Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Me, Myself and I

The last few weeks I have taken a step back from most social media, tv, books, technology and everything else of the "world".  I know you are probably gasping at this or asking yourself if I have lost my mind? Well......yes and no! I actually got to a point where I thought I was losing my mind!  I felt so caught up in the things of this world I couldn't tell if I was coming or going? Make sense? I felt at times the world had me by the collar and was dragging me which way it wanted!
The last couple of years as most of you know have been challenging. We have had many ups, downs and in betweens. There are days I really had no clue what was going to happen, but with God we faced most of it head on. I think we have come out stronger than we could ever imagine, but during all of this it has really made me step back and look at me. Am I in a place that makes God happy? Am I bringing honor and glory to HIS kingdom? Are my attitudes towards people and things pleasing to HIM? What are my priorities in life? and so many other questions that were on my heart! I knew it was time for a full blown evaluation of me, myself and I! This is when I decided to put down the things of this world and focus on what God wants from me. I have used that time to really focus on HIM, my kids, and most importantly my hubs!
It has been amazing how much better I feel stepping away from social media. The last couple of months every time I would get on Facebook I would feel my blood pressure rising. So many rants and complaints. It would either get me fired up or stress me out! or I would spend 15 minutes of scrolling and scrolling! 15 minutes...I can never get those back!
Pinterest/Instagram was creating an issue because every time I was on them I wanted something, which meant spending money or in my head not being happy with what we have. Well....this is just an issue all the way around! I love our home and what we have. No it's not perfect, but I love it and that is all that matters!
TV, well its just all trash anyways. I haven't been happy with anything on tv here lately! Maybe I need some suggestions ;)
Am I saying I will never do these things again? No! Believe I love it all and I will probably put Facebook back on my phone ,but for now I will just enjoy logging on the old fashion way once or twice a week!
 I hope in saying all this you do not think that I am crazy, but can relate in some way! I think it is  good for all of us to take a step back and figure out what is best for me, myself and I! ;)
Hope everyone has a blessed night
Lots of love.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Goal Check/ July Goals!

Last month I decided to finally get on the goal bandwagon, and I am so glad I did! I love having a goal to work towards. Things that I normally would let slide, I have actually worked hard at getting done! It feels so good to mark things off of the list!!
Here are the results from June...
 *quiet time every day- well, to keep up with this and the exercise I put check marks on my calendar. I only had two or three days without checkmarks.  I know these were days that we were gone or super busy! I was really happy and I can tell you I have felt much better making sure that I sit aside time for God every day.
*exercise at least 3 times a week!! WOOHOO!! I actually did this...from my check marks I exercised around 5-6 times a week! I can totally tell a difference!
*read 3 books- FAIL....not sure what is wrong, but I am having a hard time getting into reading. Back a few months ago I read like 6 books at a time. I am wondering if this did something crazy to my brain and now it just needs to rest!
*2 dates w/ hubs- Yes! We did this. 1 date was our anniversary and the other was dinner! We have got to get better at putting our marriage and each other first!
*1 day a week no technology! FAIL....I had actually forgot about this one. I am truly going to work at this during the month of July. I am hoping if I go ahead and set a specific day of the week aside for this it will work out better!
*get enrolled in college! YAY! This is finished...just waiting on a few more last minute things!

Overall I think I did pretty good for the month of June. Now on to my goals for July!
*exercise at least 3 times a week- I am going to keep this one on the list so that it will hold me accountable!
* read 2 books- I am going to try this again!!!
*2 dates w/hubs!!  I think this time we are going to do 1 at home date (just watch a movie at home), and then one go out date! I love date nights! It is such a great thing that I totally recommend for every married couple!
*1 special date w/just Jagger- I love getting to spend one on one time with my boys! When Hudson came home I really tried to make sure that Jagger didn't feel like he had been pushed to the back burner! I am going to try this month to take Jagger and do something just the two of us!
*have a family over for dinner- This is one that I am going to start doing all the time! I really want to teach my kids hospitality and plus we just enjoy being around other people. I would like to start having over a family for dinner and I would like it to be a family that we don't spend time with on a weekly/daily basis!
*stay under budget (eating out, etc)- The Cohn's are back to the budget! Boooo......and when I say budget I mean tight budget no budging! We are trying to get some things paid off and this is the only way we can really buckle down to get things done.
*HAVE FUN!!!   This is the last month I have before I become a working momma! I am going to enjoy every second with my kids!! We are going to have as much fun as possible!!
(I didn't add in quiet time this month because I want this to just happen, not be a goal. I know it needs to happen every day, so I am just going to do it!)
Well, there you have it..July Goals! I am ready to conquer the month!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red, White and Blue!

