Feb 20, 2019

Date Night In

Since having kids Rob and I haven't gone on a ton of dates. And when we do go on dates it's usually to the movies and dinner. We like what we like and are always good with what we do. What we don't do a lot is at home dates. It seems like a weird concept truthfully. We spend every night together so what's so special about having a "date" at home? I guess the nights when we decide on a movie together and to play a game could be considered a date night but I don't know if I think of it that way.

Anyway, this year for Valentine's Day I really considered what we were going to do. We usually don't go out around Valentine's Day because we don't really care for the crowds of people. In fact normally on Valentine's Day we order pizza and watch a movie. We are quite the romantics.

Leading up to Valentine's Day I told Rob that I had something planned. I told him that I ordered a Date Night In Box. We really had no idea what to expect but since it came with a recipes and a playlist and everything we needed in a box for a date in, we were willing to give it a go. Before Valentine's Day I got everything I needed to make our meal - getting enough to add two little people in with the meal portion of our date. But truthfully I wasn't sure how it would go over for anyone.

So we started our night with Spaghetti Squash Cacio E Pepe with frozen chocolate covered bananas and French Green Beans. There is also a section about a good wine pairing and even a non-alcoholic choice. We are not wine drinkers so we opted for the Blackberry and Mint Infused Water.


It may not photograph well or at least my food photography skills are seriously lacking. But it's still not as pretty as the original recipe but it was delicious and actually everyone but Connor ate all of it and were good with having this meal again just for a dinner. However the Blackberry and Mint Infused Water was seriously lacking and mostly just tasted like mint water which was a bit strong for me. So that was meh, but the food was delicious.


The box was called Key to My Heart and neither of us peeked in the box before the night came. We put the big kids to bed and took turns calming Emma while we looked through our box.


Inside the box was two snacks, our actual date and also a game. We read through the information and learned that with this box we were going to pretend like we were lovers that were separated thanks to WWI but the war was over and now we were trying to find each other but through a mutual friend we passed notes about where we were going to meet. But we had to figure out the clues to figure it out, using each of our strengths to do so. But first we were to write letters to each (while eating our crepes - which were chocolate and strawberry, by the description it sounded like they were supposed to be chocolate and strawberry in each but it turned out that one was chocolate and one was strawberry - the strawberry was better).

We took our Love Language quiz also included then wrote our letters sealing them until we "found" each other at our secret location. Then we started going through the clues. They were pretty easy until we got to clue #4 then got seriously stuck. But since this was our date we decided to move on anyway and as soon as we opened the fifth one, we knew immediately what it was. Then after we solved all the clues, we exchanged letters.

After that we moved on the game. And the game was fun. Basically we had a stack of cards and we would look at our word then could only use one word to describe it so the other person could guess what it was. It took as awhile to get through but we had a lot of fun and laughed a lot.

By the time we finished the box, we both decided it was worth doing again and wanted to get next month's box. With three kids at home, it was worth setting time for a night together each month even if it was just a home and this was so much better than a movie and a board game.

I was honestly not sure what Rob would think about it because it was different and romantic but he loved it as much as I did. I highly recommend it (I know there are a lot of these boxes out there, but we got the Date Night In Box). It was probably our best Valentine's Day we've had together truthfully.


Feb 18, 2019

A Day in the Life: 6.4 Year, 35 Month & 2 Month Edition

5:31 -- Emma is awake and ready to eat. It has been 11 hours so I can't really complain. Rob makes her a bottle while I change her diaper then he feeds her. I doze since I have to be up in an hour to start the wake up routine (Rob usually snoozes a little longer in the morning before he gets up).

6:31 -- My alarm goes off and I get myself up. I really rather sleep but that isn't an option. If I want a shower then I have to get up now.

6:52 -- I'm out of the shower and not at all ready to take on the day. But I'm dressed and that's something. I now have a few minutes to chill before I have to wake up the kids. I need a second to sit anyway because I am hurting bad - I scraped the icy driveway yesterday and I am definitely feeling it.

7:00 -- Time to get Addison up. Rob is taking her this morning so I wasn't going to wake Connor but when I walk by his room and peek in, he is already awake anyway. I get Addison some clothes and get her moving then go back to get Connor dressed. I let Emma sleep especially since she had shots yesterday so she's a little under the weather.

7:10 -- Connor and I head downstairs to start breakfast. Addison is already downstairs sitting at the dining room table practicing math (she's her father's daughter). I put together frozen French toast sticks for Addison and a frozen pancake and banana for Connor, along with go-gurts for both. There was some sitting drama but they get to eating.


7:17 -- I go ahead and get things set up to start cutting the orders I got the last couple of days. Once I get that start, I go back to make Addison's lunch.

