Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Back from Spring Break

Sorry guys...I took a minor hiatus before we left for Spring Break to try and balance life out a bit. I've been working for Ben as well as tutoring and a few other things here and there and life has been busy. Then, we left on Monday, March 13th for Seattle and got back late on Saturday night, so we cherished the rest of the weekend with our sweet girl. 

Before I do a post about our fun trip to Seattle, let me just recap our Sunday with Henley, because that deserves a post all on its own! 

We were so ready to get back to Henley, and from what we heard from grandparents, Henley was pretty darn ready for mommy and daddy to get back too! She even cried a little bit in her sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning for mommy, so I took the opportunity to go into her room and rock her back to sleep. It took a little longer than usual, because we just could not stop smiling at each other and giving kisses! I just love her! 

Since Henley didn't get to go on our trip with us, I wanted to make Sunday all about her and super special. Originally, I thought we'd plan a fun little outing as a family, but with the weather the way it was, Henley just wanted to play outside and I couldn't say no to that! 



We spent the entire morning outside enjoying the sunshine! Ben mowed, then Henley and I helped him rake up the leaves and bag them (yes, Henley did help), we blew bubbles, and we jumped on the trampoline too! After all of that, we worked up an appetite and decided to head to Sonic for a picnic lunch! Henley wanted a hot dog and I will never say no to a vanilla coke zero, so Sonic it was! We had a blast and all left saying that we need to do that more often...there's nothing like being filthy, no make-up, hats on, and enjoying lunch outside! 






After lunch, we had some quick errands to run and on our way home, Henley fell asleep in the car. She was so sweet while we ran our errands and kept asking "where we going, mommy?" I think she was just making sure we were all staying together. Ben had to get out of the car a couple of times and she made sure to double check that "daddy comin' right back." 

While Henley napped, I unpacked and did laundry and Ben got to work on building a desk for my sister and her family. Once Henley woke up, it was back outside for us! Ben continued working on the desk, so we brought our sidewalk chalk and bubbles to the driveway so we could be close to him too. We ate snacks on the driveway and then took a walk around the block in the wagon, while daddy finished up for the day. While we were walking, Henley asked if we could go to the park, and that sounded perfect to us! 

It was about 6 o'clock at this point and all of our tummies were starting to rumble, so we hustled to the park to play for a little while. We have this awesome park in Denton called Eureka that was just redone and Henley loves every square inch of it! You would think that my two year old would stay in the little kids area, but absolutely not...she is all over the place and mostly on the "big slides." I love how brave she is! 




After the park, we went for pizza and ice cream to wrap up our perfect day! Seriously though, Ben and I said that we just couldn't quit staring at Henley. I'm not sure we will be leaving her for another six days for a long, long time! She was in the best mood all day (I think we all were) and was all smiles! I'm hoping for many more days like this now that the sun stays out a bit longer! 






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bump Date

Welcome to the first "bump date" for baby Clark #2!! 


First of all, in case you missed it, baby Clark is a BOY!! We found out at 14 weeks, because I just couldn't take it any longer...I HAD TO KNOW! :) I think I could have waited until next week when my original appointment was supposed to be scheduled, but the sonographer was out of town, and then we are out of town the next week, so I just couldn't wait until the end of March. Pretty much every single person I know thought that it would be a girl, especially Ben. For some reason, everyone just had a feeling that we would have all girls, but I had a feeling that it was a boy! Yay for mother's intuition!! 

Neither myself nor Ben really cared whether it was a boy or a girl. We are planning on having more kids, and honestly, what can you do about?! It is super special though that this one is a boy, because he is named after my sweet Papaw, George. My Papaw is 85, so I was really hoping that he would be around to see me have his namesake. When we told him he got all teary and cried, and he is so excited to meet our George. It is also special to Ben, because he is the last Clark, so the name will be carried on. We are so excited to welcome our little George Phillip Clark in July! 


Now, for the stats! 

HOW FAR ALONG: I am 19 weeks and 3 days. My day is Monday, so each Monday I get to open up my app and see how big George is, and how he is growing. We are almost halfway, woohoo!! He is currently the size of a mango and weighs about half a pound. 

FEELING: I have really felt pretty normal for this entire pregnancy. I feel very blessed not to be sick since it seems to run in my family. Throughout the first trimester, I was mostly just nauseous between meals if I didn't eat in time and extra tired. I'm not sure the tired will ever go away since I now am chasing after a 2 year old as well, but I am no longer nauseous. With Henley, I remember the ravenous hunger going away after the first trimester, but with George, it is going strong. I am seriously hungry ALL THE TIME! 

