Friday, September 4, 2015

Embracing this stage, a few confessions, and snapshots from our life lately



And it's a long weekend!!!

We're planning a few fun things for this weekend and are super pumped to have Matt home early today and for the whole day on Monday. Bring on the weekend!

Before I get to sharing a few confessions and some pictures from our recent adventures, I wanted to share that pretty much right after I posted Wednesday's post about Google+, I got a notification that they updated their app and now have a separate app for just pictures...
GooglePhotos
...and it is AWESOME! Now you can create albums from your phone, which you couldn't do before, and you can hold and drag your finger to select multiple pictures at once. This will let you create a quick organized album right after you take all of your pictures from a certain event so that (if you're anything like me) you won't end up forgetting to create the album and have to create a whole bunch of different albums at once later on.

So that's my random tip of the day. ;)



I'm a do-er. I love to be productive, have a clean house and lit candles, folded laundry, tasty meals ready in the evenings when Matt gets home. These are all things I love.

But lately, I've been playing catchup in all areas it seems. Even keeping up with this little space has been all out of my set routine that I had in place for a good while. 

But you know what I've realized? 
It is O.K. 

I'm in a season where naps for Ryan may or may not happen and they may or may not be long, and awake time means we're playing together outside or building blocks or making sure he doesn't climb up the oven to reach the stove (because this has happened... it was off and there were no injuries... but the boy's got skill), and waking up before him for my productive "me-time" has just been a bit of struggle!

SO, I'm embracing this stage, telling myself it's O.K. to rest and play and have messes and eat dinner later and not have my burning candles always lit in my house. 

A release of confessions is good for the soul I think.

Which reminds me- Elizabeth and I will be hosting this month's Mid-Month Confessions on Tuesday September 15th, and we would LOVE for y'all to join us!
You can check out previous confession posts here for some ideas. Just jot down some of your most honest, silly, hysterical, or random confessions over these next couple of weeks and plan to link up with us on Tuesday the 15th!


Okay (whoa long post) NOW for some snapshots from our life lately!

These two have a nightly routine of bouncing on the bed after bath time. You can see Ryan loves it. :)

Sharing breakfast with daddy before he heads off to work

Sweet boo took a tumble during our family photo shoot and ended up with bumps on his nose, lip, eye, and forehead. Poor guy. It's so tough to be one!

Our sweet contractor is going to be a little lonely at his next job I think. These two followed him around everywhere he went.

Making friends at story time!

Just playing in his toy car in the backyard... butt naked. ;)

I honestly can't remember why Ryan didn't even have a diaper on for these pictures, but I'm gonna go with it was right before bath and he just had a poopy so I figured if he tinkled while he was outside it wouldn't matter.

But really a nakey baby kind of makes these pictures, right?!

So everyday while Matt is at work, Ryan finds pictures of him and points and says, "Dada, Dada, DaDA!" over and over again. In the pic on the left, Ryan is looking up at our wedding picture repeating "Dada"

Oh Tal. He was ready for bed before the rest of us and found some darkness under our curtains. He is the quirkiest dog and makes us laugh all the time.

Packing in to go meet Dada for lunch! Tal came too. ;)


These two are the best buddies.


Daddy's home!

This little buddy loves to snuggle up with his blanky while he sleeps.

Maddox left one of his stuffed animals after our sleepover last weekend and Ryan has been loving taking care of it until we see him again. ;)

:)

Seeing this boy love books makes this teacher's heart melt.

The Eye Book is his favorite from this collection. This night I found him pointing in the book to the eye (or nose) and saying, "eye" (in a very country sounding accent by the way), and then pointing to his ear and saying, "eye." hahah, close enough buddy!


One last thing before I go, Shutterfly is having a big sale this weekend so I'm hoping to crank out two books from my goals for this month (I already finished one!) and maybe even buy a grill with the Labor Day sales?! I'm still not sure what kind of grill to get, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Have a great long weekend!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Goals


I should really stop saying things like, "I'll be back tomorrow to share..." because whenever I write that in a post, the "I'll be back tomorrow" part doesn't happen.

So here I am a day late with my September goals. Better late than never, right?!


I love, love, love September. In my head, September marks the beginning Fall. Forget about the fact that it's still in the mid-80s... crisp Fall air will be here before we know it. College football is right around the corner, my birthday is this month, and this year, we have our last beach vacation of the year planned for the end of this month. It's going to be a great September.

Before I get to my goals for this month, here's a look at how I did with my

1.
Organize Ryan's pictures on Google+ into albums and months

A lot of you mentioned that you didn't know about the Google+ app for your phone either! If you want an easy way to back up the pictures on your phone and have access to them or be able to share them from a computer (you can share them from your phone too), you should definitely download the app.

While it doesn't allow you to view your folders in a list form, you can search for any album you've created pretty easily. For Ryan's monthly picutres, I just typed in the search bar "January 2015" and it would bring up all of the pictures from that month that had been backed up from my phone. Then I selected the ones of him and clicked the "+" button on the top right to create a new album. I titled each of the albums "Ryan _-_ Months" so that it was easy to search for them by just typing in his name.


To get started with backing up the photos on your phone, download the app, click on the menu button on the top left, select "photos" and then pull the screen down to automatically start the backup. If you're like me, the initial backup with take a LONG time, but then it will keep backing them up automatically as you take photos. (Side note- you may want to select that the autobackup happen only when you're connected to wifi if you don't want it to use too much of your data. You can do that under settings.)

