{WWWW} What We Wore Wednesday

A while back, we used to do What We Wore Wednesday posts HERE…a post dedicated strictly to you as the Evy’s Tree customer where you {or WE :)} can show off how awesome you look in our products. I started this to go along with the Whole What I Wore Wednesday posts that Lindsey did. Since I am a horrible model and really hate taking pictures of myself and/or documenting my clothes, I thought WWWW would be a good replacement. I think you’d much rather seeing all your cute faces than mine. :)

So I’d like to start these back up. I’m not going to promise we’ll do it every week, but I’m going to try to at least do one once or twice a month. How does this all sound to you? Want to join along? Then just email me with your photo, along with your name, city and state to amy@evystree.com. Please put WWWW in the subject line. :)

Our first one is Amie’s darling little girl. I LOVE how this blue looks on her face. She is wearing the Blue Zig Zag Brilla. We have some left of these…enter 40TOES to get 40% off! :)

Next up we have Brooke. I love this Brooke, you look so pretty! She is the last one on the right and she is wearing last year’s Red Zebra Brilla. It looks stunning on you! She and friends met Ray Wylie Hubbard. Brooke, don’t hate me when I tell you I had to google him to find out who he was! :( I’m not into country music, so I was clueless, but I LOVE that Evy’s Tree was there when you met him! :) xoxo

And little Avery, I adore this one! She looks so darling all dressed up this weekend and sporting Evy’s Tree! LOVE IT! She is wearing the Black Night Brilla. Remember to use 40TOES for 40% off!

And Julie sent me this hysterical picture. She said there was no Evy’s Tree in it, but she wanted to give me a good laugh. She calls this group the Duck Dynasty By The Farm. HA!! Love it! That’s Julie second from the right.

Happy Wednesday all!! xoxo

Linking up with Lindsey.

31 Days: 31 Days

Well, it’s over. This whole 31 days of Thankfulness. What did you think? I LOVED doing it. I loved having a reason to blog everyday and I loved making myself see the positive in all the craziness that surrounds me on a daily basis.

Today I am thankful for 31 Days of Thankfulness.  Because besides the whole looking at life in a positive way thing, this 31 days has reminded me how important blogging is. How much I love it. How I should be on here every day saying SOMETHING….it doesn’t need to be elaborate, but it needs to be something. This 31 days has renewed my love for blogging, definitely.

Thank you for following along. I’m not sure how many of you enjoyed my little blurbs every day, but I want to thank you anyway. Because you rock. You listen to me, you laugh, and you cry with me. It’s so awesome to have you with me here. Really, I mean that.

And if you missed all the posts? Well, no worries, you can catch up HERE. My favorites were here, here, here, and here.

Lastly, thank you to The Nester for starting this off. I enjoyed it so much. Many blessings to you! And if you guys haven’t read her post today, you need to. She has a wonderful download available to us for FREE. Go get it, its AWESOME!

Big hugs friends! Come back tomorrow {or actually later today, ha, I’m starting WWWW up again! :)}. I’ll be here. :) xoxo

31 Days: Soccer, Pumpkin Carving and Field Trip

So I’ve missed THREE days! ha. wowsers. I came down with a little stomach bug accompanied by a horrible, horrible headache and every time I sat down to blog my head would start pounding, so I had to throw in the towel for the weekend. Then yesterday I worked on a blog off and on for over two hours but somehow {this has NEVER happened to me} the entire, very LONG post got deleted. So I took it as a sign I wasn’t supposed to say anything the last couple of days. ha. So bear with me while I attempt to catch myself up a little…looonnngg post here :)

So let’s talk about sports for a second…..and at risk of sounding so un-San Franciscan, I should probably start with this:

WAY TO GO GIANTS!!

