Dec 6, 2016

My husband is a great gift giver but...



My husband is probably the best gift giver I have ever known ( I AM lucky!) but he is the WORST at waiting or keeping the surprise a secret!!!

So.... I know all of my Christmas presents already. Some actually showed up on Friday, so I have already started to enjoy them! .. This year I actually came up with a Christmas list, which did make his job a little easier. I like practical every-day items.  And the fact he saved us some money but making the purchases over the Thanksgiving holiday. extra win!



I got to say, he did goooood this year, as always! He got it good this year too, as we picked up his present on Friday ... a new TV for the living room. Which took us a hot minute to get it set up and mounted on the wall. The kids played well, while  we were trying to get it figured out and ended up eating cereal for dinner... but no one complained ;)

And then Saturday I made up for it by breaking my Dutch Oven with my first pot roast! Both were a success. I used a mixture of this recipe and this one, if you are interested!



I think all of the presents have been ordered..   Now to focus on our Christmas bucket list. Our two big things are gingerbread houses and going to see Christmas lights.

Is your hubby a good gift giver? Do you know what you are getting? Holiday shopping done yet?

Nov 28, 2016

Thanksgiving weekend recap

Thanksgiving turned out wonderful. We traveled to PA and I didn't have to cook a thing!

My grandma and aunt made all the traditional Thanksgiving foods with a few extras and it was a hit. I think all the kids had seconds or thirds!

We got to visit with my grandma, dad and step mom, all my sisters, aunt and uncle... lots of laughs and stories!

The kids did really good traveling but were quite tired, as was I, throughout the trip and since we've been home!

It was a quick 2 day trip but much needed. We snuck in some pictures since we were all together and I still need to get them emailed to everyone .

When we got home Calvin and I snuck off to do some Christmas browsing and a had a little date while discussing Christmas gifts and purchased our Christmas tree .. I'm usually ahead of the game, but not this year! I have only purchased two presents so far!



Christmas decorating in progress!!


Nov 15, 2016

Monday was good to me


The time change was suppose to give us an hour, right? Well something happened and my kids LOST 2 hours!?!?!!. Which means I have been getting a 5:30 am wake up call.  Ah, well. The kids are currently drawing at the big table and I have water heating on the stove for my coffee.

My husband is the early bird, he always has been. I do have to agree when I get up early I get more things accomplished. Yesterday I had everything done before lunch (except one load of laundry I chose not to fold that is currently in the dryer). And Mel took a morning nap instead of her afternoon nap which was a big help also. And I got to have a little midmorning rest:

new slipper socks from Muk-Luks - so soft and warm, perfect gift for Christmas!


It really is good for me though. I got to play a game with the kids, we watched one episode of Chopped on Netflix, and I read them a book. Dare I say I'm starting to like these early mornings? Haha. 3pm rolled around and I felt like it should have been 5 or 6 o'clock!

I am also realizing I'm on my phone a whole lot less these days which means I'm "finding" pockets of time to read a book myself, play with the kids, or just sit down and enjoy watching the kids play.. or them play with baby brother. I have seen the awe in the 'big' kids' eyes on seeing a new baby(mel) but I cannot wait to see Melanie. She loves to shake my belly and tell him to 'wake up - breakfast" as she says. I want savor these moments forever!  I'm sure she'll be excited to 'play' with him!


Oh, and early bedtimes are my jam! ... I have read before that the more hours you get to bed before midnight the better you sleep?! I don't know if that's true, but when 9 p.m. hits, my body makes me feel like it's midnight! But I really am sleeping better, even with my pregnancy aches and baby boy's nighttime party kicks.

I think I may keep this routine :)

Nov 3, 2016

25 weeks with baby #4!



Ah, those first 20ish weeks seem to fly by and now the weeks seem to be crawling!!


Scarf: Old / Sweater: on sale here / pants: Old


Overall I am feeling pretty good. My only complaint is that I literally wake up at night from being kicked from the inside out!

I've had to buy some more maternity clothes, a lot of which can be worn next spring post-baby! I like to be frugal :) Most of my old maternity had been through at least 2 pregnancy so it was time to throw it out.

My cravings are pretty healthy and/or minimal. Salads and smoothies have been staples! Comfort food is being cooked a lot (chili, chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes) but I can't say that is all pregnancy, I think some of it has to do with the change of season.

Weigh gain:  I think I have only weighed myself at home less than handful of times. I'm right around 15 lbs gained. But honestly I don't worry to much when I know I am eating right.


I am looking forward to a thanksgiving trip to see family and a bit bummed we can't really plan a mini vacation for Christmas with being 6ish weeks from DD.

My next DR apt is the glucose test (YUCK). I have yet to fail it, so I am not worried.

Baby was breech at my gender reveal ultrasound but I am pretty sure he has changed positions since. And he is the size of a cucumber and around 1.5 lbs (according to my app).

My anxiety is lessened now that we are farther into the pregnancy (and lots of praying!) and everything seems completely normal, but I feel like I still can't breathe until I hold him in my arms.

Oh, and I am a huge emotional mess so there's that. Thankfully hubby has been through this 3 other times so he just knows how I am. :)

Oct 31, 2016

Our $25 anniversary date

Last Friday was our anniversary! 8 years together and 1 year married.

