Friday, May 27, 2016

{Oh Hey Friday // IG // Rednose}

Happy Friday!! I am off today {wahoo} for an extra long weekend. But, I have to start the day off with some dr appts. {yuck}! I am so looking forward to this long weekend. Joining in for Oh Hey Friday!

{O N E} // Posts from the week...



{T W O} // I've been working on my IG and trying to find my 'style' and to have a cohesive feed. I am loving how much turquoise and bright colors have been in our lifes lately! A sure sign that summer is on its way!! But, man...trying to have a cohesive feed is so freakin' hard. There are so many pictures that I want to post, but can't because they don't 'fit' my IG. #thestruggle



{T H R E E} // This little guy learned how to ride his bike with no training wheels within 10-15 minutes on Tuesday and by Friday he was riding a mile. {full post on this coming soon!} So proud of him!!



{F O U R} // Mason and I joined in for #rednose yesterday and had so much fun with it! I've loved scrolling the hashtag on IG


{F I V E} // I ran out of time and that's all I got! Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

{Guys Behind the Blog // May}

It's time for one of my most favorite link-ups that Betsy and Laura-Jean host, The Guys Behind the Blog. I love sending Nate the questions via email each month and then getting his answers. Sometimes I can totally predict what he will say, but other times I am surprised. I think I have a pretty good idea of how he would answer all of these....


May Questions

In preparation for the upcoming season, May’s questions are going to focus on everything summery. However, there is a little bit of a twist! Next month’s questions will be would-you-rather-style. Enjoy!

  1. Would you rather have to wear your swimsuit to work OR have to carry around a large beach umbrella open all day at work?

  2. Probably wear my swimsuit to work, but either way I would hear about it nonstop from the shop guys.

  3. Would you rather play on an MLB team OR get to tour with your favorite band all summer?

  4. Texas Rangers, without a doubt.
  5. Would you rather go to the beach and forget your towel OR go to the beach and forget your sunscreen?

  6. I could go without either one.

    *and he's not lying. He would never have a towel if I didn't pack one for him.

  7. Would you rather take a week-long vacation to anywhere in the world OR take a month-long vacation but have to stay within 100 miles of home?

  8. A month off work! Sign me up!

  9. Would you rather get to have as much ice cream as you want this summer, but only be able to get vanilla OR only get to have ice cream three times this summer, but you can have whatever flavors you want?

  10. I would be good with only eating chocolate 3 times this summer. 

And there you have it! Not a lot to his answers this time since it was a this or that type of thing. Did your guy join in this time?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

{Happy SIXTH birthday Mason}


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My dear Mason Lane,

Happy, happy birthday my sweet boy! I can't believe that today we are celebrating you turning SIX years old. I mean, I feel like we've been celebrating all month long since we had your birthday party so early, and then birthday lunch this past weekend. And believe me, you deserve to be celebrated for a month straight!! But today is your actual birthday and today you are six years old. It goes without saying, but I can't believe how fast those six years flew by. I mentioned the other day that you were no longer the little toddler at the park on the swings begging to be pushed, but now the big kid on the monkey bars and it is so, so true. This was a big year of growth for you, sweet boy.

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Six years ago I met you for the very first time and knew that my heart and my soul would never been the same. You wrecked me in big and beautiful ways and showed me what true unconditional love was.  Being a parent is awesome, but being your parent is the most amazing gift from God! You are the sweetest little boy with the most tender soul. You love and you love hard. Making people smile is what you love to do and you throw out compliments and manners like confetti. Your joy is infectious and I can't help but smile every time I look at you. And most times I am left in tears thanking God for you. I'm not sure what we ever did to deserve you, but I will be forever thankful.

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You are also a smart little boy and wise beyond your years. Kindergarten was a big year for you and you excelled beyond belief. All year you have managed to stay quite a bit above the curve as far as where you should be at that point. I've mentioned before, but you are reading at a level of 14 {maybe higher by now} and testing as a 2nd grader in the month of October! You amaze us. I jokingly asked you the other day, "what are we going to do when you're smarter than Mommy and Daddy?" - you just laughed. Then I said, "and how will we ever help you with homework if you're smarter than us?" to which you replied, "I won't need any help!" ha. I hope you're right about that because it's been ages since your Daddy or I have had to do algebra! You learn fast and retain knowledge like a little sponge. We can tell you something one time and you remember it forever. Sometimes it's hard for you to shut that brain off, though. You tend to ask the most complex questions at bedtime.

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You have been thriving in so many areas lately and amazing us everyday! First was the great news about your schooling and that you're going to be tested for the gifted and talented program, you've been on green almost the whole entire month and only have 1 red day, then you mastered the monkey bars (both of your little palms are so calloused), learned to tie your shoes (we've always put you in shoes without laces for school), and now you are riding your bicycle with no training wheels! So proud of you, sweet boy!

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Oh my sweet boy...you have a heart for Jesus and love learning about him! You love going to church and you love your "Jesus" songs (as you call them!). It makes my heart burst to see you on fire for Jesus!  I pray that you always follow Jesus and live for Him.

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My sweet Mason. I love you! I love you something fierce and I thank God every single day for bringing you into my life. You are the joy in my heart and my favorite little guy. Every minute I get to spend with you is a true gift from God and a moment I will treasure always. You are are a treasure. Your sweet little heart and your tender soul teach me things every single day. Our hearts are so strongly connected and we love hard.

Happy SIXTH birthday to the one that made me a mama. I love you with all of my heart and soul sweet boy.

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At SIX here are a few of your favorite things...

Favorite color? Red
Favorite food? Macaroni & chicken nuggets
Favorite snack? Yogurt
Favorite toy? Bike & Green Machine
Favorite TV show? Lab Rats
Favorite movie? Batman vs Superman
Favorite animal? Diesel (dog)
Favorite drink? Big Blue & Big Red
Favorite song? Soul on Fire by Third Day, Feel It by Toby Mac, Alone by Hollyn
Who is your best friend? Tanner & Gavin
Favorite place to go? Disney World
What do you want to be when you grow up? A bike rider and a policeman