Some New Furniture In The House!!
This summer is was my goal to get a new table and a new patio table... so far we have found our new kitchen table and I've gotta say it's been amazing!!
This table we have decided to keep a table cloth on though because little fingers have a tendency to scratch up the table top with their forks!!
Daddy Bought Mommy A Desk!!
So I got rid of my reading corner (well most of it) and gave it to the girls for their room because my fiance bought me a desk!! I absolutely LOVE it but the story of us putting it together was unbelievable. I think if you can survive putting furniture together as a couple than you have a damn strong relationship!!
We started building it at 11:00 at night, after putting the new table and our bench together... bad idea...we should have waited until morning haha. Our bed was covered in everything that was on my old little glass desk and whatever was in my reading corner so I was determined to finish the desk before going to bed. The drawers were completely uneven even though we followed the stupid holes and the little decorative pieces (omg I wanted to snap those in half) me and my fiance were getting SO CRANKY!!
Then we came to the end of it... putting the big shelf part on the desk part...we built it on the floor and then had to lift it onto the desk. but first we had to add the things that make it stick (the unbelievably strong two sided tape) I told my fiance "okay we have to place it on there perfectly the first try because once it's stuck, it will not come off" so we started lifting and *BAM* we dropped the stupid thing diagonally on the desktop, I cried "RIP IT OFF!! RIP IT OFF!!" thankfully we were able to get it off and re-place it but I had to scrape some of the sticky stuff off my desk which left a few scratches but it's hidden!! It was 4:00 in the morning at this point and I was just DONE... so we cleaned off the bed and kind of angrily went to sleep. UGH it was the worst night in a while...
My New Book Collection!!
So I finally bought all the "Dork Diaries" books by Rachel Renee Russell... seriously a *Must Read*
I think I love these books mostly because it's easy to read through. I finished the first book in 3 hours but also because the main character Nikki reminds me a lot of myself when I was in middle/high school!! I kind of brings back good and bad memories!!
My Five Year Old Has Pretty Big Feet!!
Yes, these are my feet... no these are not my socks, these are my 5 year old daughters socks!! Can you believe that!! I donno if maybe it's just the brand of socks but they fit me!! I'm a size 10 womens and she's a size 12 kids...So I never thought this would be possible but some socks are pretty stretchy!!
She even said she doesn't mind sharing hahaha
I Gave Into My Daughter's Request & Cut Her Beautiful Long Curly Hair!!
My oldest had asked about 3 times if I could cut her hair as short as mine, so I finally did... Hair does grow back after all but it took me a while to get used to!!
Here's the Before & After Photos!!
She absolutely loves it. The first 24 hours after I cut it she couldn't stop looking at herself in the mirror!! She was so happy that her hair looked like Mommy's and Auntie Crystals!!
Took A Trip To The Giant Book Store!!
We had a fun little afternoon out and took the kids to the next town over to pick out a new book at Chapters since mommy had to grab some new books herself!!
Our oldest daughter picked out a book called "The Princess In Black". Our son got a box of four "Thomas The Train" books and our youngest daughter picked out a box of four "The Good Dinosaur" books!!
I ended up grabbing the two books I put on hold. Two new journals, a pack of stickers for my journals and a notepad. I was even surprised when my fiance grabbed two books for himself... In the almost 5 years that we have been together, I've never seen him read a book!! It kind of made me happy!!
Had A Blast Painting The Patio!!
(You can click to enlarge these photo's if you'd like)
We have been living in this house for about 2.5 years now and I've been slowly fixing up the outside as best I can. So far this was the biggest chore yet.
The patio was a very ugly red-ish brown color and it was slowly but surly chipping away. It just looked horrible!! I'm so happy that it's finally looking the way I want it to... Now to just find a new patio table!!
Daddy Took Us All Out For Dinner!!
