Bump Update & More Tidbits!

We have been insanely busy this summer, man oh man. 
Aside from growing a tiny human I have been the busiest ever with photography 
(I feel so blessed by it!)
We have also been traveling like crazy people any chance we can get on the weekends which will show in all the pics I have to share.
First I wanted to share a bump picture! I have really started to pop in the past 2 weeks, thank God because I was hating the "is she just chubby or pregnant" phase. Now I think the answer is pretty darn obvious and I love having a baby bump, I think it's the best part of pregnancy! 
We are now 15 weeks
The pregnancy is going a LOT better. I actually feel semi human now. 
My energy is not full but man it is so much better.
I mean for a few weeks I could BARELY make it to 5pm, now I can't fall asleep at night, 
you can't win em all I guess!
But all is well, I had a check up last week and the heartbeat was great, which is always relieving!
The reason we were so dressed up is we went out for Jordan's birthday.
There is a look at the decor we surprised him with after he went to the gym.
Funny and genius side note. I did the same balloon thing for when he won Sales Rep of the Year but I hung the balloons with two different colored streamers, the red streamers balloons held special notes inside them ;) Hence possibly why baby #4 probably arrived, if you know what I mean. It was a cool surprise and he got to pop all the special balloons, (I gave him a needle in his card)

Back to the photos. We attended the Bavarian Fest again earlier this month.
The boys had a blast. This is our second year going. Family tradition baby! 
We have been plugging away at the house. My brother is a fab painter and has done all our walls! Painting can seriously make things look a million times better. He even lets Vincent help!:) 
The second bath remodel is ALMOST done. I took a before video and I cannot wait to compare the two at the end. It will be insane! Here is the video if you wanted to see, semi boring but I wanted to have it on hand so when I film the after you can see a huge difference!
It will be so cool because Jordan and I designed it all by ourselves! Eeeeek!

We also made a trip down to Dayton to the Air Force Museum over Father's Day weekend.
We went with my step mom and dad, and also Jordan's grandparents. His grandpa was in the Air Force so it was really neat to hear and see the museum through his eyes and stories. I also got to spend some time with Jordan's grandma and hear the story of how they met. They were married within 4 months of meeting. Jordan didn't even know that story, so it was neat to hear the details! I love getting to spend quality time with our loved ones and learn more about them. There is always something new to learn no matter how well you think you know your family! 
Jude leading great grandma! Oh my! haha 
We dined at Cracker Barrel which I have never been to before, yes, true story.
I loved it haha, the store inside was so cool.
I am a huge fan of old fashion candy and toys so I was in heaven! 
The crew.
They do love eachother ;) 
Air Force Museum time, if you live near Dayton, it's a must! 
The boys loved it
Great Grandpa toting Jude around...haha
My little astronauts 
 
A peek into some hotel shenanigans.
Mouth full of crackers and grinning like a little stinker!
Kissy Face Jude 
 He is getting so freaking BIG. I mean I really cannot believe it! He looks so much like Jordan!
Hotel room yoga. Vincent eats it up! 

We are also still getting used to our new town. I am obsessed. We can WALK everywhere. We can walk to church, which reminds me why we haven't in awhile, last time we took the wagon and Jude no longer likes to sit so he stands, well standing while walking leads to him faceplanting the sidewalk. Yeah, not cool, kid needs to be strapped down at all times.

Anyways we have a new frozen yogurt place in walking distance....SCORE. 
The boys LOVE it 
Are you bored with all the photos yet? HAHA

Well I am done! I will be back soon enough for my belly updates and more photos of what we have been up to! I hope you all are having a FAB summer!! 
xoxox

TakeLessons Summer Online Class (special offer)

Summer time is usually full of sports camps or outdoor activities but if you are looking for a change of pace or a good indoor alternative for your kids TakeLessons is here to help! 

