Friday, March 22, 2013

blog talk : follow me

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Hi y'all! I'm not allowed to take anymore bloggin' breaks. This last time I did, I came back to find that I couldn't clip things to my polyvore account from Etsy anymore (huge bummer) and that GFC was going away. I am soooo not a fan of changes like this. But, it is what it is. 

So... I've been checking out all sorts of various sites this week to give you options on keeping up with this sweet, little blog of mine. :) 

Here we go : 

Feedly - It's so very clean and organized. I love it!

Glipho - I'm very new to this, which isn't a surprise because Glipho is very new. But what I've seen so far from the site, I like it! It's a fantastic way to find blogs in whatever interest you might be looking for. It's easy to follow them and get their updates. I'm a fan. If you're a blogger, you might check it out. You can import your blogs from blogger and categorize them as you wish. Which makes them appear in more searches if you write about a variety of topics like I do. Very cool. 

Bloglovin' - I thought about joining Bloglovin' years ago, but never did. Now I wish I had since I wouldn't have to learn another new thing. Oh well. 

Of course, since everyone checks their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts multiple times a day, this is one of the easiest options. So feel free to follow me there if the other sites don't peak your interest. 

Hopefully, one of those will give you what you're looking for when it comes to blog-following. :) 

And to all my fellow bloggers out there, what changes are you making and what sites are you using to prevent your blog from losing followers?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

spring cleaning my craft supplies

Hi y'all! Remember when I used to make jewelry? Yeah... I barely remember it either. It was so long ago, yet I've still got SOOO much of my supplies. It's time to clear out my stash of beads, and ohhh lucky you! I've renewed my listings in my supplies shop but for my special followers, I'm going to cut you an even better deal. If you go to my shop and find 3 or more listings that you love, I'll combine them into one listing, lower the overall price, and give you free shipping! Yep, all of that... just for you. 

I'm ready to get rid of all of this stuff and believe me, I've got a lot of it! So you can clear out a lot of great loot, for a very discounted price. Just come visit my supplies shop!

Here's a few things you can find in my shop

I also have some yarn for sale in my shop. Feel free to add that to your bundle!

Out with the old...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

foster parenthoood : If there's ever been a time to ask, it's now...

Hi y'all! It's crazy to me to think that about this time 3 years ago I was told I probably would never have children naturally. (As in, without super expensive treatments, or divine intervention.) That's when I really started researching adoption and Joey and I contacted the Children's Home of Lubbock. Then it was almost 2 years ago, after some divine healing, that I was told there was no reason I couldn't have children naturally. Yeah... that was after we'd already been licensed as foster/adoption parents. Talk about an emotional roller coaster. 

Now... 2 years later, we're still waiting on that child of ours to come along naturally. I do believe it will happen. Somedays though, and hear lately it's been more often, I've been wondering if it will or not. But I'm not giving up hope yet. Maybe in 15 years I'll give up, but not today. I still believe I'll get that little red-headed, green-eyed girl that looks just like me. And while we wait on her, I'm staying busy raising her two older brothers. ;) Teaching them to do all the basic things (BB is already counting to 10, yeah, how's that for a drug baby? He's so smart! He obviously gets that from both of us ;) ), but also how to be loving, kind, polite, gracious, and to be protective of each. Just like siblings should. 

This whole process of fostering has been such a wild ride. And now that we're moving to the adoption phase with BB, we've got all sorts of new experiences coming up. New things and processes to learn. Even a new caseworker to meet and learn about. 

A couple weeks ago we had a weekend long training to prepare us for the adoption side of things. It was long, but it was very informative, and honestly the time flew by. We also got to meet several couples new to the CHOL foster parent group. They had lots of questions for Joey and I as we had been a part of this for longer than any of the rest of them. Let me tell you, it was totally surreal to realize we were the "veterans" of this thing. But it was great! For us and for them. They got to ask us questions that no one else could answer except for someone who's actually been there. Sure... when you contact an agency like the CHOL, you get a representative to talk to, ask questions to, and just to guide you through the processes, but to actually sit down and talk with a current foster parent who's gone through so many various stages? You don't get that from the representative. That kind of knowledge only comes from someone who's been there and done that. 