For those of you who know me, you may have just fallen out of your chair with that comment, so sorry to panic you! ha. The truth is, I just may be the most un athletic soul on the planet…really. I have no idea what team names belong to what sport most of the time, and if you start talking about sports in my presence, my eyes will begin to glaze over and I just may begin to snooze a little on you. So sorry, but there it is. ha. I was just not wired with the sports gene, unfortunately. Athletics mean absolutely nothing to me. *sigh*

So when Brandon informed me that he was enrolling Jake into soccer, I about cried. All I could think was: Well, there goes my Saturdays! But I knew better than complain {ok, I may have complained once or twice, yikes!}…I understand I am raising a boy and it would be better if he knew about sports instead of despised them. And not to mention, Brandon played soccer for years and years, so I knew it was important to Brandon. Oh and it was SOMETHING other than martial arts, which the Miraflors are known for {remember this?}.

Ok confession here, I HATED the first couple weeks of soccer. First it was HOT and you had to sit out on the open field {and even sometimes participate} in practices as well as cheer your kiddo on during games {which mind you I knew NOTHING about}. But after several weeks into it I realized that Jake was actually getting better and he was loving it! So  that shut me up real quick. :)

Well, Saturday was Jake’s last game and we are kinda sad to see it go. We enrolled in basketball for the winter, so we’ll see if he likes that as much as soccer…because he LOVED playing! He is the white #4 in these pictures and he even made a goal!

Jake and his friend Joshua.

They played on opposite teams once this year and played each other once. They were so cute, Jake even passed the ball to Josh, who then made a goal for his team! ha. They assisted each other :)

Gramps stopped by the last game…and I love this picture of him and Evy. This is how I will remember my dad forever, with that big cheesy grin on his face. So glad he is able to spend some time with my kiddos.

After the game we head out to Round Table Pizza for the party and trophy time. Jake was SO EXCITED to get his very first trophy! I need to start pinning some trophy case ideas on pinterest, anyone have any?? Share with me! This is going to be a long 13 years if he gets trophies for every single sport starting now! ha.

So don’t pass out…here it goes: I am thankful for soccer. Because I see how much it did for my baby boy. {and MAYBE or me :) }

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Ok pumpkin carving. Well, we got these great pumpkins at the pumpkin patch that have been waiting for Brandon to get home so we could carve them. Jake drew all over them with a sharpie. So awesome. Brandon was not pleased when I told him he needed to carve them like Jake drew. Definitely not gonna happen. ha.

Anyway, I guess I never really thought much about how gross pumpkin carving is, but I have to tell you, it was a RIOT watching Jake {who was so excited to carve those pumpkins in the first place}…he was SO DISGUSTED. Seriously. Brandon kept trying to make him dig his hands in there, but Jake just kept gagging and nearly vomiting, so I guess pumpkin carving is an out for him. ha.

And the braver of my two kids. She loved it after this first initial dig in. ha.

We didn’t get to actually carve out the pumpkins, we are going to attempt this tonight. Pray for us. ha. I am thankful for Pumpkin Carving. Because watching those kiddos last night gave us the best laugh ever.

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Today I had the privilege of attending Jake’s field trip to Spring Hill Farms. It was SO MUCH FUN! The kids loved it and Jake did soo, sooo good compared to our last field trip fiasco. He is still pretty much the most boisterous one and bit rowdy, but I think the kids are getting used to him and the parents are so kind. Thank you parents for putting up with Jake!!!

He got to milk a cow….

And pet baby calves with his friend Preston.

And dig for potatoes…have you ever dug for potoates? It’s so fun! It’s like looking for little treasures in the dirt!

And ride on a hay ride. Oh boy. I love this kid.

And eat pumpkin ice cream with Emma Love.

And play King of the Mountain, of course. The best part of the pumpkin patch.

The last thing I am thankful for today is the pumpkin patch field trip. Because it wasn’t a disaster and with great relief I realized Jake’s going to be ok with all this ADHD stuff. And so will I. :)

Big hugs friends! xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Pumpkin Patch, Playdates and Family Time

Yes, I didn’t post yesterday. Whoops…again. ha.

Yesterday was parent teacher conferences for us, then we decided we had to go to the Pumpkin Patch before Brandon left for the weekend. We were so bummed we wouldn’t be able to do our Del Osso trip this year {HERE, HERE} but time just never permitted us to get there. Bummer :(

Lucky for us there’s a great pumpkin patch near us and it was perfect! We went with our dear friends the Kings and boy, oh boy…did everyone have a blast!

