Baby Tree #3!

A couple of months ago, while on vacation in Colorado with our family I told Luke that I felt like we were done having kids. We had our boy and our girl and it just seemed like we were done.

Three days later I took a pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant! Unexpectedly pregnant but pregnant for sure.

We have since decided that I felt that "done" feeling because I subconsciously knew that I had a baby inside of me and now that we had three babies I felt done.

So ready or not, our baby BOY is coming in March!!!

Ironically we found out we were having a boy the exact same day we found out we were having a boy five years ago.

I'm now 17 weeks and feeling really good. For the first 14 weeks I was sick sick sick. The sickest I've been out of all my pregnancies. I am so thankful to be feeling better and back to my old eating-all-the-time self! 

We are praying that I do not have placenta previa this time around, but we know regardless the situation is completely in God's hands. He has shown time and time again that He knows what is best for us and our lives are completely in His hands - so we choose to trust Him completely.

We have a couple of names that we are tossing around but nothing that we are set on yet. Eli is very set on naming the baby Joey Michaenagelo and came close to tearing up today when I told him we weren't going to name him Joey Michaelangelo. I felt bad and had a crazy moment when I told Luke maybe we should think about considering that name. I've heard of older siblings naming their kids and thought it was sweet but we decided maybe Eli's name choice wasn't out favorite.

So that's the latest update in our lives. Baby Tree #3 coming in March!  Hopefully I will post updates as the pregnancy progresses, but considering I always make plans to come blog and never do I can't make any promises with myself.


Fall, Fall, Fall, lets have a ball!

September 1st. I know I'm going to sound like the most predictable person in the world but I woke up this morning and though "ahhh, I really want to bake some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins". I don't think I've ever even made those before but for some reason the realization that today was September made me want to make them. I've also though several times today that I wanted to go get a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks which is REALLY ridiculous cause I think that every year and then when I get one I'm reminded that I hate them. Maybe it's just tradition, perhaps I will go get one today.

I was proclaiming my giddiness for Fall the other day to Luke and said something about other people being excited and he said he didn't think others got as excited about Fall as we do. Clearly the man has yet to be introduced to the world of Pinterest. My feed has been nothing but preparations for Fall since June 15th. And I've been happy to pin away.

Although I always get a bit perplexed about when is the appropriate time to set out my Fall decorations. I want to get in the fall spirit but it's a little hard when it's still over 90 degrees outside. I think I will wait till mid-September. Surely it will be cooler by then.

Besides all the pinning of fall outfits, and decorations and recipes another event that makes me feel fall ready is back to school. I've always loved back to school, just the "newness" and "freshness" in the air (I think I made those two words up). It's such a fun time!

This was the first year since I graduated college that I actually participated in back to school Not for myself (can I get a big PRAISE GOD, I hope to never go back to school as a student again), but instead for my child. This year Eli started Pre-K! Can't believe the time has come for my first baby to be in school.

He only goes 2 1/2 hours a day but he is going to a 'real" elementary school everyday and it just feels all too real.

I will admit I spent a lot of time being sad about Eli starting school. Because some people opt not to do Pre-K I worried maybe I was making a mistake. If it's not necessary should I really send him? And so on the questions came.

But after even just the first "meet the teacher" event I knew it was the right decision. Really, in my heart I knew it was the right decision all summer but I still allowed myself to doubt and question. Which was all for nothing because it was a great decision. We are only in our third week of school but I know this will be a great year.

Eli goes to afternoon Pre-K so we have all morning to do whatever we need to do, or simply hang at home in our PJ's. I love that our mornings haven't been disprutped, we eat breakfast and watch shows and play outside and we don't feel rushed at all.

Then after lunch he heads to school. I've tried to get Annie to nap while he is at school, which if she does it gives me 2 1/2 hours to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to get as much stuff done as possible.

If she doesn't nap then it gives me 2 1/2 hours to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to get as much stuff done while wrangling a 17 month old. It's fun.

Some pics from Ei's first day, he was SO excited about starting his first day!

Can't believe how big that baby boy is!! I love watching him grow and get bigger every year (day?) but I miss that chubby bald baby!

Now I'm off to buy my PSL (and proclaim my hatred for it) and find a good pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe!


What's Up Wednesday!

I've been wanting to get back on here and blog for awhile but I didn't really know where to begin, then I saw this link up and I thought it was perfect for the blog. Basically it's a list of questions that helps me sum up what we've been up to since I last blogged (in april, WHAT?) so here we go…. 

