Right now my husband is singing to our twins, one in his lap and one running around wearing an apron. As I watch them play I'm filled with emotion about how much I love them. H is eating his dinner, and he's so funny. I am so blessed!
I'm really enjoying the idea of a project a week. I feel like I can achieve that goal. The Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World makes it easy because the pictures there are always awesome. Here is this weeks:
Isn't it so pretty. I love the scalloped edge on the box, the colors, the cupcake holders, and the paper in the background. So, I tried to incorporate all of that into my card. Originally I was going to make it a birthday card for my niece (she's a February baby), but she's not a pink type of girl. I thought about using it as a birthday card for my sister, but the more I got done, the less I liked it as a birthday card. I decided on a thank you note. Not your typical thank you note, I know, but I liked the idea of saying, "Thank you for being so sweet!". On that note, here's my card:
Outside - scalloped edge folds opens and then the card opens
It seems I'm always exhausted these days. I know that isn't true, but when I have time to sit and relax it hits me. Today has been a good day. We (the boys and I) ran errands that we can't normally run when I have an extra little one. We went to Target, the farmer's market, the grocery store, and to have lunch with my best friend. The boys did really well. I know they were excited when we let them run around on the grass at the university. H was hamming it up and making eyes at high school girls. He showed off every chance he got. The twins didn't care about other people at all. They were having fun running in different directions and making their aunt and me chase them. It's been a good day, and as nap time approaches (and arrives) I find myself ready to lay down and catch up on some rest. I think this little bit of rest will be enough to get me ready to take care of and enjoy my children more. The boys are wonderful, and a handful, but I love them and look forward to some more outside time later today.
As I was hopping around the web earlier this week, I came across this picture at Moxie Fab World (click picture for link). I made several cards on Monday and Tuesday for a card crop, and once I saw this I knew exactly what I wanted to make. It also gave me an idea for the Gray is the New Black challenge at Moxie Fab World. I love the way the flowers are all over the entire pillow and it just looks so inviting. I wanted to create a similar feeling in my card, and so I came up with this:
It's hard to see, but the card is more grey than the picture shows. The words were double stamped, once in silver and then in black.
Yesterday I got to hang out with my best friend/sister. It was WONDERFUL. It has been so long since we've had a chance to hang out and talk the way we did yesterday. Thank God for such a beautiful and loving friend and sister!
My husband is letting my have some fun today. I get to be crafty while he watches the boys. I couldn't ask for anything more wonderful. I have really needed some me time, and this is a great release. I'll have some pictures of the fun later.
And it's Saturday again. We made it through another week. This week was interesting because my husband switched shifts, I started watching a 2-month-old, and I'm working on walking a few times a week. There is no extra time in the day.
It was a good week. I like the new schedule, it allows more time for the kids and their daddy. I like watching the baby. She's sweet and the boys do well with her. I like walking. It isn't at as quick of a pace as I want, but at least it's exercise. Now all I need is time to clean (besides when it's time for bed and I'm exhausted) and time for me. I suppose that will happen eventually.
Well, after two days of having my 3 boys and a 2-month-old little girl, I'm surviving. She's and easy baby and, despite some jealousy, the boys are doing really well. I took a really sweet picture of the twins looking at her today. She was in the bouncy seat and they wanted to play with her. J even gave her a ball and tried to get her to take it a few times. This makes me certain they will be good big brothers when the time comes (no time soon).
My biggest frustration right now is a toss up, and neither of them have to do with S (the new baby). I'm frustrated with the house and cleaning, this is something I struggle with anyway. I want a clean house, I'm just not the type of person who focuses on cleaning...I'm more of a focus on the people type of person. I think a lot of that comes with how I was raised. I'm also frustrated with H and how I handle his disobedience. I'm working on it; making sure I'm being consistent and making him listen instead of just jumping straight to a punishment he may or may not care about. It's all a lot of work that, if I do it all, I'm afraid will leave little or no sleep for me. Now, as I type I'm working on laundry. I won't get it all done tonight, but there is so much and it's always waiting to get done. It's like the dishes and sweeping the floor after meal time; no matter how often I do it, I always have to do it again. It never ends!
How do single parents do it? I'm at home constantly and I can't get it all done. I have no idea how these men and women are able to do everything AND work. I've had people comment on me being supermom or something with my 3 boys. It's life, I've adapted, but I can't imagine having to adapt to that. Hats off to all the single parents who work all day outside the home and then come home and continue working. You're AMAZING! Regardless of frustrations, I will count my blessings because they are abundant.
Well, here we about a week into the new year. It been an eventful first week. I sliced my wrist/hand open on the first (I was pushing on a window from the outside so my husband could latch it inside and apparently I pushed on the window instead of the frame). Five stitches later and things have been interesting. It's amazing how much I use my left hand (I'm right handed) with my 3 boys. At this point I can do most things. It's still a little sore sometimes if I twist my wrist the wrong way, but I'm glad to be getting back to normal. Stitches come out on Monday - YAY!
The boys are doing well. The weather has been nice enough that they can play outside or we can take walks and I've been trying to do that lately. They definitely need something to burn off the energy. I don't know what I'm going to do when I have two 2-year-olds and a 4-year-old. I can only imagine the craziness. If anything can help me burn some calories, I'm sure that will!
Here's praying for a good year. No resolutions, just change as it happens and a few goals to keep in mind:
- be a better domestic engineer (cleaning the house, etc.)
- waste less time
- be creative when possible
- more hands on stuff for the boys and less t.v.