Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ooo baby, baby

baby3announcement

We wanted to share Groves baby #3 is coming February 2015! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Anderson Wedding

We met Catherine through her sister and brother in law a couple years ago. She moved to College Station to go to A&M and quickly became a part of our lives. There has been many times that Audrey has chosen to "go to" Catherine instead of me! "Ca-ca" is one of Audrey's favorite people.

Last year, Ryan and Catherine started dating and we got to spend more time with Ryan. After getting engaged they asked Cody to officiate their wedding, me to be a Matron of Honor and Audrey to be the flower girl. This was the first wedding that 3 out of 4 of us were in! We were so honored to be apart of their special day and can't wait to see their life together as Mr. & Mrs. Anderson.

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 We had so much fun celebrating Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Anderson today! #andersonweddingpart2

We were a little unsure about how Audrey would do once I had to leave her . She cried a little bit but we told her to take her flowers to go show daddy. She RAN down the isle and once she got to Cody at the front say, "daddy, look at my pretty flowers".

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Flower girl is ready to make her debut! #audreycate #andersonweddingpart2

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Port Aransas Vacation

We spent the first week of June with Cody's parents and sister in Port Aransas. This was the kids first trip to the beach and they had so much fun! We spent lots of time on the balcony watching the waves, chasing seagulls, building sand castles, eating, and enjoying time together.

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There was still quite a bit of seaweed and Chandler wasn't the biggest fan. He liked the sand and the pool water!

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I was looking around for Audrey one day and finally found her in Aunt Ami's room checking out all her nail polish colors. Of course she chose PINK with sparkles.

Audrey checking out @amigroves nail polish collection!    #grovesvacay2014

We went to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus one morning. Chandler loved the turtles and Audrey loved "Nemo".

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My two handsome guys!  #grovesvacay2014

These two couldn't get enough of the sand! #firstbeachtrip #grovesvacay2014

Little man and Pa. #matchymatchy #grovesvacay2014

We had a fun filled week at the beach. The kids loved swimming in the pool (you would have been proud @mrsdecuir), building in the sand, the aquarium, birds off our balcony. Thanks for a wonderful week Nana, Pa, and Aunt Ami!!  #grovesvacay2014

Other highlights from the trip:
- Pa and Chandler found a smashed frog in the parking lot and Chandler talked about it all week.
- The kids watched Monsters Inc. for the first time and loved it.
- Adults playing "The Game of Things" after the kids went to sleep.
- Sand!
- The condo we stayed in was beautiful and right on the beach. We rented a tent during the day and were able to play without the direct sun.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 14

Book Club with these 3 cuties today! We read lots of books about FEET. They enjoyed wearing their fun new socks and got to decorate their own pair!
Day 92: My friend Christan and I started meeting 2x a month for a kids Book Club. Today we read lots of books about FEET. We talked about different types of feet and what great things our feet can do. They enjoyed wearing their fun new socks and got to decorate their own pair!

  Riding the princess boat to a party. #lotsofPiNK
Day 93: We had 3 sweet sisters come play today! Audrey joined Bethany and Hannah on the "princess boat" to ride to a party. :)

ENT waiting room with this little bit. Thanks to @sezell @lindsaysmorris and @amigroves for having your animals on Instagram! ❤️
Day 94: Audrey had an ENT check up this morning. I always have to be creative when I take her because it isn't kid friendly at all. Today we spent a lot of our wait time looking at friends Instagram animal videos or pictures.

Ready for Day 2 of Proclaim! #proclaimconf
Day 95: New Life hosted Proclaim! Evangelism Conference this weekend. Christan, Emily and I helped with registration. It was such a wonderful time of learning and being challenged.

Oops, Audrey ate an apple on the way home from church and there is only the bottom half left.
Day 96: Oops, Audrey ate an apple on the way home from church and there is only the bottom half left.


Day 97: Such a beautiful day!! We are enjoying the wonderful weather. Today was very busy but we got to spend time with lots of friends. Hot Shots this morning, lunch with cousins, nap time Preschool meeting with Catherine and dinner with Julie!

I let Audrey read books after her nap today. After a few minutes I hear, "mama, I in the basket!"
Day 98: I let Audrey read books after her nap today. After a few minutes I hear, "mama, I in the basket!"

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Love List

1. Fancy Face Oil: My friend, Lynsey shared about how she uses the Oil Cleansing Method for washing her face a long while back and I thought she was crazy. I could never imagine adding more oil to my already oily face but it is amazing! You can read more about it here. Lynsey's friend Mandi actually has an etsy shop that sells all sorts of products but my favorite is the Fancy Face Oil. It smells so good and my face has never felt better. You should check it out!!

2. Clorox toilet wand: Seriously, I love this invention. No more yucky toilet brush that I have to keep around after cleaning. Just snap on a new pad, swish around and clean the toilet and then throw it away! Fast, simple, awesome.

A few minutes away this morning to study God's word. Grateful for you @cowayes and the many ways you serve and love us and others! #groveseveryday2014 #day57
3. Radical's Secret Church: A few of my friend's were talking about Secret Church. I had never heard of it but I decided to check it out. I just finished the first one on the Old Testament and have pages filled with notes that have taught me so much. I look forward to going through all of these (one day)!