What we're eating
Summer food! I'm a very seasonal eater. I don't like heavy, "hot" food in the summer. I will still cook it because that is what most of my recipes are made up of, but usually I want something more light in the summer. So far my favorite summer meal this year has been Italian chicken with a side of okra and my yummy pasta salad! (I just read the post I wrote several years ago and I now add red onion to the pasta)

What I'm reminiscing about...

For some reason this year I have been LONGING to go to Disney World. I think because Eli is at such a fun age I know he would love it! I've been thinking a lot about past Disney trips and especially about the trip Luke and I took there on our first anniversary. I am hoping and praying that we get to go soon!

What I'm loving…
Summer! Just summer in general. We stay pretty busy in the summer but there is just a more "laid back"  feeling in the summer air. We've seen our families a lot this summer and had lots of fun activities that have kept the kids and I busy during the day. We go to the pool almost everyday and Eli is slowly but surely venturing away from just sitting on the stairs…swim lessons are helping.

What We've Been Up To…

Well Eli can now officially put "T-ball player" on his resume. His team the Cheetahs practiced once a week and had 1-2 games a week for the month of June. He of course loved it and we all loved watching him out there. At his very first game when he ran to first base for the very first time he made sure to slide into the base, he looked like a professional baseball player. Luke was the coach of the team and proved once again that he is good at everything he does! Anniston did pretty well at the games as long as she had plenty of snacks to keep her busy. It was a fun first experience and introduction into the sports world for our family.

What I'm dreading…
When August rolls around Eli will start "real" school. He will be in Pre-K and I am dreading it with every fiber in my body. He will just go 2 1/2 hours a day, but he will go everyday to an elementary school and it just seems too soon. TOO TOO SOON.

What I'm working on…

I'm always working on Scentsy stuff and we have an awesome special for people who join in June. If you've ever thought about joining email me and lets chat about this special!

What I'm excited about…

I'm so excited for our family vacation next month to Colorado! We haven't been in two years and it will be our first vacation since Anniston was born. We will meet up with Luke's parents in Colorado which will be so nice cause they are such a big help with the kids so Luke and I will actually get to have some "rest" time while on vacation. I can't wait for our trip!

What I'm watching/reading…

I always love a good Netflix binge…my latest show is Parenthood, I'm enjoying it. I don't seem to be in love with it like the rest of the world but it's filling the void of needing a show to watch at night. 

What I'm listening to…

I'm always a little late to the game when it comes to ANYTHING, and this time around it's podcasts. I just discovered podcasts and I'm in love. It can be tricky finding time to listen to them because a lot of times in the car I can't hear anything over my precious children, but enjoy them so much when I get to listen to them. If you are a podcast person and you have a favorite, please share! 

What I'm wearing...

My mom came and stayed with us last week and brought her sewing machine which meant lots of sewing projects (mainly for me and Anniston). She made this kimono for me and I love it so much! I've worn it a couple of times and gotten so many compliments. I wish she had passed her sewing knowledge down to me! 

What I'm doing this weekend…
Nothing! Woo hoo! Well Eli does have his final tball game on Friday night but then Saturday and Sunday we don't have any plans. I'm sure we will grill some steak and spend a lot of time playing outside.

What I'm looking forward to next month…
I'm looking forward to just another fun summer month. We have our Colorado trip and several other fun things planned as well as just our regular summer days of hanging at the pool, playing outside and taking it easy! 

What we are doing for the 4th of July…
Every year we spend the holiday with my mom's side of the family out at my aunt and uncles. We always cook out, visit, watch the kid's play and just have a great time. We look forward to it every year!


Good Weekend

Well we all survived the stomach bug!

Phew, that was a doozy. By Tuesday we were all functioning and back to normal but it took until Thursday before we were all eating normal again. That bug was bad. I would be perfectly fine without ever experiencing a family bug again in the future.

But all is well now and we had a great weekend. Friday night I planned to make dinner but Luke was craving Mexican food and suggested we get some to go. I will NEVER argue with chips, salsa and queso. So Friday night we enjoyed our little own fiesta.

We are at that weird point where the one year old is eating more than the four year old. Annie is growing and will eat anything you put in front of her and Eli is four and will find a reason to NOT eat anything you put in front of him. I try not to get exhausted with it, or cave and make him an entirely different meal but he's wearing me out.

