Happy Birthday Babies

May 13, 2016

I’m not sure how time has this way of making some days seem like they’re crawling, especially when your days are full of fussy babies, fighting kids, runny noses, getting coughed on (in the face) and figuring out what’s for dinner EVERY SINGLE night. But on the other hand time is flying by so fast I barely have time to say “wait slow down”. We go through life week by week trying to get to the weekends or make it to the next month when we have a vacation but little do we know, those not so important days are going by and before we know it, we look back and 365 days are gone. We can never get them back, we can’t relive those first smiles, steps, lost teeth, first day of school or birthdays. Everyday on the journey of motherhood is special in it’s own way, I know that in 10 years I’m going to miss the chaos that I’m living in right now. I had such an amazing Mother’s Day, I love being a mom. Some days I feel like I’m going crazy and I’m just not going to make it through the day but other days I want to just sit an hold my babies all day long and not let them go grow up. If I hold them forever they can’t get bigger right?IMG_2840 As we head into this weekend my littlest lady is turning 2 years old and my oldest lady is turning 7. I’m not sure I can comprehend the fact that I’ve been a mom for 7 years, am I really that old? Ellyana Lynn made me a mom. She came into the world via c section and weighed 8lbs 4oz. I had no idea how overwhelming the love would be when I saw her. It’s a kind of love that consumes you, all of a sudden you would do anything in the world for this tiny little person. She was the best baby a first time mom could ask for! I spent every second I could just snuggling and holding her, soaking in all that new motherhood had to offer. And now here I am 7 years later, my first born baby is growing into this little lady who wants to pick out her outfits, change her earrings herself and have her hair straightened. As hard as it is to see her changing and growing, it’s so exciting as a parent. She has her bossy/sassy side (like her mom) but she is truly the sweetest little girl. She takes all life has to offer her with wide open arms and a smile on her face. She is amazing and I can’t wait to see her grown and change even more over the years, Happy 7th Birthday Elly!4456_221698300104_1121977_nIMG_1912IMG_0793 My youngest baby girl is leaving her baby stage in the dust. Harper Rory was also born via c section coming in two pounds smaller then Elly at 6lbs 4oz and 3 weeks early. Harper made her presence known in this world well before she took her first breaths. From the time that I hit 24 weeks and started having pregnancy complications until I was 37 weeks she was a little spit fire. I was on bedrest for contracting on a thin uterus with high blood pressure and bordering on preeclampsia for weeks. I ended my last week and a half on hospital bedrest with 24/7 monitoring. When I look back at those months I wonder how I made it, only by the grace of God.

Harpers pregnancy happened at a crazy time in our lives, my husband had just lost his job and we had some other things going on in our life that just seemed out of our control and honestly it was just a tough time. I feel like God sent us this little piece of heaven to give some light into everything that was going on. It wasn’t exactly planned but God knew exactly what we needed. After my roller coaster of a pregnancy, they decided to take her 3 weeks early and I was left worrying if she was going to be healthy enough to come home with me when I left the hospital. When the Dr took her out and they checked her and told me she was completely healthy I lost it. I was so relieved that it was over and me and my baby were finally safe. I held her and just thanked God for everything He had given me and taking care of both of us. It was the most emotional birth of all my girls. I remember our stay in the hospital after her birth, I didn’t want to put her down, she barely slept in her little bassinet, either Jud or I held her.1956873_10154229751015105_7080117969417050029_o1959232_10154267933825105_8654347285942805618_nIMG_3008 Boy has this little one given me a run for my money. She is the fastest, loudest, craziest baby in the world I think. I thought it was going to be hard to top Jordyn but Harper has done it. I don’t think she has a ounce of fear in her and she is so curious about everything, when you put those two together it gets scary. I can’t take my eyes off her for a second, if it’s quite in the house I go looking for her to see what she’s done. I don’t know if it’s just me but I think 2 is the best age we’ve experienced. It’s so fun because they are talking, walking little people now but still don’t have a grasp of life yet. They are carefree and soaking in everything, Harper is also a riot. I laugh at her so much, she brings so much joy to our family. I can’t imagine my life without her. We adore you Harper, Happy 2nd Birthday!

