Clothed with Grace

Friday, December 2, 2016

Family Pictures

Hi everyone! I thought I'd check in with you all. We just got back out family pictures and I love them! They were taken at my parent's house and I definitely took for granted how beautiful it was growing up!

Hannah is almost a year old and is starting to take a few steps. She's so excited about it and we are so proud of her!

Grant is almost half way through first grade now and it's hard for us to believe! He switched teachers for his reading group and has gone up two levels in the last month. We are so proud of him too!

Brian also got a promotion at work, which is super exciting!

I am starting to feel more in a grove at school. The kids have learned so much this year and I'm really enjoying them!

It's basically been a month since I've posted anything and I have totally enjoyed the extra free time and one less thing on my plate to do. However, I do miss this as an outlet for me. I miss the writing and with life being so busy, I rarely get time to myself outside of the house. I didn't realize how much writing posts helped me get a sense of "me time." 

That being said, I am not at all interested in taking outfit pictures at this point, but I might start sharing more life, kids, and faith posts instead. I don't want to commit to a certain number a week, but I really like this space I created, and would like to share when I feel like it. I'm not saying that outfit posts are out all together, but I like not feeling like I have to over think my closet. I'm pretty happy just grabbing clothes in the morning and leaving it at that.

So, here's a look at our pictures, and until next time....

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Goodbye. (for now)



It's been pretty quiet around here for a few weeks now, so I decided it was time for a bit of an explanation.  When I started this blog a little over four years ago, my blogging aspirations were pretty big. I self promoted like crazy, I followed and commented on about a hundred or so blogs a day and I engaged like crazy in social media, and you know what, it began to work. I started to gain followers, sponsored and paid posts and lots and lots of free stuff.  It was kind of like a high, really. Like that kid on Halloween with a bag full of candy, but still seeing all the houses with the front porch lights on ahead asking to visit just "one more" house, and then another one, and so on... That was me. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of time and energy I spent on blogging.

Then about two years ago at a record high number of page view and sponsored posts, etc. I changed my blog name, and although I still showed my outfits I began to focus more on sharing my faith. I felt like I had this platform, I should be using it better. Creating meaningful content now took even more time, along with sharing my outfits. I didn't mind it though. I only had Grant and was in a good groove at school, and felt like I could juggle everything pretty well.

Then came Hannah and new curriculum at school. My days became too busy and my list of things to do was never ending. Blogging just didn't seem to fit anymore, and honestly, when I actually get a minute to myself, blogging isn't how I want to spend it. It's actually been really nice not to have to rush on Saturday mornings to take a few outfits posts, then find time to actually write content. I'm not sure if I'm done forever...I hate to shut the door completely, but my heart isn't in it right now.

So, this is goodbye, for now. Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to read. If life changes, I'll be back, but for now my focus needs to be elsewhere, and I'm totally ok with that.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Currently

Live is still crazy busy, but I feel like it's getting to a point of being more manageable. The kids were working on a project in my class last week, so it gave me some time to plan for the rest of the quarter, which I needed to do super badly. My to-do list was about the biggest it had ever been and I couldn't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Our curriculum changes this year have ended up being a really good thing, but I totally have forgotten what it's like to have to come up with lesson plans from scratch. As a fairly seasoned veteran, I usually am making some changes to each unit,  but rarely starting at square one. Anyway, I was able to get a lot done and checked a bunch of things off my list too.

Brian was also out of town for work last week, so that added to the busyness. Getting both kids out the door by 7:10 isn't super fun, but I did get a bit of a break from cooking dinner. When Brian is gone we don't do much more than spaghetti and hot dogs with mac and cheese. ; )

This week is also pretty busy with trick or treating event at both Hannah and Grant's schools and book club for me too. I think busy is just my new normal. #momlife


I recently got this top and am really loving it. I think the bell sleeve trend is really fun and I really like the embroidery too. I did get a large and it's about as fitted around the check as it can be, so I'd keep that in mind if you order (I'm normally a medium in most brands).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Months Old


Hannah is 10 months old!  A lot has happened this month. Hannah is cruising like crazy and using her walking toy to get around too. She's even standing alone for a few seconds! I'm not sure when she'll officially decided to walk, but I think it'll be sooner than later. Grant walked sometime around 10 months too. 