So... I was thinking... there might be some of you out there who have thoughts and questions about fostering and adopting. Maybe you and your spouse have talked about it before. Maybe opening your home and heart to a child in need is something that's always tugged at your heart strings just a little bit, but you keep pushing it away because you just aren't sure what it will be like. Maybe you're on board but your spouse isn't. Maybe you have questions and have no idea who to ask. Or maybe you just aren't sure if you can do it. I mean, one of the most common responses I get from people about fostering is "oh, I could never do that" or "I don't know how you do that". 

To which I want to say : 

Well... here I am. I didn't know a thing about this before we dove into this headfirst. I've done it, been through it, and I'm here to answer any questions you have. So if there's ever been a time to ask a question, here it is. Want to know how to get started? Want to know what it takes to be a foster parent? Is it expensive? What's the training like? Is it hard to do? Want to know if we get paid, how much, and how often? Ask anything. Ask everything. I'm going to do a follow-up post to this one, and include all the questions and answers that you all ask. 

Leave a comment with a question you have about fostering/adopting and I'll do my best to give you an answer. 

Want to stay anonymous? That's okay! Send me an email at livedelightfully (at) yahoo [dot] com and I'll post your question anonymously. 

Here are the rules : I can't give out too much information about our own foster children due to privacy laws; if a question is diving too deep into my own personal life (and really, I've talked about a lot of personal things on this blog so it's unlikely any of you will go that far), I will politely decline answering it publicly (but I might still email you a response); I'm open for questions until Sunday. Then I will close the question portion of this discussion and start working on my response post. 

Maybe you're not even interested in fostering/adopting but you're just curious about this part of my life. That's okay! I'll answer and address those curiosities as well!

So let 'er rip! I'm looking forward to seeing what's peaking your interest in all things foster/adoption. 

Remember, you can leave your question in the comments, you can email me, or you can post your question on my Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

goodies : free as a bird...

Hi y'all! Oh how I love the spring weather right now! Goooorrrr-geouuuuussss!! It feels so refreshing and liberating to my soul. Like I'm free as a bird! Which inspired this fantastic {goodies} board:

free as a bird...

Fantastic stuff huh? It's safe to say that I would take any of those if someone were so inclined to get an early start on my birthday shopping. ;) hehe. I don't know what happened to me, I've always been a silver lover, but over the passed couple years I've been drawn more and more to gold items. And pairing that with mint/aqua colors... heavenly!

Also, completely unrelated to these goodies, but equally exciting... I am getting ready to have another fabulous giveaway on my blog. Seriously! This is one prize I know you will love! BUT, you can't enter if you haven't liked my blog page on Facebook. So get a head start on the giveaway entries by liking my page on Facebook!

And while you're at it, keep up with me my browsing that left sidebar and following me all around the inter-webs! ;) It'll give you a head-start on the giveaway coming NEXT week! :D

Sunday, March 17, 2013

me : on spring and casting burdens

Oh how my head seems so full sometimes. Life has been so full lately and I've been thinking about this and thinking about that, and honestly, when it comes time to sit down and blog, I'm just so tired of thinking that I would rather watch a movie with Joey than try to write anything out. Anyone out there know what I'm talking about?

Lately life definitely seems to be spinning out of control. And it's not because of anything that terrible, it just seems that my calendar is filling up every month before the month even starts! There are always things that I need to get done, organize, accomplish; the boys are keeping me hopping; work is steadily busy; various events and activities are going on and honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm being torn in various directions with no end to the madness in sight. 

