Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Cain: when we have down time at the house Cain loves playing on the tablet.
Carly: I fell in love with this picture when I saw it because she looks so different to me in it. She is growing up so fast and learning things every single day.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Keeping Busy

We have been stuck inside for so long now due to the freezing temperatures so I've been trying to keep the kids entertained. The other day we decided to make slime. There are tons of recipes online if you google it. We went with this one...

you will need two bowls
1 tsp of Borax
1 1/2 cup of water
1 bottle of Elmer's Glue
food coloring

In one bowl mix your tsp of Borax with 1 cup of water - stir it well.

In the second bowl mix one bottle of Elmer's glue with 1/2 cup of water 
and a few drops of your food coloring- stir well. 

Mix the two bowls together. 
You will have some excess water so just drain it and you have slime! 

When we aren't using it we just store it in a zip lock bag.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

So I saw this and cracked up laughing because it's so true and it is currently my life. Children - or at least my child - has gone through a few phases so far in his 4 years. 

Starting out as a helpless little baby that can not do anything for himself. 

Next he starts doing simple tasks himself and realizes he can do things on his own - this turns into wanting to do everything on his own. At the time we are going through this phase it feels so annoying because it takes 15 minutes to put on one shoe but he wants to do it himself so badly. And I'm all like hurry this shit up we have to be somewhere. Or for the love of god just let me zip your coat myself. In my head of course because you can't really say that out loud to your child. 

Then once he gets good at mastering simple tasks himself and can do it in a timely manner it's like he knows he can do it so he no longer gets excited or proud to do these things and reverts back to wanting me to do everything for him. And now that I know how awesome it is for him to do it himself I'm like I don't care if it takes you 15 minutes to put your damn sock on you can do it and I'm not doing it for you.

It's all kind of messed up really and I am praying that one day my son will just put all his clothes on by himself in a timely manner without fake crying over it. And to get even more messed up - someday I'll probably be sad that he no longer needs me to help him put his socks on. It's fucked up. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Potty Potty Potty....

did you sing that title in your head (money money money) because that is how it went in my head. So Carly likes sitting on the potty. She sees Cain and always comes in when I am going and says "pee pee mama go pee". She will randomly say pee throughout the day and want to sit on the potty but she never goes. She mostly likes to play with toilet paper. She will tell me when she poops after she does. Also she doesn't like sitting on the little potty chair - she likes sitting on the regular potty with the potty seat. Tonight after she was done in the bath Chris put her on the potty and she actually peed and I missed it! I was in Cain's room playing with him and Chris comes in and tells me she just peed on the potty. I spend all day with her and she pees on the potty for the 20 minutes she is with Chris. What the hell! I missed it :(  I am super happy however that she peed on the potty for the first time :) So yay Carly - boo me.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Cain: He is always eating something. Currently watching The Magic School Bus while we are having some "quiet time" during Carly's nap time. 

Carly: She just climbed out of her crib for the first time yesterday. She climbed out of it today while she was supposed to be napping. We have to figure out what we are going to do with this crazy 19 month old climber. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Brain dump...

I hope you all had a great weekend.

We had family come down for the weekend, which is always so nice.

We ended up going out Saturday night and listening to Chris' uncle John's band play.

They were super great. A few drinks. A late night. It was fun.

What wasn't fine was when Cain woke up at 6:30 when I went to bed at 2:30. I got him to go back to bed thank goodness but it was still not fun.

It also made me realize that Chris and I need to go out more often.

Cain didn't have school today so we hung out and didn't do much.

I vacuumed - again - with my new vacuum. Who knew getting a new vacuum would be so exciting.

I did all kinds of other fun things like laundry - dishes - cleaning the house. Watching cartoons, reading stories, kisses and cuddles.

57 more days until Spring. I'm kind of excited about that.

