Sunshine in My Soul

There is Sunshine in My Soul #10

There is sunshine in my soul

With it being the Saturday before Thanksgiving I have really thought about the things that I am truly thankful for in my life! As I was trying so hard this week to get lots of tasks done before the kids are home all next week from school. I looked around my house and saw huge piles of laundry on the kitchen table (yes, that’s where I fold clothes), toys everywhere as well as stacks of books that Talie sat and looked at while I tried to get things done… Normally, I would have freaked out that the house was a disaster, but I thought to myself these are the moments I will miss this. There will be a point where my table will be empty with no clothes on it except for mine and my husbands; there will be a point where toys won’t be scattered around the floor because they will be too old for Little People and pushing pink shopping carts… and the books… the hours and hours that Talie spends “reading” to herself or begging someone else to read to her. I am so thankful to have a home that is lived in and loved…

Tony hit a big milestone in his life this week! We finally have a mobile baby… just in time to attack the Christmas Presents! He is rolling! It is funny… He has always hated laying on his stomach, so naturally one day as I was busy doing something else and I heard him screaming (crying really, but it is like screaming) and I rushed in there to find him stranded on his stomach… I wondered just how he got that way because Talie has been known to “help” Tony before, so I rolled him back over and lo and behold I saw it… My sweet little caboose rolled over! Of course, he cried again and wanted to roll back over… We repeated this process about a million times! He can roll both ways, but prefers of course to just scream on his stomach… It’s his way to let me know he is still there, I think ;). I am grateful for these memories…

We also had another milestone this week! My sweet husband turned 40! He might kill me for telling you all, but that is ok… It’s our little secret, right? 🙂 I am so thankful for him and the example he sets, the hard worker he is, and the amazing dad he is to our kids… I love him, even though I might get a little annoyed with him every now and again. 🙂

The boys leave today to go visit there dad and their other siblings… This is bittersweet to me because I love that they love to go see their dad, but I miss them so much when they are gone! They are such amazing boys!

We are excited to see Taya this week because we haven’t been able to see her since the summer because of school. I am sure we will get to do lots of fun things! She is so fun to do art projects with! I might have to recruit her to help me with our upcoming Blogmas! Oh, what is Blogmas you ask, well… I will tell you in just a few days, but I can tell you, you aren’t going to want to miss it! So if you haven’t subscribed yet… Be sure to do that!

What are your plans this week for Thanksgiving? Are you headed to family? Are they coming to you? Will it be a nice quiet celebration? Are you headed out and about for Black Friday Shopping? Whatever you do… enjoy the time, create memories that will last a lifetime and be safe!

 

Product Review

Sophie La Giraffe “Pinterest in a box” Review

I have a love hate relationship with Pinterest. I love the fact that I can find the perfect birthday party ideas, but I hate Pinterest (or myself) that I can never seem to find the right decorations to pull the party together. On top of the that I spend hours trying to find everything I need for the “Perfect Party.”

When Sophie La Giraffe reached out to me and said they had a “Pinterest Party in a Box” I had to try it out and see if it was what it was all cracked up to be. For $24.23 Sophie La Giraffe sends you a complete birthday kit. 

Kit Includes:

1 x Crown

12 x Plates

La Sophie Birthday Party Package

12 x Cups

12 x Straws

16 x Napkins

12 x Cupcake cases

12 x Cupcake toppers

1 x Cake decoration

12 x Invitation cards

12 x Envelopes

1 x Happy Birthday banner (2 parts)

6 x Balloons

All made from recycled paper.

 

Party Planning and Party

Sophie La Giraffe was voted 2017 Family Choice Award winner for this innovative idea! When my birthday kit arrived I was impressed by the initial overall quality of the product! It was so convenient that I could get the invitations sent out straightaway because everything was included.  

After sending the invites out, we planned what we would do at the party and waited for the big day to arrive! The night before, we put up the banners and I baked the cupcakes in the cute cupcake liners, after frosting them I topped them with the cupcake toppers. Easy peasy! And so cute!

Next, we blew up the provided balloons, which were a total disappointment. First of all,they didn’t match anything and second, the purple one appeared to be patched with a blue balloon patch. I quickly hid these in the laundry room so no one would see them.

 

La Sophie Birthday Party

The next morning we set the table for the party, with the cups, plates, and napkins and we were ready to go! Our friends arrived, and we played outside and then came in for cupcakes and to sing Happy Birthday. The moms loved the cute themed and thought it was perfect! I loved how the straws did not get soggy like some paper straws do! Our guests left and we cleaned up. This was by far the easiest party we have ever thrown because there was very little prep work involved! It was perfect for not wanting to spend a ton of time trying to pull together the perfect birthday party!

