Monday, April 20, 2015

Tee Ball and Texas

My sweet girl started T-Ball at a local church and I honestly don't know who is more excited...me or Aubrey. I used to play softball growing up and it was one of my absolute favorite things to do. I hope my girl has a love for ball as well. I love that she can be into girly girl things as well as sporty type activities. A well-rounded Aubrey is what we are striving for!! 

She did great at her first few practices...although after about 20 minutes she is asking if it is time for snacks. She loves to give hugs out during the game and I am constantly telling her to get her butt back on the field and quit worrying about giving me and Weston "huggy huggy's" as she calls them.

Weston Hayes has a small obsession with all balls. If it looks like a ball and is circular...he is screaming for it. This makes for problems during t-ball practice when he is surrounded by balls that he is not supposed to be touching! I spend the entire 45 minute practice chasing Weston off of the field and dealing with his temper tantrums. Bless his heart. I try to bring his own ball and bat for him to play with on the sidelines, but apparently they are not as good as the real things.

Isn't she just the cutest thing ever!  I could eat her up!







 
Notice Weston already in "defensive" mode because he thinks he is about to lose his ball.




 
We also had the opportunity to take a weekend and travel to Texas to see my sis in law and her family. We miss them so much and are ready for them to come back to Louisiana!!! It was such a wonderful weekend just hanging out and relaxing together. We were treated like royalty and didn't want to leave! 





 


 
We love our family!!
 
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015

Easter time is such a precious time of new life and fresh beginnings. I absolutely love Spring time and all that comes with the warmer weather. It's not too hot, not too cold. Lots of fun activities, picnics, bbq's, ice cream dates and the list goes on. I always look forward to Easter because it is such a sweet time to celebrate the real meaning of new life and God's blessings.
 
I tried my best to just enjoy the holiday and not try and be the "pinterest mom" and overdue it. I didn't do big baskets, instead we went on a playdate to Pretend and Play for the day and to lunch after. We didn't do a big Easter egg hunt at the church because Christian was working and it was too much for me to do by myself. Instead we had a small egg hunt at the park with just the four of us a few days before Easter. I didn't even take Bre to her class party at school because it was on a day she didn't go to school and at someone's house I didn't know...so we just skipped it and played in the backyard.  I didn't stress about coordinating outfits or trying to find the perfect dress...we really just played the entire weekend low key and it was so nice.
 
 I think sometimes as moms we think we have to do it all or live up to some high standard when it comes to holidays and it totally just ruins the magic of the moments. I am finding that low key and easy going are so much more fun for everyone and I can actually enjoy my kids and not stress myself out.  I did really want to dye eggs and so I made a huge deal out of it and really talked it up, and it turned out to be a HUGE mess and a disaster of dye and paint. It was fun for all of about 2 minutes...then it was just chaos.  I am learning that sometimes the best laid plans for traditions are just not practical with a one year old and a three year old. There will be a time when traditions are fun and exciting, but for this season...it isn't a necessity. Relieving myself of that pressure makes things so much more enjoyable.
 
We did have a blast spending time with family and enjoying a good bbq, a park picnic and a special Good Friday service at church. I really tried to teach Aubrey the meaning behind Easter and focus our attention on the cross instead of eggs, bunnies and candy. I wasn't entirely successful, but I had to laugh when she told me "Jesus died, was buried and then died again!" Close Bre...but not quite!  We will keep working on the correct version of the resurrection.
 
Here are a few pictures from our Spring Break week.
 
Fun at Pretend and Play!
 
Not so much fun when mommy says no playing in the dirt.
 
Enjoying some pool time and feeling like a king!
 
Can't keep this boy off of the table tops!
 
 
A little nail date with my princess!
 
Found a new Minnie dress on sale and had to have it!
 
Snacking with daddy
 
Picnic, park and egg hunt with my loves!
 


 
 
Easter 2015 
 
 
And because I can't help myself...a little Easter flashback. Time please slow down!!!
 
 
Above all...I am thankful to serve a RISEN Savior. A Savior who loved me enough to lay down the life of His one and only Son. I can't even begin to understand that sacrifice, but I am so thankful I can reap the benefits of the cross. Knowing eternal life awaits me is a comfort beyond words...this life is wonderful and amazing, yet I have faith and hope that eternity will be even more incredible.
 
Happy Easter!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Own your Zone



I recently went to a woman's conference at our church and the speaker was someone I had never heard before. Her name was Charlotte Gambill. She gave one of the most powerful messages I had heard in a long time, speaking to women about being aware of the "clothes" they are putting on each day.  Not fabric clothing, but rather your attitude and emotions. It was extremely powerful to hear about how I have the power and ability to decide each day how I will act towards myself, my children, my husband and even God. When you step back and think about it, it is quite liberating and intimidating at the same time to think that my attitude and perspective can make such a difference in my family. It is so true. When I am in a bad mood, whether just tired or kinda down, it greatly affects my entire family and the direction of our day. When I choose to put on the right attitude and clothe myself in patience, love, kind words, generosity, and grace I have the power to transform not just my own path, but the path of those around me.  She also spoke about our closets...what are we allowing to be hung in our spiritual and emotional closets. I think about how often Bre loves to go sorting through my clothing and shoes trying stuff on and playing dress up. She can spend hours playing in my closet. She loves to try on my high heels, my jewelry, my dresses and just transform her little self. I have to consider that she also sees and takes notes of what I have in my closet when it comes to my attitudes, my beliefs, my thoughts about myself and my body...all those things are in my closet and my children see and sometimes even go in and "take inventory" if you will.  We were challenged to really make sure that the things we are hanging up are worthy of shelf space. Are those thoughts/attitudes something I want my children to try on? Lots of times the answer is no...so I need to get rid of them...forbid them from taking up room in my closet.  I was totally inspired to make sure the things I do and say on a daily basis line up with what I want my children to be wearing out...because they are looking to me for direction as to what is "fashion worthy".

