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Counting Down to Date Night

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Date night is something I’m counting down for every week. I might as well make one of those paper chains (with dear lizzy paper mind you;) and rip off a link each day it gets closer. I know I say this all the time: my husband travels a lot. But it’s weird that this is our life right now. I remember when I would be dying for 5:35 pm to roll around and he would pull up and I’d take a sigh of relief that I had some back-up for our hooligans. Tagging him in for a round or two. Now it’s like, see you in a few days… where are you going again? We embrace it even though it’s not the ideal situation for either of us-we try to stay positive. That’s when date night swoops in and carries us off to a time of eating in peace and just us. When we’d drive in the car with out someone hollering over Curious George that they need a drink of water right this second or so-and-so just PINCHED them or so-and-so is STARING at them! ;D  Avery is almost old enough to watch everyone which will be nice to have a babysitter at home.
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Teamed up with one of my favorite brands Born as well as Dillards to pick out some matching boots for fall. Collin is super picky so thank goodness they aren’t just cool but super comfy too! Mine are the Kerri style and love them with jeans too! Hashtag bribery for pics #fallforborn
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date-night date-nightI’m really proud of Collin because this year he made some lifestyle changes, like switching from energy drinks to water. 😉 He’s so inspiring to me with his dedication and has lost 50 pounds since May! He hated getting his picture taken… still does!! Took some bribery for this but at least he feels better and more like himself. He has more energy and happier health wise. Super proud of him so thanks for letting me gush for a second. xoxo

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It’s Fall, I’m in Love

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Fall always sweeps in with a cool breeze and knocks me off my summer-loving feet. I somehow forget about a day at the pool or blue snowcone stained smiles. Instead give me a sweater, pumpkin muffin and a drive through the canyon singing 90’s love songs on the top of our lungs with the sunroof open.

Although by the end of this drive from one canyon 10 minutes from our home through the mountains to Sundance and back home I honestly was car sick and my head was spinning. But it was worth it.
If this doesn’t make you wanna Florine Maria up those hills twirling and singing, I don’t know what will!
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We went on a little hike on Lame Horse. Which actually wasn’t lame at all. The kids all found the perfect hiking sticks, tracked down many animal prints (which looked like nothing to me but sheesh they’re little geniuses). Myles was looking for a dragon while Lola found the only flower on the entire hike. Dad carved our family name into a tree because anyone who’s anyone has there name engraved in an aspen. It’s like graffiti for hippies. Poor “Sam + Molly” which was carved years ago inside a heart but had a fresh X crossed through it.

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Always looking for a chance to break-in my Danner boots. aka Reese Witherspoon Wild boots. aka they will last til I’m an old lady and more.
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Daddy let them hang out the sunroof for a bit. Which I did NOT approve of but they loved it and will always remember it, I bet. And that’s what dad bases most decisions on while parenting.
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What Color Are You? #colorcode

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In high school, which seems like forever ago (because it was forever ago), for one of our classes we took a personality test. I remember thinking, whatever this is so lame, like an annoying teenager would. But to this day I still remember my results. I thought it was so awesome because it was spot on. It goes into much more detail but sensitive, moody, sincere, dependable, easily frustrated, creative, and likes to have fun! Could have summed me up.
Well a couple weeks ago, for a church activity with the youth in the church I attend, we took the test. The results were the same except I lost the fun part and it was replaced with the peacemaker color. Which makes sense, I guess, since I’m an old maid now. hehe.
Can you guess what color I am? BLUE. It’s crazy how blue I am. When I read this description it weirds me out that someone could figure out the science of my personality so well. How I deal with situations, conflict as well as needs and wants. Then the next color was white. But I used to be blue/yellow. It made me realize that I want that fun, spontaneous side of me back. (There’s a free test on line you can take at Color Code.)
So the reason I bring this up, is we all know how different kids’ personalities are. Even siblings raised in the same environment with the same parents. As I struggle to discipline, reward, love and nurture these four wonderful souls. I realize that what works with one of them doesn’t work for another. I was trying to figure out what color each one is… and it’s kind of tricky. But I’m figuring it out and how to best respond and validate their needs. Striving to make their light and color be the brightest it can be. And celebrating who each person is! Some days are tougher than others. I definitely live for the small moral victories, a spontaneous hug and kiss. Or Myles’s tender but matter of factly “I like you” that melts my heart.
There’s an awesome article here for kids and personality color coding and a simpler tool below:

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Have you taken it? What color are you? 