7:27 -- I sit at my desk to eat my cereal and continue to take care of some work. Addison is done eating, teeth brushed and shoes on ready for school. Connor is cranky but they are taking a few minutes to play with daddy this morning. I am scrambling to get all my cutting down before Emma gets up.


7:53 -- Rob and Addison are off to walk to school or rather off to slip and slide to school. It's slick out this morning (Rob said once he got back that Addison wanted to walk in the grass but even that was slick. He usually takes her on mornings it's slick so I don't have to try to get all three kids there in one piece without anyone falling.)


8:15 -- Rob is off to work. I'm finishing up work and Connor is watching Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers (Like I said he's a bit cranky and acts like he's not feeling good - Rob thinks it's because the house is so dry and none of us are sleeping well.)

8:41 -- I hear Emma so I get up to make a bottle but by the time I get upstairs she's sleeping again. I put the bottle in the fridge and open the blinds - the sun is actually out today, at least for the moment, and I could use some natural light in the house and some sunshine! I go back to work, designing new kits in the meantime.


9:05 -- I hear Emma again so I go back up and she's in fact ready to get up this time. She is certainly unhappy but it's probably just because she's hungry. I get her a diaper changed and dressed then we head downstairs to for a bottle (4 oz).


9:36 -- She's done eating and much happier. I talk to her for a couple minutes then we head upstairs to get her blanket and put the clothes in the dryer.


9:44 -- I put her in a bouncer chair with me and I sit to start getting books listed online to sell. I'm working through a books declutter now. I have sorted through the books we had in boxes downstairs and now it's time for the next step (I'll talk more about this in a future blog). She smiles and coos away while I work.


10:00 -- She is done sitting there and ready for a nap. She's acting uncomfortable and not wanting to settle. She had shots yesterday and I knew that meant today might be rough.

10:12 -- A lot of pacing later and she drifting off.


10:22 -- Some extra holding to make sure she's really asleep then I put her down in the boppy. She's not really sleeping in the port-a-crib during the day. At least I can put her down.


10:37 -- Connor decides he's hungry. It's a little earlier than normal but I'm hungry too so I'm going with it today. He has a hot dog, cheese puffs, cheese, and a few chocolate covered raisins.


Emma also wakes up and is just laying in her boppy. I'm hoping she'll go back to sleep because she need  to sleep.

10:57 -- My lunch is ready but I'm once again trying to get Emma back down to sleep. Connor however is happily eating away.


11:05 -- Finally eating, although I am still holding Emma but she has calmed down enough for me to get some food.

11:21 -- Connor has a massive meltdown. Not to go into details I put  a screaming Emma down so I can carry an also screaming Connor up to his room.

11:33 -- Everything is mostly calm so I'm pacing with a quiet but still not sleeping Emma. Connor is in his room hopefully napping. I turn on Bones (I've been rewatching) and eat chocolate.

11:41 -- Trying again to put her down.


11:45 -- And she's awake again...

11:49 -- I'm giving her another bottle and will try again.

12:18 -- She's done eating (3 oz) and I'm hoping she'll take a decent nap but so far her eyes are pretty wide open. I'm back to my dreaded pacing in hopes that she will fall asleep. This girl is like a shark except she can't move on her own so she wants me to constantly be moving. It's pretty exhausting actually.

12:31 -- Finally she's asleep. She woke a few times but then finally settled. I don't think I'm putting her down again. It hasn't fared well for me today. I'm working with one hand today I guess.


2:51 -- She's up and ready to eat again. At least she napped.

2:54 -- Connor is also up and in a much better mood.


3:09 -- Emma is done eating her 4 ounce bottle and it's time to start getting ready to go pick up Addie from school.

3:21 -- And we're off.


3:52 -- Home again and snack time for everyone. Emma continued to sleep in the carrier for a bit before my back protested too much so I took her off (which meant I was running the risk of waking her up but I was just going to have to risk it). The big kids did some creating which meant Addie gluing something from school and Connor poking holes in a piece of paper with a pen.


4:22 -- I go upstairs to rock Emma who isn't settling well. The kids are in the hallway together with their pillows. I can hear Addison reading to Connor.


5:45 -- Rob is home so I start dinner (much later than any of our hungry stomachs wanted).

6:09 -- We sit down to eat some frozen ravioli and breadsticks. We have definitely been going easy with our meals lately because juggling everything isn't always going so well for me.

6:31 -- The kids and Rob facetime with Rob's parents while I do a little work that didn't happen earlier in the day.

6:50 -- They are done and almost immediately we end up facetiming with my sister and her kids. It was an unexpected treat for the kids who were happy to see their cousins.

7:02 -- Shower time for Addison.

7:22 -- I brush Connor's teeth while Addison continues getting ready for bed on her own. Rob is taking care of Emma.


