Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Watch Mason Grow









Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Momma said there would be days like this!!

I know that every momma has had one of those days where they are about to flip their lid or may have already flipped their lid. Well today is one of those days!!!!

The day was doomed from the start b/c it is Todd's long day (14 hour day, works 8 am to 10 pm). I knew that I would need tons of patience and rest for a long day like today. Well, the rest part didn't come b/c of my Mason. He woke up twice last night and early this morning for another bottle and then dozed off to sleep for a little while longer until Noah woke up. I have become accustomed to no sleep but the moodiness from lack of sleep I have not mastered.

I woke up to Noah saying HELLO in his room and me answering I am in here. UGH, I looked at the clock yep just fed Mason 30 minutes ago and now he is up too after hearing Noah. Noah runs into the room and says, momma my diaper leaked and the bed is wet. Up and at 'em here we go.

I put both boys in Noah's room and grab up the sheets, then shut the door so they can safely play upstairs and tell Noah not to open the door so Mason won't go down the stairs. I rush downstairs to get the sheets on and then find myself sorting laundry in the laundry room and grabbing up another diaper for Mason, then Charlie needed to be let out and fed. I ran back upstairs to find Noah dressing himself ;) Which is fine with me, even if he picked out sweat pants, lol!!!

We grab Mason some clothes upstairs and head downstairs (I hate stairs) and start our morning routine. Mason is changed and I start doing breakfast for the kids. Once they get breakfast I finally have time to potty. Yes Mommas don't get to potty until all the work is done. Or if we do get to potty it is usually with a child or two (and a dog) in tow.

I was starving and both boys were watching tv and eating. I had Mason snapped in his seat so he couldn't get into mischief. I whipped up some of my new favorite chocolate pancakes. Yes I have offered my kids this and only one will eat them. MASON!!!! Still not sure how Noah can turn down chocolate chip pancakes with syrup on them. CRAZY!!

After posting an IG pic of the pancakes I felt guilty and extra fat so I only ate half. Then allowed myself to self hate for a while.

Life went on, a play date was cancelled, lunch was served, we worked on the letter A (but Noah wasn't into it), I held Mason off from his morning nap and bottle.

The plan was easy, hold Mason off from his early nap and get both boys down a bit early. Noah hasn't been napping b/c he is scared and since Mason's naps are before and after Noah's time of napping I haven't been able to sit with him while he naps. I have tried it all. Even if Mason and I are in the other room he still says he is scared, even with the tv on. I think I am being played.

I had Noah in my bed all cozy and Mason all asleep after rocking him and I gently got into bed. AHHHH that moment of I just might get some rest today, I am so super momma. Then Noah pops up, momma I have to poopy. CRAP!!! I guess that is the appropriate word.  He did his business then came and said I can't wipe. So while Mason was laying on my chest I wiped my child! Yep!!! We are working on him wiping himself but just starting. I told him to get back into bed and nap. He did then popped up again and said he had to tee tee. Off once again he went! This happened two more times.

I realized Noah wasn't going to nap so I gave him my phone and told him to sit in the rocker and play it for a while. Nope he decided popping on and off the bed was more fun and thumping me and rolling around. After a while it woke Mason up and I was so irritated.

My plan failed. And now I was more tired than before b/c I had sat there almost dozing off and didn't ever go to sleep. Up went were again and downstairs we went (I hate stairs).

Now it is 1 pm and I have not showered or worked out or had one second alone all day. I get it you are saying DUH that is motherhood, but every momma needs a moment sometimes!! We have been going going going since last weekend and I have been with the kids with no breaks and so I am at my wits end!!!

It is a put yourself in a closet/give yourself a time out kinda day!!

Don't mistake this message, I adore my kids and love them and rock my job as a momma! But a job of a momma is 24/7 365!!!
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Love my Toby!

I am truly blessed to have an amazing husband and father to my kiddos!!




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Sunday, May 25, 2014

A mom fail day, but a lesson. Always growing and learning!

After yesterday, which will be known as the day of mom fail, I decided to start today on a new foot/outlook. Yesterday my main problem was that there were no breaks all day long, we started running as soon as we got up. I jumped on the elliptical and from there it was Noah don't do that to your brother, or crying, or constantly having to stop anything I was doing. And that was just 20 or so minutes on the elliptical.