Pin it HERE


Thanks to Nana we got to head out Saturday for a day date while the kids got to have some quality time and play out all their energy!

We drove to a nearby town and found a locally owned coffee shop to grab a little lunch and coffee. We were going to grab it to go but she brought it out on a little plates so we just enjoyed our sandwiches there and saved our coffee to go.



Then we headed to the state park. Originally I thought hubby had asked for me to bring the camera to take pictures of the fall leaves on our walk but instead we did a little photo shoot! how sweet is he to think of that!? And we (I mean he) figured out how to set the self timer.



We also took a few pictures of the bison to show the kids.



                            


We walked and talked and just really enjoyed each other. Before kids {and broke} we always did outdoor stuff together including summer canoeing and winter walks (are they considered hikes, cause it sure feels like a little more work than just a walk?haha) ... The weather was amazing on Saturday and we sure enjoyed it. We lucked out because Sunday was dark and rainy all day.

It may be too simple of a anniversary date for some, but to me (us) it was a perfect date and took us down memory lane! We normally go for day dates because we like to be home to put kids to bed and lunch/day dates tend to be less crowded and cheaper !

Coffee and sandwich lunch:  $16.85
State Park entrance fee: $7.00
($9 for out of state residents)

Our total spent: $23.85!



Now I just need order some prints!


Oct 18, 2016

Deep cleaning, decluttering, and debt free journey


I don't know if it's the fall weather or the nesting has already kicked in. But deep cleaning and decluttering the house is my jam right now!

Deep cleaning and decluttering:



-swapped out summer clothes and bought majority of fall/winter clothes
-went through my clothes that don't fit now, summer clothes and donated stuff I didn't love. which left me with less to pack away for next year.
-scrubbed bathroom grout with baking soda, perioxide, and a toothbrush. Hubby didn't seem to think it was a big deal but I think it lightened the floor a lot! ha. still need to finish doing the small bathroom.
-cleaned out the majority of our"catch all" closet.
-went through baby boy clothes and have a good 0-3 month wardrobe, and will fill in beyond that when it's time.
- finish signing up for paperless billing so I can get rid of my file box and downsize to a thin binder.
-hubby and I went through the vitamin/medicine shelf. wow, much needed!
- I had a few random piles that I kept saying I was going to take pictures and try to sell, but instead I just took them to the salvation army so I can be done with them.


I haven't picked up a paintbrush in over three weeks and didn't renew my etsy shop listings. I do have my printables up, but I just have so much on my plate I was feeling guilty. And I also had time guilt - putting hours each week and neglecting other responsibilities without a steady financial return, so I freed myself and when I feel inspired it's on my terms. .. instead I have read 3 books, started my 4th book and of course, lots of cleaning!

We are still working on house projects. We put up some trim and crown molding *heart eye emojis* and a bit of work done in Ashton's room also. I finished sanding the bathroom door and still need to prime and paint it. (hopefully this week!)

Debt Free Journey

I follow many blogs, youtube channels, and listen to Dave Ramsey. And although we have loosely followed his plan 2/3ish years we finally recommitted this summer and I am so excited on the progress we have made over the last three months.

Our biggest reason we've made so much headway is because hubby has been working lots of long hours and working through weekends. If I remember correctly last month he was only home 6 days! And he's on track to do the same this month. Thankfully he is working close enough we went and saw him during those long weeks and brought him food and did his laundry!




I am starting Rachel Cruze's (Dave Ramsey's daughter) clip system. It's where you take out money for your categories but instead of envelopes, like Dave says, you use mini clips to sort your money. I'm only take out 3 categories: eat out, groceries, and my "allowance" money (aka blow money).  I'll be using my bank card for gas, and few other things,  and will transfer on payday to savings for the sinking funds. I'm so excited ! #nerdalert


Happy Tuesday!






Oct 6, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 21 weeks

Over the halfway mark, wow! The first 12 weeks went slow due to the constant sick feeling, all day nausea, throw-up-at-any-moment looonnnnggg days. And now they seem to be flying by!

The second trimester is so refreshing! My energy is back, I can pretty much eat normal again, and my belly is finally getting some pregnancy shape! My only 'complaint' is literally getting woke up in the middle of the night from kicking and squirming around!


If you missed it over on IG, we took the kids with us to our big ultrasound and found out we are having another BOY!  We were so excited! He is measuring right on track and all his stats and measurements look great! Daddy thinks he will come out looking just like Ashton did (granted, the girls looked very similar at birth, so it wouldn't be too much of a shock).

It's so fun to stop referring to him as "the baby" and call him by his name! Gosh, I love it.!

                                                                      top from PinkBlush Maternity

I've only gained 4 lbs so far. I'm craving salads (homemade is ALWAYS better) and lots of fruit. I've started to buy some maternity clothes. Depending on the shirt fit I can sometimes buy one size up in regular shirts and I can get more use out of them post partum. I think my fall/winter wardrobe options are going to be mostly one of these two options :

               
tank, cardigan & leggings / via Pinterest                    tunic & pants / via Pinterest


I'm so looking forward to fall, cooler temperatures, the chore of raking leaves, and soup season!!