Dear July 2020,
You are always a hot one… and as usual you were extra toasty with the award for the hottest month in AZ history! We spent most of the month in a pool or indoors to stay cool, with the exception of our dreamy Colorado vacation! We were so blessed to have booked this trip a year ago, that still allowed us the opportunity to get out and explore in the middle of this pandemic. We soaked up cooler weather, incredible hikes with majestic water features, took in breathtaking mountain views and fished like it was going out of style. When the day came to pack up and drive home, we all wished that we didn’t have to leave! It truly was the highlight of the summer. We also had the pleasure of celebrating our oldest daughter’s 8th birthday, which doesn’t even seem possible. Where has the time gone?!
But July 2020, you have come to an end and here we are getting ready to start virtual kindergarten and third grade from home next week. So August, please provide us with patience and understanding as we start this new chapter. We’re all in this together!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2020 ::
New Year’s Day is always an exciting day! It is a day that brings new adventures. It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. It is a day that opens the door to new goals and dreams. So as we ring in the new year, let’s give thanks for all of our blessings!
For my family, we say goodbye to our first year as a family of 5, and we say hello to a new year ahead of growth and more adventures to come.
We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… HELLO to a new decade – Hello 2020!
Take time today to thank God for the blessing of Day 1.
Lamentations 3:23 – Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year! Hello 2020!
Dear November 2018,
What a great month!
You were a month filled with gratefulness, thankfulness, and the reminder of kindness. November, we filled you up with great moments and treasured times… Mainly Kensie’s first cross-country adventure and our hubby/wife trip to Washington D.C. DC was beyond words – FABULOUS! We also celebrated daddy’s birthday, Thanksgiving, our first girl-only STAYcation slumber party and Christmas came early this year with decorating the house and setting up the tree.
November you were good to us, but we are so excited for Christmas and the holiday month of December! Bring on Jesus’ BIRTHDAY!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2018 ::
Girlie number 3 is six weeks new and I am living on caffeine and snuggles! Since we are in the newborn survival stage I thought it would be fun to share a few items that have kept ‘us’ going – items that both Kensie and I love. They are mostly nursing and sleep related because let’s face it, up until now that is all newbies do in the beginning. And if you recall from my previous posts, since we didn’t know her gender prior to birth, practically every item listed below has been 2-day shipped to my home via Amazon Prime. Lifesaver!
To give you a little back story, I have really struggled with nursing all three of my girls, and to say the first few weeks of nursing has been rough would be an understatement. Between the pain, engorgement, plugged ducts/mastitis, latching and what seems to be a never ending cycle of feeds… it is and has been an exhausting journey, again! But, I am hanging in there and the nursing/feeding items below are probably why. Don’t be afraid to admit it is hard, because it is… use whatever aids you need to get through! Not all nursing journeys are easy, so do your best to not doubt your body or be too hard on yourself. And yes, I need to be better at taking my own advice. Which is why I am sharing my ‘breast friends’ below!