Atleast I got a workout in, right? Then we didn't have much in the house to eat so I was grumpy. I get VERY grumpy if I don't eat!! I had an advocate shake but needed a good protein snack to keep me going. I crazily decided to try a new product that helps with oxygen intake while working out and run around the hood while pushing both boys...which is about 70 lbs.  Yeah looking back that was a really dumb mistake.

After that I was drained and my patience was beyond gone. The entire ride around the neighborhood Noah kept leaning forward and almost falling out. See he is Macguver and had somehow undone the straps on a shopping trip a while back so he is strapless in the double stroller. My supposedly peaceful run with my boys turned into a constant me saying Noah lay back, Noah you're going to fall out.

And once you get on a roll of saying NO it seems like you cannot stop and I hate that. I hate the me that is all NO,  NO, NO!! I know my kid and he thrives on saying no in a yes way. You mommas know what I mean!!!

Oh and to say that only girls are drama is false! My noah had several drama meltdowns throughout the day and does that daily!! He gets so dramatic over very little things and is just like a boy and rough and going around the house finding things to destroy. I get the best of both worlds, lol!!

To say I was in a bad mood is just plain minimizing it completely! I was ticked all day!

I thought well maybe we should get out of the house and raise morale! Yeah...momfail. At zaxbys I managed to balance carrying Mason and a tray of food and an enormous drink (I asked for a medium and got an enormous drink) all the while Mason was trying to grab the food and Noah wanted me to hold his hand. There were tons of ppl in there and I said out loud well this is going to be disastrous! But no one offered to help. Yes ppl chivalry is DEAD! I told Noah when he grows up and sees a momma that needs help you better help her! He said he would but right now he was too little and the tray would fall. He was so innocent and sweet I could have kissed him all over!

We then loaded up and headed to the grocery store, the kids were rockstars at the store. They were angels!!!!! I was so relived. We picked up some healthy snacks and headed home. By then I think it was like 2 and Todd didn't get off work til 6 and I thought to myself I am not going to make it.

Once home and unloaded (all groceries and kiddos) we headed outside for some playtime in the sand and water table which lead to both boys stripping down naked and running around. Of course Noah kept shooting Mason with the hose and it was cold water and I think I told him a million times to stop and put him in time out so much. I was losing my mind and the boys were all sandy so we went upstairs and I bathed them.

At that point I needed a break so I loaded them into the car where they could be still and hopefully a bit quiet and I could just drive and have some peace. I needed to chill and stop being so grumpy. I felt so guilty for being grumpy mom.

Todd came home soon after we came back and the rest is a blank. We did supper, movies, and bedtime and I was out by like 8!! Mason got up once last night and Todd and Noah woke us up at 7.

As I said in the beginning of this book I was going to start today on a new leaf. I put the boys at the table for bkfast and we started learning what kindness meant. I used scripture that Jesus wanted us to be kind to others and Noah and I thought of ways we could be kind. Of course he whined the entire time to get down. I'm going to have to work on my teaching skills, apparently I am boring. Then I challenged him to show kindness and earn stickers all day long. I prayed for God to guide me throughout the day and have more patience.

Even when I have days like this I still am very thankful for my boys and my life as stay at home momma, sure I'd love for Noah to listen the first time and for Mason to be a great sleeper...and for us to have friends to play with, but this is what God has given me and I am thankful for that.

Praise God in the storms, Praise God in the sunshine, Praise God always!!! And pray always!!!

Happy Memorial weekend! Thank you to all the amazing people that have lost their lives so I can live freely and have the freedom to praise God out loud and proud!!


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Noah's bday party in pics!!!


















HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH BEAR!!!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

F O U R!!!


I cannot believe that soon my little miracle baby boy will be FOUR years old! How in the world did that happen? As I type that I am thinking of the struggle it took to get him!! The roller coaster we went through. And now he is about to be FOUR!!!

I think back on the first moment in the hospital with Noah, soaking up all of his newness and being so overjoyed that I could explode. I wanted to share him with the entire world, hold him up high and show him off.

