Monthly Archives: November 2014

So Behind….

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For some odd reason it has gotten very busy around here….

I have so many good things that I want to talk about…but not enough time to post… I’m hopefully going to get a few done today! First I’m finishing Family Christmas presents…

Thank for understanding!

My Semi-Crunchy SAHM

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Breweries and Babes

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I love craft brew!

Sometimes it’s funny when I think about me saying that! When I first began drinking alcohol, it was always fruity liquor drinks… At the time I always thought beer was gross… Boy oh boy have times changed. Craft beer is AMAZING!!!!! When we do go out now, I always pick a craft beer.

Another cool thing is that craft brew is almost like wine nowadays…There are many different varieties, styles, and you can pair with the perfect dish!

Rewind a few years…Before children were even in the picture for us, like still dating, the hubs and myself were faithful attendees of a brewery in NY. I always noticed the family atmosphere… The head brewer always brought his kids and so did many other attendees! I always thought that was so cool.

Fast forward a few years… We now are married on our honeymoon in Europe and we find a bunch of breweries! Breweries, where we live were few and far between because of strict alcohol laws…Technically we have no bars, because they all need to serve food, all pubs. So, for breweries that are just trying to start, now they have to worry about serving food for people to drink their beer…it was kinda crazy! We missed hanging out in the atmosphere!

Fast forward a few more years…Thank goodness some lawmaker woke up and decided to change the laws that breweries could serve pints without serving food. Now, breweries by us are popping up like hot cakes and it’s amazing! They too are all kid friendly and have a family atmosphere!

Now, we that we have kids, we are the ones bringing them with us. We don’t feel awkward, get stared at, or have people talking under their breath about us…(had that happen when we went to an outdoor concert and it was 8:00pm and my hubs and myself got a drink in the bar at the bar across from the concert).

When our family goes to different places, say on a family trip or a work trip we are all able to go on, we look for breweries and your the town that way. Along with zoos, aquariums, and parks… It’s amazing how things have changed 🙂 In a excellent way of course!

Breweries are a really nice place for all of us to hang and almost feel like mommy and daddy went out!

One of the breweries by us as a play area inside( has a picnic table, chalk board, coloring supplies and a few toys) and whenever that have an event … There is always a bounce house!

I have come to the conclusion that many Brewers opened their business, not only to enjoy quality beer and get away from corporate beer, but to have a place to hang out with their family. Especially, since kids in a bar have a stigma. I can’t thank them enough for giving us a place to hang too!

My husband and I have only run into one brewery (Southern Florida) that was kid friendly, but had a lot of rules… And felt not kid friendly when they were shoving us out the door… (Said last call for us at 5:30pm- cool ordered our last round, closed our tab, were finishing drinks and the bartender/manager came up to us three times to tell us about 6pm…the last time my husband had a sip left… We were like really?! We read the signs, listened to your last call, and we’re finishing up…super frustrating-especially since the kids were acting like angels, playing with other people there, and I swear not even making peeps…I feel like if they were being cranky and whiny and crying than the constant reminders would be ok… But they weren’t and we were doing what we were supposed too…) Here is a picture of the actual “Children’s Policy”

IMG_1516.JPG The part that is blocked by flash says “Minors are allowed in the brewery taproom until 6 PM. After 6PM you must be 21 and up to be in the taproom. No exceptions. This includes infants, babies, children and teens.” Their rules confuse me too, because they seem so strict and then they have humor as the last rule… That’s why I felt kid friendly/not friendly… I am also trying to figure out if it is their states alcohol laws that make them do that or if it’s their own policy, about the 6PM curfew.

Make sure you check state alcohol laws regarding minors… In Seattle, WA, there were restaurant looking establishments where minors couldn’t go… We had to call every place we went to before hand to check…Every state is different!

*These are my opinions. I am not affiliated with any brewery. I condone responsible drinking and most importantly with your children (no drinking and driving…etc). Make sure you double check laws near you.

Recipe~Organic Vegetable Pot Pie

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The other night I was watching the news and saw the weather…it was supposed to get cold…Well, cold for us.

I thought yum, a pot pie would be great…then I thought let’s try and make a veggie pot pie rather than adding meat. Just another way to make some lifestyle changes and be a bit healthier!

