Friday, April 29, 2011

Tiny Prints

I don't usually post about awesome deals that I've found but, this one is too good to not share.
Tinyprints is an adorable website that offers all sorts of different cards, stationary, photobooks and many other things. Right now, you can create a super nice Mother's Day card with your pictures on it and then use the coupon code MDFREE at checkout, your card will be free and shipping is also free. I love free!
I received a card in the mail that I ordered yesterday and it turned out great. The one I ordered had 3 pictures of Judah and Paisley on it and I just love it.

And Mom, if you are reading this, the card that I got in the mail yesterday was not necessarily for you, although you will be getting a card. :) I just don't want to spoil your surprise on my blog.

So, go order your free card. I'm not sure how much longer this deal will last.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today is the day...

I started this post yesterday morning and then the day got hectic and I was never able to finish. So really, yesterday was "the day".

I just realized that as of today, I've either been pregnant or nursing for three years straight. Wow, that's a long time to not have a break! I love, love, love, having a little baby but, sometimes I do look forward to it just being "me" again. All of the stages of mothering have their positives and negatives. I'm definitely not wishing-away the days of Paisley being a baby. It will be nice when I can have a glass or two of wine and I can diet as much as I want.

I'm so thankful to have my two little people. They bring me so much joy everyday. I'm thankful for all the stages of life with them.

Last night, Judah was awake during the night a few times. He was sitting in the middle of his bed crying and talking about a chicken and about his blanket. I think he was having bad dreams. He never wakes up during the night so, it was really strange for him to be awake. I felt so bad for him. He said he was "trying to go to sleep but, needed help".

Yesterday the most adorable outfit for Paisley came in the mail. Those leggings and the ruffles on that skirt are out-of-control cute!!! Also, the entire outfit was less than $10, including shipping! I love it!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Paisley Rae is 6 months!

Dear Paisley,
Yesterday you turned 6 months old. You are such a precious and sweet girl and I'm so blessed to be your mommy. I love watching you smile at Judah in the back seat of the car, I love how you laugh when I blow raspberries on your tummy and I love your big blue eyes that don't want to miss a thing. Ever since you were a tiny newborn, people have commented on how alert you are, you really are aware of everything that is going on around you.

Here's what you are up to:
Eating
We gave you your first tastes of solid food awhile ago but, it's been a really slow start. You still just have a little bit of solids while we eat dinner and you don't have a very big amount. You still prefer nursing and you nurse about every 3 hours during the day.
Sleeping
We start your bedtime at 7pm every night. You get changed into your jammies then we read you a story or two, then I feed you and you go to bed. You often sleep a 9hr stretch, eat and then go back to sleep until around 7am. You are a pretty good night sleeper.
Naps are a bit of a struggle. You fight your sleep so badly sometimes. You can be so tired and when I put you down, you just play in your crib. You are a very busy girl and getting you to nap can be hard. We have good phases with your naps but, lately it's been rough. I'm hoping it gets better soon!
Teeth
Today I noticed that you have your first tooth and it feels like the one next to it will be in soon! You are so cute with your new little tooth.
Height/Weight
I have no idea how much you weigh or how long you are. I'll find out when I take you for your 6 month doctor appointment. You fit into some 6 month clothes but, 9 months is starting to fit you the best.
Milestones
You are rolling around like crazy! You can roll from your tummy to back and back to tummy. You also push yourself around with your arms. If you see something that you really want on the floor, you'll roll to it or push yourself over there.

You are beyond precious and we love you so much! Judah often calls you "baby girl" or "little one". It's so cute. He just adores you. We love, love, love you!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fritz

Tonight I feel like I have so many different things that I could write about. I could write about how my husband stayed home with our babies today and I got to go clothes shopping all alone. I could write about the decorated Easter cookies that I made today and how I finally found a recipe that I love for sugar cookies. I could write about how Paisley is 6 months old today and how amazing life with her is. I could write about our Easter plans for tomorrow but, instead I need to write about how Fritz went to be with a new family today.

Over the last few months, we've started having issues with Fritz digging out of our yard and running around the neighborhood. It was way to dangerous and he could get hit by a car so, we decided that we needed to look into finding him another home. He needed a home where he would be part of the family more than he was here and a home that will take the time and money commitment to get him properly groomed. He needed more attention than we could give him.

We found an awesome family that is going to give him a great home. They are going to stay in touch with us and they said that we can come visit anytime. I feel so blessed that God provided a home for him that was better than what I expected to find.

