5 for Friday

Greetings!  I feel like this is the calm before the storm.  We are moving into our new home tomorrow.  Well, officially.  We’ve already started to make trips over with full cars.  However, the big pieces of furniture will be going from our apartment as well as all the rest of the odds and ends tomorrow.  We are so excited!!!!  And a little nervous about all that has to be accomplished (at least I am anyways!).


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A simple matching game with household items…simple to play and simple to make!  I found the idea on Pinterest, of course!  Check out my board for more toddler and baby activities here.


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A hodge lodge of house pics!  2 fireplaces!!!  Santa will definitely be able to visit in the traditional way this year.  🙂


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My little summer helper



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Working on his fitness…and having fun.


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My fabulous dog sat in the car (don’t worry!  It was only about five minutes, parked in the relative shade, and blasted the AC before doing this!) while I ran in the store to pick up fruit and salad.  By the way, there was a bag of Chik-fil-a in there with him that he DIDN’T touch.  Best. dog. ever.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Here’s the advice I’m taking this weekend…

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.  ~Creighton Abrams





Water, Water is Talked About Everywhere!

Good Thursday to You!  It is a million degrees here, and I find myself trying to stop the complaining.  I *wished* for summer weather back when we were having the coldest winter in years.  I do love summer, but I forget all the other stuff that comes with beach days.  Sweat…lots of sweat.  This coupled with the fact that I don’t like to drink very much at all can have nasty results.  Headaches, hunger, moodiness…the list goes on and on.  CNN Health put out a new article on the importance of a healthy gut, and you can bet there is mention of H2O on there.  See article here.  The other tips for a healthy gut are the things we all know.  Eat health, whole foods – not processed foods.  Don’t stress already!  (I get stressed thinking about that one, lol!).  Last but not least, avoid fatty foods.  Well, duh.  We all know these things.  We may think we are practicing, but a good reality check is always helpful.  For instance, I had half of a mini bagel with butter (hello processed foods!), Brie cheese with deli turkey meat, and granola.  Now, this is not all I have eaten today, but my other foods were “whole” like eggs, fruit, spinach, carrots, and yikes!…I also ate tortillas chips!  So there.  It’s always good to do a little personal inventory to see how you’re doing.

I’m always interested in how food intake plays into our health.  Here are a few articles for your perusal…food coloring links to ADHD …heavy metals linked to ADHD (guess what?  water shows up here as well as a protector!)…research to explore links between gut health and autism.


See article here.  

A little motivation from fitsugar.  


Happy water guzzlin’!


Working Mom versus Stay-at-Home Mom

Greetings from summer vacation!  We’ve been on our summer routine about 8 hours or so now.  Yesterday was a travel/crazy house closing day for us.  Today is the real test.  Today is when I remember what summer vacation with a toddler is like.  This is not meant as a complaint.  Just as a realistic view on “summer vacation” and how I do it.  First off, I totally messed today from the onset.  Late night paint arguments discussions kept me up later than I would have liked.  Plus, I really felt all wound up after cutting a huge check for our home purchase.  I mean seeing that many 0s on a check LEAVING my possession makes me a little queasy (and by “my” I mean ours 😉 ).  Anywho, all this resulted in my rise and shine time of 6:30.  Now, some people may think this is still getting up early.  However, Holden has been an early bird since day 1.  He was ready to go at about 6:31.  I really find that getting in a work-out or journal time or even tidying up and getting breakfast started before he gets up to be extremely helpful in the summertime.  It sets the pace for the day and gives me a few moments to collect my thoughts.

We headed out around 10 o’clock which was way too late to tackle all the things on my to-do list.  But…we did manage to convince the parks and rec people that we do in fact live in Virginia Beach and aren’t impersonating VB peeps just for the sake of swimming lessons???  Do people do this???  Jeez!  I *promised* my little boy some park/play time, so I parked the Mr.’s big truck (repeatedly for our outings today!) and let that boy play.  He ran around and was fascinated by all the kids but wilted in the sun after about 40 minutes.  It really is best to seize the day early on.  My to do list could have been checked off AND play time had by the little one.

