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Daily Life: What the Heck!?

25 Jul

Today has been an unusal day! Most monday’s are get thing done days and I always end up being super proud of everything I’ve accomplished! Today is what the heck day!? I’m babysitting as usual today and P has been more active than I’ve ever seen her. E has been plopping on her but and laughing every time P stumbles on her bottom – cute I know. P also is getting a little more independent! Lunch time routine was normal but this time when I walked around the corner to get what I needed (both girls strapped into high chairs – don’t freak out) P didn’t scream bloody murder! Apparently it’s now okay if I am not in sight for a second!

Here’s where the what the heck comes in.. neither of the girls wanted to take a nap today. After all that playing, walking, falling, giggling, pulling out every toy we own, and eating – neither of them are tired?! I’m exhausted just from watching it!! Both girls just went down about a half an hour ago – when they usual go down about two and half hours ago.. this is going to be one interesting night. I’m thinking early to bed but if E sleeps late that might not happen either!

I was reading another mom’s blog about mommy time. She was saying, “Mommy time? Who get’s mommy time? Does mommy time actually exist!?” and goes on to talk about how she has a million things to do when she gets a break from the kids – laundry, vacuum, clean, shower, cook, and the list goes on! I on the other hand am lucky enough to have two that nap at the same time – for the same length and I actually GET mommy time if I do all my chores in between. Mommy time for me consists of napping, crafting, watching tv, blogging, reading, or sitting and staring at the wall wondering how much longer until B gets home 😉

Today I am just now getting mommy time.. and if the girls wake up at their usual time. I’m about to be done with my mommy time! But I just started!!! What the heck!!?

Looks like I’m going to have to reschedule some mommy time in here somewhere else..

Love Always,

J

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Daily Life: Free Is NOT Easy!

19 Jun

Today I spent hours in front of my computer trying to find deals anywhere that corresponded with the coupons I had cut out. I found that to be a lot easier than finding coupons to go with things that are on sale since there’s a thousand sales items and rarely do you have a coupon for 1 out of 10.

I also figured out why extreme couponers or couponers for that matter buy 150 items at one time. Because it’s SERIOUSLY rare that an item goes on sale, there’s a store coupon, AND a manufacturer’s coupon. If an entire day every week dedicating my life to searching sales and clipping coupons, I’d be 150 items at one time too!! Who cares if you need it. YOU FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING FREE!!

I did manage to get a few good deals today. Two $6 – 50 caplets of Advil for three dollars. Crystal light originally $2 down to a dollar. Three boxes of cereal for the price of one (usually $4.99 for one, on sale for 1.99 each and a coupon for $1 of with the purchase of three.) I got a few other things like shampoo & conditioner and Ziploc bags and containers but nothing huge. I also ended up spending 28 dollars so it was definitely not free, but I saved 20 bucks on stuff that my family will actually use. And I only bought 2-3 items at one time.

Although this seems all fun I think I’ve decided to do things a little differently. I’m making my list of what I need. I’m matching coupons, and I’m going to WALMART! I went there today and the amount of sales they have are ridiculous. Of course you can plan for this trip at all. On 95% of their stuff online it says price varies so you can’t really see how much you’re going to save or spend but after walking through it twice today I noticed almost half the things I buy on a regular basis were on sale.. and the stuff that did say the prices online were cheaper than anywhere else around here. Another huge plus about Wal-Mart, if you can actually find something that you can get for free, if the coupon goes over the amount they give you the cash back. I haven’t found any place around here that is willing to do that.

I’m not giving up on finding free things with coupons but I am taking a step back here. Yes there are a lot of good deals out there but most of them will just be ways to get you to spend more or buy more than you planned (three boxes of cereal but hey! I got two free!!). You really have to pay attention to details and I’ll guarantee you one thing. When I do find something free, I am going to be the happiest couponer EVER!! and still not buy but a few because I may be a couponer, but I’m not crazy 😉

So in between all that madness, I took care of E. We went for three walks today!! (Gave Daddy LOTS of him and video game time) Then went out to dinner & dessert for Dad’s day – where I sadly didn’t use any coupons because I wasn’t given the option and no one would let me pay..

