Monday Mornings

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Happy Monday, friends!

Monday mornings are always slow for us, after great weekends, with late nights, sometimes the kids and I take extra long getting motivated on Monday’s (that’s everyone, right?!) It’s noon and we just finished breakfast……

Reflecting on the weekend–

Our weekend was busy (as always) but we enjoyed every moment of it! I was busy most of the weekend, preparing for Llewyn’s Birthday party (last night) which was a great time! Thank goodness for sweet friends, who helped me all weekend, while David worked. You guys are the absolute best! xoxox

We celebrated Llewyn with a small get together at our house, (I’ll share more later this week) and it was really relaxing and fun. Llewyn enjoyed all the wonderful company, and love! Still trying to gather the fact that he will be ONE tomorrow!

Our house is currently getting an exterior face lift. (MUCH NEEDED) We’re trying to decide on a color,  which has kept me up at night, but I think we have finally settled on one, and I’m so excited!  (I highly recommend the guy who is painting our house, if anyone is looking for someone. He is going above and beyond, to make our old farm house feel extra pretty)

I’m sharing a few photos my sister took for us. These are some of my favorites, that capture us perfectly. (even lucy)

Have a great week!!

 

 

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Our Forth

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I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend–we sure did!!! Our weekend was filled with, work, rest, great food, wonderful friends, matching clothes, sparklers, and a lot of love for this great country!

We were definitely bummed that the firework display was canceled, mostly because we love getting ice cream from the little place next to tractor supply, while watching the fireworks. The cheesecake Sacki made, was simply amazing though, so no complaints here!

A little goal– Wear more Red, White and Blue. Celebrate our freedom, and our country’s positives more (not just on the 4th) and focus less on the negatives! Yes, the negatives are most definitely important, especially to our future, but there’s a lot of greatness here too! Here are a few photos from our weekend. Have a great, short week!

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^^I wasn’t kidding, this thing was out of this world good!!^^

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Landon’s First Birthday!

Taking these photos and watching this little guy approach his first birthday is bittersweet! Because, how is it possible that the time has gone buy so quickly?! Carrie and I were pregnant at the same time, and our boys are only a few weeks apart. So, it’s officially hit me, that Llewyn too, will be a year old in a few weeks!

Landon is such a cutie, as you can tell in all the photos! That little smile could melt a heart!!

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^^Love^^

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Happy Spring

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I’m officially recovered from Disney. I really should write a post about it, because even though we were very prepared for the trip, there’s so many things I know now! Going with little ones, is definitely where it’s at, because the excitement for them is so magical! It’s very exhausting at the same time! Anyway, I’m going to write about it really soon!

Happy Spring, you guys!

How amazing is this beautiful weather?! The kids and I have spring fever, and are outside fiddling about in the yard and scoping out the gardner for this year. Rosalie is really excited for a garden this year, and I think she’s going to be a huge help. She already planted a few seeds inside, and check on them every five minutes. I just love her!!

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention….we’ve started a new diet. I wouldn’t really call it a diet, but more like a healthier lifestyle, but it does kinda feel like a diet at the moment. We’ve completely given up all refined sugar and anything containing it. I’m amazed at how many things contain refined sugar! It really makes grocery shopping a lot easier though, basically, don’t shop in the center isles! hehe… I’ll write more about that later.

Here are a few photos, sorry this is so short, and I know I’ve been a slacker! Have a Happy Easter, Ya’ll! xox

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Sweet, sweet girl!

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Llouie Man!! Chewing on a stick…..

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^^my whole heart in one photo^^

why i choose to be a stay at home mom

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I’ve finally recovered from Disney, and decided it was time to get back at it! I wanted to write a little bit about being a stay at home mom, the struggles, the joys, why it’s so important, if you can swing it, and why I love it so much. ( not going to lie, after a long week of Disney World, it was great don’t get me wrong, but I kinda wanted to come home to a job… he he he)

I always hoped that I would be fortunate enough to stay at home with my children. I mean, my mom did it, made it look so easy, so I just knew I wanted to do it too! I’m so grateful to have a husband that can support our family, so I’m able to raise our little ones, I know not everyone is able to, that would like to, so, I’m just really thankful.

