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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Plaid and leopard

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy 7th Birthday Grace!

I can't believe my little girl is turning 7! How do that happen?
You went from this

and this..
To this so fast!

Life went by so fast!!
I feel like it was yesterday that I found out I was pregnant with her
and now she's 7.
Grace at 2 1/2 

Grace at 5

Grace at 6 1/2

Grace at 2

Grace at 2

Grace at 6

Grace is such a sweet and special girl. She has a kind heart!

I love you so much and I thank God for you everyday!
You are in 1st grade and have lots of friends at school.
You are doing really well in school and awesome in math! You are already on times 7, which you are so proud of. You love PE and you are one of the fastest runners. 
You take gymnastics two times per week and you are in level 3. You work really hard at gymnastics and practice all the time. You love dance but we took you out because we couldn't afford it and it was too busy. You told me that you like gymnastics more than dance. 
You love Justin Bieber and you're having a Justin Bieber birthday party today. You are really silly and always make your siblings laugh. You love tackling daddy and playing with him.
You have such a kind heart and want to buy more toys for the kids at the hospital. Everyone thinks that is so sweet.
You want to be a nurse one day and love playing doctor on daddy and Olivia. You also want to be a mom, you are always playing with your baby dolls and having me babysit them. LOL.
You play teacher a lot too. You get our easel out and teach your class all sorts of things. You read your class stories and call parents if your students have been bad.
You love telling people about Jesus. You ask your friends if they know God, if they say no you tell them how much God loves them.
Your teacher was talking about promises at school and you raised your hand and said, "A promise is when God said he would never flood the earth again and sent a rainbow to remind us." I thought that was the sweetest thing ever!
You love fashion and you're very particular about what you wear. Sometimes I catch you looking online at different stores like Old Navy to see what clothes are cute. You love looking at clothes at Target and beg me to bring you to the mall to walk around. 
You are such a blessing to our family and I love you more than you'll ever know!


I asked Grace some questions that I thought would be fun to share.
What’s your favorite color? Blue and white
What’s your favorite food? Noodles
What’s your favorite restaurant? Chik-Fil-A
What do you like about your family? That they are Christians
What do you like about your mom? My mom gives me presents, she’s nice to me, she loves me, she goes on bike rides with me, and we do stuff together.
What do you like about your dad? He takes me to movies, he takes me on a date, I like to wrestle him and shoot him with nurf guns, and he’s nice to me.
What do you like about being a big sister? I don’t like anything because you have to do a lot of work and it’s boring.
What is your favorite thing to do? Have play dates with friends, go to the mall with my mom, go to build-a-bear and make up dances to Justin Bieber. Also watch Dancing with the Stars with mommy and vote for William.
What do you like about school? Math and P.E. I like subjects like art. I like science and I like playing with my friends at recess.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A nurse
What sports do you like? Gymnastics and baseball
What do you like about yourself? I’m pretty and good at math. I’m a good friend and I’m nice.
Who do you want to marry? Justin Bieber or William Levy.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Meet new friends!!!

Today I am linking up with Kelly's Korner for 
Meet New Friends Day!

My name is Melanie, I'm 28 years old and I live in the Arizona.
I am married with three kids, Grace (7 tomorrow), Olivia (2), and Luke (1). I am 24 weeks pregnant with baby boy number 4. 

We have two dogs Henry and Winston. They are both poodle mixes because the kids have allergies. Our dogs are super cute but keep me super busy because I have no clue how to train them!
Besides blogging I love having date nights with my husband Anthony. It's our time to reconnect with one another and it's SO nice being able to actually talk without all the kids around.

I also love doing lots of fun activities with the kids. My goal for everyday is to wear them out!! We love going to the park, playing outside, going to the library, walks and the book store! 

When I get moments alone I enjoy going on bike rides, hiking, shopping (well window shopping), meeting a friend for frozen yogurt, reading and taking naps!

I was able to be a stay at home mom once our sweet Luke was born last April. But two months later my husband lost his job. This year has been really challenging. I went back to work temporarily for a few months in the beginning of the year but am now back home because the position was for only three months. 

