Saturday, July 29, 2017

FLO-RIDA

I guess there's always a possibility that we'll return to Florida, but until/if then...

5 Things I won't miss about Florida

1. The heat, humidity & sun
I equate summer (5-6 months) in Central Florida to living in a frying pan. It's flat, it's hot and there's nowhere to hide. We can also use the (stolen) analogy of living in a dryer full of wet towels for the humidity aspect. Gross.

2. The lizards
We've had our fair share of them in our house and I've gotten use to them, but I won't miss them. Reaching for the water hose and discovering one, opening your front door and seeing them scatter.. no thanks.

3. The drivers
WHY IS EVERYONE IN A HURRY? But I have to admit that I've adopted one habit. We were driving to the park and the car in front of me didn't go at the green light (for a few seconds!) so I gave them a little honk. Caris asked, "Was that a love tap?" Ahh ha ha ha. I don't remember teaching her what a Love Tap was, but she went on to explain to Liza, "A love tap is when the light turns green and the person doesn't go so you give them a love tap."

4. The prices
Rent. Gas. Every time we go to South Carolina I dramatically acknowledge that "Gas is only $__.___ here!!" (Watch God move us to the most expensive city in the country just to sanctify me. Yehaw)

5. The daily summer thunderstorm
My kids are way less freaked out by the load thunder claps than I am.


5 Things I will miss about Florida

1. The parks
There are awesome, updated parks alllllll over the place. Bonus: clean bathrooms included.

2. The beach
55 minutes from my house? Can't beat that with a stick.

3. The winter
Because we endure May-October, we have developed a deep appreciation for November-April when it's gorgeous, breezy and like, 70 degrees all the time. Bonus: my kids have never known the long annoying bundling up process of hats and gloves and we wear sandals year round. (Watch God move us to South Dakota. Yehaw)

4. Mom friends/Bible study ladies
I have a handful of "let's meet at the park!" mom friends and I had reached the point at bible study where I was chatting with women of all ages and actually doing some of the "Have you met so-in-so?" This only took...years.

5. Our doctors
Don't get me started again on my allegiance to  ol' Virgil (my doc). We also have a sweet lady pediatrician who is a believer and doesn't give me grief for having small babies/kids.

Our lizard whisperer
That poor thing was still alive and living on a prayer
(most lizards are much bigger, I'm not being dramatic!)   

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Labeling Boxes

We were given a ton of free boxes (YAY!) from a friend's mom who recently moved here. The different between her labeling and ours had me laughing and secretly I was impressed

She knew right where to look for her raisin jar...microwave egg cooker...red/orange scarf 
 We threw stuff into boxes from our KITCHEN. 
(And now we're to the point of packing where boxes should really be labeled like, "1/3 toys, 1/3 craft supplies, 1/3 random junk")

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thoughts on Ending Well


35 weeks

Pregnancy is a blessing IAMNOTCOMPLAINING and children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3) b u t for many women, there comes a time when things get hard. Physically,emotionally,PASSMETHATDONUT. So, I'm faced with a conundrum (college degree what what) of enjoying the last few weeks of the journey- a journey special only to me + baby and Wow, I can't feel my legs and why am I walking like my 87 year grandmother? The emotional swing can be steep and quick at times. THIS IS A MIRACLE, I AM SO THANKFUL to I CAN NOT GO ON, SOMEBODY HOLD ME in about 2 seconds.

Same goes for moving. We have a unique situation, but I'd venture to say that most people come to a point in packing and moving where they think, BUCK UP this isn't the end of the world hold on a second this is the end of MY world.

I'd like to end my pregnancy and our our move well.

Ending well for me looks quiet (because without enough sleep, I'm bound to say some crazy things and make my family want to run for the hills) and sad and occasionally super motivated and minimalistic (but only occasionally). It's allowing the two second swings to happen and moving on. Crying alone in the car after a doctor's appointment "just because" (but totally freaking Kent out when I get home muhahaha) Praying simple prayers. Smiling at overused advice like, It's in God's timing and He's got something better for you out there and eating too many french fries at IKEA.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Currently

Making: Plans with Kent about The Move on August 31st   
Cooking: Homemade mac n cheese, but not much else 
Drinking: Iced coffee, water
Reading: Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman 
Wanting: To be a capital i Introvert(-ed) hermit for the next 7 weeks
Looking: At things on the floor and ignoring them winkyface
Eating: Scrambled eggs with a slice of cheese on toast for breakfast 
Wishing: I had job news to share with you (I don't)
Enjoying: A day trip to the beach today
Thinking: About my nightly serving of ice cream. Next up: mint chocolate chip  
Celebrating: Aside from one potty break, sleeping through the night
Loving: Baby movement    
Hoping: And praying for a job 
Needing: To write thank you notes   
Listening: To a Strawberry Shortcake DVD 
Feeling: Belly-less when I'm in the pool 
Wearing: Jammies 
Watching: Master Chef
Texting: A group of moms about a play date

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Stars Aligned

 Happy Cow Appreciation Day (3 meals) and 7/11 (1 Slurpee)!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Blessing {& Caris Quotes}

May your thankfulness be evident 

(after handing her a peach for breakfast) "GOOD THING I'm not allergic to peaches like Daniel Tiger is!" 

May your problems be small

"I need a comb. To fix my eyebrow"

and 

May your compliments be heartfelt 

"Liza. I have to say. You're getting berry, berry good at coloring and painting" 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Parenting

The ultimate Time Out death stare

1. Potty Training

Is going well. Less accidents, more jelly bean rewards. It just involves a lot of bending over (ooph!) and huddling in public bathroom stalls together.

2. "Treat others the way you would want to be treated"

Would you like for her to take the toy out of your hands? How would you feel if she chased you until you were scared? Would you like for her to start singing while you're singing a song? The Bible says to treat others the way you would want to be treated...yatayata x a millionHOW MANY MORE YEARS OF THIS

3. "No one likes being ignored" 

I overheard my older, wiser, more organic (Jokes. But not really. She uses raw sugar and roasts her own peanuts) friend tell her child this when he was ignoring his sister. I like it much better than "answer your sister" as it makes them think of the other person instead of just following a command. Thoughts?

4. "Stay three feet away from me"

Don't poke my belly. Don't hug my left leg while I'm trying to walk in public. Don't try to sit on my lap. Let's settle for a side hug until September.

5. Outdoorsy play

We're in the middle of the indoor season here in Florida. Swimming has been a nice option, but I need to suck it up and venture outside. It's not too terrible if we're back inside early rather than later. We take a walk/bike ride and are home by 8:30 am or visit a park at 8 am and then the splash pad. It's less than pleasant, but the girls don't mind, and it's better than sitting at home having my belly poked. winkyface 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 4th

Hope you kids had a nice July 4th! Ours included swimming, Messy Pigs (BBQ+Cole Slaw+Bun) and wearing our outfits made from Kent's Grandma's skirt by Rachel C! 
See last year's outfits here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

4 Month/4 Year {Shots}

The days are long, but the years are short 
 The days are like, really long. It's only occasionally that you get a glimpse at "the years are short" part, but when you do, it takes your breath away, makes your eyes sting and makes your heart feel like it's getting pounded by a meat tenderizer.