23 February 2013

Vitamin D

The sun has been peeking its bright yellow head out every couple of days lately and I have been excitedly snatching every opportunity to bathe the kids and I in this precious and very limited Vitamin D. I anxiously speed rush quickly and safely home from school on these days when the skies are open and blue. I bundle the kids up while happily singing my "we are going to the park/for a walk" song and we head out for an adventure in the sun. The winter months in Washington have always been somewhat of a bummer. The insistent rain can quickly become a downer, but never has it bothered me as much as it does now that I have children. This is a much different rain than the sporadic Colorado thunderstorms. The air is cold and the rain never ending. Playing outside is difficult and staying inside miserable. So although the air is still cool, I am thrilled for these days of clear blue skies. Nothing says fun like rosy red cheeks, cold hands, and smiling faces.

:: A Few Updates::

Our big girl has officially potty trained herself. About a month ago she woke up one morning requesting to only wear big girl underwear. I figured this would be another day of me cleaning up pee off the floor but obliged not wanting to deny her this opportunity of possibilities. To my surprise we went the entire day without one single accident. And then the next day and then the next. We are now a little over three weeks from that day and Kaydence has officially be accident free, including through the night and out and about. She has also in the last week permanently moved to the bathroom potty and not the potty chair anymore. I have spent countless hours cleaning up pee and pushing this subject, and in one day she decides to do it all on her own. I am officially convinced that they will do it when they are good darn and ready. 

Kameron is officially producing is first signs...more, milk, fan, and all-done. I am so excited for this new milestone in his life. He is much more needy than his sister was at this age, yet he has taken a little longer to reproduce the sign language that Kevin and I am trying to show him. This makes for one very frustrated baby and two frustrated parents. I want so badly to know what his wants are and am excited that he is finally able to express them despite his lack of verbal skills at this time. It makes my mama heart so excited to know that my kids will be fluent in ASL and English and that I was able to teach them this beautiful language. 

Speaking of ASL. I will officially be graduating school this June with my degree in Deaf Studies. I have recently applied to the University of Northern Colorado in hopes if getting into their ASL Interpreting program this fall. It is a 3 year distance learning program in which I will be attending the majority of it online except for 1 month during the summer months where I will be on campus in Colorado. This program will afford me a Bachelors Degree in ASL Interpretation which is my ultimate goal as far as my career goes. I am excited for this next step in my life and very nervous at the same time. Crossing my fingers for a large acceptance envelope this April!

::Currently Loving::

---The song Ho Hey. I can't seem to get enough of it. I instantly picture myself in my future country cottage, with a broad of chickens, surrounded by nothingness, at a bon fire, drinking moonshine, while my children chase after fireflies with mason jars. Instant bliss! Be still my beating heart!

---Breakfast I love you's 

---My new elliptical. New fitter, healthier, sexier me here I come!

---Lipstick Kisses for Kameron

--- Our new extra small puppy. Grow big little one!

Happy Weekend Everyone!

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by: Soulemama

15 February 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by: Soulemama

14 February 2013

{Valentine Scrooge}

Valentine's Day is by far, hands down, no questions asked my LEAST favorite holiday of the year. 

Yes I am a Valentine Scrooge!

My disdain for this holiday is not due to my lack of a life partner (obviously) or bad past experiences, I have just never really enjoyed the concept of this holiday. I have always felt sorry for the men wondering around the stores aimlessly searching for a gift "good enough" to please their significant other, and annoyed by the constant bombard of "What did youuu get for Valentine's Day?" As time goes on and with  all of the new social media it is almost like a competition. Who got what and how do I compare to others?

Over sized stuffed animals, large bouquets of awful red roses and blood diamonds have never tickled my fancy. The stuffed animals are almost always guaranteed to be donated to Goodwill. The flowers are just another responsibility that I don't have the time to keep up with, and will inevitably die anyways. And I have never been a huge fan of sparkly rocks that are depreciated by 80% the minute you leave the jewelry store. Anybody who truly knows me, knows that the way to my heart is an Eclair and Cream Soda...I will love you up-and-down, all the time, forever if I am surprised with these:-)

Now don't get me wrong. Like any girl, I love a good surprise gift or romantic evening. I just love those special moment much more when they are not obligatory acts, enforced by an arbitrary day. 