We got bored at home last weekend so we decided to go out for dinner. Of course we ended up picking the same restaurant that Mommy and Daddy had their first date!! (Applebees)
We even picked Mommy and Daddy's favorite table. So this was the first time that the kids got to sit at a high top table (which I may never do again) they just wouldn't stay sitting LOL
What was surprising is that my fiance DIDN'T order a burger this time!! I'll tell you right now what he did order I think I'm going to get myself next time, it was so delicious!! *Yes I was stealing his food!!* haha
Refilled The Kids Candy Jars!!
So for the last 6 months or so, the kids candy jars have been empty (mostly because they don't know how to stay out of them) haha well that part hasn't changed much but I thought I'd give them a treat!! Plus it's been great bribing them with it hahaha
So I’m sure I’m probably going to get some negative feedback for this... but it’s just a personal opinion. You don’t have to agree with me at all...
I’m continuously seeing different variations of posts about a mother leaving a father for a couple days or spending time away for a few hours and the father having to be “forced” into watching the kids... resulting in a letter from the husband to the wife apologizing for not realizing how much “she” does with the kids throughout the day, how “hard” it is to be a stay at home mom and my issue with this is, should it really have to take that much for you to realize that being a stay at home mom is NOT easy... Does it really have to take a huge fight and your wife having to leave for you to appreciate and see how much she does around the house, how much she cleans, how much she cooks, cares for and attempts to keep the house from falling apart?! (or the other way around) Being a stay at home parent IS and always will be a full time job.
Yes I agree that your significant other should come home and help their spouse after work, yes I agree that your significant other should do what they can, whether it’s throwing a load of wash into the machines, filling the dishwasher with dishes, sweeping the floor while your spouse is bathing the dinner mess off the kids... etc... the smallest things can mean SO MUCH.
To the stay at home parent. You also need to see that YES, your significant other works a full time job as well. He/She works their butt of just as much (No more “I have a harder day than you” bullshit)... you have food on your table, a roof over your head, clean clothes and so much more because your husband/wife is working to keep those things available. You should be working together, not fighting over who does what around the house. You see your child has a dirty diaper, change it. You see that the baby is crying but your significant other is cleaning up, helping your other child, or even clearly exhausted, help out. Help each other, support each other. It is NOT a competition, you ARE a TEAM!!
Your children do not care if you’re tired, they do not care if the house is a mess or if you have a weeks worth of laundry piled up on the basement floor, they do not care how much money is in the bank account or about who is going to get up and do the dishes after dinner or pick up their toys when they have made a huge mess....
They care about building castles together just like you and your partner have built a happy home. They care about the drawings you have hung up on the fridge as you should about the things YOU have created. They care about who is going to tuck them into bed and give them a kiss goodnight. They care about the smiles that are painted across your face and are let down when they see you aren’t happy. Your children are looking up to you to work together as a team.
You both “work” and you both work damn hard. But you need to realize that your day starts when you wake up with your children and your day ends when your children are sound asleep and you’re able to crawl into bed and appreciate that you got through another day. Your day doesn’t end when he/she gets home from work... you had children, they’re your responsibility. Parenthood is a 24/7 job, one that does not “end” when you’re exhausted.
Saturday morning Mommy was extremely tired because for some reason her body wouldn't let her sleep Friday night... yeah I paid for that one by the end of the day!! I did take a nap for about an hour on my fiance's lap on the living room couch while the kids watched TV with him though, so that helped!!
When I woke up we got dressed really quickly and left the house to do some shopping. First we stopped off for lunch at A&W which the kids loved, it's not to often we get to go there anymore. Before lunch I had thought it was dinner time but it was only 12:30ish when we got to the mall, my sleep schedule really had me messed up. After enjoying some burgers, chicken fingers and fries we walked around the mall for a little bit and than decided out of the blue to go see a movie. We ended up taking the kids to see "Finding Dory" in 3D and they seemed to like it for the most part... me and my youngest missed the end of the movie though because she lost interest and just wanted to walk around, so we left the movie theater and roamed the mall until Daddy, Sister & Brother were finished!! While walking around I actually ended up finding a nice new pair of sneakers, so the time wasn't totally boring!!
