Monday, June 12, 2017

Coffee, Love and Adoption!!!!

So we've been MIA since our sweet little bug went home in April.  We have been so blessed to see him since and to hear updates from his momma on how he's doing.  We even got invited to his birthday party! But we've also been out of touch because life has been busy.  We have been feeling the calling for a long time to adopt, as in since before we even knew each other.  God definitely put in to our hearts that we are meant to add to our family through adoption. In the last year or so we have been praying over that a lot and have felt drawn overseas and more specifically to a daughter in a specific country.  So we have taken the great leap into international adoption.  The process will be long and I am sure difficult but we know that at this moment in time that is where we are being led.  For now our home is only open for short term respite care, which has been very hard to come to terms with but we hope to open fully again a year or so after the adoption is finalized.  I would love if you continue to follow our journey to adoption. It wont be glamorous but I know many people would like to know the specifics so if you have that interest I will give you all I can.  Our home study #1 is next week, so send some good vibes our way please.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites!!

Yes, I said I would blog more, nope it didn't happen.  One thing life has taught me lately is be ready for the crazy.  Nothing bad just all the unexpected.  So to hopefully get back in the swing of things let's starts with some of my favorites.

I recently finished a small group for church and these ladies were my favorite.  I didn't get one single picture because we were too busy laughing, chatting and reminding ourselves that there are no perfect moms.  I highly suggest this book for those of you that are struggling with the perfection infection.

Summer!!! Ok, I would be lying if I said I like summer weather, I hate it! But preschool is over and I am so ready for some one on one time with my little.  Last summer we were fostering an infant that also was a premie so we didnt get to do all the things.  This summer we are doing all the things!! I cant wait to share our little adventures with you over on instagram!

I have been reading this book an so far I love it!! I never really do book reviews but if you need help with getting rid of clutter I highly suggest this one. 

Ok, so I am not a make up girl, it just isnt my thing but I have been trying to get better!  Have y'all tried this Lipsence stuff? Holy moly.  That is my mug shot ;) and my starbucks cup with no lipstick on it!!! This stuff stays all day as long as you use a little gloss here and there.  It is amazeballs.  If you are interested in learning more head over to my friend's little shop and give it a look.

And finally, I had some overripe bananas the other day and found this recipe for banana bread! It was delicious.  I added some pecans (b/c I was out of walnuts) and mini chocolate chips.  It was very close to starbucks if I do say so myself. 

That's all for today.  Hope to get back into the swing of things after a much needed break from social media.  Lots of exciting things going on here and I hope to share them with you next week!!

xoxo- Carrie

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday: Kids Parties

Show and Tell Tuesday: Kids Parties

Ive only had the pleasure of planning two kid birthday parties and a baptism party but yall.......I love it.  Here are some peeks at the parties Ive planned.

Carter's baptism was when he was around 8 months old.  Lots of family came out to help celebrate this sweet day.  We went with a simple blue and white and it was perfect.

The little guy with his godparents (in the middle) and my husband and I. 

Coordinated down to his outfit made by his godmother. 

I went with cookies instead of a cake.  I really prefer single serve style desserts. 

God Bless our sweet miracle. 

Very simple lunch type food spread since this was at 11am.

 The next party I had the pleasure of planning was Carter's first birthday party.  This was kinda of a big deal since he is the first grand child.  It was all family and a totally great time. The theme was "Our Little Man is One".
The Invitation

The guest of honor. 

Ready for his cake. 

A banner with a picture from each month.  I just cut out cute scrapbook paper and glued a picture on. 

I used our chalk wall to write out all sorts of fun stuff.  That green wall is no longer green :)

Doesnt everyone love leg warmers. 

Drinks and cupcakes....single serving desserts :)

The spread!

This was such a fun day full of lots of family.  Aunts, uncles, grandparents, great grandparents, and even some friends all the way from Texas.  I am so blessed to have so many awesome people that love this little guy.

