2.24.2017

five on friday

one. eighty-seven
this February weather is insane, ya'll.  it was 87 degrees yesterday and has been a perfect 75 all week long!  not that I'm completely ready for the summer and the Texas heat that goes along with it, but we have basically bypassed winter and walked straight into spring over here. 
we've been spending a ton of time outside and enjoying our afternoons when the weather is just right.  we met britt and her family for burgers and fries for dinner this week- I feel like this needs to be a weekly thing and the weather needs to stay.  not to mention.. the sheet pan of garlic parmesan fries.
twogood friends
the big girls went on an Auntie + Uncle J date last weekend and they had THE best time complete with mint chocolate chip ice cream and dirty knees from hard core park play.  I always appreciate the relationship my girls have with them! and they are still talking about their time spent with those two a week later.

three. it is finished
..and we are waiting patiently for you sweet boy!  Sarah created the sweetest name sign for Brady's nursery to hang over his crib and delivered it this week.  I'm doing a canvas wall of his hospital pictures along with this sign, so it wont officially be finished until after he's born, but everything else is in its place!  this girl has some crafty talent and I'm so proud of her for it!
check out her shop, HERE!
four box cars
the theme last week at preschool was "transportation" and we got a letter home a couple weeks ago about drive in movie day along with instructions on making homemade box cars to bring for that day, too.  these were SO FUN to make and the girls loved picking out their decorations (thank you Target dollar spot!) and choosing their own wrapping paper to cover their box in (I was solo and didn't want to mess with the paint and wrangle three toddlers).  I asked the produce guy at Target if he had any empty apple boxes and he happily handed a couple over! 
I had been wracking my brain for three days about where to find an apple box (what's an apple box!?) and I could have jumped for joy when he walked out with them!

Jolie kept hugging me every 5 minutes while I was hot gluing her wheels and cutting out her name letters. Jo is all about the little details and I absolutely love her for it. no matter how raw my finger tips are today from all that hot glue.  worth it.


fivebaby boy love
so much love is being showered over this boy!  I am so thankful for how amazing some of my favorite small shops are as the care packages trickle in


six. because.. she's too good.
..lastly, for good measure and to carry us into the weekend
AND because she just makes our life so much brighter.




2.22.2017

35 weeks + embracing the end

I've got 6 whole pounds of baby in this belly. little boy Brady is going to outweigh his sisters by a long shot.  at 35 weeks I feel every single inch of his long legs moving and pushing and (painfully) stretching to make room in the space that just seems to be getting smaller by the day (literally).
 I am embracing these last couple weeks as best as I can.  

truth :: this hasn't been the easiest pregnancy.  
at.all.
I'm nauseous at least once or twice a day.
..and when I don't sleep well at night I am sick ALL DAY.
I'm exhausted to the point of tears about three times a week.
all I can think about is bedtime and it takes everything in me to keep my eyes open later than 8pm. 
food completely grosses me out about 65% of the time.
I'm living on coffee + multi-grain cheerios + protein shakes + sweet tarts.
.. even the breakfast I've been eating every day for almost 5 years (peanut butter + sliced banana toast) is so unappealing. 
whats wrong with me?! pregnancy twice before this has been relatively uneventful and remarkably pleasant- even on bedrest with the twins I hardly felt the discomfort I'm feeling now carrying this little boy.  nausea wasnt in my vocabulary and sub sandwiches, tequila, and peanut butter was all I could think about. 
not together, of course!
y'all.. I sat on the floor with my girlfriends playing with our kiddos over the weekend and my butt is so sore it feels like I've done 1800 squats. 
my belly is HUGE and I get lightheaded if I lay too far over to my back.
I cant sleep at night unless I'm laying/sitting up on 4 giant pillows AND the Snoogle.
Jordan is the best sport and never complains about the 11 inches of space he has in our king sized bed.

but, I'm determined to embrace it.
all of it.  
 we made our weekly trip to the OB for a sonogram to check in with our growing boy yesterday and it was the first appointment in weeks that I walked out of there feeling encouraged and excited about the final days to come before meeting Brady. 