I haven't made my Homemade Lasagna in a long time. I think the last time I made it was when I was pregnant with my youngest, so this was the first time she got to try Mommy's Lasagna and the first time the three of them got to put it together and help make it. They really enjoyed filling the tray with each later, Mommy was just there to spread it out and tell them what came next!!
It ended up turning out really good, but when it was all done and Mommy started eating, I realized that I forgot a layer... but that's okay, we will just have to add it next time we make it. We even have a whole tray left over so we're going to have that for dinner Monday night!! I usually use actual lasagna noodles but this time I found Lasagna sheets at the grocery store and to be honest it was SO MUCH EASIER!!! They're "No Boil, Ready To Bake" so that was most definitely a plus side!! If you see them in the grocery store, grab them!!
So yesterday we attempted something fun as a family and we kind of failed, I think our house was way too hot to make these... We will try again on a colder day, they just kept melting and wouldn't take shape at all...but they still tasted REALLY good and really sweet!!
When I first read the recipe for Jello Candy Melts by Kelly Dixon @SmartSchoolHous I wasn't sure how candy was to be made with cream cheese, but I love cream cheese and I had to give it a go, surprisingly they tasted really good!! This was an awesome activity for the kids, they had so much fun making these, as they do with almost anything we make, but the fact that we were making "Candy" with jello just made them that much more excited!!
Right now we have the tray of them in the freezer, thinking they may be better when they're a little firmer and we may be able to mold them better... but if you're looking for a fun activity to do with your little ones, I would give these a try. Thank you Kelly for such an awesome creation!!
Our Funniest Parenting Moment
I've had a lot of funny parenting moments throughout my 5 years of being a mother but I don't think that anything could top this one story between me and my fiance and I don't think I will ever let him forget it!!
It was really late at night (Possibly around 1:00am or even later) I was pregnant with our son at the time and our oldest daughter had just started sleeping in her own bed... but she still needed her diaper changed at least once in the middle of the night. I woke up because I started to get heartburn and I remembered that I changed my daughters diaper before she went to bed but I didn't change it again before I went to bed.
I shook my fiance and asked him if he could go change her diaper for me and watched as he climbed out of bed... Some point after asking him I had fallen back to sleep until I felt someone grab my foot. There was my fiance sitting at the end of our bed with a clean diaper, a pack of wipes and the baby powder. As he moved my legs from my sleeping position into a diaper changing position I realized HE WAS NOT AWAKE!!!
I jumped up and yelled "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!" Which he replied with "Changing ____'s diaper" and I started laughing... "DO I LOOK LIKE ______ TO YOU?!" At that moment I think he finally realized what he was doing. I grabbed the diaper, wipes and baby powder and went to go change our daughter's diaper myself. It was that night that I realized that my fiance sleep walks. It was absolutely hilarious and of course in the morning he barely remembered a thing. But in my head all I could think was "My fiance tried to put a diaper on me!!" It is honestly a moment I will never forget.
I hope you enjoyed my Funniest Parenting Moment!! I would love if you commented with yours!!
Yesterday (June 2nd) was my 25th birthday and the best birthday I've had in years.
For the last few years I have never really done anything for my birthday other than sitting at home, relaxing and avoiding house work for 24 hours...but this year my fiance wanted to do something special for me, so we had a nice dinner at a restaurant in my area that none of us had been to yet, Texas Lonestar.