This pumpkin patch was GORGEOUS at night. Seriously.

They had this unbelieveable slide that everyone LOVED…except me. I hate heights and it made me a nervous wreck. Lucky for everyone I was able to do it once or twice…without passing out. Brandon on the other hand {yes that’s him there} had a BLAST. So did Heidi, ha.

After we up and down the slide a million times, we searched for the PERFECT pumpkin. Um, do you have any idea how hard that is with a kiddo. EVERY pumpkin is the perfect pumpkin. ha. Evy found hers pretty quickly…..

But Jake….oh boy. He had a hard time!

But he sure is a cutie, right?

I thought I about died and gone to Heaven in the specialty pumpkin tent. Everything was so gorgeous and colorful!

It was getting pretty late and I will say someone in the photo was losing their patience. I’ll let you decided who that might be :)

Finally our little one LOST it. Like sincerely lost it. It was awesome. ha.

And it meant it was time to go. {Oh, that and when Jake peed his pants. Poor kid was so excited to be at the patch he didn’t even want to take a potty break. Kinda like the first day of school. Awesome.}

ANYWAY..we had so much fun and walked out with 4 great pumpkins. It was a wonderful night together as a family. Brandon is off again until Monday and I miss him. He’s been home for the last week and it’s been great having him around. Good thing I like my alone time though…I actually love these quiet Friday nights on my own. The house gets cleaned… I put a girl movie on, browse the internet, blog…yeah, it’s fun! ha. Really.

Today was really such a wonderful day with the kiddos. Jake had a friend over for a playdate this morning and his mom and I chatted away for hours while the kids played. We all had so much fun. I spent several hours working this afternoon, then ate dinner and read some books with the kids. Jake’s reading is getting so good and Evy is starting to show so much more interest in books. That makes me so excited because anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE reading. We have kids books everywhere around the house and I sincerely hope they love reading as much as I do. I can’t wait to spend hours reading with them and watching their faces light up with excitement. SO EXCITED.

Today I am thankful for the pumpkin patch, playdates and family time. So thankful. Thank you Lord for yesterday and today. I love how You use days like this to remind me of what is REALLY important. Thank you for blessing me.

Big hugs friends. xoxo

Oh PS…I rearranged my living room. I’m so excited. It looks so good, can’t wait for that to be another CHECK off my list!! :) xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Persistence

One character quality I most definitely possess is persistence. I don’t give up easily, especially once fired up to do something.

Yesterday I was rummaging through some old papers and cleaning out a bunch of old boxes. I found this:

You might have to click on the picture to read it, but to give you an overview…this was a letter I wrote to Chase bank {then First Bank} regarding a decline letter I had received in response to my attempt to get my first credit card. At the time, all of my family had a United Mileage Plus credit card and was using the miles to go on all these fabulous trips. I figured I needed it too, so I applied. Not soon after I received the sad news that I was not given a credit access line with their company. Well, that got me pretty upset….I mean just look at one of my reasons why I should be accepted…

“Both my parents have a Mileage Plus First Card”

HA. Awesome right? I’m pretty sure that line alone got me in like Flynn, don’t you think??

Needless to say, I did eventually win the fight and was accepted with a healthy credit line, which I did max out once upon a time and then had to figure out how to pay off {long story for another day}. The point here is {besides the fact that 13 years ago I could write a darn good rebuttal letter!!!!} I didn’t take no for an answer and I kept pushing until I got what I wanted.

My Nannie and Gramps were 100% German. I hope to speak more of them over the next couple weeks as they have been my mind a lot, but I believe with all my heart that they passed down to me my persistence behavior. My Gramps started a music store called Wollmer’s Music in 1923. He was 23 years old. After a year or so in business, he found himself in $3,000 worth of debt and the bank came to his place of business and locked the doors until he could pay it off. He eventually secured a loan and was able to reopen…only to continue on to produce a successful business that flourished through the great depression, WWII and the record phase {he sold instruments and radios first, migrated to records once they became all the rage}. He and my Nannie owned the business until their retirement in the early 60′s.

