Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday

It's Friday! This has been the longest short week of the year... I know, I know. The year has barely begun. Let's join April for Five on Friday.

one | Inauguration

We watched the Inauguration in class today. Some students grumbled, some were happy for the break. But a common theme that we discussed was the fact that even though we might not be happy with the outcome of this most recent election, it's important to not wish failure upon our new president. I was impressed with most students' maturity in response to a new president that they didn't vote for. I hope this is a reflection of who they'll continue to be as adults.

two | supper

A friend posted a photo to her IG story of their supper this week. Sweet potato zoodle pad thai. Uhm. Can you say, "Yum"?? She shared the recipe with me and I'm so excited to try it tonight. We may even add some chicken for a little more protein.

Here's the link from Chelsea's Choices. Check out my snap story if you want to see any updates.

three | Lewis

He's starting to become mobile! I laid him down the other day by his blue cow...and he shimmied his way over and fell asleep on the floor. He cracks me up.

four | family

We spent our long MLK weekend in Iowa with Kyle's sister and her family. It was nice to be away from home and spending time with people we don't see often enough. Lewis had a great time with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. And then the drive home didn't go so well. He slept for 2.5 (ish) hours and then screamed most of the way home. Oi.

five | LLR

Time for some clothes talk. I hosted a LuLaRoe party this last week and it was so fun! It was an online party, so it was even easier to shop because you could browse from your couch in your sweats. My friend, Ashley, is a LLR retailer and she's awesome! She made the party so much fun and she was so personable for my friends to shop with. Go check her out on Facebook. Her weekly parties are on Wednesdays!

And if you host a party, you have the chance to win some free clothes!

Go check out other Five on Friday posts and have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Prayers Needed!

You may recall this post from two weeks ago. Charlotte is doing well and recovering at home with her parents. She's a sweet little girl who is so happy!

Unfortunately, baby Jackson has ended up back in the hospital. His GoFundMe link is active and there are updates as to how he's doing.

Please, please be praying for him. This sweet little boy is not doing well.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Five Months: Lewis

This is a week late, but with baby Charlotte's surgery being today, I didn't want another post on here before her get better day. Updates will be posted to the original post about Charlotte. So keep checking there.

Lewis turned 5 months last Monday. We were still on Christmas break and loving it.

He didn't have an appointment this month, so I'm not sure what his stats are. But he has been growing like crazy. He's still a peanut, but he's tall.

Lewis loves to visit and he loves people. (I'm not entirely sure where he got that from...) And he's interested in learning about everything going on around him.

In the last month, Lewis has had two snow days (the third being after his 5 mo marker), celebrated a whole week of Christmas, went to his first wedding, celebrated his first New Years, learned to nap by himself (YES!), and has gotten sick again. Stinking colds.

Three new things he's started this month are: making a really loud "mmmmmmmm" sound whenever he's unhappy...hungry, tired of being with a certain toy, tired of tummy time, etc....resting his arm over whatever he's leaning against, and folding his hands when he's pleased with himself.

We love you, Lewis. And we are so glad you're here!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome back! Some good and some not so good.

Update on Charlotte: She had surgery yesterday (Jan. 9, 2017) and everything went well! They were able to operate under her arm instead of opening her chest. The surgery was shorter than anticipated and her mom and dad were able to see her yesterday. Thank you for your prayers!

Update on Jackson: He is having a feeding tube placed today (Jan. 10, 2017) and will continue therapy for his strength. 

Check back later for more updates!

It's 2017 and we're off to a bang in the Entzel house. Lewis got sick over break and I came down with a fever of 102 on Monday. We were fortunate enough to get a(nother!) snow day on Tuesday. And Lewis and I were still sick on snuggles and extra sleep were needed.

All three of us are back to the grind of work and daycare and there are so many happy and sad things happening right now.

On a happy note, my cousin, Paula, got married Dec 30. The ceremony was short and sweet and they were married by the end of it. So it was totally a success. Lewis wowed the guests with his "perfect bald head", and "how cute he is". So a smashing success all around.

Lewis turned FIVE months on Monday. *Lest you think I forgot, I'll be having a five month post here in short order.* He's a ham and we love him so.

I mean, c'mon. Look at that pose. *heart eyes* And apparently that arm drape pose is his new thing...because this next photo was from Tuesday when we both felt crummy.

And on to some more somber news. I'm in a mom's facebook group of moms who were all due in July. (A good handful of us never actually gave birth in July, but it's the thought that counts, right?)

