Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VTECH Easter Giveaway.

Disclosure: The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech.

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I don't know about you guys, but I hate all the extra candy that comes with a holiday. Paul and I would rather buy a few nice toys, and make a scavenger hunt to find them. Who am I kidding? Paul doesn't make the scavenger hunt, I do it to make things a little more fun. We did have that one year that the Easter Bunny totally flopped, bringing a broken toy, but I try to forget that one. Overall we have had success going with less candy, more toys.

This year VTech stepped up, and gave us some pretty awesome gifts for our kids. We still are using our InnoTab on a daily, and it is now perfect for all 3 kids. That Bina girl is growin' up. Sob. So instead of candy Devin and Bina both got a cartridge for the InnoTab. Disney Planes for Devi, Bubble Guppies for Bina. 

They also sent us one of their new Switch & Go Dinos® Turbo, which turned out to be much more awesome than I thought from looking at it in the package. It is a 2-in-1 toy that easily transforms from a dinosaur to a vehicle and back again. It was most definitely love at first play for our Devin. 

The one toy they sent that I thought would be perfect for Devin, ended up being a score more for Bina. It is the Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Vehicle. I think it is more for the younger crowd, and although Devin has played with it from time to time...it didn't keep his attention like the other VTech toys. 

VTech has graciously offered to give one of my readers an Easter gift pack of awesome things to fill up that basket instead of candy.




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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

my hope.

The past couple of weeks have been good, like really good. We got really fantastic news, upon other incredible news, and it has put me on somewhat of a high. I have stuck to my cooking and no gas station runs, and that has helped my mood. I am known for giving up easily, 3 weeks is a big deal for me.

I have had lots of moments of looking around lately, and wanting to pinch myself that I get to live this life. It doesn't mean I don't have my witching hours still, I do, don't you worry your pretty little head. I am just loving the simple moments more. 
Sometimes it feels good to try really hard to be a better person, Mom, Wife, friend, neighbor, etc. I have had lots of time to ponder where I have been putting my time and effort in, and tweaking it to make me feel better. 

This new path I am going down is a good one.

My hope is that I always find the time to listen to a friend who is hurting.
My hope is that Savannah always wants me to come to her school to volunteer and watch her perform.
My hope is that I will continue to push myself to learn new things.
My hope is that I will always find joy in serving.
My hope is that Devin will always want to take naps with me {this is long shot}.
My hope is that I will always be able to laugh at myself.
My hope is that I can forgive easily, wasting less time in funks.
My hope is I will always sit and enjoy a snuggle with my baby. 
My hope is I will take the time out of every day to connect with Paul, and not always complain about what didn't go right in mine.
And as always my hope is to pick up my big camera again, because I can't ever have enough pictures.

Monday, March 24, 2014

wild hair.

We have been eating out lunch and dinner for quite some time. The accident happened, and we cut back to just one meal out a day. I was pretty proud of this, but we were still spending a ridiculous amount of money on food. I also have a bad habit of going to the gas station in our neighborhood daily, and when you have 3 kids and myself to buy a drink/treat for...it can be expensive.

I started making a huge grocery list, and presented the idea to Paul we should try to not eat out for an entire week. This also included gas station runs. I thought that if we could do this {and make it a habit}, it may just help me lose a little weight in the process...without saying I was on a diet.

This started last Wednesday.

The first 3 days were pretty hard on me, I'll be honest. My kids love my cooking {weirdo's}, and don't complain {thankfully!}. I really don't mind the cooking if I plan ahead, but what I missed was the unlimited refills of Coke. I noticed that I wasn't feeling that full even after eating, probably because I wasn't full of 32 oz of Coke.

What I didn't expect to feel {6 days in to this challenge} was how good it feels to feed my kids something I know is so much better than what they are use to. I have found Bina eating an apple, Devin opening the fridge for another strawberry, and all my kids sneaking another pinch of feta cheese. As odd as it sounds it makes me feel like a better Mom.

My only complaint, because there has to be one or two, right?

So. Many. Dishes. If I thought I was always cleaning before, I had no idea how many dishes we could dirty. I am cleaning the kitchen 3 times more a day, but I finally got smart and busted out the paper plates.

I can't wait to see how much easier this gets when we make it a habit. I may even bust out a few cookbooks. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

4.

Today our Devi turned 4. 

I have been trying to come up with something about that boy, but have had a couple of hard days being a Mom. You know when you feel like you aren't doing much right in raising these humans you have been put in charge of? Just me. Oh, okay...we shall pretend you know what I am talking about then.

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Devin is unpredictable, always keeping us on our toes. You just never know if you are going to get the super friendly, happy, helpful Devin. Or you might get to see the shy, clingy, and sensitive Devin. He can be really excited to go and do something, talk about it all morning, and get there and clam up.