Last year we decided to go with a theme that he would LOVE even if it killed me to do something so commercial.  But this is his party and he was in love with Elmo.  So you guessed it, all Elmo all day.

This was a super fun spread. Every dish had cute little name tags that I forgot to take pictured of. Sad face.

I love these drink pitchers, thank you target.  You'll see them in all my party pics. 

This huge Elmo went to work with my husband the following week and made quite the scene. 

Remember how I said single serving desserts? Yea, this was not.  I dont think I will make that mistake again.

Gift bags!
Such a fun day!!!

I also had an adorable thank you card that I must have deleted.  I try to make a thank you card that matches the invite for now since he isn't old enough to write. 

Now it is your turn to help me.  Party #3 is FARM!! But here's the thing, I cant have it at the farm because he has a spring birthday and the farms here only do fall parties.  So give me your ideas for an at home farm party.  Next year I am venturing away from my house!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday!!!

Happy Hump Day!!!  That hump day commercial will never get old!!!

Lets get to the good stuff!

What we are eating:
Monday we ate all the fast food.  We were in the car for 12 hours so yeah, that happened.

Tuesday we had tacos, pasta salad, brownies, muffins, donuts, salad, and tea.  Sounds awesome right? It was our monthly foster parent support group meeting and its kind of a potluck.  It is so wonderful that we get to have a speaker, dinner, some time to chat and babysitting is provided.   Do you have a local foster support group? If so Id love to chat and if not you should talk about starting one.

Tonight and tomorrow we are having grilled sausages with salad and asparagus. We always have leftovers on Thursday night because my husband teaches a class and doesn't get home til 7.

Friday is pizza night at least twice a month.  I love thin crust frozen pizzas from giant.  Their store brand is perfect and $6.  I do love delivery pizza but I don't splurge on that price tag often.  Momma's on a budget.

Saturday we are going out for Mexican because I've been craving it.

What I'm reminiscing about:
Today I registered Carter for his 3 year old preschool program!!! Hes only 2.  So today Ive been thinking about how far this little guy has come.  At this time last year he was barely talking and I was getting worried. Now I cant get him to stop, ever.  I'm also wondering how last year we were covered in snow and today it is 60 degrees.  I miss the snow.
Two years ago and this year!

What I am Loving:
Amazon FRESH!!!! Grocery shopping for next week is done..... from my couch.  It will be delivered on Sunday morning.  This will be my second order and I am totally loving it.  Just a few things they don't seem to have and that I think are overpriced so Ill still end up at BJs at some point next week.

What I've been up to:
Spending time outside!! The weather has been amazing the past week and will continue to be that way for the near future.  So we've been riding bikes, playing on the swingset, and soaking up the sun with no jackets.
He's really getting the hang of it and I had to lift the seat, he's grown 3 inches in 9 months.

Love this so much! My boy and my godson are total bffs. 

What I am working on:
Paperwork, lots of paperwork.........more to come on that.

What I am excited about:
Tonight I am going to the movies, by myself!!!! I am going to see Newsies and I am totally excited.

What I am watching:
Um, This Is Us, like everyone else.  And I did NOT like the preview.  Someone better check on me next week.  I had to watch 2.5 episodes today to catch up just to bawl my eyes out and then get mad.  Boo.  I love it!!!

What I am wearing:
Flip flops!!! This weather!!! I need a pedicure but I got a tattoo a few weeks back and they said to wait 6 weeks!!! I got it in January so that shouldn't have been a problem.  #globalwarming

What I am doing this weekend:
We are going to try and hit the zoo, probably on Friday though.  No big plans for the weekend.

What I am looking forward to next month:
Next month is generally calm. So that I am looking forward to since April-June look like they might be crazy.

What else is new:
So two weeks ago I got invited to a party for lipstick.  I love the people going so I thought why not.  And now I am in love with LipSence.  Yall last night I left it on and it was still there in the morning!!  Here is a picture of my lips and my starbucks cup......with no color on it.  Whaaat??

