Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Favorites #13

Happy Friday, guys! I woke up yawning this morning, but I am happy to report that Joe and I still got up with the alarm and got our cardio in for the day. Now I can just relax with the kiddos at the pool all afternoon. ;)

This morning I am linking up with the girls to share my "Friday Favorites" from the week. 

Favorite Music... This week I turned my Pandora station from my regular Britt Nicole station to T. Swift. Loving it right now!

Favorite PJs... These pump pjs!!!! My sister sent these in the mail for Leland's early birthday present, and they are perfect! I didn't know such a thing existed!

His pump tucks right in the back pocket here. How cool, huh?!?

Favorite Accomplishment... I 100% completed the 3-Day Refresh, no slip-ups at all! Guess third times a charm! ;)

Favorite Flowers... My friend brought these over the other night when they came for dinner. They are from her garden, and they smell heavenly!

Favorite Lunch... Yesterday we met our friends for lunch and music in the park. I was craving a Subway tuna salad. It's been so long since I have had one. It hit the spot.

Favorite Diver... Today is Rylee's last day of swimming lessons, and I am so excited to say that after starting out with a belly flop two weeks ago while trying to learn how to dive, she has now nailed it!!!

Favorite People... These guys are family to us. We had them over the other night to train them on how to take care of Leland. Joe and I are getting ALL cleaned up Saturday to head to our friend's wedding. To say I am excited is an understatement! ;)

Favorite Outfit... Of course I had to go shopping yesterday and buy a new dress for the occasion! ;) This is a color totally not typical of me, but I loved it when I tried it on.

That's all I've got today! ;) Gotta go get the kiddos ready to head out the door. TGIF!

Any fun plans for you this weekend??

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Join Me This Morning?

Will you join me this morning for a cup of coffee? {Or tea, whichever you prefer. I am going with coffee since I haven't had it in about a week.}

I just feel like taking a deep breath, slowing down, and chatting with a friend. Life has been rushed lately. We have been on-the-go everyday, and I am not finding time to just sit. Dare I say I am looking forward to fall and starting school back up with my littles so we can slow down and get back in our normal routine??

So, before the rush of this Thursday starts, what do you say, wanna sit and listen to what's on my heart this morning? { I have to warn you though, I just got done working out with My Hunter and I haven't showered yet. ;) }

My heart is so heavy right now. I can not get this family off my mind and all I really want to do this morning is sit and pound out these thoughts on my keyboard. I don't want to stop and think. I don't want to proofread this post, I just want to let my fingers go. I can't stop thinking about how brief life can be, how things can change in a single moment.

I sat down Tuesday afternoon, taking a moment to scroll through Instagram. That's when I came across the news about this young momma. What I had intended being just a few minutes of checking my phone and getting off, turned into 45 minutes of me reading her story over on her blog.

Leslie was a beautiful, 30 year old wife and a mom to two sweet little girls, one a fresh new baby. She passed away on Tuesday, and it breaks my heart. She was so young! She had no health issues in the past. What started out as her being extremely tired, her thinking it was because she just had a newborn and was chasing after her toddler {who wouldn't think that?!}, turned into her husband taking her into the ER. Turns out she had things going on with her heart and now a few months later, she is gone.  

I can't stop thinking about how her husband is now left grieving the loss of his soul mate and now has to figure out how to be a single dad to these two baby girls who will not grow up with their mother. 

Please keep this family in your prayers. I absolutely cannot imagine being in this situation and my heart is aching for them.

I know at this point, after me sharing this whole story with you, you would tell me this is heart breaking and that you cannot fathom this either. I know you would probably be shedding tears along with me at the thought of those two gorgeous baby girls that are now without a mother. And I know you would probably have a hard time getting her husband off your mind as you think about how he has to figure out this next chapter in his life.

But I also know you would tell me that God has a plan, and while we cannot even begin to understand why He allows or does the things He does sometimes, He is weaving together something very beautiful.

"For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." -Romans 8:18

I am sorry this chat was so heavy today, but thank you so much for being that person and letting me just share my heart.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Truths

Morning and happy Tuesday!

Alarm went off at 4:30 AM again, but you know what, waking up with this guy makes everyday more fun and much easier to get going. We worked arms this morning and really pushed through that burn! Feels good to give it your all.

This morning we are off to Rylee's swim class. It's only supposed to be in the 70s with wind, so I think we will skip staying to swim this afternoon. Plus, we have the carpet guy coming to look at cleaning our floors. Yay!

I am feeling up for some "Tuesday Truths" again. It's always a fun way to share what's going on over here along with some recent pictures.

Truth: I have attempted to do the 3-Day Refresh twice and failed both times. I decided to give it another shot and commit to following the plan exactly. Yesterday was day one and I am so excited to say I accomplished it. Wish me luck, because day two and three, especially at night when I really enjoy snacking, are the hardest. It is 100% mental, and I feel like I am on top of my game this time around!

