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HOW TO BE A HAPPIER MOM + LIFE LATELY

(Cookie eating + smoothie + coffee drinking at the park.)

With Mother’s Day just a week and a half away, my mind has been spinning with thoughts of motherhood. One of the quotes I read recently and can’t seem to get out of my head is, “In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life” by, Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard. So true, right? I’d add that it’s also one of the best gifts we can give our kids!

So, I started taking an inventory of the days I’m feeling happier and more myself and why I think that is. Excited to share what I found along with a pics from life lately!

I’M A HAPPIER MOM WHEN…

  1. I’m doing things to take care of myself on a regular basis (getting ready, working out, eating well, etc.)
  2. I’m in community and spending daily time with God (journaling, reading, praying) and people (playdates, coffee, walks, meals, chatting, etc.). Oh, and of course date nights with your hub or friends!
  3. I’m getting enough sleep. I read the other day that getting good sleep makes people more happy than making more money and I totally believe it! I’m so much more playful and fun when well rested. 7 or 8 hours per night is my happy place and allows a buffer for the nights I’m up late working or one of the kids is sick. This of course is tricky with a baby bump or newborn… and sometimes even toddlers, a “sleep walking” 5 year old that climbs into bed with you, or if you have FOMO (like me!) and can’t sleep in!
  4. I’m able to be present! Still need to be better at this because even when my body isn’t multitasking, my mind often is. Keeping a planner where I can jot down lists, ideas, to-do’s and a plan for our day is a huge help! Love these large agendas by Ban.do and this monthly organizational set by JDC. Getting out of the house for a bit each day helps too.
  5. My priorities, values and goals all lineup. If I find myself getting frustrated or losing my mind, it’s usually because one or more of these things are off. On the flip side, when all 3 line up it can be a huge mood booster. For instance, if my goal is to have the kids catch the bus at 8, my priority is to encourage independence, and my value is in my relationship with my kids then letting Tilly pick out her outfit is a no brainer! It saves both of us time and energy and helps our relationship too. Although, you know I’ll be throwing out some suggestions, ha! Just can’t help myself :)

(Yummy Starbucks cookie, but we made these big batch cookies a couple days ago too!)

Made this fish taco with mango salsa recipe last Taco Tuesday and it was so yummy.

(Burning off some energy on the tennis court during Ozzie’s game last week.)

(Shoes on the wrong feet… gosh I’ll miss this stage when it’s over.)

(Weekday errands with daddy… one of the perks of being married to a firefighter :)

(The sun has been out off and on this week so it was time for us to stock our car caddy with a picnic mat, snacks, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles. Makes baseball games + park dates super easy!)

One last thought on being a happier mom… Raising good little humans is a big job. But that sense of purpose and value can often get buried under the mountain of laundry, to-dos, and tantrums and with it the joy too. So for all the mamas that could use a reminder or haven’t been told lately, you have a big, beautiful, important and hard job and your doing better than you think you are… we all are!

How do you keep your heart light and happy amid the demands of momming?

xo, Rae

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WE’RE COMIN’ FOR YA, NY!

(i heart ny)

Eeek! In about a month, Espen, Tilly, + I will be packing our bags and hopping on a flight to New York to visit my brother, sister (in-law), and nephew! We’ll have 3 full days to adventure and play around the city and since you guys always have the best ideas I thought I’d ask if you have any must do, eat, or see suggestions for us…?

So far Espen wants to go swimming and Tilly wants to see the emoji movie while we’re there (“Are there movie theaters in NY?” she asked. Ha!). These kids are in for the surprise of their lives and I can’t wait to see it all through their eyes!

Johan and I have been chatting about taking the whole fam bam to NY ever since our visit several years ago (you can see the post here!) for my Birthday, yet have had a hard time figure out logistics (i.e. affording the trip without blowing college funds, etc., etc.). Booking a trip for just the three of us seemed like the next best thing even though I hate to leave the rest of the kids and Johan behind — we’ll miss them soooooo much! — but, I’m glad we didn’t wait any longer to make it happen.

