Friday, September 22, 2017

Five Things That Bring Me Joy

Happy Friday! Today I'm doing my Friday Favorites a bit differently, I'm talking about things that bring me joy!

O N E | Seeing my FIL with my boys... He is the sweetest with them and has the kindest heart. They are currently at the beach together for the weekend and I know will have the best time!

T W O | Clean Sheets.. There is nothing better than getting into bed at night with freshly changed sheets. They are crisp, have such a good smell and generally so much better than any other night you get into bed, ha!

T H R E E | Phone calls/texts with old friends...The kind of friends that you may not talk to every day but when you do talk it's as if nothing has changed.

F O U R | Today is the official first day of Fall...This brings me so much joy. Fall is by far my favorite season. (Well Other than Christmas) My birthday is in two weeks, then Graham turns 2, Halloween, and Jack turns 4. So many fun things happen during the fall. And don't even get me started on the weather, I can't wait for the cool crisp mornings!

F I V E | Picking up Graham from school...The boys are on separate playgrounds when I pick them up. I always get Jack first and then we go and get Graham. As soon as Graham sees Jack he runs as fast as he can to the fence yelling "JAACCCK" over and over. It's the sweetest thing. They love each other so much!

There you have it. Five things that are currently bringing me joy right now. This weekend Patrick and I are having a kid free weekend! What? That never happens, at least not when we are home. We always are going somewhere when the boys are gone for the weekend. I'm excited to go visit my bestie who's baby girl is still in the hospital and tomorrow night we are going to dinner with some friends. A much needed relaxing and restful weekend is ahead. And if you ask Patrick, he will say he's going to watch Game Of Thrones the whole weekend...he's finally on season seven. ha!

Have a great weekend, friends!

*Linking up with Beth, Andrea, April, and Katie

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Life Lately

It's been a long time since I've done a big ole photo dump/life lately!

Jack Started soccer last Saturday and had the best time! He is on the same team as 3 of his best buds! I can't wait to watch these games over the coming weeks.

Last weekend we celebrated one of best friends 40th Birthday! It was such a fun night. And I just have to give major props to this charcuterie board that my friend made! Seriously it was amazing!

The boys had a spend the night with grandaddy over the weekend and they made us breakfast the next day. I'm learning that it's a boys world and I'm just living in it!

We had to cheer on our Panthers on Sunday, and by cheer I mean they watched their iPads while we watched, ha!

I love getting pictures from Grahams sweet teacher during the school day!

Just 3 boys doing their thing.

Excuse this blurry pic but Graham loves to dress up and it makes me laugh every time!

It's impossible to get a decent picture these days!

Last night we all went to the fair. It's a tradition that we've done since Jack was a baby. We meet up with Patrick's parents, brother and our nephew. Here's where I'm going to be real honest..Graham was a disaster. He wasn't tall enough to ride any rides and all he wanted to do was run in every which way possible. He was losing his mind crying because we wouldn't let him and Patrick and I got fed up so we left with him and left Jack with Grandaddy. I am reminded why I always get a sitter for him for things like this. We missed out on having fun with Jack because of it. I feel like a failure because I don't understand why other families can do fun things with small kids. I am just going to have to realize that right now getting a babysitter for Graham is the best option, I don't want to miss out on having fun with Jack. Having said that, Steve is the best grandaddy ever. Jack had a blast! They even went up on a helicopter ride. We missed Donna being there and I felt such a void but I'm glad we can still go and do and enjoy these little moments!

So there you go. A big ole photo dump of what we have been up to lately! What have you been up to?

*Linking up with Annie 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Finding Grace in Motherhood

I'm coming at you today with something that was laid on my heart last week. I was reading this book that sweet Owen recommend and I came across this passage. It brought me to tears.

Then I was doing my usual facebooking and in one of the many mom support groups I'm in a girlfriend from college commented about trying to get her baby girl to sleep and on a schedule. We began to message back and fourth. She is a new mama to a precious 8 week old baby girl, I feel like I'm somewhat seasoned as a mama of two who has been where she was. I so desperately wanted my boys (Graham especially) to get on a schedule. I was crazy and neurotic about it. I would get so upset when Graham wouldn't nap in his crib, or wouldn't follow the schedule that was provided for me in this one book. And ya'll, guess what.. He is a great sleeper now. He STTN and consistently takes a 3 hour nap daily. And you know what, he would have learned that regardless of if I had held him for every nap he took when he was an infant.