Ingredients:
-serves six crock bowls
-Organic (vegan) pie crust (whole foods)
-A lot of organic veggies…
I used- 1/2 a bag of corn(frozen)
1 stalk of broccoli (cut up)
5 large carrots
8 organic cremini mushrooms
4 stalks celery
1onion
and whatever veggies you want. Among my added varies on the amount of pot pie you are making.
-1box vegetable broth(I think 4 cups)
-seasoning-pepper,salt, poultry seasoning
-cornstarch or flour(to thicken broth)

What to do:
1- Sauté veggies in a little olive oil beginning with the harder veggies(meaning carrots before onions).

2-Once veggies are a little softer and all are on pan, add veggie broth. Leaving one cup aside to add later.

3- Cook covered for 20 minutes a nice simmer.

4-Mix 1 tablespoon and remaining cool broth(best to put in container to shake up) then pour into pan.
5-Raising heat slightly get that boil going for sauce to thicken. About 10-15 minutes.

6-Pour a ladle of vegetable mixture into crock bowls.

7-Add a covering of pie crust (cut to fit bowls-round or square- however you like).

8-Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

9-Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

10-Enjoy with a fork or spoon!

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures 😦

Patience… … …Yeah!

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In the words of one of my favorite bands:

“…little patience, mm yeah, mm yeah
need a little patience, yeah
just a little patience, yeah
some more patience, yeah
need some patience, yeah
could use some patience, yeah
gotta have some patience, yeah
all it takes is patience,
just a little patience
is all you need”

-Writer(s):  Duff Rose Mc Kagan, Steven Adler, W. Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin
Copyright: Guns N’ Roses Music, Black Frog Music

 

I woke up this past Friday morning, I guess not in my normal chipper mood, and everything bothered me. I mean everything, from the way the dogs jumped off the bed, to the way my hair was behaving. Then my son woke up…I was like really?! I didn’t even get to take my morning shower…Oh well! Mommy always loses out on that. Well, he was wet, wetter than wet. We are potty trained, however nighttime and naptime are something we are struggling with. He wears, “nighttime big boy pants” aka cloth trainer pants. Unfortunately, his wetness sent me over the edge…I got him in the shower with me and put my daughter with toys on the floor.

While in the shower, which is definitely what I needed, I began to calm down and think not myself…”Relax…Think of the Guns N’ Roses song…all you need is Patience” I just kept telling myself that over and over and over again!

After I got out and got everyone dressed, I felt better…I wasn’t snappy like I was before…I hate when that feeling comes over me, because I don’t want to take my feelings out on my son or daughter. They aren’t the ones that woke up on the wrong side of the bed…pun intended!

So when you’re stressed and want things to go your way and they aren’t…Take deep breaths, look at your baby (ies) faces, and think of Guns N’ Roses or maybe whatever relaxes you!

 

Till Next Time!

Eva (Eh-va) Viola’s Birth Story-March 7, 2014 A History Post

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I’m not exactly sure why it has taken me so long to write my sweet Eva’s, pronounced Eh-va, birth story. Oh! Wait! I know, I’m a mom of two now…no time…Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, today, I’m making time!

Here is Eva’s Birth Story!

I was due February 28, 2014. I was so thankful that this year was not a leap year…Ha! Well, a two weeks prior to this date, I had two of my doctors tell me that I should induce, because she may be as big or bigger than my son (he was 10 pounds 3 oz). Than I had another  doctor tell me to wait it out at my appointment 2 days before my due date…but at that appointment, she said I could induce…I was so confused… I honestly didn’t know what to do. I’m 9 months preggos, huge, slightly uncomfortable, emotional because I want to meet my little girl, very happy (I love being pregnant), sad…as you can see a mix of all emotions.  So, I went with it… I had to call ahead (24 hours) to see if there was a bed for me, I got a bed around 12pm on the 28th. So now I get all checked in, an awesome gown on, blood drawn, and then the doctor comes in. The doctor does an exam and says along these lines “You’re lucky that your cervix is pliable and a good candidate, otherwise I was going to read you a riot act!” my husband and I were sort of stunned…she then went into detail about waiting is the best option…yadda yadda yadda…and I was like yeah! That’s what I wanted, but I had two doctors say do it and one say no… I was torn. She apologized, and said “Sometimes that’s the hardest thing with having a large practice, we don’t always say the same thing, but having you be comfortable with all doctors helps…double edge sword” In my head I’m thinking if you know this than you should do something about it… but I kept that in my head and decided to head home and wait it out!  I think my husband was more pissed than me!

