Photo Every Hour | Saturday Fun

After Nora and I went solo for three days this past week, we were so happy for a Saturday with daddy home! We desperately needed coffee, groceries, and had a game night with my sister’s family! A really fun and busy day!

Remembering to take all these photos is quite a chore, but I am always so happy I did! It is so fun to look back at these posts! To see more Photo Every Hour posts, click the links at the end of the post!

Here is a glimpse into our Saturday fun!

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Nora is an early riser so the whole family is up and ready to go before seven. Coffee is a must! I don’t drink it much when I am pregnant, but today it sounded so good! The Hubs and I are big fans of Highlander Grog (flavors of rum, butterscotch, and vanilla), we order this brand from Amazon!

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We really needed groceries so I started menu planning right away! I wouldn’t say I always love that task, but gosh it makes things so much easier in the long run! To read more about how I menu plan, click here!

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Time to shower and get ready for the day! Look at that bump, and that hunk!

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Headed out the door to grocery shop! I am so lucky to have a husband who likes to help me shop, and a gal who is so well behaved in the store!

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We are Aldi fans and always start there. We get as much as we can there, and then head to Wal-Mart for anything left on the list. Nora really is so good in the store, but gosh does she hate scary Halloween stuff. At the entrance of Wal-Mart there is a huge spooky blow-up pumpkin. She wouldn’t let go of Collin or I until we had her all the way in the back of the store. Can we all just agree that scary stuff should be hidden, at least for the kid’s sake!

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Back home, and it’s lunch time! Are we the only family who always gets fast food after groceries? I know it makes no sense because we just bought a ton of food, but it’s so convenient. The last thing I want to do after putting groceries away is prepare lunch! I love that Wal-Mart has a Subway in it!

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Put Nora down for a nap, and began a little dinner prep! We do a game night once a month with my sister and her family. We swap who hosts, and October was our turn. I decided to make the fruit salad early so I wasn’t cooking the whole time when they arrived. Is their anything more beautiful than a fresh fruit salad?

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Collin took the dogs for a walk on a trail near our house. While he was gone I did a little cleaning then laid down to look at Instagram. For the last two months I have been napping during Nora’s nap, but my energy is finally coming back! So, no nap for me today!

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Missed a picture during this time. We were cleaning up the house before my family came over, and I began prepping some dinner!

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I worked on making dinner for our game night! I made one of my favorite soup recipes, Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and grilled cheese! It was a hit!

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There is always dessert at our gatherings. It’s just how we roll! Tonight there was left over peanut butter candy cake and strawberry cheese cake!

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After we were done eating and my sister did all my dishes (love her), we started the game! My nephew made up a really neat game (like for real, it is impressive for a fourth grader) so we got to play it for a few rounds!

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Time for the littlest tag-along to go to sleep! We are lucky to have a kiddo who sleeps through all our loud noises! Nora posed with her puppy and baby CiCi before bed!

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After Nora was down, we played a round of Qwixx, talked about basketball, and then our guests left! It was a great night, and a fun day for Photo Every Hour!

 

For more Photo Every Hour posts, click the links below!

Photo Every House – Lazy Saturday

Photo (Almost) Every Hour

Photo Every Hour – Monday

Free Three Week Meal Plan + Links

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I don’t man to brag, but I have sort of been kicking booty in the kitchen lately. I have been making meal plans, buying all the right groceries, an then sticking to the plans! And let me tell you, it has made my life so much easier!

I wanted to share some of the love with you all! Below you will find my three week meal plan with links to the recipes I used! Also, scroll to the bottom of this post to download my free menu plan template!

If it is a recipe I have made before and we love in our family, then it will be marked with (T&T) for Tried and True. It is’s new that we’re trying out, it will be marked with (New).

