A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Hello all you lovelies. It has been a minute since I have been on here. My PC computer was so frustrating and would constantly turn off/delete/not work that I just was not able to get anything done on it. I had planned on getting a laptop once we moved into our new home in February and start up blogging then but guess what…

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Sweet hubby surprised me with this on Christmas morning. I am so excited. Even though I have no clue how anything on it works I am grateful that it doesn’t have an agenda to freeze every hour.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas!!! Originally I was going to do a gift post, or a new New Years resolution post but lets face it we have all seen many of those so I decided to just do a random one haha. I feel like everyone is in limbo between Christmas Eve and New Years Day anyway.

This year we decided to give our kids just one large gift, instead of many little ones. The pre teen years have proven to be a hard thing to shop for. Sometimes I miss the days of coloring books and stuffed animals. Although they were spendy the gifts are something that both of them are passionate about so we felt like it was a great investment.

They were both in heaven!!!

After Christmas we took the day to re coup because between the 4:40 am wake up call from the kiddos and a family Christmas of 40 people, we were all exhausted. David left for a snowmobiling trip with his brothers the next day and although we miss him terribly when he goes, I try to make the time I have with the kiddos special. We had lots of friends over and went sledding, which was so much fun!!!

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And after the busy days I treated the kids to a little movie night

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Express was having a major sale!!! So i went and snagged an outfit for a deal that can’t be beat. They don’t have what i got online, I’m thinking all their clearance stuff varies by store. Both of these items are such classic pieces and under $20 each!

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Nordstrom is also having a major sale, I ordered this basic in two colors.

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I’ve been cooking up some major comfort food and loving every minute of it.

Classic home made tomato soup and grilled cheese.

And nothing says comfort food like chili and cornbread

Hope you all lovelies have an amazing New Year. I am excited as to what 2018 has in store for our family. I think 2017 has definitely  been one of faith for me and I just know that the Lord has even greater plans.

See you next year!!!

Love, XoXo Julia

 

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It has been a heck of a week. Feels like I’m running on a hamster wheel and obviously not getting anywhere fast. And then I look on my calendar as to whats to come, and a sense of panic comes over me. I have a very bad habit of taking on too much. For some reason I have convinced myself that I can do it all, plus add in a few other things for good measure. I go go go and then one day I just run out of gas and boom my engine blows up. Like my analogy there? So I am trying to figure out a way to still do it all but without all the mental craziness that goes along with it. If any of you super moms have advice on this please please share it with me!

Buuut the show must go to so, unto the Friday Favorites this week!!! I mean I still have favorites even on weeks when I lose my mind.

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Shay’s over at MixnMatchMama’s recipes never disappoint. I loved this on a busy Thursday night!

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It is supposed to be low 70’s this weekend and that makes this girl super happy. I am so excited for fall clothes, fall smells, fall leaves…just all this fall.

 

I put on a long sleeved shirt and booties this past weekend for a dinner out. It was still too hot, but for the hour I did have it on, I loved it!

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This man right here..I am so grateful that I get to do life with my best friend.

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I am loving these 90 Degrees leggings/yogas. They wash perfect and are super comfy for all those workouts and spontaneous trips to the grocery store.

 

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Don’t know that this is a favorite…but I am putting it on here for my own accountability. I need to get my stuff together ya’ll. It has been a very fun summer full of great friends, lazy pool days and tons and tons of food. I am making an exercise plan and meal plan to start in the next few days. Hoping to get back down to my ideal weight within the next month or so. I am thinking of doing updates throughout the week, but haven’t fully decided how I’m going to do it yet. I’ll keep you updated.

Well that’s all for this week. See you Monday for the weekly wrap up!

Love XoXo, Julia

 

Perfection

Hey to you all!!! I got inspired to write the following post because of something that my daughter said  to me (leave it to my 11 year old to make me question life). After thinking about it for awhile I decided to take it to God, because lets face it if I don’t take it all to Him, I end up a HUGE mess.

The other day Lanna said “mom, why do you have to have everything perfect?” Now at first I kind of felt bad. I mean here is my 11 year old questioning why her mom has such issues. Why is that we never leave the house a mess. Why does every single room have to be picked up. Why does all the laundry have to be done and not one dish in the sink. Why do her and her brother have to look presentable and behave with manners…..etc. I mean I could see her struggle. I could understand that she just wanted to run around filthy with dirty clothes and just throw things wherever she wanted because well ,hey why not. I started to feel guilty that my issues with cleanliness and appearance were making my kids miss out on life. And then just when I was sure I was failing as a mother and wife, God showed me the truth.

You see I am always doing things with my kids. Always. We have spontaneous water gun fights. We have random days of picnics, bug hunting, dirt dragging days. We have constant adventure and laughter. We have popcorn fights, play do making, canvas drawing days. We have days that are quiet and we have days that are loud. And all this days are filled with pure joy for all of us. So no I realized that my kids aren’t missing out on anything.

