Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lively Situation is being controlled by a two year old...

I am 31 weeks and 3 days pregnant.  This is not the thing that controls my life right now.  It's a two year old nugget, who apparently has discovered she is two and should act accordingly by being a terrible two.

First let me ask you... If you have a child who is 2 1/2 or older, do you still have nap time?
I ask because recently it's been a struggle for us.  
I did sleep training, I've mentioned this before, and it was a very difficult time for me.  But it was a last resort as Nugget girl wouldn't sleep in her bed, or in mine, or really for any stretch of time, and so I tried it.  It worked for us, not instantly, but after much dedication and quite simply it was the thing that saved my sanity :)
Recently nugget girl has started pitching fits at nap time and bed time, and it takes me back to sleep training and now that she's older makes it even harder than when she was smaller.
Just yesterday she came out of her and Sugar Mama's room crying at nap time, and said "Mama I ready to talk", which is what she says when she is ready to come out of time out.
This made me feel terrible.
I only make her sleep because Nugget girl with no sleep does not make for a pleasant situation, but I don't want her to think that lying her down for a nap is punishment.
I decided to change the game today and not make her take a nap.. of course she fell asleep in the car after dance and slept until three this afternoon :/

Also she has started with "Uh Uh" and "I don't want to"... normally it's just a conversation but when you are calling her to you to change her diaper, even though you have attempted to potty train her 47 times, and she says "Uh uh, I don't want to" (that's right she throws out the combo too :) it makes me a little crazy.  Or when I'm trying to brush her teeth and I get "I don't want to" when I ask her to open her mouth... 

If I had thousands of followers, some of the blog readers would be amped up to post a comment about how I should man up and deal with being a parent, how I should be thanking God daily that he gave me a healthy baby girl, any number of things that I assure you I think to myself, I just want to be in a place where she doesn't think I'm always getting on to her.

My hormones are bonkers, I am obligated to a many number of things over the next week, and I can't reach my feet... right now I'm being controlled by my two year old...

Today I am Thankful for: 

My two year old, who drives me to the brink of a nervous break down everyday, and yet I love her to distraction and thank God for giving her just to me!!

P.S. the hubs ordered something that had baby girl number 3's name on it.  Seeing it in print (just like Kelly) made me very happy, and makes it VERY real :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Decorating For Christmas...

I hope you all had a wonderfully full Thanksgiving.  Both in family and food.  I like to decorate for Christmas just as soon as Thanksgiving recovery is complete :)  We went and bought our Christmas tree on Friday and came home to decorate the rest of the house.

This is the Living Room: Before


Here are Sugar Mama and the Nugget decorating their trees.



Here is our mantle.  This is the first year I have ever had an actual mantle to hang my stockings and the hubs doesn't necessarily like it because he says I'm going to catch the stockings on fire :)


This is our tree... looking at it from here, it appears it's leaning.  Or is that just me?


My nanny, some years ago, started giving me pieces to create a Christmas village.  I've gotten several more since then and here it is this year.  It fills the bakers rack, and it gets harder and harder to find a single place to put it :)


I hope you all have as much fun decorating for Christmas as we do.  If you would like to share, I would love to see your decorations.

Today I am Thankful for: 

The CHRIST in Christmas.  I hope that we all remember to stop and think about the true reason for the season.  The king left his throne to share a manger in a town with no place for a king.  He came as a babe to grow and take the sins of the world, gave his heaven to us when we had done nothing to deserve it.  That is an amazing gift. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Babysitters...

Last night the hubs and I had an impromptu date.  My dad was coming to get our girls for an hour or so, and take them to feed the ducks.  The hubs said "Oh yeah, come on babe let's go see a movie".. the grandparents were all for the extra time :)

After our movie, I called to tell them we were on our way, where my dad says "Okay well Nugget is naked because she bathed in her chocolate ice cream".. hahaha she does wear what she eats, but why is she eating chocolate ice cream at 9:00 at night? The joys of being a grandparent :)

We talked for a few minutes and Nugget came to me and asked me to change her diaper.. An irritating request as you can imagine, since she can say "Mommy change ah my diaper" versus "Mommy I need to go potty".. I digress, as it turns out my dad. or a mysterious diaper changer, forgot to put the tape down on one side and the Nugget was soaked... her diaper bag did not have any more diapers in it.  Don't forget I said impromptu..

So we went green, or old school, whichever you prefer, and a whole lot of south on you.  We, and by we, I mean the grandparents fashioned a "cloth" diaper from a towel, and some duck tape.  

This is the fruits of that labor.. I laughed until it hurt :)


But the most important part... they were fast asleep before we got home.  And since they've decided to start sharing a bed, I thought I would share with you the sweetness of that moment :)


Today I am Thankful for: 

1. My two sweet girls, and the grandparents who wore them out.
2. The dates I share with my handsome man.
3. The break from school/work this week.  The time we are able to spend together is so wonderful!!
4. And lastly for the moments I'll share with my family on Thursday... some will be missed, other's remembered, but it'll be a moment God gave us to reflect on the blessing he has bestowed when he's already given the best one.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Show Us Your Life: Playrooms...

This post is a long time coming because after we painted I never posted the pictures :)

This is the view from the stairs leading to the playroom. This space houses our train table, which gets taken apart more than anything, and the trampoline..


Wider View..


This is our dress up corner.  The dress up trunk houses all of our accessories: crowns, shoes, etc.  The white bucket contains all Disney princess costumes ever made plus fairies, cheerleaders, etc.  And how can you dress up and not see your self? Mirror, Mirror on the wall...