So as I began talking to my sweet friend I came to realize that we as mothers have got to give ourselves some grace!! Here I sit with an almost 2 year old and an almost 4 year old. I no longer have any babies in my house. And the reality is, while I would love a third that may never happen. I missed out on all the snuggling and the holding because I was adamant about a schedule. I craved that routine and needed just a few minutes to myself. And now, now I miss it! I hold Graham as we rock before bedtime and he no longer lays across my body, He rests his head on my shoulder. Jack is so big that I can hardly carry him without getting out of breath. My boys are growing up, and while I love it, it's so fun, I desperately miss them as babies.

For all your sweet new mamas desperately wanting a schedule, or for your babe to sleep all night and nap in their crib. Don't for one second let someone tell you that you are spoiling them if you hold them. Don't for one second think that it will be impossible to get them sleeping in their own crib if you hold them for every nap when they are a newborn. Its just not true. Give those babies all the snuggles and love you can because soon enough you will blink and your sweet little red headed boys will now be walking talking toddlers and growing out of the "little kid" size shoes.

And I too need to take this advice, many of you know Jack has had some sleep issues pretty much since Graham was born. He gets in our bed 99% of the nights. And while I desperately long to have him sleep all night in his bed, the reality is, one day soon he will want to sleep in my bed for the last time. And that will be it, he will never want to snuggle with me at night again. So I too am trying to give myself grace!

This mom-ing thing is hard y'all! Every stage has its ups and downs, and every stage makes you question your ability to parent. But as long as we are giving these babies the love that they so deserve they will turn out a-okay in the end!

*Linking up with Beth and Erika 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-YAY!!! I'm so glad the weekend is here. Our boys are spending the night with their grandaddy on Saturday and we are going to one of our best friends 40th birthday parties!

On to my favorites for the week...

O N E | Girls Night Out.... last night I met some of my girlfriends for dinner. We all have kids that are the same age. We often get together with kids to play but getting out without them is always so fun. It's so nice to have friends that are going through the same stage of life as you. We are able to talk about all things kids but then able to leave that behind and just have a good time. Thankful for these sweet mamas!!

T W O | Old Navy Jeggings... Ya'll know my love for ON Rockstar jeggings. Well I recently got the black pair in the mail and wore them last night. They are definitely a favorite of mine! I predict they become a staple in my fall wardrobe.

T H R E E | iPhone X.... So I am admittedly a technology junkie. So of course I watched the live stream of the apple reveal of the new iPhone this week #nerdalert. This phone looks so cool to me, but of course before I could even get the words out that I wanted it Patrick was saying "NO!". I do think the price tag is ridiculous.

F O U R | Jack... Of course he is always a favorite of mine! He decided that he and Graham would be Power Rangers for halloween this year. Well their costumes came in the mail this week. Grahams came first and Jack was so mad because his hadn't arrived yet. Well he decided to put Grahams on and man I got a good laugh out of this!  He also go dropped off in carpool yesterday at school and he was so excited. I let him hope in the front seat once we were there so he didn't have to climb over Graham to get out. Why does he all of a sudden look so old to me!

F I V E | Graham... My last favorite but certainly not my least! Sweet Grahammy got a haircut yesterday. He was so so good. Just sat there and watched my phone while she did her thing. Thankfully both boys are really good for haircuts because their hair grows so fast they have to get them frequently!

What are your favorites from the week? Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Have a great Friday friends!

*Linking up with Andrea, April, Claire, Anna, Amanda, Katie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What's Up Wednesday- What's In My Bag

Ya'll know how nosey I am so today I am giving you a glimpse inside my bag. However, my purse has become super boring lately since I don't have to carry all the baby things (all the praise hands!) So I'm giving you a glimpse inside another bag. I like to cal this my "go bag" I keep it inside my car so that anytime I'm out and need something I have it, but I don't have to carry it inside with me wherever I go.

#1 - I picked up this first aid kit from Target. In it I have a small first aid kit, tylenol, wet wipes, deodorant, eye drops, chap stick, neosporine, bandaids, anti itch cream.

#2. I don't carry diapers or wipes in my purse regularly anymore, often times we aren't going anywhere long enough for me to need them, but if we are I will grab this changing pad and throw it in my bag, It holds a thing of wipes and a diaper folded inside. It's so easy to grab and go.

 #3- I love these Stella & Dot puffs. I keep this for me in the bag. Random things that I may need.

 #4. I always have a change of clothes in my bag. I have spare underpants for Jack along with socks, and a full change of clothes. I also have an outfit for Graham.

 #5 & 6 - Diaper, wipes (flushable for Jack), and those bags to dispose dirty diapers in.

I love that I don't have to carry everything but the kitchen sink in my purse anymore but this bag makes it so nice to know that I have everything I need at my fingertips! Moms of kids that aren't baby babies do you still carry a diaper bag or something like this?

*linking up with Jenn and Andrea