{New Ventures and Dreaming Big}

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

I am so sorry that you can’t ALL win!!  I used a random number generator to select the winner, and I know she was thrilled.  Hooray for her!

I wanted to quickly tell you about a new venture I have begun with some friends!

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We started a kids’ instagram consignment shop!  You can learn more about what that is, by visiting our blog www.theclovercollective.com.

I seem to always have a million things going at once and so why not add ANOTHER project?! HA!

Truly though, I have big dreams.  Some that seem unreachable and others that seem doable.

For now, this new venture is a fun way to delve into a small corner of some of those dreams.

What are your biggest dreams?  What small steps can you take to achieve them?

Give your dreams to the dream maker!  Trust Him with them and see where they will go!

 

****Check out our new shop on instagram @theclovercollective!****

{Freshly Picked Giveaway}

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The winner is Emma!  I will message you with instructions.  Congratulations!

 

You guys have heard of Freshly Picked, right?

I hope you have!

These are my favorite baby shoes. Hands down.

I mean . . .

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Gorgeous, right?

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Over the past few years I have collected a few through winning giveaways and big sales and I have been so impressed.

They are one of the only shoes that stay on my tiny daughters’ feet, almost from birth (She is still in a size 0 crib mocc at three months old).

The elastic ankle allows them to slip on easily and stay put.

They are also incredibly soft.  My two year-old often wears a pair when we run errands as well since they are so comfortable and great for developing feet.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, they adorable and come in a plethora of colors!  I tend to stick with neutrals to maximize the number of outfits the moccasins can be paired with, but the high quality leather looks amazing in the many bright colors available!

In my opinion, moccasins go with anything, as you can see from the variety of outfits my daughter sports them with! Literally, they are pretty much her only shoes!

Black leggings and a tunic dress? Wear it with moccs!

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Vintage yellow baby-doll dress? Rock it with moccs!

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Traditional poofy polka-dot church dress?  Moccs will go with that!  You can’t go wrong, truly.

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Well, it is your luck day because I am giving away one pair of moccasins on the blog today!  Yipee!

Simply comment with your favorite color and follow Freshly Picked via instagram or facebook.  That’s it! The winner will be chosen on friday and will be able to any color of moccs. Awesome, right?

If I were to get another pair, I would go bold and pick Oasis.  The shade of aqua is pretty dreamy.

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* To enter you can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days.

 

 

{Sonora – Months 1 and 2}

I can’t believe our sweet Sonora has been with us for nearly 3 months already!

In some ways, it seems as though she has always been here.  Then, at other times, I look around me and think, “How the heck do I have THREE children?! When did this happen?!”

I love these girls, and I loved each of their babyhoods and I love documenting them. So, the tradition continues with girl #3.  However, I am also busier than ever, so timeliness may not be my forte this time around. Thus, I give you Sonora’s 1 week, 1 month, and 2 month photos!

She really is a dream baby.  So sweet and generally “easy”.  Oh, she does love to be close to mama.  She MUST nurse every two hours and she DESPISES her car seat. However, she sleeps in 8 hour chunks at night and has since about four weeks old and she gives us the sweetest smiles and coos.  Plus, those double dimples just about kill me!

She has also been a trooper through my online teaching sessions.  Sleeping in long chunks and falling asleep swiftly and easily most of the time!

Though I miss those newborn yawns and snuggles, I am loving the bright-eyed smiles and her little sounds!  She is even rolling over and can hold her head up very well. She is a joy!

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{She’s Here}

This title is a bit misleading . . . because she has been here for over 2 months!

However, I’ve let the blog go to focus on life as a family of 5.  I even considered giving it up all together.  But, this is such a great way for me to catalog my children’s growth and it keeps me accountable for taking those adorable monthly photos that I love and treasure from my first two!

Our little Sonora Rose was born on January 29th!  My labor seemed to be progressing as usual . . . slow . . . and I was hoping to stay out of the hospital until midnight for financial reasons.  By 8 pm it was clear that I needed some pain relief, so we went into the hospital.  Less than 2 hours later and with barely enough time to receive an epidural (I had it for the last 20 minutes while I pushed), she was here!  It was much faster at the end and MUCH more painful than the previous two.

Let’s not focus on that, however, as it makes me relive the trauma!  AH!  Let’s focus instead on how adorable our sweet little one is and how much we love her!

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Fun fact: After texting my family a photo and letting them know she had safely arrived, I received a text from my sister-in-law that her water had broken and she was heading to the hospital . . . the same hospital as me.  Lo and behold, Sonora’s cousin was born less than 12 hours after her.  They even had their first play date in the hospital!  So special! They were even dedicated on the same day!

