August Highlights

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This was the last month of summer.  Though, living in Florida, summer lasts here until about October.  It was just the last month before school started.
Though it was a busy month, filled with a lot of working over time for kyle, it was a lot of fun creating memories.
Here, I will share with you some of the highlights for this past month of August.

There was lots of water play all summer.  Between our own backyard to swimming in friends and families pools to going to different park splash pads.
The week or two before we started school, I tried to fill up with a lot of fun activities.  We went to a splash pad and then got some frozen yogurt that is right next door to the splash pad.  It was such a simple outing but one my kids still talk about to this day.  It was just one of those days that was so fun and I wish I could bottle up and relive over and over.

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Everyone’s childhood summer must involve popsicles, right?

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Midweek sleepovers.  These girls would plan sleepovers for every week if it were possible.  They would plan and scheme and come to each mom with all the questions and planning details.  Finally a night was open and we had an end of the summer sleep over. There was lots of dancing, giggling, painting finger nails and movie with popcorn and m&ms.  When I had Anna, these were some of the things I was so excited for with having a girl.  {Of course, Nolan joined in too}

Some cousins we haven’t seen in over a year, visited in August!  They were living across the country and because our brother in law retired from the Marines, they have now moved back to the east coast and stopped by Florida.  It was so good seeing them!  Anna and Nolan went and played at a local putt-putt, Goofy Golf, where Nolan made his first hole in one.  Thankful for Aunt Jill, who snapped this picture for us.

It was a great summer, indeed.  Though the heat of the summer will stick around for a long while, we’ve changed our schedules around some and added some structure.  Which I believe we were all ready for.

We had decided to start Nolan in a 3-k.  Basically preschool for 3 year olds.  It’s at the same school Anna went to and we, as well as Anna, loved!  Nolan would ask to go every day last year when Anna went to school and so we put him in this year.  He only goes three days a week and for only 3 hours a day.
School started the middle of the month and Nolan is loving it so far.  Of course, it was sad seeing him so big and leaving him there but I am thankful that he is loving it and that it’s at the school we’ve come to love and appreciate.

I am also homeschooling Anna for the first time this year.  We started the same week Nolan started going to school.  It has been great.  I plan to write a post all about it soon.  So, stay tuned for that. 😉
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To top off the month, we got a puppy!  Introducing Lily “Sunshine” Hock.

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How was August for you?  Are you sad to see summer end or are you excited for Fall?

-Sarah
XOXO

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Motherhood

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Motherhood.  The most amazing and rewarding calling.  As well as the hardest and most draining.  Let’s be honest.

Reality.  As I am trying to even type this, I have my toddler clinging on me and my older two screaming at each other.

*Pause*

Hours later….

Let’s try this again.
Motherhood.  The most… hold up, I have to roll up all the tin foil my toddler just unraveled.

Motherh…

*Holding and nursing squirmy toddler and allowing screen time for older two.

This is motherhood.  Getting minutes to do what you want to do or even need to do, to only getting interrupted by your kid/kids to do something more important they need you to do.
Completely giving up on even trying to sit down because as soon as you do, they let you know real quick that they’re hungry, thirsty, need a certain toy down, need a diaper changed.  The list goes on, really.
At times forgetting to eat for  yourself after you’ve made all the breakfast or lunch meals.
Cleaning up a room only for them to destroy it again in a matter of seconds.
Forgetting what it’s like to have a full nights sleep.
Not being able to use the bathroom without at least one kid screaming at the door or just waltzing in.

Motherhood is seeing your baby smile at you for the first time with the sweet eyes of recognition.  That look like you are the most important person ever.  Because, well, we are!
The snuggles and them wanting to sit next/ on you and just be with you.  Even during the days that you might have snapped a lot.
Hearing them say “I love you” as you close their bedroom door, (for the hundredth time), at night.  However, each time fills your heart.
Never wanting to see them hurt and knowing you would do anything for that to never happen.  But when life happens and they do get hurt, being right there to pick them up, pray over them and allowing them to get right back up to try again.

Motherhood is hard and draining.  But I would trade nothing for it!  I have always wanted to be a mom and I am forever grateful that dream became a reality in 2011.  Then in 2013.  And again in 2016.  Even on my hardest days, I go to sleep thanking God for my three beautiful blessings.

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ToteSavvy Review

Having three children, I have gone through many diaper bags.  Most of the time it would be a bag that I figured could play the part of a diaper bag.  Some mega failed and others did pretty well.  One issue, however, I ran into with each one was that there was never enough pockets or big enough compartments to hold all the stuff.  By stuff I mean mine and babies.  Everything tends to get all jumbled at the bottom of whatever bag I am using.  When I need something, I end up pulling stuff out  to get to that thing.  Only to then just throw everything back in making it even more messier than it was before.

I then came across this savvy little thing.  (Pun intended 😜).   Because Harper was already a toddler and the fact that she’s my third, I ordered the mini size.  Game changer my friends!

Again, with Harper being a toddler I don’t tend to overpack like I can with a newborn.  However, I do use cloth diapers, and let’s face it, one cloth diaper takes the same amount of space as about 5 disposable diapers.  There’s plenty of room for bulky cloth diapers, wet bags and all.  The ToteSavvy has 6 pockets to fit all that is pictured.  Plus more room.  It also comes with a changing pad attached.

