Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Corinthians 3:17

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Outfit Ideas for Mom and Baby/Toddler Girl

I just saw that there is a fun link-up with Ashley and Erika, so I'm going to join should too!! :)

Hi friends! We're getting down to the wire for Easter outfits, and I admit, I haven't even started. I always make Isabelle's dress, but I've made a few for myself over the years as well, so that's what I'm planning on. With less than two weeks, I'd better get a move on it! :)

I'm not going to link any of these because they are just the results of a random Pinterest search, so you can find them super easily as well. Plus, I have no plans to actually buy them; they just represent the ideas I've had in mind...what do you think? I will also say here that I'm struggling a bit- I always get this idea of what a dress will look like on (what I want it to look like), and then I'm mortified and depressed if it doesn't match the image in my head. I feel like I had a more confident postpartum body last year than this year, and I'm blaming the darn cold for that! I try to stay active indoors, but let's be real, it is just not the same as being able to move outside.

So here are some ideas of the style I'm going for. I've got lots of patterns that I can tweak if necessary, but many that are similar or the same. Aren't they so pretty and feminine? I love the colors, too. Which one is your favorite? I can't decide!

French Rose Lace Dress, JessaKae, New Arrivals, Lace, Lace Dress, Pink, Cute, Womens Fashion, Womens Style, Spring, Easter, Hair, Blonde, Makeup, Hair goals, Easter Dress, Spring Dress, Flirty, Girly, Flowers

Aqua Molly Floral Wrap Dress, JessaKae, New Arrivals, Floral, Wrap Dress, Midi, Blue, Soft, Girly, Easter Dress, Spring Dress, Spring Time, Fitting, Blonde, Hair, Makeup, Beauty, Womens Fashion, Womens Style, Trend, Original, Tie, Hair Goals, Navy, Florals, Love, Flowers, Cute, Smiles, Fashion, Style, Light, Spring Colors, Bridesmaid, Bridesmaid Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses

What should you wear to a wedding?

There's a reason why this dress is a bestseller season after season. The wrap detail on the bust...The cinched-in waist...The soft A-line shape...It all adds up to a wardrobe classic that you'll wear and wear. Now in an array of new shades and prints.

Flower Print Belted Wrap Dress -SheIn Such a beautiful spring dress for Easter!  #affiliate

What to Wear to a May Wedding. Dresses to wear to May 2015 weddings as a wedding guest. Wedding guest dresses for all types of weddings for the late spring season! 

I feel like I haven't shared clothing or outfit ideas in such a long time, but they are a part of everyday life, so I'm sloooowly climbing back on that bandwagon. :) Plus, I LOVE seeing what other Mamas put together. So many creative and pretty ideas!

Lastly, here's what's going on at Rose and Ruffle. I have been so, so busy-which explains some of the above-mentioned issues- but I am extremely thankful. Thank YOU for your support, it really does mean the world to me!

Here are some things that are READY TO SHIP and could be yours in a few days!

This photo is not doing the print justice, it's so darling! Size 5t/5

Sometimes simple is all you want... Size 4t/4

This is the perfect purple- not too pale not too bright! The lace adds such cute detail! Size 3t/3

And what Easter outfit would be complete without a sweet white eyelet bonnet??

They are just a little bit different and the cutest accessory I know of. I just love them! I can take orders for a bonnet thru Thursday, in time for Easter, so if you're on the fence, take the leap now!! :)

What are you wearing for Easter this year? Do you like everyone to be coordinated or matching, or do you keep things super casual?

Okay, now I just HAVE to include some of my favorite Easter pics! Look at those adorable babies! Eek!

My very first Easter as a GIRL MOM!!!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Just Some Fun Moments with My Kids

This weekend was full of unexpected little fun moments with each of my boys. It just worked out like that, and I loved every second!

Isabelle and Daddy went birthday shopping for one of her friends and then to the library, and I had to send off some things in the mail, so I forced Caleb to come with me...mainly so I could leave Levi with him in the car while I ran into the post office. How considerate of me, right? We stopped by good ole Mickey D's for a little treat. It was St. Patty's Day after all. ;) I don't know what's happening, but Levi's reservedness is sort of vanishing before our eyes, ha ha ha.

Normally they make the hot chocolate SO hot, I thought I was being so clever by adding ice to his sippy cup first. I poured some in and then tested it...grosssss! I didn't realize there was leftover apple juice in there, and I added way too much ice so it wasn't even warm. Whoops. That's how he ended up with the cup, ha! No major spills...phew!

This might have been from during the school week... Levi was not feeling it, but they looked so cute in their Irish shirts. We picked them up at The Children's Place for three bucks last weekend!

Not even making muscles made him happy. Oh well. #youwinsomeyoulosesome

Isabelle was at the birthday party, Caleb was invited to sleep over at a friend's house, and Ethan was working, so we took advantage of my having ZERO desire to cook a meal and headed for Chinese with these two. It was fabulous! Although I still feel stuffed, ugh.

Oops, these are out of order...Daddy made us green waffles on Saturday morning. Ignore that smirk, he gobbled them right up!

Sorry boys, they were chewing but I just love this image for so many reasons. Motherhood sure can surprise you.

And the day before, we took Ethan out for breakfast, which was supposed to have happened a bit ago (Valentine's Day). I just had to snap these pictures of Levi because he was making the funniest faces. I don't even know why!

He saw a crowd and got a little nervous. That's more what we're used to.

