You did WHAT during delivery!?

I think I need a swift slap in the face.

Let me explain… So lately I’ve had a touch of baby fever. I. Do. Not. Get. Baby. Fever. Ever. I didn’t even get that urge before I actually decided I wanted the babies I have! If I’m being perfectly honest, I don’t even like babies that much! So what has gotten into me!?

My current babies. My current babies have gotten into me. They are getting so big! I hate it! I love it! But I hate it… I really actually love it though. It’s just so final! My last baby (Yes, we took the option of a 3rd off the table…completely) is starting to be interested in the potty! He’s nowhere near ready for potty training but he sits on it and loves the idea of it all! Frankly, so do I! No more diapers!? Hell yeah! Sorry Luvs but where do I sign up for that?

Meanwhile my oldest, who is four, is pretty much just as capable as a decent percentage of grown adults. Teach her to read and write and she could run the world. Details….

Soon I will be an Aunt to two new little babies and I have friends having babies, so I will at least get my baby snuggles in with them. ūüôā

I may have terrified my poor sister with labor stories the other day… Why do we do that?! Why do I do that!? I know better! I guess they are, in a way, like our war stories that need to be told. Our tales of battle with contractions, stitches, and all the wonderful/gory things that happen after that beautiful little baby arrives. It’s fun to trade stories with fellow moms who have lived it too and have their own stories to tell. Pregnant people though… They don’t want to hear it.¬†“Oh hey! You’re ¬†pregnant! Want to hear about everything that went wrong with my last delivery!?” WTF!? Why would anyone want to hear that!?? When I was pregnant for the first time, one girl told me the weirdest (and longest) story about hemorrhoids and her new boyfriend. I am still trying to forget that story… So to my poor, sweet, sister… I am sorry. Labor and delivery and everything beyond will be a brand new experience for you that is nothing like my experience or any of my friends experiences. It will be yours and regardless of how it happens, it will be beautiful.

So let’s just agree to only share labor stories with women who have been through it. Spare the innocent, first timer, pregnant women a few nightmares. You all know how crazy pregnancy dreams are on their own! If you are one of those first timers though, just know that one day you will have your very own tale to tell and it will involuntarily slip out of your mouth at some point when¬†you see a bump or a new baby.

Enjoy your babies. Enjoy your days.

Mahalo

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekends. I definitely enjoyed mine! It’s just so fun to see the kids get excited about the things I used to love when I was a kid.

The only picture that they both smiled for!
The only picture that they both smiled for!

They loved coloring their Easter Eggs. Though, Hudson broke every single one that he touched. A little cling wrap and hot glue fixed those right up though… Lucy got really creative with hers. If you’ve never tried this, check it out next year. She used a paint brush and the normal egg dye and just painted her eggs. They turned out like a water color painting. Very pretty! It might even be a fun parent project if you wanted to decorate with some eggs for your Easter Brunch.

Unfortunately, I did not get a great picture of her watercolor eggs before she decided to put those cling wrap things over them…

Taaaadaaaaaa!
Taaaadaaaaaa!

Speaking of decorating! My sister Lauren hosted a delicious brunch at her house this year. She set the table with her napkins folded up like little bunny heads! She put a candy filled egg in the middle of it so everyone had a little treat for after dinner. You know, before we stuffed ourselves with yummy desserts! It was very cute and the kids loved it.

Bunnies!
Bunnies!

As for Lucy’s spring break from school…. The weather report is looking a bit rocky for this week so we are going to seize the day today and go to the park. I’m bummed to see rain but I am excited for it to bring back our green grass and colorful flowers! I am going to try again to grow some¬†fruits and veggies¬†this year. Only this year, I am going to be a little more mindful about what I am growing. Nothing fancy and probably just some potted stuff. Last year was a hodgepodge and everything just fizzled out. So here’s hoping for a better crop! I found this guide on BHG.com. If you are also a newbie, check this out:

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/vegetables/planning-your-first-vegetable-garden/

I hope all of your Mondays go smoothly! The cleaning bunny didn’t show up to my house last night like I was hoping…. We may have to put that off until tomorrow when it’s raining though!¬†

Make it a great day!

I did it!

Well, last post, I mentioned that I wanted to work on a few crafting ventures. So, with the chilly weather in mind, I decided to begin with crochet. I googled a how to guide on the basic crochet stitches and found THIS. It was a great guide and had a bunch of stitches with videos and/or walk-through instructions with pictures. My “swatch of learning” looked a little crazy but Lucy got a kick out of it. She was really impressed actually! Isn’t it great how your smallest fans are often your biggest!?