So, I go to my appointment the following week and we now pushing week 41, the doctor that I saw apologized for the confusion again and then said, she’s a little uncomfortable waiting till 42 weeks. So this time I medically am having an induced labor.

So that whole calling in 24 hours before the day happens…Let’s say there were a lot of babies being born these two days that I had to do this. I finally got thru at 10:45am on March 7th and they said to come on in…We said goodbye to my parents, who were watching our son, and to Ethan. This was the last moment he would be an only child…We got to the Hospital and checked in at 11:30AM.

Last moments of being an only child

Last moments of being an only child

Now we just had to wait for the Pitocin…They drew some blood, put an IV in, hooked up all the monitors, got the blood pressure arm band on (my least favorite monitor-it hurts) Doctor, was the doctor that delivered my son and I was so happy it was her, came in and explained the whole process. Pitocin will be hooked to your IV, we start with a low dose and increase dosage as we progress and see how things go from there. She left saying “I’m ordering the Pitocin, Let’s have a Baby!” This was it! We were going from a family of 3 to 4 today! We were both excited!

At 1:00pm the pitocin drip began, I was 3 cm. Now it was time to just wait…playing games on my phone, facebooking, watching TV, eating an ice pop or two, maybe some ice chips, just trying to pass the time. I began to feel small period cramps… nothing special. Every time the nurse came in to check on me, she asked how I was and upped the dose.  Around 3:00pm, I could feel mild cramps…not painful, just there. The nurse came in…checked me out, asked how I was, then upped the dose. Everything was all good, I was dilating nicely, and I was 5-6cm at this point.

Killing time...

Killing time…

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At 5:30pm, the doctor came in to check me; I believe I was still 6cm or maybe 7cm. She asked how I was with pain, was astonished that I wasn’t more uncomfortable. I told her I’m fine, not uncomfortable, can feel the contractions, but they aren’t bad. The nurse was like “Hunny, you are one tough cookie…you are almost at max dose and your calm as a cucumber.”  Then the doctor determined that it was time to break my water. She asked me what my pain plan was…I told her “I would like to go as long as I could without getting an epidural, but when the time comes I would want it.” She then explained to me that once my water breaks, things should pick up and it may get very uncomfortable…so I decided to have them call the anesthesiologist, and when they came if I wanted it I’d take it and if not, then I’d say come back…So that’s what we did…GOOD THING! Once my water broke (both of my waters never broke on their own), the contractions picked up like no other… Some of them off the chart paper they print on. It took the anesthesiologist about a half hour to get to me…this was a very very painful ½ hour. It was the same exact pain I felt when I got my epidural with my son, with him I was 8 cm when I got to the hospital.

At 6:00pm, the anesthesiologist made it to my room. He asked my mom to leave, my hubby could stay. He then explained all the details of what he was going to do…yadda yadda yadda…and I was like now now now! I’m over the pain! Now, it was time for me to sit on the edge of the bed hug a pillow, hold the nurse and sit still…easier said than done when your uterus is squeezing and all you want to do is stretch out…So he cleaned the area did his thing and I hear him say “Nurse, do you need a blood sample?” He missed and hit a blood vessel…so he had to do it again, this meant I had to sit in this uncomfortable position longer…a big contraction hit me and I heard a splash on the floor! All of my water had not come out and it was coming out now… another splash, this time it coincided with the anesthesiologist attempting again, so I couldn’t move…and it got all over the nurse…I felt so bad, it looked like she wet her pants…I was so embarrassed…I kept apologizing to her…The nurse said “it’s ok, it happens, you’re fine!” Then we started to giggle. Talk about a water breaking… haha!

