- Two posts in one week! I can't even believe it! ha!
- This week has been very emotional for me. With Lucas turning five and then tonight a few of my sweet friends are putting on a little get together to celebrate the arrival of baby Lane, just so much going on and all happy but I am still so weepy about it all.
- I can't believe we only have one more day of February left! This year just started and I already feel like it's going so fast!
- Lucas had a great birthday party at the monkey house last Thursday and a good little family gathering at our house on Tuesday night. He told me yesterday he was tired of partying! haha!
- Blogging has seriously been put on the back burner, I hate that but life is so busy right now I guess it's always the first to go.
- We are 36 days away from meeting baby Lane. I can not even believe it.
- I LOVE being pregnant but I can feel the 'wind down' coming. Clothes are getting harder to wear, I can't walk without getting out of breath, house work is getting much trickier to do. I can feel myself starting to want my 'old' body back. I am trying to enjoy these last few weeks though. They will be so SO bittersweet for so many reasons.
- I guess that's all I have for today. I feel like I have so much more to say but words fail me. I guess 'pregnancy brain' is a real thing! ha!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I had two friends tell me yesterday that I hadn't blogged in a while, so I thought I'd come out of hiding! kidding :)
Things are going well! Lots going on. I feel like most days I am running crazy only to realize I got only half of what I needed to done that day. But don't we all!
Brent went to work in Pennsylvania for three weeks, he came home on the 2nd and I haven't been that happy to see him in a long time! lol Mama was exhausted!
Speaking of exhaustion, baby Lane is growing big and wearing me out already. We turn 34 weeks on Friday! We got his birthday set last week and if he doesn't get in a hurry to get out he will be here on April 4th! I am super excited to meet him and start this new chapter in our lives.
His nursery is mostly done. I have a few odds and ends to gather but it turned out exactly like I had envisioned it. I am pretty proud of it :)
Lucas turns five in a week. FIVE! Yes! I am hoping these next few days drag by. How can I have a five year old!? His party is on Thursday evening at the Monkey House (his choice) and we all could not be more excited about that. We invited all his friends from school and all his other friends and he's excited to see everyone and play. Next week on his actual day we will have family over for dinner and carrot cake, his favorite.
Lucas is getting very ready to meet baby brother. He asks everyday after school "how's baby Lane doing" he talks to him everyday and has been gathering up "baby" toys to fill his room. He told Brent he wanted to make a window from his room to Lane's so they could see each other and he is convinced we will be putting a little baby bed in his room because Lane will want to sleep with him. He tells me he will help me feed Lane, give him a bath and even change diapers. He already loves his brother so much I can't wait to see how he is once Lane is here.
A few weeks ago I gave my resignation at work. I won't be returning once Lane is born. It was a hard decision although it was something we knew would happen. It just doesn't make sense financially for me to continue to work and I wanted to be home and in the same town as both of the boys. I couldn't fathom the thought of Lucas being in Greenwood at school (kindergarten eeeek) and me being all the way downtown Fort Smith working. My job is a great one that I will probably miss some days but being at home is a dream come true so on the hard days I will have to remind myself of that.
Lucas will 'graduate' from PreK in May and then stay home with Lane and I for the summer. He starts Kindergarten in August. I am really looking forward to summertime, it will be the first and last time Lucas is at home with me during the day. I am glad him and Lane will have lots of time to together before the hustle and bustle of school starts.
I started selling All'asta (previous post) six weeks ago. It has been going well and I now have three parties under my belt, I am learning a lot and having fun too! I absolutely LOVE the products and love the re-purposed feel of the whole experience. I am thankful for something to 'keep my brain going' while I am at home and for a way to chat with people and make a little income :)
I think I hit all the high points :) I have a TON of pictures I need to put up but that will have to wait until another day.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I am really excited to share with you about All’asta. All’asta is Itallian for auction.
All’asta is a new fun way to have a home party but with a twist! All’asta is a party that is part silent auction and part catalog.
How it works is you invite some friends/family/church ladies/ work ladies/ etc. over for some fun! They each will bring 1 to 3 items that they no longer have a use for. It could be a gift that just wasn’t right, a blouse that no longer fits, jewelry that no longer gets worn, purses, bags, home decor, books, home made items, anything that still has a purpose but just isn’t being used. They will get a 50% commission on the items they bring. Guests at the party will bid silently, on paper, on the items brought. Once bidding is complete your guests will have a decision to make they can either take the money (yes cash money!) earned on their “old” stuff OR they can use what they earned to purchase some new items from the All’asta catalog.
Sounds fun right!?