With that said I tried very hard to get into the Valentine spirit this year. I decided to do "14 Days of Love" for Kevin, in which everyday from February 1st to the 14th I surprise him with a different, yet simple and inexpensive gift. I only made it 7 out of the 14 days, but I loved surprising him with these special treats and I know he enjoyed a full week of junk food and candy.

Day 3

Day 4

Hubby has always been on the same page as me in regards to Valentine's Day. I mean what man wouldn't be happy knowing that they are completely off the hook for this day? Nevertheless, he always finds a way to surprise me when I least expect it. 

Happy Valentine's Thursday Everyone!
Now bring on Easter! That is definitely a holiday I do do! (Yes, I said dodo, haha.)

02 February 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Some days my ability to stay optimistic is wavered by the harsh blows of life. I roll with the punches as best as I can, but some days I am just too beat down.

Both Kev and I have been working hard and tirelessly to make a better life for our family; but some days I feel like as hard as we try we are no closer than we were months before. I find myself jealous, bitter and resentful at others who complain about their (not so bad) problems, or rejoicing over  their (undeserved) rewards. This is unfair to them and to us. I have no business assuming that someone else is more or less deserving of anything, and I definitely cannot judge the severity of another's perceived problems. At the same time downgrading the hard-work that Kev and I are both doing is like saying that it's all for not. Sometimes I just find myself wondering why good, honest, and hardworking people have to fight so much harder to get ahead in life. It hardly seems fair.

Since the start of the new quarter Kevin and I have been faced with opposing schedules. This leaves us seeing each other one hour in passing on the weekdays. Weekends are packed full of homework and the neglected house work from the week. The days are long and the weeks exhausting. We are tired, overworked, and severely underpaid. We are making it though the days with the help of coffee and the laughter of our children. We are eating our elephant one bite at a time. Assisting each other with homework, alternating weekend sleep ins, and reminding each other that this too shall pass (we hope). For we both know in order to enjoy the fun downhill sled of life we must first climb the mountain.

Date nights are far and few between. Being parents of two little ones with very few baby sitting options, severely limits our ability to do things just the two of us. Therefore, we have been coming up with creative ways to stay young and fun together.

After a long hard day, Kev came home to this. As soon as I heard the key in the door I quickly grabbed my weapon and hid in the under-stairs closet my bunker. I tried to be inconspicuous and silent but my lack of planning had me pinned backward in a squatted position surrounded by noisy toys with two cats enemy spies completely giving away my position. Needless to say I was massacred and had a swollen top lip to prove it. I had such a great time and hubby loved the surprise. Who new the fun and laughter a couple nerf guns could bring.

Day 2: Waiting on the doorstep for me.
Day 3: The fun continues!

Although times are hard right now, I am so privileged to have the life I do.

I have an amazing family. My  husband is the most supportive and loving man a woman could ever ask for. My children are amazing, wonderful little people that bring the most unbelievable joy to my life each day. Every morning my kids wake up to their mom and dad happy and together, something that is a rarity in today's society. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, cloths on my back and shoes on my feet. I have a life that people wish for. One filled with fun, laughter, love and compassion. I have the things in life that money cannot buy and I am so much richer than I can ever dream of.

There will be times when I am down. When life isn't going the way I had hoped or plan. When finances are low and spirits lower. There will always be someone out there with more money than me and less problems. Someone complaining of problems that I only wished I could have. However,with each passing day I am beginning  to understand that a good life is one when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how truly blessed you currently are.

So today I will put my bitter resentment aside, and I will cuddle on the couch my my husband, while my kids sleep peacefully in their room. And I will be grateful to have this exact, perfect, and wonderful moment that someone is wishing for...

...Never take for granted what you have. And remember that life is what is happening while you are too busy making plans for the future.

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday Ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Meet Scarlett! Our new Golden Retriever, Black Lab Mix.

Inspired By: Soulemama