Monday, October 4, 2010
As a little girl, making friends always came rather easy for me. I naturally found a way to fit in with everyone, and though always seeming to be in that awkward stage, most kids seemed to enjoy my company. I would gravitate to those who always played hopscotch, calling them my besties, and then a few months later switch to those who spend most time on the monkey bars. And so on and so forth. All the while feeling connected and rooted in meaningful friendships.
As I have grown up, it amazes me how much more difficult it is to create those meaningful friendships even though there is so much more to share and relate. Sure, there is time to build those friendships as school, social activities and sometimes part-time jobs are all centered around yourself and time to enjoy other people and those friendships. Life is conveniently "all about you" and you are able to do as you please.
As a woman, friendships are particularly important for encouraging and building up as we surf, sometimes muddle, through this thing we call life. And yet, this is the time we tend to forget about outside friendships, totally consumed with the title of employee/mom/wife, too exhausted to think of anything more.
For too long, I have operated in this mode. Hanging on tightly to old friendships, and trying to create new friendships stuck between the superficial and deep friendship level with never enough time to get anywhere.
Recently, I had a chance to go to a conference with a bunch of ladies I respect and admire for many different reasons. I am humbled to be included in their desire to put forth an effort in creating an accountability community full of encouragement and truth. With time as our only challenge, eventually we hope to finally find those childhood frienships that once came so easily.
I am so thankful for all who choose to pour into my life and allow me to call them friend.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I can hear it now: "I totally LOVE these earings!" escaping a cute, fourteen year old girls mouth. Rolling my eyes slightly, with an adoring grin on my face, I would secretly wonder how she will react when "love" is truly the appropriate verb to use in a situation. Unfortunately, we all know that this particular verb IS over used thus losing its luster.
But then again, have you ever been around a toddler (girl)? Toddlers are a unique blend of life where everything is new and amazing, and all emotions and belifs are genuine; running through the core, no questions asked. For example, my daughter truly believes she is a princess and that someday she WILL live in Jesus' castle. Because of this belief she knows and loves the idea that Jesus knows and loves her. And yet, in the same breathe she will explain to you, with the same sincerity, how much she loves Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly sandwiches. Looking at her face, you can not tell a difference in emotion between the two.
Other things she loves:
cheese rollups at Taco Bell
hugging (aka choking) her sister
going to church
her snuggly bed
wal-mart and sam's club
singing "Jesus loves the little children"
coloring with her markers
Disney Princess stickers
yo-gret (aka yogurt)
...and the list goes on....
My question is, so when does the innocence turn into an avenue for eye rolling? Maybe when the mood swings get more intense...I guess it is something to look forward to. :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Wait. It was just yesterday; yesterday was when the world was just as it should be in this mommy's eyes. I'm talking about those beautiful days when my naive little girl believed that mommy was so perfectly magical that even her most tender kisses could heal the most horrific of ouchies. "Mommy kiss it!" was music to my ears as I'd scoop her up into my arms and smother her with the appropriate number of kisses...and then some!
Then it happened. The scene played out as normal. A small tumble at stage left; mommy waiting at stage right, on her knees arms opened in a "find refuge here" stance; a horrified "mommy kiss it" creeping through the sobs just as rehearsed numorous times before. But then, someone changed the ending...
"IT STILL HURTS!!!" came tumbling out of precious little lips, leading way for sobs to turn into whaling!
As of that wasn't enough, her outburts was followed by "please get me a bandaid to fix it?"
Now, I'm no doctor but I thoroughly assessed the situation and found no blood, puncture wounds or excess skin that would naturally warrant the use of a bandaid. Thus I came to two conclusions with the situation.
One. My lips...nor anything else about me...do not hold special healing, or other amazing, powers.
Two. My daughter continues to learn reality more quickly that I have given her permission for.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Let me preface by saying that I love being a mom and would never change that fact no matter how much money you offered.
That being said, I said something naughty. Quote: "I can't listen to the interns talk. They have too much fun while I go home, be a mom and go to bed abnormally early for a 26 year old only to start over again the next day." Bad Erin. Bad.
You see, we have these college interns who work with us through the summer and every night they are doing something fun, spilling their exciting details the next day. Monday mornings are the best as they visually paint pictures of their grand weekend adventures and escapades. As I listen, a wave of green washes over me making it difficult to not make faces or snyde remarks due to the obvious jealousy.
Wow. Hello? Are we in middle school again? I don't understand my feelings, and am now frustrated at the comment that escaped my mouth. Feeling guilty, and overly full from "foot in mouth disease," I feel as though I need to explain myself.
