Friday, May 26, 2017

Currently Craving

I'm so ready for amazing weather. The end of May has me craving picnics with sangria, farmer's markets, outdoor movies, splash pads & cheese plates on the patio. These are a few of my favorite things. Now if I could just figure out how to wrangle all four kids while doing all the things!!! Wardrobe wise give me ALL the ruffles. And bubble gum pink. Clothes, nails, lips, I'll take them all. My favorite pink lip is Pickled Plum if you're at the MAC counter anytime soon.
Last nite we celebrated national Wine Day at Meza Wine Shop in Uptown Westerville. Speaking of cheese plates their's are AMAZING!!!  I drank Pinot while my friend @peppermintandgrapefruit taught an awesome essential oils class! I hope you have an amazing Memorial Day Weekend . Thank you to all the men and women who have served and are serving including my handsome hubby!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Water Safety Day w Goldfish Swim School

Summer is coming. As much as we love all the water activities that come with the crazy hot days, there can be there are serious dangers associated with our favorite summer past time. According to  the the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental-injury death among children ages 1 to 4. In conjunction with Water Safety Month, the Goldfish Swim Schools hosted a Water Safety Day. Free to all members of the community, kiddos got to snuggle Bubbles the Goldfish & have a mini swim safety lesson focusing on what to do if you fall into the pool.  We practice this at our regular lessons as well. Wes went from not even being able to hold onto the side, to climbing out almost totally unassisted!! Such a confidence booster!!
A local park ranger came out and the kids got to practice putting life jackets on while floating around in his boat. After we worked on all our new water skills we went outside for face painting (or hand painting in Wes' case), the Graeter's Ice Cream truck and dancing with North Point Dance Academy.  The kids were thrilled to even meet  members of the Westerville Police K-9 unit!  We can't wait for next year's Water Safety Day, but don't wait to educate your family about water safety.  It's not just about your kiddos knowing how to swim. It's about having confidence in knowing they can make the right choices around water. My #1 Tip for keeping kiddos safe around any body of water comes from Ashley from the Sullenger's Blog. She lost her precious girl to an accidental drowning. There were 10 adults around at the time.  As parents , whether you are camping, at a water park or just at the local pool make sure at least one adult is designated to have eyes on the kiddos at all times. It's so simple but can seriously save lives!!! Have a plan & BE SAFE!!!!
This post is in partnership with Goldfish Swim Schools.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Tis the Season for ....Survival?

Finally after 14 months things have come together enough where I feel semi confident taking all four kids out of the house!! In this season of hearts full, hands full I've found myself mildly insta blocked. In the past few weeks I've managed to get kids out for a library play date & to Piccadilly Play Cafe (which was amazing!) Photography is my most favorite hobby but I've barely taken any pics of ANYTHING lately. I'm literally too busy making sure everyone is alive and accounted for. The twins are literally crawling in two different directions & I'm praying I've equipped the big kids w enough knowledge to give a stranger my phone number if they wander off. Feels like the days are spent with Damon & I just keeping the boat barely a float.
The days fly by so fast sometimes I'm not even actually seeing my babies. Does that make sense? I'm keeping everything together but not really seeing their faces. Their personalities. Their sweet spirits. I wish someone  could follow us around with a camera so I could relive these days over and over again. Hopefully when I'm not so friggin exhausted. Survival mode is just one of the many seasons of parenthood that I know will one day soon be gone in a blink. I'll look back at the mom in the bleary haze struggling to be everything for everybody & I'll congratulate her for doing a damn good job!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday Mia Isabelle

Dear Mia,

This was a big year for you my love!! You became a big sister (again) x two, started kindergarten, got your tonsils out & learned to read. You went from a toddler to a tiny lady in milliseconds!!! You love Shopkins, roller skating & your favorite food is anything dessert!! Like mother like daughter! You always want to go, see, do & try anything new. You take swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School & gymnastics at the Y. You have aspirations of being a professional gymnast when you grow up. No more weather girl:( You love drawing daddy & I millions of pictures & are a total little mama to the twins.
I thought for sure getting your tonsils out would help get rid of your night terrors. So far no luck. They actually increased in frequency (like every nite) but they do seem to be shorter and less intense. After you had one every nite for two weeks, I said screw it and re introduced dairy into your diet. I figured if you're going to have a nite terror every nite you deserve as much ice cream & cheese as you want. For your cake you requested yellow writing (it's your favorite color) with smiley faces, hearts and flowers! I hope you loved it. You also requested a girls only date (which you ask for almost daily!). So after work I picked up Ivie & Ellie and we went to the movies to see Beauty & the Beast.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It Takes Two First Birthday

