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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.

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Ahh A Newborn’s Schedule

17 Jan

There are often times I look over at Payton and just wonder what it’s like to be on her schedule. She gets to sit back and sleep the day away in a foggy haze and gets to eat whenever she pleases! This cute little face keeps me entertained and distracted throughout the day 😉

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So you might be wondering what my schedule is like these days? Oh you know, just crazy! But I love it 🙂 With Emma in school, Payton making up her schedule as she goes, and my hands in a million different jobs, I guess you could say it gets a little nuts around here sometimes! Here’s a little sneak peak at a normal day for me:

6:30 wake up and feed Payton
7:30 get Emma up and ready for school
8:15 get Emma on the school bus or drive her to school
9:00 feed myself and get as much work as I can squeezed in there.
9:30 feed Payton again
10:00 back to work and it’s go time! I usually have a long list of things I need to get done before 12:00!
12:30 feed Payton and somehow feed myself at the same time. This is a lot harder than it sounds!!
1:30 get back to work and finish up everything I can before school bus time
3:30 pick up Emma and feed Payton as soon as we get back, then help Emma with her homework and get her set up with an activity if I’ve got more work to do. (Which I almost always do)
4:30 finishing up work as fast as my little fingers to go
5:30 make dinner
6:30 eat dinner and feed Payton – why she loves to eat when I do, I have no idea 😉
7:30 put Emma to bed
8:30 get Payton to bed for the night (if it works)
10:30 put myself to bed!!

For those of you who have no idea what I do, this is what it looks like all day long!

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I am a virtual assistant for four amazing clients! Never heard of a virtual assistant? Neither has a lot of my family, until I started it that is. I’m basically an administrative assistant who works from home doing everything that an admin in the office would do, except be in the office 😉

I answer phones, schedule clients, answer emails, social media, blogging (for others), marketing, mailing, invoicing, newsletters, spreadsheets, you name it – I have probably dabbled in it a bit!

As you can assume, it can get a little hectic here with my task list and two kids, which has been why I haven’t been around so much.

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These two have always been priority number one so sometimes things get a little left out and since blogging and etsy were personal things for me, I decided they were the first to go. Luckily things are seriously about to change! This assistant, just hired an assistant! Actually two to be exact 😉

I now have help with my virtual assistant work and for my personal work. I am not willing to give up my dream of providing for my family from home, doing what I love. So the best way for me to fight for that was to enlist some help! You’ll be noticing a few changes around here thanks to my new assistant Amanda! (I’ll have her introduce herself later so you all can meet her as well)

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Welcome to 2015! Where this girl is getting her boss on 😉

P.S. this book is HILARIOUS and a great read if you need a quick swift in the butt to get you back on track. You should totally read it, like now!

Asking for Help

25 Jun

Asking for help has never been a strong suit of mine! I always hate feeling like I am putting a person in a position they don’t want to be in or making them uncomfortable because I am one of those people that easily get’s that way!

Being a blogger has given me a chance to express myself in a way I never thought was possible – due to the fact that I am insecure in so many ways. My etsy shop has given me the confidence that I can provide for my family doing what I love. Friends & Family have been so encouraging and uplifting when I feel like things are falling apart.

"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, & brave enough to ask for it." - Unknown #quotes

So here I am to encourage the rest of you who feel like I do to ask for help if you need it! I’ve spent the past few years of my life asking for more help than I ever thought. I couldn’t be here today without all the help I’ve gotten and although most of it is from very close family and friends, it’s still important to gain the courage to take a leap of faith and put your heart on the line.

You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to support you achieve your goals.

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Emma Talks

17 Sep

Here are some of the cute things our little Emma has been saying these days since starting school:

“I’m just going to try to tie this bow for you real quick!” It didn’t quite work out but she looked so cute trying!!

“Daddy, if you need help with your video games, just ask!” Love that school is teaching her to ask for help – but it’s a little amusing that she is trying to help daddy 😉

“I think today is the day I am going to go play with my friends. Mommy do I play with my friends today?” School isn’t about learning – it’s totally about playing with friends!!

“Today I made a watercolor creation! Would you like to make one with me next time Mommy?” Of course I would sweet heart!

“Mommy, my friends were all playing on the swings, do I get a turn next time?” Yes! We are taking turns!!

Here she is taking turns with daddy playing an ipad game 😛

 

I’m so excited to see what else she learns 🙂

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