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Putting it down!

14 Aug

This weekend I will be putting it down. The phone, the computer, the iPad, turning off the TV. 

  
I will be putting it all down for her. She desperately needs more of Brian and I. We are changing our normal routine because she deserves our attention. 

  
We want to be present in their lives so they know we are here when they need us, they are important, and that we love them.


With all the technology in this world, we have taught ourselves how to not be present. Our children more than ever need us to be present. So this weekend we are putting it down and it won’t be the last time I’m sure.

 

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Learning lessons.

14 Feb

It seems like the best posts I write about are the ones that consist of things I’m learning as a mother along the way.

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I was stumped with Emma not to long ago. Her behavior caught my attention, her lack of staying healthy had me worried, and her overall mood was at an all time low.

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Brian and I were struggling to find what the cause of it was and it hit me. Your immune system can’t function properly if you are not happy, you aren’t happy if you aren’t eating, exercising, and getting your emotions out properly.

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For a while now, we have struggled with Emma’s diet due to eczema and we finally got that set and have now found out she is showing symptoms of hypoglycemia which will change her diet again.

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With being sick so much, she hasn’t had the chance to just enjoy being a kid. It’s been rest up, fluids, and make up homework!

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With me adjusting my work schedule and load, she has had less time with me. I want her to be able to roll with the punches and understand that not everything goes as a planned. But more importantly, I want her to be happy and healthy.

Are You Taking Care Of You?

29 Jan

I can just hear my mom’s voice in my head. “You can’t take care of everyone else if you aren’t taking care of yourself.” She’s a genius.

So need to start doing this more often. It is definitely a MUST! Tired of letting myself be a pushover.

When your life is full of a list of things to do for everyone else, you tend to forget what you need. Last year I realized I was balancing too much and if I kept going at the rate I was, I was going to break. As much as that would hurt me, I was more worried about my family. Two little girls are dependent on me, and my husband – although he could do it on his own, he deserves someone who is there.

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This year I made some major changes in my life. I hired help to get me through the work and dedicated that time back to my family. We are spending more time together and focusing on what’s really important in our lives. Each other.

This is not an easy thing to do so I gathered up some things to help you remind yourself how to get back to what’s really important in your life.

1. Find a schedule that works for you, not against you.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

3. Learn to say no graciously. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

4. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s fine to have a role model to look up to, but don’t beat yourself up trying to be them.

5. Worrying only takes up precious time. We can’t control everything, and we shouldn’t.

6. Enjoy the small moments and victories.

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After all, these moments won’t last forever!

What do you do to refocus and take care of you?

Mouth Closed, Ears Open!

21 Jan

Something we’ve been working on in this household is our listening ears. At first I was just trying to find ways to help Emma learn the importance of listening and how it can hurt relationships when we don’t. Then I realized, our whole family could use a little more listening skills! Turns out, we all struggle with this.

A good method to remember when you are trying to pray contemplatively. Makes perfect sense.

With listening comes waiting our turn to talk. Emma and I are learning to communicate in a way that really doesn’t even need words! Instead of asking her to be quiet while I am on the phone, I have been asking her to tap me, or put her hand on me to tell me she has something to say. In return, I’ll put my hand on hers to let her know that I “hear” her and I will give her turn as soon as I can.

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This works both ways, if she is in the middle of something I can do the same for her. We’ve also implemented the “Excuse Me”. This is something I absolutely adore and love about Emma. When we are out in public, or she is with anyone really, she says excuse me when she isn’t feeling like she is heard or has something to say. It’s adorable! But we don’t do it at home, and I sure as heck don’t do it!

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That’s been changing around here. I’ve been saying excuse me to Emma when I have something to say and she gets a kick out of it. The other day I said, “Excuse me Emma, I have something important to say.” She said with a quick smirk, “Thank you for saying excuse me, but it’s not quite your turn yet. As I was saying..” Even though that little smarty pants wasn’t talking in the first place, I did what I was told and waited my turn. After all, the best way to learn is by seeing others do it.

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I feel like our relationship is growing stronger and I am so thankful that all it took was a different approach. Sometimes we just have to remember that those little beings are looking up to us for answers.

The first day here!

20 May

Went so well! Emma, who used to scream when sand touched her toes has successfully covered herself in it in one day!

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Her first job was to cover Papas feet which she thought was amusing.

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Then it was time to build sand castles!! Papa being the engineer that he is decided to help her plan and build accordingly!

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Then after an entire day of sunshine and sand, someone passed out while watching the waves come in.

She also didn’t leave me much room to share the bed with her..

I’m excited for a week of this!

A Fabric Headband

30 Apr

Today I attempted and failed a fabric headband only to try it again and finally make it!!

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I have been trying to find things to use with my scraps and since Emma has been headband crazy these past few days I’ve decided to make her a few as well as a few adult ones! This one is an adult size but that didn’t stop Emma from trying it on!

What you’ll need:

Fabric – one to two fat quarters would work for this project.
Fabric Scissors and Regular Scissors
Matching Thread
Pins or Clips
Elastic
Interfacing
Iron and Ironing Board

Soon I will have a pattern up for sale in my Etsy store for those who would rather just print out the sizes I used instead of measuring and figuring it out on your own!