Like I said, it's not that life is filling up with terrible things, in fact, some of them are very good things. BB's case is moving to the adoption unit. YAY!! So I've got some appointments to make, documents to track down, and paperwork to fill out to make sure all of that goes smoothly. It's a wonderful thing to think that in a couple months he will have our last name and no one can say he's not really ours. :)

And then, there are some things that aren't so great. Our house in Levelland has been on the market for almost 2 years. After over a year of being on the market and not selling, we started renting it out. But now we're having problems at the house that the renters are reporting. Not problems with the renters, just problems with the house. We've already replaced the dishwasher two weeks ago, and now we have electrical problems. The house just seems to be a money and life suck. Ugh. I'm so frustrated with it. And we were planning this big vacation with just Joey and I this year, kind of a belated honeymoon (since we've never been on one), and now... who knows if that's going to happen with all the stuff going on with this house. We've been saving our money for our vacation, but now we might have to spend it on this money pit of a house. There's no end in sight. When these renters leave, there's no way to know if this house will sell or rent or if we're stuck with it for what seems like forever. 

There's also just productivity things. Like appointments for the kids, getting our taxes done, appointments for us, etc. It just seems like there's always somewhere to go and something to do. Life just seems so busy and right now, I feel... overwhelmed. Worn. Like I really need that vacation with Joey to happen tomorrow! haha. 

I feel like this from time to time. The weariness of marriage, mommyhood, work, church, and just everyday life take root in my heart and I feel so worn. 

But then on Saturday morning I woke up to McCrae crying, I fixed a bottle and went and got him and we snuggled for a while with daddy in bed. Then I got up again, made coffee, made cinnamon rolls, opened windows to the house (and to my soul), and let the warm spring sun and the cool spring breeze, clear out the dust and dank in my heart. Oh how refreshing it was! I had sprinklers out all day on Saturday and while the ground eagerly soaked up the water, I eagerly soaked up time with my family. Time to laugh together, play together, rearrange our bedroom, clean out our closet, show BB how to clean his muddy feet off in a water puddle, and spending the day living a full life with a full heart

It was absolutely therapeutic. 

And now, with the start of a new week, it will be easy for me to pick up where I left off on Friday. To pick up those worries, concerns, frustrations, load them up on my shoulders again, tuck the weariness back into my heart, and feel worn all over again. But I don't want to. I can't. I don't want to live a worn life. I don't want to have a weary heart. It's at this point where I have to decide what to do with these worries and this anxiety. 

I know that all these appointments will be over soon. I only have to go see the optometrist once a year, right? BB will only have to go through these appointments for his adoption processes once, right? So there's no point in getting in a tizzy because of all these appointments. They won't last forever. Also, I should be thankful that I have the means to go to and pay for these appointments. I should be thankful that I'm finally getting new glasses. 

Tax season only comes around once a year, and thank GOODNESS for that! But maybe this year will bring with it a refund!! We haven't gotten one of those in years, but with kiddos, maybe now we will! Wouldn't that be awesome?!!?

The problems with our rental house is frustrating. Incredibly frustrating! But if this had happened a year ago, two years ago, we wouldn't have had the money to take care of this. At least now we have the means to take care of these problems. And who knows, maybe with all these updates someone will come along and fall in love with our newly repaired home! 

Joey and I might not get the vacation we've been planning for, but we will still go on a vacation this year. It may be shorter, we may not get to do as many things, but we will still get to go somewhere for a little while by ourselves. It will still be fun. And there's a lot of time between now and then, maybe we will still get the vacation we're planning?

I don't know what will happen with our house, or with our vacation, or anything. I do know that right now, my family is happy, safe, and healthy, and we have everything we need and most of what we want. I am so thankful for that. And with all this thankfulness in my heart, there just isn't any more room for worry. 

