Friday, December 30, 2011

{Saying Goodbye...to 2011}

my feet in Honolulu

I didn't exactly know how to start this post.

In fact, I've rewrote this first sentence about dozen times.

 Perhaps, I should not be writing this post right now, especially after the day that I've had--but when you really think about it, is there ever a perfect time?

Saying goodbye to 2011 is bittersweet for me...I know after the last few months, many would think that I would shouting "SO LONG!" to 2011--and I was actually right there with them. But then, the more I got to thinking about it, I realized that as difficult, and I mean horribly difficult, this year has been at times--with lots and lots of tears shed--it has also been wonderful because I've learned sooooo much!

 In fact, as much as I am going to regret saying this, I am kinda, sorta thankful that the not-so-fun and horrible times of this year happened because without them, I would not have learned so much.


And what have I learned, you may ask?

Well, here are a just a few things, just off the top of my head:

1. No matter what horrible situation you may be in you can always call out to God and He will hear you. Now this does not mean He will do what you request, when you request it--He never promised that. However, he does promise to hear your requests and pleas.

2. Family, as much as they drive you, oh so crazy sometimes, they are still your family and they love you and they will be there when you need them.

3. As sad as it is to lose a friend, sometimes it's the best thing, because God will bring you new friends--and sometimes they are even better than the old ones.

4. Marriage takes a lot of work, but in the end, it is worth it.

5. Kids can sometimes make you want to pull your hair out, but those are the times you realize that's why you love them so.

6. It's ok to say "no" sometimes. In fact, it's ok to say "no" lots of times. You don't have to please everyone.

7. Sometimes you have to be "forced" to leave a bad situation, for your own sake, otherwise you would probably never leave.

8. Little miracles to do happen when you least expect it.

9. Kids can give you gray hair...that is not from personal experience.

10. As hard as it is to swallow sometimes, God does love YOU and He wants the BEST for YOU.


How do you feel about saying goodbye to 2011?
 


xo


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{Need something to make you smile}

Do you remember Marcel the Shell?

I first introduced you to him here.

Well, I came across another video over the holidays and I thought I would share it with you.


MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, TWO from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.


xo




Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Featured: Little Doe-eyed Girl}







Guess what????

My shop is being feature over at After Nine to Five. Head on over there to read a little bit of how I got started and to enter the GIVEAWAY. Yes, that's right...I am giving away a $25 credit to my shop. So, hurry up and head on over there.







Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Currently I am....



Currently I am.....

Working on: my newly launched etsy shop, making headbands, homework, sewing the baby's bumper, some new stuff for the blog.

Obessessing over: the fact that it is finally hot chocolate weather, getting the house ready for Christmas, spending as much time with my kiddos as I can because each day they get a little bit older.

Fretting about: money, money, money, family drama, that I'm fat, time moving by too fast.

Worring about: money, money, money; having enough time to get everything ready for Christmas, that my etsy shop is going to be an utter failure, passing my classes.

Excited about: celebrating my little Princess' first Christmas, my classes next session, next year.

xo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

We are the champions


Last Saturday was not like any other. First off, it was Einstein's 9th birthday and it also just so happened to be the championship football game for his football the Georgia Bulldogs. This game was a big deal. You see last year his team was undefeated the entire season and then at the championship game they lost--badly. This year their team was number 1 in the league. They only last one game the entire season.  So, you see this game was a big one.


Einstein is #98 and he plays center. I am not quiet sure exactly what he does. I just know that he plays an important position and that he hikes the ball. Anyways, back to the game.


The game started and I was pins and needles, just praying the boys would strong and listen to their coaches. We scored the first touchdown in the first five mintutes. Then a few minutes later, we scored another touchdown. The boys were doing good, their morale was high and then the opposing team got the ball and scored a touchdown.


Our boys started to loose it momentarily. They started messing up. The opposing team was gaining yards, they were close to scoring another touchdown. And then our boys steal the ball and score another touchdown.

Final score:


When the whistle blew to signal the end of the game, the boys just ran to in a huddle and started jumping on each other. You should have seen the boys...their smiles ran from ear to ear.

After the game, the boys all jumped on Einstein and sang "Happy Birthday" to him. That's Einstein in the middle.


Right after the game, they handed out the trophies. Look at those proud little faces.


Aww...so proud of my boy....he looks so cute. Don't you just want to kiss his sweaty head???




xo

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Official & Cyber Monday



It's Official! I have finally opened my Etsy shop-- Little Doe-eyed Girl--inspired by my little princess! And I'm super excited about it! As you can see, my beautiful little princess is my model for my lovely headbands.

In celebration of my shop opening and Cyber Monday, I have a special coupon code for you, dear, lovely readers. All day Monday, through midnight Pacific time, use CYBER25  to save 25% off everything in the shop!

Happy Cyber shopping!

xo

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Week's Goals


In all the excitement yesterday of sharing my week's list and talking about goals I forgot to list my goals for the week.

