11 April 2012

Easter 2012

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Nothing says spring like Easter, and what a fantastic Easter it was this year! It is no secret that I am a holiday girl. I love any occasion to decorate and make the house fun and festive. I am a crafter by nature and holidays are the best times to to let my creative (wild) side free. Easter and Christmas are by far my most favorite holidays so it is pretty safe to say these are the two holidays I go most nuts about! This year our Easter started off with a bunny shaped pancake breakfast. We decided to postpone the Easter basket until after Kaydence ate or eating probably wouldn't have happened! Daddy did a fantastic job and made some delicious butterscotch pancake.

After breakfast it was time for Easter basket fun. Kev and I have both decided to skip the whole drama of Santa Claus and The Easter Bunny, but we still wanted the element of surprise for her basket. So we decided after breakfast that I would take her into the room to get her cleaned up while Kev set up her Easter basket in the living room. I thought Easter would be a great time for yet another tutu, however, I still wanted her to have a cute Easter dress so the only solution to this problem was to have two Easter outfits. Yes, my 21 month old was going to have a wardrobe change in the middle of the day. What can I say she is a rockstar:-)

Easter wouldn't be Easter without and Easter egg hunt. So our next stop on this busy day of Easter fun was grandma's house for a mid-day Easter egg hunt with cousin Juliana. Since Kaydence was only 9 months old last Easter, today's Easter egg hunt would be her first. I have to admit that my excitement for this event was over the top, and Kaydence was pretty excited about it as well. Because Juliana is 3 years older than Kaydence the placement of eggs had to be personalized for each child (Kaydence's a little more obvious.) To make things even and fair, we labeled the eggs with the first letter of the girls names so that they knew which ones were theirs:-) They both had an absolute blast and we adults were more than thrilled with how everything turned out. I was also quite pleased with the beautiful spring weather that allowed for us to have this wonderful Easter egg hunt outside!

Our last stop of the day on this 2012 Easter Sunday was Great Grandpa and Grandma Glaze's house for Easter dinner with Kevin's family. I sure do love Kevin's family and am always to happy to see everyone! We enjoyed a very wonderful spaghetti dinner (with vegetarian accommodations for the few of us who do not eat meat.) Kevin and I brought a beautiful Easter cake that I baked and decorated to share with everyone and we all enjoyed a fabulous evening mingling with family and friends.

All in all I have to say that this 2012 Easter Sunday was by far one of the best Easters I have had. Thank you to all of the wonderful people who made the day so special!

04 April 2012

Change is a Good Thing

Things are constantly changing in the Tatum household. It seems like every time we get into a routine, drastic adjustments are necessary for various reasons. While stressful, I very much love our family's ability to adapt and still keep the important things tended to. We recently canceled our cable to help cut back on extraneous expenses. Between mine and Kevin's busy schedule and our no TV rule for the kids, the cable has just become an unnecessary bill. We have instead spent more time laughing, playing, reading and listening to music.

We have recently made a commitment to see my sister on a (minimum) monthly basis for a home-cooked dinner. I feel like that is one of the underlying and strong values that Kevin and I agree is important to instill in our children: that family always comes first. Definitions of family can differ but ultimately, they are the most important aspect of one's life. Speaking of family, we recently had a get together with some of our most beloved family and friends. It was nice to just hang and spend time with the ones we love, especially since we don't get to see each other as much as we would like to.

It's been awhile since we had a full couch!

Matt and Sara
Jeremy and Dimitri
Tamika and Ryan

Spring has arrived and with spring comes one of my most favorite events of the season...consignment events.  Consignment sales are definitely a perk of the spring and fall seasons for me. I love getting great deals on cloths, toys and many other infant/children wants/necessities. The fact of the matter is kids grow like weeds, and with this one income household we have to save money where ever we can. So when consignment season comes around I have no shame in admitting I am right there in line on the first day waiting to get my hands on some amazing deals. Kaydence and Kameron's closets are about 85% second hand, and 95% name brand amazingness! I won't bore you with tons of pictures of my great spring consignment haul, however, I will introduce you to the newest member of our family. For only $12 he was a steal, and while I knew Kaydence would love him I have to admit that I was giddy like a child when I first spotted him too. Everyone meet Bifford! Our new reading buddy

Kevin and I recently began our spring quarter of school. I took off last quarter for the expected delivery of Kameron. I very much enjoyed the time off to just focus on my growing family and adapt to life with the two kiddos. However, it is time to get back into the swing of things. I have finally finished my prerequisites and this quarter officially begins the one year countdown to my deaf studies degree. However, with this exciting new change comes new challenges. I am no longer able to take online classes and therefore I need to physically attend school. Since the only school that offers a deaf studies/interpreting program is in Seattle I am left making the 40 minute one way travel twice a week to attend school for 6 hours. This new schedule is definitely a change for our family, but like I said before, our ability to adapt is definitely impressive:-) The one thing I am not willing to sacrifice for school is breastfeeding. So you can certainly find me in my car, between classes pumping away. I pride myself in knowing that my son is in the 95th% while exclusively on my breast milk, and no amount of school or work could stop me from giving him the very best nutrition I could. I have to say that leaving my little ones for as long as I do sure does tug at my heart, but I take solace in the fact that they are being well cared for by their loving, wonderful and amazing father!

(I obviously have no reason to worry. The following pictures are Daddy, Kaydence, and Kameron's day while mommy was at school)

I sure do thoroughly enjoy my life!