Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dukie Doo..I love you

Let me start by saying how much I love my husband and I thank God everyday for the gift he gave me. He is a great supporter, provider, father and spouse.

We have recently started going to church. We started last year and it was slow going, finding one we were both happy with. For the past 5-6 months we have been faithfully going to the same one and we are very pleased with it.

This morning was an awesome service!

We let Owen, for the first time today, sit with us in church worship and not go to children's church, what were we thinking??
He acted better than I thought, but it was still rough. Towards the end I had to walk him out of service and talk to him in the hallway. During this time they were having the invitation.

My husband had not been saved.

I walk back in and sit next to him, he looked at me and said, "I went up there".....
wait, "what?"

He then goes on to explain that he went up, talked with Brother Frank and asked God into his heart!

Now, we are by NO means sin free.
We sin everyday.

But, I love knowing that we will be spending the rest of our lives together (in eternity)

I love knowing this!!!

I am super proud of him and this is something that had been weighing heavy on my heart but I knew that he had to make the decision when the time was right for him.

And thank GOD, today was the right day!!!!

Enjoy these pictures of us before church this morning ;)


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Questionable Parenting, HA!!!

Does anybody else feel like they majorly "FAIL" at being a mom?
I have doubts, lots of doubts!

Am I a good mom? I hope so.....I try to be.

Owen just sat in time-out for 4, 3minute sittings, back to back.
Why? Because he told me that he would NOT pick up his toys.

This child will be four this summer, I am not setting up the cycle to be his slave. I understand that it won't be near as organized as I would like it to be, and that's fine. I want him to try, there doesn't have to be any rhyme or reason at this point. But when I tell him to go pick up his toys and he says NO, ha, slap this momma in the face.

Not at option son, sorry!!!

So, I put him in time out, the timer (yes, I set a timer because it seems more effective with him) beeped. I asked the question again, "Owen, go pick up your toys"....His answer, again, "NO". OK, continue to sit there and we will start the timer again. FOUR times we did this and finally he said that he would. And that is what he is doing now. Thank God, I already had called my husband and asked him if it would be neglect if I made him sit in time out until lunch time cause I was not giving in on this one.

Now, was it a big deal that he didn't want to do it, no, was it a big deal that he point blank looked at me and told me NO, yes!

Yes, I understand that he is just three but really, we are getting closer to four now and I have to start somewhere with him knowing that what I say, I mean.

So, does anybody else question their parenting skills on days like this??


Monday, January 24, 2011

Toilet water.............????????

Just to let you know now, I am blogging this for future reference when Owen is going on his first date. Plus, I am keeping it real in our world.

Owen went potty, or so I thought, he was in there a while. I opened the door like I always do to tell him to make sure and wipe and wash his hands before he comes out. He was standing over the toilet with soaking wet hair, water down his face, and his hands were wet.

I stopped and looked at the sink, NO, it wasn't wet, why would it be wet, he was standing over the toilet. I was in denial that he would seriously put his hands in the toilet. I mean really, doesn't he see us smack Abbie's hands every time she TRIES to lift the lid. I freaked out at this point. I put my arm around his waist and threw him up on the sink and started squirting Bath and Body Works foam anti-bacterial hand soap in his hair and I went to town scrubbing and then the brilliant mother I am realized that he has eczema and this soap is not "tear-free" so I start pouring water over his head to rinse it off. (after I seriously scrubbed the crap out of his hair and face)

What was this child thinking, the idea of putting his hands in the toilet???

And to top it all off today he has decided that he doesnt' want to wear anything besides his shorts and frog rainboots, and play his paper-jam guitar (thanks kassie)!! Love this boy, but sometimes I have to wonder, what am I doing wrong??


Saturday, January 22, 2011

8.5 inches of the cold white stuff

The hubs took Owen sledding and it was hilarious! I bundled the poor kid up so much. He also didn't have rain/snow boots so I doubled socks threw on his tennis shoes and out he went. Needless to say, I ordered him some boots when we came back in. I bought rain boots so at least he can wear them more once winter ends and spring begins. April showers bring May flowers.

Momma freezing her butt off just to get some pics

He couldn't figure out how to walk through the snow, daddy carried him ;)

Ashlyn and Owen, goofballs!

Daddy taking Owen down on his back

He had such a good time, it was so fun listening to his laugh

Blog Header Photoshop Help.....

I keep designing new headers in photoshop but when I upload them to my blog they look fuzzy/blurry, just not clear. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Monday, January 17, 2011

Do you have a valid I.D.??

Owen Wesley......Can I please see your I.D.?

This little boy has a fit to drive so once in a blue moon daddy lets him drive down our gravel driveway. He thinks he is the biggest kid in the world when he sits in that drivers seat. And me, being the over protective mom reminds him constantly that this is a special treatment and NEVER can he drive without us. Daddy just tells me to calm down!!!

She must have been mad because she can't drive yet, bahahahaha =)

Thats OK, she has learned to walk and she will prove to me that she can get around just fine on her own without mommas keys.....

