Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Y' all!

Yeah! Fall is here. I have a love/hate relationship with fall. Summer is my first love. And Fall is second. the big comfy sweaters, uggs, pumpkin everything. The problem is that Fall inevitably welcomes in Winter. Who is my absolute nemesis! But I have decided to live in complete denial that Winter is coming and embrace that absolute awesomeness of Autumn. So with my new found attitude and outlook on the season I set out to surround myself in all things pumpkin and apple.

First up! Baked apples, applesauce, apple everything. This was a genius plan on my part. The kids did so much of it! And they all got along. No fighting! Score! Avery wanted to wash all the apples. Ellie was in charge of "moving" the apples, and Reece was the apple corer. Because of course anything involving machinery is HIS. So two hours later we had a house that smelled like apple pie. Yum!

The awesomeness in all this is our "new"kitchen. We finished the kitchen when I was 9 months pregnant. So last Fall we really didn't do too much. But just this week we have worked the heck out of my island. Seriously love her. She's like the best assistant ever. She holds all my stuff, gets beat up constantly, and never complains! All four feet of her glorious quartzness!
Anywho I digress....

It wouldn't be a post about this time of year without a little shout out to my new love, the pumpkin spice chai. I can't tell you how many I've had in the last two weeks. Probably too many. But this new discovery has rocked my world. And guess what????? Target has pumpkin spice chai in their TAZO section. MIND BLOWN! So yes, my pantry has been stocked to last me until Spring.
We started Road Trip USA... again. It seems we have started it three times and had to cut it out various year for different reasons. But now all three of the oldest kiddos can do it so we are going full force. It will work great with our cycle 3 in Classical Conversations this year along with the Sonlight Core D readers we are reading.

Here's my man showing off his Five Guys cheeseburger and apple cider. Why you ask? Because the first state we studied last week was Connecticut. And who knew that CT was the birthplace of the first cheeseburger. We also learned that colonists often drank cider and beer because they believed water was bad for them. And no we didn't have beer. Just straight up convenient and very OK tasting apple cider from Target.

Here's a free little grammar lesson for you. Please see the below pic for the correct contraction of you and all.
YOU + ALL= Y'all

You're Welcome!

That's just a pic of my new favorite obsession. It will be so sad when I have used up all of my starbucks giftcards!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Little Randomness from the Summer

Sissy snuggles

 I've been knitting lots of coasters.
 Water day with the two littles.
 Reece's new hat.
 Reece building a table.
 Attempted to curl my hair. It lasted four minutes.
 And just for some cuteness.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Their Story...

I'm guest blogging over at JourneyGuy today! Thanks Pastor Jeff for the opportunity to write a little piece of my story.

For the Single Ladies

meganandshaneWhen I thought about who might be reading this and about all the people in my church, I knew I wanted to tell a part of my story that would resonate with all the college students. Especially all you single ladies. (Are you singing Beyonce’s song now? Sorry about that.) So all of you 18-24 year olds that aren’t married yet. Guess what it’s ok! And here’s why.
I swore I would never be one of THOSE girls. You know the boy crazy kind. All they do is talk about their man and how great he is. Their every waking moment is about some guy. But when thinking over my life one of the most defining moments of who I am today is when I met my husband. There I said it. So much for being an independent woman.
Here’s my story…

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

This Week

I Love summer food! This is a go to dish for us. Chop, throw in dish, drizzle EVOO, salt, pepper, Italian seasonings. SO GOOD!
First time Lorelai didn't cry on the swing.
These brownies were amazing! A new staple in our house. I buy it in bulk off o amazon. I added Nutella icing on top. They were gone in a minute!
Ellie is back in gymnastics and LOVING it. She slightly scares me how brave she is!
Hit up Barnes and Noble for some reading for the very LOOOOOONG flight to Australia. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm in a new club.

This morning as I was making my bed I glanced out the window and saw three women -very pregnant, walking dogs, and pushing strollers. And I realized I'm in a new club. I'm not in the "young" mom category anymore. Now you're probably thinking DUH you have four kids. But we all have that moment. The one where you don't see yourself in with that group anymore.

I'm now in the "had four not gonna have more" category. The "no way I am not going to be pregnant ever again". Now I wasn't sad. I don't want to suddenly get pregnant and have another baby to be back in the group, but it was definitely defining for me.

I suddenly felt older.

Wiser (well maybe not that). ;)

And I started thinking about 7 and 9 years ago when I was in that stage. I loved it. But you know what else I love. The fact that I have a son who can take out the trash. I have a daughter who loves going with me to get pedicures. I have another daughter who crawls on my lap and tells me I'm her bwest fwend.

I do miss feeling that little kick inside my tummy. And being in awe and overwhelmed with all things new regarding motherhood. The big round belly with the tiny human growing inside.

Hey- maybe tomorrow I'll load up my brood and head out on the walking trails. With my new group. They're pretty cool too. And they're all mine.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

End of School Celebration!

The Carver kids have completed another year at Brooklyn Academy! Woohoo! This mama is ready to not be the teacher and just be that "fun- mom- that- takes -us- on -cool- summer adventures"! SO we started it out with a yes day. I told them we were off to Target for groceries but we actually got some of those dollar spot build and paint wooden crafts. They had a blast putting those together. Now we just need to find a little creek to test our new sailboats.

First up.... PIZZA!