The biggest shocker this year was me getting pregnant again! It wasn't planned and I was (still am) in total shock!!! I am blessed that I get pregnant so easily and don't struggle in that area. So I am completely thankful to the Lord. I have had to FULLY rely on God this year because for some reason this pregnancy has been very rough on me. I've been super exhausted and nauseous the entire time! The doctor isn't concerned because I have gained SO much weight but it's wearing on me. Daily I just have to put my trust in the Lord and know that He has great plans for our life!

Before I was a stay at home mom I worked with kids that were abused. My "other self" is extremely passionate about abuse and educating others about abuse. Sometimes it's nice to have something you're passionate about when you're a stay at home mom because it's so easy to get lost in the day to day of being a momma.

I'm so excited to meet new friends!!


young and restless


Friday, April 27, 2012

Stuff that I don't need but I just kind of want.....

Isn't this just the most sweetest thing for a brand new baby boy ever???
Love it!
The pattern is only $4 on Etsy. Too bad I would have no clue how to make it!
My sweet Muffin has this fun race car tape to entertain your little one. Too bad it's $22!
I'd rather just use masking tape but still great idea!

Ok, this is a darling little outfit from My Sweet Muffin for only $29!!! 
I actually really want this because my new little man will have a grandpa whose a doctor, a grandma whose a nurse practitioner, and two aunts' that are nurses. I just think this would be darling!
Isn't this the cutest hat from Get Your Craft On? I just love it!
But it's sold out. Bummer.
I love this board book from Romp roughly $8. I think it's a great way to either document your child's art or have an older sibling make for a new baby. What a great keepsake? I have a few blank books that Grace has made but I love love love this board book idea!!!
$160 is way out of my price range for a front pack plus I have a great Baby Bjorn and a Moby Wrap that I use all the time. But I just love Petunia Pickle and I am dying to have an Ergo. 
Ok. Enough said. Don't need it....just want it.

What are you dying to have that you just don't need??


What are your thoughts on moving.....

I'm thinking of moving to Wordpress?
What are your thoughts?
My husband does website design and he was thinking of redesigning my blog but he only does it on Wordpress?
I'm so used to blogger and change is hard for me...
Who uses Wordpress?

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Some days, ok the past two weeks are like this….

Sleepless night because someone keeps having bad dreams.
When that someone has a bad dream she wakes up everyone in the house.
A certain dog pees on a new toy.
A certain sweetie doesn’t want to go to school because she doesn’t like her new teacher.
Every time this momma turns around she finds her little man crawling through the doggie door or climbing onto the kitchen island or climbing to the top of the couch or pulling all the toilet paper off the roll.
A silly little one wants to stay home with daddy but daddy’s not home so she decides to lock mommy and her baby brother out of the house.
Trips to the grocery store turn into a trip to the ER because a little miss thought she could climb into the cart but pulls it down onto her as her little brother flies out.
Change of weather and too much time in the grass causes 
this princess to have an allergic reaction.
And oh the fun when a little one is sitting on your lap and momma feels warm and wet. Diapers don't always work.
Another little princess decides to use all of mommy’s return address labels to decorate mom and dad’s bed.
A little man starts to say momma and then throws up all down this momma’s shirt 
(and everywhere else).
And when this momma decides she deserves a big bowl of Ben and Jerry’s her clumsy preggo self causes her to drop the bowl as it shatters everywhere.

These are the days….I mean weeks where I want a break from being a mom.
But then every single night I kiss my kids goodnight and 
thank God for my sweet little angels.

Then I’m ready to do it all over again.

Linking up with The Anderson Crew
Blog Hops Everyday and A Mommy's Blog Design Friday Blog Hop

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our Dancing with the Star Picks

I love watching Dancing with the Stars and picking a favorite from the beginning. I thought I was going to go for Melissa Gilbert since I absolutely LOVED Little House on the Prairie when I was younger but I ended up loving Katherine Jenkins.
I just think Katherine is so beautiful and sweet. She just has a natural talent. 
Grace's pick this season is William Levy because she thinks he's cute. Actually he turned out to be a decent dancer too! 
I'm impressed!
Last but not least Anthony likes Maria Menounos. 
Can you guess why he likes her? We all like her. I think she is a tough and very positive. 

I'd be really surprised if these three don't end up in the last three!
I can't wait to see who wins!!!

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