Fat Pants…

Well…the technical term is “yoga” pants…but in all honesty they really are nothing but fat pants.  They are the only pants that you ABSOLUTELY HAVE to put on after you’ve spent too much time in your skinny jeans chasing your crazy, banchy children around the house, the yard, the car, Target.

I don’t know about you but when I put my “fat” pants on…I almost get the same AMAZING feeling as I do after I peel my bra off after too long of a day.  (Oh yeah I said that…don’t lie either…you know exactly the feeling I am talking about!) It’s pure ZEN once the “fat” pants have been applied to your body.

I have multiple pairs of “fat” pants…but I have only one favorite pair out of the bunch.  That favey pair is like the favorite pillow on the bed that me and my husband fight over on a nightly basis…If I don’t have that ONE pillow my sleep isn’t the same…and wouldn’t you know I have never been able to find another pillow like this one!  These same rules apply to the favorite “fat” pants…when I’m not wearing these pants after a long day…the rest of my evening just doesn’t feel right.

Please share about your “fat” pants…I know that 90% of you own a pair!

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Nekkid Babies…

Both girls are nearly in the same size clothes–I don’t even understand how or when this happened?  My oldest is 2–she’s tall and nothing but a string bean.  My youngest is 14 months–she’s VERY tall and nothing but a hefalump!   To describe my youngest is simple–Baby Got Back AND Front!  LOL!

They come from the same gene pool but are total polar opposites of one another: The oldest looks just like me–Auburn hair, blue eyes, she cautious and somewhat shy.  The youngest looks just like her Daddy–Jet Black, crazy curly hair and brown eyes, she’s the risk taker and the center of attention!

It’s almost like having twins with these two cuties.  When they were born–in the same month 12 months apart–I thought to myself, “Ok, cool they will be able to share clothes by season both in different sizes.”  Little did I know that I birthed Andre’ The Giant when she came out weighing in at a whopping 9.5lbs!

Good Lord in Heaven–The oldest is still in 2T barely heading into 3T and the littlest is now in 2T.  I can’t afford this–I can only fathom what the teenage years will be like.   Maybe we could just start our own little Nudist Colony–the girls could run around nakey or even in a loin cloth!  I would save SO much money!   🙂

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Matthew 6:28-30

Tiny Toddler Snack Attack…

There are days when getting fresh fruits and veggies into the mouths of my Little Babes for their snack times is darn near impossible.  Here are some of my go-to, quick grab snacks for the girls!

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In our house we eat Gluten Free & Organic–I have Celiac Disease.  It runs crazy in the women in our family–therefore I keep the girls Gluten Free until they are old enough to have the proper testing.   I am also a firm believer that whatever you put into your body your outward self will show it–so we also eat mostly Organic.   The Littles LOVE these snacks–and I know that on days when they are being picky these are an alright substitute.

What are some of your go-to, quick grab snacks for your Littles?

Say YES to the PRESS…

Good Morning Everyone!  This is my feeble attempt at cheerful this A.M.–in reality I’m so completely exhausted!  So I’ve pushed aside the Old Faithful Drip O’Matic Coffee this morning and I had to bust out the BIG GUNS:  French Press

Last night–ALL night–my Littlest Little was up crying off and on–she’s teething. UGH!  I feel awful for her and I’m trying to soothe her as best as I possibly can.  I just wish those blasted things would come in and we can all have more peaceful nights and days.

Anywho, back to French Press–have you ever had it?  It’s my go to fall morning beverage.  I know I’m a little early with the “Fall” talk, but this form of brew is a little stronger than my regular and it’s VERY much needed this morning after being granted only 4 hours of sleep last night.  When I was in my 20’s–before the Littles graced me–I could eat 4 hours of sleep for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  Now that I’m in my 30’s with the 2 girls and countless other responsibilities–4 hours of sleep feels like a parcel of food lodged in my throat!

So here I sit, the girls are quiet eating their morning before breakfast snacks, I’m sipping on my cup of Diesel Fuel and having my morning devotions and praying that God will ever so kindly remove the grumpies and replace my mood with happy thoughts and a more rested attitude!

What are some of the ways you handle teething in your house?

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“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Psalm 63:7-8

If you need a little break…

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You throw your toddlers into their car seats and you drive your happy hiney to Target!

Target is my home away from home…my sweet sweet mecca…my means of “escape” when I need a break and every other person in my life has a “real” job and can’t babysit at 2 o’clock in the afternoon!

Target also has STARBUCKS!!!

Target also has CLEARANCE end caps which causes me to buy more crap than I could possibly use or need.

