Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Super Mom

Most days I feel like this parenting thing is kicking my butt.
Most days I forget someone's something or am late to someone's someplace.
Usually our meals are not the healthiest and our bedtimes are not the earliest.
The kids usually end up crying and I usually end up screaming.
(Or is it the other way around?)
But every once in a while...
I'll have a day like today.
A day where at 8:30pm everyone is in bed.
With their teeth brushed.
And their ears cleaned.
And a healthy home cooked meal in their bellies.
Wednesday August 21st 2013...
I rocked you.
And today was not just any ol' Wednesday August 21st.
It was back-to-school Wednesday.
The FIRST day of KINDERGARTEN for my sweet Lilah-Gracie Bee!
We had a big breakfast and all drove the two big kids to school.
Pictures on the front steps...check.
Kids to school on time...check.
No tears. (For either mama or babies)...check. check. check.
We went to church, ran some errands, had a doctors appointment, went out for ice cream and were home in time to rest for an hour and cook dinner.
Just call me Super Mom.
For today anyway.
Tomorrow I'll be back to the mom who forgets to pick her kids up from school and who feeds them cereal for dinner...
But for today...
Super Mom.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

High and Low

We've had some pretty high highs and some pretty low lows around here lately.
As for the lows...
we will get through it.
As anyone does.
As for the highs...
Well, for one, this little princess graduated from preschool.
This milestone, while a high for my little girl, felt more like a low for me.
I cried the entire time.
Thanks alot hormones.
I can not believe she is old enough to be going to kindergarten this fall.
And as much as it breaks my heart I am so so proud of the little lady she is becoming. 
In between Mother's Day and school ceremonies summer has been trying to show its face.
We hosted our first cook out with friends and family and it felt so good to have the house filled with people and food and laughter.
And with the warm weather brings our nightly backyard baseball games.
We've had to switch to using soft balls because Taegan's swing has gotten so hard that our neighbors are starting to fear for their lives.

Me. By Lilah-Grace Age 4

Graduation Night

Excuse my puffy eyes. I had just stopped crying!

Right in the middle of all that's been going on we had a very big day.
We took all the kids to the doctors with us for the big 20 week appointment.
They got to see their baby on the ultra sound and were in awe of its little hands and feet and face.
We had the technician write the gender in a card and had her staple it shut.
We had the secret info relayed to our family friend who was on call at Party City with a handmade box and filled it with balloons.
That evening we had our family and friends over for the big reveal...

Special thanks to Cindy Conte!


Taegan was a tad disappointed, but made a quick recovery and he was pointed out that being the only boy had its perks.

My sister is expecting a baby boy on October 1st and our little girl is due October 10th.

It should be a race to the finish line!

The girls are officially out of school and we've been spending a lot of time in the sprinklers waiting for the pool to open.

T-minus 6 days until Taegan is out of school and our summer officially starts.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

That's All That Matters

It's crazy the way life happens.
How it unfolds with you right in the middle of it.
Some of life is so bright and beautiful that it seems too good to be real.
Some of it seems so unreal for different reasons.
I try to be optimistic.
To look for the silver linings.
To look for the good.
And if there is something that I have found to be true in my long 29 years of life, it is that there is always,
something to be grateful for.
It is hard to see that from rock bottom.
And when anyone is going through a hard time, I just pray that they are able to see the good around them.
That they are able to be grateful for what they have.
That they are really able to feel gratefulness deep in their soul.
There is a peace in that.
I'm sitting here typing with a heavy heart and yet the wind is blowing and the smells of summer are so strong that I can't help but stop for a second and take a deep breath in.
I am grateful for that.
I am grateful for my family and for the opportunity to tell them I love them.
Something I don't do often enough.
I am grateful and yet I feel kind of lost.
Like I don't know what else to feel.
Life can be so complicated, but when it comes down to it, it is really not complicated at all.
It's your family and friends and the ones you care about.
That's all that matters.

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Mother's Day

It's nice to have a day where you are able to claim...
"Its MY day, so I get to..."
Fill in the blank.
1. Sleep in late.
2. Have breakfast made and cleaned up for me.
3. Take a 2 hour nap.
4. Choose my own radio station.
5. Not have to wipe any bottoms.
6. Not have to wipe ANYTHING!
I had a pretty great Mother's Day.
While all the details were taking care for me I had sometime to look around and see what is right in front of me.
To start, I have a pretty amazing husband.
I may or may not give him a hard time about his singing and nail biting and the amount of time he takes to get ready...
But when it comes down to it, he kinda loves me.
A lot.
And I know it.
Which is pretty awesome.
And I only hope he knows how much I love him.
Together we have these pretty great kids, with one more on the way, and they are the most precious gifts I could have ever asked for. 
They drive me crazy.
They are loud and dirty and messy, but dang do I love them.
I love being their mom.
I told each one of them that last night as I was tucking them in.
"I love being your Mommy"
I'm not sure I've ever told them that before, which makes me sad.
Because I feel it everyday.
I love this job.
This role.
This life.
Whatever you want to call it. 
I have it pretty darn good.
A very wise lady once told me...
"People can call me a lot of things, but they can not call me ungrateful."
I feel that way too.
I am so incredibly grateful for all of this crazy life.
Happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stick A Sock In It!