Hope that helps!

2.
Read The Longest Ride
I really enjoyed this book! If you missed it, you can read my full review here.

3.
Watch the Movie
The movie was so different from the book, but it was still really good. Matt and I have been on a movie watching kick lately We're in the lull before Fall shows and trying to catch up on movies that we've missed in the theaters... because really who wants to spend a date night in the movie theater these days? Not me. One, they're so darn expensive, two, I want to talk and enjoy our time out, and three, I'll most likely fall asleep. At least when we're at home watching a movie in bed, I can be in my comfies and fall asleep comfortably if I so choose. :)

4.
Visit Eye Doctor
We had a big family outing to the eye doctor last Saturday. Oh how our weekends have changed. I really meant to take a picture of the three of us in the store just for kicks, but I completely forgot. But on this note, both of us walked away from our appointments with improved vision- so either we're actually getting younger, or we had a terrible doctor before. But yay for better eyesight, right?!


And now for my

1. Shoes
First off, I have got to get Ryan some shoes (and for this picture, clothes).


He loves playing outside and has really started taking a lot of steps in the past week or so. I'm totally good with him being bare foot in the house, but I want him to have something on his feet for when we're playing outside. So that's my first goal- find a pair of shoes and try not to get lost in the million-and-one reviews/opinions about the best shoes for a new walker.

2. Dentist
It's that time again. I need to schedule an appointment for the dentist, and Matt does too actually, so maybe we'll carry on our tradition and go to this one together too. Getting these appointments in is a little trickier when you have a little one!

3. Shutterfly Books
I might regret this goal later this month, but I have been wanting to order a few (yikes) Shutterfly books and really need to make a point of putting them together and getting them ordered. So this is my big goal for this month. Which means I'm really going to need to work on that getting-up-before-Ryan goal I've been semi working on each morning.

4. Read The Last Lecture and one other book
My mom suggested The Last Lecture to me and said it's such an inspiring story. It's a pretty quick read though so I would like to read another book this month as well. I'm thinking maybe The Girl on the Train? Got an other ideas for me?!

5. Grill
With summer coming to an end, now seems like a great time to jump on some end-of-summer sales and check off the last item on our to-do list. Hopefully I'll be able to find us a good one at a great price! Have any suggestions on brands I should go with or stay away from?

Thanks for your help! Hope you guys are having a great week!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Highlights and August's Favorite Finds




Our weekend was bu-sy! Saturday morning we got together with our "family breakfast" group and Steph and Dustin let all of our kiddos run a muck around their house while the adults multi-tasked between catching up on life and preventing injury from seven kiddos under 3 all playing together in one space. And the newest little angel, Nora Jane, got to join us at just 4 days old! Sweet baby. Brave mama. ;)


Saturday night, we celebrated my brother-in-law's 40th birthday with a big party at my sister's house, and then took her boys home for a sleepover at our house. They wanted to sleep in Ryan's room and have a slumber party- sweet loves- so we blew up an air mattress and that's just what they did. Ryan woke up at 5:45 ready to party when he saw them in his room, but they didn't care one bit. Love those boys!



Then we all headed to church and the met up with Matt's parents there. Ryan was wanting to work on his walking. Time to get this boy some shoes! :)



Back home we had lunch and watched a little movie to wind down from our early start to the day.



Now on to this month's:



Loft's 50% off Tops Sale
I love a good Loft sale. I stocked up a few weeks ago on some new tops and now they're running the same sale again online with a $25 cash card for every $50. These four tops are $15 each. You can check out the rest of the flash sale here.

dots top here, peach top here

black top here, cream top here


Southern Living Magazine


My mom surprised me with a subscription to Southern Living last year and I have loved getting it in the mail every month. It's full of yummy recipes, vacation ideas, and pictures of houses I one day want to live in. I also feel like getting this magazine somehow makes me a real southerner and officially an adult. And please look at that cake. Yum. Fall cannot get here soon enough.


Trader Joe's Salad and Crackers



These are my two new Trader Joe's obsessions. This all-in-one salad solves my problem of feeling like prepping a salad along with dinner is just too much work for a little side or appetizer. And it is great for lunch too! The toppings and dressing are delish... although I'm not a bleu cheese lover, so I switch that part out for feta. And those crackers. MmmMmm. Just try them. They are SO good!

Blake Shelton Radio


This is my go-to cooking in the kitchen station on Pandora. I haven't heard a single song of his I don't love. Anytime a new song comes on and I look at the screen to see who it is, it almost always ends up being one of his from years ago. Love his music and the other songs that play on his station.


Melissa & Doug Stackable ABC Blocks
Ryan got these stackable blocks for his birthday and they are one of his favorite toys! Mine too because the all fit back in that tiny box. :) Such a great gift for a toddler! You can find them here.

Mary Kay Volu-firm Cleanser & Clarisonic Mia


I love this relatively new MK cleanser. The littlest bit goes a long way. This picture is after I used my Mia and there's still so much soap left on my face. It lathers well and makes my skin feel clean and soft. And y'all know I love my Mia. It's like an elecronic toothbrush for your face- it cleans it so well in just one minute. You can find the cleanser here and the Mia here. Or, you can email me {notesftn@gmail.com} and I can order the cleanser for you.

That's it for this month's favorite finds! I'll be back tomorrow to share my goals for September. Hope you guys have a great week!

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