Monday, August 29, 2011

My Big Girl is 3!!

Yeah, ok, that happened like, 4 weeks ago... but I need to share her party pics! We had a great time! This year's theme was "bugs". I am a little bit of an extreme party planner, and this year was "toned down" from years past. It was hot as blazes, my dear sweet birthday girl pooped in her kiddie pool, the $80 birthday cake got eaten by the dogs, and the replacement cupcakes had NEON green icing (add in 15 three year olds- whoa), and my baby screamed a good part of the party, but seriously, we still had a blast!

Let the pictures do the talking...

In sequential order...

Ohhhh gorgeousness!

Seriously, you should have seen my face. It wasn't good.

Putting balloons on the mailbox! Note the adorable shirt- there are bugs on her name!!

Only pic of them together at all. Ava's romper has butterflies on her name!

Post-poop in the other kiddie pool. We didn't let anyone in it after that :)

Eating Grandpa's famous pork barbecue!

Still cute, but they are no fondant ladybug!

Multiply this effect. It only got worse...

Holy spoiled child!

Bike from Grandpa! I give her another year til she "gets' it...

Sweet picture of us all on her actual birthday
Happy Birthday to the girl who made me a mother!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Look what I can do!

Basically, she's like a turtle, slowwwww, but give her a few days. I am scared!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Living room Fix?

So I got a little wild today and decided to rearrange my living room. We are shopping for a new couch, and are probably going to get the living room painted. But in the meantime, I just needed a change. So here's the old room:

Too much stuff, and too much couch.

So here is what I did. I re-purposed some furniture from other rooms, like the an chair. I removed some pieces to the couch, and tried to reduce the toy madness. I think I like it. But I am super ready for new paint! And a new couch, but this will do for now. That said, I am getting a painter in here this week for an estimate!!

The play kitchen needs to go back in the real kitchen, and the pink vanity belongs in Olivia's room. And I am really trying to get those dang dogs to stay on the floor, not on the couch. We'll see. And those babies are so sweetly playing :) Aren't they cute!?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'll Say It Again

How do you balance life, and kids, and yourself?

I had PPD after Olivia was born. I got on drugs, things were better. But before that I just had a hard time. I had no time for me. She needed me all.the.time. And she was uhhhhh, high maintenance. When I put her to bed, I would jump online for a few minutes of connection with other moms. With people who would maybe, maybe understand the way I was feeling. At the time, not many of my friends had kids, and I really had no one to vent to. So anyhow, after the first year or so, things got better. I found myself a little bit again, and Olivia started sleeping :) But the Internet was still my outlet.

That hasn't changed. I did not get PPD this time, I just didn't have time. With a 2 year old and a newborn, it was all about survival, and I didn't have time to cry. I just had to keep two kids alive. The Internet was still my outlet. Between babies, Facebook got cool. The Bump was always my friend, and Pinterest was invented. And I started blogging. And I opened an ETSY shop. All of which are honestly, my "me" time.

It helps me feel connected. That is the long and short of it. It's hard to be a stay at home mom. I loooooove going places, and we leave the house at least once a day. And when we start driving home, I sometimes feel a tiny sense of dread. Or blah. Something like that. So to get home, get them settled, and pop onto the Bump for 5 minutes somehow makes me feel better. 

But it's becoming too much. My 3 year old was acting up today, and I tried to figure out what was going on. Not only do I have a 6 month old who needs me a lot, I try to sneak time on my trusty Apple whenever I can. And Olivia notices that now. She needs as much of me as I can give. And I can't give it ALLLLLL, but I can give a lot more than I do now. There is no reason why, beyond my morning coffee/laptop check, that I should be on here while they are awake. Between the two kids, cooking, house stuff, and laundry, I am split enough ways.

My new outlook is that when they are awake, it is their time. There are of course things I have to do. But there are also a lot of things I don't have to do. What I have to do is try to be the best I can be for these girls while they are small. If I could make myself really be "with" them for the better part of the day, I know I will start to learn a new normal.

Sorry this was a little jumbled. I know some of you guys out there know what I am talking about!

And so tonight, I sat outside with the girls, played in the bubbles, and really didn't want to be anywhere else. And that is what I need.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

It's 96 degrees outside

And I am planning

for Christmas. Wow.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Organize It Sunday

I just invented that. Like it? Really though, just got home from Target and then lunch at Cracker Barell (yumness). The Target trip was spurned by this:
OK? Making me crazy. DVDs, markers, egg carton caterpillar. Really. Let's make this look a tiny bit better.

So I did this:
So I got a CD case at Target and $100 worth of other "necessities" that's the only thing I bought, and put all of the DVDs in it. I threw allll the cases away, and somehow that made me feel like I was breaking some kind of rule. But anyhow:

That's better. And it took like, 10 minutes. All those DVDs are in that tiny little black thing to the right. Nice.  Next week, this:
How could you find anything in here?! I can't. I can't cook either, but I am trying to learn, with 2 small people underfoot. It's slow going. But maybe if I organize my spices, I can take my little Rachel Ray magazine and make something yummy!

Hold your horses til next week. I know y'all are waiting with bated breath!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blog Hop!

A couple of my favorite bloggers invited us to hop along with them! Check it out!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This was Tuesday, and today is Wednesday. And she is now army crawling backwards. And she is maaaaaad about it too! Should be an interesting week...

Wordless Wednesday

Dear sweet sweet consignment sale <3