THE STRUGGLES

Yeah, so the struggles are real. It’s not always cupcakes and glitter. It is a job. I DO WORK. AT HOME. I NEVER GET AWAY FROM WORK. My work follows me in the bathroom, and cries out to me at 2am, it talks back to me, and even when I’m not at work… most likely my work is with me, or is on my mind. So yeah, staying at home and raising your children, it’s HARD WORK. Not to mention all the tasks that come with it. You know, the house work…the house work that never ends. You get all the toys in one room picked up, move on to the next, just to turn around to see said toys are storming the room yet again. Laundry, not even gonna talk about it. Now, when it comes to cooking, that’s where I take a breather and just enjoy it (not saying I don’t enjoy all of it, but this is where I relax and regroup) Something I often struggle with mentally, is the fact that sometimes society makes me feel like less of a woman because I stay home with my children. Because I’m not out chasing a career, climbing the corporate ladder, and becoming super successful. My success is right here in the comfort of my own home, and I’m raising these tiny people who will be the future of America, it’s important work, mommas!!!!

THE JOY

There is so much more joy than struggle. With every bit of struggle there comes so much joy. I try to focus less on the struggle, and more on the joys, because we all struggle, but it’s what we learn, right? I think being a mother is the most rewarding job, and for me, I feel like I get a front row seat to all those little rewards. Like witnessing the little things they learn from day to day. Rosalie spelling her name, to Llewyn discovering dirt. I don’t want to miss those moment, ever. Personally , I love being around my kids 24/7. I mean, I do like to potty in peace, and try to get a whole cup of coffee in me before they wake, but I just really enjoy their company–and I really miss them when they’re not here, which is hardly ever, but still. Oh, the joys!

WHY IT IMPORTANT TO US

I understand not every mother is able to stay home with her children, either for financial reasons, or I’ve heard, “I could never stay home with my kids, they would drive me nuts.” I totally get this. Sometimes when David gets home, I book it for the car and drive around listening to some awful heavy metal, just to get it all out of me. I get it! For David and I, it’s important for us as parents, to be in control of how our children are raised, what they watch, what they learn, what they eat, and how they are disciplined.  Being at home with them while they’re little allows this and allows us to start a foundation for them, in hopes they will continue to grow and build up on this foundation. I could probably go on all day, about why it’s so important to me, but I feel I may bore you!

I LOVE IT

I think I’ve probably made it clear by now that I love my kids, and being around them as much as possible, and that I’m a nut. ( he he) My little ones have taught me so much, just in the few short years that I’ve been lucky enough to be their mother. I love seeing the world through their eyes and at their level. They have opened my eyes to so many things, I would have never acknowledged otherwise. They have made me a woman, who takes the time for the little things, and notices the small things, and I am so thankful for them, and the love that we share.

Marriage Part One

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Marriage is something I’ve wanted to write about for a while now, but haven’t quite had the courage. I mean, I’ve only been married for almost four years, what do I know, right? Every marriage is different and no marriage is perfect. We all go through rough spots, have bumps in the road, and forget the whole purpose of marriage every once in a while. I’m still learning so much, and will continue to learn for years and years to come, but something I know in my heart, is marriage isn’t even close to what it could be with out the Lord.

It wasn’t until David and I were married that I really began to live a Christian life. I knew I was saved and believed in Jesus Christ, but it wasn’t something I live for or included in my life daily. David and I did premarital counseling before we were married, and that’s really when I began to understand marriage, what it means, and what God expects. That’s when I really started letting the Lord change my life, and living according to his word, and yet I am still sinful, and disobedient at times, guess what!? I’m still forgiven and saved!! Our marriage isn’t just about us, and how we live our lives, what we can get out of  God, but its about how we can live our lives for Christ. With out him, I don’t see how any marriage could be successful, and I don’t mean successful in a way of not ending in divorce, but I mean successful in a way that there is so much more…The love, happiness, trust, respect, forgiveness, is so amazing when you live your life for the Lord. Here are a few things and I may write about this in different parts. So, here’s part one!

Why I Love Submitting To My Husband 

Ephesians 5:22 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands

..and dare I even mention the next verse? You know, the part where it says “For the husband is the head of the wife.” This verse is one that non-believers cling to when it comes to shooting down Christian faith. I mean, how dare we.. no, no.. how dare God tell women they need to submit to let men control them. You see, but here’s the problem, that’s not what the bible is saying at all, just continue to read a little further.

Some people look at this and think, why would any woman agree to this?! Why would they willingly vow to submit themselves to the mercy of their husbands. Let me barge on in for one second, and clarify for you. Let me tell you why this is not degrading to women, not offensive, and why it’s not exiling women to a life of servitude to their husbands. Oh yeah, and why I love submitting to my husband.

