Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Reading Challenge

So normally I am up on my Reading Challenge Game but this time I've been a major slacker.  So far I have picked my Goodreads Challenge 75 books (not too high since I am finding I am reading longer books thanks to GR trackers at the end of the year) and PopSugar Reading Challenge.  The PopSugar Challenge is always a favorite and seems to get added onto my list year after year.  I also found a challenge for Calvin and I to do, but am still on the hunt for at least 1 more because I'm a stickler for a least 3 so I have variety.  Once I get them all figured out I will blog about each one.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Word of the Year

A few years back my friend Alayna introduced me to word of the year, and I figured sure why not give it a try.  The idea is to select a word for the year that represents what you want to focus on throughout the year.

So my word for 2017 hit me hard but then I started second guessing my choice for a word.  It was one of the simplest words I have ever choose and I didn't know if I felt it.  Then I had a truly ah ha moment after a friend posted a touching blog piece on her cousin fighting to take his daughter home with him because the surrogate had changed her mind.  All thankfully worked out for my friends cousins but the video she shared about his struggles reminded me why I choose my word in the first place.

So I have been doing word of the year since 2009 and my word Strong and because of the instant need in my life for that word it propelled me to continue doing it every year with Organize, Remember, Brave, Faith, Happy, Sparkle, Create and bring me to my 2017 pick

Much thought and dwelling was spent on picking this years word.  More so than any other year I have picked a word but deep in my soul this needed to be my word for 2017.  So no matter where 2017 feels the need to take me my word has a path for me and I know deep down that it's what my year will truly need.

Friday, January 22, 2016

What a fast two weeks

Wow we made it through another party for Kyrie.  I always feel like I have nine zillion things going on for her party that I don't get much else done.  Then I had a sick little guy so I'm finally getting around to blogging about my Crafty Minion Party Creation and then of course uploading pictures to FB and then updating here.  The little guy and I have been trying out different wraps with our woven and we are loving it. 
 I am trying to convince Seth that Calvin and I need this Natibaby Harry Potter Woven wrap.
Calvin seems to love our Kangaroo time and his face lights up whenever he sees our wrap.  Dance continues on and seems to be filling more of our time up.  Kyrie will be performing in a few short months at a basketball game.  And is getting in extra rehearsals for it.  She also has another band concert coming up so we hear lots of flute music around the house.  Good thing it's the flute and isn't too loud and that she is good at it.  Zee is looking for other activities to fill up her time she badly wants back into Girl Scouts (we told her in the fall because it is on dance night now) and she is also interested in bowling club.  We have to look into that today when we pick her up and make sure we don't have a time conflict.  My little babies are growing up and I'm not sure I'm as ready for it as they seem to be.

Friday, January 8, 2016

My Dearest Kyrie

My Dearest Kyrie,

               Today you turn 11, and I have to explain to you why this is so hard for me.  Every time I look at you I see this little girl.
The girl with the curly hair, the free spirit, the child who insisted that rain boots and shorts go on a day without a cloud in site.  My little 4 year old Kyrie adventurous, talkative heart full of love.  I know I hold you too close, give you hugs when you want to push me away and wish you would stop getting older.  I also know one day you will go off to college, have a career, get married and have a family of your own and every day puts us closer to that future.  I just want to keep you little, so the world won't jade you, so I can protect you from everything.  So please be patient with your mom as I hug you a little more than you like.  I'm just trying to hold you little as long as I can!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Rare Moments With Kyrie

Since Kyrie's birthday is coming up and clothes are the best gift ever for her at the moment, we went out and spent her birthday money from Nana.  We had just a Kyrie and Mommy day.  A rare event even before Calvin came along.  It took a little while but she warmed up to the idea of shopping with Mom and actually having to talk to me, so that by lunch she was just talking away about all kinds of things.  We ended up getting her party decorations with a gift card I found while I was cleaning up my scrapbook stuff.  I have some invitations to make up and some eyes to add to things to make them look like Minions but no big decorations this year.  She is going with a Movie Party, Minions and wants popcorn and cupcakes.  So not too much work for Mom.  We had a blast and hopefully it's something I can keep doing with her and she enjoyed it as much as I did.
We did a couple stores got all we needed and then we did lunch.  It was a blast!!!  Afterwards we came home and the kids and I watched the Minion movie.  Such a great way to spend the first couple days of the New Year.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Word of the Year

Once again I'm doing a Word of the Year.  This has brought me so much peace and clarity since I started doing these.  As everyone around me focuses on Resolutions that end up getting forgotten or pushed to the side.  I choose in 2009 a different path I picked one word I wanted to achieve out of the year.  The idea came from Ali Edwards.  Since 2009 I've had Strong, Organize, Remember, Brave, Faith, Happy, and Sparkle last year.

