Family Fun: February

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This is a VERY brief recap of our February πŸ™‚

The BIG NEWS obviously was the announcement of our Disney Rental Home purchase! We went to Disney twice this month and also put a lot of work into getting the house ready to rent. Even though our purpose of the house purchase is really for a financial investment, it’s also all about a family investment and we enjoyed it SO MUCH this month. It makes me so excited to have a place where our family can make memories together over the years πŸ™‚ 

Another biggie this month were appointments. Spear and Britt had their well check ups together and Kye and Tess had their dental visits together. And all four appointments? On the SAME DAY. I already blogged about Spear’s and Britt’s appointment here but haven’t chatted it up about the dentist one πŸ˜‰ 

It worked out great having it all on the same day because it meant both Kye and Britt had excuses for missing school and that Zach was already missing work for Spear’s shots so he was able to take Spear and Britt back home after their appointment so I could just have Kye and Tess for theirs πŸ˜‰

Tess did GREAT! She had x-rays and was a super big girl about them. Our dentist has tv screens in the ceiling and since our kids never watch actual live tv they think it’s AMAZING. They are like little zombie children. 

Everything looked good for her, she’s totally good to go on using the same toothpaste as the older two which makes my life a lot easier!

I love that she picked out a Star Wars sticker!

I didn’t want to embarrass Kye snapping pics of him but his appointment also went well! He’s what they call a “slow erupter” which means he’s taking awhile to get in his adult teeth. Which isn’t a bad thing when you’re looking at braces and crowding! It’s good to give his jaw time enough to grow a bit before cramming more adult teeth in. 

It’s crazy that Britt may very likely pass him in number of teeth lost and she’s almost 3 years younger. We did discuss braces and the new trend now is doing them in phases. The dentist at this appointment doesn’t see him needing to do the phase thing but says we’ll watch and see once he loses more teeth.

Something I’ve NEVER noticed with Kye is that on a couple of his teeth his gums are like receding. This is possibly from brushing too hard but can also be genetic. He says his teeth are sensitive at times and the dentist said it can cause that.

He’s going to be mindful to brush gently and he’s going to use Sensodyne toothpaste but we are gonna have to watch it pretty closely as he may end up needing a procedure where they MOVE gum tissue from the roof of the mouth to the gum line. Um. That does NOT sound like a simple fix. 

We did also talk about the “Sedgley split.” A strong gap between the two top front teeth is SUPER strong in my bloodline. It’s in the Sedgley side but also in my mom’s side (my grandmother had it) so I’ve always full expected at least one, if not all, of my kids to have it. The dentist though doesn’t think it’s gonna happen. She said neither Kye’s or Tess’s x-rays show signs of it (my money is on Britt b/c she’s the most “Sedgley like” in her looks!). 

The dentist also said she thinks Tess may be our best bet on not needing braces. Fingers crossed on that one! Neither myself or my brother needed them so ideally I hope our kids all get my teeth. I’d rather have the gap than braces! 

I know the weather is SO WEIRD for everyone this year! We had a HUGE warm streak in February. So warm that the kids decided it was warm enough TO SWIM. Def the earliest we’ve ever gotten in our pool. And it was also wayyyyy too cold to be enjoyable. They didn’t last long and Mama sure enough didn’t test it out with them haha!

As Spear starts sleeping better and better I’m able to get back to enjoying “me time” more and more. I’m so thankful for so many awesome friendships and so many great groups of ladies who like to get together for fun nights out!

This month we did dinner and an Escape Room. I haven’t ever done one before and Zach actually has talked about wanting to do it. 

Yall know my frugal self. It was $25 PER PERSON which I thought was HIGH. Like my expectations were pretty up there for that price, right?!?!

So automatically I think the price set me up not to think it was “worth it.” The room just wasn’t what I was expecting or picturing and I felt like they could have done SO MUCH MORE especially since they are making a killing (our group had 6 people so off our ONE hour they made $150!). 

