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Christmas Books with Animals, Shenanigans, and Things That Go

It’s Friday! It’s November! Yay!

We’re spending the weekend packing, hopefully taking some things to the new house, and trying to get Bert to let us listen to a little Christmas music. If you follow me on Insta, you may have seen on Instastories that I ordered Wacey’s big Santa gift this week (not premature–you have to get your orders in early for handmade stuff!!), so I officially have Christmas on the brain. Permit me this one holiday-y post and I promise I’ll do my very best to hold off until after Thanksgiving.

Sometimes when the holidays roll around, it’s hard to live in the middle of nowhere because you see everyone on social media doing all sorts of fun holiday activities like Christmas at the zoo, going ice skating, looking at lights, going to tree farms, etc., and it’s not usually possible for us to do all of those things since a real, actual big town is two hours away, and the cows need someone to take care of them. Also I don’t know about tree farms and ice skating in southeastern New Mexico.

One thing we can do, though, is read books, and we do a lot of that. We’ve started a little holiday collection for the boys, but this year I’d like to add a couple lengthier ones since Wacey is getting into longer stories. The reason I’m posting a book guide this early is that I find it can be so fun to sprinkle Christmas in here and there before getting out the tree and going full-on Clark Griswold, and books are a great way to do that. Also, even with Amazon Prime our mail is s.l.o.w so I order everything waaaayyyy in advance since it’s guaranteed to be late and there’s a decent chance it may not show up at all.

And, if your kid is like my kid, he’s been talking about Santa and Christmas trees and watching Christmas movies for weeks and you’ve got to do something to placate that little elf until you can set up the tree and go full-on Holly Jolly Christmas. Wacey is really into trucks, tractors, and trains, animals, and silliness, so that will be the realm in which we purchase books this year!

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This year, I’m definitely adding a few from this list to gift to the boys with (matching, duh) Christmas jammies in a couple weeks. The tractor one is already on order because my tiny tractor fiend just about lost his mind when he looked over my shoulder while I was typing this and saw there was a tractor Christmas book. The only one we have (that I had to include because it’s one of Wacey’s favorites) is Little Blue Truck’s Christmas.

I’m limiting myself to only buying a couple every year because I keep telling myself that we don’t need three hundred Christmas books.

Am I the only one who still struggles with need vs. want, especially around the holidays? It’s an affliction, I tell you.

Anyways. It’s Friday! The guys are working on getting equipment and cattle back to the pens since the sale of the ranch is scheduled to be closed next week and errthang’s gotta go. The boys and I are trying to find the motivation to do our part and start packing while really just running around the house and trying to convince Bert to take us to go feed cows with him.

We’re real handy to have around.

 

 

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Happy Friday! Guess what? We’re moving. Yes, we just did that. Yes, we’re doing it again. Why not, right?

Don’t answer that. There are a lot of reasons.

The ranch Bert is currently working for has been sold, and he received a great offer from another ranch in the area, so….we’re moving again! Yes! For the second time in three months we will be packing everything up, and moving it. Yay! (<< sort of manufactured enthusiasm, sort of not).

The new ranch is 20 miles down the road, and has been in the same family since 1917, so it’s unlikely *crosses fingers* that they’ll sell it. Ha. (<<not manufactured sarcasm). It feels good.

So. We will have a new new house. However, guys, the new new house is cool. It’s old, like real old, and needs some work, but oh, the bones of it are so good. And, the closet space is unreal for such an old house. And there’s trees, a tire swing, and a gas range. And funny quirks, like a weird pantry, and the laundry room is in one of the bedrooms. But I sort of enjoy funny quirks because it gives it character.

Anyways.

I’ll cut right to the chase: new house, new Pinterest board, new five-gallon bucket of Revere Pewter. Onwards.

Favorite Chalkboard: Weathered Framed Board. The current porch is a screened-in affair that the owners are enclosing and updating (*cross fingers* *knock on wood* *Hail Marys*) before we move in. The idea is that it will end up being a big ole functional mudroom (please, Lord). If that’s the case (again, please Lord), I would love to have a big chalkboard in there to write verses, song lyrics, uplifting snippets, menus for gatherings, etc. It’s going to be a pretty mudroom.