Are there any trips you’ve been dreaming of taking!?

Oh, and don’t forget to let me know if you have any NY food or activity suggestions for us! We’ll be staying in Brooklyn.

xo, Rae

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OUR VERY HOPPY EASTER WEEKEND!

In so many ways, I was completely unprepared for Easter this year. The few weeks leading up to it, my mind and energy was being used for other life happenings… (the sorta things that come up when you have kids and careers and people in general in your life, but nothing earth shattering!) We unintentionally skipped egg dying and holiday decorating and almost everything for their Easter baskets was purchased just 2 days before. To top it off, on the day of Easter I forgot the bucket of stuffed eggs to hide at Gigi and Papa’s house later that day. Basically mom-failing left and right, but you know what happened? It ended up being a magical weekend anyways. The kids freaked out (in the best way) over their very simple Easter baskets, no one noticed or even mentioned the lack of decorations or egg dying, we got lots of family time with ALL the kids, and an “egg” hunt still happened at my parents house.

A few pics of our weekend…

Tilly was in tears on the car ride to the egg hunt at church because of the size of her basket which I strategically picked out for that reason. But because kids are so ridiculously resourceful, they found away to collect all the eggs their little hearts desired by stuffing them in their pockets and boots too, then emptying the eggs and going back for seconds and thirds! We now have way too much candy in our pantry (something I was trying to avoid) but the whole situation was completely comical.

Poppy wouldn’t sit still for the youth group girls hosting the face paint table so I took a stab at it and painted a few whiskers and a pink nose on her. Safe to say I will not be adding “face-painter” to my list of skills or volunteering for future events. Ha!

Someone at our church made the cutets photo backdrop, but getting the kids to look at us while taking a picture in front of it, instead of their candy or the bounce houses was impossible! Out of the 10 or so we took, this is the best one, lol.

After an early church service and a quick bite on the run, we finally made it to Gigi and Papa’s for some fun, a yummy dinner and egg hunt!

And of course a little dancing and glass of wine, too!

(…Excuse the totally comfy grandma sandals I dug out of my mama’s closet, but the healed huarache sandals were not working with all the gravel in their yard :)

The show (errr, egg hunt) must go on even without plastic eggs or things to stuff them with! After stopping at three different stores with no luck, we settled for a box of dixie cups, a bag of chocolate eggs, and quarters from my mom’s change jar. It worked perfectly!

(Love them… A slightly unexpected duo so I especially like seeing them together.)

Currently sitting here wishing I could turn our weekend into a metaphor for how life-giving and powerful Jesus is because He is and because I love sharing my faith with you guys, but my thoughts are much more simple this morning.

I know He loves me.

And not just because he died for me 2,000 years ago and then raised from the dead, but because He is moving and active and I can see His goodness in the best, worst and most mundane of circumstances.

I know He loves you too, which is possibly one of the more cheesy Christian things to say but it’s also the truest.

xoxo, Rae

Outfit sources:

ME | dress, jeans

OZZIE | polo

ESPEN | t-shirt, shorts

TILLY | dresses

GRIFFIN | top, shorts, navy shoes (couldn’t find online, but from target!)

POPPY | jumpsuit, dress, pink shoes (couldn’t find online, but from target!)

 

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SPRING BREAK RECAP…

So, last week came in like a lamb and out like a lion which I guess is appropriate for Spring break :) We had lots of rainy days in the beginning so took it slow and had a lot of dance parties. But then the sun decided to join us so we were able to do some adventuring towards the end! Overall we ate yummy food, kept the kids up way past their bedtime and ignored the mountain of laundry so I would say it was a successful (and always needed) break from school and our normal routine.

A few pics from our week!

Lunch at a favorite spot in Tacoma, Shake Shake Shake. The best fries and shakes! The younger kids got corn dogs and the older ones ordered giant cheese burgers. Can’t remember the last time we all ate that much… I thought we would be rolling people out of there!

