Fall Fell at My House

 This weekend I decorated for fall. 
I LOVE to decorate for seasons and holidays.
 It makes me happy.
 Katie loves it just as much, and that makes it even more fun.
She always oohs and ahhs and tells me I'm doing a great job. 
She's an encourager, for sure!
 I got a little spray paint happy with my turquoise!

It's a little fallish inside the house too. But I'm still waiting on the cleaning fairy to show up before I take pictures.

I can already tell I'm not going to be a great "school" mom. I am not a fan of homework. 
And I'm a procrastinator. 
Katie had to decorate this person to look like her. We've had it for a few weeks and it's due tomorrow. I chose to start it at 8:00 after Katie's bath tonight.
 She was the gluer and the nose and mouth maker. 

It is taking all my self control to not redo that nose! I'm not really a control freak, but maybe more than I thought?
She must be channeling her Italian heritage with that nose. Or maybe Olaf?


Friday Favorites


I'm linking up for Friday Favorites. I LOVE looking at every one's favorites, because then I might find a new favorite!

1. Honeycrisp Apples are back!
They always come out in the fall and they are heavenly! They are super sweet and juicy and as big as your head! For me to be raving about a fruit, it has to be good. I usually rave about desserts or cheeseburgers.

2. I'm excited The Voice started again! I love that the judges are kind to the contestants. And I love that they are funny also. I only got to see about 2 seconds of it, but I am thankful for my DVR. I guess that should be a favorite too? I think the DVR makes me a better mom. I might resent my kids if I didn't know my shows were recording during bed time routines! 
That's a little sad.

3. The morning weather is my favorite right now! 
We have been enjoying being outside. And my husband's fireman schedule is my favorite too. We were at the park on a Wednesday morning, while all the other dads were at work!

4. Hobby Lobby is always a favorite, but H.L. with Christmas decorations! Super duper favoritest favorite!
And I love that Katie gets just as excited as I do!
I feel like I could drop a million dollars in there, no problem!

5. I'm going to continue with the Christmas theme. Carter's was having a great sale, so I stocked up on some Christmas jammies for my kids. I like to be festive 24/7 during the holidays. So Christmas PJs are a must. They will be cute in their matching penguin PJs. It's still sinking in that I have 2 kids. My favorite thing about this purchase is that I used my mascara money! No need to disturb the budget. (not that I budget) 

6. The best for last:
This book! 
Hope for the mom who needs to breath. 
I got invited to a Mom2Mom group and we are covering this book. It could not be more timely for me. So far, I really love it.
They have a website here if you want to know more. 

One of my favorite quotes from the book:
"And above all I need to remember that "good" motherliness has nothing to do with how God sees me. Nothing. I am pleasing to Him on my good days and my bad days. His love for me never wavers...and never will. Because I am His."

Amen and Amen.


Too Many Topics For a Title

I'm starting to feel more like myself this week. 
I have been having a hard time keeping up with life, really since I got pregnant last August! That's a long time to feel behind. I still have a "to do" list a mile long, but I am slowly accomplishing things. 

One thing that helped me enormously is ditching my family last Thursday night. 
 My parents were out of town, so I stayed at their house. 

 First I went to Hobby Lobby ALL BY MYSELF and browsed for an hour! (Christmas is 3 months from today!)Then I got some dinner and headed to my mom's. I watched TV and did some reading and some praying too. I wouldn't make it 5 minutes being a mom if I didn't have God.  
Then I SLEPT! I made the crucial mistake of forgetting my breast pump! My milk supply woke me up at 4:30. Marcus stopped by in the morning and I fed Jesse, then I SLEPT some more. It did me a world of good to have some time for my mind and body to rest. I hope I can stay at their little hotel again! I'm thankful for a husband that can easily deal with 2 kids for 24 hours.

We've been going to football games on Friday nights! 
Katie was in love with this cardinal. She loved the cheerleaders too!

Last weekend both of Marcus's parents ended up in the hospital. Thankfully they are both doing great now. 
Thank you God.
This was the waiting room and Katie kept calling it the "Chip Forest".

 She got a commemorative hand balloon at the hospital. I'm sure that added $400 to the room charge!

 It's still pretty toasty here, but the mornings are nice and cool. We went to the park yesterday morning and it felt wonderful!

We fed ducks...

And sadly, this crane didn't have a proper burial and was put in the garbage!

Last night one of my Senior girls got baptized. 
 I was so happy to be there. I brought Katie with me to watch too, because she thought the girl would have to go straight to Heaven after that. I just wanted to clear things up a little. 

And I finally got a picture of both my kids and me. I think the last one might have been from Mother's Day? I'm always the one taking pictures.
Today I decorated the front yard for fall and it was good for my soul to make things festive. I will take some pics soon.

Now I just need it to cool off. My scarecrow will feel pretty silly if it's in the 90's!


Give Me An R!

We watched my cutie nephew, Ryan, in his first 7th grade football game. 

Katie couldn't believe that I had her wearing "just a regular dress"! She NEEDED a cheer leader outfit and some pom poms!
(at least I had her in the school colors!)

Ryan won his game and Katie was so proud. 
I will have to be on the look out for some blue and white spirit attire! Or maybe she can just wear her Elsa dress to the next game!


To Market, To Market We Go

 Yesterday I had to go to the Dallas World Trade Center for some jewelry and scarves. 

A cold front is coming in and I needed some scarves stocked at Golightly's! 
It will be a freezing cold 70-something degrees!
Yesterday it was 101! 
So us Texas girls will be excited about some scarves this weekend!
 I brought 2 other generations with me. 
One was planned, one was not!

Katie was in her camo dress, because I thought she would be hanging with her dad! 
He was more than willing to have both kids, but she really wanted to come with us.

Look what a good dad Marcus is!
  He combed all the knots out of Rapunzel's hair! I wouldn't even think about attempting to do that! Katie tried to braid her hair like the little girls did in the movie. Katie doesn't know how to braid!
 It was a mess and he got it nice and smooth. 
He's got perseverance, even when it comes to Barbies.

Here are a few scarves ready to go...
 I got all light weight ones for now. 

And I stocked more headbands too. They have been selling like crazy. 
I'm a little addicted to headbands right now myself!

After we were done "working", Katie and I ate at the Golightly's tearoom. 
It was so good. She's in heaven, because she had her very own tea pot filled with pink lemonade. AND she got a unicorn necklace when we were shopping. 
This girl lives a charmed life. 
She better let me live with her when I'm old!