The anesthesiologist finally got it right, taped it to my back and I was able to lay down. He showed me my little dosage button…it was instant relief! Thank God for an epidural! I felt like I accomplished my pain goal once again. I made it as long as I could without meds.

So, now it was time to wait again! This time the nurse came in more often. I was 8cm doing well, but every time I had a contraction baby girl’s oxygen level dropped slightly, so I got to wear the oxygen mask (I was familiar with this thing… I had to with Ethan too…I think the mix of oxygen and epidural make you a bit loopy…I was saying “Luke, I am your father! Silly stuff!)

"Luke, I am your father!"...haha

“Luke, I am your father!”…haha

At 11:30pm, the surse was coming in to check me and at that same moment, I felt pressure on my butt like I have never felt before, she say’s “I’m just going to check you” I say, “ok, I just felt something move to my butt, never felt that before”(I quickly grab the epidural button and hit it once, twice, three times…just incase). She checks me and says “That was the baby, you are ready!” I said, “Really?! Already?” She said “Yup! We are going to get set up for practice pushes, I just called the doctor”… This was it!

Ready to Push

Ready to Push

Welcome to the World!

Welcome to the World!

Here we go! My mom had my left foot, my husband my right, and the nurse was watching the contraction meter! Nurse said “Ok, get ready, PUSH!” and I did! Three practice pushes ten seconds long…the nurse said “She’s crowning!” Just at that moment, the doctor walks in…”Wow! You are ready, let’s have this baby girl!” So, 2 more sets of three ten second pushes and one extra push baby Eva Viola was in the world at 11:43pm!!! I’m thinking in my head Holy crap! That was fast! The doctor along us, couldn’t wait to see how much she weighed…10 pounds 7 ounces…Bigger than Ethan! I was so happy! I did not have as much tearing or blood loss with Eva as I did with Ethan.

She was perfect! This time around, baby never left the room! All I could do was stare at her and my husband’s glowing face…while I was staring, my placenta was delivered and stitches were stiched… Then it was time to hold her…Skin to skin(I didn’t have that with my son). It was so amazing…I could feel myself and Eva calm…Incredible! I attempted to feed she got a little and then went back to her little table to get all her vitals, and sponge bath, all in the delivery room within an hour or so! I was starving and asked for food. I got a kind of crappy turkey and cheese sandwich, but at that time it was AMAZING!

Skin to skin

Skin to skin

Moments after birth!

Moments after birth!

Welcome baby Eva

Welcome baby Eva

I love us!

I love us!

Love this!

Love this!

One of My Favs! Moments after birth

One of My Favs! Moments after birth

We moved to our mother baby room and tried to hit the hay…of course having to do the whole bathroom thing…I drank two pitchers of water to make sure I proved I could pee… no catheter for me. I don’t even know what time it was when I tried to close my eyes. Then she awoke for a feeding…had another good one…During the night, she had to have her sugars tested because she was slightly on the large size…every time her sugars were good. They did some test, I think hearing,  in the room and she got a little fussy so they said they would take her to the nursery to complete it and be right back. I said ok(I could barely keep my eyes open). Then I awoke in a panic, probably 10 minutes later, and made my husband find out where she was…something similar to this happened to my son and he wound up in the NICU for a week…so I panicked… Fortunately, they were just wrapping up the test and bringing her back…it was just changing of the nurse staff so we had to wait for that.

The rest of my hospital stay was perfect! It’s how I had envisioned my first time around, which didn’t happen. One of my favorite moments was when my mom brought big brother Ethan to meet his little sister… It was such a precious moment!

Chillen in the Hospital

Chillen in the Hospital

Ethan Meeting Eva for the First Time! Nana, is holding her!

Ethan Meeting Eva for the First Time! Nana, is holding her!

We went home two days later!

 

We're Going home!

We’re Going home!

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Hello!

Hello!

Family picture with our lawn sign

Family picture with our lawn sign

So darn cute

So darn cute

Watchful Big Bro!

Watchful Big Bro!

This is what my husband typed up for me on the day of, so I would remember…he’s so darn cute! I love him!

