Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Life Lately

Things are finally back to normal this week, but last week, Ben was out of town from Saturday until Thursday. Phew! That was a long time, especially for Henley to go without seeing her daddy. We were missing him! I don't know about y'all, but when Ben is gone, I tend to fill the day with more to make the time go by faster. We still had lots of fun, and Henley was spoiled rotten! 

We kicked off the week on Sunday night by sending daddy kisses before we went to bed! 

Henley's classroom may not have had a Valentine's party on Monday, but she still looked like a sweet little love bug!

More kisses for daddy on Monday night! My parent's had Henley over the weekend while I enjoyed a little time at the spa. My dad read her Cinderella, and it was all she could talk about, so we watched parts of it at night before bed. She loved it, and I loved the extra cuddles!  

Happy Valentine's Day to Ben! We went to the library after the gym, and they had a big Valentine's Day party for all the kiddos. Henley was obsessed with the balloons, the popcorn and the pretty M&M's! We (meaning mostly I) made Ben a Valentine and sent it to him in Vegas (via text).

Like I said, this girl got spoiled! After nap on Tuesday, we went on a mommy/daughter Valentine's date and got our nails done. This was Henley's first trip to the nail salon and she was a pro! She kept asking for the water mommy put her hands in and she wanted the lotion massage too! She likes to be pampered! 

We finished up our Valentine's Day date at a basketball game with lots of friends. It was the perfect ending to the day! I got some much needed adult conversation while still getting to watch the kids enjoy themselves, and the kids wore themselves out after the game on the court. Win!! Oh, and the team we were cheering for won! 

This is Henley ready to head out the door for the gym. Y'all, she seriously cracks me up on a daily basis! She loves her accessories, and on this day, she wanted her winter hat and all the purses! You can't see them very well, but there are three purses on that arm! 

Again, the accessories! She currently "needs" mommy's glasses when the sun is in her eyes while we're driving. The paci and the stuffed animals just make everything better! 

My sister completed her third round of chemo on Thursday, so my parents took the kids over the weekend to let her rest. Henley is always up for a trip to "Pete and Dee's," and her cousins are a definite bonus! The weather on Saturday was beautiful, so we enjoyed pretty much the entire day outside! 

All the kids got to feed the chickens biscuits (Henley pretty much ate her biscuit on her own and gave the chickens a few pieces), we played on the trampoline, the swing set and slide, we saw turkeys and ducks, etc. The adults even got to enjoy the sun and read for a little bit during Henley's nap, while the big kids rested a little bit too! I love the farm! 

Y'all...on Friday while Henley was at school, I was on the hunt for a good pair of maternity jeans. Of course, I got sidetracked at the Carter's next door and wanted to buy everything! I showed great restraint and actually didn't buy a thing, but this little one piece about killed me! I must say, I am still drawn to the girl clothes, but the boy's clothes are starting to grow on me (at certain stores). 

And finally, yesterday afternoon turned into a beautiful day, so we played outside and took a walk in the wagon. While we were walking around the neighborhood, Henley stopped me and told me she wanted to go to the playground. I couldn't deny her, so we walked up the street to the playground in our neighborhood and played! Henley was filthy by the time we left which meant it was a success! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: My Loves

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I am so excited to love on Henley all day (Ben is out of town), and make it super special for the both of us! We have big plans on the agenda! 

Today, I'm linking up with Andrea for Show & Tell Tuesday, and today's topic is: My Loves! 

Well, of course, I would LOVE to introduce you to the loves in my life! I just so happen to LOVE talking about them! :) 

My love for the last 9 years is my husband, Ben. I can't believe we will have been married 7 years in July. Time flies when you're having fun! Ben is one of the most fun people I know and is always up for a good time! He works extremely hard every day building his own business as well as pouring into so many other people who desire to build their own businesses. Not only is he a fabulous provider, Henley just adores him! She asks about him constantly and loves when he gets home so she can play, play, play!! We are so glad he's ours! 

Oh goodness, there is really no other way to say it other than...this girl has my heart big time! Yes, there are times when staying at home is tough, and Henley has her whinier days, but for the most part it is amazing. She is SUCH A JOY to be around!! We are pretty much attached at the hip, and I just can't get enough of her! Henley loves to talk and sing. She is constantly asking "mommy lets pay togever!" It completely melts my heart, and I simply cannot say no. She loves bubbles, horses, baby dolls, coloring, and building towers out of blocks and kicking them down. She is still currently a mama's girl. She loves sitting with me on the couch and snuggling, and I wouldn't have it any other way! My sweet Henley Rae has my whole heart! 

Soon, I will have to share that heart with this little guy...yes, that's right, I said "guy!" We are having a little boy, George Phillip Clark, in July. I have gotten to feel little flutters every now and then, and each one steals a little piece of my heart. I cannot wait to see my little guy again, and I definitely can't wait to meet him in July! 

I can't share about my loves without mentioning these fabulous people. My family will always be a huge part of who I am, and I will always say...I have the best family ever! I love my big, obnoxious, loud, fun-loving family! Before I had Henley, my nieces and nephews were like my kids. I love them something fierce, and I will always be there for them when they need me. We have all been so close my entire life, and I can only hope that I create a big family just as fabulous as this one for my kiddos. 

These are certainly not the only people I love, I could go on and on about all of those people. These are just the ones who seem to get a little piece of me every single day! 

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope you get to spend the day with your loves! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Day in the Life - 2.6.17

One of my favorite posts to read on blogs is "A Day in the Life" posts. I love seeing how others spend their day, and I have had many people ask me now that I am a stay-at-home mom "What do you do all day?". So, I thought I'd show you how I spend my days. 