I had purchased this back pack when I had Harper to be my “diaper bag”.  The ToteSavvy slides right in with plenty of room.  So much easier to grab what I need without having to pull everything out and then shoving everything back in.  It’s also very convenient to just pull the ToteSavvy out when it’s diaper changing time without having to take the whole bag.

The best thing?  The ToteSavvy fits perfectly in my Michael Kors handbag.

 Before I got the ToteSavvy, I would carry two different bags to some places, like church.  Where I wanted my purse but also needed a bag to stay with my children in nursery.  It’s so nice being able to carry just one bag!  I will just leave the ToteSavvy with Harper and take my purse with me.  Life just got a whole lot easier!

I just wish I had this 6 years ago when I had my first! 😉

Click HERE to check out their other sizes and to purchase your own and turn any bag into a diaper bag. 💖

July Highlights

We are in the second day of August!  Can you believe it??

We said goodbye to July.  Our last full month of summer vacation.  Not that summer ends here in Florida anytime soon. 😜

July was filled with lots of good times and a making of fun memories.  There was the celebration of July 4th, (one of my favorite holidays.), Kyle going on a special trip with just his dad and brother, movie dates and lots of water play outdoors.

I didn’t capture a whole lot of pictures on the Fourth of July.  It was a full day of family, good food and watching fireworks by the water at a park from my childhood.

Anna has officially started gymnastics.  She absolutely loves it and we love watching her shine through it.  She practices her cartwheels and handstands any moment she gets.  If there’s any open space around her, you better believe she will do one or the other.  If not both.

 

 

 

 

Puppies!  Have I mentioned that we will be getting a puppy?  My parents in law’s dogs had a litter of 5.  So, we get one.  We go and visit them any chance we get.  They are just about 6 weeks old.  July was certainly filled with lots of puppy holding and cuddles.  😉

Kyle went on a quick weekend trip to Miami with his dad and brother.  They went to three baseballs games!  One game each day.  That’s a classic Hock boy.  While there, Kyle’s brother surprised him with a tour of the Miami Dolphins stadium.  He was pretty stoked!

 

 

 

It was a lovely month.  Lot’s of late nights and sleeping ins.  Playing out back until the sun goes down.  Sticky fingers from melting popsicles.  Sleep overs and ice-cream trips.  July in Florida can be brutal with the heat and humidity but I sure do love summer time.

So long July!

Kid’s Room Tour

We finished up the kids bedrooms!  Finally!  We’ve been living in this house for almost 3 years.  Every time we thought we had the rooms set up and decorated to our liking, something would happen and we would be changing things around.  Which, I am sure we will be doing so again at some point but for now, I am liking things the way they are and so I am hoping we get to enjoy it for a bit. 😜

We have the older two in one bedroom and the baby in her own room.  We just find that it’s easier to have a baby room for sleeping purposes.  Eventually we will put the girls in one and Nolan in the other but again, I am looking forward to just enjoying the finish product for a while.  We will cross that bridge when we get there.

With the older two sharing a room, I had to figure out a way to keep it gender neutral.  Which isn’t too hard really.  We repainted the room as well.  We decided on a soft grey because it’s easy.  Just being honest.  Haha.

We’ve minimized their toys some.  What you see in the cubicle dresser is what’s left.  Minus tiny legos we have put up in their closet so Harper can’t get into.   We also removed their dresser and started a “no folding” system.  You can read all about that from a previous post, HERE.   It’s added so much more space.

I purchased Nolan’s bedding from Target.  We were able to find a vintage quilt for Anna at a local flea market.

We did a “his” side and a “her” side for their gallery walls.

Nothing fancy and very simple.  It’s just nice to have it complete.  Our kids love it too.

Next is Harper’s room.  It took a long while to decorated her room.  For a few reasons.

This was Nolan’s room and we didn’t transfer him out until….honestly, I can’t remember.  I was about to say after Harper was born but I think we did before to get both him and Anna used to sharing room but also because I think I needed a place to store baby things other than my room.  Haha.  Regardless, it wasn’t anything until after she was born because we didn’t know she was a she until she was born.  Because we didn’t know the gender, we also didn’t buy anything before.  Besides, we also knew she would be in with us for at least the first few months.  Again, we just needed somewhere to put her clothes and diapers and such.

Harper showed signs of being ready for her own bed and space when she was just a few months old.  Just like big sis.  So, we put the crib back together and I began to slowly collect things to decorate her room.  She didn’t even have a bed set that wasn’t previously her siblings, until very recent.  She turned a year old in April.  Just a glimpse of how long it’s taken us.  Haha.  We purchased her whole bed set at Target.  They have a new baby line called Cloud Island.  Adorable!  The blanket was what I’ve been looking for!  And for $15?  Can’t beat that.


So, there’s the tour.

Nothing magezine worthy.  Heck, not even pinterest worthy.  😅 I wouldn’t make a career out of home interior design by no means.  However, I love decorating my own home.  I love finding pieces that fit our family’s personality and working with it.  I love the feeling of my home because it’s us.

And I hope you enjoyed this tiny tour. 🏡