I feel the same way today. He has grown into the best little boy. A gentlemen that holds the door for his momma now. A smart little MacGuver type that loves to figure out new ways to tie knots and arrange his toys into some new invention. His will is strong, but his heart is full of sweetness. He gets super sweet at bedtime with tons of kisses and I love you THIIIIISSS much as we say our night night prayers. And if daddy is doing bedtime he throws me kisses as they head upstairs. I love catching each one and sending one back.

His brown eyes are so innocent and full of life. He is full of life and energy. He says he is NEVER tired and can run all day if I would let him. He has developed both of our taste buds and loves candy like his daddy and crazy things like chips with ketchup like his momma. He loves his little brother dearly and enjoys teaching him new things each day. Everyday after school he asks Mason "did you miss me bubba?" And of course I reply with we both did soooo much. He loves to bring me surprises wrapped in spongebob bags and throw tons of bday parties for us all with cups of water and "cha chas".

FOUR is a big deal. He's not such a little boy anymore. He is growing into a child and that is bitter sweet. While I adore seeing the man he is becoming I am sad at the baby he is leaving behind. But I have so many wonderful memories and more memories yet to come.

Cannot wait to celebrate TMNT style on May 17......oh and then next month...guess who is turing ONE!!! SIGH...time is just too fast!!


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Self?

"To thine own self be true" from Hamlet by Shakespeare

Yeah I had to look it up....who wrote it? I have heard the phrase before and it has really been my theme song lately. I wasn't even aware of it until now. But how do you be true to yourself if you aren't even sure who you are?

I will have to admit that most days I am just trying to make sure two sweet little boys make it through the day healthy, loved, fed, and not psychologically scarred!! Yes the counselor in me worries about that. I guess we all do as parents. We all have moments of oh crap did I say that right, is he going to be scarred for life now? Atleast I know I do.

So I guess if you asked me who I was my first thought would be MOMMA. That is my main role I do everyday 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And right now with an almost 11 month old that is into everything from the dogfood to chalk and a three year old going on 13 I am in survival mode a lot of the time.

I hate to say that my second identifier would be wife. Although I probably haven't been the best wife lately. And I could go on to say Christian. I am sad to say it hits the list at number 3 instead of number 1.

Christian to me is so much more than oh I go to church (which by the way I don't always make it to...okay lets be really honest...it's been a while...I don't go more than I go). It means that I have a relationship with God, Jesus, My sweet Lord.

Although that relationship is a bit rocky right now. Wow, who knew that one phrase about self could be dissected so much?? Yeah this is pretty much how I think, and it can be overwhelming ALL of the time. In counseling classes the professors teach you to analyze. Each detail tells a story about someone. Well once you've mastered it they did not warn me that it would spill over into my entire life or way of seeing the world. I guess it was my nature to begin with and then I worked a lot at it and now it is me.

So my next explanation of self would be----analytical!! But mix that with tender hearted. I hate saying over emotional.

So here I am a worrying/surviving momma, half arse wife, non going to church christian, and an analytical tender hearted person! Wow, I sound fun!!

To this I must be true??

Maybe I have it wrong? Maybe I am not defined by just now, this moment, this snapshot in my life. Maybe just maybe there is more to me..to self!

I sure hope so...gotta go and pray about it!



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Y'all

I think I always tend to go more and more overboard on holidays and this year was no exception! Oh well, I don't care what others think I just love spoiling my boys! I mean wouldn't you wanna spoil these two delicious and sweet brothers??


Wishing y'all a very HAPPY EASTER!! And am I the only one struggling with the whole easter bunny thing? I know it is all in fun, but it just seems so ridiculous! I cannot wrap my mind around telling Noah and Mason that there is a bunny that brought them some goodies and then try and relate that to Christ dying on the cross and rising from the dead. I mean it doesn't even compare, Christ dying for our sins vs a bunny ?? Am I missing something. So until Todd and I can figure this out were  just gonna tell the boys that we got them the goodies to celebrate Jesus rising front the dead. We've been able to have a few conversations with Noah about how Jesus died on the cross for our sins and on the third day he rose from the dead.