The Swatch of Learning
The Swatch of Learning

After I gained a little confidence, I decided to take on some projects. I started with a basket, figuring that I could use it as a place to store my yarn. It is supposed to have an owl face on it but the yarn color I chose just disappeared into the body of the basket. I’ll have to try it with a different color. Maybe yellow. But I love this basket because it pretty much stretches to whatever shape or size it needs to be! If you would like to attempt this easy basket click here. It is a great project for begginers.

My Basket! With my fun giant knitting needles. I can't really figure knitting out though..
My Basket! With my fun giant knitting needles. I can’t really figure knitting out though..

Then, I thought I’d try my hand at a brimmed hat. I used to have one that I loved and I am pretty bummed that I can’t find it anymore. It disappeared with my sweaters… The downside to moving 5000 miles away. Shit gets lost.

So anyway, I found this pattern:¬†Swirly Brimmed Hat. I decided to just dive right in with the soft chunky yarn I bought. This hat turned out far from perfect but I still like it. I also learned a lot while doing this. I probably unraveled and re did the beginning around 10 times and it still doesn’t look right. Oh well. I like it and I made this fringy scarf to match. Lucy put on most of the little fringes for me and did a great job.

Brimmed Hat and Fringe Scarf
Brimmed Hat and Fringe Scarf

All in all, I really enjoyed my adventure in yarn and crochet. I’m really excited for my next project but I’ll keep that a surprise as I am not sure when I’ll get around to it. I guess the moral of the story here is that if there is something you think you’d like to learn, google it and jump right in! You might be pleasantly surprised at what you learn!

It’s so cold in the D!

It is really cold. Really F$#%ing cold. Oh, and my kids HAVE colds. AGAIN! See folks, this is the time we ask ourselves “Why did we move back here!?”.

Despite the face frosting, finger numbing, cold temperatures, we’ve been having fun inside the house. remember these?

Perler Beads! Still Fun!
Perler Beads! Still Fun!

Perler Beads!! (<– that’s a link if you want a bucket of them with some shape trays)

Lucy made a butterfly and loves it. They only problem has been trying to keep brother away from them!

"MOM! Get him out of here!"
“MOM! Get him out of here!”

All those colorful beads are just too tempting for him!

Another activity that I have been doing is crochet! I decided to teach myself how to do it. My goal is to make a fun afghan with lots of those square patch things or however you do this:

Ooh I love those colors!
Ooh I love those colors!

So I have a long way to go…

I’m also working on my sewing. I have owned a sewing machine and an embroidery machine for a long time now and I am stuck at beginner status with both. I would like to change that!

So I suppose I am making the complete transition into granny status… haha

I’m going to go do something that young people do now! Pilates! If you haven’t heard me talk about Blogilates.com yet, here it is… It’s fun, it’s accessible, it’s effective. Check it out here. It’s all free.

Hopefully I gave you some ideas of things to do while you are stuck inside or at least entertained you with what we are up to. Stay warm Michiganders!

Mahalo!

Sledding, a bump, and a Sundae

Ever have one of those days that you wanted to make really special but instead have it be an epic failure!? Well, that was Lucy’s birthday…

The birthday girl on the morning of her big day
The birthday girl on the morning of her big day

She really started year 4 off with a bang! We started the day with her annual birthday donut. This year she opted for Tim Bits so technically, donuts.¬†The girl LOVES donuts! After we drove through for our tasty bites, we headed to my friend’s house for some sledding. The snow was a little thick, the air was a little cold, not great sledding conditions but it was getting the job done. ¬†The kids were riding pretty slow so it all seemed safe, fun and easy… Famous last words. ¬†Lucy came up from the bottom of the hill complaining that her hands were frozen and saying that she wanted to go inside. Ok cool, let’s go inside. Oh wait, now she wants to go down one last time… “Uh oh, Lucy hit the tree”…..

I have never seen a lump that large in my life. It was the entire right side of her forehead. Along with the bump were multiple scrapes down the side of her face which I really couldn’t even think about because of the massive bump on her forehead.

One call to the doctor later and a reroute to the ER due to complaints of NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE, we find out she is ok but to watch her for signs of concussion. I don’t think I have ever freaked out that much in my four years of being a parent. Typically I’m pretty calm and collected when it comes to these things. Even when Hudson had blood in his diaper two days after being born, I just knew he was going to be ok. When Lucy said she couldn’t see and said “I need help” I really lost it. I envisioned her entire future of being blind all from that one fateful sled ride on her birthday. Turns out a little blurry vision is pretty common and as a four year old who has never experienced blurry vision, that would be pretty alarming. So thank goodness she is ok and her vision is perfectly fine. Her face is healing at rapid speeds and her birthday wasn’t all bad. We still went out to her choice of restaurant, Leo’s Coney Island, for pancakes. Chocolate chip pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse and topped with strawberries and cream was her exact order. Then we went to Menchies for yummy sundaes and home for presents. She ended the day happy.

