Monday, April 30, 2012

How our children shape us?

I was talking with a good friend today about our children.  My children are the most fun loving, generous children you will meet.  However, they have been testing me on every level lately.  In talking with her it made me think "are they really testing me" or is this children?  Do I expect too much?  All of these thoughts go through my head.  We are a family of two working parents and we have to juggle all the activities, homework, familiy life.  This is kindof my topic before about slowing down but I also want to raise well adjusted, loving and hard working children.  I also love each of their spirits and do not want that to change.  We have been brainstorming ideas to do in our household.  One is no playing with friends during the week.  This is hard as the kiddos have a ton of great friends that live next to us.  However, I have noticed that when they play after school, they are more irritable, rush through their homework and rush to bed.   The next is truly having family chores we do consistently and not just when Mom says something.  Lastly is introduce Sunday family day.  I saw this on a blog and loved it.  We will have baseball interferences but maybe we can use that to go on a picnic after the tournaments or go swimming together as a family. 

Food for thought on a Monday!! Eye Candy below which you know I love....

Unknown picture source.  Love the colors, bed, mirrors on nightstand.

 Love the French range.  Seriously thinking I would like this over jewelry...
Jenny Wolf picture.  Like the doors on the track, windows, chandeliers...

Of course, my little Reese.  Got her soccer pics in the mail and this is one of my best eye candy...

FYI-my Grandma's antique desk looks awesome.  I am going to sand and was this week.  I had so much fun that I am now going to do a tray I have.  So easy and makes such a big difference in my room.  Just the perfect pop of color.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another Crazy Weekend..

This weekend seems like a blur.  It is like I blink and notice the kids are getting bigger, more mature and downright hilarious.   Reese had her last soccer game and we think someone took over her body.  She rocked the whole game.  I had parents asking me "wow, what happened".   She looked at me at the end and said "I love soccer".  We will see how long that lasts, since we have always thought she was awesome but I think she is a little "lazy".  She likes to do things when she wants to but she sure knows how to shock her Mommy and Daddy when she does them.  We love you to peaches.  Afterwards, gymnastics which I think the girl is a natural.  I love sitting in the room of parents and watching my little girl.  I am the anti-social one because it is my one hour with no other kiddos that I can soak her up by just watching.  It makes me sad that she does not look like a baby anymore but watching her grow into a strong headed, silly, dance crazy, sassy, loving, sweet girl is fun.   I could do with a little less sassy and strong headed but Mike said we are just the same.  Is that true?  Am I strong headed?  Maybe I am as I do sulk when I do not get my way.

After gymnastics, we rushed to G-man's baseball game to watch a super fun competitive game.  I love watching 2 teams who are fighting it out to win.  The boys did great.  G-man got hit by a ball in the face, blood nose and wiggly tooth.

Crazy girl showing her dancing moves.  It looks like in the 2nd picture she is dancing to "low, low"

Then we rushed to Zach's 2nd tournament game where I learned Zach had lost one of his tooth.  What is going on today, we have a common theme.  This is the part I do not like about sports.  I want to keep my boys faces perfect with no scars but does this bring character and stories?  Zach's team had a rough game which I hate to watch.  I sat on the edge of my seat the whole game as who likes to watch their kids get run ruled. 

We have been trying to eat at home for all meals.  I was so worn out and still not feeling good from earlier week of bronchitis and sinus infection, I gave into dinner out.  A nice dinner on the patio and off we went to get in pj's for the remainder of the evening.  Mike and I finally watched "A girl with Dragon tattoo".  Very interesting movie but I am not sure If I liked the ending.  By this time, I officially could not breathe due to all our crazy wind and my weak lungs, I slept all night sitting up. 

On a whole another subject, I started detoxing this week my food since I was sick.  I feel great, less bloated, more energy and I lost 6 lbs.  Woohoo, I am going to keep it going and have started researching more about clean diets for the whole family.  More on that later.

My next project is to start a summer list.  I saw this on a blog and thought what a great idea.  You have the kids tell you what they want to do and of course Mom/Dad sneak some in.  Of course these are simple ideas not all about going on vacation.  To start off we want to go pick berries, make jam, plant a small vegtable garden, go to the park to ride bikes and run as much as possible, kayak (this is me..not sure about the kiddos).  Enjoy family time.  Anyways, you get the point.  I think I am going to turn a big frame I have into a chalk board and right them all down so we can visualize them.  Of course Mom and Dad want a vacation and I am thinking Maine.  It sounds so glorious and romantic.

I have so many ideas that I want to do.  Therefore, for today I am done blogging and I am going to start my first painting job on an old antique desk from my Grandma.  I will post before and afters.  My sister repurposes furniture and is so talented.  She has inspired me and if I botch the job I have an expert to look too.

