Monday, July 29, 2013

If I could turn back time {Blogging with a purpose}

Another Monday, another blogging with a purpose with Becky and friends.

This weeks prompt is if I could turn back time. I wouldn't go back in time and redo anything. I really believe that everything happens for a reason. If I got the chance to go back in time, I would want to re-live a time in my life.

 I think I would go back to 2005, when Conrad and I got married. It was seriously the best. We both were working {and worked together}, we didn't have any real responsibilities, we were just young and in love.

Oh my! Look how young we look! Oh man!

 We would stay up late and sleep all day.  Days off were spent being lazy. I remember spending days and days in bed watching Friends on DVD. Sleeping right through lunch. Naps whenever I wanted. We had our own apartment. It was always so clean and tidy. It was just so easy, so carefree.


When we got married though there was that desire for a family. Little kids to fill our house and help make it a home. I remember talking with Conrad about wanting to hurry up and have babies. I remember being so mad that he wanted to wait and just enjoy the time just us two. Oh boy, I wish I would have listened. I love my kiddos dearly, but I would kill if I could just have one more month or year with just Conrad and I. {as long as I knew I could get the same kids because I really wouldn't trade these guys for anything} Oh, but those moments.

I'm so glad that there isn't a way to turn back time. It helps me to appreciate what I have.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday Morning Coffee

Ahhh what a weekend it's been. If we were getting ready to sit down for coffee I would tell you to just give it to me through an IV, I'm exhausted.

I would tell you about my "girls night" with an amazing group of friends. We went to a Giants game. It was so much fun. Lots of laughs and lots of food. Didn't get home until 1:30?

I was wiped out on Saturday. Conrad let me sleep in. He got up and had a boys day with his dad and brother. I was on the couch watching TV with the kidlets until like noon. I couldn't stop wondering when did I get so old. Why wasn't I bouncing back? The kids and I enjoyed lots of snuggles and a picnic lunch on the living room floor.

If you asked how my fitness stuff is going, I would tell you that I have a 10 day sample of Shakeology on it's way to me. I'm going to see how that works. August 1st is D-day. Wish me luck! Clean eating here I come.

I would tell you that I've been sitting down in the morning and making lists, planning out my day and it's been so amazing. There isn't a million things going on in my head. I feel like I can think clearly. I'm in the process of making a family/school command center for the playroom. There's a few things from last year that we had trouble with in the mornings and hopefully this will help Aubrey and myself. Don't worry friend, I'll keep you posted.

I would ask how your weekend was and I would definitely be ordering another drink because I'm still recovering from the weekend. Have a great week friends!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Austin's 16 month update

How is it really that he is already 16 months?? I know that I act surprised every month, but I just can't get over it. My babies are getting so big and losing their babyness about them.


Not too much has changed in the last month. I think it's safe for me to say that he's sleeping through the night. It only took forever. He goes down about 7:30-8:00, Daddy rocks him to sleep, oh we finally broke him of the bottle. He sleeps til about 6:00-6:15am most days. He takes one nap in the afternoon. Sometimes that's right at noon and sometimes it's more like 2pm. He will sleep for a good 2 hours, sometimes longer. 

He's still rear facing in the car. He loves seeing his sister. Plus every now and then they will throw some food at him. 

He thinks taking monthly pictures is a joke. He runs away with the biggest smile on his face. I plop him on the couch and he just stares me down, like you just wait Mom! 

Getting him after his nap is just best. He's in the best mood. He will be goofy and giggly. Playful. 


This boy likes to play ball too. He throws his basketball every time we try to take pictures. There are a few baseballs around the house and he loves to throw them and then run after them. Bouncy balls are a hit here too.

He loves to run and play{and scream} with his sisters. He tries to keep up with them and does a pretty darn good job. Aubrey went camping a few weeks back and Austin and Allyson played so nicely while she was gone. He did start pulling her hair, so that was fun. Aubrey definitely tries to be his momma. She tries to pick him up and he lets her know that he does not like it!

