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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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Olympics/ World Georgraphy Unit Week 2

Here is week 2 for the curriculum. Hope you all are enjoying it. We are LOVING it! The kids are making flags faster than I can hang them. And tomorrow we are starting a book on figure skating and one on skiing.
                                          Day 1,         Day 2,               Day 3,                  Day 4

Children Just Like Me-      Canada,       Finland,            Hungary,              Poland

Operation World- pages:         193                337                  400                        689

A Life Like Mine- pages:       28-29          30-31                32-35                    36-39

Complete Flags of the World- 8-10        112-113              151                     116-117

Around the World Coloring-      5                24

****I only have four days this week because my kiddos start swim lessons and we needed a grace day. I did skip a couple of chapters in Children Just Like Me, so if you are needing a little more this week feel free to spend a little more time in the good old USA!

PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS! And I would LOVE to hear how the unit is working with your homeschool. And definitely leave ideas if you have added any fun activities!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EARLY morning and I went to the gym...

Well baby girl was awake at 5:30 today. That's A.M.!!! UGH. I am so not a morning person. But since I have been up for almost three hours and have already showered, dressed, put on make-up, ate breakfast, filled out my planner for the day, and finished my devotions I ended up with time to blog!

In other crazy news.... I joined a gym. And I actually went to it this time. SHOCKING I KNOW! I am not a gym person. When you are "blessed" like I am the gym is a dangerous place to be. I spend most of my time trying not to give myself black eyes and then don't get very much exercise in because I am so self-concious. But a trip to Di*ck*s Sporting Goods has hopefully eliminated or at least lessened that issue.

Oh wait did you catch that? Yeah, I went to the sporting goods store. And not to buy soccer cleats for my kids, FOR ME. Wow it was a whole new world there. Did you know you can buy a pair of black capri workout pants for SEVENTY dollars? Yeah, crazy. Thankfully everything was on sale.

 So I found the "support" section and they were buy one get one half off. SCORE! I also grabbed another zip up fleece from Columbia in purple because I got tired of looking at my black one EVERY SINGLE LIVE LONG DAY. (I hate winter) I found a Nike pullover that was pretty darn cute and even has little holes in the sleeves to put my thumb through. I have no idea why I need this, but I can't wait to use it. And the previous mentioned $70 Under Armor work out capris also made it into the cart but they ended up on sale for $45.

The big question is did I go to the gym...


Saturday morning at 7:30 my honey and I attended a spin class. And I didn't die. Or throw out my back. I couldn't sit right for a couple of days but it was actually a really good experience. Despite the pain of being on a really tiny bicycle seat after four kids, it was actually a great time.

Even though I had to get myself excited about this by buying new clothes and going with Shane for the first time. I think now that I can do this and actually enjoy it.

Thanks to the free childcare during the day I can even go in the mornings! The kiddos enjoyed the childcare room and all the new toys and Shane and I basically got a date in that week. SCORE for all.

SO here is to losing those last 15 pounds and fitting back into my Seven for all Mankind jeans.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

2014 Olympics Homeschooling Curriculum WEEK ONE

So I have decided to take a break from our Sonlight American History curriculum and do a unit on the Olympics. I wanted to turn it into a unit that covers geography, basic Olympic history, and world missions. So I hit my favorite website -Amazon- and this is what I came up with:

This unit is about sitting around the table or on the floor with your kids and reading.  I do have an activity a day but nothing over the top. If you don't have any of these books and don't want to buy everything, I would order Operation World, Children Just Like Me, and The Complete Flags of the World. The rest of the books are extras for fun. There are no tests, no copywork, no question sheets. Just lots of pictures, activities, and reading together. If you do follow this unit I would love to hear from you. And feel free to add more crafts if you and your family enjoy that! Pinterest was where I found the bunting and Russian doll activities. Also Confessions of a Homeschooler has an awesome world geography unit if you are looking for something more in depth.

Children Just Like Me- using this book as the jumping off point for the whole unit

Operation World- this books ties in missions around the world

A Life Like Mine- my kids love reading about other kids so this was a no brainer

Complete Flags of the World- great book that explains a little bit about each flag and why they look the way they do

Flags Sticker Book- each country has two sets of stickers, large and small, we will use one set to place on the world maps provided and the other for their passports

The Winter Olympics for Children- a book for kindle

Around the World coloring book- just a few countries are listed, but my kids love to color

Passport- My kids will place a flag sticker on each page and record what they learn about that country

Garland Flag- a craft that will make a really cute bunting for the school room when done, you will need lots of scrap paper for this one, some string, and masking tape or clothes pins

Russian Doll Activity- will need felt, thread, and a needle for this craft

I also have an ice skating book and a skiing book and each child will study that sport and give an oral book report at the end of the Olympics.

If you bought the $1 flashcards from Target this year there was a pack of world flags, I am using these also just to hang on the chalkboard each day.

Ok here is for the first week:

Day one-  Children Just Like Me page 30
                Operation World page 705
                Make Russian Doll Activity
                Read 1 through Chapter 8 of The Winter Olympics for Kids (they are really short!)
                Bunting: Create Russian flag with scrapbook paper
                Find Russia in Sticker book and place
                Complete flags of the World pages 168-171

Day 2- Children Just Like Me Bolivia
            Operation World page 153
            Life Like Mine page 6-9
            Complete Flags of the World Pages 52-53
            Passport/sticker book
            Bunting Flag

Day 3- Children Just Like Me- Argentina
            Read page 109 in Operation World
            A Life Like Mine pages 10-13
           Complete Flags pages 54-55
            Around the World page 1
           Passport/sticker book
           Bunting Flag

Day 4- Children- Brazil
            Operation page 162
           Life pages 14-17
           Complete Flags pages 47-50
           Around the World page 4
           Passport/sticker book
           Bunting Flag

Day 5- Children- Mexico
           Operation- page 579
           A Life- 18-21
           Passport/Sticker book
           Complete Flags pages 20-21
           Around the World page 18
           Passport/ sticker book

Day 6 Children- USA
           Operation page 861
           A Life pages 22-27
           complete Flags 11-19
           Passport/ sticker book



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