my amniotic fluid has leveled itself off.
Brady's kidney is stable.
..and he has a FULL head of hair:)

I filled out the paperwork for cord blood retrieval, final details of this pending delivery- we will be doing a scheduled c-section again as I did with the two deliveries before- and had a serious discussion (and signed all the consent forms) for making this our last baby/pregnancy/delivery.
ever.
after Baker was born I knew 100% that she wasn't our last.  we weren't finished with our family and we prayed and prayed for this final sweet being to bless us.. boy or girl, we didn't care one single bit.
 and here we are.  9 months worth of a tremendous whirlwind + rollercoaster ride and it wouldn't be normal without a handful of terrifying thoughts and panic moments about adding number four to the mix.
truth :: we are beside ourselves with excitement.
pregnancy is such a beautiful experience.
I've been incredibly blessed to carry four amazing + healthy babies.
not everyone gets to do what I've done, so while this time hasn't been 100% rainbows and unicorns, I am counting every single day as part of something that I wouldn't change for the world, will never forget, and I never ever want to take these moments for granted.

..even when I'm sobbing into my cereal because I'm so dang sleepy.


 my baby boy.
my final sweet tiny love.
its almost time to meet you.




the most amazing photography by: b faith photography
I'm so thankful for you, Britt!! 

2.20.2017

Parker + Jolie's big girl room

well, its about time.
when I was pregnant with Baker, Parker and Jolie officially came out of their cribs and we transitioned them into two twin size beds around age two and a half.
..and that was the end of their "big girl room"update.  
at the time I didn't feel the need to change out a bunch of things and completely update their room on top of decorating a nursery for a third baby girl- they were pretty young and outside of the beds they still fit the style of their nursery considering their age pretty well.  not to mention that the transition to "big girl beds" was HUGE excitement for them and for all of us, so we left it at that.  

fast forward to about a week ago.. Jordan, whom secretly surfs + pins via my Pinterest account, caught a wild hair to "build the girls a bunk bed".  we go through this a lot.. Jordan thinks of amazing things, we sit on the idea for a week or two, and then we move on.  
not this time.  
to give him more credit- we have been talking about doing this for a solid 6 months, at least.. so it wasn't a complete shock to me when we finally decided to pull the trigger on the plans.
currently our garage is stacked with wood and cluttered about with his large tool collection, skill saw and sander.  not to mention that we have made about 63 trips to Lowe's over this last week to pick up/exchange/remeasure for these amazing beds he's going to build our big girls.
image inspiration via pinterest
I, for one, am SO excited about this.  their room isn't very big and has always felt somewhat smooshed together because, well, when you throw two cribs and now two beds together in one space it could seem a little cramped. 
Jordan is painting the bed a white wash color.. the room will remain the same as far as paint goes.  it is a purple/periwinkle color and I, for the life of me, cannot remember what in the world the color or brand is to share!  maybe Jordan remembers.. 
ANYway
their room has always been a coral/gold/mint color scheme, and since I absolutely love it we aren't changing that one bit.  even better, we can keep a lot of the same decor going into their "new room" that we had in their nursery.  
image inspiration via pinterest
 their dresser was originally bought in a black and silver checkered pattern (seriously).. we painted a coral color over top of that and then did an antique white crackle paint overlay and distressed the edges so the coral would peek through here and there.  I have decided I want to repaint their dresser again with a mint color chalk paint and replace the coral rosette pulls with a copper handle pull instead.
image inspiration via pinterest
since we are opening up a TON of space in their room by putting the bunk bed on one wall, I'm going to do a collage of (big) girly things and updated pictures of Parker and Jolie on the opposite wall framed out with a giant mirror.  it is currently GOLD, like gaudy gold, and hanging in our bedroom.  I've been looking for something different to hang in our room, and completely getting it out and putting it in the twins' room instead will motivate me even more to get on that. 
a little white spray paint over the gold frame and letting the girls enjoy it in their room sounds so much better, anyway.
maybe get a few chairs and a little table for them to play at?  
eventually that space could be filled with a school desk for homework or art projects??!
no. I can't go there yet.
not yet!
I cant wait to share the girls' updated room!  Jordan should start building this week- Jolie is already sleeping on her mattress on the floor!  so we are ready to rock and roll!

