How I’m keeping the kids busy this summer.

I’m going to start off by saying I am NOT one of those total hands on mom’s. I don’t plans craft days and picnics at the park days, or have the week planned out with all kinds of fun activities. It sounds so nice to be one of those mom’s. I always have good intentions but then the days come and go and I’m just trying not to scream at my girls after they consistently fight with each other or having my patiences tested while they ask me to do things and get things for them all day long! Good grief! Baby Max is pretty easy going for now mostly sleeping through the day and not wanting much from me except food and the occasional diaper change.

I mostly just tell my kids to find something to entertain themselves. With that I’ve found some things that have kept them entertained so far this summer without having too many hours of the dreaded “screen time” (that last part was totally sarcastic).

An inflatable pool in the backyard. Yes! It’ll be one of the best forty bucks you spend this summer. The girls love spending hours beating the heat in ours, lil’ Max even enjoys it for 15 minutes or so when he’s not sleeping or eating. It also allows us to avoids the public neighborhood pool most days. Which I love because it’s such a task to get all the kids to the pool and finding a shady spot for the baby and keeping him happy for more then 45 minutes.

Next workbooks. I purchased a getting ready for kindergarten book for Emily and a 2nd grade one for Adalynn. It’s been a great way to keep them on track for the up coming school year and keeps them happy and quiet while they work on them. It requires a bit more effort on my part with Emily because she needs to know the directions on different pages but Adalynn is able to do it all on her own.

Dig it up, these are rocks that have gems or fossils in them and the kids have to chisel and dig to get to the prize. It’s the greatest, it kept my girls outside chiseling away for hours!!! It’s a great outdoor activity as it’s a bit messy.

Chores!! You heard me! I made a chore chart inspired by Pinterest and got my kids to start helping me around the house!! I mainly wanted Adalynn my oldest to really start earning her keep as she is now seven, but I couldn’t leave out little sis because she would want to have chores too and why shouldn’t she?! It’s been great! I had to lower my standards on what I think is clean because, well, a four and seven year old are doing the cleaning. BUT not having to empty the dishwasher has been A-mazing! Also it’s been nice for me to not be the one cleaning up their toothpaste all over the sink and bathroom counter.

I feel like it’s hard sometimes as a parent to grow with your kids. You are so use to them being dependent on you that as they get older you just continue to do things for them, when really they can totally do things themselves. Giving them chores had taught me that, if anything I wish I would have started it sooner with Adalynn.

Trips to the library! That I do make sure I do with my kiddos. The best part is every time we get home the girls spend hours reading and flipping through books. It’s another way for them to keep up and be ready for the next school year.

Well that’s it! It’s been about a month since schools been out. We are headed to see family in Texas and that will hopefully break up the summer break a bit and before I know it the girls will be in school again and it’ll just be Max and me during the day.

 

Summer Packing-Family trip

I’m leaving on a jet plane with the hubby and three kids to visit the in laws later this week. I’m making it a little easier on myself and got the girls their own suitcases to motivate them to roll around their own luggage. I still have to manage to fit my stuff, the hubby’s stuff and baby Max’s stuff all into one suitcase that we will be checking. Max is a great baby but that’s because he is very routine and has his “things” like we put him in his Dockatot in the crib while in his sleep sack and play his mobile every time he naps and goes to bed at night. He also likes his play mat and can lay there for hours content, SO I need to be able to pack those things (probably not the Dockatot). So I’m going to need to pack light for myself.

I recently read a blog post from one of my favorite blogger Cori Lynn of Dress Cori Lynn. Her post is all about what she calls capsule packing. Starting with a basic color scheme and a few pieces that you can put together several outfits from. I thought I’d give that ago and wanted to share with you the pieces I’m going to take with me and the different outfits I made out of them.

 

 

Surprise, surprise I decided to go with neutrals, white, blue and gray for my color scheme. I added a pop of color with one of my shoe picks, red tennis shoes. Since I will be on our trip during the fourth of July I thought the pop of red would be perfect! I can easily be patriotic with red, white and blue. I ended up with 4 tops, 3 bottoms, a dress and 4 pairs of shoes. I normally wouldn’t pack a dress BUT the hubs and I are planning a night away from the kids (in over a year, a hospital visit to pop out a baby doesn’t count) and I wanted to be able to get a little more dressed up than usual. The dress I picked, however, can be dressed up or down so it’s PERFECT for capsule packing. I’ll be in Texas in July so I didn’t bother with a cardigan or jacket so to add layers to a look I added a jean vest. The gingham button up can also be layered for different looks.  I prefer to wear pants but there will be days spent mostly outdoors and again its summer so I do have a pair of jean shorts for a bottom. White jeans and a great pair of distressed jeans were my other bottom choices. Besides the gingham button up I’m bringing a couple striped tops, (of course) a tank top with the cutest bow detail on the back and peplum top.  I added a gray bell sleeved tee as well. For shoes like I mentioned the red tennis shoes were chosen because of the holiday. I wanted more comfy sneaker too so my All-Stars were a must. What kinda summer trip doesn’t need a cute pair of flip flops and these sandals are a great neutral.

