Give me alllll the succulents 🤗 every time we goto Home Depot (which is a lot nowadays) I spend half an hour strolling the garden section and come home with atleast one houseplant🌱🌿🌵#succulents#houseplants#greenery
I try to remember this especially when I’m tired, especially when she’s teething and cranky, especially when she flips over her food tray just as I’ve finished cleaning up around her.
Some days are harder than others, but I never let her forget how much of a miracle she is and how she’s the very best thing that’s ever happened to me 💜👧🏻👩🏻 @mindful_mamas
Love this nappy clutch by @thursdayschildstore! Now packed and ready to go in the baby bag 👌🏻 and these wraps! I mean 😍😍😍 so many heart eyes over here! Can’t wait to snuggle up and soak in all the new born love in just a few weeks.
"Say YeS to OnE more B👀K, one more HuG, one more kiss gOOdnight, tuck them in and snuggle them tight!" 📚 📚 📚 "Reading bedtime stories is about so much more than just saying the words on the page. It is about sitting together, spending time undistracted by anything else, holding onto the books, and holding onto one another. Every time we tuck our children in bed and read them a book, we write the story of our presence in our children’s heart." #nevermissamoment#bepresent
little saturday love for @handmaid.co - run by a mama and aspiring lawyer. props to you, @lilcrunchymama! y’all aren’t going to want to miss out on this handmade box. we sent some darling bloomers over to her and every box is unique to your babe! go give her some love! xo // moriah
Happy #earthday2018 ❤🌏 Let today be a reminder to look after our Mother Earth as best we can, to protect beautiful spots like this.
This was taken at Cathedral Cove, one of our favourite places to visit as a family 🤗 Where's your favourite place on earth?
April 21, 2008
Exactly ten years ago I was sitting on a bench in the Olive Garden seating area, a nervous wreck. The hands clammy-feet bouncing-heart racing-on the verge of a panic attack-kind of nervous. I was about to meet the mother of who I hoped and prayed more than anything was my unborn child.
In walked this beautiful, bubbly girl with a smile as big as her belly. She wrapped me up in a hug and said "you're not nervous are you!?" In our two hours with her she told us she loved motherhood and wanted to give another woman the experience of being a mom. She was adamant that the family she chose for her baby had no other kids because even though he would be her third, she wanted him to be loved as someone else's first. I left the table for a minute toward the end, I can't remember why, maybe to wipe my sweaty palms or stuff tissues in my arm pits, but later Nick told me that while I was gone she said "your wife wants to be a mom so bad doesn't she? I can feel how much she wants it." And underneath all of the uncertainty and anxiety, I think that’s the moment I really knew that I was going to be his mom.
He was in my arms two weeks later.
And we come to that same Olive Garden every year on this special day to celebrate the moment he grew in my heart.
Another outing on this beautiful day! Went to see the Dragon Lights Festival. They were so beautiful! 🎏🎏 🎏
We might have pushed the toddlers too far (really we would have been fine except Blakely didn't take her whole nap this afternoon) because we definitely had a full-on in-public meltdown 🙈 see my stories...
Date night ... what does it look like for you? I'd imagine, if you have littles, it involves a lot more planning than it did prior. Truth be told, I desperately need to plan more date nights, which are absolutely easier if you have one or two amazing babysitters you can turn to.
If you have a full-time nanny, or even a part-time nanny who works several days each week, sometimes it's nice to give that person a break on the weekends and have an infusion of a different personality for date night. If you do early bedtimes and are concerned about your kiddos not going down easily for a sitter, schedule a sitter to come and shoot out the door as soon as the good night kisses are given. Permanent babysitters are a great investment!
RP : @postinowinecafe (one of our favorites!) #peasinapodnanny#peasinapod
Meet Mariafirstname.lastname@example.org -a fellow large family Instagram Mama😊 She and her Hubby have been married for 20 years and have 9 kiddos🤗 Check out her awesome post on #feedingthefreezer 👇🏻 We KNOW you will be encouraged and inspired!
😏☕💭Thinking... I need to put together some more meals to #feedthefreezer 🍴 . My hubby💞 helped me by grilling some of the 40lbs of chicken I bought from Albertsons. I paid $1.47 a pound😱which is as good as it gets around here for boneless skinless chicken breasts🐔. So far, I've used the chicken for👉 chicken noodle soup, grilled chicken for salads, tacos and burritos. I also pressure cooked some of the chicken for casseroles and froze two gallon bags for crock pot meals.
I alloted about 4 to 5 lbs of protein per meal for our family of 11 (10 eating). I don't cook any meal that doesn't yield leftovers for lunch. I have another box of chicken coming next week from Zaycon Fresh. It was their "first time customer deal" 99cents per lb for 40 lb 📦. Cue in the 💃💃💃#cookingallthefood#chicken#iswhatsfordinner#megafamilyfood
Earth Day tomorrow. Kids and I spent the day at Crosby yesterday picking up trash, building a wolf den and chewing way too much sand in our peanut butter sandwiches. I have so many beautiful feelings tucked in my heart from our visit but my head is tired and I want to drift into dreamland next to those beautiful kids who felt so strongly about cleaning up the beach that we had a hard time packing up again. Heading back again tomorrow for more cleaning and talking about Earth and how precious she is and how we can do so so much more for her than we are doing 🌎
We’ve had a crazy but monumental past few days as we started to potty train Theo. This is my excuse for just now getting my mom’s delicious lemon bar recipe #ontheblog . Baking is so good for the soul! When we can’t leave the house, it’s my go to indoor activity. And Theo’s little helping hands make it even better. Link in bio!
"Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses." - Juvenal, Satire
Just seems relevant these days.
Today we got to celebrate a special friend’s birthday. At the same time the girls were able to practice their gymnastics skills and I am so proud of how strong they are and how fearless they are! I’m also happy to see that gymnastics classes are paying off 😆😜!!!
Looking at her yesterday all I wanted to do was cry. She’s gotten so big, so fast. And each day that passes is just one less I’ll get to spend with her needing me constantly. As excited as we are we’ll be welcoming our SON in a month or less, it’s very bittersweet. And if I can just cuddle her until then that’d be great.👌🏼 So I deeply treasured the time I got to spend with her sleeping on me this evening.
Happy weekend lovely friends! 🌸 Hope it’s treating you well!! I’m just over here doing a happy dance 💃💃💃 because my 3-year old finally slept through the night (check out latest blog post *Mom kind of tired and how I beat it* for more + big news I promised, link in profile). Its also exciting to finally find a snack bar that A. she likes and B. is not loaded with a million ingredients I can’t read 🙈🤷♀️ Thanks @rxbar kids for making a squeal worthy treat!! Do you see her excitement?? 🎉 Pictured: enjoying the Chocolate Chip bar with only 4 ingredients 🍫🙌
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These are just your regular Saturday morning cuddles. I think those are cuddles. Yeah, we’re gonna go with cuddles on this one. 🙃 But I’m feeling all sorts of deja vu: aka Isla is me when Taylor comes home. Four months down, two to go 🙌🏼 📆
My favorite dry shampoo I’ve used for over a year! I wash my hair roughly every 5 days so dry shampoo is a must! Love this one by @coco_lavish. Ingredients are just coco powder (for brunettes), arrowroot, and doTERRA essential oils! Just shake on your scalp and rub in.
This was going to be a cute photo of Sam and I but then a massive meltdown turned into an early naptime and our snow-obsessed pup destroyed the pretty backyard, so here we are. 🤦🏼♀️
In other news, Colorado, I really need you to get it together.. 🌬❄️