At bedtime I just adore how Noah prays to God. It is so innocent and the way we should all pray. He just talks to his friend. He remembers his family and thanks God for all of his important things like for puddles to jump in or his trampoline :) Also, he gets serious and thanks God for food and his family. Oh and asks for forgiveness of our sins. I'd say he is just a natural, but aren't all children?




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fam-i-ly

What does FAMILY mean?

Merriam-Webster defines it as :

fam·i·ly

noun
: a group of people who are related to each other
: a person's children
: a group of related people including people who lived in the past

It gets even more detailed and includes ppl living under the same roof, people that have the same convictions or beliefs, and even a unit of crime. 



How do you define FAMILY?

Certain occurrences in my life has made me want to look at this and I guess the easy answer is everyone defines family differently! You could see a friend of 15 years as family and not see a blood relative as family. There are blended families, families through adoption, families within a church bond. There are so many ways to really see what this word means.

Some people take it very serious, others take it lightly. But there is one thing for I am sure and that is time doesn't care what you think. You can see whatever definition you want of family and time ticks onward. Time goes on and time will go on when we are gone.

I guess what I am trying to say is that maybe we all should really think about how we define family. Do we include distant relatives or friends, maybe even church members or sorority sisters. However you define family just make sure to let this family know they are included. B/c as I said before time doesn't care. It ticks onward!! Don't you hear it? TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK!

I personally do not want to look back on my life and feel sad that I didn't really take this word FAMILY serious enough and wish I could've should've would've!

I guess I should share how I define family! Well, I think I am still learning and adjusting my definition. I am not sure to what standard someone has to follow to be considered family. The only thing I can come up with is that you can argue like crazy but still love each other and laugh after those arguments. Maybe that is family, ppl that will put up with you and that you put up with. They are the people you fight for and the people you fight with. The people that fill your fond memories of pure joy, pure raw emotion!!! The people you would do anything for.......

So how do you define family??
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Terrible and Terrifying!!

Terrible and Terrifying! Those are the words I have heard to describe the age of Two and the age of Three!! And I am learning that for us it is THREE that has been the most challenging age!! Don't get me wrong there are TONS of TERRIFIC THREE moments!!! TONS, but there are quite a bit of TERRIFYING THREE moments as well.

I know it has to do with Noah wanting control and trying to be more independent. Also, you add in tons of emotions and a kid that doesn't know how to handle them and there is a catastrophe. I blame it on Todd and I b/c we are ultimately Noah's teachers in emotions and we need to work better on showing the proper way to handle them.

It has been a tough almost two years b/c of my pregnancy hormones and now my no sleep/depression after having Mason. If Noah is acting out and Mason is napping in my arms (yeah that is another post) I am less likely to be patient with Noah and show proper anger or frustration control.

We've been working on many things with Noah. We've taught him that it is okay to be angry or sad. all emotions are okay. What isn't okay is how we express or show them. If he decides that hitting us or kicking the wall is how he displays his anger we show him better ways to deal/cope.

It is a work in progress. First I told him to tell us that he is mad/sad/etc. He can say "Momma I am mad" and I taught him to breath in and out to calm down or if he wants to he can scream into a pillow or punch a pillow. I am rethinking the punching the pillow b/c I am not sure if that is sending mixed messages. I also make sure to explain to him about empathy, in his age version.

For instance, I ask him if he would like it if someone hit him and how he would feel if someone hit him. Then we chat about what he could have done differently.

As for punishments for these things, lately we warn him first and tell him if he does it again he gets time our or loses something that day (like his favorite snack at bedtime). He knows that somethings are instant timeouts like hitting!!

It can be so frustrating b/c as you know lots of people have advice on this subject, but I firmly believe that each parent has to parent her child differently mainly because each child is different.

Also, Noah has been avoiding sleep like it is the plague so that doesn't help. As we all know a tired tot is like the hulk on steroids!!! He can't think properly and acts out more. Another thing we are going to try after using these techniques is work on less sugar in his diet. I honestly think sugar effects Noah and he has so much energy normally that extra sugar is not a good thing.

Now I cannot end on negative things, I have to share some of the TERRIFIC THREE moments as well. I love how he is so considerate and ALWAYS goes to the fridge at my house and my parent's house and gets EVERYONE something to drink. He knows what each of us likes to drink and I think it is so sweet.

