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April 18, 2014

Confessional Friday

It's Friday and it is time for some more confessions...

I confess that...
1. We spent ALL day outside yesterday. It was 65 degrees and sunny. I am so happy about spring. We planted flowers, put down mulch in all the flower beds, went for a run and then got ice cream and went to the park. It was a great day and now I am sore and sun burnt.

2. I actually ran three days in a row this week. My knee is screaming at me now. Taking today and the weekend off of high impact exercises, hoping to ride bikes though!

3. I switched my cell service to Republic Wireless this week. I traded in my iPhone for a Moto X. I'll be sending out my new number tomorrow because my Straight Talk Service runs out Sunday. This cuts our cell bill down from $55 to $20/mo. It all adds up!! I wrote a post about how much we've saved by switching our cell service here.
 4. I threw out an idea on Instagram and Twitter the other day. I'm not sure the logistics maybe an in person class for locals and web-based class for others. I got a lot of feedback of interest so I am going to keep thinking on it. Let me know if you're interested or have any ideas.

5. Rhett took his first official steps yesterday. He did it several times but as soon as I got the camera out to video him he stopped, of course. He will be full-time cruising before we know it! He has been a later walker, he will be 14 months old on Sunday. Hudson walked at 11 months so Rhett was totally different.

I hope you all have a very blessed Easter weekend, celebrating our Savior and what He did for us on the cross! I'll be back with some very BIG personal news on Monday.
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April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Story Time... to that time I went to Australia!

I totally wanted to join in and join Jessica in the Throwback Thursday Stories! How fun!

Throwback Thursday Stories

So I have a few pictures to share about that one time that I got to go to Australia (Summer 2007) and held/petted a bunch of random creatures that I would never ever touch again...

Exhibit A. Yuck.
The ONLY reason that I am holding this nasty thing is because it belonged to the sweet family that we were staying with and they forced me to

I was so blessed to join a group from my (uhm... first) college, Ouachita Baptist University, to go on a two week long mission trip to Sydney, Australia. I love missions and I love to travel. Bryan and I had started dating a few months before this, and after this trip I officially decided to move home and live with my parents to be closer to Bryan... I mean to go to nursing school.

There were a few things I was unaware of when traveling to Sydney. First, it was cold. It was winter there (their seasons are flip-flopped from ours... which means it is summer and beach time at Christmas, that one creeps me out) and although we speak the same language, there were several words that they say differently-- we say aluminum, they say Al-u-MIN-ium, for instance. Also, not a huge fan of Australian food. Vegimite just didn't win me over. Oh but TimTams on the other hand... yum.

Sydney is THE most beautiful place I have ever visited. Cancun is second. I would love to take Bryan there one day.

This leads me to my story... the last night that we were in Sydney, we got to to go the Sydney Opera house and see a show (I don't even remember the show now...).

See how great and happy me and my friends, Lauren and Mallory, look... well that was all about to change. We sat on the front row of the show. I was a big drama nerd in high school and I get all of the theater etiquette... however, my friend Mallory, forgot to silence her cell phone. Did I mention we were sitting on the FRONT row? Uh... yeah... they basically stopped the show and told us to turn it off (if I remember correctly...) it was incredibly embarrassing. Oh, I forgot to mention that her ringtone was none other than Stevie Wonder singing... " HERE I AM BABY... SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED... I'M YOURS..." extremely loudly... over and over and over again.

So there is my throwback. Loved that little walk down memory lane. I totally got to go to the Sydney Opera House... and it was one of the most embarrassing experiences of my life! HA!

April 16, 2014

Choosing Joy's $20 Challenge-- Week 5

 I'm back with the Week 5 update! This might be my best week yet!

The boys and I headed to Target first...

Target is running an awesome promotion this week where you get $10 off of $50 in groceries! That makes for an awesome deal even if you don't have coupons! I paired that coupon with sales and other coupons to get the best bang for my buck. So first, retail value was around a whopping $100. With the sales and coupons, and the additional $10/$50, I paid just a little over $18! That is a $70 savings on things I needed and already buy! Wow.

I wish our Target was a Super Target, but it isn't so I have to venture to Walmart to get produce.

I got all of this week's produce for less than $4. I price matched everything at Aldi's prices and had coupons for the Zest soap where I got some overage. Retail value of the stuff from Walmart was about $11. That's another $7 savings.

Total retail: $107
I spent: $23
78% Savings

Check out these posts from Hip2Save to see where I got most of my Target deal ideas.

April 15, 2014

Life Verses

Before my boys were born, I "claimed" a life verse over each of them.

I wish I could say I was better about praying the verses over the boys... but until last night when I was flipping through my bible trying to remember what Rhett's was for his baby dedication I hadn't given it much thought.

Hudson's is easy for me. Hudson's life verse is Joshua 1:9. I pray it over my boys often.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

I love this verse and the context of it in the Bible. Joshua is being commanded to go into the promised land after Moses' death. The Lord tells Joshua that he will be given everything that his "feet touch" and that they will be safe. Joshua is a little apprehensive, umm hello... there are a lot of scary people down there that want to kill us, a huge wall to keep us from setting foot into Jericho, oh and a HUGE river that we have to cross... but the Lord tells him to be "strong and courageous" and that he will "be with him wherever he goes". 

