Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's crazy how emotional the holidays make people. I say every year that I'm not going to let the hoopla of it all get to me and yet every year it happens anyway. There is always drama.  There is always tears. There is always something.

And here we are. Another holiday season is upon us and the emotions have hit like a ton of bricks. I keep telling myself that it's about the kids.  It always about the kids.  I can't let those around me affect my children's holiday and I can't let all of the negativity affect me.

So on this Christmas Eve I am letting it go. No more.  I am going to enjoy the time with my husband and children. I am not going to allow others to ruin it for us or for them.

From our family to yours,  Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Jolly Big Guy Has Been Busy

When there was discussion of moving at the beginning of January, I immediately thought about starting Christmas shopping early. and thank you baby Jesus for amazon prime.  But then the moving got moved up. A month. So as the "brown truck man" would make deliveries to our house I would add them to the pile in the garage to be moved and hopefully not lost. I got a good amount done but nothing like I had hoped for. Then I sat my darling husband down the other night to let him know where we were and what we still needed to get. And thanks to the wonderful thing call the internet, it will {for the most part} being at my doorstep by the end of the week. 

Seriously if you don't use Amazon Prime you really should. Our nearest Target is 45 minutes {the horror!} and so Amazon is where all our money goes. 

The kids have lots of stuff. Stuff they don't play with that often or they don't even realize they have. So I tried to be mindful of this while doing my perusing of the internet. So here is some of what Amazon Santa is bringing for Christmas. 


H.B.Nanna

Razor A Kick Scooter
Anna & Kristoff
Spot It

Karaoke Machine
















The Boy

Motion Control Thomas
Little People Farm & Pond

Thomas Me Reader


A train table in near perfect condition
that I picked up on one of those facebook resale groups.


Do you see a theme there for the boy?!

And the BIG GIFT.....
Well you'll just have to wait and see!!


There are some other things that are still in unopened
boxes that I really should open.
I know I am not the only one who feels this way but does it always feel
like one child is getting more than the other?  I feel like I need to keep adding more but then I know things will get out of hand.
What is the Jolly Big Guy bringing to your house this year??

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What's Happening..

So it's been awhile but those that have been around awhile know that this isn't unusual. Things get so busy that the last thing to get done is a proper blog post. But my New Years Resolution is to get better at it...we'll see how that goes, lol!

So where are we at and what are we up to? Good question. Long answer. But a short answer wouldn't be fun or make for a good blogpost!

H.B.Nanna finished pre-k in June. There was no formal graduation but I tried to 
make it special for her.



At the end of June we visited Aunt Erin, Uncle E and Elle in Texas.  Texas in June/July is HOTTTT!!! But we had fun so that's all that matters!



At the end of July Stephen started a new job.  This has been a game changer for us.  More travel {which I am adjusting too} and more flexibility in our ability to do things with and for our children. It has been nice and I am grateful for him and the opportunity presented to him.

Our summer looked a lot like this.



Tough. I know!!

September was a BIG month for us!  H.B.Nanna started kindergarten! The Boy started preschool two mornings a week. They both love school, their teachers and their friends.

 







The Boy and Baby "Rin" were baptized in September. The Boy wasn't thrilled about his outfit or the water on his head.  It made for an interesting experience!



In November {the day after Thanksgiving to be exact} we moved. Again. I feel like I have moved a lot in the last 4 years. Oh wait...I have.  But this one is it. This is the done deal. The "I am never moving again" done deal.  I'll do a home tour blog post once we are more settled in.

I also did one of those paint nights which seems to be all the craze right now.  I am no Picasso by any means! We had fun and drank lots of Mommy Juice so that's all that matters.  H.B.Nanna thinks my painting is beautiful and can't believe it wasn't a paint-by-number.



The holiday season is shaping up to be nice and busy! 
Lots of time with friends and family, near and far!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

What I Have Been Pinning

I may have trouble finding time to complete a proper blog post but I don't seem to have a problem opening up the Pinterest app and pinning a few things when I have just a minute or two. It is amazing how much you can pin in a short period of time. 

If you aren't following me on Pinterest then you should!!

Since H.B.Nanna is gluten intolerant I pin lots of gluten free things.  
Don't let the "gluten free" label scare you.  #gfdoesntsuck 

I made these for a party over the weekend and they were a huge hit!



The Boy has Sensory Processing Disorder and things can get hairy around here.  I came across this pin and thought this will be very helpful for when we are starting to go crazy!