Take Lessons offers music lessons for everyone, online, in home or in studio. They connect you to instructors (all screened and qualified) and also help you schedule and set up. All you have to do is contact them and they will do it all for you. It is a great way to get an intro to music for your kids and see what they may like. I know that I will be signing my boys up for guitar when they get a tad older, I just love musical talent and since I lacked it, I would love to give my children the option and ability to have their choice at which every musical lesson they choose. 

Here is more detailed points about TakeLessons: 

About Us:
TakeLessons connects students and families with private music teachers, arts instructors and academic tutors throughout the US. Safety and quality are our priorities; every instructor completes an extensive interview, training, and an annual criminal background check. We assist with scheduling, initial coordination and billing- so all you have to worry about is enjoying your lessons!

We provide In Home and In Studio Lessons, as well as Online Lessons, which are a popular choice for busy families. All you need is a computer with a webcam, a Skype account, and a good Internet connection. Cut down on commute times by taking lessons in the comfort of your own home! 

Online Lessons are a great way to keep your kids busy over the summer months!

Online Music Lessons:
Convenience & Affordability
- In-home lessons at a more affordable price
- Avoid the commute and save money on gas
- Great option for homeschooled students and busy families
- Make the most of your time: complete your warm-ups before your lesson, and review what you've learned immediately after!



Quality Teachers, 100% Money Back Guarantee
- Access to exceptional teachers nationwide, no matter where you're located
- All teachers are pre-screened and monitored through student retention and feedback
- Same benefits of our in-person lessons, including our 100% Money Back Guarantee
- Online tools to keep track of your schedule, payments, and progress 

Here is a FREE e'book on TakeLessons to give you a better look at what they offer! 
Here is a better look at TakeLessons online classes

I swear everything is so much easier to understand with a YouTube tutorial!:)

The best part is that TakeLessons is offering you guys, my readers, 20% off music lesson packages when you use promo code ‘MBSUMMER9’ at checkout! Call 855-503-5112 to speak with a TakeLessons Student Counselor. Offer is good through July 6, so sign up now and be sure to use the promo code!!! 

What lessons will you sign your kids up for? 



Gevalia Make Friends- Play date/Mom time!

Gevalia is the perfect mate for a morning play date and mom time.
Us moms don't run on sleep so clearly we need COFFEE!
Gevalia covers all the bases and fulfills any coffee drinkers needs. 
The best part is you can find Gevalia at your local Safeway or local grocer. I see it everywhere now, it's really hard to miss because the packaging is so bright, it's draws you right to it! (I love yellow)
Gevalia is my new favorite because it's great priced and the taste is never bitter, they use a traditional to Sweden cast-iron roasting technique which gives a rich smooth taste. 
(in case you ever get asked on Jeopardy! haha! 
For my play date I brought these lovelies to the table ;)
I feel like you never know what your friends will like, so grabbing different types cover all the bases.
I even grabbed a decaf, just in case one of the moms was nursing or pregnant or just one of those lucky ladies with lots of energy that I envy! 
My favorite is the traditional roast. I love to make iced coffee with it.
I used this amazing recipe from pinterest because it is HOT here in Ohio, and most of us were feeling like drinking a cold drink rather than a warm one so we hit up pinterest quick and found this fab recipe
I am still an old fashion coffee brewer and have not upgraded to the Keurig but Gevalia now comes in single serve cups for your Keurig® K-Cup® Brewer, perfect for a quick Gevalia fix.*
One day I will upgrade but for now a pot of coffee is the way to go, especially when you have friends over!

While the moms take a break let, the kids took over the toyroom and also the outside slip and slide!
Taking a break with your mom friends is key to surviving the madness of motherhood.
Letting the kids go wild and getting some mom time is so important!
I am very thankful for coffee and friends!

My favorite thing about drinking coffee with friends is that you find out a lot about a person and what makes them tick from what they drink. Some like it strong and straight with no flavors and some like me need it sweet as sugar! It's just funny to see who drinks what and why they like it that way. Also it's cool because some women vow they will never drink coffee until you give them it iced with some flavor added! My one friend Tera never drank coffee until she had a super sweet caramel flavored one and now she is hooked. Sitting around and learning about eachother is so much more fun than a regular morning at home. 