7:28 -- Despite his long nap today, Connor is tired and is in bed after I read to him.

7:32 -- Addison is reading to Rob.


7:43 -- Addison is off to bed.

8:10 -- Emma is awake again and ready to eat.

8:26 -- She is done eating (4 ounces) and it's time to get her down.

9:01 -- She is down for the night too.

That leaves us free for the rest of the night which normally means computer games for Rob and planning and iPad playing for me. Life with three kids...



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Feb 15, 2019

The Two Month Comparison // Happy Friday

I can't even begin to tell you how happy these make me. I love looking at these each month. I always seem to forget what the two big ones looked like at the same age so looking at their pictures again always makes me smile but also looking at them and see how much they all look alike (or don't) is kind of cool.


Emma is somewhere between Addison and Connor size-wise but she is just as long. She is definitely the happiest in the bunch here though with that huge smile. She definitely looks a lot like Addison and not so much like Connor here. But regardless they are all pretty dang cute.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Feb 11, 2019

Emma Lynn: Two Months



Dear Emma:

I can't believe you are two months! But then again I will probably say that every month. Time is just flying by so fast and you are already getting so big. It seems like the last two months has seriously flown by but then again there are days that it feels like time couldn't move any slower. But I'm trying to savor it as much as I can because you are my last which is definitely bittersweet in so many ways. But we are so glad it was you that we are ending on because even at only two months you are pretty awesome.

This month has been a lot of just keeping warm. Since we usually walk to get Addie from school, you snuggle in in the carrier and stay nice a warm. You don't have a coat but you are the warmest of all of us. Lately you have had mixed feelings about the carrier but that doesn't mean the motion doesn't put you right to sleep. But then again you do love being held. If you had it your way I would hold you all the time. In fact there are days that I swear I barely put you down. Often your eyes will pop right open as soon as I try to put you down in the boppy next to me on the couch. But we are working on you napping without being held because really you will be more comfortable in the long run not getting so sweaty and I can have use of my arms. But Emma snuggles are always nice.

This month was huge because you gave us your first smile. Technically I think you actually gave Connor your very first smile but it was a smile all the same. And now you smile all the time at us which we love. It really is the best when you give us that huge bright-eyed smile.

For the most part you are the most chill. The noises of your siblings racing around the house don't really bother you. You don't like to be hungry - but who does? And lately you have been letting yourself get overly tired because you want to check everything out around you and that makes you start screaming. You also really hate baths. It's just not your favorite at all.

When you do sleep, you actually do a pretty good job. Sometimes you have trouble settling but once you do during the day you will sleep about three-five hours. At night you usually go anywhere from 6-8 hours between feedings. Although just the other night you went 11 hours which gave us a really good night's sleep. We definitely aren't complaining about that.

You eat four ounce bottles of formula during the day every 3-5 hours and at night you go much longer. Every once in awhile you want a little more but not very often. I'm sure you are going to up how much you want to eat soon because you are growing so fast. You are most definitely out of newborn clothes. You aren't chubby but you are very long for sure.

You are such a fantastic little girl. You smile and talk to us. You make us all smile. Your brother and sister can't get enough of you and want to be near you all the time. You are such an amazing little girl and we love you so much.

Love, Mama

Feb 8, 2019

Doodling in January // Happy Friday

Two years ago in the summer I decided to take on a doodle challenge with mixed results. I'm not one that normally draws. I just haven never been very good at it, but I wanted to try something new in my bullet journal so I took it on. (Check out those posts here and here.) But as the year went on I decided that it wasn't going to continue. I lost my desire to struggle through each day and I just didn't try anymore.

It wasn't until April of last year that I decided to try again but I didn't even finish out the month. You can see my April bullet journal which includes my failed doodle challenge here.

But this year came around and I decided I wanted to give this whole doodling thing another go. So I started in January and it was again a mixed bag. There were days that I loved but then there were days that just make us laugh so hard.

It wasn't the easiest month to start doodling again because the theme was wintery animal (with the occasional non-wintery animal and of course there was one day that the thing to draw was wood). But I did my best and there were several that I was even quite proud of.


As you can probably tell there are are some that are definitely better than others. It's okay to laugh, we did many many times.

First let's start with my favorites.


I felt like I started out solid with my puffin on the first day. My moose and walrus were both pretty basic but I liked how they turned out. My St. Bernard is pretty cute. Rob regularly commented on how worried my puffin looked and how sad my St. Bernard was, but that's okay. I'm not great with eyes (as you can tell by the crazy blacked out eyes of the moose).