He also is a great helper and loves to help me with Mason by getting me diapers or wipes. And he loves to help me clean, it makes him feel like a big boy and I enjoy the extra help.

His silliness just makes for a fun time. He thinks certain words are hilarious and he helps me to see the world in a  whole new light of FUN!! Oh and his prayers, whether at dinner or bedtime, are so genuine and he just talks to Jesus.

At night in his bed he gets extra lovey! He talks about how much he loves me, he holds his arms out wide and says a WHOOOOLE bunch! I cherish those moments. Other moments I cherish is seeing him with his brother. Especially when he tries to comfort him when he is crying or asks him in the car after school if Mason has missed him.

The boy has a big heart and I am excited to see how God uses his determined spirit for good!



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Socks, yeah you read it right, socks!!

I am sitting here on a Monday after lunch and exhausted!! I just took Charlie (with Mason in toe) around the world to finish up his heart worm treatment. Oh and by the way carrying a 23 lb baby and maneuvering a 30 lb dog on a leash is a workout!!!

Mason is crawling around my bedroom, well begging to play with the laptop and refusing a nap, so I decided to try and blog. The house is a wreck, clothes need to be washed, and so much more needs to be done. But what do I do? Blog!! Darn right ;)

I have never been so emotionally, physically, and mentally drained and I just need a little "me" time. Granted it is while getting up every few letters to get Mason from eating the plug in or keep him from pinching his little chubby fingers in the drawer he just opened!!

And the funny thing is I wanna write about socks, yep socks. Nothing deep, no earth shattering news here, just socks!! I wore capris and had on those short socks(I am sure there is a proper name, but it eludes me). It was driving me nuts, those short socks with my tennis shoes. I kept trying to keep it together, but imagine a tiny drop of water dripping on your head every 3 seconds. AHHHHHH

Yep, that is me and short socks!! I don't know why but I have to have long socks on, they are like my blanky or something. I try to workout in short socks but afterwards I am so ready to just take those stinking things off. Maybe it is b/c I have larger ankles than most (thanks dad)? Maybe it is b/c of my pale skin and I can see (even if just shaved) my pores and hair about to come back up!

Whatever the reason, I loathe them and I do hope one day I can wear them and not have my skin crawl but until then, I am here in my long socks :)

Happy Monday!! lol


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our week

This week has been fun!!!!

I managed to get Noah to school and workout in a monsoon!

I have learned that lil Mason is a daredevil and likes to climb, jump, and get into everything!!!! His latest ouchie though was just crazy. I was reading to both the boys in Noah's room and Mason leaned forward and hit Noah's footboard with his head, barely, and look at this boo boo!
Also, Mason has developed a rash and I am taking him to the doctor tomorrow to see what is going on, I sent the Dr. some pics and he thinks it is viral. I guess the gym's lil childcare program is a sharing one :( Say some prayers for him, he isn't feeling well at all!


Charlie is a stinker pot!!! And a cute one!! We took him to get groomed and y'all he looks like a different dog! I told the groomer to go really short to get his winter coat off and for us to start new. I will have to do a before and after shot! He looks so skinny now :)


We took Todd and his co-workers some milkshakes (no I didn't get one, I was good). I like to do that sometimes on his 14 hour day to help pep him and the others up a little, plus who doesn't like a chocolate milkshake!!

Thanks to Katie (at loves of life) I was motivated to get up and workout on my own! Dude it was hard but I pushed and did it!!!

Then I got to meet up with my Bestie, Jess, for a playdate with Noah and her son Austin. They are soooo cute! They play so well together. And I am so thankful they have been able to be close despite us living an hour away and sometimes further! We met up at McDonalds so they could play and we could chat! It was so nice and I can't wait to see them again soon!!

Tomorrow is FRIDAY!! I would be yelling YAY with the rest of y'all but Todd has to work this weekend so it isn't really a weekend for me without him! But YAY for y'all!! Have an amazing weekend!!! Try not to sneeze too much from all the pollen!!!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FitDana2014

Monday I drove in a monsoon to workout!! Yep, I drove 30 minutes in barely visible driving conditions and I am so proud of myself.

