Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chore lists

Here's a quick update of the happenings around here:
 We've been putting the baby in the jumperoo and he absolutely loves it! He is Daddy's bud and they hang out all night long.
He is a lot like his dad in the fact that shopping is pretty boring to him. This happens all the time:
 Lindsey is a s sassy as ever:

 Whitney lost her second tooth and her head is healing well. Her teacher will be leaving on maternity leave after this week, so we'll see if her love of school changes at all. 

Okay, now for the real post. Things were getting frustrating around here. The house was out of order, the kids were not helping, and I just felt a general feeling of disorganization. One of my new goals I set, was to keep the house more in order. (I'm actually a pretty messy person and I HATE cleaning.) So, to help me out from going crazy, I made chore lists for the girls. (I got my idea from pinterest) I printed picture so the non reader knew what the tasks were and got them laminated. They are pretty straight forward. There are morning tasks and evening tasks. It takes a lot of hounding from me to get them done, but they are such a great help! It has everything the girls need to get done, and it's made life so much more organized. I feel way more on top of things. I do need some suggestions to make it more of an incentive for them to get it done. They are allowed to watch netflix or play with toys once everything is done, but they have yet to have more than about 30 minutes before we leave for school. It takes them a long time and a lot of reminding/nagging. I need some type of reward to motivate them and a negative consequence if they don't finish. Yesterday I took away their American Girl Dolls because they didn't finish in the evening, but it wasn't a huge deal to them. So any suggestions would help! I don't want to give them money or treats, I need something unique and appealing!
Thanks in advance. Hope you're all doing well!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a great and safe New Year's Eve. Thanks to my sister, I had a nice relaxing Good Wife binge watch all day/night. It's been a pretty eventful week! On Christmas Day, the baby rolled over from his back to his front for the first time and he's now officially 4 months old! I love this stage!

Of course he'll smile at his sisters which are on the side of the camera. 

 Every month when I take the baby's pictures, the girls insist on getting one with him. Please ignore the Lindsey's shirt. It was bought by Aunt Wendy, and this morning, she dressed herself. The other eventful thing this week has to do with the big bandaid on Whitney's forehead. She got in a fight with the corner of a table and lost so that resulted in 4 stitches. Later that night, she lost her first tooth! So she was excited for the tooth fairy to visit. I think her grin is even more adorable now.
Are you all ready for your new goals?! The hubs and I decided we are giving up pop as of today. It will be hard, but good for me. I've never been too attached to pop, always easy for me to give it up when I wanted and I was fine if I had it occasionally. But with this last pregnancy, I drank Sprite like it was nobody's business. It has continued and I crave/drink it constantly. Since pop usually goes on sale with you having to buy multiple packs, the hubs would get his coke also. We both decided it'd be good if we stick with water and occasional juice, so wish us luck!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Old Year's Resolutions

So, as this year comes to a close, I've been thinking about goals for the upcoming year. I've been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to New Year's resolutions. Last year I was tired of failing come February, and I decided to rid myself of guilt and just not make them. I was thinking that this year I would do the same. But I've been feeling unaccomplished lately and I know that one trait of successful people is that they make goals! So, I decided to make goals and that I didn't need to wait for the new year to start. Want to guess my first goal? I'll give you one hint...you're participating in it right now!
Yes, you guessed it. I am gonna get back at updates. It's a good way of documenting things we do in our family and staying in touch with all of you. So, here's to my first post in forever!
Rather than give you a very lengthy update on EVERYTHING that has happened in the last year, I'll just leave you with some pictures of our growing family taken on Thanksgiving and a promise that I'll be back soon! Merry Christmas!

This little cutie joined our family in September and is very loved around here. I mean...look at that little face!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Fun

 This Easter was unlike most Easters. I wasn't really in the mood to do a lot for it. I've been very homesick and holidays just make it worse. Leading up to it, we virtually did nothing to prepare or learn about it. The week before it was super busy between multiple tests at school and church responsibilities, so all of our celebrating was on Sunday.

We did fun Easter egg inspired nails:
 I know it looks like a lot of candy, but there are non edible items that are taking a lot of space in the bottom:

 I love Lindsey's face in this one:
 They each got some clothes:

 They seemed pretty happy with their loot:

If you know me, you know I love to do little girl hair. I was going to do something more elaborate for the holiday, but I opted to leave her hair down and more elegant. Here is the link for this embarrassingly easy hairdo. Seriously so easy and pretty. I curled the ends with a curling iron and they actually stayed pretty well. 
Here's my little cuties:

 After church we snapped some family pics:

 Because our week was so busy, we opted for our egg hunt after church:

 We invited our downstairs neighbor to come up and watch:

 They are mama birds sitting on their eggs:
 Our neighbor got the girls Easter baskets from him and they were very surprised and thrilled:

 I felt like I had to make a ham, but with 4 people, it doesn't seem worth it. We bought a 2 pound ham and didn't even finish half of it!
I'll never be able to make gravy like my mom, I still have lots of practicing to do! The meal turned out pretty good.
 Every year my family makes a bunny cake. I have never really made one, it's always been my mom and sisters. This year I decided to brave and try it on my own. Not perfect, but it was fun to make. The girls had free reign of the bow tie. I used this buttercream recipe and I highly recommend it.

All in all, it was a great day spent as a family. Even though I was missing my family and traditional Easter at home, I realized how much growth we make on our own. I'm doing so many things I would never do around family. Over the last two years I've made two complete Thanksgiving meals and now an Easter meal. Not to mention, the countless other things I've had to do and learn being away. I'm learning and growing, even if I fight it every time. I hope someday we are celebrating with family all the time, but until then, I'll get my share of experience. Happy Easter everyone!