I’ll just say that this mommy is tired. My legs are stiff and achy and I am looking forward to tomorrow! Vacation is over but that doesn’t mean the fun is. P starts coming again and she’ll get me back in my routine of things. I think I actually do a lot better when I am in a routine and working rather than on vacation. I get more done and I’m happier about how I spent my day, oh and I get paid 😛

After an eventful day like today.. this girl is going to bed early!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: Soaking Up The Sun

8 May

The weather today was perfect! I grabbed all my crafts, set up outside, and got to work! I started out making report cards for the week because those are more of a need than anything else. I used the stuff that my mother-in-law gave me and did a little repurposing. I used the cards she had and cut the front off, then I cut the inside of the card up and made the area for the name & date and writing area for the daily activities. I didn’t do anything fancy with them besides the flowers and beads because I thought the cards were busy enough as they were. Check um out!

I was trying to get two frames today but so far I have only finished one. I got the blue background for the second one finished but I still have to pain the whales on it so hopefully I’ll be able to finish it later tonight so you can see it. I did get done one though! Let me know what you think..

Then B got a few good pictures of me and I took a picture of my favorite baby girl

She’s wearing the outfit Nana bought for her this past week 😀 She always picks the cutest outfits!

So I guess you could say it was the perfect Mother’s Day. B cleaned the entire house while we were at church, he’s been doing all the laundry, he’s making me dinner, and he’s been a super big hand with E today so that I could do crafts.

Hopefully when Father’s Day comes I can do the same for him.

Love Always,

J

Working Mom: A Painful Day!

25 Apr

Sunday night I sat here dreading working today. I normally don’t dread working because I love kids and my job is playing with them and taking care of them all day, but for some reason I was just really not ready for it. Well my gut instinct was ridiculously correct. P had a completely horrible day today. Somebody is not only teething, but she was so constipated that she was screaming.. constantly. I couldn’t get her to eat anything but I was determined to flush her out with fluids or fruits so I kept trying with the bottle. She finally relaxed long enough for me to get lunch ready for all of us and eat, well kind of.. P wouldn’t eat anything else, and E decided to follow along. Not only did she scream for attention all morning but she refused to eat her lunch as well.

Then nap time … dun dun dunnn. Haha just kidding. Kind of.

P went down with a little fussing but not too much trouble, E on the other hand seemed completely fine one minute then was literally standing, snot running down her nose, tears rolling down her face, wailing. I don’t even know if she was really breathing much at all because it was just a constant flood of snot, tears, and wails. S is here by that time and running in circles around me asking me a million questions dying to jump in a swimming pool that needs to be blown up and filled with water..

E took a bottle and I put her down for a nap, then finally got the pool ready and S was then a happy camper.

It was not long after that then P woke up. Much happier at this point and a little less constipated but that only lasted a little while and she was back to being angry. I don’t know how it happened, but the last hour seemed to fly by. Maybe it was because I gave the girls a snack, juice, and put in Finding Nemo and kept myself busy cleaning the entire place while P was taking another short nap, or maybe it was because I didn’t have the chance to look at the clock until it was 4:30 but HOORAYY! Mommy came and got her girls and I plopped down on the couch in complete exhaustion.

If it wasn’t for my mom keeping me sane and my husband coming home, cooking dinner, helping me clean dinner, making me laugh, changing E, and putting her to bed, I would be a zombie right now!

I really owe my family for everything they do for me.

After that mess of a day, I am going to go curl up in a ball and thank the Lord that I have tomorrow off! Oh and you might not want to expect much accomplishment happening tomorrow because I might still be curled up in a ball all day tomorrow 😉

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: When Mommy is sick, Life gets messy!

13 Apr

Since I have been sick these past few days, it has seriously seemed to have taken over my entire house! Not the sickness exactly but the messiness that comes with sickness .. laziness. It looks like a tornado hit this place and I hate to say it but just unloading and loading the dishwasher wore me out so the rest of the mess is just going to have to wait!

