Thursday, December 31, 2009
One article suggests applying SMART goals when setting your resolution this year. Your goal must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound.
After much thought and realistic consideration, I hope to have a clean kitchen every night before I go to bed. It's just so much nicer to wake up and start the day without having to worry about catching up on cleaning dishes or wiping down cabinets.
Of course, I am also on the "get fit" bandwagon as I am every year. I hope to eat less and exercise more and hopefully lose about 15 lbs to return to my pre baby weight.
What is YOUR new year's resolution??
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Our backyard offers plenty of space so the enormous masterpiece fits nicely. He still needs to paint it and add swings (and eventually monkey bars) but it is now able to use. Emma loves the big yellow slide and can't wait for the swings! Now we just need little people to come over and have fun!!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Emma is at such a fun age for the holidays. She loves the lights, TV movies and even learned a new song (Jingle Bells). She finally grasped the concept of the big jolly man leaving presents. On Christmas Eve she told me several times that Santa was definitely bringing her FIVE Barbies. I was pretty certain he was only bring ONE and felt absoutely sure that he wasn't running back to Target ;) It seemed like Emma unwrapped gifts ALL month long with a birthday just two short weeks before Christmas. Our house is overloaded with toys...and we are very blessed! Emma cheerfully volunteered to open Owen's gift this year but was a sweet big sister and told him everything he got!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here is Owen's first time on Santa's lap. I think Santa wanted to keep Owen and take him back to the North Pole :) Emma is not a Santa fan this year! She will wave from a distance but that's about it.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
We celebrated with just the four of last night. Emma opened our gifts and enjoyed a cupcake. Today was her royal princess party and we were blessed with the presence of many close friends and family members. We were so thankful for those who traveled from as far as Waco and Houston. Emma definitely got some nice things so it's time to make room for Christmas goodies!
I can't believe I've been a mom for three years already! I am forever grateful to Emma for making me a mother. We are so proud of the sweet little lady Emma is. She is smart, beautiful, funny, caring and determined :)
"A baby girl...one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today." -Author Unknown
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I am incredibly fortunate to have a kind lactation nurse named Angela just a phone call away. She works at Hillcrest and has answered numerous questions along this bumpy road of breastfeeding. On Tues I actually got to meet her in person and visited for over an hour. I am bound and determined to make nursing work this time. It didn't work out with Emma, so I have made it my personal challenge with Owen. Although it is the most natural, healthy and cost effective thing for a baby, it has honestly tuned out to be extremely time consuming and difficult (especially with bouts of mastitis and thrush). I feel like I am constantly pushing Emma off to the side saying "I can't do that, I'm feeding Owen right now", there is absolutely nothing Jarrod can do to help at night (so I'm awfully sleep deprived) and I am totally clueless on what to do in public! Angela offered some helpful ideas and I am going to see what Fenugreek and Mother's Milk Tea can do for me! Any ideas/suggestions that you all have are certainly welcome :)
Here are two photos of Owen with Roxie. The first one was taken his first week and the second one was taken this week. Enjoy:
Monday, November 30, 2009
What do you want most for Christmas? a steam vacuum and a gift card to the spa
What is your favorite food at Christmas? fudge
Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Yes, and I'm about half way finished!!
What is your favorite Christmas song? Silver bells
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Lampoons Christmas Vacation
What is your best memory of Christmas? Gatherings with my extended family including my 16 first cousins!
What do you look forward to most at Christmas? spending extra time with family
Who do you want to kiss under the mistle toe? my hubby!!!
What kind of Christmas tree do you have? We have a 6ft fake one that I bought at Target for $2 after Christmas last year. It is a bit skinny so next year we may go for the real one :)
How many Christmas cards do you normally send out? 75
Do you still get a stocking? Of course!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In honor of Thanksgiving week, I thought I would post about what I am thankful for. Of the countless things and people that I am truly thankful for, my family tops the list. In particular, I am sooo thankful for my children. My life totally changed for the better the day Emma was born. Our family's blessings werw even more enriched when Owen joined us last month. Emma's giggle (and dimples) can turn any bad day into the best. Owen's baby smell and handsome eyes remind me of why I was put on earth! Some days I take them both for granted and I know too well that these years will pass all too quickly.
Here is a sweet list of things that change when babies come along. Hope you enjoy!
1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.
2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid.
3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.
4. You respect your body....finally.
5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.
6. You find that your baby's pain feels much worse than your own.
7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.
8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.
9. Your heart breaks much more easily.
10. You think of someone else 234,456,234,678 times a day.
11. Every day is a surprise.
12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you (hooray for poop!)
13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.
14. You become a morning person.
15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.
I hope that each of you will take a moment to reflect on the blessings God pours down on you. Happy Turkey day!!!