Friday, October 10, 2014

I dare you...

Today I am going to dare my family.  We are going to do our best to strive to be better as a unit and as individuals.  I am going to strive to be a better mom and wife.  And I dare my family to join me in this endeavor.

I attend a group twice a month called MOPs, Mothers Of Preschoolers.  It's for moms with kids 5 and under.  I just joined this group last September (due to my own stupidity, but that's for another post) and I really enjoy the time I spend there.  Some times I feel like I should stop going because it's one more thing on my agenda for the week but I never regret going and always have a good time.  It's two hours with no kiddos and a lot of mom-focused things.  This year's theme is, Be You, Bravely.  I love it and think it is SO appropriate for me and my life.  I think it has made me think a lot about who I am and why.  We talked today about mom fears.

My table had some great discussions... what are you afraid of as a mom?  Is it something little like, I'm afraid my child is going to fall off a toy and get hurt?  Is is something big like, I worry my child is going to die very young?  Is it somewhere in between like, I'm afraid of how I will handle parenting my child once they hit their teenage years?
Does your fear keep you from being you?
What can you implement to help ease your fears and not let them over take you?

So we dared each other... and our families.  What does our family need so that we are at our best and get the most out of our relationships and our time together?

Here's my dare list... it's in a frame and I'm using dry erase markers so it can be changed as needed.  It's posted next to our chore chart and calendar where I know my kids will look at it daily.
It reads:  I dare you....
1.  Be patient
2.  Say "I love you" a lot
3. Use your words :)
4. Play together joyfully
5.  Work as a team
6.  Speak kindly
7. Show gratitude
8. Be responsible
9.  Laugh together a lot
10.  Always Pray!!!



It may seem like those are silly or like they don't make sense with mom fears but they're things we need as a family to remember.  I need to remember to slow down and spend time with my children, this will help me.  And we can keep each other accountable this way.  There's very little we can control when it comes to our children but I can control how I treat them and how much time I spend with them.  I can control that they WILL grow up knowing how much I cared for them.

What would you dare your family to do?  Go outside more?  Read more?  Sing songs together?

Friday, October 3, 2014

On the verge of purge....

Anyone else doing the A Bowl Full of Lemons 31 day purge challenge?  We live in a fairly small house, with six people and purging has become an ongoing necessity.  So when the ABFoL blog announced they were going to do a 31 day challenge I was very excited.  I have to say it is going swimmingly so far, lol.  Day one was the pantry.... done! Day two was magazines....done!  Day three, today, was dresser drawers... again, done!!  Now before you start to think, "wow, she's very productive". I have to say, these things were already purged.  With limited space, a natural need to be able to find everything in my pantry and no magazine subscriptions it was quite easy to do these first three days.  I am excited to see what other areas come though as I am 100% positive that there will be areas that need to be purged and organized.  I can't wait... no seriously.  Although I have to say I won't mind if there comes a long a few more days in the month that will require no effort from me.... :)  Where's your biggest purge/organizational trouble spot?  I would have to say mine is PAPERWORK!  Ugh!  With three kids in school of some variety and church activities the sheer amount of art and papers that enters my house makes the trees outside our windows cringe, I'm sure!  So I guess you could say I am on the verge of purge.  Can't wait to make the leap!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's been a while.....

I started blogging in 2008 when I was pregnant with my second daughter.  I started blogging for a few reasons... I wanted to chronicle these years of early childhood that go so quickly and yet so slowly.  I wanted to have an outlet for the crazy that seems to encompass my household the majority of the time. And I wanted to have a way to show other moms, that yes, life really is like that with littles.  After my third baby came I blogged less and less... plus a bit of discouragement from few followers.  And then two years ago I just stopped. Now my life is way more hectic (added yet one more baby) and I have even less time than I did two years ago when I stopped but I feel like now is the time to start up again.  So here goes nothing....
We now have four children, three beautiful girls and a handsome little man.

Our oldest, Audrey, is in third grade.  Our middle daughter, Brianna, is in first grade.  Our youngest daughter, Clara, is in preschool this year and our son, Davis, is 15 months old.   Between school, church, music class, ballet classes, AWANA, swim lessons and all the other appointments that go with having children in this day and age, we're busy... with a capital B U S Y!  
Most days consist of me yelling at someone to put on shoes (ON THE CORRECT FEET) and to get in the van... which, by the way, I was never going to drive a minivan.... and praying I remembered everything I need for the day (diapers, wipes, extra clothes for C and D, whatever we need for whatever activity we're going to) and praying that Brianna remembered to grab all her stuff (absent mindedness runs strong with this one).  For a stay at home mom, I'm rarely home... but I wouldn't trade my life for anything.  Even during the sucky months, it's all I've ever wanted.  
However, this last month has been ROUGH!  School started, my kids went ape-crap crazy adjusting, drama at church, colds, vomit, appointments, husband's work schedule changing weekly,  AGH!  Oh and my house is a wreck, all the time, 24/7, because we live in 1150 square feet with six people. 
So, in an effort to get out of my month of funk, I am going to get back on track with my weekly cleaning list and I am starting a new challenge!  I am going to be doing the A Bowl Full of Lemons October challenge to purge purge purge!  http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net/2014/10/purge-day-1-pantry-food.html  Join me if you want a more organized, less cluttered life!  Feel free to post pictures, I'm going to do my best to keep up with the challenge.  
So hopefully I will be back on here soon and hopefully you'll comment and tell me what you're crazy life is like and we can commiserate collaborate together!
Happy October!    

Monday, September 3, 2012

Holy Crap It's SEPTEMBER!!!

