October 16, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Favorite.

2. I am in search of this color, hard.

3. We have neared the close of the season for this dress, but I love it so much I had to post it. Just effortless.

4. Love this in between look from Damsel in Dior.

5. These skivvies make my skirt fly up. A LOT.  I am searching for them hard, too.

6. Zucchini lasagna!

7. This kitchen is amazing. White with the dark wood flooring and stainless appliances? YES.

8. There are a couple of rooms in our house where I consider wallpaper on a recurring basis, and the girls room is one of them. You guys, this looks like four different vintage rolls! Stunning. Just stunning.

9. I feel like the biggest ding dong. All this time, a potato?

10. This vintage, midcentury modern bar cabinet makes me want to wear a pencil skirt and drink a martini.

11. I may have to drive hours to get it, but I am seriously thinking of bring this fjalkinge shelving from Ikea home to live with me.

12. Maggie Holmes scrapbook lines are pretty amazing.  I love her new Open Book line. Those flowers, whoa.

13. One of my favorite 6x8 Project Life scrapbookers is Pam Garrison.  This page is a huge fave of mine.

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October 14, 2014

Our Week Consisted of This

I wish I'd videotaped this (camerataped ? What is the proper description for that anymore?) so you could hear the giggling.  I had a third photo where Trevor almost had Bryon in a head lock - but it was too blurry to post. I'm not sure what will happen when Trevor gains another 50 lbs and their sizes are evenly matched, but I'm sure they'll figure it out. This is love for the two of them. Whenever either one is snippy, I sic the other one on him. Works like a charm. They both come up smiles.

We also visited Aunt Gretchen's house for soup and sandwiches this past week. Mabel ate two bowls of deer chili because her cousin Will did. Grandma watched the Huskers play football while we played dominoes and talked about Allie for hours. Aunt Gretch was Hayley's co-captain. It was great.

Andrew picked up his strat this week for the first time in too long. He is amazing with that thing. Lord I love that child.

Trevor is getting a lot of game time. Like, a lot. They've moved his position multiple times, but he usually plays safety or wide receiver. He doesn't play first string because there are multiple coaches and all of them have a son on the team - ahem - but when he plays, he kicks ass. So proud of him. He LOVES it and he's so, so good.

I love that Trevor is a mommy's boy. Not in the batshit crazy way, but in the really yummy and smooshy way. He comes to snuggle all the time, asks me to rub his back or his neck (especially when he has a headache). I've learned not to "notice" his snuggling because calling it out embarrasses him, but lawsie, I soak it up every chance I get.

I'm so grateful for all four of them.

October 8, 2014

The Moo is Seven

A week ago, the baby turned 7.  As in, SEVEN.

Wow is what I have to say to that.

Mabel kicked off her birthday with a sleepover with her best friend. They played Barbies and stayed up late talking about boys. Totally not kidding.

Then on Sunday, we had family over for a cookout and cake. Gluten free chocolate, at her request. God love my children.

There was Candyland and Jenga, and skating Elsa from Aunt Gretchen. And of course, Kitty Surprise.

We sang and she swooned, my girl with the messy bun.

I hope she wished for more years with her family and thanked God for all of us together. I hope she wished for lots of giggles and questions at bedtime. I hope she wished for more dry cereal, animals, and stickers. I hope she wished to be the same little girl we love, always.

She is mighty loved.

She is amazing and we love her so. Happy birthday, Moo Rae.

October 6, 2014

Four Blessings

A funeral is an awful reason to dress up, but I was delighted to see how beautiful our kids were on the Tuesday morning that we buried Allie. It was so somber and yet, had so much beauty. Kids are amazing. They can go from tears to laughter in .003 seconds. Mmmm. There is so much God in that.

The boys were wow. So handsome and unique - both of them.

And the girls looked so pretty. So vibrant and full of personality.

We are so amazingly blessed. We've been holding on to that feeling ever since, especially during times when they're poking on each other or giggling at the dinner table or farting in church and we want to pull our hair out.

They are all here and healthy for us to love. Amen to that.

October 3, 2014

New Pages

Have I mentioned how much I love scrapbooking again?

So, I've been making some time to scrapbook.

Getting my hands painty and sticky is therapy for me.

Mindy and I send our pages back and forth all the time and it is amazing to notice that we've loved each other and each other's babies for 14 years. For us, that's been a lot of babies. It's been 3 husbands, even.

October 2, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

1. Love this handy dandy 101 on salad dressings. Awesome flavor profiles, waiting to built and slathered.

2. I've wanted to try this marinade/dressing for a very long time. Chicken, I think.

3. These Totokaelo shoes need to come live with me.

4. Heather Ross, I love you.

5. Love this outfit. The layers and the granny skirt are so amazing. The blue heels and the sweatshirt, too. I mean.

6. Goal hair right here.

7. Love this jumpsuit. Not sure where in the hell I'd wear it, but I love it nonetheless. Maybe vacuuming.

8. I'm very picky about animal print and snake, I love. This dress and heels are so lovely.

9. Hello, arm tattoo on a girl with cool hair. You are my p0rn.

10. And again. This technique is amazing.

11. There are times that I wish I carried a purse and this is one of those times!

12. Love this bedroom. The simple wooden bed, the light fixtures and artwork (on binder clips, gasp) and the tie died pillows next to chenille?  I die.

13. Sorry for the language, Judy. But in my life, this has rung so true. The number 1 thing you can do to piss me off is to tell me that I can't do something, or even imply it. Because then, it's on. I'll have to prove you wrong in a way that will grab your attention. Don't you tell me that I can't stand up for myself, take care of my family in a way I feel is "right", and also be happy. Don't you dare. Because I'll do it while smiling and then I'll invite you to lunch so I can tell you all about it and watch you eat. your. words. We might even pray at the end.

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