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In The Trenches Of Motherhood

The baby is crying.
The eggs are burning.
The phone is ringing.
Peppa Pig is whining in the background.
Your toddler just yelled "mama I peed on the stairs!"
And you haven't even tasted that first glorious sip of coffee.

Sound familiar?

A lot of my days look like this. Most of the time I can get a grip on things and execute the things I need to do and avoid as many meltdowns as I can doing so.  But some days

I just can't.

Somedays I feel like every single ounce of energy has literally been sucked out of my body and I feel empty. Somedays I look around at the 30 messes in every room and think I'm failing at this mom thing. Somedays I have to lock myself in the bathroom just two have two minutes alone without anyone touching me.

 And somedays I just feel like giving up.

I wonder when I will feel like myself again and not just a mom in sweatpants and wet puffs stuck to her clothes. I wonder if I'll ever be able to feel like I'm winning at this mom thing!

Yesterday I had a day like this and I read something that sparked some life into my tired eyes.

"There is no small job in the kingdom of God. "

You see, these day to day mundane things are actually huge things. These little things are making a big difference. These little babies are the future and what we do for them today gives them what they need to grow. Motherhood is like a garden, so much work goes into planting the seeds and caring for our tiny plants it's easy to forget that this is just a brief season in their life and in ours. In the end the outcome will be beautiful.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's okay to have bad days,

it's okay the feel like you are failing,

 it's okay to wish the time by.

 Because this season is hard! But it's also beautiful. Messy but beautiful!

In love, Rachel

Summer Bucket List!

Friends, this post is sponsored by Janie & Jack! 

Hey guys! It's been a little while since I've updated the ol' blog. To be honest, I attribute that to poor time management and just being generally uninspired. I have so many things I've been working on and so many posts in my drafts!

But I am feeling much better now and I even gave my blog a little make over! I am so excited for everything I have planned to create this summer. But the time spent not blogging is going to be spent with these two little kiddos! I wanted to get a little list together to look back on when we get cabin fever.

1. Go pick blueberries
2. Buy dinner at the farmers market
3. One day completely technology free (please no more surprise egg videos!)

4. Go to the zoo
5. Go camping
6. Eat ice cream for dinner
7. Teach Avery to swim without floaties!
8. Make pancakes together
9. Collect sea shells
10. Eat dinner outside

11. Spend the night at Disneyland (so magical!)
12. Visit daddy at work
13. Watch a movie outside (at the beach or park maybe even the drive in!)
14. Go on a hike
15. Play soccer
16. Feed goats at a farm
17. Make lemon pie
18. Go on a boat!

19. Leave the state
20. Visit grandparents in Florida (this would be amazing)
21. Watch fireworks
22. Go to a fair
23. See a concert

24. Build a fort
25. Make s'mores
26. Build a sandcastle

27. Make a strawberry shortcake
28. Go to the lake
29. Go fishing

30. Make slime
31. Play with a water table
32. Go on a family bike ride
33. Take Ryder to the baby gym
34. Try baby Zumba with both kiddos!
35. Have a picnic with friends

I can't believe summer is here! It's hard to believe that at the end of summer I will have a 3 year old and a big one year old! Can we please slow time down, just a smidge? This summer I want to try my best to be intentional with these little people. When I just stop and get myself out of survival mode it makes such a difference! Even if we don't do our whole bucket list as long as I can slow down and eat some s'more with my babies I will be so happy! 

For these photos the little ones were dressed in outfits from Janie And Jack! I love the quality of these clothes and all of the bright summer colors. I mean, did you see Ryder's chunky little thighs in his overalls?! My heart! My picks were easy and breathable, perfect for this Southern California heat. 

I hope you had fun reading through our summer dreams. Check out Janie And Jack's site to see if they have some cute things for your summer adventures!

In love, 

Avery's Moana Birthday Party

It's been 10 days and I'm still in disbelief! I have a three year old! I started this blog when she was around 6 months old and now she is a tiny person! She makes me laugh all day but also gives her fair share of sass. I fully and completely understand the term threenager now. Avery had an inner conflict on whether to have a Frozen or Moana party this year. She finally settled on Moana! The movie is ADORABLE. I love Moana's character so I was excited to put this together for our tiny Moana of Motuni.

Ideas For Baby's First Easter!

Big thank you to Incredibundles for sponsoring this post and supporting my little blog!

Hey Friends!

It's been a while, I know! But if we are being honest and you are my friend I can tell you I've been feeling quite the blogger burnout. I think I'll talk about that in another post though! Because in this post I want to talk about one of my favorite holidays Easter. He is Risen! Can I get an amen?!