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My sweet friend Natalie and her husband are adopting! I have been following Natalie's blog for several years now and feel as if I know her. I have watched her sweet little girls grow and now I am thrilled to follow along on her family's journey to adoption!

They are currently doing an awesome fundraiser giveaway that you do not want to miss. There is a Thirty-One gift certificate, Scentsy goodies, and so much more! Check out her blog www.shebuildsherhome.com to enter! I know she and her family would appreciate your support!


Friday 5 (On Saturday)

I hardly ever visit this little space anymore and when I do I am SO, SO sad. It's been almost two months since my last post. #bloggerfail

I have so much to catch on. So many pictures to post and events to recap. I am determined to make blogging a priority again. I love sharing my heart here and I love being able to come back and reread what I've written. So, consider this an official comeback!

Here's my 5 on Friday (even though it's Saturday)

1. Jesse's mom left this morning. I was able to fly her in and surprise Jesse on his birthday. They hadn't seen each other in a couple of years so it was an awesome surprise. I really failed at picture taking but we had a really good visit.

2. We have 27 days to go until Halloween and this momma has NO idea what my little munchkins are going to be. Looks like I better get on it...

3. I have fallen off the healthy eating/workout wagon. I've only been getting in 1-2 workouts a week and I have been eating like a little piggy! It's time to get back in gear because the Marine Corps ball is coming up! (No, I don't have a dress yet either. Can we say BEHIND on everything?!?)

4. I am officially obsessed with Thirty-One. I cannot tell you guys how much of a blessing it has been in my life! I joined a little over three months ago and I have been beyond blessed with TONS of free products and a couple of pretty nice commission checks! It's been so neat to watch my little business grow without having to sacrifice time with my babies.

5. My baby girls are GROWING up right before my eyes! Adelyn is officially a full time walker (at 8 months!) and Emerson has become such a big girl. I love watching their relationship grow and I just pray that they are the best of friends!

I guess that's it for now. I swear I will be back! I refuse to let this precious space of mine fall by the wayside. :) Happy Saturday!


Emerson's Gymnastics Birthday Party

I'm kind of in denial that this was almost THREE months ago! How have I gotten so behind. Anyway,  I'm going to start slowly going back and catching up on everything I've missed. I'll start with Emerson's birthday party. 

A few months before her birthday I saw a Groupon for a gymnastics party at the gym where Ems was taking classes. It was super inexpensive and I knew she would love it so I went for it. I wasn't really sure what to expect but they went above and beyond our expectations. I kept the decorations to a minimum just to save on time and stress. I also kept the food simple and just served sweets. Emerson and her little friends had an absolute blast!

I'll let the pictures do the talking:

 I forgot a table cloth for the food table. Oops!

I couldn't ask for a better celebration of our sweet girl! Now I better get to work on planning Adelyn's party. It will be here before we know it!!


Popping In

It's 5:35 am and a certain little baby girl has kept me up most of the night. I don't know if it's teething or a growth spurt but sleep is just not her friend these days. Not to worry though, I've already downed my first cup of coffee and I'm ready for the day. I used to always use this time to write and I've just been missing it so I thought I'd pop in for a bit. I really believe that writing is good for my soul so I don't know why I don't make this a regular thing anymore.  

Anyway, since it's been a little while let me just give you a little update on the fam.

Adelyn will be SEVEN months old in a few days. Yes, you read that correctly. Seven. How did this happen? She is a doll and has the cutest little personality. It's hard to imagine our family without her.

Emerson...Oh Emerson. She is a spitfire and a little ray of sunshine. Y'all, this kid is just happy about life. I'm sure we could all use a lesson in gratitude from her. She's also busy as can be and keeps me on my toes. I'm crazy about her little wrinkled nose smile. She's the best big sister and absolutely loves her baby sister.

We had Adelyn's 6 month pictures taken last week. Unfortunately poor Adelyn cried every time I put her down. I had these visions of how cute she would look in her bonnet standing next to the wicker chair. She did look cute but she may or may not have some gigantic crocodile tears rolling down her cheeks. We'll see. 

My Thirty-One business is going incredibly well. Do you ever feel like God put something in your life at the exact time that you need it? I have no doubt that that is the case with Thirty-One and me. It has been an amazing outlet for me and I'm kind of obsessed.  It's also been a nice source of income at just the time it's needed. Our house in North Carolina is now vacant so we are paying a mortgage and CA rent. Yikes! Thank goodness for Thirty-One!!

It's been so incredibly hot here. I am so ready for fall. Not that it gets very fall-ish here but it does cool down considerably. Time to start thinking about Halloween costumes. I can't believe I have two precious girls to dress up this year.

I've kinda lost motivation in the workout department. After T25 I just kind of did some random workouts for a few weeks but I wasn't really feeling it. I've also continued my vacation diet and have been indulging a little too much. Anyway, I discovered that I do best when I have set program with a schedule to follow. I decided to start Body Revolution again. I loved it when I did it a few years ago so I figured it was worth a try again. It's only 30 minutes a day so it's definitely doable even when I'm really busy. Now if I could just back on track with eating, I'd be good to go. ;)

I have a MOPS retreat all day on Saturday and I am really looking forward to it. I'm kind of scared for Jesse though. He's never had both kids all day by himself...

Well, I guess I'll stop now even though I could probably "talk" for hours. Remember to follow me on Instagram to keep up with us. I may not be the best at blogging these days but I do post on IG quite often! You can click the picture below to find me.


An Update

This poor little blog sure has been neglected. There was a time in my life where I couldn't even begin to imagine not writing a post for a month. Of course that was before I had two kids! ;) Life is just busy these days and unfortunately the old blog is the first thing that gets pushed to the side.  I'm so behind and I don't know if I'll ever catch up. I haven't even blogged about my sweet girl's third birthday and Adelyn didn't get a 5 or 6 month update! Hopefully one of these days I'll start tackling those old posts but in the meantime I just wanted to drop in for a little update. This is all out of order and somewhat random but so is our life! :)

-We are doing well! I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of two kids (that took a while, huh?) and feeling really good about life in general. I love our church. I love my friends. Emerson is loving preschool. I really have no complaints.

-After over a year of contemplating, I finally took the plunge and became an Independent Consultant with Thirty-One. I am LOVING it. I never thought I was cut out for that sort of thing but my launch party went well and I have 8 parties booked for August. I can't believe I'm getting paid to do something that is so much fun! You can check out my website by clicking the banner below.

-Adelyn is all over the place. She is crawling, pulling up, cruising furniture and even climbing stairs. She keeps me busy and I feel pretty confident that she will be walking sooner rather than later.

-Emerson is growing up right before our eyes. She has become a non-stop talker and asks a million questions a day. Her smile lights up a room and her excitement about life is contagious. She's something else.

-We're having family pictures and Adelyn's 6 month pictures taken at the beach on Sunday. I ordered THE cutest outfits for the girls. Here's a little sneak peek at E's "twirly" dress.

And my oh so talented mom made an adorable bonnet for Adelyn. I cannot wait to see my chubby little munchkin on the beach in her bonnet.

Now I just need to find something for Jesse and I to wear...

I have SO many pictures to share and lots to catch up on so hopefully it won't be another month before I'm back. My goal is actually tomorrow. Don't give up on this little blog... :)

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