He was SO proud for opening that butter! hahahaha

And pretending to take big bites out of it!!

I was feeling kind of crummy one afternoon so I left Bill in charge and headed for the bathtub. I guess I should have locked the door, ha! He found me!

This cracked me up so bad- he knew he should pull up his sleeves before taking the plunge.

Ooh, bubbles!!

Just a remarkably goofy picture of me with this handsome guy on a pick up day. I had just done a fast grocery store trip so of course I had to get him a little something. ;) And no, I can't quit that coral scarf because it's so springy looking and so NOT springy feeling here. C'mon spring! We're ready for you!

These next pictures are grainy and blurry but I don't care because some things just need to be documented, ya know? :)

Levi Matthew slept until 7:00 IN HIS CRIB one morning!!! 7 AM!!! I can count the number of times that had happened on one hand, folks. One hand. Two fingers, if you want to get technical, ha ha ha. So this was the third time little man slept in his crib all night long. The first time was actually when the crib was still in our room, and then he managed this feat back in the fall in his own room, which of course got me all geared up. And then we had another major regression, ugh, but we seem to have come into our own lately. It's heavenly.

Also, this has been a very big week or so for Levi because I started putting him in his crib for naptime! At first I just wandered around my empty room feeling a little lost and sad, so I'd sneak into his room and take approximately three million pictures of him sleeping to ease the pain. Well, now I'm mostly used to this newer arrangement and it's feeling pretty good. :)

Such a big, big boy now!!!

Levi has been a big fan of having his face covered since infancy. It scared me much more then than it does now, but obviously I still don't love it. This is another reason why I check on him frequently! I push his lovey to the side- and he loves that pillow over the top of his head, too!- and he turns his little face up into it. Sweetest thing ever.

Okay, so I have a thing for striped socks! Look at those little feet sticking out!!!!

Aren't you so proud of me??!!??

I slept so good, Mom. Now give me a toy from my shelf! ha ha ha

And because there really is nothing cuter than a baby in a onesie (except a sleeping baby, ha ha). Lots of our mornings consist of sweet little moments like these: me folding laundry, making beds, etc while he follows me around and "reads" me stories. I love it so much!

Nothing extraordinary but so special at the same time. I know I'll want to look back and remember these moments.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites...Party Plans, Date Night and More

Happy Friday! I've had so much fun joining in with Friday Favorites and getting to "meet" fellow Mamas in the trenches that I'm hopping in again. This week is short and sweet. :)

I cannot believe that my little surprise miracle baby is turning one (OOPS! I'm so tired!) two in less than three weeks. I mean, I really can't believe it! Just how??? I'm not going over the top or anything for his party, but c'mon, he's my last baby! I'm 96.47% sure of where it's all heading, but I can't pull the trigger and order stuff, ugh. I'll be getting another birthday shirt from Etsy, so I need to decide TODAY! Planning special parties is one of my favorite parts of being a Mom, but this one is stressing me out a bit, ha. Hard to think I'll be planning Ethan's graduation party next. Nooooooo.

Here's a look at Levi's Wild One First Birthday Party if you want to see it:

 Full post HERE

Last night was DATE NIGHT. I cannot even remember when the last time we went out was. Sometimes we order in and hang out, which is awesome, but sometimes you just wanna get out of the house, right? We went to the movies for a one-night showing of I Can Only Imagine. Other than the frantic texts every ten minutes (Levi was NOT having it and settling down to sleep), we had a great time. :) Thanks, Mom and Dad! I owe you big time. I should add that Ethan was rocking Levi, who had finally given in and fallen asleep, when we got home. The sweetest big brother in the world.

The only picture from last night, hahahaha!! I don't know why my forehead looks so big here, it's not. And also, my hair has been so OFF this whole week. So frustrating. Also ALSO, the movie was so good. Very moving and inspiring. I want to add it to our family collection when it comes out.

Getting the opportunity to relive some of my most precious memories (from when the older kids were babies and toddlers) is so special to me. Having experienced some deep, painful losses and numerous adoption heartbreaks, I do not take this for granted. My heart is so heavy for those of you in the depths of waiting and longing, wondering when and if motherhood is going to ever happen for you. I'm lifting you up right now, and the Lord hears you and sees yo and wants the VERY BEST for you. I truly believe that. I just felt like I needed to say that, but what I was going to write was that I love experiencing toddlerhood with little Levi. He is learning new words every day now, and is developing quite the sense of humor, too. He's still shy and serious outside of the house, but yesterday at Story Time, he participated and smiled. I was so happy for him, trying new things and having fun. Now we're just waiting on park weather, and since we just got two feet of fresh powder- with another two storms on tow for next week!!!- I think it's safe to say that we'll be waiting just a bit longer. 

I worked out every day this week! Go me! My favorite work out is a nice long walk, BUT with this stinky cold and snowy weather, forget that. I'm slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I've been cranking up the volume and flipping through the music channels on TV, settling mostly on Hip Hop and Rap, which, if you know me IRL then you know I normally can't stand those types of music, ha! But they sure have a great beat to bust a move to...see what I did there? ha ha ha ha Hope you have a super day and a fabulous weekend! I've got to go get dressed already because Levi and I are taking Ethan out for breakfast! :)

Aw, he looks SO little there! And that walk contains a LOT of big hills! I think I'm feeling the need to justify my red face/chest and little ol' sweaty self, ha!

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