This morning Brandon and I had a very long talk about persistence as today was the day we started the ADHD assessment process for our little bundle of joy, Jake.

The first meeting is a parent meeting to go over concerns and make sure the parents are on the same page. We met the therapist that would be assigned to Jake’s case and received all the necessary paperwork that needed to be filled out to properly assess him.

I think the therapist was a little surprised we were so eager to get the process started with Jake. You might be too. You might remember that I am a California state credentialed teacher and taught public school for 6 years. I saw many ADHD/ADD students come through my classroom doors. And I KNOW how powerful a formal diagnosis for those students was….with a formal diagnosis a student is allowed a special educational plan that gives them extra time to take tests, verbally assess if necessary, special seating arrangements, even the ability to chew gum to let out extra energy. Yes, these diagnosis are so powerful for those students and gives them the ability to succeed.

Sidenote: If you have a child who you feel has a learning disability or focusing problem…GET HELP!! PLEASE!! For their sake. It is not a sign of weakness to confess they might have problems, its a sign of strength and good parenting! With formal diagnosis’ you are just handing them the keys to success….forever! They will have these diagnosis’ with them all throughout their educational career and it will aid them in becoming thriving adults. Just my two cents :) 

So persistence, today I am thankful for it.  Because I know I will need a lot of it during this time of assessment. I know I will need to fight for my baby boy. I know I need to not be afraid but keep my chin up and make sure he has EVERYTHING he needs to succeed. Because he WILL succeed. Oh yes he will.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” Philippians 4:13

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Comments

I’m often asked by friends {or blog readers I’ve never met} about how I feel about comments. So many people tell me, “I read along but never comment”. Trust me, I get that. I do all my blog reading from my google reader app on my phone. I LOVE google reader! It’s so awesome and has all the blogs I love lined up for me in an easy to read pattern. The only bummer about the reader is you never get over to the actual blog to make any comments, so as you can imagine, I don’t get to comment much myself….mainly because it’s such a nightmare trying to get from the reader to the blog, comment, and post comment from my phone.

ANYWAY…my point: I understand why you don’t comment. 

But when you DO… I LOVE IT! I really do. I am trying to get better at responding to comments through email, but I’m not a pro at it. :( My email inbox overwhelms me to begin with, so often I never get to the blog responses, but I DO read them. And they DO warm my heart. Many times you guys make me cry with your kind words. In this last giveaway, so many of you wrote along with your size requested, how much you love reading this blog. Those comments do not go over looked. I love you guys, thank you!!

 To answer your question on whether I like blog comments: YES! I love them! And when you leave them I get so excited! So if you can, and want to, please do leave a comment. Today I am thankful for blog comments. Because every time I read one I realize that this blog is not a waste of time, but it is actually doing SOMETHING! ha.

Love you friends!! xoxo

PS…can you help me? I am thinking about making this blog trunicated, which means when you see it in your reader, you will get a few sentences and then it will ask you to continue reading by clicking over to the blog. How would that work for you? Would you head over to the blog? The reason being is it increases my traffic and actually helps me financially {whole ‘nother subject for another day}, but I definitely won’t do it if nobody will click over to the blog. Would love your thoughts there.

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

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A big thank you to all who entered. I hope you enjoyed that? I am planning on doing some more giveaways over the next couple months, so if you didn’t win this time, please stay tuned!

Big hugs friends! xoxo

31 Days: Brandon’s Book

You might remember my post a while back about Brandon writing a book. Well, last month, after many frustrating delays, the book arrived. It landed on our doorstep the day he arrived home from a very long trip to the East Coast. Brandon was so excited to open them, he couldn’t wait until the morning…so very late he ripped open the box.

It was so cute to watch him. He was so thrilled. Tears welled up in his eyes. All those years that he felt he was horrible in writing…people telling him as a student he would never succeed….it was like right then and there he proved everyone wrong. I am so proud of him.

