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We Made It!

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We made it through the week!  The girls may be arguing over a snack at the moment while my little guy is napping…it’s been one of those weeks!  But, I choose to relish and enjoy the last moments of summer with my kids before school starts.  We are all excited for routine and schedule now if we can go cold and virus free through the winter that would be amazing :)!

Soccer has started, meet the teacher has happened and now we just enjoy some time together this weekend before they venture out make friends and learn a bunch!

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He is even ready with his new backpack and winter boots!

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A few pics from Roro and Papa’s visit last week!

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Viv making pasta and sauce with my mom.

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Checking out the fish at the fishing store.

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Sewing room re-do happened at IKEA!  My first visit to the store was a success!

Here are some great workouts that were done this week…I needed inspiration so I turned to Pinterest for ideas!

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Stop over to RisaAnn Designs to check out the newest quilt that is done!

Have a great weekend!!

xo Marisa

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Monday Madness

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The kids woke up excited for a fun playdate at a new park…who would have thought this would be a highlight to my week before kids…funny how life changes!  It use to be a new outfit or a night out now it’s a park or a fun time at the bookstore.  I wouldn’t change it for the world, even if the park kind of blew up in my face.  With a two year old that wanted to “GO car”.  He decided today was not a day to be at the park while the three girls LOVED being at the park and did not want to leave.  I tried distracting him, feeding him a snack, but he was not having it.  We moved to another area to play and he was ok for a bit and then he kind of lost it and I said ok that’s it, we have to go…now it was three unhappy girls and one happy boy!  Maybe tomorrow will be better for the little man we are heading to the bookstore and there is a train there!

A few blog posts I ran across over the weekend that was nourishment for the mind and soul!

Why We Need Older Mamas Funny when I read this I am smack dab in the middle of being the young mom and the old mom…still have one in diapers, two in preschool and one in 1st grade.  I still have so much to learn but I can empathize with the new mom!  It’s true the saying God brings you through something so you can help someone that goes through it after you.  That is so true for motherhood…we are all in this together!

Children Are Not Check Boxes This one got me because I am such a list maker.  I have a list to go through during the day to keep me organized and motivated.  I need to remember that spending time with my kids is not on the list because I am suppose to just do it…be in their midst, listen to them, take time to sit and cuddle, read books, etc.  When life gets crazy I forget the ease of this and start trying to check of boxes…then I have to stop, breath and realize what is the next thing I need to do to calm the house.  Oh, if I could just remember this each day!

A couple of fun crafts to try in that last week before school starts and everyone is either bouncing off the walls or hanging from the ceiling!

Paper Flowers

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3D Gold Fish Bowl

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Have a great week!

Marisa

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Happy Friday Y’all!

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It’s Friday and we are looking forward to a fun weekend with Roro (my mom) and Papa visiting.  That excitement of what will we do today is lingering as the house sleeps and the day is before us.  I couldn’t sleep not sure why but, decided to read and came across some good stuff I wanted to share!

  • A great post by Joy Forney at Incourage about listening…I needed to read this!
  • Words from Lysa TerKeurst Before They Go To School…Have This Conversation. I believe she writes this for parents of kids leaving home, but I will apply this to my littles as they head off to first grade and preschool.
  • I am just finishing up Am I Messing Up My Kids? also by Lysa and I am excited to start her new book The Best Yes.  They are part of the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study Series.  Can I tell you how great these have been?  Feeling connected to other moms through reading a book about motherhood…oh how God knows the season I am in…freshly moved away from dear friends and in the throws of being mommy to four little ones!  Good books for encouragement and wisdom!

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I am listening to The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand on the Aubible app on my phone (it’s also available on Amazon).  It is GOOD!  A friend recommended it and I am so thankful…a good book to finish off summer reading.  I can’t wait to get back to my sewing so I can hear what happens next!

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And before I go, here is a a great quick workout to try before the weekend gets here!

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Happy Friday!

xo Marisa

 

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Hello there!

So many days I have thought about jumping on here and then the day gets away from me.  Then, after putting the kids to bed I fall into bed if I haven’t already fallen asleep in one their beds!

We have moved to another state, away from family and friends and it has been a transition.  With two and a half months gone by we are settled in, had lots of company from home and are enjoying the last weeks of summer!

A few things to share after a long break:

Books I have enjoyed-

Karma Gone Bad by Jenny Feldon is a quick read filled with wit and honesty!

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Am I Messing Up My Kids by Lysa TerKeurst is filled with stories, wisdom and scripture.

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Blog posts I have enjoyed-

Life Lessons and Empty Bobbins…this was a great post and I love how sewing was used for a life lesson!

A post on Running and God from I Take Joy.

Yoga…it has helped me stay grounded!

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A little encouragement to start off your week!

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Have a happy week!

xo Marisa

 

 

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Pass them on…

Three quick things!  One, a video worth every second spent watching.  Two, a wonderful blog post on applying His word to running.  Three, a great read on marriage and who it is truly for.

Loved this video…send it to all the moms in your life…a great dose of encouragement for all moms in the trenches of motherhood.

Here’s a great blog post combining running and His Word!

