Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Day in the Life of (3 years old and 1 year old)

Our lives seem to be flying by faster than a speeding bullet. I just blinked and January is gone and we are halfway through February. Why, oh why does time have to go by so quickly? I just wish these days could linger a little longer. These days with my two cuties are by far the best days of my life and I am savoring each and every moment with them because I know in just a short time, I will turn around and they will be in school full time. 

**These picts are kinda random.

I want to document what our days look like right now. It is totally nothing fancy or outrageous but you can bet the days are full of excitement and chaos!!

Here is the rundown of how our Monday went. Christian worked 7-7 which is very typical for weekdays, so this was a fairly good example of what most of our days look like.

6:45: Aubrey taps me on the head and says, "mommy, can I get my IPad?" It never fails that she is at my bedside at exactly a quarter til 7:00, I swear she has an internal alarm clock set for that time. I usually make her get in bed with me and snuggle for about 30 minutes, and then I let her get her IPad and watch a show for about 30 more minutes.

7:30: Weston Hayes begins to stir and talk in his bed. He never cries, just begins to talk and I usually hear him on the monitor. He is such a happy little guy...he just wakes up in a good mood.

7:45-8:45: Breakfast. We usually do oatmeal or poptarts for Bre. Weston usually does a cereal bar or a banana. I try my best to unload the dishes or put a load of laundry in while the kiddos are contained and fairly occupied. I'd say my kiddos eat best in the morning, so sometimes they will eat for 45 minutes straight. I just let them.

8:45: I attempt to get myself and the kids dressed and presentable. On this particular day, we headed to the gym so I just threw on some workout clothes and loaded up the car. (Who am I kidding...that is my wardrobe everyday no matter what!)  I always try and pack lunches and snacks for the day because chances are, we will be out during lunch. The kids love to snack in the car.

10:00: Gym time! This has become my new favorite thing! I try and go workout twice a week, and they have a fabulous nursery so I know the kids are having a blast. I either do a class or just workout on my own. It has become such a stress reliever for me. As a bonus, my sis is a member, so it is so fun to get to workout with her and chat.

11:30: We load up the car and head out to do a few errands. Aubrey is starving, so I give her a packed sandwich and pretzels. Weston snacks on some veggie straws.

11:45: I make a quick run into Home Goods to return a few items. These "quick" run ins always end in disaster. At the register, Weston pulls all the candy off the shelf, while Aubrey reprimands him by pulling his shirt and dragging him away. Weston throws a fit and begins to sqeal. I pack up my things and make a mad dash for the exit with a screaming baby in my hands and toddler walking behind trying to lecture her brother. Always fun times.

12:15: We stop at our favorite place to grab a few drinks because mommy needs a refresher. I get a diet coke and Bre gets a Sprite.

12:45: We make it home, unload and decide to enjoy the beautiful weather outside until naps. Aubrey swings, Weston waddles and we just have a blast out in the back yard. Those are some of my favorite times...just piddling out in the yard while Bre and Weston explore.

2:00: NAP TIME!!!! The most glorious part of any mother's day. The absolute cherished and looked forward to time of the schedule!  I have both of them on the same nap schedule (Weston sometimes takes a morning and afternoon nap, but it isn't a must) and it is a life saver. Both will normally nap around 2 hours. I mostly use this time to get work done. I try and do my graphics and catch up on the books for my brother's construction company. Naptime is always gone in a flash and I never seem to get everything done. Occasionally on a Friday, when I am all caught up, I will take a nap with the kiddos or watch a Fixer Upper. Again...naptime is a gift from above!

4:30: both kiddos usually wake up and want to be held. It never fails that they both wake up minutes from each other and both are grumpy and need mommy. It usually take between 15-30 minutes for them to really wake up and not need to be held.

5:00: We decide to take some of our leftover bread down to the pond and feed the ducks. I know Bre has been wanting to see the ducks, so I decide since it is warm outside, we will take the plunge. We walk down the street to the front of the neighborhood (Aubrey is in her princess dress and heels) and to the pond. Bre has a blast feeding the ducks and Weston stands back and takes it all in. He keeps pointing to the ducks and saying, "dog". Apparently every animal is a dog. We make the treck back to the house and I attempt to get the kids inside. It never fails that Weston throws a fit when we have to go inside. He would prefer to stay outside all day if I would let him.

6:00: Dinnertime. By far one of the worst times of the day. My kids are not great eaters, so I feel like dinner is a struggle. Doing it alone is even worse. Since Christian is getting home late, we do leftovers.

7:00: bathtime...another crazy and chaotic time. Both kiddos like bath time and usually have fun together. Nothing makes me happier than smelling my clean babies after bath.

7:30: Daddy gets home and all is well with the world! There is usually a ton of screaming and hollering for joy when they see daddy pull in the driveway. Daddy gets hugs and kisses and I usually try and sneak off for a relaxing bath. C will usually put a movie on for Bre and then bring Weston to me to feed.

8:00: I nurse Weston and then put him down. He is the easiest thing ever to put to bed. He just lays down and goes to sleep without a peep.

