Monday, January 26, 2015

Nap time with my buddy.

Today, after VPK, Tucker was needy and weepy and a little grumpy.
I had a to-do list as long as my arm, just breathing down my neck.
It was a recipe for disaster.
Instead of letting it all spiral out of control (as I sometimes do),
I took a deep breath and snuggled up in the bed with my boy.
We napped for an hour together in my bed, and when we woke,
he was no longer grumpy, and I was no longer stressed.
Funny how taking a break from the doing can help, not hurt.

I took this picture because it made me smile.
His pillow is pushed up against mine, as close as can be.
He nearly pushed me off the bed,
trying to get closer and closer to me.
We both slept under our favorite blankets.
Those sweet stuffed animals he kept tucked under his chin.

In the not too distant future, he won't dream of napping with his mommy.
Today was a treasure.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dan, in short.

Dan recently had to take a survey for work.  We both laughed out loud at this blurb from his results: it  is so crazy accurate!

I kind of want to take it, too.....although I'm afraid of what it might say!!  Eeeeek!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Round here.

Fish tanks at the store still amaze them.
Love how precious they are to each other.

He loves to teach us the songs he learns at VPK:
JOY song
Amazing that he will be with us at school next year.

When did my tiny baby become a real live boy?!
He still needs those naps like a little boy;
he's got long legs like a big boy.
Times like these, I can see him caught between the stages.

Oh this dear girl.
Loves reading like her mama,
loves adventure like her daddy,
she's a creature all her own.
Being her mama is a treasure.

A glimpse into the juxtaposition that is my little girl:
book in her hand, light saber at her side.
Sums her up perfectly.

Fun times at a birthday party with my best buddy:

Swim team friends!
Big sisters are teammates;
little brothers play together endlessly.

Pastor's kids on a Sunday night!
Living the dream.

My buddy has always had a deep love for chocolate,
and I often find him with a tell-tale ring around his mouth:

Winter in Florida is a beautiful thing.
Lazy days off school to enjoy it are too.
Warm sunshine, sidewalk chalk, water guns,
still in pajamas in the afternoon.

Monday, January 19, 2015

These are a few of my favorite things:

Some things I am loving lately.

Bath & Body's Work's True Blue Spa lotion
I'm not a huge fan of B&BWorks in general, 
but I love the whole True Blue Spa line.
This lotion is thick and creamy and oh so perfect for your feet at night.

Orange Blossom face wash from Young Living
I haven't ever had a great makeup remover/face wash that I just loved.
My skin is a combo of oily/dry, and I'm prone to hormonal breakouts.
Because I love my Young Living oils so much, I decided to try this face wash.
I used some rewards points to get it for free, and MAN, I am in love.
It's a mixture of ningxia wolf berry, lemon, lavender, rosemary, orange blossom extract, aloe vera, kelp, and more.  It smells utterly dreamy, and my skin looks better than it ever has before.

Chobani Blackberry on the bottom Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has always made me gag - far too thick for my taste.
Until this dreamy little container.  
It's like a dessert, with the bonus of being good for me.  #winning

heavy cream in my coffee

my new journaling Bible
 Where has this BEEN all my life?!
I love writing in my Bible, but I want it to be orderly...
this is perfection.

Aden & Anais Daydream bamboo blanket
OK, so I don't actually own this one yet, but it is SO on my wish list!
$150 for a blanket is indeed a luxury item, 
but if you've ever used Aden & Anais muslin blankets with your babies,
you know what a dream it would be to have this GROWN UP sized version!

Trader Joe's Kona Coffee Truffles
Any time we are traveling and pass a TJ's, 
I buy 3 or 4 bags of these and hoard them, eating 1 a week or so,
and hiding the bag in the back of the pantry where no one will find them. 

audio books from the public library
Tucker loves being read to, and asks for audio books over music in the car.
For Christmas, we gave him the audio version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,
and he was spellbound from beginning to end.
We spend a lot of hours in the car between picking Lana up in the carline, and going back and forth to swim team and lessons 3x a week, so listening to audio books is a lifesaver for us.
Right now we're listening to several of Roald Dahl's works, and The Magician's Nephew. 

Chopped on Netflix 
Lana and I are totally addicted. 

Texting buddies
I'm not a phone talker, 
and many of the people who are dearest to me live far away.
I am so, so thankful for texting: late at night, early in the morning,
random things throughout the day, prayers, encouragement, hilarity, bragging on kids.
It's not the same as living in a village and doing our laundry in the river together,
but it's so, so good, and I'm thankful for it.

Cinnamon roasted almonds
Between these and the cocoa ones, I feel like I can satisfy my 3 o'clock sweet tooth with something good for me!  They are super yummy. 

Young Living's Relieve It oil blend
This little bottle is on the top of the pain relief charts.
Between old back/neck injuries from a car wreck (or two), running a few miles 3x a week, and being a generally clumsy person, my pain relief oils are top of the line important to me!  
It's a blend of spruce, black pepper, peppermint, and hyssop,
and it is a warming oil that is great for muscles, joints, etc.  
If I knew someone having arthritis pain, this would be one I'd suggest they try.

Thin-line felt-tipped pens
These are my jam.