Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Real Mom Confessions

I am back linking up with Girl with Blog for her Real Mom Confessions.
I LOVE this series and while I have fallen silent in the last few months - I faithfully looked forward to it and gave thanks for the mom's who posted each week. Summer for me at work, even with the best preparation and planning, is beautiful chaos and I am in survival mode moving from one thing to the next and I am never home, traveling from mission trip to mission trip to Thursday service days, to covering for my colleague while he is on much deserved vacation to who knows what - while it is all wonderfulness it makes life even crazier than normal.

  1. This week I FINALLY have begin to get a grasp on cleaning our house and getting caught up on the laundry - we had been functioning in as needed basis at best meaning: some days while up feeding the one year old in the middle of the night I would throw in an overfull load of laundry {washing everything on cold so it could all go in together} that would get us through the next few days and ignoring the mountain ranges of dirty clothes that had magically appeared.
  2. I have learned the joy of the bribe with my beloved one year old. I happily throw her in her crib with the ipad playing a Mickey Mouse Club House episode so I can savor my shower and not have a little face screaming and peeking in the shower - sometimes this momma just needs fifteen minutes to shower, get dressed, and breathe a little.
  3. Last night for dinner we had cereal. Marc, Lucy, and I all had different types because we were out of any big bags of cereal and down to the bottom of the bags and it was the good semi stale stuff that had been sitting in the cupboard for only God knows how long. My husband offered to stop at the grocery store on the way home from work today if I assembled a list.
  4. Lucy is working on getting two teeth - they will be the death of me. Seriously- note the picture above - she has the two middle bottom teeth and the one is coming in next to it and then the top middle right one is also working on making it's appearance - this sweet face goes from pure joy to angry at the world in mach speed and these two teeth {or at least that's what I am blaming it on} has taken my horrible sleep to a whole new level of crappy sleeping - which leads me to #5
  5. I keep trying to get back in shape while balancing sleepless nights and the chaos of life. I finally this past week decided to let it go - embrace the late night sanity chocolate chip cookies and know some day my little will be big, sleeping through the night, and I will have the sanity to worry about eating well, working out regularly, and being back in shape. I am doing what I can and taking that for what it is - I refuse to stress out over this any longer. I am rejoicing in the cold weather, embracing my sweatpants and dealing with it.

Any confessions for you this week?
Can you relate to any of this?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lucy's First Year Photobook

This past year I have been rather intentional about keeping up on Lucy's first year photobook, she also got a photobook for her baptism. I knew that there was ZERO chance that I would actually be able to keep up with a "real" scrapbook so I have opted to go with Shutterfly {which I adore}, and if I didn't do it as I went there was NO chance it would happen later. Just about every Sunday night I would update her book making this less of a task and it only took a few minutes each night. I FINALLY just got around to proof reading it and all that good stuff AND shutterfly had a phenomenal sale on books making now the time to order.

I have another book already started for her second year. I can't believe my baby is already one and not a baby any more. Hello Toddler Years! {Lord, have mercy}

In addition to this photo book, I also make one for our family each year. This year I have also begun backing up our videos to youtube and burning them to a dvd. I am afraid that something will happen to our phones and camcorder (yes, we actually still have one and use it) - so I like to back that stuff up.

How do you create scrapbooks?
How do you preserve your memories?
Do you make photo books? What program/website do you like to use?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to my little corner of the world.

My little family from the lake last week
I am coming back to this sweet little corner of the world.
Summer has been NUTS to say the least. It has been a bunch of beautiful chaos however, I want to savor these last few weeks before everything begins again.

Confession: I missed this space - I missed blogging - I missed my place to let my voice be heard. So I am coming back here to this place.

I am sure I have lost all of my followers however, I will be back.

Some exciting things that will make blogging a little bit easier: WE ARE GETTING HIGH SPEED INTERNET - they are laying the fiberoptic cables now and within the next month we should have internet so I don't have to go to a coffee shop to blog any more.

How was your summer?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog for Real Mom Confessions.

I have dreams, lots of dreams, I am a
goal setter through and through. There was a day in which I wanted to do things such as: qualify and run the Boston Marathon (I now am MORE than content running half marathons and finishing solidly midpack), hike the entire Appalachian trail, backpack through South Africa, get a doctorate degree amidst lots and lots of other things. It isn't that I have given up on my dreams, they are just always in transition- always changing and morphing into something else - currently - my dreams include sleeping through the night, getting a shower, and having a clean house.
This week's real mom confessions all fall around superwoman.

Several things happened:

  • I got dessert made for a church potluck WHILE Lucy was awake. Okay seriously this doesn't seem like that big of a thing while I am typing it however, IT SERIOUSLY felt like I had just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. #victory - now that she is moving around it seems like I some how get even less done than ever before because now instead of being able to lay her on the blanket where she would happily remain until I took her off said blanket - she is all over - into everything and anything 
  • At one point last week the ONLY DIRTY CLOTHES in my house were the ones on our bodies - I didn't even know that was humanly possible. Granted Lucy was happily entertained playing in the sorted laundry and we ate cereal for dinner that night - but the laundry was done (note: I am mentioning nothing about getting it put away)
  • 3 times this past week I managed to get up and out of bed thirty minutes prior to Lucy - usually when I attempt this she some how has psychic abilities and magically gets up ten minutes before my alarm goes off no matter what time it is set for - I love those moments when my house is still quiet - I get drink a cup of coffee by myself, read a bit, and even pack lunches without cheerios being flung in my sandwich or salad for the day - three times this past week I was up before her, had coffee, took a shower, read, ate breakfast, and got both my and my husbands lunch made and without a kid on my hip I had ZERO cheerios in our food (usually Lucy successfully launches cheerios into our food as I am attempting to keep her occupied - as I make lunch - bounce her on a hip - stuff her with cheerios to keep her happy -  who knows what else)
  • #workingmom
  • Daycare closed early this week and I had a ton of work to do so I brought Lucy to work with me, which is getting more and more difficult with her moving around now and sleeping less than her newborn days - anyways - I got Lucy to church and put her in the baby carrier (it was nap time for Pete's sake) and I made AT LEAST a dozen laps around the church in attempts to get her to sleep - attempting to avoid the narthex as that makes the perfect place to scream and it echoes, and she eventually fell asleep - for the next two hours she successfully slept on my chest while I got a TON done - which means I didn't stay up late working - sleep is sacred!

