26 June 2012

Personal Achievements

This will be a short blog. More pictures than words, but pictures are worth a thousand words right?

Two weekends ago was Father's Day and an amazing Father's Day it was! My lack of father has always meant this holiday has gone unnoticed for me. However, since becoming a member of the Tatum family I have had the joy of celebrating Father's Day with three of the greatest fathers I know! Between my own grandfather's and the Tatum men I now have a renewed sense of faith in fathers, and I am lucky that I and my children have these amazing men in our lives! This years Father's Day was at a beautiful wooded park. The kids loved it and I thoroughly enjoyed spending this time with the ones I love on such beautiful sunshiny day!

 This past weekend I achieved a feat I never thought I could. An accomplishment that less than 1% of people in the world can say they have achieved. I started, fought through and finished a half marathon! There have been many obstacles in my life that I have had to overcome. I have been told many times how strong of a woman I am; but this past weekend has really tested my endurance, strength and determination. I set a goal and through all of my obstacals (5 months post partum, 4 weeks post surgery, and left leg nerve damage) I fought through the pain and fatigue and I crossed that finish line! I can't explain the euphoria and sense of  empowerment felt after completing something that your body wanted to quit miles ago. I was also lucky to have attained this personal achievement with my best friend by my side!

Ready to Run

We did it

"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible." ~John Hanc~

I have become so empowered by my half marathon experience that I have decided to complete a full marathon this November. More to come about this later:-)

This blog definitely wouldn't be complete without pictures of the little ones right?

Happy Week!

16 June 2012

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

"You need to have a bad day every once in awhile, otherwise, you'll never know what a good day feels like." ~unknown~

Today has definitely been one of those days when I wish I could wake up and redo it. The kids have been particularly difficult lately, and my attitude and patience have been less than favorable.

However, despite my bad mood, I spent the day trying to rid my mind of the demons that occupy it. So busy I stayed and fun did occur. While running errands downtown I stumbled upon a a street festival. Turns out it is one of the largest street festivals in his area. So after getting the approval from my eager toddler who saw bouncy houses and screeched in delight, I decided to cut the errands short for the day and enjoy a little sunshine. 2 1/2 hours later, with 2 exhausted but happy children, and 2 armfuls of goodies we proceeded home for the day.

ready to go

The only picture of brother today. He slept the entire time:-)

Train ride with my shy girl!

Kaydence's first balloon animal.

Youtube videos of the kiddos will be up soon.

Goodnight all! Till next time...

13 June 2012

Be Still My Beating Heart

It seems like forever since I have been able to sit and let my fingers speak. It has been a crazy busy time for us the past few weeks. We are currently in the process of moving to a bigger home. The only problem is we have yet to find that home :-/ House hunting has always been stressful for me. I hate spending hours looking for places, calling places, hoping that places are still available and then working around mine, Kevin and the realtors schedule to be able to view properties. It is all so overwhelming, but I know the reward is worth it in the end.

We have definitely outgrown our apartment. The kid's toys, books, bouncy chairs, exercise balls, stuffed animals, and swings now fill every corner and wall of the house. Kaydence is slowly loosing running space and with Kameron becoming more and more mobile each day it will only be a matter of time before we have two little ones wondering around. So more space is definitely needed.

Yesterday, I took my finals for spring quarter and I am pretty sure I rocked them! I am actually finally seeing an end in sight to my degree. It will have only taken me eight years and four majors; however, in one short year I will finally have obtained a degree, and I am very excited. It has been three weeks since my Hernia surgery and I am feeling AMAZING! I feel as though I am finally back to my old self and I am eager to get back into the swing of things.

This past weekend we went to Flaming Geyser Park and had a great time with our Papa, Uncle Jer, and Julibear! The beautiful pastoral views and country homes had my heart skipping beats. As Sting once said "Be Still My Beating Heart," country living will one day be ours! We had such a great day at the park. See for yourself...

Loving our new Ergo Baby Carrier

Loving the look of Kaydence as a county girl!

Kaydence and Kameron pull at my heart strings everyday. I just can't believe how incredibly blessed I am to have two such beautiful and wonderful children. Each day these two amazing little people blow me away with there intelligence, strength and cuteness. I am one very lucky mama!

Kameron is weeks, possibly days, away from crawling. He is a very determined little guy and knows what he wants. He officially has two teeth and is more than ready for solids in a month. He is such a happy baby and when he smiles his face turns into a big round ball. He is still growing exponentially, and is just pounds behind his sister. He has the patience and neediness of his mother which means mommy and daddy go nowhere without out 20lb baby in tow.

My sweet firefly, Kaydence, has officially hit her "terrible two's" one month early. Her personality seems to shine through more and more each day! She is beginning to role play and it is so much fun to be a part of it. She has made her closet her "house" and she is constantly cooking up some tasty treats for daddy and I to enjoy. The role playing has me Pinteresting and Googling all the things I can do to help her little imagination grow. I definitely think a sturdy play kitchen and dress up cloths are in her immediate future. Speaking of future. My little girl will be 2 years old in just one short month! I have no idea how this happened, and it is such a bittersweet time. I love to watch her grow physically and cognitively, but my heart aches for my little girl to just stay little.

I am bringing this to a close for today. Although brother is big, he is still defenseless so I must go save him from his roughhousing sister. Till Next time...(very soon)...Happy Hump Day!