I love pinning All Things Christmas!!



And since we just moved (again!) I am pinning all kinds of home decor ideas. My husband loves my Pinterest projects!!




What are you pinning these days? I am always looking to follow new people on Pinterest.  Leave your Pinterest name in the comments below and I will follow along!








Friday, June 13, 2014

Dance Recital 2014

Two weeks ago H.B.Nanna had her 2nd dance recital.  
To say she was excited would be putting it mildly. 

This is what an extremely proud 
(for an almost 2 year old) little brother looks like.
I could eat him up!!


She has her Daddy's smile that's for sure!


Mommy and Daddy are very proud of our H.B.Nanna! 


It is every Mother's dream to have a little girly girl.
I am so thankful to have a little girl who loves dance class as much as I did. 


My parents have been to more dance recitals that any person would ever like to.
They were so proud of H.B.Nanna. 


My other half ;) 


A couple of days after the dance recital, H.B.Nanna was asked to join the competitive dance team at the dance studio. She is so excited to start doing tap and jazz in addition to ballet. I think the idea of more costumes and doing lots of fun things like parades and performing at nursing homes has her pretty excited too.  I think it is going to be a really fun year for her!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Some Things I Have Learned As A Mom

I am not a parenting expert and I don't claim to be.  But I have been on this rodeo ride for a few years now and I may have learned a thing or two. Some by trial and error and others out of stupidity. Either way, it has made me the Mom that I am and I'm rolling with it.

I love both of my children dearly. With all my love as H.B.Nanna says. But the truth is they both came into this world a hellin. H.B.Nanna decided she wanted to start the party early and made her grand entrance 5 weeks early. There was a NICU stay, a heart monitor and fights with the insurance company.  The Boy...well I may have eaten some spicy eggplant parm in hopes of making his arrival and my release from the hospital coincide with some holiday fireworks. It didn't work.  Oh the eggplant did but the arrival and hospital release didn't. There was physical therapy, occupational therapy, neurosurgeons, and a helmet. It hasn't been easy but I wouldn't change any of it.  It makes them who they are.

So having said this, I am not trying to scare any Moms to be. I mean, who really listens to those who have actually gone through labor or kept a child breathing for how ever many years they have been alive, anyway? These are just a few things I have learned over the last 5 years {almost} 5 months.

Never wake a sleeping baby. I was told this routinely when I was pregnant with H.B.Nanna but I didn't listen.  I didn't get to hold her until she was 2 days old and all I wanted to do was hold her and stare at her. Who cares if she woke up?!  But then I discovered that it wasn't a bad thing to let her sleep. If she needed to sleep, I needed to let her sleep. And chances are I could have used the sleep too.

We spend so much time wishing our children would just sleep through the night. And we brag about when it finally does happen so why would we wake them?  It is human nature to tell someone you are hungry or if you need to use the restroom. Babies are more than capable of doing that, even at a very young age.

Children thrive on routine. At least my children do.  They know that after dinner it is time for pajamas and wind down.  The Boy has his milk, they brush their teeth, they each get 2 stories and 2 songs and then they go to bed.  They are in bed by 7:30 every night.  And they thrive on it.  I can always tell when they have been up late or the routine wasn't followed.  They are crabby little things!

Routine isn't a bad thing. It's helps you and it helps your child. Don't be afraid of routine. Your child will learn to expect what is coming next and will less likely give you a hard time.  I didn't say they won't...but they are less likely.

It's OK to let them cry.  They will survive crying for a couple of minutes when you put them to bed or when they wake up.  I don't jump up the second the Boy starts crying in the morning. A) it is probably before the sun is up and B) he is more likely to go back to sleep if he doesn't see me come in the room.  If I go into the room he wants to get out of the bed before I have both eyes open. The only time I don't let him cry is if it is a cry that lets me know something is wrong. Or I think he is going to wake his sister.

We have done the cry it out at bedtime thing with both children.  They both survived.  There have been nights that H.B.Nanna has cried herself to sleep at 4 years old.  The nights where her attitude is terrible and she says rotten things to us and she goes to bed crying.  I don't like to admit that this has happened but it has only made things better, for her and for us.

Your child isn't going to starve. This is more geared towards toddlers. You see, they will fight you at dinner about the food you are making them eat.  How dare you make them eat something that will help them grow big and strong. We have tried counting bites.  It sucks.

"How many more bites do I have to eat?" 
"I don't know...just start eating!!"

