Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites: Weekly Re-Cap

What a week it's been! Full of meetings, some fun activities after school, and the never ending loads of laundry- ha!
 
I'm linking up today with Andrea, Narci, and Erika for Friday Favorites!
 
Tuesday afternoon I finished with an IEP meeting earlier than I expected,  so I picked up the littles from daycare and headed up to TU for their Christmas lighting ceremony. Christmas is my favorite time of the year!
The girls enjoyed Christmas cookies on the commons and listening to Christmas music.
The campus has an elementary school associated with them, and Gretchen asked if she could go to school there next year!
They were giving out flashing blue lights and Gretchen loved them! You can see it attached to her hat. I think it was her favorite part of the evening!
They lit up all the trees in TU blue and we watched a drone fly overhead.
I don't think I have ever seen one up close before. I'd love to see the pictures or video that it took.
 
When the ceremony was over, we went to DJ's office to see him after practice and then I took the girls to McCalisters before heading home.
 
And I was so greatly reminded how humbling it is to be a mom. Especially when Megan walks up to a man and points and yells, "Bad Guy!" and Adalyn tries to share her macaroni and cheese covered spoon with everyone that walks by!
 
The littles had their Thanksgiving lunch at daycare this week so I dressed them in their Turkey dresses!
I went with a super simple design for Thanskgiving this year in order to save this mama some time! Turns out, this design was your favorite this year too! I made so many of these shirts!
My house is all decorated for Christmas and I had to share one of my favorite areas! This is a little sneak peek of the ledge right behind my kitchen sink!
I finally finished up all online Christmas orders (I still have a few to do for some local friends) but I finished this shirt this week, and it's one of my favorite Christmas designs! I love the non-traditionial colors for the lettering!
 
This weekend, I'll be working on Christmas pajamas for the girls: I'm debating which design is my favorite, so if you have a choice, could you please leave me a comment and let me know! The Santa is leading, and I love him, but i'm also dying over the Elf Girl!
Santa (his beard will be minky dot, and he'll have lime green trim around his hat, but i plan on making his hat pink with red dots!
The Elf would be stitched in lime green, leopard, and pink/red dot material!
DJ says this design is missing a "La", so it's not  his favorite, but it's one of mine!
And I'm kind of dying over the elf girl! I think it would be really cute with the girls names underneath, but I'd have to decide on using the pink/red fabric for the front part of her hat, or using a leopard print!
 
So, help me! Which design is your Favorite???
 
And, thanks for stopping by for Friday Favorites! I hope you'll hop back over sometime soon!
XOXO
 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

#weltegram2014 November 10-19

I have been off on my days all week! Anyone else? I for one, am so glad it's Thursday! This week has been full of way too cold days, IEP meetings, stuffy noses, and laundry. I know, it sounds like so much fun!

Let's get to the recap of what our family has been up to lately!
November 11- The girls are ready for books and bed!
November 12- Homework time!
November 13- It's bitterly cold outside so Addy and I (and her big sisters too) came home and put our pjs on and now we are sitting by the fire and watching cartoons!
November 14- Gretchen is stylin today!
November 15- The girls had a great sister sleepover!
November 16-The girls had so much fun at Nolan's first birthday! They loved playing outside even though it was freezing!
November 17- Sisters
November 18- Selfie!
November 19-Lighting of the Commons at TU
November 20-Lots of homework tonight since we skipped last night!

We've obviously spent lots of time in our jammies! It's been so cold that all I want to do in the evenings is cuddle up and stay inside! Hope y'all are staying warm too!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

It's been several weeks since I've lined up for What I Wore Wednesday! Today, I'm back in the groove and I've tried really hard to remember to take a picture of my outfits before leaving for work every day. 

I'm in desperate need of a shopping trip, and our Branson vacation next weekend will be perfect to help spruce up my wardrobe! I love to shop as much as the next girl, but working full time leaves little time for the mall, and to be honest, I'd rather poke my eye with a fork than take three children to the mall by myself. I need a free babysitter and some help and that's exactly what I'll have next weekend! This mama is excited! (My hubby on the other hand, is probably not!)

Today I'm linking up today with The Pleated Poppy for WIWWGet Your Pretty On, and Because Shanna Said So for What I Wore Wednesday! 
We somehow skipped over fall and went straight to winter! I've pulled out lots of scarves to help keep me cozy throughout the day! 