I also added a baseball cap, sunnies and a smaller cross body handbag to add a little something to the different outfits I put together. The accessories will make the different pieces stretch out to even more looks! After I rounded up all the pieces I was able to come up with more than 12 different looks. I’m only gone for seven days total so for the sake of this post I’m showing nine different looks because I may want to do an outfit change during the day. 😉

This doesn’t include the undergarments I will be adding or the pajamas, but really you put in one good neutral bra several underpants and a comfy shirt and sweats for pajamas.  Although I did buy a cute pair of jammies for the trip. When do you have an excuse to spend money on pajamas? So I made an excuse. 😉

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

I gotta good one….

After a twelve hour plus day at work my husband comes home and without skipping a beat gives all the kids kisses and hugs, as the girls climb all over him like a jungle gym. Then without hesitation takes Max into his arms and snuggles him close realizing he needed a diaper change, with no complaints or trying to get out of it, changes that stinky diaper, maybe freaking out if he gets poop on his hand. 😉

We sit together at the dinner table together listening to Adalynn talk about the most random things while both my husband and I take turns telling Emily to eat her food and shoving bites into her mouth, Max sits next to the table in his bouncer gnawing on his stuffed robot.

Once dinner is done it’s time to get the kids ready for bed, my husband still in uniform with no time to change takes Max upstairs and sings to him while babe splashes in the tub laughing so hard at his dad’s singing and dance moves, once baby is squeaky clean he get him dressed and ready for bed. Sits in the peace and quiet of Max’s room feeding him his last bottle of the day before kissing him goodnight and laying him down in his crib.

The girls have gotten themselves ready for bed and wait not so patiently for dad to make his appearance by their bedside to read them a story before bed. Not minding that they picked the longest book they can find, he reads the story to them with such enthusiasm. The story is over and each girl doesn’t want to let go of him after wrapping their arms around his neck for a hug before they sleep.

I’ve made it down the stairs before him and begin folding the pile of laundry that has been sitting on the living room floor all day. After finally rinsing off the day and getting into sweats he comes down the stairs to help me fold what is left.

Finally he pours me a glass of wine and we snuggle on the couch till he falls asleep next to me which he denies when I nudge him saying let’s got to bed.

The love and patience my husband has for our children, his family, makes this mama so happy that I can call him mine. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Let’s be Thankful

Let’s be thankful…
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m very much a glass half empty kinda gal these days and it’s definitely not something I’m proud of….
So naturally when this time of year comes along I’m not the first one to jump on the thankful bandwagon.
I really wish I was some one who could shout what I’m thankful for from the roof tops and really truly mean it.
I want to really change that because when I sit back take a breath I really DO have a lot to be thankful for….

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Two healthy and for the most part happy little girls. Though I struggle daily on liking them, them fighting with each each other and all the talking back to me. The sass oh the sass, the feeling of them never ever listening to anything I say. Always questioning my parenting … good grief (said Charlie Brown) 😩
Despite that, they are a miracle from God and I love them with everything I have.

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My husband and his career I’m going to count together. He really is a great man to me, for me and also the best dad. I’m thankful for his stable career in the military with the benefits of a guaranteed paycheck (for the most part) and healthcare for our family. Now this is why I put my man and his career together, if we do fight it usually starts with me being resentful of his job. It’s been a very demanding job no matter the position he has had. I love him for being so passionate about his career and that he wants to climb the ladder and be successful but with that comes lots of time away from me and our kids. So though he is doing his best with what he has I’m still stubborn and want him here for my every beck and call but also want him to have the career, you know have my cake and eat it too. 😉Is that too much to ask?
Being pregnant, I’m so very thankful for being pregnant with our third baby!! It’s such an exciting and happy thing to know I’m going to get to hold another baby of mine in my arms. Did you know I’ve had 4 miscarriages?! The last one was the beginning of this year and it was very very hard on me emotionally because I was so ready for this third baby chapter in my life. On the other hand right now my body is not my own. I’m so tired as I type this I’m experiencing heartburn for the 3rd time today. I feel so big, and I run out of breath just doing everyday things. Let’s not get started on how I manage to get off the couch or all the bodily functions I can’t control these days. 🙈

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Money in the bank (🎶shorty whatcha think🎶)! Call me what you’d like but I’m just your average middle class American that wishes I had more money…like always. But guess what? I’m thankful for the money we do have, we aren’t rubbing pennies together to pay our bills nor have to pick which ones to pay, and we have enough for food, gas and a place to live and ya know what? That’s not bad.

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I can go on and on but that was definitely a good start.
Just know that though I’m a glass half empty most days. I am truly thankful for my life.