I loved her message so much that I viewed some other conferences she had spoken at and I found her to have tons of other inspiring messages . She spoke at a teen revival and usually I would think I wouldn't be able to relate to any of the content, but I was totally rocked by her words. She spoke on taking ownership of your life and your "zone". The fitting title was "Own your Zone".  This little motto got into my head and I have been proclaiming the goodness of its power.  She spoke about how we tend to go about life in a kinda passive, timid way...using the phrases "it is what it is" or "that's just where we are at" as our way of tackling life's issues and problems. She instead insisted that we get fierce...get involved and get serious about where we are in our own particular life or walk. For instance, when our child gets sick, instead of just saying, "Lord, please heal my child...touch her body" we need to remind ourselves that these children were a gift from God and the devil will NOT have a place in our home. Instead our prayer should be one of power and declaration against the devil, more like, "devil, I will not allow you to enter my home, by the power of the Holy Spirit I command you to leave and forbid you from stealing health from my family. In the name of JESUS, I am telling you to get out!!" She talks about taking ownership of our children, our homes, our families and speaking boldly against the devil and his attacks on our physical and emotional states. She encouraged us to pray with a fierceness that would speak with authority and really proclaim the power that we have in Christ.  I love the picture of standing at my door with a sword and slaying any opponent or opposition that is trying to get in my house. ..get to my children's thoughts or behaviors, get to my husband or our relationship. I won't allow it.  I think we need to begin to see where we are in life as our mission, our warzone, if you will and begin to claim the power of the Holy Spirit over those around us.  God has us in specific seasons and He equips us with the power to make the most of where we are and not just "get by" or "make it"...but rather be over-comers and conquers in our current situations.

As I walk this road of being a wife and mothering two little ones and planting seeds of faith and hope in them, I find these encouraging words to be fuel for me. These words of wisdom encourage and empower me to face each day with boldness and awareness of what is going on in the lives of those in my "Zone".  So let's begin to clean out our closets, toss out the junk and begin to own our zones!
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Valentine's Day and Catch Up

Whew! Has it really been almost a month since I last posted? I am terrible! Things are just so busy, that when I get once ounce of free time, I am usually doing laundry, dishes, work or perhaps trying to catch up on my favorite show!
 
We have had lots of sickness this past month and I honestly am so over it. I used to be deathly terrified of throw up and vomiting, but I have been exposed to so much vomit over the last three years...it is kinda just expected and normal in my world. I absolutely hate when my kiddos are sick and it is pitiful to watch them no matter how small the illness. I am praying and proclaiming health and wellness over these babies. Any suggestions on building their immune systems...please tell. We have tried everything from vitamins, to oils, to medicine and even to hibernation but nothing keeps them well!  Oh well...I guess it is just part of having toddlers.
 
We haven't had all depressing days...this past month has been filled with lots of special memories and fun times. Aubrey and Weston are at such fun ages, that doing anything is a blast. Crazy and chaotic...but a blast.
 
Valentine's Day was so much fun and incredibly special. Christian and I did a "date-in" and enjoyed a fabulous steak dinner, movie and even a small nap...talk about wonderful. It was so special because on Valentine's Night, Christian took Aubrey Lane on a date...just the two of them. She was so excited and could hardly wait to get dressed up and go eat with her daddy. They went and got pizza and ice cream. She was all smiles....all night. This means so much to me because my daddy used to take me out on special dates as well. One time in particular, he put an ad in the local paper..asking me to dinner out with him. He rented a fancy mustang and picked me up for a night out on the town. I remember I had my hair done in special braids and wore a velvet dress. (I wasn't quite the fashionista I am today). Talk about melting a daughter's heart. I absolutely LOVE that my girl has a fabulous daddy just like I do and gets to experience being pampered and treasured by her father. Those are memories that she will cherish for a lifetime. I know I sure do.
 
 
 
 
This one is blurry but I just love the smile that she has...so special.
 
 
We have taken several trips to the zoo and had a blast walking around enjoying the warm weather.
 
 
 
We also have enjoyed taking Bre to the LSU gymnastics meets on Friday nights with our Uncle D. She has a blast and the atmosphere is so electric and exciting. They are on fire this year and are actually ranked #2 in the country. Weston has fun too, but mostly he is just there for the popcorn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have had lots of lazy days at home, just enjoying the sunshine out in our backyard. I love nothing more than just exploring in our yard and letting the kids get dirty and worn out. Those are some of my favorite times with them. In fact, Aubrey spent half the day out in our ditch, in her rain boots and just her underwear...it was priceless.









And lots of days at home, just playing and enjoying life. These are the best days of our lives!