Thursday, October 16, 2014

#weltegram2014 October 9-15

Looking back over these pictures, made me remember that we've made some pretty great memories over the last week! Sometimes I think our lives are so routine. We go to school, we come home, I try to get things done around the house, we go to football, and that's the majority of the week. But, we've had some pretty great adventures this week!
October 9- I decided to sew, and realized that it takes twice as long while Adalyn is awake. But, isn't she cute playing peek-a-boo!
October 10- Philly bound for the TU wife trip!
October 11- Home sweet home
October 12- The Welte girls are ready for church!

And, it's on this day that I realized we skipped fall and went straight to winter and my girls didn't have the proper shoes. I'll be blogging about that more next week in my Girl Mom series!
October 13- I took the Welte girls to Carls Jr tonight just so they could play on the big slide.

They have been begging to go to Carls Jr. for months now! I wasn't sure how I would like their food, but they had a turkey burger and I love, love, love Turkey burgers! The big girls had a super fun time playing too! We'll be going back!
October 14- Some serious game film studying going on!

Gretchen ended up getting hurt at school on Wednesday, so I had to take her to the doctor. (She's fine!) So after our doctor appointment, we went to visit DJ at work. 
October 15- I had parent/teacher conferences in the am, and then the afternoon was a mommy/Gretchen day! We went to Cici's Pizza (which I stand by my view that it is 1,000% disgusting- I'd rather go to Chuck E Cheese than Cici's, which is saying a lot because my girls have NEVER been to Chuck E Cheese) Anyway, after pizza we went to see Boxtrolls! We had a pretty great afternoon!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIWW- Casual & Work Wear

Today is my Friday and i'm only working a half day! I am so excited to kick off my weekend and catch up on orders over the weekend! Plus, we'll have to the TU homecoming game, and i'm going to squeeze in organizing Gretchen's closet. I know, I have big plans. 

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! 

Twice a week, I'm able to wear jeans to work. I love me some jean days!

Our weather has been a mixture of 70s and 80s, so I still feel that sandals have been appropriate. Plus, my favorite sandals are these leopard print ones that I bought at Target over the summer, and they're pretty fabulous. I will gladly accept any excuse to continue to wear them. 

I paired my Vigoss jeans with this stripe shirt from Loft and my leather wrap bracelet from Nikel & Suede. 
Again, I pulled out my leopard print sandals, skinny jeans, a long layering tank from Target, and this sheer Navy blouse. 
When we had our wives trip last weekend with the football team, we ate dinner at a yummy Italian restaurant in downtown Philly. I decided to change out of my travel clothes and put on something a little more fun. TU's colors are gold, royal, and red. I paired my Vigoss jeans with a yellow top, and royal blue jewelry. It was a perfect TU look.
Three days a week I have to dress up for work. I loathe those days. I never know what to wear, and typically I wear a dress at least one of those days, and then my Matilda Jane Finns on another day. This leaves one day for dressier work wear. We had parent/teacher conferences yesterday, so I decided I needed to be a bit dressier for the occasion. My pumps are black and camel. My black pants are either from Express or Loft. I've had these for several years, and I think once you invest in a pair, they'll last! My tunic is from Loft, I bought it last spring and my leopard infinity scarf is from Nordstorm. 

Please pardon the mess that is my bedroom. I'm pretty sure my house hasn't been deep cleaned since before school started, and it is desperately showing. 
I've worn this dress a lot this year as well. I bought it last year from Loft. I'm pretty sure I wore this on a rainy day with coral flats and my leopard infinity scarf. This dress is super comfy and i'll be pairing it with leggings and boots as it gets colder!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and if today is your Friday, or if you have Fall Break, then woot, woot!


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Girl Mom~ Fall Photography

It's the time of year when we all start thinking about fall photography sessions for our family! This is the first fall that we aren't having family photos made since we did a huge session last Spring. I think girl mom's have it so tough when it comes to finding the right outfits and poses to capture our precious daughter in these amazing years. Thankfully, once you find a photographer that you love, most other things will fall into place! 

