"the aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain" ~ ᴬᴿᴵˢᵀᴼᵀᴸᴱ
summer tip⌇stay hydrated, always have a throw/blanket on hand and of course a slap on a hat ≀ @myrtle.twigg
• Not sure if it’s the polyester or the fact she must be a real angel, but check out the glow coming off this little babe ✨ Super proud mum moment watching Nola sing and dance in the school nativity. I didn’t realise Jesus was blessed with such great dancers at his birth! 🤷🏼♀️ .. also super proud wife moment watching @apusharski in his directorial debut. Someone get Mr P an Oscar! •
Sometimes all we need is the reminder that we are strong enough to just get through today. To just keep breathing. ⠀
Sometimes it’s a prayer. Sometimes it’s a hope. Sometimes it’s all we can do. ⠀
If you’re looking for stocking stuffer gifts that gives back, I highly recommend the “Just Breathe” tumbler from @masonjarmerchant. I’ve been using it for a while now and love it. It’s inspired by @jennaliesch’s little boy, Judah, and supports the Surrey Hospital NICU for the littlest of babies in our community. ⠀
Link in my bio for this and all other socially conscious gift ideas! ⠀
Having two kids has been hard. Its been hard to gauge when one needs me more than the other.
It’s been hard when I hold my baby and can’t help my toddler.
It’s been hard not being able to pour out the same amount of love at the same time to both of them.
It’s been hard not having a full tank of energy to play with my toddler while my baby sleeps or play with baby while my toddler sleeps.
It’s been hard providing full meals at each meal time and not just hand out a bag of fish or crackers.
It’s been hard not being at my physical peak and being able to run and jump and play hide and seek.
It’s been hard.
I love this little lady in this photo so much and it tears me apart that I can’t be there the same way I was three months ago. My heart, my energy, and every piece of me has been divided once again to pour all I have into TWO girls. I love them so SO much it makes me tear up thinking about them. I pray that they would know me to be a strong and capable mother. A mother that is compassionate but fair and one that is silly and that they can laugh with until the sun comes up.
The other night when we went to @capilanosuspensionbridge and I was able to run and jump and play with my first baby girl filled my heart and I overflowed with joy. Being able to be up close and see that toothy goofy grin and make her belly laugh by making funny voices. FILLED. MY. CUP.❤️❤️❤️
Ryan is home until Tuesday and I am over the moon excited about it! He is the sweetest with Elizabeth and it always makes me so sad that he only gets to see her for bedtime during the week. I knew he was gonna be a great dad before Elizabeth was even born but seeing him with her makes my heart explode daily. He even uses the Nose Frieda without complaining. #superdad
Many thanks to @jenmcdonald8 from @milspousematters for inviting me on the podcast today!
We’re talking about “military spouse denial” (i.e, that idea you won’t be affected by #militarylife ), overseas moves, and so much more! .
I think you’ll really enjoy this conversation♥️ I know I did!
Have you ever suffered from military spouse denial?
M a k e t h e m y o u r •R E A S O N• not your excuse..
Honestly for awhile I was kind of doing that...If you have followed me for awhile, you know my workouts give me life, so when I miss them, it really bums me out. .
So if I didn’t get up early, my workouts wouldn’t happen because Leo wouldn’t let me do anything. I started playing with the idea of working out while he was awake and wouldnt ya know, he started to play on his own - that hasn’t happened yet since mommy is his favorite playmate! .
Sure my yoga routine wasn’t perfect because mommy was fun to climb and sit on, but ya know what it worked! I want him to understand, now, that this is an important thing for mommy to do because it keeps her healthy and strong! .
This is something I used to dream about doing with my kiddos, it’s kind of surreal that it’s now my reality!!
S͢w͢i͢p͢e͢ l͢e͢f͢t͢ to see how my routine REALLY went.
Man, if Christmas through the eyes of a child isn’t the best thing ♥️
A little bit sappy, but all I want for Christmas is good health for those around me (and mayyybe this boy to take a bottle, if you’re listening Santa)🎅🏼
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Every time a new season starts we always have big plans of all the things we want to do. Then life happens and we get busy and forget all the things. So I took this idea from @mrs_kolibab to try to fight our forgetful tendencies. I'm hoping the fact that it's physically written down (not just on my phone) will help! What's on your Winter bucket list?
🌲 G I V E A W A Y 🌲I’ve teamed up with my bestie @natalieyoungblog and @elfejuvenileproducts to give one of you a brand new Bumprider Connect stroller. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’ve been loving this gorgeous, lightweight stroller and think it’s SO cool that it’s the only stroller that can connect with the use of a magnet to make a double stroller! Excited to give you guys the chance to win one! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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That's it! The contest will run until December 19th and winner will be announced here. Good luck!