Saturday morning I got up early and went to a women's tea at a friend's church. She asked me a couple of months ago if I would be the speaker for the event and even though I don't have a ton of experiencing speaking I enjoy it and agreed to speak at the event.

Well, I guess I do have a communication degree which required me to do public speaking a lot in college but that was almost 10 years ago. I was a completely different person then. I had a lot less pounds on me and I still thought Taco Bueno was healthy because the tacos had lettuce and tomatoes on them. I also thought I would never yell at my children and they would never throw fits in public because that just wasn't normal.

I've come a long way.

I do enjoy public speaking though and so enjoyed the process of putting together this message. Spending so much time with the Lord asking Him to lead me and give me the words to say. I spoke about sharing Christ in our struggles and I was able to talk about how we have used Luke's struggle with panic attacks to minister to others. And really how others have used it to minister to us.

Don't I look so serious here? This is probably when I was telling them that they need to purchase the Bissell vacuum that I blogged about. I'm serious, that thing is life changing

It was a fun event and the ladies of the church were SO welcoming to me. Plus it was fun to spend time with my friend Stephanie. We hardly ever get to see each other anymore because of kids and husbands and all that stuff that gets in the way.

That night Luke's parents came to see us which is always fun. We had a good time just visiting and eating, plus Luke and I got to drive through the Starbucks drive thru alone which is the equivalent of a dinner at a five star restaurant.

You know how a kid's nap in the car equals more time than it is? For example if a kid sleeps 20 minutes in their mind they slept 2 hours and they don't need a nap anymore. That is how dates are for Luke and I right now. From our house to Starbucks in back we spent about 15 minutes in the car so we went on a hour and half date. It was glorious.

Sunday after church we had a picnic with church friends and let the kids play on our amazing church playground.

It was just a great weekend! Beautiful weather, time with people we love and good food. Good times!


Our First Time

Well, there's a first time for everything and our family has experienced another first. These past couple of days we experienced our first family stomach bug.

Actually Annie has yet to get the stomach bug and we are hoping and literally praying that she doesn't get it. I thought for sure she was going to get it this morning because she slept way longer than normal and was acting a bit cranky, but soon she was acting like her normal self.

I'll spare you the details because really who wants to hear that mess but it started with me and went downhill from there. Eli wins the family award for handling it the best. Maybe it's a kid thing but he didn't slow down too much.

Do you notice how I'm using past tense to explain all this. I'm willing the stomach bug to go away. None of us feel completely 100% yet but I'm thinking by tomorrow afternoon we will all feel normal again. Please, please please.

The thought of my beloved Target sugar cookies still sounds gross to me. That's how sick you know I am!

I did manage to make some yummy chicken noodle soup from Damn Delicious. There is nothing better than chicken noodle soup when you feel horrible. Well actually none of us felt like eating for the first day, then after that chicken noodle soup with LOTS of broth sounded ok.

Because nobody wants to talk about the stomach plague of 2015 I will show you some cute new Scentsy warmers

Do you have a baseball fan in your family? These baseball warmers are FINALLY available and I am so excited! Eli has an LA Dodgers hat that he loves to wear (because of the Sandlot) so I can't wait to get that warmer for his room!

These gold warmer are all BIG sellers. Who can't resist gold? 

And the warmer In Bloom that is 10% off this month! 

As always please let me know if you have any questions about joining my team. This month alone with my paycheck I am making my car payment, paying for my house cleaner (necessities ya know), paying for my bootcamp that I go to three times a week and putting the rest towards our medical debt. What would you do with some extra money every month??  I would love to help you get your business started!

Hopefully by tomorrow our whole family is back to our normal selves.  I would have been ok without ever having experienced this first for us! 


Our fun new VeggieTales toy!

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Just the other day Luke and I were talking about television and all the options that kids have nowdays. I know that makes me sound ancient but think about it, when we were kids we had one maybe two channels devoted to kids. 

Now kids not only have a plethora of channels to choose from on TV but with the click of a button, or rather swipe of their finger they can use various tablets and phones to watch a number of shows. As a parent this can be a bit unnerving. While it can be nice at times to let your child have some rest time with a TV show, you also have to be on your toe,s careful of what they are watching. There are definitely some shows that aren't something we would want Eli watching even though they seem geared towards children. 

However one show Eli loves that we are completely ok with is VeggieTales. This is a show that promotes strong values and lessons of faith in every episode. Eli began watching it at church and then we got some DVD's to watch at home and then found that there are lots of episodes on Netflix that he likes to watch. 