Eva’s birth timeline

3/7 1130 – arrived at hospital

3/7 1300 – patocin drip started

3/7 1500 – small contractions start

3/7 2030 – water broken by doctor

3/7 2100 – epidural

3/7 2343 – Eva born

 

*Disclaimer – my birth story is 100% what happened, based on my own personal opinions and beliefs. I am not one to judge any mom for the decisions they make for their own births nor do I encourage anyone to think my birth story as the way it always goes. I hope that you will educate yourselves so that you are effectively able to advocate for you and your baby.

Beautiful Day in November…Botanical Gardens (YES!)

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Today was a glorious day in November(Nov. 12-was typing this up last night and fell asleep)…Luckily, we were able to take advantage of it! We went to our Botanical Gardens! I was pleasantly surprised to see so much in bloom. The gardens do holiday lights that you can drive thru… It was rather funny looking at the Christmas lights going up… Just because it is so warm! I’m definitely looking forward to going back when its a little closer to Christmas to enjoy those lights….

Today another SAHM came with me… It was so nice to have adult conversation too! Her daughter is only 2 months old….So tiny, only 9 pounds or so… My children were 10.3 and 10.7 at birth… I have no idea what a 9 pound baby looks like on the outside! HA! HA! HA! Nonetheless, she is adorable. I look forward to more play dates with her and her momma! It was so nice, we packed a lunch and just caught up!

It’s amazing how life can get in the way of somethings like that…we used to see each other weekly, then at least twice a month, then once…now it’s like pulling teeth. I know that our family has had a busy past year. We really haven’t been “home”(I put home in quotes, because it stands for the house we live in…but we are home if we are all together and we have been) a lot… Since a project my husband is working on has been delayed a bit, he has been sent on some work trips. Since I’m home…We get to go with him. I have to say it’s a blessing to get to travel with our little family. We get to see fun things together, and I get to see how much I can sightsee and tour a city we are in with two babies. The most recent (August) work trip we went on was to Seattle. I did many things that i never thought I would do by myself, let alone with two kids (ferries,buses,and trams Oh My!) Thank God for Babywearing!  If it weren’t for my Ergobaby, I don’t think I would have been able to do as much as I did!

Back to the Botanical Gardens… My son loved the flowers and mostly the Children’s Garden. The children’s garden was so cool. In it there was a coloring, painting, building area and a small farm town play area! He could barely sit still to eat lunch. He just wanted to play!

As the weather man said last night “The beginning of the end.” It was 70 Degrees today…will be 10-20 degrees colder…Brrr….

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IMG_1263.JPG (Top)Collage of our day! Beautiful roses, the children’s garden -Kid crafts, selling “fresh” fruit, building and constructing flowers for mommy! Over all Great Day! (Bottom) Rebozo Carry with my Didymos indio Sole Occidente!

National Holiday, Sleeping(or lack of sleep), and Aquarium

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So, since it is Veteran’s Day (Thank you for your and your family’s sacrifices, without them, my family would not have the freedoms we do!), my husband had off…which is awesome! I love when he is home on random days, just to hang out and enjoy seeing the kids a little differently…So we decided on going to the Aquarium. 

My son loves the aquarium, especially the turtles and sharks. I think that our aquarium is pretty nice! It’s actually geared to the habitats around our area!  When we normally go, it would be on a weekend when it is slam packed. So, we decided to go when it opened today. Ha! That didn’t happen…Mommy and Daddy set the alarm for 8 instead of 7! Ooops! It was actually nice to sleep in a bit…Especially when you have an 8 month old, that doesn’t sleep through the night who is now lying next to you… that wasn’t the plan!

Our beautiful bouncing baby girl was “supposed” to already be in her crib for nighttime (Right now, she only naps in her crib). However, that’s not the case… just like anything in parenting, its not how you wanted/thought it to be. My son and daughter share room (His is a pirate theme-hers is mermaid and sea creatures I LOVE THEIR THEMES). She has very random sleep cycles. She goes to bed around 10-10:30pm, sometimes she’ll sleep for 6, 5, 4, 3, or 2 hours at a time… it’s never consistent. It’s a little; I’m not sure how to say it… Frustrating. I’m not frustrated at her… more at the fact that I do not sleep well. I miss sleeping, I love sleeping. Our son was the complete opposite. He started sleeping through the night the 2nd week he was born…This whole not sleeping thing is new to us.  This whole sleeping in the same room/bed (at some points…easier to nurse).