Disappointments

With all things, there are usually some disappointments. I wish there was some sort of table covering provided that matched the theme for even easier clean up. I also wish the balloons matched the colors. Yes, they had the characters of the plates on them, but the colors were all wrong and a major distraction that I hid so no one saw them. I also wish after you buy the original kit that you are able to buy additional pieces of some of the things a la carte. With 12 of everything it doesn’t really allow you to plan for siblings and more than one guest per invitation without going to the store to find paper products that coordinate! Lastly, the invitations were specific to a 1st birthday party; I wish this was more generic so you could use for other events or birthday years!

Overall

Overall, Sophie La Giraffe helps you throw a fantastic birthday party and saves you a ton of time at a great price! For more information or to order yours click here.

You can find Sophie La Giraffe on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest

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Divorce, Marriage, My Life, remarriage

The Forgotten Pathway and Remarriage

The Forgotten Pathway and Remarriage

15 years ago I was 19. I remember heading off to college with the hopes of getting
a college education, but more specifically a husband if you want me to be completely honest. While I was away at school I noticed something unusual when it came to dating, it was sort of non-existent. There were a lot of people hanging out, but no one was really going anywhere. Sure groups of us would watch movies and go out to dinner, but that was the extent of it. In the 6 months I was away at school (Yes, 6 months, that is a blog post all by its self!) I never once was asked on a date, nor had dinner bought for me, or anything else that remotely symbolized a date. I was confused, was I really not cute at all? Did I have a big zit on the end of my nose I didn’t know about?
It wasn’t until I returned back home that I realized the world is taking a whole new approach to getting married. I was apparently an “emerging adult”, someone who was no longer a child, but yet someone who was not married because we don’t have to deal with any of the commitments of marriage. These adults are more pessimistic when it comes to marriage, they want to get ahead in life before they settle down and get married, they would rather just hook up and hangout with no real strings attached, and they want to accept cohabitation as a form of making doubly sure they really want to live with and marry the person they have hooked up with. This was not me! I wanted to be married I wanted to have a family and I wanted to be successful with my husband, not before I married him! I then realized that I was on the forgotten pathway in the world. I was going my own direction towards finding a companion who would love me for who I was and who would want to grow old with me.
So how do you find a spouse in these challenging dating times? The first step is to prepare yourself for marriage! No, I don’t mean buy a house and have a six-figure income, but what I do mean is become the spouse you want to be. Do you want to be kind; do you want to be loving? Develop these qualities now. The question you should ask yourself is, “How can I be prepared to form and nurture an enduring marriage?” Next, we need to put our trust in the Lord. When we follow him and his teachings he will direct our paths. I understand it is scary to get married at times, you worry about the future, and you worry because everyone around you is getting divorced, but we cannot live in fear. Faith and fear cannot exist together. We must have faith that we have the ability to make things work. We need to develop the ability to love and learn how to express that love in meaningful ways. As we do this our mate will know the intentions of our heart. Learn to communicate. Learn to listen as you communicate. Don’t just hear the words, but listen to the desires. They will tell you what you need!
We then have to remember we don’t always choose the timing of things, and I have discovered the Lord has a sense of humor at times. This is why it is important to prepare for marriage now, so you are ready when the time is right. I was married in 2003 to which I thought I would spend forever with.  Unfortunately, 9 years later we filed for divorce and 6 months after that it was finalized. I had all the feelings of an emerging adult again. I didn’t want any of this to happen again. I was heartbroken, but like I said 1015712_10151424357036316_472262850_othe Lord has a sense of humor and within a couple weeks after my divorce was finalized I met a guy. I was like no way! Absolutely not doing it!  But he did everything I wanted! He dated me, he loved me, he communicated with me. I still was unsure of life because of the hurt that I had just overcome, but the Lord testified to me that he was the one.  I recalled the thought, “his way and in his time”

946609_10151480772036316_1278735238_n I wasn’t emotionally ready for marriage, but the Lord knew it was my time.  My sweet husband was patient, we dated for a year for us to both be ready and then we got married. We celebrated our year anniversary this year and as I look back I would not have wanted it any other way. He is my forever and I found him on the forgotten path, and I know you can find yours on this path as well! Just remember his way and his time!

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #10

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Oh what? It’s not even Thanksgiving yet? I know… I know… but if you walked into my house it would certainly say hello Christmas! The kids begged me to please decorate for Christmas, so here we sit 41 days before Christmas is even here! They are wondering where Buster (the Elf) is because they are ready! Which brings me to our Elf… His name is Buster and you can follow him on Instagram after Thanksgiving at #WheresBuster.

