Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone had a great day today, and that you were able to spend your time with someone very special...

God bless!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Adventures in Mommyhood - Part 2

As cliche as it may sound, being a mom is one of the greatest gifts ever. My kiddos are my life, and even though I have some stressful days, I wouldn't trade them for anything!

I'm not Supermom. This was a hard pill for me to swallow. I really want to be the mom that...gets everything done...can handle going places at the drop of a dime...has a clean house all the time. I want to play with my kids all the time and not get frustrated that they get clingy. They love and need me. That's all that I need to know but some days it's hard to remember that - like when they're both crying for 20 minutes or more and I can't for the LIFE of me get either of them to calm down, causing me to break down into tears with them.

Housework waits. A lot. I hardly have a chance to touch much of anything anymore. I get maybe an hour max of quiet time, and that's if Justin decides to nap when Julia does. Do you think I like to bust my bum trying to straighten up the house or anything of the like? Heck no. First thing on my list is usually crocheting...then a shower...then relaxing...then a nap. Many days, the shower gets put on the back burner and I just plop my rear end on the couch or in the chair with the TV on. About the only things that I've been able to relatively maintain is the diaper laundry and all of the crochet orders that I have waiting for me! Diaper laundry is maintained more so out of necessity than anything. We only have so many diapers for two kids...and when you think about it, two kids in diapers...that's a lot of pee and poo!

Leaving...rarely happens anymore. It is getting better. I can get both kids and myself out the door in about an hour. MAYBE 30 minutes if I've already packed a few things, Julia has already eaten breakfast, and Justin has already been fed.

The kids are so good...I really should remember to count my blessings. Michael and I actually had a night out last night, and left the kids with my mom and his cousin. Julia went to bed without fussing at all, and Justin was a little charmer as usual. Now...that doesn't mean that they slept well!!! LOL But the fact that we were finally able to get a night out together...ALONE...since I don't know when was wonderful

I just hate feeling like I can't do everything. I want to give my best, but that never...never feels like it's good enough. My to-do list grows daily, and the only times that I can get even remotely close to getting everything done on my daily list, requires me to have Julia under my feet while I'm cleaning bathrooms, doing dishes, washing get the idea. *sigh* I guess it's just time for me to concede to the fact that I can't do everything...and to "Hang it on the Cross".

God Bless!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

One Month of Thanks

I did this last year, and decided to do it again this year! I posted these on Facebook each day and just decided to transfer them all here so they're easy to reflect on. I challenge all of you to do this next year!!!

November 1, 2011: I am thankful for my health.
November 2, 2011: I am thankful for the roof over my head.
November 3, 2011: I am SO thankful for the 2 beautiful babies God has blessed me with!
November 4, 2011: I am thankful for my family and all of my friends - new and old. :-)
November 5, 2011: I am thankful for the food on our table.
November 6, 2011: Today I am thankful for a clock that resets itself! Even though I felt like I was in the twilight zone watching the clock tick 2:57, 2:58, 2:59,
November 7, 2011: I am thankful for the car that gets me to the bazillion places I need to go in a day. (OK, maybe that's an exaggerated amount, but that's how I feel sometimes!)
November 8, 2011: I am thankful for my God given talents. =)
November 9, 2011: Today I am thankful for all of my struggles, loves lost, and friends of the past. Without those things, I would not be who I am today.
November 9, 2011: Part 2. Today I am also thankful for properly fitting diapers! Holy
November 10, 2011: Today I am thankful for the headache I have. It reminds me that I'm still alive....
November 11, 2011: Today, as every day, I am grateful for our Veterans and our active duty military men and women!
November 12, 2011: Today I am thankful to be able to hear Julia say 'dooooooooon TOUCH'... :-)
November 13, 2011: Today I am thankful that we are able to heat our house and keep our family warm. :)
November 14, 2011: I am thankful that I can hear the jibber jabber of my nearly 2 year old daughter on the monitor...even though she should still be sleeping! LOL
November 15, 2011: Today I am thankful for my self-control. It's a work in progress, but it's getting better. :)
November 16, 2011: I am thankful for my husband. I love you Michael!
November 17, 2011: I'm thankful for the life God has blessed me with. :)
November 18, 2011: I'm thankful that I get to watch my babies grow day in and day out, and know that I am the one teaching them everything!!!
November 19, 2011: I am thankful that we are able to provide for our kids what they need.
November 20, 2011: I am thankful for good teachers. :)
November 21, 2011: I am thankful for the 4 hour stretch of uninterrupted sleep I got last night! And the nap I got to take with the little guy yesterday. :)
November 22, 2011: I am thankful that Justin didn't wake up screaming today...just chatting away in his crib. :)
November 23, 2011: I am thankful that I get to spend a lot more days with my hubby this weekend than normal!!!
November 24, 2011: (I's not the 24th, but I missed that day!) I am thankful for fun family gatherings that allow us to share stories, laughs, and chats with cousins serving overseas.
November 25, 2011: Today I am thankful for new blessings!!! Congratulations to my cousin A, and her husband J...welcome to your beautiful baby girl born yesterday at 7:13 pm!!! Baby M, welcome to the family beautiful girl! I hope you can handle us! :) Congratulations also to the new grandparents, K, J, and auntie E!!!
November 26, 2011: I am thankful that we decided to use cloth diapers.
November 27, 2011: I am thankful for one word..."Yes"...such a small word, with such huge meanings. 
November 28, 2011: I am thankful for mousetraps.
November 28, 2011: I am also thankful that I just heard Julia in her crib saying "mamamamamamamamamama" :-)
November 29, 2011: I am so thankful that Michael's job is enough to support our family so that I can be with my kids all day. They may drive me nuts sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for the world!!!
November 30, 2011: I am thankful for my faith. Where it has taken me, and where it will take me in the future.

God bless... :-)