Monthly Archives: May 2014

I May Have Lost the Battle

But I Will Win the War


Friend without kids, “You went to the pool today? Lucky!”.

Friend with kids, “You went to the pool today?!?!?”

Up with the sun, before 6AM. Breakfast before 7AM. 

Looked up the weather and it was going to be another 108 degree day. Temps were already in the 90s. So I packed up the car, readied the babies: sunscreen, swimsuits, towels, snacks, change of clothes, diapers, water bottles. Drove to our local splash pad that opens at 9AM. Unpacked the car, the babies, strolled over to the splash pad(not visible from car) and it is closed down for repairs. 

Well, now. Both little ones were squealing with delight because they knew where we were.

Splash Pad: 1 Mom: 0

Load them back in the car. Decide to drive over to the local pool that has a splash pad. But first I had to drive home to grab my swimsuit. Yoga pants and a workout tank were not going to be kosher for a dip in the pool.  Pull into our driveway, both of them realize we are home and let out cries of frustration. We all run in(too hot to leave in the car) and grab my swimsuit.  This now calls for snacks, changes of diapers, and putting them back in the car.  We drive over to the pool that opens at 10AM. We unload, pack up the stroller and go to get in line. There are about twenty people already in line and I am mentally “high-fiving” myself because it will be so much easier with less people around at the pool. 

Except they are having an emergency meeting. 

And instead are opening at 11AM. It is now 10:05AM and I alert the other twenty people in line that the window says 11AM- instead of 10AM. Most of us head back to the cars, save for a few diehards(I prefer other terms but this blog is G rated).

The Toddler and Em are now being turned away from their second excursion because there was no way we were going to wait in a line for an hour with no shade in 100 degree weather.  Tears upon tears.  They once again knew where we were and were so darn happy-they prefer the pool over the splash pad and I was ripping out their dream AGAIN.

Pool: 1 Mom: 0

Both of them know what Starbucks is so I tell them that we are taking a Coffee Trip and load up the car.  The Toddler understands that after coffee we will come back to the pool.  I probably should have given up at this point but hey, it’s hot out and well what else were we going to do in our swimsuits(we play outside in water every day).  I load them up in the car, and all of our worldly belongings- Side Note: Why do kids need so many things?

Off to coffee we go.  A frappocino for the win!  Until I realize I am in my bathing suit(it’s a one piece) as I pull-up to the drive-thru window. Poor employee.

Mom: 1 Barista: -100

Off to the pool we go. It’s now 11AM. The kids are being unloaded for the umpteenth time and there are over 150 people in line. Goodtimes people.  The pool is a blur. Splash pad fun. Water slides and giggles galore.  I almost forget about our morning, almost.  The kids both had a blast!  Sure having two kids that can’t swim at the pool with just one adult is stressful(understatement of the century) but they played their hearts out and are now passed out- napping quite peacefully.  

Mom’s sitting in your lounge chairs sipping on those “beverages” enjoying your pool time- hats off to you- some day I will join you when both of them can swim!  For now I will be the one frantically chasing down two little ones- too busy to worry about my body-lord knows I should be- and watching them relish another blistering summer day at the pool.  

There are many more pool days in our future… although hopefully they are much better planned out than today’s escapades.



Our Busy Life


These two “talk” all day.  I swear he understands what she says and she understands him.  Sharing is caring.  Kisses and hugs. Goodness I love watching these two become little people. What I love even more is watching them as brother and sister.  

Our days are full of activities, mundane to many, but fraught full of adventures, stories, and tales.  We venture out of the house, complete chores, and explore our community. 

My days are full of laundry, boo boos to kiss, floors to clean, and little minds to nourish.  

I choose to keep my phone off during the day, save for when I am nursing Em upstairs. The only time I am on social media or working during the day is when they are sleeping. I haven’t posted much recently because we have been busy- and I am forever grateful of what this little blog has brought our family.  We are able to afford small comforts because of all of you and I will always be thankful.  I am especially thankful for a place to write, share, and be supported by people all around the world.

I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the past few weeks. 

Thanks for reading and following along our adventures in life! 



Outside play- Every day.  

We ride bikes, play with chalk, basketball, blow bubbles… getting out of the house is a necessity for both them and me- even in the 100s.

Black Bean Goatee

Em will not wear a bib. She acts like she is being choked and forcefully rips it off.  Needless to say, most of her meals are now in the buff.  Too many adorable outfits ruined by the food monster.

You talking to me?! 
She was so proud of herself with her little container. So proud. She couldn’t believe she got to hang onto it.



Em LOVES her food. LOVES her food.



Our summer go-to activity.  

Both little ones are water babies and it doesn’t matter how cold the water is!  The Toddler can be shaking and he stays adamant that he is still having fun- luckily a snack break in the sun is all that takes to warm them up!


This is his “cheese” face.


When did he grow-up? Two going on 15.


While Em naps The Toddler and I usually do afternoon art.  He loves painting, water coloring, and crayons! I sit and read books out loud in our rocking chair.  Quiet afternoons with my little man are my favorite!

Splash Pad Heaven



Art: The Toddler is currently striving toward dominating his shapes.  

