Monday Ramblings

Tonight’s post is going to be full of LOTS of thoughts…I hope you don’t mind. :)

First, have you entered in the amazing giveaway from our sponsor Totes In Tow?

Seriously, Evy has not put either of these bags down since we got them. She LOVES them! Click HERE to enter.

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Last night I reread the entire Shabby Chic Home Book by Rachel Ashwell.

Have you ever read it? I love it so much. I’ve had it forever but just revisited it since I realized I need a little help in a couple rooms in our house…namely our guest bathroom that we are getting ready to remodel here soon. Anyway, its so super inspirational, especially if you are redoing a house. And to be honest, I’ve been spending so much time on different DIY home blogs and pinterest, that I am starting to feel like I am losing the real me and what kind of decorating I really love. Have I mentioned before that I love Rachel Ashwell? Yeah, I’m sure I have. ha. And it felt so good to reread that book and remember WHY I choose to decorate the way I do.

If you have never read it…READ IT!! :)

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I am trying something new this week….it’s called Bargain of the Week. I will pick one item that I will discount. What I list is in stock and ready to ship and is not available for preorder, which means that if you want it then you should snag it…BUT, they will all be marked down for one week only, Monday- Sunday. Every Monday there will be new bargain, for that week only. This week’s bargain is the Winter White Diana Wrap:

It’s marked down $15…not bad, huh? :) This bargain will be over on Sunday and we’ll pick a new item to mark down. Feel free to let me know if you are looking for something in particular to purchase!

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Did you read Friday’s post regarding Food Friday {HERE}?

We’re going to try out our first ever linky party this Friday…will you join us? We’ve never done a link up like this before, so have no idea how it will turn out, but thought it would be fun to give it a try for a week. If you are interested, do a food post either on Friday {and entitle it Food Friday} or some other time during this week and add our button in your post {you can grab it on the sidebar}, and then link up with us on Friday.

I would like to pin onto my Food Friday board {HERE} every recipe that is linked up on Friday, so make sure you include some sort of photo or clip to be pinned!

I am really looking forward to reading some of your recipes that you share…I need some new ones! :)

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Do you homeschool? Not sure how many homeschool moms I have reading this…but for those of you who are AMAZING and do homeschool, I want to introduce you to my sister Pam {driving} and her friend Shelly.

Shelly and my sister each have three kiddos each and homeschool them all{my sister has been doing it for almost 10 years}. They are amazing!! At any given day I will go over to my sister’s and she will have an entire group of kiddos over at her house doing a History project, or learning to sew, or bake…or reading circles…you name it!! Seriously, these two are incredible. My sister is a RN…she has given up a very high paying job to stay home and teach her kids because she feels called to do it. She has real conviction and its just so inspirational to see her kids flourish.

Well, a couple years back Shelly and Pammy decided they wanted to take a trip across America with their kids…stopping at all the major landmarks and historical sites that they have studied over the years. My sister had an old RV and they planned out an entire course that would take about two and a half months. They were determined to do it and have been saving for a long time to make it happen for their kiddos. Well, I am proud to say, last week they made it happen.

Shelly and Pammy have overcome tons of obsticles and have struck on out on their own {their husbands are taking vacation time and meeting up with them for 2 weeks next month} with 5 kids {my nephew couldn’t go due to missing sports}. I am so proud of them! I have to be honest and say I don’t think I would have the guts to drive an RV on my own for 2 and half months. But I know their kids will never forget this and can you imagine how much they are learning from this living history class???

The kiddos at the River Walk in San Antonio.

My sister is blogging about their adventure…you can follow along with their story HERE. And if you homeschool {or are thinking about homeschooling} my sister is the master!! I think you will enjoy her journey. :)

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Finally, there is NOTHING better than my kiddos climbing in bed with me in the morning and piling on top of me.

OMW. I love these kids so much it hurts. When I kiss them I feel like I can’t even get enough of them. When they are cuddling with me like this, I breathe in their smells {each of them has a different smell} and try so hard to burn it in my memory.

There is nothing like being a mommy.

I have a confession…today I looked at Evy and realized she is no longer a baby. :( It is a sad realization. I am going to tell you a secret… today the words “Maybe we should have one more” actually came out of my mouth while chatting with Brandon. YES. THEY. DID. SCARY.

Don’t panic, we’re pretty sure we’re done {I’m old and we’re poor! ha}, but when I look at my kids and realize they are going to be gone soon {ok, I know that’s a bit rash, but the time will come before we know it}…I start to panic! :(

OH….Did I tell you guys Jake is riding his bike without his training wheels?!?! YES! He is! And he’s a pro!

 WAHHH. Where’d my little boy go?!?!

OOOKKKAAAAY…that’s enough for tonight! ha. Sorry to over load you! Big hugs everyone! xoxo

9 thoughts on “Monday Ramblings

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    marlana says:

    My baby 2 1/2 climbed on my lap today to tell me “momma, Im a big girl now, so you dont have to hold me” And everytime she would climb on my lap she would repeat it :(

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    Lana Lyman says:

    You never hear people say they wish they would’ve had less children…it’s always “I wish we would have had more”. I say go for it! :)

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    stephanie Duncan says:

    My Korbynn just turned 3 this month and Jadynne will be 2 in May and I am always tossed up about having just 1 more baby :) But like you stated about yourself (we aren’t wealthy either, and our “new” to us house is finishing off what we do have and I see no end in sight :/) But I to am cherishing every hug that I can get my 3 year old to give, and am savoring all the cuddles that Jadynne will allow :) I am by far not ready for my babies to grow up. Just last week when I took Korbynn in for his 3 year check up, I was reminded by his Pediatrician that next year is his big appointment for school prep….I quickly felt a WHAT slip out before I could control it ! The school prep talk was the quick relization that my Korbynn is definately no baby anymore, its a tough pill to swallow. And I can already tell I will be the sappy Mom on his first day or Pre-K, ugh I need a tissue just typing this :/

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      evystree says:

      ahh I know how you feel! Actually, I am NOT the emotional mom, surprisingly. I didn’t cry when Jake when to school…I think it’s because I’m a teacher, I’m so excited for him to go and learn that I don’t get emotional….but when I look at my babies and see them grow…that makes me emotional. :( Big hugs to you!! xoxo

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    jenni says:

    can i link up my supper club recipes? not all of them, but most recent? i want to “link up” with you, but not sure if i have time to get a new post up?!

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    D'Ann Bryant says:

    My Dad always sniffed me and my sister growing up…he’d just walk by and stick his nose in our hair and say he was memorizing the way we smelled…He said smell was the last of your senses to go before you die and he wanted to smell his wife and daughters close by as he died…I always thought it was kind of weird until I had my own babies….nice to know someone else sniffs their kiddos :)

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