Besides... this is truth : 

Do you feel worn and weary? What do you do to combat those feelings?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

inspiration : march moods { 2013 }

Hi y'all! Did I mean to wait until the month was almost half-way over before final posting my March moods? Absolutely not. But what can I say? March has already been a month of great accomplishments. I've checked so many things off my personal to-do list this month already, not to be confused with my yearly goals list, so I really can't complain that my bloggin' life has kinda taken a backseat yet again. But oh how I miss you all when I'm not here as often. I really, truly do. 

But, enough with the sappy stuff... on to the main event! To me March is wonderful! Shades of green are every where. Warmer weather is more consistent and my clothes of choice become long-sleeved tees and running shorts. I'm overjoyed that the days are longer, although I do hate the adjustment period my body needs for the time change. And I'm eager to be outside whether it's going for a walk, watching a baseball game, or just working in the yard. Here's a little collection of things that are inspiring me right now... 

what inspires me : 

march 2013 mood board

My take on sweaters/sweatshirts in March? Wear 'em if you can! I don't think it's any surprise that I love a good sweater and sweatshirt. And March is usually about the last time I can wear them until October or November, so why not include one more "awesome" sweatshirt in my monthly mood boards while I can. 

After watching Oz : The Great & Powerful this week, and with Saint Patrick's Day coming up this Sunday, and with it being the color of the year, I'm all about emerald right now. I need some emerald nail polish STAT! ;) 

what I'm listening to : 

After watching Pitch Perfect last week...

what I'm reading : 

Very little reading has been going on here. Even in the blog world I'm way behind on some of my favorite blogs. But what reading I have been able to do has mostly been the Bible as I work on one of my yearly goals. 

what I'm watching : 

We've finished some of the shows we were watching on Netflix so we've switched gears again to Redbox. So far we've watched Pitch Perfect, Looper, Total Recall, MIB3, and a couple others. 

We also got to take the youth group (and families) from church to the movies this week and got to watch OZ : The Great and Powerful. Super fun!! 

And while I haven't watched the final episode yet, (because we went to watch Oz) I've been keeping up with this season's The Bachelor. Yes, I already know who he ends up with, I've known that since early in the season. But I still have to finish the season. And I'm sooo excited that Dancing with the Stars is starting soon and that Sean will be on there as well!

And there you have it! That's what's going on in my world right now. Do you have anything that you've watched, read, or listened to lately that you've loved?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

sunday social { 7 }

Hi y'all! I missed last week's Sunday Social because I was busy in training for our foster care/adoption licensing. It was a weekend long training, very long, but also very informative. But boo that I missed out on Sunday Social. Especially since reading through Ashley's answers, it would have been a super fun one to participate in. But... such is life sometimes. 

This week I really didn't expect to join in with the Sunday Social because I was expecting to be on my way back from a weekend spent on the mountain about now. Buuuut... I had to come back early, so I get to join in the Sunday Social fun. And how many times can I fit Sunday Social into two paragraphs? ;) lol

Let's just dive right in so I'll stop rambling so much...

Sunday Social

1. What is one movie you are terrified to watch?
Hmm... terrified is such a strong word for me, but I guess I would say the Saw movies. I watched the first one, but I haven't watched any of the others. I just don't have the stomach for it I guess, it makes me sick to see all the gore. 

2. What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into but haven't yet?
Lost. I remember when everyone was talking about this show, it seemed, all the time. At first I wasn't interested, but after a while I became really interested. However, by the time my interest was fully peaked, the show was ending. But still, I noticed it's on Netflix and would like to start it with Joey soon. 

3. What is one daring activity on your bucket list?
Haha... it's funny that this is one of the questions for the week, because just yesterday my friend Candace and I were talking about bucket lists and things. Candace has convinced me that swimming with sharks would be a fun activity for a bucket list and that seems pretty daring to me, so I'm going with that answer: swimming with sharks. 

4. Would you ever travel alone?
Yes. Absolutely I would. While I would love to share all traveling experiences with Joey, if I couldn't for some reason, I'd still do them alone. I would have to ease into flying alone and work up the nerve to travel outside of the country alone, but I still think I would do it. 

