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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Hello and welcome to my Project Life Week 16 blog post!

This weeks' page is a teeny tiny glimpse into my Week In The Life project that I had participated in this week.  Week In The Life is a seven-day documentary project hosted by Ali Edwards, where I recorded our everyday real life through pictures and journaling.  From the simplest and ordinary parts of our day to the big and treasured moments of our day.  This was my first year to participate in this project and although I have not completely finished it, I immensely enjoyed it.  Starting sometime this week, I plan on putting together my album, a day at a time and should have a completed project very soon.

Most who participated started documenting their week on Monday and then went through Sunday.  I, however, chose to start my week on Sunday and go through Saturday, since Sunday was Easter and that was a day that I wanted to be able to document in this project.  A couple of the week's highlights were morels for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday { a very rare treat }, as well as the Michael W. Smith concert that Stevie and I went to on Saturday night in Ottumwa, IA.  The picture that I included of the kidlets in the van made me think of a picture that had come across my On This Day notification, from three years ago.  The difference of three years { which is from the start of Stevie and I dating, until present time } is unbelievable!!

Thank you for coming by my blog today!  I hope you all have a very happy Wednesday!  See you next week!!  :D

 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Time for my Project Life Week 15!

This week we went to another concert and it was hands down, one of the very best that we have ever been to { and we go to a lot of concerts }.  We headed north to the Quad Cities, on Tuesday, to see Chris Tomlin, Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickman, Zach Williams, Mosiac MSC and Jason Barton at the iWireless Center in Moline.  Since we traveled about 2 hours away from home, we stayed overnight and then came back the next day.  We loved how most of the songs that the artists sang were songs that had been released on the radio, so it was so easy and fun to sing along.  One of my favorite things to do is to worship beside my hubby, sometimes hand in hand.  It really is a sweet, special moment that I treasure more than I can accurately express.

On Thursday, the boysies headed out of town for a youth event in Chicago with their youth group from New Life.  I dropped them off at Pastor's house Thursday morning and they all hopped into a 15 passenger van for a conference called Ascension.  They spent Thursday and Friday at the conference and then traveled back on Saturday.  They shared a room with Pastor and two boys that are really close in age and have become their good friends since we started going to New Life a couple of months ago.  I am so thankful that they had the opportunity to go, it was a great experience for both of them and a lot of fun too!

It was a great week!  Thanks for dropping in for a quick read!  I hope you have a very happy Tuesday!

 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Hello and welcome to my Project Life week 14 blog post!

This week started off with Cael's special day, which happened to be for dinner and for the first time ever, in the 10 years that we have been doing this with them, he chose to eat at Pizza Hut.  The reason this was such a shocker was because he has a milk protein allergy, so he can't eat their pizza, but he CAN eat their regular breadsticks and that is what he had a hankering for, so Pizza Hut it was!!

The rest of my page includes pictures from the concert that we took the kids to (the three youngest ones) on Sunday night in downtown Burlington.  Carrollton and John Tibbs were at the Capitol Theater, which gave us the perfect opportunity for us to take the whole family.  Not only were the tickets reasonably priced, but the concert was close to home.  So far, all the concerts Steve and I have been to, have been at least an hour away and most of them farther, which then requires us to spend the night too and that can get expensive fast, especially with all the kids, so this was just so ideal.  It was a really great concert and everyone enjoyed themselves.  In fact, all three of the kids said that they loved it, which makes my heart happy because going to concerts is something that I love so much.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and reading!  I hope you have a very happy Thursday!

 
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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This week was pretty much just an ordinary week, nothing big or super important really happening.

I wrapped up my #30lists projects that I had participated in, during the month of March. My traveler's notebook was literally bursting at the seams about 3/4 of the way into the month. I was contemplating "fixing it"...  taking it all apart, placing each page into a 6x8 page protector, using my fuse tool and trimming each protector down to size, then connecting it all together with a few binder rings.  But, I do really love my travelers notebook and have decided to just put an elastic white band/cord around it and call it done. Who knows, I may still give it a shot sometime down the road if I find that not fixing it really bothers me, but for now I'm okay with it and that right there folks is incredible, because I am a full blown perfectionist, lol!

This past weekend was a date weekend for Stevie and I...  a full weekend with no kids. We love our date weekends when we get them. Dinner out on Friday, sleeping in on Saturday, fixing a late breakfast and then relaxing and taking it easy the rest of the day. Lately, we have been staying in all day Saturday and not going anywhere from the time we return from dinner on Friday night, until we leave the house on Sunday morning for church, but this weekend we did end up going out for dinner at La Casa Salsa on Saturday night {really though, it was mostly because we were out of gluten free bread, lol}. On Sunday's we do pick the kids up from their dads, for church, but then the rest of the day is ours until we take them to youth later in the evening. Anyway, I said all that to tell you about the new activity/hobby we have found that we love doing together...  puzzles! I bought Stevie a puzzle, or rather us a puzzle, for Valentine's Day and we really enjoyed it, so I found some others recently that I thought we would like so that we would have some on hand. This weekend we did a popcorn puzzle, which couldn't be more "us". Some of you may know about our love for popcorn, but if you don't we are serious popcorn enthusiasts and more likely just plain popcorn snobs.  We eat popcorn every single night together, without fail, after the kids go to bed. And when we go out of town overnight, we take our popcorn fixin' supplies with us, so that we don't have to go without. As far as we are concerned there is only one brand of popcorn and one brand of oil, ours, lol.

In other fun happenings, Brammie lost another molar and earned five bucks... woot! I usually take a picture of the kids with their tooth and their money together, but Latte ate his tooth...  kinda weird, but she sure did. I always keep their teeth too, but I guess I won't that one, lol!! 

And last but not least, the electric company came back to follow up on the power outage we had last week, due to a tree falling on our wire. They ended up cutting down the part of the tree that would/could fall on the main wire, however, Steve says they didn't cut low enough to miss our wire, which really stinks. Guess we will hope for the best there, lol!

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you have a very happy rest of your Tuesday!  :D

 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Day 30:  3.30.17

Fave Ways To Be Creative...

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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You are all going to be so proud of me...  I took more photos than I could actually use on my page this week!  That means I am back in the groove!

Last week we met Lanie in Lebanon, MO to pass Cael off to her and Alec for the next nine days.  This week we met Lanie in Lebanon, MO to pick Cael up.

From the sounds of it, Cael had a fantastic time and says he can't wait to go back for another visit!  We haven't worked it out as definite plans, but he may be able to stay a couple of weeks with Lanie when we all go down for Lanie's graduation in May.  Not only did he enjoy spending time with his sister and Alec, but he really enjoyed hanging out with Alec's roommate, Johnathan.  I hope it does work out for him to get back down there soon, because I know it was good for him.  Time away from his two younger siblings, at his age, is a good thing.

Thanks for reading today.  I hope you all have a very happy rest of your Wednesday!

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Day 29:  3.29.17

When I Need A Break...

 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Day 28:  3.28.17

The Last Few Things I Bought...

 
Monday, March 27, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Day 27:  3.27.17

Fave Supplies In My Stash...

 
Sunday, March 26, 2017
By Nicole Lynn
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Day 26:  3.26.17

Things I Do Every Day...

 
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