Tonight they came and got him and their daughter even brought Judah a cute present. I cried when they left with him and I've cried off and on all evening. I know it's for his best but, my heart hurts. I also worry about how it will affect Judah. Right now, he is into his new toys and he hasn't really noticed that Fritz is gone. I hope it won't be too hard to explain it to him. I feel so sad right now but, I know we did the right thing.

Here are a few pictures Jeremiah took of Fritz and I tonight before they came to get him.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Boogies"

Tonight on our way home from my sister's house, Judah was riding along in his car seat with his finger way up his nose. I asked him what he was doing and he responded with "getting boogies!" Ohhhh boy.....we have reached the age of nose picking.

I asked him if he could blow his nose into a napkin instead and he said "no, I do it".
Life is never dull with a two year old!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fixing up a plain old cork board

Tonight I got around to a project that I've wanted to do for awhile. I have a cork board on the wall in Paisley's room that I hang her bows on and keep special cards on. I've wanted to paint it and decorate it with the pretty ribbon that was on my diaper cake at my baby shower.
After Paisley was in bed, I headed out to the garage and opened up the can of paint that I used when I painted her shelf.  Thankfully, the paint was still good and not dried up! I guess I sealed the can tight enough.

I painted the cork board.
Before:

After:
I painted some plain old thumb tacks to help hold the ribbon in place:
I cut the ribbon that was used on my diaper cake at the shower (thanks Nathalie!!!) and glued it down with a hot glue gun. Then I used the end of a pair of scissors to push the edge of the ribbon under the wooden boarder of the cork board. I used the painted push pins to fasten it down extra well on the ends, plus it's just cute.

All done!
I put everything back on it and I think it still looks pretty cute. I love having a place in her room where I can keep special cards, pictures and accessories. So fun!

Tidy Mom

Staying Organized

Today I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner for "Show us your life Friday's". The theme is "Tips on Staying Organized"and a few of you know that organizing makes me happy. I believe that people who are organized, actually have more time to do other things they enjoy. For example, if you have a place that you ALWAYS keep your shoes, when it's time to leave, you won't spend the 10 minutes looking for that silly shoe and you'll save yourself the embarrassment of showing up late because you couldn't find your child's favorite shoe. That's just a random example that I thought of but, you get that idea.

I'm not the most organized person in the world but, I'd say that I'm more organized than average. Here are a few of my tips.
•Get organized and then STAY organized. Start with a small area, clean it out and completely organize it in a way that is functional for you. When you are going through that area, have labeled piles: thrift store, trash, goes somewhere else, put back away. Finish one small area at a time. It's more do-able that way and the sense of accomplishment will help you continue your organizing journey.
•Constantly put things back where they go. Have a place for everything and spend time each day putting things back in their place. I get overwhelmed fairly easily so, I never let my house become a complete disaster because then I might get too overwhelmed to do anything about it.
•If you're heading down the hallway to the bedroom and there's something that needs to go down to the bedroom, pick it up and take it with you. Put it away. It's just that easy and it only takes a minute. Stay on top of the clutter and it'll never get out of control.
•Do your dishes. I try to do the dishes throughout the day but, it doesn't always happen perfectly. Some days, there are some dishes in the sink and that's alright. However, we never go to bed with a sink full of dishes and that works for us. Waking up to a clean kitchen is a good way to start the day. Also, if you can keep up with the dishes during the day, it makes it less of a chore after dinner.
•Touch your pieces of mail only once. This is one that I learned from my never-been-married uncle. When he gets the mail, immediately he puts everything where it goes (recycle, bills to pay, newspapers etc.). Jeremiah usually brings the mail in with him when he gets home and I spend just a minute or two quickly going through it and putting everything where it goes. This eliminates having a pile of mail on the counter and a chance of loosing bills or the pile getting big and ugly.
•Do some laundry everyday. I either wash and fold or put away laundry almost everyday of the week. If I do a little bit everyday, it doesn't seem so bad. This way it never gets out of control and I don't have to spend a day doing laundry.
•Do a little cleaning everyday. I don't have a set cleaning schedule or anything but, most days I either vacuum, clean a bathroom, dust the living room or do some sort of cleaning. Today it was our master bathroom. When you do a small amount of cleaning everyday, it helps you keep on top of it.

I could continue my rambling but, I'll leave it with my top 5 tips.
1. Have a place for everything and put everything in it's place.
2. Keep up on your laundry and housework by doing a little bit everyday.
3. Only touch each piece of mail once. Immediately put your mail where it belongs.
4. If you're walking to a different room, take something with you that belongs there and put it away.
5. Make a reasonable list each day of things you want to accomplish. I make a list for the week of major things I need to get done and then I make a list for each day. Make these lists have a reasonable amount of to-dos on them so, that you can feel the sense of accomplishment from finishing your list.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sunshine + Exercise = Happy Me

I'm a girl that loves to have a plan. I'm also a girl that's totally ok with my plan changing, if there's a better plan. The plan for this morning was for Judah, Paisley and I to head out to buy groceries and Easter outfits.Well, my sister texted me this morning and asked if we'd like to go walking with her and some other friends. The sun was shining and we all know I need exercise so, we bagged the shopping trip. Groceries and cute Easter clothes can wait.

