11.21.2014

Planning Retreat in Sisters

I've mentioned a few times that we were out of town for a few days last week... And if you have kiddos, you know just how big of a task it really is to go out of town. I really wanted it to be successful because this was Hannah's first overnight trip {and it was two nights!}... Plus, it wasn't just our family going. There were two other couples.

This was our third year going to our church staff planning retreat. We get away for three days to review the year and plan for the future. It's such a nice time away {but it's really not vacation!} with our pastor and his wife, and this year one of our church deacons and his wife went. It was a great time of fellowship, but it really was productive too!

I have a few pictures I wanted to share... Ready?!

Caleb and Hannah took me to lunch for my birthday on our way out of town. We stopped at a little diner in a small town, and it was delish! I had chicken strips and loaded fries... YUM! Hannah really enjoyed lunch, can't you tell?!

Hannah had a great time helping Daddy get things done...

This was the view from our back porch. Seriously. It's beautiful!

Hannah was the biggest helper when it came to planning... She was full of ideas!

Oh, and check out these deer in the backyard. It was pretty neat!

Overall, it was a successful trip! Hannah did great on the drive {after I realized that her ears were probably popping and hurting her!}. She slept almost the whole way! She did really well at the house too... It was a different routine, but she did well with everyone holding her! Ha! She kinda likes attention.

As far as packing goes, I started a list on my phone on Saturday... I tried to think through the day and think of EVERYTHING we use on a regular basis. I don't feel like we overpacked too much, but we didn't use everything we packed. I had a ton of extra diapers {but that's not a bad thing!}, and we ended up using just one or two receiving blankets instead of one or two per day! I will probably pack about the same next time we're out of town because you just never know...

Alrighty, friends. I've blogged four times this week. I'm WAY over my norm. Ha! I do need to get going though... I'm not sure if I'll be back again this week, but be sure to swing by on Sunday evening for our Motivational Monday link party! Until then, have a great weekend!

11.20.2014

A Really Good Day...

So, as you can tell by my {lack of} blogging these last few months, bloggers don't always have it together. Not to mention that my house has had its ups and downs in the messy department {and most of the days have been downs!}, my inbox has gotten backed up a few times, Etsy has been hit and miss, and my planner has, wait, where is my planner?! Just kidding. Kinda.

I don't say that to be hard on myself. Yes, I'd love to have it all together all the time, but that's just not practical. Really? Who in this world really has it together all the time? That's one thing I don't like about the internet... We like to put the best out there for everyone. I mean, who wants to look like they don't have it together? Seriously.

Anyway. I'm getting sidetracked. This post is supposed to be about the day I did have it all together.

Hannah's had a rough time the last week or so. Last week we were out of town for three days, we went to a friend's house for a visit, I was horribly sick, and we were busy with church activities. On Monday, Hannah and I ran a few errands before a good friend of mine came over for freezer enchilada prep, Caleb was off on Tuesday this week and we had some work that had to get done, and Hannah suffered. I've been trying to get her in a little routine, but it's been such a crazy time that each day is truly different from the next. Again, I'm not beating myself up. Just giving some background.

Hannah has been extra tired most days which leads to her needing extra lovin' which leads to mama not getting things done which leads to stress because I like to have things just so. Remember the part earlier about not wanting to look like I don't have it together? Anyway. The Lord has been so good to give grace, and I can honestly say I haven't gotten mad or angry with Hannah... Just bummed that things aren't getting done.

That's why yesterday was such a GREAT day around here.

Hannah is usually happy to play on her own for the first hour or so after she gets up in the morning. I haven't been taking advantage of that time and usually sit over her watching her smile and have a good time. That's good sometimes, but I decided to try something different yesterday {and today too!}. I decided that while she was playing, I'd make coffee, have my quiet time with the Lord, empty the dish rack, take a quick shower, and squeeze anything else in while she contently played on the floor. After she decided she was done playing, I got her cleaned up and dressed for the day and wrapped her up for a nap. She slept for about an hour {usually she cat naps for ten minutes and then is extra tired later on}, and while she was sleeping, I dusted the WHOLE house. Plus I got a load of laundry folded. Yay! She woke up ready for a clean diaper and food, and then she played in her swing for a bit. I got the vacuum out and vacuumed the WHOLE house. Seriously people, I haven't dusted AND vacuumed the whole house in the same day since she was born.

