Tag Archive: Five For Friday

Oct 02

Fireside Five on Friday

Can I just say how much I’ve missed Five for Fridays?!?! I know it’s weird, but it’s such a fun way to recapping the week in photos. I’ll be so glad I have this to look back on as Charlotte grows up.

Grab button for FIVE ON FRIDAY AT THE GOOD LIFE BLOGCue grainy iphone pictures…

ONE– I say it all the time, but it boggles my mind how fast Charlotte is. She moved up to the one year old room at daycare on Monday. Is this not a huge deal to anyone else?! Being the overly emotional Mom that I’ve become, I got in my car and the tears came. I had so many feelings wrapped into one: scared that she was too small for all of the big one year olds, sad that she’s getting so big (I know, it’s an oxymoron- I didn’t say my feelings made sense!), and grateful that she’s ready for the transition and all of the kiddos welcomed her warmly. The teacher in her room is amazing, so I feel super lucky for that. Gosh, this Mom thing is confusing!
I can’t believe she sits in a normal chair and eats! This is only the beginning of all the big girl things to come…


TWO– Things are getting festive around here. I did a little fall decorating near the curb. Our house is tucked away behind a forest of trees, so people likely think we a) are creepsters or b) hermits. Eric is convinced that someone will steal everything…and while he might be right, I’m willing to take that risk for the happiness this brings me when I pull into the driveway. HELLO fall!

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THREE– I recently visited my cousin who has two boys. While there I noticed that Charlotte loved a shopping cart that they had. Being the nice people that they are, they said “it’s yours!” and loaded it in the car (unbeknownst to the boys). Granted, she said this was one of 5 shopping carts they have. Anywho, this has quickly become Charley’s favorite toy! She loads it up, puts her purse around her neck (because where else would a purse go?) and goes. She’s a natural shopper. It’s in her blood.

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FOUR– These photos both show off how friggen cute this Chiefs Cheerleader is, AND to display just how much Charlotte loves Lilly. She is seriously obsessed with this cat. She doesn’t say many words yet, but one thing she CAN say is “Hiiiii Lilly”. Of course.

20141002-105448.jpg“I’m coming to get you”


FIVE– We hit up Ikea in KC last weekend! We were super excited to go. Because we had been living so close to Denver’s Ikea when we lived in Nebraska, we were definitely having withdrawals from all the killer deals. We’re redoing a room in the basement (get excited for that update) so we found some sweet light fixtures and other goodies. Charlotte did remarkably well while we browsed. She wanted out of the stroller, so naturally Dad put her on his shoulders only to receive the sweetest head hug ever. This girl and her hugs. I can’t even handle it.

20141002-105524.jpgWe drove down to Louisburg, KS to take the kids to the cider mill with our BFFS, the Browns. Once we arrived, we quickly realized it was Cider Fest….which meant WAY too many people. Long lines and hot weather does not equal a good time with two toddlers around naptime. So instead we ate at a “diner” in town, which was really more like a giant cafeteria with the median age being 60.

20141002-105533.jpgGetting these two wild children to take a photo is seriously impossible. Please note that neither of them are fully clothed. That’s how we roll.


Well, that’s the week wrapped up! We’re excited for more fun this weekend. Happy Friday!


Jan 10

Fireside Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! How do weeks go by so fast? I just don’t understand. Regardless, I’m happy it’s almost the weekend! I’m working from home today and decided to keep Miss Charlotte home with me. She’s a great assistant 🙂 My new job (private practice) is pretty amazing in that I don’t have to actually be IN the office to be working, unless I’m seeing a client. There’s a lot of paperwork and report writing involved in therapy, so I can do that all from the comfort of my own home! It’s truly a blessing, and I’m grateful every day that I made this transition (and that my husband has been 100% supportive of it). Now, on to 5 things from this week…

As usual, I’m linking up with other Friday bloggers. Click the logo below to read other Friday posts!

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ONE– She is adorable! That’s all.
(Excuse the blurry iphone picture)KissesTWO– Am I the only one with ALL of my Christmas things still up….AND unopened presents under the tree??? I just haven’t found it in me to be done with Christmas yet. It’ll probably happen this weekend, but until then I’m going to enjoy every bit of the decorations! Christmas comes and goes way too fast in my opinion.xmastree

