Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Happenings

I love baking and Saturdays are my only days to do so. I made Nutella bread and baked eggs.

                                      Jayden and Ava. Most days she runs away from him!

I don't dress them up very often during the week (they are in onesies all day at my mom's). So on the weekends, we play a little dress up : )
Top: Old Navy (similar) // Bloomers: Ebay (similar) // Shoes: Marshall's (similar) // Bow: Emerson Grace via Etsy (I turned it into a clip since Ava pulls off all headbands!)


And this is what we do when we are home. Super fast speed for Jayden on the swing.

Hanging out by the slide (with no water)!

We finally did our outdoor kitchen this summer and looking forward to fall weather to enjoy it some more!

We had a relaxing weekend after the torrential rain we got on Friday. Jayden was supposed to start T ball, but it was cancelled due to so much rain on Friday. We did not do much of anything this weekend but hang around the house and play with the kids. We stopped by Best Buy to check out the Iphone 6 and they had the 128 GB only. We then stopped by AT&T and there was a 20 minute wait. Seriously?! I ended up ordering (online) the Iphone 6 for B. We are not ones to get the latest phones, we stopped that long before we had kids, but he still had the 4S and hadn't upgraded in 3 years. We will give my mom the 4S and I got a 5S since they are cheaper. And the regular 4 I have has speaker phone issues and AT&T and Apple will not fix it since it's out of warranty.
We started a new series at church on Sunday regarding Financial Freedom. B and I are so opposite (he's the spender and I'm the saver) and it's hilarious to see how opposite we really are, but we make it work. : )

How was your weekend?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Orange and khaki

Top: French Cuff Boutique (borrowed, similar) // Skirt: Arden B // Shoes: Guess via DSW (similar) // Clutch: Stella & Dot // Necklace & Earrings: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot(1,2)

I love the color orange, and not just in the fall either. I wear coral in the Spring/ summer and look forward to different shades of darker orange in the fall. I love the combination of hot pink and orange in the necklace and earrings, and decided on this yellow clutch for even more color. I can't get away from color, I love it too much :)

A couple things about color for an office look: Keep a neutral bottom, like my khaki skirt, or even a neutral color blazer would work too.

Have a great Thursday!

Linking up with:

Rachel at Garay Treasures

God Life Happy Wife

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ready for fall

Hi guys!
I'm hoping to get back to a regular routine with this little blog. I appreciate your comments, thoughts and prayers for my sister. She is doing remarkably well after such a big surgery. God is her strength through it all!

The babies are getting so big! It's crazy to see how much they are doing on their own lately. We used to have to keep them contained (yes! With twins, it's crazy!) in the play room and play with them for hours. Now we can have them downstairs with us while we cook, clean, etc. Ava is walking around like she's been walking for months. Aiden is still trying to find his balance, but not far from sister. They get into everything and sometimes we let them as long as they sit still for a few minutes at a time. Ha! We always have to keep an eye on them obviously, since they still put things in their mouth even though they know they shouldn't! They always look at us and run away when they find something interesting to taste :)
Jayden is doing so well in Kindergarten and has settled into a routine. He is still exhausted most days and actually asks to go to bed before bed time. Lol (His bed time at 8pm, but has been going to by 745pm. And after prayers and tuck in routine, he's out in 2 mins!)

I can't believe we are days away from fall! We had a bit of cooler weather this past weekend that lasted 24 hrs. It's not as hot as it has always been this time of year. I'm looking forward to walks to the playground with the kids since we don't step foot at the park the entire summer! Yes, it's that hot. I'm loving all the fall decorations, orange, football, and can't wait to try my first Pumpkin latte, this season at least, very soon.

Have a great Wednesday! Thanks so much for your support always :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Update and prayers needed

Hi guys,
I'm sorry I've been absent these last few weeks. But I wanted to update you all on what's going on. Some of you may know that my twin sister is a 5 year brain cancer survivor. On August 22nd, an unscheduled MRI showed tumor re growth. She just under went her 2nd craniotomy yesterday. This is an update I just posted on her blog and on her Caringbridge site. Thank you in advance for all your thoughts and prayers!

We were able to see Eli about 6pm last night. She was moved into recovery about 4pm, after an almost 8 hour craniotomy. My sister is my inspiration! She's so strong! And we have Jesus to thank for the strength He gives during this difficult trial. She was sharing with me in recovery that she felt Jesus' presence as soon as she woke up at about 5pm. She told one of the nurses that she felt Jesus and the nurse giggled. She told her, no, I'm awake, and I love Jesus. The nurse told her, I love Jesus too. Amen! I told Eli if she felt like she had seen Jesus, and she told me, no, silly, then I wouldn't be here. :) Dr. Ferguson had talked to us about effects from the surgery, or possible effects. It's easier to talk about them now, after the fact. Or simply because I chose not to worry about "the facts". This is a story of faith after all! Without her faith in The Lord, she might not be here with us today. All the statistics pointed to her losing this battle a long time ago. The 5 year survival of Anaplastic Astrocytoma or Grade 3 Brain Cancer, is about 20%. She had a recurrence in Dec. 2009. Surgery wasn't even an option then. The tumor that had come back at that point, was in a place her doctors had never seen before, closer to the middle part of her brain. Not an operable part. She started chemo in Jan. 2010. She was give about 12-18 months at that point. Which only her husband knew because he met with her oncologist one on one. In Feb. 2010, the tumor was gone! I call that a miracle. There is no medical explanation to that, at all. So that's why I chose to believe in faith, not in statistics. We are so blessed to have such amazing and brilliant doctors treating Eli. They are our angels that God has sent in His behalf. After all, He is the Master Physician!

