, and sometimes I like to sit back and not say a word and watch them be their unfiltered selves.
The end of the video is the best part. 😉💙
And for anyone interested in checking out these butterfly kits, search “Insect Lore live butterfly growing kit” on Amazon. (I included a screen shot in my stories 👆🏼) Ryan’s Mimi and Papa got him this for his birthday and he was so excited! Such a fun and unique gift idea that encourages learning. 👍🏼 #insectlore #insectlorebutterflygarden #notanad #justsharingbecausewelovedit
Loving our pacifier clip from @chicbaby.boutique
Im always losing her chupo( pacifier) everywhere so, the clip is my bff. Anakin never took to a chupo so, this was something new...The moment Ally-Rey was born she latched on and never. Let. Go!! It was painful after about 3 days so, the chupo gave me ta-tas a break and her. The comfort she needed! BUT I never realized how easily they disappeared, like where do they go? So super thankful for this clip and it's BPA free! For 10% off use code FRND10
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A couple of weeks ago we were very kindly invited to @mamasandpapas @dundrumtc
to try out their personal shopping experience.
Obviously I jumped at the chance because who doesn't love Mamas & Papas. We are long term fans having had a travel system and car seat both from there, but this time I was after some fancy clothes for a wedding we have coming up.
When we got there we were greeted with colouring books and cakes and a rail of the most gorgeous clothes that had been picked for the girls. Even though we weren't after a car seat just yet I did ask questions as a big ERF advocate and was delighted when Laura really knew her stuff! She also showed me their newest buggy which is like a much better Urbo (the one we had!) I can't recommend the service enough. It's free, no pressure to buy anything and you can bring your kids along too. 👌
“He fell out of me”
You always hear those crazy stories of babies being born quickly or in unique ways, but you never think that could happen to you. Well, baby Ash came into this world in a way I was not prepared for.
Ash's birth story up on my blog! (Link in profile)
I am so excited to be blogging again and I am hoping to carve a little time out of my week to be able to keep it up. I have a love of writing and I don’t want to make excuses to stop!
Throwing back to last weekends camping trip because I was housebound most of this one 😂 I’ve made the massive mistake of lying down once Finn’s in bed & now I can’t move 😂 time to motivate myself to tidy so we can watch Power! Hope you’ve all had a lovely Tuesday 💕
To the mother who feels like she’s lost herself.............
It might take a while to find YOU again and when you do she might not be the woman you once knew but it’s ok. You’ll be ok.
One day you’ll look in the mirror and see yourself staring back even if you’ve gained two stone and half a head of grey hair since the last time you *really* saw yourself. .
Appearance doesn’t matter. Those kids love you just the way you are. Learn to see yourself the way they do.
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When you find out SO so early about a baby, it feels like you’ve been pregnant for a year rather than just 21 weeks!
But we’re halfway there and I’m just gonna celebrate that anyway! 🙌🏼
a moment worth documenting! bean has been in panties for 48 hours with one single accident so far! I am extremely proud of her! next up, no more pacifier 😉
Big hugs sweet summer morning, and whatever it is today that we seem to be wearing (strip romper or unicorn float) may it be so.⠀
However I’m not sure what our local cafe will say when we toddle in to eat lunch here in the next hour.⠀
(I guess we technically have on shoes and a shirt for service. 🤷🏻♀️)⠀
Anyone else relate to this moment? Whats the silliest thing your little one has worn out to eat? Or just out?
This guy turned S E V E N yesterday😱 Coco chose to go to the science museum in St. Paul on his birthday and was spoiled with all the legos a little boy could possibly want. Happy birthday to the little chunk who made me a mother⭐️
Why is it that all my money goes to food and clothes yet I’m sitting here hungry trying to chose from the same 4 tops I always wear... oh yeah it’s because my kids look cute and they always “need a snack” 🙄 #momlife #whocanrelate
If anyone can help a girl out with the magic recommendations?? 🤷♀️
Take a look at who you currently associate with both online and in person.⠀
Now, think about how those people make you feel in their presence. Are you happy and filled with joy? Are you annoyed, upset or otherwise brought down by their negativity? ⠀
If your circle is filled with more of the latter, what can you do to fill your circle with more joy?⠀
A lot of times I read advice suggesting that people find a new circle, and while that is ideal, some people are simply surrounded by negativity through people who we can't just easily toss aside like family or even a negative coworker.⠀
What you can do is seek out those who build up your confidence, those who make you want to be a better person, those who encourage you, those who make you laugh and those who truly love you unconditionally.
For those people that you MUST be around, limit your interaction. If they are spewing negativity and bad vibes, don't feed into their drama. Listen, if necessary, but don't respond. They are miserable in some part of their life and want others to feel that way too. ⠀
Once you're away from the negativity, take a few deep breaths, reframe your mindset and get back into your positive, focused frame of mind. Be the one who lifts others higher too!⠀
Tag a friend below who lifts you up and makes you want to be a better person.
26 years. Happy Birthday to me.
Another year older but still none the wiser. ✌🏻🎉
Last night we were dreaming about what Finnley will be like when he’s older and it kind of made me miss his first days when he slept next to my bed. So today I put a baby bonnet on him and napped him in the bassinet to remind myself that he’s still little! Then got sad again because he’s almost too big for it. 😭 At least I get to sleep more than 2 hours at a time now!