The second coat of Annie Sloan paint on the desk was added.  Sanding, waxing this week.  Looks great in person and will post a better picture once completed. I added stenciling inside of the desk for fun, a surprise when we open.  It is super easy to paint with Annie Sloan.  Great therapy! :)

Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2012

2 posts in one day...This one is for my sister

Today was a beautiful day.  I worked from home and got a lot done and I decided to water my plants and what did I first bloom on my magnolia tree.  Oh how I love flowers and this time of year.  It makes everything right.

Are these not the pretties dragon begonias?  I love how they drape.

Love the smell of rosemary by the door.

This is a added shot of my son sitting on the trash can in the garage.  He tells me " He is the leader of the spy club and they are having a meeting in the heat of the garage?  Gotta love them as you can't see the younger brothers.  Notice the artwork on the wall.  Reese painted and thought our garage needed a painting. 

Here is one of the younger brothers.  How can you resist that smile.  Not the best picture quality but I could not resist.

I have been thinking alot...

This morning I woke up at 4:45 and that is unusual but it was awesome.  I went outside with my cup of coffee and read and thought.  I had 30 minutes by myself to think.  I have been doing a lot of that lately.  Mike and I both have demanding jobs, lots of kid's activities and we sometimes pass each other by.  I do not want my kids to remember that Mom and Dad were always busy or that Mike and I wake up one day not realizing we do not know each other.  I have been working on this for the last few years but recently it has really torn at my soul. 

I am one who loves to work.  I get such a sense of accomplishment but I do have regret or stress that is it best for our family.  As I was thinking today, I finally came to the realization "yes".  It is about balance and doing your best.  I would love to stay at home but financially that is not an option and unfortunately I think my personality likes to work, right or wrong.

Therefore, I decided today I am going to stop and smell the roses.  When I am asked to play Barbies and I have 100 things going on I am going to stop and enjoy before she does not want to play.  I am going to continue to create traditions and memories.  I am going to engage the Man I love and who means the world to me even if I am tired.  I am not perfect and realize know one else is.  You have to do what is right for you and your family.  If my house is messy, so what I can tidy it up after the kiddos go to bed or another day.  I am going to get more organized to make our life work a little better and take the small steps. 

I want to celebrate life and what we have.  This is pretty deep for me but I am using this blog as my journal for all of life.  I want my kids to one day read it and realize that know one is perfect.  We all have to go through this journey of life and figure it out in our own way but we need to make a life and not let it pass us by.

Kids are what bring laughter, innocence and fun to our life.  I love my family more than anything!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Does my little girl look like me?

I have been feeling under the weather.  The allergies are horrible this year and I am ready to feel better and go outside and enjoy without misery.  Oh well, that is my one whine for the day.

It cracks me up when you see pictures of yourself when you are younger but what is more amazing is "who do your kiddos look like".  My oldest definitely looks like my husband, middle "we are not sure" and Reese "who knew" she might look like her mama.   Let's not even get started on how their attitudes take after.  Of course my husband says "Reese is just like her mother".  No way, I am not stubborn and sassy :)....

See for yourself to see if she looks like her Mama.

I am the younger with knee high socks, sporting high fashion.

You gotta love knee highs!

I am all sassy....

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It has been along time......

I am back.  It has been a crazy last year that has kept me away.  I so missed blogging as this is my way of documenting my kiddos, life, my crazy obsession with decorating and my thoughts.  I never realized how much I enjoyed documenting my thoughts and life until I was not doing it anymore.  

For my family, I promise I will post pics soon of the kiddos. 

Today, I am going to talk about my crazy obsession with decorating.  Ever since we started renting a house my passion to make changes has increased.  The funny thing is I have learned you do not need to spend $1000's of dollars to make your home a show piece.   I have to thank my talented sister for this.  I have always loved decorating but would spend allot of money or wait for years to decorate because it was too expensive.  Now, do not get me wrong, you  should invest in key pieces especially if they will be used allot.   Since we are trying to save all our penny's to buy a house next year, I will leave you with some beautiful pics.  I have been saving every picture I like so I know what I want when we buy or remodel. 

I have no idea what sources these pics came from.  :(

Love the clean, bright entry way with the dark woods.  Classic....

What can I say, except I love the windows, lights and marble...

The all white with a touch of cream on the backsplash is beautiful.  I would have soap stone or dark maple butcher board on the island.

Love the beams and doors leading outside.

Feels like home.  Of course love the windows.  As you can see I love windows not covered up with panels for texture and color.  The outdoors is your canvas.

Simple...Needs some color with mahogany beams or something.  Pendant light is too small

What can I say????Love the ceiling, doors and floors.