Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Best of Intentions

In the best of intentions I seriously thought I could figure out how to be back here often and perhaps even multiple times a week. Time to reshift my thoughts and be real. I like writing here, I like my little corner of the world that very few folks know about. I like this place, I am going to my a new goal of trying to get back here at least once a week, that to me seems much more doable than several times a week.

What's going on with us. Welll.... Here's a snippet:

Lucy is two and a half and SUCH A JOY {most of the time}. I am not going to lie she is a straight up two-nager and she is FIERCE at times. In highlights of her life: she has potty trained herself essentially, she wanted to wear Minnie Mouse underwear and so was motivated and made it happen. She continues to LOVE daycare and love her friends that she has there, she is a riot and is always laughing. The picture of her is hilarious because this was on our way home from parent/child swimming lessons the other night and we had to take her out with just her coat and pants because before we went in when we were getting her changed she wanted to use the bathroom and wanted to get up on the toilet by herself and actually fell backwards in the toilet soaking her shirt. It was hilarious and she was laughing and I was laughing and so she thought it was even funnier to be in her carseat without her shirt on. She's funny! Love it!

Blake is going to out weigh his sister before he's six months old! He is RIDICULOUSLY happy baby 90% of the time, although he does get super crabby when he is hungry. Blake still sleeps in our room which is great so that in the middle of the night we don't actually have to get up in order to go get him. He's currently in three month size clothes and some of those are getting a little snug {It depends on if they are hand me downs and have been shrunk up}. I will be interested to know what he weighs next time we go into the doctor. He has the most lovable rolls everywhere and we kiss them all day long. Lucy likes her brother, but gets bored quickly. She'll hold him for a few moments and then is ready to go run and do something. Since Blake is still not mobile he isn't getting into her stuff yet. The day is coming. Blake is still not eating solid foods. On any given night he will wake up two or three times to eat.  It's hard to imagine a time before him.

Other than hanging out with the kiddos: I continue to work full time, work one night a week teaching swimming lessons {I like the free gym membership}, spend time with my husband, crochet, and now am trying to figure out quilting. We also have been trying to get outside and run as we are able. The weather doesn't always agree with us in terms of getting outside. We have managed a couple runs but are praying for the warm weather. Here's hoping it is around the corning. Truth- besides wanting to get outside and run again I am seriously looking forward to not having to bundle the kiddos up to go outside and then unbundle them to get into the car seats and then rebundle them up to go where ever we are going. Plus really it's time for sandal season and croc season so Lucy can put on her own shoes and I don't have to worry about getting them on her or finding socks.

Dear spring- please arrive soon. Love, this momma.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Baby TWO

Ahhhh- It is hard to believe, we had a SON. Blake Thomas. Born on November 19, 2016 (Due date December 10, 2016) via c-section due to my high blood pressure. I am slowly but surely adjusting to life with two tiny humans in my house. It truly is WONDERFUL. It's amazing that life happened before him. I am adjusting to what it means to have two tiny humans (although one of my tiny humans is quickly turning into a little girl, faster than her momma is ready for it) depend upon me. Blake so far seems to be a pretty chill baby unless his diaper is wet or dirty. Lucy is OVER THE TOP in love with her brother 80% of the time and 20% of the time merely pretends he doesn't exist. It will be interesting to see what she does when he starts to crawl and move and get into her stuff. She'll hold him but for only a few seconds to a minute at a time.

I am living in the sleep deprived
state again and no longer sicker than a dog all of the time (I am not one of those women who lives to be pregnant) - I *think* I am going to attempt to re-enter this space again. While I am not sure many read it - it is good for this momma's heart to have a little corner of the interwebs. We'll see how that turns out and if I can actually find myself back here again. I'd love to be more faithful and regular. We'll see. Fingers crossed I'll be here more than once every few months.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Ironman

My husband has been training for this past weekend LITERALLY for over a year, he worked his tail off and last weekend, he did it. He finished his first Ironman. {And for the sake of our family hopefully his only for a while - it was draining on us all.} We had a great time in Madison, we had a marvelous hotel located a block and a half from the finish line and we loved doing a little bit of exploring around the city. We went over on Thursday and my parents came over Friday night and we all left Monday. It was great to have my parents there to help with Lucy.  Some non-race highlights in Madison were: the farmer's market around the capitol on Saturday, the endless hours in the hotel pool, the divine food on State Street, and the time spent together.