We canceled Thanksgiving during a bad bout of mastitis, had kids puking on Christmas day, so it was no surprise the twins had horrible colds the week leading up to their 1st birthday party. By some miracle the non stop screaming & snotty noses cleared and the party was on!!! When I  told Damon  I wanted to do an It Takes Two theme he said, Oh like Noah's Ark?' I was actually thinking more along the lines of Snoop Dog & Dr. Dre. We each picked our favorite duo & my BFF Brandi made us custom t-shirts to wear at the party. I chose John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Damon chose Kirk & Spock, Wesley, Batman & Robin and Mia, Mickey & Minnie. The twins wore the Best Friends shirts from Indie Nook.
When it was time for the smash cakes Wyatt had everyone laughing because he went crazy on his cake, eating it by the handful. He eventually picked it up with two hands. Like mother, like son. Grayson wasn't super interested. I think he was still feeling a bit under the weather.  Uncle Tony brought the traditional Mrs. Goodman's cake& I made the twins little cakes from a box after trying to research peanut free options. Honestly, I was pretty anxious the whole time they were eating it!!! We ate tacos & played with friends. All the kiddos loved snuggling with all their Grandma's. How lucky are they to have 3?

A few days ago I was scrolling through ig & came across a story. A mama was walking through a store with her 2 year old. An older woman approached & engaged the little boy. She looked at the mama who also happened to be pregnant & said I have a son who is 20. If I could go back in time for only one moment I would go back to hold & rock my boy when he was just 6 months just one more time. the sentiment gives me such a lump in my throat. I've said it before, time is a gift but also the most cunning of thieves. Happy Birthday Wyatt & Grayson, I want to squeeze you forever!!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Wyatt & Grayson

Dear Babies,
Did you know that the moment you were born the nurses laid you together & you immediately held hands? This whole twin mom adventure has been so incredible. From finding out there were two of you, seeing you through weekly ultrasounds to the magical day you were born & watching you grow this past year. You are the best babies &  I feel so lucky to be part of the twin mom club. I can't wait to see more of the special bond you share. Right now you mostly just scream &  pull each others hair, but I know there are so many amazing twin moments to come. Thank you for turning our world upside down in the best way!!! Mama & daddy love you so!! P.S I still can't believe there are two of you!!

 My sweet baby A, oh how mama loves you. You are the laid back, great sleeper. You'd easily sleep 12 hours/nite and take extra long naps if your brother wasn't always waking you up. You started crawling around 10 months and we call you our  little explorer. You have no time for laying around drinking a bottle. You're too busy crawling around the house playing with all the match box cars you can find. You can sit up on your own and wave Hi. You can say mama, dada, nana & Mia (which sounds like eeeeee-ahhh). You also say uh-ohh. You've got one top tooth and 2 bottom. You were officially diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut/egg allergy at 9 months old after getting hives around your mouth. You love watching Baby Einstein Farm Animals, playing Peek a Boo & pulling every one's hair. You have a birth mark on your leg & make the funniest facial expressions so we always know it's you. Ever since you had croup last November your voice is very different then your brother's, so we can usually tell if it's you babbling or crying. You wear 12/18 month clothes and weigh around 19.5 lbs.
My feisty Baby B. You make sure everyone knows you're unhappy with this crazy shrill scream we call baby  Black Canary. You just started crawling at 11 months but you prefer to scoot on your butt to get where ever you want go. You can't sit yourself up & don't really like rolling onto your belly very much. You're a great sleeper but ALWAYS wake up first!! You love playing peek a boo & being held. You  wave Hi & can say mama, dada & nana. You just started saying, uh-ohh. You love torturing your brother by reaching over & eating the food off his tray or pulling on him until he cries. At 9 months you were diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut/egg allergy after getting hives around your mouth. You only have two bottom bunny teeth, weigh around 19lbs & wear 12/18 clothes.
Dear Wyatt & Grayson,
Did you know that just after you were born the nurses laid you in a bassinet together & you immediately held hands? This whole twin mom adventure has been so fun. You are the best babies & I feel so lucky to be part of this club. I can't wait to see more of the special bond you share. Right now you mostly just scream & pull each others hair, but I know there are so many amazing twin moments to come. Thank you for turning our world upside down in the best way!!! Mama & daddy love you so!!
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