We devoted yesterday to making my Gramma’s ginger snaps. In the morning, the big boys pulled out all the ingredients from the recipe list. Then we doubled, measured, and blended it all into a massive dough, which we put in the fridge while we went to music lessons.
After lunch, we set up the table here to roll 12 dozen little dough balls in sugar, and honestly, it’s always my favorite part. All of the kids, except the littlest, were fully able to join in—it’s easy to do, deliciously hand-on, and impossible to do wrong—though , when set free from his high chair, little guy did manage to abscond with a dough ball which he deftly popped into his mouth. #fifthkid#survivalskills
He’s obviously plotting that move in this pic 😂
Afterwards, I released them all to watch a Christmas movie (have any of you seen Santa Paws 2? It’s surprisingly cute 🐶), though my 8yo opted to mastermind the cookie kitchen. He basically took over the baking operation once I walked him through the first round. 💙
So I sat at the kitchen table and did some stitching on my Christmas village while chatting easily with my son. Seeing him at work, doing what he loves, and being a little more free to just observe...it’s amazing what a difference a year can make when the kids begin to own the family traditions. 🍪
This. The calm. The lights in a cozy dark room, in a house we fell in love with and imagined having a family in. The peace in my heart and in my home after a day full (and a world full) of chaos. My boy examining each of the miniature vintage wooden ornaments I bought for my tiny Christmas tree in college, back when I had no idea where the roads I chose to travel would bring me. 🎄
In a land about as far, far away as you can get from the insanity of this chaotic Christmas rush and dropping winter temps...we’re in the homestretch though! It’s like that part of a marathon were you hurt so bad and you’re so tired you’ve gone numb, but you know you only have a mile to go, so you just KEEP MOVING. Because if not there’s no way you’ll get back up. #almostthere
T o u r // of holiday cheer... on the blog now! I share what decorating for the holidays means to me, and included a lot of pics of our house all decked out in Christmas spirit. I wondered if it would be a little bit different with a 14 month old this year, but I honestly changed nothing! Otto has done fantastic with not touching the tree 😱 and other than benefiting from playing with the jingle bells and looking out the window at the twinkle lights, he is none the wiser! It will be so fun to start teaching him about Baby Jesus and working through Advent together in years to come ❤️ Enjoy the tour and pics... link in profile! 🎄
its starting to become a reality to me that our weekday mommy and Liam time will soon be coming to an end. and that i’ll have to be sharing my time, my energy, and my heart with another little boy. i know there is room in my heart for both of them. but a part of me will always think back fondly on these past three years where he was our entire world. and what a wonderful world he has made it.
All she asked about all week was if her grandparents were coming to her Christmas show...maybe one day I’ll be as coveted as them. A girl can dream 💗💗 // Also documenting that the four of us somehow all ended up at the same place at the same time on a night in December...rare but soaked up every last chaotic moment ✨
I’ve teamed up one of my fave small shops to gift one of you mamas this gorgeous MOTHERHOOD wood sign!
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Happy birthday to my little sis. She’s loyal, kind, loving, protective and generous. She’s the best auntie, friend, and sister. She would drop everything for you - to help you, to make you feel supported and loved. -
To one of the best people I know- we love you so much and are so blessed by you! -
‘There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.’
They say time goes by so fast when you have a little one and they weren’t kidding! I can’t believe it is already our second Christmas with Mace! I love starting all of these traditions with him - these moments are so precious.
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Groceries, christmas shopping, preschool, davids tea..repeat. I'm pretty much a hamster running on the same wheel over and over and over this holiday season...sometimes with a dash of excitement when i get to clean the snow off my car 😳. Ain't no mama that i know got time for a stroller that takes up the whole trunk, cuz shoving christmas presents between the wheels just isin't an option and milk bags!? Those things are sensitive *trust me i know, the term "dont cry over spilt milk" was lost on me i promise you 😭. So im all about my @babyzenusa YOYO from @west_coast_kids around here enough room for all the above and then some ✌🏻.