stay tuned!  I am so excited to be doing this for our first ladies:)
you can see the twins' original nursery reveal HERE
their transition from cribs to "toddler beds" HERE
..and their sweet little twin bed details in their monthly update HERE

2.15.2017

preparing for baby with evenflo

time if flying. 
I feel like it was just weeks ago that I was taking pregnancy test after pregnancy test (albeit, sometimes twice a day during that first trimester) in complete disbelief that I was pregnant.
and now here we are with all these baby boy things filling our front room, coming together as an almost finished nursery in preparation for his arrival in just a handful of short weeks. with every doctor's visit and repeat sonogram I'm reminded with how quickly he's growing and what little time is left before I actually get to hold a newborn.
the best snuggles and squeaks and baby smells of his head.

early in my pregnancy, after finding our we were indeed being blessed with a baby boy, we talked about how we should probably invest in some baby gear that is generally directed to being more masculine.. a car seat with a pink canopy, floral crib sheets, and the bright purple seats of a stroller weren't going to fly for this Massey babe.  so many things have changed since welcoming the girls 4 years ago- the styles and plethora of trendy baby items available are amazing and nearly overwhelming. thankfully there are brands that remain constant and familiar to this 4th time mom over here.  I was so excited for the opportunity to fill our newborn stroller needs with the Pivot Travel System from Evenflo.
my absolute favorite feature?  well, that full coverage canopy option basically sold me at first sight.
other strollers I have used with my newborns go from the common car seat option to toddler seat, which leaves me with that weird middle space when they are too big for the infant cars seat but not big enough for the toddler feature just yet.  having the ability to be able to take my baby on a walk and allow him to snooze on his back while doing so seems like a nice option to have! 

my plans for post-baby include getting back into the swing of bootcamp again and they happened to get a new group started in my neighborhood!  I can just walk him right up the street in his new stroller and let him sleep while I get in a good 60 minutes.
..well.  that's the plan, anyway.
Brady might be laughing his way out of the womb.


another amazing benefit is the giant storage basket in the undercarriage of the stroller.  not only to fit the diaper bag, but also to fit the millions of other toddler trinkets and toys and purses- AND snacks and sippy cups that the twins and Baker cannot live without while we run errands.  I swear my back end looks like toys r us exploded for all the things they load into the car and fail to get them out when we return home. 


another amazing detail about the Pivot Modular Stroller Travel System by Evenflo is that it includes the Evenflo SafeMax™ Infant Car Seat.  checked that baby "to-do" off my list, too!
while I don't have previous experience with these car seats I was pleased after doing some research about the brand and overall safety of them.  Evenflo has designed and tested their seats for structural integrity at energy levels 2x the federal crash test standard and tested to simulate a side impact event and rollover event. the SafeMax™ Infant Car Seat also features an Anti-Rebound Bar that limits the amount of rebound movement experienced in the event of a frontal-impact.

the car seat snap in is also a feature of this stroller, which I'll appreciate trying to get in and out of Target with a sleeping babe.

..hey belly.

alright Mr. Brady. we've got you covered in the cruise department:)

as always, thank you to Brittany for her photo snapping talent, and to Evenflo for sponsoring this post.

you can find my mama bear tee HERE // my yoga pants HERE // sneakers HERE
diaper bag HERE + car seat cover HERE
swaddle blanket HERE + personalized leather paci clip HERE