5. What activities do you like to do alone?
Driving so I can play whatever music and sing as loud as I want. Reading because I don't like to be interrupted during a good story. Taking a bath because I like to shut out the world for a few minutes and just think. Cleaning the house because I like to put on a Lifetime movie, pause it, go clean for a bit, come back and watch the movie for a little while and rest, pause the movie again, go back to cleaning for a while, come back and watch the movie some more... you get the idea. That's one of my favorite things to do on  Saturdays to be honest. I know... I live such an exciting life. ;) lol

Okay, now it's your turn. Do you have any answers to the above questions you'd like to share? If so, share them in the comments below or write your own post and join in the link up fun! :) 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

13 in 2013 : update { 1 }

Hi y'all! We are already in the 3rd month of the new year. (Oh mylanta!) So I thought it would be time for an update on how it's going with my yearly challenge. You can see the original post about my challenge here

Let's dive right in...

___ 1. Go on a vacation with just Joey. (We have money saved up specifically for our vacation. Now we just need to set a date. A wonderfully sweet lady from church has graciously offered to watch our kiddos while we're gone and she has other grandkids to watch too, so we're working around her schedule. But it's definitely in the works!) 

_X_ 2. Pay off 2 more debts. (I'm soooo happy to report that this one is coming along splendidly! This week I wrote the last and FINAL check to pay off a credit card. The credit card account is closed so with this final payment, we really are done with this monthly bill. I also figured it up, and another credit account we have is set up for automatic payment and the last payment comes out in December. So really we're done, and I'm giving us a check mark on this one! Maybe we'll even get something else paid off for an added bonus! I'm looking at you student loans... )

The last payment for a credit card!!

_X_ 3. Increase our savings account. (I have to admit... this one is hard for me. Not because I don't want to save money, but because this paying off debts things is addicting. And when we get money, I want to put all of it towards a bill and get closer to paying it off rather than save money. But, I've been trying to steadily increase our savings and it feels great to do that too.)

___ 4. Finish decorating the boys' rooms 100%. (Still in progress. I did get all the fabric for McCrae's room, and most of the fabric for BB's room. I've got the curtains made for BB's room and most of the blocks cut out for McCrae's quilt. I've also got the shelves hung up in BB's room, so it's all coming along slowly, but it's coming along.)

A mini-preview of the curtains that I made for BB's room. They look awesome!

___ 5. Makeover 2 other rooms. (I'd better not even think about this one... I need to stay focused on the boys' rooms. But... you know me and how my mind likes to wander, and I've been playing with an idea board for my office makeover. These fluorescent lights and drab walls just aren't doing it for me anymore!)

_X_ 6. Exercise more & exercise consistently. (If you read my post from yesterday, you know that I'm working on this and things are coming along nicely! So I'm giving myself a check mark for this one!)

___ 7. Lose 30 pounds. (I'm down about 7 pounds right now, which isn't a lot, but I've lost at least 15.5 inches overall, and that's exciting! And I'm not disappointed about my 7 pounds, I'm going to keep at it and I know more will come off.)

___ 8. Run a 5K. (Later this month I'm doing The Color Run in Lubbock and I'm super excited about it! We're just walking/jogging it, but I think it will be a great starting point to for training to RUN a 5K later this year. Walking it will seem like nothing so I'll be more motivated to actually sign up for running a 5K later.)

{ image via The Color Run }

_X_ 9. Try 4 new things every month. (Check and check!! This might be my favorite goal of the year because I'm branching out and trying all sorts of different things. Mostly food. Because it's easiest to try new food, AND that's really where I'm the most vanilla.)

___ 10. Read the Bible in one year. (I recently bought a new Bible so I'm working on this goal.)

___ 11. Write more. (So far so good! I've been writing more cards and letters. Now I just need to write more in my journal and on my blog.)