So, here they are the 3 goals for this week:
  1. Complete at least 60% of this week's list---I know that number is low, but I want my goals to manageable remember.
  2. Workout at least 3 times this week
  3. Start using my dslr

xo

Monday, November 14, 2011

This Week's List



Last week, I started up my to-do list again. I must say I was not completely successful in completing everything on my list. But I did get half the list done, which isn't all that bad--10 out 20 is decent.
Here is this weeks list:


and the second page:




Yes, there is a lot I need to get done and I am hopeful I will be successful with this week's list.

In addition to work on my list, I am also going to set  three little goals for the week. Nothing too big or too grand, but rather little goals that could be accomplished in a week's time. So, every Monday I post the week's list along with my 3 goals for the week. Then on the following Monday,  I will report my progress.

So what do you think? Anyone want to go join me? Maybe I set up a linky party...thoughts?



xo

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Being Ok With An Unproductive Day

Woman / Face by ►CubaGallery
Woman / Face, a photo by ►CubaGallery on Flickr.

The day did not start out as planned. The little Princess woke up early--an hour too early. And of course, it just so happened that the night before I went to bed a little too late. We were both feeling a little off because of the early mornng. Tuesdays we have Mommy and Me; and as of late we have been hitting one roadblock after another...we have missed 2 months and I miss it and I think she does too. I can tell how much she loves it. Anyways, we didn't make it today...which really bummed me out. I tried really hard, but the little Princess was being just that--a princess. She wouldn't let me get ready. She just wanted me to hold her and so I did just that. When she was finally ok with me putting her down, we headed out to Target--I didn't want the whole day to be a bust. We had a nice time. We got the essentials and she was a rockstar the whole time...smiling at people as we walked down the aisles. We were having some great girl time together. After Target we headed back home for some lunch and then we went out again to run a few more errands. I felt like I got a lot done, but when I came home and looked at my list. I realized that I had only done one thing on my list. Thats the problem with lists, sometimes you forget to write down "the little things" and then when spend a whole day catching up on "the little things" you come home feeling accomplished. But then you take a look at your list and you start to feel a little deflated because after such a long day, all you do is cross off one little thing off your list. I started to wallow in my unproductiveness, but then I realized it was ok. It's ok to have an "unproductive day"--a day spent doing the little things because even the little things are important. And in the end, as long as my kids and my husband are ok, then I'm ok too.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Starting the week off right: the to-do list



I have been forgetting so much lately...I feel like I have pregnancy brain all over again. It's horrible. Einstein will tell me we have to do something for school and I totally forget...it's almost like it goes in one ear and out the other. I seriously feel like I am losing my mind. So I decided to go back to making a list again. There is just something so satsifying when you cross off an item on your list.

And so here is my list--once I started writing, I just couldn't stop...I have so much to do and so much to catch up on. There is alot on this list, but I am giving myself till Friday to finish everything. We'll see how much I get done.

A little sleep update: Both Einstein and my little Princess slept the whole night through without waking each other up! I'm a happy momma.


xo

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The trials of sleeping training: Part two


Continuing on from my last post about sleep training...

Now, I wish I could Saturday was just as successful as Friday night--and by now you're probably guessing it was not. Saturday began our nap time sleep training. The nap time sleep training is exactly the same as the bed time sleep training--you follow a routine that the baby will pick up on. However, since it is during the day, there is light, which means the baby can see everything in the room. Not only that, but they are not as tired as they are at night, which means crying and lots of it.

For her first nap, our little Princess cried for half and hour. At her second nap she cried for 45 agonizing minutes. And those minutes tick on by so slowly and the are agonizing horrible. The book suggests that you go in the room every few minutes and talk to your child; however, every time I did that it made her more upset. So, I did not go in the room, I would just peek in to make sure she was ok. By the next day, she only cried about ten minutes at each nap time.

It has been over a week since we began the sleep training process and let me tell you...it was so worth it! My little Princess is so much happier now...she laughs all the time. She sleep about twelve hours every night, granted I still wake her up around midnight for her last feeding, but she goes right back to sleep after she eats.

Sleep training has made a world of difference...next time I will talk more about why decided to sleep train when we did and why we choose the route we did.

xo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The trials of sleep training and the sleep easy solution: part one

Now, I know I said a month ago that our dear little one was sleeping her crib like a big...well, that didn't last long--3 days to be exact. She started waking up Einstein at 5 am and so back in our room she went.

Look at that adoreable face...what a sweet, precious face...almost angelic...however, not so angelic at 4 o'clock in the morning, I might say.

Yes, I said 4 o'clock in the morning. You see at 4 o'clock in the morning, and every hour thereafter,  that face is not so sweet and angelic. It is more like an obxiously loud alarm and everytime you try to hit snooze, you miss. One night like that isn't bad....two nights like is sorta managable, but the whole week....well, it's bound to make you a little crazy and extremely sleep deprived.

The crazyness needed to stop and I needed some sleep, enter The Sleepeasy Solution. Now, if you're not a big fan of letting your little cry, then this book may not be for you. Now normally, I am not a big fan of letting my baby cry; however, after weeks of sleep deprivation and my loss of sanity I decided to give it go. I knew my little princess was not waking up because she was in need of something or because she needed to eat. I knew it was because she needed to learn how to sleep and to soothe herself. So, after getting the greenlight from the doctor, we began The Sleepeasy Solution on Friday night. And since my little Princess and Einstein share a room, I shipped off Einstein with the grandparents so his sleep would not be disturbed.