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Favorite I Wonder If This Actually Works: Cabinet Door Transformation. The part of this house that needs updated the most obviously is the kitchen. The cabinets are oldie-but-sort-of-goodie plywood (yes) that are stained classic 1950s orangey wood. So. Unless the ranch has big plans to redo all of the kitchen cabinets, this little project might be on my (eventual) to-do list. Or they might grow on me and we’ll just pretend we’re super ranchy circa 1951.

cabinetsFavorite Bulletin Board Revival: Burlap and Frame. In the kitchen there is a place for a desk or buffet table or something. I’d like to put a something there with a pretty bulletin board like this over it with all of our calendars and things. We already have a pretty bulletin board, but it needs a refresher, and I love the frame on this one. I might try to see if there’s a way I could do it with crown molding and our current board. I also love the idea of having a little banner of photographs!

framed bulletin board
Favorite Well-We’re-Moving-So-May-As-Well-Get-It-Done: Faded Jeans Chalk Paint. Wacey’s bed needs a refresher, so I’m painting it blue. Bam! Instant refresher. When I go to my high school reunion in a month, and someone asks me what I do, I’m going to tell them I’m a painter because apparently I paint. So, I’m a painter who paints.

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Favorite Welcome Mat: Hey Good Lookin’. We will finally have one door that everyone will use, so a doormat is a must. This is one of my favorite songs, I remember my parents playing it when I was growing up and it has such a special place in my heart. Plus, what a nice thing to say, right? “Welcome to our house, you good-lookin’ human you.” It’s a little sassy, a little uplifting, but also functional. Add in “on time” and you’ve got all the things I strive to be.
hey good lookin
Favorite Bathroom Lights: Farmhouse Lights. I’ve wanted these in the last three houses we’ve lived in and never pulled the trigger. In the master bedroom of this house, the bed is right across from the sink (bath and toilet are in their own little room), and so I’ll have to look at the lights all the time. Eventually, I want to put these in. Very eventually, since no one wants to be the ranch gal that moves in and does allthethings. I mean, I actually do want to be that gal, but that gal is overbearing and high-maintenance, and I don’t want to be that gal, so we’ll all be confused and I’ll wait on the light.
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Favorite Why Haven’t I Done This Yet: Gold Dipped Barstools. We have two barstools that have been with us since Montana. They’re the sort of cheapie ones, but they’re sturdy, and they were free, so I’d like to give them a little fresher-upper with some paint. I already have quite a few cans of spray paint laying around, so I’m not sure why I haven’t done this yet!
painted bar stoolFavorite I Think I Already Talked About This But *Heart Eyes*: Pipe Wood Rack. I love this. Love it! It’s a great way to store a lot of wood in not a lot of space. This house has our first-ever fireplace (and by that I mean Christmas Stocking Displayer) instead of a woodstove, so it’s for funsies only, and I think this sort of rack would be perfect to have out on the porch without taking up tons of room. Also: not sad about not needing to cut and split and stack a thousand million pounds of wood this winter.
pipe wood holder
Favorite HA THIS WILL NEVER BE IN MY BUDGET BUT GOSH IT’S PRETTY: Fancy A** Barstool. I just like these. Kacey Musgraves has them in her house. I like the butt cheek contouring.
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So. There it is. Yet another Friday Favorites full of things for a new house that will hopefully (so many prayers, Lord) come to fruition. I know you’re probably sick of these but you know, I can’t believe we’re moving again. I’m not sad, really, but this is my way of hyping myself up and distracting myself from the fact that we have to move again because moving is so much work. So much. But. Doormat. Chalkboard. (Hopefully) awesome mudroom. Gas range. Full-size fridge. Actual closets. A closet big enough to be a closet and an office. Character. Awesome ranchiness. And, I believe there’s a full-size cutout of John Wayne in Wacey’s closet that comes with the house so: all future guests, beware.

(If you’re related to me, specifically to the Millers, you’ll understand that John Wayne will function as Captain Kirk. And you’ll understand I’ve been dreaming of that exact day for years.)

