Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fly on the Wall

Hey I am Moe the Fly. I have been stuck in this house for a few days now. There have been some interesting things going down here. One in particular, was a conversation that I witnessed last Thursday. I thought I would share it with you.

The lady of the house came in with the children. It appeared as if she had just been shopping, and with the help of the little lady was putting things away in the kitchen. She was on the phone talking with the husband. He was late getting home that day, but was about to return. She was in the kitchen when the man of the house entered through the garage door.

"Wow!!! Did you have a spurt of energy today? What made you want to clean so much? Are you in the nesting phase??? You better not be pregnant! I guess you just wanted to get ready for Karma's baby shower on Saturday."

The Mrs. just laughed. She knew the real answer. She didn't do it. She had two lovely ladies come and scrub away. She let it sink in to the husband a little bit more. The husband kept going on and on about how nice it was. The Mrs. just continue to chuckle to herself never directly answering the questions that the husband continued to ask.

He continued to be baffled at what came over his wife. She had sat down to feed the little man, and he questioned her again. She turned and looked at him sheepishly, and the real answer dawned on him. She began laughing, and then witnessed the torn expression.

First a great big grin spread across his face and out blurted "I like it!" Then his brow furrowed as logic set in...you see the husband suffers from post partum money depression...and this costs money. He really likes the idea, but is struggling with paying for it.

Overall he understood her plight. He knows it is hard to 'keep up', but I think he is willing to do this for her. I don't think I have seen the Mrs. this happy in a long time.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Permission or Forgiveness

There are many things that I feel inadequate about when it comes to me being a wife and mother. When I was young I always imagined being the 'perfect' wife. The one who always looked put together, who made home cooked meals every night, who kept her house sparkling clean.

Then I got married....then had 3 kids....and now I realize that I am far from that 'perfect' wife that I was sure that I was going to become. It is hard for me to admit that I can't do it all. There are days I am lucky to get a shower, nights where I have no idea what to cook, and my house is buried under piles of laundry, dishes, toys and dust.

It really was depressing to realize that no matter hard I tried...I just couldn't keep up. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who goes to work everyday to earn enough money for me to stay home with my 3 little tornadoes. If I am home all day...then I should be able to do it??? For those of you who are able to do it...please help me out.

My sister has the same floorplan as me. She has a few ladies come every other week to her house. She suggested that I have Berta come and do mine too. Part of me didn't want to do it for a couple of reasons.

  1. I didn't think Shawn would want to pay for something he thinks I should be able to do on my own.
  2. If I did have her come...it would fully admit that I am a failure when it comes to this department

After much prodding by Nancy, and her friend Stacy...I finally agreed to have her come. The only problem is that I didn't tell Shawn. Yes I know, probably not the best idea, but I knew if I asked him, he would say no...and honestly I really needed it. So I decided was going to have to ask for Forgiveness rather than permission.

I have felt like I have been treading water (and it is not just from the move...I had this problem in our old house too). I felt like all I was ever was surface cleaning. Trying to keep up with everything was all I could do. It didn't seem to matter how much I tried to "manage my time better" it was never enough. I needed some help.

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to come home from dropping Caden off from school today. 2 women worked on my house non-stop for 4 hours!!! That is 8 hours of cleaning that would have taken me even longer! Now I have to time get to some of the projects that I have been putting off, and spend more time with my kiddos because I don't have to scrub my floors. Some may think I am lazy, but this is just what I needed. Maybe this can help me get the self depracating tape that I have running in my head everyday. I sure hope Shawn feels the same way.

Wish me luck.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Don't be fooled

Note to Self: When putting Sydney in her carseat and notice that she has a marker and a piece of paper...realize that she won't be coloring on the paper. Atleast it's washable.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Loving the Weekend

We had a pretty low key weekend.

I hate the crowds that Valentines Day brings so we opted to stay home, and enjoy the evening with the kids.

We also took the time that night to go from this
To this
He already seems so much bigger. Can you believe he is going to be 1 in just a few weeks??!!!

On Sunday morning we woke up to a barking little girl.

Don't you love the family cycle of germs???

Caden had already had a cough, and Thomas was still recovering from his croup.

Shawn and I ended up taking turns going to church so the kiddos could stay home.

So far Sydney is doing pretty good.