Do you have an elf? Does he move everyday? Does he cause mischief? Do you need ideas for your elf? Well, good news.. I have a Pinterest Page completely devoted to the elf here! (if you want to be a contributor to this page, go ahead and follow me and let me know down in the comments!)

Don’t have an elf and want to buy one? Currently available at Amazon 

Well, enough about Christmas! This is about meeting some other AMAZING bloggers on our weekly link up party! But before we get started:

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Our Featured Post

This week is a tie! Both of these amazing ladies have been featured before and we are so happy to feature them again!

Lori from Choosing Wisdom is a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She is a lover of learning, and often found devouring a book or writing. She enjoys biking and traveling with her husband as well as spending time with her grandson. Her adult kids are optional :). She wrote the perfect post called What Does Practicing Patience Really Teach Us?  Check it out!

We also have April, from Mojitos & Munchkin. April is a proud Iowan, who now lives in Minnesota with her hubby and their three cherubs. After nearly a decade teaching, she is on a break from the classroom and enjoying life as a work-from-home Mom. You can find her writing on Scary Mommy, Daily Mom, and her blog, Mojitos and Munchkins, that she uses as a creative outlet to escape the craziness that comes with life. She loves movies, cocktails, the color purple, homemade spaghetti sauce, day dates and sunny afternoons. She thinks the world would be a better place without temper tantrums, soup, the color navy, temperatures that dip below 20 degrees, and the distance between people she loves. Her insomnia allows her to pin things that she may (or may not ever) try. You can connect with her on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. She is featured for her post Why I Let My Kids Destroy the Kitchen

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Freebies, Holidays, Kids, parenting, Printables

Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movies

Every December we love to watch Christmas movies as a family. We always kick off the Christmas season with a tradition I grew up with by watching Christmas Vacation Thanksgiving Night. From that night on we try to watch as many Christmas Movies as we can throughout the season.

This year my kids have been about everything Christmas already, so naturally the tree is up and decorated, the lights are up outside (but not on, I do have some limits) and we have started watching Christmas movies as a family!

We have  created a Christmas Movie Bucket List to see if your family can watch all of our Family’s favorites this season!

Our Family’s Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movies!

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Story

Charlie Brown Christmas

Elf

Frosty The Snowman

Home Alone (1,2, and 3)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Jingle All the Way

Meet Me in St. Louis

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Miracle on 34th Street (the classic) and the revised version Miracle on 34th Street (2009)

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

The Grinch

The Muppets Christmas Carol

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Original Christmas Classics (Includes Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is coming to Town, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

The Polar Express

The Santa Clause

White Christmas

 

Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movie Bucket List

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Black and White Top 20 Favorite Christmas Movie Bucket List

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Top 20 Christmas Movies

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Sunshine in My Soul

There is Sunshine in My Soul #9

There is sunshine in my soulThis week football officially ended for our family for the season! Colby’s team went undefeated for the year as well! We are so proud of the way he played all year. After the season officially ended we took a little jaunt up to Bricktown, Oklahoma to get a few things done that needed to be done STAT. 😉 It was supposed to be a relaxing day and a half, but let’s just say sleep was not on our side as Talie thought it was time to play until 11 or 12 every night… The joys of motherhood in a hotel room!

We had some fun in the hotel room though! If you are on Instagram or Twitter you probably saw our. fun time had by all in the hotel room… If you didn’t here it is!

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Talie was a little mischievous as well standing in the window and apparently hitting the emergency button on the phone… Yep, security came up to our room and told us that the cops were probably going to check on us as well… I swear we waited until it was time to go to dinner we couldn’t miss our reservation at the Melting Pot!

 

Yes, we took all the kids! Yes, it was delicious! Yes, it took 2.5 hours! Yes, the kids were good! Yes, we would take them again, they had a blast…

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So that brings us to what have I been grateful for this week!

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Marriage, married life, Mom Life, My Life, parenting, relationship skills

To My Husband

To My Husband

To My Husband,

I promise it’s not you… It’s me…

You see it goes like this… All day and all night I am touched. My body is not my own right now. It seems our 4 month is always latched on or attached to me somehow and our two year old waddles behind me all day touching my bum and wanting up.

By the end of the day, I have been spit up on, barfed on, drooled on, had snot wiped on me, worn a little breakfast on my sleeve, and now am covered in dinner because someone was “helping me” all without a shower because I just didn’t have time in my day.

I have been pulled on, dragged by the hand to turn on the TV, laid on, and slept on since the moment I woke up this morning.