Get your friends and kids together and host a morning play date.
If mornings are not your thing remember coffee also can after dessert. 
Let's face it, we can use all the energy we can get any time of the day!
What's your favorite way to drink coffee?
Have you ever tried Gevalia!?
xoxo

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. *Kraft Foods is not affiliated with Keurig, Inc. KEURIG and K-CUP are registered trademarks of Keurig, Inc. 



This one's for my men....

Today is obviously Father's Day and if there is one hallmark holiday that is ever so important it is today. Celebrating our Father's is so insanely important, I think a lot of the time society thinks that moms are the ones who run the raising of kids and that dads just take the sideline and thank God for me that is not the case at all and why this day is so special. 

Since the boys cannot yet articulate the words to you about how special you are I will give you my thoughts on you being a Father.
When we first started dating we spoke exclusively about marriage and kids. We both obviously came from divorced parents and both wanted different for ourselves and our children. Hearing the passion in your voice over this very important aspect of the future made me know you were the one instantly. We clearly had many talks about the types of parents we wanted to become and I always held those conversations so dear to my heart and always knew that once we had kids you would be amazing.
I just did not realize just how amazing you would be. You have taught me so much not only about myself but what it takes to be a parent. You taught me how to change my first diaper. You calm my fears anytime I freak out about silly children related things. You take time and teach our kids things. Your level of calmness around them is unreal. You teach me and the boys patience. Each day you literally amaze me. You never miss a beat, ever.
Being a father is not just about being a cool dad and playing video games with them or playing catch, it is so much more. I know that you will not only teach these boys all those "boy" things but you will teach them EVERYTHING about life. You will teach them how to love a woman and how to treat them by them watching our relationship. You will teach them life skills (managing money, being organized...the ones I can't teach them haha) You will show them how to be a good friend and how to treat others. You will show them how to give whole heartedly to others and not think twice!
The funny and most amazing part is you will not even have to try. You do these things so well in your life that it will directly reflect down to them. I have no doubt that these boys will become amazing men, just like you. I know at times I get burnt out and the best part about it is that you step right in and keep chugging along. You make the wheels turn, always. I think my one favorite part about you being the boys father is you teaching them about God. You teach them about the greater picture in life and you never skip it, ever. I know sometimes I get lazy about daily rosary and prayers and I thank God that you are so disciplined about it because these boys are going to grow up with such a strong faith, a faith that I never had as a child.
Sometimes I get nervous, I never expected to have 4 kiddos so close in age. But, I trust fully in God and I know that He knows that with you as their father, all will be perfect and well. He just knows how kick butt you are and wants us to raise as many little Jordan's as possible. So I blame you for why we have ALL BOYS!:) haha

You seriously do so much my love. I could type all day about it. 
Today is all about you. I am so blessed to have you as my partner in this game of parenthood and the boys are oh so blessed to have you as their father. I can't wait til they can fully express is words how grateful and head over heels in love they are with you. You can already read it on their faces. You light up their life and also mine. Thank you babe.

A special shout out to my amazing daddy. Being a mom I realize just how much love you have for your children and it gives you a whole different level of love for your own parents. I look up to you so much dad and know that I can always call you with any problem and you will ease my fears! You will always be my prince charming and I love that Vincent takes after you so much and seeing you interact with them just makes it even more special. So Happy Father's day to the best Grandpa and Father around! 
We will be spending the day with so many special men.
We are going out of town and meeting up with my dad and stepmom and also Jordan's grandma and grandpa. It will be fun to celebrate with these amazing men and share some quality time. We are hitting up the Air Force museum Monday which will also be extra special as Jordan's grandpa was in the Air Force so we will get a cool inside look at the planes. We went last year but went through it quick so it will be cool to slow down and actually learn a little more.

Hope you all have a fab day with your amazing men.
xoxo