. . . for Lauren and Lauren: 2017

May 21, 2017

Mother's Day

I'm a little behind but wanted to share about Addi's Muffin with Mom at her preschool.  I still smile immediately thinking about it, as it was just so cute and made me so happy and grateful to be a mom. These are the kind of activities I dreamt about when I thought about being a mom.  Her preschool teachers did such an amazing job, I am very impressed with them!

Thankfully my mom came and stayed with Isaac, which made it so much more enjoyable for me to be able to focus on Addi and have that special time with just her.  We sat and had muffins and donuts together and then the kids did this little poem and gave all the moms flowers.  Addi was singing the poem a few days before and when she saw me listening to her she quickly covered her mouth and said "Oops. That is a secret for Mother's Day."  She was so cute and proud and I definitely had a few tears.  I could not love her more.  

They had these placemats on the tables where we sat and ate. I love her answers.  Especially the "I love my mom more than the sky and the moon."  Also I have never juggled and I am not sure where she came up with that one!

The kids had all decorated little pots with lady bug and flower finger prints and we got to plant a flower together.  It was so cute and sweet.  I loved every minute of it.  Being Addilyn's mom is such a joy and I am loving this age! 

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May 17, 2017

Trying . . . .

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To do my hair more often.  Probably poor timing with summer because it gets so hot and I just wear it in a messy bun, but I do realize I feel much better about myself when I spent even ten minutes curling my hair.  I need to experiment with other cute ways to wear my hair because a greasy messy bun is all I've got most days.  

Hard to believe Addi is almost done with preschool.  She only has two days left!  I can't believe the year is over and next year she'll be going three days a week.  I greatly look forward to not driving her and dropping her off for the next few months!

To work up the courage to call the dentist. I am sure I have a few cavities and one is on my wisdom tooth, which needs to be pulled.  I feel anxious just thinking about it, but need to get it done.  

New facial products.  My skin care routine is slim to none.  I am always happy to try to new products, so when Timeless offered to send some to me I happily accepted!  They sent me two different anti wrinkle serums.  You can use them on their own or combined with a moisturizer.  I usually put it on right after I put on moisturizer.  (Currently Wal-Mart generic brand - see? not much of fancy routine over here.).  It makes your face feel so soft and stays that way.  My skin can get super dry in the Winter and then again in the Summer after being outside in the sun.  I definitely notice days when I forget to use it, that my face doesn't feel nearly as soft.  The bottle is small, but you only use a few drops and it has last me many months and there is still a ton left.  Timeless has a ton of other all natural skin care products that seem much more afforadble then many products I've seen.  (I need this dark circle eye cream - because Isaac keeps waking up at 5:00 and adding to my already huge eye bags!)

To have a better attitude about early wake ups.  Speaking of being up at 5 in the morning, I am having a hard time not letting that set the tone for my day and keep starting it out crabby.  I used to love getting up early but that was when I could work out or read my Bible and drink my coffee alone. Any tips for making a super early morning with an infant more manageable?

To drink more water.  I don't know why this is so hard for me.  But I drink so little water and know that's so terrible for your body.  Maybe I need a really cute new water bottle?? How do you make sure you're drinking enough water?

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May 15, 2017

Waterpark weekend

Last weekend we went to a little town in Wisconsin about 45 minutes away and stayed at a hotel with an indoor water park.  Ever Fall for the last many years we've gone away for a weekend with our closest family friends, but did not get to do it this year.  So we figured a night away this Spring was needed!  I am a terrible traveler and struggle with "going with the flow" but really did have such a good time.  Minus not a lot of sleep that night which I expected, everything else was perfect. The kids had so much fun, especially Addi.  She never wanted to leave! 

 Isaac finally warmed up to the water near the end and was splashing and playing, but spent so much of the afternoon and evening there resting his end on my shoulder and just being content being held. I was happy to oblige!  It was not nearly as exhausting as I thought it would be, which I'm sure if we stayed longer he would've realized how much fun he could have!


Addi was so brave and did so well in the water.  We haven't swam since last summer so I wasn't sure how she'd do.  She had no fear and went down the slides over and over.  Even the huge one that I was nervous to go on!  She was excited and happy and adorable the whole time.  It was so fun to watch.

The next morning we walked around the town before the water park opened again.  Seven years ago I had done a marathon around the lake there, so it was fun to be back there the same weekend.  The kids loved walking around by the water and the weather was beautiful.  

