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Friday, January 25, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

Hmmm. Maybe I will make Favorite Things Friday a permanent fixture on here. How about once or twice a month? Obviously on Fridays. Duh. It'd give me a chance to talk about things other than my kids. Not there's anything wrong with going on and on about them. I'm sure a few of the Favorite Things Fridays posts will end up being about kid stuff. Its inevitable when you have two little ones at home with you all day long. Anyway, here's what I'm digging right now.
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1. Anthro Monogrammed Mugs - These mugs totally feed my love for fonts and in less than a week 3 of them will be making their way to my doorstep. The A, H and L ones to be exact. Lily needed her own too. :) She's the one who asks for some of Daddy's tea with her lunch. Mine will more than likely be filled with dark chocolate almond milk. Yum!

2. IKEA Strandmon Wing Chair - Andrew and I have been tossing around the idea of getting rid of the living room love seat and purchasing two chairs to replace it. We need new furniture anyway. Interestingly enough, neither one of us have ever purchased living room seating (couches, chairs or loveseats) before; we've always received hand me downs from friends and family. Well our last furniture gift has seen better days and is starting to eat whoever sits on it. Haha. Enter this beauty from IKEA and I think I'm in love. I just don't think the cheapskate in me is ready to drop $279 on a chair no matter how utterly gorgeous it is.

3. Chalkboard State Map - If you've been on Pinterest recently, read a few blogs or just...existed, then you know that chalkboard anything is all the rage right now. Well I'm ready to jump on board that train. In light of my current obsession with anything map related (I recently Facebooked this beauty) I've been thinking of hanging a United States map someone gave me, above the computer desk in the living room. This would be even better! Question is, which state do I chose? My home state of Maine (part of my heart still resides there) or Florida, the state I've made my home now. Decisions, decisions...

4. Coffee & Tea Print - Ah, the ever present question: which is better, coffee or tea? Well with this print you don't have to chose. Although if you ask me, coffee has a slight edge. Especially if its a frozen Butter Caramel Iced Capp Supreme from Tim Horton's. Be still my heart.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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This picture is from early November of 2012 but it accurately depicts the kind of day we had here yesterday.

First of all I stayed up till midnight the night before finishing up a mini-series on Netflix. Bad idea. Reuben decided to start his day at 5:30am I tried ignoring him and going back to sleep, as he nibbled his toes and babbled to himself next to me in bed, but it wasn't working. Eventually he did pass out again, thank God, and so did I. Then Lily came in at 7:30ish and woke the both of us up by climbing into the bed and announcing very loudly that she wanted cereal.

I got her her cereal and set her up on the living room floor with Reuben and an endless stream of Blues Clues on Netflix while I laid down on the couch to "rest my eyes."

My eyes were about the only thing that got a rest, although, I did manage a very short, fitful nap once Reuben went down for his morning nap about 9. Lily spent most of that time drawing circles on a piece of paper.

Later she asked me for her scissors and a glue stick so she could cut shapes out construction paper and glue it on her drawing.

Kids don't die from eating glue right?

Reuben bit a tiny chunk out of the glue stick when my back was turned. Ooh I have my work cut out for me with that one.

Oh and by the way, I just have to say that even though Steve from Blues Clues gets on my nerves occasionally, his replacement Joe is absolutely horrible. Steve can actually be rather amusing at times but Joe comes across as fake and kind of desperate. Like he's trying to prove that he's a better host or something. Ugh.

And yes I am aware that I am critiquing a kids show that hasn't been on air for over 6 years...this is my life. :P

Anywayyyy. So yeah, between dealing with a cranky almost 7 month old and a 2 1/2 year old who is beginning to assert her independence, let's just say that I was looking forward to nap time when I would have a little over an hour all to myself, give or take.

But no. Even that alluded me. I thought it was strange that Lily requested a nap about 11:30, before she'd even had lunch, but I helped her into bed, covered her up and went out into the living room to play with Reuben until noon when he went down for a nap. I went in to check on Lily when I heard singing coming from her room. She just looked up at me all calm like and when I asked her if she was ok she said matter-of-factly that she put a towel on the pee. Ok. Cool. I turned around to leave. Wait. What? What pee???

My sweet, adorable girl had peed the bed and had put a very small towel on the very large wet spot on the bed and was laying in it singing to herself. Sigh. I don't understand kids sometimes.

I stripped her bed, got her changed and seated down to lunch and finally put her down for a nap at 1:30. Just in time for Reuben to wake up from his nap.

Well darn.

By 3:30 I knew I needed to get out of the house for a chance of scenery so as soon as Lily woke up we were out the door to do some grocery shopping.

Thank you Walmart at 4 in the afternoon during snowbird season. There's nothing like having dozens of older people admire your children and tell you what a great mom you must be to lift your spirits. :)

So, buoyed by adult interaction, we came back home where I attempted to cook dinner over the din of screaming children. One who wanted to be held and the other...who also wanted to be held...and nursed too. Oh heck. They both wanted to be held and nursed.

Let's just say that dinner ended up being whatever was easiest (taco salad) and Reuben had an early bedtime. But he was happy about that and went right to sleep.

So that left just me and Lily and a puddle of pee on the bathroom floor. Any ideas on how to get her to make it to the potty on time and not wait till the last possible second to go?

Finally, after Lily's half an hour stalling about going to bed tactics which included, but was not limited to, needing to pee (I didn't think she had anything left in her), requesting a towel to wipe her eyes, and water in her cup, Andrew and I had the night to ourselves. Or what was left of it.

