This Week. Ugh.

This week has been exhausting, horrible, and so sad. It has been horrific what has happened in the span of a few days.

President Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ratffensperger asking him to overturn the the state’s election results in the 2020 presidential election, there was a pro-Trump mob that vandalized The Capitol which also resulted in the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, and the United States had a day with 4,000 COVID deaths. Ugh. All of it heartbreaking.

I am still trying to find the good in each day but some days it feels really yucky and so, so sad. Here are a few things that made for a happier week…


Josh is scheduled for his vaccine on Monday. I am seriously so grateful he has the opportunity to get one. We had a bit of a wait to get the email to schedule but once the email arrived we got him scheduled within the hour.

If anyone else is planning to get a vaccine in Arizona the website to schedule was a little finicky. They recommend using Chrome or Firefox. I can tell you from experience to setup his account Firefox and Safari did not work. Chrome was the only browser that allowed for the account setup. Once the account was setup I could use Safari.

I will be sure to update how his experience goes, if you are interested check back on the blog next week.


I started back up homeschooling the kids on Monday. We got through the week and it felt good to be back on a routine after Christmas break. I am shocked at the amount of material we get through some days and other days I am just thankful we did math and english.

Also looking at their math workbooks makes me feel slightly overwhelmed. I know we will get through all this because we did last semester but it just looks intense. Thankfully Saxon Math provides great outlines for each lesson.

This week we talked about the New Kingdom of Egypt, next week we learn about Moses and the Plagues, the kids started back up their typing program, Maisie is spending 20 minutes a day on, and we went on another long family walk. All in all homeschooling made this week brighter and much more structured.


I got to try out a workout on the Apple Fitness+ platform. I could have done this sooner but I am horrible at updating my watch and phone. Josh finally encouraged me to do the update so I could try a workout. And I am so glad he did. It was so fun!

My little guys did the workout with me and that made it extra entertaining and encouraging. They were telling me good job every 10 seconds and we were all giving high fives to each other after each round. At the end of the workout my three year old said “My legs are shaking”.

Once I use it more I will give a full review. But for having just done one workout I really enjoyed it.

And those are a few positives from a pretty sad week in the United States. Hang in their friends! Keep taking care of yourselves this month. Eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water, try to get more sleep, and if it is nice where you live spend sometime each day outside.


Highlights From The First Days Of 2021

Happy 2021! Here are a few of our highlights from the first days of 2021. I hope you had yours have had a nice ease in to the new year also.


Our neighbors did not disappoint. We didn’t even have to go outside to see fireworks and could stay warm and cozy inside the house and enjoy the show.

Bible Reading Plan

I started my new Bible reading plan this weekend. While I enjoyed the one I did last year I didn’t finish it as it was written. So I decided this year I needed to go with something not as structured.

I am doing The Legacy Plan this year. This plan allows you to read at your own pace and each month lists what books of the Bible to read. For January I am reading Genesis and Exodus, 1 chapter of Proverbs daily, and 3 chapters of Psalms a week.

PS…I am loving these nail polish strips from Dashing Diva. I have had these on since before Christmas and they are still going strong.

Walks and Talks

Josh worked on New Years Eve and had a super busy night. He came home and slept until 1:30 p.m. and when he woke up we decided to go for a family walk in the neighborhood. We walked for 2.5 miles and had a great time with minimal complaints from the kids ;).

I also discovered I have a little walking buddy this weekend. We were shocked how well our 4 year old did on our long family walk and everyday since he has been asking to go on more with mommy. So far we have walked 6 miles together in total this weekend. So proud of him.

Praying Over Christmas Greetings From Friends & Family

Our pantry door is currently displaying all the seasons greetings we received from friends and family. Each day in January we are taking one card or photo off the door and praying for that family. It should take us the entire month of January to get through all the cards. So if you sent us a card or photo this year know we are praying for you and your family this month.

Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical

I cried. It was amazing and exactly what I needed to start off 2021. And never did I ever think I would be constantly singing songs from a musical about a rat who wants to cook. The kids and I have watched it twice and Josh has been caught humming It’s A Rat’s Life several times.

If you have no idea what I am talking about in Fall 2020, Broadway fans came together on TikTok and collaborated to create a new musical based on the beloved Disney film Ratatouille. And on January 1, 2021 a streaming version became available to view for several days. Tickets are still available and you can stream it until January 4th at 7pm EST. All ticket proceeds go to benefit the actors fund.

We hooked up my computer to the projector and watched it in our master bedroom. The kids grabbed laundry baskets and made little boats with blankets to sit in. We all laughed multiple times and it was just amazing and people are so talented. Congrats to all involved! Seriously the best way to start the year!

Cinnaholic Party Platter

We love these vegan friendly treats. I have horrible skin reactions if I eat eggs and these egg free treats are just so good.

We enjoyed munching on these before and after watching Ratatouille.