I can’t wait to see what this year holds for these two incredible kiddos. I’m so thankful that they get to call me mom!


Friday Favorites

April 29, 2016

Hello! It’s almost May!!! I can’t wait to get warmer weather as we creep into May. This is our busiest month of the year. We have Mother’s Day, Jud’s birthday on the 11th, Harper’s birthday on the 14th, and Elly’s birthday on the 15th. Then my sister and two of my brothers are also in May, yeah it’s crazy! It’s starting to warm up (50’s-60’s) here in Maine already and you better believe we’re getting outside and enjoying it!IMG_2101IMG_2047 IMG_2155 IMG_2224So to close out the month of April here are some of my favorite things lately.

First up this this Silk Vanilla Almond Creamer. We’ve been really eating clean lately and I’ve been trying out different healthier creamers for a while but just hadn’t found one that I liked, but finally I found one! I put this creamer and one truvia packet in my coffee and it’s delicious. If you are looking for a creamer that’s better for your body then try this stuff out! IMG_2107 Next up is a new eyeliner I just discovered. It’s the L’OREAL Lineur Intense® Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner. It was recommended on a blog that I read, I don’t usually try out new beauty products unless it’s been recommended by someone. So I thought I would give it a try since the person was raving about it and I’m glad I did, I really like. I’m not a fan of liquid eye liner because honestly it’s such a pain in the butt! This is a felt tip and it goes on nice and smooth, I haven’t messed it up yet so that’s a major bonus. Cos25b_1_pack-shot

Some of the things on this list of, 24 Things We Unexpectedly Become Obsessed With In Our Late 20s are oh to true for me these days. I don’t feel like I’m in my late 20’s but reading this makes me second guess myself.

A favorite moment for me this week was looking out the window and seeing my two older girls visiting with my grandmother. It’s so special that they get to spend so much time with her. Her apartment is connected to our house, so the girls pop in to visit and chat with her almost daily, it’s great for getting the girls out of the house and also giving Mammie something to look forward to.IMG_2292 I made these delicious Turkey Meatballs from a recipe on Bodybuilding.com. They were very yummy, obviously you can see a little of the spinach so the girls were like “ugh what’s that?”. Once I forced them to take a bite they liked them! IMG_2097

This cute little Two Year Old Shirt for a little lady who is going to be 2 in just a couple short weeks, and this Awesome Since shirt for Elly, her year would be 2009.

Last but not least is our first VLOG we made yesterday. It’s just a video of our day, it was fun and came out pretty good. I can’t wait to make another one and to someday be able to look back on the videos. Check it out and let me know what you think.

I hope you all had a great week. Here’s to hoping the kids sleep in this weekend and the coffee doesn’t run out!

New York With Kids Post #2

April 19, 2016

Sunday we woke up to another beautiful, sunny NY morning. We have attempted to go to church with Jud’s sister in the past but it always ends up being to stressful. The girls don’t go into the kids classes and we’re stuck trying to keep them calm and quite, which ends up with us in the foyer for most of the service. So we decided to skip it this time and head into midtown. There was a book store I found online that I wanted to take the girls to, so that’s where we headed first. We took the train almost all the way there but ended up getting off a few stops early due to Harper not wanting to be on the subway anymore. We walked a few block and it was chilly! We ended up popping into TJ Maxx to warm up. Once we found some goodies (sunglasses, snacks, headphones) we were on our way again. Books of Wonder was a super cute little place, they have tables to eat at and shelves and shelves of kids books.IMG_1885 The bookstore was in the Chelsea area so we stuck around there for a while. I think the Chelsea area is my favorite place to be in the city. It has lots of big old buildings, shops and it’s right by the water. I can’t even imagine how much it cost to live in that area, must be nice. We grabbed coffee and then hit the walking path along the river, we didn’t have to walk far before we found a playground for the girls to get some pent up energy out.IMG_1950IMG_1909 I loved this playground, the view was gorgeous, the river was right next to us and the city is in the background. I wish my kids could play there everyday!IMG_1905IMG_1910 We grabbed lunch at a sandwich shop and walked over to Washington Square Park. We sat next to a crowd of people gathered around a man who was sitting in the middle of the walkway playing a baby grand piano. Yep a full baby grand piano in the middle of the park. The things you see in NY are amazing. Sorry about Jud’s face in this pic, it’s the only one I took in the park, you can see the piano in the top left.IMG_1923 After lunch we met up with Danielle and Blake for some ice cream. We saw The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on one of the food network shows and have been anxious to try it. Let me tell you, it was everything we hoped for, the only thing that was disappointing was that it was gone way to fast! I got the Salty Pimp and Jud got the Bea Arthur, yum!!IMG_1939 After we ate our sweet treats we walked all the way to the the business district, where the One Trade Center is. It was about a 30 minute walk, but the sun was out and the day had warmed up as the afternoon went on. We tried to explain a little bit about 9/11 to the girls. We gave them the main points without overloading them with scary information. It was a good experience for them, I love being able to teach them about things and them being able to see it. After we walked around the Trade Center we went to the river walkway to blow bubbles and watch the boats pass by.IMG_1932IMG_1940IMG_1944By the time we were done all that it was close to 5 so we jumped on the subway and settled in for the 40 minute ride back to Queens. We grabbed Boston Market on the way home for dinner and spent some more family time at the house with our family.