(Addi took this picture and I LOVE it!) 

I feel like Addi is finally at the age where these trips and adventures feel worth it.  She'll remember it and was just so excited and happy to be there.  It makes me excited for lots more family trips ahead! 

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May 10, 2017


dress: c/o shein

ONE.  I love the tassles on this dress.  It feels like a t-shirt and is super comfortable and I can't wait for warm weather so I can wear it.  We've had so much rain and dreary weather, I am ready for summer!

TWO.  Monday was Chris' birthday.  I feel like his birthday often gets lost in the midst of the business and other celebrations in May and I feel like I failed a little with his birthday this year. Thankfully our anniversary is this weekend so hopefully I can make up for it!  We had a fun birthday dinner at his parents on Friday!

THREE.  Speaking of birthdays, it was also this cute guy's birthday on Sunday.  My nephew turned 8 and I can hardly believe it.  I love him more than words can say and am just so thankful he lives here now and I get to celebrate his special days in person.  I love you Travis James!

FOUR.  This is going to sound like someone is paying me to say this but they are not.  The Walmart by us now has FREE grocery pick up.  You can shop online (for everything that is in the grocery store itself - produce, meat, bread, sandwhich bags, everything!) and they get it all together for you.  You pick a time slot and use the app to tell them you are on your way and they load your car with all your things when you get there.  I didn't even wait two minutes!  FOR FREE.  My mind is blown and I almost hugged the guy that loaded up my car.  And then I went to Starbucks to celebrate the easiest grocery shopping ever.  I will be doing this every week.  If you use this code you and I can both get $10 off our order!  Seriously such an amazing service!

FIVE.  We had family pictures last night.  Technically Isaac's one year pictures but we waited until it was nice outside.  Unfortunately it was still pretty cold and we did it at sunset, which is passed Isaac's bedtime so he was not his normal happy self and would not stay still.  I was a little disappointed, but I know our photographer is amazing so I am sure she got some good ones and I can not wait to see them.  (This dress is from Old Navy and I love it!) 

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May 8, 2017

Summer staple

dress: c/o shein    sneakers & flats: target 

I got this dress last week and I love it.  It's comfy, the perfect length and super cute.  I think it looks good with dressier flats, sneakers, or I'm sure with wedges too.  This last weekend we went to an indoor water park and I wore it as a swimsuit coverup, which I am sure I will do again this summer!  It worked perfectly.  Last summer I hardly ever wore dresses because I was nursing Isaac so often.  While I'm still nursing him, it is so much less and rarely when we are out, so I'm looking forward to wearing dresses again, as they used to be all I wore in the summer.  I think it'd be adorable with a jean jacket or a vest too - so many options and it's only $10!!

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May 4, 2017

Things I've Recently bought

sweatshirt: AE    jeans: old navy    booties: Nordstrom Rack 

I'm always a fan of online shopping, but most of the time the items stay in my cart until days later when I just close the tab and start over the next night.  But when Chris is out of town it's a little more dangerous, because I'm on my computer more at night, plus I feel like I've earned some rewards for solo parenting for days.  And it is only fair since he's getting all these fancy meals and I'm eating mac and cheese, with the occasional Jimmy Johns splurge.  

So I bought a few things last week and got them in the mail and thought I'd share.  The last year or so have ordered a few things from Aerie/American Eagle and love them.  They have such cute stuff, and often pretty cheap.  

This sweatshirt was $16 and I love it.  It's so comfy and cute and I think it'd look cute with shorts too in the summer.  
I also bought this cute ruffle tee and like it, but need to see if I can exchange it for a different size. It's super soft and long enough to wear with leggings.  I got this bralette too.  I have two others from Aerie and love them and want to wear them all the time!  I'm still nursing Isaac quite often and they are really easy to move to the side to nurse.  Thankfully they are cheap enough, as I'm sure I'm stretching them out and will want a few new ones once I'm done nursing.  

These shoes are sold out now, but I got them in a light pink and they were only $15! I've wanted a pair like it for awhile and was super excited to find these! 

And these weren't while Chris was gone, but I found these sunglasses at Discovery for $4 and this hat from Walmart, also for $4.  And they both were worn a lot to cover greasy hair and tired eyes while he was gone.  Or always, because let's be honest, my eyes are often tired and my hair in need of a hat. I want to go back and get it in another color!