Robyn, however, LOVED IT. I’m talking I’ve NEVER, in our almost 9 years of friendship, seen her so crunk about something. It was awesome and THAT was worth the money to me haha!

We escaped!!!

I def hit my wall with it and probably wouldn’t have made it out if I was alone. Zach LOVES riddles and stuff and I get annoyed after a little bit and am always like “just tell me the answer.” I kinda reached that point with this where I was just over it haha. 

I get the same way with hide and seek. I get so annoyed trying to find people. I guess I’m lame huh?

For book club this month we had agreed to read Pitch Dark. It was SO BAD yall that we all agreed to just STOP reading it. So we didn’t have a book for the month and instead met up just to chat and make plans for the rest of the year moving forward (or at least loose plans ha!)

Olive Garden has randomly become our meet up place because they have a great room where we can all sit and visit and we’ve worked out a pretty decent deal on the food too! I’m so glad to have some new faces come and some that we hadn’t seen in awhile! 

I haven’t read a “self help” book in a long time and have owned Boundaries for 6 years now. My counselor gave it to me when a lot of the drama with my mom started happening. Of course she ended up exiting my life so I never bothered reading it (don’t really need boundaries with someone who isn’t in your life anymore). 

I decided to pick it back up and tackle it and YOU GUYS. I’m SO thankful I did. This is a MUST READ. I’m talking it’s on my LIST of top favorite books that everyone needs to read. It’s a LIFE CHANGER. 

I’m still not all the way done with it but it’s one you can read over and over and continually apply it to new ways in your life. I feel like the age of 33 is a year of personal growth for me and this book is helping me in HUGE ways!!! 


READ IT. 

We had to buy some new pans this month (my goal is to use this new house as an opportunity to replace OUR stuff and take our old stuff down there!) and I cracked up when I read the care instructions.

You know all your husbands like to “soak” everything too haha

I also randomly got a skin tag this month and it drove me CRAZY. I googled around like a mad woman and found out that Apple Cider Vinegar can cure them!!! Here’s what I did and IT WORKED!!!

I do recommend trying it for a shorter timespan at first (like 20 min or so) to make sure you don’t have any sort of reaction before letting it sit all night!

Kye had the dreaded flu this month and our insurance doesn’t pay for prescriptions. Tamiflu? Was gonna cost us $200! Um nope?!?! Plus I heard it has had all sorts of rough side effects. I had a friend recommend Oscillococcinum to us and I loaded UP on it. 

I think it truly helped minimize his symptoms and I plan to keep some on hand to have all the time in case we ever need it!

I was SO PUMPED this month to actually WIN a giveaway! I never win stuff!

I won this poster print from Ever After Tees and can’t wait to hang it in the Disney House!

My dad had a minor surgery this month that had a pretty long recovery time so we put together a care package for him. I’m so thankful my step mom takes AMAZING care of him and cooks such healthy foods for them both buttttt when I think of my dad I think of all the junk food we’d always eat at his house growing up πŸ˜‰ 

I couldn’t resist sending some of his favorites!

One of my MUST DO goals for 2018 is to catch up on getting all my blog books printed off. I was reminded of the urgency for that when Britt and Tess were looking through some this month and Tess asked where she was…ummm I haven’t had any blog books printed since she was born. 

Outfits of the month:

I’m obsessing over this blazer from Old Navy!

Jeans from Target

Top also from Old Navy (these are my favorite tees!)

Top: Old Navy

Bag: Amazon

Jeans: Rock Star from Old Navy

Shoes: Toms

Vest: Amazon

Top: Amazon

Jeans: Nordstrom

Shoes: Originally from Sears, these are similar

Vest: Amazon

Top: Amazon

Jeans: Nordstrom

Shoes: Toms

Top: Amazon

Jeans: Old Navy 

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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Family Fun: February

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Here is everything our family was up to in February!

