Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This one is a toughie – not giving in to a tantrum. Some days, when I’m especially tired, or preoccupied, or needing to get something done, it’s so hard to stop and make sure I don’t let the tantrum win. I mean, I WANT to give my boys everything, but we can’t let them think whining or throwing a fit means they get their way. That wouldn’t be doing them any favors at all, would it?? Giving W a timeout and having him sniffle at me: “Mommy, you’re being so MEAN” is a tough blow some days!
Crying it out nearly brought me to my knees. More so for Bear than W. I think the approach worked better overall for W. Bear didn’t start sleeping through the night till 9 months. And then I had to let him cry in the wee hours of the morning since I knew if I went in there, he just wanted me to hold him. He’d nurse for about a minute, then fall right back asleep, but of course would wake up and cry when I tried to put him down. Although I think he’s better about putting himself to sleep, even if he does cry for 30 seconds or so before snuggling in.
Working. The biggie. I am very, very blessed to work from home full time. I like my job and my coworkers very much. I am thankful to have this identity as a professional woman in addition to being MOMMY. I love that I can see my boys anytime during the day and can take W to and from preschool. But it’s hard, too, since I would really like to be able to do playgroups with my mommy friends, take the boys fun places during the day, go to the beach or on picnics. I think this is on my mind a bit more right now since Bear is especially clingy and affectionate with me lately. He misses me even when I’m just down the hall and literally runs to me when I come out of my office. But I just remind myself that I have a fantastic working situation, but that being a mommy to these 2 little angels and wife to my dear hubby is the most important job in the world. So every time I think (fret) about it, I recommit to being the best wife and mommy I can be and making sure they know how important they are to me every single day.
So, that said, I’m going to kiss my boys (all 3 of them!) and say a prayer of thanks for how blessed I am! Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll share your own thoughts and feelings in the comments below, too!
That I’m not keeping up with the domestic side of things very well…like, say, washing the windows…something happens that makes me feel like I’m not letting things go quite as badly as I thought. I’m sitting here working and yes, there are some smudges on the windows here next to me, but apparently NOT ENOUGH smudges to keep a bird from flying straight into the window just now. Yes, now I’m most definitely awake!! Poor bird; I saw feathers fly, but it seems to have flown off even after the um, mis-fly?
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I’ve seen this done in lots of places and have been really wanting to create a display wall for W’s art now that he’s so into doing projects here at home and is bringing home cute things from school, too. Since we have pretty much converted our old dining area into a playroom for the boys’ toys, I figured that would be the ideal place to do it!
I took the boys up to Lowe’s to get the supplies – first I looked for some cute drawer pulls that I could use as the anchors, but didn’t find anything I loved. So, I decided on some simple eye hooks and instead of silver picture wire, I used some clear line…(not sure what you’d call it, it’s not bendy like wire, and is much thicker than fishing line). To be honest, the clear line was a real pain to work with and tough to get tied around the eye hooks. But I love the end result. I used some blue plastic clothespins for now till I can find some clips that are more fun (or paint some plain ones fun colors maybe). I love how this fills up the wall and makes it so cheerful, and super love how proud W is to see his artwork on display in our house!
Gotta wrap up work for the day and go hang with some friends who just got to town, so I’ll leave you with this: I saw this cuteness happening last night and it made me smile. I grabbed the camera to capture it…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hi again! Apologies in advance for the lack of pictures in this post. I haven’t taken any new ones so far this week (lazy, probably; busy, definitely!) and I apparently have things to say, pictures or not
So, I love fall and am super excited for the cooler weather. BUT, with the change of seasons and general lack of sleep that has seemingly become my new norm, I’m afraid I’ve gotten a cold. BOO! Definitely going through the tissues and am thinking soup sounds just right for dinner tonight.
Anyway, that basically means my running has not been happening as planned. I am hoping after a good night’s sleep tonight and some more tea, I will be ready to knock out 3 miles tomorrow morning first thing. I need to be ready to run a 10K by the end of the month. I feel good with 4 miles right now, so totally doable. AND, I figure since I’ll be running for the first time in costume, it’s not meant to be a PR kinda race At least not for this girl!
Apart from the sniffles and sneezes and lack of running, things are going pretty well. W is still loving school, but is starting to challenge us some. Literally. Like he wants to make sure we really do mean what we say. I am hopeful that a little more one-on-one attention will help and am brainstorming craft ideas for him since he loves to do “projects.” I found a great website/blog for some ideas and signed up for their emails so I can get little reminders and new ideas. Go check out Play At Home Mom if you get a chance, it’s a great site!
Hubby and I celebrated our 5-year anniversary last week! We went out to a fantastic dinner to celebrate and I was excited to get dressed up. We had some good wine, delicious seafood, and then went for a dessert martini at the “neighborhood bar.” (Literally, it’s in our neighborhood just about. We could bike or walk) It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 5 years already! A lot of fun stuff has happened in these last 5 years
We are getting excited for Halloween here at our house, too. W has decided that he’s going to be Woody, Bear will be Buzz, I will be Jessie, and Daddy will be Buzz. Actually, he said Bear would be Rex the dinosaur, but finding a Rex costume for a 1 year old isn’t happening. So, we decided he could be Buzz, too. Not sure if hubby and I will invest in the adult versions of these costumes since they are pretty pricey…I will be ordering the costumes ASAP and you’d better believe pictures will be up as soon as I get my boys into those cute outfits!
Have a great night, y’all!