The truth is, they aren't going to starve if they go to bed without eating their dinner.  I remember a time growing up one dinner when I didn't want to eat my peas.  { I still don't like peas!} My parents made me sit at the table until I finished them.  They left the room, I put them in my napkin and put it in the trash.  They came back into the room, saw that my peas were gone and checked the trash can. BUSTED! If only we had a dog.

No Mother is perfect. We are going to have good days and bad days.  Your child isn't going to remember just the bad days and not the good days.  As long as you give them love and support then in their eyes you are going to be the best Mom ever. Always.

It's not about the "stuff." Baby gadgets that do this and baby gadgets that do that. Things that make this or that easier.  Seriously, they have stuff for everything these days. You don't need wipe warmers unless you plan on taking it with you everywhere.  At some point your child is going to have to use a cold wipe. Sorry! 

We tend to go overboard during the holidays.  But we don't go crazy through out the year.  They get new clothes and shoes and we go places but I don't buy toys and stuff every time they ask.  If they start to think that they can get whatever they want whenever they want then that is when we start to raise a generation of spoiled children.   It's ok to say no to the stuff. They aren't going to be mad at you forever.  They will get over it.  Just ask H.B.Nanna!

Your hips will never go back to the same place. True story.

It's not about you anymore...it's about your child.  The sooner you realize this the better.  That child is now your number one priority. Your life doesn't have to stop but it now revolves around someone else and their needs and wants. They may need to eat before you make coffee. A hot shower may have to wait till nap time.  It isn't the end of the world! You might just be crabby and stinky!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Life's Little Moments

I am a parent. I get frustrated. I raise my voice. I point my finger in disgust. I threaten "one more time and you are going to find yourself in time out." I wish my day away. I focus on all of the things going wrong in my day. I count down the minutes till naptime or bedtime.  I tell my children I need a break.

It doesn't mean I love them any less.  If I didn't love them or I didn't care, it wouldn't bother me that they unfolded all the clean laundry or took a crayon to the wall. It wouldn't bother me that they have done nothing but talk, scream and fight since 6am.

It is because I love them that I want to remember life's little moments with my children.  The big bear hugs and the whispers that I am the greatest mom ever.  The giant, cheesy smile when they know they have done something cute. The repetitions it takes to get a new spoken word. The excitement when a word is sounded out and read correctly on the first try. Discovering how to tie your own shoes or how to ponytail your own hair. The folded laundry that was dumped and then they put underwear on their heads. The big x in red crayon that they so proudly showed you on the wall. The silly songs that they make up and sing all afternoon long.

These are the little moments I want to remember.  Not the moments I want to wish away.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the annoyances of the day that we forget to stop and remember the little moments that make it a good day. We wish away things so quickly that before we know it, they aren't little children anymore. And then we will spend our time wishing they were little again for there are so many things we missed out on.

It's not about making every moment pinterest worthy. It's not about photographing every single moment. It's about living in the moment with your children.  It's about being present. It's about creating memories that will last a lifetime and traditions that will carry on from generation to generation. It's about enjoying all of life's little moments, the good and the bad.

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3rd is Read Across America Day

I am truly lucky that both of my children love books.  I love reading. Their father...not so much. I think it is safe to say they get their love of books from their mother!

When I was pregnant with H.B.Nanna one of my baby showers included a book wishing well {of sorts}. We received so many books! Many filled with thoughtful messages that I love reading. Over the years our collection of childrens books as grown immensely. As in "no new books till we donate some of the ones we don't read anymore." I can't say that approach always works though!

Since I was a child I have been a fan of Corduroy books. I couldn't wait to read them to my children.

 
This book came to us as a gift for the Boy but H.B.Nanna has it memorized and will gladly recite it upon request.
 
 
Another favorite in our home is Brown Bear. Who doesn't love Brown Bear?!
 
 
What are some favorite books in your house?
 
 
 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Day In My Life

All the cool kids are doing it, so I will too!


Anywhere from 5:30am to 6:30am - the Boy starts fussing in his crib.  I nudge my husband to go get him before he wakes H.B.Nanna. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.


The Boy gets his milk and a diaper change and either ends up in bed with us or on the couch with the Mouse {if he ever so kindly woke his sister up}.


6:30 to 7:00 - H.B.Nanna usually wakes and starts her morning routine.


7:00 - Breakfast


8:15 - H.B.Nanna and Daddy are out the door to school


8:30 - The Boys Physical Therapist arrives for his weekly PT session.


9:15 - Therapy is over. Time for milk and a snack.


