Easter Recap 2014

We celebrated Easter with a visit from the Easter Bunny, dyeing eggs, a ham-less meal (they were all out of stock at the grocery, so we settled for brats…they were pork…close enough…the end) and an egg hunt.  The kids had way too much candy in their baskets and were on sugar overload, so the eggs were filled with monies :)

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Kid #2 did this to the bunny.  I should have taken a picture of the box because it was like a rabid dog attacked it.  I guess he really wanted that bunny.  Oh, and the Easter Bunny brought lots of jelly beans too…they remained untouched.  I hope he/she got the message for next year…chocolate only.

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What Easter would be complete without a shout out to Menards (for all my ND peeps)!

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She’s all mine :D

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This little man could hardly contain himself during the egg hunt.  He would scream with excitement with every egg he found…pure joy :)

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She definitely got excited too!

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Toward the end of the hunt, there were a few missed eggs.  I think they walked around this tree 547 times and still couldn’t find it.

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“Look at my basket Mommy!”

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The Easter Bunny also brought some cute masks for me to use while taking some photos of these ridiculously cute beings.  Do you see that neck roll on the baby???  Honestly, he pulls it off well…stinkin’ yummy!  Oh ya and he’s got a major colic on the back of his head, so he also looks like a little rooster.  I almost die of the cuteness really.  Might not be so cute when he’s older, but he can blame his father for that one ;)

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“Hey broder?  Your mask still on?”  (Meanwhile, the girl looks like a member from an 80′s hairband.)

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“Hmmm, I wonder if I could learn to stick my tongue out like big brother?”

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This one might need to be framed ;)

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Almost every morning when Kid #2 awakes, he comes downstairs and asks to hold his brother.  So sweet.  Something not so sweet is that Kid #2 has been waking up at least 4x/week (sometimes 2x/night…sigh) screaming in pain that his knee and foot hurt.  I feel for him :(  We think it’s growing pains.  Sometimes he wants us to just rub his leg and then goes back to sleep, but other times it doesn’t work and after an hour of screaming/crying, Tylenol is needed.  We’ve read up on it and they say bananas might help, but he doesn’t want them at all.  I wish it said to try donuts because he’d be all over that.  The hubby has been awesome at helping with this because I’ve got the baby all night and it’s impossible to be in two places at the same time.  Anyone else have a youngster go through this?  He’s been having these pains for almost a year now, but it comes and goes.  It’s definitely gotten worse in the past month.  It only happens in the middle of the night.  He is completely fine during the day.  I want to poke my eyes out.  Sleep.  We all want it.

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The baby said his first word on Monday.  It was ‘mama’.  I can’t tell you how excited I am!  My other kiddos said ‘dada’ first.  It’s so thrilling when your baby says his/her first word.  I’m so glad that one of them said ‘mama’ first :)  He turns 7 months tomorrow.

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We are also in the teething phase and it really is painful for all involved :(

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Speaking of the little chunk, he’s such an awesome eater.  I remember trying to start solids with Kid #1 and it was a complete nightmare.  I kid you not.  I totally stressed over it and there may have been an incident of baby squash hitting the ceiling.  It’s kind of like how some people hate going to the dentist (not me, I LOVE it…for reals!) because they’ve had an awful experience in the past and can’t forget the pain and suffering that it caused them and so they continue to hate the dentist forever.  Yup, that’s how it was when I started my other two on solids.  I immediately cringed and expected the worst, but had no reason to because my boys love to eat.  They take after me…food is gooooood.

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Here is a pic I captured the night of the ‘red moon’.  This was at about 6:45pm.  I just thought it was a beautiful view.

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Here is a pic of the actual ‘red moon’ that the hubby took in the middle of the night.  I was more focused on getting sleep ;)  I’m so glad he stayed up to get a pic – props to the hubby!

That’s what we’ve been up to.  How have you been?





I Have A 5 Year Old

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It’s hard to believe, but my little lady turned 5 last week.  She is my first born and made me a mom.  She’s beautiful, kind, smart and feisty (like me – yey!).  My mother always told me she hoped I had a daughter just like me when I grow up.  I got one and I couldn’t be prouder :)

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Here is the birthday banner I made for her party.  She was so excited to see the final product.  I’d been talking about it for about a month and didn’t complete it until two days before the party.  That’s how I roll ;)

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She wanted a pink cake with gold sprinkles.  It isn’t the pretties of all cakes (I should work on that), but it tasted good.

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She’s been wanting a watch for a couple of months and I told her to put it on her birthday list.  There was a Hello Kitty one that she saw in an ad that came in the mail and Grandpa and Grandma Linda pulled through and got her exactly what she wanted.

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If you look up the word “cuteness” in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure his picture is in there.

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Grandpa and Grandma came for a visit and got to enjoy all 3 my babes.  We’ve had a lot of company this winter/spring and I love it.  My MIL was the first to visit (she even folded my laundry…so thankful for that…it’s the little things), followed by many friends/a cousin/a SIL and lastly, my parents (got my laundry folded again…you’d swear our dressers/closets were empty and I just had baskets full of clothes just sitting around…pretty much sums it up).

