Monday, May 30, 2011

The best friends ever & getting back into a groove

Have you ever sat down to write but, you don't really know where to begin? Well, that's how I feel this evening. If I had to describe how I feel in one word, it would be: thankful. Today some of my favorite ladies in the world helped me clean our old house and it blessed me so much. They didn't have to spend their Memorial Day scrubbing my bathrooms, refrigerator, cleaning my carpets and making our old house shine but, they chose to and it made me feel so loved.

We are finally moved into our new house. Last night was our first night to sleep here and the last week has felt like a totally blur. Jeremiah painted the entire interior of our new house with family and friends helping and we moved in with lots of help. I don't remember a time in my life where I've ever been so ready to accept help. It's actually really humbling and refreshing to leave my pride at the door and really let people into my life. Not the life that is all planned, controlled and organized but, the "real" life.

Now it's time for me to get back into a groove and get this house into order. We've been so busy that we haven't been eating well or maintaining any sort of normal life. You know what I mean when you're so busy that you don't take the time to cook and you just hit Papa Murphy's instead? Well, that's been us lately and it's dragging me down.

Tell me, what do you do to get motivated? To get back into a good routine after life has gotten crazy?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cake Pops

The other day I made some cake pops for the sweet girls at my MOPS table. I've been blessed to spend a couple mornings a month with these ladies and the least I could do was make them something yummy for our last MOPS of the year. Now here's the bad news, I got too busy at the end of my project and I forgot to take pictures of them when they were done so, now I'm apologizing.

Here's what you need:
1 cake mix
1 container of frosting
A package of sticks for making candy from Michael's
Candy Melts
Treat bags to put them in when they're done
Some cute ribbon to tie the treat bags

 Make the cake according to the directions on the box. Let it cool and then crumble it into a bowl.
 Mix in a container of frosting into the crumbled cake.
 Make the cake/frosting mixture into balls and then chill them in the freezer for a half hour or so.
 Melt a few of the candy melts, dip the tip of the stick into the candy melt and then stick it into the ball. Stick them back in the freezer until the candy melt is nice and hard. I usually put mine back in the freezer for at least another half hour.

Melt the rest of the candy melts according to the directions on the bag and then dip the cake balls in. Twirl them around and tap them lightly on the side of the bowl until the candy coating is smooth and not dripping. Stick the Cake Pop in a styrofoam block to dry and then keep the Cake Pops in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to eat them or package them up.
Here are a couple pictures of the cake pops that I made for Judah's 1st Birthday. I like the orange and blue ones that I made for MOPS better but, like I said, I neglected to take pictures. Oh well, next time!

Some random paragraphs

There's something about sitting down after the kids are in bed and the house is silent. It's relaxing. It's needed. Tonight I can hear the washing machine going and Paisley talking "Ba, ba, ba, ba". That is her newest sound and I love it. Her voice is precious and I know how fast the time will go by to when she's saying actual words.

Today has been such a busy day. Actually, this whole week has been super busy and this post might be pretty long because I need some blogging therapy. So, there's your warning! My mom tagged along with Judah, Paisley and I as we went out and got the appliances for the house and then we went to Home Depot and bought more paint and the baseboard. Well, I think that's what you call it...I'm referring to the board that goes along the carpet and the wall. When I'm in the store with things on my list and I have no clue what I'm supposed to get, I literally feeling like my brain is dripping out my ears. That's the only way I can describe it. I stand there with Paisley strapped to me, Judah in the stroller and he's talking non-stop about the forklifts. He's a happy shopper but, sometimes I just need silence. Silence so I can think. I remember when I was little and we'd drive over from the East side of the state to see my Grandma. When we'd hit traffic, my mom would tell us to be quiet so she could concentrate. I totally get it now.

The painting inside the house is going well. Last night after Paisley was in bed, my mom came over to put Judah to bed for me and then be here so, I could go paint with Jeremiah. My sister came and painted also and it was pretty fun. I didn't get to bed until about 1am though and then Paisley woke up at 2:30am, and then 6:30am to start the day. I'm a little tired today! The top floor of the house is completely done but, we will need to go around and do a little touch up. Overall, I think it's looking really good. Jeremiah is painting pretty much non-stop and my Dad has been helping him everyday along with other family members. I don't think I've ever appreciated our family as much as I have this last week. All the help has been so amazing and we couldn't have done it without them.

Speaking of help, I have some amazing friends that are going to help me come clean our old house after we move out. With how busy this week has been with errands and packing, my house is dirtier than normal and then it's even going to look dirtier after we move out. The thought of these women coming to help me clean is humbling to say the least. I'm sure anyone that thought I had a clean house will probably be amazed at how it's not really that clean after all! We've watched those videos at MOPS where the ladies talk about how they leaned on their friends through busy or stressful times and their friends really helped them get through. I never could really relate until now.