Monday was our heading home day. We basically got up, got ready and packed up the van. We said our goodbyes and drove to the Upper West Side of Central Park. The weather had been bad on Saturday so we hadn’t been able to spend much time in the park. We drove around for about 20 minutes looking for a parking spot (normal for NY), we ended up near a Whole Foods which was perfect because we needed to grab a few snacks for the trip home. I don’t know why but I have a fascination with going into stores that we have in Maine that are in NY. The spaces are so different and small in the city I’m always amazed that they can fit a huge store in them. The Whole Foods was split between two floors and had a huge elevator so you could fit people with grocery shopping carts in them, it was pretty cool. We also grabbed some coffee there, then walked a couple blocks over to the park.IMG_1952IMG_1974We left the city around noon and headed to Ikea in New Haven, CT. We love just walking through and imagining our dream house. It’s such a fun store, we always make it a stop on our way home from NY because there aren’t any near Maine. After we made our purchases we were enticed by the frozen yogurt for $1 sign, it was delish and just what we needed before piling back into the van for the 4 hour drive home.IMG_1985 We got home at about bedtime for the girls, everyone was pretty tired from the travels and went to bed nicely.

Wrapping this post up, we had an awesome trip! There’s nothing like making family memories, the girls are old enough now that they will remember these trips when they get older. I love being able to show the girls all this world has to offer. There’s so much out there to see and do! I can’t wait to plan our next family vacation (maybe somewhere warmer next time?).

New York with Kids Post #1

April 13, 2016

There’s one thing to say about a vacation in New York City with kids, it’s not a vacation for mom and dad. Not to say we didn’t have a great time, because we certainly did, but we were wiped when we got home on Monday evening. Let me back up a bit to last Thursday night.