9:25 to 11:00 - The Boy plays, climbs on things, becomes Captain Destructo! I play with him while attempting to do laundry or clean up around the house.


11:15 - Lunch time


11:45 to 1:30ish - Naptime for him and quite time for me. I shower, eat lunch, clean up and watch tv or blog.


1:30ish - Nap is over and the Boy has milk, a snack and watches some Mouse.


1:45 - {He doesn't sit still for a whole show} playtime


3:15 - Get ready to go get H.B.Nanna from school


3:30 - Leave to get H.B.Nanna from school


4:30 - Finally get home since we end up standing and talking to someone at school for awhile. The children play because Brother missed his Sissy.


5:15 - Quickly start {or finish based on how organized I am} dinner before the Boy as a major meltdown.


6:00 - Do dinner dishes and play with the children.


6:30 - The Boy has milk and they both get in their pjs.


7:15 - Teeth brushing, story reading and bedtime.


7:30 - Peace and quite for Mommy and Daddy.


Boring....I know!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Not My Year


It seems like 2014 is not my year. No really. There has been frustration, anger, fear, doubtfulness and sadness. But it's only February you say. True.  I want to be optimistic, I really do. Although my husband does often ask why I always find the negative in things.  I guess that is just me.


It started off with some {normal} husband and wife issues.  We aren't perfect.  Our marriage isn't perfect.  But who's is? You are lying if you say yours is.  Marriage takes work. Raising a family takes work.  Trying to find a happy medium between it all takes work.  Are things better? They are headed in the right direction.  Will it ever be perfect? You know the answer to that.


There was sickness.  Lots of sickness.  Nothing major just nothing that would go away quickly. Which meant lots of cabin fever.


There was cold and snow.  There wasn't a terrible amount of snow but when you live at the beach, you don't want snow. And more cabin fever.


With cold at the beach comes frozen pipes.  Frozen pipes lead to the discovery of other issues in the home you are renting.  Other issues lead to health concerns and packing up your belongings and moving in 3 days. No joke. When you just moved 5 months prior.


Now we are settled into our new rental and February is coming to end.  March can only be better....right?!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finding My Community

This morning while the Boy was playing puzzles and the Mouse was on the tv, I took a minute to scroll through facebook and came across another Rachel Martin, Finding Joy post. You see this woman lives in my head. I am sure of it. She always manages to know how I am feeling on a particular day and has some inspirational words that I read {and read again} to pull me out of my funk or whatever I am feeling.



You all live in such a digital world and lose community, I think.


I couldn't agree more!


Community is what we as mothers need. How often do you walk into a crowded room, a room full of woman, and instead of feeling like sisters you feel alone?


She seriously lives in my head!


I can't say that I have ever really felt like I fit in anywhere.  In high school I had friends from all the different groups. But sometimes I felt like they let me tag along because they felt bad. Why do I think this?  Because I still am close with a few friends from high school but most of it is just casual interaction via social media. I understand you grow and you change but I would be lying if I said I don't envy those friends that I see that live all around the country and yet still manage to have the kind of friendship as if they were in the same neighborhood.

College was fun and I can honestly say that I met one of my BFFs in college. Complete opposites but opposites attract. And just like high school more casual social media interactions and I can't {honestly} say that I see anyone planning any reunions anytime soon.


When H.B.Nanna was born we lived in NJ and I never really had a great "Mom" connection with anyone.  We moved away and I still have friends in NJ {after all I did live there all my life} but it does proving to be challenging when 125 miles separate you. We have become really close with a couple we met in our pre-natal class {so what if we didn't actually talk until our last class?!} They have traveled to our {many DE rentals} for weekend beach trips and we even vacationed together in Disney.  They have become lifelong friends of ours.


Since we have moved to DE, H.B.Nanna has been in school and the Boy has made lots of little buddies. I was very lucky to meet up with a group of Moms who were all transplants from other areas and who were all fairly new to parenting.  We had a lot in common but it was a very formal group. Things happened and the group fell apart.  I was lucky enough to remain friends with a few of these Moms and we have built {at least I think} some great friendships. Sometimes I feel like we are in the early stages of dating {even after 3 years} where things are planned in advance and almost still feel formal. I am sure it is because we {almost all} have younger children and with young children that is what you do.


It saddens me though.  I remember growing up and there were always family and friends at our home.  It was never anything fancy.  They pop in to say hi, the kids start playing and next thing we know the pizza man is at the door. Or dinner is on the table and your friends and their parents show up with a pitcher or margaritas or to have a cup of tea.  I want to live in that world again.  I understand that we don't live close to a lot of family.  But family isn't always blood.