Her cough is already breaking up, and she never got a fever. So I am hoping that is a good sign.

The kids fell asleep rather early.

We watched a movie while tackling this project.
I am loving the change. It really ties the room together.
Hopefully it isn't too much black.

The kids are now asking what else we are going to paint black. hee hee

How was your weekend?

Do you have anything fun planned for the holiday?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Random Picture Challenge #6

I didn't get around to doing the Random Picture Challenge on Saturday...but I decided to do it anyway. If you would like to see other random picture participants from this week, go here.
January 2007
13th picture folder
3rd picture
This was one of the first times that I put Sydney's hair if two little ponies on top of her head. Looking at this picture...I just can't believe how much she has grown! I love my little girl!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

His voice is a little hoarse, but I had to film this. Caden learned this song in his Let's Play Music class. He wanted to sing it for a girl he likes in his class. I hope you all have a Super Wonderful Valentines Day!

Also for those of you who had questions about Caden's valentines in the post below.

I got the idea from here, but am not a professional photographer by any means. So I used the same type of concept, but not with a lollipop.

We took the picture.
Then I used photoshop to add different elements to it.
I then uploaded it to Costco's photo service, and had them printed out.
Then taped the heart candy onto the picture.

Like I said...easy peasy! I just liked the idea of having something a little more personal. I really was happy with the way they turned out.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine Cards

For Caden's Valentine Cards this year we took this
and made it into this
It was fun to do, and super easy.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Good and Bad

We'll start with the Good...

Our furniture was delivered on Monday!!

It truly was an exciting event.

We went from this.
(Just imagine another sofa, and the T.V. on the little stand...I forgot to take the picture until after we had already moved some of the stuff)

To this
Thanks, Love, for finally caving in to my desires!

Now on to the bad news.

Don't let this picture fool you.
He may seem happy

but this little dude woke up at 2am Monday morning

barking like a seal.

We spent some time in a steam filled bathroom.

Then cranked up the humidifier.

He was a trooper most of Monday...and I thought we might make it through without a trip to the doc.

Then the night came.

He was so tired he fell asleep in my arms...

only to wake up 30 minutes later


So off to Good Night Pediatrics (I heart them)

They gave him


An I.V. dose of steroids

A lovely suppository to get his fever down


a breathing treatment.

They finally sent us out the door and on our way to a 24 hour Pharmacy.

A prescription of Azithromyicin and prednasone.

Today he is much better, but doesn't want me to let him down.
I got so much done today :)

Needless to say...my house is beautiful...hahaha
Yeah, right!

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Random Picture Challenge

There are 2 ways to pick your random picture this week
so more of you can play along.

5th picture from the end
10th picture folder
5th picture from the end

This was my view on our way back from the Easter Egg Hunt at the park.

I love my Syd...she 'cracks' me up. :)

For more random pictures go here.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Treasured moments

Photo courtesy of Sunshine and Shade Photography
Every day I drive Caden to school.

Everyday he tells me he is "a big boy" and wants to walk to class by himself.

Usually when we get there, there are other kids from his class arriving.

He will get out of the car and then wait for them so they can all walk together.

Today was no different.

He got out and waited.

The next thing I knew I saw him walking towards the car.

He came to the window.

I rolled it down.
He looked at me and said..."You FORGOT!"

Me: Really, what? (even though I knew what he was going to say)

Caden: My kiss!!!

He then raced around the car and planted one on my lips.

Just as quickly, he was by his friends side walking to class.

I will treasure these moments as much as I can.

Too soon he won't want to 'say goodbye'

The growing up part of parenting just happens too fast.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Seriously, I am in love

For More Participants visit the Wordless Wednesday HQ or 5 Minutes for Mom!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009


We are starting in the second day after the Superbowl...and I am still so bummed! I will be the first to tell you that I am not much of a sports fan. I never really pay attention to the game, but I love the social gathering that it brings. For once, I actually paid attention. We had Shawn's family over, and everyone brought something yummy!
Even though the Cardinal's lost, I was still proud at the effort that they gave. It was such an exciting game. We scared Thomas numerous times with all the screaming. The poor kid had no idea what was going on.

It has to be so hard for those players. I can't imagine being so close to something and not getting it. Hopefully next year will have a different outcome. Go Cardinals!!!

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