Judah rode in the stroller and Paisley was in the Ergo. They were happy babies and the sun felt great, even though it was pretty chilly outside. I'm happy that when Judah was a baby, we always went for stroller walks so, he's used to it and he actually likes riding in the stroller. Getting out and walking has never been an option for him so, he doesn't complain at all. Now, I just need to get a nice double stroller to use when I was walk with both of them.

Later in the week we'll go do our shopping but for today, the sunshine and exercise was what I needed. Sometimes it's good to skip the "to-dos" and go for the fun instead.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Not your average naptime songs

Everday, before naptime and beditme, Judah and I sing songs together. Here are some of his favorites, all sang to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus".

The bulldozer carries garbage, carries garbage, carries garbage,
The bull dozer carries garbage,
At the dump!

The firetruck has a siren, has a siren, has a siren,
The firetruck has a siren,
Whrroooo whrrroooo whrooooo

The loader has a bucket, has a bucket, has a bucket,
The loader has a bucket,
To move dirt!

Judah drives a work van, work van, work van,
Judah drives a work van
To Fred Meyer!

I could go on and on with the funny stuff he asks me to sing about. A few years ago, I never would've thought that I'd be singing about excavators, fork lifts, loaders, fire trucks, work van's, Daddy's car and many, many others.

And just for fun, here a couple recent pictures of Paisley:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Silk Flower with Button

This afternoon I got the urge to craft. I've been wanting to make some sort of a little decoration to put on the curtain that my sister helped me make for Paisley's room. Honestly, she did about 95% of the work and I love the curtain. You can read about it here.

I wanted to add a girly touch to the green curtain so, I decided to put a pink flower on it. The flower is an awesome raspberry color and it matches some of the things that I painted for her room.

All you need is:
1 silk flower
1 button
Some thread
A needle
5-10 minutes without small children "helping" you. Needles don't mix well with kids.

Carefully pull the flower off the stem and then pull all the petals off the little plastic pieces that hold it together.
 Stack all the petals back up on top of each other to make it look like a flower again.
Go find a cute button. I keep all my extra buttons in a ziplock bag because you never know when you'll need one! I choose a green button to put in the center of the flower because it matches the curtain.
Sew the button into the center of the flower. Start stitching from the back of the flower so that the end of your thread is on the back of the flower and not the front. Sew the button on really tightly.
 Here is how the curtain looked before.
 I safety pinned the flower to the curtain......Taaaa Daaaa!
I think I want to make a whole bunch of these to put along the top of this curtain. How cute would that be?!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Inspection

Today we met the inspector at our "hopefully" new house. The inspection went great! He gave it a 9 out of 10. Hooray for us! As the process of buying our home continues to move on, it's easy for me to get overwhelmed but, I'm also excited.

The entire interior of the house needs to be painted before we move in and that's a lot of work. It also needs to be cleaned because it's been vacant for a long time.We also have a giant list of projects that we want to do and I'm a do-it-now, get 'er done, type of gal. Patience isn't my best quality but, I'm working on it.

Anyway..........
I'm glad the inspection went well and the adventure continues!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Documenting Daily Life

Today was a busy and fun day. I'm tired and ready for bed but first, I want to quickly jot down a few things about our day.

This morning we did a few things around the house and got ready to have some of my family over that we only get to see twice a year. They spend half of the year in southern California and the other half of the year in Alaska. In between locations, they come to our area and it's so wonderful to see them. I wish we saw them more because they are truly such amazing people. My uncle is a retired pastor and the way they love Jesus shines through them so brightly.  I wish Judah and Paisley could get to know them better.

After they left, Sally and her boys hung around for awhile longer and Levi napped in Judah's crib. When Levi woke up, Judah and Noah were taking turns kissing him on his head. They come up with this stuff all on their own. I just love it!
Of course, big brothers, that are two years old, need to be reminded constantly to be gentle. Sally had to remind Noah to not squeeze too hard.

This morning, I had to remind Judah to not swing Paisley's swing. You should see the way she looks at him though.....it's total love.
Paisley goes to bed a little earlier than Judah does and we always read a couple books with her before I feed her for the last time. Then Jeremiah does some more stories with Judah before his bedtime. Tonight, Jeremiah took a few pictures of me reading to Paisley. I love documenting what normal life is like. I also love how her little hand is on my face.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just a few phots from our day

This morning the sunrise was so beautiful. I couldn't help but step out in my jammies and take some pictures.

