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Week recap

June 16, 2018

 Last Sunday I decided to take a little social media break but don't worry I still snapped pictures of our week! It definitely was nice taking a little break from it all. I can absolutely get caught up in the comparison game and feeling like I'm not good enough and doing everything wrong. So it was nice just to enjoy my family this week and be present. BUT I missed everyone! I missed being a part of your lives and you all being a part of ours! A social media detox was nice and I will probably do it again, but maybe not for a whole week! 


So since I wasn't checking my phone all the time we had some time to actually do things. I hate to admit how much time I actually have my nose in my phone, so this past week was a huge eye opener! I'll be honest I enjoy checking out for a bit and looking at Instagram and I still will.....but not all day long. 😉


So we spent time making cookies. 


And fixing broken doors. 



I said "yes" a lot more this week instead of "in a minute." 


And I think everyone enjoyed that a bit more. 


We played a bunch of board games,


And a couple twister tournaments. 


I said yes to playing in the mud.


And the babies learned how to drink out of the hose. 


This little peanut loved playing in the mud. 


I watched from the porch with a diet pepsi and I loved that. 



Goldie Jean learned all about making mud pies.



Dakota had a follow up eye appointment from his eye surgery and got a great report and the all clear to swim! So he was a happy guy. 


I love getting to sneak in some one on one time with the kiddos but this guy holds a special spot in my heart. Probably because we both share the middle child spot. 


We painted pictures. 



Goldie was quick to ditch the paper and just go straight to painting her fingernails. 





We had living room picnics and star wars movie marathons.


We had lots of baseball games.......during one of them this one decided to not use the bathroom (UGH!!) and go in his pants instead so he had to sit in the stroller of shame without pants until Uncle Andy showed up with a new pair. Potty training is definitely the part of motherhood I could do without. 


#2 is a pretty cute ball player. 


Goldie rocked her first ponytail this week,


and took on the role of assistant coach. 


Ugh little baseball players melt me! 


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And finally this morning the big kids worked on the new kiwi crate that came the mail and Hemphill Hospital is currently seeing new patients. It was a nice week and a good mental health break but I would be lying if I didn't say I was happy to be connected again! 

Nail News

May 31, 2018

If you have been here for a while you know my obsession with my fingernails being painted, and if you are new here and don't know about my obsession there is never a time my fingernails are not painted. If for some reason they aren't painted I am being held against my will and I am signaling for help. 😉 Just kidding, but really I do like my nails being painted it helps me feel put together when the rest of my life is well....not at all. And after my last fingernail polish post I found out a lot of you also feel that way! So when I stumbled upon another nail polish gem I knew you all needed to know as well!


Ta Da! I found this nail dip starter kit at Walmart and I absolutely love it! First off it's super easy to use so don't be scared! It's not gel it's more of an acrylic powder. So all you have to do is paint the primer bond nail polish onto your fingernail and then dip it into the powder. Repeat until you get desired thickness paint the activation polish on buff the crap out of it to make sure you don't have any dips or waves, and put on your top coat.  


And look! It's not horrible! It says it will stay on for 21 days, I am three days in so I will let you know if I make it the whole 21  but so far I haven't had any chips or lift ups and it doesn't feel like its going anywhere anytime soon! 


Now remember professional I am not......at anything. So no judgement on my nail pictures I did my best. And by best I mean I had like 2 seconds to try and snap a couple pictures before Goldie dumped another jar of applesauce on the floor. 


And I attempted to show the thickness but I don't know if you can really tell. But It isn't more than when I would get the rare chance to get acrylics done at the nail salon. I still need to work on filing it down towards the base of my nail but it doesn't feel weird or catch with it being a little higher. Also I have a little bit there on the side of my thumb that I didn't even notice until  I uploaded the picture  but a little nail oil took it right off. 



Okay last awkward fingernail photo, and a nice little photo bomb from Archer needing his hat fixed. 

So if you need a new nail polish option go get Color Club, Serendipity Kit, Dip Nail Polish. Then we can be twins!! 💜 

And just in case you were wondering this isn't sponsored.....I'm not that cool. 😜

Hello

May 7, 2018

Hello sweet friends! Its been awhile! Bear with me as I remember how to use this sweet little blog of mine, poor girl has been pretty neglected over the past few months! 


The urge to blog has hit again and who knows how long it will stay. 😉 So while it's here I figured I better at least pop in and say hello! 



Things are still trucking along here, kids are still growing up even though I have politely asked them to stop. 


Homeschooling is still going really well. Sure we have our days but all and all its going good! We are about to finish up our 3rd year which is nuts to me! It has all gone by so fast! 


Goldie is still helping me parent the other kids.


We are all trying super hard to keep her our baby but she isn't having it. 


She is however a fabulous teacher and can often be found on a lap helping in anyway she can. 😊


So like I said nothing to exciting to report. Still teaching babies, raising babies, 


and trying my darnedest to keep Archer from cussing in public. 😉

Holiday Baking Challenge

December 25, 2017

It is 11:30pm on Christmas eve and I absolutely should be helping Nathan finish up wrapping the presents but I wanted to be sure and get this day in the books before I forgot all the fun we had!
A few years back my niece Caroline challenged her Uncle Nathan to a baking challenge and a friendly baking tradition was born. This is serious business around here and this year we kicked it up a notch and decided to do a Holiday Baking Challenge: Pancake Edition.


This years teams were Nathan and Colton, Katie and Bo, and Caroline, Jacey and Libby. I was official photographer, Bunny and Papa were Judges, and undercover secret taste testing judge was Miss Goldie.


Nathan and Colton decided to cook their own pancakes,


While the rest of the teams opted for microwaveable options. 


Smack talk was said.


Plates were prepared.  


Chocolate chips counted. 


There was a thirty minute time limit so not everyone was cooperating with pictures. 😉




Two of the judges discussing what they are looking for this year in the Holiday Baking Challenge: Pancake Edition  


The finished plates. 


Team Bo


Team Pancake Kings


I can't remember what the girls decided for their team name....


The judges asking how everyone came up with their inspiration or their creations 


A few more taste testers. 




Finally after the judges had tasted all the creations and they had time to deliberate it was time to announce the winner. 




And the winner is........


Team Bo!!!!!!


After we all ate we headed outside for a bit, because seven grand kids in a house......








Papa brought out the old wagon that my sistesr and I used to ride in and Bunny took Goldie for a ride.




Miss Goldie just living her best life. 



Little Pup, Papa's dog. 



They are pretty much best friends. 





When we came inside we found out that the girls had set up a Target downstairs and lucky for us it was open! 


I grabbed a coffee and headed downstairs just to see what they had and in true Target fashion and $150 I walked out of there with 3 lipsticks, a baby doll, a ball, and a new purse. Thank goodness they were taking barbie credit cards! 


They even got Papa and Uncle Nathan to go shop! 


And after all the baking, and wagon rides, and shopping, those two big girls in the back made lunch for all the little kids! And all the mamas said amen! 

 
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