Sunday, April 13, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Justin and Charlotte sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! Yup, that's how it went. Except it wasn't THAT easy for us. Adam, our first was an 18 month process. We ended up at the Endocrinologist's office and had lots of tests done on us. I was diagnosed with PCOS and put on Metformin to regulate my cycles. 3 months later we were pregnant with Adam! That first pregnancy was a breeze! I swear that had we not been actively trying I never would have known I was pregnant until I started showing, or he started moving around. LOL!
Getting pregnant the second time around was actually easy. I don't even know how long since it wasn't a big deal. I don't think I went back on Metformin, but I honestly don't recall. This second pregnancy was awful for me. I had a little nausea, but so long as I ate very, very frequently it wasn't too bad. I was working FT Nanny hours (50+ hours a week) taking care of 2 two year old boys and an infant. My body would hold up all day, but the minute I walked in the door at night I would practically collapse. The worst though were the varicose veins. Yeah, NOT in my legs. No, No, No. For the last 3 months of the pregnancy, or so, it seriously felt like I had just given birth, vaginally. It was not fun. The girl never moved up! She stayed low the whole pregnancy. Thank goodness her birth was completely uneventful and downright fast. :)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
For about a month now I have been using this recipe to home make granola bars instead of spending a ton of money on prepackaged ones. They are fairly easy to make and allow you to put whatever you like in them. I found the recipe on Pinterest linked back to My Kitchen Escapades. She has the recipe listed at the link so I won't bother writing it out here. I also have it pinned under both "food" and "Pinterest Ideas I have used/done IRL". The only thing I changed up is I use 1/2 agave and 1/2 honey. The pure honey was WAY too sweet for us. Only agave didn't hold the bars together very well.
I did take some pictures of the process though, just so you can see how easy it is.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I LOVED this book! Aside from the actual writing and story line, which were both enjoyable, it really made me consider my husband and just how thankful I am for him. He truly loves me with all his being and I have never had to wonder if he is committed to me.
I took our relationship really slow, which was new for me. I can still remember the night J told me he loved me. I was so scared! I think that's how I knew our relationship was real...that we were not just another fling. I'm not sure how long it took me to say it back, but J was always patient and never pushed. I made the poor guy wait for everything!
After we graduated high school in May 1999 I spent a few weeks in the mountains where my parents were living before going off to college. Once I started school we were at least an hour away from each other. But we found time on the weekends and even some evenings to spend time together.
On November 11, 1999 he asked me to marry him. I was excited, scared, and in awe that it was happening. We were so young!
We were married just over a year later on December 20, 2000. The ground was covered in snow, but the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.
Last December we celebrated 13 amazing years together. I have still never doubted his love and he remains ever patient.
This post was inspired by the novel The Idea of Him by Holly Peterson. Allie thought she had the perfect husband, until she finds him and another woman in a compromising position in their own apartment. Join From Left to Write on April we discuss The Idea of Him. Join us for a live chat with Holly on April 3. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Since selling our home in October and moving into a house better suited for our growing family we have been able to buy more "wants" for our entire family. Some of the things we have given the kids are well appreciated and others are, well...not. Mostly it's a struggle with one particular child. This child just does NOT appreciate or take care of belongings. Things get destroyed, ripped, broken, stuffed animals get lotioned (yes, and I still am not sure how to fix it without the washing machine). It has been really hard lately to try and stop buying this child things I want for them. Also, how do I buy stuff for the other 2 kids and not this one?
I think I'm going to start with a major room clean out to get rid of outgrown toys, books, games, stuffed animals, and clothes. I already had to go in a few weeks ago and throw everything on the floor into 2 trash bags since they refused to pick it up and put it away. Also, this child's clothes stay folded in a basket in my room and I hand out the day's clothes every morning. Annoying...sure. Easier and less stressful...you betcha! Light actually really likes to sleep in that room since it is the only bed (or furniture in general) he is allowed on. We are using this to help keep the room clean. You see, Light will eat anything he can, so if the room is covered in toys, books, and clothes we will not allow him to sleep in there. It has worked for a few nights now!
They are several things I can do to try to keep this child's room cleaned up. What I really want to know though is how I convince the CHILD to keep the room clean in the long run. Thoughts? Ideas? What works, or doesn't, for you?
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, December 1, 2013
It's Sunday again and we have been busy busy this weekend. We decorated the Christmas tree and mostly finished shopping for gifts for us and the kids.
We adopted a dog on Friday. His name is Light and he is a Catahoula Hound Mix. He and Shadow are getting along great and he is settling in nicely.
We've also gotten a lot of unpacking and setting up done. The living room is nearly functional now.
I worked today and let Adam come with me. He needs the break from home just as much as I do! We've both enjoyed reading and watching shows with Bianca.
This evening is our Santa visit at my Dad's house. The Westminster FD will bring him on the fire truck. We look forward to it every year! I really hope Lily isn't scared so I can get some cute pictures.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Today I am thankful to live in a state that allows us to enjoy the great outdoors in the middle of November without freezing our tushes off. I took the girls to play at the park this morning for nearly 2 hours. I was such a beautiful fall morning! I enjoyed my first Peppermint Mocha of the season while they played.