The book is really, really good. And I’m not saying that because I’m his wife {well, ok, maybe a little, ha}. The truth is I didn’t have anything to do with this process. In fact, as I mentioned in the last blog post, I didn’t even read the manuscript until they turned it into the publisher. I am really shocked. The book ministered to me many times, I found myself spending moments in prayer after several chapters…they really convicted me and made me think…which is the point of the book, by the way. The book is meant to be used as a reflective daily devotional geared towards youth workers and ministers…helping to strength them and encourage them in their daily ministries.

He co-authored the book with his good friend and fellow youth worker Adam Shaw. We were lucky enough to have Adam and his wife Stephanie come and visit us several weeks ago. While they were here, Adam and Brandon sat down and signed all the preordered books together. They had so much fun, it was cute. :)

If you preordered a book, you should have it by now. Brandon only has a few books left before he needs to place another order…you can purchase yours HERE. They are the perfect book for anybody in youth ministry, whether you are on full time staff, volunteer status, or even a parent. I think you will love the book.

Today I am thankful for Brandon’s {and Adam’s} book. I am so proud of him. This book has been such a labor of love…and has made him a little addicted to writing {which I love! ha}. There is another book in the works to be completed next summer, so stay tuned!

Big hugs friends! xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Cookies For Dinner

Today was a good day. It was a GREAT day, actually. It started with church…and it was amazing church, that’s for sure.

Our friend Simeon Costa is spending some time ministering at The Promise Center. Simeon has been a close friend of Brandon and me for over 20 years. If you know Simeon, you know he has a deep, deep conviction to make all of those around him disciples of Christ. This morning he did an incredible job encouraging us to have strong faith and just keep on walking. Even when you don’t feel God there…just keep on walking. So amazing. Thank you Simeon for inspiring us today!

Since we had a super late and big lunch {AND got to go home and take nap, how cool is that!}, nobody was really hungry when it came time for dinner. Instead we all piled on the couch and watched some movie about whales when we decided we had to have some ice cream. And then of course, you can’t have ice cream without cookies {you’ve read if you give a mouse a cookie right?}….

So we had ice cream and cookies for dinner. The wait for the cookies was suspenseful, apparently!

There is nothing better than warm cookies right out of the oven…

And if cookies and ice cream wasn’t enough, we had to add pop corn to the mix.

I love these kids. They make my world go around and I’m so happy they are mine. Today I am thankful for cookies for dinner. Because its the little things that make life so much fun. The little unhealthy things. ha.

Here’s to unhealthy dinners! Cheers friends! xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

31 Days: Holding Hands

A minor miracle happened today….

My kiddos held hands while walking to my nephew’s football game this afternoon.

This may not be a big deal to you, as your kids probably hold hands all the time, but mine only do it when they are snuggling on the couch and watching a movie. They most definitely DO NOT hold hands while moving. EVER.

Most people, when they see Jake and his activity level, usually comment, “Oh Evy must be super calm…you always get one of both!”. UH NO. It seems that God thinks I have super powers when it comes to mommying…as He gave me two very wild, very active, very rambunctious children. Evy is NOT wallflower and can definitely hold her own. In fact, she starts the majority of fights that happen in this household, if you can believe that. I keep wondering when she will realize that Jake is twice her size and stop picking on him?

When I was pregnant with Evy, I felt her move at 13 weeks. And when I say move, I mean MOVE. I felt major “flutterings” or whatever it is they call it. She continued to move nonstop my entire pregnancy. Early on, when I felt her move so much, I panicked. Surely God couldn’t be giving me another boy with MORE activity level than Jake. I mean, that just couldn’t be possible, right? {Only those who know Jake can probably answer this one, ha}

But no, it wasn’t. He gave me a girl…with more activity level. So awesome. ha. Thank God knows what He’s doing!! :)

So today I am thankful for my babies holding hands. Because for them to hold hands it means two things: 1. They weren’t fighting and 2. They were walking slow enough to hold hands. Two major miracles. ha. Sheesh, I love those babies. They are amazing and make my heart melt.

Do your kids fight? Do they hold hands?? 

Big hugs friends xoxo

OH Ps….Jake made two goals this morning during soccer. He was so excited. Course I’m sure the fact that Brandon gave him $5 for it didn’t help at all. :) Bribery at it’s worst, but hey…it made him work!! ha xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.