Friday Favorites Fashion!

I just needed to share a favorite outfit today. I'm obviously geeking out over wearing (or trying to) normal clothes again! But I have a few new favorites and I had to dish on them!

If you know me, you know I LOVE flares. I mean I love leggings the most but I try to put on real outfit at least a couple times a week! haha but if I'm gonna go there...then I'd prefer flares if its someplace that I can get away with wearing heels! (because flares and flats don't mix) Even at my smallest, I have hips so I really like the way they balance my bottom half. I bought these flares while still pregnant in anticipation of the day I'd be able to button them. (please don't get the wrong idea...they are NOT my pre-baby size) I mean it was close call yesterday but I they officially zipped and buttoned so its a small victory. Listen...3rd baby wasn't as easy on the body! The weight is NOT coming right off like it did the first two times....but I digress....
 These were super soft and comfy jeans though. I got them from Nordstrom, the were priced really well and you can find them here if you want some fabulous flares!!

and then this sweater! Omgoooooodness. It was love at first size. Maybe you will see a trend here but I'm a total sucker for a bell sleeve or anything with a little spice like that! I saw this one on the hanger and loved it then..but tried it on with the bralette the sales assistant suggested and I was SOLD. The sleeves. The color and material. The fun cut out in the back exposing the lace bralette. It was all perfection. At first I was like oh I love lacy bralettes but Im nursing.  (cue my internal pity party)...but then I thought for a minute...wait..I think I could actually nurse pretty easy with a bralette since they are so soft and flexible! Cha-Ching! It came home with me!! Both pieces are from one of my favorite shops, Evereve. I want to add for any nursing Mamas or anyone who may be in the future that I wore it for the entire day yesterday and things worked out perfectly! 

So thats my little emergency Friday favorite fashion post! 

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I have been excited to write this post since the day we found out we were pregnant with Sadie. I'm so excited to share our family photos as a family of five today... we are all here now. It is such an exciting feeling to see my family all in one room and in these pictures....to see this beautiful family Tom and I built. We don't expect or plan to expand our family anymore...but just for safe measure I will def. say "never say never"....just because we all know God has the ultimate plan for us. But if it is up to us I would say you are looking at our complete family. I'm so thankful for that morning almost a year ago when I woke up and finally KNEW without a doubt that we were still missing a member.  I'm even more thankful for a husband who was not only open to the idea but also had been feeling the same thing. My heart is so full and happy with my three beautiful blessings. I feel so lucky to be their mother and to have three bundles to love on. I have to pinch myself. While it certainly isn't always sunshine and rainbows around here, I wouldn't change a thing. They are each so much fun and so different. So with our photos I wanted to share three things about each of my loves today just for fun (and because I love a good theme. lol)

Janae Rose

1. Mastered riding her bike without training wheels this fall! 

2. Has two teeth loose! The tooth fairy will be visiting soon!

3. Spends almost all her free time drawing & dancing.

Jay Thomas

1. Has melted our hearts becoming a big brother. His caring sensitive side has impressed me beyond words. He is still a very spunky boy but has been so thoughtful and caring towards Sadie. Also has been MUCH LESS jealous than we expected him to be!

2. Is still crazy obsessed with football and recognizes Andrew Luck by both jersey/number and by face. 

3. Is starting School Skills Preschool in 2 weeks! 

Sadie Claire

1. Takes a daily bottle with ease!! We are so relieved. (many of you probably know this was a HUGE issue with Jay as he wouldn't take a bottle or paci until he was almost 7 months old.)

2. Loves the rock-n-play.

3. So far is my first baby to not be a "spitter" YAY! She has spit up a couple of times but nothing even close to the severe acid reflux we experience with the other two. With that said.... I CAN tell she refluxes some though just based on her faces and sounds of burps. Only difference is nothing is coming back out MOST of the time.

Thanks once again to my dear friend Kelly at Kelly Alberts Photography for all the beautiful images. We so appreciate all your talent, time, and patience with our family! 
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Sadie Claire

Our newest bundle joined our family September 28th at 4:23 in the afternoon weighing in at 6lbs 3oz & 19 1/4 in long. The labor was induced with suspicions of extremely low amniotic fluid levels that were indeed confirmed that day... so for her health and a safe delivery despite that, we feel unbelievably lucky.  Things went very smoothly and fast. She is an excellent nurser, making my job easy...and has already has Daddy wrapped around her finger. 

We are feeling so beyond grateful and in love with God's newest blessing to our family. She is an absolute sweetheart and the perfect addition to our family. It feels so amazing to feel like our whole family is here now! We can't wait to see the little lady she becomes. 

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

So we are just over a week, give or take, away from having our baby girl!!....and, TRULY, life is really good. So I know my title is maybe misleading...but anyone who has been 9 months pregnant knows why I need a good laugh. We are feeling so lucky, blessed, thankful, and happy etc, with our life and family... but you just hit a point where you feel like you might explode and the only thing that keeps you sane and patient during the final stretch of pregnancy, is laughing! Especially with baby number 3....I'm going to just be honest and publicly apologize to my husband who I'm sure is secretly praying every day that this baby comes out so I can stop being such a worn out grouch! I try so hard to be patient and happy...but you mama's know...you just hit a point where you have nothing left. So tired. So uncomfortable. So OVER IT! hahahahah Truly, I'm not here to complain. I'm just explaining my reason behind this post. I feel like lately we have been finding so much to laugh about and it has been about the only thing keeping me sane! So I thought I'd share some of the funny. Because we all need and like to laugh, right?