 

The battle with a spider

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Last night I couldn’t sleep. I had a feeling that I might have left the garage door open so I went down there at like 3 am. The door was closed and there weren’t any murderers hiding out. JUST A FREAKING HUGE SPIDER! Like trianchula size. And I realize I probably didn’t spell that spider word correct but there’s no way I’m goggling it and have to see pics of it only to relive this creepy moment. The thing is the second it saw me, like 10 feet away, it crawled/lunged towards me. Fast. Which scared the crap out of me so I screamed and ran around to the other side of the car. Haha. Then I had a grand idea, grabbed the bug spray that has a hose with a trigger and shoot some at it while peeking around the car. It literally just sat there. Then I grabbed a basketball and chucked it at it. I missed because I’ve never had good aim and it run to the wall by the freezer. Now I had it cornered. Also please note I could actually hear its legs crawling when it ran. (shudder) So I mustered up some courage grabbed a pair of skis and killed it. Not my beautiful skis, of course! Some old red and gold ones from the 80’s that Collin is still holding onto because he was skiing and cut off Robert Redford while wearing them or something.
I kinda feel bad now though. Not about the skis, the spider. But that thing would eat me and my children if I would’ve let it live. Or bite me on the arm and I’d lose a limb. Okay, I still feel bad. After that I really couldn’t sleep and I could feel his spider friends coming for revenge on my legs all night. Needless to say my head hurts. Collin is traveling for work or I would’ve been soundly sleeping. I can’t sleep sometimes when he’s gone.
Waking up to these cute pics in my inbox brightened my day though. Love this boy… and donuts! Chocolate is definitely the cure for a tired headache like this!
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Obsessed with this skirt. Plus it’s on sale right now and it’s so adorable to dress up or down. Cute cute! And those tees are my favorite. I have multiple colors. Just wanted to share! xoxo

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“You’re not coming to my birthday party”

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The other day I looked in the mirror, it was one of those loooong days that you just want to end and go to bed before it’s even dark. When 7:25 finally rolls around, “Is it bedtime yet?”
As I was splashing water on my face and cleaning off yesterday’s makeup… I looked like a zombie mommy and that’s being nice. I realized that no matter how dead I look this cute boy of mine has been giving me kisses, asking me to hold him and smiling at me all day. He loves me no matter what. That genuine love is what it’s allllll about and why I adore being his momma. Why I can handle these tough days. Why I appreciate the good days even more. Why I smile so big when I see him wave to me from the top of the slide of the playground before jumps into the tube and slides down. Why I feel like the luckiest.

All the girls were in school so we had some fun one on one time. Myles actually starts preschool (gasp!) That’s crazy! How is he old enough for preschool already?! It’s only two days a week for a few hours so basically I’ll take a shower and get a few things done and he’ll be home. No I don’t take that long of showers, what I mean is, his school time will be done before I know it! 😉

Shared this on Instagram yesterday, but he uninvited me to his birthday party… in April. I don’t even remember what it was about but I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry because it’s basically the biggest insult from a three year old. I think I laughed though.
Pretty soon he will forgive me when he realizes who brings the cake!!

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We partnered with Zappos and we both got some new kicks from Superga! They’re this cool Italian brand and definitely inspired me to get out of mommy zombie mode and go on a mom and Myles date. Comfy and stylish snake skill sneaks. Not to mention Myles’s high tops have two zippers on each shoe so you can keep it tied and just unzip off and zip them back on. That’s my favorite kind of kid’s shoe… one that you don’t have to tie! I’ll probably be living in these this fall.
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SHOP: HIS black high top sneaker | HER snack skin lace ups

Chatbooks free book!

