The Gift of Time

February 29, 2008 at 11:12 am (Uncategorized)

Today is a day that doesn’t come around very often.  Leap Year hasn’t happened since 2004.  So what makes today special?  It is a gift that many of us ask for.  It’s the gift of time. 

How often have you wished for more time?  To play with your kids, or catch up on laundry, or exercise.

So what are you going to do today with your extra time?

I spent the morning tackling the pile of paper clutter on my desk.  It’s something I have been putting off because I haven’t made the time.

This afternoon I’m meeting my best friend for a long play date with the kids.   Tonight my husband and I are going to have a “living room date”.  We don’t have a babysitter so we’ll wait until the girls go to bed and then have a date in our living room.  A movie, popcorn and snuggling on the couch sounds like a terrific way to end my day.

I hope you are able to make use of your extra time today!

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Works for Me Wednesday

February 27, 2008 at 10:24 am (Cleaning/Organizing, Works for Me Wednesday) (, , , )

Job Jar

Picking up toys is the bane of my existence.  Ok, not really, but it does drive me crazy.  Cupcake (2 1/2) and Sprinkles (13 mo.) love to play but didn’t think picking up was much fun.

So I made a “job jar”. I used a container my hand could fit into and that also had a lid.  (I used a baby food cereal can.)  I wrote out different jobs on colored paper, cut them into slips and put them in the jar.

Some examples of jobs are:

  • Pick up dress up clothes and put them in the toy box
  • Pick up Barbies and put them in the toy bin
  • Put books back on bookshelf
  • Put together puzzles and store on shelf

The girls pick a job or two before lunch and bedtime.  They are very cooperative if I help.  Sometimes it would be quicker to do it myself, but I really want them to learn how to pick up after themselves.  So I am taking the time now to teach them and they are eager to learn at this age.

They are usually excited to take a turn picking a job and “getting” to pick up their toys.  It’s working like a charm for now.

For more Works for Me Wednesday ideas, check out Rock in My Dryer.

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Secrets

February 26, 2008 at 10:00 am (Secrets) ()

I really poured my heart out in a post about keeping big secrets from loved ones earlier.  I almost took it down because I feel so vulnerable putting it out there for the whole world to see.

And although I keep flip flopping between feeling silly for posting it and feeling relieved, I am going to leave it up.

Thanks for your comments and support.

I have decided to work through my issues before I involve others.  I need to come to terms with my past and forgive myself.  Then I will decide if my family should know.  I think it would be unfair to myself and my family to tell them about my past and not be able to answer their questions.  Because truthfully, I can’t answer my own questions about it.

Please keep commenting through my e-mail (momentsofmotherhood at yahoo dot com) or comments section if you have something to add.   And I know it’s annoying to read something like this and not have me share the whole story but I’m just not ready yet.

Thanks for “listening”!

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Musical Garbage

February 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm (Ha ha, Uncategorized) (, )

I found a funny note from my husband on the counter on Wednesday morning.  

It read:

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“Happy Birthday sweetheart.  I hope you have a terrific day.  I am so thankful to have you in my life. You are an incredible wife and mother.

Love, T

P.S.  I took out a musical bag of garbage this morning.  I set the bag in the garage and I heard “Listen to my banjo play!” and music started.  So I had to dig through it.  The toy is in the sink.

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Apparently Sprinkles learned how to throw toys in the garbage can.  Nothing like a reality check along with sweet sentiments from my husband. 

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Another Year Older

February 20, 2008 at 10:18 am (Birthdays, Lucky, Reflection) (, , )

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 Well, today is my birthday.  The last year has been a whirlwind.  We’ve had big changes…a new home, a new member of the family and some new challenges in our marriage.

There were times when I thought I wasn’t going to make it through.  Times when the kids were crying and I cried louder.  Times when the kids were throwing tantrums and I wanted to run away.  Times when I wondered if my marriage could survive.  Times when I didn’t even know who I was other than a mother.

The highs of this year were incredible too and for the same reasons as the lows…two growing daughters, a strengthening marriage, a new home to make our own.  Figuring out how to not get so lost in motherhood that I don’t lose myself. 

I am thankful for the lows in my life!  The challenges enable me to appreciate the good times even more. 

I am going to make some new birthday resolutions this year.

