Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have been using Urban Decay eyeshadow for the last several years.  I love it.  The last palette I bought was the smokey palette but it's about time for a new one.  

I can't decide between the Heat 

or the Rose Gold palette.  Any small and brown eyed girls out there? Which one do you use or would you use? I'm leaning towards Rose Gold.  

We got our Magic Bands today.  We leave for Disney in three weeks and I'm SO excited!!! 

We will be there for the big Halloween Party so we are dressing up as Disney princesses (and one prince).  I found this shirt on etsy and this skirt at Target.  And we had the headband! I ordered the girls dresses.  We will be the same thing for actual Halloween.  We always have a family theme and looks like we are keeping it up at least another year.  

We got school pictures back this week.  I think they are so cute.  I can't believe I have a first and third grader.  

And the cutest Cowboys fan ever lives at my house! :-) Scott is a huge cowboys fan and I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader (ha ha ha! well at least when I was 5).  

Today is the first day of fall and we have a fun few days coming up! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Give Grace

Back before I had kids and I was a single lady, I would go to Walmart or other places and see kids screaming and I would give total side eye to the moms.  "Get control of you child!" is what would be in my brain.  I totally judged all moms when their kids weren't behaving.

And then I HAD kids.  

And I was humbled and gained a ton of empathy.  I'm thankful for that.

Now I'm a mom of three and one very, very busy toddler who hates shopping carts.  I try to go to the store when they are all in school but I also have to pack a ton of stuff in those hours and it happens that to make the best use of my time, we need to all go to the store after school.  I also try to go at night but now that we are in school and activities - by the time everyone is in bed, I'm too tired to go. And I could do grocery pick up and I do but that involves planning ahead and sometimes it's the last minute trip after school for lunch supplies and dinner!

All that to say I'm often at Walmart with all three kids.  My girls are well behaved and helpful.  Will Holden has good days and then he has days where he won't sit down or he's yelling.  It's stressful.  I try to make the trips as quick as possible for the sake of everyone involved.

But I can't tell you lately how often I have received ugly looks from older people.  I want to say "did you not have children?" " Do you not remember?".  I just wish they could offer a simple smile and a little encouragement.  It would go so far.  Frowns and rolled eyes are not helpful.

I still remember the day that Harper was around a year old and having a bad day at Walmart.  She was throwing out goldfish everywhere and then dumped a whole package out.  I was on the floor on my hands and knees picking up goldfish and wanting to cry.  This precious woman stopped me and offered the kindest words of encouragement.  I don't even remember what she said and she probably doesn't even remember this happening - but this simple gesture meant the world to a struggling mom.

I'm willing myself to remember when my kids are grown how hard these young years are.  I may even buy a bunch of Sonic cards to stick in my purse to hand out when I see that struggling mom with an unhappy toddler. Or at the very least smile and say "hang in there".

I brought this subject up on my instastory the other day and was met with hundreds of DM's from people who agreed with me.  Tons of moms who experienced this daily - it isn't just me!

Life would be a lot better if we all just encouraged each other.

And not just in the grocery store.  And not just moms with toddlers.

Just put ourselves in others shoes and walk around a bit.

(and maybe I should smile and try to encourage the grumpy older people.  Putting myself in their shoes - maybe they are just having a bad day.)  See what I did there? Trying to give grace.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Busy but never boring!

We had a fun but super busy weekend.  I felt like I ran a marathon.  

Friday, Hollis' class led the school assembly.  She had the very first line and she did great.  Sometimes I just can't get over how much her confidence has come along.  

Saturday was a packed day.  Harper had swim team at our gym in the morning so we all went.  Scott and I worked out while she had practice and the other kids went to childcare.  We got to watch the last half of her practice.  

After her practice, we dropped the boys off and Harper, Hollis and I went to church for a baby shower.  Harper's 2nd grade teacher is having a sweet baby soon and Harper has been looking forward to her shower for months! We love Mrs. Edwards.  I've known her since she was in 9th grade and stayed at my house during a youth event.  Harper was wet from practice and I was sweaty from the gym but we were so glad to be there! 

We ran home and ate lunch and everyone but me changed clothes again so we could head to Hollis' soccer game.   As an Arkansas fan, I love my hat (even though I secretly love everything Texas).  But I felt a little bad for sporting it after I watched Texas lose in 3 overtimes to USC - at midnight.  ha! 

Hollis had a great time playing soccer.  The rest of us were baking watching her.  It as almost 90 degrees.  We are still getting the hang of this sports thing.  Everyone else had big umbrellas to sit under.  We were dialing up Amazon while we sat out there to get one as soon as possible.  

We dashed home to all take showers and eat dinner and get ready because Saturday night Hollis was a Future Miss in the local high school pageant.  Harper did this three years and Hollis was thrilled to get her turn! 

Four years of my Future Miss girls! 

One of Hollis' friends since birth was a future miss also so it was fun for them to get to do it together! 

Hollis escorted one of our babysitters Bailey.  My girls love here and Hollis was so thrilled.  Bailey gave her a little bag of goodies and you would have thought it was Christmas morning.  She did great in the pageant.  It's always fun to watch.  The high school girls are so articulate and talented.  They are all so smart and well rounded.  And it's also SO encouraging because for the last four years I've watched the majority of the girls in the pageant in their public school declare their love for Jesus and their passion to serve him.  I've been blown away by that.  

Scott took this picture before we left.  This pretty much sums up all of our personalities.  Scott and Will Holden stayed home to watch football while we had a girls night.  

Today was church.  We taught Will Holden's class which is always an adventure.  

The girls had choir and GA's and we got ready for another week! 

Busy but never boring!