8:30: We begin putting Bre to bed. This has been a challenge lately and we are really working on making bedtime easier with her. She tends to want to push the envelope at night and likes to get the last word in. She ALWAYS has to have a hug, kiss and an ugga mugga (it's where you rub noses and say those words...from Daniel Tiger). That is her big thing and if you don't do those three things correctly... she will throw a fit. Can't tell you how many times she has gotten a spanking because she threw a fit about getting the perfect "ugga mugga" LOL!

9:00: C and I usually read or watch a show for about 30 minutes and then we both crash. We are just so busy that we don't have the energy right now to make it past 10:00. I know things will settle down and get easier, but for now...we need all the sleep we can get.

There ya have it...a typical day in the life of our little family! I am soooo beyond thankful I am getting to stay home and experience these days with my babies. It is truly a dream come true. When I am knee deep in tantrums and dirty diapers...I just remind myself that I will miss these days very soon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new decade has begun...

Well there is no use denying it or trying to pretend it didn't happen...I am officially out of my twenties and into my thirties. Can't say it was an easy transition for me, but I sure did celebrate it big!
We celebrated pretty much for a week straight and I felt so special and loved on. My mom and sis put together a special dinner and craft night with my dearest and closest girlfriends. We had dinner at Stab's in Central and then went back and had a blast doing crafts and eating dessert. It was absolutely the best night ever! I didn't get home until after midnight and I can't even begin to tell you the last time I stayed up past 9:00!  I felt like I really let it loose that night! HAHA!
How adorable are our crafts? My sis is pretty amazing with her craft abilities. She lives up to her last name! I just love her!
Christian and I took a little trip to Covington for the weekend and celebrated our birthdays. He turned 31 just two days after me, so this was our gift to each other. A night away with no kids is a priceless gift.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast, ate out at a fancy restaurant, shopped and went and saw "American Sniper". It was an absolutely perfect weekend. It was actually our first time away overnight in THREE years. Yeah...that is terrible.
Our adorable bed and breakfast. Can't say I would stay there again...(no hot water was not my idea of luxury)...but it was all about the escape!
My yummy steak at Ox Lot 9. It was devoured in 5 minutes flat.
My all-time favorite place..."the Berry Patch" in Hammond. Food to die for.
Life has been so busy lately, but oh so fun. I am loving these days home with my two little munchkins. My days are incredibly stressful, but so so fun. These two keep me smiling!
Here is to my 30's. I know it will be a fantastic ride!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Weston Hayes

From the day he was born, I have called Weston my "angel boy". I don't know why I nicknamed him that from early on, but he sure has lived up to the name. I don't know if you remember or not, but I had a really hard time when I learned Weston was a boy. I realize it was extremely ridiculous for me to be anything but thrilled with whatever God gave me, but I admit I was set on having another girl. I just knew from the beginning that I was going to have two girls and that was the plan I had in mind. The day of the sonogram I was blown away when I found out he was a boy. I admit it took me sometime to adjust to the thought of having a boy. I think it was just that I didn't know anything about boys...I have been around nothing but girls most of my life and I just was more comfortable with girl things. To be completely honest, I was nervous and slightly bummed about having a boy all the way up to my delivery. I completely feel terrible about that now...but it is just how I felt.
However, the moment I laid eyes on Weston, my walls came tumbling down. My fears and apprehension melted away the second we saw each other. There was an instant connection that I cannot even begin to explain. It is almost as if Weston broke me in an amazing way. I realized in that moment and every moment with him since, that God knows far more what we need than we could ever imagine. Our plans for ourselves pale in comparison to God's design for our lives. Weston taught me that lesson in a mighty way.

Weston Hayes has been the best addition to our family. He adds so much fun, laughter and innocence. He is always happy, content no matter what and always up for whatever we are doing. He is a charmer, a goofy ball of smiles and always ready to give kisses. He is a mama's boy, an outdoor lover and a nursing champ. My little man naps great, eats great and poops at the exact same time everyday. (Too much information?) Sorry.
I was determined to give Aubrey Lane a sister, but I honestly don't think she could love Weston anymore if she tried. Their relationship has been pure gold since the moment he arrived. Aubrey has loved Weston from day one and is adamant that he is near her at all times. Don't even think of separating her from her little brother. I laugh because she will baby talk him and say, "come here my little handsome man". I know first hand the amazing blessing of having a brother and I can only hope their relationship will continue to be this unbreakable throughout life.
I can't believe my boy is a year old, but as I look back over this past year, I have no regrets. I have cuddled with this little guy, savored his midnight feedings, kissed his neck and taken in all his sweet fragrances with such determination, because I know how fleeting this time is. I feel like I have been blessed with the opportunity to really enjoy Weston fully...and taken each moment and tried to tuck it away in my heart. Every single night that I put him back in his crib after a nightly feeding, I pray over him and thank God for blessing me with his life.
Weston Hayes, my prayer for you is that you continue to be a ray of sunshine to everyone you come in contact with. May you grow, develop and continue to blossom in all you do. Keep on making me laugh and spreading joy to those around you. May you know how loved and wanted you are and may you always be a momma's boy.
We love you, Weston Hayes. Happy first birthday little man!