Monday, January 31, 2011

Birthday Roundup!

Boy has it been a busy week! I am now the proud mother of a 4 & 2 year old! I can't believe how fast babies grow. They had nice birthdays and then my dad showed up on Thursday for a nice visit!

We had a big birthday party on Saturday! it was a glow-in-the-dark party. We completely emptied Landon's bedroom and relieved our living room of most of it's furniture. I painted black sheets with neon paint and hung blacklights everywhere. I found blacklight reactive plates and bowls and cups, and served a ton of kid food and had the most delicious cake made by a dear friend. I'd hoped that the white frosting would glow in the blacklight but it didn't. We told all the kids to wear white tshirts and I covered my hallway in white paper and gave them tons of highlighters. they drew all over themselves and the wall for fun effects and ran around screaming for a few hours. I bought 300 glowsticks and used 100 of them, and passed out a lot of the last bit to some of the kids to go home with. It was so much fun we may have to have a reprise in the next few weeks... potluck style!

it has been so busy I'm just now settling down to continue this post!

We had my dad here until Sunday and we started building these Helping Towers for the boys to help in the kitchen easier.

We also went to IKEA and I spent so much money I can't even tell you. I will say that I bought some very exciting storage things and a new couch that converts to a bed (we've used it every single night to watch TV :) ) an ottoman and a few other things. The most exciting thing is the transformation of our office to a craft/school room! I will reveal later, I haven't taken pictures yet!

BUT! here are some pictures in no particular order:

Oliver at the park

one of my new obsessions - light writing! SO FUN!

neighbor gave his old race car to my dad! it was quite a trip trying to get it off it's rotted trailer and onto my dad's.


Landon playing hockey :)




Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Looking forward...


Today's post has a theme. I've been really under the weather emotionally lately and I know it's the season and the weather and all that stuff but anyways. my theme for today is "looking ahead"

I think that it may come as a shock to a lot of people but I'm a planner. I can't handle not knowing what the week will look like, or what we are going to do on any given day. The days that we have the most problems are the day where there is no plan. It is no surprise then that my kids, who are very into being spontaneous, are also way better behaviorally when we have a plan and we all know what to expect from the day.

That being said, I think it's no surprise that I've just been overwhelmed and feeling so blah. Our schedule was majorly messed up by the month of December and we haven't recovered. I've realized that it's a bit late for New Years Resolutions, but after meditating about my resolutions I've decided that they need to be refined and added to.

I've really been struggling with the idea that I could possibly homeschool my kids and it would work and we would all LOVE IT. I'm amazing when it comes to creating a fun environment for kids, but I'm not so good with discipline when we really need it and I don't always recognize when to have something STOP before it gets out of control until it's too late and into crisis mode. I have a HIGH CHAOS threshold too, so at least I can handle them with a cool head generally. On the flip side, I really really want to send them to 3 day preschool so I have a break in the mornings to clean and organize. but that wouldn't be until the fall and I'd hope hope hope that my house would be clean by then. The idea of running around town childless three times a week is very alluring. BUT I'd want to send them to a co-op preschool and I can't afford that and they are all kind of a drive (which means I'd be spending my mornings in a different town NOT getting things done)

What I need is to have my house organized FIRST. once that is organized we can work on our life. but the house NEEDS to be clean and orderly or I may kill myself. it sounds dramatic but I feel like I'm trapped. Not only do I feel trapped but it is semi-panic inducing just how much I need the order restored in our home. I feel utterly overwhelmed and crazy right now and being stuck in my stupid house is one of them. I know that I should be grateful I have a home, but I just feel like it's crushing in on me. We will never get a bigger house, the house will always never have enough room, etc etc.

I've also come to the conclusion that once my house is organized and I can re-organize the basic parts of our life and schedule and begin losing weight again, we can start considering adding #3. This is another complication. We'd love to have another child (or 100 whatever) but we don't know if we have the room. We'd have to get Oliver out of our room and into Landon's room so that the new baby could live in our room, but then what? I guess we have room for another. but after that... this house is too small for 4, let alone 5. It's really awhile before we can consider this, I have to lose weight. A LOT of weight. My scale broke and so I don't even know how much I gained over Christmas but I've been eating as much as I want and stress eating so you know that's just bad.