There are two little babes from this group who need some prayers and support. Sweet baby Charlotte has a heart condition that needs to be corrected. She's going in for heart surgery on Monday. If you would wear purple and pray for her that day, her family would appreciate it. Charlotte's family chose purple as her color because:

"Since her diagnosis, we've been praying that God would heal Charlotte's heart, either by miracle or by surgery. However, what's more important than God healing her physical heart is that some day He transform her heart from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh, thus making her a daughter of the King. This has been a prayer for our little girl since before she was born. We all know that any daughter of any king is called a princess. So, we chose purple because it is known as the color of royalty, and we want more than anything for our Charley Bug to someday be a daughter of THE King."

Excuse me while my goosebumps subside and I cry a little. My heart goes out to this beautiful family and let's lift them up in prayer before, during, and after Charlotte's surgery on Monday.

The second little babe is Jackson. He's had many hurdles to overcome since his birth over 5 months ago. He's a trooper and he's sick again. His momma is not able to work as she's with him at the hospital for all of his tests and it's going to be even more of a strain on their family. I've included a link to their GoFundMe account. If you feel like you'd be willing to support this little family, they'd appreciate it greatly. If you're unable to contribute financially, please pray for them as well. He's a trooper and really so sweet.

GoFundMe Link

And last but not least, there's a sweet lady I have been following on IG for quite some time now. She's so genuine and lovely. They're a God fearing family and it radiates from them. A few days ago, I saw that her most recent post was that her husband was in the hospital with bilateral pneumonia (basically, double pneumonia). He was on a ventilator and struggling. And a day or so ago, she posted that her husband and best friend went home to be with his Savior. This sweet family has four children who love their father dearly. He will be greatly missed and my heart aches for them. Please, please pray for them as well. Ruthanne's IG handle is @ruthannegenco. Go read her posts and her blog. Please pray for her and their children and one day, go support her and their children through her etsy store.

I'm sorry that today's post is so heavy. I tried to start off on a lighter note, but the sad and hard things have just appeared recently. Join me in celebrating the good start to 2017 and also join me in praying for those who are having a rough start.

Happy Thursday and I hope to be more up beat the next go around.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What to watch?

Christmas break is right around the corner! We have two more days of school this week. We wrap up tomorrow around 3 and we will have all of next week off! So...what better thing to do than to find some holiday (or not so holiday) movies and shows to watch??

Luma customized my list of favorite movies and shows to watch during this holiday season. They are a company that specializes in surround wifi. Luma boosts your wifi to ensure that you have the fastest, uninterrupted signal possible...throughout your entire house.

 Thanks to Ebonee, at Luma, I have this nifty graphic to share with you all!

And here's the thing, Kyle and I just talked about (most of) these shows this weekend. We've decided that every year we must watch White Christmas, Elf, & Rudolph. I added in It's a Wonderful Life, because I love the story and George Bailey is such a great character.

Because 'tis the season...I also added Gilmore Girls and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. And also because A Year in the Life just came out, it's imperative that you watch the original series beforehand.

What do you think? Am I missing any movies that should be watched during the holiday? Leave me a comment below!

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, December 16, 2016

5 things needed to survive sleep deprivation

*Linking up with A.Liz Adventures for Five on Friday!*

Lewis has been having a rough week. I think it's a combination of being at a new daycare (week 2) and teething. Poor little guy was so crabby on Tuesday night.

Since we've been lacking a significant amount of sleep in our house the last week or so, here are five things you're going to need to survive sleep deprivation with an infant.

*I'm no pro...this is our first go around, but here's what I've learned so far*

one | coffee, Coffee, COFFEE

This is a must! My dear friend, Ashley, just sent me a gift with my Lularoe order...a Starbucks gift card! *heart eye emoji* She's a momma and she knows the feels. I'm thankful for a Starbucks drive thru...kind of on my way to work.

two | snacks

Lately, my snacks have been oatmeal with peanut butter or granola bars. But some of my favorite healthy-ish snacks have been dried fruits and popcorn.

Homemade snacks are always a good option too...homemade trail mix, granola bites, or just easy veggies and dip.

three | snuggles

What helps more than snuggling with the very baby that keeps you awake at night? Not much. This meme says it all.

four | help

I'm thankful I have a partner that I can tag team with. Last night Kyle took Lewis for a while so I could try to sleep. And then Lewis started screaming and only wanted then it was my turn again.

five | cry

If none of these other things help, just cry. That's the last suggestion I have for you. I'll just say that it's not off the table in our house... Who knows? Crying might make you feel better.

Happy Friday! And we'll see you soon!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Merry Christmas (card)!

One of our Snow Day activities included taking photos with our neighbors for our Christmas cards. Taking photos in a blizzard is a tough thing...but Lewis was a champ.

Here are a few outtakes.

I love the snow effect, but apparently being the subject of photos is not our strong suit. Oops!

So from our family to yours...have a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!

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