A post entitled Marriage Isn’t For You.  Insightful and very well put!

Enjoy the links today and have a great rest of the week!

xo Marisa

 

 

 

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What’s For Dinner?

Super busy and trying to get a lot done in a little bit of time?  That’s us too!  So, I have been trying to figure out healthy, quick meals that I can make at home for my family.  I have been using the crock-pot a lot lately and trying to find some new dishes that my family likes.  I want to share a couple recipes each week that have worked for us.  I have some picky eaters so, I sometimes make little changes to the recipes, but for the most part they will eat some part of what I make.

Earlier this week I made this recipe.  My husband said pot roast sounded good for a meal this week when I asked him for ideas.  I found this at the store, bought the meat, some potatoes and carrots along with an onion and that’s it.  I put it all in the crock pot for 8 hours and dinner was served.  My girls and I are not really meat eaters but the house smelled so good and my husband thought it was very tasty!  The ingredients were pretty clean with no corn syrup or hydrogenated yuck.

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Another quick recipe I make weekly is put a pound of chicken in the crock pot top it with salsa and a little bit of water and let it simmer for 6-8 hours.  You can then use this for just about anything.  My girls love it plain, sometimes we make nachos out of it and once I made a yummy, healthy chicken salad the next day.  This dish is usually sugar free, gluten free and soy free.  Check your salsa to be sure because that’s where those things would be hiding out. Sometimes I use regular salsa and sometimes salsa verde.  In the batch below I used salsa verde.  After it was cooked I just shredded it with a fork.

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Next What’s For Dinner post will have Pasta Bake and Lemon Chicken!

Enjoy!

Marisa

 

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Fall Kids Books and Quilting

Each night we read for about 20 minutes, it’s Vivian’s homework and I look forward to that time each night.  In the beginning I was reading to Vivian and now she is reading to me.  This has to be in the top five of the list “cool things to watch your kid learn”.  I decided I did not want to read the same princess book every night so I go to the library once a week with the little ones while she is at school.  I load up with some books and then use those when we do our nightly homework.  We have found a few really great books for the fall…here they are:

Apples to Oregon

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Thank You, Sarah

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Leaves Fall Down

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Millie Waits for the Mail (not a Fall book but still pretty cute)

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Material, thread, scissors, a ruler, a seam ripper, a rotary cutter and a book from Audible.com…right now these are some of my favorite things after my little ones are in bed.  RisaAnn Designs started a weekly Wednesday post on quilting.  Check out this past Wednesdays post here.

Have a great week!

xo Marisa

 

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Fall so far…

We are loving fall!  The cooler temps, wearing sweaters and lighting fall candles has us happy!

This is our favorite scent so far.

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SCRIPTURE

This from Glorious Grace is good!

Ephesians 4:2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

DEEP SIGHING BLOG POST

This post spoke to my heart.  Didn’t realize I sigh during the day until after I read this and took the time to notice.  Enjoy this post filled with wisdom by Tracie!

CHEATER APPLE CRISP

Not sure if you can even call this apple crisp but it’s still yummy and perfect for this time of year. Also, perfect if you are not a big baker like me and have minimal time.  Take one apple, slice it up on a plate, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and toss in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Let sit for a couple minutes and then enjoy!  Super quick, I don’t have to turn the oven on and healthy too!  I would have attached a picture but I already ate the one I just made!

MUSIC

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I have been tossing this on during that lunchtime hour when my three year olds seem to be melting with each whine and moan.  It just sets some peacefulness into the room.  My favorites right now are Bedtime Routine 2 and 3.

Have a great day!

xo Marisa

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She

This is part of Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday.  I have read them each Friday for over a year and decided to type one up this week…here goes!

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She has taught me what it means to love with all your heart and how unconditional love works.  She amazes me, teaches me, makes me laugh and gives me grace.  She is an answer to my many prayers for a child and she made me a mom!  I try to get in all the hugs and cuddles I can because I know one day they won’t be so easy to get.  My girl turning 6 in 15 days…she told me yesterday to just start calling her “birthday girl”!  The weeks are starting to go by faster and I miss her lots as full day school has begun.  I catch myself worrying if I am teaching her what she needs to know for when she is out in the world without mom.  Then I remember that He has her covered and He will guide her!  My first one is making her way and spreading her wings!

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

xo Marisa

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Weekend Links

A couple of fun last minute activities with the kids, a crazy virus that brought us to the ER with our little guy, and organizing the closets…just some of the things filling our days as we bid summer good-bye!

A trip up north with cousins!

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Finishing up our bucket list for the summer!  So glad we did this…on days when I did not have anything planned this gave us ideas and added excitement for the kids.

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Face painting!  A friend and her artsy daughter brought this over a couple of weeks ago and the girls loved it and begged me to buy some.  I picked it up at the store and it was a hit!

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DOTS!!!  They love using these, it is a great change-up from markers and crayons!  Just a note: they are not washable so the girls have colorful hands after.

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I have come across some great links this week so here they are!

We send our oldest to Kindergarten on Tuesday!!!

Here she is at open house!

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Enjoy the long weekend and thinking of you as the school year gets underway!

xo Marisa

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