HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALE | 31

Today is a very important day in our home.  It’s this guy’s 31st birthday!!! I wanted to stop by and share how much we love him and how happy we are that we get to celebrate HIM today.  He’s at work today but you better believe that we will be spending all day plotting away to see how we can surprise and celebrate him.  There’s talk of balloons, cake and frozen confetti!

Alex and I have known each other since we were  13  and I can’t tell you how happy I that He is the man I get to spend the rest of my life with.  He ‘s so thoughtful and kind and incredibly PATIENT.  He has a way of making others feel so special and is always giving of himself.  He loves our kids unconditionally and makes the best butternut squash soup whenever we’re sick.

He gets more handsome every year… in a sophisticated and distinguished kind of way. Like James Bond.

He works so hard for our family and asks for very little in return and is always so supportive of my dreams.  Like, when I said I wanted to be a blogger, he bought me a computer and when I said I wanted to start a business he was right there with me thinking of names and possibilities. He’s always up to throw the kids in the van and drive us wherever my heart desires and when I call him at 8pm and ask him to bring home some dinner…. he’s right there with my favorite meal.

He always finds a way to be our steady when I’m in the clouds thinking of crazy ideas and points my heart back to Christ when I stray.

For these things and SO MANY MORE, I love him. I love him with everything in me and I am so happy that I get to be loved by him.

Happy birthday my sweet husband! I love you more every day!

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SEEDLINGS AND SOME THOUGHTS

 

A couple of weeks ago we started our seedlings for Grace’s flower garden.  It was a cold morning and honestly it seemed like spring would never show up.  Today we had 80 degree weather and played with water on the deck.  The kids had a blast and had no problem falling asleep that night. It felt a little like home.

I feel like living in Nebraska can only get better from here.  Winter was hard on all of us.  It was fun and exciting (because ultimately it was our first winter) but it was cold. So cold that it didn’t matter how many blankets you had on, there was no warming up.

But… lets focus on the good things yea?

I’ll never forget the first time Grace saw snow.  She opened the blinds of the hotel room we were staying at temporarily and shouted “SNOW! I KNEW IT WAS REAL, I KNEW IT!” That was such a sweet moment.

Also, the first time we played in the snow…  It took me 25 minutes to get the kids all geared up and out-the-door, but it was so worth it.  Alex made a pseudo-snow slide on our front lawn and off we all went. We also made a snowman!!!  No one wanted to come inside. Our noses were cold and our eyes were watery but we didn’t care.  It was so much fun.

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WARM DAYS AND OUTSHINE

After a long week of rain and cold weather, the sun finally decided to delight us with its presence.  We are head over heels about it and are determined to enjoy every bit of these warm days.  We are doing school outdoors, exercising outdoors and are taking snack time outdoors! Gosh it really has been so much fun throwing the doors open and letting the kids have a full day of fun without worrying about chilly temperatures or snow!
Around 3pm everyday we pack a little bag of goodies and head for the backyard.

These days, we are loving these cold and refreshing

Outshine mango fruit bars!

The kids Love the mango flavor because it reminds them of Florida and all things sun! I like them, because they are a healthy snack alternative, because they are portable and because Outshine uses real fruit and no GMO ingredients! Win!
Haddon is always sharing with Emory, which I think is adorable.  They’re building quite a big brother- little sister relationship that makes my mama heart so happy.
We have fond memories of eating mangos at Alex’s parents house and these Outshine Fruit bars take us back to those sweet Florida memories.

 Head over to Outshine’s site to learn more about how you can put good stuff in and get good stuff out and where you can purchase!

 You can also check out their Instagram for inspiration!

 

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JUNK STOCK SPRING 2017

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This past weekend we had an opportunity to go to junk stock for some vintage shopping. I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage finds. My dad would collect old trinkets and him and I would try to tinker and repurpose them. I have great memories of finding “treasure “alongside of him and working to make a lamp out of an old phone and picture frames out of wooden rudders.
Over the years, Alex and I have developed more of a minimalist mentality which has made us very selective when it comes to bringing decorative pieces home. This time around we found some beautiful plants and an old vintage school desk that we can’t wait to restore and use for Grace’s school!
We also bought some local Nebraska honey, which I can’t seem to stop eating and will probably have to order more of… because it was that good!
We’re hoping to check this place out again in the summer and in the fall.  In the midwest? Here’s their website!
Here are a bunch of pictures from our visit. Grace took most of them. You can tell because of the angle! I love handing her the camera and seeing what peeks her interest enough for her to take a picture.  Sometimes I’ll have 8 pictures of a patch of grass and other times we get pure gold!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week friends!

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