Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Preston!



Our Sweet Lil P turned 5 years old last week. Here you are Preston, such a little peanut born at 34 wks, you were just 4lbs 3oz and a little fighter! It was an unbelievably scary experience having you arrive so early. We managed to get through the 4 week hospital stay and bring you home happy and healthy! 

Your a wonderful little boy who often brings his crazy older and younger brothers down a notch. Your sweet, mellow and such a nurturer. Your so intuitive about other peoples feelings and your always helping Mason out when he needs you. Your currently obsessed with Mindcraft and anything game related, drawling or puzzles. 



So little.



We started our morning off with a giant birthday breakfast at Ihop. The kids got all hopped up on loads of sugary syrup. Then we had more sugary ice cream cake in celebration of the special day. We probably had more sugar intake on this day than what we'd average in a month. I seriously try to cut back on sweets and regulate as much as possible. Two things my kids do not need, coffee (which Kellen loves and steals when he sees it) and sugar aka crack for kids. 



Trying to entertain Mason with condiments.





A tradition I started with Adrian's 5th Birthday last year.
A personalized story book.



Maybe you'll be a doctor one day? 


Uncle Justin and Mason



After coming down off of the sugar... this is how he ended his birthday. Content, relaxed and dreaming big dreams hopefully.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to be a perfect parent (or not) - Good stuff


Fellow moms, we can all stop beating ourselves up now :) I loved this and stole it from a gf and just had to share some parts. I'm certain all of us have been there before, feeling inadequate at times or like your not stacking up in the super mom department. You can't DO IT ALL. Really, no one can so don't feel bad. Read, Laugh and then Relax. 





How To Be a Perfect Parent in 5 Easy Steps... or Probably Never.

(taken from here)

A couple of my faves.

1. You Are Always, ALWAYS Doing Something Wrong... So Stop Worrying About It.
In case you DON'T know what you're doing wrong, here's a handy chart.




2. Sleep is an Evil Horcrux. Emphasis on the whore.

"There is literally nothing you will obsess about more in the first year of parenthood than your child's sleep patterns. You will read studies. You will make logs of night wakings only to find in the morning that you accidentally used a lo mein-encrusted chopstick and a DVD case to record this vital information. You will volunteer nap schedules -- without prompting -- to total strangers. I can't stop you from doing this. However, I can tell you that no matter how your child sleeps and how you choose to address it, sleep will suck big scrunchie balls for the first year at least.

5. "If Mama Ain't Happy Ain't Nobody Happy" Sounds Like a Tyler Perry Movie But Is Also Totally True!

"All of the organic, fair-trade, pasture-raised artisanal Play-Doh and 800-count recycled hemp crib sheets in the world won't matter if you as a parent don't feel at least reasonably happy and cared for. This means taking time -- by force if necessary! -- to eat, sleep, and do things that matter to you, whether that's work or crappy reality TV or a manicure or a spin class." - Huffington Post




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Content


"The secret to having it all is knowing that you already do" 
-unknown




What is content, what does it look like? The meaning differs for each person.

Lifestyle Inflation... ah yes, a new term I was just reading about on another blog, very interesting. Crazy as it sounds it's becoming more of a reality in today's society. But more is not necessary better, bigger is not always so great, newer, nicer and name brand this and that, doesn't always fulfill the way we'd imagine it might.


Of course it feels good to have the finer things, to treat ourselves or our kids with nice items, but I can only hope that we teach our kids that the materialistic stuff is not the important stuff. I want them to know the difference between needs versus wants. I want them to value a dollar and cherish what they have and what they receive as it may not always be the latest and greatest but to be "grateful" always... no matter what. I want them to show and express appreciation in a genuine manner.


Being happy with what they have is important. Of course it's okay to want more, it keeps us all striving and progressing and reaching for the stars or something like that. I once read that you tend to have more in life once you start wanting a little less. Makes perfect sense. 




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Happy Anniversary to this guy!!
7 years, 4 kids, and 3 states later, we still manage to survive and thrive and smile about it :) xoxoxo


















And this little guy just started sleeping through the night this week! Finally at 15 months old, Alleluia! I'm very CONTENT with that little fact right there :)



His desire to throw this football in the air surpasses his tiny body weight.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Familia


Soaking up some of the beautiful scenery around our neck of the woods with family.



three generations.



Hey Amos!








Sweet Viv


Making memories.
No one can read a book quite like Great Grandma can.