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    Spring Friday Favorites

    Spring Friday Favorites
    Jessica AND Kirsten here! We started doing Friday Favorites every other(ish) Friday via email featuring a couple of Parker Baby items and a couple fun things for mom, too! They were really popular, so we decided to do a seasonal blog post that features even more items. Here are our Spring Friday Favorites! 

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    What I learned and packed traveling with 3 under 4

    What I learned and packed traveling with 3 under 4
    This past week, Sam and I took the three girls to Florida to visit my sister, brother in law and their two girls. Luckily we found a direct flight into Pensacola (about an hour and a half from where we were staying) but unluckily, the flight was with Frontier. This is about a three hour flight! Here is what I learned!

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    April Showers Bring... Babies!

    April Showers Bring... Babies!

    Flowers are blooming, fresh starts are beginning and babies are being born. I love beautiful things, so babies, expectant mothers and a gathering of strong women supporting one another is a great time. These days, there is SO much inspiration for baby showers (hey, Pinterest), but I thought I would share a couple of thoughts I have gathered from attending and throwing many showers.

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    15 Week Bump Update

    15 Week Bump Update

    How far along: 15 weeks almost 16!

    Total weight gain: I have gained about 4 lbs, but my belly looks like I have gained about 20. I swear I wasn’t this big with the twins until about 20 weeks! My boobs are starting to fill more. No more pancake boobs from nursing 3 babes! YAY!

    Maternity clothes:  I have started wearing some maternity jeans, the ones with the stretchy side panels from ASOS. They are perfect. I had to buy all new maternity pants because I had given all my maternity clothes away… I can still fit in some pre pregnancy jeans, but by the end of the day my belly hurts. Leggings are work out clothes are my jam.

    Sleep: I have been sleeping ok! On Sunday I had a terrible terrible migraine and thanks to Sam, I slept from 6:30pm-7am while he handled the babes. But since then, I started watching The Handmaids Tale and have nightmares all night, but I cant stop watching!

    Best moment this week:  The best moment from this week was on Sunday when I completed my first DRI TRI at Orange Theory. I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week at Orange and it was such an accomplishment for me. I am still running and doing all the things except any movement that requires me to lay on my back. Orange Theory has a walking, bike, and strider option for when I want to stop running. I am going to try to keep running as long as I can though!

    I am also going out to dinner with my best friends tonight and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED.

    Worst Moment this week: My migraine on Sunday…

    Miss Anything: I really miss beer. The weather has been so beautiful and we have been grilling. I crave beer so badly when the sun is shining and Sam has country music blaring.

    Cravings: GRAPEFRUIT. ALL THE GRAPEFRUIT. I have been getting a lot of crap about this because I put brown sugar on it and heat it up. I guess this is weird? I grew up doing it and it’s AMAZING.

    Symptoms:  Not as many head aches, but I also got some medication for this. But mostly feeling great!

    Looking forward to: Dinner with my girls tonight, doctors appointment next week, and going to the zoo with my bigs.

     

    Easter Baskets

    Easter Baskets

    I love Easter! Not only because of the importance in my faith, but because it symbolizes the beginning of Spring and all things warm! I am doing Easter Baskets for the girls this year to celebrate and because they need a couple things for the warmer weather.

     

     

    I bought these swimsuits from Mini Boden this year for all the girls. Ava and Eleanor are starting swimming lessons this month and I really LOVE these suits. I also got them a couple other things they will need for the warmer days (sunglasses, bubbles, chalk, and sunscreen). I also found these sticker books for church and for when we make the risky decision to go out to dinner as a family. I know they will get their fair share of candy at egg hunts at Grandma's, so I am skipping the sugar all together

    I am pretty excited about how girly the twins are starting to act. They are always wanting to do makeup with me and are both very interested in accessories. I bought the girls these little travel blush brushes and some finishing powder for them to play with, and these AMAZING kids face masks that look like animals faces.

    For Greta, along with her Mini Boden swimsuit, I got her some teethers. At 13 months of age, the girl still only has TWO teeth! I also included some sunglasses, Easter blocks, play necklaces, and toy shovels.

    I recently gave the girls this book about Easter and what it is really all about! It does a GREAT job! Now I just have to be organized enough to remember to put it away and get it out every Easter...

    It was so fun to start thinking about the warmer days and all the activities we are going to be starting this month. The girls haven’t stopped talking about swimming and riding bikes and Greta is OBSESSED with being outside and playing in the dirt.

    I hope that besides all of these worldly gifts, the girls will learn this Easter that the real gift and miracle is the empty tomb, that Jesus suffered and died for all of us and has conquered death. Please Lord let them learn this above all else.