I have been feeling the flutters, aka little kicks, for a couple of weeks now and LOVE it! Over the weekend, Ben and I went to see a play, and George loved all the music! He was kicking away each time the cast broke into song. He also kicks a lot at night when I lay down in bed. I can't wait for Ben and Henley to be able to feel it too! 

WEIGHT GAIN: At my doctor's appointment last week, I was up 12 pounds. I don't weigh myself at home, so that is the only time I see what I have gained. At the previous appointment (a month before) I was up about 8 pounds. 

CRAVING: I wouldn't say that I am craving anything in particular right now. I am definitely leaning towards all things salty. I usually have a big sweet tooth at night, but I can do without my after dinner chocolate and would trade it for a bowl of goldfish! Yes, I'm a toddler! 

WORKING ON: I'm currently working on cleaning out the guest bedroom, so we can get started on Henley's big girl room and then work on George's room. I cleaned out all of Henley's clothes tubs and have moved those out of the guest room, so we are making progress. Today, I plan on taking the bed down. I am also working on just decluttering our house in general. I am not sure whether or not it is nesting, but I want the house organized with everything that we don't need gone before George gets here. I have already done some closets and am working my way around the house room by room. 

BIG SISTER: Henley is loving my baby bump and the fact that she can now call it, George! She is constantly talking about her "wittle brover," and telling me that she really wants to give him a high five! She also likes to stick her finger in my belly button to talk to him which is pretty amusing. After we watch our episode of Minnie before bed each night, she gives George a kiss and tells him goodnight. It is pretty much the sweetest thing ever! 

WORKOUTS: I have been able to keep up my regular workouts so far. I have definitely noticed a difference between weeks 15 to 19. In the past two weeks, during my bootcamp class on Mondays I have had to start modifying things. This week, I have had a lot of round ligament pain, so when I went to do high knees, stadium taps, etc., my body did not like it. I have had to go from the jumping and hopping to the standing movements which still wear me out. As for my spin classes and body works class, I am still going strong. I haven't had to modify anything in these other than the ab work at the end of body works. 

I have had a few people ask how long I will workout, and I'm planning to continue everything until my body tells me otherwise. I'm sure things will continue to slow down along the way, but I'd like to keep this an active and healthy pregnancy. My workouts this time around might also have something to do with my appetite. With Henley, I would mostly just do weights and the elliptical before school, but this time around, my workouts are much more intense. I find that about 20 minutes into a workout, I'm ready for a snack! 










Monday, February 27, 2017

What's Up Monday

I was hoping to link-up with everyone last Wednesday for February's "What's Up Wednesday," but life got in the way. Henley and I got to go hear George's sweet heartbeat and then we ran around all day enjoying the fabulous weather. I decided to take her to the park instead of blogging, and it was glorious. Sorry bout that! :) 

Anyway, we have lots going on right now that I would love to share with you, so I am doing my own little "WHAT'S UP MONDAY?!" I'll follow the same questions, just a few days late! Plus, this week's bonus question: What's your "can't live without" beauty product?


WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK...


This is what we ate last week, minus Wednesday night when I changed things up since it was National Margarita Day and didn't feel like cooking. The links are below for all of the recipes. We will be eating leftovers tonight since they were all so good! 

Meatball Mozzarella Bake - this is happening this week :) 


WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT...

This kid! My Time Hop is full of pictures of Henley from when she was only 1-2 months old, and I am just loving them! Ohmygoodness, how in the world did she get so big? I miss the cozy days at home when she was a newborn! 




WHAT I'M LOVING...


Coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil!! I finally bought a jar for my bathroom at the beginning of this month, and I am so in love! Really, I just started using it as eye make-up remover, but last week, I started using it as a moisturizer, and it is amazing! I love the way my skin feels when I use it! 


WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...


Oh goodness, so much! Things have been pretty busy in our house. I have started working for Ben, and find that on the days that Henley is at school and during her nap time, I am mostly taking care of the contracts and clients I have right now. Although our house was a little messier than usual last week, I am really enjoying it! 

February has been the month of celebrating birthdays too. First was Ben, and it was the never-ending birthday celebrations! Then, we had two of our best friends in back to back weekends. It has been fun to get together with everyone so often and enjoy a few adult only nights!


We have also been spending LOTS of our time outside enjoying the warm weather and blowing bubbles! 

WHAT I'M DREADING...