I woke up extremely tired and pondering even taking Noah to school, ya see you can do that when they are three!! But I knew if I didn't take him and go work out then I would NEVER reach my goal of being fit in 2014. It was this voice inside of me saying DANA if you don't go today you might as well just give up, and I wasn't about to give up!!

The boys were a little more moody than usual. I think it's b/c it was the first day back after spring break and we had gotten in the habit of going to bed later and they were just sleepy. Noah had issues with his socks and Mason was a stage 5 clinger ALL day. I really think he isn't feeling well, I am guessing teething!! It took Todd and I doing everything we could to get out the door and on our way on time.

Then I drove up to the school and just sighed, it was raining, no it was pouring gallons of water down. I went to grab my umbrella and decided I didn't have enough hands so we were gonna just get wet!!! I got Mason out, then Noah, and held them both in my arms with Noah's book bag and nap essentials. Yes that is right I carried them both!!! I told myself that was my warm up for the day.

Noah did great inside, he never fussed or whined and I was pleasantly surprised. I sprinted off to trek up north to civilization to work out. Mason was ticked that he had to get back in the carseat again, but after a while the rain lulled him to sleep. The drive was nuts, I had to go slow b/c most of the time I couldn't see.

The class didn't start for another 30 minutes so I had time to feed Mason which was perfect. I dropped him off in the childcare room. He does great in there and I am so glad. Then headed to group power. It has been a while since I did group power. I mean like over two years. I loaded up my bar and had extra weights on hand b/c I had no idea what the instructor had in mind.

It went well, but there were moments when I was in the middle of a set and thought yep should not have added that extra weight. But you know too embarrassed to stop and take it off in the middle of a set. There is something about working out with other people that makes you really push yourself. I was in the front so I could see all the other ppl behind me and I just kept telling myself I could do it, keep going!!!

After class I loaded Mason up and headed home. The rain made me sleepy and I was hoping for some down time at home. The rain made Mason sleepy too so he napped in the car and I knew that my downtime wasn't gonna happen. I started craving protein so I had it in my head that was going to eat tuna for lunch.

Mason was sooooooooooo fussy so I did everything while holding him!!! I managed to scarf down my lunch and then decided that Mason needed another nap b/c he was just soooo fussy. I also suspected teething so I dosed him with Ibuprofen and we headed upstairs.

He went to sleep and we layed on the bed. It takes me FOREVER to relax enough to doze off but just in case I set my alarm so I wouldn't miss picking Noah up from school. Just when I dozed off Mason woke up, but it worked out perfectly b/c I needed a shower. We were going out for dinner for my MIL's bday later and I knew this was the only time I would have to get ready.

We picked Noah up and headed home. Oh did I mention that Charlie ended up pooping in his cage b/c he would NOT go out to potty b/c of the rain. Yeah I called Todd and told him that we needed to bathe the kids and be out the door by 4 to eat dinner so we could come home and bathe Charlie and clean out his crate.

Todd and I tag teamed the kiddos and bathed them and ended up going out the door earlier than expected, score for us!! We ate dinner then headed home to poor Charlie. Noah insisted on helping Daddy. And yes it was still raining, but just a little drizzle at this point. While Noah cleaned our swing outside Todd bathed Charlie and cleaned out his crate. And I entertained my little daredevil Mason!!

That child!! He climbs everything and has NO fear of falling. He is just into everything and going 90 to nothing. Then he got fussy again! So he wasn't happy in my arms or playing and I was ready for a mommy time out.

Thankfully, Todd and Noah came in and we got ready for bed!!! I wrestled Mason to sleep and headed up with my computer for some Dana time.

It has been a loooooong day and I am sore from working out. I managed to stay on track with my calorie intake via MFP. I even had some calories leftover!! Mason is snoozing and morning will get here fast! Here's to hoping he sleeps through the night and tomorrow goes smoothly. Pray for me b/c Todd is pulling his 14 hour shift tomorrow and those are always tough!! I really wanna take the class Ripped, but I am not sure I can hold out all day since he won't be here to help!

I am making progress, I have lost 4 lbs and mainly I am just proud of myself. I am starting to get addicted to working out and if I see that I am going to miss a day I get bummed!!


