Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is This Week Over?

Is this week over yet? This is has been a trying week for our family! I have had some health issues come up that have made it hard for me to do anything. If you know me then you know I am not a doctor person. I wait until the very last moment or its too late before I go to the doctor. I just don't have time for a doctor ;). Monday, was such a bad day that my family basically forced me to the doctor. We still really are not sure what is going, but I can tell you that I am starting to feel better! Just keep me in your prayers! So on top of my issue, Jagger decides to get fifths disease!! If you have not heard of this, it is a virus. There are no meds to take, you just let it run its course. Oh, and it is highly contagious! After a few days of being blah and running fever, you break out in a horrible rash all over! Poor baby, I feel bad for him! The doctor said no school until MONDAY!!! Believe me, he is not a happy boy about this! He started crying when she told us! My boy is like his momma, we don't handle sickness well! So we have momma down, Jagger down, and now Hudson is starting to come down with us. He has started this horrible cough, and being so clingy! I am hoping it is just allergies and nothing major going on. We go through this quite often with him, but we just have to be very proactive because he can get very sick very fast!
Well that is basically what we have been dealing with this week. If you have been wondering why I have not blogged this is why! I have missed it and can't wait to get us all back to normal!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites!

I seriously can not believe it is almost the middle of April! How in the world did this happen? Instead of being so super ready for summer to get here, I am trying to enjoy this moment! I feel like I am always looking forward to whatever is next, and I blink my eye and 6 months have gone by! I just want time to slow down. Here are my favorites from the week!

*Jagger moment: Ummmmmmm, this boy needs to quit growing! Like seriously! Last week he ask me if he could make his own chocolate (Nutella) sandwich. I said yes, but only if I could supervise. He did an excellent job. Then he wanted to make his own strawberry milk, and again he did great! No spills or anything. So, his new thing is making his own sandwich. It breaks my heart, but he is beyond proud of himself!


*Hudson moment: This boys only thinks about basketball!! That is all he talks about and all he wants to do!
video

*Outfit: Well.....since this was the only real outfit I wore this week, this is my favorite!  Ruffles and wedges!


*Favorite food: I subscribed to emeals.com and I love it! I know there are millions and millions of recipes on pinterest but I love how emeals sends you the weekly menu along with the shopping list! This makes my life so easy, and so far all the meals we have had this week have been super awesome!
This is pork roast with carrots, and skillet potatoes! My whole family was happy, and we have some picky, picky eaters!


*Favorite verse:


*Favorite meme/ecards: My super amazing friend, Jenny, shares a love for memes like I do! If I am down and need a good laugh just type in meme on google...instant laughing! We have gotten to where we send each other memes all day long! It makes my day! If you don't read her blog, read it now! She is precious and I just know if we lived close we would be together all the time!



Other pics:




Linking up with three lovely ladies: AndreaErika, and Narci!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baseball!

Baseball is just around the corner!! I am so excited to see my little guy out there playing his little heart out. This is the first year that he is actually asking when baseball will start and has been wanting to practice! I was looking through some old pictures and found some of my favorite baseball pictures!




Linking up with Vanessa and Penny!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What I am Wearing!!!

This is the first time in the last several months that I have not taken any outfit pictures!!! I am guessing the time got away from me and really I haven't worn anything too cute! Basically pjs, yoga pants, and tee shirts!
I can't believe that it's going to be around 80 degrees here today! Unreal, and that is getting me ready for summer clothes! I am going to be honest and admit I am not much for a summer clothes kind of girl. I like my boots, jeans, and big chunky sweater! I like stuff covered!! and I just never feel comfortable in shorts, and swimsuits! That being said, I have been on the search for some new swimsuits for this year...Here are my top picks!




and sorry to disappoint but you will not see me wearing pearls with my swimsuit! :)   I think that I would feel comfortable in all of these, especially running and chasing after two little ones!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

World Health!

Have you ever sat down and really thought about your overall health? I would say that looking back over my life I have been a semi-healthy person! I do think that I did inherit some of my Grandpa's "skinny gene"...the man was 6 foot  and about 100 lbs! Can we say bean pole! I am going to be real honest and say that I have always loved food! This has been a problem since I was born! Food is a big part of my life, and bottom line is food will always catch up with you, especially if you don't make smart choices!
My thoughts on healthy choices and a healthy lifestyle have really changed since kids have entered the picture! I want to be healthy for them. I want to make good choices for them. I want them to not worry about mom staying sick or not feeling good because I have made bad choices! I think there are ways to have a healthy balance, to have our cake and eat it too :) Here are a few ways that I incorporate healthy choices into our life...

*Walk any chance I can get! When I am looking for a parking spot, I never park at the front, and believe it's not because I have a nice car and don't want to get a ding in my door! No, its a few extra steps I have to take! It's so easy to track your steps now with wearables or even apps. Oscar Insurance, a health insurance company in New York and New Jersey, even gives their members a free Misfit band so they can see how much they're walking everyday! You can find out more information about them here.
Elevator? What is that?? Don't ever use the elevator! Walk those stairs, even if its 3 flights! It's totally worth every step!
Dance party in the living room! YES!! Every chance you can get! Turn on your favorite song and dance like you don't care! You will feel so good!

*Don't drink your  calories!!! I use to be horrible about drinking tons and tons of Sweet Tea (hints the blog title!), but it is amazing how many calories can be saved if you cut out sweet tea and soda! Water, unsweet tea, and an occasional Diet Dr. Pepper are what's going on in my cup!