 

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Friday Favorites: October 13

Hello! It’s Friday. It’s Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? I’m not, but there’s something delicious about a Friday the 13th in October, isn’t there? We should be doing something fall-y. Hell, maybe we are, and I just don’t know it yet. I’m writing this on a Wednesday, after all.

When I was thinking about this year at the end of 2016 when it was still “next year,” I remember being so sure that it was going to be a difficult one. I wasn’t at all excited to wake up in 2017–I actually dreaded it a little. I had a gut feeling that it was going to be a strange year full of so many transitions, and I was right.

Now, there have been some wonderful things. Most obviously, Buster was born, and I had a really, really good recovery, and shocked myself by having an unmedicated birth. Wacey and I (and Buster, technically) were in a commercial, we paid off our pickup, and I think I finally figured out how to curl my hair!

But it’s also been a year of a lot of uncertainty, and behind-the-scenes turmoil. I don’t mean like marriage turmoil–I’m lucky to have a marriage that’s solid as a rock, and two little boys who are the brightest light you could imagine. But in ranching, so much falls to chance one way or another, and this year it feels like someone else is in charge of our life, but not in a good way. I know who is actually in charge. I know who has our best interests at heart. I know who has a big, good, amazing plan for us. But I also know whose plans aren’t always immediately apparent, and right now, in the thick of big changes and hard things, I’ll fully admit that I’m tired. I’m tired of these seemingly never-ending big changes on the horizon that I have no control over. I’m tired of waiting on phone calls and for other people to make decisions that will ultimately affect us. I’m tired of being a SAHM because having a job is so important to me. I’m trying very hard to not just wish 2017 away because I know that 2018 is not a magic fix, but I have high hopes that it will be more about growing and thriving rather than just surviving.

But, I have so much faith that it’s all going to be okay. I have to, because if you don’t have that, what do you have?

So, this year, I’ve really taken refuge in words. In The Word, via the devotionals I’ve talked so much about here and on my Insta and via sermons on podcast. In words of moms and other people taking about hard things on blogs and in podcasts, and yes, being the millennial that I am, in a good quote meme.

Favorite Reminder: It’s Never Too Late. This is one I think about a lot when I’m just having a bad day, which is so easy when I’m worried and stressed. Nothing makes me feel worse than snapping at my children, especially for something entirely unrelated to them, and so I’m so thankful for a reset button.

it's never too late
Favorite Truth I Should Remember: Worry is a misuse. I once read in a book a lovely description of a character who didn’t really worry, because he wasn’t very imaginative and thus couldn’t think of the myriad scenarios that could result from a set of circumstances. I remember feeling jealous, because I’m a constant worrier, and wish so often I could turn my brain off and not imagine all the terrible things that might happen. But gosh, what a waste. I’d much rather imagine ways to make my children laugh, or how to make their Halloween costumes. (Fear not, Amazon Prime is delivering my costume supplies tomorrow!)

worry is a misuse
Favorite I Know This to be True: When You Cannot Sleep at Night. I think of this often, because (like every other mother on the planet) I sometimes lay awake at night, especially when I am woken up by one of the boys. I read this quote a long time ago, and now try to count my blessings and send up prayers for others when I’m lying awake. It works, and helps move me to a more positive space where I’ve found I have some great ideas at four in the morning. Like the boys’ Halloween costumes!

when you cannot sleep at night
Favorite Reminder for A Nervous Nellie: Finish Each Day.  Does anyone else constantly re-hash their days, especially if you said something dumb or did something weird? Ugh, me. This is a good reminder that, as Gus says in Lonesome Dove: “Yesterday’s gone and you can’t get it back.” For better or worse, but usually for the better.

finish each day and be done with it
Favorite Work Motivation: Every Successful Person. I have a trouble with the latter half of this because sometimes the road seems so long and windy and impassable. But, it’s a good reminder and motivator. I think I can I think I can I think I can.

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Favorite Work Inspire: Growth Strategy. This is so true. I often think “Oh, when we have more money/time/etc, we’ll be able to be more generous.” That’s true, but I can be more generous now, because generosity doesn’t have to cost money, and you can always make more time to help others.
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Favorite Admonishment/Manta: What You Do. Isn’t this the truth, though? I keep this in the back of my mind especially when meeting new people, and when out and about in our new town. We all know someone who says all the right things but gives an overall impression of being disingenuous or flat-out creepy. I don’t want to be that gal. I’d rather be the gal who says awkward stuff or is overwhelmingly sunny but gives a positive overall impression.