After dinner treats at Menchies for my poor wounded baby girl.
After dinner treats at Menchies for my poor wounded baby girl.

 

My baby girl is 4.

Yesterday, I Tasted Freedom

So yesterday we went to a birthday party. We’ve all been there. We pack everything up and just pray that our kids cooperate. Theres always the risk of either child turning into a stage 5 clinger and permanently attaching themselves to your leg or the more expensive risk of them disappearing and getting very quiet which can only mean one thing. ¬†Something has been broken or stained…. Then there’s the normal diapers, potty trips, food plates, treat plates, snack plates, face wipes, “did he just touch that with frosting on his hands!?” stuff.

Arrr I'm a stinker!
Arrr I’m a stinker!

Thankfully! None of that bad stuff happened yesterday. Yesterday, I had two independent kids who played well with others (Aside from a minor vacuum incident… Sorry AJ!). Yesterday, I had two kids who ate cleanly and for 99% of party, stayed off my leg!¬†Yesterday, I tasted freedom.

The new coolest band in town
The new coolest band in town

We’ve known that two was our limit for a long time when it came to our family planning. Two is a nice round number that doesn’t leave us out numbered and understaffed. As Hudson is getting older, I finally see what life is going to be like. The kids will play in the other room for longer periods of time without crying for a parent. They are finally at the age where, at a party, we can lead them to the playroom and go have an adult conversation in the kitchen! It’s a wild new world that I am so excited to know.

Lucy or My Little Pony?
Lucy or My Little Pony?

Don’t wish time away… blah blah blah… When you are a parent of a small child you are allowed to wish time away while simultaneously enjoying your baby. Us parents are great multi-taskers.

So this birthday party was really great. The kids had fun, we had fun, the birthday girl got lots of presents; It was a magical evening.

Chilly boredom

So Friends is on Netflix now! That’s like the greatest thing since Nsync announced their reunion tour! Yeah, forgot about that one didn’t ya!? I love Friends! I feel like they are my friends. Life is good. I suppose that is my little bit of Paradise for today! ūüôā

Has anyone else gone outside to get the mail this week and legitimately thought your nose was going to chip off your face? Holy crap it is cold out there! Thank God for the new toys from Christmas! The kids are going crazy. We’ve kept things interesting with blanket forts in the living room, Wax paper ice skating on the carpet (Thank you to Lucy’s pre school teachers for this awesomely fun activity!), making paper snow flakes, and lots of coloring. I also put up a tent on Lucy’s bed. It’s from when I was a kid. It slips over the mattress like a fitted sheet. She is in LOVE with her bed tent. Lucy is a kid who loves to be cozy more than anything so making a cozy, closed off space for her to sleep in was right up her ally.

Camping out at Fort Lucy
Camping out at Fort Lucy

Also on the agenda has been laundry. Like a lot of laundry. Maybe if it wasn’t so freaking cold we wouldn’t have an entire weeks worth of laundry after one day of layering up. Brr!

Well this has been a super random post but thanks for hanging with me. Oh, one more thing! If you’re in the market for a fun train set or anything else that Kidkraft makes, they are having a pretty good sale on Amazon right now. Click this –>KidKraft Sale

Here is a cute picture of Hudson with my Laundry waiting in the background:

Cutie pie
Cutie pie

Mahalo!

Good deal alert!

Hey everybody! I was just looking at one of my favorite spots to find good deals, Slickdeals.net, and I found a great one! A Jawbone UP band for $30! I’ve been wearing one recently and it has been really eye opening to see my activity and sleep patterns every day. If you are trying to set new activity or even sleep goals for 2015, this is a great way to keep track of it all. Check it out!

Photo Booth is too fun. Im a comic strip!
Photo Booth is too fun. Im a comic strip!

Click that link below. Yes it’s a safe link. ¬†It’s just Best Buy.

Jawbone UP band¬†(<— yup, that link)

***EDIT***

It seems that the UP bands I linked to sold out pretty quickly. If you are interested in purchasing a wrist band, Amazon has a huge selection that you can find here: Wearable activity trackers(<— Click that).

Enjoy!

The break

Christmas with kids is always a little crazy. ¬†You are either packing them up over and over again to visit multiple family locations or you are hosting Christmas and inviting everyone, along with their Santa sacks full of toys, into your home. Either way it’s madness. Fun, but seriously, madness.