I thought I'd share a handful of my favorite fall poses and pictures that I found on Pinterest. May these help to inspire you as you get family pictures made this fall.
This one is from our session last spring, but I wanted to go ahead and share for a few reasons. First, the session was held outdoors. The flowers were gorgeous in the spring, but they'd be just as gorgeous in the fall. I rented an antique sofa for this family portrait session. Our photographer recommended us bringing a piece of furniture and the sofa was perfect. It contained the girls, and even though this photograph is an "outtake" it's one of my favorites! I love how she captured G jumping off the sofa, Adalyn crawling, and Megan peeking at her baby sister. 

If you have more than 2 kids, think about bringing a piece of furniture outdoors. Your photos will be that much more interesting. 
Photo's don't have to be all smiles. I have this one framed in my living room and I love how these silly sisters are making faces. 

Thank you Madison Vining for always capturing beautiful images of my girls. 
I thought this picture was just precious. I love the leaves, I love the big sister loving her little brother.

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I love this set up for photos. I think props just add so much more dimension! The old quilt, basket full of apples, another basket full of eggs. This is just fall perfection.

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I think every girl needs to have her picture made in cowboy boots. I also love the turquoise crate as a prop. Dimension people.

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And yes, if you have a baby, please put them in a pumpkin. I wanted to do this with Megan and Adalyn and I never did. But, y'all, I die with the cuteness!
While you have your photographer, ask her to capture a few of just you and your daughter. I promise, you will NOT regret it.

This is one that our photographer took last year of Megan and I. It melts my heart that this age and our relationship was captured. 
And, for a family photo look. I think the different shades of brown, the chambray, the posing- it's all perfect. I wish there were some pretty fall trees in the background, but I think this is a great fall portrait!

If you're in the Tulsa area, I highly recommend Madison Vining.
If you live in the Central Arkansas area, I would recommend Lady with a Camera.

If you have a favorite photographer in your area, leave a comment below in case others in your area are looking!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

TU Wives Trip

I took the day off work last Friday for our annual TU wives trip. The wives are invited to every away game if there's room, but once a year, the team has an annual wife trip that is reserved specifically for us and we all look forward to going!
 
DJ took the girls to daycare so I had extra time at the house to pack and try to clean up! I never get it all accomplished, but I was on time and most everything was done so that's a win in my book!
 
Once I arrived at the stadium, lunch was waiting, and then we boarded the bus to head to the airport.
 
All of the wives go through security first, and then the team and our husbands arrive. The team charters a plane, but we still take off from our local airport and we still have to go through security. We don't have to check our bags or anything, they just get them on the plane for us.
I laughed, because you'd think that the team could just relax before getting on the plane, but one of the radio announcers came over to DJ and asked him to burn a copy of something, so DJ pulled out his computer and got everything finished before we had to board the plane.
We are finally on the plane and headed toward Philladelphia! It was about a three hour flight, so DJ downloaded a movie to his ipad that we watched on the plane.
 
Once we landed, we boarded the buses and headed to the team hotel. I went up to the room to relax while DJ went to set up meeting rooms. I saw him for about 10 minutes.
 
That evening the wives headed out for dinner. We drove past the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. By the time we had arrived, everything was closed so we weren't able to actually see anything.
 
We had dinner at an Italian restaurant downtown and it was amazing! We shared appetizers, a bottle of Moscato, Ceasar salad, and I had the lobster ravioli and then we splurged on dessert!
I had cream filled pastries that were covered in chocolate. Delish.
These browstowns were right across from the restaurant, and in my future life, I might actually live in one. Seriously, they're super cute!
 
