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Girls Getaway Turned Mama Moment

Over the weekend I went about an hour north and enjoyed the sunshine of the City of Angels. ||LA||

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20140113-110242.jpg It was my sister’s birthday so it was the perfect excuse to leave the babies with their dada and eat unbelievably delicious food, engage in tons of girl talk, && shop! We discover some amazing little thrift stores and just wandered around to our next adventure.

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20140113-110744.jpg It was so much fun BUT man this mama missed her babies! Am I the only one who’s like, “GIRL TIME! GIRL TIME! WOO!” Fast forward a few hours and I’m stalking my husbands insta for photos and texting him for updates?! My guess is that it comes with the territory…. But maybe I’m just a little obsessed with them, and if that’s the case I’m totally fine with it. I mean who could blame me? They are as sweet and full of personality as can be and cute to boot! I mean. Yeah! I’m fully obsessed. Being a mom does something so gnarly to your heart. It has created a level of ownership in me that I’ve never had before. I 100% believe that my babies belong to God before they belong to me. He created them and loves them even more than i do. BUT He chose me! I repeat ||HE CHOSE ME TO BE THEIR MAMA|| that is huge && I certainly do not take it lightly. I have been commission to train them and teach them in the ways of The Lord. It is my job to pour into them with love, affection, knowledge, creativity, adventure, and deep passion. I am privileged to stay home with them daily. Of course I make claims about wanting to get away and needing a break from time to time but the relationship I have with them has changed me at a core level and I never want to put distance there. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having time to yourself. There is nothing wrong with going away for the weekend. There is nothing wrong with date nights or sighing in relief after you’ve tucked them in bed for the night after a long day. Mamas need their fill up time as well but what I’m learning is that I cannot separate myself from Phinneus and Tallulah because when I’m with them I am full.

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//Workin// for the weekend.

Life for the Holstrom crew is pretty busy, so we are always looking forward to our weekends together. I like to keep our schedule full while my husband would prefer to just hang- yet he’s the one with all the demanding commitments. I just wanna do the fun stuff! Ha!
Our weekends are typically devoted to family time but this weekend was a bit different. The hubs is the worship pastor at our church and they had their annual planning meeting. So that meant he was out of town for the weekend and I was hangin with the kids solo. ||All you single mamas rule ps.||
We spent some time with friends, went to the mall and rode the carousel, snuggled, phinn did a ton of drumming, we all wrestled, ate some yummy food, took naps, watched some cat in the hat, listened to what does the fox say, || roughly three hundred and twenty six times || && of course had a little photoshoot with TimerCam. •obviously•

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What did you spend your weekend doing?!

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Lou- headband•leggings•and tee (boys section), Target. Sweater, Carter’s. Moccs, Freshly Picked.
Phinn- green jeans && tee, Target. Sneakers, Old Navy.
Mama- jacket, forever21. Guns and roses tee, Cotton On. Jeans- vintage Levi’s (again). Sneakers, Converse.

//Chair- garage sale score.//

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Get it, kids.

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Things like
|| fashion// styling //
shopping// designing //
&& creating ||
have always been a part of me.

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My mom likes to tell a story about three year old me cruising around in the shopping cart at the grocery store. When we were checking out I looked over at the the little girl in the cart next to me and said, ” Hey. I like your shoes! Where’d ya get em- Nordstrom?!”

|| && so it b e g a n ||

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However, being a mama has changed me a little. I now think of my babes and what they wear before myself. I’ll pass on a cute sweater so I can snag something killer for them. I have so much fun dressing them… Plus they look SO cute in everything. The exception would have to be anything with sports equipment on it as well as cheesy slogans like – my auntie’s a hottie! I mean she is but come on! Must I advertise it on a three month old?! Not happening in this closet.

So here are the latest swoon worthy items from Zara! Compiling Phinn and Lou’s Christmas lists as we speak. They’d totally pick this stuff out on their own. Trust me.

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Dress for success.

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Being a stay at home mom is such a privilege. However, it also means I have very few activities I HAVE to get to. That being said it’s pretty easy to just stay in sweats and a top knot all day long. Ya feel me? I mean the nannies and babes at the park don’t mind one bit. But I mind! I have started to come to terms with a fact that I really already knew but was just ignoring. The way that I look really affects the way that I feel. I’m not super high maintenance by any means but there are a few things I’ve gotta do in order to feel good. When I take the time to get dressed in something cute, put on a little makeup, and dare I even say schedule a shower I am a better wife, mama, and friend! Of course some days are lazy days or just plain bad days but what I am learning is that sometimes my day goes that way simply because I do not put the effort into myself to make me feel good. So that being said sometimes you just gotta get dressed and snap a few photos to shake you out of that funk!

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What we wore:
Phinn- tee, Nordstrom. jeans, Levi’s. sneakers, Old Navy.
Louie- leggings, Target, tee, Cotton On Kids, jacket, the Gap. moccs, Freshly Picked. felt bow, handmade by mama.
Mama- button up, Forever 21. Knit sweater, Nordstrom. jeans vintage Levi’s. booties && sunnies, Target.

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