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Favorite OMG I Feel So Gotten: You Are My Blue Crayon. This doesn’t need any explanation because you know exactly which color that is. I’m lucky to be married to my blue crayon and have two more blue crayons jumping around.

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Favorite I-Should-Tape-This-To-My-Ceiling: Not Think, Not Wonder. This goes hand-in-hand with worrying being a misuse of the imagination. If there’s something you can do, then do it, but once you’ve done all you can, it’s time to rest and have faith. And eat pasta.

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Favorite Word Vomit Justifier:  What He Says About Others. This is a good reminder for a person likes me that tends to talk too much, and sometimes out of turn. It’s a nervous reaction to new situations and people and ugh so much word vomit. I suppose that if you’re going to word vomit it’s sort of okay if it’s all nice word vomit, right?
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Wellllll Happy Friday the 13th! I hope it’s not unlucky for anyone involved, and that your fall weather is treating you right. I didn’t mean for this post to be a downer, so I hope it’s not! But sometimes, you guys, adulting is hard and I want to throw in the towel and rake a huge pile of leaves and jump in it and then take a nap and then wake up and eat pizza and not be in charge of anything. Can someone make this happen? #Imissdeciduoustrees.

Also: Hocus Pocus has been on at our house nonstop and I’m pretty sure Bert is over it but I’m 100% sure Wacey and I are on Cloud 9. #overruled. Also: Wacey calls pumpkins kum-peeks and says “Wooooooooowwwwwww” every time he sees one and I can’t even it’s so cute.

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It’s Friday! I mean, late Friday, so almost Saturday, but still.

So. September’s almost gone. Can we all agree that it flew by? This week’s highlights include Buster’s induction into the 100th percentile club, our curtains all getting put up (!!!), Wacey’s vocabulary continuing to astonish us, and my very late-to-the-game obsession with Vikings. I am in the process of growing out my hair and I have such braid envy.

This Friday Favorites’ theme is Octobery Things. I’m a little bit at a loss about what to do with myself now that we don’t wean calves all of October, but this is the first year that Wace can get into Halloween so I’m sure we’ll make it work.

Favorite I Think I Can Actually Attain This: Bathroom Storage. You know how it is–you’re moving or remodeling, you jump on the interwebs and have all.the.ideas and then realize, one month in, that you’re sick of unpacking, building, and spending money, and promptly get real about your expectations. I like this. It’s simple, it’s pretty, and a variation would work nicely in both of the bathrooms. I already have two of these metal baskets, which I really like and are so affordable I’ll be ordering a couple more.

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Favorite Yes-I’ll-Jump-On-This-Bandwagon-Thank-You-Very-Much: BeautyCounter cleanser. Hi, the new house has harder water and I need to change up my skincare routine. This has everything I’m looking for–gentle, not drying, affordable–with excellent reviews and clean ingredients to boot.
BC CleanserFavorite Sweets: Brookies. My mom got us some killer monster-esque bars from Costco right before we moved and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. Since the closest Costco is 160 miles away (womp womp), we’ll have to make these at home which I totally don’t mind because hi, it’s fall, so it’s time to bake. I think this recipe topped with M&Ms might do the trick. I shall report back.
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Favorite Get-In-My-Yeti: Sparkling Hard Apple Cider SangriaSparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria. I am not a big drinker at all. But can you tell me anything more festive than strolling through the crisp fall air sipping on something light and cidery? Yep it doesn’t exist.