Everyone knows the past five years have been tough for me regarding my side of the family. It’s been such a growing period for me in my faith and the past several months have been truly amazing. It’s been such a lesson to be patient and trust in God’s timing. It’s all been so difficult for me but I’ve tried to always respond in love to any conflict and have tried to let my light shine in a dark situation. Slowly many relationships have been mending. Family has been reaching out to me. Connections being made through social media. My little family got to spend some quality time with someone who has always been very close to me last year and it was SUCH a true blessing and meant the WORLD to me. This month my Uncle Jeff and I talked some online and he and his wife, Aunt Laurie, stopped through Valdosta on their way to visit other family. Words cannot do justice to just how much it meant to me for them to go out of their way to stop through and see us. We enjoyed a wonderful meal together and lots of hugs and tears were shared. I hope it was just the first of many times that we’ll get to spend together in the future! I’m so thankful for doors being opened again and don’t take a single bit of it for granted.

Another super awesome thing happened this month too that also made me feel so loved and special! A sweet blog friend sent me THE most thoughtful gift I have EVER received! A life changing blanket. Which, DUH, yall know I’m obsessed with. But it isn’t just a life changing blanket…it’s a PINEAPPLE ONE. OMG. I seriously got tears and basically freaked out. SO sweet!!!

This month was Valentine’s Day!

I’m typically a fan of doing homemade Valentine’s stuff to save money and just enjoy having something other than the boxed valentines. I’m in SEVERAL deals groups and actually spent very, very little on valentines day cards this year for the kids’ classes. 

I got a bag full of little ducks for $1! I hunted pinterest and found a free printable to go with it. Hot glued the ducks to the cardstock print outs and BAM! Tess’s valentines were finished (and I got SO MANY compliments on them!). 

I got a deal for Kye’s valentines as well. An entire box of paper airplane valentines (32 total) for $2! Can’t beat it!

Britt’s were the only ones I had to buy. She didn’t care at all what kind I got her so I just grabbed a random box of Frozen ones at Target πŸ˜‰

So cute, right? You can get the free printable here!

I was struggle CITY this month with head colds and sinus crud. I live off OJ and cinnamon sugar toast when I’m not feeling well.

BUT I asked my dr about the sinus junk and she recommend FLONASE. I now tell EVERYONE to get some! It’s been a GAME CHANGER for me. A couple squirts morning and night and BAM! No sinus or allergy issues. No head colds or brain fog! I love it!

I also found these at Target and wanted to recommend them to all the mamas. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to auto immune disorders. Even if they don’t run in your family it’s important to make sure your kids get enough Vitamin D! Zach’s dr also said calcium is crucial so I love that this vitamin contains both!

Sisters! It’s tough to get them BOTH smiling at the same time haha

We are still working on Britt’s room. It’s not a quick thing to finish but we’re getting there!

I scored this shirt for under $5!!! (It runs TINY. I order an XL)

If you’ve never heard “Eye of the Storm” before then you def need to click here and listen πŸ™‚ I first heard it last September when a friend of mines home got destroyed in a storm that passed through here. I thought about how appropriate it was for them and how so many people probably hear the song and feel comforted by it. Little did I know that my own storms were coming and that the very same song would come to mean so much to me. 

We are trying to do more fun family nights! Pizza for the win!

Lava is a Pixar short that is a bonus feature on Inside Out. If you’ve never seen Lava then you HAVE to! Here’s a link to it, it’s awesome. 

You know how sometimes things are SUPER obvious to others but not to yourself? This month there was a LOT going on and some of it was super tough. Zach actually ended up missing a week of work and had a really difficult time emotionally. He KNEW what he needed to feel better. He needed to golf. It’s his outlet and it helps him de-stress and feel better (stress is SUCH a big deal now with the MS so it’s a big blessing he knows what he needs to lower his stress levels). I needed to de-stress too. But I literally had NO CLUE what I needed. Zach told me to take a day and do whatever I needed to do. So I thought I’d go shopping. Alone. 

