Sick mom here…

Since Thanksgiving, we have had at least one person in our home who has been sick…right now, I’m the winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Check back next week for how I plan to tackle my Spring organizing!

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A Few Little Surprises

I knew that going back to work meant we would have a handful of surprises along the way but I was pleasantly surprised when there were no major hiccups! The girls have adjusted great, and besides all of us needing a little extra sleep the transition has been great. There were a few things that surprised me though:

– Our house is actually tidier now than it was when I was home. Yes, it makes sense because we aren’t home during the day but I never thought I would be THAT on top of things. Most evenings I tidy up, make dinner, give the girls baths and try to make time for my husband. That’s more than I did when I was home.
– I don’t miss being home as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I miss spending the days with my girls but I also am really loving getting dressed and showered every day, talking to my co-workers and drinking an entire cup of hot coffee! It’s little things like that, that make me feel a bit more like myself.
– It’s harder on me than it is on my girls. This could not be more true! I’m the one who still gets sad when I drive away each morning after dropping them off and I’m the one who gets half sad when I tell the girls that they have school the next day.
– Everyday gets easier and easier. I’m sure I’ll always miss the girls like crazy but it has become much much easier to drop them off at school. I look forward to seeing their happy faces and warm hugs when I pick them up every evening!

The past two weeks have solidified that my husband and I made the right decision for me to go back to work. The girls are happy, I’m happy and my husband is happy, and that is the best surprise of all!

One week down!

I’m beyond exhausted but more than that I’m bursting with pride for my girls and myself! We made it through our first week of preschool and working full-time! It has been quite an adjustment for all of us but I think we have all handled it very well. Yes, I may have cried for the majority of my first morning, but for the most part it went very smooth!

First Day of School!

First Day of School!

Check back next week for what surprised me most about going back to work!

It’s the end of an era…

For the past three years I have been beyond blessed to be a stay-at-home-mom. I’ve been so lucky to have a husband who worked his butt off so that I could be home with our girls. I’ve also been lucky to work for a company that has been nothing more than accommodating while I worked part-time from home.

About two months ago, my husband and I started talking about me going back to work full-time. Not only would it take some pressure off my husband, but it also would allow me to get back into the work-force. I was hesitant and unsure if it was the right thing for our family, but shortly after we began talking about it, a full-time position opened up at the company I work for; needless to say I jumped on it.

The past few weeks have been a roller-coaster of emotions about our decision, but I am happy to say I feel very good about it and I’m excited to get my “groove back.” I’m excited for my girls to learn and grow and make friends at their preschool. I feel great about leaving them with their amazing teachers that love them and will take amazing care of them. I’m excited to hear all the playground stories and receive dozens of art project that will cover my refrigerator. I’m excited to help provide for my family. I’m excited to grow and learn in my position. I’m especially excited to have adult conversation…every.day.!

But there are many things that I will miss too…I will miss being able to snuggle my girls whenever I want. I will miss watching them discover new things and learn. I will miss eating lunch with them and talking about dreams after nap time. I will miss our Friday morning Target run. I will miss them driving me nuts and I will miss looking at the monitor at nap time hoping they wake up soon.

With all the things that I will miss I know there will be so many benefits and this decision is the best one for our family. I’m excited to begin this new journey! Check back in two weeks for an update on how everyone is handling the change!!

Beach essentials for babies and toddlers!

Summer vacation here we come!!! Next week the girls and I will be heading to the shore for some much needed fun in the sun; unfortunately it is the busy time in my husband’s line of work so he will not be able to join us but I will be joined by my parents and siblings! Traveling with kids and toddlers is not easy but if you go in prepared it makes things much more relaxed and fun! I have two beach trips with the girls under my belt so this year I feel confident that the items I pack will come in handy! Here’s what I will be packing this year!

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1) A baby pool-the past two years these have been lifesavers! It does not have to be anything fancy or big. We usually purchase one the first day and use it all week. It’s great for on the beach; we fill it with water, and toys and the girls are occupied for hours! They are can play and people watch and I can work on my tan, it’s a win-win! Just make sure to keep applying sun screen!!

2) Baby Powder-my girls love to play in the sand so baby powder comes in very handy. Pour a small amount on to their arms and legs and lightly brush them off. The sand comes right off!

3) Our little red wagon-I love this thing! It’s great for hauling your babies to the beach but once you get there, you take the babies out, put your stuff in and find your beach spot, hands free!

4) Baby gates-we have stayed at the same beach house the past two years so I know exactly where I will placing baby gates this year.

5) Extra flat sheets-without fail I am always 1 or 2 flat sheets short. There are a number of things I use them for when we travel. I always put one out at our beach spot, this gives the girls plenty of sand-less room to play; I use them as back-up in case the pack-n-play sheet needs to be changed and they are great to use as laundry bags when it’s time to head home!

Now if only someone could unpack and do the after-vacation-laundry for me! What are your essential vacation items for babies and toddlers?

A little Momma sap for your Friday…

20150428_174505Last night I was lying in bed and it hit me…these are my people. My husband and I created them, they are all ours…forever. It makes me wonder what in the world did we do to deserve this. My husband and I often have moments where out of nowhere we say to each other “can you believe they are ours’?” We are blessed by these two crazy, silly, wild, independent, incredibly beautiful little girls. Our days are filled with giggles, sloppy kisses and dirty faces. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by when you have people other than yourself to focus on.

I can’t remember anything before them that has made me more happy or proud. I wake up thinking about them and go to bed praying for them. That someday (if they so choose) they will be blessed with their own children; that they are able to follow and fulfill their dreams, that they never fear talking to Nick and I about the hard stuff, and that they always know where home is, no matter what. To me they will always be those wide eyed babies who need me, they will always be the girls who scrape their knees and need mommy and daddy to kiss it better, they will always be the sisters that hid behind curtains and giggle at each other, they will always be our’s…forever.