Ketchup art by Griffin but Tilly would like to take credit for inspiring the idea. She would like to take credit for this next shot too… :)

Espen will be 11 this year which totally and completely blows my mind! He’s the sweetest most helpful and positive person I know and I just can’t get enough of those freckles on his nose.

My favorite thing to do after eating way too much is get some fresh air and go for a walk so the fam bam obliged and we headed to Pointe Rustin to walk along the beach and play at the playground and then ultimately wound up searching for crabs. Washington beaches aren’t often sandy or sunbathing worthy, but they sure to occupy the kids and it’s always so fun to see their excitement!

Or total horror, LOL. Poppy spent most of the time deciding whether she liked the crabs or was scared of them. I don’t blame her one bit. The next pic is me feeling very proud of myself for holding a non-pinching baby crab, the size of an almond, in my hand. If any of our kids end up being total whimps I will be to blame for sure.

Feels so good to be outside without having to bundle up to stay warm and dry!

It wasn’t long before someone drove by in a golf cart and asked us not to throw rocks in the water. Oops. We tried really hard to follow these instructions but srsly, how do you keep 5 kids from throwing rocks in a body of water? Let’s just say, many reminders were needed.

Almost forgot! Ozzie’s High School team was able to play 3 games over break which must be some kinda early spring record! Griff was thrilled about it, obvi. I honestly think the hardest part about having various age kids playing sports is making sure the younger ones don’t get totally burnt out or resentful.

On one of the rainier days we decided to take a quick outing to visit the lake near our house, dream about summer days, and also get donuts. It was a couple hours very well spent.

As you can see, our spring break was kinda random and with all the bad weather, somedays didn’t feel as much like a break as I usually like. Luckily (if you saw this post on Instagram, then you already know), I messed up our calendar and booked our spring break vacay for later this month. We’ll be headed to the ocean in a couple weeks for a second (shorter) spring break! I felt terrible at first but think it will end up being a really good thing.

Have any spring travel plans?

xo, Rae

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5 THINGS + HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Last Tuesday we celebrated a break from the constant drizzle and rain with a walk outside and trip to Starbucks for lunch and a treat. So when the weather app on my phone called for sunshine yesterday we did a happy dance and then headed out the door to play at Volunteer Park (a new-to-us park) and our favorite ice cream shop, Molly Moon’s. I heard on the news a couple days ago that the Seattle area has only gotten 5 days of sunshine since January 1st. As my husband pointed out (he’s all numbers all the time), that’s only 1 in every 15 days!!! No wonder I’ve threatened to move us all to Palm Springs several times over the last month, LOL. Craving that sunshine and thankful to get a little fix yesterday.

Here’s a few other things I’ve been thankful for this week:

  1. Mama got a brand new…. car! A Honda Pilot to be exact and I’m totally smitten with it. We’ve been without a car payment (and loving it) for so long it was hard to agree to another bill but now that I’m driving carpool with warm buns (heated seats) and bluetooth, there is no turning back!
  2. We made a quick visit to Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill yesterday and had a blast. So much to do. Will definitely be going back soon.
  3. Afterwards we walked on a rainbow crosswalk on our way to get ice cream and decided that all crosswalks should be rainbow colored. Yes?
  4. Last night we started a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition when the kids insisted on making a leprechaun trap. One of the things I appreciate most about St. Patrick’s Day is how low-key it is. Other than making sure everyone has something green to wear, there isn’t much planning involved so was a little resistant to their idea but in the end we all had fun and listening to their sweet conversations about leprechauns and how to catch one was the absolute best entertainment. Worth the mess and late bedtime.
  5. Monday is the first day of… S P R I N G ( ! ! ! )

If looks could kill, #amiright? Poor girl hasn’t been acting like herself this week — mostly grumpy and really clingy with moments of cheerfulness. Planning on feeding her smoothies and probiotics all weekend in hopes that whatever is bugging her clears up because a clingy kid is one thing but a moody clingy kid is another and #imsotired.

Griffin, on the other hand, has no shortage of energy or joy! Constantly running at 100 this boy.

Literally. Ha!