And then off to Bubblecake for some deliciousness!
Ellie just finished her second year of preschool so we will start K4 here at home with her in September.
Lorelai even got a little cupcake.
My handsome little man Reece finished up first grade. He is awesome at math. And we finally figured out that his lack of wanting to read (he can read just didn't want to do it) actually stemmed from needing glasses. His vision is almost perfect but has astigmatism in both eyes. He has been a different kid in school now that he is sporting those!   We picked up the LEGO movie too and that was our afternoon rest time activity.
Avery Elizabeth finished third grade. She excells in reading. I am guessing she's on about a sixth grade reading level. She's started to read everything in sight. And I can barely keep up with her on her kindle. In January she was struggling so badly with math we actually switched programs and started at the beginning. So she will be doing math through the summer to catch up.
The whole crew!
And a few of this precious baby. She loved smearing icing all over the place.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Update

I posted earlier how I joined a gym and started exercising. I also read the book TRIM HEALTHY MAMA. And although I don't agree with everything they wrote, I have been using a lot of their tips (especially their FUEL PULLS and protein powders). I've cut out most sugar and bad carbs (which I LOOOOOOVE me some bread so this was hard).

So since February what's changed? Well, I am getting into much smaller jeans. And I am starting to feel stronger. I was so WEAK! I have realized that I am a "class at the gym" person. Putting me on a treadmill for an hour? BORING! That would be complete torture. I go crazy. But put me in a spin class? Totally invigorating.

My favorite class is YOGA. I have seen BIG changes in my body since starting this two months ago. And it's only once a week. And I don't even get there every week. But I am more sore after this class than a lot of other classes I've tried. It's actually something I'm good at and really enjoy. Until I finish nursing there is just not anyway I can run if you know what I mean. ;) So this way I am strengthening my body from being destroyed during my rough pregnancy and previous bout with ovarian cysts.

I have now lost all but 4 pregnancy pounds, but still have the 15 lbs I gained from the meds when I was sick. One thing I am noticing is that my body is changing a lot, but the scale is NOT changing. I am guessing I am building muscle? I am trying not to be discouraged by this as it is VERY easy for me to be down on myself. So my new goal is just to get into my favorite "7" jeans and try not to care about the number anymore.

That's the update. Hopefully another month or two from now and I will have another progress report.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Saying good bye to our Lucy Lou

Our last cuddle. She always sat at my feet and kept them warm.
She looked back at me once more like she was saying thanks mom.
The kids decorating her box.
Loaded in the jeep and heading out to her favorite spot in the woods.
Saying good bye was really hard. The
There's so much I want to write but it hurts too much right now.

Ummm, seriously?

I am in love with this outfit from babyGap for Lorelai. Paired with her booties knitted from NiNi in a scrumptious alpaca yarn and she was a little cuddle bug. It's her expression in this photo though that just cracked me up.

"Ummm, like seriously?" she said. "Can't you see that I am trying to get my photo shoot done?"

Lorelai Piper- 8 Months

Crawling, Standing, & Saying: dada, mama, ya

Eating great! Following a baby led weaning plan and she is mostly on finger foods.
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How I Gave Up Winter for Lent

Ok, so as a joke to all the complaining I (and most of the country) have done on social media these last few weeks I decided to give up WINTER for Lent. If you don't know what LENT is here is a very quick explanation: The 40 days leading up to Easter. A time of reflection before the resurrection of Christ. many people give something up and when they crave or desire that "thing" then they replace it with something that turns their focus back to God.

So how does one give up winter? Well, one does not. Ha, it's more an attitude. For me I felt winter in the depth of my bones this year. My kids were sick constantly (new baby in the house means building up that immune system). The weather was bitterly cold for Virginia and the rain/snow was ridiculous. If I had my way we would still be living in Florida. I would prefer to deal with hurricanes and storm surges than winter, yeah I'm crazy like that.

But alas, my honey loves his job and his job is here in the beautiful, gentle, rolling hills of Virginia. So back to Lent...

My attitude this winter has been pretty bad. I am exhausted for continuous sleepless nights. We have had croup, stomach bug, flu, and various colds come to visit us. Laundry has been piled up. The house isn't as clean and organized as it usually is and the weather has been bitterly cold for us here in the south.

So I am desperately trying to keep my attitude in check. And remember that a few years from now I will be alone in the house during WINTER. It will be clean and tidy, but it will be lonely. So I am trying to relish the fighting from boredom, that lack of desire to get schoolwork done, and day after day inside.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Welcome to Moe's

While Avery was at a ballet rehearsal the rest of us headed out to Moe's for lunch. Yum Yum. Now it may not be the best mexican place, but it's kid friendly so that works for us.

 Here is Lorelai working her mad standing skills.
 Just chillin watching the cars go by while we wait for sissy to finish.
 Ok this was actually the first time she sat at the table and not in her carrier. And it was at Cracker Barrel. On Saturday afternoon we were so hungry after spin class we headed there for breakfast. I know right. ha!
 Here we are back at Moe's. Sitting up like a champ.
 Ellie was most excited about the cookie.

 Hi Reece man.
 Shane actually let me take his picture. Try not to look so excited honey.
 I ordered this. I can't remember what it is. But I only ate half it was so big and finished it for dinner.
 She can apparently do two things at once. Typical female, multitasking.
 Whoa girl. Might need to put that hair bow back in from church.

 She totally ate off of all of our plates and didn't eat the baby food I had. Score! I hate making separate meals.
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