Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekend Recap and Ramblings

Just a little of what we've been up to...for memories sake and curious minds..
We stopped by the new house on Friday to look at a few things.  You can see our new shutters in the picture here. 
We discovered all the windows were rotted recently (not sure if I've spoke of that before) and they will be replaced in a few weeks.  Fun stuff.  Not really.  But it is nice to see things finally coming together.  Promise I will be bombarding you with house photos once things are settled.
Speaking of the house from day 1 I've told W I wanted to paint the brick and he has emphatically said no.  Finally this weekend I think I got him on board.  I posted this pic on Insta and asked y'alls opinions.
I'm kind of scared, but I know I've always loved painted brick.  I think it adds such warmth and character.  For our style of home I'm thinking a white or lime wash.  Please, please leave me your thoughts and comments! I'm dying to talk to someone who has done it before.
We spent the weekend in the pool and I just realize each and every time we're in it how much I'm going to miss it.  I guess its just one of those things you take for granted.  We worked on getting the kids to swim a little without their puddle jumpers too.  After about 5 minutes we were all ready to put them back on :)


I can honestly say pre-kids I cared a little more about my appearance especially when going out in public. This weekend I hopped out of the pool threw on shades and a turband and ran to the grocery.  I might have prayed a little that I wouldn't run into anyone I knew.  This headband is really neat and its wired! The brand is Cult Gaia I believe.

Oh, and that lobster look I'm sorta rockin?  Pretty much due to the extreme heat this weekend.  And I realize 95 doesn't seem hot to some of you, but I could totally move to Alaska and be a happy camper.
We spend a lot of time weekends cooking and W grilled some chicken and veggies this weekend.  Carsyn said, "Oh lets put that on Insta!" and I might have cringed inwardly, but I laughed nonetheless.

She then wanted to do her own pic and it turned out pretty good if I say so myself.  I was dying when she moved her little Minnie cup over to be included.

I made the Pinterest dorito chicken casserole and it was quite tasty! You can find me pinning @kycoalwife.

Lastly, my sister and her family have been vacationing in Florida for 3 long weeks and we've missed them like crazy.  Thank goodness she sends me pics like these.

They're finally heading back and I can't wait to get my hands on sweet Emersyn and give Maddox a hug! 
How about y'all?  Where are you or did you spend your summer vacation? 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Fourth and a Few Faves

Hey hey! Hope y'all had a fantastic holiday weekend.  We spent it recovering from the everlasting strep throat curse.

And basking in the sunny near perfect temps.

This could also be called the weekend Hank's red locks turned golden.  Sads.  And I think his curls are getting straighter too.  Little fella is growing up.

I paired my Lilly shorts with the dusk tank for my OOTD and I think its my new favorite.  You can dress it up or down.  It can be found here.  Or you can go visit my girl Rebecca at the Peppermint Palm.  Or call the sweet girls at The Pink Pelican.

And if anyone is searching for me a birthday present I'll take it in the Magenta Bazaar print.

Speaking of favorites, Rosie hooked me up with two of my latest obsessions.  The Gigi Uber Clutch and an Alex and Ani daughter bracelet.  I've seen so many bloggers carrying the Gigi bags and they look so pulled together.  I was pleasantly surprised by the roominess of this clutch.  And it can still be tucked in my Neverfull for trips.  I went with white because its so classic but all of the colors are gorgeous.  If you're in Lexington Monkees has a great selection!

So, how was your Fourth?  What are your latest obsessions?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Whats Going On

I think I started this blog post a week ago and never finished..oops..
Summer is here!
Summer is here!
The first day of summer was National Wear Lilly day and I might have been longing for this day way too long to dress Hanky in this hand me down from Maddox.

I mean is there anything cuter than a boy with dirty feet in a jon jon? 

Well, maybe a boy holding his sister's hand.

We have made it to church quite a few Sundays in a row. Hooray!

We had Vacation Bible School last week and the kids had such a ball. 

The theme was detective and the kids really got into it.


Of course Hank's favorite night was the carnival night.

