Big Boys

Finally! The day has come to get rid of the enormous but until now necessary eyesore…the highchair.
J1 needs to start learning to use a regular chair at the table. He’s 2 1/2 and is climbing like crazy. He also enjoys redecorating the dining room. Sooooooo I decided to call him up to the big leagues. Which in turn moved J2 into the booster seat and now everyone is at the table together. It makes dinner so enjoyable to be able to focus on everyone.
Now J1 is wild, crazy and all boy so he needs a little help staying in one spot. Our chairs have no arms.

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As you can see its an easy escape route for J1. So I went on a mission to our local Goodwill J1 in tow to find a chair with arms. I totally hit the jackpot with this beauty for $8.

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I thought it needed a little color. I mean so much character and such a half assed stain job is just a tragedy. So I called in some advice from my friend who’s husband just recently was stationed in Australia. The poor thing had to travel to Australia with a toddler. Yikes! Anyways she has been soon some amazing furniture transformations so she gave me some paint advice.
Off to Wally World to find some spray paint. She suggested a primer than any spray paint I wanted to use on top. I looked and looked and found the Krylon dual spray paint that is a primer and paint in one. $5? SOLD.
Now I have never spray painted anything in my life. I asked my husband for some tips and went in the backyard and sprayed that bad boy. I came back in and told him I used the whole can and he looked at me like I was crazy. So I might need some practice before I start revamping our furniture but I think it came out pretty fantastic for my first attempt. Oh and the color…LOVE!

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Murphy’s Law

Everyone has those days when you feel like everything goes wrong. Do you ever feel like this is a constant plague on your life?
I happen to have a very positive look on life but usually all the little things do not fall in my favor…ever. I am used to it at this point. My coping mechanisms are to always leave early, be overly prepared, pack the night before, double check everything and remember to laugh.
Our house is crazy. We have entirely too much going on and I feel as though nothing ever gets finished. This irks me to no end. I love the sense of pride and relief I feel when completing something. I’m a little type A when it comes to preparing and completing tasks. It overwhelms me sometimes to the point that I run it over in my head so many times that when its time to start I’ve already mapped out my entire plan of attack. Trust me I am not complaining about my life. I am beyond blessed and very grateful. However, everyone deserves a little rant here or there right?! To every negative there is a positive so here we go.
My husband’s car shit the bed. So we are down to one car. I am grateful we have two cars to begin with. This throws a major monkey wrench into my new found motivation and workout schedule. I have to get up at 5 am and be home by 6:30 in order to get a workout in right now. I am grateful I have a gym membership. Monday I woke up at 5 and started to get ready and J2 woke up. Soooo we snuggled on the couch and he eventually fell back asleep. I am SO grateful for the snuggles. That alone trumps any other plans! This morning I woke up in the middle of the night with a migraine so I was not about to lift upper body this morning. I am grateful that I feel well enough this morning to function and play with the mini men. I am hoping that I can make it in there tonight if I feel well enough.
There are other huge issues weighing on my shoulders but we all have those. I am just looking for the good. There is always something good.

To look in a different direction I’m looking for suggestions for preworkout supplements and protein powder. I tried a few protein powders and I haven’t found one I can stomach yet. I have never tried a preworkout and I would like to give it a shot! Suggestions are appreciated!
Have a good day and enjoy your silver linings!

Another year older, another year wiser.

My birthday is next week. Do I care? Eh…not really. 27 doesn’t feel very interesting or exciting. Besides life is getting very interesting and probably extremely stressful in the coming months.
I have been reminiscing about the younger me (as you do occasionally). I am a much calmer and wiser version of myself. The biggest change I’ve noticed is that I am much happier. I may be tired all the time but who wouldn’t be when dealing with any number of toddlers. My husband and mini men have brought more happiness and a sense of completion to my life. Don’t get me wrong I have big plans for myself but having the three of them makes everything ten times better.
J1 and J2 are going through a big growth spurt. They are wearing some of the same clothes now and I can not take them out without someone asking if they are twins. J1, my skinny bean pole has a little gut now! It’s hilarious! J2 is actually thinning out and getting tall!
They are amazing!
Here’s to another year of happiness, love, laughter and wisdom.

