Friday, March 23, 2012

Our Morning with Jordan

Cousin Jordan lives down in Encinitas. It reminds me of Boulder on the beach. It's really cute and has a lot of fun shops and restaurants. We love going down to see her and Chad.

Although we didn't make it as far south as Encinitas, we still got to meet Jordan the other day in Carlsbad at the Flower Fields. They were beautiful! It was a perfect day to go. Not too hot, not too cold and not too many people. We walked the flower lined paths from end to end and even rode on a wagon pulled by a tractor. Katin really liked it. She pointed out all the flower colors and kept her eye out for the BIG LEMON. (Probably her favorite part) Aubrey, on the other hand, wasn't as impressed with the flowers so she needed icebreakers to keep herself entertained.

The playground was as a big hit too! Lots of slides and small little houses to explore. As you can see they were the perfect size little houses for Jordan...I mean, Katin...

We ended our time together with lunch. Which for the very first time in my life I had to box up my lunch and eat it at home. (Usually I can scarf it down fast enough if need be and attend to the girls...not today) I'm pretty sure that because of my daughters antics Jordan and Chad will be waiting a while to have little darlings of their own. Thanks for putting up with us Jordan! And for keeping us all smiling..... We love you!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tea and Testimony

If you know my husband, you know that he is a really great speaker. He can get in front of a crowd and draw them in without any notes. He's amazing.

Me. Not so much. I have to have notes, or the entire thing typed out in really big font so I can just nervously stand in front of my crowd reading. (Unless, of course, my crowd consists of 10 year olds or younger...then I'm good to go).

Any opportunity to share about God is one to matter what. Today at MOPS we had our Tea and Testimony. Sounds fancy. And in fact, it kinda was. We had tea and tea sandwiches and scones and little tea like desserts...there were probably crumpets on the table too. We even used real plates and forks to eat! It's definitely a special treat. The best part about it is that women are encouraged to share their testimony (their story of how God worked or is working in their lives). I love testimonies because it brings us closer to Jesus.

So I shared. I shared how God is currently working on my heart. And afterward, I was encouraged to put it on this blog. So here ya go! Hope you can relate :) And sidenote: I'm not sure why I can't publish the last paragraph without being highlighted...but read it! It's all part of the story :)

I’m Kristen. I’m a mom. And I’m not always great at being one. But I strive to be. I pray each day that God would give me the grace I need to parent my girls. And his grace is always sufficient.

But that doesn’t mean my days are always full of smiles. I find myself getting trapped in the “look at me, I’m a kick ass mom” world…comparing myself and trying to live up to man’s expectations. Blogging about my awesome days with my kids. Posting facebook updates about all the things I’ve accomplished in two hours. Pinning my awesome enchilada dinner recipe on Pinterest. But it’s all for who? When I fall into that trap I know it’s because I want a little bit of man’s praise. A “way to go, Kristen” “You rock, Kristen”. And trust me, I know us moms don’t get enough affirmation or “good jobs” during our daily routines. Not as many as we hand out anyway. And I desire it. A lot.

So…I’ve been learning. I’ve been asking a lot of questions. And this is my current testimony. My story of motherhood…one that will always have a next chapter. And my story is thankfully God’s story. I’m not the author. What a relief! In this current chapter, God has been teaching me so much about doing my job for His praise. His glory. For him alone. When the Holy Spirit reminds me of this my desire for man’s praise dwindles. And I see God’s praise in the smiles and hearts and actions of my kids. But I’m also reminded that I’m in this for Him. To give him glory and to show others…through my life…that Jesus is it. He’s the real deal. He’s the one thing I will always need to be a grace-filled mommy. And the only one who loves me even when I make a crappy enchilada dinner that’s not worth pinning. He’s the one who will help me be the parent, wife, sister, cousin, friend, daughter, that I need to be. And He’s the one that deserves the praise. Not me. Because the only reason my story goes on is because of him. And it’s a story worth sharing. Cuz it keeps him on a pedestal and keeps me humble.

I’m thankful for what God has been revealing to me. I’m thankful to be constantly reminded of this verse in Colossians which gets me out of bed, gets me moving and gets me smiling. It pleases my heart to know that I can please God in my everyday mommy stuff and get the best reward in the end. Nothing that man, bloggers, friends, pinners can give me.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

If I ended here, I would walk away with my story all neatly wrapped up with a bow. But that’s not the case. Life actually sucks sometimes. And some days I don’t keep God in the forefront of my mind and I forget about what Jesus has done for me. Some days I just want to crawl into a dark hole and never come out because I can’t stand the whining, diapers, messes, tantrums, boogers, meal planning, not showering. And that’s the honest truth. My real story. My story about how life sucks but God is faithful. How even though I scream into my pillow from time to time God is really proud of me for being a mom. God is my audience. I can be an awesome mom because he calls me to be an awesome mom. And that’s it. It’s not really pretty or wrapped up with a bow. Although the joy outweighs the hardship, it’s still a challenge to choose joy from moment to moment. And I want to choose joy. So if you’re ever in the mood to talk honestly about mommyhood, I’m your gal.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I like Wednesdays.
I like going somewhere.
I like where I go on Wednesdays.
I like seeing who I see on Wednesdays.
I like confidently handing my girls over to teachers who will share the love of Jesus with them.
I like going to Starbucks on the way.
I like being at my mommy's house for lunch and talks.
I like learning about the bible.
I like our Wednesday routine.

But this week...I didn't really like getting dressed. I just wanted to wear my comfy (stretchy) jeans, flip flops, a hat maybe and a t-shirt. I think I might do that next Wednesday.

Take away the jacket, scarf and boots. Put the hair up in a pony and that's what I'm actually wearing now. And it's WAY more comfy! Happy Hump Day Ya'll!

Scarf- Target (I need guidance as to how to wear it)
Jacket- Gap
Black Dress- Target...old!
Boots- Can't remember.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fancy Fingernails and Fingerpaint

Aubrey is is slower to recover. But all is well here. Katin would agree because while Aubrey was napping the finger paints came out! She was so excited. She loves putting her whole hand...arm really...into that paint and smearing it everywhere. She will rarely leave any white places on the paper. She loves it so much in fact that the other day she used her bowl of yogurt as finger paint. Big no no!

I found this fun idea for a finger paint project on Pinterest (of course) and I think it turned out pretty cool.

But what would be more fun than finger paints? Fancy fingernails. Katin was being a very good helper at CVS before our lunch date with Aunt Donna. She held the big red basket and put everything I pointed to into that basket. Well, I guess she thought these sparkly nails looked like a necessity (you know, like that nail polish is a necessity) and went ahead and put them into the basket. I found them after I got home.

Here's to finger painting with fancy fingernails next time!

Friday, March 9, 2012

High Low

High: It's Friday.

Low: Aubrey has a fever.

High: 75 (nice long walk) degrees today.

Low: I'm tired.

High: Both girls are sleeping.

Low: Why am I on the computer?!

High: Goodbye- my couch is calling my name!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


It has been so incredibly beautiful here this weekend that it was hard not to slip into summer mode. We've packed it all in this weekend. From a beach day to swimming in the pool with friends. From lounging on the deck soaking up the sun to washing the car in the driveway. From wearing shorts to church to eating lunch outside! It's been a wonderful weekend with the family and we're so excited for summer to officially be here....even though it's kinda far away.

I couldn't help but share these adorable pictures with you of our day at Three Arch Bay. Love and hugs to you all! Meet us at the arches next time :)