Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentines!

Happy Valentine's!!
We were excited for Tuesday!
 The kids had parties at 9:15 which means they get to go home with me at 10:15 when the parties are over!
 That is the very best part about party day, if you ask me! :) 
2 happy kids ready for school party day (ok, Cade wasn't really feeling the pic and Tay might have been over faking it)!
 Cade's class had some really fun games planned, he had a blast!

 Tatum's class made Vday bags and exchanged Valentines!

 After the parties we went over to Aunt Krissy's house for lunch and then we left Tatum with Papaw, Aunt Krissy and the boys and we snuck out to a movie with Cade! He wanted to see The Lego Batman movie, and any chance we get to go to the movies we go! :) We love this sweet boy!
 We might have been home from the movie for 30 seconds before the legos and batman stuff came out to play! The boy recreated most everything he could remember from the movie with legos! :) 
 Jon came home from work, we exchanged Valentine's and split for our date nights with the kids!
 Jon and Tatum dined at Chicky! They both told me how much fun they had and all the things they talked about! :) I love that she loves going on dates with her daddy, so much! 
 And Cade and I dined at non other, but Grimaldi's! :) We played word search, tic tac toe, hang man, talked about what Cade wants to be when he grows up (the most current occupation is-he wants to work at Monster Jam so he only has to work on Saturdays, haha), we talked about school and friends, and how he missed his daddy. :) I enjoyed my one on one time with my boy!
 Goodness I love these faces so much! :) 
It was a sweet Valentine's day in the Grimes house! Jon and I are excited to go on our date this weekend! :)
Happy Vday! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Wrap

Good Monday morning to ya!
My body wasn't quite ready for this weekend to be over and it be Monday already. But the good news is tomorrow my kids have Vday parties and get out of school for the day at 10:15 am, so it's kinda sorta like a day off from school tomorrow! :)

Speaking of the school children. My mom texted me Friday morning and asked if she could go surprise the kids for lunch at school, well yes yes! They love that so much! She sent me pics, because she knows I love them!

Friday afternoon a few friends and I went to enjoy an afternoon/evening away at Spa Castle. I am kicking myself for not getting a single pic of the fun that we had, it was so so fun!
While mommy was away Jon and the kids + Grayson had a fun time playing together! 
 Saturday morning we headed out to Corsicana for the day to celebrate Granny B's life. We had a family lunch, visitation and the funeral all in one day. It was a long day, but good. We will miss our Granny B. After the lunch Jon and I took all the boys with us, well minus the newest boys! :) The back seat was full of boy talk like Pokemon cards and Monster Jam! :)
  We made it back to town just in time to grab a pizza to take to the park before it was dark. We needed some run around play time after sitting still and quiet all day. We love some family park'in!

 I came home to this little sweetness on my porch, I have the sweetest of friends!
 We played a few rounds of Pie Face Showdown and called it a night! We were all so exhausted! This momma was night night by 8:30!

 Which left me feeling ready for the day Sunday full of energy at 7:00 am. I decided it was the best time of the day for a long run! 
 And unlike my normal Sunday self, this was the only pic we got. :)
Love my girl!
And it's now Monday and time to start another week, let's make it a good one!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's Friday, yay yay yay!
It's been a week around here!
Monday afternoon I went to visit my Granny B, I held her hand and  I took this picture at about 4:15 in the afternoon as I thought this could be the last time I can hold her/touch her alive. 
She held my hand back. 
I went home.
At about 7:00 that night my mom called and said if we wanted to be there when she passes we needed to come then. I went to pick up my sister and just minutes before we made it to her room, she passed. My dad said it was pleasant and without pain. And just a few hours ago I was holding her hand, her heart was still beating and she was still alive. And then 3 hours later her heart and soul are in heaven. It's overwhelming to me to think about. 
This weekend we will celebrate her life- the daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, and great grandmother that she was. 
 Tuesday morning I was absolutely full of joy to celebrate the adoption of these sweet little girls. You see, my cousin Jeremy and his wife Amanda have walked a very difficult and painful road to become parents. It's been long and hard, but all of that pain was worth these sweet faces! Jordyn and Ruby Kate are so very precious to me!
 Tuesday was a busy day full of celebrating! I met these pretty girls for lunch to celebrate Courtney's birthday! Such fun!
 Hearing the kids read will always be so sweet to me! 
 Tuesday night family dinner with the whole gang!
 Cade captured a sweet pic of Tay and I playing Uno, this is usually a daily thing around here! 
 These are the moments I want to remember forever, sweet laughing genuine happy smiles! Oh how I love them!
 We love our Thursday visits at Nanny's house! 
 I love cooking dinner for my family, and even moreso when Cade picks what we are eating and provides me with chalkboard entertainment! :) Love that boy child!
 Cade told Tatum at dinner last night they needed to huddle up and discuss something, of course she said yes. Incase you are wondering what they needed to huddle up for; they were trying to decide how they could convince us they needed to watch a show in bed that night. Easy as pie, it happened without much convincing, maybe because they are so darn cute! :)
 And I will leave you on this Friday morning with some super fab jewelry that my friend Sarah sells! You should check out more of her pretties here!

