Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Splish Splash

No theme.

No decorations.

Simple.

Fun!

Good company.

Lots of drinks.

Great food.

A jumper.

.. and a Pool.

These are things that made up for a really great day, celebrating two of the most beautiful people I know.

My babies!

Here is a disclaimer. I can't take any credit for the photos that were taken this day. I have to thank my sister-in-law for taking these photos you see. I was busy passing out Tequila, and drinking it =)

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A very special Thank You to Grandma and Grandpa Wilkins for opening their home and letting us host this great party there.

.. and to everyone who made it.

P.S. Another disclaimer. There will be no thank you cards in the mail. In our attempt to " be green " .. here is our Thank You.

THANK YOU! Thank You to those of you who made the party, those of you didn't. All of the gifts, love, and kind words. We are so blessed to have such a great circle of family of friends. Love you all!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Steady Days"

Being a Mommy, a " Stay at home " one to be more specific, can be a bit challenging.

I can only speak from this specific position because I've never been a " Working " one! Those of you who do it, my hat goes off to you. Although, I've heard that it is can work in your favor since its kind of a " escape. " There are days I'm tempted to go back to work to do exactly that! Escape!

Everyday can get very, routine.
Routine can be good, but only if its a healthy one. By that I mean, not staying in your pajamas ALL day EVERY day!
Seeing your "stay at home Mommy " job as a " Real " job. Because it is.
You may not have a real life boss demanding deadlines and a time clock you check in and out of... but, its still a job.

I came across a book ( thank you sister-in-law! ) that is specially named "Steady Days."
After reading it, I learned the name is so - well, ... fitting!

We want our days to be " Steady."

To be, ... not insane!

An argument that seems to constantly surface between Paul and I is that sometimes I feel suffocated.
Suffocated by the day to day diaper changes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, ... laundry, grocery shopping, pick up blocks, trucks, and cars..
Gee, have I even eaten today? .. routine.
And, you ( Paul ) get to go to work. With adults.
You ( Paul ) get to have real grown up conversations.
I find myself putting ie's at the end of everything.
Like instead of saying just " ouch" I say " OUCH - IE! "
Totally expected since my everyday company includes a three and one year old!

" Steady Days."

To see your house, as YOUR HOUSE.
You are the manager of it. You are the boss. The big kahuna. The head honcho!

My mind is scattered if I'm not organized. I have to see it on paper. Bullet points.

Thats what I did. I wrote out a weekly schedule, wrote my cleaning routine down, and made my way into making my days "Steady!"

Pinned perfectly where pictures of our life circle around it, simply reminds
me this why I need my days to be "Steady."
I need to be sane! For me, for my husband, for my babies, for my friends!
If you aren't happy, how can you make those that surround you happy?

On days that I think " the office really needs to be dusted, but the kids toys need to be cleaned, and so does the refrigerator, " and it can go on and on! I have a day that I clean. But on that day, I "deep clean " specific areas. I know that the next Monday, the next area will be dusted, oiled, and bleached!

Let me tell you. Its worked for me. It has definitely made my days a little less chaotic. A little more organized, and a bit more fun. When you have a list of things in your head of what needs to get done, its really easy to forget that you have two little ones who know nothing about dishes, laundry, and lunches. Its being able to sit on the floor and do puzzles. Its racing cars. Its learning numbers and ABC's. All while the dishwasher is going, and the dryer is drying your last load of clothes, and dinner is cooking in the oven!

Steady!

Steady Days!

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Visit the author and learn more about her book at -
http://www.steadymom.com/

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Three Beautiful Years


We had been back from Hawaii for almost three weeks.

It was really really nice to get back to reality, only now we were married!

Everyday, at around dinner time, I had a headache in the same spot in my head. I assumed that maybe I was coming down with something. It would make sense since I didn't really feel all that great either.

I was four days late, and I knew. I knew in my heart that was we had said we wanted to happen, was happening.

We told everyone we were going to start trying to have a baby right away. Everything I had read up to that point had said it usually takes a couple up to a entire year to conceive. I really didn't think it would happen right away.

It did!

I was ready. My soul was ready. My heart was ready. I didn't know a lot- but I knew I wanted to have a baby, and I knew I'd be really good at it.

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Three years later, I realize its been like a blink of an eye. Its slipped right through my fingers.

Meeting him. Learning how to breastfeed. Failing at it. Being in times of doubt and question, wanting to call my Mom. Watching him sleep. Sleeping with him. Watching his chest rise and fall with every breath. Being terrified. Pretending like I knew, when I really didn't know anything at all! His first steps. The first time he danced. When he crawled out of his crib to crawl into bed with us. Telling him Mommy had a baby in her tummy. Him meeting his baby sister. His outrageous temper tantrums. Seeing him doing something, and thinking " Thats so me! " or " Thats Paul..... - totally Paul!"
Looking at him in between us, and knowing he is love. Pure, untainted, unconditional, love.

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Cole Michael,
This has truly been 'Three Beautiful Years." Every trial and error, every giggle, every kiss, has been perfect. You inspire me every single day, to be a better person. To be the best. Thank You for giving me the greatest gift. Thank You for making me
" Mommy."
You have taught me how to love, and how to be loved. You are the sunshine of my day, and the reason I have faith.
I hope to never fail you, and to always make you proud.
My son! My love!
Our hearts are one forever!



Sunday, August 21, 2011

10,000

We have officially hit the 10,000 mark.

In other words, this blog has been visited 10,000 times =)

Just wanted to thank you for your support!

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! There is a "anonymous " option, for those of you who don't want me to know who "you" are!!

xoxo

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Turning 40

We've known Scott for a few years now.

He has faithfully attended almost every important function in our lives from our wedding, to baby showers, to birthday parties.. you get the point!

So when the invite was sent, asking us to help this very good friend of ours celebrate him "Turning 40 " - we couldn't turn down the offer, naturally!

The location?

Tony's on the Pier!

It was great company. Bottomless drinks. Laughter, conversation, and a whole lot of picture taking were constant happenings.

Here are a few from this very special evening!

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Nak,
We hope your 40th year is just as amazing as you are.
Thank You for making the most beautiful girl we know...
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... happy! =)
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We wish 40 more years of love, happiness, and health! Thank You for making us apart of your journey!