I think it was a total fluke I actually got a picture of Hannah still, she's like a little tornado and always on the move. She's so curious and love emptying anything out she can. Currently the books next to my bed are a favorite thing, I think I need to move them for the time being.

She's also been eating table food for the last month. She loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chicken nuggets, hot dogs and mac and cheese, and spaghetti. She's still not crazy about fruit and veggie pieces; sometimes she likes them...sometimes she doesn't.

Hannah has also started waking up early, which isn't super fun. It's been throwing off my morning routine. I'm not sure what to do about it though. It seems like it doesn't matter what time the kids go to bed, they are up with the chickens. I can handle 6:30, but the scattered 5:30s in there are not my favorite thing.

Hannah also is obviously a fan of Brian and Grant. She does well at school, but is pretty unsure of strangers and really prefers me most of the time. Although she was been pretty content standing next to the tub which Grant takes a bath and I try to clean up the kitchen from dinner, so there is that. : )

Having two kids can be such hard work, but I can't imagine life without her! Looking forward to what this next month holds!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Update

I know it's been pretty quiet around here, but honestly time is just not in my favor right now. I am so busy, and when I do have free time, I'm not using it to blog.

I did snap this outfit picture Saturday morning and write up this post pretty quickly, then planned to rest while Hannah naps and Grant rests in his room.

I haven't really been shopping, in fact, I've been doing the opposite. I've gotten rid of probably five trash bags full of clothes since school started and I still have way more than I need. It almost makes me feel silly for buying this sweater, but I really like it and when Loft had a 50% off sale lately I decided it would be a fun addition, since I don't have anything else like it.

Outfits like this one are my usual these days. I'm much preferring a top and pants to complicated layers. I still love a good cardigan, but I feel like my days of layers, button down, and vests are done. I also rarely wear more than earrings and a necklace and have sold off a lot of my bracelets and necklaces too. I still have a few I like, but loads of bracelets and big necklaces just aren't my thing anymore. I've been doing a lot of grabbing clothes in the morning without a lot thought, and I'm totally ok with that.

School has been the busiest it's ever been, and having two kids is so much more work than just one....obviously. I love them dearly, but I'm lucky if I get to sit down on the couch before 8:30 at night, and honestly at that point I just want to go to bed. I probably would, but Hannah still takes a bottle at 10:00. In between the kids, work, cleaning, cooking, and actually finding time to spend with Brian not a lot of time is left for much else. I've been carrying the same book around for nearly a month and my quiet time in the morning has been hit and miss as Hannah has been waking up between 5:30 and 6, which causes Grant to wake up too. That means no quiet time and getting ready with two kids in the bathroom with me.

I love this crazy, busy, life, but I am just spent. I didn't intend to write you all a novel, but there you have it: an update and an outfit. I hope you all are doing well, and I'll check in when I can!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wardrobe Staples

The best part of cooling temperates is getting out clothes that I haven't worn all summer. It makes them feel new again! I've had this top for a few years, but did just replace my old tan cardigan with this one from thredUP (Use this link for $10 off your first purchase). It was only $16 and came looking brand new, plus I had credits to use, which was an added bonus. Although Target has great basic cardigans, they just don't last. I love all the ones I've gotten from Loft, but the full price is a bit tough to swallow. If you need to replace your basics this fall, I'd definitely recommend checking out thredUP!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dressing for Fall

Outfits like this are my favorite for fall: cardigan, dress, and booties. I wore this last week and was comfy all day long. These booties are definitely a new favorite and I've been wearing them like crazy!

I'm definitely not ready for tights and riding boots yet, but as far as cool temps go, fall and I are getting along pretty well right now. : )