Thursday, February 22, 2018

28 things I know right now.

Surprise flowers from my best friend in California. 

Today I am 28.

To celebrate... here are 28 things I know about life right now.

1. God has a plan.  It may not make sense or make us feel comfortable, but he knows what he is doing.

2. Being a mom is the most rewarding but hardest job I've ever held.

3. Nap times and showers are never long enough.

4. Kansas weather is bipolar and that Mother Nature always keeps you guessing.

5. It is okay to say no sometimes.

6. Let go of what you can't control. 

7. Having good neighbors makes all the difference.

8. The laundry pile can only be tackled until bedtime.

9. Electric vehicles are the way of the future.

10. Babies sleep better pressed up against mommy and daddy.

11. Macaroni and cheese never stops tasting good.

12. Your mother always knows best.

13. Thank you notes are a must.

14. Finding good friends is hard to do.  But once you've found them nothing can break that bond.  Not time or distance or life obstacles.  Nothing.

15. Always count down to something.  A vacation, summer, your husband getting home at 5...

16. There is always someone you will perceive as a better mother, friend, wife, woman... stop comparing yourself.  You are who you are and someone relies on you being that person.

17. Cursive writing should still be mandatory.

18. Organizing the junk drawer will make you feel like you are owning life.

19. Crossing off handwritten to-do lists with a sharpie is the only way to make a to-do list.

20. Puppies are worse than newborns.

21. The newborn phase lasts approximately 2 seconds while the terrible twos last for an eternity.

22. If you can't stop thinking about something, buy it.

23. Your kids will not remember the bad days, they remember you being there and trying each and everyday to be the best mother possible.

24. Adulting is hard.

25. Marriage isn't easy but it is worth the reward of sharing a life with someone.

26. It is okay to get lost in a good Netflix series sometimes.

27. Good family is not something to take for granted.

28. YOU ARE JUST RIGHT, JUST HOW GOD MADE YOU.



always,
amanda
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Monday, February 12, 2018

30 Weeks//Baby #3

31 weeks.
Photo cred goes to the husband. 😘

What Fruit are you // a large cabbage
Due date // April 12th.
How far along // 30 weeks.
Next appointment // next week..
Gender // it's a girl!
Total weight gain/loss // the first pregnancy I am not actively keeping track of this number... special thanks to my doctors office for the kg weight readings instead of lb.  You the real MVP.
Swelling // none.
Maternity clothes // when I leave the house.  Still have a few non-maternity shirts that fit.  But I'm all about sweats and t-shirts at home.
Belly button // in but stretched flat almost.
Sleep // eh.  I'm large.  My bed with a bed hog husband and a 4 year old in it... does not make for the most space for mama... otherwise I guess it's okay.
Food cravings // sweets and salads.
Symptoms // moody and emotional for no real particular reason.  Trying to keep up with everything and sometimes that in and of itself can be a giant pain.
Movement // all the time.  Last night I took a minute long video of my belly because she was moving up a storm.  My husband calls her an alien as it freaks him out.. even with it being the third pregnancy.
Labor signs // none.
What I miss // being able to lift things and keep up with my children easily without feeling tired about 5 minutes into it.  What will my life be like with three?!
What I'm loving // that we are nearing the end of this adventure.  Still not a pregnancy person.  I feel blessed I get to experience this, three times now, but that doesn't mean I necessarily enjoy it.  The end result is always worth it but getting there is not my favorite.
What I'm looking forward to // the snow to melt and warm temperatures to return.  Also Valentines is next week and I think this year will be another fun one with my girls!
Best moment this week // the Eagles winning the Super Bowl!  It is good sometimes to see a really great team get knocked down a notch or two.  Call me selfish.  Hahahah.



always,
amanda
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Slice of Life - February 2018

Trying something new over here on Somewhere Over the Camo... one of my favorite big time bloggers to follow, Whimsical September (currently stationed in Kansas!), posts a Slice of Life post every couple of weeks and they are my absolute favorite posts to read.  Since we have a lot going on, but I'm not really regularly blogging about anything other than baby #3 and the occasional other holiday wrap up post... I figured, why not?

So here goes... a slice of our life.

I just finished signing Grace up for her SECOND year of preschool.  How is this possible?  I know, I know... I just keep going on about how I can't believe she is 4.  I'm not sure that feeling ever goes away?  She's my baby after all.  She will go from a 2-day program to a 3-day program starting in the fall.  And then the year after that I will have a kindergartener and Brooklyn will start preschool.  How?!

A sweet pre-nap hug.

Since we are about to go from 2 to 3 children, we had to make the jump from a SUV to a van.  I was totally that person (and still kind of am) that said I would NEVER be a van mom.  I was adamant.  But with 3 children and a large 70 pound dog, a 3rd row SUV was absolutely not going to cut it as you sacrifice almost all storage for that third row.  So earlier this week we became a van family.  We went with a Chrysler Pacifica electric hybrid and it is super nice!  Most days I can run almost all my errands on electric before I hit the 35 mile max and it converts back to gas.  I'm totally a fan of the electric aspect and really look forward to seeing what the future holds for the EV world.