I’m blaming our wonky day on the busy, fun, and jam-packed weekend we had on the Eastern Shore visiting family and seeing old friends.  Here are a few pics…

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I can tell that “summer me” is here.  Doing my hair feels like a huge chore (hence the increase in the use of mousse).  Clothing that is beyond a T-shirt and shorts feels way too fancy (See extremely funny video here explaining why I’m not fancy…).  Also, how much does that sweet, almost one year old baby doll make you want to hold a little one!?!?!?  See another of the same song for the pregnant mommas here.

See the original song/video here.

Ha!  I think these are hilarious!

In all seriousness, I’m way more business with Holden.  Like…boy, you better not run up that slide!  I will take you home from this park!  So long working mom guilt!  I’m with that boy all day, erry day!  (said with an appropriate slang accent)  Welcome summer and welcome summer version of me!



Daddy’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there!  I’m fortunate to have spent the day with my daddy as well as my baby’s daddy.  🙂  I made my daddy a father (I’m the oldest of three), so I’d say I’m pretty special.  With the first kid, you’re trying to figure out how to do this parenting thing.  Too strict, too easygoing, too much stimulation, too much TV time, crazy high expectations, crazy low expectations…I want to be a good parent…I want my kid to like me…I want him/her to be successful…I want him/her to know how to fail, pick up the pieces, and move on.  Gosh, being a parent is tough!  My own father is a complex individual with deep waters.  Perhaps that is why I’m the same with my own type of deep waters.  Although I won’t say that he’s a ball of sunshine or that he was the perfect father, he was the one I needed.  I’m quite sure I would not be who I am if God had plunked me down with someone else.  I’m most thankful for how strong he has made me.

My Holden’s daddy is a wonderful partner to journey with on this parenthood road.  I know that we are on the same page (most of the time…) and that we face anything (even potty training and self-dressing and paint colors!) that comes up together.  What peace of mind.  Thank you darling.

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Good thing I snapped this one up in high school, huh?!?!?


What precious baldies!

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” -John Wilmot

“A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognize the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure.” -Ian Morgan Cron

“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


“A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.” – Frank Abagnale


Happy belated Father’s Day, daddies!





5 for Friday

This is truly a very happy Friday for many reasons.  I’m looking so forward to visiting family this weekend and making it a more relaxing, long weekend of visiting.  This is made possible by reason number 2 that it is a very happy Friday, and that reason is SCHOOL’S OUT!  No more rushing in the morning unless it is to get Holden’s breakfast.  No more lunch packing.  No more after school meetings.  Just 8-ish weeks of focusing on home and family.  I’m thrilled!  Here are five things on my mind today…


Our new home!  We close on our new home on Monday, and I’m so excited/nervous about plunging into decorating, setting up our furniture, etc.  Here’s a little peek into my Pinterest inspiration…


Dinning room color scheme…via Apartment Therapy


Living room with the same color scheme but more green…via Better Homes and Gardens


Office light fixture…I never thought I’d want a gold finished light!  Picture from Home Depot


Holden’s room…via Bedroom Wise  Don’t you just love the nautical theme, I know I do!  😉  I think there will be more red incorporated into it with white/offwhite colored bedding instead.  We definitely want to do a dark blue accent wall or two in his room.

Two choices below for our bedroom.  I’m leaning towards the more neutral of the two…Neutral Natalie, ha!

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What do you think?


Car washes!  I finally got my car washed this past weekend.  We did an automated, drive through one since there is no yard or hose at the present moment.  It was quite the experience!

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Holden was unsure about the whole situation to say the least!


I’m so relieved that warm weather is here, and dressing is a little easier/less restrictive.  I love all my summer dresses that are comfy.  However, I do tend to dress a little more like a hot mess in the summer months, because I can!  See the reason for my happy Friday (no worky for me).