My entire life I grew up knowing that my life’s mission was to be to be a wife and momma. My dreams and expectations have been far exceeded and even on our worst days I take a step back and feel so blessed to have these healthy, perfect children and a husband that works his butt off so I can be home with them. My life by no means is perfect but to me it is pretty darn close. I cannot wait to see what and who they grow up to be; every once in a while they give me a little clue, a little hint at how their lives are going to pan out; but for now we are living in the moment and enjoying our sticky, silly, messy life.

Mother’s Day wish list

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and there are a handful of items I have been eyeing for myself, and hinting about to my husband. I would imagine I’m not super easy to buy for considering my hobbies include, my girls, my husband, Target, and the ”Real Housewives…” so I have compiled a little list of gifts that any mom would be sure to love!

A) Stella & Dot’s “Signature Engravable Bar Necklace-I love this necklace because it is so simple. It comes in gold or silver and it is just the right size. The necklace has plenty of space for a name, or initials and the chain is the perfect length and it is a piece of jewelry that I would wear forever.

B) bareMinerals Get Started® Kit-my sister-in-law gave me some bareMinerals products for Christmas, and I absolutely loved them. They made my skin feel soft and my makeup never looked caked on. Not to mention, my skin looked much less blotchy when I was not wearing makeup.

C) Old Navy Women’s Chambray Romper-I would live in this romper! It’s casual and looks so comfortable; I could dress it up or down. Plus, it’s on sale right now!

D) A subscription to Stitch Fix-I looooove shopping but I don’t really have the time and my girls aren’t really the shop til you drop kinds…yet! That’s where Stitch Fix comes in; here’s how it works, you fill out a quiz to determine your style, they select items for you and send them to you, you keep what you like and send back what you don’t like. Best part is…it’s priced to your budget!

E) Anything homemade from my gals. Homemade is always the best, and anything my girls make for me would be perfect!

collage-2015-05-01What’s on your Mother’s Day wishlist?

“A Prayer for the Momma with Full Hands”-Scissortail Silk

All mothers have been there, that moment when you feel completely inapt as a mother. That moment when you feel guilty for raising your voice or taking a second to yourself. That moment when you sit on the floor and cry when your little one just won’t listen. We have all have had those days where we watch the clock waiting for bedtime so that we can hit the restart button and try for a better day tomorrow.

On days like this I rely heavily on a prayer from the blog Scissortail Silk called “A Prayer for the Momma with Full Hands.”

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It puts everything back into perspective.  We are not alone in this; this is what parenthood is, it’s a partnership not only with your spouse or partner but with whatever higher power you believe in.  They will lead you and guide you.  It’s not easy, or pretty or always fun, but if you are lucky enough to be a mom it is so worth it!  Even on the worst days, my girls are my greatest accomplishment and I could not imagine a more perfect, crazy, messy life.

Family Fashions.

Spring is only 21 days away!!!! It’s so close I can smell it! There are so many things I love about spring…the fresh air, warm sunshine, and open toe shoes! I look forward to days playing out in the sunshine and evenings with the windows open, celebrating Katie and Kristina’s new babies, celebrating my wedding anniversary, Easter spent with family and weekend visits with friends that live far away! The list goes on and on.

With all of these special occasions coming up, my girls and I need some new clothes. I love coordinating my daughters’ outfits, but this spring, I want in on the fun too.  Take a look at some of the outfits you might see me and my little ladies sporting!

I love the classic look of nautical stripes and these Old Navy outfits are great for just about anything!

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I’m obsessed with Jesse James Decker’s new line of swimwear which comes out next month!  She partnered with Amore & Sorvete to create adorable suits for mommy and baby! These suits are a must for me and my girls!

Jesse James Decker partnered with Amore & Sorvete

Jesse James Decker partnered with Amore & Sorvete

Easter might call for pretty pastels!  I love these sweet Carter’s dresses for my girls and this pretty coral skater dress from Target.

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Check back in a few weeks to see a few of my favorite family outfits!!

Acrtic Blast induced cabin fever…

The arctic blast that has been hovering over most of the east coast has created cabin fever in our home. To say we are looking forward to warm weather would be an understatement, heck at this point I would take any temperature over 35 degrees! When the weather outside is frightful, parents everywhere scramble for activities to save the household’s sanity!

Here are a few my favorite “Arctic Blast” activities:

1) Do a craft: this does not have to be anything fancy! Yesterday we finger painted, last week we made a Valentine’s Day banner and cards for my husband. My daughters usually can be occupied for about an hour with a craft, which gives me time to get housework or other things done while they craft quietly.

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2) PLAYDOH! Playdoh has become an amazing time occupier in our home. Syd loves to play and create with her Playdoh. This also gives me some one-on-one time with Elli as she is still a bit too young to use Playdoh.
3) Have “movie time.” Get out sleeping bags, pillows, and a snack and curl up for snuggly movie time!
4) Play Hide-&-Seek: This is a great before bedtime game. Both my girls are amazed by this game. I hide in closets or behind things and they love trying to find me.
5) Create an imaginary store: Sydney loves to set-up her own coffee shop. She gathers her tea party cups and my coffee k-cups and takes everyone’s order.
6) Find a fun activity outside the home. Our community offers tons of fun things for kids. Last weekend we went to a concert held at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem. The girls got to interact and dance with other kids and got some pent up energy out!

Party People!

Party People!

7) Go shopping somewhere, anywhere! Just get out of the house for an hour or two. Target is usually where we end up if we need to get out.
8) Have “spa time.” My girls love to take warm bubble baths especially on super cold days.

Best of luck and COME ON, SPRING!!!