46 more days until my birthday - I'm kind of excited about that too. Chris makes fun of me but I absolutely love birthdays. Not just mine - everyone in my family. It's your special day, no? I am already planning Carly's birthday which is in June, ha! I try and make all birthdays special.

I kind of make a big deal out of all holidays. It's a little silly but I don't care.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Balancing Act

Aghh - balancing two kids is tricky and I've been doing it now for 19 months so I thought I might have the hang of it. And I think I did have the hang of toddler / baby combo. But now it's like big boy / toddler combo and it's freaking me out. It used to be that Carly was "easy" - carry her around, feed her, change her, give her a nap and she was good to go while I chased Cain around endlessly. Lately Cain is the "easy" one and I am chasing Carly around like crazy. Cain is still needing my attention but now Carly is demanding it as she tests the limits and boundaries. For example - taking the kids to the library today, it use to be Carly was easy and Cain was the one I was chasing around. Today Cain played and looked at books and was so good and Carly ran through the rows of books laughing and falling and crying and it was. so. hard. Finding things that keep them both entertained is a little difficult right now -they are both at different stages obviously. 
So when we leave the house to do stuff Carly is over it in like an hour and Cain is enjoying himself and wants to stay and play but we have to cal it quits. I feel bad for Cain sometimes. Any parents out there with two kids in different stages with advice or ideas? At this season of life I have a big boy who really wants to go and do new things and a toddler who is crazy and can't sit still for a minute and also tires of things easily. Help me people! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Cain: He loves this ninja turtle hoodie he got for Christmas. Also he has been so sweet with Carly lately and it melts my heart.
Carly: She is saying so many more words lately and putting two words together. She is going to be a jabber jaws soon. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy Monday

Our weekend wasn't extremely exciting but we did do a few fun things. Saturday we got out of the house a bit - it was finally nice weather. Our first stop was a super quick trip to Ikea. That is the only way to do that store with two kids. We needed one chair for our dining table so it was a good thing we knew what we needed - went right to that section - did a quick look around and decided. After that I just had to do a quick Target run for diapers. etc. We decided to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese after that. For lunch and to burn some energy. There were three birthday parties going on while were there but it still didn't seem too busy.

This is the only picture I got from the afternoon. I can't believe how big my baby is getting! Anyway the kids had fun right up until the moment Carly started having a melt down. She was ready for a nap and I was so ready to go too. We got home and I got a call from work to see if I could come in - so I did and then I worked most of the day Sunday, followed by grocery shopping, and laundry. I was so exhausted I went to bed a little after 9 last night! 
On a completely different note - Cain tried to tell me he was sick so he didn't have to go to school today, HA! Nice try mister. "Well my throat hurts and my belly hurts so I don't have to go to school today".  Once he went he was great and when I picked him up he said I had a great day at school today. Sometimes just getting there is half the battle. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feeling defeated...

there are some nights - most nights - that I find myself feeling completely defeated at the end of the day. Did I play with my kids enough today, was I patient enough with them, did I handle this situation the way I should have, etc.
We are on day twenty of "the never ending christmas break" and we are getting a little antsy around here. The kids and I have not left the house in approximately 5 days due to the crappy weather and bitter cold temperatures. I am hoping to go out today and do something, anything, to break up the day. But that many days of sitting around the house - and me trying to find things to keep them entertained - is wearing on us all. I am very much looking forward to getting back into a regular routine.
The kids are still happy though - they are finding new ways to play together, making forts, getting creative. Of course they are fighting over toys and arguing with each other also. So if you are feeling this way yourself try and go easy on yourself. Trying to take my own advice this week. Focusing on the things that went right in the day and not the ones that didn't.

Cain took this picture of a very tired me last night - 
I was letting him take pictures with my camera to pass some time. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


This is the first week of fifty-two that I am going to share a picture of my children. I loved following along with others last year who did the fifty-two week challenge and am excited to do it this year.