Do you have (or know) a child that
I do.
She's cute and tiny and she doesn't shut up for even a second.
She's been home sick with me all week.
I'm not sure I am going to be able to make it two more days. 
I'm not sure how many more questions I can answer...
"Right Mommy?"
"Right Mommy?"
"Do I look pretty Mommy?"
"Do you want me to sing a God song Mommy?"
"Do YOU want to sing a God song Mommy?"
"Where are we going now?"
"What about now?"
She talks whether I'm listening or not.
Whether I'm in the same room or not.
She talks to her babies... and her baby's babies.
Do you think it would be rude to tell her to 
"Stick a sock in it!"?
Thought so.
Good thing she's so stinkin' cute...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Things That Bring Me Peace

Things That Bring Me Peace

1. A clean (and quiet) house
2. A lavender scented candle
3. My Indie singer/songwriter station on Pandora
4. A fire on a cold day
5. The windows open on a warm day
6. Coffee before everyone gets up
7. A shower in the dark. Better outdoor shower.
8. Being by the water
9. My favorite antique store
10. A drive by myself with my radio up and the windows down
11. A good glass of wine or a cold beer 
(really missing those right about now)
12. A summer night on the patio
13. A really loud fan when I sleep

**So I just had to break**
 Here I am trying to find my peaceful place when a scream comes from upstairs.
McKinnley just threw up all over the carpet in my room.
Spaghetti and watermelon.
Throw up does not bring me peace.
Really could use a number 11 right about now...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Blue Jay

So after I declared that I am getting back to the heart of my writing I started to get excited.
Ideas for post started swirling.
Only a few hours after I wrote the post, For Me, I have found myself in my house...
By. My. Self.
A rarity.
The kids went to run errands with Logan and since they walked out of the door I haven't stopped cleaning.
First the playroom, then the den, then their rooms.
Each of these tasks has sent me by the kitchen windows a least a couple of dozen times, and like the last few morning I keep noticing a pair of beautiful bright blue jays.
Sometime they are sitting together on the fence.
Other times they are pecking in the grass, but always together.
Before I met one of my dearest friends, I would not have thought twice about these sightings.
But through her I have learned to look a little deeper into meanings of things and I got curious.
I looked up the meaning of these 'Blue Jay Sightings' and my jaw just about dropped open!

Here is where I got my info:

Blue Jay Meanings

"Like the crow, magpie and raven, blue jays are talkative creatures utilizing a wide range of vocalizations to express their opinions. Indeed, their speech abilities are so advanced, that they are able to mimic other birds and even humans.Likewise, those with the blue jay as their totem are quite loquaciousness, and have the gift of gab."

**Coincidence that I have just come to the conclusion to start my writing/gab again???**

"The jay is fearless when it comes to protecting its partner, young and territory.
They also keep the same mate for life, which is symbolic of endurance, patience and loyalty. The jay is an excellent symbol for those wishing to honor their long-lasting bond between friends, family and lovers.
Those who resonate with the blue jay will also find themselves equally curious.
 Indeed, blue jay people have are always dabbling in new directions, gathering new insight, and slaking their curiosities.
These people tend to be a jack-of-all trades, knowing a little bit about seemingly everything. This makes them fantastic trouble-shooters and quite resourceful (not to mention fascinating party guests)."

The universe is always speaking to us... sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.
Nancy Thayer 
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For Me

Its been a while.
I'm not sure what has kept me away so long.
Every time I get the urge to write a post or story or something, I freeze.
I don't have ANYTHING to write about!
Well...that couldn't be further from the truth.
My mind rarely shuts off and my thoughts are always spinning and turning.
Surely within my crazy full life with my three kids (and a fourth on the way!), my husband, friends, etc... you'd think I could come up with a post or two.
I want to write. 
I think I am a better person when I do...but something has been holding me back.
Maybe its writers block?
Or a less professional version. 
I know I could write about the insignificant things that happen in my day to day life, but for some reason that doesn't seem like enough.
Sometimes I feel like I get so far behind in recording our family milestones that it would just be easier to scrap the whole blog all together.
Then, after nights like last night...
And a sweet talk with a neighbor...
The fire is lit again.
This blog is not for anyone else.
I am so humbled and flattered whenever anyone mentions that they read it or even better LIKE it!
But, its not for them.
Its for me.
I don't need to stick to any schedule or routine here.
I don't have to post about one thing or another if I don't want to.
I think I forgot that.
This space started as a place for me to come and ramble about anything and everything.
Back then my husband and mom were my only followers.
I think I need to get back there.
When writing was fun and not a commitment.
My life is so full of commitments and schedules that I can't help but feel like I am falling short to fulfill.
That's what this blog started to feel like.
Like something else I wasn't able to keep up with.
I'd like to start again.
I'd like to get back to the basics and the fun that writing used to be.
For me.
And maybe post a couple of cute pics of the kiddos along the way...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Get It Together March

Alright March.
You need to go ahead and pull yourself together already.
You need to start acting like the month in which the first day of Spring is celebrated and take all of these clouds and snow and shove 'em!
We have had about enough. 
It is time to pack away our socks and boots and pull out of flip flops for crying out loud!
It is time to open up our windows and let your breeze clear out all of the viruses and bacterial infections already!
We are tired of looking for the missing glove and dealing with snow coats and boots.
We are tired of Disney Channel reruns and two-hour delays!
Our kids need to go outside...
Where kids belong.
Our legs need a tan.
Our wardrobes need an update.
Our weekends need to be filled with fresh air!
We do not want to be searching for Easter eggs in our winter coats.
Or spend our Spring Break stuck inside.
Our homes are seeming smaller by the minute. 
And our patience growing even smaller.
We've done our time.
We've made enough fires and hot chocolate for one winter.
We've put in our share of snow days and movie days and pajama days.
Enough is Enough.
Get it together March.

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