 

Three Week Menu Plan

Week One

Monday: Lasagna & French Bread (T&T)

Tuesday: Baked Taquitos with Chips & Salsa (T&T)

Wednesday: Grilled Peanut Chicken with Noodles & Broccoli (New)

Thursday: Left Overs

Friday: Frozen Pizza ( We love Red Baron)

Saturday: Shrimp and Tortellini Pasta & Cesar Salad (New)

Sunday: Texas Straw Hats (T&T)

 

Week Two

Monday: Wild Rice Chicken Soup & Garlic Toast (T&T)

Tuesday: Simple Chicken Parmesan with Noodles & Garlic Knots (T&T)

Wednesday: Left Overs

Thursday: Baked Burritos with Chips & Salsa (T&T)

Friday: Frozen Pizza (We love Red Baron)

Saturday: Fire Roasted Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese (T&T)

Sunday: Noodles and Ham with Biscuits (T&T)

 

Week Three

Monday: Raman Noodle Stir Fry (New)

Tuesday: BBQ Smoked Sausage & Veggies (T&T)

Wednesday: Sun Dried Tomato Pasta & Garlic Toast (T&T)

Thursday: Left Overs

Friday: Frozen Pizza

Saturday: Tilapia with Rice Pilaf & Broccoli (T&T)

Sunday: Thai Yellow Curry (T&T)

 

Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD of a menu plan template I made! Print it off as many times as you’d like, and share with friends!

Baby Number Two | 12 Weeks

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How far along: 12 weeks

Size of baby: Apricot

Must haves this week: 

  • This past week I have been drinking so much water because I am thirsty all the time! That’s a great issue to have when pregnant though!
  • Maternity pants! All my pants are so uncomfortable so I am living in a pair of maternity sweatpants right now. I cannot stand having to pull up or push down my uncomfortable regular pants. Give me all the elastic bands!

Sleep: Sleeping really well once I get to sleep. I am already waking up to pee about three times a night. I am struggling to get comfortable, and actually fall asleep, but once I’m out I am sleeping hard!

Cravings: Sugar! Anything sweet, all the time! I also have really been wanting juice. Orange, apple, cranberry, you name it!

Gender: We won’t be finding out. Collin is sure it’s a boy and I flip-flop daily (okay, maybe hourly). We are calling this baby Cashew! Nora was Peanut, so we thought it was only fitting!

Challenges this week: Napping. I know, I know, first world problems. I am exhausted by the time I put Nora down, but this week I am having trouble actually getting to sleep and staying that way. I am just thankful I can take a daily nap if I want. Don’t worry, I am aware of how blessed I am!

Best moment this week: Getting to that 12 week mark! There is just some relief that some with that.

Looking forward to: Fair food this week! Not so healthy of course, but a shake-up and pronto pup just sound so good!

How’s dad doing: Wonderful! He is just as excited this time around as he was with Nora!

How’s big sister: She has no idea what is going on! When we ask “what’s in momma’s belly?” she will say “baby,” but I am just sure she doesn’t really get it. Luckily she has become obsessed with one of her baby dolls lately, and she is really sweet and gentle with it! Hopefully that is foreshadowing!

Baby’s Room: What room? We took our house off the market a few months ago to do some small renovations. We will placing it back on in the next few weeks. Hopefully we will find a new place for us in the meantime! Ideally, we would like to be in a new place before baby arrives, but if not Cashew will just share with mommy and daddy for a while.

Miscarriage Fears

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I think every pregnant woman, not matter what her history, has a small fear of losing her baby in that first trimester. Miscarriage is all too common, and I’m willing to bet every expectant mom knows at least one person who has experienced that loss. So, it’s only natural to feel the fear of losing the child you’re so expectantly carrying.

I also believe that if you have already experienced the loss of a baby, the fear is heightened. I never thought miscarriage would be a part of my journey to becoming a mom, but here I sit.

When Collin and I began trying to get pregnant this time around, I had it in my mind that I wouldn’t worry so much this time. With Nora, I was crippled by fear in the first few months. Every twinge, cramp, ache, spot, I would almost be drawn to tears praying for God to save this baby. I had trouble accepting that I would actually hold that child in my arms until I was well into the second trimester, and my fears began to subside.

I was just sure that this time around, since I had experienced a healthy pregnancy, that I wouldn’t fear as much.

Boy, was I wrong.

I really struggled in those first few weeks. I was hyper-aware of my body and couldn’t stop with the terrible what-if thoughts. I was absolutely terrified to go to our first ultrasound. That is when we learned we had lost our first baby. Thank goodness, the tech knew I had lost a child before, and she placed that wand on my belly and immediately said “I see a strong heartbeat!”

I wouldn’t say all my fears disappeared in that moment, but I sighed a big (no, huge) sigh of relief!