I convinced our "tour guide" who actually just works in the atheltic department, to take us to the Rocky steps. I knew that while on our trip I wanted to see the Liberty Bell and the Rocky steps.
I think it was about 9:30 when we got there so all of my pictures turned out horrible. We took a group pic, which didn't make it into the post, and then most of us ran up the steps.
I was exhausted at the end. I need to workout more. Way more.
 
This is Karen. She has come to my rescue so many times over the past few years. She's babysat the girls, let us crash in her husbands office during games and is just the best person who literally acts like she doesn't have a care in the world. Seriously, nothing ever bothers her.
And me at the top of the steps!
 
As soon as we got back to the hotel I crashed. DJ took his students out to eat Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and then they were able to drive around and got out to look at the Liberty Bell and they went to the Rocky steps too.
 
Our game was at noon, so we had to get up and out of the hotel early. We boarded the buses around 9:15 and took off to the stadium. I think DJ left the hotel at 8, so I saw him for about 5 minutes that morning.
 
Once we arrived at the game, the team went into their locker rooms and the wives headed over to the baseball stadium and their restaurant for an alumni brunch.
 
It was rainy and cold and we had to walk about 1/2 a mile to get to the baseball stadium, and then back to the Eagles stadium for the game.
 
We were held up in security, because we had brought our purses that were too big according to the NFL rules. They ended up making an exception after checking and tagging our bags, and we missed the coin toss. I even brought my smallest cross body bag, seriously, it's smaller than a piece of paper, because most schools do have a bag size rule, and my bag was deemed too big!
DJ managed to get an extra press pass for me and I was able to sit in the press box during the game. I was warm and I got to see my hubby work and watch the game, and I was happy.
 
I don't think anyone realizes what goes on behind the scenes of a football game. Most people think it's just the players and the coaches, but y'all, there is so, so much more. There were mabye 50 people in our area and the most mono-tone announcer I've ever heard, but it's not about excitement and cheering behind the scenes. Everyone is keeping stats, updating their schools web pages, and my hubby was breaking down the game film.
This is his little set up. At the end of each quarter, one of his students pick up the film, which is recorded on little camera cards. He sticks them into his computer and then does a rough cut of the game. He gets to watch the 1st and 3rd quarter, but the rest of the time he's busy working on film. The coaches want their film ready to watch as soon as they board the plane, so that's his job. Thanks to technology, he's able to make that happen.
After the game, we were in a hurry to get downstairs and catch the buses. We ran by the Philadelphia Eagles locker room and I had to snap a quick selfie. Please pardon my rain drenched, now dried hair.
 
I boarded the bus and could pick up an after game meal if I wanted. The team had philly cheesesteak sandwiches so I passed.
 
Once everyone was back on the buses we headed to the airport. When the team leaves, we go through a private terminal and a very quick security screen and then we get on the plan where another pre-game meal is waiting on us.
 
DJ had a film crises before we took off, but he managed to work his magic and get it fixed not long after we were in the air.
It was cold, dark, and rainy when we left, and then I looked at my window to the sun shining and a sky full of fluffy white clouds. I love these glimpses of heaven.
We landed back in Tulsa around 8:45 and I headed home to my girls!
 
My mom and grandma came up and kept the girls and they did a few projects in my house that i'll share later this week!
Sunday morning we took the girls to church. I realized how unprepared we are for cold weather, because Gretchen's only "church" shoes were her sandals.
And, Addy Pearl has a closet full of shoes, but none of them fit her, so she had to wear her sandals too. Her foot needs to grow fast.
 
After church we came home for lunch and I put Adalyn down for her nap.
The big girls and I worked on making Gretchen's halloween costume.
 
Can anyone guess what she'll be? We ended up gluing 200 cotton balls on a long sleeve turtleneck yesterday, and i'm sure we have about 600 more to go to complete her costume.
After Addy woke up, she and Megan played with a box. Best toy ever. Adalyn sat in the box and Megan pushed her around a dozen times.
We didn't have our Sunday night Bible study, so the girls had cheese quessadilla for dinner. We watched gymnastics on t.v. and I tried to do some cleaning.
 