It is soooo much fun buying boy clothes. There's just something about how easy it seems to be to dress him. Just throw something on him and some shoes, he's good for the day. and he's creeping up into the bigger clothes. Like more little boy looking than baby and I absolutely love it. Like this shirt, probably a new favorite of mine.

Austin being 16 months is so crazy for me because the kids are 16 months apart. He's the age that Allyson was when he was born. I feel like Allyson was more grown up than he is. At the time of his birth though I remember her being such a baby. It's just so weird to have come to this point. Allyson has gotten so much bigger and here he is walking around, playing and it's just nuts.

Slow down kids. I know I always say I can't wait for the day when you guys can bathe yourself or make your own breakfast, but really guys I don't mind doing it. In fact, I love it. Please stay little forever!

So what Wednesday

So What Wednesday

This week I'm saying, SO what if ...'s 10am and we are all still in jammies, watching wayyy to much TV. I'm pretty sure we'll be in jammies all day, we have nothing to do today. Why get dressed?

... I'm feeling really mushy seeing all these pictures of the royal baby. I miss the squish!!

... I have clothes in the washer and dryer. I don't really want to deal with either.

... it's Wednesday and I'm already ready for it to be Friday. Girls day and this momma is counting down and ready to take a break! 52 hours and counting.

... my son is a little dare devil. He's standing and climbing on everything, everything!! He's figured out if he puts another toy near the couch he can climb up onto the couch.

... he got that from Allyson. She's always jumping and bouncing on the couch and her bed. It's seriously become a lost cause in getting her to stop. Conrad hates it.

... I can't wait for Austin to nap. I might try to take a nap too. Or finally watch the Bachelorette. I can't believe the finale is coming up. I really hope she doesn't pick Brooks.

Time to get the ball rolling on today. Hopefully getting around to posting Austin's 16 month update.

I hope you all have a great week!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Princess Hildegard

My kids love the Disney show Sofia the First. I think it's pretty cute too. I love that Disney has a princess that's part of a blended family. It's about time Disney.


One of my favorite things about the show is Princess Hildegard. She's the princess down there on the right side.


When I was in high school my stepdad would call me Hildegarde and I haatted it. It drove me crazy. He would call me it in public. Hildegard!!! He even would put it on my birthday cards. I finally started answering to it and slowly the nick name faded away. I didn't know that it was a real name. I just knew I hated it.

Fast forward a few years, Conrad and I started dating and I don't even remember how it came up, but I was telling him that story and what an awful nick name that was and going on and on about how awful and who would call someone that... then he tells me that's Grandma's name. Oops!! I felt like such a jerk but it was still hilarious at the same time. Great way to impress your boyfriend. By being a jerk. Come on, what were the chances??

When we watch the Sofia the First and I hear Princess Hildegard's name, I can't help but smile. Smile for my stepdad, what I wouldn't give to hear him call me Hildegard, I'd probably make him call me Princess Hildegard & for that moment with Conrad, my royal slip up.

Monday, July 22, 2013

If I could be anything in the world {Blogging with a purpose}

It's Monday! Conrad had some time off for a doctor's appointment and his 30th birthday! It was a busy but fun last few days.

Today's prompt is, If I could be anything in the world.

As lame as it might sound, I'm doing what I want to be doing. I love being a wife and mom. I like not having to answer to a boss. I love deciding what to do that day. Play date today? Sure! Grocery store tomorrow instead, why not! I love watching my kids learn and grow. Watching their relationships with each other grow. Even when the days are long and I have teething little ones tugging at my legs and a big kid complaining about being bored, I know that this is what I was meant to do and it really is what I want to be doing.

I like being here when my husband comes home from work. I like attempting to have the house clean and dinner almost ready for him. I like making our house a home. I like being able to tell him how the day was and what we have going on.

I didn't always want to be a stay at home mom. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to help kids learn. Teach them their letters and how to read and math and do all these fun things. Then after high school something changed and I didn't have that desire anymore. I stopped going to college because I didn't know what I wanted to be. Everything I thought I wanted to do, just didn't fill that hole. I quit school and kept working and spending my pay check as quick as I would get it.