The baby corner.. we take care of our babies and pets in this area.


Dramatic play.. babies, kitchens (two one for each lady :)


Doll houses.. One that houses barbie and one that houses puzzles, games, etc.  And the table Mama J (Mimi) bought this for us to use for writing, coloring, etc.


Lounging area.. I love this couch, it pulls out to make a little bed, but it stays dirty and can't really be cleaned. The tent was a present from Santa last year and stays in the playroom because we don't have enough room any where else :)


Entertainment center... t.v., karaoke machine, and musical instruments... it gets a little noisy :)


Today was Sugar Mama's Thanksgiving feast at school.  Here she is dressed in her Native American gear.  Her vest reads "Smiles A Lot" on the back.. this is her Native American name :)


And this displays how we use our playroom the most.. dress up :)  Which is why we have dedicated an entire corner to it!!


Today I am Thankful for: 

Visiting with my baby girl at school.. what a treat to see how your child survives the day without you :)  And for the quiet in my house right now.  The hubs and Nugget are at the in-laws fixing an electrical problem, Sugar Mama is at school, so it's just me and Dooley.  I should be studying, instead I'm lying in my bed doing nothing, and it feels good :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

All In A Day..

There are some of you who read this blog who do not know me if real life. So you don't see all the crazy.. only the totally on point awesomeness that I display for you to see :) But to state the obvious I struggle everyday... not with a particular thing, but just knowing that I'm taking really good care of my children.. that I am preparing them for life adequately. So here are a few things I'd like to share about the past couple of days.

Sugar Mama is 5... this is her first year of school and we've had to make a lot of adjustments. I'm learning to deal with what it's like to have someone not be in love with my child, while admitting that she does have some flaws... mini, tiny, hard to see flaws, but they are there :) So in an effort to help her understand the responsibility of being 5 we've started our responsibility chart. There are a lot of things to choose from on this chart we've chosen 4.
1. This white rectangle represents: Get out of bed... Sugar Mama takes forever to get out of bed. With this she must get out of bed no more than 5 minutes after I know she's awake.
2. Get Dressed: This isn't complicated.. just put on the clothes I've set out for her.
3. Do Homework.. with no whining. She's great at homework, not so much at the no whining.
4. Take a bath.

So for every smiley face she receives one quarter... if she whines at all during the day she loses all of the quarters she's earned.. but if no whining and she completes she gets a whopping $5!!


Another life lesson: Give to God what is his, and save, save, save!! So we made jars. Not an original idea, but cute still. She does 10, 10, 80. 10% to both Tithes and Savings and 80% to her jar, which she can do whatever she wants with (with in reason :)


This past weekend we had cheer leading competition. This is Sugar Mama's favorite part. In fact half way through the regular season she gets frustrated with games, because she only wants to do competition :)


Riding in the Limo :)





They didn't even place... that's a story for a different post, but she was so gracious about it that we were proud of what a great sport she was :) Now the season is over, and we can prepare in earnest for this baby, which will hopefully arrive no sooner than 11 weeks from now (fingers crossed). Lots and Lots to do :)

Today I am Thankful for:

Stolen Moments from the weekend. It's so nice to be in the moment and realize that they are the moments that truly matter, the rest is just background noise :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Moving into Fall..

It's November 2nd and it feels like the first day of fall finally. In fact we forgot our jackets for dance this morning and paid a chilly price :)

It's been really busy in our house the past 3 - 4 months. I feel like my days are measured by when I have to leave... as a result my poor girls are pooped out at the end of the day...


This weekend we went trick-or-treating, and here are the Nugget and Sugar Mama in their costumes...

The Nugget's Tinkerbell..


Sugar Mama's Tinkerbell...


And our entire trick-or-treating crew...
(L - R)
Nugget Girl, Lala (Alice), M & M (baby elephant), Bigi (Pirate), Jake (Werewolf), and Sugar Mama


Halloween would have been my Uncle Scott's 45th birthday. In honor we all sent him balloons. Happy Birthday Uncle Scott, you are missed!! I hope you enjoyed your balloons.
P.S. they stayed together until we couldn't see them anymore, and even formed an S... I promise.. :) It's was God's way of letting us know he got them :)


This was a sad weekend for our family. We missed Uncle Scott a lot and even went as an entire family to visit his grave. It was a hard trip to take.

If you are like me, when your children have a birthday you remember that day. Where you were, what happened, the moment your child entered the world. I wondered all day, but didn't have the courage to ask, if my nanny was remembering... and hurting because she did remember. I don't imagine the memories leave, perhaps fade with time, but still there whenever we choose to recall them. My heart hurts for her.

I've also heard it said that when people die they don't remember us here. They aren't looking down on us because there is no sorrow or hurt there... that's biblical.
But here is the deal, there are times when a hurt is so strong, a question so plaguing, the why just too much not to have answered that God gives me exactly what I need to quiet that storm. My uncle Scott might not know that we were hurting as we remembered him on Sunday, but I believe with all the spirit God has placed in me, that included in the comfort he sends in times of great sorrow he also gives our loved ones the little things they need too. He got those balloons, and he knows we love him, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Today I am Thankful for:

My baby girls joy over sharing a room. It started out joyful, took a rather dramatic turn, and came back to peace over sharing the same room. They are so sweet as they pray together, lie down together, etc. and I am thankful God saw fit to make them so wonderful, and that he reminds me how wonderful he made them when they are driving me to the edge of my patience :)