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Back to School Shopping | Target + Walmart

It’s that time of year again… time for school supplies!
The kids have been SO excited about this and preparing for the school year to start.
They also were VERY adamant that we film it. It was cute they told me what they wanted
to say and when (for intros) and then the rest was us just filming the crazy that is…
back to school shopping with a large family.
So calm and relaxing… lol.
We hope you enjoyed the video and have a GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!
Back To School Shopping At Target & Walmart

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We are going to be adding more family life videos to our channel all month long.
I think the next video is going to be a house tour update because I’ve been nesting
like a crazy person and rearranging things.
Ben isn’t even phased anymore when he walks in the door
and things are all moved around. ;)

Baby #5 Bump and Life Update – Week 25

I can’t believe we are already at 25 weeks! It’s blowing my mind.
The first months were so painfully slow and sick that now, in comparison, we are zooming!
Well, the pregnancy is zooming. I, am not. My sciatic nerve pain has been kicking my booty. Literally.
It hurts to sit, stand, walk. It even hurts to lay down until my body gets used to
that position but it’s hold your breath painful at points.
I KNOW. I need to go to a chiropractor or a physical therapist. I KNOW.
But life is so busy and I don’t have “a person” here in our new town
so it just keeps getting put on the back burner.
But the pain is constant now so it’s time to figure a plan out.
My poor kids can hear me coming because I’m going ow ow ow when I walk down the hall.
The days I don’t wear my BLANQI Maternity Leggings are by far more painful.
That’s why I’m living in them! (I’m in size medium right now.
Top is Maternity Old Navy and Shoes are Kohl’s.)
My amazing husband is currently building me a comfy desk chair
that I can work in without cringing in pain. He’s the best.
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BESIDES THE NERVE PAIN….
The pregnancy has been going really well lately!
I’m happy with my bump size (which is a strange thing to say out loud lol.)
But really, I enjoy pregnancy so much more when you LOOK pregnant and not just, bloated.
Baby boy has been kicking up a storm..wiggling all over.
Making mama pee all night. You know. all those typical pregnancy things.
It is pretty amazing though when other people are able to start feeling the kicks too.
It feels so real and it’s fun to share that amazing moment with them.
Today I had the girls do quiet time and the boys and I took naps.
Micah was in bed with me and had his head on my shoulder and his hand on my bump.
The baby gave a big kick and Micah looked up at me with his eyes wide and jaw dropped!
That was the first time he was still enough to actually feel the baby and it was so cool.
He then proceeded to act out what the baby was actually doing in my tummy.
Some swimming type karate moves happened before I calmed him back down to nap time.
Baby, you have a big brother who can’t wait to meet you!
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The kids love talking about the baby and what he will look like…
what we should name him…
where he should sleep… what cute baby things he will do…
ALL THE THINGS.
So far, no name yet. But I’m really feeling the pressure to figure that out!
I legit feel like I’m disappointing people when they ask me (daily) if we have a name!)
It’s tough coming up with a third boy name…but we’ll be sure to share the final picks when we get there.
We are officially waiting to name the baby till we put our eyes on him!
Our kids all look so different so sometimes they come out and just don’t match the first name we had in mind!
Like Asher was going to be James.. but he was not a James…he was an Asher.
Do you set on a baby name? or do you pick favorites and go in with options?
It’s fun how everyone does it differently.
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You guys…I can’t with these photos today. haha.
We took some bump shots in the park and the kids got in on it.
Their model poses have me rolling.
Asher tries to copy Micah’s hands and it just turns hilarious.
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Summer is finishing up this next week and we are rolling right into the new school year!
Mama is mentally ready… but other than that… not ready. lol.
We’ll get it together but honestly, I can’t believe it’s time for all this.
Because, in my mind, when school started back that meant…
1. birthday season starts for our crew
and 2. baby time is around the corner.
AH! Lucky for us, baby is arriving the same month as Micah and right after Asher’s month, so we
don’t really need anything baby related! I’m sure I’ll grab a few fresh things because, how can I NOT! :)
I was in a fox phase with baby Asher…and I’m still struggling to
not get anything fox themed I see. hehe.
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Sienna requested this photo.
Please note the ring on her finger. “fashion.”
Also, Asher is done.
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We are so excited and thankful that everything has gone smoothly so far.
Thank you for following a long on this journey with us and being a part of the excitement!
We are going to be adding more family life videos to our YouTube Channel this season…
I do a lot of clips on my InstaStories on Instagram and get so many messages from
mamas saying they can relate to our crazy life.. (my stories aren’t very quiet lol.)
But I love that we are in the same boat a lot of the days…and want to share more of real life.
So be sure to subscribe to our channel so you get sent any new videos!
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Back to School with Gymboree- Our #KidGoals for the School Year!