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Favorite Mama+Mini Festive Treat: Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins. I am SO excited to make these with Wacey. They’re so cute and a perfect treat to make with little hands. Also: Rice Krispie Treats are deeeeeelish.
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Favorite OMG THE ANTICIPATION: Mini Pumpkins. I can’t wait can’t wait to take the boys to pick out pumpkins next week. I make myself wait until October to get pumpkins and it’s herrreeeeeee. Next year, I think I’m going to grow them at home and have a mini pumpkin patch because I love little pumpkins that much.

mini pumpkins
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Favorite I Ought To Wait Till Christmas But I Don’t Know If I Can: Mini Mocs. Wacey’s feet are always cold at home, but he hates wearing shoes and socks inside. He’s always wanting to wear “Dad shoooooooz”  so I think he’d love having a little pair of his own.
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K that about wraps it up kids. This weekend, I’m doing real big exciting things like organizing the storage container and finally mucking out the mud room since it’s supposed to stop raining for a day or two. Although, dull as it is, if that actually gets done, I’ll be one happy gal because that’s one giant leap closer to us being 100% moved in.

Oh and I’ll be watching waaaaay too much Vikings because I can’t stop.

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Friday Favorites: September 1

Hey hey heeeeeeyyy. This week’s Friday Favorites brought to you by the fact that it’s finally September! My heart is so happy. My favorite time of the year is here (fall/birthdays/holidays) and turning the calendars to September always brings me such a deep satisfaction. September is going to be a great month, y’all. August was hard. September always feels crisp and bright and fresh (like the paint that will hopefully be done before this lovely month is out), and I can’t wait.

So, this week’s FF has no theme–just things that I saw that I just loved for no reason or any reason at all.

Favorite Organization: Numbered bins. Bins and baskets and boxes are, apparently, one of my love languages, and they’re great for small houses with little to no storage! I’d love a set similar to these for Wacey’s room, because I think he’s going to need a little bookshelf and I love being able to toss odds and ends (aka allthetrucksandlivestock) into a bin to get everything looking fresh and neat in a hurry.
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Favorite Mantra: Is It True? My MIL sent me a pin like this a long time ago, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head! Simple and to the point and so good. I have been really trying to put my very very best foot forward in our new home and in this new phase of our lives, and this is a great place to begin, especially for an over-talker like me.
is it true
Favorite Ugh I Should Have Bought This! Tasha Polizzi Scout Jacket. Another thing I can’t get off my mind? This beautiful jacket I came across last fall. The cooler weather has me thinking of it again. I wish I would have saved up and bought it, because I love it and now I can’t find it anymore! Ah, well, maybe it’ll pop up on Poshmark or ThredUp or somewhere!
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Favorite Fuzzy: Pendleton Blankets. Unpacking our boxes made me realize i have a throw blanket addiction, but I don’t care because they’re cozy. I’d love to have one of these for each of the boys’ rooms, and I love the idea of a handy carrier for when we travel! These are classic, and will last a lifetime.
pendleton blanketFavorite Planner: Make It Happen Powersheets. Every Fall I get to thinking about the next year’s planner. I’ve used Lilly Pulitzer, Anchored Press, and Erin Condren, and while there were things I loved about each of them, this one recently caught my eye since it’s a) from the maker of my very, very favorite devotional that I’ve talked about here several times and b) all about goal setting! 2017 has been all about change, and 2018 for me is going to be all about goals, and big, scary things, and being intentional about cultivating the kind of environment I want to be in and the kind of environment my people want to be in! It hasn’t yet been released for 2018 but you’d better bet I’m going to snatch one up. I’ve realized that in this season of life, I’m just not going to carry a planner with me and that wall calendars are more effective, so I love that this isn’t a calendar-based planner. I can’t wait can’t wait to try it!
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Favorite Tip: How to Keep Uncarved Pumpkins from Rotting. This is self-explanatory, because you know I’m going to have a pumpkin (or five) on my porch until December.
pumpkins
Favorite To-Try: Balsamic Roasted Potatoes. I have really started to love potatoes, and I’ve been on a roasted vegetables kick for awhile. These are mini hasselback-style taters with balsamic vinegar, so if you threw them into a bin and served them at Starbucks you’d have accounted for 98% of my love languages.
roasted potatoes
Favorite Most Perfect Thing: Rose Rose Cake. There is no explanation needed for this one. This is obviously the most gloriously decorated cake that has ever existed, and is major #cakegoals for me, and will be served alongside a bottle of rosé champagne whenever I check a big enough goal off my list that it merits celebration. I don’t even care that that was a run-on sentence because ugh buttercream. OMG I’m going to have a Rosé Day. Get it?!?