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Having three has been much easier than I anticipated, but still presents new challenges. We’ve gotten into the swing on things and this baby is much loved in our family!

We’re so happy you’re here, sweet girl!

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Baby #3: 39 weeks

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You guys.

I. am. huge.

39 weeks and counting and still no baby. It is pretty much all I think about, every waking minute.

Each Braxton Hicks, each twinge, each ache . . . they all make me overanalyze and wonder . . . could this be it?

I am really, really hoping for a baby this weekend for a number of reasons:

  1. It works out well for my mom to come.
  2. It works out well for hubby’s time off from work.
  3. It works out well for my time off from work.
  4. There is a church event I have been planning that is next weekend and I REALLY want to go!
  5. I. am. huge.

This third pregnancy is admittedly the most uncomfortable one I’ve experienced. Something to do with the two kids I already have and my lack of exercise. hmmmm.

To top it all off, I came down with a gnarly cold yesterday.  HOORAY!  I am praying that I kick the cold before labor begins or at least stop coughing.  Coughing and contractions does not seem like a fun combo.

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In good news, I have accomplished a ridiculous amount of projects and feel pretty prepared.

In bad news, I keep thinking I’ve stocked up, grocery shopped, and cleaned various parts of the house for the last time before baby . . . aaaaand then she doesn’t come and I have to do it again.

Yesterday, I sewed a rice pack for heating up and using during those lovely nursing contractions.

Today, I plan on making a new boppy cover because why the heck not?! I’m also doing weird nesting things like washing all the sheets again and all the pillow covers in the house.

I’ve reorganized pretty much everything and sold some stuff via craigslist and I CAN’T STOP from doing 5 million things because it is better than twiddling my thumbs and waiting.

Hubby and I both have had haircuts and I finally used last year’s gift certificate for a mani, pedi.

Today I took the girls to the library to stock up on some new books and I hope our little one arrives before they get tired of reading them. HA!

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The official due date is the 20th.  When do you think she’ll come?

I can’t believe this little one will soon be in our arms.  I am eager to see what she looks like and so very eager to see her sisters’ reactions to her.  Just today, as we were snuggled in bed reading books before nap time, they both laid their little heads on my tummy, rubbed it gently and kept saying her name in the sweetest of voices.

We can’t wait to meet you, sweet girl.

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{Ellery’s 2nd Birthday}

I was at a loss as to a theme for Ellery’s birthday party for so long.  I told my husband, “All she likes is shoes!”

So, we went with that and had a dress-up theme!  It was perfect and she became even more obsessed with dress up over the past few months while I was planning!

We had to rent a location since her birthday is in the winter and our home is too small for an indoor party.  It was wonderful because I was able to rent the old historic schoolhouse that I have always loved and it did rain on the day of her party.

Decor was pretty simple.  Gold, black, white, and a little teal.

Some metallic doorway decor, some sparkly signs, a couple gold balloons, white christmas lights, some signs and pics of the babe.

I kept the food easy as well.  Pretty much all pre-packaged stuff and then some boxed cupcake mix.

I focused more on having good activities since I knew a lot of older kids would be there.

We had dress-up clothes, face paint, mask making, and cookie decorating!

Ellery had a blast and it was a special day for her.  I think her favorite part were the balloons! HA!

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{Baby #3: 36 weeks}

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36 weeks. Full term.

This pregnancy is drawing to a close. Suddenly we are looking at less than four weeks before a new little one will join our family.

Overall, I would say I am feeling pretty good, but these last few weeks have definitely marked a change. If I could sit on the couch all day I gladly would. If I could sleep in until eight or nine each morning, I probably would. The crazy movements and braxton hicks have become more painful and uncomfortable and less enjoyable. I’ve had a few real contractions here and there. Sleeping is pretty much uncomfortable no matter which position I attempt.

But, other than that, I feel great, ha!

 

 

 

 

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We’ve been knocking projects off our list and I know we won’t get to all of it, but there are still some things we’d love to do.

The baby clothes and diapers are ready. The bassinet it set up. We reorganized all the closets in the house to improve storage, we’ve purged and rearranged and created nooks and storage for a new person’s things to fit in our tiny abode.

I still want to deep clean, spray paint a few items in the girls’ room, do a little sewing and crocheting, hang a few decorative items, wash the baby carriers, clean out the infant car seat, and . . . well you see what I mean!

Mostly, I am just looking forward to snuggling our baby and seeing what she will look like!

Here we go!

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