(Can you spot where Griffin cut a chunk of his hair? Luckily he’s in need of a haircut anyways :)

We’ve started making our Spring bucket list this week. At the top is flying kites, a weekend getaway close to home, and trying new homemade ice cream recipes. I also wanted to add — clean out ever closet, drawer and cupboard in our house — but the kids argued that only fun things can be added to our list, LOL.

What’s on your Spring to do list!? We could use a few more ideas.

xo, Rae

PS – If you missed Monday’s meal plan, I recommend giving it a try next week. It was a good one and pretty easy to keep up with!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE (WINTER EDITION)

Having lots of kids at different ages and a husband who’s career is firefighting means that our schedule is always changing. However, we seem to be in a pretty predictable rhythm these days and it’s such a good feeling. Since I know one day I’ll wonder what life was like way back in 2017 and because I’m always so curious what other people’s routines are I thought I would follow up this day in the (summer) life post with a winter edition!

As I mentioned, our schedules are kinda all over the place depending on the kids’ activities and commitments and Johan’s work, but for the most part our mornings are the same so I’ll start there.

Oh, but before I do, if you are pregnant or have a newborn, ignore my morning routine — it looked so much more haphazard during the baby growing and nursing seasons in my life. My advice for those of you that are in it? Do whatever you need to feel human. That might look like getting extra sleep, making it to the gym, taking a shower, planning date nights or working on a business. You will never regret taking care of yourself so you can give the best to your little (and big!) ones. Just one of the things I’ve learned the hard way.

MORNING ROUTINE | My goal is to be up at 5 for a garage workout with Johan (on mornings he is home) or to catch up/get ahead of work as well as a good 20 minutes or so of quiet time and a shower before the kids are up. Even as a non-morning person, this is my favorite and most productive time of day due to the lack of distraction and totally worth the early wakeup call. However, there are nights when kids are up sick or with bad dreams or Johan and I decide to catch up on a show, in which case,  getting an extra hour of sleep is way more valuable. When that happens, I’m up sometime between 6 and 6:30, hop in the shower and meet Ozzie downstairs for breakfast. The older he get’s, the fuller his calendar gets with homework, sports and friends so I cherish this time so much.

After he leaves around 7, I pour another cup of coffee and start round 2 with the other kids! I slowly wake them up and help pick out clothes, remind them to make their beds, etc., etc…. It’s usually a good time to throw in a load of laundry and maybe fold or put away a few things too, while they moan and groan, lol. Eventually we head downstairs for breakfast. They all eat and Espen and Tilly finish up their morning routine while I make lunches, empty the dishwasher and wipe spills and faces. Then around 8 it’s off to school for Espen and Tilly. Once they are gone Griffin, Poppy and I (but mostly I) tidy up the downstairs and kitchen… no matter how clean it is when we wake it’s always amazing to me how messy it gets by this time. Then I turn on a kid show for Griffin and Poppy while I do my hair and makeup. Somedays it holds their attention, other days they follow me into the bathroom to hang on me/rummage through bathroom drawers/drive me bonkers. #momlife

If Johan is getting off shift, then he arrives sometime around 8:30. We chat, hug and debrief about our last 24+ hours while Griffin and Poppy either climb all over us or get into mischief since mom + dad are preoccupied.

This is where things get less predictable, but for the most part our late morning and afternoons can be broken down into 3 parts — M+F, W, + TU+TH.

M +F | Griffin has Pre-K these mornings (and Wednesdays too). If Johan is home he usually takes drop-off duty while I squeeze in an hour of work. After that we either head out for an outing, run errands or work around the house until nap time.

W | Is a little crazy but also my absolute favorite. The three oldest kids have late start which means they get an extra hour and half before school starts. These mornings are more laid-back and conducive for a pancake breakfast. The kids do their normal routines and then we ALL :) leave the house around 9, drop Oz off first, then take Griffin to Pre-K, and finally zip through the Starbuck’s drive-thru on our way to drop Espen + Tilly off. It’s like a school carpool dream come true for me. I wish everyday was late start and what’s funny is I’m one of the only school age mom I know that likes Wednesdays… might have something to do with working from home instead of an office. Or maybe I just have a thing for lazier mornings.

