September 30, 2011

Nighttime Soccer

My mom should try wearing _______ to soccer games too.

Fill in the blank Friday. Every Friday, I put up a random picture from my week and start the caption. I invite you fill in the blank and finish my caption. Feel free to be funny or cute or just shout out the first thing that comes to mind!

September 29, 2011


Stella is 5 months old now.  It's amazing how time flies.  I notice her pulling away from me a little, finding a tiny bit of Independence.  She wants to be carried less and play more.  When I hold her or wear her, she no longer wants to face me.  She wants to face outward so she can see everything that is going on  around her.  She's curious.  Even though it's amazing to watch, I have to admit that I feel a tiny sting of jealousy as she becomes interested in more than just me.

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September 27, 2011

Bracing Ourselves

Finally, quiet.  Steve and Kennedy are taking George to school and Stella is sleeping.  Steve took the day off.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe he needed the time to gather his thoughts, work on our plan or just needed a rest.  I think we could all use a rest right now, some time to recuperate. 

We're handling the job loss pretty well so far.  I'm not sure it's really sunken in.  It hasn't really hit us yet.  Our finances are the same as they were a week ago.  We've been so busy setting a plan in place so that when it does hit us, maybe it won't hurt too much. 

It's hard to think that after Friday night, no one is allowed to get sick or injured or get a least not until we can find affordable insurance for 4 kids.  Over the last few years I've heard so many stories about families who lose their jobs, and their children have no insurance.  I always listened to these stories and felt so thankful that it couldn't happen to us.  We're safe.  We're secure. 

It seems that there are quite a few things we took for granted.  We are fools. 

This is my first time linking up with Heather.

September 26, 2011

Picking and Choosing

Our little house got shaken to the core late last week.  My husband works 2 jobs so that I can sit at home and play on the Internet all day.  Last week, he lost one of those jobs, as well as our insurance and almost half of our income.  So, today, we are asking ourselves some very serious questions. 

It seems as though everything in our lives is being sorted into wants and needs.  Do we need food?  Yes.  Does it have to come from a restaurant?  No.  Do we need a car?  Yes.  Should it cost almost as much as our mortgage?  No.  Do Kennedy and Georgia need to go to preschool.  Probably not, but it's good for them and the only negative we can come up with is the cost, so preschool stays.  Do we need TV?  In our house, there are probably 5 different answers to that question.  Can we get by with fewer channels?  Absolutely.  Will it be good for us?  Undoubtedly.  Does mommy need margaritas?  Yes.  Do they have to be served by Mexicans?  No.  They will probably be just as good served at home by my husband. 

It's interesting sorting through our life this way.  It's interesting to think that 2 weeks ago, most of the nos would have been yeses and the yeses would have been nos.

What is the first thing you would give up to save money?  What is something you would keep no matter what?

September 23, 2011


Can you believe that I just ____________?

Fill in the blank Friday.  Every Friday, I put up a random picture from my week and start the caption.  I invite you fill in the blank and finish my caption.  Feel free to be funny or cute or just shout out the first thing that comes to mind!

September 20, 2011

Get Away

I am home!  I got back late Sunday night and I am still tired.  Oh well.  Even if I didn't come back rested, I did come home relaxed!  I had a great time visiting my mom and am so glad I got some quality time alone with my best friend.  Of course, I didn't get the pictures I wanted to take or get to spend a lot of time talking with the people I wanted to meet, but isn't that the way it always goes?

However, I did eat a ton of food, sleep in, take a nap, leave my room in a bathing suit (a first), and spend time in the ocean.  Also, Saturday night,we went to see Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It was interesting, to say the least.  Luckily, the the theater served beer, so I drank a few and had fun.  It was quite the experience.  One that I wouldn't suggest for the easily offended.  I'm not sure if it's like that everywhere, but in St. Pete Beach, I wouldn't suggest it for anyone under the age of 18 or anyone who has issues with bad language. 

I was so happy to come home, though.  Come Sunday evening, I was beyond ready to come home and crawl into bed with my girls.  I was so happy to ditch the breast pump and feed my baby.  Surprisingly, the house wasn't a mess  and everyone seems to have done well in my absence.  Steve did well.  I guess now I owe him pretty big!

September 16, 2011


My day has been very _____________.

Today is my mom's 50th birthday!  Feel free to stop by my facebook page and wish her happy birthday.  She'd love it!

September 14, 2011

Tummy Trouble

Infantino sent me their new Right Angle Tummy Triangle to try out with Stella. 

None of my children have ever liked being on their stomach.  Are there really children who do?  Had this been available a month earlier, I think that Stella would have really liked it. 

It's not that she didn't like it, it's just that when Stella is on the floor, her main goal is getting from belly to back or the other way around.  Lately, she just wants to get on her back so she can chew on her toes. 

She really enjoys looking at herself in the mirror for a little while.  She actually seems to like being on her belly...for a minute.  Then, she tries to roll over and rolls right off of it or just lays on her back on it. 

I'm pretty sure that once the excitement of rolling wears off, she'll really enjoy it.  She does love the buzzy bee, though.  It goes everywhere with us!

The Tummy Triangle is available at Babies "R" Us and is also available for preorder at Amazon

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September 7, 2011

Bedsharing has Ruined Me (Physically and Emotionally)

I don't hide the fact that we are a bed sharing family.  I sleep in the same room with 3 of the girls and share a bed with 2 of them.  Sometimes, Corrina joins us and we all sleep in the "girl's dormitory".  I wouldn't trade this time for anything.  I love being there when they need me.  I love when George wraps her arms around my neck, when Stella grabs my finger with her soft little hand, when Kennedy sits up in her bed just to see if I'm still there.  There is a downside to sharing a bed, though.  Sleeping between George and Stella makes it difficult for me to get truly comfortable.  Even though my heart is in it 100%, my neck is not.  My neck hurts and I have had a headache for weeks.   I seriously need to see a chiropractor.

Next week, I'm heading to Florida to celebrate my mom's 50th birthday.  I will have 3 whole nights to sleep alone and give my tired neck the rest it needs.  As good as this sounds, in theory, I have learned that I have been ruined by co-sleeping.  Sure, sleeping alone for a night sounds like a dream, but three?  It's not all it's cracked up to be.  It's cold, there's so much room to move around, there are no hugs and kisses.  I'm sure waking up to use a breast pump will not be as sweet as nursing Stella (and myself) back to sleep.

I'm looking forward to my trip, to seeing my mom, having some fun with my best friend and celebrating 50 with mom and my aunt.  I'm kind of starting to panic about leaving my family, though.  I'm sure that we'll all make it through the 4 days and 3 nights just fine, but there will be a little hole in my heart and in my bed while I'm away.

September 1, 2011

What Do Margaritas Have to do With Peace?

Peace is in the eye of the beholder, right?  Something like that.  It was hard to not take more pictures of sleeping kids.  That is when they're peaceful, but I think I post enough sleeping baby pictures.  It crossed my mind to take pictures of my newly organized playroom.  That being done creates some peace in my soul.  It also creates anxiety because it's time to move on to something else.

So, what does my soul good?  Once a week, I leave the kids with dad to put them to bed.  I grab my book and head out for dinner.  I don't rush, I read my book and I drink a margarita (or two).  It is my time.  I can actually relax a little and tune out the world.  It is fantastic.  It keeps me sane the other 6 days of the week.

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