Cain: loves building blanket forts - especially when we have been trapped in this house due to crazy weather.
Carly: is such a little ham these days - she loves wearing sunglasses and has them on most days.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Snow - snow - snow

So Cain's first day back to school was supposed to be tomorrow, however it has already been canceled because of the snow. I can not believe that it is still snowing out! I went to Meijer the other day to get a few things and everything was sold out. I couldn't believe that people are stocking up like the end of the world or something. Insane. I had to wait in line forever just to get my groceries.

Downton Abbey is back - I love this show and am so happy that it's back!

This weekend we got to spend time with family that came down. I love having family here! Cain got to have a sleep over with his cousin and they of course stayed up way to late. Then  we had a play date with one of Cain's friends from school on Saturday. I really enjoy watching him play with his friends. They are so sweet. Other then that we just hung out and lounged around watching movies. It was so very relaxing!

I hope everyone had a great holiday extended week. And yay for another day of sleeping in tomorrow!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Be nice and don't say mean things

Have any of you ever been told something so simple and probably thoughtless, to the person saying it, but it affected you and you carried it with you from that moment on? It's so weird to think about. I have things that I have carried with me for years that one person or another mentioned - and of course it is usually the negative comments. The person who said it probably doesn't remember for one second saying what ever it is they said and yet you carry that with you and let it hold so much weight on your heart.
It could be something so simple - someone saying "oh that's weird" about you or something said to be hurtful - "your fat/ skinny/ ugly/ bitchy/ to tall/ to short/ mean" I mean this list could go on forever and from the moment those words were said to you it changed who you are or how you look at yourself. I feel like young women especially find this, or at least I know I did, and it takes years - if ever really - to get these negative thoughts out of your mind.
I often wonder if I ever said something that was completely thoughtless, to me at the time, to someone that hurt them or changed them. I hope I didn't but I wasn't always a nice person as a teenage girl. I am just putting it out there that I am so sorry if I did.
 I wish I could say that I don't care what people think about me but the truth is I do care - a little anyway not as much as I used to. I think that is one of the things I have gotten better at as I get older. I read a quote that said "it is none of your business what other people think about you" and I am trying to remember that. I don't want to be perceived as perfect. I don't want to pretend that I am something that I am not. I just want people to actually like me, for me. And if they don't that's ok I suppose. We don't all have to like each other but we don't have to be assholes to each other if we don't. There are people that I don't care for and I act nicely to them - it's not because I'm fake but because I'm an adult. So just be nice to people - especially the mean people - they probably needed it the most. And I will admit that sometimes I'm thinking 'your a big idiot' behind my smiling face - I am human after all.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014

I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve! We rung in the new year at home with our little family and it was kinda perfect. We wore silly new years party hats, had lots of snacks, played games and watched movies with Cain. After he went to bed we just hung out, enjoyed some wine, watched the ball drop, and talked about what he hope to accomplish this year.

I always make resolutions but rarely keep them. Of course I always have the "eat better" "work out more" "be more organized" kind of stuff, and I will continue to try to do better with these things, but this year I want to be more intentional. So that is my goal - be more intentional - with my kids, husband, family, etc. Be there more, like really be there, and not just half hearted. Be more intentional with our finances, budgeting, and financial goals. Creating my own happiness and really try to enjoy this year are high on my resolution list also.

As far as blogging goes, I really hope to start writing here more. I want to share our stories and document the everyday stuff. I love looking back and reading about things that I had forgotten about.

I really love photography and hope to break out my big girl camera more this year. It is just so convenient to snap pictures with your phone (and I do love me some instagram) but I am hoping to get better and take better pictures this year.

For the longest time I have wanted to start making jewelry. I finally watched some tutorials online, took a drive to Michael's and got some supplies. I made 3 pairs of earrings and two necklaces the first night - lol.

So I guess I hope to just create more, paint more, learn more, and be happy in 2014. Thank you so much for reading and following along with me. What are you excited for in this new year?