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?  ;-)

10 Random Things About Me

  1. I can’t stand loud noises.  My blood pressure actually rises when I hear them.  I like libraries…so quiet.
  2. I like to go straight to the bottom of the bag when eating potato chips.  The crumbs are my favorite part.  And don’t forget about the burnt ones…simply the best!
  3. My first born starts kindergarten this fall.  I think about it every day.  I know she will love it, but I’m going to be a complete mess.
  4. When I am thinking about things, I actually type out the words in my head.  Is this normal?
  5. I hate applying eye liner.  I’ve known people to get it tattooed onto their eye lids, but don’t know that I’d ever have the courage.
  6. I developed melasma (patchy, brown discoloration of skin) on my forehead after my 2nd baby was born and it faded rather quickly.  It came back after I had baby #3 (4 months ago) and it was darker and worse than before.  I’m trying L’Oreal’s Spot Serum Corrector and I think it’s working.  I should have taken a before pic.  Anyone else have a problem with this?  If so, can you recommend anything?
  7. I reached my pre-pregnancy weight a couple of weeks ago (yey!), but I’m not really into numbers.  I kinda go with how I feel and let me tell you…things have shifted.  I know it’s only been 4 1/2 months, so I must give it more time.  I also know that since I’m breastfeeding, it will take longer for me to return to semi-normal.  At least that’s how it was with my first two pregnancies.
  8. I’ve found that as I get older, my fear of crowds is increasing.  I actually have a little “anxiety attack” if you will, just thinking about going to a place with large crowds.  I think it has something to do with worrying about the kiddos and hoping no one gets lost.  Just a guess.
  9. When I make a fruit pie, i love the crust more than the fruit filling and the hubby is the opposite.  We get along really well when eating dessert ;-)
  10. I used to have energy at night to do the projects I am passionate about, but lately I have zero ambition.  After all the kiddos are in bed, I want to do nothing but stuff my face with Oreos eat a couple of snacks while watching the Olympics and head to bed by 10:30 pm.  I don’t mind getting old, but dang, I’d really like some ambition back.