Savanna McMichael

the moments that create my life

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl

Back in September, our sweet girl turned eleven years old. It always sounds so cliche, but I truly can't believe how quickly the time has passed. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were learning the ropes of caring for this teeny little human with the deepest, darkest, almost purple eyes and itty spider legs. She's rocked our world from the moment we knew she existed! She's level-headed, strong in belief and opinion, and quite possibly the wittiest little human I've met. Our AK is a lover of all animals and currently llama-obsessed. 

We had a blast celebrating her! In our family, we are pretty good at dragging out birthday celebrations. Since AK's birthday fell on a school day, she got extra attention. The kids always love getting to pass out cupcakes to their class at school and having special lunch dates. 

Her actual birthday day was capped off with dinner with some sweet, sweet family friends! AND her yearly refusal to be serenaded with a birthday song.... I'm confident we will win her over eventually to loving the birthday attention! 

Our girl has truly been beyond blessed with an amazing group of friends. It was a joy to have a portion of her best ladies over to our house for several hours. I think that it is always interesting to catch a glimpse into the groups that our kiddos are spending time in. One of my biggest prayers has always been to surround our kids with amazing groups of friends. Honestly, I couldn't have hand-picked a better group for them to be surrounded with. They have wonderful families and are some of the best kids you could find. We were so grateful to have the time to spend with the girls, letting them swim and just enjoy each other's company while celebrating our girl. 

Addi Kate was blessed so much by our family and friends for her birthday. She had dinners with grandparents, gifts galore, and a beautiful room makeover from one set of grandparents. Recently, she's become a fan of pink and requested a room to match her new color. She spent so  much time scouring through magazines and catalogues, picking out items that she liked. I'm pretty sure that all of her dreams come true with a beautiful room! She now has a gorgeous room that will grow with her well into her teenage years, but that will be easily adaptable as her tastes change! Bonus: this kid has never kept her room so clean! It's safe to say that she LOVES it and so do I!

We are deeply grateful for all of the people that the Lord has placed in our girl's life. 
They champion her, direct her, and encourage her in so many ways.
She is loved so well! 
Monday, September 24, 2018

Fair Fun

What better way to close out the first weekend of fall than to go to the fair! The kids were so excited to ride the rides, eat junk food on a stick, and stuff their faces with sugar! 

We truly had a blast! Now, we'll have to work on our bucket list for the rest of Fall! 
It's our favorite time of the year! 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Favorite Oily Swag Round-up

I get so many questions about the tools that we use to make this oily life easier on a daily basis! So, I thought I would post a little round-up of links for you!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday Favorites

You guys! Fall is so close I can feel it. I wanted to share some favorites from this week! 

First off, I snagged the most amazing sweater for fall and some super adorable jeans. They're totally 'mom jeans', but I'm in love with them. Also, the softest bodysuit I've ever seen. I don't think I've worn a bodysuit since middle school, but I'm going to be going back for every color I can snag. And, yes. I do still shop at American Eagle. Yes, I'm also thirty years old. Oh well. They have great items at fantastic price points. (AND, if you use ebates you can get cash back on your purchase.)

I've been SO stinking' excited to finally see our reno project start taking shape. We're finally getting things in their permanent homes and seeing the chaos start to disappear. Notice, I said start-it's still chaos over here for the most part. 

Anyways, I've been on the hunt for quite a while for a piece to serve as a TV console. The specifications were pretty precise and not many pieces fit the bill. BUT-last week, the heavens opened and the sun shone down. My sweet hubby happened to find the perfect piece on a Facebook Flea Market. We snatched that bad boy up just in time and it now has it's forever home in my living room. I am IN LOVE and can't wait to finalize our living room decor. 

Since I've been doing some decorating, I decided to go ahead and start pulling out the fall decorations too. Give me all the pumpkins and black/white buffalo check. This stuff will take us right into Christmas Trees. Literally, it will be Thanksgiving one day and Christmas the next. AH! I can't even wait. This is the best time of the year. 
With the fall decor came the fall book basket. I love pulling seasonal books out and housing them separately on our hearth. It always prompts renewed excitement over reading! We love Gilbert the Ghost. It has the sweetest illustrations. I've had my eye on How to Make Friends with a Ghost...thinking that it is going to be our yearly add to the collection. 