I love my life; the babies, the cooking, the cleaning, the run of the mill schedules are all essential and enjoyable to everyday life. BUT there are days where I wish I could atleast remember the fun, carefree spirit I was before. Spur of the moment road trips, random weekend plans, ever changing budget plans so I could afford that cute shirt all sound energizing at times. Thus, I wish I wouldn't have taken that time for granted while it was here. I wouldn't choose to go back, it just sounds freeing at times.
With that being said, I have learned my lesson and choose to not take this time of life for granted either. Times may be challenging, exhausting or down right uneventful, but I still love the ride. And let's be honest, one day I will be looking back at this moment with a "remember when" attitude.
Don't judge me.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Look at my beautiful girls. Though a perfect picture pose meant to stir the heart of any warm hearted being, it was not staged. My girls genuinely love each other, and I am captivated by them. Absolutely adore them.
Mia is 2 1/2 years old full of attitude and unexpected emotional turns. She will have you in stitches over the littlest phrase and frustrate you over an extended punishment because of an exercised strong-willed attitude. She will sweet talk you with "please may I" and "thank you oh so much" while flashing her gorgeous blues. Mostly, you will adore the way she seeks after her little sister's attention because she loves her uncontrollably.
Lilia is quickly nearing 7 months old as the growth curve of knowledge is exponentially rapid. She is sitting up by herself, rolling all over the house as a convenient mode of transportation, and lighting up a room with her beautiful smile. She eats 3 solid food meals each day with formula snacks along the way and is finally sleeping through the night. Her eyes are constantly searching the room for her sister, watching Mia flit and float in every which direction. She giggles and belly laughs at Mia's silly sounds and antics, all while enjoying her days best when in her very own home.
My girls are the best which is why I stand by my next comment. "It isn't fair." I dont understand why, even with a "nothing passes me by" mentality, I can feel like everything is flying warp speed. My girls are growing up before my eyes and though I am thankful for the past stages and excited for what is to come, I don't want them to be gone one day as though it was just a dream. But we are busy day to day as we hurry out the door for another day apart only to cram in some sort of evening routine to bring us back together. It is moving too fast. My fear of realizing this so early on? It will most likely only continue to speed up and I don't have money, or the emotional strength, for Prom dresses just yet.
It's not fair.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
At three months, Mia was sleeping through the night for the most part, and though I know each child is different, at six months I still cannot get Lilia on a consistent night time routine. Her day time routine is fairly set, to the extreme, where she will let you know if you aren't following it for some reason. For a week her daytime routine seemed to be the cure as she slept each night through; now it's a guessing game as to what odd time awakings today will bring. In fact, the last two nights she has been up every two hours. She doesn't need anything particular when I hear her sweet voice come filtering through the monitor. Instead, she is cheerful, talking and grinning as if to say "Good morning! Time to wake up."
Sometimes she wants to rock back to sleep, other times a soft kiss good night and a fresh go at her paci will suffice. No matter the extent of the visit, she's still awake and I am awake as well (if you call fumbling around delirious, awake.)
I am at a loss as to what to try next. If anyone has some creative ideas I will excitedly welcome them, as this full time working mommy of two is exhausted!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Anyone who has grown up around children knows what "two" means. But until you experience the "are you KIDDING ME/you are SO adorable" mood swings of a two year old blonde little girl, you really do not understand the reality of two.
I am adoring this stage Mia's at. As she experiences and learns, I stand on the side lines, mouth agape, taking it all in. My fun loving, energetic princess astounds me as she proudly shouts her abc's, quickly rehearses counting to 10, and continues dialogue like you wouldn't believe. Never a dull moment, she keeps me laughing with statments similar to:
"Mommy, you can't ride the swings. only Mia. They are too dangerous."
"yay! look at my big poopy!"
"good-MORNING Lilia. i missed you!!"
"lets go dynamo!"
"mommy, don't leave me!! promise?!"
"i'm going to work, mommy. gonna get married."
"i want to be a teacher. i will teach about whales, girraffs, and trains"
"aww. they are so cute. horses are my favorite"
Even if I could better record it all, it is impossible to keep track of all the phrases and actions that keep life interesting with my two year old.
I adore her.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday morning brought new adventures as Casey woke up and instructed us to get ready and get in the car. We were on our way, with only Casey knowing the path, excited and full of anticipation for what the day held.
A leisurely drive through the mountain pass, brought lunch in Cañon City, a drive into a snow buried St. Elmo and property searching in Salida. A lovely time in the car telling stories, dreaming and enjoying each other's company. Mia w as impressed with the amount of water the seamed to copy-cat the road we drove on and was constantly on the lookout for any four legged creature: horses, big horn sheep, cows, etc. Eventually our precious daughter needed a potty break. Pulling into a quaint dude ranch, we said hello to the horses and then pulled up to the office to give Mia her well-deserved break. As I eagerly freed the girls from their back seat cages, the trunk popped open revealing all of Casey's secrets.