T + TH | Are right up there with Wednesdays because Griffin is home! After the three big kids head off to school Griffin, Poppy and I (and Johan too when we are lucky!) find something fun to do until nap time. Sometimes we tryout a new coffee shop, or park. Other times we do something a little more familiar like meet up with friends, visit the children’s museum or wander around Target. Once Poppy is down, I tidy up again and then spend time with Griffin. It’s his last year home before starting Kindergarten (which is full-time here) so these days feel almost sacred and I do my best to keep this time work-free.  Every once in awhile tho, I spend an hour or less answering emails or taking pictures for a post while he plays legos.

Wow, that all feels like a lot of information and our afternoons are even more random so maybe I’ll stop there and cover our afternoon, evening and bedtime schedule in another post!? Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t answer in this post about our mornings or anything you would like to know in a follow up post.

Oh, and two things that are worth mentioning…

1.) Once a week our totally amazing family friend comes and cleans our home. It was something Johan and I decided to splurge on during the end of my pregnancy with Poppy and only intended on continuing for the first few months after she was born but couldn’t bring ourselves to give-up! It’s seriously life changing and allows me to focus on other things like the laundry, inviting people over, and of course the kids!

2.) One morning a week while Johan is on shift and Griffin is at school, I have hired a friend’s daughter who is homeschooled to come play with Poppy for a couple hours while I work in my office. She’s only come 3 or 4 times so far but Poppy loves the big kid attention and adding an extra 2 hours to my 12 hour workweek has been such a relief. It’s a win-win!

Obviously most days don’t run quite as smoothly as it might look on “paper”. Negotiations, tantrums, spills and scavenger hunts for lost shoes/homework/library books are also a part of our mornings. What keeps me sane in a house full of kids though is not doing it all, all the time and remembering that a little bit of help might not solve all my problems but it does go a long way.

So, now I’m curious… If you could get help on a daily or weekly basis would you hire a nanny, cook, chauffeur, or house cleaner?

Can’t wait to read your answers!

XO, Rae

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ICE CREAM MAKES YOU HAPPY + 5 THINGS

These pics have zero to do with the context of this post but they do remind me that warmer, sun kissed, ice cream eating days are ahead. Not that we’re ever not eating ice cream but you get the idea.

In the meantime I’m going to try and be better about living in the in-between, i.e. the moments and seasons that are a not as easily enjoyed. I’ve had so many of them over the years  (like, every winter) and when the season passes I’m always wishing I would have squeezed a little more goodness out of it.

In an effort to live more in the in-between, here are a few things that I’ve loved this week!

  1. Tilly (8) shared, after 20 or so minutes of playing family (aka house) with her two younger siblings yesterday that, “Being a mom feels riiiily good.” (Girlfriend you have no idea the richness you kids bring to my life!) Then she continued, “But I still want to adopt!” She is terrified of pregnancy and childbirth and doesn’t even know all the details yet, ha! So curious to see what she ends up doing and being when she’s grown up! Side note, if you have a wide age range of kids I highly recommend encouraging playing house. Tilly ended up giving Poppy and Griffin their baths last night while playing the mom. I still had to check her work and wipe all the water off our bathroom floor, but checking tubbies off the bedtime to-do list at 5 o’clock felt oh so good.
  2. Poppy pronounces waffles, awwwwfuls and it’s about the cutest thing. It’s also been her reply for the last week when I ask her what she wants for breakkie.
  3. Johan and Espen had their first little league baseball practice last night. Seems a little premature seeing as how it snowed here yesterday but who am I to get in the way of boys and their baseball? Also makes me feel like we are one step closer to Spring!
  4. Johan and I have started doing garage workouts more regularly (at 5am — gah!) and I’m kinda proud of us for making the effort. It’s mostly circuit training using movements and simple equipment like burpees, mountain climbers, kettle bells, box jumps and a jumprope. I’d be happy to share a few of my favorite combos if anyone is interested?
  5. We are doing this study with a group of friends and so far it’s been life changing. Last week we discussed the things a soul needs to be healthy: rest, restriction, responsibility/work, and relationship. For anyone with kids I would add date night and wine (ha!), but that’s just me. What do you think of the list? Would you add or take anything away?

