Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekend wrap-up

We've had a fun and laid back weekend. Yesterday was my precious nephew's 2nd birthday party and it was so much fun. We hung out with lots of family, ate delicious food and had a really fun time. It's amazing how a 2 year old really does get excited about having a birthday party. We sang him "Happy Birthday" and he was even able to blow out the candle all by himself. The only bad thing was that I forgot my camera so, I don't have any fun party pictures to share.

It snowed off and on all day Saturday so, today our church was cancelled. With the exception of Judah and Jeremiah making a quick grocery store run, we stayed home all day today.
I got some chores done and I also made this headband for Paisley. It's huge but, I love it. She's starting to try and grab anything that Judah is holding. She really wants to get her hands on his sippy cup. Check out the way she's eyeing it......Yes, she's still in her jammies.
It's like she's already planning on grabbing it, running into another room and locking the door.
I just love them and it's so fun to see the way their relationship is developing.
Tonight after bath time, Judah climbed into his toy box, put these glasses on his head and he was blowing his train whistle. As much as "2" can be a hard age, sometimes I wish I could just freeze this age because it's so fun.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lately....

Lately, we've been watching the snow fall, staying inside and keeping warm.
Lately, we've been getting bundled up and playing in the unusually large amount of snow that has fallen.
Lately, we've been "stirring" the snow with sticks and laughing.

Lately, we've been having tummy time and we've been rolling around!
Lately, we've been snowed in and it's been a good excuse to have good time at home together.

Over the last few days, we've gotten a crazy amount of snow. I've really enjoyed taking Judah out in the snow and showing him how to make snow balls. We also built a snowman and Jeremiah played outside with Judah one day after he got home from work. I think Dads have a special talent for playing with kids in the snow because Judah was laughing WAY harder when they were out playing than when I played outside with him.

Today was the first time we left the house in 3 days and it felt great to get out. I love the snow but, I also like to get out! We hit Target and Fred Meyer and got some shopping done. I subscribe to a bunch of those "coupon" sites and today I brought a bunch of coupons with me to Target, to get all the FREE stuff. I've used coupons for awhile but, I haven't actually tried to score all the free deals before and it was really fun! I had to be really organized though because, it's hard to keep everything straight while having two little ones with me.

My new Ergo baby carrier came in the mail a few days ago and I'm totally loving it. I love the Moby too but, the Ergo is better for when we're out shopping or on a really long walk. I wore her in it today at Target. It was nap time and had a great nap while we did our shopping. It's fun to discover what "works" for me with having a little baby and a young preschooler.

To wrap this up, here is a verse I've been loving lately:
Ephesians 3:20
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Goodbye lists, hello playground

Goodbye, lists........Hello, playground.
Goodbye, inside lights.......Hello, sunshine.
Goodbye, couch potatoes....... Hello, running around.
Goodbye, inside voices....... Hello, "excited" voices.
Goodbye, chores.......Hello, play.
Goodbye, "still in jammies"........ Hello, jeans and jackets.
Goodbye, snacks at the table....... Hello, snacks in the car.
Goodbye, winter.......Hello, spring????
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

P.S. Please forgive my horrible cell phone pictures. It was all I had at the park this morning.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The honeymoon phase of mothering

Last night I had a dream that I was back at my old job, working. I was back in my old office, crunching numbers, filling my water bottle from the water cooler, my hair was fixed, I was skinnier and my clothes were cuter.  Also, it was tax season. There were deadlines and we were working hard.

It was a real dream and I think I know why I dreamt it. I'm going to be honest and transparent here. Sometimes I miss working. Sometimes I miss my old job, working with adults, the relationships I had with clients, the mental challenges, the structure. I miss getting up at 6am, having an HOUR to get ready and then going to work.

My entire life I wanted to be a stay at home mom and I STILL do. It's just more challenging than I thought it'd be. I think the honeymoon phase of being at home with my children has worn off. First I just had Judah. He was an easy baby, he slept through the night early, he hardly ever fussed, I could just stick him in an excersaucer and take a shower. He took long naps everyday and I had plenty of time to clean, cook, and do whatever else needed to be done. Plus, he was my first baby and I'd always dreamed of becoming a mom and staying home with my kids.

Last year, there was some talk at MOPS about how some women feel like they loose their identity when they become a Mom. They feel like they loose who THEY were and they miss the way things were before children. At that time, I couldn't really relate to women who felt that way. I was still in the honeymoon phase of mothering but, now I can relate.