Casey had planned a night away in a quaint little cabin, hidden away by Mt. Princeton, and isolated from normal day life. With a roaring fire in the life size fireplace, we snuggled in for a relaxing evening.
It was a perfect getaway for our lovely family! Thank you, handsome husband!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Rounding the corner into the kitchen we stopped. Horrified. The door to the garage, normally locked, was standing agape with the actual garage door wide open exposing all our unwanted garbage and extra needed things.
Fear set in. And as Casey quickened pace throughout the house, I began searching for items that may have made their way out the door. I started up stairs. Our room...clear. Lilia's room...clear. I opened Mia's door, and there in her bed lay an empty blanket. No lump in the sheets. No little blond head poking out from under the covers. Completely empty.
My stomach hit my throat, and as I opened my mouth to scream, nothing escaped! I ran down the stairs. Dizzy. Faint. Blinded by the tears.
I collided with Casey's chest and as my body collapsed to the floor, I squeaked 'They. took. her. My baby! She's gone!'
The room was spinning as Casey ran up the stairs screaming Mia's name. Seconds turned into minutes. Minutes into eternity until a cell phone ring broke the silence. Casey answered with a hasty hello only to be greeted by a frightened 'Daddy? Daddy!?'
Click. Dial Tone..."
Awaking with crusty tears down my cheeks and sweat beaded on my forehead, I panicked, and began planning how I could always keep the girls right next to me. Breathe. Breathe...
My heartbeat made its way back to a resting state and then I checked on my darling girls, sound asleep in what I still consider a safe haven, and as I made my way back to bed, I began to try and convince the paranoia away.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Shocked, and quite amused that my husband had found himself in this situation, I climbed the stairs. The sound of splashing caught my ears as Mia had hastily been placed in the tub as the only sane option of cleaning her up. I looked around her bedroom amazed at the artwork that carefully decorated all the pretty parts of her room and as Casey began the story, I grabbed the cleaning elements hoping to erase the traces of creative license littering the carpeted floor, bookcases, chair and door frames.
Carefully articulated, Casey began:
"I was downstairs feeding Lilia when I heard Mia start crying. 'Great,' I thought, 'She had an accident.' I put Lilia down and headed upstairs. As I opened the door, there was Mia, tears streaming down her face, with a whole pile clutched in her hand. I panicked and as I looked around the room I thought 'What in the world was she trying to do?'"
I chuckled to myself, not wanting encourage such behavior, but honestly seeing the humor in the whole situation! I knew once it was all cleaned up, Casey would see the humor too, but in the moment he was definitely irritated (another humor point for me.)
Ahh, yes...potty training a two year old! Never a dull moment!
Monday, March 22, 2010
isn't she lovely
inside and out?
a sweet, gentle spirit
flows through those eyes
longing for arms.
content to relax
slightly behind the scenes
eager to smile
at any kind word thats brought.
she coos and she grins
come play, she beckons.
simply offer a warm embrace
and her world will be complete
Sunday, March 14, 2010
After a handful of tries only resulting in Mia being too lazy to continue, we are finally not messing around. Diapers have been thrown out, princess treats are strategically placed for easy access, and the many pairs of panties are stocked in her cute white dresser drawers. We recently came to the conclusion that if we didn't do something extreme this process would be dragged out for a long time.
For weeks, Mia has been:
1. giving us a play by play about all that was happening below the diaper
2. waking up dry from bedtime and naps
3. taking of her own diaper, handing it to one of us and asking to be changed.
The girl is ready (whether she wants to be or not)!!
So, we cut her off...from diapers, that is, and everything else padded (pull ups and such)...and dropped her straight into big girl world. It's definitley not for the faint of heart or those who refuse to clean up potty all over the floor, but she is doing it and doing it with excellence!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
- I was not able to get Lilia on a consistent schedule so it could match Mia's more closely
- As of a week ago I was not able to loose any more weight from my one week postpartum appointment
- I did not get all the organizing, cleaning and decorating done that I had hoped too
- I did not scrapbook, memory record, take many pictures or blog
There just didn't seem to be time for anything else other than just doing life together. So, how do I plan on going back to another full time job? Today it seems impossible as I frantically try to arrange babysitter information, schedules, work clothes that will actually fit me right now, and gather together a brain that will actually be ready for the "real" world.
I realize in just a few weeks it will be old hat and I will be back to juggling all the different balls and handling each with ease, but right now the weight of the uncertain and the fear of adjustment weighs heavy. Lord, please help me.
On a brighter note...I will have Internet so I should be able to blog more often :)