I never thought that I would be a mom with a baby sleeping in my husband and my bed. That’s not ever what we expected to do. Our son was in our bedroom for 3 months. He always slept in the pack n play next to the bed. So for our daughter we thought the same thing… out in 3 months…Well our little girl is still in the pack n play next to our bed…that is until she awakes in the middle of the night then she’s with me. I think it happened because I couldn’t keep my eyes open to feed her…We are still adjusting to this concept.  We never thought that we would have babies in the bed… our bed to us has always been a “sacred” place…only for us, no food, etc. Ha! Ha! Ha! It’s amazing what changes when you have kids! You think one thing and then you have to modify that thought, because you learn that what you once thought isn’t going to work for your family.

Well, once we all got up and out of bed it was time to get ready to go to the aquarium! It was so nice having the hubby home today! It was nice to attack the “getting ready” part with a team mate!

The aquarium has a visiting exhibit of Mr. Potato Head….It was really cute! When we got there, I wrapped little miss in a Little Frog size 4 in a Poppins Hip Carry…it just wasn’t jiving, so I changed it to a rebozo. Being that it was a size 4.. it was a little long… but I made due! I was able to feed her and have her nap peacefully! I love how much sleepydust is on wraps. 

When we got home, we all took a nice nap! Then it was time to have Organic mushroom quesadillas (whole wheat organic tortilla, organic baby portabella mushrooms, and taco seasoning) with a organic mexican spiced veggie medley. Let me talk about that medley… it had sweet potatoes, corn, onions, and peppers. the medley was amazing! The whole dish was Delish! Of course I forgot to snap a photo!

Here are some photos from our day!

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Collage of our day!

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This was a very fun activity filled exhibit for kids!

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Stomping Puddles on the Nature walk to the second building.

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Super long tail, but making the rebozo work

Another Day at the Zoo

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Thank goodness for awesome grandparents! This past Christmas, they bought our little family a membership! We have thoroughly taken and are taking advantage of it!

This past friday I decided that we would take a break from “Classroom” home school. Oh yeah! I don’t know if I mentioned it in an earlier post, but I am homeschooling pre-k, and my son loves it! I’ll save all that for another day and post!

So off we went on our merry way to the zoo! My son loves, absolutely loves the zoo! He loves seeing the animals, saying all their names, making their noises at them, and walking. Mommy loves the walking too! It’s a great little workout! Plus, the walking and fresh air for my son is amazing too! Makes for a nice long nap!

THis zoo trip was a little special! My husband bought me a newwrap for our 5 year wedding anniversary! Did I mention how much I love him?!

… It was a perfect gift! It’s a Didymos Indio Sole Occidente, 100% cotton, size 3 (I posted about its arrival with a pic November 5th). It’s absolutely gorgeous! So back to why today’s zoo trip was so special…I actually did a back carry in public by myself!

I was so proud of myself! I did a re-enforced ruck. I do have to admit that I had to wrap it twice before I was completely happy…but I DID IT!!!!! 🙂

Most of the time when I back wrap, I do it at home, because I can do it over the couch or bed…I just feel safer…well on this day, I decided that I wanted to give it a try, and if it didn’t work out, I would just do a rebozo and move on! I was so happy! when I was walking through the zoo, I was walking proudly and I was waiting for someone to say something about the wrap…of course…no one said anything…

I have to give a shout out to my friend Barbara @ Trendy Babywearing! Here is her link: http://www.trendybabywearing.com

 

in front of the Asian Black Bears

in front of the Asian Black Bears

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Yes! I did It

Yes! I did It

So proud

So proud

my little Orangutan

my little Orangutan

*I am no way affiliated with Didymos or Trendy Babywearing. These are my opinions.

Thank God for 2 Year-Olds!

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This past weekend was a busy one!

My husband’s car has been acting up, so on Saturday, he and a friend decided to take it apart and put it together again! Typical engineers! This weekend was also the weekend I selected to have a neighborhood party. I am a consultant for Thirty-One…well at least trying to be one(just trying to contribute a little financial help…not working out so great)…I’m having a tough time having customers, other than my friends and family. So, I decided to have a Porch Party. Not only hoping to get new customers, but to meet some different people in my neighborhood.

