Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday & Friday Favorites


Can we just get a hallelujah that we made it to the weekend?? Monday was a Monday so Brian and I definitely thought we deserved dessert. It's always interesting working with your spouse. There are days you want to come home and not talk about work but that's really all we have to talk about when we get home :) Thankfully, we have Mallory to get us out of work mode and into family/home mode but living with a three year old is not easy. She is going through a very clingy phase where she just wants me and does not want to do anything without me. Yes, I'm grateful she loves me but it's been hard when I've had to leave and she cries. Being three is hard. And being thirty-two is hard sometimes too. Yay for Friday!


So, this week, this song has been on repeat. I love a good worship song and I really love Meredith Andrews. Open Up The Heavens is a wonderful song. Enjoy.


We've been enjoying the cooler evenings and we played hopscotch outside this week. We are also trying to have more routine in our evening routine so Mallory can know when it's dinner time, play time, bath time, rest time and bed time. I know it won't happen every night but it is nice when we are home to try and do it. She wanted her Disney book to read when she went to bed this week which match perfectly with her Disney Princess pillow.


I'm still loving reading a Proverbs chapter every day and am learning so much! So many great words that God wants us to hear and to live by. It is such a good way to start out the day!


I know its' not even Halloween but I really would love to make a wreath like this for Christmas. The how-to looks easy enough but I do not have one crafty bone in my body. Who wants to make one with for me??

On that note, have a wonderful weekend!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fun Fest 2014

Saturday morning, Mallory and I headed to where my parents live for their town's Fun Fest. I love this overview shot of downtown.

Even better, Eva got to go with us and Nana and Papa. My parents live close enough to where we could walk to downtown so we loaded up the wagon with these two cuties and headed out

The first stop was the Kids Zone where they had lots of games for little kids. They both were very focused on carrying their egg in the spoon and walking

After playing the games, and getting candy, we headed to the bounce house. They both did the slide and after that they were done. They didn't want to climb up anything - took much work!

Then, we made it to the most exciting part of the morning, riding the ponies! Papa walked with Mallory and Nana walked with Eva. 

Mallory's been talking about the ponies since Saturday morning. I think she loved it!

We walked downtown to see all the booths. My parent's church had a booth where you could shoot basketballs so I had fun doing that. And yes, I made it :)

Our next stop was the pumpkin patch. Mallory's teachers were there and she was so happy to see Mrs. Janet. And then I got this sweet photo of Mallory and Eva

And then we had to get a pic with Nana and Papa!

After all the fun, it was time to head home but before we left, we picked up lunch. I got to carry the lunch home for everyone!

Well, the two littles got to eat on the ride home.

Fun Fest was just that: Fun!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: October 17-19, 2014

Friday afternoon, we spend time outside enjoying the nice temps. Mallory played in her house and then we both screamed and ran in when saw a huge spider on her playhouse. We both told Brian to kill it as soon as he got home. Ha. We don't do spiders.

The fun for the night moved inside. Mallory loves putting her markers together end on end to see how many of them will stay together. Brian helped her do it this time and we watched him attempt to keep them from falling. He did a good job. This is the fun we have at the Estes home on a Friday night! Mallory loved it so we loved it.

Saturday morning, I found Mallory in her favorite reading spot: behind the rocking chair in her room. I'm not sure why she likes it so much, I guess because nobody can really see her but she goes back there with her Disney book and reads. I now when I haven't heard her for a while, I know where to look.

After breakfast, we headed to where my parent's live for their town's Fun Fest. Even better, Eva got to join us for the fun and we were so excited to go see what all there was. More on this fun in a later post.

All the fun in the sun made for great naps! Sunday evening we headed over to The Calhouns to celebrate Joy's birthday! We had fajitas and Churros! The Ballards brought those from Costco and they were the hit for sure. So good! These kiddos had so much fun playing together! 

We were also looking forward to our friend Brettni being in town so we could see her and her family but her sweet Delta Mae got sick and they had to head back home. We FaceTimed with her so she would know we were missing her! She may kill me for putting this on here but we missed you Brettni!

