Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ben refuses to take a nap, after an hour of battling with him. "If that's the worse thing to happen today, it's still a pretty good day."
Gianna threw her food on the floor... for the tenth time today. "If that's the worse thing to happen today, it's still a pretty good day."
I forgot to take the load of laundry out of the dryer so the clothes were all wrinkly. "If that's the worse thing to happen today, it's still a pretty good day."
The kids were excessively whiney. I mean, the kind of whining that goes right through you and makes you want to scream "You have no idea how good you guys have it!!!." "If that's the worse thing to happen today, it's still a pretty good day."
And even though ALL of those things happened back to back to back to back TODAY... it was still a pretty good day.
Monday, October 15, 2012
While waiting for your little one to fall asleep for his nap, have you fallen asleep, too, to catch a few well-deserved afternoon Zzzzzzzs?
or have you ever been driving along on a rainy day when you hear a little voice in the backseat say, "Mama, pee in the grass, please." So you pull over so he can do exactly that?
or have you ever watched your son discover that if he puts his sister's rain boots on, they make fart sounds when he walks because they are too small?
Yea... me either ;)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The number one reason I would wanted him in a classroom as young as 2 was for social reasons. Yes, he has his sister, but let's face it - it isn't the same as interacting with your peers. Also, I wanted him to respond to different authority figures other than myself. But I felt stuck. Then, my friend came up with a genius idea. A co-op preschool. It looks like this:
If you would like to explore this option with your own kiddos & friends, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can share more details about our curriculum, expectations, discipline, etc. I will probably put Ben in a "regular" preschool setting through our church next year, but I am glad to jump start his education this way. He absolutely loves it! And I love having my first three Tuesday mornings of the month for just us girls (Gigi & me).
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Don't get me wrong - I love watching them grow, giggle, learn, laugh, and play. I'm simply sharing these "am I sure I want to have more children?" moments with you so you know you are not alone. Happy Mothering (and Fathering) everyone, and I hope you have had a few quiet moments to yourself today.
Be well, friends!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Or have you ever invited a friend over for a first-time play date and lunch, only to discover after they've left that the beautiful sandwich you made them was with moldy bread!? Yea, me either. ;) (Sorry about that again, Jamie!) haha
And finally, have you ever been fascinated and disgusted at the same time when you can tell exactly what your baby ate the day before, just by changing their diaper?? Yea, me either. ;)
Well friends, is there anything you "haven't" experienced lately? Please share! I love your comments!! (Liz, Kristen, Dana...)
Monday, July 30, 2012
When reading a test out loud, have you ever mispronounced a simple word more than once and feel like a complete idiot - even if it was just with your family? (the word was deadlines, read as "deadliness") haha ...
Did you ever think driving over a curb with your mini-van was a good idea because you saw your husband do it in his truck a few days prior? [insert loud scraping sound here] ...
Or have you ever had your kid pee on a 7th grade church volunteer while sitting and crying in her lap? ...
...Yea..... me either ;)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
July 12, 2012
I miss you SO much!! It just doesn't seem fair that you are gone. There are so many things I ache to share with you. Like Ben's crazy personality and amazing athleticism. Or Gianna's ever changing smile - she has top teeth now! - and her hair. Oh, that hair! You would just swoon over it!
I wish you could visit us in our new place - and I'd tell you about all the people we've met here. I think you'd be surprised that I'm working at Lakeshore again because they opened one here in Indy. I love it! I got to help put it together from the ground up.
I miss hearing your voice. I hate that I can't call to talk to you, and that when I come home I can only see you in pictures.
I always thought that time helped to heal wounds so why is it getting harder each day since you left?
I'm sorry you suffered so much your last years (months) of life. I'm sorry I didn't hold your hand more while you were sick at home and in the hospital. I'm sorry I pretended like it was any other good-bye when I knew deep down it was the last time I'd see you alive.
I so badly want to hear your voice! I want to see you. I want to know you are in Heaven.
I feel like I would be a better mom if you were still here. My heart literally sinks and aches when I think of you - which is often. You were so brave.
I hope you are with your mom now. I know that if you missed her as much as I miss you that it must be an amazing relief to be with her again. I know you love me and I know you were proud of me - I only wish you were here to remind me.
Love you. Miss you. Mean it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Ben: The I'm-going-to-look-you-straight-in-the-eyes-and-do-exactly-what-you-told-me-not-to-do phase
Gianna: The I'm-cutting-a-million-teeth-right-now-and-there-is-nothing-you-can-do-to-make-me-happier-or-sleep-better phase
Some Moments: listening to Ben sing along to songs in his own little language & seeing Gigi's "scrunchy nosed" smile
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Instead, I am opening the floor to YOU to offer ME (and my readers) your best potty training tips & advice! Here are a couple I stand firm by:
1. Don't Rush It! Let your kid take the lead to tell you he is ready. We are pretty sure our kids won't be teenagers in diapers.
2. Talk It Up. Your kiddo should at least know what a toilet is and what its for BEFORE the whole process begins.
3. Be Okay With Less Than Perfect. Accidents WILL happen. Just be prepared to tell the Target associate your child peed on the floor in the middle of the aisle.
The day Ben stops pooping his pants is the day I rejoice and do a potty dance myself. Until then, I suffer with the rest of you potty training parentals.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Or have you ever gone to two different banks, and let your child have a lollipop from each one? Yep, that's two suckers within five minutes...