These were the worst of the pictures. The harp seal was the second day and I'll be honest I really wanted to give up after I drew him. It was awful but I kept going the next day so at least I had that going for me. The next one is an Alaskan Husky and he looks crazy. He's the kind of rabid dog that you just wouldn't want to run into it. The next is a Canadian Lynx. I just want to apologize to all Canadian Lynx now for drawing such demonic animal. I'm sure that's not at all what you guys look like. The last one is a Snow Leopard which every single time I look at it I have to look at my list because I have no idea what it is.


This last collection are pretty terrible and have made us laugh several times. The first one is supposed to be an Arctic Fox but Rob is quite convinced it's a corgi. Then you have a squid which looks a lot like a glove. And the last is a muskox which looks like a lot of giving up - but it all fairness it was the last time and I was just done with these silly animals.

But I made it. They weren't all great but I did it and I'm proud for finishing. And believing it or not I am doing the doodle challenge again in February. I will say that this month is definitely going better. I'm pretty pleased with how it's going so far actually, but it's still early in the month.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Feb 4, 2019

Three Ladies & Their Gents: Winter 2019 Edition

Rob


Mostly the man's been working. Then he comes home and helps with the kids. Pretty much he's busy and has his hands full. Is it lame that that's about all that's going on with him? He definitely the simplest member of the family as far as his routine and his daily life, but all that he does is pretty dang important.

Becca


I'm almost 2 month postpartum so how do you think I'm doing? Hormones are a killer. Actually I think I'm the most level-headed this time around than I have been. Maybe having the shop has helped give me a bit more balance. It allows me to be a stay at home mom but also have things outside of that while also being able to contribute to the income. It has really helped I'm sure. That definitely doesn't mean I have it all together because I'm still quite the hot mess. But I'm keeping busy and just doing my best knowing that this phase of my life won't last forever. But I'm keeping busy as a mom and as a shop owner, and working on finding balance and getting control over my messy house by cleaning and decluttering and everything in between.

Addison


This girl is a rockstar. She is loving school and she's doing great. She has friends. She is reading chapter books. She is just doing an awesome job. She's also a great big sister. Of course her and Connor go at each other but that's just what siblings do. But she does love him and she adores her baby sister. She tells us often that she wanted a sister and then we got one. It always makes me chuckle. The other day she told me that she wants to be author and illustrator when she grows up. And truthfully that girl can be anything she wants to be; she has a brilliant mind. It's pretty awesome to see all that she knows and how fast she picks up things. She is reading like crazy. She's writing and spelling. She's doing basic math which includes some subtraction. She's just rocking this school thing and keeping her teacher on her toes making sure she is being challenged and having enough to do.

Connor


This boy is something else. And he's about to be three! It's hard to believe he is almost old enough to actually be in preschool! He's supposed to still be my little baby boy. He's not supposed to be old enough to go to school. Although I'm thinking if there was any of my kids that I would need to homeschool, it would be this one. I keep joking with Rob that we need to cut the cord. He is obsessed with mama and there are days that I literally can't get farther than two feet away from him before he freaks out that I'm going to leave him. And yes, he does regularly say "mama, don't leave me." But he's doing good otherwise. He's bright and talking like crazy. We are working on potty training slowly now. He's just an active little spunky boy.

Emma


This girl is about to be 2 months! She's doing good. She's had some major congestion lately with a bit of a cough because of the drainage. She hasn't had a fever which is good but the poor girl doesn't feel great. But she is smiling now. She is still eating great. She's sleeping pretty good - better when she doesn't have congestion. We are still trying to find the balance around here and she's not always great about letting me put her down for naps during the day but we are getting there slowly.

Stella


Stella's been mostly just creeping around the house, taking naps, and looking for someone to pet her. What else does a cat spend her days doing? Actually she is doing good. For the last few months of my pregnancy we had to keep a calming collar on her because she had some major eye drainage (or eye goop as we call it which gets worse when she's stressed) and she was licking a lot. We kept a collar on her and it definitely helped. After Emma was born when Stella's last collar's month was up, we decided to give it a try without the collar and she's been doing great. We are happy that things have settled down for her and we don't have to keep her in the collar, and I'm sure she's glad too.

Feb 1, 2019

The Thirty-Five Month Comparison // Happy Friday

I still can't believe Connor is about to turn three! That just doesn't seem possible. But here we are anyway.


I guess a lot more differences between the two of them this month than similarities. They both have adorable smiles however. I don't even know what to say. They don't really look alike to me and their personalities are pretty dang different at the same age. Addison was cautious and just starting to really talk. She was just now out of her ankle braces so her gross motor was not as far along as Connor is now. Connor is pretty fearless. He talks nonstop - sometimes about the craziest things - but he's clear and can get his point across very well. He is jumping and climbing and doing way more than I think I really want him to; he just makes me nervous sometimes. But no matter how different they look or how different they are, I love them just the same. It's just hard to believe she's now six and he's about to turn three. It just doesn't seem possible.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

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