Prepping For Homeschool Semester #2

The new workbooks and textbooks are nestled in the kitchen cupboard ready to go for the week ahead. I underestimated how long it would be take me to prep for this upcoming week but I am fairly certain I have everything ready to go. I am ready to get back into our school routine. I think the kids are too.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and reading! Have a great week!


What Was Good In 2020

2020. So much could be said about you. What a year. Ugh.

Getting to Christmas this year felt like a victory to me. We made it to Christmas. Everyone was healthy and even though it was just the six of us at home it was perfect. I actually loved not running around to multiple houses and just being home all day with Josh and kids.

While there is so much that could be said about how awful 2020 was I am going to focus my last post of the year on what was good.

My Anxiety

My anxiety crippled me after Maisie was born and I am just so thankful I put the work in when I did at that time. Because I honestly don’t know how I would have coped this year.

I still had cry in the shower moments and I am sure I will have more going forward, so please don’t take this as everything was great. But mentally I am so much better.

Thank you Jesus for your goodness and grace. Please know it is ok to not be ok and there is nothing wrong with you if you need counseling or medication for anxiety or depression.


We did it. I did it. I am so amazingly proud of myself and our kids. They have done so well this semester. I had always wanted to try homeschooling and had it not been for COVID I don’t think I ever would have.

We did 72 lesson of Saxon Math before Christmas and completed 15 lessons in their English curriculum. We also did art, science, history, and a family run club. I know I am fortunate to stay home and have the resources available to homeschool so my attitude towards homeschooling is joyful. I love watching my kids learn and I loved getting to be a part of that in a different way this year.

Disney +

Basically we spent our summer in our Intex pool and streaming many things on Disney +. Our favorite show is The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse and also Mickey Mouse (Shorts). Seriously a highlight of my year.

Steaming Musical Theatre

At this point I have lost track of how many times I have watched Love Never Dies. Over the summer I discovered this continuation in the Phantom of the Opera story arch and it made my summer. Thank you so much Andrew Lloyd Webber. I am watching it again now as I type up this post. I know it got mixed reviews but I love it so much.

Then I discovered BroadwayHD and pretty much all summer when Josh was on shift and after the kids went to bed I binged musicals. And it seriously helped me escape from the grim reality of our COVID numbers in Arizona.

Also Hamilton. Just so much great theater I have consumed this summer thanks to technology. I have seen more shows this year from any year previously thanks to technology.

Fit Women’s Weekly

I am so thankful to have found a great streaming fitness community. You can read my full review HERE.

Paddle Boarding

We needed to get out of the house this summer and paddle boarding proved to be a great option for our family. We could socially distance from others, enjoy the beautiful lakes and rivers in Arizona, and stay cool.

With two paddle boards, Josh and I each take a little kid and big kid on our board. I am sure we are quite a sight. It is a fun way to spend a few hours and I am looking forward to being able to go again in a few months.

It takes a little bit of time to get everything packed up to go with all the lifejackets, water bottles, clothes, and food but paddle boarding is something we would have never done if not for this year.

Garage Gym

This could be it’s own post but here is a picture of our garage gym that we put together this year. We have so much fitness equipment between Josh and I from personal training and it is so nice to have everything in one place and organized.

We know fitness equipment was hard to buy this year and we are thankful we didn’t have to purchase much. Josh also built a floor under our squat rack to negate the garage slope when we lift.

Backyard Movie Nights

With a projector and screen we turned our backyard into a movie theater and enjoyed family movie nights.

Our Home

We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful home and backyard for our kids this year. We have used every inch of space in our 1400 square foot home and I am just so grateful for this indoor and outdoor space we have.

Also 4th of July was pretty awesome in our backyard. We swam and had the best fireworks all from the comfort of our home. Thank you to multiple neighbors who put on quite a show for us. My fingers are crossed that New Years Eve will be equally as great for firework viewing.

Health & Family

I am so grateful that we were healthy in 2020. We had a few run ins with stomach bugs but that was the worst of it. I am also incredibly grateful that skin biopsies and breast ultrasounds for myself came back benign.

We have also bonded so much as a family of six which will probably sound odd. Before we adopted our youngest almost three years ago he had so many therapy appointments and the older kids were in preschool and then we had one in elementary school and preschool. All that to say between the doctors appointments, school drop offs and pickups myself and the two youngest were in the car for up to several hours a day. I am not complaining in anyway this is just how it was.

When March hit it was the most all of us had been home together. And 2020 has truly done wonders for us and the kids. The two youngest share a room and they have become such good friends this year. Our oldest two have had sleepovers almost nightly and are inseparable.

So while 2020 has sucked in many ways I am choosing to end the year being grateful for what we have experienced and gained instead of what has been lost.

Cheers to 2021. I know there are still dark days ahead but I am also hopeful for what the new year will bring.