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Thursday, June 30, 2011

More fun things I made



I know, I know.  More animal things.  I have been really into that lately.  You shouldn't be shocked, Tate's first words (other than mama and dada) were animal sounds.  Seriously, he knew what a monkey, dog, cat, chicken, shark, owl, pig, cow, horse, etc. all said, before he was two.  

Anywho, I thought these were adorable.  I'm thrilled with how they turned out and plan to make more.  And maybe sell them at a Farmers Market?  We'll see.  

Sorry I've been a failure of a blogger.  We spent time in Virginia last weekend and I'm still getting things back in order from the trip.  

[It was a wonderful trip, I just wish it could have been longer.]

Tomorrow we're taking the littles to see Cars 2.  I can't wait!

Happy Independence Day WEEKEND!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Making Lemonade

It's four o'clock and I JUST got around to taking a shower. 


(Squeeze a little...add some sugar.  Vodka is optional.)

Guess what?!  I managed to take a shower today!



So, what's your lemonade situation?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Getting my craft on (again)



Aren't they cute?

And so fun to make!

I'm thrilled with this pattern (it's not mine). 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

He's back at it

Setting: A camp fire with friends, roasting smores (in case you're unfamiliar with them, you roast a marshmallow, add chocolate and put it in a graham cracker sandwich).  They are delicious!

Tate: Hey Mom?  Where are the grand crappers?


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Setting: Tate is in the bathroom, peeing.  I look at him (he still leaves the door open) and I thought he looked sad. 

Me: Tate, why do you look so sad?

Tate: Ummm...I'm not sad.  I just peed on myself.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Weekend!

I hope you get a chance to spoil the special fathers in your life.   I know I plan to!

Peace and love,
Jenni

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

LT Wonderful has returned

He is finally back and here to save me from catastrophic demise at the hands of a two and a four year old.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Seriously, single moms...you rock my socks off.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How it went

Remember the quiet time I had?

It was delightful.

I read books for 3 solid hours.  And they weren't parenting books either.  They were just fun books.  It was wonderful.

*sigh*

Now to get through LT Wonderful's last minute business trip...he'll be home tomorrow.  I keep telling myself to continue breathing, we've almost made it.  I think tonight I'm going to watch a chick flick and have popcorn for dinner (again) (this is something I could never get away with if he was home).

(Sometimes I really like writing in parenthesis.  It makes me feel like I'm sharing a secret. )

(I've never been really great at keeping secrets.)

And now, off to enjoy some nap time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Reclaiming myself

I never thought life would lead me here.

By here, I literally mean here, in my home at noon with my two boys eating lunch.  After they finish grazing they will go upstairs for nap/quiet time and I will get to spend two glorious hours by myself.

From junior high on, I always thought I would work full time outside of my home.  Being a housewife/mom never entered into my conscious thought.  I know it probably should have been in my mind, but I honestly never even thought about it.  I wasn't sure what my career would be but I was sure it would be exciting, satisfying and not in my house.

Fast forward from junior high to now.  I fell in love and married at 19, moved across the country and finished school in Virginia.  Two years later we found out that I was pregnant with Tate.  My beloved boy was born on the first day of classes of my last semester.  I graduated when he was 4 months old.  Then we moved across country again, back to the beautiful PNW.  And just like that, I went from being a full time student to a full time mom.

The ability to stay home with my boys has been wonderful, but the transition was much harder than I would have thought.  [I would say 'much harder than I anticipated' but I didn't anticipate it at all so I guess that doesn't really apply.]

Four years later and I think we're finally getting into a groove.  The boys are 4 and 2 and we can go places and do things without worrying about all the little baby things.  They are old enough to realize actions have consequences and we can even reason with them occasionally.  This truly is my favorite age yet!

But...[you knew it was coming] it is also the hardest age yet.  All of the mothering books I have read warn against losing yourself in your children and I never really thought it was an issue until now.  Between the two boys they have an opinion on everything...what music we listen to in the car, what books to read, what park to go to, etc.  They also want to control the conversation with their endless questions of, "Why?"  or my arch nemesis, "Well, what if it's not?"  If I go to the bathroom I have to lock the door otherwise I will be barged in upon.  However, when I do lock the door it's nearly impossible to pee in peace because they want to be with me.  They knock on the door and ask what I'm doing.

Don't get me wrong, I love my children.  I love being their mom.  But sometimes I really need a couple of hours when I can just be Jenni.  I can daydream, rediscover my hobbies, hold a conversation without being bombarded with a million questions and I can enjoy the quiet.  I can read a book or listen to whatever music I choose without making concessions.  I love this personal time.  I don't get it very often, but I really look forward to it whenever it does decide to come around.

And today, it's come around again.  LT Wonderful is taking the boys to Motorcross this afternoon, so I will have a few glorious hours all to myself.  I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with all this time, but I'll let you know how it ends up.  The best part is that tomorrow I'm sure I'll be recharged and ready to go again...I can only take so much peace and quiet!

If you had an afternoon all to yourself, what would you do?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Friendly

I went on a walk with the boys today.  It was awesome.  I love working out with Theo [when he is confined to a stroller, of course].

As we went up a curb he said, "WWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Mom, that FUN!"

When we passed a line of cars he waved to each and every one of them.  Several waved back. 

There was a guy coming toward us running and Theo yells, "Hi there!" while waving.  The guy gives him a high five. 

To the couple walking their dog on the other side of the road he screamed, "Hi!  Pretty doggy!"

I know he's my child, but he is nothing like me.  And that's probably a good thing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Magician


Tate: Mom, can we put lotsa water in the pool?

Me: No, because we don't want Theo to fall in and hurt himself.

Tate: But what if we didn't have a baby?

Me: Well, he won't be a baby forever. 

Tate: [eyes huge] You mean he's going to DISAPPEAR!?

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun on the Bus


Mark and Theo with Danilo and Amy.  We have big plans for Theo and Amy...and they seem to be in agreement.  Theo loves to kiss on her!

Me and Alex playing with the camera. 

Oscar (Alex's brother) asleep after church. 

The bus rides to church are always eventful, you never know what might happen!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trouble transitioning

I am having a hard time adjusting back to real life.  I'm craving the sun.  I'm tired of the grey and drizzle.  I'm kind of grumpy, to be completely honest.

And I have no motivation to plan meals.  Or cook.  I guess the good thing is that I haven't been terribly hungry, either...perhaps I'll finally be able to lose the last few pounds I can't seem to shake.

I did find a recipe for ketchup that I'm very excited to try!  I have looked high and low for a ketchup brand that isn't too expensive and isn't completely full of chemically processed sugar.  I have high hopes and I'll let you know how it goes.

We are enjoying time together playing.  Theo is so stinking excited to have his train set so we've built miles and miles of tracks.

And Tate is thrilled to be back at preschool.  He's also happy to have his dogs back and loves to snuggle with them.

We're also enjoying the books that we have here.  The boys have several favorites and we've read them over and over again.


I suspect that I'll be over the blah blahs soon.  Until then, I smile and enjoy my family, even if the tasks I have to do aren't that much fun.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I love being a mom


There are days that I wonder what my mark on the world will be.  

I struggle with balance.  I long to be a better mom, and many days I feel defeated by my inability to mother the way I would in my dreams. 

But even at the end of the hardest day, I get to snuggle with all this cuteness.  


They love me.  They forgive me.  They snuggle with me and fight over who gets the majority of my attention.  Even on the worst days, we get to snuggle and everything is magically better. 

I love being a mom.