Friday, April 21, 2017

Spencer's Drama

Let's all observe Spencer's dramatic flair.
I really enjoy how much enthusiasm she wakes up with daily.
I love that she's about as positive as I AM!
Her smiley face lights up every single face.
I am often told that she is the happiest child in the world.
I am just SO grateful that she is MINE!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Joy turns 3

Spencer Brynne turned 3 on Friday.
Here are a handful of pictures that make me giggle.

Can you tell she loves that hat?

Oh, and sleeping.
She loves sleeping.

Friday, April 14, 2017

SB 2017

We had a busy week planned for Spring Break 2017!
Monday was a great lunch courtesy of my mother in law at Mary Macs in Atlanta.
They have some of the best food ever!
I had the chicken friend chicken and the sweet rolls!
So yum!
We also had fun dodging the RAIN and the tornadoes!

Tuesday the tiny people went to play with BeBe and Papa for the day.
We cleaned out the garage AND sold some things online!
It was miraculous.
I was so excited to get that task done.
I love being able to trash things and donate them to people  who will actually USE them!

Wednesday was filled with more crazy weather.
We braved the rain and some more tornado warnings for playtime!
It was Hayes' bday celebration with his BFF Luke.
I'll post those pictures and that story later!

Thursday we went to have lunch with Pawpaw and tour the Delta Museum in Atlanta.
There is an actual 747 we got to walk around in AND there are several airplanes on display.
We got to spend some time learning about the history of Delta.
Spencer is wild.
Hayes loves to learn.
And Elizabeth is a professional picture poser.

Friday  was our last day of break and I'm pretty sure we just laid low and worked in the yard!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This cold...

This weather in Georgia is not fun.  We did the 'spring ahead' time change this weekend and then we woke up to the arctic on Sunday!  It has been below freezing and windy for the last 2-3 days.  Misery.

But all this cold weather reminds me that I have snuggly babies at home.
These two have so much fun snuggling together and watching songs together.  I love watching them play together and spend time being cozy.  

And here is a lineup of the whole crew.
Remind of their sweet goodness when I am crying about college later in life.  
There is nothing that warms my soul like these guys.  I cannot wait to add to our crew, one day.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Influenster Diapers

I get the awesome priviledge of using Influenster and getting products to try for FREE!  I just got some Babies R Us diapers in January!  We loved the program and trying new diapers.  Unfortuantely, we didn't really care for the diaper quality.  They were not as absorbent as what we were used to and they smelled of urine very quickly.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017: Goal Update

Read a devotional book and complete Bible studies as the year goes along.  I just began 'Draw the Circle:  The 40 Day Prayer Challenge' and it will take me through the end of January.  After that I will be INTENTIONAL about reading The Circle Maker and then the book about praying circles around my children.  I know that prayer for my family will never be done.
I started the 40 Day Prayer Challenge and had to back up and read The Circle Maker first.  Read things in order... do as your told.... two things I'm not good at.  But I'm almost done with The Circle Maker!  I cannot wait to start my 40 Days!

Grow crops this summer, well really just tomatoes and possibly cucumbers.  I will be INTENTIONAL and get seedlings started in April so I can have food by summertime!  But don't tell anyone who lives in my neighborhood because they are against the HOA rules...
I have been looking at what should be planted in our zone in February and March.  I honestly only want tomatoes and cucumbers.  

Clean out/organize one room a month, including the closets in each room.  I will post my list of rooms next week so I can be INTENTIONAL about scheduling time for them in the coming months.  I know that purging items from each room is such an awesome feeling, plus we are able to get rid of SO MUCH tiny baby/kid stuff.
Working in my closets and bathrooms in January wasn't terrible.  The kids' closets are going to take some more time though.  I want to purge all the things that no longer apply to their sizes and lives for donation or sale.  I am anxious to work on the playroom and have all that organized as well.  

Purchase new furniture via living room.  Sell antiques.  I am beyond ready to have some established pieces in my living room.  I'd like to create/find some functional storage pieces for the space.  It is really small and the seating is awkward, so it makes it challenging.  I am going to have to be INTENTIONAL about shopping for it or finding plans to MAKE it.
Got a new shelf but it is more decorative and less functional than I would have liked... so while I'm excited to HAVE it, it isn't what I really wanted.  This month I will be sure to list my furniture on craigslist or facebook marketplace to get rid of it!  

Repair ceiling in kitchen, repair the wall in the master bath, major yard renovation to grow actual grass in the front yard.  None of this will take large amounts of time, but it may require large amounts of money.  The yard will be the biggest cost of money AND time.  I will have to plan the yard starting in February so we can be INTENTIONAL about getting good dirt and grass.  
Bought paint.  Need to do some youtube research for the process of this.  I feel like it is going to be a gradual thing.  The ceiling... the yard is a work in progress.  Need dirt.  Then grass.  Will wait until spring for that...

Run/exercise 3 times a week.  I feel like this is the biggest struggle of my life.  I know it will make me feel better and be a positive force in my life.  It will make all things better and I know that, but MAKING time for it is my struggle.  I should alter my goal so that it says MAKE TIME TO EXERCISE 3 times a week, which really just means I have to GET UP EARLY and I hate that.  Get over it Carrie.  Grow up.
Nope.  No progress in January, but I will do it this month.  I turn 35 and I want my health to be a priority.  

Become a Mary Kay sales director.  I will work my business 3 times a week for the entire months of January thru March.  If I am INTENTIONAL about working the business then my goal will be a reality.
I am in a holding pattern for this and the next goal.  I need to pray hard.  

Quit teaching... must complete the sales director goal first...

Pay off all credit cards.  We have been INTENTIONAL about this for the last few months, but I need to be more disciplined about the process.  The Dave Ramsey plan is moving us in that direction and I've been planning that for us for months!
One more month on the first payment/card and it is DONE!  Snowball is rolling y'all!  

The following lists are just things we have on the agenda at no particular time or in no particular order.  We had some of them on the agenda for 2016 but ended up repairing the chimney instead.  Just the 'wish list' if you will...

Home Updates 2017
Trees beside driveway and in back yard need to come down...
Concrete driveway must be repaired
Deck built?
Paint my room--my office
Paint dining room--green and grey
Paint entry way--same grey as dining room
New blinds--Hayes, kids bathroom, playroom, my room/office

Glass door for front porch
Built ins in living room
Paint shutters, front door, and awning
Desktop computer
Head board master bedroom