Archive | January, 2010

A Day In Our Life (aka a DITL)

14 Jan

O'dark early aka 5:30am

It’s what time and why are we up?


5:30am is MUCH to early to try and explain to Ella WHY she isn’t successful when standing up to potty like Daddy and why Mommy just can’t fix it.


I decide to run the risk of showering while being the only adult home with both children awake .


They seemed to survive.


I certainly feel more human and have a happy moment when I put on my outfit found completely at the second hand shop.


We have a quick breakfast.


Then I take this disaster…


And turn it around.


There’s a bit of this.


And I’m persuaded to leave my house.


Which means we have to get dressed. Bummer.


We get to playdate early.


But that soon changes.


Back home again, Ella naps and Miles and I rock the back carry.



Taking advantage of the back-happy baby, I make some bread for dinner.

Post nap nursing

Girlie wakes up needing a little special snuggle time.

Bounce bounce

While Miles discovers if he thrashes his legs wildly, he can make his seat bounce.


The bread rises for the second time in the warm dishwasher.

Making sure it tasted right

Making certain the cookie dough tastes right.

Daddy Time

Daddy comes home from his second day at the new job (after being laid off for two months) and entertains the kiddos while I finish up the soup. I ‚̧ the fact he gets home at 4pm!


We have homemade “Cream” of Broccoli soup (no dairy, used raw cashews to add creaminess) with the Rosemary Bread. YUM.

Kisses Goodnight

After dinner clean up, we pucker up and exchange kisses goodnight!

What A Day

13 Jan

Yesterday was amazing and fantastic. Productive, encouraging (despite Ella being awake from 3:30am on until nap at noon), and I felt successful. Aaron was gone to his second full day and it went SO well.


Not so much.

While both kids slept until 6:30 today, they tag teamed me from 3:30 until 6:30. Miles would whimper and gag in his sleep and just as he was drifting back off, Ella would be awake. Minutes after she was back asleep, Miles was at it again. Lather, rinse, repeat. When we got up for the morning, I had a migraine from lack of sleep and that just colored our entire morning.

You know the saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody happy”? I’ve found that is SO TRUE in our house. My temperament, emotions, and reactions really set the tone for our home. It’s a constant challenge for me today to keep a positive outlook. So while Miles is miserable and can only be happy while bounced upright in a carrier (unless asleep, which he is now THANK GOD) and Ella is melting down constantly because she “miss Daddy”, I’m trying to keep a positive attitude because I just know things will get exponentially¬† worse if I don’t.

Of course, that doesn’t keep me from looking forward to nap time. Which is in one hour and 40 minutes.

Not that anyone is counting.

Wordless Wednesday

13 Jan


Rocking the back carry.

A Title Escapes Me

11 Jan

This morning felt like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Or a Hallmark commercial. Or maybe a Lifetime movie. Pick whichever comparison suits you the best. I simply choose to say it was awesome and made my day.

Today was Aaron’s first day back at work after being laid off for two months! The first day was held at corporate headquarters, where it is expected that everyone wear formal business attire. This morning I stood in my pajamas, with children squawking and running around me, while I straightened Aaron’s tie and fixed his collar. It was a rather surreal and, shall I say, grown up moment.

Everything went smoothly for him. Checked off boxes, signed papers, listened to company policy. Surprisingly, things went smoothly for us at home as well! I wrangled both kids in the FREEZING cold and snow to the chiropractor, all three of us took a two hour nap and Ella even ate her lunch! So far, so good. I’m hoping and praying that our painless adjustment continues.

As a kid side note ~ Poor Miles has his first cold of the season. The little man has a horrible stuffy nose, juicy productive cough, and struggles to sleep unless he’s in a raised position. Which means I don’t get much sleep, but such is the story of a mother. The bitter cold exacerbates his cough, so my goal is to keep us housebound tomorrow and Wednesday. We’ll see how long that lasts before we all go too stir crazy.

edited to add: Things like this encourage me so much! I appreciate each and every prayer offered for us during this crazy time of adjustment. We have two weeks of wonky training schedules then we switch over to his “normal” shift of 5am-5:30pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’m taking over the weekend Sexton duties, so it’s a double adjustment for everyone. My friend Corey ran a HUGE marathon and included my prayer request for “painless adjustment” to her prayer shawl. Can you find it?

Four Years

6 Jan


Four years ago today, that’s what we were doing.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years. The time has just FLOWN by. When we first got married, I had no clue that today we’d be dancing to a song from the Wiggles in the kitchen while holding both of our kids. Things have changed SO much from when we first were married!


I don’t believe in soulmates, but I do believe in compatibility. We are pretty darn compatible. My weaknesses are complimented by his strengths and vice versa. We’re both flexible people who are willing to grow and change together. Personally, I think that’s key to a positive, health relationship. You know, giving just as much or more than you take. Not staying stagnate and encouraging your partner to grow with you. Working together. Communicating the change you see in your own life and your relationship. I am incredibly blessed with a husband who DOES all of the above and LISTENS to me when I attempt to do the same.

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings together.

Enough with the mushy gooshy! I need to hop in the shower to get ready for our fantastic date to go see Sherlock Holmes with only the baby! Then! Oh then… after both kids go to bed, we have an AMAZING little cake from a local bakery and a nice bottle of wine to share. Can’t wait!

If you’re interested… here’s the rest of the wedding pictures.

Writer’s block

5 Jan

Or maybe an emotional block?

There seems to so many things I want to say, but I can’t find the words. It’s like something is standing in the way, clogging up the flow from my heart and mind to my fingers. My perfectionist tendency (regarding my writing) is rearing its ugly head. For example, I’ve started, stopped, and then deleted the previous three sentences eight times. I feel like if I don’t have the time to do it “right”, then I shouldn’t even try to do it at all.


We’re suppose to get snowed in starting Wednesday night, so hopefully I’ll get some down time to write then. Even though there are places go to, things to do, and people to see, we won’t be able to do any of those things!

My heart almost broke

3 Jan

Not from sadness, anger or grief. Looking at these pictures made my heart swell with such indescribable emotion, I thought it was going to burst. I feel like these give a glimpse of what she will look like years from now.

I love this girl so much.

Things to come

Where the toast is made


More glimpses

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