Here's the link to my friends page if you are interested and want more info.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Back at It!! Friday Favorites!

Holy heck!! How has it been 4 months since I've had a minute to write out my thoughts? My goal is to at least write once a week this year.  Here's to trying!  My favorite things to do on Friday is to tell you my favorite things about this week.  Since to day is Inauguration day I will start by saying it is not my favorite day, my mood is blah, it's raining, and I am out of coffee.  I'll touch on all that at the end.

So I am suuuuper picky.  I have tried every single Kcup latte, hot cocoa, chair etc and did NOT like a single one. Then I saw this lovely at Target.  The next day someone on the great Facebook mentioned it, so I had to try it.  For $12 you get 9 k-cups and little packets of milky yumminess.  The packet goes in first and then you brew the coffee on top, stir, drink, and enjoy.

I neeeeed this! In two weeks I have had three people come to my door and ring the bell AND knock........during naptime.  Look up and see the little camera, I can see you and I am not opening the door.  Buhbye!  This is my favorite sign, but I want to add Oprah, girl scouts and that publishers clearing house guy!!

Someone asked the other day how I know what my child weighed at his 9mo dr appointment.  Well I dont remember per se but this nifty app lets me track all that info to have handy.  Its great because I can add and delete kiddos as needed.

My word of the year is intentional.  I started by doing concrete things that I can see.  I took most of the books in the house and sorted them into themes. Put them in baskets and made a list.  I am going to swap out books twice a month so that we have more varied reading at bedtime.  I'm only doing this on the bedroom small books shelf, I'm not crazy.

In closing I wanted to share what I posted on my personal Facebook page today.  Just my thoughts on a somber day.

I have attended the inaugurations of President Clinton and President Obama. I have watched all the others regardless of whom I voted for. The fact that we live in a nation where we can vote without fear of retaliation is something to celebrate. I will watch today to remind myself that we live in the greatest country in the world. For the next 4 years I will show my son that you don't have to like, trust, or agree with the person that is president but you must respect the office of the President of the United States of America. And I will try to do that so much better than Obama's critics have for the last 8 years.
I will pray everyday for America and our President, because hoping for him to fail is hoping for America to fail, and that I will not do.
I heard this at my first inauguration and it will always remain true. 'There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.'- William J. Clinton

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites!

Happy FriYAY!!!!

I literally count the moments until Friday because I LOVE a weekend!  Here are my top 3 favorite things this week!!

Am I the last person to try this?  A friend of mine had a freezer meal party and although I couldn't make the actual party I bought the kit and did it at home with my hubby. You get a box of seasonings and you provide veggies and meat.  A detailed list tells you exactly how much of what to put in each bag, and even how to cut everything.  Be sure to listen to that part....oops, my peppers didn't fit on my skewers.  Live and learn!!  On the recipe card come detailed nutritional information as well as other recipe ideas.  These make large serving so you can definitely stretch them to include kiddos. A few hours of meal prep and under $150 made TWENTY meals.  Take that restaurant budget!! So far the meals we have tried have been so yummy.  The best part is that you know exactly what is going into your food because they are all organic!! Take a peek at what they offer here!  I did the comfort foods workshop and got a few little samples of other things as well.  Ill update you later in the month as to how everything is going.

Comfort foods because comfort + yummy!

All prepped and ready to go!

Onions oh the onions!!

 First attempt was a success. Grilled chipotle lime shrimp!! You can use any protein that you like. 

Second meal, chicken fajitas.  So, about that picture.  Long story but baby bears lawyer was late getting here and so I literally made dinner while talking to her.  We ate standing in the kitchen and then hit the road to get to a baseball game!  Best laid plans........ But I promise you it was good, maybe a few more onions and peppers needed but that's the only change I would make.  We served it with yellow rice. 

You know what I am loving the most? This is helping me break out of the rut I was in off cooking the same darn meals every stinking week.  A girl can only eat turkey sausage or spaghetti so many times before she needs something fresh!  Ill keep you up on next weeks as well.