While I was vacuuming, lunch was in the oven for Caleb and me... He came home, we ate, and Hannah and I ran out for about an hour. She was great. I dropped a package off at UPS, bought two pair of shoes with birthday money, and picked up the CSA order that a friend left for us this week.

We came home, and Hannah was ready for another nap. While she was napping, I was able to balance our checkbooks and look at my brain dump notebook. She woke up ready to eat, so I fed her before getting dinner ready for Caleb and me. I made cheesy potato soup. From scratch. And got the dishes cleaned up before we ate. Again, people. This is huge. And the soup was delish! Caleb came home from work for dinner, I washed our soup bowls, and we all went to church together. I was able to read a bit before church while the little miss took a short nap. I fed her again during church {and she played some more}, and after church, she was pretty much ready for bed.

I know every day won't be like yesterday, but boy, it was a great day! I'm not sure if I was trying to do too much before or if I just wasn't listening to Hannah's needs as well as I should've been... Either way, I'm aiming for more days like yesterday. I think she needs more routine that I was giving her {yay for being like her mama!}, so we're going to work on that over the next few weeks.

Until next time...

11.18.2014

Hangin' Out...

Well, I wrote that I had an app on my phone for posting and that I hoped it'd help me post more often... But then I haven't posted. Eek!! It's been a busy season for us, and I'm trying to figure out a routine that best works for us.

Currently, Hannah and I are hanging out while Daddy is doing some work. We've got some {{potentially}} big news in the works, but I can't spill the beans quite yet. No, Hannah isn't going to be a big sister. Yet. Hahaha!!

Every blog post needs a picture, so here's a cute one of my girl... Isn't she just precious?! 

I'm starting to get REALLY excited about the holidays. I've always loved Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the thought of celebrating with Hannah this year thrills my soul. She just brings us so much joy. I thank God for her multiple times a day, and I feel so incredibly blessed to be her mama.

Anyway. Just wanted to stop in for a second. Now I'm going to figure out how to balance all the hats I'm wearing. Ha! Kidding. But if you have any tips, I'd love to read them! Leave a comment!!

11.16.2014

Motivational Monday Link Party {{11.16.14}}

Well, it's Sunday again... A whole week slipped by without me posting. EEK! We were out of town the first half of the week, Hannah and I visited some friends on Thursday, I was HORRIBLY sick on Friday, yesterday was "catch-up-from-being-sick" day, and today I'm finally back at it... Kinda! How was your week? Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I'd love to see some of your crafty Thanksgiving ideas in this week's party! Yay!!

Here are the lovely Motivational Monday co-hosts!

Amanda from Burlap and Babies

Christina from The DIY Mommy
Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness

Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom

Danielle from Sew Much Crafting {that's me!}
Blog | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+

Melanie from Melanie Gets Married

Becky from The Dempster Logbook

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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. 
  • Limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog. 
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. 
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to…because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST.

Feel free to grab a Motivational Monday button in the sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love!

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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's top two posts are...
A Little Thanksgiving Home Tour from {{Little Brags}}

Give Thanks Turkey Slat Sign from {{Home. Made. Interest.}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party? Link up below!!

11.09.2014

Motivational Monday Link Party {{11.09.14}}

Happy Sunday, lovely readers of mine! I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be co-hosting the Motivational Mondays link party with six other bloggers! It's been a while since I co-hosted a party, but I wanted to jump back in it to give you lovelies a place to share your latest and greatest crafting posts! I'm also hoping that it'll motivate me to get my craft back on!

Ready to jump into the party?! Me too!! Let's start by introducing the co-hosts!

Amanda from Burlap and Babies

Christina from The DIY Mommy
Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness

Carrie from Curly Crafty Mom

Danielle from Sew Much Crafting {that's me!}
Blog | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+

Melanie from Melanie Gets Married

Becky from The Dempster Logbook

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We'd love for you to link up with us, but please play by the following rules to make it fun for everyone! Link up a recent post of yours, something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. 
  • Limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog. 
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. 
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to…because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.
Each week, your hosts will choose a few posts to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Sunday 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST.

Feel free to grab a Motivational Monday button in the sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love!



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Each week we feature the top posts from the previous week's party! This week's top two posts are...
A Blue & Purple Nursery for Meredeth from {{the sweetest digs}}

DIY Rustic Place Setting from {{brepurposed}}

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Alrighty... Are you ready to party? Link up below!!