  • Plan ahead, but LIVE IN THE MOMENT.  I will never have these precious times with my daughters again.
  • Show more gratitude.  I am so thankful for all my blessings and instead of telling that to others, I just think it to myself.
  • Play with the kids more.  I do play with the kids, but there are so many times I tell them “maybe later” because I’m busy cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, etc.  My whole purpose of staying home is spending time with them.  I don’t want to miss out on those opportunities to make memories.  I honestly don’t remember my mom playing with us when we were kids because she was always too busy.  (Sorry if you stumble across this mom, just keeping it real)
  • Make more time for family and friends.
  • Take better care of myself.

 I also wanted to say Happy Birthday to my twin, L.  (I’m on the left in the second picture) It’s always weird when we don’t get to spend our birthday together.  I’m thinking of you, sis, and all the good times we’ve had together!

I’m a pretty lucky lady. Cheers to another year.

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Kick Ass Casserole

February 19, 2008 at 8:40 pm (Receipe, Uncategorized) ()

Well I’m over my crankiness of yesterday.  The girls were angels today and we had such a fun time.  We had a dance party in the living room and it was such a joy to watch Sprinkles (13 mo.) dance around.  I’m used to seeing Cupcake all decked out in dress up clothes and dancing but Sprinkles is just starting to get into it.  She figured out how to spin around today.

As cooped up as I feel sometimes, I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything.

My day got better when my husband walked in the door from work on time (!) and he loved my new receipe for Kick Ass Casserole.  No, it’s not really called that but it was really good.  It’s really Chicken ‘N Biscuits and you should try it!

I am actually caught up on things (the plus side of all this snow) so I am off to read a book. (Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery)

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Trapped in a Box

February 18, 2008 at 9:56 pm (Uncategorized) ()

I am not loving life right now.  My mommy group (MOPS-Mothers of Preschoolers) meets only once a month.  Unfortunately this crappy cold, snowy weather has caused all the schools around here to have a two hour late start which means MOPS is canceled. 

That may not seem like that big of deal, but I SO NEED adult interaction.  The best part is they have day care so I can actually enjoy said adult interaction without a 2 1/2 and 1 year old clamoring for my attention. 

I have just been literally trapped in this box of a house for a couple weeks with sick kids and my husband and myself stuck with the flu.  I have only left the house to go to the doctor.  He gets to leave almost every day of the week!  It is to go to work, mind you, but still….it is leaving.  BY HIMSELF… ALONE.

Can you tell I have cabin fever?

Of course the thought of having to leave the girls every day to go to work makes my heart hurt.  I’m just being whiny silly.

On the plus side, none of my mommy friends will see the giant pimple that has sprouted on my chin.  That’s me…always looking for the positive!

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Is there a doctor in the house?

February 17, 2008 at 10:01 pm (Cupcake, Ha ha) (, )

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So Cupcake (2 1/2) decides I don’t look very good (um, thanks) and I need a check-up. She puts on her cha-cha dress, sequined high heels and hat, and grabs her doctor kit. The conversation went like this…

Her: I’m Dr. Cupcake. Please lay down on the couch so I can give you a check-up.

Me: You’re pretty dressed up for a doctor.

Her: I like to look good when I’m working.

She listened to my heart, took my temperature and looked in my mouth. When she looked at in my ear she became very serious.

Her: I think I see the problem.

Me: What is it doctor?

Her: You have a bunny in your ear……….Good luck with that.

She may have a career in medicine!


 

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I felt like a terrible mother today!

February 16, 2008 at 11:19 am (Doctor Appointments, Sprinkles, Vaccinations) (, , , )

Sprinkles had her one year check-up today which was fine and dandy.  It was quite pleasant at first.  I love her doctor and it was fun to see her and brag tell her all about Sprinkles’ massive vocabulary (35 words!) and her accomplishments.

 But then we got to the end of the appointment and the dreaded vaccination shots.  She had six shots (one was a flu shot) and they also had to draw blood to do a lead test.  I felt awful having to help hold her little legs down.  At least two nurses were there to give her shots at the same time but it was still awful.  She was crying “Mama, no!”  It totally broke my heart!

 She recovered quickly and is feeling okay.  Her legs are a little sore but nothing major.

I am thankful she won’t remember today although I will never forget.

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