*Swap Ingredients in Recipes! This is one I do a lot! We are huge ground turkey eaters. I hardly ever buy ground beef unless it is extra lean. I also swap out pasta for spaghetti squash, or whole wheat/gluten free noodles! Swapping out ingredients can really make your favorite recipes so much healthier, and you can afford to have another serving! ;)

*Treat yourself! This is a biggie. I know for us, if we don't treat ourselves then we just fall off the bandwagon and can't get back on. I have found that one small piece of cake, or whatever you like,  every once  in a while is ok, but don't let it become a daily habit!

In honor of World Health Day on April 7th, I am going to challenge myself to make one healthy life style change!
*Everyday that the sun is shining, I am going to get out and jump on the trampoline with Jagger at least for 15 minutes if not more! I think this will be a great way to add in some more exercise and to spend time with my sweet boy! Do you want to take the challenge with me?? Let's get healthy!
Have a blessed day!! Happy World Health!
Lots of love..

Show and Tell: Best Vacation

I'm linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals to share details about our best vacation!! I had a really hard time picking our best vacation because we have had some good ones! Branson, Disney, Beach, and Nashville. Disney was probably my FAVORITE, but it is a lot of work. Not a lot of relaxing. I decided to pick our first beach trip with Jagger. The only way it would have been better was if we had Hudson!

Vacation stories are always fun. The good, the bad and the ugly! I love them all! We are vacation people. I tell Matthew I want to win the lottery so I can give most of it back to charity, and then just live on vacation ;) I love how there are not many worries on vacation. It's just enjoying life! Growing up we did not get to go on many vacations. Mom and dad worked year round and we just didn't have the money. Our vacation was going to Grandma's! When I got to 9th grade, we took our first vacation, and that was to Washington DC. Our next trip was the Beach. The moment I laid eyes on the beach I was hooked! It is the most amazing place in the world. The sounds, the smells, and of course, the sight! There is nothing like it! (maybe that is why we got married on the beach!)


Fast forward about 10 years, and that brings us to 2011. Jagger is 2 years old and we are ready for our first family vacation!! Matthew and I decided that we will do everything in our power to take some kind of family vacation every year! We are know these are the memories our kids will have cherish forever. Matthew and I knew we wanted to take Jagger to the beach.
We really wanted to go to Destin, but it is such a LONG drive!! We thought Orange Beach would be good enough for Jagger's first beach experience. At the time Matthew's sister was in school at Mississippi State, so she said we could spend the night with her to break up the drive! We were sold. Instead of driving 8 hours non-stop we got to drive 4 and take a break. This was perfect for a 2 year old!
The next day when we got to condo we were so excited! We barely got our bags in the room before taking off to put our feet in the sand! and seeing Jagger put his feet in the sand was precious!!! Totally worth the long drive!

 and he's off!!! :)

 The whole week was spent with no schedule. Every morning, I enjoyed my coffee and bible study out on the balcony. If you have never experienced bible study on the beach! One word..AMAZING! We ate lots of seafood, played in the sand, and our course, no beach trip is complete without night time crab hunts!






We are so excited to be headed back to the beach this year! (and keeping my fingers crossed for Disney)  I am hoping that Hudson loves the sand as much as the rest of us!!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Monday, April 6, 2015

Grateful Heart: My Kids!

Good Morning!! I don't know about where you are here, but here it is gloomy, gloomy, gloomy. It has been raining all morning, and mix that with some thunder, lets just say it has been hard to get going! I just want to lay in bed and sleep! ;)
Since it's so gloomy I am glad I can put my focus on what I am grateful for. We had a great Easter weekend. We had a few bumps in the road but overall it was good. We were all together and that is what matters.

I am so grateful for my kids and what they bring to each Holiday! Well, let me rephrase that, what they bring to each day!! I stand in awe of them on a daily basis. I know without a doubt that God uses my boys to teach me things all the time, and this is what I am truly grateful for.

Saturday I got so upset..Let me set the stage for you. Ok, so if you know me then you know that I am bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my kids dressing for Holidays (every day not so much, I mean they are kids and get clothes super dirty), but for some reason, I LOVE to get us all dressed up on Holidays! Maybe it's the fact that I don't have a little girl, so I take this opportunity to match all of us! So anyways, I have had the boys outfits for about 2 months. It was an easy peasy thing this year. I found the white button downs, navy pants and bow ties in about 20 minutes, Matthew already had this in his closet, so it was a very stress free shopping trip for the BOYS. Enter the mom...I seriously never dreamed I would have a problem finding a dress I liked. Wrong...I have searched and searched..Saturday on our way home, I decided to stop in Jonesboro to see if I could find a last minute dress. I found one that was ok, but wasn't sure about the color.  We get home and I start getting all the clothes out, my dress did not match at all and when I tried it on, I immediately thought, "What was I thinking?" So on to every dress in my closet! 30 minutes goes by, and I am crying...I have put on a few pounds and nothing fits like it use too... I really had no clue Jagger was paying attention because he and Hudson were playing with tractors. He walks in the bedroom very calm and looks at me with a blue dress on and says, "Mommy, I like that dress. You look so pretty but remember Easter is not about a dress." (I'm crying right now as I type it)...Enter the major water works....Ok God, you just used my 6 year old to slap me in the face!!! I instantly repented of my selfishness. How selfish of me to be having a pity party over what I am wearing when this day is not about me! It's about the most wonderful thing that ever happened in history. The Resurrection of our Savior.. What an amazing thing, and here I am crying over material things!!
I am oh so grateful for this 6 year old little boy who keeps me in line!!

Linking up with Emily @ Ember Grey!

Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..