___ 12. Be an encourager. (Sadly, I don't think I'm doing this one as well as I should be. time to refocus on this one!)

___ 13. Scrapbook. (I've still got all the scrapbooks, I just need to set aside some time and work on them.)

So there's my update! What about you? Have you thrown out all of your resolutions? Are you sticking with any of them?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Workout Routine

Hi y'all! Life is full, life is busy, life is full of busy things. I don't know what it is about 2013, but we started it off with a bang, and we've been runnin' and gunnin' ever since. Seriously though, every week and weekend has various things that we have to do, attend, remember, etc. And with all that activity, it seems the first thing that I scratch off is my workout. I'll scratch that off my daily to-do list, and get the other stuff done first. And then, it's a downward spiral to not working out anymore. 

But this year, I'm really focusing on a new healthier lifestyle. We're eating healthier food more often than not AND I'm really trying to be and stay disciplined about working out. Yes, I've failed over and over again, but every day when I wake up I think, "okay, I haven't messed up today... let's do this." And sometimes, even when I do slip throughout the day, I think to myself, "Slip-ups are going to happen. But not working out at all today, that's not gonna happen." It's a new month, today is a new day, you're reading this so you're probably not asleep yet, so here are a few ideas to help get you started on a daily workout routine. And even if you have already failed at your diet today, you can still workout. At least you're doing something, which, in this case, is always better than nothing. 

The best part of these tips and ideas, they require no equipment or gym memberships. There are sooo many simple exercises that you can do at home. Which is perfect for me since I work from home and need to be here for the kiddos. 

First, get up and get dressed for working out. This is specifically for those of us who work from home or are stay at home moms. I know I easily fall into the bad habit of rolling out of bed, taking care of children, and not getting dressed until lunch time (if it's a good day). And when I do that, I rarely ever work out that day. But if I wake up in the morning, put on my running shorts or yoga pants, sports bra, and a t-shirt, I'm way more likely to actually work out. 

Here's some basic clothes to help get you motivated : 

nike fitness

Second, find some simple exercises you can do at home. Think push-ups, sit-ups, squats, wall-sits, leg lifts, jumping jacks, arm circles, stretches, anything to get you off your seat and on your feet. If you have some weights, you can add a lot more exercises to your workout. For this, Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Set a time limit for yourself (like 10 minutes), get on Pinterest and search for "exercises" or "workouts". Jot down a few ideas to do now, pin some ideas to look at later, then when the 10 minutes is up, close your Pinterest window and get up! You will be amazed at all the great things you can do at home with little to no equipment. 

Here's a few that I've found : 

Source: via Regina on Pinterest

Source: via Anya on Pinterest

Third, keep a "workout journal". I work out the most in my office. And being the nerd that I am, I created a spreadsheet for myself and printed it off back at the beginning of February. I keep it on my desk and as I do my sets throughout the day, I mark another tally in the appropriate box. I do this to see what I've done the day before, what I need to do today, and also, to keep myself accountable to workout every day. Believe me, nothing is more disappointing than finding my spreadsheet on my desk and the last date I had written down was over 2 weeks ago. Totally happened to me this week. BUT, it's a new week and today is a new day. I can't change what I did then, but I can definitely get something done today. 

Create your own spreadsheet, or find a journal to keep your workouts documented. It also helps to remind you what to do throughout the day. Sometimes I forget about a certain exercise, but with my handy-dandy spreadsheet, I'm like, "oh yeah, planking, let's do that one!"

Fourth, fit your workout routine around your life. For me, I don't have large chunks of time where I can devote an hour or so to working out. And sometimes, the weather in west Texas is not very conducive to going for a walk/jog/run. But, I do have little snippets of time throughout my day while kids are playing, while I'm working, etc., where I can get a few sets in. No big deal. So while I'm in my office working, I send an email, I do a set of 10 desk push-ups. I take care of a request, I do a set of 10 leg lifts. It doesn't sound like much at first. But by the end of the day it adds up. Yesterday I did 60 desk push-ups and 70 leg lifts. That's something!

