Sep 19, 2014

Friday Favorites - Fall Cards

I'm pretty much in love with fall. Football. Cooler weather. Boots. Scarves. Pumpkins. Not much wrong with it! 

There is just one thing missing.  In the winter your mailbox is full of Christmas cards.  In the spring you get all of the wedding invitations.  In the summer (or at least this past summer!) came all of the baby announcement and shower invitations. But what good mail do you get in the fall?

I hereby propose we all agree to send fall cards.  Because really fall photos?  Worth sending.  If I had sent fall cards last year I could have used any one of these photos. Wouldn't seeing these in your mailbox have made you happy?

If I was going to send fall cards this year (And lets be honest, I haven't sent a birth announcement yet. It's unlikely I get around to a fall card.) I would choose one of these designs.

My boys grandparents are local so they see the kiddos regularly, but I know they would all love to see this in the mail!

I love the simplicity of the design. And of course the random people in the photo are pretty much perfectly posed. So cute!

Thankful for grandparents? Adorable!

Perfect for a sports loving birthday boy this season!

Technically, this is a Valentine's Day Card, but since these are all completely customizable, it easily changes into a just because I love you card.  I might need to order this one for Casey!

I can't with this.  I'm still laughing. And yes. I am nerdy enough that word puns are punny funny. Nope even I can't go so far as to type that.

All of these cards are from Treat.  I ordered a few cards from them in the spring (a Father's Day card which is still proudly displayed in the twins room, graduation cards for our three graduating family members, and a few birthday cards).  All of them were amazing quality, totally personalized, and I didn't have to go to the drugstore.  In fact, for one of the cards I tested the Treat service that even mails the card for you (for only the cost of the stamp!).  I am so impressed by Treat and the product and service I have gotten.  I want to share the love.  Use this link and get your first card free from Treat!

I'm linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites.


Sep 18, 2014

Winning at Momming

In yesterday's snippet post, I alluded to our amazing awesome day on Tuesday. I am #winningatmomming. But not for the reasons you think.

We started our day at Open Gym. It was our first time there and the boys dove right in playing with the hula hoops and balls.
Then we bounced for a bit. Well, we explored bouncing things. They haven't quite figured out the trampoline yet.
Then Davy decided to tackle the big slide.
His first try, he climbed right up the stairs and with no hesitation went down the slide on his tummy.
Tripp saw his brother do it and decided to climb up too.
After Open Gym we picked up nuggets at McDonald's and ate in the car. The floor suffered but the boys loved it! A quick (too quick!) car nap and the four us tackled Target. We went for almond milk and diapers. We left with a full cart! But we were still smiling in checkout.


I'm not sharing our awesome day to brag (or at least that's not the big motivation). It's just the opposite!


So many days lately I have felt in the trenches. I feed them. I change them. I dress them. I change diapers again. I hold them when they cry. And I repeat. Some days I manage to bathe them. Occasionally we brush teethe (but never twice a day like we should). I am in trenches and I am out of breathe. I am racing and exhausted. So many days I feel like I am failing.

At face value, it sounds so easy. My job is to take care of three little boys, but it is more than that. It's not so straightforward. It's not so easy.

Each day is filled with self-doubt and guilt. Am I doing it right? Am I doing enough? Did I handle that well? And then comes the full blown tantrum in public and I feel all the eyes in Target staring at me and my bad momming. Clearly I'm doing something wrong because my not yet terrible two is completely melting down and my newborn isn't angelically asleep in the carseat. In fact, my newborn hates the carseat with every single fiber of his little being. And we haven't even touched on the public spectacle we are in the parking lot when both of the twins use their little arms to hold onto the frame of the car so I can't get them into the car. So many days I feel like I am failing.

I need to give myself grace. And on the days when it is all falling apart I need to remember Tuesday. Not because it was the perfect momming day, but because I am capable of this. I can do it! I am #winningatmomming.

And so can you mama!

You can do this!

Because mama, when your darling isn't so darling and has a tantrum in Target just remember that a meltdown is just a meltdown. And the folks staring at you are remembering when their littles did the same thing. Honestly, right this moment a child is melting in a Target. Probably more than one! You aren't alone. You aren't failing.

When the infant is crying and refuses to sleep, you hold him. You bounce him. You rock him. Nothing works, but you aren't failing. You are giving him exactly the love and attention he needs. You can read all about the "perfect parenting methods" online and in the parenting books, but the truth is none of us have this mom thing figured out. It's okay to not know exactly why the baby is crying. None of us know. Anyone who claims they do is lying. You aren't failing.

Mama, you know you’re not failing.

Think of everything you do each day. You offer kisses that make booboos disapear. You give smiles of encouragement. You make at least three meals a day (tell me I'm not the only mom with kids who sometimes need second breakfast or two lunches?). You read books. You change clothes. You provide food and shelter and encouragement and most importantly love. You work without stopping doing everything you can for your babies.

You aren't failing.

And neither am I.

I'm going to finish the Open Gym story...

Do you see Tripp up there at the top of the slide?
He hung out up there nearly ten minutes with me at the bottom shouting words of encouragement. He climbed up without hesitation. But at the top he was scared. He didn't know what to do. He cried out for his ma-ma-ma. Eventually I had to hand James off to another mom (who I just met that morning!) and go help him.

You see, I'm not #winningatmomming because we went to Open Gym and it was amazing. I'm not winning because I tackled Target with three kids and no one melted.

I'm winning because when Tripp was scared he called for me. I'm winning because as his mama I was able to make it better. I threw off my shoes and climbed up there with him. I held his hand and slid down next to him. I was there for him. I made it better. I'm winning at momming.