Guess who has two thumbs and is getting a giant inflatable for his upcoming birthday?!

We also made a trip to visit my sweet MIL last week.  It is her last year of being a superintendent and we are so proud of her.  She is just the best and it was so nice to take her out for a retirement dinner.

So, every night we asked Carsyn what she learned from VBS.  One night she told us she learned Jesus was a zombie.  Of course I was mortified and told her that wasn't true and asked why she would say that.  She replied that he came back from the dead just like Billy in Hocus Pocus.

I'm so laying off the Halloween movies.  But she kind of got the point, right?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hooray for Dads

We had a wonderful Father's Day weekend and I hope y'all did as well.

We spent all day Saturday in the pool.

Hank is such a daddy's boy.  He will not get off the steps for me, but W persuaded him to go for a full length of the pool piggy back ride this weekend.

We spent Sunday with my in laws and parents.

I love when we get all 4 kids together.  Its crazy but so much fun.

And come on..can't you tell they love their pops?!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

To pops

Pops, growing up I always thought I had the best dad and you continue to prove me right every day. Carsyn and Hank are so lucky to have you for a grandpa. 

Thank you for your unconditional love and support.
Thank you for your patience and wisdom.
Thank you for being you.

Love, Jen 

Friday, June 13, 2014



Moving is stressful and we haven't packed the first bag. 

On a happier note I get awesome updates from the contractor via text (waves Mr Jackson)..

Like this one of our fireplace.

I'm so happy we whitewashed the brick. I posted this pic on insta and was kinda scared to ask thoughts but y'all loved it- so thanks. Now if I could only talk W into doing the sunroom....


We usually make a trip to Lexington once weekly and shop and eat out and check on house stuff. We had sushi last night and the kids were just crazier than normal. I blame the full moon. W was just amazingly patient and I tend to get frazzled.  I did snap this selfie because who doesn't want to share the fact their daughter was eating ketchup out of the bowl???

The words you're gonna miss this just keep echoing in my brain.


Speaking of kids I'm just so horribly behind working on the kid's scrapbooks. Like I lie awake at night thinking I'll never catch up!!! All their memories are gone!!! I should get out of bed and scrap at 3:00 am!!!!  I always thing I can rely on my blog posts when I do finally get time to catch up.  I'm trying to get back on board with my weekend recap but quite frankly it's boring. And repetitive. So here's a cute pic of the kids in their Sunday best. Which I do always try to capture..

Hopefully one day it will end up in a scrapbook.


And speaking of scrapbook events we had a bestie pool day with our pals Ricarda and Kyria this week and it was just the thing I needed.  There's nothing better than gossiping with your girlfriend and watching your kids play together. 

I'm always blown away by their love for one another.


If you follow me on insta you know I'm a big fan of Matilda Jane clothing. And not only the little girl's line. I always find myself going back to their adult pieces.

I shared these OOTD pics with y'all because they are a few of my favorite pieces but truthfully I love them all.

Cheer to the weekend friends! 

As always, I/m linking up with Darci and others for Five on Friday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carsyn's First Recital

 My sweet ballerina had her first dance recital Friday night and then performed again Saturday morning.

I swear I was more nervous than her.

If y'all know anything about dance you know its a pretty big production- The stage, the lights, the makeup!

I learned a lot these past few days.

I learned I'd eventually become ok with putting my daughter in bright red lipstick.

I learned that a little group of 3 and 4 year olds can steal your heart and captivate an audience on stage.

**I was so proud of this little girl.  She had been telling me for weeks she didn't want to practice, she knew the whole routine. I had given up on making her practice because I felt like I was sucking the fun out of it for her.  I really just prayed she didn't get stage fright. 

Little ballerina performed the routine better than I could have and came off the stage all smiles!

 I learned flowers and candy make the performance even better!

 And that daddy's are suckers for little ballerinas too.

 I learned that ballet instructors are special, special people.

 I learned that our family is the most supportive family and Carsyn is the luckiest little girl in the world to have their love and support.

Carsyn Presley, I am so proud of you sweetheart.  May you dance always!