What's something you've recently bought and loved??

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May 2, 2017


I've been wanting a pair of overalls for quite awhile, but couldn't find a pair that was under $50 and I did not want to spend that much.  I found these online from TJMaxx for only $25 and when you sign up for their emails you get free shipping on your first order.  I actually found another pair too that I ordered but returned them because they didn't fit right.  These are really stretchy and comfy (a little too tight for my liking in the butt, but not enough to not keep them!).  I've had them for a few weeks, but have only worn them out once because I keep being nervous I look like I'm trying to dress like a three year old.  

Addi has a pair of overalls and I will definitely make sure to not wear mine the same day as hers, otherwise my fear would be true.  She calls them "overwears" and I have no intention of correcting her anytime soon. 

(They don't have the exact pair online anymore but they have quite a few that are cute here!
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April 30, 2017

Mama update

When Addi was Isaac's age I was about to run a marathon.  I was running four times a week, for hours.  I was in shape, felt strong and had time to be alone and work on something that was just me. Not related to being a mom or compared to anyone else.  And it was so good for me.  I am having a hard time not comparing that phase of life to this one.  I've been doing so much better with working out regularly, doing workout videos at least four times a week, usually five.  I feel like I'm slowly getting stronger, but I can't compare it to the shape I was in when I ran a marathon.  I miss that phase of life and having that huge goal that I was working for.  

I'm feeling ready to be done nursing Isaac, but feel like we're not even close to weaning.  He nurses a few times a day, and at least once during the night, often more and has zero interest in milk.  I nursed Addi till 22 months and it worked for us, but just feel ready to be done and am hoping to do it by summer.  Part of me feels sad about that phase being over, but I am more than ready to have a little more freedom, be done with nursing bras and clothes and to hopefully sleep more at night.  I got pregnant two months after Addilyn was done nursing so I have been pregnant or nursing for over four years.  

I am 99% sure we do not want more kids.  Chris wants to get a vasectomy and I am just about there, but the idea of it being so final is conflicting to me.  It seems weird to pay for a procedure to not get pregnant, when we worked so hard to get pregnant.  But the idea of a third kid makes me want to panic.  I want the newborn stage again and the excitement that comes with a new baby, but I also can not imagine being pregnant again or actually parenting a third child! 

I am in a spiritual rut and need to work on it.  I have to figure out how to carve out time in my day to read the Bible and pray and work on my relationship with God.  I miss having a community with adults to talk about what God is teaching us and share what we're struggling with. If it weren't for texting one or two friends with how I'm doing I would feel like I just about completely lacking adult conversations on any kind of deep level and I miss that.  

I want to go back to making a few goals to work on for the week that are about me and not being a mom.  Working out goals, doing something nice for a friend, reading a few chapters of a book, etc.  I think that will make me feel happy and who doesn't feel accomplished checking things off a list? 

Most of these things make me feel like I'm in limbo, which isn't a place I love being.  I know all of this is a season - getting back in shape after kids, having deep community with little kids, readjusting my schedule and priorities for things that are important.   So I'm just working on giving myself grace in those areas, but stretching myself to work on them and then knowing when to be content with where I am.  

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April 25, 2017

When daddy is away . . . .

Chris was out of town for a work trip last weekend and left early Thursday morning and didn't get home until pretty late Sunday.  I never like when he travels, but especially on a weekend because we jump right into another week with no family time (and let's be honest no break for me!). Thankfully the weather was so nice this weekend and we survived just fine, thanks to . . . . 

 Isaac's first trip for frozen yogurt
donuts on Saturday morning
and lots of coffee for me.
sleepy snuggles from this nap refuser
 a walk in the forest preserve
and a whole lot of time outside!
a stop at Grandma and Grandpas to see the horses and donkey
a trip to a new park, 
 and quite a bit of smiles from these two babes! 

Now just in case you think I think solo parenting is a piece of cake and all smiles, I'll let you know we went through McDonald's multiple times, I didn't cook one official meal and I slept about 4-5 hours most of the nights thanks to that cute little boy up there.  But I am proud of myself for keeping both kids, our dog, chickens and baby chicks alive and our house all in one mostly clean piece with very little tears from all of us.  So I'm calling it a major win and thankful Chris doesn't travel any more than he does! Major kudos to moms and dads that have to parent on their own all the time!

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