Truth: Yesterday was cooolllddd here! I felt bad for Rylee having to go to swimming lessons in 54 degree temps and rain. She didn't mind one bit and was excited to go! It was only her and one other girl in class so almost like a private lesson. :) {Took this video last Thursday.}

Truth: Speaking of rain, look at my two little puddle jumpers. They know how to make the best of a gloomy summer day. :)

Truth: Getting a card from a good friend back home is one of the best ways to make your day brighter! Also, bike helmets are a must; safety first.

Truth: This dude was made for sunny days.

Truth: Taking photos is my way of returning on a moment otherwise gone. This girl's smile lights up my day.

Truth: We are wishing Korea was a little closer. We sure miss these two.

Happy Tuesday, guys!

What is one truth you can share today?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Our First Camping Trip This Summer

Hello Monday! As much as I LOVE the fresh start of a brand new week, I don't know if I am ready for you today. 

This weekend was so much fun, so relaxing, however I don't know if it's the smoke from the wild fires we have going on here or if I have come down with something, but I have had a headache for three days and my throat is killing me. A little fact about me, I rarely get headaches, and when I do, I never take anything for them. I had to take ibuprofen a handful of times over the weekend. That's how I know this was a bit of a tough one for me.

It will be good to be back home and sleep in my own bed to try to recover. 

So... what did we do this past weekend?? We went on our first family camping trip of the summer. Joe has been planning this for awhile now, and he has at least one more spot picked out for us to stay before summer is over.

He makes things so incredibly easy for me. Here he and Leland are packing up the truck Wednesday evening so we could take off as soon as possible Thursday afternoon.

Joe worked his booty off all week and was able to get home a couple hours early Thursday. We were on the road around 4:00 PM, headed for the mountains. 

We got to camp while it was still light out... which isn't too hard out here, since it doesn't get dark until around 9 or 10 PM. My Hunter got right to work chopping wood for our fire. 

Meanwhile, the kids headed to the woods to see if the fort we built the year before was still up.

It was!

Here are the mossy oak chairs they had made. Don't my boys look cute here?!

Our little Willow Tree!

And Snooter didn't waste anytime taking off! She was a muddy mess shortly after we got there!

All meals were planned, packed, and prepared by Joe too! Supper for the first night was venison burgers over the fire. Yum!

My cute little family! I love them so much!

After eating, we decided to go for a drive. Joe took us to this house that was probably a hundred years old. We walked in through it. Coolest thing!

We found this old shoe laying in the rubble. Pretty sure that is an original there!!

Before heading back to camp for the night, we went to one of Joe's favorite spots so he could spot for a bit.

The only thing we really saw were a bunch of antelope.

There is also a creek right behind our camping spot. The kids spent a ton of time playing here. It was so awesome to unplug for the weekend and watch them explore out in nature. They should be able to do that!

Rylee even started a family tick-tack-toe game with a stick that she put in the fire.

The second day we had to go and chop more wood.

We also went and did a little prairie dog hunting. Look at Daddy-Bear with his little bear cubs following behind him! :)

They got one!! First prairie dog for the Runde 5.

Oh, and thought I would share how we transported Little Buck around. ;)

Doesn't he fit in there perfect?? Haha!

Each night we sat around the campfire chatting. We had s'mores, which totally hit the spot for me. Note, Willow with her hand in her mouth. She has her FIRST loose tooth. This girl is turning seven in less than a month and has been waiting and waiting for a tooth to become loose! Hooray!

This sweet girl prepared breakfast for everyone, every morning. She is such a blessing to our family!

These three... <3!

I love all the valuable lessons the kids learn by being out in the wild with Joe. He is so knowledgeable and the little things he teaches them means so much to me. Here he was teaching them how to properly put out a fire. He has been teaching them how to make a fire too.

Before we left Sunday, we headed back to the creek and fort for one last visit. Rylee was sad to go. :( She had created all these little pools down there. They are standing in the one. She thought if she blocked off an area of water with rocks, that water would stay in there and warm up. Love her thinking!

This was one of her favorite rocks.

This was their other favorite rock. They called it Ariel's, because it looked like the rock off the Little Mermaid.

Haha! Rylee is posing like Ariel here!


My handsome boys again.

On our drive out from camp, we came across some little big horn sheep. This is the first time all of us, except for Joe, has seen them. Lots of firsts on this camping trip.

That's it! That was our weekend in a nutshell! Can't wait for our next camping trip!!

Questions for you: 

  • Do you camp? If so, tent or camper? 
  • What did you do this past weekend? 
  • Were you ready for your Monday?
This morning I am linking up with Katie for her Marvelous in Monday link-up. Thanks for hosting each week, Katie!!