Turns out that wasn’t what I needed at all. I never realized it but turns out I’m extroverted (bahaha I know, I should have realized that already huh?). I basically had a breakdown in the middle of Old Navy. Like crying and feeling like I couldn’t breathe. Alone time means thinking time and sometimes that’s not best. I’m SO thankful for my awesome tribe of friends. Going and doing with friends def lowers my stress! I met up with friends and was SO much better πŸ™‚ I lucked out that it was kids sale night so I didn’t have to have too much alone time πŸ™‚ 

I am in LOVE with this outfit!

Vest here

Shirt here

Here’s the vest another day too…I wore it a TON this month!

Cheese fries and friends make everything better πŸ™‚

We’ve become masters of the quick grocery run πŸ™‚ 

We are also Zaxby’s pros for the Wednesday night rush! 

Aunt Casey went to chapel and sent me this sweet pic of my happy girls!

Y’all. How do you handle sweeping? I swear every. single. time. my kids eat there is a MASSIVE mess. To be fair, probably a solid 95% of it is from Britt alone (messiest eater on EARTH). I feel like I sweep. And sweep. And sweep. And I loathe sweeping. What do you do? I know there has to be some trick or tip or something!!!

I made fried rice for the first time! It was a win!

I mean isn’t this what we all aim for?!?! It was worth the torture of Walmart to see this!

It felt SO good to say GOODBYE to 2016! We got our taxes filed and it was the last thing needed to truly put the rough year in our past πŸ™‚ 

I love that my two closest people “get me” so well. BOTH Casey and Zach surprised me with Chicken Salad Chick haha. Casey gave it to me one day at pick up and the very next day Zach came home with it for me. I ate half a sandwich a day and made it last for 4 solid days. YUM. 

Have you noticed you will get free magazines in your mailbox? Sometimes it happens and I usually don’t have an issue with it (I get random fashion ones pretty often). This month though? We got a Sports Illustrated SWIMSUIT edition in our mailbox. Addressed to my husband. 

I was livid. 

I called the company directly and they said it was through a third party service so they couldn’t even cancel it. I called the third party service and they said he got a FREE subscription to the magazine when he ordered some golf shoes with his Christmas money. As in they just sent it to him. He didn’t request it. Didn’t check a box saying he’d like it. Nothing on his end was done to receive it. 

It makes me SO angry that companies assume that because a man orders golf shoes that he would want PORN delivered to his mailbox. Not every man wants to look at filth. Some men are actually men of CHARACTER. Oh I def expressed all of this to the guy on the phone haha 

I instructed him to cancel it immediately and then I cut up the magazine and got rid of it. I just GLANCED through it and yall I’m not exaggerating…it’s porn. One page I happened to open to just had a girls butt. With a tiny tiny string in her crack. Guess that’s a “bathing suit”??? 

I’m thankful I’m the one who got the mail that day. I’m thankful my husband AND my SON were protected from seeing it. Nope Satan. Not in our house! 

My hair has always been something I have confidence in. In December I had some damage issues done to it and it’s been ROUGH not LOVING my hair. I’m slowly getting it back to a good place and am working with my stylist at figuring out what that good place will be. This is the happiest I’ve been with my hair in over 2 months! We went with a darker root as I really wanted to try something to blend with my brows. My brows are BLACK. They have ALWAYS been super super dark and my hair has NEVER been super super dark. My natural color is exactly like Britt’s. Which I’d define as “mousy brown.” My hair also naturally pulls blonde. Like I lose all depth when I color it within a week or so. It just blends and becomes all one color of blond. We’re hoping going with the darker roots helps keep some of that depth better (I also got some purple shampoo) and I like the change! We will see how it goes with roots though since the darker color is darker than my natural πŸ˜‰ I was a tad nervous to show Zach but he LOVES it and it was the first time he fully admitted to me just how horrible he’s felt my hair has been these past couple of months haha Hoping to put bad hair days behind us!

For Christmas Zach gave me a massage and a coupon for a house cleaning service (as a one time thing). I finally cashed both of them in! The massage was AMAZING and it was AWESOME to have a deep cleaned house that I didn’t have to clean myself!

