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Lets Try This Again!

1 Jul

Wow, I am SO sorry I disappeared again for another 3 months!  I promise it won’t happen again!

 

Life flipped upside down and inside out over the past year and I just didn’t have time for blogging, or cleaning . . . cooking . . . sleeping.  Ahem, anyway, I’m back.  Again.

Having started a new chapter in life and making several very large and somewhat scary changes, I’ve decided to take this blog in a slightly different direction as well.  I will still share craft how-tos, recipes and fun activities for kids, but there will be more to it than that.  More glimpses into my life and my family and more story telling.  It will be fun!

Due to health issues I’ve become a stay home mom, which is something I never expected for myself.  I loved working (even though I spent more time at the office than I did at home) I’d work all day, pick up the kids from school and daycare, cook supper and then I’d be spent.  Most nights I was in bed before the boys!  I didn’t feel like I was living my life, but rather floating through the motions of life.  I felt like someone was pulling me around, forcing me to move.  If I didn’t have that pull, I wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed and do the things I needed to do!

Every weekend I would do my best to enjoy the boys (Big A just turned 9!  Little C isn’t so little anymore at 4 1/2)  If I was having a “good day” I would try to fit in as much as possible.  “Hey kids, lets go to the zoo, have a picnic at the park, go fishing and then come home and play 16 board games!” I felt like I needed to make up for all the nights I was in bed by 7:30.   If I was having a “bad day” (which are more frequent than the latter) I would let the kids watch too much tv, we’d lay around in our pajamas all day.  I felt like I needed those 2 days to recover from the week so that I could get up on Monday and do it all over again.  That is no way to live.

After a LOT of thinking, worrying and number crunching, the Hubby and I decided it would be best if I quit my job and focused on taking care of myself.  The hope was that if I wasn’t working 40-50 hours a week and exhausting myself daily that I’d have fewer “bad days”.  I haven’t had much time to test that theory because a little over a week ago I had a procedure (RFA or Radio Frequency Ablation)  to burn off the nerves in 6 places in my spine to try and reduce the amount of pain I can feel.  That procedure is miserable!    I had the RFA about 3 years ago in 2 places in my spine and it took weeks to feel normal, only to discover later on that the doctor I was seeing at the time had not done the procedure in the right places but that is a whole different story!

The good thing is that I am home with my boys, good day or bad day, I can enjoy them and watch them play and grow.  I feel like I’ve missed out a lot due to my health and my pain, having to miss excursions and day trips or cancel plans because it’s too hot outside.  (Heat and humidity make me physically ill due to my Fibromyalgia)

Now I can focus on being a wife and a mother and on understanding my pain and disabilities with the hopes of my life better.

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Welcome Back!

23 Nov

Oh how I have missed you!  Life went bonkers for a while and I had to put my little blog on the farthest back burner I have!  Let’s see, I lost my job almost a year ago, spent 6 months as a stay home mom during which time I discovered being a stay home mom is NOT for me!  I landed a new amazing job that I LOVE, however I am working full time for the first time since I was pregnant with Little C, and he’s 4 now so that was a big change for our family!  Trying to juggle working 40-50 hours a week, 2 kids in school, homework, chores . . . I ran out of time for myself let alone my little slice of heaven here in blogger land!  

Life has settled some and I have months and months of goodies to share! 

Here is what has gone on since we last chatted:

ImageLittle C started “school”.  Ok, he started going to daycare 3-4 days a week, but we call it school and he brings a back pack so he can feel like a big boy.

ImageBig A started 3rd grade (sniffle sniffle whimper) and he is doing AMAZING!  I swear that kid is going to be an engineer or something.  ImageLook at his Minecraft game he is making!  He is not allowed to play the actual game (they play it once in a while during free time at school but we won’t allow it at home)  He and a friend decided since neither of them are allowed to play the game, they would make their own! This is a work in progress, but I am so proud of him for being so imaginative!

ImageOur cats learned how to cook, which is great because I just don’t have time anymore!  See?  Gnocchi is tasting his delicious creation!  They like to help with homework too.  Very smart cats.  ImageImageBig A continues to be enamored with Legos.  Look at this incredible Lego train he built with NO instructions!  See?  Engineer for sure.

ImageMy poor Little C spent some time in the hospital a few weeks ago .  He was horribly sick and the doctors just could not figure out what was wrong with him.    They thought it was meningitis, which meant every doctor and nurse to enter his room had to wear a mask.  That was really frightening for Little C!  The worst part of the entire ordeal was having to watch, helplessly as he whimpered in pan,  As a mommy, that broke my heart.  Thankfully, he made a fll recovery and is back to be being his sassy little self again!

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Well, that sums it up for now I guess!  I promise it won’t be another 6 months before you hear from me again!

Kid’s DIY Valentine Goodies

2 Feb

The big V-Day is fast approaching.  The groundhog saw his shadow and there will be 6 more weeks of Winter.  Unless you live in the Arctic like me, then there will be handprint_heartWinter until about May.  Combine these two things-Valentine’s Day and frigid cold- and you have the recipe for a lot of crafts to keep a certain 3 yr old busy!