I'm eyeing a few sets of Halloween pjs for the kids. Holiday themed pjs are about the only way I get anyone to sleep in something other than gym shorts and old t-shirts. I think I'm going to snag these up soon. This SPOOKY pair is just enough spooky and fun to make everyone happy! This kitten pair should be just enough cool for my big girl and enough festive to make this mama happy!

Happy Saturday, Friends! I'll be spending the morning cleaning and gearing up for an afternoon softball and football. Praise the Lord for Saturdays in the Fall! 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Well...I couldn't stop it! We went on our last summer vacation for this year last week. And this week, the big kids are back to school. 

We took our big family vacation with just the five of us to Daytona Beach, Florida last week. We were blessed with eight amazing days of adventuring, wave riding, sand playing, and fantastic eating. I shared a few of my favorite tidbits on social media. It was truly one of our best trips to date. Our kids have always been very good at traveling. Beach days have been easy and long-lasting with kids playing in the sand and jumping waves. But this year, we had some different types of days. Every morning, we took walks while the kids rode skateboards for miles. 

We had a six mile afternoon beach trek to one of our favorite little restaurants (and saw the taping of an HGTV home buying show). 

After years of debating on it, we were able to take a three hour adventure to paddle board on the Halifax River. 

We decided we had confidence that the big kids could handle their own boards and little dude could ride along. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip. Three Brothers Boards have a neat little shop, amazing boards and phenomenal staff. The kids were begging to go back to the next day before we even left! Even though we did a lot of different things, we still had plenty of beach time. There was less time spent getting every kid sun screened, dressed and fed than years before. I have found myself missing the baby stage lately, but I'm learning that these bigger kids are so much fun and really good for my heart.  

Just like our everyday, the trip wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. There were times of disobedience, discipline, and disagreement. A good bit of those 'dis' moments occurred, but those aren't the moments that we will remember years from now. They don't define our trip. They provided opportunity for teaching, nurturing, directing. Sometimes, they provided opportunity for humbleness and providing an example of apologies. 

As a mom who is with her kiddos everyday, there isn't really a such thing as vacation. It's just a change of location with some extra fun activities! I am truly so thankful for ALL of the moments that this summer has provided us with. We've spent so much time together, enjoyed traveling, and growing together. Every moment was perfect, but all of the moments combined made for a wonderful summer for us! 

Those free summer days are behind us as the kids started back to school this week. I can't even believe that my itty bitty kiddos are now in 3rd and 5th grade. It honestly seems like yesterday that we walked the halls of our elementary school for the first time. I choked back tears the entire time that we walked our nervous, curly-haired girl into her classroom. She was terrified and so was I. The years have changed her though. This year, we missed Open House and the first three days of school because of traveling. But on her first day of 5th grade, she found a friend and walked without us to a new classroom, with a new teacher, on a new hallway. The LAST hallway. It both hurts my heart and causes me to burst with pride that she has become such a strong and beautiful young lady. I am soaking up these last days of elementary school because I highly doubt she's going to want me frequenting the middle school hallways. We are excited and expectant for this year! I know, without a doubt, that she is in some fantastic I spent my fifth grade year in the very same pair. 

Our brave middle man was excited for third grade! He has a blast wherever he goes and is quick to make new friends. Just maybe, he was the most ready to head back to school. I'm confident that he lives for days of football on the playground, but he gets excited to learn to! He is good at math and LOVES history. Facts are completely his jam! We are happy to see him accepting the challenge of a little bit more advanced content this year. So excited to see him grow! It's hard for me to fathom that he is over halfway through elementary school. I can't help but remember how quickly the last few years have flown for his sister. And I don't see time slowing down. He has always had the sweetest teachers who have made learning so fun. From K-4 and into this school year, he has been excited and LOVED going. I can't wait to see how well he progresses and how he changes this year! 