Speaking of about to add more children to the household... three cheers for scoring mad deals on baby things.  After I gave birth to Brooklyn I sold off our swing, rock 'n play and just about all the other baby items we had, including 0-3 month clothing (hadn't gotten around to listing the other sizes THANKFULLY)... we were done as far as I was concerned.  So I had to get the basics again to make it through babyhood.  Found this swing for $50 on Walmart clearance.  Regular price is $150!  And yesterday I found a $75 rock 'n play at Marshalls for $40. Just have to decide on and buy her carseat and she can come.  Never mind that we haven't even started on her nursery.  Haha.

Second child.  The ornery one.  That sometimes makes me wish we really were done.

Anyone else been hitting up the clearance racks lately?  Target and Old Navy had some killer deals.  I scooped up some regular sized shirts that I hope to someday fit in again.  I always know when I am nearing the end when I start thinking about bouncing back after delivery.  I'm praying with three kids and breastfeeding, I can make it happen this time too.

Date night selfie in 1 of like 5 shirts that actually fits right now.

The other day Grace was working on tracing some letters in a new alphabet book, naturally I started singing the alphabet to her.  Because mom life.  A couple of minutes later I heard her singing it.  She got to G before she stopped.  I'm guessing they have been practicing in preschool... but I had NO idea this was on the radar yet.  She is constantly surprising me with what she is learning, especially with her language still being a bit delayed.


Rob has officially been separated from the Army for a little over a year now.  Some days it feels like an absolute lifetime ago that we were living hours away from family and friends, having our life dictated by the needs of the government.  Every once in awhile I get a little bit sad missing that life though.  Especially when my friends that are still in the military world post about promotions and new PCS locations.  The military life is such a self contained world and the people in in are like no other.  I'm thankful to have experienced it and still get a kick out of the reactions from new local friends when they find out Rob served 9 years in the Army and we lived in Maryland, Georgia and Tennessee before moving back to Kansas.  I guess we don't seem old enough to have all that under our belt already.

She insisted Daddy sit with her at her own table at dinner a few weeks ago.

And now I am off to try and squeeze in at least a catnap while Brooke naps... this overcast, cold Kansas weather has me not feeling it whatsoever.  I'm ready for spring!



always,
amanda
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Friday, February 2, 2018

THE 4th birthday week

Grace's 4th birthday has been a week of celebrations.  This is definitely the year where she understands the meaning of a birthday and that it is all about her!  (Which has made the after birthday celebrations a huge let down in the eyes of my babe and a struggle from the mom perspective to deal with the attitude...)


The preschool celebration.

Two days before the big day, we slid an oversized unicorn hair bow in my girls hair (which I, of course, didn't get an actual picture of) and picked up some cupcakes.  The first celebration was at preschool with all of her classmates.  They get to wear a sticker around announcing their birthday, bring in a sugary sweet snack and the whole class sings a preschool rendition of Happy Birthday.  She bounced out of preschool that day with a huge smile on her face.

How Brooke has taken to eating cupcakes...

Her actual birthday.

Rob took Grace's actual birthday off.  It was Kansas Day (early) and Dad's Day at preschool.  So all the dads flooded into preschool the last 45 minutes of the day and did all sorts of fun activities, including dancing/singing in a circle and those really fun "All About My Dad" surveys.  We took the birthday girl to lunch after preschool and at the very last minute another big girl threshold was crossed... Grace got her first haircut.  4/5 inches on the floor later, she all of a sudden looked like a big girl to match her new age!  That night my parents and sister came out for dinner, Buffalo Wild Wings (the birthday girls request!) followed by cupcakes, another rendition of Happy Birthday and a few gifts.

Grandpa being silly and joining in the game.
My best friends and I all showed up in the same color.
My Mom did too!

The birthday party.

Three days later was the birthday party girlfriend basically spent all week waiting for.  A princess birthday party was requested and after cleaning the entire house that still had a post Christmas funk to it, hunting down some felt princess crowns from the Target dollar spot and hitting up Dollar Tree for just about everything else... we were ready for the invasion of family and friends.  Perhaps some of the most exciting visitors, two of her preschool friends were able to come out with their families... the birthday girl was happy as a clam!  Rob fired up the grill for some bratwurst to accompany the other wise really large food spread.  It really isn't a party at our house if the grill isn't going.  Nobody left hungry (I hope).  After playing a game of Kiss the Frog (Pin the Tale on the donkey... with a frog and a pair of lips), the last round of Happy Birthday was sung to a girl surrounded by all of her friends and family.  The cupcakes were devoured and the presents opened, signaling the end of another successful party.

Thanks to all the friends and family that made it out to celebrate with us, wished our girl a happy birthday, sent birthday cards and gifts, and just thought about us as we celebrated another year of life with our oldest.  We are surrounded by the greatest village of people.


always,
amanda
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