Because the part of the bible that says…..drum roll please.. “Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church”…(Ephesians 5:25)

Please note, it does not say, take advantage of, be little them, and make sure they keep the house clean.. No, it is instructing husbands to treat their wives as Christ treated his people. And do you know what Christ didn’t do?! He didn’t demand that his people make him sandwiches, he didn’t talk over them, or wasn’t physically or emotionally abusive. He didn’t walk in the door and demand dinner, the remote and a beer. Nope. Oh no, instead, he washed their feet. Yes, their stinky, dirty and swollen feet. He brought food to them and healed them, and most importantly, he DIED for them! Even though he didn’t deserve it, he willingly gave up HIS life. and in Ephesians, right after the verse to the wives, it tells husbands to show their wives the same selfless love that Christ showed.

So yes, I love submitting to my husband, and I am grateful and so happy to be a partner and companion to someone who loves me like that. Someone who always puts me before himself. Someone who cherishes me, values my options and loves me for who I am. Someone who would never do anything to purposefully hurt me, but to always help me. Someone who seeks God first. When you look at it like this, submitting doesn’t sound bad at all. Actually, it doesn’t sound like submitting at all. To me, it sounds like a blessing. A blessing to be able to love, respect, trust, support and encourage someone who is committed to looking out for my best interests, my family’s best interests, and ultimately giving everything for me. We are far from perfect, as is our marriage, but I know with the Lord on our team, we can face anything together!

Milestones at the Renalds’ house this week!

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Not to my surprise, Rosalie had a great first day of school yesterday. She was suppose to start a few weeks ago, but with snow, and me trying to put it off, February first was the big day! I walked her to her class room, which she was like speed walking to get to she was so excited, and she went right in, through her jacket down, kicked off her shoes, and made herself at home. It was like she had been there all her life… but that’s not it…. when it was time to say goodbye, she was so busy playing and having a good ole time, I hardly got a goodbye. Of course, I hid my tears until I got to the car, where I moaned and Llewyn kind of looked at me like, “really mom, isn’t that my job?” Maybe it would have been a little easier if she acted like she was going to miss me a little?! I did get a TON of school work done. I felt as though I could have finished the entire semester in one day, it was unreal! But I definitely looked at the time every little bit, anxiously awaiting three O’clock. I arrived in the pick up line at like two thirty…. No, I wasn’t the first parent there! When it was my turn to get out, I told the woman I was here for Rosalie Renalds, she looked at me and said, “Aw, I heard about Rosalie!” I’m thinking, Oh great………but she just said she was so well behaved and adorable. (Thank goodness, because I pictured in my mind her doing something wild and crazy that the entire school heard about) When she walked out, my eyes filled up with tears, again, and when she saw me she had a few tears too, which caused more tears on my part. She told me about all the fun things they did, all her new friends, and how she needs an Elsa/Anna sleeping mat. I’m so happy her first day was a great experience!

Oh yeah, and Llewyn has TWO teeth now! Two teeth in one week, guys!! Oh, and he can crawl backwards. Big milestones in the Renalds home this week! Here are a few pictures.

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Rosalie took the photo on the right!! She loves taking pictures with my camera, but its kind of heavy, so she can’t really aim it where she wants, so we have to kind of move to get in the picture for her! She’s a gem!

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I hope you have a great week! XOX

Llewyn is SIX months!

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My little Llewyn is half a year today! Although I feel like I’ve known him, in my heart, my whole life, it still seems like just yesterday he was born. He is the sweetest little guy. He is always so relaxed, and just likes to take everything in around him. He quietly watches his sister play, and occasionally gets a hold of one of her toys and covers it with drool. No teeth yet, but they should be poking through any day now. He can roll over, is starting to crawl as of yesterday, and is getting better at sitting up unassisted. Llewyn loves Lucy kisses, but don’t we all?! Just started becoming interested in foods, but still loves to nurse. Rosalie makes his world go round, he’s got lots of LOVE for that girl. He’s definitely a momma’s boy, but when papa get home from work, he gets so excited and starts screaming (like his sister!) Oh, sweet little boy, I’m so happy you are ours! We LOVE YOU!

Llewyn just confirms for me, that God’s plan is perfect, and even though we have hard times and may not always understand the things that happen, he is in control and loves us. So grateful that he blessed me with these two sweet children!

Here are a few photos a snapped this morning!

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Happy New Year!