I have a few more weeks with our littlest man at home during the day. He will be starting Pre-K at our church this fall! Pretty sure he was just born yesterday, so I'm not sure how that's even possible. He is so excited to see his friends and eat lunch at school some this year. For now, we're working on getting in a groove, enjoying our one-on-one time, and entertaining ourselves while big brother and sister are at school. 

These days are FLYING by, but we're loving every one of them! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

That end of summer feeling...

Y'all! This summer has flown by for us. Not a single one of use is ready to jump back into that school year routine...the early, rushed mornings, packing lunches, homework, studying. Parts of our bucket list remain unchecked and, likely, will stay that way into the start of school. We have already had a great summer full of sleepovers, ice cream dates, and a fair amount of salty air and sandy toes. We are heading off on one last adventure for the summer with school supplies still to buy, first day outfits to pick out, and book bags still filled with last years "treasures". It will get done, right?! 

This time of the year is always a very bittersweet time for me. It is filled with worry and wonder. "Did we do enough during the summer? Was I a good steward of the time with my kiddos? Did they read enough? (No, to that one for sure!) Will they love their teacher? I hope they have friends in their class! Maybe they'll have retained something from last school year." Without a doubt, I worry too much! 

I probably raised my voice too much. Nagged about cleanliness a little too hard. I didn't mark near as many things off my to-do wish as I had hoped to. The reality is that I really want to withdraw them from their schools, keep them to myself, and embark on a homeschool journey. But also a reality, homeschool would probably be the hardest thing to accomplish with these social, people-loving kids of mine that would come closer to learning from a brick wall than me. So, we will run off and enjoy the salty air one more time and jump right back into the school year when we get home. I will undoubtedly be sad. Adjusting to dropping my kiddos off every day will not be fun. At the same time, we are excited for the new year- for some new teachers and some we've had before, for new classes, friends, and opportunities. I'll be soaking in my people a little extra, savoring every moment that I should have been paying more attention to already, and praying a LOT more over the next few weeks.

I do think that this is normal at every stage of motherhood. It is natural to wonder if we've done enough: prepared and learn enough before their born, loved hard enough, held them enough as babies, paid enough attention to all their firsts, listened when they talked about things that seemed silly, taught them enough, given them enough. The reality is that I don't think it will ever be enough, but will, at the same time, always be enough. This motherhood gig is a funny thing! It makes me laugh at how these three can drive me mad and leave me in tears at the thought of sending them back to school at the same time. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Gramma!

We had the best time celebrating my grandmother's birthday with some family photos and a cookout. She is so special to us and holds a giant piece of our hearts! Our family just continues to grow and she leads so well. Happy Birthday, Gramma! You mean the world to us!

Cassie from At Heart Photography is a sweet friend of mine who so graciously took on our large family group! She did a wonderful job and got some sweet shots that we just ADORE! I can't wait to get my prints and have them hanging on our walls. We hadn't had family photos done since Hess was six months old, so we were way over due. It will be so nice to see his charming little smile in our photos! 

Such a big crew! I just LOVE these people so much. And there's going to 
be a new babe this time next year! 

It seems like just yesterday that she was such a tiny babe and, now, she's catching me in height and giving me a run for my money with her wit and sass! I just adore my girl! 

Love my mama! 

We call them the littles....They're a mix of grands and great-grands, but we forget that A LOT!

I couldn't ask for two people to love my people any better or to be any more dedicated to them! My kids are truly blessed to be surrounded by grandparents and great-grandparents (on both sides!) who selflessly and excitedly cheer them on in all aspects of their lives. 
He may be bigger than me, but he will always, always be my baby brother! Love you, Zachary!

 Meet Trudy! She is one of my bottle babies. She is such a sweet girl and a member of the family. She is 14 years old. We love her and she loves us back! 

This guy-- he's the rock of our family. We love him so very much and don't give him the credit he deserves for putting up with us and loving us so well! You're the best babe! 

Somebody has to be the fun uncle....and Zachy fits the mold perfectly! 

We had the very best time with Cassie! I can't wait for our fall session and to try out some new stuff! If you're local to us, reach out and let Cassie know that I sent you her way. She is such a sweet person. I guarantee you'll love working with her!