I documented my day exactly a week ago today. That means it was a Monday, and Henley goes to Mother's Day Out on Mondays, so this day looks a little different than the rest of my week. I'll do another post for a typical day when Henley is with me all day long too. Things really don't look too different other than a morning activity or her being with me on my errands. 

Here is how my day went on Monday, February 6, 2017! 

6:30 - My alarm went off and I snoozed once. 

Don't ask me why is still says "workout"... I think that's from a month ago when I woke up early on a Sunday to workout, but I just keep the same alarm. There was no intention of working out at 6:30 this morning. 

6:39 - Get up, throw on my robe and go make some tea. While my tea is heating up, I cleaned up the living room and dining room from the day before. 

7:00 - Check on whether or not Ben is up to do our marriage study together. Ben is not at all a morning person, so if we have something to get up for in the morning, I often have to wake hime up a couple of times. If he has something to get up for on his own though, he gets up automatically...I don't understand it! 

7:10 - Sit down with Ben and do our marriage study together. We don't do this every morning, but we are really trying to get in the habit of getting up in the morning together and studying together on a regular basis. I am loving it! 

7:30 - Pack Henley's lunch for MDO. 

Turkey roll-ups with cheese, applesauce, cucumbers, blueberries and goldfish

7:40 - Sit down at the kitchen table to check emails, read blogs, and eat my breakfast. 

7:50 - Get myself ready for the day and make the bed. 

8:06 - Get Henley up for the day. I love this part of my morning! She is just the cutest! 

A late night watching the Super Bowl = pants from the day before 

8:15 - While Henley is eating breakfast and watching Mickey Mouse, I cleaned out the fridge and took out the trash since I needed to go to the grocery store later. 

8:30 - Give Henley a quick bath and get her ready for the day. 

9:00 - Drop Henley off at school and get her registered for next year. 

9:20 - Back home to organize my life! 
- order Ben a new screen protector for his phone 
- clean out my purse and switch back to the mom bag
- clean off the dining room table (it becomes my office sometimes) 
- do the dishes in the sink
- clean Henley's room 
- start Henley's laundry 

10:14 - Sit down to plan meals for the week and write in my "Pea to Pumpkin" book that just came in. 

My mother-in-law got me this book when I found out I was pregnant with Henley and it is now in her keepsake box. You write in it for each week you are pregnant and document what is going on. I couldn't not have one in this baby's keepsake box, so I ordered one on Amazon and have been filling it in whenever I get the chance. I love it! 

Also, I usually plan our meals for the week on Sunday, but with the Super Bowl and a packed weekend, I did not get it done. I have to go to the grocery store with a list or I'm a total mess and get way too much! 

10:45 - Out the door with a snack in hand to head to the gym. 

11 - Boot camp class

12:10 - Grocery shopping with a yummy drink and no toddler which means I took my sweet time! 

1:10 - Home (talk with Ben and my mom on the way home) 
- unpack groceries 
- move trash cans back

1:35 - Sit down to each lunch and watch a little bit of The Bachelor

Sorry, the top pictures wouldn't turn. I know it looks gross, but I am on a homemade chicken salad kick lately. Since I can't have tuna, I've just been using canned chicken and love it! So it was chicken salad, popcorn and strawberries for me this day. 

1:50 - Switch laundry to the dryer and head out the door to pick-up Henley from school. 

2:17 - Back home 
- Henley eats her snack and watches an episode of Mickey Mouse while I get a couple more things checked off my to do list. 
- Change the sheets on our bed 
- Clean Henley's bathroom and the guest bathroom 

2:33 - Henley is super whiney, so I rock her for a little while with no signs of her falling back asleep. 

2:45 - Henley is back up with some juice and a better attitude and I finish my tasks! 

This was my view while I cleaned one bathroom! 

And this was my view as I cleaned the other! 

3:15 - TIME TO GO OUTSIDE!! I wash our trash can while Henley hops around on the sidewalk, and then we do bubbles and swing. 

3:45 - Back inside to change Henley's pants (super dirty booty from sitting on the ground), fix her hair and pack lots of snacks for the rest of they day. 

4:00 - Head out the door to go tutor. 

We pretty much are always listening to this while driving. 

Of course, I had to have a snack! 

Henley loves the drive because we see lots of cows and horses on the way! 

4:27 - Ready to tutor! Henley is excited she gets to play on my "hello" and see Max, the dog, and I sit down to work on 5th grade math, reading and social studies. 

My sidekick! 

6:15 - Head to an 8th grade basketball game. I tutor two siblings and the 8th grader had her last home basketball game, so Henley and I were super excited to go cheer her on. Of course, I took zero pictures at the game because I was holding Henley's hands while she bounced up and down and cheered. 

7:29 - Head back home from the game. 

7:49 - Stop at the Subway by our house to grab dinner (Henley had fallen asleep in the car). 

8:03 - Sit down to FINALLY eat dinner at home. 

8:25 - Unload the dishwasher while Henley finishes her dinner. 

8:50 - Ben gets home from a meeting he had and plays with Henley for a few minutes while he eats dinner and I clean up Henley's. 

9:03 - Ben puts Henley in her pjs and does the bedtime routine while I pick-up around the house from the day and fold laundry. 

I was actually excited to fold laundry, because I got a new office chair over the weekend and couldn't wait to try it out! 

9:37 - Lay down in bed because I started to feel a little bit nauseous. I watched some more of the Bachelor and chugged lots of water. 

10:00 - Shower and get ready for bed. 

By 10:36 I set my alarm and was probably out within 2 minutes of laying my head on the pillow!