Sunday in Pictures...

We may have had the most perfect Sunday ever. I slept late, the kids went to Sunday school, we meal prepped, cleaned up outside, read books, made sun tea, watched every Tinkerbell movie made, had a tea party, ate a delicious dinner, went for a family walked and topped it all off with a newly minted training wheel-free bike rider. See for yourself...

Mental note: Let's make every Sunday this good. 


Tiny Tales Thursday...

Y'all. I do a lot of things wrong when it comes to parenting.

We eat cereal for dinner more than I should admit.
We skip baths. Lots.
Sometimes I'm not sure if the kids are in the front yard or back yard.
You get the idea.

But. I am pretty sure I should get a trophy for teaching my kids about good music. We listen to everything.

The girls have been on an Adele kick with Landry's favorite being...

And she sounds just like her...

Landry: Momma?
Me: Yes...
Landry: I weally wuv this song.
Me: Me too
Landry: I wuv the la la las
Me: Me too
Landry: I also know what it's about
Me: You do?
Landry: Yes. She wuvs the boy and he used to wuv her and now he wuvs someone else. 

She clearly nailed it. 


Royally Waiting: Linkup #9

Welcome back Royally Waiting - a place to share a peek into your week and let us all know what you're waiting on! Shelly, Holly and I hope you link up today!

I'm basically waiting on one thing...

April is my BUSY season at work. We (all of Texas A&M) try to shove as much as possible into 30 days. This Saturday is my students' biggest program of the year followed by a week of banquets, awards, celebrations and induction ceremonies. It's fun and exciting and EXHAUSTING! Ha! So, I'm looking forward to May 1 when work slows down a bit. (Although end-of-year school stuff picks up for the kids.) (Enjoy college, kids.) (Last lazy days of your life.) (You only think you're busy now.)

I am just waiting on a slower schedule so I can spend time binge watching some favorites. Ryan and I recently started The West Wing - we will probably finish it in August since we are committed to only watching it together.

I'm also waiting to start 13 Reasons Why - heard so many mixed thoughts on this with the majority feeling that this is an important topic that we should all discuss. Anyone watch yet?

And I honestly can't wait for Jane the Virgin Season 3 to hit Netflix. Have you seen this show?!? Holy cow - so so so so so so good!!!

Any other shows I should add to my list? What are you waiting to watch on Netflix?? 

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Katy the Cleaning Lady: Detergent Review

For as far back as I can remember, I have loved to clean. Like unusually enjoyed the practice of cleaning house. All my friends wanted to play teacher or house - not me. I literally played "Katy the Cleaning Lady." I remember asking for a broom and cleaning supplies for Christmas. One summer, I convinced Jenni that we should be chemists and invented our own cleaning solution.

I have tried having housekeepers and I just didn't enjoy it. I mean, it was nice to come home to vacuumed house, but I am that person that just was never satisfied. Just call me Alexander Hamilton. (Double points if you get the reference.)

So I'm pretty darn excited to debut this new little series where I review cleaning products for you dear readers. (I wish I would have thought to take an awesome picture of me holding some cleaning supplies or paid someone to make a me an image, but let's be honest - I'll get sidetracked and won't follow through with this.) But in case I do... Let me know if you've been dying to try something and I will do my best to try it for you!

I'm starting with an oldie but a goodie because I posted a picture on instagram a couple of weeks ago while we were making a batch of laundry detergent and got tons of questions. So, back by popular demand - I'm going to give you some of my opinions on using homemade laundry detergent.

In short...

WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catch that?

I did a three month review way back in 2015 and I haven't really changed my tune. We still love this stuff! Wanna know why?

1. Annoying odor that comes with front load washers - gone
2. Saves tons of money! (I'd estimate $200/year)
3. Less waste because you aren't buying detergent
4. Clothes feel and smell so fresh and our whites are brighter than normal
5. Super duper easy to make...