  

Big brothers that pinch you with their toes (3 pics up), pretend to eat your birthday cake (2 pics up), and then assume you’ll be okay about picking you up (1 pic up). I remember being so annoyed with Oz for pestering the little kids during the shoot, but am ironically so happy to have these real life kind of pictures in a staged setting.

Even after all that teasing Poppy still asks for her biggest brother about 5 times per day… “Where’s my Ozzie brover?”

    

Also completely unrelated to the pics above, the last few items for the dinning room came in the mail this week so I’m hoping to finish things up over the weekend for a reveal on Monday!!! A finished project is good for the soul too!

What are you up to this weekend?

xo, Rae

(Photos by Stacy Jacobsen to document Poppy’s 2nd Birthday last summer)

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LITTLE CITY GUIDE: ALKI BEACH, SEATTLE

Guess what? It’s still the weekend!

Weekends that are still going strong on a Monday? Count me in please! Can we make this a thing? Ha! I mean, there are all those national donut, puppy, pizza, etc. days now… don’t they deserve a day of observance? Totally kidding, but I could get used to Tuesday being the new Monday.

There is only one thing I like more than having Mondays off… starting the weekend a day early, which is exactly what we got to do this past week. My babes had Friday off of school and even better, Johan had the day off from fighting fires too. Since the sun was shining we headed to the one place I think we’ve all been craving since the end of fall… the beach. Here’s a few pics from our morning.

Like most little sibs, Griffin is always trying to keep up with the big kids. Mostly Espen and Tilly. At home he’s treated more like a third wheel than a play buddy, but when we are out and about it seems to level the playing field a little more. Makes my heart so happy to watch.

Caught shooting an Instagram story. Something I am so very inconsistent with but thoroughly enjoy. Almost too much :)

It might sound kinda cliche, but I love watching them explore and take in their surroundings. Even when we are so close to home.

You can’t end a cold outing at the beach where almost everyone wound up with wet feet (just can’t resist running and jumping in those waves!) without something warm to sip on. We initially saw the Starbucks but then noticed a Top Pot next-door so decided to warm up with donuts too :)

Hope you are able to soak up some extra family time this weekend!!!

XO, Rae

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YAY FRIDAY + A SUPERBOWL CHEAT SHEET

I love, love, LOVE playing sports but when it comes to watching them, keeping track of the score, players, numbers and especially the stats, I’m the absolute worst. My kid’s games, of course, being the main exception. The other one is the Super Bowl. Knowing the backstories, what players to watch for and team names (ha!) makes the big day so much more exciting.

Since my husband is a freaking genius when it comes to knowing teams, players and stats I always bug him for the down-low before game time and this year I thought it would be fun to share with you!

10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SUPER BOWL 51

  1. The New England Patriots are playing the Atlanta Falcons
  2. Both QB’s are amazing — Tom Brady for the Patriots vs. Matt Ryan for the Falcons
  3. Matt Ryan will probably be the MVP of the regular season
  4. Both coaches are also amazing — Bill Belichick for the Patriots (this will be his 7th Super Bowl and has a 4-2 record) vs. Dan Quinn for the Falcons (this is only his 2nd year as head coach… an extra tidbit for all my Seattle friends, he used to be the Seahawks defensive coordinator)
  5. Patriots are favored by 3 points
  6. The game is supposed to be one of the highest scoring Super Bowls with a total of 59+ points being predicted.
  7. The game is in Houston. The last time the game was there in 2004 the Patriots won and Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfunction ;)
  8. This is the Falcon’s 2nd and the Patriot’s 9th appearance at a Super Bowl.
  9. Patriot’s Tight End, #87 Rob Gronkowski would have been one to watch for but has been sidelined due to a back injury… he also has 1.7 million twitter followers.
  10. Tom Brady (Patriots QB) is the oldest player on their team at 39 and Matt Bryant (Falcons kicker) is the oldest in the league at 41