Lately my days are more difficult than they were before. I often feel like I'm being pulled in too many directions. I feel like I'm being stretched thin and it's hard. I want to do-all and be-all and often I feel like I just can't keep up.
Here's the truth though:
I wouldn't trade this time at home with Judah and Paisley for anything. There are only going to be young once and I am supposed to be here, taking care of them.

A few weeks ago, I was laying in the dentist chair. My dentist is fabulous. She's a christian mom, who only works on Monday's and stays home and homeschools her 4 children the rest of the week. Anyway, she was talking to the dental assistant about how her mission field right now is at her home. Her mission field is her kids and during this phase of her life, that's where God wants her. That statement really struck home with me.

So, as much as it's really hard sometimes, this is where God wants me to be and as much as these little people can challenge me, they are the biggest blessings in my life!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Grandma's Birthday

Back in May, my Grandma went to be with Jesus. Today would've been her 85th Birthday. I think about her so often and I don't usually feel sad when I think about her, memories of her make me really happy. I know she wanted to carry on a strong legacy and she wanted us to have happy memories of her, after she was gone.

When she was alive, she often talked about death, going to be with Jesus, who would get her things and so on. Honestly, it got really old sometimes. I often wanted her to just stop talking about death and be "in the moment". Now I understand better that she was just really ready to be with Jesus and she wanted us to be prepared for when she was gone. She wanted to make sure that we would have lots of things to remind us of her.

Right now, if I could tell her anything, I would just want her to know how often I think of her, how many things remind me of her and what positive thoughts I have about her.

Today, a friend of mine posted a video on facebook that reminded me of my Grandma. Listen to this song, it's amazing.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

One year ago

One year ago, it was Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th.
One year ago, we wanted to have another baby.
One year ago, we were going to my sister's to watch the Super Bowl.
One year ago, I wondered if I could drink a margarita while I was watching the game.
One year ago, I took a test early in the morning to just see if I could possibly be pregnant.
One year ago, I found out that I was going to have another baby.
One year ago, I found out we were going to have Paisley Rae.
One year ago was a very wonderful day.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Flowers made with ribbon

Lately I've had a touch of the crafting bug. I've been wanting to get busy and creative doing some craft projects....especially with materials that I already have.

This afternoon, I did some google searching to find out how I could make flowers for Paisley's headbands with ribbon. I was excited to discover how easy it is!
First you cut a piece of ribbon, about 6 inches or so long. The longer the ribbon, the more "bunchy" your flower will be.
Next, thread your needle and do a running stitch on the ribbon.
Pull the thread tight to create the flower and then sew the ends together.
Go find a cute button and then sew the button on. I have a little bag with my sewing things with some buttons in it. They are just extra buttons that have come with clothes etc. and I never thought I'd use them for anything!
I hot glued an old hair clip onto this flower. This way I can clip it to any of Paisley's headbands.
Here they are! I made the pink one on the right the same way except I sewed it onto a headband that Paisley already had. The headband just had a little heart on it so, I removed the heart and I think the flower looks so cute on it!




I made this big white flower and then made a small pink flower and sewed it into the middle. Oh the possibilities are endless........I think Paisley has a lot of flower headbands in her future.
I made these tonight after bedtime. I just need to get some headbands or clips to attach them to.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Forgive me for my fragmented February first

It's February first....I've heard of "writer's block" but, I don't think I've ever really had it until lately. When I go to blog, I just can't seem to get the words out. It's not that I don't have anything to say, I just can't get it out or I over think it. I think I lost a little bit of my brain with each baby but, I should still be capable of blogging, right?!

So, today is a pretty  fun and lazy day. Sometimes lazy days are so nice and needed. We had company this morning and this afternoon I've just been drinking coffee, watching The Bachelor and not doing much. Can I just say how thankful I am that Paisley doesn't understand "The Bachelor"? I can sit and feed her and not feel guilty for watching it because she has no clue! I better enjoy it while I can!

Sunday, Jeremiah was reading Judah his story before nap time and Paisley joined them. I got this picture of the 3 of them and I just love it.
In other news....Judah loves mustard. He must be my boy! I can (and do) eat mustard by the spoonful and he's developed a taste for it as well. What can I say? It's good, I could eat mustard and cheese all day but, I don't. :)
Last but not least, here is my sweet pea all ready to go out in the cold yesterday. I just love this hat and I love this girl.


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