I think it will be a daily struggle to fight my fears. I’m human, imperfect, and fear is in my flesh. But, I am so glad I do not have to do that alone. I am not in control, but I have a loving Savior who is. My dad reminded me right before our ultrasound of this verse:

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7

I have been leaning into that. Knowing that no matter what the outcome, God is for me. He cares deeply for me and this little baby. He will be by my side no matter what.

I take comfort in knowing that, and in the meantime I am enjoying having this little one swimming around inside me!

Five on Friday | Fall?

Been feeling a little more “bloggy” lately. I even have a post scheduled for Monday! Today, I wanted to share some highlights from this week. Fall totally faked us our and gave Southeast Missouri some mid seventies temps, but now we’re back to the high eighties this coming week.

Boo! But, you’ll notice a little of my fall-loving heart coming through in this week’s highlights.

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Monday, I was that girl. It was 72 degrees outside, and I could smell fall. I put on a chambray, maroon skinnies, and booties. Headed to the nearest Starbucks and got a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know, I know. So #basic, but I can’t help myself! They are so good!

 

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I have really been trying to change the way I cook lately. I have always loved to cook, but stink at putting a while meal together. I always put all my focus on the main dish, then at the last minute throw together one lame side. One of my favorite people to follow on Instaram, Wander and Scout, kicks dinner’s booty! She inspired me to step up my game, and I think my husband is really happy. 😉

 

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I bought this ten dollar doll for Nora months ago. I thought she would just love it, but she could’ve cared less. Until recently. She plays with Bitty everyday now, and it melts my momma heart! We went for donuts and to the park and she wouldn’t let Bitty out of her sight! I think this new obsession came at just the right time! Big sister practice makes perfect!

 

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I’ve been attempting to declutter our house a bit. I am wanting to go for more of the clean-cut, “minimalist” look. Nora is in full-on tornado mode these days, and I hate having a messy, cluttered house. She likes to take things and just scatter them anywhere but where they belong. So, in my mind, the less things I have for her to scatter, the less mess! I blog a little more about this later, I am currently revamping out living room and can’t wait to share!

 

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Well, the bump is officially out! I’ve heard that it happens much faster after you’ve already had one. My doctor also pointed out that technically this is my third pregnancy, so it’s no wonder this baby is already showin’! I have decided to embrace it, since I can’t really hide it any longer. I basically went straight to maternity clothes this time because now I know how comfy those pants with the band-to-your-boobs really are! Keep growin’ baby Cashew!

Announcement Photo Outtakes

If you have a toddler, you know the absolute tornado that occurs when trying to take their picture.

I had a vision for our baby number two announcement in mind (we took some at the beach, but I hated the way I looked in all of them), and was hoping it would be easy to capture.

Nora was not terrible, but she did need bribing to stay in one place. It didn’t help that we were outside and she loves to run and play. She wasn’t too crazy about holding our hands, so out came the fruit snacks.

Here are a few outtakes from our little photoshoot!

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My little assistant before the photoshoot. She promptly broke the tripod and it had to be held together by tape…

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Getting a fruit snack out of my pocket!

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Mommy didn’t quite make it back in time! 

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At this point she was done.

THE PICTURE

Luckily, we got the shot! It only takes one! 

Let Me Explain

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“Are you still blogging?”

“Why haven’t you posted in a while?”

“Got any new blog posts coming up?”

“What happened to your blog?”

The short answer to all the questions I have been getting, (which seriously are so flattering) is that pregnancy is what happened!

If you saw our happy little announcement and read my Baby #2 FAQ, then you know that this new little one growing in my belly is kicking my butt! Not only is it making me want to puke, be repulsed by most food, and have stomach aches, but it has also somehow robbed me of blog inspiration!

It was just over a year ago that I started blogging consistently, really taking this whole thing seriously. I was on a solid roll that whole time.

Now, suddenly… nothing!

I used to have a list of blog post ideas, and the only issue was having the time to get it all put together (it actually takes a lot of work to put a whole post together; the writing, photography, links, editing etc.). Now, I just have no ideas.

Plus, all I want to do is nap. Praise the Lord I can nap every afternoon if I want to!

And I do!

So, that is what happened to my blog.

