Monday, July 19, 2010

Tops 2 Things I would like to purchase.

Surprisingly, this was hard for me to come up with...

1. Cloth diapers.

I started cloth diapering a few weeks ago, maybe a month or so ago, and I LOVE IT. However, I would love to add more diapers to my stash. I have 12 right now, I would love to have 24...but even 18 would be better. AND Bumgenius came out with 4.0 and I really am excited about the snaps!!!!!!!!

2. A cruise...or vacation for just me and my honey bear. It would be nice without Audrie, but what would be nicer is if we could bring someone to watch her while we have fun! I can dream, right?????

What would your top 2 purchases be???? Go here and link up!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

11 1/2 Months

Somehow I missed an 11 month, who knew summer would keep us so busy???? 

Here is what it is like at 11 1/2 months:
  • You walk much better now and have better balance...from 10 months- 11 months, you kinda flopped around everywhere.
  • Since switching to solely whole milk, you eat SO much food! I feed you Graduates Lil'Entrees and Lil' meals, you really like them. Sometimes I feed you what mommy and daddy eat, but we eat much later than you do. 
  • You have started talking alot more, you say da-da, mama (only when crying), dog and ball.
  • You shake your head "no" alot.
  • You love to point at things and people sometimes, but mommy is trying to teach you that pointing at people is not nice.
  • You give lots of hugs and kisses.
  • You just started shrugging your shoulders.
  • You are in to EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING goes in your mouth.
  • You would much rather play with mommy's things then your 100 toys. 
  • When someone sings "This Little Light of Mine", you put your finger in the air for your "light".
  • You have started laughing at things instead of having to be tickled to laugh. 
  • You and Mommy play peek-a-boo in the car, this really makes you laugh.
  • You love giving the dogs kisses, but mommy isnt thrilled about it.
  • You chase the dogs around, but they run from you because you pull their ears.
  • You are starting to realize people's if I say, "Where is Grammy?" you will look at her. 
  • You are learning commands. If I ask you to bring me something, usually you will.
  • You are fascinated with a ball. 
  • Your personality is really coming is so sweet, funny, caring, loving, silly, curious, you have no fear, and so much more...
I cant believe in just 2 little weeks you will be a whole year old! 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Myths of a SAHM

SAHM- Stay At Home Mom

1. I sit on the couch and eat bon-bons all day while watching soap operas. This could be further from the truth. First, what in the heck is a bon-bon? Anyway, occasionally, I will take a nap or watch a tv show (not soaps) while Audrie is napping- you would too if your job was 24/7. However, most naps are used for me to take a shower, do the dishes, read my Bible, clean the kitchen, clean the living room, do laundry, pay bills, wash diapers, etc...

2. I am lucky. Sometimes when I tell someone I stay at home with Audrie, they say you are so lucky. Luck has nothing to do with it. I am very blessed that my husband understands my heart and supports it 100%.

3. After someone says I am lucky, they say, I wish I could stay at home but we cant afford it. I understand in some instances this really is the case. However, what I would like to say back to people could stay at home, you would just have to change your status of living. You might not be able to own a house, or drive the car you want, etc... You could stay home, things would just change alot. Which it has for us. What you mean to say, is you cannot keep your status of living and stay at home with your child(ren)...there is a difference.

4. It is easy. Being a stay-at-home mom is the hardest thing I have ever done. It is 24/7. When I get sick, there is no were for Audrie to go. When I need to run an errand or go to a doctor's appt for myself, I have a child with me. All my energy and attention goes into a baby except for during naps and when she goes to sleep.

5. It is for everyone. I have come to find that many women do not care to stay home with their children because they would rather work. I understand every one and every family is different. Being a SAHM is part of who I am. I was born to be a mom. Its what I always wanted. All I want to do is stay home and raise children. I completely think this is a individual decision for each family, I do not think one is right and one is wrong.

I have debated a long time over posting something about being a SAHM, but recently, I have gotten tired of people sayings things, like, I am jealous you get to stay at home. I dont GET to stay at home, I CHOOSE to stay at home.

My family has had to make sacrifices for me to stay at home. But this is so temporary. Yes, I could work and make some extra money for us, but life right now is priceless. Getting to spend everyday with my child is something I WILL NEVER and COULD NEVER get back. I would rather live in cardbox box and be home with my child.

Whew, that felt good.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Our Week in Pictures (and a few words :)

We have been quite busy these past few weeks, so I have been lagging on the blogging. Here are some pictures to show what we have been up to!

At the sprinkler park

Swimming at the city pool! 

Audrie and Frazier both had frog towels! We thought it was cute so we took a pic!

Lynzie, Randi and I went to this place in Longview called the Mud Hut where we painted on some pottery! I wanted to make a birthday plate for Audrie...and every birthday she would eat off of this special plate, but then I decided to make it just a "special day" plate since there are more special days then just a birthday! And I wil make one for me and GT eventually and then one for each of our future kids as we have them! 

Randi made the cutest LA Tech tray for her hubby for his bday...but...shhh..dont tell him, it is not until August! 

We had so much fun and cant wait to do it again!