What happened to Sundays being a rest day and family day?
My morning started out great...I woke up around 5:30 am and so did Henry, shortly after. We went outside for his first "baba" and sat in the swing enjoying God's wonderful creation - birds chirping and a warm breeze. After our 30 minutes together, Henry laid back down in his crib. I threw in a load of laundry, including Little Missy's uniform from rhe day before, and washed bottles and dishes and then decided to sit out by the garden with a cup of coffee and my " Women's Health Magazine" - loving it - unti I read "Great Butt" LOL - one more thing to do, right?!
Then off to church we go. I never feel like I get anything out of the service with 3 kids, 3 and under, but I know its good to teach the kids what is important - God comes first. Todays service ran extra long and we ended up having to leave early to make Ayda's noon game. We ate in the car, changed in the car and this is when I realized we will not be going to sports on Sundays at this 3 and 4 age level. AMEN!
Peace and Fluf!
May 16, 2013
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May 14, 2013
This weekend brought back some great memories from my childhood and even better I got to share it with my children - on Mother's Day!
All I wanted on Mother's Day was to have nice weather and to be outside in the garden with all my kids and Adam - and this, I got! Saturday after Ayda's t-ball game we went to this wonderful nursery and picked out vegetable plants for our LARGE garden. This is what we got:
1. tomato plants - 10
2. pepper plants - 10
3. zucchini plants - 2
4. - squash - 3
5. cucumber plants - 2
6. sweet potatoes - 3
7. lettuce seeds
8. green beans - 2 packs
9. sugar snap peas - 2 packs
Now, this isn't just a garden - it's a piece of work! Every year (even in my little garden prior to my new BIG garden) I always say I want to do it the "right" way. You might wonder what the "right" way means. Well, this would be making sure all the rows are straight and everything lines up just so. Yep, I got out the stakes and yarn (not the tape measure or level though, maybe next year...lol).
Growing up on a farm, this was one major task I remember helping with every summer. My mom and grandma would start unwinding yarn and staking out the rows and then my sister and I would start dropping little seeds in the holes. I'm sure it lasted for one whole row and then I had better things to do, like playing with worms and playing with my trucks in the dirt. But this is something I will always cherish from my childhood and I want to share it with my children.
So, Sunday Adam tilled up the dirt (again) and as soon as he was done Ayda asked if she could take off her shoes and go running in the dirt. Sure, why not! The fun began. I loved hearing the squealing and giggling coming from two of my kids and seeing the happiness on their sweet faces as they ran back and forth in the fresh dirt. We looked for worms and they both were fascinated with them and liked "petting" them. Then we got to work and started digging holes for the plants and right beside me there they were helping fill the empty containers with more dirt to fill the holes. This didn't last very long, but then they got out the trucks and tractors and I just had to sit back and watch - this is what I lived for in the summer months as a kid, just diggin' in the dirt, pretending and playing.
May 8, 2013
Okay...so I thought April showers would bring May flowers, but apparently not this weekend either. We are supposed to be getting more rain Thurs.-Sat. - uugghh, enough already! We want to get outside and play, feel the grass in between our toes, feel the warm earth in our hands (plant the garden and flowers), the wind in our hair and BBQ some yummy food.
I found this wreath idea here and thought it was very cute. I did change mine up a little bit with the letter and the yarn wrapped grapevine wreath, but absolutely loved the felt flowers. In fact, I love them so much (and so does Little Miss Ma'am) that I am making a garland of them for in her room - either for her curtains or along her shelf (will post pics when finished). They are so quick and easy to whip up and very bright and cheery that I could not resist! I'm thinking I might make some for each room...LOL! Actually this little wreath has inspired quite a few ideas - one of which was Ayda's and that is - "mommy, will you make me alot of headbands with these flowers?" And I'm thinking on flip flops they would be cute too...we shall see where these end up. I promise they will stay away from the boys.
Another to-do project is staining our new front door...
May 7, 2013
I truely believe the hardest job in life (next to being a parent) HAS to be - being a teacher! This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so as a way to say thank you, I made these little flower tins for each of the teachers at our kids' daycare. Each and every lady here deserves a little something for the love and kindness they show to these kids. The care at this facility is a perfect 10!
Thank you DD Ladies, you are the BEST!!!
May 1, 2013
Typically I would say I am a pretty happy-go-lucky girl, but last week and this week has gotten the better side of me. I'm not really sure what has triggered or altered my mood, but I just feel like I can't find balance in my life right now. The strange thing is I love everything about my life - my love for God, my adorable kids, my ever-so patient, loving husband, my family, my friends, my job, my home - I am appreciative of it ALL, but yet I am lacking something. I am always trying to keep everyone happy, but I'm beginning to think this isn't possible. Someone or something is always going to be "left aside" no matter how hard I try, and this weighs heavy on my heart and mind. Do I expect too much of myself? Yes, I do! Maybe I give too much to others and not enough to myself, but if I didn't give enough of me to them am I being selfish? This is a daily struggle I deal with. I've tried setting aside an hour or two to myself everyday, but then something else seems to go to the wayside like laundry, dishes, exercise, my kids, my husband, etc. What is a girl to do with not enough time in a day?!