Leslyn's Lovely Life

Friday, November 6, 2015

*tap tap tap* is this thing on?

I haven't written on this old page in a while. There are so many things I want to talk about, but because I'm very scatterbrained at the moment, the best way for me to do this is to talk in bullet points. 

- I feel the need to deeply apologize for being "That annoying girl with a blog" for many years. I will confess that one recent sleepless night, I went through my twitter account and deleted a ton of tweets that were basically begging people to read my posts. I was trying to turn this thing into something that would bring in a significant amount of income. As you can guess by my many recent posts, it never happened. But stepping away for a long time helped me realize the value of what this blog could be.

- From here on out, this is going to be a space for me to document the little moments that happen in our lives. Not because I'm trying to advertise them to the world, but because I want to look back and remember sweet memories. No more obnoxious, self-promoting social media blasts (unless it's something super important. Then obviously I will shamelessly blow up your twitter and facebook feeds). 

- I started a new job, and it's the best thing that has ever happened in my career. I'm an elementary music teacher, and I couldn't love my job more. I nearly stepped away from teaching last year when we moved down here, but I knew God was telling me to give it one last shot. I'm so glad I listened. 

- It took a really long time (almost a year) for me to get into a groove here in Houston. In hindsight, I really think I struggled with depression the first few months we were here. I guess having a baby, selling your house, leaving all of your friends, and starting fresh can do that to some people. But I'm in a much better place now, by God's grace.

- I can't wait to post about Emmett in the near future. He's talking, walking/running, and doing the most hilarious things ALL THE TIME. His daddy and I are more smitten than ever with this kiddo.

- Speaking of kiddos, if you aren't following me on social media, you're the last person to find out that we're having another baby! Due date is May 5th, but today I learned that this one will be a scheduled C-section, so it will probably be born in April. We find out in a few weeks what we're having, so I'll be sure to give you an update.

Okay, I think that's everything for now. Have a happy weekend! 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Who are "They"?

"So often we don't realize the sheer force and influence relationships have in our lives. I would say, generally speaking, the majority of issues we face today all go back to one powerful question: Who are THEY?"

I can't tell you how much I agree with that first sentence, taken from "50 Shades of They" by Ed Young (pastor at Fellowship Church in Dallas). As a teacher, I see this all the time. I remember one scenario where a well-behaved student started hanging out with the wrong crowd, and as a result of the influence of his friends, he started dealing drugs and got arrested (and this kid was in junior high). I don't know what that student is up to now, but I can't help but wonder how different his life would be had he chosen to spend time with different people.

Young's book emphasizes the importance of choosing friends wisely, and how to truly make those relationships flourish. He gives 50 different insights to relationships that are very helpful. Each chapter is only a few pages long, so it's easy to pick up when you only have a few free minutes to read.

This book is an easy read, and I would highly recommend it to high school students as they're figuring out who they are and who their true friends are. Of course, if you're an adult and dealing with difficult friendships or relationships, this can be an eye-opening read as well.

This book was provided to me by Shelton Interactive. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Emmett: 12 Months

My sweet Emmett,

You are one today! I'll never forget the first time I saw your sweet face in that operating room- I felt like my heart burst with a love that I had never quite experienced before. And ever since that first moment, my love for you has grown exponentially. 

You have a crazy huge head (and you did when you were born), so you sometimes look like a little baby to me. Bless your heart, you're still trying to grow some hair, but it's just not coming in yet (except for the back of your head). Maybe you'll have your first hair cut by the time you're two? We'll see. 

You have 4 teeth, and you love to use them to eat yummy big boy food like chicken, spaghetti, watermelon, peaches, and sweet potatoes. You started drinking apple juice last month, and Daddy wanted to be sure that it was organic and didn't have any added sugars- and you didn't seem to mind one bit! Remember when we were so worried that you were too little and not gaining enough weight? Well let's just say we aren't worried anymore- your little leg rolls are my favorites. 

You've been to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and right now, you're on your first international trip to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Italy (just wait until you try real Italian spaghetti next week- it will rock your world). 

You sleep through the night 95% of the time- you sure took your time to get to that point! It wasn't until we introduced protein to your diet that you decided to sleep all night long. You crawl everywhere, and you love to pull up on anything in sight. 

You love our dogs, Luna and Chip, and they love you too- they give you sweet puppy kisses and you don't seem to mind one bit. You make a grunting "ooh" sound whenever you see any animals- I think that's your way of communicating to them. We'll work on animal sounds this year. :) 

You enjoy playing with your friends at church, and the sweet ladies who keep you a few times a week can't get enough of you! Most of the time, they say you're one of the best-behaved little ones in there, and they tell me that you rarely cry for more than 30 seconds after mommy and daddy drop you off. 

I hope that you grow up to be a man who loves and serves the Lord and people. I hope that you are courageous, have integrity, and that you will have a great work ethic like your daddy. I hope that you love to play outside and read books every night before bed time. I pray that you never forget how much we love you.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firmoo Glasses

I am so excited to partner with Firmoo for this post. They were kind enough to send me a complimentary set of glasses for review.

I've worked with Firmoo in the past, and they are a wonderful company. Their customer service is excellent, and their website is very user-friendly. It took me a couple of days to decide what pair I would like to review, and after using their special "Try On" feature (where you upload a picture of yourself so you can see if the glasses work for you), I was able to select the perfect glasses for me.

One of the things that I love most about these glasses is that they are a fun burgundy color. I usually stick with brown or black frames, so I wanted to break the mold a bit with a different color. I also loved the fact that the glasses fit me perfectly, and that the ordering process was easy (and the shipping was speedy).

I think that the best thing about Firmoo is that their glasses are affordable for anybody, but the price of the glasses does not compromise the high quality of the product itself.

Do yourself a favor and order some glasses from Firmoo the next time you need to add some frames to your collection!
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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Emmett: 11 Months

Weight: 21 lbs 1 oz (58th percentile)
** I didn't check his height or head circumference, but he has outgrown a ton of clothes over the past month, and his head is so large that it's a challenge to get him dressed. Haha

Milestones: Our little guy has teeth now!!! He cut his first two teeth last week. His top teeth are about to come in any day now! He wasn't grumpy at all with the bottom teeth, but the top ones are a whole 'nother story. He's also gaining more balance, but he still gets a little scared when he stands up on his own so he usually falls down to his knees.

Sleep: Our little man sleeps through the night now! Woohoo!!! We usually lay him down between 8-8:30, and he doesn't wake up until about 6-7. I'm so thankful that he sleeps more. I think it all had to do with him getting more nutrients (especially protein)

Favorite Things: Eating (all. the. time.), watching videos of himself, listening to music, watching a TV show called Notekins (about music, because duh), blowing bubbles, watching the puppies, and pulling up on every single thing in our apartment.

Health: We've had a healthy boy for the most part- his reflux started acting up again for a little bit, but that's worked itself out.

Eating: We have given Emmett a ton of different foods this month. I did some research and realized how behind we were with giving him "big boy food". So we tried to give him food that he could gnaw on with his little gums (until his teeth started coming in last week). He loves chicken and spaghetti! Here are a few pics from his first spaghetti experience.

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