In regards to my current personal state:

I don't have any actual words. It's just true.

I've hit my usual 40lbs of extra weight so I'm feeling really good about myself right now....lol   #noidont #holdme #hideme #makeitgoaway

For the love...Legit, I have pushed out an entire human faster. Men, Get your "shit" together already.
When Mama needs chocolate chip cookies and a sweet tea you get Mama the damn cookies and tea. M'kay? Perhaps this is why the 40 extra pounds??

In regards to my family:

Someone always looks a hot mess these days. Usually Jay..but sometimes it's Janae too. The other week she chose a school outfit and gave me warning before seeing it "Mom..can you just not say anything about the outfit I chose" Like, she already knew it was bad. (It was awful and I tried to bite my tongue but even Tom came in and told her no! lol)  But these "goggles" Jay loves have been killing me lately. Not even exaggerating right now, he wore these plus socks WITH flip flops to the bus stop one day last week while riding his little motorcycle. #chooseyourbattles I didn't take a photo because we just really never need to see that look again.

And someone is always doing something stupid around here. I mean they get it honestly from Tom and I...but my FAVORITE was about mid day one day seeing my cat Lexi (who sleeps with Janae at night) come down from Janae's room covered in hair clips. Apparently, they had "fun" the night before when someone ( ahem, Janae) Should have been sleeping! But I just can't even. First of all, if you know this particular cat of mine, you know she hates life. She hates the world. She hates EVERYTHING except my kids. For real. She LOVES the kids. There wasn't a chance in hell I was going to even attempt to take that off of her for I feared losing my hand and quite possibly my eyeballs too. So to see these carefully placed glitter clips on my life hating cat was HILARIOUS.

Other really stupid recent events:

A certain child may or may not have walked in our bedroom at 4am one day to ask where Dinosaurs live. WHHHYYYYY????? WHHHHYYYYYYY???? GO BACK TO BED!

A certain child may or may not have pooped on the bathroom floor.
WHHHHYYYY???? WHHHHHYYYYY????????? You were 2 inches from the toilet!!!!!

These two have been very textbook brother and sister lately. This picture sorta says it all. They do actually play really well together but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that they love to taunt each other and do things JUST to piss the other one off. We have had quite a few moments where we have been tested as parents lately....you know, in the ability to suppress our own laughter in order to react and disipline even though what they did was HILARIOUS!

I mean....This is everything. Dixie does NOT like to be dressed up as much as I wish she did. But I REALLLY want to order this costume for her. LOL! Even the dog "modeling" it hates it! HAHHAAHAHHAHA Just look at how ashamed that "model" dog is!

Ah....yes.....Somedays I feel like I have it mostly together. I mean we all have the occasional day where we just completely lose our cool...but I saw this one and really had to question myself...LOL
Over the weekend I was at a local Handmade Vintage Market with some friends and my friend Kelly spotted this little zipper pouch and was like "OMGOSH VAL...THIS IS SO YOU." It said "I don't even know what I'm doing" LOLOL We had such a good laugh...she told me I need a shirt that says that because anytime she asks me for advice I always tell her I can't give advice because "I don't know even what I'm doing"

In regards to Val-n-Tom:
**Did you know we are nerds and call Valentine's Day, Val-n-Tom's Day?? hahahaha anyway....

We LOVE to send each other funny memes through the week when he is at work. It's just one of our things. Its a way we stay connected and make each other smile during that long haul where we see so much less of each other during the work week. I recently sent him this one and I seriously can't stop laughing about it because it sounds so true. I WOULD be worried about my hair. LOL

And then if you know us AT ALL you know the show FRIENDS is our main thing. Like its our favorite thing ever. We would watch friends ALL THE TIME when we began dating in high school and then his mom bought us all the seasons when she realized how much we liked the show. I remember watching the last episode on a  Thursday night...he was at his house and I was at mine but we stayed on the phone the entire episode as we watched and I totally cried on the phone about it to him! haha! Anyhow, I saw this shirt and I thought it was so funny...(you will only get this if you watched the show...but it has to do with Phoebe and Mike when she was supposed to be changing her name after they got married...she got excited that you can literally change your name to anything you want....and then Mike told her if she didn't change it back he would change his to "Crap Bag." She was trying to act like it was fine except he MADE her introduce him to someone and then she finally realized the names were not good) We just love all FRIENDS stuff and I had a good giggle about this hoodie!

Omgosh the Bitmoji app is ruling my world. Tom and I have been having so much using our bitmoji's when we text. But even funnier was the entire evening we spent after the kids were in bed making our bitmoji's ...sitting there analyzing the way we look helping each other build our bitmoji. As you can imagine it wasn't all sweet compliments....it was like "do they have a receding hairline for you Tom, and then Tom asking if they had a freckle face for me...only to follow up with the story of how his Dad told him "someone shit on his face" when he was little and thats why he had freckles...so sweet Tom. Thanks for that warm hug. We seriously laughed the entire time while we tried to sit there straight faced so the other person could analyze our "lines and features"

So thats what I've been giggling about lately. Hopefully something gave you a good laugh here today too. Because it's Monday...and we all need a little help on Monday, right?

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