He did well and I seriously couldn't be
more proud of him. He trained HARD for a year, with some weeks getting up and around 30 hours of training. He was dedicated and rarely missed a workout, even with his major bike crash a month ago, leaving him with a broken wrist he still kept training. He had to wear a wrist brace as a result, however, it didn't slow him down. Marc claimed after seeing the event and being around it and hearing all of the hype I would want to do it. While I have enjoyed a triathlon in the past, I have ZERO desire to ever do an Ironman at this point in my life. Maybe someday down the road when my days aren't filled with diapers, sleepless nights, mountains of laundry, and pure chaos.

The Ironman consists of: 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 miles on the bike, and a 26.2 mile run - the first cannon goes off at 7:00am and you have to cross the finish line by midnight! While it was fun and impressive to watch some of the pros come in early into the evening what was even more impressive was watching those who came in the last two hours and even the last half hour. There was a ton of raw emotion and endurance there that is over the top inspiring. Marc ran with two other guys from our area - these three men have been training together all year and they have worked hard to say the least! We were all very very proud of them all. On Sunday night when we all finally laid our heads to rest, I was exhausted from moving all over the course just watching them and chasing a toddler, I can't imagine how they all were feeling.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Post #2

I am marking it down as pure victory that I have managed to even make it to a second post in two weeks, after a week gone, this is progress folks, I am taking it slowly but surely. Life this week is going okay, we kissed summer goodbye in our own traditional sense, living in lake country there is a constant flow of traffic of folks coming out of the cities to spend their weekends at the lakes. While yes, this grants us many amenities we wouldn't otherwise be able to have it also makes life for locals a little nuts. So on Labor day for dinner you can find many locals filling our favorite restaurants that are now emptied again. Our favorite is a local pizza/mexican place that sits on one of the lakes. We feasted on what is known as Macho Nachos {YUM} - it truly is magical.

Other than that our week has been fairly
uneventful. Luc has been SUPER into helping and so whatever we are doing in the kitchen or wherever, she is not far behind and wants to pull her kitchen stand up to the counter to help stir or whatever job we will give her. It has taken some getting used to having her "help" and I know some day she really will be a big help when it comes to cooking and other projects, now it requires patience and a positive attitude on my part, yes, I can get it done quicker by myself, no she won't learn how to do it, no she won't have the joy of knowing she helped, and yes, I will miss out having her by my side and seeing the pride as she knows she helped to do something. It is worth it - I keep reminding myself. Parenting is tough work, parenting is good work, parenting is endless work, and above all else parenting is indeed holy work.
Now that the weather has cooled off and the bugs are diminishing we are finding ourselves outside quite often: biking, walking, taking wagon rides, walking through the state park, & enjoying the swing set and fire pit again. We are attempting to soak this all in before we find ourselves buried under feet upon feet of snow {I am in fact looking forward to some elements of winter and am praying for at LEAST one massive snow storm that just shuts everything down for a day or two unexpectedly - living up this far north I feel like we should at least get one good snow storm to shut everything down every year}. I also find myself trying to soak up my last few months with only one kid, remembering that soon I will need to learn that balance of two kids, two mouths to feed, two tiny humans to love, I know there will be great joys but it will also be an adjustment for us all. Bring on Fall, bring on all things pumpkin, bring on the warm sweaters and the jeans & hoodies that have been hiding away in the closet, bring on the cooler weather, and all things fall. I am ready. There is at least a dozen Pumpkin Spice Latte's calling my name!

What are you most looking forward to this fall?