Where else can you go that you can toss your littles into a cart, strap them down and cruise aisle after aisle of amazingness all the while enjoying a delicious coffee beverage?!

I will make excuses just to go to there…oh darn I only have 1/2 a bottle of liquid dish soap left…”Girls go find Mommy your shoes!”…my oldest responds with GLEE…”Mommy…we go to Target now?!”

I also get a giggle when my husband comes home and sees the remains of a Target trip on the counter in our kitchen and all he does is let out a deep sigh and shakes his head…I mean what else does he want from me?  I go no where else…I think I need to go on a mini vacay for just 4 days…and I will bet $100 he goes to Target ATLEAST twice–he will then understand the need, the fire, the impulse that I can’t contain!

I know there are more of you Target junkies out there…Please share!!!

Oh and P.S.–I actually went to Target today and it was glorious!  I feel like a new woman now!

Let’s Talk Dirty…

LAUNDRY!!!!  No I don’t mean gossip, I mean the “stuff” that keeps piling up behind the closed door on the first floor of my house–I swear I have nightmares that the HUGE pile is threatening to eat my toddlers!

Yep, I’m that kind of mom–the kind of mom that just closes the door to the laundry room, only goes in to rummage through the pile and find the “necessities” and run a quick load!  I’m the kind of wife that will wash my husband’s boxers when he’s finally down to wearing the boxer briefs at the bottom of his sock and undies drawer–I know he’s down to the bottom when he’s grumbling to me over coffee first thing in the morning saying, “These things are just riding up…please wash some clothes!”

Don’t even get me started on folding the clean clothes with 2 little girls under the age of 3 running around–It’s a losing battle.  Most of the time the clean clothes sit in the basket, unfolded and we pick through them.  IF I am lucky enough to have a moment of peace and quiet to actually fold the laundry–we pick from the baskets of folded laundry.  To be honest if I had a moment of peace and quiet…haha I surely would NOT be doing laundry.  In fact I am not even sure what I would do with SOLID peace and quiet.

I’m also going to admit to you that our master bedroom is not the sanctuary of relaxation that you all THINK that I have…oh no no no…there are piles of laundry in there too, and a pile of laundry our master bathroom floor.  But wait…I know you might be thinking, “How terrible and so gross!”…but I assure you the laundry is removed from my “sanctuary” every week and placed behind the closed door on the first floor!  That’s SERIOUS progress in this house!

There have been a few times over the course of the past 6 months that EVERY stitch of clothing was washed, folded and put away in our house–you could actually see to the bottom of the hampers in the laundry room and there wasn’t so much as a sock on the floor!  Those few times were HUGE moments of pride for me–and I threatened the lives of every breathing being in our house that it better “Stay This Way!’…and I digress within a few short days the fond moments of a clean laundry room and all of the clothes tucked neatly in drawers had become a faded memory.

It’s really not as bad as it seems, the girls have clean clothes on their little bodies everyday and yes, my husband doesn’t run around in 3 times worn pants (that I am aware of).   It’s just that me and laundry have a serious love/hate relationship!

What kind of laundry mom are you?!

Lord, help me to do what I’m doing with desire and confidence. I pour out my heart to You and ask You to energize my faith. Amen

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SURPRISE!!! It’s What’s For Dinner…

I wish I could tell all of you that I am so beyond Fabulous that I even plan out all of my little Family’s meals each and every day…HONEY PLEASE!   This is the real world and I’m trapped between mountains of laundry, piles of bills and 2 little girls that constantly need my attention! I’m super lucky the dishes are clean & put away–AND I got to take a shower–that’s how Fabulous it’s been in this house today!

Meals in this house, unless on a very rare and special occasion are hardly planned…they are more like a Jubilee of Surprise EVERYDAY!   Take for instance what’s on tonight’s menu–It’s Chef’s Choice…err…more like after the day I’ve had if it’s not rock hard frozen it’s going on your plate 🙂 ….The girls will be dining on Organic Waffle Fries, Free-Range/Organic Chicken Salad, Organic Red Grapes and Organic Steamed Broccoli–it’s easy, healthy and I know they won’t complain!  Win-Win ALL around!

What’s to eat for your family tonight?  Do you plan meals or do you just “wing it”?

Todays Great Shower Debate…

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The shower should be a relaxing venture…the key words “should be” ring loud and clear these days!  I’m lucky enough to have a small moment to get in, wash my face, hair…then the question arises whilst in my moment of relaxing venture: Do I have enough time to shave…BOTH legs?  Armpits ONLY?  Legs & Pits?  or Neither?…I know that as soon as both feet step into the shower I only have about 7 minutes before one or both of the girls are screaming from their cribs for me.   My debate was interrupted abruptly as I heard the youngest screaming at the top of her lungs–in my fear she would wake her older sister–“Armpits ONLY” won.

