10 October 2016

Ten Little Things #146

1. A sweet little ballerina in my class
2. THIS video
3. Moments this week where my small group study has helped me understand more of the Bible
4. Gav earned his yellow belt at tae kwon do!
5. Fun painting something for my family
6. Fun at Gav's pre-K fall festival
7. Amazing intensive on leadership at our church
8. Movie in my parents' neighborhood...fall breeze and free popcorn!
9. Inspiration to start a new type of journaling
10. A great time with high school ministry home group

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

05 October 2016

Hey, It's Wednesday!

I keep typing and deleting this post 5 million times.  At first, it was turning out to be a vent session but that's just not me.  As I typed up all the things on my mind, including the actual pain that is, I'm pretty sure, a cluster headache, I realized how trivial and "first world problem"-y it all was.  Yeah, I have a long to do list, but I'll get it done.  It'll all get done.  So instead, I'm sharing a picture of my fun little faux pumpkin piece which is a result of my attempt to actually do things from Pinterest again.  You can check out my Pinterest "bucket list" HERE.

Also, pumpkin spice glazed pepitas from Target are amazing.  Run, buy some, and thank me later!  Oh fall, I'm so glad you're here!  See...positivity. It's a beautiful thing.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  Keep your heads up, praise the Lord that you're here, and bust you way through the rest of the week.  In other words..."Wake. Pray. Slay!"

XO, Kelly

03 October 2016

Ten Little things #145

1. Ro giggling during freeze dance at Gymboree
2. Playing with snapchat with Gav
3. Making a chalkboard client happy with just my first sketch!
4. Checking things off the to do list
5. A brand new coffee mug
6. Chopping off 4 inches of my hair
7. Gav and Ro "playing" piano together
8. My mom trying to get used to her Apple Watch and the texts that come out of it...hysterical!
9. Watching Gav and hubby swing together in the backyard
10. Open baptism at church...such a beautiful thing!

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

30 September 2016

Boss Mom with Annie The Real House Wife of Fresno

There are days that I feel totally overwhelmed.  I have a lot on my plate which is mostly self inflicted but regardless some days it has me bonkers.  I have to juggle being a wife, mom, friend, professional, aunt, daughter, cousin, granddaughter, sister just to name a few.  I also juggle being a taxi cab driver, chef, therapist, jungle gym, babysitter (and I don't mean my kids, this has more to do with work), financial planner, professional shopper, and maid.  If I try to sum up all these roles I would say I'm a BOSS mom.  To successfully get through the day I have to take charge and be the boss.  Otherwise, days would slip away and I think I would get trampled on.

Being a BOSS mom means that I have to get up every morning and take the reins.  My husband is gone by the time I get up so the morning routine is all up to me.  I try very hard as a BOSS mom to have a positive outlook on the day and set the tone for the girls.  Also as a BOSS mom I have to be as prepared as possible.  Speaking of the morning routine it's always chaotic but I try my best to prepare as much ahead of time to take the chaos level down.  I pack lunch and pick out everybody's clothes the night before.  I also think about what we will have for breakfast the next morning.  Having a routine in the morning helps move things along because Emily, my oldest can help with getting things done and she knows her responsibilities.

Part of my preparation is looking at the calendar for the next day every night.  I also look at the whole week every Sunday night.  This is when I make sure I have babysitters at the right times, I'm prepared for any presentations, I've got my errands mapped out, etc.

As a Realtor my schedule is very unknown but I utilize nap time to get as much of my work and blogging done.  As soon as naps are over it's back to the juggling act (or struggling act).  My girls take late naps so by the time they get up we might have time for a little activity and then it's dinner prep time and the girls might watch tv while I do that.  The crockpot is my favorite tool ever to make dinner time a bit easier but I can't use it every night.
My husband gets home pretty late each night so dinner is literally ready to go on the table when he walks in the door.  This means full dinner preparation is up to me.  Luckily, Emily is old enough now to help with a few small tasks around dinner time like setting out placemats and filling up water cups.

We have the same routine almost every night after dinner, which includes bath, nightly medicine, brush teeth and hair, use the restroom, say prayers, read a book and go down for bed.  If Emily has been good she sometimes gets to stay up a little later than her sister and then the three of us will play a game after the other routine stuff is done and Madison is down.

Being a BOSS Mom means that I have to delegate at the end of the day to survive.  My husband frequently does dishes while I do baths.  He also helps with the rest of the bed time routine; we make a good team.
From 6:00 am-6:00pm I'm on my own so being a BOSS Mom all day can be exhausting so getting some help at night is such a relief.

As you can see our days can be very busy and routine so part of being a BOSS mom is finding "moments" to share with my girls so the days don't slip away.  Sometimes I get home from work and don't even get a chance to change but want to spend special time with my girls.  I even try to spend one-on-one time with each girl.
This is a time that Emily and I made homemade strawberry ice cream.  She talked about that experience all summer long.  It was so fun and tasted even better! 

One way I spend one-on-one time with Madi is taking her to a mommy and me gym class while Emily is in school.

To sum up being a BOSS Mom in one simple sentence it means I have to manage it all. 

And let's be honest one of the greatest struggles of all is the FAMILY PHOTO!!!  Family photos crack me up because you're dying for that perfect photo but the behind the scenes is a very different reality..."If you don't smile and look at the camera no TV for a week!...Smile and I'll give you 5 lbs of candy...Act happy Darnit!!!"
Anyways every family photo shoot I sweat bullets and my blood pressure goes through the roof but getting that perfect family photo makes it all worth it.  This is our most recent family photo and what do you know we never got one with both girls smiling!  This was a close enough winner.
But this right here is what makes the struggle worth it!!!!

Ultimately being a BOSS mom means keeping my family together, happy, and healthy.

As a BOSS Mom I:
1. Take Charge
2. Prep
3. Plan, Plan, Plan
4. Have a Positive Attitude
5. Rely on Routines
6. Delegate
7. Find Moments
8. Live for my Family

I am Annie, the author of The Real Housewife of Fresno.  I am a wife, mama, Realtor, and lifestyle blogger.  I share about family, friends, food, fashion, and my favorite finds.  I was born and raised in Fresno, CA and I truly love this place I call home.  I married my high school sweetheart, Kevin in 2009 and we welcomed our first bundle of joy, Emily Grace in 2011 and our second baby girl, Madison Anne in 2014.  I wear a million different hats a day but typically love all my roles.  My obsessions include reality tv, anything sweet, high heels, handbags, arm candy, sunnies, lip gloss, buffalo chicken salad, hot tea (I hate coffee), Instagram, Pinterest, and a good book, a pool, and a cocktail!
I love connecting with new people so stop by and say hello:
Twitter: @RHWifeofFresno

28 September 2016

From Pinspiration to Reality

I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days.  I've gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it.  So sad, such wasted inspiration.  I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped.

Then, last week I shared my fall bucket list (see it HERE) and it got me thinking.  

Enter the Pinterest bucket list!

These are all pins that I have on other boards that are just sitting there.  And you know sometimes certain good intended pins can get lost depending on how long ago you found it.  So I sifted through my boards and started repining them to a new one entitled, you guessed it, "Pinterest Bucket List".  I ready to dig in and get these projects going!

What's on my list so far?

- A weekly clothes sorter for Gav to make getting ready for school easier/quicker
- DIY "Poo" pourri (don't judge me)
- A pumpkin vase
- Kid activities
- Faux fondant
- about 101 recipes that I'm dying to try

What's on your Pinterest bucket list?
XO, Kelly