When I was pregnant with Aubrey is when I realized that being a mom, a stay at home mom is what I wanted to be. When I held that little girl in my arms, I knew I was meant to be at home with her and our future kids. It's funny because if you would have told me that in school I would have laughed.

I do feel blessed that I get to do my dream job every single day... and even some long nights and late nights.

Daddy's 30th birthday! 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Fun

I can't believe July is seriously almost over. Time is just flying by. School will be here before we know it, YES!!! We've been enjoying the nice summer weather by getting out before it's too hot.

We headed to a really fun park in Ripon that had a water feature. We went with Nana Coleen and Ava. It is so much fun to see how each kid acts around the water.


Allyson had the most fun walking & running around the water.

Austin took awhile to warm up to the water. After he stole someone's shovel, he was ready to play!


Aubrey made friends with everyone. Running around, screaming and just having the time of her little life! I'm jealous that she can just walk up and just talk to anyone.

Too bad we went after nap time so the kids were wound up. It made bed time easy. They were wiped out after dinner. Water park for the summer win!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Let's grab a cup of coffee

If I could escape for an hour this morning and grab a cup of coffee with you, I would probably be drinking a frappucino. I'm not looking forward to the 100* weather that's forecasted.

If you asked how I was doing, I would tell you that I'm feeling a lot better emotionally. After I posted my crazy post, Conrad and I talked and I ugly cried for a good bit of the day but I got a lot out. I've realized that I was running myself crazy. I had a lot of things out of order. Worrying about things that really weren't that important. Having a happy husband and a happy family is what it's all about. Those dishes really can wait. Conrad isn't criticizing me and that we are a team. Happy wife = happy life.

I would tell you that I've also been getting my butt kicked by Jillian Michaels. Oh, that work out is no joke. I am trying to get back into a workout routine. I do feel better when I work out. It's time to make that a priority. I would ask if you would help me accountable on working out.

I would let you know that I'm exciting about going to dinner tonight with Conrad and some friends. I'll be able to eat food hot! Good food and good company ... should be a great time!

If we had coffee together, I would ask what you have planned for the weekend? 

linking up with Alissa

Friday, July 19, 2013

Happy 30th birthday, Conrad!

Today Conrad turns 30. THIRTY! I just can't believe it. I'm having a harder time wrapping my head around it. THIRTY years old. Such a grown up.


I just love him to pieces. He's my best friend.

He is an amazing Daddy

He know waaayyy to much about sports {even the boring ones}

He's so funny

He's a positive person

He's smart and my jack of all trades 

He will watch girly movies and TV shows with me and not complain. 

He is a pro at doing Aubrey's hair. 

Allyson has him wrapped around her finger and he loves it. 

Watching him wrestle & play with Austin just melts this momma's heart 

He really is my other half. 


Happy birthday babe! 

I hope you are having a great time at the Giants game!!

Baby Clothes Quilt

I'm one of those people that has baby clothes in bins and bins {and bins}stuffed in a closet and out in the garage too. I just can't bare to part with them though. So many memories wrapped up in them. Cuddling with a sweet babe fresh out of the bath, outfit changes due to blowouts, and teeny tiny outfits.

So I couldn't bare to part with these and the plan was to keep them until the kiddos were older and give to them. Great idea right? Then one day Conrad's mom brought over a box of old outfits of Conrad's and I was like ... umm what are we supposed to do with these?!!? A light bulb went off and I was like oh ... hmmm... that's me in 25 years ... uh oh!

Off to Pinterest I went. A Quilt made out of baby clothes is what my newest project is.


Let me tell you that cutting these things up was so tough. So tough.


I got through about 1/2 of it before I ran out of interfacing. I'm really excited to see the end result. I hope it's everything I'm imagining it to be. I can't wait to have it these little reminders out and I can show the kids what they wore and remind them of special times we shared together.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

So what Wednesday

So What Wednesday

I'm joining Shannon this week on the So What fun.

This week I'm saying so what ...

... if I can't wait for the kids to go to bed and watch some TV. Hello, Bachelorette, Pretty Wicked Moms, Big Brother and Catfish.

