Well, hi there.
It has been awhile. So much has been happening around here. And I am so very tired…because of two very awesome but energetic little boys…and a tiny babe that we are getting super excited to meet (only six weeks left!). But I thought it was time for a little update. A very random update. Here are a few things to catch you up on…
First, the winners of the Minted giveaway are…
Michaela Kruli & Alissa Reynolds
Congrats ladies! You should have an email from me with you $100 credit code sometime today. Yay! I am working on picking photos for the Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art. I can’t wait to get it!
There has been some major room rearranging going on around here. Levi’s room (on the left) is turning into the baby’s nursery. And Griffin’s room (on the right) is now the boys’ shared room. Furniture has been moved, crib taken down, bunk beds set up, and some painting is happening today. Thankfully, my pregnancy brain was thinking clearly enough to remember to take pics of Griffin’s nursery before I tore it apart…so some room tours should be coming soon. Nothing like a nursery tour two and a half years late, right?! 😉
The boys and I took a trip to San Diego to visit my parents. We loved our time with them and had so much fun. I have so many pictures to share from our beach adventures…hopefully soon. And apparently the Cali sun was a little too bright for Levi in this one.
While we were gone, Joel set up bunk beds for the boys. They were so excited. They have been talking about sharing a room and their new beds for months. I am so grateful they love each other…most of the time. So when we got home we jumped right into the transition of sharing a room. They have actually done pretty well. I am still trying to figure out nap time but they are doing great at night. Yay!
We decided while we were in the midst of all these transitions why not throw in one more and potty train Griffin. Sounds reasonable, right? Ha, ha. Actually, I was dreading potty training so much. Griffin carefully selected his Planes undies and was so excited about the whole thing. He always wants to be just like Levi, which sometimes causes a lot of drama but was very helpful in this case. Levi has been such a sweet cheerleader for his brother and Griffin has done awesome! I have used the 3 Day Potty Training method for both my boys and it has worked great for us. Obviously, I haven’t tried anything else…so I have nothing to compare it to…but what I love is that you are pretty much done with diapers and potty training in three days…even at night! Also, just in case you are wondering this is our favorite potty chair. We’ve tried others and this is by far the best. You are welcome. The last night of potty training we took the boys to the rodeo. I almost stayed home with Griffin because I wasn’t sure how he would do, but he loved the rodeo and after visiting the bathroom a million times he managed to even stay dry. So we are diaper free around here…at least for six more weeks!
The rest of our summer has been filled with lots of time outside, mud, rainy days (so thankful for those!), planting our garden, tractor rides, toads, frogs, worms, more mud, and lots of baths. Between all the mud and potty training my washing machine is running all the time. If you want to see more of our everyday adventures (since I am not so good at blogging these days) you can follow me on Instagram. I am @jessmcclenahan
What are you doing to stay in the Word this summer? I was already being lazy and making excuses about my quiet time so I was so thankful to start a new Bible study to help keep me accountable. My friend Julie and I are leading a community Bible study in our area again this summer. We started it last summer and it was so encouraging to me! We are doing the second book, The Lamb of God, in Nancy Guthrie’s series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. We just finished the first chapter and next week we dive into the study of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers in Deuteronomy. I’ve already been so challenged as I’ve started reading through Exodus. Do you want to join me? I’m not doing anything “official” on the blog this year, but if you want to join me order a book today and get started. I’ll probably be referring to this study on my blog and Instagram throughout the summer as we go through one chapter each week…that is if I ever start blogging again! Let me know in the comments if you want to join me…or tell me what you are doing to stay in the Word this summer…I’d love to hear!
This is Finnley. Isn’t she darling? She is in Griffin’s Sunday School class at church and is the hospital fighting kidney failure due to complications with E. Coli. There was another little girl from our church fighting the same thing and we are so thankful that she has gone home now. Praise God! But we are continuing to pray for Finnley and would love if you would pray too.
Finn’s sweet and talented aunt, Lori, made this print for her. It is now available for purchase and all the proceeds go to the Finnley Walter Benefit Fund to help pay for medical expenses. Such a cute print for such a great cause!
I think that’s about all. I told you it was going to be random. Thank you so much for all your name suggestions you left in my last post. I knew you could help us out! We still haven’t decided on names for sure but we’ve got a pretty good list going. And we still have six weeks, right??? Somehow we will decide on a name for this sweet babe who will be here before I know it!