I love this sheer navy tunic from Loft. I bought it last year, and it gets worn throughout the year due to the lightweight material. My cognac boots are Steve Madden, and my bracelet is from Nickel + Suede.  I couldn't find my exact scarf online, but this one is similar.
I love adding a puffer vest over my outfits to add extra warmth and layers. My cream colored tunic came from Loft, and I accessorized with a long gold necklace. My leggings are on sale at Nordstrom right now and they are super comfy! They have the perfect amount of stretch and an ultra-wide waistband that is very flattering! 

Don't forget ladies, if you wear leggings, cover your tushy!

And, just because we all love a good meme, I had to find a few for the occasion.



This year, I invested in a plaid shirt from Target. Yes, I just said Target. I wasn't 100% sure about jumping on the plaid bandwagon, and my $20.00 shirt from Target was the perfect jumping off point. Just for the record, I'm totally hooked. I added my puffer for good measure, through on my favorite Vigoss jeans, and put on my Toms Wedges

I also put together a little shopping wish list for next weekend:

1. Blanket Scarf - because who wouldn't want to be wrapped in a scarf-type blanket all day?
2. A bright colored puffer vest!
3. New jeans. I literally have two pair right now.
4. Booties. Every girl needs a pair of booties.
5. Plaid shirt- because let's face it, that Target plaid will only last so long!

I have lots of shopping to do!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Girl Mom: Thanksgiving Traditions!

The countdown to the holidays is on! I absolutely love this time of year! I love the memories that are made with my girls. I love sharing traditions from my childhood and creating new ones! It is seriously the best time of year, and being a Girl Mom just makes it that much better!
Thanksgiving is my 2nd favorite holiday of the year! Christmas is by far my favorite, but Thanksgiving is a very close second! I love being with family, the food, and the traditions that are carried on throughout the years!
We always spend Thanksgiving with family. There are two years that I can remember that we did not travel over Thanksgiving weekend. One year, while we were living in Indiana, we had Thanksgiving with the football team since we had a game the next day, and one other year, DJ's dad and stepmom came to Indiana. We have traveled every other year.

Gretchen's first Thanksgiving (above) was spent at DJ's grandparents house in Indiana. It was the year after when DJ's parents came. 
That year, I carried on the tradition of making homemade rolls, just like my grandma makes every year. 
Gretchen and I on her 2nd Thanksgiving.
Once we moved closer to Arkansas, we were able to start traveling to my mom's house for Thanksgiving. 

We have been carrying on this tradition for four years now. 

Sadly, DJ is never able to travel with us to Arkansas. We haven't been able to spend a Thanksgiving together as a family since Gretchen was 2. I know, it sounds very strange, but football still happens every Thanksgiving weekend. This year, the team plays the day after Thanksgiving, sometimes it's the Saturday after, but the team still has practice on Thanksgiving day. DJ's Thanksgiving day will be spent at the football offices, and then he'll have team meetings and a team dinner on Thanksgiving night. I hate that we aren't able to spend the holiday together, but as I've told him, there's no way that I'm cooking for the 5 of us. Unless we have family that wants to come to our house, DJ lets the girls and I enjoy the holiday with my family. 
One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving, are the outfits! I love any excuse to dress the girls the same! I found matching smocked squirrel dresses and bought them for the girls. My sorority mascot was a squirrel, so these dresses were an obvious choice!
Last year was Adalyn's first Thanksgiving, and my mom made the girls pants and I made them turkey shirts to wear. 

Yes, I use any excuse I can get to coordinate the girls. 
I have a large extended family and I love that they all get together for the holidays! Typically, Thanksgiving is held at my mom's house, unless she's scheduled to work that day. Then, it's usually held at my aunt's house. I get a "kid free day" because my relatives don't get to see the girls often and they soak up all they can and steal my babies away for the day! I totally do not mind!
Last year, the girls and I headed to my mom's the day before Thanksgiving. We went to my sister-in-law's house and spent the afternoon baking pumpkin pie and making homemade rolls. 
My grandma and I also spent time debating the best ways to make her rolls, and this year she has told me that we aren't making rolls! I beg to differ! I want my girls growing up knowing how yummy her rolls are! When I was a child, they were the only food I would eat on Thanksgiving!
We watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade every year as well! I loved watching it as a child, and my girls love it too!

One year, I was invited to dance in the parade. Unfortunately, my mom wasn't so keen on sending my 16 year old self to New York City alone, so I wasn't able to go. I remind her of the missed opportunity every year as we watch the parade! Ha!