I get up 3 hours before my kids every morning to make sure that everything that needs to be done in the house is done before their sleepy heads wake for the day. I make sure that I don’t have laundry piles on the floor so they can spread out their legos and art projects. I make sure that the dishes are always clean so that they can have breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks without searching the kitchen for dishes. I make sure that the rooms and closets are organized so that they can find all the toys they need to be as creative as they want. You see my root for perfection is my love for my family.

It hit me like a ton of bricks, what God had said to me. He let me know that the reason why I strive for perfection, even though I know its unattainable is because I am completely and without a doubt in love with my LIFE. I am smitten with my husband so of course I want to be the best supportive wife I can be. I adore my children, so of course I want to be the most involved loving mother I can be. I am in awe of the beautiful home my husband and I are creating so of course I want to be keep it clean and organized at all times.

After reflecting on my daughters question “why does everything have to be perfect?” The answer is it doesn’t have to be perfect, but I want to make sure that I give one hundred percent to every aspect of my life. I am grateful beyond words to God for giving me this life and I want to give Him my absolute best.

Thank you for reading!

Love, XoXo Julia

Weekend Re-Cap…Random Edition

So I know that I am a day late on the weekend re-cap however I do have a good reason. On Friday afternoon, my mom called me and said that she received a call after her mammogram appointment to come in and have further imaging done. Needless to say we contacted the imaging department and made the first possible appointment which happened to be yesterday early morning. I dropped the kids off at school, drove 30 minutes to pick up my sweet mama and dad and another 30 to her appointment. We checked in, put on her robe and waited for them to call her. Now my mom is an emotional woman just as I am, but I think being faced with what may be cancer took over and all I could see was her strength and faith. Although I didn’t want to, we did contemplate what the next step would be if it indeed was cancer. We both agreed that it was not a death sentence and if this is something that was put upon her that between God and the doctors we would fight this thing. Finally the radiologist came and took her to get more imaging. Then again we waited, and waited. I think waiting is the worst part. Your mind gets away from you. You start thinking things that you know you shouldn’t be. You start questioning things that you know God already has covered and in the end you are upset with yourself because you should know better (or that’s how I am anyways). Finally they came back out and told us “they have no concerns”. I thought her and I were both going to leap out of our chairs and hug this poor radiologist. They said that although there is some sort of tissue they do not believe its a concern but she will have a mammogram in 6 months rather than a year. Thank you Lord.  So, that was my Monday morning and what a great morning it was!

Unto the weekend re-cap!

This is the first year that our whole family is into winter sports. Braden and I do skiing. David and Lanna have taken up snowboarding. At our school they offer a skiing/snowboarding club for 6 weeks on Friday nights for 4th and 5th grade. It has been amazing how much Lanna has learned! Since she is there every Friday, we have been joining her. On this past Friday her 5th grade had a ski/snowboard field trip and then right after her club started. All in all that child was out for 9 hours on the hill. She was sore the next day! David wasnt feeling well, so after I picked up Braden from school he wanted to go out there since he had one of his friends out on the slopes as well.

My two cuties! I am so happy these two are as close as they are!
My two cuties! I am so happy these two are as close as they are!
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Braden and his friend Blake ready to hit the slopes

 

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When we first got there to meet Lanna she was in skis. She and her friend decided to see how it would feel to switch. She liked her snowboard better!

David and I had made plans a while back to go Go Kart racing with my sister in laws. So after all the snow fun I raced home to pick up my hubby and we were off to the races. Let me tell you what I learned: I absolutely stink at going fast. Pretty sure a snail could have passed me up. We raced twice and I was last both times. My goal was to get out of there alive. Not sure this is “my” thing but it was definitely a blast…once I wasn’t moving anymore hehe.

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I am such a shortie next to my gorgeous model sisters!
 On Saturday, I don’t know how but I convinced my hubby to venture out to Home Goods on a weekend morning. Not sure what came over him but I wasn’t going to question it. When we did our fireplace in the living room we needed to buy a small cabinet of sorts to put our cable box and a few other components. Well it’s been 5 months and I was tired of seeing it all on the floor. So the goal was to find something for that space. Originally I came home with this one…

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I thought It matched our mantle/beam perfect.

Well it matched too perfect and didn’t look right to me.

Also we decided we needed two so it balanced the fireplace.

So we finally loaded this one back up and went hunting for a different one.

He may not say it but David loves to haul all my stuff in and out until my mind is set haha

Anyways… we walked away with these two beauties…

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But of course I am not sure about them and that is why they still have tags on them and the components still on the floor.

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I cant decide if they look like a good pop of color or if they look completely out of place. Any input is greatly appreciated!

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Got this lamp because the recessed lighting is a bit bright in our living room. Plus I couldn’t resist the iron and bulap mix!
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And scored this little thing for all my kids coloring necessities!
.That afternoon Braden and David went to go work on their snowmobile machines while Lanna and I spent time with this sweet little miss.