💥WHAT A WEEK 🔥we have been feeling the love and want to thank YOU 🙌🏻 our co-founder, @onebrassfox was featured on the podcast of @candy_oterry 👌🏻 @michelleforgood included us in her ethical gift guide 👍🏻 and we’ve gotten sweet pics of babies wearing their @kindercapsule outfits 👏🏻 we’re just a puddle of grateful and can’t wait to show you what’s in store 💪🏻 #kinderkids
after 10 months of waking up every 2 hours...on a good night...this little guy is finally my best sleeper!
naps 2x per day for min 1 hour
sleeps 12 hours STRAIGHT every night and doesn’t wake up once
my other child however, has now taken the lead for worst sleeper. she comes to our bed anywhere between 9-12pm and insists on removing her pajamas as she is “too sveaty” and is constantly waking up or rolling around.
why can i not have 2 perfect sleeping children? #wishfulthinking
These two girls. I love her to bits and I know they love each other to pieces aswell! The last couple days they have been FaceTiming each other to play, show off their toys😂 and eat dinner together. Here is where Ezra discovered they had the same water bottle and asked to match. They thought it was hilarious.🤣
How fun is it sharing memories and the youth of your childhood with such good friends and THEN doing the same through motherhood? Gosh I love this ‘hood.🙌🏻✨
Cozy sweaters are a love language, right? 🙌🏻 Kidding, I’m words of affirmation all the way, but I am definitely digging these sweet little details of my winter favorites. 😍 Friends, what is your love language?! I love hearing!
Hey, hey, hey! I’m back after my month hiatus! If you’ve been around long enough you know I ALWAYS take breaks. I’ve been going through a lot, and as much as I LOVE this platform I have. I would be lying if I said it couldn’t be negative sometimes(all social media can be!) I couldn’t live with negativity right now. So, I had to disconnect. You also know if you’ve been with me that I love to blog my life. Especially, my personal experiences and always being open and honest about all my struggles. Mental Health, Postpartum Depression, life in general. So, I also did write a blog post yesterday about a horrible stigma about how fast someone should recover from postpartum depression! About how people think there is a “timeline.” And once it’s over, you should be over it too! Not the case at all. Please go read and share it for all the Mama’s struggling with postpartum depression and feel alone. And feel like they have to live up to someone else’s standards!
Besides that; I’m happy to be back and check in on all my true friends, followers, supporters. Because I lost 500 followers. Which is ok. I still got the good ones!🧡😉
The last few days have been some of the hardest I’ve had in a while. A husband who is very busy at work this time of year means I have to pick up a lot of extra with the kids and house.
Today, I shipped the kids off to school and took a mental health day for myself. It was much needed and all the while I felt so guilty because the thoughts of “I should be” of “I could be doing ___” creep in. Satan is real and he wants us to believe that we aren’t worthy of putting ourselves first. Lies! It’s always a lie. When you feel yourself become overwhelmed and anxious like I have the last several days, remember to take care of YOU because no one else will. These last few days have made me eternally grateful for the help my husband does give our family on a regular basis. I’ve been able to take a step back and appreciate all of God’s blessings after a reset day.
What do you do when you’re feeling stressed, anxious and/or pushed to your brim?
“Already looked down upon for being poor and a Christian, Miriam became all the more ostracized in a society that regularly dehumanizes widows. Not only did society push her away, but, her extended family rejected her, discouraging her from ministry…
As we held hands in prayer, crying together, the words of Hebrews 4:14-16 came to mind...As her sister in Christ, I could offer love and sympathy to Miriam, but never could I or anyone else truly step into her shoes and fully bear that burden with her. But Jesus, our great High Priest, can. •
Who else could enter and heal this brokenness better? …Jesus, who was not only tempted by Satan himself and then separated from God while on the cross, but who was also rejected by much of his family, hated by many, grew up in poverty in a disrespected town, and died a brutally painful and humiliating death…Jesus, who can sympathize with our weakness and welcomes us to come to Him boldly.” // ~Link in Bio~ to read our full Christmas newsletter from one of our directors, Kate Therese! // #HarvestBridge#Advent#JesusChangesEverything
Can’t even begin to describe how good for my soul our time was together or how badly I did not want to let go when we hugged goodbye. There’s something SO bitter-sweet about having kids SO close in age but SO far away. Siblings really are built-in best friends & I am so thankful.
// DON’T BE FOOLED //
She’s smiling my direction in this picture, but she is a Daddy’s girl all the way! She’s working on her 3rd tooth, so some evenings by the time Jase gets home she is in full gremlin mode 😬 But as soon as she’s with her Dad her face honestly lights up. Then again, when I’m having a rough day and Jase walks through the front door I tend to feel the same way.
📸: @hannahelizabethstories .
We had planned to take the boys here for their 2nd birthday, but it never panned out. So glad we waited because they had the time of their life. They couldn’t stop smiling as they ran through the town.