Monday, April 16, 2018


Hey friends! Clearly I'm slow going on this back to blogging thing! I'm just taking it at my own speed and have decided that I'm no longer trying to "keep up". I'm just going to blog what I want and when I want! We had a fun weekend!

We met up with friends at our local farm and went strawberry picking and got to play at their play area. It was a lot of fun! The strawberries weren't quite ripe yet, but the kids didn't mind and had fun hunting to find them. Graham was a pro and found tons, I think he was at the right eye level.

After naps the boys and I went to a birthday party for our sweet Tate. She was turning 9 and was so sweet to invite the boys. She was having a slime party....note to self, slime is a mess! I wouldn't let Jack bring it home (mean mom!) After the party the boys went to a sleep over with their grandaddy and Patrick and I went to dinner with some friends. I failed to take any photos of any of these events after the strawberry patch!

Soccer started back today! I was a little worried about Jack not being on the same team as all his friends like in the fall so I prepped him over and over about the possibility of not knowing anyone on his team and how he can make new friends. He did great! He knows two little girls on his team from school. He scored his first goal (and one for the other team ha)

We took a trip to lowes and grabbed lunch after soccer followed by naps and working in the yard for those that didn't nap (Jack)

Post naps my wonderful babysitter came over to take some pictures of the boys. She is so good and quick! She got some great shots. I'll share all of them in a post later this week.

Since the boys were so good during pictures I took them to Pelicans to get a snowball, Jack has been begging for one for weeks. We enjoyed it on the porch!

We went to our friends for dinner that

After my MIL passed away we started going to church with my FIL. We have been attending that church regularly since then and decided to join (or re-join for Patrick). Yesterday was the day we became official members. I love that my boys will grow up in the same church that their dad did. Several people came up to us yesterday telling us how they remembered 2 little red heads sitting in the pew just about 35 years ago. We enjoyed our previous church a lot but are happy with our change.

We all took afternoon naps and then my mom came to town for a visit!

I really am failing as a blogger at taking pictures, I guess I've been trying to "be in the moment" rather than having my phone out at every moment.

*linking up with Biana and Lindsay

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wrapping Paper Orginazation

I am the worst about buying wrapping paper/tissue paper/bags/ribbon every time I need to wrap something. Probably because I have never had a good way to store all of this and it ends up in random places in my house. All my Christmas paper and ribbon was in this one disheveled container, birthday paper and bags were in another place and I just couldn't figure out a way to get it organized. Until I saw Andrea post how she did hers and I thought..this is genius! So once rainy day Patrick and I were going to Raleigh for a State game and had some extra time and ventured over to the Container Store. Got all of the things we needed and voila, instant wrapping paper/gift wrap station!

This whole set is super easy to install and very customizable. It can be a bit pricy but we caught a great sale and shockingly Patrick didn't grumble at the price. I love that you can pick different pieces to suit your needs. I have it in our play room closet which has become a bit of a craft closet for me. I love that everything is in one place and I now don't have to search all over for it!

 I love that all of my ribbon is in one place now.

This little section is great and you can buy different pieces that fit into the board for whatever needs you have! I have scissors, tape, extra ribbon.

 And of course, a place for all that wrapping paper!

I also keep tissue paper and party bags in a basket in the closet. Its a one stop place for all my wrapping needs!

Bonus, I just checked and the Elfa closet systems are 25% off! This is your time to buy!

*linking up with Owen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Remember Me?

Well hello there! Remember me? Gah, I really went MIA for awhile there. I'll be honest, I needed a break. Part of me was ready to give up blogging but I missed it and my dad gave me some words of encouragement last week when we were visiting so I'm back and ready to get back to it! Life has been  chaotic, fun, and crazy with these 2 little boys of mine. We had spring break last week and I failed to take many photos but we had a ton of fun over the week of Easter and I'm going to take you back to two weeks ago and share all about or Easter!

The boys had Easter parties at school. Graham had 2 egg hunts because he goes both M/W an T/Th

We went to our friends beautiful house for a fun afternoon with the Easter bunny. Complete with a bounce house and egg hunt!

Easter Sunday the boys woke up to treats from the Easter Bunny! 

We then went to church

My sweet MIL is buried in the columbarium at our Church and every Sunday we walk right past her on our way to Sunday School and the boys stop and blow kisses. I just happened to catch this on this day and it is so sweet. Even if no one says anything Graham will run up and say "hey nana!"

After church we came home and had brunch with our dear friends followed by a little egg hunt to round out our week of Easter fun!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Favorites- Shoe Dupes

Hey friends! Once again it's been far too long since I've been on here. The winter is dragging out and my creative juices are just not what they used to be. But I am slowly starting to come up with some great topics for spring, so stick with me!

Today I'm sharing with you some amazing shoe dupes! Target has been killing it lately in the shoe department and I have to say I am loving their prices!

O N E | I have been wanting a pair of open toe booties but just couldn't seem to pull the trigger, so you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered these at Target and realized they looked identical to the Vince Camuto ones at Nordstrom.

 Target: $34.99
Vince Camuto: Originally $149.99 on sale for $89.96

T W O | Wedges are always popular this time of year and The Marc Fisher wedge is back again this year. I was shocked when I found these online at Target and realized they were almost identical!

 Target: $32.99
Marc Fisher: $159.95

T H R E E | Another cute pair of wedges! The Michael by Michael Kors has been around for awhile and these Target ones are very similar! 

 Target: $29.99
Michael by Michael Kors: Originally $98.95 on sale for $74.21

F O U R | Block heels are the latest trend this season and I have been on the hunt for a pair for church. You can find this style pretty much anywhere these days and I thought the Target version was so similar to the Same Edelman version

Target: $29.99

Sam Edelman: $119.95

I have tried on both the bootie and the block heel and both are so comfortable. I can't wait to start wearing the booties! We don't have much planned this weekend other than a fun little Easter Egg Hunt party at some friends house on Sunday. I think Patrick and I have a date night planned and other than that we will just be with the boys. I am sure its going to rain given our track record lately! 

*linking up with April and Andrea