... if I'm counting down until school starts. {22 days} Hello, full day!

... if I love Back to School shopping even more now

... if I hate my blog name. I can't think of anything else though :/

... if I'm a little disappointed that I didn't have to go down to the courthouse for jury duty. I was looking forward to a little me time.

... if it was 1PM when I started this and it's 11:30 and I'm finally getting around to finishing it.

What are you saying so what to this week?

Monday, July 15, 2013

If I were to win the lottery... Blogging with a purpose

If I were to win the lottery and we are talking hitting it big... I'm pretty sure I'd take the money up front.

Pay off our debt.. I know that's not a fun answer but definitely need to do that. Ahh to be bill free.. amazing!

Buy a house... I don't think we'd get anything to crazy. I just want rooms for each kid. A guest room. A playroom that I could lock them in. A big backyard for the kiddos to run around and play and also room for a pool. Maybe we will just build a house somewhere!

Vacation to Disney for the whole family. My sisters, Momma and Conrad's fam too. That would be sooo much fun!

A vacation for just for the hubs and me. 2 weeks somewhere. No diaper changes, no early wake up, not cooking at all. A much needed break for C and I.
A vacation for my mommy friends too. Definitely some pampering and retail therapy!!!

Money for our parents to retire ... now! Give them the chance to spend time with grandbabies and just to be able to enjoy life and go on awesome vacations. And who do you think will be watching my babies while Conrad and I are on vacation?

New cars... I don't "need" a new car but I sure would like one. Now Conrad on the other hand, needs a new car. His car is older than dirt. Conrad dreams all things cars so I'm sure he has some kind of ridiculous car picked out. I'd totally buy my sissy a car too! Happy birthday Tess!

Put money away for the kids college... 'nuff said!

Weddings for the Aubrey & Allyson ... a must!

Shopping... Since we are dreaming I would definietly do some damage. Aubrey is at the age where she is starting to enjoy shopping and it's not so boring, definitely have a girls day to shop, and eat yummy food.

There's my list! Ahhh to be debt free is enough to make me happy!

What would you do if you hit the jackpot??

Pity Party table for 1

I've sat down to type a post about a half million times. Nothing seems to want to come out. Not about the kids, hence the lack of 4th of July pictures or anything in general. Blogging with a purpose, or anything about life... nothing.

I feel like I'm sinking deep into this pit of sadness. I seriously hate most days and wish time away. I wake up counting hours until bedtime. The kids are really just being kids. Some days they are rowdier than most, but hey, they are kids and I know that. I just can't handle it. I know that I'm missing out on things and then I feel guilty. They've had more iphone and TV time than I would really like but .. I don't know what else to do to feel half way sane.

Conrad is still having back pain. He thankful has another appointment this Thursday with a new doctor, hopefully something comes about. He's in pain all of the time. He's tired from working. He has to take his medicine. I just want to fast forward to him being pain free. I know that it's taking a toll on both of us.

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I like having milestones and outings and all that fun stuff in one place {since I'm never going to start/finish baby books. Sorry Ally & Austin} I love reading others blogs and about life. I hate the way I sound when I write. I write like I'm in third grade. I swear. I get jealous when I read someone's well written post about their kid and I'm like awww I wish I could have said that in that way.

I am hating summer. I want to do sooo many things as a family but Conrad is in so much pain. I know he can push through but what fun is that? Seeing him in pain. Paying for it later on that night. I feel bad doing stuff without him but he's missing out because of his back. I hate seeing stuff that people are doing, weekends away, trips to Disney and here I am, watching another episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Super! Can't wait to blog about this episode of MMC!

I hate that I have gained so much weight. I know it's from drinking Coke. I've become addicted to it. I sound so stupid saying that. But really, going to MCD and drinking a large coke just helps me feel better. Oh and I haven't exercised in who knows how long. I'm too tired to do it. I know that exercising will give me more energy but I'm just lazy, I guess.

So there it is ... I'm fat, lazy, sad and guilty. Oh and I have jury duty tomorrow. Awesome!!  I can't wait to spend some time at the Court House. Yay for being a grown up!