I've been packing up Judah's room and it's way more emotional for me than I thought it would be. I remember being pregnant with him and hanging the things on his wall and Jeremiah putting his dresser together. When I was taking the things off the walls, I was almost in tears! We brought both of our babies home to this house and it's emotional for me to think of leaving here.

Meanwhile, while I'm packing Judah's room and reminiscing, Paisley has learned how to army crawl and the world is no longer safe! The girl is determined and she can pull herself across a living room pretty quickly if she has her eye on a prize. It's funny, she's old enough to be sitting up but, she never holds still long enough to sit up. If I sit her down on the floor, she leans forward to get onto her tummy and is off in a matter of seconds.

I know this post has been a bunch of random paragraphs but, it's felt so good to get my thoughts off my chest or should I say, out of my head. Now it's time to pack a couple more boxes and get some sleep.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Today we.....

Today my sister kept Judah while I went and helped out at our new place.
 Today we finished off Paisley's room. The walls were all dry and the windows were open while I did a little touch up work. She was sleeping on my back and it was sweet to think that she was with me while I was working on her room.
 Today my Dad put our room back together after we were done painting it.
 Today, Jeremiah worked his tail off. It's all worth it though!
 Today we started flower beds. This picture was taken before the new dirt was brought in. Now they look better and we'll be putting bricks around them in the next few days.
Today we got another chunk of stuff taken care of at the new place. I am beyond thankful for the friends and family that are helping us out. I could be very overwhelmed right now but instead, I am very thankful.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dear Blog

Dear Blog,
Please forgive me if I write on you less than normal in the next few days. Between the random runs to Home Depot, bringing lunch to helpers at our new house, painting every single wall in the new house, packing up the old house, cleaning up the old house, taking care of my children and being sick, we are just slightly busy.

I don't want to ignore you. I'd really like to take the time each day to document exactly what is happening during this busy time in our lives but, I might not be able to. See, I still need to sleep and I need to participate in all the craziness going on around me.

Now, it's time for me to get up, do my dishes and start packing while my babies are still sleeping.

P.S Here is a picture of my wonderful friend painting in Judah's room yesterday. She was so helpful and I love this color green. It's going to look great.

Friday, May 20, 2011

We've got keys!

This afternoon, we got our keys, keys to OUR first home.
We drove right over and Judah had the privilege of opening our door for the first time.

Our amazing real estate agent left us a house warming present. This sign now sits in the window sill and it means so much to me because it represents how God provided our house for us. We prayed for God to show us the right house so many times and everything finally all came together. It may not be the biggest house with the most beautifully landscaped yard but, it is OUR house and I feel so blessed that we are actually home owners!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Learning to "Be Still"

There is something that I've struggled with since becoming a stay-at-home mom. It's the ability to simply sit and be still. Sure, I can sit down. I can sit and blog. I can sit and pay bills. I can sit and watch a TV show with my husband. What I'm not good at is sitting and doing nothing, sitting and being still. 

I'm not sure why I've struggled with this since I've become a stay-at-home mom. Maybe it's because I don't use the mental energy at work like I used to or maybe it's because my home is my "job" now and it used to be the place that I would come home to relax in. Before kids, I could easily go sit out on the porch in the sun for a few hours and not struggle with the fact that I wasn't doing something.

The beautiful weather that we've had lately has prompted my thoughts on being able to just sit and relax. The last two days I've wanted to go sit in the sun during naptime and do nothing but, something inside me struggles with just sitting there. I know this probably sounds ridiculous but, I blog to get my thoughts out so, just bear with me. When Judah was just a baby, it was easier for me to sit and do nothing. I vividly remember going out and laying in the sun while he was napping.

Today I decided that chores and "stuff" could wait. I headed out to the deck and enjoyed the sun. I painted my toe nails with the sun shining on my back and it felt great. While I was sitting out there, a verse came to mind:
Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

What we've been drinking

Lately, it's become an afternoon tradition for Judah and I to drink a smoothie together. He loves them and they are ridiculously healthy.

Here's what we've been drinking:
1 whole avocado
1 whole banana
Some frozen strawberries
1 whole apple (unpeeled)
1 whole orange (peeled)
A little 100% orange juice or apple juice
Some ice cubes

As Judah would say "It's good!"

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A beautiful police car and a couple other things

Tonight while reading our bedtime stories, Judah saw a picture of a police car. Here's Judah.....
"It's beeeaaauuttiffuull!!!! It's a beautiful police car!"

During dinner this evening, Judah was looking up at a picture of himself on the wall. In the picture he is sitting on something like a wooden box. Judah pointed to the picture and said "is he pooping??"