Top picture is me in my beach cover-up about 5 hours AFTER we got back from the beach.  Pretty sure I was still quite sandy in Marshalls.


Yoga – I’m excited to get back into my yoga routine now that summer is here.  If you recall, yoga is the first part of my fitness routine that I’ll cut out in a heartbeat.  However, I do know that I NEED to be doing it.  So…here I start again (well next Tuesday anyway!).

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Just some random pics from the week…It’s hard to see from the picture, but that coffee cup is the size of my face.  I’m quite sure that would improve anyone’s disposition.  Ha!

Final thought…

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7




My Home Self

Sometimes, you have to just know when to really go hog wild.  Sometimes, you go, go, go.  Sometimes, you skip church for the beach.  Our “sometimes” was this weekend.  We feel (minus Holden, of course) like we are just waiting, planning, plotting our course for this new home.  Paint colors, light fixtures, rugs…oh my!  The decisions and the budget are always on our minds.  We are just a week away from our closing date.  Then, it is all business.  The timeline is funny and a little scary.  It will be a carefully orchestrated event.  So we think…  I never knew how overwhelming lots of decorating/home decisions can be.  I have always thought of myself as a decisive person, but a new canvas a la a new house really makes you think.  What colors do I like?  What style is me?  How can I meld the old with some new?  Then, it scares you to know that I’m.not.sure.  I’m not sure what my style is.  I’m not sure what colors I really want my walls to be.  I’m not sure how to compromise with my husband.  I know we need to!  Truly, I believe all these trivial, first world decisions can take on a deeper meaning.  Who you are in your home is who you really are.  That is where we can be most comfortable, ourselves, let our hair down, leave the makeup off, and drop pretensions.  The hope is that you are the same person you are at home as you are in public.  Authenticity to self.  What a challenging thing.  Kids have it down pat.  They like what they like.  They don’t stress over appearances, find fun and interesting things wherever they are, and take the days as they come without excessive worry or planning.  Little Buddha.



In Which We Attain Bliss

It is not often that I can truly say without a shadow of a doubt that we had a relaxing weekend.  Don’t get me wrong…we still tackled some necessary to-dos.  However, frozen yogurt was enjoyed.  Swimmies and pool time both happened.  Mommy had a drink (or two) while SITTING STILL by above mentioned pool.  Homemade biscuits were scarfed down.  Church attendance happened.  We even watched a movie on Saturday night in the comfort of our temporary home.  A delicious and not-the-typical dinner was devoured.  What bliss!  I was busy enjoying it so much that I only snapped a few pics of our weekend.  

Here we are taking a few practice swings while checking on all “our stuff!” as Holden says at the storage unit.


We followed that up by shopping at Wally World.  Although I love my Trader Joe’s, sometimes you just need some mainstream things like a spaghetti squash!  LOL!  I love a grocery shopping trip.  Even though I tease the Mr. about all his “wants” when he gets to the store, I do enjoy doing it with him.  After begin super productive early on (i.e. run, make biscuits, church, make 3 meals for this week), we headed to our apartment building’s pool.  I confess that I didn’t get it, but I did get to enjoy the two cuties below splash around.  






Aren’t they simply wonderful…I’m a very blessed lady to get to hang out with these two (+Roscoe the dog, of course, who was busily crying in his crate about us daring to leave him at home).

Here’s Our Agenda for the Week:

eat:  shrimp casserole + asparagus, meatballs + spaghetti squash + salad, pan seared veggies with feta + beans + garlic toast, burgers + sweet potato fries + salad, skinny lasagna roll-ups + broccoli

read:  finish the me I want to be, go to the library for new books for H and I

move:  yoga (2x), AM weights and cardio (2x)

rest:  in bed by 9 each night

do:  pants and dress to seamstress, research sunscreen and deodorant (this natural stuff just isn’t the same!), Father’s Day???, make the cute name matching game below for H, plan a picnic menu???


Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Here’s to a speedy 10 days (!) until summer break for us!