Five on FRIDAY

I can’t believe this is our last weekend in October. Time is like on super sonic speed right now.  We are heading out camping this weekend with two of our favorite camping family friends and Andrew’s family.  I am so excited to get out and away for a bit with these kiddos!

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This is Us.  Totally and completely in love with this show!  It is so good and just gives me all the feelings EVERYtime.  We recently became cord cutters and ditched our cable (gasp) but honestly it has been the best thing we have ever done and we are loving it.  We have an apple TV (one time purchase $99) and sling TV ($20/month).  I’ve downloaded the apps for our favorite TV stations onto the apple TV and we honestly haven’t missed a beat ( we did not watch that much TV to begin with) but every show we watch is available for free the next day on the app and as far as kids shows go it’s basically on demand for PBS and Disney jr.  It’s good stuff friends – consider it!  Ditch the cable bill and start saving today!

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We are in vacation planning mode and this makes me SO happy.  First up Branson and Nashville in December.  I cannot wait.  I am just so excited to visit some new places and make these memories with my family.

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I think I’ve mentioned before that Natalie Grant is one of my favorite Christian artists to listen to.  She has a song called King of the World and I have been hearing it so much lately and it just has been resonating at home with me.  We have this disaster of an election around the corner – GO VOTE FRIENDS – and as much as I can get myself worked up thinking about the “what ifs” of the world I am trying to raise two Godly and kind sons in; it all come back full circle in this song.  At the end of the day left or right, red or blue, donkey or elephant – that doesn’t matter.  We are serving a King, our whole purpose on this Earth is to serve Him, to love Him, to praise Him.  The King of the world is our forever constant, our comfort, our savior.  So, at the end of the day I will raise up my thoughts and concerns and pray to our King that He will continue to guide the world we live in, the world He created.  Take a minute and listen.  Maybe we should all make this our theme song for life.

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I am SO excited Halloween is right around the corner.  Corbin had his costume parade at school today and it was probably the sweetest thing ever.  I can’t wait to see all my friends kids dressed up and having fun.

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I am still on a total high from my sister’s wedding.  I just had the best time with my family and visiting with family members I have not seen in years (and them meeting my kids for the first time!).  We are given one family during our precious time on this earth and I just want to soak up as much of that time as possible.

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Have a great weekend and a SAFE and Happy Halloween friends!

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xo,

j

 

It’s Monday

 

It has been TOO long since my last post.  I know.  Lately I’m drowning in this whole life gig.  Life has been busy and I have been SO tired.  Last night I called it quits and went to bed at 715.  10 hours and 47 glorious minutes later (according to my fitbit) I feel somewhat refreshed and ready to tackle on the coming weeks.  I had the privilege and honor of being the Maid of Honor in my baby sisters wedding this weekend.  She was the most beautiful, most happy and most humble bride I have ever seen.  It was so surreal to watch her walk down the aisle and is now one of my favorite memories.  I celebrated and celebrated and celebrated – until about 5 am in the morning.  It was the most fun time visiting with our family from out-of-town and I will cherish that night forever.  I get a few awesome pictures at the after party that I am holding onto to for a later date, but did capture a few pictures of this special day 🙂picmonkey-collage

I loved getting to see my family all dressed up and looking so handsome.  Corbin rocked his ring bearer duties in rehearsal but wanted nothing to do with it wedding day.  He ended up walking down the aisle holding my hand – it was just as adorable.  A BIG thank you to my in-laws for picking the kiddos at the reception so Andrew and I could kick back and enjoy ourselves!

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We got to rehearsal super early (gold star for mom – and 5 gold stars for Andrew for rocking the day weekend and helping me be where I needed to be, the kids where they needed to be and keeping the house clean for showings/open house/etc – he rocked it ya’ll).  I loved my time with just Corbs and he loved the fact I pulled out the snapchat filters.  #snapchatforthewin Andrew and Wyatt had a fun daddy/son night and both the boys got to go to the car show with Saturday morning before the wedding.

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picmonkey-collageThursday night kicked off the whole wedding weekend with a night of bachelorette shenanigans.  We had a pallet sign making party and it was a hit!  Pizza, pie, pallets, paint, and booze.  winning.  I made a few gems but this is by far my favorite.  When our house sells and we go full-time I plan on hanging it from our 5th wheel hitch.

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Sunday was filled with family, Mexican food, naps (for me – thanks Daddy) and some outside play time.  It was the perfect end to a truly perfect weekend.  I love you Shannyn and Jared and wish ya’ll nothing but happiness.  #newbrinkersontheblock

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xo,

j

 

Five on Friday

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We had the best time celebrating our anniversary last weekend.  Top golf, Sully (excellent movie) and dinner.  It was a perfect afternoon/evening away from the kiddos to just be with each other!

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The kiddos and I trucked to the zoo on Monday with some dear friends.  We got to pet a snake and saw so many of our favorite animals.  The weather was perfect and it made a great start for the week!

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I have been taking the kiddos on a bike ride or running every night that I am not working.  It has easily become my favorite part of the day.  It helps burn off some extra energy so by the time we get home every one gets baths and goes to bed without fights.  On a side note – I found this bike seat for bubba and it is amazing!  He loves sitting up front and pretend like he is driving.  I feel very stable with him up front and I defiantly highly recommend this seat!

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Last Friday night the wives joined our hubbies on the BBQ cool off team up at the Fort Bend County Fair.  We stopped and had margaritas prior to our arrival and then feasted on ribs, chicken, and brisket when we arrived.  I feel like my hair is still lingering with the smell of BBQ a week later, but it was so worth it.  They guys are already planning next years cook-off.  I hit up our local farmers market last Saturday for the first time and I loved it.  I loved supporting our local businesses and I totally scored some yummy treats!  I plan on going again this week after my pilates class Saturday morning.  One of my besties also came over Saturday and we ventured to the mall for an old navy excursion (Corbin was convinced we could buy the dog and threw a fit when he realized we couldn’t bring it home with us) and lunch before heading to the pumpkin patch.  We had the BEST time at the pumpkin patch…the kids ran wild and Ali and I got to eat funnel cake.  win, win.  We shut the place down and called it a successful Saturday!

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I remember a few years ago when ankle booties came into style I shunned them away and swore I would never convert to that style.  Well, my friends, I have converted and I am in love.  Ankle booties, especially in these mild Texas fall/winters are the best thing ever.  I love them. I am on search for an open toe pair like these.._13070093

have a great weekend guys!

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xo,

j

 

October goals + September book review

file-oct-06-6-57-43-amOh, October.  You are such a busy (and) fun month.  Here are some of my goals for this fabulous month.

  1.  update my phone.  I HATE updating my phone and have fear that I  will lose all of my photos on it (even though I back them up) silly right?  I have Wyatt’s birth on my phone right now and i panicked just the same when i updated my last phone and Corbin’s birth pictures were on there.
  2. Read one book.  This month is just SO crazy if I finish one book it will be a success.
  3. Plan our December trip to Branson/Nashville.
  4. Finish ALL my christmas shopping.  I’m almost already done!  Ill share my secrets in another post!

My September books didn’t impress me much.  I read the Thornbirds and as it was a good book, it was very long and I would just really be getting into a character or story and then it would switch point of views.  There is a mini series made from this book and I think that would be SO good.  So I plan on binge watching that at some point.  The second book I read (kinda) was The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult.  I couldn’t finish it my friends.  This was another story that bounced all around and I just couldn’t get into it.  I made it about 3/4 of way through before it was due back to the library and I didn’t have the desire to renew it.  Hopefully October’s book is another good one so I can get back on track!

Here’s to a super busy month!

xo,

j