Better Luck tomorrow–sorry Hubby–the hairy legged bush woman is still lurking in around the house!

I will hide my legs under jeans today–even in 87 degree weather. Oh the JOY!

There Isn’t Enough Coffee In The World…

     Let’s talk about sleep.  I haven’t slept a full night in over 2 years.  Oh yeah, you heard me!  Never in a million years did I EVER think that when I prayed for a baby I would get exactly what I prayed for.  I have found that God has quite the sense of humor!  I didn’t realize that He is in the business of barter and trade.  Oh I got the beautiful little baby that I always wanted…and one more shortly after…but at a cost!  Almost like Ariel on The Little Mermaid had to give Ursula her voice in order to become a human, fall in love and get her Prince…well kinda, but not really…it made sense in my head! LOL!

     You know the more I think about it it occurs to me that I would probably have a few less wrinkles and bags under my eyes if I could just get a solid 8 hours of sleep EVERY night!  My 1 year old daughter is the sleep champion of the World…she’s been sleeping through the night since she was 2 months old–oh that child is wonderful! 

     The culprit is my 2 year old daughter–this chick wouldn’t sleep if you bribed her, begged her and even paid her!   Bedtime ’round these parts is between 7:30pm and 8pm.  I know, I know…a little insane…but it works for us.  For my oldest I’ve tried putting her to bed later and hoping she will be too tired to wake in the night–nope!  I’m an epic failure with figuring this puzzle out!  It never ends–we give baths at 7pm, PJ’s, brush teethers, story at 7:20pm and then it’s off to bed! 

   As the house is quiet and the girls are sleeping, I’m ridding up the kitchen from dinner, catching up on Facebook and just as I’m too tired to keep my eyelids open with even toothpicks, I head up to bed.  I will no sooner get in that bed around 11pm and the oldest starts screaming like she’s being kidnapped through her bedroom window!  I’ve learned to just lay there and let her “Scream it Out’–(per her Doctor)–but after 45 minutes to an hour of her screaming and kicking violently I can’t take it anymore!  I will sit outside her door, I don’t dare step foot into that room–that would take this “night terror” to a whole different level of insane…but I sit out there and I pray.  She does eventually quiet down and I creep back to my bed…but inevitably she starts again. 

     I could go on and on…the point to my yammering is that I don’t really get to bed until 1-2am each night…7:30am comes entirely too early for the youngest.  This Mommy doesn’t sleep!   When “tiny alarm” #2 wakes jibber-jabbering in her bed the next morning—I stumble down the stairs and make a pot of coffee–I think I’m becoming immune to coffee…it has zero effect on me.  In fact I don’t even know why I bother drinking it.   Are there any other Mommies aboard this Crazy Train that are dealing with or have dealt with a similar problem?  Any resolution?  

    I will admit the wakings at night are become less frequent, there are some weeks we are down to 5 nights of waking instead of all 7–maybe there is light at the end of this tunnel? 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”

Matthew 6:34

Ha…Like I HAVE time…

As I stood in my kitchen on this fine August morning, Sesame Street roaring in the background, a sink full of dishes staring back at me and the girls scattering toys around the family room–I think to myself, “Hmmm…I should start a blog!”.  So here I am, the always “not enough time”, yoga pants wearing, poopy diaper changing, can’t stay on top of the laundry Mom…starting a blog.  I’m probably ready for a diagnosis of “Medically Insane”…Lord help me!  

I guess I just need an outlet.  HAHAHA!  Yeah, that’s it!  I need to put all of my borderline crazy thoughts out onto the internet for all of you to read and laugh at!

My life…hmmm…well it’s not just mine anymore, I’ve traded in all of the “Me” time, my stilettos, my manicures, my sanity and oh let’s not forget about my “figure”…well I’ve traded those things and more in for a husband (with whom I am madly in love with), a two story colonial in the suburbs, 2 cats and 2 crazy, beautiful, little girls that are 12 months apart–(SURPRISE…you really are fertile after you have a baby!)  I wouldn’t trade it, change it or go back and do anything different…I have found that God really does answer your prayers, in HIS own time and on HIS own terms!   I’m a hot mess MOST of the time…and I’m learning how to juggle it all and even get a shower in on a daily basis (I’m still trying to master this feat!).

This blog will probably be an ever evolving project…just like me and this crazy life!  In the midst of all of this crazy that surrounds me–“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”-Philippians 4:13