It doesn’t matter where you are standing in this house, all you can see is clutter, which is a huge disappointment seeing as how I already did my spring cleaning and clutter is the last thing I want to see!! I guess most of it isn’t clutter, its child toys ranging from 0-4 years, some crafts I haven’t gotten organized or completed since my sinuses attacked me, and a few other odds and ends. Things like laundry and vacuuming have been pushed aside and are piling up in the closet and  leaving little reminders on the floor. What is a mommy to do when she is sick? Hire a maid, cook, and child care!?? Haha. Right. That’s my job.. whether I’m sick or not. Luckily I managed to marry an amazing guy who does a little here and there to make it not look like a complete disaster, cook for me, and just be okay with the leftover mess that’s not getting picked up.

I would say I’d make up for it this weekend but seeing as how we aren’t going to be here all weekend I have a feeling I am going to have to suck it up and do it tomorrow whether I’m feeling better or not!! This is where I get down on my knees and cry to God! It’s my only day off this week! Please at least make me feel better so I can get my list of things and errands done so my life is not a complete chaos!!! Usually I am begging for down time or craft time.. it’s rare to hear me beg for chores! That just goes to show how messy this place is 😉

Looks like daddy will have to entertain my little miss mess maker while I’m going to go back to curling up on the couch and sniffling my life away until my eyes finally close.

Love Always,

J

Daily Life: Warm Breezes Through My Window

4 Apr

Today is amazing!! E is feeling a heck of a lot better. We got out and got some things done and soaked up the lovely fresh air, then we came back for lunch and nap time. E slept for about thirty minutes and decided she was ready to get back up. Then about thirty minutes later she was ready to go back down for a nap. Silly head. I got everything done that I’ve been putting off for the past few days and am feeling amazing. My windows are wide open and the warm breeze is making me the happiest mom EVER!

Another plus is my dad is out back working on the “fence” for the girls. He’s put in the stakes and built all the sections of the fence. He’s just got to nail the fence to the stakes, paint the stakes white and TADA! We are all ready to set up and play outside!! I think this new addition is going to make this summer a lot more fun and I think E and P will nap better because of it.

It’s so cute. I’ll have to take pictures and put them up here 😀

Right now I have Perpetual Groove playing and I am relaxing for a few minutes. My sister is coming to spend the night tonight before she leaves tomorrow for Las Vegas. She has a work thing to go to and the airport is a lot closer to us!! I can’t remember the last time that she saw E but it’s been quite some time so that will be fun catching up!

I am also planning on doing something seriously creative with my scarves for an AWESOME picture and to show you all the finished striped product 😛 It’s been so cloudy these past few days and I wanted you to get the best quality view of all my hard work!

Guess I should go do that now 😉

Love Always,

J

Easy Peasy

24 Jan

So here I was this morning completely overwhelmed, off schedule, and not feeling so hot. E was on the fussy side – probably teething or not feeling well either, not eating, not really playing either. It took me until nap time to get my head on straight. I made a little list to do and got in the shower. Completed half the list and realized I was feeling so overwhelmed that I literally laid down and did nothing. Then “BAM” it hit me. All day today I have been saying in my head, I need to do this, I need to do that, It’s been way too long since I vacuumed, I haven’t really cooked anything today, I’ve got nothing to blog about, I don’t feel like sewing, I haven’t cleaned out the storage and I said I would dedicate an hour to it, oh that’s right.. I haven’t done anything I’m supposed to do today..

Step 2 to my chaos. Did the few things on my list to make the house (besides my bedroom) look acceptable and decided that I am spreading my huge long list of things to do throughout the week instead of one entire day of list list list! Laundry does not have to be done in one day (although I can try), vacuuming can wait until tomorrow, cleaning up the bedroom can wait two days, cleaning the bathroom can wait three, but i’ll still do a little bit of the storage each day, and that will give me to craft.