The ice cream truck comes through our neighborhood all the time. Every time the kids ask. I always tell them it never hurts to ask but 95% of the time the answer is no. And when its a yes, it’s always with their own money. They were pretty pumped for a yes day πŸ˜‰ 

Something I love about Zach that I don’t brag on enough is how great he is in the kitchen. He loves to make up recipes and loves to cook for the family. I really don’t like cooking. I do it as part of my duties as a wife/mother but it’s just not my fav. I LOVE the times that Zach takes over the kitchen!!! His food is always the most tasty!

He created his own queso bean dip…and it was good!

Taco night with ranch cream cheese YUM.

Zach and I both are wanting to do better at having couples friends. I have a LOT of friends but WE don’t have a lot of other spouses that we do things with. I love hosting and having people over. Some of our favorite memories are when it was Zach, Ryan, Katie and myself in college. Even though Katie and Ryan weren’t a couple…a foursome is so fun to do things with! Game nights especially! This month we had Wade and Stephanie over who live in our neighborhood and attend our church. We’ve known Wade since college and it was GREAT to get to hang out with them and the kids loved doting over their son πŸ™‚ Stephanie brought a super yummy oreo dessert and I sent her this pic a few days later and thanked her for my lunch haha! Zach was NOT HAPPY that I ate the whole thing!!!

This month we finished up watching all the Oscar nominated movies just in time for OSCAR NIGHT! We got dinner and all caught up then watched the show. Katie and I stayed up together for the entire thing and I’m so glad we didn’t miss the crazy best picture mix-up!!! It was pretty EPIC! 

You can see my reviews of all the movies nominated for  best picture here πŸ™‚ 

We ran our t-shirt campaign this month and I cannot WAIT to share all the results with you! Don’t forget if you purchase a shirt to post on social media with the hashtag #teamparkeadopts! If you don’t want to share on social media, please email me photos to journeyofphood@gmail.com

Let me know if you’d like have the photos featured on the blog or not! Even if you don’t want the photos shared publicly I’d really like to put them all together somehow in the nursery (if nothing else, I plan to at least do a Shutterfly book). I want Tab to know how many people have been praying for him and have helped us get him in our arms!

Can’t go a whole month without a little ice coffee from McD right? πŸ˜‰

Ever wonder WHY moms need coffee? THIS. This is why! Three kids are WILD haha

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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Family Fun: February

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When my parents divorced my mom became good friends with a fellow mom who had twin girls my age. I grew up with Katie and Toni from elementary school and went through all of school together. As most friendships do after graduation, we all lost touch but it’s been good to touch base now and again through Facebook over the years. Childhood friendships never leave your heart and I was so sad to hear the news of Toni’s passing in February. We were at Disney when I got the news and it’s just so heartbreaking to hear that she’s gone. Too many people from our high school have passed away from drugs and my prayer is that through this tragedy others who may be struggling with addiction will seek the help they need. Toni’s family has continued to be in my prayers and I’m thankful for the memories we shared together. She was always making others around her smile and brought so much fun to any situation!

(Toni is on the far left)

(Toni is two kids over from my awesome Mickey wearing self)

*****

Zach and I have been on fire for our marriage, especially the last six months or so. I mentioned in this post how we have really loved Marriage 365 and especially their webinars! The great thing is that you don’t have to watch them live…they are recorded! We will take our time working through one of them and that takes off the pressure too. We were SO PUMPED to learn that we WON a prize pack they gave away recently!!! I never win contests! 

We won a Date Crate! I got to choose from any of the dates and decided to go with the Glamping one πŸ™‚ I wanted to do something we wouldn’t ever do on our own and I was really excited to see what all was included. You know me and my cheap-cheap mentality. I was thinking “$35 for a bed sheet?!?!” But Zach and I were both super impressed with everything the kid included! We won the pack for free, but we will be purchasing additional kits in the future. We saved by not having to buy a sitter and the pack included TONS of stuff well worth the $35 price tag. Plus a date night is a lottttt cheaper than divorce right? πŸ˜‰ That quality time is so valuable!

