Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our Life: Confessions of a Secret Selfie Addict

Warning Selfie Overload:
Mom. Wife. Teacher. Coach. Christian. Friend. Daughter. Blogger. Sister. And self-proclaimed selfie addict.

This confession could seem quite odd to you. Maybe you're thinking, huh, I don't remember her posting very many selfies, at least not in several years, maybe when she was in college. true story

My facebook, my Instagram, my blog, my Twitter are all mostly filled with my kids not a daily selfie, but see this is where my problem lives. I LOVE to take a selfie, but then, what do I do with them?!? 

They end up living on my phone unt I fill up my storage and go hunting for things to delete before I actually gave to go download my pictures to my computer. Or I text them to my mom. What mom doesn't love a picture of their kid? Lol. Well, no more (ok really probably forever), but at least today: I feel bold and beautiful and let's post an obscene amount of selfies...

To support the team 
When I fix my hair 
When I have my kid's stuffed dog
The wreath in the background 
Hair fixed and a wreath 
Yes, even when sick 
Or looking good out and about 
Hat selfie 
Before the haircut selfie 
And of course Momma & Bo 

I told you; I've got selfies for days!!! Be proud of the you that you are... And post a few selfies ;)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happily Ever After (Week One)

I am a total sucker for all things marriage. I love marriage books, couples devotionals, movies about marriage, date nights.. You get the point. So when I heard our church was starting a marriage series, you better believe I was fired up!!! 

Happily Ever After at Living Church

Today was week one in the series and Pastor Dan preached a great message about the importance of finding fulfillment through God individually, rather than seeking that satisfaction out of your relationship. 

You can't fill up that hole inside you with another person; only God can do that for you. 

It was a really on point message for me. Since I was that person who wanted to settle because I feared I would never be complete without a man, I definitely felt this message resonate with me. Sam was a very self-assured man to begin with, so I think this idea that people seek others to fix their brokenness is a bit foreign to him.  

This week's notes:

Dan used the, as he described it, weird love story of Jacob, Rachel, & Leah (Genesis 29) to explain what happens when you seek relationships to fill a void in yourself, rather than seeking God. 

After reading the WHOLE story, I am left wondering - um, what? I am assured that the team at LC has more in store for us on this one because that is one wack-a-doodle love story!!!! 

I love how excited I am about going to church every week, and I cannot wait to hear more next Sunday.

Have a blessed week!!! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bo & Moose: 4 months & 21 months

Bo How Big?: Bo went to the doctor today and is officially 15 pounds and 25.5 inches long. I love my big boys!!!
Bo Clothing Size?: 9 months... Those 12 months still looking baggy, but we are headed there soon because when he stretches with those big baby stretches he is full to the brim in his pajamas. 
Bo What/When is he eating?: What, what 4 months on breastmilk!!! Proud momma right here... The doctor said as soon as he is consistently pooping at least every 5 days we can start cereal for baby boy. 
Bo Sleep?: What happened to my sleeping kid? I went back to work for real, and Bo decided he missed me so much he wanted to hang out with me in the middle of the night... a lot! We are back to waking every 2-3 hours all night most every night.
Bo Milestones?: He rolled over and back solo! Woohoo... He took a bath with his big brother! He went to the nursery at church for the first time. He is playing with toys < extra weird to me because Moose didn't care about toys for a long long time, and Bo already will grab stuff and shake it (or mostly try to eat it.) 
Bo Movement?: Bo wants to sit up so bad! He hates not being able to see his brother. He wants to wrestle with Daddy and Moose all the time. He rolled over all by himself onto his tummy and back onto his back. Stuff is going to get crazy around here real soon - for real.

