5.21.2016

Long Time...


Whaaaaat? What's this place? I kid. I kid. Life, y'all. It got busy. 

As I was sitting here during nap time it dawned on me. "My blog. I still have that. It seems like it's been a while since I got my domain. I bet that needs renewing. But should I? It's been what - three months since I've even looked at it". I really did question just forgetting about the domain and calling it quits. Setting everything to private to at least preserve our memories. 

Life is hectic. Those priorities and all. Then there's the privacy thing. The reality that things I post here are "out there" (not that I overshare - but still). I started to wonder if I really want that...and I'm still not sure... 

But I renewed. Ourlittleloves will remain at this domain for at least another year. Plus 80 days...that's what I had left. Anyways, should I reintroduce myself? Or just continue on? Where's that laughing/crying emoji when you need him? (EEEK It's pouring and the electricity went out for a good 30 seconds. It's back now!). The thunder woke someone up. 

 Blogging in good company. 


I'm thinking I should do a "catch up" cliff-notes. It's a lot and I really don't even know where I left off!

So lets start with the kids first. Finley turns FIVE this week (lets not dwell on that) and she finished Pre-K this past Thursday. She is all registered for Kindergarten. I say she isn't an official Kindergartner until that first day. End of story. 

We will miss her school and teachers SO much. I'm hoping we can get Carson in one of their classes when it's his turn to go to Pre-K. Her other teacher will be the new principal of the school, so we'll still get to see them both when Carson starts school there. There's also talk of a class meetup at the splash pad and Finley will be in Daiseys next year with some of the little girls from her class, which is super exciting. 

She's still not so sure about this new school and kindergarten business. She wants to stay at her old school...


Carson turns three in July. He is the sweetest, most loving and goofy boy. I still just want to eat him up. I know he's not a baby anymore but he's the still the baby here. It's funny because when Finley was 3 she had already been a big sister for a while. She seemed so big already compared to the tiny new baby. Maybe we just know now that we need to hold on to those little moments as long as we can because they grow SO fast.

Then there's my business. You guys. It's legit these days. I think I may have mentioned that I opened up shop on etsy after doing well locally and on Facebook. I know not all etsy shops take off and it can be a challenge, but y'all - I put in a LOT of time and hard work from the get go and it's really paid off. My etsy shop just hit 300 orders in just over 3 months. Some of these orders had 2,3,4,5 even 14 shirts on them. This is on top of local and Facebook orders. It's all super exciting and a lot crazy to me. 

I don't think anyone really realizes what goes into running your own business until you are in the thick of it. It's a lot. And it's all me. But I am SO SO SO lucky that it's thrived. It still amazes me that I have a real income now where I make my own hours and I'm my own boss. Don't get me wrong. I work a lot. But it's when the kids are in bed for the night, or napping, or running around the yard while I press shirts in the garage. I can quickly answer messages from my phone . Or post a new design on social media from the Panera parking lot. That's my kinda work.

In other big news, our family went to Disney, I'm pretty sure I did mention the planning of this trip a while back. It was booked way out. We went with all of Joe's immediate family. It was awesome. The kids had such a great time with their cousins. This was Carson's first time to go and he's a brave little thing. We can't wait for him to be tall enough for all the rides he wanted to go on but couldn't yet. Finley was scared on pretty much every single ride. Including Peter Pan. Yes...Peter Pan. But oddly not on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom, which was hands down the scariest one she went on. Crazy kid.


Anyways, naptime is over and I currently have a Spiderman to my left and an Olivia pig to my right - both eating Cheez-It's that should be dinner. So I'm going to go get on that. I'm sure there is more to update, but for now I think I've touched on the big stuff, so there's that.

Have a great weekend!

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