I was about to finish up this post and head to bed (midnight again) when all of a sudden I heard a door slowly creak open and Lily came wandering out of her room. Thinking she need to pee...again...I started to help her towards the bathroom when she asked me with tears in her eyes "change my bed Mommy, I peed."

So while I changed her sheets and clothes she proceeded to cry loud enough to wake Reuben who started screaming from his crib in our room. Andrew got up and tried calming him but no dice. Once Lily was back in bed I took a stab at trying to get Reuben back to sleep but nothing seemed to be working for me either. After repeatedly rocking him with his pacifier in his mouth and Scout playing on 10 minutes bursts I eventually had to bring him in bed with me and nurse him to sleep. It still took over an hour though.

But you know what? One very tight hug around the legs from Lily while I'm changing her clothes in the middle of the night or a two small, chubby Reuben hands patting my face while I attempt to get him to sleep in his crib can make all the stress and irritability disappear in an instant. They're amazing, these little gifts from God. Utterly amazing.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

This Weekend

One of our favorite things to do as a family is to tour botanical gardens. Back in November when we visited Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach we signed up for a year membership pass. The really neat thing about this pass is that it can get us into other gardens all over Florida and even the US for free. So Saturday evening we took a kind of spur-of-the-moment trip to Bok Tower Gardens which isn't that far from where we live.

Being January and all, and since the place was about to close anyway, there weren't that many people there. Just a few older couples strolling the lawns and one or two younger couples making out on picnic blankets.


Sunday I got up early (like I have a choice) and let Andrew sleep in a bit. Once he woke up, we all piled in the car and ran errands around town. Later Andrew went out to his brother Rodney's place to work on bee stuff and took Lily with him. So it was just Reuben and I for a while. I considered taking a nap but goofed off on the computer instead. It was worth it. When Reuben woke up we spent some time outside just him and I, sitting in the grass and soaking up some sun.

And yes, I did wear the same shirt two days in a row. Pants too in case you're wondering. :)


While at Walmart we bought Reuben his own sippy cup since he keeps trying to steal Lily's whenever its within grabbing distance. He actually squeals when he sees his cup now, he likes it so much.


Wrong finger there buddy.


What he looks like after he succeeds in getting some of the water into his mouth.


I'm thinking of using cloth diapers again. I have a huge stash from when Lily was in diapers just sitting in the kids' closet doing nothing. I'm just lazy. So I put one on Reuben for the first time Sunday night. Although its not like he really needs any more padding down there...


So that was our relaxing family focused weekend. How was yours?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Conversations With My Daughter: The Oh-My-Goodness-She's-Growing-Up-Too-Fast Edition


December 9
Lily (talking about visiting her 5 year old cousin Aliana who lives in Maine): We jumped on the bed! And we had cheese!

December 9
Lily (sitting down next to Daddy who's about to watch something on TV): Let's watch something else. (leans in and whispers) I like Diego.

December 11
Lily: You not big, big older. You big, big Mommy.

December 17
Lily (sobbing): You need to cuddle me Mommy. I can't cuddle myself!

December 17
Lily: I'm sorry Mommy. I not mean to put that in your way.

December 20
Lily (chewing on an apple slice): I will choke on this.
Mommy: No you won't.
Lily: I won't?!...Oh.

December 26
Lily: I'm very, super hungry.

December 26
Lily: Kiss me all over Mommy.
(I do and she quickly wipes my kisses off her lips)
Lily: Cry Mommy.

December 28
Lily: I want a chocolate. I'm so very hungry.

December 28
Lily (staring at a pot soaking on the stove): What are you cooking bubbles for Mommy?

December 29
Lily (looking at me very seriously from under her brow): When I hurt my finger again I will be very upset.

January 1
Lily (calling from the other room while we're playing hide and seek): Mommy where are you?!......I can't find her Reuben...I think I lost her.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

First Tooth

I am completely in love with this tiny little pearl of doom.


That is all.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!


2012, what a great year.

It started out slow, got rather hectic and exciting in the middle and ended on such a sweet, promising note.

Andrew and I truly are blessed and I don't thank God for or appreciate as often as I should (which should be every second of every day!), the little things that make this life of ours so amazing.

So rather than make a new year's resolution...which I know I'm going to break anyway...I offer up a thought for the coming year, a theme if you will, that I want to unceasingly focus on and incorporate into my daily life.

And that thought is...balance.

With only 24 hours in a day, life can seem like a three-ring circus with yours truly as the one woman juggling act. How to balance all of the responsibilities I have as a 24/7 stay-at-home mom while making time for myself is a never ending battle. Unfortunately sometimes they overlap and then all h-e-double-hockey-sticks breaks lose.

Ultimately it comes down to priorities and how I want to spend my time. Lately it seems that Andrew and I spend less and less time with each other and more time doing our own things in the evenings when he's home. And during the day I often find myself trying to get things done on the computer while the kids are up instead of waiting till they're napping. That never works and everyone gets frustrated.

So the thought I constantly want to keep in mind this year is balance. But rather than focusing on the overall picture, I want to concentrate on the tiny moments that make up my day. The question I want to ask myself is "what is the most important thing at this moment?" and then concentrating on fulfilling that need before moving on to other tasks.

With God's help hopefully this will be another wonderful year!

And now, here's how we spent our New Year's Eve.

It was the sweetest thing ever. I thought Lily was settling herself on my feet to watch the parade. After a minute I realized her head was bobbing up and down and her body was limp. She was falling asleep! I settled her in the stroller and she ended up missing the parade but got a good enough nap to make it through the rest of the day.