The first Valentine craft Little C and I attempted was making cute little heart shapes with his hand prints to give to the grandparents.  The problem was that no matter how many time I showed him how to place his hands, he just couldn’t get them to look like a heart.

In the end, we had a bunch of adorable little hand prints and Momma thought on her toes and came up with a few ways to incorporate them into some really sweet Valentines.  I hope they turn out just as cute for you and your little ones!  And stay close by, more Valentine’s goodies to come!

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30 Days to Organized- Day 4

5 Jan

Today is my slightly lazy organization day.  Why?  Because I had spinal injections Thursday and then decided it was a GREAT idea to organize my playroom the day following.  Smart, I think not.  So what am I organizing today?  My Pinterest boards!

I love Pinterest.  I love finding cool home decor ideas, fun craft projects, funny Ecards and adorable pictures of puppies and kittens sleeping in odd positions.  It’s slightly addictive and I find myself having a hard time finding the things I’ve pinned later on . . . where is that great chicken soup recipe I pinned 3 months ago?

What are your boards?

When I first started out on Pinterest I had maybe 6 boards.  Now I have 27.  Too many?  Probably, but I needed more categories so it didn’t take an hour to find something I wanted to try.  I currently have My Style-for cute clothes and hair styles and make up tricks, For the Home-everything inspiring for home decor, DIY-every project I like that I will actually try, Food to Try-duh, recipes I want to try, Big A Goodies-things like Lego instructions or cool stuff people have made that he and I enjoy exploring together, Little C Goodies-same premise- things I know Little C enjoys or something I think he might like for a gift, Parenting Stuff-a VERY broad spectrum of cute parenting quotes to live by all the way to fun games and crafts to do with kids.  That board NEEDS some reorganization!  Holiday Awesomeness- holiday themed crafts, decoration ideas, holiday cooking.  Wrong Way Dummy Dolls- anything cool I find that has my beloved nesting dolls (crafts, fabric, cool sets of the dolls etc) Puppy Stuff-filled with fun toys and DIY projects for my furry friend.  Birthday Goodies-this is where I keep all the great birthday party ideas I find.  My Honey Do List-anything I want my husband to build.  Most of which he most likely never will, but a girl can dream.  My Thin Pins-anything exercise related for workouts to try etc.  Life’s Little Tricks-all those great DIY soaps, laundry detergents, cleaning tricks etc to make life a little easier.  Bwaahaahaas- Funny pictures and ECards, which I honestly don’t ever look at after I pin them so I could probably get rid of that entire board all together, but I don’t.  Science Day- Fun experiments to do with the boys.  Geekery-all those great Star Wars themed pins, book worm pins etc.  Again, another board I never look at after I pin to it.  Girly Goodies- cute pink and fluffy things I want to do with or for my nieces.  Gifts to Make- DIY projects that I already know will make a wonderful gift for someone in my life.  I’m pretty sure the Girly Goody Board can pop right into this one.  Animals- apparently all animal related pins that aren’t dogs.  Hmmm . . . delete?  Elfie- all the Elf on the Shelf ideas I find, easily held in one great spot instead of floating around in the holiday board where they were too hard to find.

Even as I was making this list, I was able to delete 3 boards that I realized I no longer needed.  It may not be decluttering my house . . . but decluttering my pinboards helps Pinterest be more manageable and therefore more likely to actually be used.

So, how do you declutter your pinboards?

First rule to use when you are pinning: Is this useful?  If it’s a recipe, craft, tip for making something easier or a product you like then the answer is yes.  I used to have a board called “If I Had a Million Dollars”.  I realized that all it was was a giant list of things I was never going to have, therefore making me less grateful for the things I DO have.

Second rule, when it comes to recipes and crafts or home projects: Is it something I’m ACTUALLY going to try?  I found that I was pinning so many crazy and fancy dessert recipes, then one day realized that I NEVER make desserts!  And I can’t eat gluten, so why am I pinning all these?  All they are doing is making it harder for me to find the recipes I actually want to make!  (pinning on an empty stomach will do that to you!)  Same goes for crafts and other DIY projects- if it’s something you don’t think you will try, something that will cost you a small fortune or something that is totally out of your level of capability, why pin it?  I found myself pinning some amazing sewing projects to make clothes.  I don’t sew.  No seriously, not a sewer.  So why am I pinning these sewing projects?  Or those crocheted Yo Gabba Gabba characters since I have never in my life picked up a set of crochet needles?  Hmmmmm.  Delete.

Am I saying you have to totally over think every item you pin?  No, not at all!  But when you start finding that it’s getting harder and harder to find a recipe or craft you want to try, it’s probably time to clear out some pins!

This post actually took me a lot longer than it should have because as I was typing I found myself deleting pins I didn’t need, putting pins in other boards and removing boards all together.  So, mission accomplished, my Pinterest account has been organized!  Your turn!