Date night

I am listening to J1 running around in his room during what should be nap time. Honestly he’s probably painting a beautiful picture for me with his poop…poop painting is something only a little man’s mother can appreciate. J1 and I have had a TON of battles lately. He’s 2 and boy does he know how to push my buttons. He has pin pointed exactly what he needs to do to really piss me off now. So much so that he looks at me while he does whatever act he decides to do at that particular moment. I really make a conscious effort to tell him I love him every time I get really mad, more for me than him. I know that at this age it can really be a battle of patience to come out sane and without a head of hair that is completely gray.
He won’t nap, he won’t eat, he won’t share (not that I expect that). The worst is the screaming. We call him the velociraptor because it is ear piercing and so loud!
J2 is on the move! Crawling, standing and starting to cruise around. As soon as he figures out he can walk we are in big trouble. I’m pretty sure stitches will be soon to follow as well, he is crazy!
My husband and I have our first date without the boys since November tonight. So excited and so nervous for our sitter. She has no idea what she’s in for, HA! This is the first time I’ve really let anyone watch both boys so I will be a little nervous (I know you other moms get it) but I totally need a break. I will enjoy every minute with my very handsome husband 🙂
Hopefully I will remember to take pictures on Easter but if I do not I hope everyone enjoys their holiday!

Life happens

Life happens. It happens whether you are ready or not. It happens while you are awake and while you are sleeping. Every moment of every day is life, an well…it’s happening.
I am guilty, guilty, guilty. I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I take things for granted. Every once in a while I need to slow down and some little trigger reminds me. This time it was a movie. I’m not one for romantic chick flicks but I got sucked in to The Lucky One.
I have no idea why this resonates with me at all. Yes my husband is a Marine but I have beer had to weather a deployment. Something in that movie reminds you how simple life can be as well as the complications of every decision. Anyways…
Life.
Our life as a family is on the verge of change. We don’t know when it’s coming, where we are going, or what is going to happen. On the verge of retiring from the military is most stressful on my husband who supports a family if four. The economy is terrifying and not knowing anything is frustrating. I’m trying to just be excited for us to settle somewhere that will be our forever but sometimes I don’t know what to do! We should start packing but it’s hard to pack without a definite end in sight.
Life…the ever evolving and confusing event. Ups and downs. It really is fun if you remember to breathe, laugh and smile along the way.

MIA

I have been totally MIA lately but that’s just how life goes. We had Christmas and New Years. Then 2 weeks of very sick babies which included an ER visit an 2 doctors visits. Postponed surgery for J1 and a surgery for the husband. Then the husband was out of town on business for two weeks. Then J1 had his second birthday yesterday. J2 started crawling. Well more of a low crawl because he’s chubby :). All that 16 tutus an 10 headbands later…here I am! Phew!
So J1 is 2 years old. He’s growing too fast and he is crazy! The only thing that occupies both my boys so I can get anything done is Toy Story. Yes my children watch tv…everyday. Shocker!
J2 is in 18 month clothes at 9 months. What the hell?! These two will be sharing clothes by next year.
Soooooo I will be back to show you some new stuff I made but if you are feeling ambitious (or extremely bored) check it out at my store.
I will also be showing J1’s birthday party 🙂 Mustache Bash. I totally went there.

Moment of…Silence?

Today at 9:30 am there was to be a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Our house is never really quiet with two boys under 2. It’s crazy over here! We participated by playing. I enjoyed a moment with my children. J1 was throwing a temper tantrum because he had to eat eggs for breakfast and J2 was jumping away in his bouncer. This is my perfect moment of the day.
Perfect you may ask. Yes perfect.
Those children will never get to whine about eating broccoli or ask how many more green beans before they can have ice cream. Those poor parents will never have the frustration, joy, happiness, and love that you feel at any given point during the day raising a child.
So yes even when both boys are crying, screaming, up all night I will always be grateful I get to be the one to handle their problems for now and the one to listen to their problems later.
I encourage you all to have a perfect moment today. Even if you pick the worst part of your day it’s still perfect because you are living it.