When you can make it better, when your child turns into you during the scary stuff and the hard stuff, you are winning!

We all have good days and bad days. But that doesn't matter. Your kid remembers the love. Your kid remembers that you are "their person." Your child needs love not Pinterest crafts. They need attention not perfectly cooked meals. If your child turns into you, then you are doing it right. You aren't failing!

And you will never fail mama!

Because on the hard days, the scary days, God can make it better. God is their for us at the top of the tall slide. He throws off His shoes and climbs up. He slides down beside us holding our hands. God let's us win at momming. God helps us win at momming. God sets the example for us to follow. Through God and because of his grace we can all win.

We are #winningatmomming. We can do this!

I'd love for you to show me the moment you won at momming. The small moment you knew you were doing something right.

Maybe, like me, it was when your scared little one turned to you for help.

Maybe it was when your child sat in your lap and you read books all day long.

Maybe it was when your shy son had the confidence to order for himself at a restaurant.

Maybe it was when the baby cried just for you in the middle of the night and needed all the snuggles.

Maybe it was when your daughter responded to the mean girls with kindness because you had taught her how.


So, tag that moment when you knew you were doing something right with #winningatmomming and let's share our successes.


Sep 17, 2014

Wednesday Week-Day

Wednesday Week-Day -- a whole week of posts condensed into short snippets and posted all together!


Me and three kids in the Nordstrom fitting room.

On Friday I took the kiddos to the mall. By myself. I said I needed to. I said I would. And I did. And we survived. Being completely honest, part of the reason we survived is because Casey met us there so I was only alone for like an hour and had help before the baby needed to nurse. But, I did it!! I went to Northpark with three kids! This honestly deserves a full post, both to show to the true excitement of the milestone and to share tips for other moms, but a full post isn't in the cards this week.


The first choo choo ride.

On Saturday my local moms group, the Lake Highlands Area Early Childhood PTA had it's annual kickoff party. It had lots of fun things, but my boys only had eyes for the choo choo. Everytime we have gotten in the car since then, Davy wants to know if we are going on a choo choo. Poor Davy! Not many car rides end in awesomeness like that.


A whole family choo choo ride. Even James rode! I'm wearing him in the Lillebaby.

Also on Saturday, the boys were diagnosed with a staph infection. Again. I'm so over this. I'm also over having to pay for disposable diapers so we can fight it. Diapers are expensive y'all!! And since we buy our diapers at Target you have to tack the Target entrance fee on and it makes the diapers REALLY expensive!


We went to church again on Sunday. This makes three weeks in a row. So basically we win. Except we won't be going next week. We posted our goal at the beginning of the month to try the new your families Sunday School class in September. Since we won't be there this Sunday because of family photos, that leaves the 28th as our only shot. No pressure or anything.


I'm stepping WAY outside of my comfort zone to post this. But here it goes. I nurse in public. If a baby needs to eat, he needs to eat. But I always use a cover and practice modesty. Extreme modesty. Well, Saturday night at dinner I didn't have a cover or a lightweight blanket with me. And James needed to eat. So, I was brave and I nursed in public without a cover. And now I'm being brave and sharing this picture with the interwebs. #letsallbebrave #beyoubravely I shared once before about my breastfeeding journey and then gave a bit of an update when I guest blogged on The Breastfeeding Diaries, but it's probably time for another breastfeeding post. Add it to the queue.



I did a full post a few weeks back about a new makeup brand I'm trying. I'm still really impressed with my Younique makeup. Well, all week I've been "hosting" a no pressue event. Basically, I share this link and if enough folks buy through it I earn a free mascara. So, if you have been even remotely considering trying a Younique please please go buy through my link. Today is the last day and I'd really love to earn free makeup! (Did you see where I wrote diapers are expensive? Yep. I need free makeup!)


One eye with 3d lashes. One eye regular. Which eye would you rather have?

The twins have both had their first haircut. Davy had his in January. Tripp had his in March. But so far, all trims were by either my mom or I. On Monday they got big boy haircuts. I just can't. Tripp was SO serious during his haircut. The kid is such a ham with so much personality. Apparently when you bring out the scissors his silly goes away though. Davy sat in my lap for his haircut and happily munched on crackers.


Letting Kristin cut their hair.
I also got my haircut.

Yesterday I won at momming. #winningatmomming is totally going to be my new thing by the way. I actually am going to do a full post about yesterday. So be on the lookout!



And finally a quick little linkup....

I’m the type of person who sometimes takes life too seriously. I'm not a lighthearted, easy going type. I'm the serious type. I'm the think things through type. One of the things I love about my husband is that he is also the serious type. Yet, when we are together we giggle. We laugh. We joke. We bring out the silly in each other!



My favorite joke or riddle is hmph. I almost went to google and find a "favorite" but let's be real here people. Have you ever heard me tell a joke? I didn't think so! I have no sense of comedic timing, even my silly stories fall short some nights (just ask Casey!). Nope. Not funny. Just nope.



All that really matters is love. Some days are rough. Some days the kids keep whining. The laundry is piled everywhere. The baby nurses nonstop. Somedays it feels like the world is caving in. But mamas, I promise you that it gets better. So on those days (and we are having a week! Two year molars. Aye Carumba!), on those days give your kiddos an extra squeeze mamas. Say a quick prayer asking God for patience. God loves you. God wants what is best for you. So offer up a prayer asking for His help and thanking Him for His love and His grace. Goodness knows we don't deserve it and we certainly need it.


Join in the fun and "Finish This," by finishing the above prompts and linking up your post with the hosts of this party: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, Jen {The Arizona Rossums}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.



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