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Last week!!

Last week was the beginning of Noah's spring break and the beginning of Todd's vacation. I managed to arrange a little get away to ATL for Todd and I. And I did it without him knowing :) Bonus points for me!!!!

So the morning of our getaway I told him to pack his things and we were dropping the kiddos off at his parents and headed to Atlanta for the night. We were soooo in need of this. And I am in no way saying I don't like being around my babes, it's just that we needed us time. Also, I have been secretly dreaming of waking up and not moving a muscle. As y'all know with kids you never get to do that, you are usually woken up by either screaming, crying, or loud yelling of the sun is up so we have to get up, get up, get up...then there is the bkfast routine of getting Noah his food and milk and Mason fed and changed. Goodness sometimes I don't even have time to pee until after I have them settled with breakfast and a show. I know TMI, but it is true!!!

So our adventure started early b/c 24 hours isn't long and I wanted to use every single second! I called ahead and asked the concierge to help us check in early and he came through and I requested rose petals! He even added a bonus of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne!!! Todd was totally shocked when we walked into the room and I loved the look on his face. I wanted him to feel super special and loved.

After we settled into our room and enjoyed the amazing view of the city, we could even see Stone Mountain in the distance, we decided to walk to our FAVORITE restaurant in ATL (Baronda). It is this small italian place that has such yummy authentic food. It was a mile, but the weather was nice and the scenery was as well. There was this gorgeous church we passed with a beautiful cross outside draped with a purple cloth. We just took our time and never had to worry about packing extra bags for the kids or stopping along the way to handle a tantrum.

The restaurant did NOT disappoint, we ate and laughed and held hands and just soaked in the time to just be able to look around and be in the moment. After eating I had been begging Todd to ride the new ferris wheel near  Centennial Olympic Park so he obliged. Instead of walking (it had gotten hotter) we called a cab. The ferris wheel was neat but not what I had expected. I was told later that it was way cooler at night with all the lights and such.

Then we called a cab so we could head back to the room and chill. Well, Todd wanted to nap and I wanted a massage. The hotel had a spa so I booked a massage and Todd took a very long and much needed nap.

The massage, oh my word!!! Seriously, I am going to have to go back at least every 3-6 mos and get one. It was AMMMMMAAAAZZZING!!! They treated me like a princess and I have to admit it was nice.

Later after we were both relaxed we decided to order room service and rent a movie and just veg out on the bed. I know to some that sounds boring but to us it was heaven on earth. We rented Anchor Man 2 and laughed the entire time. It was funny b/c by around 9 we were both ready for bed. I guess we are getting old!!!!

The next morning we slept in (like til 9) and ordered room service again for breakfast. At this hotel they treated us so well, I felt like we were royalty. I didn't even get up from bed to eat, it was amazing. Then I took my time getting a shower and getting ready. Y'all just don't know it has been forever since I have taken a shower without either someone crying in the background our me yelling don't do that to your brother!!!

It was the best 24 hours!!!!! I think every couple should do this at least twice a year. It is just really worth it to make sure you put you and your spouse at the top of the list sometimes. You know when the kids are off and gone, flown away from the nest, it will just be you two. And you wanna know that person and not feel like y'all are strangers!!

I would post pictures, but I am keeping those to myself ;)


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Just a few pics front the weekend!!


Noah went fishing for the first time with his daddy, papa, and cousin Jacob! He enjoyed it, but they didn't catch anything so he got a bit bored at the end! I adore this picture of my sweet boy!!


Then Noah and his cousin/bestie Anna Claire played ALL day while my sis, momma, mason, and carley went shopping! They had a blast!!! 

And here's my boys in from of the old Yatesville depot. Love the classic look! And yes they are matching :)

Happy MONDAY!!!


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Cross Tattoo

Guess who got a tattoo??


ME!!! I know shocker!! Well if you follow me on Pinterest you probably knew I have been contemplating it so I finally did it!!



And I am SOOOOO happy I did!! I love it! It did not hurt one bit and I love looking down and seeing a cross, the reminder of how much Christ loves us!!!