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Nearly 1 Year Lapse

It has been almost year and I find myself missing this mostly quiet corner of the interwebs, and I am toying with the idea of coming back... how often, I don't know, but I think I am going to aim small so that I don't easily become overwhelmed and attempt to post at least once a week. Doable? Maybe.

A brief catch up, Lucy turned two this summer. I am not sure how that happened, but apparently time is flying by. Lucy is still on the small side, fierce, full of life, and has caught the love of Disney {which makes my heart sing}. She loves: Little People, books, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, being outside, playing with her puppy, and being with friends and family. While I enjoyed the baby stage {who doesn't love the smell of a sweet baby and the nearly never ending snuggles} I am truly LOVING this stage of independence, even though there are days when it drives me nearly crazy. I love that Luc is developing a personality and has opinions about certain things. It now takes us 12 times as long to do nearly every thing because Luc wants to try and do it herself.
  In the midst of the past year I also discovered {in a bit of a surprise to us} that Baby #2 will be making an appearance {hopefully} in early December 2016 and not sooner. Let the chaos expand. Shortly after Lucy turned 1 we began the process to foster to adopt with our county and have had the opportunity to have a few kids in our home over the course of the last six months for differing time periods, anything from 24 hours to a week at a time. We aren't sure what exactly will happen there, time will tell.

Other than that I still find myself: crocheting, addicted to shutterfly, taking more photos of my daughter and golden retriever than I can even admit, working full time, and enjoying life. Of course there are still the days filled with: laundry, spilled milk, cleaning the house, and other misc. chores. Here's to more faithful updates on the blog and thanks for bearing with me in my absence {if anyone is still around}.

How are you?
What is up with you?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

World Prematurity Day

Today in honor of world prematurity day I thought I would share our photobook from back when Lucy was in the NICU in her first 21 days of life. I continue to give thanks for the Doctors and Nurses who cared for Lucy during those early days of life. I give thanks for the people who helped her grow and be able to come home with us.
I give thanks for the doctors and nurses who tended to her as she battled RSV and so much more last winter. I give thanks for hand sanitizer that we nearly bath ourselves in cold and flu season in hopes to keep this sweet girl safe.

She has come a LONG ways from her early days and it is almost hard to remember her at 3 pounds. Thank God for medical technology and personal.

Friday, October 30, 2015

1 Week until Walt Disney World

Ahhhhh t-minus one week and I will be on a plane on my way to Walt Disney World with my parents, my husband, and our daughter. I AM SUPER EXCITED.

It is going to be TOUGH to work next week - must. focus.

In exciting news I think all of our plans are falling into place.
Photopass is reserved.
We are staying at Saratoga Springs in one of the tree houses.

Here is a glimpse into our days to come:

  • 11.6:
    • Dining Plans: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    • Fast Passes: The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Epcot Character Spot, Soarin
    • Other fun: Marc gets to attend the St. Jude reception for all those running for St. Jude
  • 11.7:
    • Dining Plans: late brunch at Chef Mickey's
    • Fast Passes: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Other fun: runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon {I AM RIDICULOUSLY excited about this}
  • 11.8:
    • Dining Plans: Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano 
    • Fast Passes:Disney Junior Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • 11.9:
    • Dining Plans: Be Our Guest Restaurant {Lunch}, 'Ohana
    • Fast Passes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain
    • Other fun: Marc and my dad are golfing
  • 11.10:
    • Dining Plans: Teppan Edo
    • Fast Passes: Epcot Character Spot, Soarin, Spaceship Earth
    • Other fun: Lucy is getting her first haircut at the Barber shop on Main Street USA
        • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!
  • 11.11:
    • Dining Plans: The Turf Club Bar and Grill
    • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • 11.12:
    • Dining Plans: The Garden Grill
    • Fast Passes: Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • 11.13:
    • Dining Plans: Coral Reef Restaurant
    • Fast Passes: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, and Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • 11.14:
    • Early evening flight home

Sunday I am starting to pack since we are leaving immediately after work on Thursday.