Everything in the kit! 

I loved that they gave detailed instructions (duh I love me some rule following) and we did them as instructed!

I also LOVED the questions we asked each other! A lot of them we already knew but we got to learn some new stuff about each other too πŸ™‚

Building our tent!

We decided to boost the night by watching some of a Marriage 365 webinar in the tent. πŸ™‚ 

Love my man and our time together!

I especially loved how the Glamping questions ended with a Bible Verse πŸ™‚

The little hibachi set included for our s’mores was awesome. And the s’mores were the BEST either of us had ever had. The “crackers” were some sort of delicious cookie and the marshmallow was coated in sugar! YUM. 

We ended the night with a classic card game…WAR. It was the FASTEST game of War I’ve ever played. Zach murdered me haha

Of course the next morning the kids all thought the tent was there for them πŸ˜‰

Zach and I had the RARE opportunity to have a DAY date together this month! We HAD to get our taxes done for the year and also desperately needed to get legit wills drawn up (our former wills were just done online using some easy form format) along with getting our conceal and carry licenses. We were able to make time in the busy day to grab a quick lunch at Chicken Salad Chick and were able to both attend Kye’s Valentine’s Day party at school together (more on that in Kye’s monthly summary post!). 

Whoop whoop! So pumped about this! Now I just need a GUN! I have one in a safe at the house for protection but it doesn’t have a safety and I don’t feel comfortable carrying something that doesn’t have one…any ladies wanna share your go to gun?

I have never blogged about the BAD wreck Zach was in back in MAY 2014. I like to blog about things once we have CLOSURE on them but we STILL don’t have any on that situation. I don’t want to go into too much detail b/c we have had to file a lawsuit but Zach’s back was badly injured in the wreck and he’s had a LOT of issues since then. It really sucks. He went and got an epidural this month to help with the pain…I love that he’s so crunk about it haha

Casey and Jordan live near us and we’ve been trading off babysitting for each other so we can have date nights! Zach went to put Carter to bed and hang out at their house so Jordan and Casey could have a V-Day date. He had some mega Carter bonding time (JEALOUS) and he entertained Casey and Jordan while on their date by sending them videos of him reading to Carter. HILARIOUS. Here’s the first one and the second one πŸ˜‰ 

I had a few bits of sad news for Young Emily this month…Zach saw on IG that my college dorm from FSU was TORN DOWN. Omg SO SAD!!!

I also had the tragic day arrive where my TI-83 calculator bit the dust. I’ve had this thing FOREVER and I legit still use it regularly. I love it. And nothing can compare. I’ve downloaded some graphic calculator apps but they just aren’t the same…if anyone has an old one they want to donate I’ll gladly take it off your hands b/c I’m not shelling out $80 for one haha

I also spent MAJORITY of this month dealing with MEDIACOM. Ugh y’all. We have two options here: ATT or Mediacom. And Mediacom has only been an option for about 2 years. As soon as they came to our area I jumped at the chance to switch b/c it’s about the same price I was paying at ATT but it’s 50 times faster internet. It’s been GREAT until this past October. It just started quitting on me. I’ve had over 8 service calls to our house and have called the company many, many times. I finally lost it when the lady told me to SWITCH COMPANIES. Zach went to our local office and that was the ticket to getting some answers! I now have one of the head guys personal number and he’s been AWESOME in trying to help solve our issues. It was a happy day when I saw a ton of Mediacom trucks lined up in our neighborhood!!! It’s currently mid-April and I just had to have someone come out last week, but I’m hopeful that MAYBE soon we’ll have reliable service!

Casey and I love shopping together and usually have decent luck…but we DIED when we tried on these denim dresses. YIKES.

I then saw this post on IG and was so bitter…I mean look how adorable she looks in it!!! Why can’t it look that cute on me?!?!

This month was LL’s 7th birthday party. Robyn planned an adorable theme! We had to attend some of Zach’s Hall of Fame stuff and were pretty late. We missed out on riding horses but still had a great time! You can see all the details of the party here πŸ™‚

Not gonna lie…I get some mega “mom anxiety” around fires!