2.14.2017

valentine's day | throw back

I think JoJo was tipping the scales at 6 pounds and the dark hair that covered their newborn head was slowly starting to fall out and replaced with a strawberry blonde color for Jolie and a dirty blonde for Parker.
omg... I just cant. 
those jammies.
baby hairs.
so much sugar!
giving me such trouble- they ganged up on me every day.  but I could never (and still cant!) resist those toothy grins + squinty eyes.
give them all the ponies + pounds of candy for breakfast.
my sweet giggly girls in all their sister glory.
I thought they were SO big then..
 ..and a TEENY Baker Bree
2 0 1 7
basically my house is run by that one in the middle.
she has no idea what she's in for in the next, oh, 6 weeks or so.
we have no real plans for this valentine's day. the twins have a little party at school that we will swing by to celebrate with them.  before that we might hit up a patio for lunch with miss Baker, and there will probably be chips and salsa involved.
for dinner I've got verde salsa chicken in the crock pot for a repeat of street tacos from last week, per the hubby's request.  
for reference: green verde salsa + 2lbs chicken breast on LOW for 6 hours in the crock pot.
shred and mix in your favorite toppings (we like fresh pico + crumbled feta) and throw on a tortilla.
we'll probably watch a DVR'd train wreck Bachelor episode and head to bed before 9pm.

fine by me.
theres no one I would rather do this life with than those three girls above and my sweet guy by my side.
I wouldn't change a thing. 

happy valentine's day!

2.09.2017

33 weeks + big sister girls

photography by b faith photography 
 beanie c/o // v-neck tee // cardigan // leggings c/o // sneakers
I've got almost five and a half pounds of baby in this serious belly I'm carrying around. 
after my OB and sonogram appointment earlier this week, Brady has gained 8 ounces in like 5 days.
this boy is going to be a chunk and I can wait to smooch those cheekies.

 I wrote my big girls a letter on the eve I went into labor with Baker..  I had no idea after and posting it I would soon be on my way to becoming a mama to three girls just hours later.  it kind of gives me anxiety to write about it now because Brady is NOT allowed to come yet.  
NOT YET. 
although we are over the moon in love with him and are literally counting down the days!
6 more weeks!!


in writing that letter I wish for them to be able to look back and hopefully feel the emotions their mama had for them as they stepped into big sisterhood.  
reading our letters to Parker and Jolie over again as I prepared this post got me all teary eyed and emotional- they were SO little and so much change has happened since then!
(you can read a letter to the big sisters, HERE

they have done an AMAZING job and my/our pride for them is overwhelming to say the least.
so many sweet characteristics have come about between the two of them since their baby sister was born- part of that, of course, has come with their age (they were SO tiny!!) but I also think a large part has to do with their role as big sisters to their Baker Bree.  

Parks.
 this girl embodies more grace than any one I know.  I, as the adult I feel like I am, could learn a thing or two from her.  
she also has SO MUCH  love. first thing out of her mouth in the morning is "where's Baker" followed by "..get me my chocolate milk.."  the moment Baker wakes she wants to be near her, hold her, cuddle her, squeeze her face so tightly (maybe a little too tightly..?).  Parker finds such joy in the little things with Baker and includes her in everything she does.
if I'm being honest, to see her develop and grow with such a nurturing characteristic surprised me.  my tomboy that cares nothing for baby dolls and would rather be playing with sticks and bugs or following her daddy around with the water hose is the biggest mother hen in this house.
its carried over into her other interactions (with kiddos at school) and I definitely attribute this development to her baby sister at home.

JoJo.
even though she showed a big interest in her new baby sister, she continued life as usual pretty quickly after Baker was born. she didn’t seem to mind that Baker needed a lot of attention.. and just carried on with her laid back self as she's always been. but as Baker has gotten older and more interactive Jolie finds the fun. 
Jolie IS THE fun
the most carefree and life loving little girl, she is. and Baker knows it.
playing chase around and around the kitchen island.
pushing her in circles on the big trike because Baker cant reach the pedals..
singing, counting, yelling and dancing in the car.  their seats are right next to each other, so they tend to play a game of "pass the puppy" to which the backseat explodes with laughter and giggles.
like Parker, Jolie also has the sweetest grace with Baker.. not just anyone gets their hands on Jolie's Puppy and she hands it over to Baker (for the most part) pretty freely.