I want my friends to feel like they can call at the last minute and say lets get a pizza {gluten free of course!} I want to not worry about if my house is straightened up for guests.  I want my friends to see my lived in house and my toddler have a meltdown. I want them to see the laundry basket on the stairs and the mail stacked on the counter.  I want to rummage through the fridge and see what I can pull together for dinner while our children run around, cry because they are hungry and all we can do is laugh as we sip our wine.  I want husbands to show up after work to meet their families. I want bedtimes to be pushed back because it's only 7:00 and we are all having a great time.


Call me crazy. Call me old fashioned. Call me whatever you want. I want my children to have a sense of community.  I need to have a sense of community.  And not just through social media or text message.  So who's coming for pizza?!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Someone is 5!

So I am only about 3 weeks late with this post...honestly, are you surprised?!
 
 
Back on the 12th my very spunky, sassy and smart girl celebrated a big birthday. 5!
 
Was I ready? No!
 
She is my baby. My girl, And she tells me that she likes that our
 house has 2 girls and 2 boys.  I have to agree.
 
I feel like it was just yesterday that she was this beautiful little girl.

 
And now she is my beautiful big girl.
 
 
Everyday she surprises me.  The conversations she holds with people amaze me.  She may be 5 but people continually tell us that they are surprised by her age because of the things she knows and the way she speaks. To hear it once is a treat but to hear it over and over again is a blessing.
 
H.B.Nanna is my loving girl who does her best to treat her family like gold. Like any child her age, she has her moments. She has her fits and tears but the good absolutely outweighs the bad.
 
Last year she was diagnosed with a gluten allergy that she is so accepting of. She is always quick to ask if something has gluten in it before she eats it. She has handled our move {to a new rental home} closer to the beach like a pro.  She loves her new bedroom and being able to hear the ocean first thing in the morning. She is becoming more understanding of her brothers sensory issues and knowing that sometimes Mommy and Daddy have to give just a little extra attention to her brother. It is things like this that make this little girl so awesome and wiser then her years.
 
This year she is looking forward to playing t-ball, her 2nd dance recital, playing soccer in the fall and of course starting kindergarten in September.  Am I ready for all of this....no.
 
H.B.Nanna, Mommy, Daddy and Jake are so lucky to have you in our lives and we love with our whole hearts. Happy {Belated} Birthday to our cutie patootie!
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Let It Snow!

Snow Day Fun!

Wearing your pajamas inside out 2 nights in a row has to make snow, right?!

Brr Cold Morning Smiles :)

                           
When it is too cold to go out in the snow {-12 is too cold for us!} 
we bring the snow in. A great sensory idea but of course 
{not surprised at all} the Boy didn't want to touch it.

Nap time for Brother is craft time for Sister. 
A win win for Mommy! 

All Over the Place

I feel like my life is spinning. Not out of control but just spinning round and round.  I don't know when it will stop.  I find myself trying to stop it. To slow down and enjoy the little things but it is proving harder then I thought.

As I sit here and type, there is a lovely coating of snow outside.  Snow that H.B.Nanna wore her pajamas inside out {for 2 nights!} for. The Boy is taking his nap. H.B.Nanna is sitting next to me busy making bracelets on her rainbow loom that she got for Christmas. Laundry is going and there is a sweet treat cooling on the stove.  And while I should be soaking in all of this, my brain can't help but think of all things I could be doing or places I could be. And I HATE it.

I read of all these inspirational Mommy blogs and share them with friends. But the truth is, sometimes I wanted to yell at the writer and tell her she is crazy.  I want to be the Mom that doesn't care about the mess.  The one that spends hours on the floor playing with her child and still manages to make dinner and have the laundry kept up. The Mom that is always doing fun projects with her children. The Mom that is always out and about with her children and has date nights with her husband. I don't like to say that I can't be this Mom because I have a child with special needs.  {Shit, I hate that term - but that's for another day} But sometimes its the truth. And I don't like it.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Boy with all of my heart and I wouldn't change a thing about him. He is so smart, funny and the most loveable boy I've ever known. He has changed my life in ways that are unimaginable. My heart hurts for H.B.Nanna because almost daily she is told to wait a minute or that she can't do something because of her brother.  I know that every older sibling experiences this but it so much more for her because I never know when the Boy is going to have a sensory meltdown.

