Thursday, August 22, 2013

A date

I decided awhile ago that if dating your significant other was a intentional way of reconnecting and that it works and helps your marriage relationship flourish then maybe this was something that i could do with all my relationships in a way. And really why not. Ive learned in the last year or so that the kids crave this kind of one on one time with me or their dad too.

So i date them:)
I make it special even if its just as little as taking them to coffee and playing iPad games..(which is not really my thing but its theirs and this date is all about showing them love, and that i care about what brings them joy. So mama does it

She kills me with her witty one liners and is it just me or can you see how she's starting to look a lot more like me lately..
her Dracula teeth just kill me!

My little introverted sweet spirited girl it takes time to get you to talk about whats on your heart, but when you start sharing i inwardly shout for joy.

Night walks are starting to get cooler and darker earlier so we are starting are bedtime routines soon to get in the full swing of this new school year

Routine you&I have a love and hate relationship but i think as I'm getting older I'm making peace with that. I am not as hard on myself for those off days when my routine goes off kilter and the baby or kids just need more of me. I can't get this time back and I'm trying to hold on to that truth everyday.


Your stretching me God i feel it

I am yearning for a bigger house maybe 
more kids (adopt) that need a family yes
A dream coming true i Hope
All in your time God. I'm trusting him with it all, every time i start to get anxious and i want to jump ahead i come back to the truth he's spoken into my life and that's all i need to keep moving onward into this marvelous brutiful journey called "life".


God bless you & yours on this rainy but beautiful Thursday:)
xoxo-Aligna


Monday, August 19, 2013

State Fairs...and stuff:)

Lots and also simple little things happened this weekend and i so regret not picking up that darn camera to capture them. (but i did capture this picture of one of my only plants outside i haven't manage to kill, praise the lord!! & thank you hubby for helping me rescue them. It makes me smile every morning)

This weekend had us hanging out with some of our best buds from our old neighborhood. We sat outside all evening catching up on life, the laughing and sharing of stories..so good for our souls:)

We went Kayaking for our date night "FINALLY" with our new kayaks we got this summer. And really it was just as fun and wonderful as i had imagined it would be...i also locked the keys in the car and we had to walk to a friends house to drive us to collect the other car..and well i hadn't imagined that!! But it was a fun night regardless and i had fish for supper "so all was well right hubby;)

He fished while i tried to capture as many pics as i could before the phone died..which they did both of them!
Good times;)

Happy


The final hurrah of the weekend came sunday when we decided to leave early to our families first trip to the state fair. It was a rocky start I'm going to have to say and maybe that should have been my first sign that this might not be such a grand idea for our little family of six...
But away we went and it was CRAZY! 
People are everywhere, so much to see and do & rides that made me cringe with anxiety. I am afraid of heights and almost anything that spins you into oblivion so that rules out about 99% of rides for this girl. But not my kids, no my kids have hubbies genetics &  of course did a few of the rides that I'm sure they won't soon forget:)

The skyscraper! Terrifying 70miles an hour and to many feet high.





I watched Violet watching them. That was what i could handle:)

Now that's a memory i won't forget! So after miles of walking through crowds of people in the heat with all kinds of heart attack food to tempt us and my allergies coming on fiercely so that my eyes burned and i could hardly see clearly anymore, the vote was casted and mommy & daddy needed to go home! Happy we took the kids..at least once in their lives;) but definitely not sure if we will do this again until all my kids are grown.

Happy Monday to you
God bless you & yours!
xoxo-Aligna




Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Wear a Thrifty Shopgirl:)

"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected
in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman
grows with the passing years." -Audrey Hepburn

I just love you Audrey!:)


whole outfit was a thrift treasure find!! (Except the shades they were from a Brickyard Buffalo sale on IG)
The dress the shoes the sweater..It was just one of those good
thrifting days :)
We weren't getting any fashion pics without this little peanut by my side and i didn't mind one bit. The
wind was blowing fierce and my hair was in full humid happy "BIG" Hair day..went with it:)




Sisterly love. Watching them is a dream come true for me 
My photographer the sweetest girl i know, JasmineRose you are amazing. She has grown and changed the most this summer. I am so excited for her third grade year and so is she!

Happy Monday & God bless you & Yours,
xoxo-Aligna

Friday, August 9, 2013

TGIF Wear: Loving the maxi skirt daily

Maxi skirt: Target, Sparkled layered tank: Kohl's, Hat:Target


Trying my best to embrace the cooler mornings and evenings that have started here.
It helps that along with these autumn cool days that quickly approach us there is also 
a whole lot of beauty. The colors, the smells, the change in our beautiful surroundings, it all makes it worth saying goodbye to my beloved summer. 
All photo credits go to my little photographer JasmineRose(she checks to make sure she's mentioned;)

Happy Friday &
God bless you&Yours!
xoxo-Aligna


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekend Wear & sweet travels:)

Aztec print maxi dress: Kmart clearance
lace vest: thrift , cuff bracelet by #farmgirlpaints find her on etsy & Instagram:)
I could live in these dresses all year if the weather allowed it.

I have to give photo credit to my little photographer JasmineRose she's a natural and so much fun to work with. Thanks sweetie!




Our spontaneous Sunday trip to see our family almost didn't happen but we yearned for their company even if it was a short and sweet visit it was worth it.


Babies couldn't resist pestering the sleeping giant. Highlight of the trip was seeing the little cousins play and hearing little Judah talking and watching his personality unfold before us. It was hilarious!
See. Worth it.
Another sweet discovery as you can see here was seeing Jasmine's photo skills. She's a natural at capturing moments already and i couldn't get the camera away from her.
Isn't that one of the neatest things about being a parent, seeing your kids discover and develop a gift. Creativity taking flight and all the good stuff that comes with expressing their God given talents.
Yep that's good stuff folks:)

God Bless you & yours!
xoxo-Aligna

Friday, August 2, 2013

Catch up (Life)

To Catch Up means: 

1. to go faster so that you reach the person in front of you (pull ahead give it some gas)

2. to improve in order to reach the same standard or rate as someone or something (to improve or become better or worse)

3. to do something that should have been done before (to make progress, or to achieve something)

4. to talk to someone you have not seen for some time and find out what they have been doing (talk chat fall into conversation again;)

You get the gist "Catch Up"has a whole lot of meaning and i feel my season right now is all about catching up. And today i wanted to catch up on photos, events some small some big but both a treasure in my eyes and a blessing to be able to capture in photos(instagram your the best!) here's our summer collection so far..

Jasmines first spring recital she did soooo good! Finding her  way



I promise i don't let my kids dress like this everyday! This was spirit week for the last
week of school. Every year it gets better:)

Jasmine turns 8!!!! She's changing so much and so fast now



And summer began and so did our family walks..my favorite



Striking out in full blown independence. Her words "i walk alone" was the first of many
 independent phrases coming out of her sweet little mouth this summer


Up north shenanigans! Every year its the same and every year we want to stay a 
little longer:)


Kayaks & lake loving are my favorites a added plus was my brother came home for 
a sweet short visit. I just love him:)



A wedding happened our brothers, and our hearts and family continues to grow.
Those girls & that man I am so blessed to have them.


Happy 13 years to us!! 
Its so amazing when we look back and see how Gods redemptive love has
transformed us and gave us a deeper love for one another. 
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always
with the same person" so true:)

Happy Friday to you!!
God bless
-aligna