Eli loves watching VeggieTales, laughing out loud and singing along with the fun shows. We have even been able to incorporate several lessons from the show into our family life. Their Christmas special was wonderfully done and helped teach about giving and not just receiving which we later used in conversation with Eli while discussing the true meaning of Christmas. We are big VeggieTales fans in this house! 

I was excited when I found out that VeggieTales was releasing a line of toys geared towards children who watch the show. Eli and I went to Wal-Mart this weekend and I let him pick out a toy to purchase. 

He was SO excited and picked the Larry that sings the theme to the show. It also shakes around which he thought Anniston would love, and sure enough she loves to hold the toy while it sings to her and shakes all around. 

It's nice to have this toy in our house as a reminder of this positive show that we all love. We watch VeggieTales in my classroom at church and I have plans to purchase this toy for the kids to play with in there. I know they will love it. 

 Both kids have been playing with Larry and having fun together with the toy. How nice that it's a toy that both my kids, 3 years apart can enjoy together! I love it because Eli already loves the show so he sings along to the song, while at just a year old Annie has not yet been introduced to the show so the toy is completely new to her but when she watches the show it will already be familiar to her!

If you have a child who loves VeggieTales I definitely suggest you go to Wal-Mart and treat them to one of these fun toys. There are several options in various price ranges, perfect for just about anybody!


Five Favorite Things

Five of my favorite things right now....

1. Starbucks Shaken Sweet Tea

Oh my heavens. I'm beyond addicted to this sweet tea. I don't even remember when I started drinking it....sometime within the last 6 months or so. I've been trying to quit drinking Coke (I've gotten better but still haven't quit all the way) so I needed to find something to fill that void. While I do love almost all sweet tea, the Starbucks tea does not compare to any other tea. It could be because it has a teeny tiny twinge of coffee taste in it which I love (not on purpose I think it's because everything in Starbucks smells like coffee so that smell gets in the tea, probably doesn't make scientific sense). I got a lot of Starbucks gift cards for my birthday and I've almost used them all. Sad day.

2. Iced Sugar Cookies at Target

Check your Target bakery to see if it has these amazing cookies. They come individually packaged and they are found in the cooler section with cakes and cupcakes. I first had one when I was at my parent's house. My sister introduced me to them and I thought she and my mom were crazy for saying they were so amazing, until I tried one. Oh my sweet manna. It's unfortunate though because Target rarely has them. I went the other day craving one and asked the girl at the bakery if they had any and she said a lady had just wiped them out, she took like 15. SEE. I'm not kidding when I say they are amazing. I think they are so good because you keep them cool. Plus the icing is just really good.

3. Thieves Essential Oil Spray

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard of essential oils. We use them periodically here in this house and have done so for awhile (the Thieves cleaner from Young Living is the only cleaner I use). I feel like there is a BIG misconception from a lot of people thinking that you have to either use Scentsy or diffuse oils you can't do both which is false. We do both here. But that's a another story for another day. Anyways I carry this tiny little bottle of Thieves spray with me and use it SO much. I spray down a highchair at a restaurant  before Annie sits in it, I use it to spray the handle bar of the grocery cart, and my most favorite use is to spray her pacifier after she drops it on the Target floor (or wherever we are but usually Target). It's a disinfectant spray and completely safe. Plus it smells great!

4. Clinique Bonus

I don't wear much makeup.  I actually didn't realize this until I started watching makeup videos from beauty bloggers and I realized my makeup routine is sorely lacking. I've also always worn Clinique makeup but I went through a phase where I tried different foundations, eventually coming back to Clinique. I just love their stuff. I usually buy my makeup when they have their bonus time and right now their bonus at Macy's is awesome! I've been trying to wear a more colorful gloss lately (as opposed to just a nude colored gloss) and I'm LOVING the pink gloss that came in my bonus. I will be back to buy this for sure. It is called Kissy Fit

5. Jennie-O Turkey Burgers

I always have such a hard time figuring out what to eat for lunch and usually end up either just not eating anything at all, or eating the leftovers from the kids (mac n cheese, hot dogs, chicken tenders). But recently I started eating these turkey patties and it's been the perfect lunch meal. I just grill it for about 15 minutes and then put a piece of cheese on top and lunch is done. Simple and filling.

I just realized that three of my favorite things this week are food/beverage items. Oops.