Yes, that's what I said on August 31st when I realized that Audrey started school in 6 days and Brianna in 12 days and we hadn't gotten school supplies or gone school clothes shopping!  Plus Clara's birthday is right in between those two things, doh!  In my attempt to keep August low-key it slipped by without getting those things done.  UGH!  So we headed to the Super Mall today (on Labor Day) to buy school clothes.  Luckily Derek had that day off and could come with us.  We didn't do school clothes shopping when I was a kid.  My mom just bought us things when we needed them.  One of the perks of a divorced kid's life though is that my dad would do it on the summers that I went and visited him.  I loved having something new and special to wear to school.  Waiting and dreaming of wearing the pretty hot pink shirt with the sequins was almost better then when the day came that you actually got to wear it!  Then there's my husband's family who did school clothes shopping every year until they graduated high school.  So we decided it was something we would do as well.  It was a bit difficult this year.  Buying clothes for Audrey is easy.  We find good deals and are comforted by the knowledge that most likely the item will be worn by three different girls.  Well this was Brianna's first year of school (headed to Preschool this year) and we wanted her to have something new too.  The only problem was that with hand me downs from Audrey, gifts, and hand me downs from friends Brianna has enough clothes for twins... possibly triplets.  So we didn't get her as much but she is so sweet and grateful and content that she was happy with the few things she did get.  Plus, I pulled out the 4T bin and she felt like all those clothes were new since they were new to her.  Clara was along for the ride and got a couple of shirts because she needed them.  The tough (but nice) thing about having three girls.  Luckily they are pretty grateful kids!  Can't wait until the first day of school for each of them and they are both in the process of deciding which lucky clothes will get to be their "first day of school" clothes :)  Pictures will come!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kite Festival 2012

Well we're back!  We headed out early last Friday morning and had a lovely drive out to Long Beach, WA. Due to leaving so early we made it there by 11:00.  We spent some time on the beach before we were able to check into our hotel.  We stayed at a new place this year, Adrift Hotel, it was well priced and practically right on the beach.  Much closer to the center of town then last year. We definitely recommend it if you plan to be in that area.

As for the beach, well.....  I love love love the beach.  I am one of those people who is really bad at sitting and doing nothing.  That's part of the reason that I started crocheting.  I have a hard time just sitting and watching television.  I have to be doing something.  But on the beach............... ahhhhhh, I can sit for hours and just watch the waves move in and out.  I can watch my children digging in the sand or standing at the edge of the surf and running screaming when the chilly waters of the Pacific catch their feet.  And I'm content.  I don't feel like I need to move, ever again.  It calms me and centers me in a way no other place on Earth can and being there with my little family is perfection in my eyes.  We watched the sunset that first night and it was amazing.  We flew our kites while we waited for that big orange orb to dip it's toes into the ocean.  It's such a sight... one that never gets old.  You feel like you're at the edge of the world.  We enjoyed our time as a family.  Three of the days were gorgeous... one was rainy, welcome to Washington. :)  We hiked to a local lighthouse, we shopped, we played mini-golf, we played in the sand for hours and just enjoyed being together.  The kids were well behaved and slept well considering we were all in one room.  I wasn't sure how that was going to go.  Overall, I give it an A+ and we can't wait to go back again!

































Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ahhhhhhgust!

August is here and whew!  We had a wonderful July.  My grandmother visited from Illinois after almost a two year break and that was a great two weeks.  We had Vacation Bible School, Mainly Music camp and Soccer camp.  We had trips to the beach and parks and time with friends and family.  Now that August is here we're going to try and slow it down a bit.  I am headed out of town for a family girls' weekend this weekend and I could not be more excited.  We're going to a wonderful old historic hotel in Spokane, WA.  We're celebrating Derek's grandma turning 80!  It should be a great time!  We are also headed to Long Beach, WA at the end of the month for our newest family tradition of the Kite Festival.  The girls are very excited and I'm so glad that we still get to go.  With Derek laid off for almost 6 months this winter we didn't think that this trip was going to happen this year.  However, between those two trips I would like to  try and keep things low key before September comes and everything gets hectic again.  This really is a challenge for me as I tend to keep busy busy.  This year is easier though because we do have a back yard and so enjoying nice weather doesn't force us to leave.  That has been such a relief this spring/summer.  So in an effort to slow down for the month here are some pictures of my darlings :)







Monday, August 6, 2012

Soccer Camp!!


As my children are getting older it is so fun to watch them develop interests and to succeed in different areas of their lives.  It is also fun to see what traits or attributes they may have received from me/my side of the family or from Derek/his side of the family.  Audrey has always been pretty coordinated and athletic.  She's been wanting and waiting to participate in soccer.  We have decided for now that it doesn't fit into our lives but she was able to participate in a week long soccer camp this month that she LOVED!  Upward is a soccer camp that has a Christian vibe to it.  They have a 20 minute devotional in the middle of the three hour camp each day.  So she had four days of training and the last day was a tournament in which all the parents came to watch and then we had a BBQ, because that's what baptists do :).  Audrey's team was really young and mostly new players.  They only played two games and only scored twice TOTAL.. but they had a blast. And if you had heard the parents during the first goal you would have been certain they had just won the soccer...thing... whatever the soccer version of the Superbowl is :)  

Walking out onto the fields... they were team Germany






Hot day for us Washingtonians (in the 90s) and Audrey decided that when she was going to sit on the bench, she would do it by laying down in the shade of their team flag! :) 

Audrey and her friend, Rachel, with their new shirts and soccer balls from camp!

Rehydrating! :)