Once the parade is over, we get dressed, and our family arrives around noon. Then we eat until we are totally stuffed! Everything from turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, broccoli/cheese/rice casserole, and grandma's homemade rolls- yum!
For as long as I can remember, the girls in my family pack up the day after Thanksgiving and head to Branson, Mo. We rent a condo (or two) and then we all pile in, shop all day, and then hang in our pj's at night! I love that the girls have been able to share in this tradition!

You can see all of our Branson Trips HERE.
And all of our Thanksgiving's HERE.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Favorite foods? Do spill!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

We have had a fun-filled, busy, at home weekend! The girls and I typically have pretty lazy weekends, but this weekend was jam packed full of at home fun! DJ flew to Orlando on Thursday, since TU played Friday night, so I declared Thursday and Friday a Girls Night and we made the most of it!
The big girls were able to face time with DJ and Meggie loved watching daddy on the computer! She wanted to "watch daddy" Friday morning before we headed to school. I love that we can face time while he's away, and the girls loved talking to him! He even said their bedtime prayers and afterwards, both of them went to bed. 

The girls had been begging all week to have a sister sleepover, so I told them they could on Friday. As soon as we got home from school we all put on our pajamas!
Once our pj's were on, Gretchen and Megan did "arts and crafts". Gretchen thought of it all by herself! She drew and cut out their hands and they made 'thankful turkey's' and both of them wrote everything they were thankful for and colored their turkeys. 
Then we had a dance party in the living room while we waited on dinner to finish.
I let the girls have breakfast for dinner. They had peaches and cinnamon rolls and had a picnic on the floor while watching t.v. 

We love floor picnics because they're easy to clean up and this was Adalyn's first time joining in with a picnic!
The girls played with babies.
And there may have been a bit of jumping on the couch.

I started a fire because it was so cold out and enjoyed watching the girls play. 

I tucked Adalyn into her room and then I put the big girls in my bed to sleep.
I let them watch one more t.v. show and then tucked them into bed.
Bailey and I enjoyed our fire and watching the TU game on t.v.
When I finally went to bed, I found the girls sleeping like this.

I told DJ that he'd have to sleep in Megan's room once he got home because our bed was full!
Saturday morning, I brought the girls upstairs and worked on a few orders.

That afternoon, the girls and I went to a birthday party.
It was SO cold, but the girls wanted to play outside before we came home. 
There was a crawl through tunnel that was more of a slide than a tunnel.
Poor Megan could not figure out how to get up the tunnel! She threw a huge fit and it was so funny! I had to climb in and push her up. 
We came home and DJ was making his dad's chili and his mom's chex mix! 

He let the girls help.
I'm sure the girls will learn the recipe as they get bigger. Homemade chex mix is a huge holiday tradition in his family, and DJ makes it several times during the holidays!
And we loved the Chili! We had to beg his dad to share the recipe with us several years ago, and it's the only chili that DJ will make.
The girls were crazy silly at dinner.
Before bedtime, the girls had hot chocolate!
It was really good!

DJ let me sleep in on Sunday morning and once I woke up, I started the craziness of decorating our house for Christmas!
Here's a little sneak peek! I snapped this pic with my phone and texted it to my mama! I had to get her stamp of approval.

Adalyn had an early morning nap and then we all had lunch. 
Megan wanted a piece of turkey and I had to put her on the counter to eat it because Bailey ate the first piece out of her hand!

I literally spent the entire day decorating our house, working on laundry, and then cleaning up the huge mess I made. 
I let the girls stay in their pj's all day. Gretchen chose to wear dress up, and Meggie ended up putting on leggings. But other than that, they were just a hot mess all day. 
After dinner was bath time. Adalyn had this crazy hair all weekend because her daycare teacher had put her hair in pigtails and then twisted them around. One of the twists fell out as soon as we got home on Friday, but the other one stayed put, which resulted in half straight and half curly hair. It was crazy!
I was so thankful when DJ got home! We only have one more Sunday of him being at the football offices, and he informed me we only have 11 more days of football season!!!! I finished up with bath time while DJ worked on laundry and then we were able to get it all put away before getting the girls in bed! They must have been exhausted too because neither one of the big girls got out of bed, and Megan actually fell asleep in her room rather than on the floor! 

I can't believe how much we got accomplished this weekend! This week is going to be crazy busy! We have dance tonight, and I have IEP meetings every single day after school this week! Praying that we can make it through the craziness of the next few days so we can enjoy Thanksgiving!

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