I love a good theme! It really makes my heart happy when I can go all out with a theme! Gaudy, extreme, overboard...whatever you want to call it! It still makes my heart leap for joy! ;) With the 4th of July coming up, I am have been super excited about doing themed clothes, crafts, decorations and food! ;) (I know you are thinking I am weird!) Last week the boys and I got our creative juices flowing by doing some red, white and blue crafts! We ended up having such a great time. Lots of laughter was made while we crafted our little hearts away! Over a two day period we transformed our home into a 4th of July wonderland!
 This was really one of the first times that Hudson got to paint all by himself! He was loving it! I have learned that if you have paper plates and paint, you can make about anything! Paper plates make the best crafts! We made flags and an Uncle Sam out of the paper plates!
 I think our Uncle Sam turned out tooo cute! Hudson points at him and calls him Santa!
 I took all the flags we made and hung them with clothes pins! I was excited how it  turned out and the boys love getting to see their flags!
 I love decorating this corner for holidays! It easy to see and I use the bakers rack to sit things on! I know it's hard to see but we do have a Solider Nutcracker that I thought was great for the 4th! Oh, how we love our nutcrackers!  The large canvas is not finished but it will be an flag made out of the boys hands and feet!
Jagger and his Aunt Claire made the bald eagles! They are just toilet paper rolls with construction paper and the wings are their hands! I think they are so darn cute!
 Jagger wanted to put the bunting in the kitchen above the sink! I think it turned out to be a pretty good spot!
 I always have issues with centerpieces but this has been one of my favorites I have ever done! The balls and gloves came from the shed. I thought to bring in the 4th, I would just add the american flags...Bam..you have a centerpiece!
This side table is still a working progress. Working progress as in, the frame need a picture! I folded up a huge flag we had to put the other things on. I found a glass vase,  stuffed it with a red bandanna, and then stuck some flags in it! and there you have all of our red, white and blue decorations! Bring on Independence Day!
Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Lots of love..

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Life Lately!

I love my blog. I enjoy getting to share my thoughts and what is going on in our world, but I am still feeling blah when it comes to writing. I just can't seem to get my thoughts together! It is driving me crazy, so just bear with me if the posts are few and far between! I will get there!
So many things have been going on in our life and in the world. I have just really been sitting back and soaking it in. I had to take a break from social media for a few days because of all negativity going on. *I am not going to make a huge post on what has been going on in the world and what I think about it. I have my beliefs and I do stand firm on them. I have been so saddened by all the negativity out there. So many horrible things being said, It is makes me sad that my kids have to grow up with all the hate in the world! I do pray on a daily basis that my family will see and love others as Jesus does!*
Anywho, baseball season is finished! We had a good season. We were not the best. We were not even the second best, but I will tell you that are kids had a great time and always had a smile on those sweet faces, so that is all I can ask for! 

Matthew and I celebrated our 7th anniversary this weekend. I can't hardly believe it has been 7 years! We have had our good times and bad times. We have had the highs and lows, and everything in between! Through all this I know 100% there is no other man out there I want to do life with. I have found the man I will grow old with and I am oh so grateful!

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Few Facts!

Hey y'all!! It's been a few, I know. I have been horrible about staying on track with the blogging. Life just gets in the way! Instead of beating myself up, I will just blog when I can and go with that! ;) So I wanted to share a few facts with you about what is going on in our world lately!!

*The "cousins" have been here for 2 weeks, so our world has been consumed with them! Jagger stays with them until bedtime (9:45) and then wakes up at 7:30am and wants to instantly go to grandmas! We took our yearly cabin trip with them this year. It was hysterical. 5 kids and 3 adults in a van..entertainment!