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I mean isn’t she the most precious angel!?! We had the absolute best time spoiling this girl

Sunday was…

And Monday got here faster than expected as always!

Lanna has been in dance since she was 3. However this year is her first year doing “competition” dance and let me tell you that it is definitely different. She absolutely loves it and it gives me such joy to watch her do what she does. Now gluing 1000 gems on costumes doesn’t bring me as much joy but hey it’s a small price to pay. Because they have to wear special makeup, her teacher Mrs. Jenny asked if Lanna wanted to be the model for the makeup. Here she is getting all dolled up, fake eyelashes and all.

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I didn’t get an end picture but she looked so grown up, I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me a bit sad.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!!!

Love XoXo, Julia

Friday Favorites!

Short week this week and it’s going to be in the 50’s tomorrow…I mean has spring sprung early or what? I am doing my first ever link up with my absolute favorite bloggers!

 

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These two are my absolute favorite of course! The were playing dress up with mine and Davids clothes. What was NOT my favorite was the fact that Lanna could fit into nearly almost all my clothes and all my shoes. How did that happen?

 

Shay @mixnmatchmama has THE best recipes. I am always trying something of hers. This week we had her “Baked Queso Tacos” and let me tell you they did not disappoint.

I am a total book worm. My current favorites are Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand for a light read. I am determined to read every singe one of their books….only have a few left.

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I also love love anything to do with Parisian style and culture. Ive read many books but I keep Jennifer L Scott’s “Madame Chic” collection on my nightstand because 1) they look pretty and 2) to remind myself that even folding laundry should be done with style and grace, because lets face it I need that reminder a lot!

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Since (hopefully) Spring is arrving early I have been itching to spring clean, give some rooms a face lift and try out a few new styles . I am on Pinterest over load looking for Inspiration. We have a love/hate relationship.

On Tuesday the girls shared their favorite Pins. I just have much too many. But this one pin makes me a bit happy and excited.

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Have beautiful weekend everyone!

Love Xo, Julia

 

Leap of Faith

I feel as though I have been contemplating and praying about this first entry forever. Its been about a year since God put it on my heart to start a blog…lets just say I haven’t been fast to act. Finally my husband encouraged me to go for it, and well with his full support here I am. Although I’m not quiet sure where this will lead, I do know that I love writing, fashion, decorating, cooking and people. I am excited to reach and connect with others and really, like the title says “take this leap of faith”.

This past week has been a bit crazy. My favorite blogger Shay over at @mixnmatchmama does a “Life Lately” post once a week. I thought I’d start off with something along the lines of that and then branch off.

My hubby took off on his annual a snowmobiling trip with his brothers. I think its so wonderful that they get to have these moments together. Before he left we went and took the kiddos bowling and play at the arcade to a place near our home.

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This is us, getting ready to have a very competitive game.

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By the middle of the game Lanna and I have figured out that we would not be winning…not even by a long shot.

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I love this little monkey of mine!
On Friday my kids school hosts an annual “Family Fun Night”. They have food, face painting, games, a DJ and tons of crazy happy kids running around. I did not take not one picture even though I specifically brought my phone in for that reason (go figure). I feel so lucky that our school puts such a focus on family and community.

 

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That’s my little man in the neon outfit
 On Saturday Braden had his last basketball game. It was his first year doing basketball and it was a blast to watch him learn a new sport.

A long Saturday afternoon nap and Sushi for dinner was in our future that night 🙂

 

 

Monday is always the most hectic day for us, as I’m sure it is for all of you.  Somewhere between carpool, work, dance, homework and dinner I knew Id be drinking a lot of coffee. So…what better way to start it off then with a cute outfit (my way of thinking).

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I am absolutely loving this vest from Eddie Bauer this year, it is on constant repeat.
Braden started Chess Club this year so on Tuesday while he was away playing the “game of kings”, Lanna and I did what we do best….we went to Starbucks

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Chai Latte with soy for me and Cotton Candy frap for her
We have been remodeling our house since we moved in…6 years ago! It’s been a process but we love it. I’ll be doing a ton of remodeling decorating posts. Our living room has been done for about 5 months but has yet to be decorated. We purchased a new couch, rug, chair and coffee table and kind of left it at that. I had a few moments to spare on Wednesday, so I stopped in at Marshalls and picked up a few random things…one of which was a cream pillow with a rust gold detail. This one pillow will now shape the way my living room looks. I am excited to start decorating this space finally…and to think it all started with a pillow.

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I love the random goodies I always find.
It was a Hunter wellies sort of day and I did not complain. Any reason to wear them is a good one for me.

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My kids make “Valentines Day Boxes” every year for their classroom treats. So we went and gathered all the supplies and began the masterpieces.

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Braden’s Dude
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Lanna’s Unicorn
Class Vday Party:

And if anyone needs me I’ll be up all night making 75 of these bad boys!

Hope this first post lets you in on a little bit of my personality, life and passions. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Julia