And fifth, don't give up. If you miss a day, it's okay. Pick up wherever you left off, and start again. Like I said, I went from 2/5 to 2/28 to 3/1 because sometimes I forget and sometimes life just gets busy and I put things off. If you indulge yourself in a giant piece of cake and your little one's friend's birthday party, that's okay! Remember it's better to eat that cake after doing your workout, than eating it without working out. 

And now for maybe a little pep rally and motivational things to get all of us going : 

This picture is definitely a motivator for me. No, I don't have a dietitian, nutritionist, or a trainer like Kelly Osbourne probably does, but I have the desire for a new body in 2013 and I have the will power and ability to get it done. Now I just need to keep the determination and the motivation. 

Source: via Anya on Pinterest

5 pounds of fat = 5 pounds of muscle. But 5 pounds of muscle takes up less space. 

Do you workout? Do you have any favorite exercises? Do you have any tips or ideas that you would add to this list? 

Coming soon, it's all about the food.... 

Friday, March 1, 2013

weekly loves : february { week 9 }

Hi y'all! I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaack! :) It's funny to think that I typed February Week 9 in my title and it's already March. MARCH! When Granny told me that life sped up after high-school, I had no idea how right she was!

This past week has been a whirlwind! Joey left Friday for a youth retreat in New Mexico. I stayed home alone with the kiddos. On Sunday, I left for Oklahoma for work, and Joey came back from New Mexico. (Don't worry, someone came and stayed with the kids until he got here... sheesh! haha) I had to leave for Oklahoma early because the BLIZZARD OF 2013 was coming! Well, that actually turned into a "non-event" for Oklahoma City, and I actually drove through worst weather coming into Oklahoma (wind and rain) than I experienced while in Oklahoma City and Edmond during the Blizzard. Yeah, the weather people figured wrong on that one a bit... but, it could have easily been terrible so, I will cut them some slack. 

So amidst all the hulla-ba-loo, here's a few things this week that I love!

I love my wonderful and sweet friend Ashley! If we look a little "worn" please excuse us. This was after a long day of work for both of us AND we'd been out in the wind and rain a bit too soooo. Haha. But really, I always look forward to going to OKC for work because I know I'll get to meet up with Ashley and have a wonderful time having girl talk with her and eating some yummy food. This time, we went to Poblano's Grill... one of my FAVES from my time living in Edmond. The food was so yummy (writing about it makes me want it again) but the time spent getting to talk with a great friend about blogging, boys, and life in general... well, that's just priceless!

I love my two little boys! While I was gone to OKC for work, McCrae started crawling! AGH! First, I hate that I missed him starting it. Second, I now have two mobile babies! YIKES!!!!

While Joey was gone last weekend, I settled down in the evenings and watched Grey's Anatomy Season 1 when the kids went to bed. Oh my goodness!! I'd forgotten how much I loved this show!!! Which makes me realize how much I don't like it now... but oh well. And the music!?!?! Oh how I've missed the music! Seriously... go watch this on Netflix! Or if you've already seen it, watch it again! It gets better! :) 

I love that McCrae is getting another tooth! I love that BB is running and learning to count, and jumping, and that every day he becomes more little boy, less baby. I also hate that. But watching him change, knowing he's going to stay with us... I love that!

Oh... speaking of... I don't think I've provided an update on BB's case lately. Big news, in fact! The appellate court upheld the judge's ruling (to terminate parental rights) and denied his biological mother's appeal. There's still more she can do to fight it, but not sure if she will or not. So it'll be a few more months before an adoption is final, but still! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously... YAY!!!!!! This is great news and I love that we will get to keep BB forever. 

Okay, that's enough for this post! Next week I'll try to take more pictures of things I love throughout the week, since I still can't put pictures up of the kiddos on here yet. And pictures of them seem to fill my phone more than anything else. 

What do you love this week?