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We started a new tradition after we moved to our new home.  Whenever someone in our house has a birthday, we order a ginormous doughnut from the local bakery.  They are seriously the best doughnuts I’ve ever had.  Our tradition used to be colored pancakes with sprinkles.  Move over pancake, there’s a new carb in town.  I’m sure my thighs thank me.

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Miss A had her first-ever kid party the day after her birthday.  She was so excited to have people over and share in the festivities.  They were all excited about the pinata.  I was hoping that none of the kids could break it because I really wanted to do it myself…sigh, it didn’t happen.  I might just get one for my own birthday and smash the heck out of it all by myself let everyone take a turn at it and hope it makes it to me.

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I found this little idea on Pinterest.  Seriously?!  What did we do before that time-suck was invented?  Anyway, these are marshmallow pops.  Super simple to make and they taste great.  A little sugar bomb for your gut, if you will.

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Here is the little cupcake tower I put together for her party.  The cake was from a box (yup, that’s how I rolled this time), but the frosting was homemade (how I redeemed myself).  I ordered the little jewel rings from an online shop.  I must say, they look pretty with all of the colors.

It’s a lot of work planning a party, but so worth the payoff in the end.  Everyone had a great time and Miss A loved her party!  Until next year, when school is in session and we have oodles of kids to invite ;-)


Tiiiiiiiime, It’s on My Side…Wait, No It’s Not


Do you ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day?  Yet, time seems to fly by so quickly?  Much of the time, the day is like a blur to me.  I know if there were more time in the day, it’d most likely be spent doing laundry or some other silly task around the house. Therefore, I’m glad there’s no more time in the day.

It’s been almost 2 months sine I’ve blogged and I’ve truly missed it.  I like keeping a little online journal of my family’s journey in hopes to look back on someday when the kids are older.  It just isn’t happening as much as I’d like it to, but that’s life.  When you have 3 young kids at home all day, it’s hard to get anything accomplished really.  My oldest just turned 5 last week and I’ve been doing Preschool lessons with her several times a week for two years now.  She absolutely loves to learn and I’m thankful for that.  I think she will really enjoy Kindergarten in the Fall…just 4 short months away.  We had her 5 year well-check yesterday and she’s healthy as a horse!  (Where did that saying come from anyway?)  Kid #2 is 2 1/2 years old and is into everything.  He’s great at keeping himself occupied, but pulls so many shenanigans much of the time.  He’s like a mini tornado that goes all around the house. It’s never-ending, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  He is such a talker and has me laughing all of the time.  The baby (now 6 months old) is teething like crazy and growing like a weed (he’s the same weight Miss A was when she was around 18 months old – 21lbs 4oz!).  He has been getting me up 5 times each night because he’s either teething or hungry.  Yawn…I’m tired just thinking about it.  We are definitely busy, to say the least.

My plate is full.  I’m not looking for sympathy because I love the chaos and am grateful for everything we have, but I do know that it has affected my friendships with others.  I don’t appreciate my friends any less and often feel guilty for not being able to meet up, but I’m at a point in my life where it’s dang near impossible to get away.  For that, I apologize.

I think back to the time before kids and wonder what I did with all of my time???  I must have been bored.  I really can’t even remember what the Hubby and I used to do for fun. Having one bambino was a piece of cake (mmm, cake…yum).  Even having two was easy.  Now we’re outnumbered.  It’s a crazy kinda fun ;-)  I wonder how that family with 19 kids (or is it 20 now?) does it.  Oh to be a fly on the wall in that house.

I wish there were more of a balance in my life.  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I could balance my time better, but whenever I think I have it under control, I’m thrown for a loop.  It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a set schedule because I really do like change. I think I’d go crazy if every day were the same.

People always say, “They’re only little once!”  I was always like, “Ya, I know…whatever…blah, blah, blah.”  But now, I get it and actually slow down to enjoy those moments.  You know, the ones where the kids want to watch the same video on my phone over and over, again and again.  It does get old, but it puts the biggest dang smile on their faces and there is nothing better than that.  (Sometimes, I may or may not close my eyes for a brief moment to catch a 2 minute rest period.)

I look forward to the day that I can cook more, bake more, design more, blog more, etc. But, at the same time, I know that will mean that my kiddos are older and might not want me around as much as they do now.  I will miss that.  So, for now, I will try to do some of those things I look forward, but will not put pressure on myself if not accomplished.

On that note, I’ve got a garage full of furniture that needs to be restored.  Ya, like that’s happening any time soon.  It’s 11pm on a Tuesday night and I’d like to rot my brain with some tv before I fall off to dreamland, but someone is watching garbage Star Trek.  Guess I’ll just poke my eyes out with a dull pencil go to bed.  Until next time dear readers…hopefully sooner than later.  Is anyone out there?  Do I hear crickets?  ;-)