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This Is How We Spend Our Days

16 Mar

I used to be a work-aholic! I still kind of am.. but I have to say I have been much better about actually taking time off to be with these girls. After all, that is why I wanted to be a virtual assistant to begin with!

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We like to be lazy in this house on our days off. Wake up when we went, eat when we want, and stay home all day. Heck, sometimes we don’t even get out of our jammies!

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Now that I’ve gotten used to this time with them, I refuse to let it go. We play more games, craft, make messes, clean them up, but most importantly, we just spend time together.

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As you can see, since Payton is at home with me all day, she likes to plan to go out all the time. Emma on the other hand, doesn’t mind doing absolutely nothing for a while 😉

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I think the girls are enjoying it just as much as we are.

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Lexi is too 😉

My Little Gymnast

11 Mar

Okay, so we have tried ballet, karate, and now we are doing gymnastics! I love the parks and recreation here because they have so many things to choose from. Each thing is about 6 weeks long so it gives the kids a good way to “feel out” different things and not spend a whole year (or a whole year’s budget) on something they may decide they don’t like anymore!

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She’s the one in the front with the white leotard on! Each thing we have tried Emma has announced that she loves it and it was a great a choice. This time she came out with a huge grin on her face saying I want to do gymnastics EVERY SUNDAY!

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Again she’s the one in the white leotard stretching back. I have a feeling this one will last longer than six weeks!

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I’m just excited she is trying new things.

Dinning Out for Lunch

7 Mar

Payton and I were invited to Fredrick Maryland for a lunch date and even though it was a rainy day, we had blast!

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If you have never been to Frederick but are near the area, I suggest taking a day to stroll around. It is beautiful! There are so many great shops and restaurants, the people are friendly, and the atmosphere is stunning.

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I met with a friend to catch up after a year! We both were pregnant the last time we had met and it was so nice to meet each other’s little ones. Of course, Payton was excited to get out of the house and be entertained by other people!!

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We ate at a little place called Firestone’s Culinary Tavern. This place was amazing! The staff was attentive, the food was on point, and you could really tell that they take great care in every detail.

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Needless to say, we will be back! Next time I plan on taking Emma and making a day of it!

Feeling Like A Proud Mama!

4 Jan

Emma has been begging me to do more crafts with her and while we have been scoping out YouTube for some great tutorials and finding some great ideas that are totally age appropriate, I have been eyeing other options.

Yes I did! I signed up Emma to Kiwi Crate to receive a monthly box with a craft inside! We will be posting our boxes, our crafts, and our ratings on all the fun! I AM SO EXCITED!

Have you done a Kiwi Crate before? I’d love to hear about. Leave a comment below!

What we’ve been up to!

22 Feb

What’s happening at our house?

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Lots of family snuggles to keep warm while we are in almost a foot of snow and ice.

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Some play doh playing! Check out that pumpkin! (One proud momma here)

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Some cleaning and reorganizing!

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Some sisterly bonding time.

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Some lovely painting!

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And some prepping for a DIY event!

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.

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!

Fireworks

13 Jul

This fourth of the July we had planned on going to a big park near us and watching the fireworks but it didn’t quite work out as planned. Thankfully we have awesome neighbors who don’t mind helping us celebrate in our alley way!

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Emma covers her ears around loud noises, she always has been a little sensitive to anything on the loud side. Last year she was terrified of the noise and the fireworks themselves.

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This year she still covered her ears but screamed, ” ANOTHER ONE!!!” as soon as one went off. She was even brave enough to hold her own sparkler this year 😀

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I would say it was a successful year and maybe next year she’ll be ready for the BIG LOUD booms of the fireworks at the park.

Hand Lettering Attempt!

7 Jul

To go along with this months #30makeitwork challenge I have committed myself to being happy with what I have – but that doesn’t mean I can’t try something new does it!? I saw this amazing video on youtube by MadeByMarzipan on how she does her process of Hand Lettering and decided to give it a try!

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She starts out explaining to write out the saying you’d like to do and do a little sketch of how you’d like it look. That way you can get a feel for what you’d like to do with it and change it up now before the final process. I used Pinterest for some examples of letters to so I could get a feel for what I wanted it to look like. Don’t forget to use guidelines throughout this process to keep the size of the lettering how you want it!

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She then tells you to decide what kind of shape you want it to be in and do a test run again. You can never have to many trial and errors before you start! This part I erased and redid a bunch of times until I was happy with it.

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She suggests then transferring to the nice final paper you want to do it on – but since I was just playing around this whole process I kept it on the same sheet. I took out my pen and traced my handwriting, editing as I went along again. Then decorating a little here and there. I wanted to keep my first trial as simple as possible!

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Then I erased the guidelines I used in pencil and TADA it turned out pretty well! I’m pretty impressed with my first try! I have a few other ideas I’d like to try out soon too but I think this saying is quite fitting for the my monthly challenge 😉

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Emma loved the project as well – she did not leave my side the entire time I worked on it and really enjoyed the thought of mommy drawing so pretty!  (her words not mine!) She even gave it a try herself 🙂

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Loved this free activity and hopefully I’ll have a larger final piece for some free decor in my home to show off later!

Emma The Fish

5 Jul

Emma had swimming lessons the past two weeks and I am so proud of this child! She went from being terrified of the water (anything past baby pool point) to swimming like a fish! I owe it all to my amazing Mom and Dad who helped me out with the swim lessons and Erin the amazing swim teacher because it really has made a huge difference in our lives.

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Now I can’t seem to get her out of the pool 😉 After going to the beach this year I really noticed her fear of water. She loves to play with water and in little baby pools and the tub but anything deeper than really terrifies her. We had planned on having her take lessons earlier but with moving throughout the summer we ran out of time!

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This huge transition she has made and in such a quick time has really opened up my eyes. My little girl is growing up and I couldn’t be more proud!

 

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