So I held off posting my word till it was actually 2016 and of course I've had my word since before Christmas and have hashed it out with my good friend Alayna .  And after some self reflection and seeing how meaningful Sparkle was to me last year.  I have choosen   

I feel profoundly attached to Create.  I've fallen so far behind on my crafting of any type. Christmas made me notice the most when all I made for a gift was a mismatch sock snake for the dog.  So with a new little addition to our scrapbook collection I think I need to focus more on creating.  Creating scrapbook memories, creating memories with my children, creating a more (to steal a phrase from the Bloggess) Furiously Happy me.  I think this is the one that stands out to me the most especially after using Happy as one of my previous words of the year.  I need to Create in my the person I feel comfortable with all the time and not revert back into myself or feel like I have to shut down around people.  

After reading all of these "I'm so glad 2015 is over it was awful posts".  I have noticed a change in myself. I thought back at my year and all I could see was the memories I wanted to stick out the ones where I was Happy.  We were blessed with Calvin and even if being pregnant with him kept me sick at every turn that's not what I take away from it.  I take away this amazing boy who loves me unconditionally, who smells like baby soap and gives some of the best little heart squeeze type moments.  I have two AMAZING daughters who despite one being older than I wish she was I couldn't ask or more.  Little Moments stand out and make me realize the impact I make on them.  Being able to be there for them at every turn.  I was fortunate enough to see my Mom twice this year.  Once when I flew down to watch my little brother graduate and again when she flew up here after we had Calvin.  Yes I wish we all could have watched Austin graduate.  Yes I wish that would have been an option but instead of holding onto that negative I relished the time I got to spend with him and my Mom.  Don't get me wrong my year was probably anything but perfect we had our downs but I choose to focus on the ups when I reflect back at it.  Maybe all I needed was a little Sparkle to make me see that the littlest moments SPARKLE the most.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


So I fully wanted to keep up with this better this year but morning sickness (which lasted all day and all nine months) was brutal.  So let's see if I can play catch up.

January ~ Kyrie turned 10, I know it's hard to think she is that big.  I still think of her as my little girl in rain boots and shorts on a day with no clouds in sight.  But then I will probably always think of her that way no matter how old she gets. 

 February ~ Seth and I found out that horrible "flu" I thought I had was from being pregnant.  As well as celebrating our 12 year anniversary.  So we prepared ourselves and the girls for welcoming another bundle of joy.  As you can see the girls were beyond excited when we told them the news.
March ~ Little Miss Zee turned 7 and decided on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Ginger Turtles as she calls them.  So Mommy had a lot of party prep to squeeze in along with trying not be sick so much.  And get things ready for my friend's baby shower that I was making owl decorations for.  And we got a ultrasound date scheduled for McKenzie's birthday along with her message of "It will be a brother I already have a sister" we were a little terrified to find out on her birthday but it worked out  in her favor and she got what she wanted.  And we could have a little boy. Don't worry about Zee's expression she wasn't thrilled with Kyrie getting to hold the sign too, she wanted a brother.
April ~ April brought us Easter, Zee's actual party with her friends a broken washing machine and a basement disaster.  Thankfully Easter and Zee's party went without any problems we even managed to squeeze in dance pictures in April for recital.  And Zee graduated speech now we have two girls out of speech. 

May ~  May is always crazy it is recital month.  Dance consumes us in May but the girls love it so we go with it.  Plus this was Zee's first year to be able to dance with Daddy and Kyrie.  We got the washer replaced (we just had to suffer till it could be delivered) so it was a lot of cleaning up water pouring out of the washer while I did wash. 

June ~ June brought me leaving Seth alone with the girls for a week and a half while I flew out to Texas to watch my little brother graduate high school.  Of course Murphy's Law and it was his first time without me and we had three deployments worth of disasters to make up for apparently.  So the lawn mower, and stove both caught fire while I was gone. 

July ~  July went a little slower for us.  We had the baby shower and little odds and ins visits places but not much because the doctor didn't want me far away because Zee was only 2 hours of labor.  We did manage to get up to Bangor and get school clothes shopping accomplished.  We had to shop at teenage stores (really when did Kyrie get so grown  up).  I also managed to get all of the baby shower stuff made before the big day.

August ~ And finally the month we had been looking forward too.  Calvin decided to be like Zee and came rapid 3 hours total and we were holding our big boy.  He passed both girls in size and weight coming out at 9 pounds even and 21 and a half inches long.  And he came to quickly for any type of medication so I did it all natural and we actually liked our third option of nitrous instead of an epidural or a local.  But the babies are done for this family we are happy with our three.  We brought him home and Lucky seems to have quickly taken to him.  And loves night time feeding because it means extra love for him from Daddy.
Let's hope I can keep up better the rest of the year!!!