Growing, Learning, and Enjoying Every Part Of It.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Smile Worthy

Some things that are making me smile these days:

I'm exactly two weeks away from our frozen embryo transfer. I'm super excited and ready to carry more life! 

I'm a part of a great group of moms on facebook. We're all friends of friends of friends. One person started the group and others kept inviting moms they knew. We've since closed the group to new members because our dynamic so nice and we've started to share private things with each other. I'm so excited because in July we are going on a retreat together in the sweltering heat of Arizona. I can't wait to meet many of them in person!

Alyssa will be 17 on Saturday. I can believe it, but I kinda can't at the same time. She wants to do what she does every year - have dinner at the cheesecake factory. I've been over that place for years, but I keep going for her, lol.  I still haven't gotten her gift. I'm confused about what to get.

I've decided that we're getting a minivan. I have been delaying the purchase of new car for the past year. We don't have car notes, and I would love to keep it that way, but alas, a growing family requires more than our 4 door sedans can offer.We both adamantly said we would never, but now we are both eating our words. Well, just me...Mr. RFA is still team big SUV.  The thought of having to deal with 3 or possibly 4 car seats in a SUV gives me a headache. I just don't see how it's done conveniently. I'd rather be able to kind of get in the back to help everyone get buckled in, as opposed to having to stand outside and lean over. I had my heart set on the new Pathfinder, but now I'm slightly obsessed with the Honda Odessey and Toyota Sienna. I can't believe I'm going to be the lady with the minivan and a brood of young. Hahahaha...God has incredible plans!

I got my first consultant check from this temporary gig I'm doing. It's so sad, but extra money is one of the things I truly miss about working. It felt so great seeing that deposit in the account. I really wanted to do unspeakable things like go have lunch at Fogo de Chao, shop til I drop online and in store, and buy the three girls a new summer wardrobe. I didn't, though. I just let it sit there, lol. 

My Pastor recently started a series on the book of James. We are going through verse by verse as a church body. I love when the series are more like bible study. I also listen to my former California pastor, Paul Shepard, on podcast. He also recently started a series on the book of James (what are the chances). It's been a real treat to get two perspectives on the same book from two wonderful Pastors. I think this series is going to effect some great change in this season of my life!

What's making you smile right now?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Getting Organized

With so much going on right now, I really feel unorganized. I feel like everything is closing in on me. I tried talking to Mr. RFA about this on Saturday, but he just told me it would be fine because it's all temporary. He told me to revel in my busy-ness because when I go back to only having a couple of things to do (home and kids) I'm going to complain about not doing enough. His words didn't exactly help, so I just thanked him for the encouragement and left it alone.

The first thing on my list is to get the house in order. I keep a tidy home, but I feel like clutter is slowly creeping in. I hate clutter, and I hate dirt. I'm starting by working through my closet. I'm going to do a wardrobe capsule. Basically, I'm taking EVERYTHING out of my closet and only putting back in the things that I can wear right now AND love 100%. My goals is to have 37 pieces (including: shirts, cardigans/blazers, skirts, pants, dresses, and shoes; not including: scarves, belts, hats, and other accessories). I know I don't have 37 pieces that I 100% love and can wear right now, so that means I will be shopping soon for some staple pieces.

I'm hoping this process will help me declutter and allow me to actually see that I do have clothes to wear. 

After I finish my closet, I'm going to move on to the Guest Room's closet. It has become a storage of sorts and I hate it. Every time someone comes over, I have to push everything to one side in hopes of giving them a sliver of space to hang their clothes. I'm just going to go ahead and get rid of the junk that's in there. We NEVER use it. 

Then it's on to Alyssa's closet and then the closet under the stairs. 

I will conquer this clutter, one room at a time!!!

Have any of you tried a wardrobe capsule? Any tips would be much appreciated. Any staple  pieces that must be apart of a grown-up wardrobe??

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Goings On

Is anyone out there????

Well, here goes. Instead of doing a full blown update on our lives since October 2014 (the last time I blogged), I'll just update as I go. I plan to start back writing regularly.

Right now, Alyssa is 10 days away from being 17. Can you believe that?? When I started blogging she was just 9 years old. Now she is a young lady. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it. She is in the midst of all things College related and Senior Year. Her junior year is winding down and she is consumed with her choices right now, regarding everything. It's so sweet to see her being so responsible. I'm a proud mama.

The littles are 16 months now...remember when I was trying to get them conceived...lol. They are everything! Simply everything! Sweet, whiny, smart, adventurous (Zoe), cautious (Ava), curious, and did I mention, super sweet?!?! They love giving hugs and kisses to mommy, daddy, and big sister.

Right now, I have a ton on my plate, and I'm still trying to get it all organized.  For starters, we are in the midst of second IVF round. After our first round I had two embryos remaining. We decided to freeze them and now we're going to get them out of the freezer and, God willing, add them to our family.  We've decided to transfer both embryos as I would like this to be my last pregnancy. I want to have as many as God will give us, I just worry about being cut open so many more times.  This will be our last IVF pregnancy, though. Any others will have to be a result of God opening my tubes, lol. If our frozen round doesn't work, we'll do another full, fresh cycle, but I'm praying it doesn't come to that.

Also on the agenda, I re-opened my wedding planning business. This time I have a business partner (another twin mom), and we changed the name and did a whole branding effort. It has been an interesting experience thus far. Having a business partner is not what I expected, but I think I'm getting used to some things and I have faith that we'll do well together.

I've also just recently (last 2 weeks) started working part-time with a former colleague who needs an interim director for a few months. I love being back in the local government realm, but I also miss my babies for the few days a week I'm away. Luckily, my husband works from home and the girls stay with him and don't have to go to a daycare.

I've also started working on a Tot School curriculum for them. My ultimate goal is to start a homeschool preschool co-op with about 4 other moms when the girls turn two. Right now, my plan is to begin them on a Tot school curriculum and schedule two days a week beginning when they turn 18 months through 24 months. Building a curriculum is overwhelming, but it's also fun and informative. There are so many things I never thought about with Alyssa. I thank God for the internet and pinterest for great ideas, learning themes, and activities.

I'm also on the Arts Commission in my community (I have to stay connected...I can't help myself, lol). It's a fun commitment, but requires time nonetheless.

Again, I'm trying to get my life fully organized, so I can run like a well-oiled machine.  By the time this consultant gig of mine is finished, I think I'll have a plan fully completed and ready to go!

I trust you all have been great!  Tell me what's been going on. I'll try to get caught on reading your blogs over the next week or so :).