The original recipe calls for... 
  1. 1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  2. 1 box of Borax (4lb 12oz)
  3. 3 bars Fels Naptha soap - grated**
  4. 4lb Oxi Clean**
  5. 1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  6. Purex Crystals (optional)
** Y'all. Save yourself time and tips of fingers and buy the Zote washing flakes instead
** There is no such thing as a 4lb box of Oxi Clean - we just estimate

Clearly if you are looking for a green, all natural laundry detergent recipe, this isn't it. But if you want your clothes clean and smelling great - see above.

A little goes a super long way which is why this lasts so long. We have a house of 5 people and I do on average, 6-10 loads each week. In the summer, I do at least one load every day because I can't stand damp bathing suits and towels sitting around.

Other things to note:

1. Some recipes call for Ivory soap, I actually use Ivory soap to clean stains from clothes prior to washing
2. I love the new Purex Crystals we bought - smells so good! Curious how Downy unstoppables would work.
3. I still use liquid Downy to soften clothes - but my next project may be homemade fabric softener. Any recipes I should try?

You basically feel like you invented biscuits in a can after you make this. I mean how much more Martha can I be??

Happy Tuesday and happy washing!!!


Easter Blessings...

Sometimes you just want to go home - Easter has become that holiday for us. The kids and I headed to Waco on Friday afternoon for a whirlwind tour of the mall, HEB and hanging out at Gigi and Pops. Jenni came over on Saturday to take me to a fabulous flea market while the kids drove Pops and Gigi crazy spent quality time with the grands.  As soon as we got back, we had a request for the first confetti egg fight of the weekend.

A. I'm not sure who told them they could grow up so much. Karli will be TEN in May. TEN. 
B. He is so excited about the 1/2 inch he currently has on her.
C. Frousins are the best kind of relatives.

 We parted ways Saturday at lunch - the girls hit up Schmaltz and Target while the boys played four holes of golf. When we all got settled back at the house, it was time to dye some eggs.

The girls kept throwing their eggs in a cup and then would run off to practice their gymnastics/dare devil skills. They have learned how to climb to the top bar, hang do a flip and then let go. I am equally proud and terrified.

Ghosts of Easters past live in that ziplock baggie.

He hates it when I take random pictures of his face. But I want to remember every tiny detail... like that barely there scar that remains from when he fell and scraped his cheek on a door frame, his shaggy hair, those long eyelashes, and brown eyes that make me feel like I'm looking in a mirror. 

I look at him and try to imagine for just one second what the sacrifice God made for us feels like. I can't emotionally or physically take the pain - I can't even fathom what He must have felt knowing that His son was born to die. A painful death to save a bunch of sinners. That would just keep sinning. I look at him and see grace. 

We all voted that this year was the best our eggs have ever looked. Emmy's "King family" egg got voted best in show with it's rainbow hombre effect.

Mom pulled out this darling old table cloth and we both voted that it would make the perfect backdrop for a newborn Easter baby - we also voted that someone else would need to provide said baby.

Early bedtimes on Saturday for some early risers on Sunday! 

Ol EB did not disappoint with swimsuits all around!

Emersyn had an especially hard time decided between two bathing suits this year - but EB (ehm, GiGi) came through and got them their next favorite).

The girls also got matching pjs with their American Girls and Rad lucked up with this awesome game - I may do an entire post on how much fun we had making things up for it!

They all hurried and got dressed so they could find all the treasures that EB had left in the backyard, too!

What do you know... the Tooth Fairy celebrates Easter, too!

I need to confess - I didn't buy the girls new Easter dresses... I KNOW! I love these so much from last summer that I took all the risks and did a repeat. We survived.

Also. I wore pants.

You'd think that was all the fun we can handle for one weekend, but Gigi and Pops had one more surprise left. We stayed up late filling plastic eggs with coins. Each kid got to hunt for an egg of each color/type (I'm not sure why we never thought of this before). 

We had so much fun watching them and instead of fighting over eggs they helped each other find colors. Major wins all around!

Landry even made time to stop and pick some flowers.

Hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend. He is Risen and we are free!