The weather!!!!
Can we all just take a single moment and smile for this weather!!! HIGH of 80 today!  Still a few warm days left to go but I can feel it.  Fall is a coming which means only one thing CHRISTMAS!!!! Ok, maybe not yet but soon enough!  My online shopping baskets are full of big scarfs and boots and all things warm and cozy.  It might be January before I can wear them but it will come!!

Infants and Toddlers Programs
I know many of you have been through this before but this was my first time working with them.  I taught next door to the program for years but never knew much about it.  Today I got to meet some of the ladies in our local office.  If you have or know a child that might be in need of early intervention contact your local school system.  ANYONE can do a referral.  Early intervention is key and this program is free!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's Up Wednesday!!!

There is a whole lot of the same old stuff going on here but here is a glimpse into our current life on the What's Up Wednesday!

What are we eating.......
This week we have finally gotten back into a decent routine and I have been getting dinner on the table....sometimes.  We had a delicious pasta and shrimp alfredo with broccoli on Monday.  Yesterday was taco Tuesday and I normally just make something Mexicanish but I had to get my niece off the bus and she lives about 30 mins away and I met her mom......right by my favorite Mexican joint.  So obviously we ate there. I have beef stroganoff (the fancy hamburger helper kind) cooking for tonight because I am ready for fall!!  Yall I follow too many blogs to be making hamburger helper, but dinner is on the table before 6pm so Ill put that in the win column!  Tomorrow is set to be stirfry.  Ill let you know how that goes. :)

What am I reminiscing about.......
The time when my schedule was my own. Baby Bear turns 3 months old today!!! What?!? I have taken over visits so that is now my life.  Getting a toddler and baby to and from visits, on time.  Luckily C begins preschool next week and visits will happen mainly while he is there. Visits are going great, so that's awesome!!

What I'm loving......
Girl on the Train! It took me a while to get hooked but Im all in now.  I will finish it before the movie comes out.  Yes, I am one of those 1 book a month gals.  Sorry.

What we've been up to.......
Planning!!! We have two mini vacations coming up.  Although we love a great long vacation in a new fancy destination sometimes you just need a weekend to reboot and recharge.  So I've planned a weekend away in October and in December.  Stay tuned for those details.

What I am dreading.......
PRESCHOOL!!! How in the world did this happen?!? Yes, he's only 2.  Yes, It's only twine a week.  But still yall!! My baby will be without me for 3 hours twice a week.  The worst part is as I bawl my eyes out he's going to be having the time of his life.  He is super social and needs this time away from momma.

What I am excited about.....
See above :)

What I am working on.....
We have no laundry room.  We have a big laundry closet.  Blah.  I hate it.  So it is getting a facelift.  Here are my ideas. Thoughts? If you have a laundry closet please show me your ideas!

What I am watching.....
After last night's big reveal I am now watching Bachelor in Paradise.  I was too wrapped up in the Olympics to watch it live but I have it recorded.  Im on episode 3.  Can you be too old to watch this??

What I am doing this weekend.....
I have no idea!! Why? Because it is my birthday!! My amazing hubby arrange for the grandma squad to babysit and we are off for a fun day of ...well, fun!!

What I am looking forward to next month.......
Fall!!! September 1 is fall in my little world.  It might be 95 outside but this home will be full of everything fall in about 10 days!!! I.  CANT.  WAIT!!! Am I the only one that does not like a Pumkin Spice Latte? Or pumpkin spice anything for that matter, bring me some apple cidar or salted caramel something! I found a bunch of hilarious memes about PSL.....none of which were appropriate to post :)

What else is new.......
I know most of you follow our foster care journey but sometimes I like to post about just life in general.  With that said this is my first rodeo being in charge of visits.  Things are going well but I am walking carefully.  Say prayers for everyone involved in the case, mainly that things keep looking as good as they are now.  My heart is both happy and hopeful for this little one.