I know I am not the first Mom with 2 children to say they struggle with the day to day.  I don't expect sympathy or stories of "when my children were younger" because that isn't why I wrote this. I think as parents we are supposed to encourage one another.  Let each other know that it's ok to have bad days. It's ok to have days where you have feel like you have failed your children but they were fed, changed and are happy so in reality to your children, it was probably a good day. Offer a shoulder to cry on and not judge each other for the way we do or don't do things. We should listen to advice from each other {whether you chose to follow it is another story} because chances are we each have a friend who has been through whatever is troubling us. It's ok because we are all in this together. We all love being Moms and instead of working against each other, we should be working together. Happy Snow Day Moms!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Trying To Slow Down

We all have those days.  Sometimes they are smooth and peaceful. Other days they are so rip your hair out, is it 5 o'clock yet terrible. But we all have them. We all survive and move on.

I try to remember that they are only little for a short time. That the good outweighs the bad. That I need to slow down and enjoy the little things {the cuddles, the conversations, the milestones} because it a blink they are going to be leaving for college.  Some days that is so hard. I let the need to get things done overwhelm me. I forget to enjoy the little things and stress over what I didn't get done that day. It happens to me and I know it happens to you.

I want to say that it gets easier but it doesn't. I want to say that I am learning to slow down but I can't. I think I don't know how! I start planning all of the things I need to do during the 2 hour nap window {assuming it's a good nap day} as soon as I wake up.  It usually includes showering, dishes, laundry, etc. I never manage to find time for the fun things I want to do. But I need to learn how to do this.

You are probably wondering how I am finding time to write this if I claim to have no time. One child is sleeping, the other is play in her room and I promised myself I would blog before I showered. Mission accomplished. Now if I could only have more days like this!

How do you find time to do all the things you want to do? Not just the things you need to do.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Disney Then & Now

Same dress just two years apart.
 
Craziness!
 
 November 2011
 
I can't get over how tiny she was!

December 2013
 
My almost 5 year old!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Is Here!

Here we are 2 days into 2014 and I am actually blogging.  Shocking for both you and me. Trust me.

It has been nearly 3 months since my last blog post and even that was a random post in a good amount of time.  This blog is such a struggle for me.  I want to blog and share my life with you but sometimes the pressure gets to me. I don't have dreams of becoming this big fancy blog but I would love to just blog more regularly. Hell, I don't even want to put the money out for one of those fancy layouts with buttons and crap.  I don't want to close off the blog because I started this as a way to document the birth of H.B.Nanna five years ago.  But I need a place to talk, vent and not worry about being judged by anyone. Yes, I know there is some website that bashes Mommy Bloggers and I am sure that if it ever happened to me I would have hurt feelings but the thing is, I need to start blogging more regularly for that to happen!!

I don't like New Year's Resolutions {how may times have you heard that in the last week?!} but I do want to set some goals for myself.  I want to hold myself accountable instead of laughing about the things I wanted to do this year six months down the road. We've all been there. done that.  So with that, I present my 2014 goals.

1 - Make more memories with my children than we know what to do with. It doesn't always have to be something big, little things make great memories too!

2 - Take more pictures with my children.  I am always taking the pictures so maybe 2014 will be the year of "selfies" for me!

3 - Become so very educated in gluten free eating and sensory processing disorder to give both my children the best that I can. H.B.Nanna was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance in the summer of 2013 and The Boy was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder in the fall of 2013.

4 - Stop defending myself to others for the choices that we have made as a family. In the last year I feel like I have spent more time defending the things we do and the choices we have made. 

5 - With that said....I am going to be more accepting of people and their choices and decisions. I may not always agree with them but just like you may not agree with mine, I am going to learn to accept them and move on.

6 - Find more time for me. I love being a stay at home mom and I am forever grateful to my husband for working so hard to make it possible. I need to learn how to "step out of the office" and not feel guilty about it.  I struggle so hard with this.

7 - Spend more quality time with my husband. We've struggled with this lately and it has had an affect on both of us. 

8 - I want to blog more. I want to get more creative with hair accessories. I want to read more books. I want to spend more time with my awesome beach friends and their families.

I think that these are all pretty awesome, obtainable goals. If I can actually start and maintain some {if not all} of them, I think I am setting 2014 up to be a freakin awesome year. I hope that you will continue to read along on this exciting journey of motherhood and wifeness {is that even a word?!} that 2014 will take me on.

Happy New Year!!