Friday Highlights 4.7.16

It’s officially here, our very first spring break ever!!! Spirits are definitely brighter in the Newman house today friends. I absolutely can not wait to spend the next week enjoying my girls and taking some guilt free time away from the computer. We have been waiting so very patiently for our spring break to get here and now that it is am realizing our next countdown will be to the end of our school year. This year has really flown by!

Blog Highlights!

This week on the blog I shared…

My goals for the month of April.
How I found my ‘Mom Style”.
Curb Appeal with Monrovia

Spring Face Lift

In case you hadn’t notice, I spruced things up around here this week!

One of my favorite parts of blogging is easily creating graphics. I had SO much fun creating my newest blog design #givemeallthewatercolorflowers. Things are definitely feeling a bit more spring/summer ready around here now.


For those of you who don’t officially know, Abi Mae is HOME!!! She has actually been home for about 2 weeks now. The first day she came home was the day I started running a terrible fever and I didn’t get to see her for over a week. Talk about unfortunate timing for sure. The first time I was able to hold her I was beaming with joy and so close to sobbing at the same time.

Then, last weekend we finally got our families together and it was a joyous occasion. The #crazyquartet is now officially the #fruityfive. We went to take a photo of the bunch of them together and EVERYONE wanted to hold Abigail. We ended up taking 4 photos just so they all could. 

Thank you SO much for all of your love and prayer for this precious girl over the past couple of months. 

Easter Love

With Easter just around the corner I thought it was the perfect chance to highlight a couple of my favorite older Easter posts. 

A simple resurrection roll recipe and story idea to bring the real story of Easter to life.

Like this book plus resurrection roll activity. EVERY single time I read this book I cry. It is such a beautiful story.

Another favorite from last year was the bunny pie we made. 

Never has dessert been so cute and so simple too. Find the instructions here!

Amazing GRace 2017

Last week Marissa ran her second 5K and I have to take a moment to say how ridiculously proud I am of this girl. She ran it in 30:02! That is more than 3:00 faster than last years time and with less training too! She really has a knack for running and I hope that she loves it for many, many more years. 

This won’t be the last race she has this month either. Tomorrow we’ll be doing a 1 mile fun run and later this month she has a half mile competitive race. So exciting!

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

Hello Friday, it's highlight time! A new look, #AmazingGRace, the #FruityFive and more. Take a look! Click To Tweet

Friday Link-Ups

  • Jessica

    Yay for Abi being home!! That’s such amazing news. Marissa is quite the rockstar runner. That’s a better time than I would run it for sure. 🙂

    • She is a total rockstar. She ran in a fun run this weekend and finished in the top 10 out of a TON of kids.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    So much going on!! Loving the spring graphics you’ve added, so pretty! SO HAPPY Abi Mae is home!! Those pictures with the kids and her are priceless! And seriously what an awesome shot of you and Marissa running! That is going to be such a great memory to have! And I want to make that bunny cake! Ok, I’m done now 🙂 Happy Weekend and Happy Spring Break!!

    • Haha! Love it. Thank you so much friend. I hope you are having an amazing weekend, our spring break is off to a great start.

  • I am so glad that sweet baby girl is home! XOXO Way to go, Marissa! That’s impressive. I love your Spring blog facelift and I hope you have an amazing Spring Break!

    • Thank you so much Stefanie. We are SO excited that our spring break is finally here.

  • So ummmm marissa’s time for a 5 k is way better than mine ever is. Go girlie! Love the spring colours on your beautiful blog

    • Lol. She is a machine I tell you. Thank you!

  • So sweet how Abigail is everyone’s doll baby! We are on spring break too as of the end of today – enjoy!

    • YAY!!! It seems like the perfect week for spring break. It was nearly 80 here yesterday!

  • Seriously, I’m not going to be able to wipe this smile off my face all day, girl! lol. I couldn’t be happier for you and your sweet family!!! Spring break, your time with Abi Mae and your bestie (you and your girls are absolutely glowing in those pics! Love it!), and you and your daughter running side by side – so incredibly sweet! Way to go, Marissa, on such a great time too! Spring is looking good on your blog! Watercolor heaven here, girl! Ok, I’ll shush and let you get back to enjoying your break! 😉 Soak up every lit’l bit of it with your sweeties!

    • Thank you so very much for your sweet words friend. They always make my day.

  • Enjoy your spring break!!!! What fun! And yay Abi!

    • Thanks Becky we are off to a great start!

  • Happy Spring Break!! Enjoy yourself some lady!

  • Yay Spring Break!! Enjoy it dear friend!! I still can’t get over how much Russ I see in Marissa. 🙂 And, I am so, so, so happy to hear that Abi is home!!!! YAY!!!!

    • Oh my word. When she was born everyone called her MaRussell. She has ALWAYS favored him.

  • Amy Smith

    Happy Spring Break! Woooohoooo!!

  • Cat @

    I just made resurrection rolls this morning with my preschool Sunday school class. They are always a hit!

    • Yes they are! Can’t wait to make them with my girls this week!

  • I LOVE your blog refresh! Watercolor flowers are definitely one of the prettiest things ever! it looks great!

    • I know! #givemeallthewatercolorflowers :).

  • I love the new elements to your blog! You know how much I love watercolor floral things. I am obsessed! I love how close your family and Anna’s family is. So sweet. Way to go Marissa. So the race was named Amazing GRace? That’s awesome!

    • It is the best race ever! Worship bands along the course and this year instead of a medal they gave me a nail. #allthetears We love that family to pieces. They are the dearest of friends for sure. Thank you!

      • What? So amazing! And a nail? I love that! What a memorable race. I’m not a runner, but I might for this race. 🙂