 

No kidding you guys, when we started chatting about the game last night, I didn’t even know what teams were playing, but knew exactly who was performing at halftime ;) Super excited to see what Gaga does, but nervous to see how she uses the platform. So ready to see more unity and less protesting in our country — not that I agree with all the changes being made. Ugh. Sorry for the tangent… I’ll save that rabbit hole for a different post.

Now, I’m super curious… what do you enjoy most about the Super Bowl?

  1. the game
  2. the food
  3. the halftime show (and commercials too)

Happy Friday!

xo, Rae

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FEBRUARY ARROW PROJECT: HOT COCOA STAND

Hey friends, happy February 1st!
We’re kicking this month off with an arrow project that I’m super excited to share. The combination of the state of our country and middle of winter weather (hurry up spring!) is enough to throw anyone into a downward spiral, but there is one thing that always restores sanity… connecting with people and chocolate! They are seriously the best medicine. So for our service project this month  Tilly + Griffin put on a pop-up hot cocoa stand in my parent’s neighborhood. Lemonade stands are one of their favorite summertime activities so I knew they would love it! Although their faces in the pic above suggest otherwise, LOL.
A few more pics from our time serving up cocoa…
Filming their sales pitch on Instagram stories and making a sign!
The secret shopper, director of quality control and social media strategist. Little people doing big things, ha! But seriously, don’t you see it?
Tilly + Griffin’s work relationship was slightly explosive. Both control freaks with easy to push buttons. But we lived, still had fun and met some new friends in the process!! It was really a great way to spend the afternoon.
I read a graphic the other day that said, “There is so much life to be lived in the in-between”. Can’t think of a better way to describe this season and put things into perspective.
Here’s to living a full life in the in-between. And lots of yummy hot cocoa.
XO, Rae
P.S. – You guys have been keeping me so busy with Valentine orders and I’m so very grateful! It really is my favorite project of the year!!!
P.P.S. – Today is the last day to enter the Instagram giveaway. Head HERE for the full details and to share the love!
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MOM PRAYERS

Potty training isn’t the only milestone happening in our home this week. While our 2 year old is learning to tinkle on the toilet, our 16 year old will be getting his license. Eeek! Quite the contrast right?! Over the last month as the topic has come up I’ve been asked by several friends how I’m feeling about it.

Terrified?

Yes!

Happy dancing?

That too!

But honestly more than the butterflies and happy dances, all I can think about when I look at my 16 year old is how faithful God is. So many of the things I asked Him to do in and for Ozzie since he was a baby (I shared our story HERE several years ago) I see in him now. As he steps into a new freedom and further away from my protection though, it would be so easy for me to get consumed with worry instead of trusting God and continuing to pray big things for his future.

While I’ll most definitely be praying for his protection every time the butterflies start fluttering in my stomach, God’s been reminding me lately that there is so much more I can do with my time, thoughts and energy. Just thought I would pass that reminder onto you…

So, pray for the sweet small things — what preschool to send your kids to, for friends to play with at recess, that their cold would pass, for more playing time on the soccer team, etc. God cares about those things.

But pray big, beautiful dreams over them too. That they would know how wonderfully made and fully loved they are. That they would know God’s voice, grace, promises, purposes and presence. That they would recognize and use their talents because of the confidence they have in the one who made them.

And then no matter how small or big the ask, trust that God will give you the ideas, direction and wisdom to do your part because prayer is anything but passive.

I’m far from perfect at this parenting thing… Sure there are moments that go smoothly but we also take frequent rides on the hot mess express. Either way, I’ve found that there is nothing like prayer to keep my mind easy and heart light so I can enjoy rolling with my little homies and be the mom they deserve.

Of course coffee, girlfriends and a cute outfit help too.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!

XO, Rae

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