My oldest sister has her fourth chemo treatment this week, and if it is anything like her third, we are definitely dreading it. Thankfully, it is her last treatment of the "Red Devil," and we are praying that her 12 week treatment of a new drug will be much better. I just hate that she is having to go through all of this. 

Ps - How adorable is she in her bandana?


WHAT I'M WORKING ON...


Cleaning out tubs of clothes like whoa! Henley had tubs upon tubs of clothes that I saved for her, some that I bought and some hand-me-downs from my sister. I finally got tired of having so many tubs and last week went through them all and cleaned them out. Holy moly, why did I save that many clothes?! I condensed three tubs into one and am so glad I don't have that many clothes to keep up with anymore. I'll be taking them to a couple of resale places, and what I don't sell, I'm going to donate. I am loving the feel of less clutter! 

I'm also starting to clean out our guest bedroom and get it ready to be Henley's big girl bedroom! Woo hoo! I can't wait to decorate her room and start on George's room! 

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...


We are taking a trip next month for "Spring Break." Since I'm not teaching anymore, technically, we don't have a Spring Break, but we were planning on taking a trip this spring anyway and our best friends both happen to be teachers, so it is our Spring Break! 

We wanted to pick a place that we had never been before and Seattle was it for both of us! So, we are headed to Seattle, and I can't wait! It may rain the whole time, and that is fine. I am just excited to spend quality time with Ben and our friends and relax! 


WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...



I am loving Debbie Macomber right now! I finished a couple of the books I purchased after Christmas and needed a new one fast, so I checked one of her books out at the library and really liked it. When I went back last week, I checked out another one and was excited to find that it was set in Seattle! I am loving reading about some different spots that we should visit! Her books are super easy reads and I have fallen in love with all of the characters. 

I'm not watching anything super consistently. Ben and I are still watching This Is Us together, but are behind a little bit. I watch The Real Housewives episodes when I'm working around the house and sometimes The Bachelor too. 

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...


Mostly Mickey Mouse! I find myself getting so excited when Henley is not in the car and I get to change the channel, but Mickey Mouse isn't so bad either!


WHAT I'M WEARING...

I have finally caved and started wearing mostly maternity clothes. I still workout in normal workout clothes, although I did go to the thrift store and buy some more workout tanks that are more roomy. I'm a bargain shopper and it was totally worth it to purchase about 6 tops for $20 instead of 1. I bought a pair of maternity jeans last week at Motherhood Maternity since I didn't have any and figured I would need some for Seattle. Originally, I planned on just using the Belly Band with my regular jeans, but once I tried on some jeans that actually fit, I was SOLD! 

I really only have pictures of me dressed up though and in workout attire...surprise surprise! 




WHAT WE'RE DOING THIS WEEKEND...

Since this was supposed to be for last week, I'll tell you what we did last weekend. It was fabulous! 


On Friday, we had Ben's annual Keller Williams banquet and we got to get dressed up and enjoy a night out. Well, we were home by 9:45, but we sure had fun getting dressed up and enjoying some uninterrupted adult conversation with friends! 




On Saturday, Ben took Henley to breakfast and a soccer game while I went to a friend's house for brunch and a Pampered Chef party. It's safe to say we both had a blast with who we were with! Later that day, we got to celebrate my best friend's birthday by doing an Escape Room, going to dinner and enjoying dessert back at their house. It was so much fun! If you have not done an escape room, I would definitely recommend it for a night out with friends! 



On Sunday, we started the morning by getting some things done around the house and then going to church. After church we enjoyed lunch with a friend before Henley was picked up and Ben and I went to a play downtown. Ben got me tickets to Sister Act for Valentine's Day, and we had a blast! We love going to the local theater every now and then, and I can't wait for the show in May! 


WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...

See "What I'm Excited About." March is also another month of lots of family birthdays, so I'm excited to celebrate them all and spend some time with my family! I'm also looking forward to seeing baby George at the end of the month! We had an early sonogram to find out that it's a George, but we have our 20 week sonogram after we get home from Seattle. I'll actually be 22 weeks by then, so he'll be getting nice and chubby! 


WHAT ELSE IS NEW...


I think most of you have heard by now, but baby Clark is a BOY!! I'll be doing a "bump date" later in the week to let you know how this pregnancy has been going. I can't say that it is too new, but I am hungry all the time and in bed by 9! 


BONUS: WHAT IS YOUR "CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT" BEAUTY PRODUCT?