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Morning Action! Or lack thereof

Saturday morning scene!
Remember those from Loves of Life? By the way it's her birthday today so head over to her space and wish her a happy one!!!!

Here's ours this AM! Watching the jungle book with Noah (I love singing along to the songs) and Todd and Mase are catching a snoozer!!



Hope y'all are enjoying your Saturday too!!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

FitDana2014



Over our crazy weekend I managed to hit up the elliptical, do some baby burpees( HEHE), and some weight lifting. As I was on my elliptical I kept noticing my watch say I was out of my zone. I wondered if that was bad, so I called my friend and she said NO WAY that is a good thing.

It's crazy once you get over that certain mark of time and you are just able to push yourself and you are on a fitness high. I am still watching what I eat and getting workouts in when I can. Whether it be hardcore on the elliptical plus some of my own add ons or taking the kids around the neighborhood. I especially loved getting out with my parents and taking the kids to the walking track (which has a playground, score for Noah).

I was able to push Mason and do some jogging then walking then jogging then walking. It is a start and I am loving it!! They have swings and at one point I just got in and was swinging so high and feeling like a kid again. I told Todd that if we ever put in a playground for the boys we must have adult swings like the old school ones!!!

Here's some shots of our time with my parents!







And I love this video of Noah running to me! 
If you are gonna get fit, why not involve the entire family!
Now my momma and daddy hit up the walking track every evening!
Way to go y'all!!! xoxox


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Our weekend!!!

After a LOOOONG Thursday and LOOONG Thursday night with Mason not sleeping b/c of his stuffy nose, again thanks spring! We woke up to get Noah ready for school and he seemed to not be feeling well either, so we decided to take a chill day at home, which really isn't ever chill is it?

I wanted to get out of the house and cheer Noah up so we headed to the nearest red box looking for Frozen. I knew since it was Friday and that it was just released that my chances of getting it were slim, but we live too far away to head to an actual store to buy it. I tried and told Noah that he might not get it and he was so sweet and said momma that is okay at least we tried. :) Instead we rented cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2.

Fast forward to saturday b/c Friday was just about survival :) til Todd got off of work!!!

It was Todd's weekend off and we were so psyched b/c we could just do whatever we wanted! Plus I had an extra pair of hands and that is ALWAYS awesome!! Saturday begins and Mason was just so pitiful!!



While Mason was sick, my other boys headed out to get groceries and hit up another park. What can I say Noah loves parks and I can't blame him one bit. While they were gone Mason played a little, cruised a lot!


And then slept ALOT!! As he slept I soaked in all of his sweet details from his lashes to his hands!!



Todd and Noah surprise us with some yummy food to grill so my grill masters got a late lunch ready for us to eat!!




It was delicious!!! As you can see above, I am so blessed because not only did Todd grill but he cleaned the kitchen up afterwards also. Y'all I have an amazing husband, seriously!

While Todd cleaned up I kept these two occupied, or should I say they kept me occupied. I just love seeing them play together and love seeing Noah teach Mason new things and see Mason try to do everything Noah is doing. Bubbas forever :)

And after another long day we decided to chill and give the kiddos allergy meds so that they would be able to sleep better which hopefully meant we would sleep better!! 
I love this picture of Todd holding the boys!! 
This IS my heart, my joy!!!!


Nope the weekend isn't over just yet so hold your horses, or as I tell Noah to hold onto his pants (and he literally does it). Sunday was fun too b/c my nephew was baptized. We are just so proud of him and were so psyched to get to witness it.


We all went out to eat to celebrate then headed to Target to buy Frozen :) hehe!! This evening was chill b/c Todd let me meditate. As you've read in previous posts I have been dealing with depression and anxiety. Most recently panic attacks. Well after some triggers I really needed to just meditate on my happiness, which to me is thinking about helping others and the fun things I can do for them. I must have really got relaxed while meditating b/c I fell asleep and my AMAZING husband let me nap. I swear I hit the jackpot with him! He has been so understand and loving through all of my craziness. He loves me for me!!

Tonight as I finish up this book of a post all I can think of is how blessed I truly am. I have my Mason snoring beside me :) and my other loves sleeping in the other room. Our house is full of love, crazy a lot of the time, but full of love.
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