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Hi!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope your New Year is off to a great start! As many of you know, we have been sick since New Year day (it’s been awful!) First Rosalie caught a cold, that turned into an ear infection/sinus infection (we’ve never experienced an ear infection so this was all new for us) and then Llewyn and I caught the cold over the weekend, and it turned into much more than a cold for Llewyn. Poor guy, but he is starting to feel better, especially after NINE hours of straight sleep last night. (I’m feeling pretty amazing myself after that) Thank you, all, for the prayers and love!

I’m not going to let a little sickness drag my New Year state of mind down. I’m grateful for another year and excited for everything it holds for us. Like everyone, I have a few New Year goals.

First- I need to work on my personal relationship with the Lord and be in the word more. This is a must for 2016! I also want to be a better mother to my children, and opening my bible and improving my relationship with the Lord, is the first step to becoming a better mother in my opinion. I also want to work on letting the little things go, and being able to just live in them moments with my children. So often, I get caught up in getting things done, like house work, school work, that I forget to just sit down and play dolls with Rosalie..Annie, you have time for this..DO IT! 

Okay, Second, be a better mother oh, and wife!! I want to be the best wife I can be, because my husband deserves it! 

and Third- I want to work on my health.

My body has changed so much after having two children, and it’s not as easy as it use to be to stay healthy. I need more exercise in my life (I’ve started a new work out guide that I LOVE and I’ll share it in another post, because its already working). I need to remember to take my vitamins EVERYDAY and take better care of my hair and skin. DRINK MORE WATER. These things are important, because if I want to be the best mother and wife I can be, I have to start by taking better care of myself, so that I can take better care of my loves. Of course, I would love to eat less sweets, not drink a soda every once in a while, and not enjoy McDonalds fries as much as I do, but really those things are far less important, than the bigger picture! 

So, I need all the love, hugs and support I can get the next few weeks, because starting the 15th, Rosalie will be attending Ridgeview Christian Academy, and as excited as I am for her, I’m having a hard time excepting the fact that she’s old enough for this! Eventually, I plan on homeschooling, but until I finish my degree, we thought this would be a great opportunity! It’s only two days a week, and she’s so excited about it, which makes me feel better! Don’t hesitate to call me the week of the 15th though, you know, just to make sure I don’t need more tissues, or haven’t drown in my own tears and that I’m actually using that time to work on school work!!  I can’t even imagine when she goes off to college one day! 

If that news wasn’t exciting and emotional enough, we are also going to DISNEY WORLD ( picture me saying that like Buddy the elf yelling SANTA)!!! I cannot hold back the excitement, and yes, this trip was actually a present for Rosalie for Christmas, but it was a well played out present on my part, because I’m probably more excited than she is. We’re going the end of February, so pretty soon, and there’s a lot of planning left to do before we go. I’d love any advice from those of you who have been with little ones before! Some people probably think we are nuts for taking two babies three and under (they won’t remember it)….. but I know they will love it…. and tea with Cinderella, what 26 yea…. <<cough cough>>>.. I mean 3 year old wouldn’t love that!!!!

Mother duties are calling, I’ll be back though, very soon!

xox

A little life lately

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Oh, man, life has been busy here lately. I can’t believe Christmas is next week, well, actually I can believe it, because guess who is five months this weekend?! Right?! Rosalie was doing so many things at five months.. like almost crawling, she had teeth, I’m pretty sure she rolled over (first time on her first Christmas day) and Llewyn is over here like….Nahhhhh, I’m content just watching you guys. Never mind the teeth, or trying to sit up by himself, he’s just chilling. He did find his toes the first time last weekend, and he was kind of like ” whoa, mom, are these really mine?! and.. I CAN PUT THEM IN MY MOUTH??!!” Oh, the excitement! Rosalie was interested in everything around her at this age, and Llewyn is only interested in Rosalie… oh, and me. (I’ve got the goods) It’s so funny how different their personalities are at such a young age, I love them both so much and my life wouldn’t (haha I had a typo and put would)  be complete with out them.

Our tree is still alive and still has ornaments, although, we have randomly lost a few sets of lights. Everyday our tree looks a little different, Rosalie likes to change it up, and rearrange the ornaments. It always looks so cute and is loved. Every once in a while, even Llewyn will become fascinated by it, while he’s taking a break from admiring Rosalie.

We are putting in a new drive way on the upper part of our land, we want to build a home up there in the future, but also so its easier to get into the field and pull trailers in and what not. Rosalie has really enjoyed being outside and watching the guys move dirt and dump rocks. I took some photos, it’s quite a project, but I’m so thankful the weather is nice enough to get it all finished. Here are some photos!

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