Archive | April, 2012


Ryan and I just made it home from our stay in Maui.

10 days

5 other couples {some of our closest friends}

0 children

It was delightful.

In honor of our beautiful vacation and the island we called home for the past week and a half, I’m dubbing this HAWAII WEEK. Each day I’ll share a little something from our Maui experience.

:: photos of our trip

:: our favorites of the island

:: food we ate {yum}

:: fashion

:: and the highlight moment of our vacation {at least for me}

Stay tuned …

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what kind of family are you?

This is my big sister and her out-of-control-beautiful family:

She has always been my best friend {along with my little sister and bff K.C.} and I admire so many things about her.

My sister and brother-in-law are fun, outgoing, inclusive, fashionable, photogenic, lovers of the Lord. They are the best hosts, they have the perfect combination of honesty and silliness and are servants, through and through.

They also have two really great {and adorable} kids:

Out of all the wonderful qualities they have, my very favorite thing is what they have taught their children.

If you ask my niece {6 yrs} about her family, she will say {in her sweet, high-pitched voice}:

This is their family motto. It is what they are all about. It is what they want to be known for.

They want people to think of their family and automatically say, “Those Olason’s. They sure are a kind and generous family”.

I’m not sure why, but it sort of makes me cry.

Probably mainly because it is so true of them. They are kind. And they are very generous. Each one of them.

Since my sister was a young girl her dream was finding an orphaned baby in a dumpster. Sort of weird, but that is her heart. She wanted to care for a baby who needed it. They always invite friends to our family holidays who do not have a place to go, they open their home often to families who need a place to stay, they are generous with their stuff … the list goes on. Their motto is not just a cute saying; it is truly how they live.

It makes me think – what is our family motto? What are we all about? What do we want to be known for?

When all is said and done, what will people say about our family?

It is a great question to think about and one I ask you today as well …

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little pink toesies

It is a right of passage for every mommy of a daughter …

and one I’ve been waiting for for a long time.

Painting the toes of my baby girl.

It’s such a silly thing to be excited about, but I really have been looking forward to this moment in motherhood.

A few minutes with just me and my girl.  Being girls together.

Just the two of us. And our hot pink toes.

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hello, May

Isn’t May a great month? It feels fresh and bright … and it is the month of Mother’s Day and the birthdays of my mom and mother-in-law, aunt and two nieces. Lots of ladies to love in the month of May.

Each month, I create a new set of papergoods to use as organization, inspiration and gift-giving for JDC | monthly.  It is always a fun challenge to come up with something seasonal, without being too obvious; something pretty, but still universal; and always something a bit unique.  This month’s collection may be my very favorite of all with the curly calligraphy and watercolored flowers.  Feminine, whimsical and perfect for May.

Included in the May Collection is {from left to right}:

note cards . shopping list . houseduties chart . weekly calendar . monthly calendar . bordered paper . scripture memory cards . dinnertime calendar . do not worry art print . chore chart . mailing labels . grocery list

Each month, we also do a simple project. This time around, we’re making May Day paper cones.

What neighbor would not be delighted to receive this sweet gift on their door on May 1st?!

When you become a JDC | Monthly member, you will receive a new collection of printable paper goods on the 22nd of each month {so you have plenty time to get yourself organized before the new month begins}.  You can print as many of each item as you need – many of the items included make great gifts, too.

Upon signing up, you will have instant access to all of the pdf files. Download and print, or save them to your computer for a rainy day.

JDC | monthly members will also receive 50% off all printables in the shop.


Click the button below to receive JDC | monthly via email for $9.99 {first month is free}.


As a free gift to you, please enjoy the May calendar from the collection.

Simply click the image below, open with Adobe Reader, print and you have a cheerful calendar ready to go.



JDC | Monthly details:

When you join JDC | Monthly, you will receive the link to the monthly collection immediately after signing up. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the project tutorial.

If you decide JDC | monthly is not for you, you are free to cancel at any time.

Questions? Please feel free to email me at

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on the hour

It’s InstaFriday at life rearranged and this week I decided to play a little game. I was curious what my day actually looks like from hour to hour and so instead of sharing the past week with you, I thought I’d show you a day in the life of Emily. Exciting stuff, I tell ya.

I snapped a photo each hour {the timer app came in handy!} with brief explanations below.

6:30 – wake unusually early. Lay in bed and think. Pray for my sugar daddy who was having surgery that morning {it went well}. Checked email on my phone {i heart you, iphone}.

7:30 – work out video with my friend Cathy Syphers on Fitness TV.

8:30 – older boys off to school

9:30 – carpool little boys to preschool

10:30 – toddler story time at the library with Audrey’s besties

11:30 – sip a latte, listen to hokey pokey over and over and over while we wait for preschool to get out

12:30 – lunch time

1:30 – little miss down for a nap, playdate for No. 3

2:30 – work

3:30 – after-school snack

4:30 – piano practice

5:30 – hair appointment

6:30 – looking good under the dryer

7:30 – new highlights! Summery and fresh.

8:30 – book time with the boys

9:30 – back to work

10:30 – still working

11:30 – ahhhhh. bedtime.

And that was my day. Not completely typical since I get my hair done about once a year, but mostly true-to-life.

This was a fun experiment. I highly recommend it. Made me think about where I spend my time, reminds me of what a good life I have and proves that my days are long and constant. No wonder I love my bed so much.

*** A few notes to add ***

1. yes, I eat breakfast & dinner – just not on the half hour, I guess. So no photos.

2. yes I have a husband and I like to hang out with him. He was at the fire station this day, so there was no hanging out.

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