FIRST DAY OF SUMMER + SOME GOALS

 

It’s finally here. The day we have all been waiting for.

The first day of summer!!

This is going to be an exciting summer for us. We have a lot of things planned for the next couple of months and I am really excited.  We are celebrating my 31st birthday, taking a road trip back home to Florida, and there’s there’s talk of skydiving in our near future. We’re also planning on taking a couple of days and checking into a hotel without the babies… something we haven’t done in a long time.

I was looking back at last year’s Summer goals and I can’t help to think about this past season in our life.  It was a season of change, of unpredictability, of trust in Christ and a lot of solitude.  We have come far friends.  A year ago I was pregnant with Emory and just focused on having a good delivery and a smooth transition for all of us at home. Little did I know that a few months later we would be packing up our bags and everything we owned to move across the country. So many changes!!

This year I thought I’d share a few summer goals and when next summer rolls around, I can count the fruit and see how far God has taken us.

Here are my Summer 2017 goals. 
  • Finish reading Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Livingby Shauna Niequist  with my sister-in-love and go through two more books before the fall (any recommendations?)
  • Get outdoors with the kids once a day- phone-free and engage them. Love on them by giving of myself.  By running with them, chasing them and making memories
  • Continue on our clean eating plan- and share more #whole30 approved meals on the blog
  • Open my home and embrace community- Let down my insecurities and give of myself through relationships. Trust more.
  • Stick to a three day content calendar. Solve problems through my posts. Serve my readers. Point them to Christ.
  • Celebrate turning 31. Thank God for his blessings and embrace this body that He has gifted me with
  • Spend time taking better care of myself through exercise, healthy eating and taking breaks.  Let go of the guilt of thinking that it’s never about me and remember that I can’t give if I’m not refueling
I know some of these are a little broad, but the main topics are there and I’m excited about the next few moths. We’re also looking forward to the fall in NE.  I hear it’s the prettiest of all the seasons!
Here’s to a wonderful summer filled with eating al-fresco, water balloon fights and all things cold!

 

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ALE

With father’s day right around the corner, I wanted to take some time and love on our sweet papa Ale! He’s such a great dad and I am blessed beyond belief to have him in my life and in the life of our kiddos.  He’s kind, generous, loving and always always makes time for us.

Ale, I hope you know you are loved. Your kids and I think you are something wonderful and I wanted to share with you a little video that Grace and I put together.  Here it is:

Also, here are a few thoughts from your kiddos:

Grace “I love my daddy because he spins me around until I get really dizzy”

Haddon “Daddy is my friend”

Emory “bye bye”

Ale, thank you for loving so hard on our kids and for showing them the Gospel of Christ through your daily actions.  Thank you for paying with them, for learning all of their favorite songs on the guitar and for always kneeling down to hug them. Thank you for thinking of them before yourself and for those kisses you give them.  I knew from the first time you held Grace in your arms that you would figure this gig out and shine! You are so special to us and mean so much to all of us! I know that there’s not much that we can buy you or gift you, so take our love and our commitment to loving you as our gift.  You are an amazing dad!

Although you’ll be working this father’s day (thanks for working so hard for us!) we hope you remember us and remember how much we love you. Also, we may swing by with cupcakes this Sunday, so have a light lunch.

Love,

Mom, Grace, Haddon, Emory and Bauer.

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SUMMER DAYS AND PLATTE RIVER STATE PARK

Last Friday, we spent the day out visiting different parks in Omaha and we somehow stumbled upon Platte River State Park. It was such a lovely coincidence that we just happen to find that park along our car ride and we decided to go in and explore. We stumbled upon the prettiest creek and found a separate trail with a hidden waterfall.
The kids are becoming littleexplores. Grace gets really excited when we tell her we’re going “trailing” and she is always looking for treasure. Most of the time she finds tree branches and stones and brings them home and then collects all of them.
A couple of days ago Haddon twisted his ankle and has not been able to put much pressure on it so…. we’ve had to carry him everywhere. We have the option of staying home and taking it easy, but it was a perfect day and there was no way we were going to stay indoors. We distracted him by sticking his feet in the water and letting him splash around. It was fun seeing him and Alex playing with sticks and building a dam with stones.
I think there’s something so special about being outdoors with your kids and enjoying nature, breathing in the fresh air and getting dirty!
I know it’s not easy for everyone to get outside to a state park with little ones, but If you do, here are a few things I like to keep in mind.

Also, if a big adventure is not your thing, here are my tips on taking your kids to the playground.

  • Fuel up. Having kids makes you realize how important it is to have proper nutrition.  I make sure the kids have a good breakfast before heading out and I bring plenty of snacks for them. I usually pack bananas, raisins, apples, fruit pouches and lots of water! I also pack snacks for myself like protein bars and coconut water.  Having the right snacks and energy keep our blood sugar level, keeps the crankiness away and allows all of us to really enjoy each other’s company.
  • Get in the game. Your kids want to play with you, take the opportunity to engage them.  Take a few pictures and then put the phone down because you’ll never get this moment back. Your kids will never be this little again, and I know for a fact that your kids will have a better time with you then without you.
  • Use your tools.  Bring your stroller, bring your baby carrier, a blanket, a tent… Bring whatever tool you need to be able to participate.  I like to bring my Ergo and carry Emory in there. That way I have two hands ready to lift another kid or two tie someone’s shoelaces or to give someone water. It takes a toll on my back, but when I’m able to use these things to my advantage, it’s easier for me to participate and have a great time with them.
Of course there are a few other tips, like if you can bring someone with you it would help tremendously and always watch your surroundings. What’s important is that your present and that you enjoy them!!
Anyway, we are looking forward to spending most of our weekends out and about this summer.  So, if you need us that’s where we’ll be!

 

 

 

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FAVORITE THINGS + A SUMMER GIVEAWAY

I am SO excited about this giveaway for you! I have teamed up with several wonderful businesses and artists to bring you an assortment of goodies you are going to love this summer!

Before I jump into what is up for grabs in MY giveaway, you must know about the 8 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now. To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out their entry forms.

It’s possible you could win more than ONE!

When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them. These precious bloggers (who all love Jesus!) are tearing the blog world UP with their commitment to helping women know God more, serve their families well, and be encouraged on the journey. Plus, their giveaways are AMAZING, so make sure you enter to win their giveaways, too!

**Click any AND ALL of these links to enter to win the incredible giveaways going on at each of these fabulous sites!**

1. Happy Home Fairy // 2. Ale & Tere // 3. The Littles and Me // 4. Erika Dawson – Faithful Moms // 5. Filled with the Word // 6. The Olive Tree Blog // 7. The Purposeful Mom // 8. Meaningful Mama // 9. Frugal Coupon Living

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