Tuesday, October 6, 2015

they are fun

I like being with my kids.

They are fun!

Mostly.... ha!

Brett is busy with soccer season and gone many evenings this fall.

That leaves a lot of time with just me and the kids

We go exploring

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or sometimes to the library

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and sometimes our car ride home is everyone crying all.at.once.  

But I still like being with them, we hang out, we ago places, they are my best friends.
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There is really no one else I would rather be with

And it has gotten easier.  The kids are getting older and so much more helpful
see, it's mommy #2

I am in a season of just really wanting to be with family.  Not filling our lives with busy-ness and lists of things.  But just enjoying each other.  Simplifying things a bit.  I don't need a play date every week anymore (although I like them), I just need time with my husband and kids

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My unintentional blogging break

Some how the whole summer went by without me blogging...........sorry about that

I am not sure how it happened

It was not at all intentional

Somehow I found my time extra time spent sitting on the porch just a little longer with my kids

Letting them stay up just a little later


Going on a walk
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Reading a booking

Going to California (twice)
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or the reservoir

or Kansas CIty

or Red Rocks to see NEEDTOBREATHE (dream come true)

We spent as much time outside as possible

And enjoyed lots of time at our new pool
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 And just a second relaxing...

I actually do really enjoy blogging, but I found my time better spent or consumed elsewhere this summer

And rather than feeling guilty, I just let it go and knew that my habit would return again, soon.

And here it is.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

California 2015

Ahh along with the crazy busy travel we have had  my computer pooped out on me, so I had a silent June in the Blog World.

I finally just got around to looking through some photos and making a video.

The video warmed my heart because it reminded me what a great time we had.

When you only get 14 days a year in California, you have to make the most of every minute: Park City Mountain restort. Family. Eating Outside. Swimming. In&Out. American River. Park. Apple Hill. Paradise. Billie Park. Disco Cab. Rock Wall. Slumber Party. Capitola. Farm House. Zip line. Hornaceks. Family. Exploring. Camping. Fresh Berries. Late Nights. Dirty Faces. Great Heat. Boegar Winery. So many Memories.

 Check out our video.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How we do it- a quick guide to road trips

Let me say that taking our family on a road trip is not an "easy" experience
Packing a pile of life saving medical supplies and homecooked foods while traveling for hours in the car with 4 little ones; one who gets car sick;  the same one who has diabetes, one who is allergic to soy and a 1 year old that has the patient of a.... well one year old. 

 but if I were to not do things in life simply because they weren't easy, well I pretty much would do nothing

Road trips take a lot of planning and prep, we cannot just stop by McDonalds or taco Bell, without at least 2 of our 4 kids have some type of medical attack..... so we avoid that

I plan each meal we have and each snack the kids will be eating during our travels.  And if we are gone for the long weekend, I plan every single meal and snack for our entire stay.

I put each days food in a ziploc with the menu written on

Then I put their meals in these for ease while in the car or at a park

I plan out each outfit for each day for the kids by previewing the weather for the destination we will be going

I do not have room to over pack, nor do I want to.

We always back lysol and paper towels because vomit and diarrhea seem to accompany road trips

I plan our day in the car like a day at home,: time for breakfast, then coloring, then a snack, then a movie, then lunch, then quite time/nap time in the car, then electronics (refurbished i-pods).  It makes the day not so dredful (except for the Driver Brett) and it gives them something to look forward too.

I always put a toilet in the car, because it is a million times quicker than a gas station

I want our kids to be able to see places and people and family.  I want them to know what the beach is like, chase fireflies, and get muddy next to a river.  I want them to know their aunts and uncles and great grandmas and lets be honest hardly anyone ever comes here and there is certainly no beach in Colorado.

We stay with people to reduce costs.
We don't eat out much, but allow for it as part of the fun.

Don't get me wrong, I am a total crazy lady the week before we leave on a trip. I'm sure my husband totally loves it hates it.

I do have the kids help a lot!  They love packing for a road trips and my constant reminders of
"if I don't have help we can't go" probably get a bit naggy (working on that)

And you know I can't leave with a messy house, so you know what I'm doing at 10pm the night before while everyone is asleep.... yep being the crazy cleaning lady

Yep, I am sure you can all tell I am a type A all the way.

But then we get to enjoy stuff like this and it makes it so worth it!

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You should try it too!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Take it all out! Everything!

I am sure you all remember my last post about the missionaries from India, Sam and Cam.
And I needed some perspective about what I really need, or don't need. 

Basically I want to live more simply.

I don't want things consuming my life.

 and then I happen to see a post about a wardrobe capsule on facebook. 

I knew I had to do it, like immediately!  Little did I know one of my closets friends Heather was doing the same exact thing! Nothing like motivation when your best friend is doing it too!

It's about how less is more!  Minimilizing your wardrobe but still wearing cute things!
 With a wardrobe capsule you are able to mix and match different things together and it is based on season, which can be tricky in Colorado since the winter likes to come back out in May, so I do a blended season.

Yea so here is my closet....... totally embarrassing.  Full of crap!
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I had to take it all out!  Everything! You have to take everything out of the closet and sift through.

Not gonna lie, there was some anxiety going on here.  What if I need 14 pairs of painting pants and 400 pairs of underwear for the apocalypse?!?!?
Really, Jen.

And then I did it.  I just started 3 piles.

Get Rid Of.
And my keep pile was super small. Phew. (its the pile on the right)

I found things that I actually wear and like and that fit me, and I kept those.
I've had a few babies, gotten a few years older and little more lumpy, time to trash the fitted shirts.

And apparently I'm some sort of bag hoarder! I had so many reusable old navy and I dunno what bags for my imaginary bag party.


Here is what my closet looks like now 
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I used the money from the clothes that I sold to buy a few basic things. And really I didn't have to buy much bc I had plenty in my closet. I bought 3 things.  
A cute pair of jean shorts from the Banana republic outlet for $12, 
A white T-shirt for AE, for $8 
A black maxi skirt from Gap outlet for $12.  
Totally basic and simple and not expensive.

Once you complete your capsule you do not buy anymore random pieces for that season, you save money and time and most importantly it is sooo freeing!!!

This is an outfit I made with things I already owned

Ahhhh, now for the rest of my house.  
One. Bag. At. A. Time.