We had MOPS this morning and then I let Judah play at the church playground for awhile. After that, we came home and my babies napped while I got some stuff done.

After naptime, Judah was playing with his toys and I saw him opening his piggy's mouth and shoving his train whistle in. The way his little mind works just cracks me up.

Paisley is getting so big and she has so many cute expressions. This is one of her excited faces.

She is so spunky and I just love it. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with all the "to-do's" of daily life but, I wouldn't trade my life with these precious babies for anything.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Not your average Sunday

Yesterday was not our average Sunday. We headed to Moses Lake for the day to celebrate my Grandma Joann's 80th Birthday party. We woke up early, packed up the car, woke Judah and Paisley and pulled out of the driveway at 7:20. We drove all the way there with only one stop and it took us 4 1/2 hours. It was actually a really beautiful drive and I was so impressed and thankful with how well Judah and Paisley did. They were fabulous travelers and I was so proud of them!

When we found out about my Grandma's party, we had to toss the idea of going around for awhile. It didn't sound like fun to drive 9 hours in a day with a 2 year old and 5 month old. I knew Judah would do well but, I was worried about Paisley. 9 hours is a long time for a baby to be in the car. We finally decided that we would go and I'm so glad we did. It meant so much to my Grandma. She hadn't met Paisley yet and she'd only been around Judah twice. I could just see how much she loves them and how special it was to her that we came to her Birthday party.

On the way back we made 2 stops to stretch Judah's legs and for me to feed Paisley. They were both pretty tired from the busy day but, hardly any tears were shed. My aunt and uncle rented a bouncy house for the kids at the party and Judah had spent the afternoon bouncing away without a nap. I was amazed that he didn't fall asleep in the car on the way home. It was his first day ever without taking a nap.

Today we just stayed home, watched some movies, I did some laundry and some chores. The inspection for our house is scheduled for later this week so, that's exciting and I hope it goes well.

Tonight I'm up late baking pizza for MOPS tomorrow. I could've gone the easy route and bought Papa Murphy's but, I decided to go the old fashioned way and knead and let rise.

Time to go roll out some more dough.....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

There goes Daddy....There goes Judah

Today Jeremiah was out mowing the grass and it was cracking me up how Judah was following behind him pushing his school bus the whole time. I'm surprised his back didn't start hurting from being bent over for so long.
There goes Daddy.....There goes Judah.
Again, there goes Daddy and there goes Judah.
Around the yard they go. There goes Daddy.......There goes Judah.
Paisley got her first taste of dog nose in the face. Soon she'll be chasing him around like Judah does.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Mother's Day Ideas

Today I'm joining Kelly's Korner with "Show us your life Fridays" and the theme is Mother's Day ideas.
We have been house shopping and our offer has finally been accepted and we are due to close around the middle of May. All I want for Mother's Day this year is our new house and maybe some things for our house.

Of course, nothing will be for sure until we actually have the keys in our hand but, it really seems like it's all going to work out and we are so excited. My birthday is also mid-May and all I want for my birthday is stuff for our house. The house literally doesn't have one plant in the yard so, for Mother's Day maybe my hubby and babies will buy me some flowers that I can plant outside or something.

I just have to say that I love being a mom so much and I love MY mom so much. I hope that when my children are grown, I will be close with them and able to help them out the way my mom is with me.

What about you....What do YOU want for Mother's Day?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Judah's first time eating ribs

The other night I was out at a MOPS meeting so, Judah and Daddy were home alone for dinner. Like any man would, Jeremiah decided to cook some yummy ribs for them to have together. Judah hadn't ever eaten ribs before, it's not something I cook. I don't really care for them...too much mess for such little meat. I know, I'm weird.

Anyway, they had a great time having dinner together.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WordWorld: Get Up and Move

Last Saturday when I went out to grab our mail, I was super excited to find this DVD, "Get Up and Move" waiting for me in the mail box. I'll admit that since I became a mother of two little ones, Judah watches a little more of his shows than he used to. Before Paisley, he didn't hardly watch TV but, then we had her and when I sit and feed her, sometimes I just need something to keep him out of mischief.

Yesterday after his nap, I decided that I'd sit down with him and we'd put on our new movie called "Get Up and Move". I really didn't know what to expect since I'd never seen a movie directed by WordWorld. Seriously, I was so surprised by how fun this movie is. Super cute animated animals teach about words and letters. The songs were Judah's favorite part and the story line cracked me up.

