Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome to the land of Laryngitis

In case anyone was wondering, it's not a good idea to get laryngitis when you have 3 littles who are all 5 and under.  Not that getting laryngitis is ever a good idea.  But it's feeling particularly difficult in this stage of life.  See, I live with some little interrogators.

Mama, why is the sky blue?
Mama, what's for dinner?
Mama, when are we going to have lunch? (asked about 30 minutes after we finished eating lunch)
Mama, what are we going to do today?
Mama, how are shadows made?

Yep, these questions are for real.  And are especially wonderful when said mama's voice is so messed up that the question must be repeated 3 times with some extra "what?," "WHAT? I can't hear you, mama!"'s in there.  Yep.  Pretty great.

Oh, and little miss Gracie has had a cough for what I thought was almost 2 weeks.  And it just isn't getting better.  It's probably fine, but I can feel it rattle under my hands when I put them on her rib cage.  Not good.  Oh, and the more I think about it, that cough has been around for about a month.  Yikes.  So to the the doctor we went.  Poor little miss has an ear infection!  (Not what I was expecting.) We might wait it out, except that we've already waited nearly a month.  Poor baby.  So here we go with her first ever round of medication.  Sticky pink amoxicillin flavored like bubble gum.  She's not so sure she's a fan, but we're getting most of it in.

So here's the reality.
Frozen has become our daily friend.  Yep, my children are watching a feature-length Disney movie every day right now. And singing "Let it Go" as if their lives depended on it like most little girls these days.
Laundry sits piled high on the couch.  Hey, I would like to point out that at least I'm getting it clean - just not yet folded and put away.
Toys litter the floor in all but one room of the house.  (In my room they just line the wall.)
And dinner is of the frozen variety.

Which brings to me to one other thing:  When you are feeling fine, freezing up an extra portion of dinner big enough to feed your family is a fabulous thing!  I do this on a regular basis.  Which means that when I feel like crud, I can at least rely on freezer meals instead of slaving away in the kitchen as I mix up some germ-infested food for my family that I have coughed all over.

So there you go.  A slice of reality right now.  Not pretty, but it's the real stuff. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The things they say

Some of Sweet Pea's current vocabulary:

Paginia (Virginia)
Nack-um (napkin- same as her sister!)
Errr (ear)
Fweets (sweets)
I love you even if you get died. 
Fwimming lessons (we have been really practicing the "sssss- wim")
Movie: this is any episode of anything (ie Daniel Tiger, Curious George, etc) that can be found on Netflix 

It seems to me that she has a crazy- advanced vocabulary, so I know it's only a matter of time before she sorts out the pronunciation of these words too. 

(Lest you think my children are all perfect geniuses, let it be known that Sweet Pea can only identify "C" "J" and "M" and none of her numbers. So far, no amount of working with her has changed this. She however, can sing "ABCDEEE".). :)

The things they say

Tonight as I was putting away laundry, I paused outside the door to Honeygirl and Sweet Pea's room. I accidentally made it creak. Immediately I heard Honeygirl say her sister's name in an accusatory voice. Sweet Pea also sounded irritated when she responded, "what?"  A few seconds when by, then I heard, "I love you."  Sweet Pea's audible reply was exactly what I was thinking: "Awww!" 

These are the unexpected moments I love. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Birthday Wreath

Back in December,  I was asked to speak at the mom's group I attend again.   A year ago at Christmas I spoke on simple, inexpensive Christmas gifts you could make yourself.  Well, the talk was a hit and they wanted me to give it again, but come up with new ideas.  So I did.  And a lot of my notes can be found HERE.  But several people have asked about my lovely Birthday Wreath.  I got the idea from pinterest and ran with it.

Here's what I did:

I got a straw wreath like this one and left it in the wrapping.

Next I bought a ton of little water balloons and straight pins.  Then I pinned those balloons on like crazy.

I pinned and I pinned.  And I bought some more balloons and pinned some more.  I filled it in until I liked the look of it.

And to be honest, I didn't fill in the sides.  So if my wreath is hanging by the front door for someone's birthday and you aren't looking at it straight on, you will see part of the wreath underneath.

But I'm okay with that.  For a finishing touch, I added a fun "happy birthday" flair that I'm pretty sure I got by the gift bags at Winco.

And that is our birthday wreath!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Goals for 2014

Okay, I wrote this out at the very beginning of January.  And then I forgot about it.  Completely.  But I still want to try for these goals and publishing them will help!

1. Follow the One Year Bible readings for the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs.

2. Should I try again for 12 books in a year? It shouldn't be that crazy hard, but at the moment it sounds kinda overwhelming. 

3. Figure out how to menu plan for a month. Or at least two weeks at a time instead of just one.

4. Figure out how to be a more gentle mama in my parenting.  Sometimes I feel like I spend so much time correcting and doling out consequences for the choices the girls make that it makes me a grumpy mama.  So here's to being more gentle in how I come across.

The Things They Say...

Me: When clouds get too full of water, it rains (not entirely sure if this is scientifically sound).
Honeygirl: Oh! That's just like you mom!  When your breasts get too full, milk comes out!

Saturday, February 22, 2014


What do you do when your kiddos are invited to a birthday party where the birthday girl has requested pigs as gifts? You get creative and make her a pig.

I am super happy with how this awesome pig pillow turned out and I think the birthday girl is too! One old t-shirt from the Goodwill outlet and some felt left over from another project. Voila!