I continue to dream and hope - I also continue to learn and grow as to what it means to be raising a small child. I today, laugh at these victories, and rejoice in them at the same time. NEVER in my wildest imagination did I think that these things would be worth celebrating.

What things do you dream about?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 Race Schedule


{Don't get me wrong it was worth it being pregnant but is killed last race season}

April 25, 2015 - Run for the Lakes - Nisswa, Minnesota
July 11, 2015 - Graniteman Triathlon - Clearwater, Minnesota
August 29, 2015 - Women Rock - St. Paul, Minnesota
November 7, 2015 - Wine & Dine - Walt Disney World

{I am registered for these 4 events}

I am debating squeezing in a couple 10ks or 5ks somewhere. I would like to run one more with Marc {we are both running the Wine & Dine}. I also am semi tempted to sign up for the Fargo Mini Marathon, October 17, 2015. I am RIDICULOUSLY excited for this race season and can't hardly fathom that it is almost upon me. I am hoping to get better about writing race reports. At this rate I am currently on pace to earn 40 medals before I turn 40 {which I would love to do}.

Are you racing anything this year?
What races are you running?
What are your favorite races?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog and her Mom Confessionals.

I have zero problems getting our laundry washed. In fact I actually like doing laundry and I love having clean laundry. But for one reason or another there is some type of great chasm between getting the laundry out of the basket and put away in it's proper drawer, this week, our clean laundry remained in our laundry basket in our closet while the dirty stuff piled up around it. So we pulled our clothes out of the basket in hopes it wasn't too wrinkly to wear and dumped our clothes at the end of each day in the middle of the floor - the baskets were occupied with the clean stuff.

Our kitchen space has looked like a disaster zone all week. The kitchen table is littered with the vcr and old vhs tapes (I am in the process of transferring all of my mom's old vhs tapes to dvds and digital files), our kitchen island is the catch all for everything, and the kitchen counters I am not even going to discuss. Traditionally, Saturday we opt to go through and clean these off and get them all cleared and ready to go - however this last Saturday we opted to clean out our space under the stairs (we did manage to get rid of 2/3 of our stuff under there) but the kitchen is a disaster as a result. There are only so many hours in the day and so many days. Someday our island, kitchen table, and kitchen counters will be cleaned off again and we won't have to press stuff to the side in order to eat dinner again. Under the steps looks AMAZING and it is totally freeing to have gotten rid of that stuff.

This week  I am embracing the victory of a clean storage room. Forget the rest of the house - some weeks only have time for one success but at least there is one. The baby is still getting up several times a night - some day we will sleep again, someday maybe I will have the energy to do more than just the space under the steps. Until then - I shall continue to take copious amounts of pictures and videos and eat oreos after Lucy goes to bed,  in hopes that I remember these days.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Things on my hook

This month with the weather FINALLY improving, I have spent a TON less time sitting inside crocheting and things however, I have actually still been working on things. Mom's blanket is coming along slowly but surely, I refuse to let this one fall to the wayside again. I want to be able to cross it off my to-do list and consider it done.

I also have been working a bit on a doll for Lucy's first birthday {July 2} however, I know that summer will be nuts and I won't have a ton of time to crochet once summer starts, so I wanted to get a good head start on it. It is turning out to be a bit bigger than I anticipated because I am using a cotton yarn and the pattern was written for a very thin yarn. I actually think it will be a fun size when it is finished.

I made another sunhat for a dear friend of mine's daughter. Since finding the pattern I have been aching to make a billion of these hats, not only are they easy but they are so fun to make. I love working with cotton yarn. I LOVE this pattern. It is the Easy Sunhat for Him or Her by Mamachee - I love how easy this hat is to make, how cute it turns out and how incredibly versatile it is. The hat really does look cute for a tiny baby (Lucy has one), a toddler, and even all the way up to an adult hat. This hat in my opinion, depending on what colors you choose, works for both males and females, there aren't a ton of hats that I think work so well for both genders and all ages.

off to a set of sisters

I think so far this month I have made 13 of these sunhats all with different color combinations and sizes. I am ready for another project. Time to test my skills with something completely different. I do have my eyes on a dress or a sweater for Lucy that I found ravelry. I love ravelry, I love free patterns. I love that my yarn stash is 100% under control (for now at least). I do also have another giraffe being worked up, both legs are done and now I am onto the body and arms. The giraffe pattern is so simple, I never thought I would enjoy doing this type of work but for one reason or anther once I started to figure out how to do it - I fell in love. 

We leave for vacation this coming week and it is the great debate as to which yarn projects I pack. I thought about not packing any but I know for sure I will regret that decision. I think it will be mom's blanket squares that comes along because that doesn't require multiple yarns or patterns.

Are you making anything fun currently?