I want to put out good content. I don’t want to post random, meaningless stuff. So, I’m not gonna force it. I may have a good post here or there, but I can’t promise daily like I used to!

Inspiration will strike again I’m sure. And when it does, this ol’ blog will still be waiting.

And hopefully you will be too!

 

*In the meantime, if you have anything you want me to write about, or any blog ideas. Send them my way! You can comment here, on my Facebook page, or on my contact form. You never know what will spark my creativity again! 

Currently + Links

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cooking | made these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars for the third time! They are a great breakfast!
indulging | was craving Little Debbie’s Donut Sticks the other day. They have been a great little treat!
hoping | these mid 80’s temps will continue and fall will come early!
wearing |I am all about the graphic tees right now. I am not in maternity clothes yet because I only own fall and winter stuff, so cute t-shirts are so comfy!
loving | the little glimpse of fall! I may or may not have bought and been burning a pumpkin spice candle for a week now…
excited | for this little announcement we made! I love everything about being a mom, even pregnancy!
wanting | everything from this site!
feeling | grateful that this new little one will be joining our family! You might get tired of me talking about it, but I’m just too excited!

Baby #2 FAQ

Thank you from the bottom on my heart for all the congratulations! We’re elated, and so happy to be able to finally share our news!

Here are some questions I have been getting since our announcement! Thought I would address them on here in case you were wondering the same!

 

That’s pretty close together, was this planned?

Absolutely! We want our kiddos to be fairly close together, and while we know that can present some special challenges, we think it will be worth it! Nora and this baby will be about 26 months apart, so just over two years.

How far along are you?

As of today I am just over 10 weeks!

What’s your official due date?

My due date is April 2! Collin thinks we will have an April fools baby :S I just keep remembering how Nora surprised us, and came two weeks early. So, I’m thinking we might have a March baby.

You shared before 12 weeks. Why?

I know the 12 week mark is the norm for sharing. Your risk of miscarriage go down significantly at that time. But, before Nora we lost a baby at just under 9 weeks. We had only told close family and friends about the pregnancy. Then, we never really told anyone else about that baby. It felt wrong to talk about it for some reason. People just don’t talk about miscarriage much, so I felt ashamed to share in a way. After experiencing miscarriage and a healthy pregnancy, I have changed my tune. I could lose this baby at any point in my pregnancy, I am not in control. I want to be able to celebrate the life inside of me for as long as I can! And part of the celebration is sharing with all of you!

Are you going to find out the gender?

Nope! Seriously, I try to convince everyone I know that’s pregnant to NOT find out. It is so much fun! We love the surprise! In fact as soon as I saw those two pink lines I immediately got excited to not know!

Any gender predictions so far?

Collin says boy for sure. I have learned to not guess because I stink at it. I was 100% sure Nora was a boy. I would have bet BIG money on it. You know how that turned out.

Got any names picked out?

We are pretty much settled on one boy name and one girl name. But, we won’t be sharing with anyone. Like I said, we like the element of surprise! A risk you take when not sharing the name is it getting “stolen”, but we have backups that we like too. Just in case!

How have you been feeling?

This pregnancy has actually been kicking my butt! I started getting real symptoms around week six. Nausea off and on and stomach aches every night. I didn’t really get that much with Nora, or at least not as intense. I haven’t thrown-up (I’ve only puked twice in my whole life though), but I am daily experiencing rough nausea. The exhaustion and fatigue are worse, probably because I am chasing a toddler around! Another notable symptom is feeling hungry, but being repulsed by just about all food. Never had that with Nora. So maybe it is a boy?

Will you do weekly bump dates again? 

Yes! I will do the best I can! I recently went back and read all of my updates from my pregnancy with Nora, and it was so fun to relive and compare! A huge reason I write my blog is for our kiddos to read in the future. I want this baby to be able to go back and read about their time in mommy’s belly just like Nora can!

Is this why you haven’t blogged in a while?

Yes! I HATE the period of time you “have” to keep it a secret. I just wanted to shout it from the rooftops, and talk about it constantly. I almost let it slip in an Instagram story (I filmed the video and deleted it right before it posted). After that, I decided to just keep quiet until the news was out!

 

Again, thank you all so much for sharing in the joy of our news! I am so excited to become the momma to two little ones! If you have any other questions, don’t be afraid to ask!