Monday, April 25, 2011

Hippity Hop!

Remind me what month we are in? April, you say? Oh, so it is actually Easter and not Halloween?! Because, judging by the amount of candy I have hidden away, high upon a shelf in my broom closet, where little hands can't retrieve it, you would think it was Halloween all over again! Good grief - it's almost ridiculous. Someone remind me, next year, that I don't actually need to buy my kids treats, because the rest of my overly-generous (sometimes too generous) family will shower them with more sugar than they know what to do with! We really are truly blessed to have such generous people in our lives, who care so deeply about our kids...but clearly, they value our kids happiness more than they value our own sanity. (Really, guys, we love you - thank you. Now, come over and eat some candy with us! After the kids are in bed, of course.)

We spent the entire weekend celebrating Easter and spring and all the good things this time of year brings, in some way or another. It was busy, and hectic, and just the way I like it!

Decorating eggs - messy as all heck, but totally worth it! The little dude had a blast...he also had a tantrum, when the fun was over. Note to self : Next year, boil 4 dozen eggs to keep little hands busy for hours.

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Enjoying our sunny Saturday afternoon at the local carnival - hours of entertainment simply observing the many kinds of people there, but also loads of fun for the kids!
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(My very big, brave boy on his very first ride! I was so convinced we would not go on...but, look at him go!)
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The highly anticipated egg hunt - the highlight of the weekend. Kids woke up to baskets full of toys and surprises on their beds (seriously, I've never seen Jaxson wake up SO fast...I swear he spotted it before his eyes were even open!), which they got to play with while mommy and daddy made much needed coffee.
The look on Jaxson's face was priceless, when he realized there were colorful eggs hiding all over the house, filled with "Treaties" - it definitely made staying up until midnight, hiding and stuffing, 100% worth it. Cheyna may be getting a little old for the egg hunt, but she missed out on a lot of life's little novelties, so we're making up for lost time.

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(You'll notice that "baby" didn't leave his side for much of the hunt. We can only hope he'll love his little sister as much as he loves his babies :)
Dinner for 16 at our house - yep, I'm 31 weeks pregnant and overly ambitious. But to be honest, nothing makes me happier than having a house full of people we love! I love the laughter in the air, the smell of good food cooking in the kitchen, and the celebration of life as kids are being snuggled and adults are cozied up enjoying great company. I was exhausted, but it was well worth it. Likely, the last dinner party in our little house.

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(Candle holders from the dollar store, spray painted white, some easter/spring word art made on the computer, and 3D paper eggs made with my Silhouette.)
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Secret projects - I taught Cheyna how to use my Silhouette :) We had made chocoloate/PB "nests" with chocolate eggs in them, and then using my Silhouette she made individual baskets for each nest. She spent hours working on them, and made  16 - one to send home with every guest <3

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I think it's safe to say that a great weekend was had by all! Now that the hussle and bustle of the holiday is over, it's time for me to prepare for my girls' weekend in Boston, and get PACKING for the big move!

I hope your Easter was as blessed as ours.



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"Rejoice with your family, in the beautiful land of life"
-Albert Einstein

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tired.

I've been feeling uninspired. At a loss for words, and no energy to come up with anything. This week marked the beginning of the last quarter of my pregnancy. 30 weeks down, 10 (or so) to go. The woes and wears of the third trimester have definitely hit hard, and I'm finding it hard to just slow down and accept it. I keep pushing myself to do more, and stay awake longer, but in reality, I should be embracing the stillness of these last weeks, and preparing for the arrival of our baby girl. For the sleepless nights, the newborn cries, and the days of discomfort following the monumental act of giving birth. It's okay to be tired, and it's okay to throw in the towel for a few days if I need to, and stop trying to keep the house sparkling. As long as the kids are fed, happy, and tucked safely away in their beds at night, it's okay to rest. And so rest I do, tonight, as the babes are sleeping, and Trevor is gone out with the boys.

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My desk is scattered with an empty water cup, a bottle of children's tylenol, various candy wrappers, some pencils, some flyer's from different furniture stores, and my visa. The floor is littered with toys, and a diaper I have yet to throw out, and the sink still holds the dirty dishes from dinner time. But I'm going to leave it. I'm tired, and ready to fall asleep anytime now, and just not going to worry about it. Embracing the third tri, baby.