We teamed up with Gymboree for a fun shoot showing off some new
digs for the kids during Back to School season!
I’ve shared our love for Gymboree in the past, but I will always be a fan of how I
can coordinate the kids clothes in ALL their sizes.
It makes it so much easier to get that cute matching look I want without shopping around.
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The kids love how comfy all of the clothes were…AND the girls can’t get over their sequin tops.
They told me it’s “very fashion.” ;)
Check out those kicks! The kids were loving their new shoes.
Lucky for Asher he can stay home and shoeless still…just how he likes it. ;)
If you put shoes on him you are, in fact, torturing him and the next
time you look at him they will be off of his feet.
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These are my three big kids heading off to school this year
and they are SO EXCITED!
So is mom. :)
Structure is always a good thing in our house and they are ready to
see their friends and meet their new teachers!
We have big #kidgoals this year like reading more and rocking math!
We want to do more random treats/surprises for our teachers…
just to let them know we are thankful for them!
I have a personal mom goal of more home cooking on
the weeknights but we’ll see how that goes. haha!
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Sophia’s Outfit:
Sophia LOVES Emojis and this shirt made her think of the pizza emoji!
She always says headbands hurt her head but we found the kitty ears that are plastic and not too tight at all!
FINALLY! She is also a legging girl, so she was all about this soft pair matched with her tunic top.
Top: Pizza Tunic, Heather Grey in Size Medium
Leggings: Everyday Leggings, Slate Grey in Size Medium
Shoes: Glitter High Tops in Size 3
Headband: Cat Ears Headband
Socks: Unicorn Socks in Size Medium
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Sienna’s Outfit:
She was so excited about this outfit!
It has the fun sequins that you can rub and it shows another image.
One side is OMG and the other(her favorite) is LOL.
What you can’t see here are her unicorn socks….. she is a tad obsessed with unicorns right now.
(That’s her birthday theme this year too! I’m not mad about it. ;)
Sienna also loved that the headband wasn’t too tight on her head.
Top: Flip Sequin Text Tunic in Size Small
Leggings: Shimmer Heart Leggings in Size Small
Shoes: Glitter High Tops in Size 2
Headband: Slim Bow Headband
Socks: Unicorn Socks in Size Small
Bracelet: Snack Charm Bracelet
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Micah’s Outfit:
This dude is too cool for school! almost. ;)
He suddenly is mister model man lately haha.
I think he felt comfy and cool in this outfit. Both he and Asher have similar outfits.
I’ll match them as long as I can! My favorite item are their pants with the soft fabric waistband!
I’m obsessed with his shirt and we might have it in every size up to 5T now…
just to make sure Asher and baby #5 can always wear it. haha.
Top: Pocket Tee in Size 4T (Asher is wearing size 18-24 month)
Pants: The Go Cargo Pants in 4T, Olive Green (Asher is wearing size 18-24 month)
Shoes: High Top Sneakers, Slate Grey Size 11 (Asher is wearing size 7)
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Asher was all about the back of his pants…haha.
He kept turning around and looking over his shoulder at me.
I can’t even handle him sometimes. hehe.
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Summer has been good to us but we are all excited for school to start.
Lots of fun memories to be made and loads of learning to do!
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Thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring today’s post!
I hope all of you are having a good last days/weeks for summer
and gearing up for a great School year!