Messy (but yummy!) S’mores!

And even fireworks and sparklers! 

Zach had Tess inside for most of the party. She ate her dinner and it was just TOO cold for her to be out there. Plus the fire made me nervous πŸ˜‰ We came in to open presents and she was HILARIOUS. There was a little boy that she was instantly drawn to (yes, we are in TROUBLE!). She kept going super close to him and looking up at him and saying “hey.” It was so random! 

Love birthday parties with my bestie!

(And I love that my toddler is helping herself to cleaning supplies when no one is looking…)

The cookie favors were adorable!

Buddies!

I love this! Kye and LL have been friends since they were like 7 moths old!

The kids had a couple days off school which I didn’t realize also fell on the same days that swim started for Tess (post to come on her survival course!). Britt also took some lessons on Mondays so Kye had to tag along and watch πŸ™‚ 

I will mention this again but when Tess swam Kye was SO ADORABLE. She was upset and he immediately got tears in his eyes and said “I can’t watch this” so I let him go inside for her lesson! Sweet, sweet brother!

Reward for first day of swim…meeting up with friends at CFA!

There is ALWAYS a story when you’re friends with me haha. Robyn and Kori got to CFA earlier than we did b/c of swim so I stayed later and let my kids play a bit. We went to leave and Britt put back on her boots and they were MASSIVE. We realized that someone had TAKEN her boots instead of theirs. Seriously! I left the big kids playing and carried Tess around from table to table asking people if these were their boots. Finally a lady said they weren’t hers but she knew who’s they were and she contacted the rightful owner. I had to wait in the parking lot for almost 40 min until they came to switch them out with me. It was well into nap time before we got out of the parking lot! I was tempted to leave b/c we got the good end of the deal…Britt could have boots that will fit her for a good couple of years to come πŸ˜‰ When the lady came she did feel so bad! She was the grandma and said her granddaughter kept complaining that her shoes were too tight but that she ignored her haha!!! 

Over the school break we didn’t do a whole lot since we had swim but I wanted to still make sure the kids had fun! We decided to let them have a “sibling sleep over” Kye slept in his top bunk and Britt slept in the bottom one. It went great and they had a BLAST! It was adorable because we listened to them talking on the monitor and they were talking about the different kinds of treats they wanted to get at Disney πŸ™‚

I’ve done a variety of things for the kids Valentine’s Day parties at school. This year KYE said he wanted to do something that would save money. HE thought of the idea of counting out how many packets of Smarties we had and using them to give out to their classes. I found a cute, free printable card that had a spot to attach Smarties and even had a Bible verse on it. Kye was all about that! All we had to spend money on was the washi tape and we were good to go! 

Colt has been really into sports for a long time and we never could make it to a football game last season so we wanted to make sure to get to at least one basketball game! Kye got to play a little with the team while they warmed up which he enjoyed and both Kye and Britt loved watching Colt in action. Britt mostly played with the toys she brought but Kye paid close attention and would call out and clap and such. It was really sweet to see him so proud of his BFF cousin! 

After the game we went to the park and it was hilarious b/c it seemed like half the town was there! We ran into several friends!

We sent Daddy icee pics to make him jealous πŸ˜‰

Toys R Us had a free Lego event! You know we can’t pass up free πŸ™‚

Daddy got some quality time this month too! They ordered pizza one night and had a picnic at the park!

I’ve been SUPER proud of how much Kye and Britt have enjoyed serving others. Our church hosts a Soup Kitchen lunch the first Saturday of every month. We are trying our best to make it a priority to attend and offer our helping hands. Kye LOVES to take the tickets and he doesn’t play any games. Everyone eating is allowed one red ticket and they must give that ticket up when they get their food. Kye will straight up say “where is your ticket?” if someone passes by without first handing it to him. He doesn’t care how much older they are, he won’t let someone get a plate without that ticket! I love that he takes it so seriously! He doesn’t want me to help him and wants to do it all on his own (of course I’m nearby keeping a watchful eye). We did have a fight break out recently and I was thankful I could move the kids to the kitchen before they saw (or heard!) too much of it! Overall though it’s been a very positive experience for us all! Tess is just too young to take part so Zach has been keeping her at home while I take the big kids!