Also: even if you’re not into cooking, or her style of cooking, please just follow this gal’s blog. She is hilarious and her photography is gorgeous and she’s an unlikely farm wife so thus I love her.
rose rose
Favorite I Can Never Pick Which One: Address Stamp. New house, new address, new stamp. I kind of love this one. But I can’t ever pick because there’s so many gorgeous ones on Etsy! Either way, we’re going to have to get one this year because our Christmas Card Recipient List grew by about a million people and that’s an awful lot of return addresses to write.

Edited to add: the more I look at this stamp, the more I’m certain that it’s perfect for us. Will order and get back to you.
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Favorite Wish List Item: Naketano hoodie. Every year for my birthday, I get to go shopping and spend the day by myself because the other part of my love languages all consist of time alone and I spend months looking forward to this day since I don’t do much shopping otherwise. This year, since we live near none of my favorite stores, I’m thinking I’m going to order the things I like, have Bert hide them, and open them on my birthday instead before heading out for a prolonged stay at the local (50-miles-away) Starbucks. It’s going to be hard to wait for this hoodie, though, because it’s basically the perfect article of clothing and I want it in my closet like, yesterday.

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Favorite Print: Tiny Dancer. I love this. When I saw this, I had originally thought “If I ever have a girl, I’d love to have this in her room.” But then I realized, “Hell, I’m a girl. I would like to have it in my room.” Sooooo this will probably also be part of the birthday shopping list and the aforementioned corner gallery wall. Because it’s perfect and something about it speaks to my soul, not to mention Hold me closer, Tony Danza is one of the most perfect songs ever written.

tiny dance .
Ah, perfect things. I love them. They make my heart happy. And so does unpacking. So I’m going to go do a little more of that, can’t wait to share the house progress with y’all, maybe next week!! Happy September. Also, if you’re an Essential Oils-er, diffuse you some orange and Thieves together and thank me later.

I mentioned that Buster was sick in my last post, and I’m so happy to report that while he’s not 100%, something (whether it was antibiotics, probiotics, or the rice+bananas combo he’s been eating) is helping, finally! Two nights without blowouts, and we’re down to maybe five or six poopy diapers every day, which is a huge improvement. Praise Jesus because yikes.

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Less Formal Friday (okay, Saturday) Faves

I had almost a whole “Currently” post written, and went back and re-read it, and holy complaining, Batman! I’ve hit the point in my pregnancy where I can’t quite keep a handle on my feelings (and there are so many feelings), and things have felt a little out-of-control and stressful lately, but I don’t want that to be the new normal for the next few months. It’s so easy to fall into the deep, dark pit of “I hate everything.” But, I don’t like being in that pit, and it’s not fair to my boys for me to be in that pit.

So I scrapped that post, and instead I’m going to share some positive, happy things, although I am a day late and a dollar short. Ah, well.

Oh, baby things. They never cease to give me the warm fuzzies. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these bibs! We loved having bandana-style bibs for Wacey–they seemed less bulky and easier to manage, but I was washing all of his baby clothes for Bub and most of them are so milk-stained that I think we need new ones. In my search for non-stupid bibs, I came across this etsy shop and I’m in love! I tend to dress my babies in plain onesies, too, so these are perfect.
bibs

We don’t do “push presents,” but I am gifting myself a pair of new moccasins (I’ve talked about them before, I know), because my old ones are shot and since I’ll be living in mocs from the moment we leave for the hospital to the moment I feel like a human again, I think it’s an appropriate investment. I know a girl that got a BMW as a push present, so this isn’t quite on that scale, but they do look prettttty cozy, and I love the blue. After the spend-spend-spend of the holiday season, I am trying to be so much more mindful of what I spend money on, but I’ve done my research and these are perfect. Now, LL Bean, please have a sale. Love, me.
moccs
Women's Wicked Good MoccasinsWomen's Wicked Good Moccasins
Wacey’s SECOND (what?!) birthday is in a few short weeks, and I’m so excited about the present we got him–a sandbox! He got so many gifts for Christmas that we didn’t feel the need to go crazy for his birthday. I found this one for a great deal at Target, and yes, it’s a little cheesy, and I would have preferred a wooden one, but it’s going on our deck (to help mitigate the rattlesnake situation) so we needed one with both a bottom and a cover that’s easy to move around. We’re not doing a big birthday party, but we’re going to spend the day doing what Wacey wants to do. I’m envisioning balloons everywhere, chocolate donuts for breakfast, spending most of the day at the barn, and a trip into town for frozen yogurt and chicken lo mein.