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I cut out the fabric according to my measurements, ironed on the interfacing to the outside of one piece of fabric and clipped them together. You’ll see that I went ahead and folded my ends in to give it that clean finished look on the edges when it’s done.

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I did about a 1/4 seam around the edges sewing on top of the folded edges to keep them in place.

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Then comes the tricky part!

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Flipping the fabric inside out isn’t always the easiest and if you sew to closely to the edges it will rip the ends. I used my fingers to turn one side into the other and slowly feed it through the middle of the tube. Once the fabric started getting close to the smaller side I used a crochet needle to help me push it through.

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Once flipped inside out I ironed it flat, you could also do a top stitch for decoration here if you’d like, I chose the simple method of not doing it!!

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I cut out about a 4 inch piece of elastic to give me enough room to slide in the ends and sew it in.

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I chose to do a box like sew to ensure that the elastic was sewn in well and wouldn’t rip. You can do a decorative stitch here if you’d like.

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I did the same thing with the elastic inside the middle piece of the end and did a box shape sew.

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Even though it was too big for her, she was excited to try it on! I’m excited to make her a mini one that will actually fit her! One of my favorite things about this is that I made it reversible. This makes it easier to mix and match with outfits, and since this little one has a ton of outfits, she will be getting a ton of reversible ones!

 

Peanut’s Making It’s Mark

10 Jan

So now that the news out of the bag 😉 and I am “officially” prego – I get to share the news of how it’s making it’s mark on the family so far!

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Although it’s only month two I feel like I’m showing. I know this is the teeniest tiniest bump to everyone else but it’s not letting me button my jeans anymore 😦 the saying about showing earlier the second pregnancy is quite true.

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I secretly wish that I could sleep like this during the day. THE ENTIRE DAY! Peanut is making me quite tired and it’s proving to be difficult to do daily tasks!

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Seriously – everyone is sleeping but me.. but according to Brian he gets all the sympathy pains, headache, exhaustion, hunger, stomach ache, queasiness, and and refusing to get the weight gain 😉 haha!

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So far I don’t think Lexi has noticed a difference yet, except for that I’m curled up on the couch as much as I can each day (and she is enjoying it very much!!). We have been joking about how her world is going to go upside down when suddenly there’s no lap room anymore!

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My mother in law bought Emma a baby doll for Christmas (not knowing I was pregnant) but we are totally going to use this when Peanut arrives so she can take care of her baby while I take care it.

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So far Peanut hasn’t affected Emma too much – except for the fact that she gets to stay in her PJ’s longer because I have no intention of doing more work than necessary when I’m super sleepy!

Emma’s Big Girl Room Plan Reveal

6 Jan

Since we moved Emma into a new room we have been planning what her new big girl room is going to be like. Here are some of the ideas we’ve pulled together that we’ve decided to do for Emma!

Another amazing bedroom idea. Love the light pink striped walls, the chandelier and the area rug together!

We are going to do very light pink walls and on one wall do pink stripes. 

Fiber optic lights on ceiling for nursery

Since there’s now fixture in the ceiling for a fan or light or chandelier (like I had thought would be adorable) we found this idea of fiber optic lights like stars instead!!

DIY crate bookshelf made from wooden crates from the craft store (Michaels under $13)

If you haven’t gotten to know my family at all yet than you have no idea – we are a family filled with readers. Each house has a library (except me – working on that) and I would be shunned if we didn’t give Emma a mini library of her own (seeing as she already has enough books for a few!). We bought the crates which I’ll be painting white and prepping for a bookcase library for Emma. 

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Shadow boxes but instead of random things in it, we are going to put Emma’s play toys in it (like her figurines!). We got the idea from younghouselove from what they made for Clara but we already have a few of these shadow boxes around the house that are not even being used!

Everyday Art: DIY bed canopy for little girls room

A reading hideout! Either in her huge closet or in the corner of her room – I’d love to give her a place to hide and read. I have a feeling she’d love this. 

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I also want to make her a few things to decorate her walls with. This is adorable and would be a fun way to add some 3D art to her walls. 

For our toddlers room: Poster made by my Hubby. #posters #toddlerroom

I also love this option! E is for Emma!! 

Thank you pinterest for making it easy to plan my little ones room!

Emma’s Piggy Bank

15 Aug

The day I painted my corner cabinet I decided to let Emma enjoy a little painting too!

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I set her up on the tarp next to me with everything she needed and paper towels just in case! I think I had to remind her like ten times that it was okay to get messy with this project! (My clean little child!)

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She fell in love quickly. She has always been a creative child but painting is something she hasn’t done before so I wasn’t sure how it would go.

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It’s like she knew exactly what she was doing before she even started! She’s a natural 🙂

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Before she got to the end of the piggy she had run out of red (which is her most favorite color these days) she realized she could use other colors and the glitter too!

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We set it out to dry with Mommy’s furniture and then brought it inside for display 🙂 She excitedly put a few of Daddy’s “Monies” in the piggy and shook it with pure joy.

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One little piggy equaled about an hour of serious entertainment! This was too much fun!

A Book In The Mail

11 Aug

Emma received her first book in the mail from Ope 😀

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We love Ope! ❤

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