Monday, February 25, 2013

Finding Focus

I have had these pictures sitting in a post just waiting for words but I couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted to write about.  I had a few different ideas, one was all about the magic of childhood.  Another was about how fast my girls are growing and how I am trying to bottle up those moments in their childhood that I have dreamed of since before they were born.  I was trying to find the perfect words to match these perfect pictures of my Quinn getting older. She lost her first tooth, and quickly after she lost another.  It was magical, for me just as much as it was for her.  The tooth fairy brought her a fairy door that she talks about all the time and has named the fairies that she believes live within that door, in the magical world that she now has a secret door to.  These moments are precious, they need to be bottled and remembered and cherished. 
 




The last few days have been an emotional roller coaster for me. I have had some beautiful moments and I have had some very tough very emotional moments. Today was one of the hardest days for me. Nothing seemed to be going right, I struggled and stressed and on multiple occasions had to stop and remember to breath as I felt like I was ready to snap. I started to let those moments over shadow the happy ones, I wanted the girls to just go to bed and be done with my day. I wanted to crawl into my bed and shut the world off, I just wanted all my responsibilities to go away. I kept saying to myself, today is just one of those days and soon it will be over.
 




 
I wished away a lot of seconds today, I didn't want to have to do another load of laundry. I didn't want to spend two more hours searching my daughters hair for lice, I didn't want to have a to-do-list that never seems to end. For a while today I forgot who I am and what I am capable of doing. By five O'clock I was just on survival mode and trying to make it to bedtime. That is until I heard Aisley's blood curdling scream. That scream woke me up and bitch slapped me back into my life. After a "quick" trip to the hospital and some x-rays we found out that Aisley was fine and we made our way back home. 
 
While at the hospital I decided to stop and take a look at my girls, but not just a look, I searched long and hard and deep into their sweet little faces, their not so baby hands and I listened to their words as they sweetly talked to each other, Quinn needed to make sure Aisley was okay. I looked around the hospital and let all my memories of their births come back to me along with all the trips to emergency that I had while pregnant with them. I told them about some of those trips and they asked me a lot of questions. I told them how special that hospital is to me because it was the place where I first met them. I have so many memories within those walls, some are complete bliss and others are the scariest moments of my life.
 

 
At some point tonight in that hospital with my girls today stopped being a day that I wanted to survive and it became a day to remember. Yes it was a chaotic (really chaotic doesn't even begin to describe it) hair pulling, ugly crying, lay down and give up kind of day. But I will never forget how my kids loved all the laundry that I had to do today and played for an hour in the huge piles of bedding and stuffed animals. That is the innocence of children, that is what I needed to see and learn from my daughters today. They find the good, the happy, the love, the simplicity in every moment. No matter how I categorize my moments within my day, good or bad, blissful or happy, they are all memorable and each and every one of them needs to be savoured.
I found strength and love in my children today I just had to remember to stop and look for it. I know I will have more days like today everyone has them and everyone needs them. When I have those days I will remind myself to find my focus, to look for those happy moments.  The day that Quinn lost her first tooth will be one I will cherish forever, but so will today.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 7

This year for Valentines Day I decided to look to Pinterest for some new ideas for my girls.  I try to keep Valentines Day simple and all about Love.  I don't buy a lot of gifts, I show my girls that I love them by making them things.  This year we decided to do a big breakfast, in their milk I wanted to add a little treat.  I picked up a heart shape ice cube tray and put in some pink milk.  They froze over night and in the morning I added them to their milk.  They loved them and as it melted it turned their milk pink.
 


 
When the girls woke up in the morning they opened their doors to find that I had taped hearts all over their bedroom doors with messages on each one.  I wrote down different things that I love about each of them, I tried to have them different for each of them.  They are still on the doors and the girls have asked that I not take them down, so I would say that was a hit.



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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 6

This week I have been working on a few projects around my house but none of them are ready to share.  Yesterday was a snow day and I had 4 kids in the house all day and every time I turned around it seemed as though someone was asking me for food.  So I decided to roll with it and found some motivation in the kitchen.  I love spending time in my kitchen and I haven't been spending nearly enough time in there, I find a lot of happiness in preparing food for my family.
 
 
 
I have pinned lots of snack ideas but haven't tried any so I thought yesterday was perfect to do so.  I just happened to have a package of crescent rolls in the fridge from when they were on sale, my kids don't like them plain so I hadn't use them.  I remembered seeing this pin and thought I would try it out.  I didn't follow the directions, I don't think you really need to, it is pretty basic and simple. 
I cut an apple into slices
lay the crescent rolls out
brush on some melted butter
sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar
wrap the apple in the roll
put more cinnamon and sugar on top
then a little more melted butter
Cook till the rolls are slightly browned (about 12minutes for me) and that's it.  It was a huge hit with all 4 kids.

 
The kids watched Lady and the Tramp during quiet time yesterday so of course they asked for Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner.  I didn't go with a Pinterest recipe for that because my Jamie Oliver Meatball recipe is amazing.
 
Happy Weekend!
 
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Pinterest Challenge Week 5

For this weeks Pinterest Challenge I decided to combine a few different painting activities for Aisley to have fun with.  We went to her cousin's house so they could try them out together.  We gave the kids four different items to paint with; first was a large marshmallow, second a feather, third a toilet paper roll cut in half and folded and taped into the shape of a heart, and fourth I took four pipe cleaners and twisted them then separated them to make a stamp.

 
The Marshmallow was the first thing both of them went for and was a hit.  They liked the feather and the heart stamp, but with the stamp you need to really make sure that the end is all even and flat or it will not stamp properly.  The pipe cleaners were fun also but Aisley pushed down hard when getting paint on it so I had to straighten out the "arms" before she could stamp.






In the end Aisley turned to her hands because really there is no better tool to paint with.  We had fun this week and will definitely try those items again.


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