Or just six hours in a tractor. You know.
sandboxValentine’s Day has never been a big holiday for us since we’re always calving, but I have to admit that I love Valentine’s candy. I’m trying hard to cut back on the sugar as it exacerbates these wild mood swings, but when I do indulge I love to have a little heart-shaped box of chocolates, or some conversation hearts. I’m also really interested in trying Halo Top ice cream as part of this new effort!

I also picked up some craft supplies today to make a few Valentine’s banners for around the house, and I’m so looking forward to some pink festiveness in this house full of boys!

Also in the less-sugar realm, I’m back to drinking more tea instead of Starbucks Via Refreshers as my caffeine source. I don’t know why I ever stop drinking tea, because I really do love having a mug of something hot, and the no calories/no sugar (I drink it black) is really a big bonus. I have a couple go-tos (Bigelow’s Plantation Mint and Constant Comment), and I discovered that Amazon carried their Green Tea with Mint so I ordered a big box it’s so good. I love mint tea, my tummy loves mint tea, my mood and head love caffeinated mint tea, we’re just so happy together. My favorite decaf option is, of course, Celestial Seasonings’ Peppermint.
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You know what else I love? Finding new shops to follow on Instagram, new podcasts to listen to, and new books to read. New additions: Southern Fried Chics Boutique on the Insta; Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Pantsuit Politics for podcasts; and Hidden Figures, Sudden Death, Evicted, and the Magnolia Story are on request at the library. The latest episode of the Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey featured Anne behind Modern Mrs. Darcy, and expanded my must-read and must-listen-to list exponentially!

And, of course, I’m still living in my jogger sweats. If you’re pregnant, get you some. Seriously.

I hope your Saturday was wonderful!! I am not going to talk about politics much here, but I will say that I hope your day, regardless of what you did or who you voted for, was about being proud to be an American, and the rights that we are so blessed to have in this country, and not about being hateful. I hope that we can all be tolerant of and kind to one another no matter what–I hope this also extends to your friends and family who voted differently from you!

On that note, it’s Documentary and Dessert night here in the Johnston household, so we’re keepin’ it classy with Milk Duds and Oreos with a side of a documentary about ISIS. I know, it’s hard to not be suuuuuper jealous of and intimidated by our rockstar lifestyle.

….#parentlife.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate

Friday Favorites

It’s Friday! I’m glad. You’re probably glad. If you’re not glad, I’m sorry. Maybe go get some ice cream? Or Starbucks? Or a whiskey?

I’d love all three, to be honest, but only two are available to me at this present juncture.

I hope your week was great! My week felt long. It’s funny…in the third trimester, you’re both willing time to stop and for it to speed up, and this week felt like exactly that. I’m planning on knocking some baby to-dos off of the list this weekend, though, so I think that will help my ability to relax. Right now, though, I’m dreaming of life post-pregnancy. I’m not wishing away these last weeks in the slightest, but y’all? I feel huge, my hips are killing me, and I miss my waist. And, as nervous as I am about doing the newborn thing again, we cannot wait to meet Bub and just snuggle the heck outta him. Nine months is a long time to know everything about a person without ever meeting him, and I’m getting impatient. Will he favor me, or Bert, or will he be like Wace and be halvsies? Will he have as much hair as his brother? Will Wacey fall in love with him right away, or try to kill him for awhile? I’ve been assured of the latter, but that boy of mine loves babies so much that maybe we’ll get lucky.

Anyways. Favorite things.