Amidst the pure and utter exhaustion, though, I do find small windows of energy and excitement to prepare for our move! 5 weeks and 6 days to go! Today, we packed the first 10 boxes or so, We also ordered 7 new appliances, and a new King sized mattress set....*swoon*. We've been smooshed into a double for far too long, and that extra 16 inches of cloud-like space, sounds like heaven!


I'm also preparing for a girls weekend in Boston coming up at the end of the week, with 2 of my very best "online friends". One I met for the first time about 3 years ago, (and many more times since then) and have considered her one of my very closest friends ever since, and the other is an amazing, long-time internet friend, who we are both meeting for the firs time! I couldn't be more excited! It will be mama's first night(s) away from Mr. Jaxson, and I am going to miss him like crazy, but this is the only opportunity I will have for another couple of years, so I am taking it! We have lots of fun and pampering planned, and the weekend promises to be a time of personal restoration, and building of new friendships.


The third tri aches and discomforts have had me feeling a little down, so I've treated myself to a few nice novelties that I don't always indulge in. New shoes. Not the heels I normally go for, but a pretty pair of rain boots I have been lusting over for months, to brighten the days of puddle splashing with the kidlets.

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New make-up...it's been a while since I've treated myself to the best, and it just feels SO good.


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Breakfast playdates with new and old friends. Of course, I snapped a pic before everyone arrived, but once there were 7 kids running around, and demanding pancakes and yogurt parfaits, I forgot to pick my camera up again.




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Footbaths, a good movie, and popcorn.


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Judging by the chill in the air this evening, and the glum, grey skies, you would never guess that our week was full of spring promise. We played in the backyard, riding bikes, and zipping down slides, until we couldn't hold off bedtime any longer. (And we have the tell-tale bumps and bruises to prove it)



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And, we celebrated the first outdoor meal of the season.


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My poor little guy though is not ending his week so happily. We've had 2 sleepless nights now, of painful screams and cries at random intervals throughout the night. He's also running on low fuel, with no appetite for 2 days now. It *could* all be chalked up to those nasty 2 year molars he's been dealing with, but this mama is guessing we may have another ear infection on board. So, if tonight proves to be just as bad, we will be heading the the clinic tomorrow to have it checked out. Why is it that these things always happen on the weekend?!

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Livin' and Lovin'

Life is full of the unexpected. We feel sorrow when we expect happiness, we feel regret when we expect satisfaction, we get Pepsi when we asked for Coke, we get sun when we were prepared for rain. This weekend was unexpected - I prepared for a lazy weekend of lounging around the house in comfy sweats, and doing menial chores around the house that have been put off all week. But, that's definitely not what I got. I got spontaneous, fun-filled days of laughing children, cold lemonade, and a whole lot of sun-soaking and t-shirt wearing. It was bliss.



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(Check out those cool shades! Aspiring to be just like Daddy!)

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Lazy mornings were spent eating cereal, snuggling up and watching cartoons, and drinking satisfying, hot cups of tea while reading the paper. We were in no rush to be anywhere, and it was daddy's first weekend home with us, since Friday was his last day on the old job. We loved having him home, and enjoyed every sweet moment of it.


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The weekend brought promises of happy endings, with an invitation to our dear friends' wedding. We couldn't be happier to be a part of their big day, and celebrate the powerful love and admiration they have for one another.



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(The wedding will take place on June 4th, less than 3 weeks before my due date. Should be a challenge finding something nice to wear!)




It also brought promise of life, and future potential, as our niece, Carly celebrated her 5th birthday. She's got a spark that will take her far in life...Happy Birthday, sweet girl!




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Life is just so good, at the moment, and I feel like all the planets are aligned in our favour. Everything just feels so right, and I'm almost leery of enjoying it too much, with the fear that it's all too good to be true! But, that's no way to live - so we'll keep on livin' and lovin' ...lovin' life, because it sure is a life worth livin'.


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Happy Monday, friends. Hope your weekend was as beautiful as ours. Don't forget to laugh often.


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(Jaxson trying to mimic our silly faces)
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