B said something yesterday and I almost threw a pillow at his face. He said he thinks he could get everything done that needed to be done and still play his video games most of the day if he was a stay at home dad. Yes he does an amazing job of doing dishes, cooking, helping with E, and still playing video games but it’s TWO days TWO days!! I’d like to see him try a weeks worth of chores and take care of E. I don’t think he’d get half the things done he thinks he would 😉

Although half the time I wish he was. I miss him when he’s gone and I think he would be a great stay at home dad. It would be nice to have an extra hand all day but we would both have to have jobs from home, which means we would still really be working half the day. At least we could trade hours 😉

Well today I am crocheting (what’s new right!?), E should be up any minute, and B is home with a headache.. looks like today was a rough one for him too! I’m thinking leftovers for dinner or taco salads.. Easy peasy.

Love Always,

J

King Pinz, Call of Duty, and the McRib!

9 Nov

Yesterday we celebrated B’s birthday and I promised pictures .. unfortunately I forgot my camera so I am using google pictures (minus B’s card and E’s pic) to give you a feel of the night.

The place looked like this:

The girls drank these:

The boys drank these:

E wore daddy’s favorite shirt:

and since we aren’t spending money on each other for gives I gave B this:

Then we came back to the house for some fresh hot BROWNIES!

It was an awesome night and right now? Yeah B is playing Call of Duty: Black Opps with no interruptions 🙂 I even went to McDonald’s to buy him a McRib so he could eat his favorite McDonald’s meal and keep playing. I love him.

Love Always,

J

Do Witches Make Fishes?

3 Nov

 Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo was a funny but lovely read. My sister gave me this book to review and I had a fun time reading it! E is a little bit young for this but I am definitely saving it for later. It is light-hearted and not scary like the typical “hallownish” books, which is a good thing for the little ones with my kind of imagination!! As a parent I giggled reading this book and hope E will one day giggle with me. I give it five stars for kids so go pick it up today! 🙂

Love Always,

J

Always & Forever – Never Say Never

15 Oct

Is it just me or does it seem like a majority of the fictional love stories start out with divorce? I know the divorce rate has gone up since our grandparents decade but not only do people tell us on a daily basis that love doesn’t always last but now we have to read about it? I took a break from reading because I felt like every book I was finding started out with a couple getting divorced in order for the woman to find new love. The only way I am getting a divorce is if my husband is leaving me and there is nothing I can do about it!!!! I made a promise to him that I will be there for him until the day that he dies and that’s final. The worst part is picking up a book at the store, after reading the title you are interested, then you turn to the back and BAM it all started with a divorce. It’s sad enough that everyone else is setting us up for failure to begin with that reading about it just frustrates me.

B and I have a strong marriage. We have been through the toughest of tough times together and seen each other at our complete worst. Falling in love and being in love are things that you work at every day and when you are with the person that your supposed to be with it really isn’t that much work at all. Sure there are good days and bad days but if I had to count 99% of my days are fabulous with him. People change is an excuse I hear a lot but what happened to changing together? B has changed a lot since we had E but so have I and it’s only brought us closer.

Sometimes I think music/tv/news/movies/and books play a major role on how we live our lifes. When I listen to certain music I am instantly put in an amazing mood no matter how I was feeling before. Everytime I watch The Devil Wears Prada I refuse to work for someone who would treat me like that and then pray I don’t ever have to work for someone again 😉 I guess my point is we can change how we feel, what we think, and what we want based on these things and all you have to do is choose wisely! I pick music that brings me up and that’s my go to! Stand up for who you are and what you want to be and hold on to the things you love the most because that is what is going to make or break your life.

I also want to give a special thanks to my sister, K, she has brought me into a whole new world of books .. motherhood. 10 points for K because she has got me back to reading and 10 more points for finding some pretty dang amazing books! I’ll be reviewing them when I finish. (Please don’t check back every day for a book review seeing as how it takes me months to read! But if you want some good book reviews check out the link to the side –> she is krittersramblings.) I didn’t realize that motherhood and parenting was such a huge section of books but boy oh boy will I be busy!

Love Always,

J

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