It was really nice there other than the fact that I had an air conditioning vent right above my head so it was a little chilly!! Surprisingly there was also 2 more people there celebrating their birthday and they ended up getting a song sung to them by the waitresses and a giant cowboy hat put on their head... when I noticed that I asked our server to NOT sing happy birthday to me because I hate it more than anything... She ended up bringing me a free shot, something called Purple Rain.. it wasn't bad but extremely sweet. I think this Momma deserved one shot haha
If you know me, you know I almost never turn down a chicken wrap with bacon... so that's what I ordered along with a BBQ Bacon Poutine!! It was actually really funny because my Sister Crystal ordered the exact same thing but we didn't notice until our food came to the table. It's really funny to see how much we're alike at times. We barely notice...My youngest daughter didn't see to be interested in her meal much, so she ended up eating one of my wraps, it was pretty funny!!
After dinner me and my sister, my oldest daughter and her son had to go shopping for a bit because my sister's fiance had to drive my fiance, my son, youngest daughter and my uncle home...so it took two trips to get us all there and back... while we waited for my sisters fiance to come back, we walked around Old Navy for about an hour and I went over to look at some clothes for myself, since I had bought clothes already for the kids before dinner. That's went my oldest daughter saw this dress and pointed it out to me... She thought daddy would really like it on me, so I went and tried it on and actually ended up liking it!!
If you know me at all, I NEVER wear dresses, unless they go right to my feet because I hate my legs... but there was something about this dress that I really liked. When my fiance first saw it on me you should have seen his face, it was almost like he was in shock. He said that he thought it was going to be another long dress that I'm never going to wear unless I'm lounging around the house, so he was pretty surprised... and all over me hahaha...I'm glad he likes it so much!!
When we finally got home my oldest daughter freaked out because she really wanted to spend the night at her Auntie Crystal's house...eventually we all ended up giving in and she got to spend the night with them. This was a photo my sister sent to me this morning after my daughter woke up their son!! Absolutely Adorable!!
She loves spending time with her Aunt, Uncle and Baby Cousin and she hasn't seen them in months so it was nice that she got to spend a lot of time with them yesterday and today, she should be home in a couple hours, I'm sure she had tons of fun!! My birthday was amazing and I'm so grateful for everything my family did to do this for me, and give me such a special night!!
When I saw one of my Facebook friends share this status online, it instantly caught my eye. I agree with her status 100%. I cannot stand seeing news reports and videos about parents/guardians leaving their child in a hot car. It honestly makes me sick to my stomach, like how can you forget about your child? I have even seen videos where the parent says "I was just running into the store to grab something really quick" like are you kidding me? I could NEVER leave my children in a car, no matter what time of year it is. Anything could happen!! I'm proud of Lindsey for voicing her opinion on this. It's disgusting to see what our world is coming to and Lindsey's words are exactly what I would be saying to this reporters so-called tips...
"Something Valuable?! Let me get this correct, your CHILD, A LIVING HUMAN BEING, is not valuable enough to remember?! But a cell phone is?! I don't know if I want to be part of a world where a woman is more likely to remember her cellphone in a hot car than her child." -Lindsey Davis
It's amazing that a reporter would even be giving these kinds of tips... If I was that reporter telling a story like that, my only words would be "If you need to put something valuable in the backseat to remember your child is in there, than you should NEVER have become a parent!!" Your children should always come first, how do you even forget that you brought your child with you?!
You have to run in for something small? BRING YOUR CHILD WITH YOU.
Your child is sleeping in his/her car seat? BRING YOUR CHILD WITH YOU.
You too lazy to unbuckle him/her just to have to buckle them back in two minutes later? THAN YOU SHOULD'T HAVE BROUGHT YOUR CHILD WITH YOU!!
My opinion is the same as Lindsey, as a parent you HAVE to be responsible for the child you bring into this world. If you cannot protect them, care for them and keep them safe, than you don't deserve to be a parent!!
To My Biological Mother
You showed me what NOT to do when I had children of my own. You failed me... I will not give up like you did
To My Foster Parents
You showed me that there was hope for my future.
To My Grandparents
You showed me what it means to have a family that loves you with all their heart and soul
To My Step-Mom
You showed me that you don't have to have the same blood to love someone unconditionally