The Ticket Man!

Britt loves taking the tickets for desserts and helping hand them what they want!

We are SO blessed with AWESOME youth at our church, I’m thankful our kids have such positive, Godly role models to look up to!

I had a total friend fail this month. Seth planned a birthday party for Olive at a local park. He sent out invites via Facebook. I saw that it was a park and assumed I’d just get there via Maps on my phone like I do everywhere else in town (directional skills aren’t my thing haha). We live like 8 min from Seth so I didn’t even leave that early for the party. I figured it’d be a BREEZE. Until I showed up where Maps took me. Straight up dirt road. I sent Seth this picture with the caption “clearly not the birthday party”

I then had to use my brain to try to figure out where the heck this party was. I knew there was a park RIGHT by the house he and Crissy and the kids used to live at (we’d visited the park many times with them) and I was pretty proud of myself for being able to remember where it was. But I pulled up and the name of that park was not the same as the name of the park on the Facebook invite. 

Finally I did some google searching and figured out where the park was. I showed up 45 minutes late. Literally they were wrapping up opening gifts and cleaning up when we got there. I felt SO BAD. And felt even worse when it turns out Seth had put DETAILED directions ON THE FACEBOOK INVITE. Ugh. Friend fail to the maxxxxx. At least it’s Seth and he knows I adore his kids and he found my mishap pretty hilarious πŸ˜‰ 

It was pretty much freezing out which is why the park party didn’t last long. My kids were bummed. I guess 45 min in the car isn’t exactly fun (which by the way the party was literally 5 min from my house!). I decided to take them for a treat and we visited a local little coffee shop for some hot chocolate! 

For Christmas Zach’s parents got us the Disney Headbands game! We LOVE it! It’s so funny how differently sized all of our heads are (yes, my headband has to be the biggest ha!). Britt is randomly AWESOME at the game! We love our game time together in the evenings after Tess goes down for the night!

This month Zach and I decided it was time to start on the next big project he’s been wanting to do: an outdoor kitchen. I’ve been reluctant to get it rolling but we had several free weekends and we wanted to get it done before the weather got warm enough to enjoy it! We tend to start a project and then also want to do several other things at the same time haha. We added fresh mulch to the playground, bought a new sandbox and a new swing! We had one of those old school green turtle sandboxes FOREVER. My dad bought it for Kye for his first birthday! The lid never would stay on and we’ve had to replace so much sand because of it. We have a perfect spot under our playground and the new sandbox fits perfectly, looks great, and has a lid that fits much better!

Our playground came with a rope ladder and over time it’s just gotten junky. I’m very anti stuff being junky so I looked for something to replace it and decided a disc swing was a win! Especially because our swing set only has enough room for 3 swings and someday we’ll need a spot for a 4th kid to swing πŸ˜‰

In outdoor news…we have this MASSIVE mushroom that we can’t get to go away. How gross is that?!?! 

Having sisters is so fun! I don’t buy them matching outfits except when I see stuff on mega clearance that happens to be in both of their sizes…I mean how can you pass that up?

One of our Disney traditions is taking ALL of our Disney plushes with us on our trip! Britt was making her pile and she and Tess had so much fun playing in it πŸ™‚

Tess is in LOVE with her siblings. She will chase them to hug them over and over…

…as well as attack them with kisses…

…and constantly want to sit on them haha!

I love love love my babies πŸ™‚

Sibling life πŸ˜‰

We had such a wonderful month capped off with an amazing trip to Disney! I’m so thankful for lots of quality time with my husband, quality time as a family, and making memories together. Toni has been on my mind and in my heart. If you know anyone struggling with addiction reach out and help them get the help they need. 


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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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