Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

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Blog Awards

I am so thankful for the following awards!

Sunshine Award
From Nikki @ !Cheap Like a Birdie!

You're Great
From Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked

From Melissa @ Frugal Creativity

From a little lovely,
Deborah Lynn at Green Wilow Pond
Kara at Mine for the Making

 From Sarah at Confessions of an Untenured Teacher

 From Kara at Mine for the Making

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About Me

I am a working mom of 2 who is obsessed with crafting! I love to find new things to make for our house and my friends! I love my girls and my husband with all my heart and have the greatest family in the whole wide world! 

What is the 9 o'clock Dance of Joy? This is when everyone goes to bed and you can do the crafting, relaxing, TV watching with no interruptions and no sticky fingers! Not that I don't love my family but it's hard to do anything with a 3 year old and an 20 month old who want to help! I stole this saying from my mom and didn't really know the value of the bed time dance of joy until I had my girls!

I am so excited to be in blog land!  I have met some amazing women and stole borrowed some amazing ideas!  Don't worry I give credit it where it is do!  Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!  I truly appreciate the visits!

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Taylor is finally sleeping in her bed, not her car seat anymore! Hopefully the back of her head will pop out, she has the flattest head ever (that's what happens when you sleep in your carseat for 4 1/2 months). Yesterday was Valentine's Day and gramma brought the girls their present. She had gotten Kielyn this huge, and I mean huge sucker. Kielyn was eating it and she sat by Taylor. Taylor got sooooo excited kicking and yelling and bouncing out of my lap. So we gave her some and she loved it! Last night we gave her a smaller sucker and she had the entire thing gone in about 5 minutes. Needless to say we took 3 baths in 2 days, one before the sucker, one after the huge sucker and another one after the small suckers! Tay spends a lot of time on her tummy these days, pushing her chest up off the ground, I am guessing in the next month we will have a crawler! I know this sounds strange, but I can't wait! It's so nice when they can start following you around. I was thinking the other day, I am so excited every time Tay does something new, but sad at the same time, because she is my last baby! Every time she reaches a milestone I can't help but think it's the last time!

I can't believe that Kielyn is almost 2! For a while when you tell her to do something that she doesn't want to do, she immediately lays down and pretends like she is sleeping, snoring and all. Well the past couple of days she has given up laying down and will pretend like she is sleeping standing up. She stands there, eyes closed and snores and pretends like she can't hear you! It really is cute! We think the love bug bit her yesterday because she was the sweetest, cuddliest little monster ever! Every time I turned around she was giving me hugs and kisses and telling me lub you! Her talking is out of control! She can say whatever she wants and has started putting 2 and 3 words together. The other day I was feeding Taylor and Kie crawled up on the couch, laid down beside me, pulled up her shirt and told me "tickle back." This morning I sneezed and she told me "bwess you." Luckily she hasn't said any horribly awful words yet, but we were watching a movie the other night and someone said "No Sh!t" and she did repeat it, but since then we haven't heard any! Cross our fingers, I know the time will come, but I just won't think about it yet!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mobility & Mine Too!

Taylor finally rolled over yesterday, January 15, 2009! Not only did she roll over, but she rolled from back to stomach and from stomach to back in one day! So now she is no longer safe left by herself on anything that is about 2 inches off the ground! There is nothing cuter than seeing a little bird head wobbling around as they look up at you when they are laying on their stomach!

Kielyn's new thing (she picked this up at daycare) is Mine Too! Everything is mine too, Taylor's toys, Kielyn's toys, Max's toys, Mom's shoes and Dad's flashlight! This is my least favorite phrase that comes out of her mouth......I would rather hear poop a million times a day! But she is liking her sister more and more everyday. The more alert Tay becomes the more Kielyn likes her. I can't wait until Tay is old enough to play with her because eating plastic food and drinking pretend coffee for hours everyday is getting old (not that I don't like doing this, but she traps you in her room and won't let you leave, literally, she shuts the door and if you try to open it to get out, she slams it in your face). I can't imagine having only 1 child and being their sole source of entertainment! And besides you have to have an even number of kids so no one gets left out at the carnival, they don't make rides for 3!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sleeping Babies

There is nothing more precious than watching a baby sleep, there is something so peaceful about it. Their little eyes fluttering, their mouths twitching and the sweet look on their face. I just put Taylor down to sleep, but I sat with her for a few extra minutes just to watch her sleep because before I know it she won't want to snuggle anymore, she will be independent and into everything! I was lucky enough to get to wake Kielyn up this morning, normally her little head pops up at the sound of the door opening, but today she didn't wake up, so as I stood there and watched her sleep it made me think that it seems like just yesterday she was Taylor's age and how fast time really flies by. Kie was so adorable she was snuggled up with her blanket, kitty and baby (and this baby weighs like 8 pounds and looks freakishly real.......thanks gram!) and as I rubbed her back to wake her up she rolled over and stretched and said hi mommy, love you (which really sounds like lub you, not complaining) who could ask for anything more. So these are definitely moments that I don't want to forget, watching my girls sleep looking like little angels!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Working Moms vs. Stay at Home Moms

I know that most people say that stay at home moms have it easy and they don't really work. I got to be a stay at home mom twice, 3 months when I had Kie and 3 months when I had Taylor. Now when I had 3 months off with Kielyn it was pretty easy, I got to hang out with her and when she napped, which was a lot I did laundry, cooked and cleaned and was kind of bored a lot of the time. Now after I had Taylor and was on maternity leave there was no such thing as boredom. Not only did I have a new born (she really slept a lot and was really easy), but I had a 17 month old. There was no such thing as a break for me. While trying to feed Taylor and keep Kielyn entertained there wasn't a whole lot of time for laundry, cooking and cleaning. Thank God for frozen meals! I love my girls with everything that I have but after getting up at 7 am and being with them all day and not talking to or seeing another adult can grate on ones nerves. By the time Ben got home I was close to the edge of a melt down! Being the fantastic husband he is, he would let me have my 30 min me time. After this I felt human again.
I would venture to say that if you are a stay at home mom of one things are pretty easy and laid back, there is plenty of time to get things done during the day. But once you have 2 or more forget it! Now being a working mom is tough too. First off I have to leave my girls at daycare and fortunately for us we have a wonderful day care provider, and I get to go see them at lunch every day, but still.........I go to work and have to answer to other's demands, kind of like being a stay at home mom, except the "kids" are older. Once I get off work I have to pick the girls up, get them home, get Kielyn her snack, feed Taylor, think about what we should have for dinner, make dinner, try and get 2 loads of laundry done, clean up dinner, run the dishwasher, pick up the toys in the middle of the living room floor, get 2 kids in the bathtub, get Kie her milk, feed Taylor again, find the missing binky or blanket, get Kie in bed and try to get Taylor to sleep. And all of this gets done in a 4 hour time frame. And forget about the weekends! Most of the time Saturday is spent going to Wal-Mart and Safeway to stock up for the next week and thankfully Sunday is spent in our jammies playing.
I wouldn't trade my life for anything (well maybe a beach and a daquiri somedays) I enjoy being a mom first, a wife second and a professional third. I love my job and love what I do, but I would rather do it part time or do it once my girls go to school, but life isn't that easy. So after all of this I don't know which one is harder, being a stay at home mom or a working mom. All I can say is that I am thankful for the time I had at home with the girls, I am thankful for my job and truly thankful for my life!
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