Thursday, April 16, 2015

10 things that you really don't need to know but I'm going to tell you anyway

I feel like my blogging has been so sporadic lately. I popped in to tell you about the big 30, joy-eyes, and the shoes that Otto made. But, other than than, it's been little posts here and there.

I think that this season has just been full in lots of other areas, so I find that my time (and creative ideas) are often spent keeping my toddler busy, tackling house projects, and working on shop stuff.

Sometimes I think, "I need to blog about that!" or "ooh, I want to share about that!" or "this is such a good recipe! I should let my blogging friends know about it!"

But, then, I have this little child who interrupts my two-seconds of silent thinking with one of those delicious smiles that gets me every.single.time, shoves a book in my face, and climbs on my lap to read. Or, you know, steals my smoothie (even though he has his very own that is the exact.same.thing). I blame it on the polka dot straw.

So, blogging (or even just writing down that idea) gets put to the side.

But I wanted to take some time and write up a list of all those ideas that often get put aside during the day and share some things/ideas that have just been working for me :) Basically: I'm going to share some links/thoughts that you really don't need to know, but I'm going to tell you anyway ;) 

1. Right this very second, this is cooking up in my crockpot. If you read the ingredients, you may go, "" It is a little different, but so delicious + easy to make!

2. The rain has been a bit at bay lately, so I've been walking a lot more. I downloaded the Map My Run app and it's definitely added a little extra motivation to walk a little faster, further, or longer. I am not very competitive, but this app has given me a little healthy competition with myself.

3. Speaking of walking, these shoes just came in the mail. Folks, I ordered shoes online without trying them on (which is definitely thought of as a level 10 shopping risk in my world). And they fit so well , are comfy + cute, and have made getting ready to walk a little more fun :) Have you guys ever tried Ryka?

4. I am so excited about the Influence Network's new website launch. I look forward to spending some more time exploring and meeting some new ladies :) I've loved being a part of the network--especially when the network has introduced me to some real-life friends. If you have never checked it out, you definitely should take a look.

5. We've been doing a lot of waiting lately (seemingly) for some life stuff and it strikes me at how this post that I wrote last year about this time is such a good reminder for me right now. I think April should be dubbed--"The Month When God Works to Produces Patience"

6. My baby is turning two next Monday. Somebody pinch me...wasn't I just looking like this:

7. Sometimes I like to find fun activities for Luke on Pinterest. Even though I enjoy trying new things with him, it's often the simple things that keep him busy. I'm pretty sure he spent a good thirty minutes spraying every blade of grass in our yard with this spray bottle ;) PSA to toddler moms: just give them a spray bottle + some grass. That's it.

8. I laughed--like really hard--at this video. I'm chuckling now just thinking about it. Seriously, it will make your day.

9. I've been waking up earlier to start by day with some coffee + time reading/praying/in the world. Even though some days it's a little hard to get up, it's always always worth it. It's definitely a habit that has been renewing + growing me.

10. Remember when I shared about visiting my sister in Haiti? If you want to learn about an exciting new project Children of the Promise is doing, you should read this post. 

So, there you go. Ten things you didn't really need to know--but I shared them anyway.

Happy Thursday, friends!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Big 30 and Surprises

Let me just start by saying that I felt entirely too spoiled for my birthday this year. Not in that I-am-so-special-so-I-got-spoiled way, but in the way of feeling so loved and celebrated. I can blame all the spoiling on Josh--who definitely went above and beyond this year :)

On my birthday, Josh brought coffee to me and told me to pack my bags. He had planned a little trip for our family to go to Kemah and Galveston, Texas. I was game!

We all piled into the car and headed to the coast. The day included a coffee stop (of course), train rides, good burgers, people watching at Kemah, and ended the day with a business call (oh Luke) + chinese take-out :)

The following morning, we grabbed some coffee and headed to Galveston. It was then that we learned that toddlers + sand equals worst.thing.ever. But! It was still fun + Luke thought it was the best.thing.ever. Thankfully, we had some extra clothes ;) After the beach, we spent time around the island (being dorky and looking at houses!) as well as eating a lovely lunch and checking out the ships. After the kid was tuckered out, we loaded up and headed back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon. 

We also spent Tuesday in Houston (Josh had a work meeting there) so it was pretty low-key for Luke and me. I felt so refreshed after a few days away and so thankful for Josh who planned a simple + relaxing birthday getaway. But, the next morning, Josh informed me that he had another trip up his sleeve (the rascal!) and that we were flying solo to the Round Top Antique fair and a B+B (which included donkeys and llamas!)

We enjoyed the few days of just-us (thanks to helpful grandparents!), coffee dates, chatting about big dreams, going to a movie, shopping, and just getting away from the day-to-day life. 

Honestly, I don't have many pictures because I was too busy just enjoying it! 

The best birthday gift I received: the gift of remembering and experiencing what a sweet thing it is to have such a beautiful family and be loved so well. All the other stuff is just extra :) 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

April Goals

We've been busy galavanting around Texas for the past few days (I'll recap the big 3-0 soon!), so this post is a wee bit late getting up! Oh well :) 

So, let's look at March's goals:

Design 5 new prints for the shop. Yep! New prints are in the shop! Go check them out :)

Mop kitchen + vacuum rugs at least once a week. Um. I think so?

Walk when the weather is nice. We did take walks, but definitely not each day the weather was nice. Hello pollen!

Do something fun + special for my birthday. Yes. Yes. And yes! I'll share more soon :) 

Paint pantry and kitchen garage door. Checked off the list!

Start Bible reading in the mornings. I've been doing this on the week days. It has been so good! I'm not always fully awake, but I do look forward to sipping coffee and steadying my heart before the day :) It's definitely not something that I'm stopping.

Now to April's goals:

Drink more water. I aim to drink at least 32 oz of water a day. I know that's less than the recommended amount, but it's better than 8 oz ;) 

Paint our front door. I have no idea exactly what color yet, but I'm thinking something pretty and light. We'll see!

Buy some new workout/comfy summer clothes. My athletic clothing options are pretty slim, so I look forward to grabbing some comfy shorts + teas. 

Celebrate Luke turning 2. I have a few ideas up my sleeve about this, but we want to do a few fun little things to celebrate him. I am thinking up a few birthday traditions that we may want to start up for him + the future kiddos who come along too.

Read two books. I have a few books on my nightstand that I'm excited to read--so just need to make it a priority! 

Plan a Sole Hope party. I'm not sure if I will host it or have it this month, but I at least want to get the ball rolling. I think it will be a fun way to enjoy time with friends and do something that benefits a pretty fantastic mission.

Uffda! That seems like a long list, but I think that a lot of things on that list are actually relaxing + fun things to look forward too! Do you have any goals for this month?

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