Sunday morning, we headed to church and enjoyed a great sermon by our friend, Michael. He taught on Jonah and I kept laughing at myself because we've watched "Jonah - A Veggietales Movie"  so much that every time he would talk about a part of Jonah's journey, I would think about that part in the movie and Jonah as the Asparagus. But hey, Mallory knows about Jonah and you can learn a lot from a Veggietales movie!

Sunday afternoon looked like this for us.

Mallory decided she wanted to go with Brian to get our traditional Sunday night pizza. She had her dress on and I told her to go put her tights on and she came out in her tutu so that's how she went. She loved her outfit!

And that's a wrap!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday & Friday Favorites


So many of my friends and family are having babies and I'm loving it! And here is my go to gift, so if you are having a shower in the near future and are reading this blog, act surprised :) I love these orbit labels from InchBug because they don't just go around bottles, they can be used for sippy cups and water bottles as the kids grow. You just order a color and put the name on the label and you are good to go. We used them for all Mallory's bottles and drinks, especially for church and school so we know and others know for sure which one is hers. 


We received mail from our World Vision child, Auther, yesterday! He has grown so much since we picked him to sponsor almost 5 years ago. His picture that we first saw is on the bottom left and now he is growing up in the next picture. He wrote us a note and gave us an update on all that he is learning. I wish I could hug his neck!


In other mail news, we received our Kiwi Crate shipment. We will open it this weekend but Mallory and I are looking forward to the fun that is inside!


In random news, I'm addicted to these. That's all.


A couple of weeks ago, our pastor said that during his quiet time, he reads a chapter of Proverbs everyday. Since there are 31 chapters in Proverbs there is basically one for every day of the month. I've started doing it too and I love it! I'm really soaking in every word and it talks so much about being wise and not foolish in your words and actions. I'm learning so much and am always striving to be the Proverbs 31 woman. So much great wisdom in each chapter.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up

And here are some more pics to round out our long weekend together.

Mallory now needs her pom-poms to perform for us all the time and I know she will be excited to take them to games now

We got to see my good friend and one of Mallory's favorite people, Lauren

These two snuggled together

I walked in one morning and saw all of Mallory's stuffed animals and her Doc McStuffin's doctor's kit. I realized that Doc McStuffins was on TV and she was giving her animals check-ups :)

And we danced. We love Mercy Me's song "Shake" It has a great message and it's really fun to Shake! 

Quality Time is my love language so this weekend made my heart so full. I loved every minute!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Sunday, we headed to a place called The Gentle Zoo that also has a pumpkin patch. The one we usually go to is closed this year so we had to search for another one. This pumpkin patch looked like the one we usually go to so we headed that way.

I got this cute outfit at Kid to Kid not too long ago and I was so excited that it was cool enough outside for her to wear it to the pumpkin patch. I asked for a picture before we left and this is what I get these days

We got there not too long after it opened for the day so it wasn't crowded at all and like it felt perfect outside. Great Fall day to go1

We had a some nice animals greet us as we walked up and Mallory wanted nothing to do with them

The first stop was to see how tall we were. We all decided we needed to see what our height was. I told Mallory she got extra height because of her bow

There were so many great places to get pictures. Mallory was so good and obliged for pictures when I asked. I think she knows I appreciate a good photo

And here is my look back at yearly pumpkin patch photos. Sigh.

Her now usual pose

We got some food to feed the animals but it ended up Brian being the one to feed them. Mallory liked seeing them from afar but did not want to get up close

Some of the animals there

They had a maze that Mallory enjoyed 

She took off and lead us through it

And she was so thrilled when she found the end

There was some playground equipment and fun things for the kids to play on so Mallory spent a lot of time there

We ended our time by looking at the pumpkins under the tent. There were more great areas for pics so we were sure to get some

Mallory got to pick a small pumpkin to take home. She looked for a while and finally found the one she wanted. We got it and then headed home

We really had a good time there and I'm so glad it felt so good outside while we were there. It made for a great time!