So back to Sept. 2014. Dr Ferguson mentioned rehab for speech, physical and occupational therapy. She mentioned possible apraxia. This scared Eli. She's a speech therapist having worked with children (and adults, if I'm not mistaken) with apraxia. It's a very hard diagnosis. (It is disorder of the brain and nervous system in which a person is unable to perform tasks or movements when asked, even though: the request or command is understood; they are willing to perform the task; the muscles needed to perform the task are too weak. This according to Google). No wonder this scared her! But here we are. I shared a heart wrenching video 2 hours after her surgery on Facebook this morning. She thanks Jesus for carrying her through her surgery. He is the reason she was talking and moving right after an 8 hour surgery, in her brain. He is the reason she felt so much peace and overwhelming joy as soon as she woke up from surgery. He is the reason she will continue to fight this monster, and beat it, once again. I debated sharing this video, because I felt it was too personal to share. Her head covered in bandages, her face swollen from steroids and an 8 hour surgery, but yet, she looked absolutely beautiful declaring her miracle because He carried her through it! The response was overwhelming. Nothing like I imagined! People sharing her video on Facebook, and commenting on how moving this was. It was only my intention to share how well she was doing and the reason she was doing so well, Her Savior, Our Savior Jesus Christ.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

I continue to ask for prayers. This 2nd part of her journey is just starting. Prayers of complete and fast recovery, continued healing, strength and peace for what is to come. Eli believes in miracles. We all believe in miracles.

When miracles happen, hope destroys hopelessness, joy overcomes pain, love conquers hate, and faith finds God in the midst of it all. (Author Unknown)

Here is the video I posted on FB.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A little leopard, a little pink

Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Old Navy // Shoes: Marshall's // Belt: H & M (Similar) // Necklace: Stella &Dot // Clutch: Stella & Dot // Bracelets: Stella & Dot (1,2,3)

Happy Friday!
So excited for Friday! :) We are hanging out with friends this evening (and the kiddos) and looking forward to that. Hoping to relax (and organize the house!) this weekend as well. We have tons of baby stuff that we are planning on selling/ donating. It's so sad to think we are passed the baby stage, and moving straight into toddlerhood. Sigh.

You know how much I love color, but I finding myself drawn to neutral colors lately. I added a little bit of leopard to break up the black, and hot pink, for a bit of color. Ok, I have to have a small dose of color. And this perfect little clutch is the right amount of hot pink. And this necklace! It's one of my Stylist buys. Seriously, a major reason of me becoming a Stella & Dot Stylist is jewelry, at half off. :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jayden's 1st day of Kindergarten

My sweet Jayden,
Mommy and Daddy can't believe you are in Kindergarten! Where did the time go?! We are so proud of the boy you have become! You are the sweetest, and caring little boy. You love life and play time is your favorite. Every day is imagination day with you and dressing up, especially in your Power Ranger costumes, is your favorite. You are loud and fun, and nothing gets you down. You are so full of energy. And I think your little brother is following in your footsteps :) I love how curious you are and all the questions you ask. Especially about Jesus. Your heart loves Him so much and Daddy and I are so proud to be raising you in a family who loves The Lord. You make us so proud in everything you do! Our first born, we love you more than you know. We are so grateful we got to spend 4 years with undivided attention just for you. You have mommy and daddy wrapped around your little finger. Ha! Your little sister and brother adore you.
We love you more than words could ever say! We pray you have a wonderful year in Kindergarten! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to send you to a Christian school where your faith will continue to grow.

Mommy and Daddy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe Tuesday: Easy salsa chicken

I've taken the crock pot out (after wiping off all the dust!), and I have my crock pot recipes ready to go this week.
I don't know why I even stop using it from time to time. And since I need all the time saving tips I can get now that school is back, I'm on a roll with the easiest crock pot recipes I can get my hands on.

4 pieces of chicken breast
1 jar of salsa
1 can of black beans (I don't like to use many canned items, but if I do, I like the Simple Truth Organic brand from Kroger)
1 bag of frozen corn
1 tub of cream cheese (I used reduced fat)

Throw it all together in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4.
That's it! Super easy and simple! We served it with tortilla chips but you can serve it over whole grain rice or tortillas.