Alright Lord, if you can protect Joshua and the Israelites, help them cross the river, knock down city walls with marching and trumpets and help the Israelites slaughter a whole city of people, I am pretty sure you can help me and guide the path of my boys.

I just love it and feel like it is such a perfect verse for (every one, really) boys.

After looking for a few minutes last night I found Rhett's life verse in my Bible.

It is dated 2/9/13 (11 days before he was born).

"Be watchful. Stand Firm in the faith. Be Courageous. Be Strong and Let all that you do be done in Love." -1 Corinthians 16:13-14

I love this so much too. All the important aspects of how to live the Christian life. I think one of the MOST important things that we can do as Christian's is to do EVERYTHING with love. Actions speak so loudly. I got cut off on the interstate on the way home from work yesterday, and the guy did it intentionally, he was weaving in and out of traffic and flipping people off who he thought were going too slow... as he got in front of me I saw that he had the "Jesus fish" sticker on his back window... umm... no wonder people get the wrong impression of us.

As I was thinking about their life verse last night, I started thinking about my own life. What is MY life verse? I guess I should ask my mom if she has a specific verse that she has prayed over me... I know that she prays for me daily and has daily for probably my whole life... So Mom, if you're reading this, remind me in case I forget to ask you.

I have a few verses that I feel like are very appropriate for where I am in life right now. The one on my Chalkboard right now is John 16:33. I love writing verses here because this chalkboard is what you see when walking in the back door. It is a great reminder.

"I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the World." -John 16:33

"For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.... To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever." Psalm 30:5, 10-12

What about you? Do you have a "life" verse for yourself or your kids? I'd love to hear about it!

April 14, 2014

Party Time! (It Works Style!)

Remember a few months ago when I posted about the It Works! body wraps?

Well this week I am hosting an all online Facebook It Works! Party and I'd love to have you join us to find out more about these crazy body wraps.

You can join the Party fun on Facebook here and find out what these wraps are all about! If you want to shop and check out Jarvis' website you can hop over here.

April 13, 2014

Going to The Chapel...

We had a beautiful day in Northwest Arkansas yesterday. Bryan and I took the boys on a long bike ride in the morning. We rode from Tony's house to downtown and to the Crystal Bridges trail. It was so fun and the boys really enjoyed it. I meant to take a picture of Bryan on the bike with the boys in the trailer thing but I forgot, whoops, but I did snap one of me and Rhett before we went. My poor blonde baby has to wear a sunhat and all kinds of sunscreen to keep from getting sun burnt.

Then last night we took the boys out to my parents house and Bryan and I went to the wedding of a family friend. We had a lot of friends there from out of town, and from in town, so it was fun to catch up with all of them! Bryan and I considered this a "date" night but we both spent most of the time mingling and talking to our respective friends and not together, but it was still so fun.
Bryan and I on the way to the wedding

Love sitting with my sweet friend Rhyanne, she just chopped her hair off and it is SO cute!

Love these two. Katy and Ashleigh are both dear friends of mine. Ash and I have been friends since we were in 7th grade. I'm not loving this picture of myself, because I was laughing so hard because it literally took us 19 tries to take this.
I didn't snap a picture of the bride and groom but Congratulations to Kathryn and Jeff!! Your wedding was so beautiful!

We had so much fun and then went to pick up the boys, we were about 5 minutes from home and Hudson started massively barfing all over the car. Bryan and I were still both in nice dressed up clothes, and barf EVERYWHERE. Basically I took him straight to the tub when we got home and Bryan pulled out the car seat and wiped up what he could, but that mess is still waiting for me in the garage. Never a dull moment.

Hope your Saturday was wonderful!!!

April 12, 2014

Little Giggles Fun

Yesterday I took the boys to Little Giggles, this new-ish place in town that it for kids under 7. It is an indoor play place and what was so great about it is that they (even Rhett) can roam and explore and I didn't have to be right there over them the whole time.

We went with my friend Katy and her boys, Boston and Deacon, and baby Kingston. I realized as I was typing this that our boys are stair-stepped ages 4, 3, 2, 1 and Baby Kingston is 0. That's funny! And for a few more weeks Katy's little girl is 5 and already in school. How random. We commented several times about how well they all play together (Especially Boston and Hudson, who are the oldest and who, just a year or so ago, fought, cried and wrestled like crazy and now they can talk it out, so cute. They've been playing together since they were Rhett and Deacon's ages.)

Katy and I

Boston, Hudson, Rhett and Deacon
Hudson had fun wearing all the different costumes
Then we came home and my boys took really great naps. Our weather has been great so we played outside for over 3 hours before Daddy got home. We ate pizza (Digorno for $2 instead of ordering out for $20) and watched "Up!" before heading to bed.

Love these two so much
The weather is supposed to be beautiful today so we are going to ride bikes, work in the yard and maybe head out to my parent's lake house this afternoon. Hope you all have a great weekend!

(I also am just realizing that my feed burner has been messed up for two weeks, I think I have finally fixed it- after working on it for two hours- but if that's how you follow me I promise I've been posting and I didn't fall off the face of the planet! Ha!)