I have a 2 1/2 day work week this week and let me tell you, I'm totally looking forward to a long weekend!
 
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Friday, October 10, 2014

#weltegram2014 October 2-8

I'm skipping out on Friday Favorites today and updating my weekly Weltegram's! After such  busy week, I'm thankful to be off today and heading to Philly to spend some "quality" time with my hubby! We probably won't see each other much since it's a quick football trip, but we'll watch a movie on the plane, not have to worry about feeding our children or making sure they fall asleep, and it should be a great weekend!

Now, on to the wrap up:
October 2- Addy Pearl was a super happy girl
October 3- The girls are having a pizza picnic and movie night since daddy was away!
October 4- Addy Pearl's first doughnut. 

Side note: Her daycare teacher started putting her hair in pigtails and I died over the cuteness! So, pigtails for AP has become her new do.
October 5- Meggie gets to jump on her bed at bedtime and we count to 10.

Someone gave us this idea this summer as we were having trouble getting her to wind down. The sensory input of jumping should technically help to calm her system, but alas, it does not, but on the bright side, she's learning to count!
October 6- Coloring and waiting on dinner. 

I ended up taking the girls to Sonic after Gretchen's dance class. I have a very hard time cooking during football season; especially when we have late nights getting home!
October 7- Homework time! 
October 8- Gretchen was chosen as student of the week!

Have a fabulous weekend lovelies! XO

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Big Huge Wrap-Up

We are staying busier and busier around here and blogging has fallen much to the way side. I'll be skipping my typical Thursday posts today, and instead, doing a much needed wrap up of what we've been up to! 
I've said over and over again that I love having Gretchen at my school. Last week, I was on my way to eat lunch as her class was coming in from recess. Gretchen asked me to eat lunch with her so I obliged. We texted DJ this picture of us. I sure do love that she's not embarrassed by me yet and I'm still cool enough for her to want to eat lunch with me.
Addy Pearl loves to play in the ottoman! Megan will open it up and Addy climbs right on in. 
Friday night DJ had an away football game so the girls had a pizza picnic and movie night.
Megan and Adalyn are beginning to develop a super sweet little friendship. I can't way to watch them grow and play together more and more. Megan loves being a big sister!
Friday night I had a comment game on my Facebook page and it went super well! Thank you all so much for your support and showing up to play along! I've shipped out tons of orders already, and i'll be getting the rest shipped out by Monday!
I woke up Saturday morning to see that Megan had decided to give her baby dolls "stamps". She painted several of them with fingernail polish, so it is no way up high in my linen closet!
The girls and I had doughnuts for breakfast so we texted DJ this picture before we left the house. 
The big girls picked out Halloween doughnuts!
And Adalyn ate her very first doughnut! So yummy!
Addy Pearl is a climber! We typically keep a stool out in our kitchen and Adalyn is having so much fun climbing on it to reach the counters. 
We let Megan jump on her bed before we tuck her in. I'm not sure if it helps to calm her down, but it's a great way to get out some energy and practice some counting!
And for reals, does anyone else's front seat look like this?!
I took the girls to Sonic for dinner on Monday night. Gretchen had dance so we typically just pick something up on the way home. Gretchen enjoyed coloring in her diary while we waited for our food to arrive. 
And Megan fell asleep like this on Monday night!
On Tuesday, I decided to make candy corn/white chocolate chip cookies. They definitely did NOT turned out as I had planned. They were a little too sticky, but the girls love them!
Homework is now a nightly routine for us! Gretchen was chosen as star student and had to make this poster for her class. 
And Addy Pearl waited and waited for the cookies to get out of the oven!

Whew! This catches us up for a bit! I'll be doing my #weltegram2014 post tomorrow rather than Friday Favorites, and DJ and I are headed out on a much needed away trip this weekend, even though it will be a super quick football trip!

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