Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {April 2014}

What I Wore Wednesday {April 2014}

I've been doing WIWW for almost 4 years.  You'll notice a pattern if you've ever looked at any of my other WIWW posts.  I buy most of my clothes from the same stores: Nordstrom Rack, Gap outlet, Banana Republic outlet, Old Navy and J Crew outlet.  If I had unlimited budget, I'd probably shop at Anthropologie, Boden, Nordstrom, Banana Republic and J Crew.  Since I'm a teacher and budget is important, I'm all about the sale rack and finding a good deal!  Also, I don't purge my wardrobe every year.  I've been wearing some of this stuff since before I started blogging.

Black Jeggins: AG Adriano Goldschmied  
Top: Heather by bordeaux
both purchased at Nordstrom Rack
Black flats: Steve Madden purchased DSW
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Ring: Sundance

Skinny jeans: Target
Striped top: Gap outlet
Sandals: Sam Edelman purchased at Nordstrom Rack
Gold W & B initial necklace: Gift from Mark and the boys

Skinny jeans: Rich & Skinny
Striped top and flip flops: Banana Republic outlet
Family Tree Necklace: Lisa Leonard

White linen pants: Old Navy
Denim shirt: Gap (circa 1998!!!  Angela and I used to share it when we were roommates in college)
Cuff: Francesca's
Sandals: Kenneth Cole purchased at DSW

Skirt: Nordstrom Rack (it's almost 7 years old but I can't part with it)
Maroon top: Loft
Necklace: American Eagle
Sandals: same as #2

My dress for Easter Sunday.
It got it for $20 at the Banana Republic outlet the weekend of Easter.  I was planning on buying Mark jeans and I saw this on the clearance rack.  The necklace was on sale for $5 at the BR outlet, too.

Our family on Easter.

pleated poppy

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Life {April 2014}

It's almost the end of April, and that means we only have about a month of school left.  I love this time of year.  The weather is warmer but not too hot.  The days are longer.  Spring is here!  Do you love the change of seasons as much as I do?  

Here are some random phone photos from the last week.  

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We had so much fun over Easter weekend that Ben and Will had a hard time waking up for school on Monday.  I feel your pains guys!  Monday mornings are rough.

Sweet brother moment.  I was reading to Ben, but I had to stop to do something so Will finished the book for me.  Ben has really been into the Knuffle Bunny books by Mo Willems.  We like all of Mo Willems' books.  If you look closely at the books you can see that Mo includes things from his other books.  I'd like to take credit for noticing this, but Will is super observant and pointed it out to me.

The boys have a fish, Mike, and this is the setup by his fishbowl.  They have aliens, a ninja, and a dinosaur guarding the fishbowl.  I love raising little boys!

Of all the Wii games that we own, Ben and Will love Wii Fit.  They can do all of the exercises.  Mark and I love to watch them.  It's very cute and funny.  They are very competitive and try to follow the instructions so that they get a high score.  We fully support it because it's healthy and builds coordination.  Ben did awesome holding this plank.  If only I could get motivated and use the Wii Fit...

Will had a baseball game last night.  It feels like it's been forever since I've watched him play.  I missed his last game because Ben was sick and then our games have been cancelled because of rain.  The boys played hard even though they lost.  I'm proud of Will.  He's having fun and trying his best.

life rearranged

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happiness is...

Happiness is a field of bluebonnets.  

I love our state flower so much.

Funny outtakes of the boys while I'm trying to get "the perfect photo".  
Ben didn't notice he had a scratch on his knee until I was ready to take a photo.  You can see when he notices the tiny scratch and then acts as if he needs stitches.  These boys make me laugh.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


On Saturday I was so excited to see two my best friends, Cory and Terri.  I've been blessed to have these girls as friends for a long time.  We've had some fun times together.  We all went to Texas A&M together many, many years ago. Cory's family was like my second family in college.  Cory was even brave enough to drive across country with me when I moved to Seattle.  Now that is a good friend, if there ever has been one.  I also remember when Mark and I drove to the middle of nowhere in Louisiana to see Cory when she lived and worked there.  What memories!  I see Terri several times a year because we always make it to each other's kids' birthday parties.  We all know how crazy birthday parties are so it's not like we get a lot of quality time together at those, ha!  The girls have been there for so many happy times in my life, but they have also stood by me at my saddest.  When my grandpa passed away, they were both there for support through it all.  Those are the people who you know truly love you.   Their friendship is a blessing.

 Luckily Cory's parents live pretty close by and we were able to spend time together since everyone was home for Easter. I wish we could see each other more often, but busy schedules and living in different places don't allow for it.  That made me appreciate getting to see them even more.

Love these beautiful, smart, and funny ladies so much!
(Please note the photobomb by the horse behind us.  We were in the barn.)

The kids hunted eggs at Cory's parents' farm.  

They even had a bunny pinata.

Cory giving us all her favorite Easter candy.

Strawberry cake.  So good! 

My boys had so much fun.  Love this family!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Ben and Will before church this morning.

I was so happy to get a family photo outside of church.   

We usually end up with photos like this.  Here we are at home after church.  The boys were begging to get out of their church clothes, but I made them pose for just a few more photos.

After church, we went to Mark's parents.  We had a cookout with his family.  

The boys got to hunt Easter eggs with their cousins.

I'm not sure why Ben's face looks like this, but I think this is a really funny photo.

Will was ready to hunt some eggs. 

 Looking for eggs under the tree. 

Full baskets = Happy boys

  The boys were so excited to get Legos from the Easter Bunny this morning.

Although, I look forward to Easter because it's fun to spend time with family and friends, I don't ever want to forget the true meaning.  

1 Corinthians 15: 55-56
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 
 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Thank you, Jesus.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Perfect Game

Last night we went to our first Texas Rangers game of the season.  It wasn't a "perfect game" by definition in baseball, but it was perfect, in my opinion, for so many other reasons.  First, there was amazing weather.  I'm used to sweating in the heat, but it was a pleasant 70 degrees.  That wasn't the only reason, the Rangers had a big Rangers win over the White Sox beating them 12-0.  Will just couldn't believe that the White Sox manager left the pitcher in for such a long time when the Rangers were getting so many hits.  It's always fun to see the Rangers score so many runs.  Another cool thing was that we ran into some of our good friends we didn't know would be at the game and got to hang out with them.  After the game, there was a cool fireworks show that brought the perfect night to an end.  As we were leaving Will said, "This was so much fun!"  We saved the game on the DVR and now Will and Ben are re-watching it this morning.  I love my little baseball fans.

Life father, like son.  Three of the biggest Texas Rangers fans that I know.

If you follow me on Instagram @redbirdblue, then you have already seen some these photos and ready my dorky captions. ;)

 Numero uno Rangers fan!

Everything is bigger in Texas! 

Fireworks after every home run.  We got to see this twice during the game.

Of course, I make them stop for photo ops every chance I get.  Sorry boys, your mom likes to take photos. 

Just a few more pics from the game. 

Surprised to see our friends, Durwood, Shelly and Dade there. Fun!

Good times!

Ooooh!  Ahhhhh!

On the way home we saw the Reunion Tower lit with the Texas Rangers logo.  Too bad Will and Ben had already fallen asleep and didn't get to see it.

Let's Go Rangers! 


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