THREE– I have finally started doing some DIY projects around the house. With the new baby, projects have kind of been on hold. I don’t know if it’s just me, but getting a routine down and feeling like I have some time for myself has taken a while (but I’m perfectly OK with that as a first time mama). It feels good to get back into the things I enjoy! This is just some simple burlap garland I made for the empty windowpane we just hung. burlap garlandFOUR– Just look at these boots! My Aunt Ann got these for Charlotte before she was born. She finally fits in them, therefore she may or may not be wearing them every day. Who doesn’t love a pair of furry leopard print boots? Do they make them in adult sizes?!? (Sidenote- there’s nothing cuter than a baby in jeggings. I’m just sayin’)boots wildly cuteFIVE– “Sleep Training” has officially begun in our house. At Charley’s 4 month appointment, our pediatrician recommended that we read Kim West’s book. He used this method with his 4 kids and was successful. We started that very night, and I have to say, it’s going well! She’s not sleeping through the night by any means…and we don’t expect that, but she is sleeping for longer periods of time and going longer between feedings than ever before. Charlotte truly was getting such little sleep at night because of her frequent wakings, that she was fussy and overtired all day long! I can already see a difference in her demeanor, which is the real reason we’re doing this! It doesn’t hurt that Mom and Dad are also getting more sleep 🙂 The more sleep at night has allowed her to take better naps during the day as well and she’s learning to self-soothe, which is a life skill she had to learn. SO, all in all, we’re happy with the results and would recommend this to any parent needing some help in the sleep department!sleeping Enjoy your weekend!

Jan 03

Fireside Five on Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday post. It feels good to be back. Now that the hustle bustle of Christmas is over, I have found a little free time to do projects like old times. So, here we go!


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ONE– 2013 has come and gone, and I have to just say….2013 will always hold the best memories of my whole life. It’s been quite a year! We rang in the new year with our friends Michelle and Thayne and their baby, Charlotte! She is 5 weeks younger than our Charlotte. We stood the girls up in front of each other and they just stared at one another. I think that’s baby code for “we are besties”. It was the perfect way to spend the holiday with a new baby! NYE Charlottes NYETWO– Just one big, happy family. While Charley had some Tummy Time on Dad, Barkley took a rest on his neck. That’s normal, right?Barkley Eric and CharlotteTHREE– Eric and I painted this tree in our basement hallway. We love how it turned out. Eric had the idea- we will add frames on the branches with pictures of our family in them. We’re hoping to do a little tutorial on the blog to show how it came together. Tree on basement wallFOUR– We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Fogo De Chao on the plaza this week while Eric had the day off. If you haven’t ever been, you should definitely go. It’s a Brazilian Steakhouse, which means more delicious food than you can wrap your head (or stomach) around. My BFF Jena babysat Charlotte for us, which was AMAZING of her!Fogo De Chao date FIVE– Unswaddled sleeping=miracle. Miss Charlotte doesn’t do a whole lot of sleeping, but when she does, she’s usually swaddled. Lately, I’ve been trying to wean her off the swaddle when she naps. Some days it’s successful, others not so much. Any tips from mamas on how to wean the babe off the swaddle?Sleeping without swaddleHope you all have a great weeekend!

Aug 30

Fireside Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! We’ve had a great, uneventful week, and I’ve loved every second of it. It’s not very often that we don’t have plans nearly every moment. I have been reminiscing this week on what I was doing this 3 years ago…getting ready for our wedding! Even though our anniversary isn’t until next week, we got married labor day weekend 3 years ago. I love looking back on that time and seeing how far we’ve come, how many memories we’ve made, how much we’ve learned and how truly blessed we are. I’m one lucky girl!!


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On to my five random things this week!

ONE– This is SO exciting!! What you’re looking at here is my new business card to my very own private practice. Holler! I can officially announce that I have started my own therapy practice and will start after maternity leave. There’s a LOT involved in starting your own business, as you may know or can imagine. Eric has been amazing in helping with every step of the way. He’s my business guru/coach/cheerleader. We’re just about done with the final steps in the process, which is super exciting. Really, I feel like I’m about to birth TWO babies….one human baby, and one professional baby. Business Card
TWO– Hello bellies! I LOVE being pregnant with this gal. We share all of our ailments, pains, fears and joys of pregnancy. On this particular night, we used our bellies as tables for our apple pie a la mode. It’s what we do. Michelle and I
Check out that sweet ottoman! Not only is it super cute and functional, it doubles as a storage box. Now that’s what I’m talking about. We realized that although we really like our accent chairs, we needed a place to prop up our feet! In came the Target furniture sale. This was a no-brainer at $39.99. See this cozy corner? It’s my new favorite place in the house.Ottoman
Hamburger and Biscuit Casserole- probably the easiest weeknight meal ever. Please ignore the two jacked up biscuits. I have made this before, but this time I decided to pack it with some greens to make it a little healthier. Ingredients: Ground hamburger, one can tomato sauce, one can green beans, 2 cups zucchini, shredded cheese to your liking, one can of refrigerated biscuits. That’s it!   Hamburger Casserole
So, I just bought this Moby Wrap yesterday. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it from other Mommies, so I decided to give it a try. I took it out of the package last night….this thing is HUGE and complicated. Holy smokes. I’ve already told a friend at work that she’ll need to come over the first week and show me how to use this sucker! I still think it was a good purchase and I’m excited to use it very soon!

Have a great weekend!

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