Sunday, June 18, 2017

Together We Mother: Father's Day

Father's Day is always a bittersweet day for me. While in my mind I imagine what a "perfect" life would be like visiting all the dads in my life with all the tired and cranky children, it's only spent celebrating Anth.

Which I love. I just want to make that clear :) The kids soak up an entire day loving on Daddy (which by the way.... isn't much different than any other day!) We spend dinner time with people I have grown to adore and am so thankful for every single year.  A father figure to Anthony when he was a teenager and always do I love getting together and hearing stories about my husband. It really is a great day every single year. 

I always find myself at the end thanking God for the husband and father by my side. Usually sleeping soundly beside me due to the days festivities haha! And I get angry. Irrationally, totally angry. That I don't have a father worth celebrating. That my kids have been robbed of a grandfather to spend the day with. Then I think of my babies.

My beautiful girls and I take a breath and think God has a reason and God has a plan and he hasn't let us down so far so I get over it. I get it.

Life isn't perfect. But it's our perfect little life. And I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Plus our lives are really only filled with people we love. And how many people can truly say that? :)

Happy Father's Day babe. Out appreciation is never ending for all that you do. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Selling a House with Kids. I don't recommend it.

But welcome to the real world, right?!

 If you didn't know, we went through this process about three years ago. We had our house on the market, eight days later we had a contract and it was an absolute nightmare after that.  To make a long story short we ended up moving all of our belongings into pods on our driveway, and then two days after our closing we learned that it wasn't going to happen and we ended up moving all of her stuff right back in. All the while losing out on our perfect home.

But as is God's seemingly never ending plan.... It all worked out just as it should.

We had decided that we would spend the time in our house and enjoy it.  A few months later we were pregnant with Hazel and we've been here ever since. We did some pretty big upgrades to the house  (new driveway plus other random projects) And so a couple months ago we decided to put it back on the market and see what happened. Quinn had just learned to ride her bike and we were itching for that neighborhood that we were so very much lacking.

Although selling a house with a pool right before summer starts? Probably not the wisest idea.

So I've learned a few things here and there and thank goodness for friends who just went through the same process! So I've put together a few tips for those unlucky few who list their house and don't have the luxury of just moving into an apartment.

1. Let go of any and all ideas that you will show a clean house. Seriously. It helps if you think to yourself, "If someone can't see past the fact that three kids and two animals live here.... Move Along please."

2. This is the best tip from a girlfriend. Buy yourself one (or two) laundry baskets that you can put all of your shit in before a showing. Thanks to my small business, I have never ending amount of crap that I had to stash when we listed it. So a lot of that is just thrown into my swagger wagon along with odds and ends.... toys, jackets, all the things you may not have the time to put all away right before a showing.

3. If you have a cat.... get yourself one of these! You will not be sorry. We unfortunately have no good hiding place for our litter pan and this is awesome with helping with keeping it clean!

4. Have yourself a big glass of wine. And get ready to read all of the stupid comments that realtors will leave about your house. No joke.

All kidding aside, it's been ok. Thankfully I still have a napper and one that naps every couple days so I had the time to tidy up for the most part before leaving. The process is horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but there is light! Or at least I hope.

More info on the Litter Genie below! 

This post was sponsored by Litter Genie. While I received this product at no cost to me, all onions are my own. I seriously love this thing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The end of a {boob} era

Just like that.

After 21 months Hazel up and decided to be done with nursing. Which I wasn't expecting. Clingy is an understatement with this girl so I thought we'd be well into the 2's before I had to kick her off the boob.

And just like that these puppies have fed their last baby (maybe 😂). Almost 7 years I've been feeding babies with a few months break here and there. I feel like my whole life for the past 7 years have been filled with full boobs, sore nipples and my beloved Medela pump. And to my most precious Honest balm. I will never be able to thank you enough!

And just like that it's over.

Am I sad? More than you know. Which is hilarious considering how many times I've complained about being the only one responsible for sustaining the life of three little girls. When I think back to all my newborn babies I think of the quiet times spent nursing, those sweet little sounds. And after Quinny, I think of how excited the older ones were to help with bottle feeding. Those are some sure ways to get the tears flowing, is thinking of those times.

I am so beyond grateful that I was able to nurse all three babies for as long as I did. I had no idea I would fall in love with nursing as much as I did. And I am so thankful I had three easy babies who loved it as much as I did. 

Hazel a little too much lol

So now I guess I'll go buy a real bra, with no nursing straps and try to hoist these puppies as far up as they'll go :) Good job, ladies. You've done well!

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