Monday, December 30, 2013

These are my Confessions

Channeling my inner Usher as I disclose my latest confessions:

  • I may have had to count on my fingers to figure out how many days it had been since showering, before taking a shower last night. 
  • This year my kids got 3 presents apiece for Christmas. (Tent, baby doll, BabyLit books, and personalized hooded towels). One of those gifts was a baby gift for Israel that was tucked away in the closet ;)
  • Last year we never even got around to giving Israel his presents because he had so many gifts from family members. We gave him his stocking in March when we found it. 
  • I took down Christmas decorations on the 29th and I'm downsizing my Christmas gear. I decided less is more. Last year I gave away a big box before and after the season, and this year I'm scaling back. That must tell you how much Christmas gear I had to start with! A lot... a whole lot!
  • I'm about to be a single parent for two weeks while Will is gone to school, just like last year. During that time I will start my internship, start my two spring classes, send both kids to daycare (E for the first time!) and Auburn will go to the national championship game (which is notable because without my husband I will not hear/watch a recap of every clip or article posted on the internet). 
  • I'm on season 3 of Parenthood. It is SO GOOD! I cry all the time watching it, especially with the storyline of Max. Adam and Kristina's relationship is my favorite. (NO SPOILERS!) 
  • We are switching pediatricians. I love our new one (I loved the last one too...) and its a WOMAN who is a mom and she gave me a lot of confidence in breastfeeding E and juggling the duties ahead this semester. 
  • I have lots of blog posts in my head but can't seem to motivate myself to upload pictures. I got a Dell computer earlier this fall after my MacBook bit the dust after 5 years. I am not quite PC savvy yet. 
  • I don't even want to go into it yet, but my heart is aching and I feel sick about the drama going on in Ethiopia right now. I can think of several waiting families that have been in the ET process for 3+ years that I'm praying will see God's faithfulness during this mess. 
  • We've kind of jumped on the Essential Oils train. I put Peace and Calming on Israel at night, and can tell a huge difference with his night time. He still gets up crying a few times a month, but less frequently now. 
  • Sometimes it is really, really hard to be a mom. I'm so needed by two very dependent people. It's amazing and exhausting. The kids love their daddy but there is something about a mama that makes them need ME. 
  • I gained at least five pounds over the holidays from all of the sweets and junk that I ate. #noselfcontrol
  • Will ordained his first wedding last weekend! It was for two of our college students, and it was seriously the most elaborate and beautiful weddings I have ever been to. The groom's dad owns an event business so it was so detailed! I didn't really get to appreciate the ceremony because I was down the hall with my two crazy kids. E was crying and Israel was singing and throwing toys/snacks. 
  • It's almost time for the Bachelor and Downton Abbey! Guilty Pleasures... judge if you want. 
  • Over the holidays, we went home to my parents' house one weekend, and Will's the next. We got to go see TWO movies in the theaters! "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Frozen"- both were awesome! We also got to go on a date in Auburn and we walked around campus, ate at familiar restaurants, and didn't have to worry about getting back in time for a babysitter. It was amazing. 
  • Speaking of babysitters, what are your thoughts on this article

OK enough of my randomness... what are your confessions? 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Textbook/ Daycare Fund (Baby & Home Goods Sale)

Sorry to be so absent on the blog lately. I've noticed several of the blogs I read have slowed down too. It's been nice to enjoy time with family and friends during the holidays. I thought I would be so much more productive on my school break, but my time has been invested in other places than cleaning or organizing! I HAVE done a little sewing, and I'm really hopeful that I can sell a few things to pay for my school books this semester! The tricky thing about being in grad school as a stay at home mom/ pastor's wife, is that it is very expensive! I really appreciate the sacrifices that my husband has made to make my grad school a reality. We will be putting both kids in daycare 2 days a week for me to go to work as an intern this semester. I really appreciate your prayers for that transition, starting next week!!!

Anyways, if you see something here that you would like to purchase to go towards my textbook/daycare fund, please comment below with your email. I appreciate the support.

**If you need something shipped it will be an additional $3**

Blue/Pink Minky Taggie $10 -three available

 Navy Paisley/ Orange Minky $10 - one available

Orange Dot/Navy Fleece Taggie $10 - two available (one sold to EE)

Multicolor Dot/ Orange Minky Taggie $10 -three available

Two Green Flag Burp Cloths $8-one set SOLD AMY

Two Africa Burp Cloths $10 -one set

 Two Fiesta Ruffle Burp Cloths $5- one set

Blue and green owl $10 - SOLD to J.R.

Orange and Blue Coasters $8 sold to EH

Black Dot and Hot Pink Coasters $8

 Pink Coasters $5 - three available
 Gray and Orange Coasters $5 - Three available

Yellow and Gray Coasters $8

White, Green & Gold Coasters $5  sold to EH

Black Dot & Light Blue Coasters (thin) -$5

THANK YOU for supporting our family! Please feel free to share this post. I may post on etsy but I am trying to avoid that! :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Rejoicing in the good news that Christ came to earth to redeem us from sin. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thanksgiving - AL

We left North Carolina on Friday morning and drove down to Will's parents house in north Alabama. Will's sister and her family were there, but his younger brother was already back in Auburn for the Iron Bowl. Our nieces are almost 4 and seven months.

Will's parents bought a horse tire swing since Israel loved the one at the pumpkin patch.

 Saturday was devoted to the Iron Bowl. All day there was anticipation, watching, then celebrating! (War Eagle!).

It was so sweet to watch the kids play together! Josie and Edie were holding hands!! Ahh cuteness overload.

Israel and Lottie watching Elmo upstairs trying to avoid the loudness of the game!

It was great spending time with family and getting our kids together with their cousins! It was definitely a weekend (and an Iron Bowl) to remember!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thanksgiving - NC

I'm SO BEHIND on documenting the McGee memories these days! Over Thanksgiving, Will and I took the kids up to my sister's house for Thanksgiving. It was a LONG LONG (did I say LONG) drive up there, but we made it around midnight on Tuesday night. We spent all day Wednesday hanging out with my parents, my brother JM and sister's family. It was very fun and low-key. My mom was in decorating overdrive as she worked her hospitality magic!

Thursday morning my other sister Rachel came with her little family, and my oldest sister Sarah took photo shoots of all of us! She took some great shots of my kids and I am so thankful for a photographer in the family! Having four of the five siblings together was such a blessing- we always laugh a lot and I'm thankful for my crazy siblings (but we missed Dan & Lindsey!).

The big kids were playing the Disney "Headbands" game and Israel joined in on the action

Around lunch my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents came over! It had been a long time since I'd been around extended family and many of them had never even met Israel. It was very special introducing my grandparents to Edith.

Thursday night my sisters and I went for a hilarious round of Black Friday shopping at Wal Mart. I bought wipes. Yep, no super deals for me but we needed extra wipes on our trip.

Friday morning we got up early and hit the road again back to Alabama. More on that in the next post! :)

It was great seeing my family and I was so thankful that the kids (for the most part) did great being out of their routine. 
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