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

 

Friendships

Lets talk friendships. I have been going through a little soul searching on this topic lately, and what better place to express it then out in the blog community. I personally enjoy a smaller group of friends rather than a large one. I like to entertain one or two couples at a time rather than an entire party. I love to make connections with people on a one to one basis. At the end of the day my best friend is my husband. He knows me in and out and I always feel happy, confident and safe with him. I know that I can trust him with everything and he is always my biggest supporter.

On a female side of things I have a best girlfriend with whom I have been friends with for 16 years. We have been there for each other through marriage, pregnancies (as luck would have it we were pregnant with both of our kids at the same time), moving, heartbreak, joy, loss and everything in between.

I have a few great friends that I have met through my kids that I absolutely adore. We are at the same point in life, and how much easier is it to get through those school issues and pre-teen dramas when you have a girlfriend to analyze it all with. I also happen to have the world’s most amazing sister in laws that I couldn’t love any more.

But at the end of the day, or week or some crazy months one thing stands out. As my kids get big and I get more busy, I have been finding it so hard to connect with the same group of girls that maybe even 3 years ago would have been my main support group. It gets to be very difficult to invest in relationships outside of your partner and kids without really jeopardizing them. I will only have a few more precious years with my small family before my kids go off and start a life for themselves. And although it may sound selfish I want to spend the most amount of time I can making memories with my husband and children.

I have learned that I can allow myself to have my husband be my best friend. After all he is the only one out of all the people in this world that I have vowed to love and cherish for all time. I don’t need to feel like it’s not “normal” for me to want to be home, or not be with girlfriends all the time. It’s OK if my free time is spent with the same people that I spend it with when I’m “busy” . I have learned that just because I don’t have a group of 10 girls that I am always out and talking to that doesn’t mean that the few friendships I do have are any less valuable. It is different for everyone. I admire the large group of girls that all have connections to each other and seem to make time for everyone. As for me personally at this point I am just so grateful for the few deep connections that I do have, they are all I need to feel fulfilled.

Love, XoXo Julia

Express and Lunch

It’s that time of year when everything seems to be going in hyper speed. End of the school year, dance competitions, beginning of sports, tons of work and of course all those beautiful days that you just want to soak in as much as you can. In addition to all the wonderful adventures and memories that summer holds, we have been blessed to buy land and build our forever home. The excitement is too much for me to even express. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be possible, but good thing our God’s plans are so much grander than our silly little dreams. I’ll be documenting the building process through the blog and Instagram, but for now all we have is a large piece of dirt and a blueprint.

I went shopping with my girlfriend this past weekend and got the cutest outfits for summer. Most of my shopping actually happened at Express. I don’t buy a ton there so I was surprised I had found so many cute and simple things for summer. Here are a few of what I scored on their Memorial Day sale.

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I have been eyeing this dress since I saw it on Instagram a few weeks ago but I had no idea it was at Express. Imagine my excitement when there it was. Of course I snatched it up! I also got a few pairs of jeans. Even though I was shopping for summer clothes, I always buy jeans if I see a pair (or 2) that I like.

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Love the distress on these jeans and the fit couldn’t be more perfect.

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I have been excited about trying the frayed bottom jeans. I think I may have to trim the fray just a tad for it to work for me.

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This shirt is so soft I bought it in two colors!

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This shirt is perfect with jeans, shorts or jean skirt. I got mine in a pale pink and cannot wait to wear it.

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This soft tie front shirt is super cute with some high waisted jeans.

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Also grabbed these Guess sandals for more casual days.

Now that summer is officially here I have been working on re vamping my grocery and meal planning ideas.  I love Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain .My family loves her Sesame Orange Chicken along with many other favorites.

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My kids also love tacos, so we usually have them about once every 2 weeks or so.

And the best is when you can sneak in a mini lunch date with your love on the patio with a delicious spread like this one.

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Love, XoXo Julia