Before I jump into postpartum dreaming favorite things, I wanted to share one thing that has helped so much this week. Lavender oil. I’ve had trouble sleeping lately, partially due to being 30 weeks pregnant, and partially due to Bert night calving two nights this week–I don’t sleep as well when he’s not home, and it’s so rough to be tired! I’m not ready for that business yet. But, after putting a dab of this on each wrist right before bed, I’m out in a hurry and I have a much easier time falling asleep if I wake up in the night. I don’t know if it’s a fluke or not, but I don’t care because it works and it smells so good! I’ll likely throw it in my hospital bag to help calm those baby day nerves.

lavender

PS–speaking of Baby Day, I’ve reached the point where the doctor is talking about it, and we’re making plans for when it’s time. On one hand, I’m so excited. On the other hand, I’m running around with my fingers shoved in my ears yelling “I’m not listening!” and humming. Not, literally, of course, as I can’t really run at the moment.

Anyways, figurative running and confused emotions aside, here are some other things that have my heart all a-flutter this week.

Favorite frivolous baby item: Bison swaddle set. We have so many swaddle blankets, but I might get this for Bub, or at least the Bison one, because I just love them, and it never hurts to have a little something new for a new babe. Wouldn’t a newborn cowboy look so sweet snuggled up in those??

bison-swaddle-set
Favorite Flowy: Francis and Benedict Aztec Maxi. I have nowhere to wear this. But gosh, isn’t it beautiful? I think it would be perfect for post-baby, too–a wide waistband and a flattering cut are excellent for that particular problem area. Maybe for my class reunion this summer? Or for a wedding? Or a baby shower? Actually, maybe I do have a place to wear this!!! Plus, this company is doing really great things! And also: pockets.
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Favorite Festive: Paint chip egg banner. Easter will be our  first holiday as a family of four, and I know Wace will actually want to egg hunt this year! I got a few decorations at after-Easter sales last year, and you’d better bet I’ll have them up as soon as possible, maybe before Bub’s even born so I don’t have to deal with it after. We have a spot in the house where I hung a banner at Christmas, and I loved how festive it looked, so this is definitely on the docket for Easter. I plan on doing this one for Valentine’s!

garland-eggs

Favorite…what?? I’m not even sure what I love about this outfit, except that it looks so easy and there is a waistline involved, and although I have very little of it in my closet, olive is such a pretty color. Mostly, I think it’s waistline envy–I cannot wait to get back into my old jeans! Or real jeans, period. Remember when bending over was a thing?!? I don’t.
jeans
Favorite Footwear: Kork-ease Berit wedges. OH MY HEAVENS THESE SHOES. I’ve been thinking about them since last summer, which is a sure sign I need to get a pair. I think these would look adorable with skinnys, and they’re leather, and a wedge, so I could wear them to a rodeo right? Right. I have not one single pair of wedges left from my college days, and if I’m going to be the only girl round these here parts I think I deserve a pair! If anyone knows my husband, maybe direct him thisaway for Mother’s Day??

kork-wedge-sandal
Favorite Feminine: Lace Tunic. Isn’t this gorgeous? Also looks like it would go great with a newborn and a toddler! Kidding, kidding. I think this would be another great still-losing-weight postpartum option, and I love how it nips in at the waist. It’s also a really beautiful option to go under a blazer with some jeans and boots, which are, of course, another one of my love languages.

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Favorite Hair: Updo for short hair. I’m not going to kid myself that I’m going to be able to fix my hair a lot after Bub is born, and I bet me and my already good friend Dry Shampoo will become busom buddies. This is pretty for when you want to do something other than a messy bun and haven’t washed your hair in awhile. Read: new mama. Or, when your hair resembles a bird’s nest and not in a good way. It’s the little things, folks, plus this one comes with a tutorial for all-thumbs folks like me.
updo
Favorite Favorite: Solly Baby Wrap. One of my favorite memories from when Wacey was bitty was carrying him around in this wrap, and I can’t wait to carry Bub in the same one. I love having babies snuggled up so close and tight, and newborns are so tiny and precious!

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Thank you for reading, and have an excellent weekend! Mine will be full of–what else–house cleaning, organizing, baby-clothes-washing, baby calves, and let’s get real, probably Starbucks. Because at this point, I will drive thirty miles for one and I’m not even that ashamed.