After watching about half of the movie with Judah, I could tell that it was a "safe" movie that he could watch without me. I'm very picky about what he sees and let's face it, not all animated movies are clean enough for kids. This movie is totally clean and fun for kids. Judah is two and I think this is the kind of movie that even a young elementary age child could enjoy. The animals teach about building words so, if your child is going to be watching TV, this is a great DVD to watch.

Some examples of the storyline are:
Sheep's First Bike Ride
Bear and Sheep learn to build the word "bike" but it takes some perseverance for Sheep to learn how to ride this new WordThing.

Dog's Having a Party!
Dog and Duck want to throw a party at Dog's house. With the help of Sheep, they learn that "H" is the perfect party letter. They can make hotdogs, hats, and hula hoops. Hurray!

This DVD can be purchased through Amazon and I also suggest checking out the WordWorld website with your kids. The website is really interactive and fun.

***This DVD was given to me by WordWorld in exchange for this product review. This review was written by me and these opinions are my own. Thank you WordWorld for the opportunity.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Documenting Daily Life

The other night I was sitting fooling around on my laptop and I came across a blog post that I had written when Judah was just 13 months old. The post was nothing special, it was just a review of our day, what we ate for lunch, what we did etc. Reading it made me so happy and so thankful that I write this stuff down. When funny or special moments happen with our children, it's easy to think that we'll always remember that but, will we? Some moments I'm sure we'll remember but, a lot of everyday normal stuff is unfortunately forgotten.

My #1 reason for blogging is to document daily life with my babies.
So, here is a little bit about our day.

Paisley woke up at 6:50am. Half asleep, I went into her room and nursed her. After she was done eating, I sat in the rocking chair with her for a few minutes and visited with her. She came out into the kitchen with me while I made eggs for breakfast and had my coffee.

Judah woke up about 8am. Paisley and I went and got Judah, changed him into his clothes and then he had scrambled eggs for breakfast while I quickly got ready. I didn't get a shower this morning but, that's ok. Judah took forever to eat his eggs and it annoyed me more than it should have. After he finally finished, I packed them up and we went and visited my sister and her boys. For the most part, Judah and Noah had fun playing. Of course they always want what the other person is playing with but, it's ok. They are 2, it's normal and they love each other. Sally made them PB&J sandwiches for lunch and they also had yogurt and banana. Sally and I had homemade lentil soup for lunch and it was fantastic.

We came home for naptime. I put Judah down, feed Paisley and put her down to nap. I put away the laundry, cleaned up the house, took down the decorations for the party and then checked my email.
Now I'm drinking my afternoon cup of coffee and I need to go figure out what we're having for dinner.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The best "unfried ice cream" ever!

For the fiesta party, I made an un-fried ice cream recipe that I found here. It was so stink'n delicious and really easy also. I had to post about this recipe because I know I'm going to want to make these again, probably anytime we have company over for Mexican food or Chinese or Italian or peanut butter and jelly. Why or why can't ice cream be a health food?!





Saturday, April 2, 2011

I love my family

Do you ever have one of those moments where you're so aware of how much you love your family? Tonight after everyone left the birthday party that I threw for my sister and my uncle, I was wiping down the counters in the kitchen and I had such a feeling of love for my family. We had such a great party today and I'm so thankful for the laughter and the fun.
Here's the beautiful birthday girl (my sister), and my Paisley.
 For dinner we had enchiladas, taco salad, chips, salsa and guacamole. It was so good! After dinner, we headed outside to hit a couple pinatas. My mom brought one for the little boys and one for the grown ups.
 The boys didn't really understand that you need to hit it hard to get the candy out but, the adults sure had fun with it!
 I love my nephew, Levi.

Happy birthday Sally and happy birthday Uncle David! It was such a fun day celebrating you!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Amazing Smoothies

I was reading a super cute blog the other day, called Pure Mod Life, and she was talking about some yummy smoothies that she makes. I used to make healthy smoothies pretty often in my pre-mom days and for some unknown reason I stopped. Well, her post inspired me and Judah and I have had amazing smoothies the last two days for our afternoon snack.

Yesterday's Smoothie was:
1 Avocado
1 Banana
A big handful of frozen Trader Joe's Strawberries
100% Orange Juice
Organic Coconut Milk

I just blended it all up together and it was amazing! You really can't taste the avocado in there but, it adds great nutrients and texture.

Today's Smoothie:
1 Banana
A big handful of frozen Trader Joe's Strawberries
1 Tomato
100% Orange Juice
Organic Coconut Milk

So easy, so healthy and so delicious. Both today and yesterday, Judah has drank a full glass and today he asked for more.


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