But the best part is for the hostess! For inviting her friends over she gets to put as many items in the silent auction as she wants! Much more fun than a yard sale! She also has the opportunity to earn free product and ½ price items out of the catalog. As well as a hostess special! Lots of goodies for my hostess’!
All’asta is all about re purposing. Many of the items in the catalog have been brought back to life and turned into something new and useful!
I also wanted to say that this is way out of my comfort zone to do something like this. I have been thinking of joining All’asta for a while now and finally took the plunge. I am glad I did because I learned that I am the ONLY consultant in Arkansas at the moment. That is very exciting to me.
I hope you will consider having your own All’asta party. I am offering an incentive to my first 5 hostess that book parties! I will provide all the food and drink for your guests. All you have to do is gather up some ladies over for a few hours of fun! (Also I wanted to add please don’t let not wanting to do it at your house be a deciding factor in having a party, if you are interested I will find you someplace to have your party!)
Another way to get the hostess rewards would be to have a catalog or Facebook party! The only thing is you wouldn’t have the auction part of it.
I will be having a ‘kick off’ party at my house on January 26th at 3:00 and you are all invited to come and see what this is all about, I would love love love to show you!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
We had a really good Christmas (need to get post up soon!) and a pretty good New Years.
Brent has been working some crazy hours so it's been a little tough without time off to just relax.
Luke and I drove to Conway to stay with him for New Years, that was really fun. We ate at Table Mesa and it was amazing! Best mexican food I've ever had!
I still can't believe it's a new year and I'm still having a hard time remembering to write 2014 on things.
I am very very excited about the coming the year, obviously. Baby Lane will make his appearance in a few short months, we have so much to get ready for him but in the same breath I feel more than ready for him. I feel like I have been waiting on him a long time :)
This year also holds a lot of change. Change scares me more than anything else in the world. I am not good with change, hence only having 3 jobs and living in 4 homes my entire life. I am a girl of habit.
But this year will bring some very big changes to my family and to me as a person. Good ones, don't get me wrong. Ones I have longed for and prayed for but change none the less.
So my word for 2014 is inevitably CHANGE. I will have to get used to a new life. One with two boys. One with twice the love yet twice the responsibilities. I am excited yet scared too.
In thinking of my life last year and the coming year I have made my new years resolution to be more present in my home. As embarrassing as it is to say social media sometimes takes over my days. Yes my days. I find myself on in all.the.time. There has been more than once that Brent and I will be watching a movie or t.v. show and I will be on FB and he gets upset because my phone light is making it distracting for him.
I have wrote about this before but still struggle to find a good balance.
I know it's because I am a social person that I have this problem, I love chatting with ladies about things on Facebook I love looking at pictures of cute kids on Instagram I love sharing my own life with others. But most days I have been so distracted with FB and Instagram I am ignoring the people I love the most. The ones in my home who are right there needing and wanting my attention, and who deserve it more than anyone.
So my 'plan' (I use that term loosely because it will have to evolve over the coming months do to some changes *see above ha!) is to stay off social media in the evenings. During the day (at work) I can get on as much as my heart desires but once I am in my car leaving for the day, it's done. I will allow myself to answer texts and phones calls in the evenings but just not get on FB and such. Once I am at work the next morning I will be back on :) I am still unsure of my weekend 'plan' but I feel like weekdays are a good place to start.
Also I will stop biting my fingernails! This has been my resolution for about 10 years and I am still working on it! ha!
So do you have any resolutions? What does the year have in store for you?
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Lots and Lots of pictures of everyday things that have been going on!
Two weeks ago we got snowed in! I have never been 'snowed in' so I was very excited! We lost power for about a day, less than 24 hours so we had to 'rough it' for a little bit and it was kinda fun.
Lucas and Brent spent some time building a gingerbread house.
We went out exploring for a little bit, well until Lucas' hands froze and he wanted to come back in.
We lost a majority of our big tree in the back yard. I am hoping it doesn't die but we aren't sure. It's the only big tree we have so it will be sad if it doesn't make it.
Last week Lucas had his Christmas program at school! They did so good and looked so cute! I still have to laugh that Luke is the only boy in his class but it doesn't seem to bother him a bit, I am almost sure he hasn't even noticed :)
We bought Lane's dresser last week too! It is just perfect for his nursery that I am envisioning! I can't believe everything is coming together so well, I didn't even have a plan until the day we found out he was a he then it just all came to me. I can't wait until after the holidays to really start painting and putting things up.
We finally got to see Frozen on Sunday. I was slightly disappointed (gasp!) but I had NO idea it was a princess movie, clearly I should do a little research, but Lucas loved it, go figure! ha!
Lucas' class has a book exchange on Friday. I found this at walmart and thought it was just perfect!
But we got some other cute ones :)