Or have you ever gone to that place hidden deep down in your soul that allows you to understand why they have a show called "Snapped" and think the next episode might feature YOU?...
Yea.... me either.
Please share something that has "never" happened to you in the comments below!!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Have you ever lost hours of precious sleep lying awake terrified because you were home alone and thought someone was in your house...
Or been too embarrassed to leave your house because you had a sudden outbreak that created a "zit mustache" on your face...
Or gave your kid a skittle for peeing on the potty, only to have him try to stick it in his butt??
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Shopping without kids is without a doubt much more peaceful, pleasant, and productive. Here are a few tips for those times when you have no choice but to take your tot(s) along for the ride:
1. Plan ahead! Make a list and try your best to stick to it. Knowing the layout of the store and putting your list in order is a huge help!
2. Don't expect your toddler to last beyond two stops (i.e. bank, grocery store, department store, etc). I read that somewhere...
3. What is one of the most helpful "tricks" when it comes to parenting? One word: DISTRACTION. It's become an art form, really. I always get Ben an apple when we grocery shop. It keeps him occupied and he gets a healthy snack! I make sure I grab a produce bag to throw it in when it's time to checkout. My friend, Jess Wehner, gives her kiddo popcorn to snack on while she shops.
4. Let the kids help. Ben loves putting things in the cart, opening the frozen food doors, and putting things onto the checkout belt.
5. Try to go right after or long before a nap is due. After breakfast is the best time for us.
Need a little more encouragement? Just think - I know bringing my kids to the store can be a good thing because I don't have the luxury of just "looking around" - and for me, that translates to saving money! haha
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Sarah Nurmi
I was going to teach until retirement... but my kids took priority.
I was going to stay out late with friends...but my kids took priority.
I was going to scrapbook and make cards last night... but my kids took priority.
I was going to have a guest room... but my kids took priority.
I was going to get ALL the laundry done in one day... but my kids took priority.
I was going to buy some new clothes...but my kids took priority.
I was going to go on an evening run... but my kids took priority.
I was going to take a shower...but my kids took priority.
I was going to be a self-seeking, self-interested, egocentric ME ME ME... but my kids took priority.
Thank you, Benjamin Eero & Gianna Brooklyn for teaching me what it truly means to love others more than you love yourself.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
I took some bath time pics of the kids, edited them on my computer (I don't have any fancy programs, I just use Windows Live - which came with my computer), then had 8 1/2 X 10 photos printed from Walmart.com. They were just under $3 a piece I think.
Then, I found matted frames at Walmart for just $5! Here are the photos all framed up and ready to hang:
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Have you ever felt called to do something, but after giving it some extra thought decided you weren't "qualified" or "good enough" for the job? It could be anything. Maybe you felt a nudge to serve in your local church, homeless shelter, nursing home, etc. Maybe you've always wanted to volunteer in your kid's classroom, or offer help to a neighbor. Maybe you wish you had a different job - that "dream" job. Then you second guessed yourself and it became a distant thought, at best.
Well, I heard a phrase the other day:
What does that mean anyway? It means if you truly feel that God is pointing you in a direction - that He has chosen for you - that you feel you aren't good enough, skilled enough, had enough training in... it doesn't matter. God will pave the way for you. You just need to make your next step the first step. He will take it from there ;)
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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Friday, March 30, 2012
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Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
“It’s just a bad day, not a bad life”
Hmmm. I need to remember this. It’s hard to believe it when you have several bad days in a row – then it DOES seem like a bad life!
My son is more than officially in his “Terrible Twos.” You’ve heard the phrase, but have you actually EXPERIENCED it? I put that word in all capitals because it truly does seem all-consuming. I feel like I am living with a ticking time bomb that deliberately disobeys, throws astronomical tantrums, hits/pushes/punches, gets up 4-5 times a night, and is relentlessly stubborn.
I believe the politically correct term is: “spirited.”
I can rephrase the quote by saying, “It’s just a bad phase, not a bad kid.” He can be so very sweet and has the best laugh of any kid I have ever known. He loves making his sister smile and gives her lots of hugs. He says "I yuv you" to me in his sweet little boy voice that I know won't survive puberty. I need to hold fast to these qualities and hope the bad ones get weeded out sooner rather than later!
But where have I heard that three is worse??
Heaven help us!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I got this idea from my sister-in-law. I made a “Babysitter Binder” that includes anything from emergency information to kids’ schedules to instructions on how to work the television. It is so nice to have all this information in one place, instead of scribbling something on a notepad that may or may not be sufficient for your babysitter to have an evening of smooth sailing with your kids. You want your sitter to focus on your kids, not be flustered.
This binder is a no hassle, all-inclusive book of answers to babysitter’s FAQs! I can already hear them thanking you for making one. J
Here is a sample of mine:
**An all important page (which is not pictured because it has personal information on it) has all the emergency contact information. Our kids' full names, dates of birth, mine and Thad's phone numbers, emergency contacts, our pediatrician's information, our insurance information, and the number to a medical hotline that is available 24/7. Obviously, we would have the sitter call us first - this is more for anyone watching them while we are out of town (or if they can't get a hold of us for whatever reason).**
A couple of "quick references"
And there you have it! Your babysitter’s bible. ;) So what are you waiting for? Get started so you can have a care-free night out with your spouse - you deserve it!