Moose: 21 Months

Moose How Big?: Moose has thankfully slowed up on his crazy growth spurts, and I think we are holding steady at about 28 pounds. (The same size as Gwenny. Awe!) 
Moose Clothing Size?: Everything from my last post is still pretty much true for him 3T-4T clothes. 
Moose What/When is he eating?: Moose has fallen madly in love with ketchup! He still isn't a super fan of sitting still to eat, but we've really been working on it this last month. The high chair is officially for babies, so he will sit at a chair with us at the table for about half a meal! 
Moose Sleep?: We tried to push Moose's bedtime back a bit to a more reasonable time (because we had been starting bathtime at 6:30 each night), but it was a total fail! Scooting it back even a half hour turned our easy bedtime guy into a monster... Have I mentioned this kid is almost a terrible two? Crazy little man. This month we have had some real wallers about bathtime and bedtime! 
Moose Milestones?: Moose is a little parrot! He says so many new things on nearly a daily basis. It's insane. He is working on putting more words together into concepts. He officially climbed out of his crib at Grandma's house at naptime. He hasn't tried here at home, but little monkey man decided Bo can have his crib at "Gagas". 
Moose Movement?:  There must be something in little boys that tells them to climb. Climb this. Climb that. Climb on the table. Climb the ladder at the park. Climb the stairs. Climb up your brother's swing (while he's still in it, of course). Climb your Daddy. Did I mention Moose climbs a lot?

Family: January 2015
Hardest Moment(s) of the Month: This month we here in the Riley household have learned what the terrible twos are. A little irrational, stubborn alien with limited volume control and an insanely high pain tolerance comes in and takes over the little person that used to be your sweet baby. Moose has decided that changing his clothes is THE. WORST. THING. EVER. He also is on nap strike, bath strike, car seat strike,... So if you see a set of parents standing in a parking lot with that kid with maple syrup in his hair screaming at the top of his lungs because he hasn't napped and refuses to get in the car - it's probably us or you know any parent of a stubborn irrational little adorable monster. (Yes, yes we will let you hang out with him while he screams while we go somewhere else, anywhere else even for 10 minutes.)
Best Moment(s) of the Month: Bo is getting big enough to really interact with things. Watching Bo grab the "o ball" (the one with all the holes) has been so much fun! Also, watching Moose and Bo beginning to really interact with each other. The bond between there two was instantaneous. There's something so special about this love they have for one another. It's amazing. 
Looking Forward to: We, as always, are looking forward to the fun that this next month will bring us. There are zero Valentine's Day plans on our docket and that is fine by me. If you are kidless or your kids are big, do me a favor go out with your spouse (not necessarily to dinner) and enjoy your time! I think Sam and I are most looking forward to spending some really good time with each other soon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Praying With Mrs. Riley

This could be a little gutsy - and hey that's ok by me, but I'm going to blog about religion. That might turn some of you away. In fact maybe you already stopped reading or if you still are, it's only so you can criticize or eye roll at the crazy Christian propaganda you expect from me in this post. Here's what I have to say to that: OKAY!

In the past year, my personal faith and devotion has deepened like never before. We have miracle after miracle in our life, and there is no way that all of these things could be random! There MUST be a God, and he's a pretty incredible one at that. 

When you press into God, incredible things happen, and if you will just pray that he reveal himself, he will show you right where he's at. Sometimes we pray that he would reveal himself in billboards and other times we ask that he show is in the details. Either way, I assure you he's there, and his book is pretty amazing, too!

Last year, we made it a priority to find a church home for ourselves. We tried place after place, but nothing felt right. Then, out of curiosity of what the building looked like on the inside we tried Living Church, and we haven't looked back since. We jumped in with both feet. We joined a Life Group; I have just joined the volunteer team for the preschoolers. 

One of my FAVORITE things about church is the sermon. I love a good sermon!!! I love to take notes on a good sermon too. 

This one came from the Power of Prayer series.

These are notes from the "Monsters Under the Bed" series about fear. 

I LOVE to take these notes because I can come back to them a genuinely remember the message. 

This set is from the Christmas series, "Joy To The World." 

Finding and growing into our new church family has been transformative for our life. We are so incredibly blessed!