We have lots going on this weekend, I will be back Monday with a weekend wrap!
TGIF!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thursday's Thoughts

I have been MIA the last 2 days. 
My Granny B passed away on Monday night (I will write more about this) and I wasn't feeling well yesterday. But, I am back today and I have lots to say!

Last weekend Jon and I attended a phenomenal marriage, led by Steve and Debbie Wilson (here is their website). When we saw that our church was having the Wilson's back for the 3rd time to host our marriage conference, we knew we had to go! There is just something so great about this couple that really draws my attention and keeps me wanting to come back. They said so many wonderful things that I wanted to document here on the blog to look back on and also to share with you all today!

First I would like to thank my husband for the desire he has to lead our marriage and family so well! This is a quality in him that I love so much!
It was totally his idea we attend this conference and I am so thankful we went. We learned in our premarital counseling that it's refreshing to each marriage to attend at least one marriage enrichment conference/seminar/counseling a year. 

 Ok, on to my notes:

These might be a mumbled jumbled mess to you, but they make sense to me and I hope you can make sense of them too!

The theme verse for the weekend was 1 Thessalonians 4:10, "You are doing a great job loving other, so stay at it, and love even more than you have."

"What if marriage was created to make us holy rather than happy?"

-Our marriage should reflect the gospel. 

We all want the ideal, end up getting an ordeal, and because our idea of love is distorted, start looking for a new deal. Maybe what we want is not a new deal, but a new vision for a new understanding of what real love is. 

-We need to be Jesus with skin to our spouse.

The Beatitudes:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
You're blessed when you are at the end of your rope, with less of you, there is more of God and His rule. 
-Humility is being selfless, is there humility in our home?
-What am I doing to sacrifice for my family?
-Making the conversation about them and less about me.
-Servanthood+gratitude=honor
Serving eachother, loving fearlessly, learning even to sacrifice self.
  
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Your're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
-Tears keep your heart soft and caliced.
Embracing the pain your sin has caused. 
-Mourn your behavior, don't allow your yesterday to infect your today.
-You will change your behavior when you discover what your sin did to his/her heart. 
-Each time we see our spouse serve, mourn, cry with us etc. We see Christ in them-visual of being holy and not happy.
-Draw a circle around yourself and work on changing everyone inside of that circle. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
You're blessed when you are content with just who you are, no more and no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought. 
-Are you at peace?
-Who is responsible for your happiness?
Until you have a greater purpose, you will never be content.
-It is a grateful heart that is content, how are you blessed?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Your're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He is food and  drink and the best meal you'll eat. 
Wordly Hunger VS. Godly Hunger
-Your marriage is a reflection of your personal relationship with Christ. 
-Invest in the people that will cry at your funeral. 
-Ask your kids/spouse what they think is most important to you. If it's not what is, make that change to line it up right.
-Am I a light in the darkness?

Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. 
You're blessed whenever you care. At the moment of being 'care-ful' you find yourselves cared for. 
Grace based marriage VS work based marriage.
-not focusing on spouse's faults
-believing the best of your spouse
-not shocked or angry when you spouse doesn't do things perfectly
-responds kindly
-being an advocate for your spouse
-if you don't let grace rule your own life you won't give it out
-If you are going to love people well, you have to look past the behavior, at the hurt that causes that. How are we supposed to get God's grace if we aren't shown that. 
-Who do you allow to speak truth into your life? People that love you too much to fall.
-Galations 5:7-You were running the race so well, what cut in and took you out of the game.
-Looking past the behavior and more at the hurt will help you understand each other.
-Your relationship with God is grounded in grace, and so must your relationship with your spouse. It's the foundational pillar to a healthy relationship.
-Has someone made a statement to you, about you, that you believed, that wasn't true?

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
You're blessed when you get your inside world-your mind and heart-put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
-Who's words have we given power to? Who's words are we listening to?

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete. That's when you discover who you really are in your place in God's family.
-Defend each other, no matter what.
-How do you deal with confict in your marriage? Be so careful with your words, you cannot put toothpaste back in the toothpaste tube.
-God intends that we marry to become 3, 3 are better than 2.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for my sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
You're blessed when your committment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives your even deeper in to God's kingdom.
-Your misery will become your ministry. God will allow people in your old misery to be ministered by you.

Putting the beatitudes into action:
Learn to love your spouse
Build safety in your relationship to grieve together
Contentment can only come from God
Have accountability in your life and marriage
Let grace rule your life and it will rule your relationships
Replace lies with God's truth
Establish non negotiable principles in your marriage

Marriage Principles:
If ever in doubt, don't.
Pray for 48 hours before making any major decision.
Guard your marriage from any appearance of mistrust.
Never speak down about your spouse to anyone.
Live with a filter that our actions and words represent each other.

If you are in the DFW are the Wilson's are speaking in Colleyville this Sunday evening. Check out their website for more info!