Now, I'm not gonna lie, the thought of letting my dear little Princess cry herself to sleep tugged at my heart so bad that I almost decided not to go through with it. And I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I cried just a bit before I started the whole process. The book suggests that you set up a bedroom routine. And so I did. Nothing too extravagent or over done...just something simple and easy.

And so, on Friday night, I laid my dear little Princess in her crib, walked out of the room, sat on the stairs and waited....and waited...and yet she did not let out a peep. Nope, not one little peep. Within in minutes she was fasted asleep. I couldn't believe it.

Now, if only I could that about the Saturday...but that part is for tomorrow.


xo











Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Diamonds are a little girls best friend


Diamonds are a little girls best friend...well, in this case, cz's are little girls best friends.

Tuesday means it's mommy and me for the little Princess and I; however, someone took so long to eat that we missed it. And since I wanted to do something productive with her and I didn't want the day to go to waste, I decided to head to the mall and get her ears pierced.

 So, off to the mall we went. I must admit,  I was a bit nervous and I almost changed my mind, but as you can see from the picture above, all went well. There were a few tears, but overall, my little Princess did very well. I am so proud of her! She only cried for about a minute and then was all smiles--back to her normal, happy go lucky self once again.




xo



Monday, October 3, 2011

Social media renunions: Thank you, Facebook

siblings by angellea (glitterbug)
siblings, a photo by angellea (glitterbug) on Flickr.
Have you ever seen the show The Locator?

Everytime I watch that show I cry...I just can't help it. Well, Saturday night I was watching it and it spurned something inside me to search for some of my family members which I haven't seen in a very long time. Now, this wasn't my first attempt to find them, I had tried many times before and had never been sucessful; however Saturday proved to be different.

With the help of Facebook, that Saturday night I was able to find my family, and by Sunday morning we were messaging each back and forth.

It is amazing all the uses for social media nowadays. If it wasn't for Facebook, I would have never found them, so thank you, Facebook!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On my knees

Life.

It can be hard sometimes. One day it can keep you on your toes and the next, it can have you on your knees. And right now, that is where life has me--on my knees. Sometimes I wonder why am I here? How did I get here? Things were going so well--and then they weren't. But I know one thing and it is this--This is where God wants me. I don't want to be here, but this is were he wants me. And so I wait here--on my knees, to see what he has for me.


xo


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Getting ready for Fall

Meadow Photography by d o l f i
Meadow Photography, a photo by d o l f i on Flickr.

Today finds me sick in bed and wishing I could be walking in this field.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Only big girls sleep in cribs


Look at my precious little girl.

I love her. She looks like an angel when she sleeps.

Well, this little angel grew up over Labor Day weekend--she graduated from bassinet to crib. If it was up to me, she would have stayed in bassinet until she is one year old; although I don't think she would enjoy it very much. She is growing so much and she is so long, that she could barely fit in her bassinet and because of this she was waking up earlier--and I could have none of that. So, Sunday night was her first night in her crib, in the room she shares with Einstein. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who was nervous about her sleeping in the crib, because Einstein kept waking up with every move she made. Everytime she made a move he would turn on is bed side light and at around 5am that very light woke her up. And once she is up, she is up. It took me about an hour to get her to go back to sleep--and she would not go back in her crib. So, back in the bassinet she went. The next night we tired again and were victorious! So, now she sleep in her crib and wakes up at the crack of dawn--she actually wakes up before Einstein! She has adapted to Einstein's new school schedule better than I have--the reason for my lack of posts. I'm tired. Who knew that juggling two kids, two classes, a husband and two clients would be so much work. It's only been three days and I'm beat. I have to find a better way to juggle all this.

So, what have you been juggling this week?

xo

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A laborous Labor day weekend

I had planned on spending my Labor Day weekend like this:

...relaxing, catching up on my sleep. Instead I spend most of it like this...
...tired, harried and sometimes a little scary.

There was so much I wanted to get done this weekend--our last free weekend before school started for both Einstein and me. However, sometimes your best laid plans just don't work out like you would wish. I did accomplish some things though, like my desk.
Believe it or not, but I have not seen the top of my desk since before my little Princess was born. It was piled high with anything and everything. But ask me where something was and I could tell you the pile, I'm cool like that. Well, I could not stand it any longer. And since my desk/work area is in the living room, it was making the living room look messy too. I wish I would have taken a before shot so you could see how bad it really was, well, maybe it's a good thing I didn't---that might have been a bit embarrassing. Anyways, my desk is now clutter free and workable once again. A good thing too, because I start school today and I'm taking 2 classes this time--yikes! Two classes is technically full time--double yikes. Juggling two classes, two clients, two kids, a husband, and starting my own indie biz--double yikes, yikes! But with prayer and a whole lot faith I hope to manage through it all.

So, how did you spend your Labor day weekend?


xo

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