Devin loves to fight with Savannah as much as he loves to play with her. He feels more confident with her by his side when he goes to play lands, or a friends house. I am glad that he feels protected by her. 
Devin has been awesome at teaching Sabrina everything he knows. Those 2 are partners in crime, and can be found eating pickles from the jar at the table. If you can't find them, you know where to look now.

He will gladly open the front door in his underwear for the boy collecting Fast Offerings, and is confident in telling people his favorite color is pink. He hates to wash his hair, loves to pick his nose, and still sucks his thumb.
The past year Devin has decided that fitted sheets {known as Cheetos to him} are better than anything on the entire planet. He carries them around everywhere we go, and won't go to sleep without at least 4 of them. And yes, he still takes a nap, which helps my sanity.

I hope that he never learns how to properly say words like noodles, that are nerdles in our house now. I hope he always wants to 'nuggle with me. I can't say that I mind waking up in the middle of the night holding hands with him.
He makes me cry, and yell more than I thought was even possible. He also has a way of charming Paul and I, and manages to get way more presents than he probably deserves.

We are lucky we have such spunky kid around, and he is lucky to be so cute to get him out of so much trouble. People keep telling me boys are easier, I have yet to see it. Maybe this will be the year he will decide to make his 180, and it will become smooth sailin' from here on out.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

being the mom.

I have always wanted to stay home when we had babies. It was a long wait until that happened, Savannah was almost 8. Paul had to hear a lot of complaints in those 8 years. Poor guy. 

Then, it happened. I quit my job of 15 years.

And I still complained. Staying home wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. Some days feeling like what I was doing was a thankless job, and I didn't even get a pay check from all my hard work. 

I found my groove, and I can now say I like staying home.
When Paul had his accident almost 12 weeks ago, I was thrown back in to the working world. I found myself enjoying the alone time, loving the sense of accomplishment after working, and liking the feeling of providing for our family again. Yes, it was stressful for it all to be so unexpected, but I can't say it was all bad. 

The past couple of weeks Paul has been working on his own again, leaving me to stay home with our babies. I can't even begin to explain the changes I have seen in our children, Devin and Sabrina especially. It has been a strong confirmation that I am where I need to be, although not always easy for me. I feel lucky that the timing worked out as such that I am staying home when I am needed the most.

I will forever be thankful for all of our friends and family that gladly stepped in to watch our children so that I could work. They were well taken care of.

We are on the road back to our old routine, and that my friends feels really good. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

messy thoughts.

Will I ever learn? At this point, I feel pretty hopeless.

I feel like crap, I take antidepressants, feel better, go off, and then am right back where I started. Repeat this so many times I lost track.

Complain about my weight, exercise for a few days, hurt like crazy, stop, eat myself silly, and then complain about my weight again.

Feel really motivated to cook for the week, eat healthier, and then drive past the gas station and lose all self control.

Go to sleep at night, wake up determined to have patience. By 9:00 AM it is gone. When is bed time again?

Look at my ridiculously cute kids, think we should have one more, Sabrina wakes up at 3:00 in the morning for the day, change my mind about one more baby, Sabrina learns how to say "I wove ewww!", we should have another one, or should we.

Watch the Olympics, get inspired to be something more than just this, realize just this is okay, but what if. What if I am I suppose to do something more than this every day stuff? Maybe I should come up with some grand dream to pursue, or not.

I think I should just enjoy today {and everyday after} for whatever it brings me, big or small. Today it was Paul bringing me breakfast in bed, a walk to the park, a home cooked lunch, an unmade bed, and Finding Nemo that reminded me to just keep swimming.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

harder.

Blah. Today was hard.

Very little sleep and a cold had a lot to do with my crankiness. Oh, and the run around I am getting with HealthCare dot gov. I have a string of naughty words for them right now.

It was hard to find the awesome. That is what I get for having such a good day yesterday, right?
My SIL called when I was in the middle of feeling yucky, and invited me to meet up last minute. It was perfect timing. I needed to let the kids play, drink a cold beverage, and chat about life. 

I use to look forward to getting the mail every day, because I didn't worry about bills {that was Paul's job}. Now? I hate getting it. I can easily skip this task without hesitation. Today I did end up getting it, and my lovely MIL sent the kids Valentine's. The kids were excited to take a trip to Target for a new toy.

Savannah had activity days today, and Jerilee has been a total life saver...taking her to and from since Paul's accident. It makes me realize how even the small things like this can make someone's day.  

Even though I had a hard time making myself happy, and it took the help of others to make the day better, I survived. Bring on Friday.