Saturday, April 30, 2011
Well we were doing well and kids were really moving along, and life seemed to be moving in the perfect direction...until I realized that next week is Mother's Day. I used to like this day, I mean who doesn't love to be spoiled or at least given an extra hug or two!!
Two years ago my view on this day completely changed...now it just makes me sad. Sad that my mom isn't here to celebrate with, sad that she can't see how my kids are growing up, sad that I can't do something special for her to let her know exactly how much she meant to me, how she shaped me into the mom I am today.
Today it really hit home, we ran to Target to get a couple things and I thought it would be a good idea to grab Mother's Day cards. I was fine for the first...5 minutes and then I started to lose it. Emmah kept picking up the sweetest cards and I looked at Tob and just said I had to go, it only reminded me that I won't need a card this year for a great mom who deserves one.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We had all kinds of fun, bike rides, carnivals in the yard, dress-up, and just plain fun! When we moved to our new house, this was one thing I was really looking forward to, neighborhood friends! I wanted my kids to have some of the same great memories that I did as a child growing up.
However, that is not how things are going. There are only a few kids near our house and we thought things were going okay. But lately there has been nothing but trouble! Apparently, with one little girl in particular my kids feel the need to do whatever she says....needless to say this has gotten them both in a HEAP of trouble in the last few days.
We have now had to set up the rule that one girl may no longer come over, which of course caused a LOAD of drama, b/c every time she has been over my kids are making poor choices.
The test of time will tell if my kids are learning the right lessons, and know what is right and wrong and what it means to be a good friend. A HARD lesson to learn...for both the kids and mom!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
This weekend was a crazy busy weekend with Easter, birthdays, soccer games, and my husband working. Put that all together and chaos is what happens! Somehow though we pulled it all off with only a few little glitches here and there!
We started with some birthday presents...one from Jake and then on Sunday mom and dad!
Then some fun family time on Easter!
Here is Emmah and GG!! I love this pic! And of course the cousins!! We are in for some crazy holidays to come that is for sure! But these will definitely be special memories for my kids!
And here we have my two little blessings!! It was so nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, celebrate, and spend time together. (I just wish Tob didn't have to work so much over the past weekend, I think that is the only thing that would have made it better!)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I have been on this journey before, and always given up. This time I refuse to give up not only for myself, but for my kids. I want to be around for a long time for them. I refuse to give up for me, I want to be able to enjoy life, be happy with myself, have fun and enjoy all the joys I have been given.
This journey will not be easy, but so far I have been successful and all the positive support I am recieving has been a HUGE help. I couldn't do without my friends and family who are there to encourage me along the way. The best part has been that a bunch of my co-workers are also doing WW and we are all supporting each other, asking what we have eaten today, sharing recipes, and giving "high 5's" and words of encouragement! As of today I have lost 11.4 lbs!! Not a ton, but not too shabby either! I am on my way to the new me!!!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
- Goody Jars filled with gumballs!
- Party invites
- Hanging decor, great find from Hobby Lobby for super cheap!!
- Gumball machine sugar cookies (No I didn't make these!)
- Estimating Jar
- Terracotta pot gumball machines (The kids all got to make one of their own!)
- The cake
- Birthday girl blowing out her candles (Nevermind that mom bought the trick candles and that we almost started a fire! OOPS!!)
- Birthday banner
- Cupcake bites to fit the theme.
At the end of the day Emmah told me she loved it all!! Which made all my craziness the last day or so all the more worth it!
Monday, April 18, 2011
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Sunday, April 3, 2011
Jake was told to mail his out to a family member of his choice that lived somewhere, other than Michigan. So Jake decided to mail his to is Aunt Mary and Uncle Scott in Florida! I knew they would have fun with this project and the pictures prove they did just that!
After a couple of weeks Flat Stanley returned in a large yellow envelope and Jake could hardly contain his excitement to open it and see what was inside (I made him though, I had to grab my camera!)
Once we opened it up Jake found his very own special copy of Flat Stanley so he can read the story any time he wants!
Next he found a book with photos describing all the wonderful adventures that Flat Stanley had. He even stopped at FSU (Flat Stanley University!) It was fun reading all about what he did! Uncle Scott and Ethan even joined in the fun!
Jake even recieved some letters from the students in Aunt Mary's classes. Jake was amazed as we read these that some of the kids had never seen snow!! It was great fun, and the class enjoyed these as well. Some of his classmates had never been to Florida and learned a lot about what makes it a great place to visit! (Besides that there are some AWESOME family members that live there!!)
Overall this was such a fun project! Emmah wants to do one of her own now and is reading the book herself! I know this has made some great memories for my kids!! Thanks Fowlers!! You guys ROCK!!