Saturday Morning Check-In

Well I'm already off to a terrible start with keeping up with my goal of blogging at least once a week. The intention is definitely there but it just hasn't been happening. I'll keep working on it :) In the meantime, we've had lots going on around here so I thought a little update was in order.

1. We celebrated our big four year old with a unicorn bowling party last Sunday. We ended up having about 20 kids there so it was kind of crazy but she had a great time. Look for a post full of pictures next week. :)

2. We found out a few weeks ago that Jesse has been selected for promotion!! It was a long, nerve wracking wait so we were beyond excited to get the news! Of course, with promotion also comes orders. We should know in the next week or so if we are moving or staying here. The adventurer in me is hoping for something new and exciting but I think we would also be happy staying here. All I can say is the suspense is killing me and I want to know NOW! 

3. I started my third round of the Faster Way to Fat Loss last week. It was prep week, which gives everybody time to ease in and get comfortable with the program before the real start on Monday. The last two times I jumped right in during prep week but I have to be honest and tell you that I'm struggling this time. In the past rounds I got up around 4:30 to get the workouts in but I've hit snooze every day this week. It's so hard to get up when it's cold outside. I'm hoping I'll do better for Week 1! I truly need this to get back to where I want to be. My clothes are fitting too tight and I'm tired and sluggish. I know with proper nutrition and good workouts I'll get back to myself in no time!! 

4. Last weekend I had the privilege of celebrating my sweet friend Amy and her baby girl Saylor. Amy and her husband went through multiple rounds of IVF and now they are finally going to have the sweet baby they have been praying for! The shower was gorgeous and Amy is glowing.

5. Y'all, have I mentioned how crazy I am about these girls? They are just the best. Emerson is rocking first grade and I have seen so much growth in Adelyn these last few months. They are at the age where they are just fun to be around and talk to. What a blessing they are to us!!

6. We're all settled in to our rental and loving it. We decided not to unpack any non-essentials and we haven't hung anything on the walls. If we do get orders we could move again soon so we figured we would wait and see.  Even without all of our decor the house feels very homey. I'm so glad that everything worked out the way it did. 

So, I think that's it for now. Hopefully I'll be back before another month goes by. 


Thursday Update

Hey there friends! We're just 18 days in to the New Year and I'm already failing at my goal of blogging regularly. In my defense, it's been a crazy few weeks. We moved out of our house on the 6th and had plans to stay in a beach house on base. Unfortunately, our winter storm caused frozen pipes and the beach closed down for over a week. We were lucky to have a place to stay thanks to Jesse's brother and his family. The girls loved having extra time with their cousins and we were so happy to we didn't have to drag ourselves, all of our stuff, and the two dogs to a hotel.

We were finally able to check into the beach house on Saturday and we hung out there until yesterday. It was way too cold to really enjoy any outdoor activities but we relaxed and enjoyed the views. 

Yesterday was a great day because we got the keys to our rental and we spent our first night here last night. We are so very excited to finally get settled and back into a routine. Even better, it snowed last night and due to icy road conditions, school and work were cancelled for today. It's currently pretty much all thawed out so we are using this free day to move the rest of our stuff in. Woohoo!!! I've already made a ton of progress and I feel confident that I'll be completely done by Saturday. We aren't planning on hanging anything on the walls until we know if we are getting orders. If we find out we're moving again in a few months we'll probably stay decor free just to make the next move easy. I'm not a fan of bare walls but we'll make due. :) I'll definitely share pictures of our new place once we are unpacked. 

In the meantime, here are a few randoms.

1. FOUR!!! Tuesday was this sweet girl's 4th birthday. I have a post in the works sharing all about our Addy Lou. We also plan on having a real  birthday party for her later in the month when we're settled in the new house. In the meantime, we had our traditional family celebration on Monday since we had work and school on her actual birthday.

All that celebrating wore her out. Parker was just offering moral support. :)

2. I ordered this adorable Prayer Journal that Allison from Inspired Budget shared on Instagram last week. One of my goals is to read the Bible or a devotional daily and I think this little journal will be perfect to help me stay on track. I also think it will be great to look back on in the future. I can't wait to get it!

3. Our rental doesn't have a coat closet downstairs so I'm thinking about ordering a hall tree. I have my eye on this one because I already have a few industrial looking pieces.  What do y'all think? 

4. My goal to read more this year is off to a slow start. I have a couple of books on hold at the library but I need something to read in the meantime. I love almost all genres so send your suggestions my way!

I think that's it for today! Hope everyone has a great week!


Snow Days 2018

We live in an area that gets snow pretty rarely. We're lucky if we get anything significant once a year. A few weeks ago we had 2-4 inches in the forecast but none of us were holding our breath because the forecasts very rarely come to fruition.  The day before the snow was forecasted we found out that we were all getting released early from school and work.  By 8 pm that night, heavy sleet was coming down. By 10 we had a pretty good covering. The girls were beyond thrilled!

We woke up to over 4 inches of snow! I can't remember the last time I've seen it like this here. It was so beautiful.

We had several freezing days before and it stayed cold so the snow stuck around for almost a week. I had 3 days off of work and Emerson's school was closed for 5. Needless to say, we really enjoyed our snow days and made sure to spend lots of time outside.
We don't have sleds or any hills so we improvised with a boogie board and the 4 Runner. Can you tell we live in a beach town?

We had snowball fights, explored in the woods, and made snow ice cream several times. Our town just doesn't have the equipment to deal with snow and ice so the whole thing pretty much shuts down at the first sign of a flake. It was nice to have time with the kids and all of our favorite neighbors without having to worry about going anywhere. It was a great last few days in the neighborhood. 

By the last few days I think we were all getting a little cabin fever. We had so much fun but it was also nice to get back into our routine of work and school. We have snow in the forecast again this week but I think we are all keeping our fingers crossed that it stays away. Once a year is plenty for us southerners. :)


Celebrating 2017

Before I share our New Year's celebrations, I think it's only fitting to share my Top Nine from Instagram. I love looking back at these pictures and remembering the moments behind them. I'm so thankful for everything we experienced this year! From new jobs to re-enlistments, vacations to the transition to first grade, we were truly blessed in 2017.

Anyway, we continued our tradition with our second annual neighborhood New Year's Eve party. My neighbor hosted it at her house. Last year we had a bonfire and the kids were able to run around outside all night. This year, it was in the 20's with a feel like temperature of 9 degrees so we had to move the festivities inside. That didn't stop the kids from having a blast though. They even made it to midnight and we all rang in the New Year together.

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