Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Beach Girls

The weather wasn't perfect while we were at the beach last week, but we got one good day of playing and a couple more days of quick visits!  This one was after dinner after sunset one night when we just had to go down and watch the waves in the dusk!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stitch Fix #4 - Improvement!

So maybe having a Stitch Fix* delivered the day we get home from vacation wasn't the brightest idea...

Taking pictures late at night when you still have a million things to do (did I mention school starts next week?) isn't very flattering, but I do it for fashion!

This time around everything fit, hooray!  But we've still got a little work to do!

I knew when I saw it that this one wasn't going to work, but not for the reason I expected.  Mainly, this girl always wears a bra, and not the strapless kind.  The stylist nicely suggested I wear it with a denim jacket or cardigan, but I get hot and not having an option to take it off probably wouldn't work because the fabric was too thin for anything other than summer around here.

But the biggest issue I have is the waist... somehow it sits all wrong.  This might be one of the least flattering dresses I've ever tried on.  Sad.  I really liked the hi-lo hem too.

Next up, green sweater.  I didn't think I'd like it much, but I was a bit surprised.  The Dolman sleeve cut is definitely not for me, I should have taken a photo with my arms out a bit, ugh.  But overall not too bad!

This one is a keeper.  I love blue and the fun lace cutouts on the back aren't too risque (most I see are way too low and show that bra again).  Plus, it actually fits!

Finally, this top was one I thought I'd keep, but on, not so much.  It looks fun, but is slightly too small in the chest and also, you can pretty much see right through the cream layer.  Too bad because it has a lot of character!

The earrings were the fifth piece.  They're okay, but not for the price.  The hooks for the ears were really short and I'm afraid I would lose one fast, especially with little girls that like to pull on my jewelry.  They also felt pretty thin like they would get bent fast.  Maybe that's not everyone's standards in fashion jewelry, but it is mine!

Okay, what do you think?  Favorite? What would you wear? Am I making the right choice?

*Check out Stitch Fix for yourself and if you use my referral link I get a credit too!

Friday, August 22, 2014


We're staying with some college friends this weekend at the beach. It's fun and just a little crazy since there are 6 adults and 9 children, the majority of them under 3.

Baby twins in the strollers and a toddler
However we have on average by far the oldest of the kids. While the girls are still little they are speaking in sentences and there's usually an easily defined reason for why they are upset. I can even see the light at the end of the 8 year long diaper tunnel.

Don't get me wrong, I love babies, but I'm glad to be moving out of the baby years. Things are changing, mostly for the better, and for once I'm happy with it.

I don't usually handle change real well, especially if it's sprung upon me (just ask my husband), but if there's anything I'm learning as I get older it's that life is always changing whether I want it to or not. It just may be more obvious when you have kids!

I think perhaps I wanted life to stay the same because then I could at least know what to expect. But some of these days (with 4 kids) have been really hard. And I'm sure some of the future days will be hard in ways I can't expect. But I'm ready for something new!

And hopefully I'm learning that change is okay and even good sometimes!

What about you? How do you deal with change?

Five minute Friday has changed! It's now hosted over at Kate's place. But as always please join in or leave a comment!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tea's Cool School Event - Up to 25% Off!

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Now through Sunday Tea Collection is offering one of their best sales of the season!

Buy 3 items, get 15% off, buy 4 items, get 20% off, and buy 5 or more items, get 25% off. 

Don't miss out on all the cute German inspired clothing for school!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Fun with Cousins!

The first weekend of August we road tripped it down to Oregon for our annual family time. This year Brian's sister and family were here with us for about 10 days. Yay!

Joy in Grandma's rocking chair!
But that also kind of meant some close quarters, the girls sleeping in the closet in our room!  Good thing Grandma and Grandpa's house is big with room to play!

Hope helping Grandma sew
The first order of business was a graveside service for Great Grandpa, who passed away last summer, the last of the great grandparents.  We got to see all the cousins but one and afterwards enjoyed ice cream in the park. 

Me and my girls!
Playing with cousins was so much fun!  We had two good days with them here before the plague descended on the house...

Hope and Cassia
It's so super fun for me to see them wearing their cousin's hand me downs!  And I know my sister-in-law likes shopping our collection from Africa so she doesn't have to shop while she's home.

Grandma got my boys some paints as cousins are still a bit young

We did get one afternoon at the local water park where we had a ball!

My Noah swimming in the lazy river
Everyone had lots of fun going round and round in the lazy river, Noah is a pro in his life jacket, but he swims pretty well too.

Uncle Joel and Cousin Cassia
We took all the little kids except baby Cassia on the water slide.  Hope got scared by rocking back and forth and didn't want to go again, but Joy and William were all over it!  "Again?"

Uncle Joel and Cousin William on the waterslide!
The girls are total water babies!
And after that, the puking started.  Joel and Allison had gone to the coast for a night and he got sick as well as Noah at Grandma's house.  So we had 6 kids to take care of and we were so scared they would all get sick!

Cory loves his baby cousin Cassia! 6 years makes a difference!
We had one day of respite and enjoyed playing on the lawn.  It was HOT here and there's no AC in the house.

My cutest nephew William!
Auntie Allison and Uncle Joel took our boys and their kids out to some water falls and then Cory got sick in the car on the way home... it was all down hill from there.

Uncle Joel did a lot of reading (Hope)
The little ones who hadn't been affected yet enjoyed reading and a tea party with Grandma.

Tea party with Grandma! A new tradition!

Williams frequent mode of transportation!
Sadly we missed out on visiting with three sets of friends due to all the illness.  But we ended up with more family bonding time... over sickness!  Ugh!  All told it took us over a week to get better and poor Joel and Allison had sick kids all the way home to Africa.  I'm not sure which is worse, poo-splosions or vomit on an airplane.

Almost all the cousins watching cartoons, just missing Cassia
This is how we entertained the kids while we waited to take one last family picture. And that will have to wait for a later date to be processed.

Now if I can just get my phone and blog to play nice I will have more pictures... but it's a headache and a half so it may have to wait until we get home.  However, if you'd like more real time updates follow me over on Instagram!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Odyssey Adventure Club Back to School iPad Mini Giveaway


The end of summer is in sight, and OAC is giving away an iPad Mini back-to-school bundle! It might seem like summer just began for your kids yet it's already time for it to end, so if they need some added motivation to get their homework done, remind them they can jump on the Odyssey Adventure Club after their papers are written and their math problems are solved.

As members, your kids can also listen to Album 58 before the album is released to the public! Sign up today for just $5!

Here's what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):
It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.
Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive. Plus, here's a sneak peek of a new episode called "The Lone Lawman"!

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Jason, Whit, Red and the gang rustle up herds of fun while performing a new Kids’ Radio show set in the Old West. “The Lone Lawman” features a confused boy getting mixed up with a shifty band of bank robbers. Can a hero on horseback set things right? See just how wild the West can get in this action-packed send-up of old-time radio dramas.

NOW . . . on to the iPad Mini back-to-school giveaway. One grand prize winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 27th. All winners will be announced August 28th on the widget on this page.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit this page again on the 28th to see if you won! (You'll see the winner's name in the widget.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: My Little Buddy

I made good friends with my nephew William this past week. To the point that when we sat down to watch cartons last night before they left he climbed up in my lap to snuggle me. I get lots of snuggles from my kids, but I'm glad he wanted to snuggle too. I'm gonna miss him! (And his baby sister too)

They left very early this morning on a 48 hour journey back to Swaziland and we won't see them for at least a year, more likely two. Hard when your cousins live on the other side of the world!