I don’t remember the last time I actually felt pretty because who feels pretty when they are pregnant and then after a baby you just still feel fat because nothing fits quite right. On top of that who has time to paint their nails, or shave their legs, or put on makeup or do their hair? Certainly not me…

By the end of the LONG day of taking care of kids the last thing I want is to be breathed on, touched, or laid on because I have been touched all day. My body is currently not mine. It is shrinking back to normal size as well as fulfilling the purpose of feeding our child.

Every morning when I wake up I make the decision that today is going to be the day when I show you all the affection in the world when you get home from work and I can show you just how much I love you, but then reality hits, and the last thing I want to do is show any more affection or stay up even one minute later after the kids go to bed because I am tired, mentally and physically.

So I ask you to please just be patient with me. Please continue to love me even when I push you away. Continue to take me on dates even though at first I complain that I have to put on real clothes. Continue to try to kiss me even though I turn my cheek the other way. Continue to grab my hand when you want me to hold yours… Continue to love me through this stage of our life.

I promise I want you to touch me and snuggle with me in bed and hear all about your day. I promise my love for you grows each and everyday, even though I might not always say it or show it. I promise my world would be incomplete without you in it. I promise I miss you when you are gone and can’t wait for you to come home each day. I promise that one day I will be back to wanting to be touched, wanting to hold your hand, and wanting to be constantly kissed by you. I promise I love you more than I can say and express, and one day when I feel like myself again I will show it. So in the meantime please know that I love you more than anything and just be patient with me.

Love,

Me

 

 

 

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #9

Well last night was the last night of the Football season for our family! It was bitter sweet Wandering Wednesday-2with the thought that this was Colby’s last football game. He says he is done playing football and wants to focus on baseball… We are now ready to spend our Saturdays watching college football and doing more things as a family. What are your favorite things to do with one another? We are still enjoying our photo challenge in our house! How is yours going? You can check out my Instagramor Twitter page for my #Thankful2017 journey!

Well, enough about me! This is about meeting some other AMAZING bloggers on our weekly link up party! But before we get started:

Our Featured Post

This week is from Stevie, But First Tea with her post, I need to Cuddle My Toddler to Sleep

Stevie is a first time mom to Edie. She can usually be found in PJ’s surrounded by toys and books with a mom bun with her unwashed hair… I think we can all relate to Stevie!

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Freebies, Holidays

Silent Night Free Printable

Ok… I know what you are saying to yourself right now… It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I couldn’t resist waiting any longer to start sharing all the wonderful Christmas posts with you, so I am giving you a little taste as to what is coming your way today!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I look forward to the Christmas lights outside and the Christmas music in the stores and on the radio. I look forward to the smell of the Christmas Tree in the house (Although I have a fake tree now). I love to wrap presents early so the kids look forward to shaking and guessing them when they come home from school! I love the decorations, especially on the banisters of two story home houses! When we moved to Texas when we walked into this house we were thinking of buying I literally thought to myself, “Oh my gosh! That will look so beautiful at Christmas time!” Don’t worry I will show you when it gets a little closer to Christmas!

I love to decorate for Christmas, but it gets so expensive to try and go out and buy everything. One of my favorite things to do is to find or make printables. I have a couple of frames that I literally just change out the printable and TA DA! You have a new decoration for your wall or table!

Today I am bringing you a line from one of my favorite Christmas Songs, Silent Night! I love the calming feeling it brings me every time I hear the words “Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, All is bright.”

My husband actually served a mission in Germany for our church several years ago and this song is actually only sung on Christmas Eve there, which makes it even more special to me. I love to hear him sing it in German every Christmas Season! So enjoy this free printable this holiday season!

Silent Night 8x10 free printable

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Mom Life, My Life

How to Survive a Loved One’s Suicide

How to Survive a Loved One's SuicideI remember the day we got the life changing call stating that my Uncle had been found dead. We got the news on  May 1,1999,  my dad’s birthday. That day my life changed forever. For months I went through the motions of life wondering, wishing, and hoping for answers as to why my Uncle decided to take his own life. To this day I still wish he was here with us taking us to Great America (Amusement Park in CA) and the baseball games. I still wonder what his life would be like if he were here, who he would have married, and how many kids he would have had. Uncle Dave was more than an uncle to me, he was an older brother.

After losing my uncle to suicide I am convinced this is the MOST PAINFUL way to lose someone in your life. With suicide there are so many unanswered questions and puzzle pieces to try and fit together, but thatt no one really knows the answer to. like if you will see them again and if they killed themselves for reasons you could have helped them with. You are left wondering if you could have done more and if you would have done more would they still be here with you? Suicide is something that a family never fully recovers from because you are left with constant grief, guilt, pain, and sadness.I am convinced that the MOST PAINFUL way to lose someone in your life is through suicide.

With Suicide there are several emotions that family members go through while dealing with a death of a loved one.

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