This weekend was challenging and encouraging to both of us. 
We are so thankful for the truth spoken at Love Strong!
So, I am so behind on this blog. I will get it in gear soon and very soon!
Have a fantastic Thursday!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Valentine, oh Valentine!

Minted just nailed it on our Valentine cards!
The selection is sure to please you with their wide variety of little classroom valentines!
The kids sat down yesterday and wrote their classmates names on their cute little cards and we even had enough extra to mail to a few friends! 
The kids sat here for an hour and wrote names and notes on these cute little valentines. They are so excited for their parties next week!




 Tatum is into pink and gold right now, so naturally this valentine was all for her! You can see many other girly classroom valentines here
 Cade loved the pirate valentine, to see more boy styles click here!
Thank you again Minted, I am already excited for our next holiday to order cards again!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekend Wrap

Friday night the kids were supposed to have a Valentine party/slumber party with their cousins at my parents house, but plans changed. Granny B was diagnosed with Leukemia and Lymphoma and it took over her body pretty quickly. I picked up the kids from school on Friday and we went to see Granny B. I am not sure if she knew who we were anymore, but we were able to tell her we love her, to rest well and we will see her soon. I sat at the end of her bed for a few hours and every time she opened her eyes she would mutter the words "you are pretty!" I feel sad for her that her body was taken over with such sickness, but I am happy for her to be able to reunite with children she lost way too early in their life and my grandad. So now we wait for her body to pass and be healed in heaven. Please pray for my family in the days ahead. It's never easy losing someone you love. 

Friday night the kids ended up going with us to our church for the marriage conference we were so excited to attend. Our church really emphasizes the importance of a healthy marriage and hosts events like the one this weekend every other year. We have enjoyed hearing Steve and Debbie Wilson two other times, so we knew we were in for a treat to hear them again! I have an entire post on my thoughts/notes from the conference that I will post later this week. 
Friday night after the kids had been in the childcare for 3 hours (bless their hearts for having such good attitudes about the change of plans) they asked if they could go somewhere else instead of going back to the church Saturday morning. So, we ended up taking them to meet Jon's parents very early Saturday morning. Here are my 2 favorite sleepy heads. We took them from their beds to the car and back to sleep in my lap. After all, this was way earlier than a school morning. :)
 When your husbands says "hey, let's go to the marriage conference" you say yes and thank the Lord for blessing you with such a man as this! :) I am so thankful for our leader, he leads us very well!
 Saturday afternoon we got the kids back and as soon as we walked in the door I told everyone to rest for a few hours. And when I say that I don't usually do that myself too, but I sure did Saturday! I went to my bed and slept for 2 hours and my goodness it felt so good! 
Jon and Cade had been planning to go to Monster Jam Saturday night and so that means GIRL NIGHT for the sister girl and mommy! Wahoo!
What were we to do?! Anything we wanted!
I asked Tatum what she wanted to do and that included....
Pizza and salad at our favorite place!
 It was a hoodie kind of night!
And leggings and uggs too! I love that she planned our casual attire!
 We shopped!
 Tatum picked out these BFF bracelets for us, oh how I love that she gave this to me! :)
Cheers for hot chocolate and Target!'
 And we topped off the night with some baby snuggles! 
 Meanwhile, the boys....they sent us these pics of them...ya know, being boys! :)


And this made me smile! I love that Cade enjoys things with his daddy so much! He's got a good one for sure!
Well this face says it all! He had the best time
 I am not really sure what time the boys got home Saturday night, but Tatum and I had a slumber party in my bed and crashed at about 10:00 and they still were not home. Oh those boys, they were having too much fun!
Sunday morning came quickly! We were all so tired we didn't get up until after 8:00, which didn't leave much time to get ready, but we managed to still make it on time for donuts before class!
Happy Sunday!
 I just love that Tatum thinks these bracelets are so cool! :) She is so cool to me, if only I stay this cool to her for a few more years!
 Sunday lunch, thanks Tay for the family selfie!


 We didn't have much family time this weekend, but we made Sunday all about it!
 It was so pretty Sunday afternoon we went on a family run. Cade made all kinds of rules for this run and it was so much fun! When we were on this run I got a text from Janae asking Tatum to join them for the Super Bowl. Oh how this made her so so happy!
 We waited on the porch together for her ride! She was just beaming with happiness!
 I left the boys at home watching the game and I took off on a long run, the sky was so pretty I had to stop and take a pic! 
 And then Janae sent me these pictures! Sometimes the smallest gesture means the biggest deal to someone else! My girl was so happy, I nearly cried!
Tatum had the best time!
And another weekend is in the books!

Please pray for my family this week. My Granny B is now in hospice and taking her lasts breaths, as of now they are telling us about 24-48 hours until she should pass. It's very hard losing a grandparent, a great grandparent to our kids, but more than anything it makes me so sad for my dad to lose his mom. That is the part that is unimaginable to me, I cannot even fathom losing my parents. 

Thank you for your prayers.