Here is a little more about it...
Secret Church is a time where we join together to study God's Word and to identify with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted in countless places around the world. When we think of "church" in America, we think of going to meet at a building, singing, praying and hearing a message from a Pastor or teacher. But in many places around the world, "church" meets in a home, an apartment, even in secret. These small groups of Christ-followers often meet for many hours in study, prayer and fellowship, as it is dangerous to travel to "church" and they want to make the most of their time together. Secret Church is our "house church," where we meet periodically for an intense time of Bible study--lasting 6 hours--and prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe. This is not for the uncommitted or faint at heart. But if you desire to know God more deeply through His Word, and know His Church more fully around the world, then please join us for Secret Church.


4. Melissa and Doug sticker books: They sell tons of different options but my kids have really liked these. They are reusable stickers that create different scenes. I prepped them by taking off all the stickers and put them in a ziplock bag (that is the hardest part for them to do). Then each kid gets a scene and a bag. If they want to move to a different scene or switch I just have them put all the pieces back in the bag first. These have been great for playing while I get dinner ready!

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5. Starbucks Chai latte (with soy milk and no water): I have searched for a yummy warm Starbucks drink. Although there are some I like, nothing has ever been my favorite. My friend Tara brought me one and I love it. This is my go-to drink now! Oooh and for a cold drink I like the Orange Refresher!

6. NutriBullet: We have tried a few different blenders and never had much success. I know there are some really fancy ones on the market but we have never had that kind of money to spend on a blender. My parents got me the NutriBullet for my birthday and we have seriously used it almost every single day. The kids LOVE helping me make their breakfast smoothie and it is an easy way to not only get fruits but veggies in!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Groves Family 2014 // Week 13

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Day 85: Some days you just need to FaceTime daddy during lunch. :)

Oh the mess that is happening just so I can put on some eye liner!  #audreycate
Day 86: Audrey loves to be in the bathroom with me when I am trying to get ready. It usually makes things a little crazy! Today she dumped out all the cotton balls pom-poms out of the jar and started using the lid to fill up the jar. Before I knew it, she was using it as a cup and drinking all the water.

❤️ We missed you @lindsaysmorris!!
Day 87: Today was a BUSY day! I helped work our local consignment sale this morning, Cody had a deacon training meeting tonight and then we went on a date to Island Party to see Trip Lee. Jacob was in town to DJ for Trip so we got to see him for a little bit!

It's crazy how much older he seems since his haircut.
Day 88: I can't believe how much older Chandler looks with his new hair cut!

❤️ #siblinglove
Day 89: We went to the early service today so we had a little time to play before afternoon naps. Audrey and Chandler were sitting on a little bench in our garage so I thought it was a perfect photo opportunity!

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Day 90: Week 3 at Hot Shots! Cody got to go with us today and Chandler had a great time.

2 out of 3 meals prepped for today and it's only 8:15. Gotta love productive mornings, they are few and far between!
Day 91: 2 out of 3 meals prepped for today and it's only 8:15. Gotta love productive mornings, they are few and far between!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Organizing a Freezer Meal Swap

Procrastination at it's finest!  Just now making all my meals for the freezer swap tomorrow morning.  Cody saw the rosemary in the fridge today and said, "why do you have a Christmas tree in a cup??"

Okay so for those of you who asked, here is the run down on our freezer meal swap.

Each month I gather recipes from blogs, Pinterest, and cookbooks for our swap. The meals mostly consist of the main dish with an occasional veggie already mixed in. I try to keep the menu simple and healthy. My friend Laura blogged more here about different meal prep ideas, you should go check it out! She coordinates a similar swap in the DFW area and we frequently share recipes, horror stories, and tips. :) I usually try to do 3-4 chicken, 2-3 pork, 3-4 beef, 1-2 seafood. We have done some months with 1-2 breakfast items too.

I first sent out an email to friends I had talked to or people that might be interested. Honestly, I think its easiest to do the swap with 4 or 6 people. It makes calculating recipes easy as well as gives you enough meals to make it worth wild.

This is how ours works: 6 ladies x 2 recipes each = 12 different meals for the freezer. Basically, instead of making just one of a recipe, you make six! It usually takes me 1-2 shopping trip(s) depending on how organized I am, 2 days during nap time. For me, it has been AWESOME! Spending 2 nap times making meals to get 12 nights worth of dinners already prepped is a no brainer in my mind.

Once I found people for our swap I sent out an email with more details. This is also the email I send out if we have new people joining. There will always be people who come and go, just plan on needing to replace people and don't get discouraged. The email consists of info about food preferences, portions, packaging, costs, and swap details.

We usually have the swap at my house one morning a month but it could vary depending on your group. We have found that it works best to bring all your meals PRE-FROZEN in a cooler as well as 2 reusable grocery bags to help with swapping. We have 1 person go at a time and grab meals out of each cooler and fill their bags. Once everyone has gone each person refills their cooler.

Everyone is responsible for using Ziplock bags (we have found that the name brand work best) and labeling their meal (before it is filled!) with a sharpie or label. The label includes the name of meal, month/year frozen, cooking instructions, as well as any items needed on the day of serving.

You can comment below or email me if you have more questions, chelsealynngroves (at) gmail.com.