On another note, daddy and Owen built a tent out of a quilt and they played forever. Owen kept pretending that there were "dinosaurs" outside and they had to be very quite.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

One of those days.....

Today is one of those days, and yes, I have many. Abbie is on day FOUR of not napping. What do I do????? She goes to be every night by 7:30 and never once get up. Of course, I couldn't get that at nap time when I would like to hit the treadmill or jump in the shower. Since she is in a toddler bed now she can get in and out of it with ease. Unlike the crib where it took a lot of effort to climb over its edge. (hints why she is already in a toddler bed) She will climb out and play with her toys, or open her door and laugh as soon as she sees me. She knows exactly what she is doing. Honestly, it's hell on this momma. I literally get up and put her back in bed MULTIPLE times and finally give up because lets face it, my 15 month old is more stubborn than me. Hard to imagine!! (She gets it from her daddy :))

I had one of those days where I felt I needed to be productive. I pulled out the fridge, cleaned behind it. I was actually appalled at how dirty it was. Thank God my grandma lives so far away, she would have gotten on her hands and knees and cleaned it. I used my Shark Pocket Steam Mop (if you don't have one, get one) and went to town on that floor, I bleached the outside of my fridge and just gave it a good wipe down. It's amazing to me how dirty they can get and you don't even realize it.

I also sent my hubs to the store today to get toilet paper, NEVER again. I can't stand the cheap stuff!!! So, what's he buy.........the cheap stuff! Aggravating, haven't I taught him anything in our 6 years of marriage?

Owen is refusing to sleep in his bedroom. The doc says to continuously make him, when he gets up, walk him back to his room and tuck him in and that it will take several times of doing this. Great, another challenge I am not looking forward too. Again, where do my kids get this stubborn streak?? I know that his room isn't scary, we bought a fish tank for noise, he helped pick out everything in his room when we redid it, he has a night light and one of those things that shoots the solar system on the wall. In reality, I would love to sleep in his room ;) So we have decided on Monday night we are going to start with walking him back to his room and tucking him back in. Say a prayer Monday for us!!

I have seen some recent blogs about scentcy, have any of you used them, do you like them? Let me know, I need something besides candles all of the time.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Been a while....

My aunt called today to check on all of us, apparenly I haven't blogged in a bit, ha!! At least somebody is reading ;)

I figured I would give you guys a couple randoms to fill you in on our life here lately.

  • SNOW, SNOW, and more SNOW. We had Bunco last night and lets just say that we are very dedicated players, we drove from all around to make it to our monthly girls night game of Bunco. If you don't have a group in your area, you should definately get one, I love it! The groups I play with our totally fun and its a quick night away from the kids. my sanity needs it
  • Abbie sleeps great at night, lays down in her toddler bed, we never hear a fuss out of her. But naptimes, TOTALLY different story, she gets up and up and up and up and up (you get the point). It is ridiculus. I continue to lay her back down over and over and over and over (again, you get the point). I am lost, today I gave in and rocked her to sleep, I mean really, I need that hour window that she does sleep to catch up on Young and the Restless =) So any tips would be much appreciated.
  • Owen is still in this whinning phase, really?? When does it end, be honest, I can take it! I am at a loss at this point. Sometimes I think I am the worst stay at home mom on the planet. I can't get one kid to nap and the other just wants to cry at everything. Please, tell me that its not just my kids.
  • I have officially started my diet back and the hubs put the treadmill in our room for me. I kept having excuse after excuse. My true weakness is Lay's chips with Central Dairy Chip n' Dip!!!! YUMMY!! But, I am done having children and I want to feel good about myself again. If I get brave I will let you know my weight and my goal weight, that will help keep me motivated (surely).
  • The hubs and I are in the market for a new couch/recliner. We are interested in leather, for all of you that have it, please let us know the pros and cons. Are couch now has two recliners, but one of them has to be on its last leg considering you can hear it popping everytime you lean back in it. So hopefully soon we will be making a big purchase.
  • Tax time=I HATE IT. I tell me husband it would just be so much easier sometimes if he had a W2 like everyone else. All is reciepts and records or the lack thereof stress me out!!!!
  • I would like some cute craft ideas for the kids to do the week of Valentines Day. We need more ideas, I hate for them to watch TV all of the time, and would like to do more creative stuff with them.

We went to visit our friends, they have a little girl, Kenadie and our kids exchange Christmas gifts. Owen I knew would love his since he told Aunt Shelle exactly what he wanted...........a frog pillow pet. Low and behold, she found him one! Abbie got the ladybug pillow pet and we bought Kenadie a Dora shirt and a Tea Set..........Enjoy


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Abbie is starting to W.A.L.K.

I was really thinking that she wasn't going to have any interest in walking. She is almost 15 months old, and FINALLY started. I know that this is "normal", but I was comparing her to Owen, who started walking at 10.5 months. He did everything early, she could care less =) Not that I am complaining, it just amazes me at the difference of these two kids!!



I just left Natalie's blog and followed her easy steps to set my blog up to be easier to read from your mobile device.

All you have to do is ...

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