This time of year makes us miss Hawaii a lot. Not for the sunny warm days or trees that still hold their foliage. We miss it for the sweet un-chaotic nature of that time. We really missed our family but we had such a wonderful time on that island over the holidays. We spent Christmas Eve morning on a whale watching tour. Then finished the day with dinner at a restaurant that overlooked the ocean and Waikiki Beach. Christmas day was rainy but it didn’t matter because we spent the day in our apartment watching Lucy slowly open her presents while the three of us ate our weight in delicious food and snacks. It was a simple time. I think that is what we liked most about Hawaii. The simplicity. Here in Michigan, we don’t have the opportunity, very often, to simplify our lives like that. Nor do we want to. We want to spend time with our families and friends. That’s the best part of living here. For that one Christmas though, it was nice to be able to slow down.

We had the opportunity, recently, to have a bunch of friends over for a holiday party. Some friends were in town that we haven’t seen in a long time and it was great to have everyone over and have some kid free fun. Our babysitters have been working overtime lately and for that we are eternally grateful!

Luckily, after Christmas, me and Justin got to run away to Chicago for a few days. It was a nice surprise gift from him that he told me about on my new Kindle! Double awesome gift! It was really sweet. He pulled a bunch of our old LiveJournal entries (I know! LiveJournal! haha) about our first time to Chicago and put them in a journal on the Kindle. It was pretty hilarious to read those again. Thankfully he corrected some spelling and grammatical errors before adding them to the journal. Apparently I did learn something in college! I am the first to admit that I am not perfect when it comes to correct grammar but I’ve come a long way. Not to be a grammar snob… I really hate that.

Chicago was really fun. We ate deep dish pizza and Chicago style hot dogs, visited the Field Museum, shopped, saw a good friend, enjoyed a little quiet time and a lot of sleep. It was wonderful but we definitely missed our munchkins. So we headed home and listened to Serial all the way. That shit is crazy.

This is the end of 2014. The end of a terrible, awful, no good very bad year. It is also the end of a wonderful, inspiring year full of my kids growing and developing, new friendships, house settling and a lot of personal growth that I’m really proud of. That’s hard for people to say, or admit to. That they’re proud of themselves. But I feel that I’ve become a much more confident person over this last year. As someone who spent a great deal of her life being very shy, I really am proud of that.

My personal resolutions for 2015 are as follows:

1) Set an example for my kids of a healthy lifestyle.

2) Go out and do more.

It’s not a lot. ¬†Doesn’t look like much anyway. But it actually is if I do it right. So that’s my goal. To do it right.

It is my hope that 2015 brings health to those in need. Healing to those who suffer. And love to those who need it. Happy New Year everyone!

Mahalo

 

 

 

Staying home…

My kids are beautiful, sweet, wonderful little people….

Where’s the “but” right?

Here it is: BUT sometimes, I just want to run out the door! Don’t get me wrong. I love staying home with my kids 99….errr 89% of the time. I love being a stay at home mom. I mean, what a rare opportunity to be able to be with my kids all day every day. What a blessing.

Here’s another one: BUT it is really taxing to have two little humans be so dependent on you 24/7. Even when Justin is home, they still ask me for everything. Probably just out of habit from doing it the rest of the time. Having a clingy toddler literally hanging from my legs all day is truly exhausting.

As a stay at home mom, I have a little guilt about feeling this way. I mean, I am so lucky! There are lots of people who would love to stay home with their kids all day. BUT there are days when I just can’t hear the word “Mom” one more time. Days when I feel like my head will explode if one more cup is spilled or one more fight erupts. Some days, going back to work sounds like a vacation. Not to say that working parents have it easier. ¬†I have said before how much respect I have for working parents and I don’t think that Justin has it easier by any means. I do envy the time you all have away though. The time that is yours. Yours to do whatever you want. You can go to lunch and eat a meal uninterrupted. You can go take a nap in your car on your break. You can go to the bathroom BY YOURSELF! You can have a complete thought. Oh to have one complete though again… (I realize there is a typo there, but it so perfectly encompassed the message of the sentence, I decided to leave it)

Again, I love staying at home (Notice the repetition here…That’s the guilt talking). It is nice to have some time away though.. Even if it is just for a trip to Target. Alone time is so precious. I feel guilty about that too because when my Husband is home, I want to spend time with him. At the same time though, that is my only opportunity to get alone time.

This is a really tough age. I know that. I also know that once this really tough age is past, they will be at school, I will be back at work and this time at home with them will be a distant memory. I remember when I was in labor with Hudson, I kept saying¬†“I can’t wait until this is just a¬†memory”. I don’t want to wish time away. I want to enjoy these moments that we do have together. Some days are hard. Like, really hard. But, I do love every single day for a least a least a few hours!