*I have learned that I am horrible with a "blogging schedule". I have full intentions of blogging but then I run out of time or fall asleep before I can get it typed for the next day? I am also bad about getting so far behind on reading other blogs that I can't get caught up.....How do other bloggers do it???

*I am going on 20 something days of healthy eating and exercise. Last night I did a crossfit workout and today I can barely move my legs.

*Today I got mad at God. I hope this does not make me sound like a horrible person, but we have something personally going on that I wasn't happy about. I guess you could say it didn't get my way. I told God I was angry with him, then apologized and ask that he would forgive me. I do tend to get wrapped up in what I want and not what HE could possibly have in store for us.  Am I the only one that does this?

*I was looking at pictures today of my boys and had a small break down! Stop growing so fast!

*If you have read my blog for any sort of time, or followed me on Instagram then you know I LOVE to do special breakfasts! I do them for every holiday/birthday/etc...I am doing one for Father's Day and it is going to be awesome. I can't wait to share it with you! (Matthew if you are reading this..please forget about this part!)

* I haven't done a What I am Wearing post in a long time. It sort of makes me sad, but the real reason is I do not own many summer clothes??? I am just not a summer clothes kind of girl! I like my boots, scarves and jeans! ;)

*Matthew and I will be celebrating our anniversary soon! We have been through a lot in a few short years and I wouldn't have it any other way! ;)

Well...that's all I have for you today!
Hope you have a super blessed Friday!
Lots of love...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Big Day!

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for our little guy!! We are going to Cardinal Glennon for what could possibly be our last appointment ever! This has been a 2.5 year journey that is coming to a close. As I sit here and think about the last two years, all I can do is cry. What a journey it has been. We have had good times and bad times. There were times I would beg God to wake me up from this nightmare. I have been on my knees thanking HIM many times for allowing us to keep Hudson here on earth with us. I thank HIM daily that our sweet boy has come out of this journey one healthy, strong willed, precious little boy! I am reminded several times a day that he could have so many health problems! He is a full blown miracle that has been prayed over on a daily basis for 2 years straight. He has out weighted the odds many times, and even managed to stump doctors and nurses. There are no medical reasoning behind how awesome he is doing..It is strictly our Heavenly Father! So....tomorrow say a small prayer for this momma! It is going to be one emotional day! I will keep you posted on how it goes!

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June Goals!

 Yes, I realize it is 10pm and I am just not blogging but better late than never right???
So, I have been reading blogs for almost 10 years now and most everyone I read does some sort of  goals!! I have finally decided to take the plunge  and make some goals for myself.
I found this super cute journal to keep track of my goals! I love the quote on the front. "Happiness is a bright and shining thing." Amen to that!
 My goals for the month....

1- Quiet time every day! This is number 1 because I feel like it is most important. The last few months have been insane and I have completely fell out of daily quite time. This is such a special thing to me and I am not sure what happened. Life I guess...But it is time for a change! It is time to make this a priority again!
 
2-Exercise at least 3 times a week! Of course I want to do this so I feel good in my own skin, but also for my kids! I want to do this so I will be in good health for my kids and my hubby!
 
3-Read 3 books! I really don't think I will have a problem with this one. Heather and I are reading books a discussing them this summer! I guess you could call it our Summer Book Club! I started The Husband's Secret a few days ago and am almost done, so that would be 2 left!! We were thinking about The Girl on The Train next. Has anyone read it?
 
4- 2 dates with the hubs! No explanation needed...I just need some alone time with my good lookin hubs! ;)
 
5- 1 day a week with no technology (phone calls are permitted!)  I just want to wake up and not pick up an ipad, ipod, or computer. I dont' want to turn on the tv. I plan on taking this day to enjoy ever minute with my kids. I want to soak up their laughs. I want to cuddle and not get interrupted by a text message! I just want to be! Bye Bye Technology!
 
6- get enrolled in college! This one is pretty much done! All I have to do is get my transcripts up there. I am hoping to have that done by Monday. Then it is just waiting to see what credits get transferred and all that jazz! I am super excited about starting back to school! Can't wait to see where that road leads me!
 
That's all I have for you! At the end of the month, I will update you on how I did with my goals!
Hope everyone has a blessed night!
Lots of love..