So the plan:
get the house CLEAN (by next weekend)
get the house organized (by end of February)
schedule (by end of March)
and then we will see and re-evaluate THE PLAN.


Monday, January 3, 2011

New Years Resolutions

New year, new goals, new ways to procrastinate on a post about my hopes and dreams for 2011.

I'll just lay it out here. I'm not very organized with blogging anymore and I'm jealous of my friends who have amazing blogs. I want to work on that, because I'm amazing and awesome and you know you want to read more about how I work.

My life is chaos. Generally I enjoy it, but sometimes I get buried under a pile of crap and I can't make my way out. December was my pile of crap. I just opened an Etsy and then panicked as people asked me to make them things. Don't think for a minute I was sad that people wanted stuff, I loved every single minute of crafting for other people. I think the part that was frustrating was that my house was sorely neglected for about 6 weeks and I just have to reorganize everything. Good thing there are time limits! I'm planning on throwing the boys a double birthday party (best idea I never planned) and I'm planning on having it here. *gasp* the **PLAN** will be to empty out the living room of everything except the table/bench and couch, clean out the hallway and empty Landon's room into our bedroom and guest room. Landon has decided he wants a glow-in-the-dark party and I'm bursting at the seams with ideas. The best part is that I have to clean up, sure, but if there is finger paint on my walls, as long as it isn't black light reactive, it's not going to be seen! Anyways, other than my belated Christmas presents to my poor nephews and niece, I'm putting myself on a crafting hiatus. This is hard, because I have about 100 ideas of things to get going on. I'll have to write all about how I can't do them or something over at that other blog of mine.

After I dig myself out of hurricane Sara I will be moving on towards a super strict organizational style that I will hate until I grow to love it. I have a list of stuff I have to do each day and I don't get to do fun things until I do it. that's a good reward right?

Another thing that will happen relatively soon is a chore chart. I plan on making a super crafty one (duh) but for now I've printed one off for each of the boys and will pick up stickers tomorrow. Landon is STOKED. If I can keep them motivated, perhaps I can keep myself motivated. I did well at the beginning of last year, but since I didn't blog about it it didn't happen.

I need to lose weight. I'm stuck here at about 25lbs more to lose, and I have been floundering. My scale broke last week so I won't know how much I gained over Christmas (FATE!?) so I think that I will be winging it for the time being. I plan on doing a few classes at the gym and a lot of treadmilling. Landon can't wait, he LOVES going to the gym.

I need to lose weight, and the goal is to lose it all by March. it's a lofty goal, but I think I can probably reach it. that gives me some stretch for bathing suit season and then I think in the fall we are going to start considering adding another family member. It has been on both of our minds since I had such...interesting pregnancies in the past. With Oliver reaching towards 2, we are being flooded with memories of how Landon was at this age, when I was pregnant, in the hospital on bed rest and the adorable little things Landon would do for me (like bring me a cup to pee in while I was in the bathroom and measuring his tummy like they do at prenatal appointments). There is actually a lot of work that goes a long with this idea, and so I need to be in good shape, low weight and some other tricks up my sleeve for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

I'm going to ramp up my vegetable and fruit servings by a LOT. more eating those and less carbs. I'm not giving up coffee. I'm not eating after 8pm.

I'd like to blog more. I'd like to craft more. I'd like to clean more. I'd like to eat better. I'd like a stricter schedule. I'd like to begin testing the homeschooling waters with Landon. I want to be a better friend, better wife and mother and overall better person. I want to put my family first and work on my temper.

/word vomit

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sunset in Emerald Isle

Our family is enjoying time spent at a friend's house (while they are away!) in Emerald Isle, NC. We have romanticized the beach and made it sort of our main goal in life to be able to move out here somewhere near the coast. Emerald Isle is really pretty and there is an awesome bridge that Landon and Oliver enjoy traveling over to get here. I went on the bridge last night and took some pictures. probably 300 of them, deleted half of them and still have a ridiculous amount. I am so happy with how some of them turned out. At some point this weekend I need to chronicle my New Year's resolutions but what I want to do now is show you my pictures :)

Sunset pictures I like










I tried a ton of settings on the camera and I didn't have my tripod so I'm glad that they turned out so well! This makes me itch for a few more lenses and for my photography class to start in a few weeks!