Jud left work a little early, came home to help me finish up packing, and we hit the road to NY a little after 4. We like driving in the evening/night so the girls can fall asleep and it doesn’t feel like we’re driving all day long. We hit no traffic on the way down, which is almost unheard of! We got to Jud’s sisters house in Queens around 10.IMG_1776 Friday morning we woke up ready to hit the city, the sun was shining but when we stepped outside it was a little chilly. The temps were in the 50’s pretty much the whole time we were there. It’s not to bad when you’re in and out of the subways and stores, you get a chance to warm up every few minutes. We stopped at our favorite bagel shop and picked up some breakfast to eat on the subway ride into Manhattan.IMG_1790IMG_1785 Harper was super excited when the train started moving, it was so cute!IMG_1787 We stopped into the H&M near Rockefeller Center and were blown away at how big it was inside, 5 floor with glass windows so you could see the hustle and bustle outside and even a floor of home decor (I didn’t even know H&M had home stuff). I may have been getting on everyones nerves because I was in awe and wanted to look at everything, the girls got antsy and ended up trying on heels and jewelry.IMG_1792 Then of course we popped into the American Girl Store. Harper fell in love with the bitty babies, we decided to get one for her as an early birthday gift (her birthday is next month). We spent quite a while walking around and checking the entire store out thoroughly, lol. The girls were each allowed to pick out an outfit for their dolls, which took way longer then I thought it would. Elly goes into panic mode when she has to make a decision (a little bit like her mom), she wants to make 100% sure she’s getting the RIGHT thing!IMG_1806IMG_1808 Our original plan was to walk the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday but since it was chilly and windy we decided to just stay in the Times Square area for the day. We did a little shopping and ended up at the girls favorite spot in the city, M&M World. Honestly it’s not one of my favorite places to go, it’s always so crowded and loud because it’s such a touristy thing to do in NY, but the girls LOVE it so we try and stop in every time we’re near there. They had some new flavors in the tubes this time which made it a little more exciting, we tried, mint, strawberry shortcake, honey nut, and easter sunday.IMG_1838 After filling bag with M&M’s we walked up to Central Park. The girls were tired of being in the strollers and needed a playground ASAP. I love how there’s so many playgrounds in Central Park, you don’t have to walk long before you find one, which is perfect when you have cranky, energetic kids. Harper took a little snooze in the carrier when she couldn’t handle life anymore.IMG_1826IMG_1830IMG_1834 We headed back to Queens for dinner at the house with Jud’s sister and her family.
Saturday was rainy and yucky so we spent the morning at the house so the girls could play with cousin Blake and chill a little. Then we drove to Brooklyn to visit the New York Transit Museum. It was pretty interesting for the adults and open so the kids could run around and explore.IMG_1856IMG_1877IMG_1861 We grabbed Shake Shack for lunch, then headed to a huge mall in Long Island. Obviously because it was a rainy day in NY the mall was packed. We mosied around for a few hours and ate dinner in the food court (plenty of options for everyone). Once we were peopled out, we drove back to Queens for the night.

Here’s a pic of Harper downing a salted caramel shake from shake shack, she was a tad obsessed.IMG_1872Our first two days in the city were a blast. Stay tuned for my next post with the second half of our trip!


Easter Weekend

March 30, 2016

Happy humpday everyone! We’re halfway through the week and I’m feeling rather strange today. Harper and Jordyn slept over at my in laws last night and will be gone for the day and Elly is at school. The house is quite and I feel a little off balance without my crazies running around. It is nice though to have a day to get stuff done and basically be on my own time schedule, cause honestly when does that ever happen.

We’ve been snacking on Easter candy for a few days around here and there’s still plenty around. I tried not to get to much this year but we still managed to end up with a crap ton, oh well.IMG_1541 The girls were pretty excited Easter morning, which meant waking up extra early (sigh). They came into our room saying “HAPPY EASTER!!” with big smiles on their faces. We let them just bring their baskets into our bed to open them because we weren’t quite ready to get up yet. Most of the time pictures of these girls are just a blurry mess, especially when they are excited.IMG_1552 We went to church, then headed to Jud’s parents for dinner and a big egg hunt. The girls had a blast and luckily for us the weather was pretty decent for the end of March. Watching Harper find eggs was priceless, she would freak out every time she saw one, and when she realized that they opened and had candy inside, her year was made!IMG_1592IMG_1591IMG_1585 Oh yes, Jordyn is in one of Jud’s dads shirts. On our way to my in laws we hear “mom, I’m car sick”, then about 5 seconds later “mom, I thew up”. Jorns has always been my throwing up child, so I should have known to grab a bag or something quickly when she said she was car sick. But alas I didn’t, I was bummed when she got it all over her Easter dress, but what can you do. We threw it in the wash when we got there and it was fine. It figures though, I had just ordered motion sick bracelets for the girls online but they hadn’t come in the mail yet. They arrived yesterday for our trip to NY next week. I’m really hoping they help, my poor girls and their car sickness.

IMG_1577IMG_1576IMG_1603Anyway, we had a great day, the girls enjoyed running around outside and just having a chill day. I took the day off from working out, which is always nice, we ate candy and watched a movie. It’s hard to get back to things on Monday morning after a holiday weekend, I’m so thankful to have our trip to New York next week to look forward to. Let’s pray for good weather! Hope you all had a great Eater weekend.