I know the future may hold sister girl fights over clothes and makeup and who's turn is it in the bathroom all three of them will share (Lord help us..), but they are both are so gracious with their time and space and definitely have more patience with their little sister than I have on most days for all three of them.  I know in the stage of life we are in right now they screech and scream over Baker taking their toys or demolishing their block towers, making those days the ones that they just aren’t very good friends. but they still love her so.

Baker just smiles from ear to ear when she sees her sisters, and always looks for them when she hears their voice.  play time is outrageous and loud and the joy that all three of them have when they are together is unreal.
even though I’m her mommy and Jordan is her daddy, I have a feeling that those big girls are Baker's favorite people.

..which brings me to this baby boy that is due for his arrival soon..
they talk about baby brother all the time.
they get so tickled when they get to feel him roll around in my belly.
they ask to sit/play in his room at least twice every day.
they just cannot wait to meet him.
after watching them transition so well when a new infant invaded their space, I know that they will have the same love, enjoyment, and grace towards Brady as they do with Baker. 

to think that I get to do this transition of new life with my big girls over again as we did with Baker makes me so excited. this time with a little brother.
so unreal. so unfathomable.
straight from my dreams.
the countdown is on.

2.06.2017

photo every hour | spa day + then some

eight.
slow to start.. I could have slept until noon- I say that to myself every single morning as I roll out of bed.  
but I had amazing plans ahead of me and was so excited to get the day started!
with coffee of course.
 nine.
I am SO ready for the start of my spa day!  Brittany picked me up at 9:30am and our first stop, naturally, was Starbucks.
you can snag my tee here and my yoga pants here
 ten. 
we have arrived!  the entire spa requires that you do not wear shoes, as well as required "uniforms" on the second and third floor of the spa (the most flattering t-shirt and giant workout shorts you can imagine).  we had a locker for our shoes right when we entered and a separate locker for our other belongings after getting settled in the women's only bath and lounge area.
it was just the beginning of the best day!
 eleven.
about to hit the hot baths!  there were rooms upon rooms and hot tubs upon hot tubs.  it was amazing!  there was very very very strict rules on the usage of your cell phone in certain areas (especially in the woman's bath and locker lounge) so we were very careful when and where we used our phones.  I was bummed not to be able to take more detailed shots of all the fun components of spa castle.
but here is a close up of our faces, instead:)

noon
our scheduled massages were from twelve to one, so I missed that hour to snap a photo because I was half asleep and getting the best prenatal rubdown eva.

one.
LUNCH.  
there are three or four restaurants to choose from, but sushi was on our radar.
I ate this giant seaweed salad, too and haven't stopped thinking about it since.  the dressing is my favorite part.. and the fact that the lettuce leaves are always soaked in it.
 two.
hiding in the handicap stall (ha!) to snap a pic of my adorable + super comfortable maternity suit from kortni jeane!
you can find my top here (which is non-maternity) and maternity bottoms here
out to the baths again for (virgin) bloody mary drinks and to soak until our next appointment.
 three.
pedicures time!  my feet needed it so bad and the reflexology massage was outstanding. 
I need one of those every single day.
there's a peek at those super awesome spa uniform shorts:)
 four.
it was such a good day, but I definitely missed my babies!
 five.
looking for one last touch to the nursery. before dinner we made a stop at world market and tested all the comfy chairs..
 six.
..and then onto home goods. 
my child.  thankfully the place was dead on a Saturday night:)
 seven.
dinner!  finally!
 eight. 
daddy + his babies
 nine.
final coat to the wood work + door in Brady's nursery!  Jordan worked all day in here while I was gone.  the crib + changing table are bright white and it made the other white details in the room look yellow.  so Jordan fixed it right up.
 ten.
I had a couple stitch fix clients to style before heading to bed.. but I fell asleep within 7 minutes of getting comfortable on the couch.
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