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I was ready and determined. My husband is a God send he helped me hand deliver 245 invitations to neighbors mailboxes. I also hung them around the neighborhood on telephone poles.

So friday night, I got my last-minute items: Balloons, light snacks-carrots, broccoli, ranch, and brownies.

I had a wonderful set up (in the pic above)…I had my iPad set up(for easy shopping/checkout-if anyone wanted to purchase) it was playing music, tables all set up. One had the bags the other  had food. I was out there ready to go! My daughter wrapped in a Storchenwiege, size 5, poppin’s hip carry, and my son ready to play. 12 noon rolled around…not a neighbor sight…

We waited and waited and waited…around 1:45pm in my head i knew no one was coming… I was sad! I felt like a failure. I was really down on myself and then my son, who’s dancing to the music and eating the brownies, looks up at me and says “Mommy, dis pawty is great!” I say back “Good, I’m glad you think so! I love you!” He again looks at me and says “I love you toooooooo!”(he carries the oo’s in too!). Meanwhile, my head was thinking its me, him and music waiting for people to show up, no one ever did…However, my heart was exploding with love.

Thank God for 2 Year Olds!

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Poppin’s Hip Carry-(Borrowed Wrap from BWI of HR Chapter)

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Lunch time for baby girl…still waiting for guests

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Enjoying the Party!

Exploring New Places….

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The other day we went exploring.

The day started off with a job that needed to be done… try to sell some of those clothes that I just went through….So off we (my son, daughter, and me) went on our merry way with the tub full of clothes. When I got to the store… I asked “How long should this process take?” they said “3 hours”. I said “ok”, and walked out of the store…

I thought about taking the clothes back and trying again at another time, but then I realized its a good distance from home… I’m here now! So, now we had time to kill.

It was a pretty nice day out and we were close to one of the beached that we normally don’t go to, so I thought let’s go! While driving to the beach we passed a new playground. Now, my son he’s very observant, he saw this new park and said,”Mommy, I want to go park, please!” At first I didn’t want too, I had the beach in my head… but then I said to myself “Hey, he saw it, he asked nicely, and its new…why not?” So I turned the car around and we went.

I’m so glad we did! He had a blast and so did his sister. She was excited to get out of her carseat…she hates that thing… I wrapped her up in a nice Lenny Lamb size 2 wrap, rebozo with a  slip knot finish. She was nice and snug and warm (it was a little chilly especially if you were out of sun). Wrapping her up is always a good thing…especially today… all of a sudden a school bus showed up, they had lunch and then BAM! They invaded the playground. I was able to chase and keep up with my two-year old…normally, I would do the same thing, but the school kids(second graders) were being a little rough, so I was a little more hover-ish!

On a side note: I was kind of surprised at how their teachers, and chaperone parents, were letting them run a muck like that, not even saying once “Watch for the little kid!” I was a teacher and I totally understand letting the students run out their energy, but I remember always if we were in public with other people, reminding the students to be mindful of the others around them and have a good time….

Oh well, those students were only there for about 15 minutes. Then it was just us again! My son was running, climbing, swinging… having a grand old-time… Then I decided to get on the swing with my wrapped baby! It was great! She loved it! Of course while big brother played…she got hungry… So Momma fed her!

We had such a great time exploring! I’m glad that the store said 3 hours (wound up only taking 1) and we had time to kill. We had so much fun! My son was so tuckered out for all the play, that he fell asleep in the parking lot on the way home…

Here are some pics from the day!

Family Shot

Family Shot

climbing the stairs to slide

Climbing the stairs to slide

Momma nd Eva on a swing

Momma and Me on a swing

swinging

swinging

large curvy slide

large curvy slide

lil slide

lil slide

he's getting so big

he’s getting so big

climbing

climbing

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I love my little family

I love my little family

rocking

rocking

climbing some more

climbing some more

hanging out

hanging out

How gears work

How gears work

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Lunch Time

Lunch Time

Exhausted

Exhausted