This afternoon I took a few pictures while I was out in the yard with Judah and Paisley. Here is one of my favorites.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Eyes, Nose, Fingers & Toes

I love these eyes.
 I love this nose.
I love these fingers.
I love these toes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Signed Papers & Embracing Chaos

The last 3 years have been filled with major life events for us. First we got married, then we had a boy, then we had a girl. Tonight we signed papers on our first home. Life is busy but, full of blessings! It's so funny because about 5 years ago, I went through a really restless phase of feeling like life had been the same for so long and I wanted things to start changing. Jeremiah and I had been dating for about 5 years and I just wanted to get a move on with our life! Well, things started changing and major stuff has been happening like crazy over the last few years. Since 2008, we've either gotten married, had a baby or bought a house, every single year.

All these things are super wonderful but, I have to admit that I have a hard time embracing chaos. We have a bunch of work to do at the new house before we move in and we have this whole house to pack and move. It's so exciting but, it also overwhelms me. Daily life with Judah and Paisley is busy enough and now we are throwing in a ton of house projects, packing and moving.

The rest of this month is going to be crazy busy but, it's all good stuff. It's time for me to embrace the chaos and be ok with boxes in my living room, paper plates and drives to Home Depot. Tonight I have a grateful heart and I'm thinking about how God doesn't want us to get overwhelmed with the things that He blesses us with.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Birthday Celebration Pictures

Many years ago, around 8am in the morning, my Mom became a mother. I am her first born, the baby that she had asked God for many years to have, while she struggled with not being able to get pregnant. It's a strange thought, to think that she prayed for five years to have a baby and then God gave her me.

So, today we celebrated my Birthday and my family made it such a special day. Judah and Paisley both woke up earlier than normal today but, Jeremiah got up with them and let me sleep longer. I woke up to Judah saying "Happy Birthday Mommy!". Then Jeremiah made us all pineapple pancakes for breakfast. They gave me this sweet card and some other fun things. I'm really excited about the rosemary, thyme and lavender plants I got for our new house!

My sister planned a Birthday party for me. I so appreciate all her hard work. It's not easy putting on a Birthday party when you have two little ones!
It was actually sunny today so, we got to spend some time outside. We've had so much rain lately, we really need some good days of sunshine!

Sally makes me an ice cream Birthday cake every year and this year's was the best so far. Her cakes are amazing! I ate way too much today!
Everything about her ice cream cake is perfect and she doesn't even use a recipe.

Noah loved the cake. He was going around to everybody trying to get a bite of their cake. I love this precious nephew!
 Pondering how he can get more cake...
This picture perfectly shows what everyday life with Paisley is like. Paisley is a face and hair grabber. She has little claws and she grabs and doesn't let go. Sometimes it hurts but, it's also sweet.
I feel really blessed to have a wonderful family to celebrate my Birthday with. Even though it's sometimes pretty chaotic with all the little kids, we still are managing to make such sweet memories. Judah and Noah were having a pretty hard time getting along today but, that's just how it goes and I know that they really love each other. Thank you family for making it such a great day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tie Dye Onesies {Giveaway!}

***I'm typing this up and posting it for the second time because while Blogger was doing some maintenance, my original post was deleted, along with the original giveaway entries. So frustrating!!!

The other day, my sister and I decided to go on a Tie Dye adventure. We both have 2 year old boys, that are 5 weeks apart and 6 month old babies that are 18 days apart. With all 4 kids hanging around, we got busy craft'n with color.

 Doing Tie Dye can be a little messy but, it's also super fun. Here's what you need to get started:
Step #1: Head to your favorite craft store and pick up a Tie Dye kit. We got ours at Michaels' with a 40% off coupon. It was a great deal!
Step #2: Gather up some onesies or any other white shirts that you'd like to dye.
Step #3: Cover your work area really well with newspaper.
Step #4: Gather up a bunch of plastic bags to put your dyed shirts in. They need to sit for about 6-8hrs before they are washed.
Step #5: Read the directions inside the Tie Dye kit and get busy!

 Baby Levi literally hung out with us while we dyed the shirts. Baby Paisley was napping and the older boys were busy ransacking the house. Seriously, there were so many toys all over that we could hardly see the floor. I guess that's just what happens when you're having fun!
 I love the colors!

I made a onesie for Paisley with a Tie Dyed "P" on it. The back has a flower and it's just darling. I love Tie Dye on a cute!
My sister just opened up an Etsy shop where she is selling Tie Dye Onesies. In celebration of the opening of her shop, she is giving away a Tie Dyed onesie or a child's shirt to one lucky person. The winner will get to choose the colors and size of the onesie or shirt. I can't wait to hear what colors are chosen and see pictures of the creation that she will make JUST FOR YOU!!!
To enter:
1st Entry: Leave me a comment that you are a follower of my blog.
2nd Entry: Go visit Sally's Shop and add her shop to your favorites. Leave me a comment that you visited her shop and added it.


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