Right now, I would say that it is a big tie between these three. See "What I'm Loving" for my explanation on the coconut oil. I have been using the moisturizer since college and have always been asked how I keep my color throughout the winter, and this is my answer. I do not do tanning beds anymore, so in the winter, I use this lotion on my face and it does the trick. I love waking up in the winter and still being able to wear minimal make-up! Now, the hairspray, OMG! My mother-in-law got it for me for Christmas, and I am obsessed! Not only does it smell good, but it is magical! My hair isn't hard and crunchy, but after I curl it and spray some of this in it, it has some fabulous extra volume! 


I hope your week is getting off to a great start!! 




Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites

I had every intention of posting more this week, but with this weather, we have been busy. I have filled up our time with lots of outdoor activities and we have enjoyed every minute. Of course, now that I have that itch to wear Spring/Summer clothes, the weather is going back to dreary and cold. #weliveinTexas 


Since we have been having so much fun this week, I have lots of fabulous favorites to share! I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci today to share my Friday Favorites! 


On Wednesday, Henley and I spent a good part of our afternoon at the park and could not get over how wonderful it felt to be outside with zero wind and 80 degree temps. While I was rocking her for her nap, I was also perusing Facebook and realized that it just so happened to be National Margarita Day. With perfect temps and an excuse for myself to indulge in some chips and salsa, I texted the husband and got myself out of cooking dinner for the night! It was glorious! While everyone else enjoyed the holiday, I enjoyed my chips and salsa and dreamed of a glass of sangria come August! 


Park dates with this one would be my absolute favorite all the time!! Tuesday morning started off pretty dreary, but when Henley woke up from her nap in the afternoon, we took our snack time to the front porch and the sun came out. I got out the wagon for a trip around the block, but she told me she wanted to play at the park. I am always in for watching her run, jump and climb! 

We had some more park play time on Wednesday, and my sweet girl made a new friend which was a big favorite! She is usually pretty skeptical of others at the park, because she wants the area she is playing on to herself, but I was so proud of her on Wednesday when another little boy started playing on the slides with her and she watched, laughed and cheered him on. When we eventually had to leave, she tracked him down in another area of the park all by herself, said bye and even asked for a kiss! I was so proud!! 



This kid and my sunglasses! She wants them on at all times when she is in the car and will even get them out of the car if it's sunny and walk around with them. I love her little personality! The top picture is on our way to hear sweet George's heartbeat this week, and she fell asleep on the way to our appointment in the morning. I looked in my rearview mirror and she was OUT, but the sunglasses remained! My little diva makes me laugh each time I look in my rearview mirror and get a glimpse of her in mommy's glasses! 



Yesterday morning, I checked out the weather when I woke up and immediately made the decision that we would be doing something fun outside. I decided on the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville since it's only a short 30 minute drive from us, and Henley was more than excited! She kept telling me we were going to the "you" to see the "aminals, woo hoo (arms thrown in the arm)!". Gosh, I love her! 

We got there around 11, and it was the perfect size zoo to make a lap around, see all the animals, and then go outside the gates in their picnic area for lunch. It is not a big zoo, but it is perfect for little ones (and hungry mamas!). 

Henley loved the flamingos! At one point, they started fighting and squawking and Henley kept asking me if she could get them to keep talking. She would say "hey Mr. Flamingo, please talk!" They were gorgeous and definitely put on a show for us! 



I texted a couple of our friends with my last minute decision and a few joined us for our adventure. Henley loved having some company, and I am always in for adult conversation! In these pictures they are looking at the alligator and the prairie dogs. I think the alligator was one of Henley's favorites! She did not want to leave him! 




The biggest exhibit is a huge piece of land where the zebras, mountain goats, donkeys, camels, ostriches, and giraffes are. There is a huge bridge overlooking all of the land and we loved it! Henley was so excited to see the giraffes! She also loved making the donkey noises and camel noises! At the end of it is some shade with tables where we stopped to get some water and all the kiddos told us they were ready to eat. 




The goats were by far the big hit, because we got to feed them. I was so proud of Henley for actually getting down there with them and giving them her hand! I have a feeling our trips to the rodeo this year will be filled with the petting zoo! 

Yesterday was by far a favorite! I can't explain how much I love these days with my sweet girl! She is just the sweetest, most fun little girl, and I can't get enough of her! I know everyone keeps telling me that there is such a different, special  bond between a little boy and his mama, but I've got to say, I think my girl and I have a pretty darn special bond too. I love my little bestie and her sweet personality! Each day I get to spend with her is so much fun! 

I don't know about y'all, but after a crazy busy week, we also have a crazy busy weekend. We have a banquet, a birthday celebration and a play to attend and I am excited about all three! I hope y'all enjoy your weekend and get lots of sweet time with the ones you love!