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Loved this surprise happy mail from Chatbooks with some of my favorite summer memories! Chatbooks is an app that will print out your Instagram once you fill up 60 pages and ship it to you automatically. Like your own personal assistant. ;P  I love catching my kids looking through them… since I let them actually touch the books now. haha The first little bit I was protective of my insta library but they’re up high so only the older kids can get them down and I trust them to not grab one with cheeto fingers.
You can use my code LIZZY1 to get your a free book printed (when you order at least three). Take it from me, you will love it! xoxo

Teacher’s Pet

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I’m not surprised she thrives at Kindergarten but I might have been hoping she’d miss me a little. lol It’s only half day so that’s nice! Give her two weeks and she’s the type that will be the teacher’s pet. Lola’s already brought her teacher treats. I mean, Reece’s peanut butter cups are the way to anyones heart so she’s a smart girl.
Jamming out to Disney Jungle Book “I wanna be like you” on blast. hehe

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Top is sold out from PoppyWells but linked similar ones below:

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Jump! Jump!

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When you let your kids pick out new shoes for back to school you better believe they will choose the ones that light up! Every time.
I mean, I think if they made adult ones we would love it too. Probably burn more calories with all the jumping around and checking out the flashes. ; D So it’s not a bad exercise plan either. Seriously though these new kicks from Zappos (Leepz by Stride Rite) are really fun for school! Quincey is excited about starting third grade but also gets nervous. She talks about missing us and if she won’t be able to find a friend at recess. Hearing stuff like that breaks my heart as her momma. We talked about finding someone else who needs a buddy and I told her every time she gets sad to tap her soles so the lights turn on and smile cause we are thinking about you and can’t wait to see you! So with school starting it tends to be bittersweet but I know once she gets in the swing of things she really thrives there and loves learning.
Checking to-dos off the list: SHOES-check!
Click here to check out the Black ones + Pink ones
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Summer Reads

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I am looking for a good summer read and also I’ll be taking a road trip by myself with my kiddies and will need to listen to some books on tape to drown out the Chipmunks and Barney movies on repeat from the back seat. :) Posted a pic and asked friends on Instagram for recommendations then decided to compile them into a list! Feel free to add to it and share a book you’ve read in the comment section… XOXO
This red Free People skirt is my fave! Can be found here
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The Lost Wife: Alyson Richman (couldn’t put it down)
Girl on the Train
David Baldacci (mysteries and thrillers)
The Husband’s Secret (won’t be able to put it down)
Left To Tell (best book I’ve ever read)
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
Our Song (lovely read)
The One That Got Away
Ghost Child
Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington
Big Little Lies
The Start of Me and You (quick read and so good)
James Patterson women’s murder club series
Judy Blume’s newest book
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is three thumbs up
Anything by Malcolm Gladwell
What the Dog Saw
What Alice Forgot (So good)
The Happiness Advantage
The Anatomy of Peace
The History of Love
I’ll Give You The sun
Dark Dark Wood
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimbery Snyder
All Fall Down by Julie Bellon (a neighbor and friend of mine)
Kate Morton novels
We Were Liars
Anything by Amy Harmon
Breathing Black
When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker
The Light Between Oceans
Miss Read (vintage books) Thrush Green series
Jan Karon novels
Beatriz Williams (good historical fiction reading)
When Breath Becomes Air
Kristin Hannah (books about friendship and relationships
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Say Cheese

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So I wanted to talk a little more about my new camera… I know some people are often looking for a dslr or upgrading the one they have. Since my husband is traveling a lot (everyyyy single weeeeek of summmerrrr!!! No, I’m not bitter. 😉 He takes the cameras we have a Canon Mark 3 and Mark 2. Leaving me with my phone which actually isn’t so bad but I missed having a big girl camera to capture those eyelashes and details of my kids faces.
After a little research, I ended up getting the Canon 6D. Only because it had wifi and full frame sensor. But mostly for the wifi. I can take a photo and through an app on my phone then download the pic directly to my phone. Which I really appreciate and enjoy cause I can post to Instagram or text to Collin while he’s away.
It’s also a nice size. Feels smaller than the Marks. The buttons are different and settings but just took a bit of learning curve to get used to it. So far I likey likey. But we all know it’s all about the lens… and the Canon 24-70 is still my go-to for the zoom and I can get it close.
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A few of my favorites from the past month… also, please stay forever and forever summer.

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