Home Depot Buddies



Em has taken some steps and prefers to cruise most of the day.  Unless she is chasing The Toddler.  Then whatever toy she was playing with goes straight into her mouth and she crawls creepily fast after him.  The amounts of time that I have been scared(to the point of screaming) can not be counted on my hands with her stealth skills. 


Em is my shadow when I am in the kitchen.  The Toddler has an extensive list of food allergies which makes cooking and using fresh veggies and fruits a must in our house.  I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and from when The Toddler could crawl we made sure that all of the lower cabinets were “baby” friendly.  No harmful chemicals-Glass Jars- Sharp Objects.  So now when Em is crawling around me she will open a cabinet and BEHOLD an hour of fun can be found! Alas, a huge mess-but I think it is a good give and take.


That hair.

Aunt Darcy your little niece has your hair.  Em’s hair sticks up like this all day-every day.  I love the reaction she gets from little ones and adults. Priceless.


Sweet Moments

When one is napping the other looks for them.  The first thing they do when they see each other is wave, giggle, and then he kisses her.  I want to remember this always. So thankful that my little ones will grow up close in age and can share in so many adventures. 

Speaking of adventures…


Trouble.  

Em started this fiasco.  I went to use the restroom that’s about twenty feet away.  I could hear them giggling and squealing with glee.  The Toddler helped clean it all up to Em’s dismay.


Sharing water. I call it the circle of germs. 


Em, sometimes… you are literally a highway- complete with engine noise.  Awe, Sweet Em- you hold your own little one. If anything YOU are the one that we need to worry about being too rough and tumble.  You tackle your brother with body slams on a day-to-day basis.  You give your mother mini-heart attacks multiple times a day with your “bravery”. Some day those moments will be funny. Yes, some day even your brother may think it’s hilarious how you would fly through the air hurtling your tiny fists of fury taking him down without a moments notice. Some day.



A little bedtime crafting. Some people watch TV at night- I usually work on contracts or on house projects!  The blackboard was transformed from one of my old teaching bulletin boards. A simple can of black chalk paint and voila! I painted another large board to put up in our master bedroom for when I finally get to create my “office” nook on the side of our bedroom-complete with a real desk.  Now if only someone didn’t need an old solid wood desk… anyone?


Are there any projects that you have completed recently?

Any fresh ideas on how to beat the heat this summer? I need them!







Invisalign Teen Straight Talk{& GIVEAWAY}




When I think back to Middle School: the awkward stages, growth spurts, and the endless skin problems-they are seriously overshadowed by one single item = BRACES.  For two years in Middle School I got the pleasure of wearing metal braces.  Life as I knew it became just that much more worrisome.  Brace face? Yep. 

 But you know what?  As an adult I can’t thank my parents enough for gifting me with the opportunity to have that perfect smile. Your smile is the gateway into so many social situations… so those two years? Worth every painful second.  The wires cutting into my mouth-the aching jaw- the basketball in the face incident with my lips being mashed into the wires? WORTH IT.

As a parent to The Toddler and our sweet baby girl- I can’t help but wonder if we will need to think about their future smiles.  But now? NOW? There are options!!!  Glorious options.

I was invited to an Invisalign Teen: Straight Talk event with other local Mom’s and Bloggers.  At the event we were able to listen to a Certified, American Board of Orthodontics Orthodontist.   Our Orthodontist,  introduced us to the benefits of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen and talked about the advancements of orthodontics- since many of us, including myself, had the pleasure of the original metal braces in our early adolescents. 


Invisalign Teen is available to Pre-teens and teens. Sigh heard round the world people.  Now if our orthodontist in the future thinks it is prudent our little ones, even as pre-teens can receive treatment!

My favorite smile belongs to my babies!


Invisalign Teen:

Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it.

With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheer-leading, musical instruments, acting and singing without interference.

Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.

MYTH: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.

Setting it Straight:  Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn.  It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they are wearing aligners long enough to get results.  In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.


Invisalign Orthodontist:

Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen.  Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.


KEEP CALM and SMILE



ALL SMILES


With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces.  Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.

Truth be told?  The Hubby took this assessment because we know that he needs treatment.  Easy to use and navigate.

COST


Money-Money-Money- something all of us parents surely worry about when it comes to making sure that our little ones are cared for!  The Cost Calculator helps you figure out what you could be expected to pay for treatment.  

Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces- up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance! For more information on cost and insurance coverage, visit the Invisalign website.


Straight Talk on Straight Teeth




Straight Talk: Path to Straight Teeth HERE

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GIVEAWAY

Enter the Straight Talk Sweepstakes for a chance to win a FREE Invisalign treatment.  Sweepstakes runs through September 30th, 2014. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter.

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Have you or someone you’ve known used Invisalign?  

What was their experience?





Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Invisalign.  All thoughts and opinions are always honest and 100% my own.

Friday Favorites{Third Edition}


1. Sleeve-less Top from Old Navy

I LOVE how airy this feels in the hot desert!  Temperatures got up to 106F this past weekend and this was my go-to shirt for a friend’s birthday party.  I own this in mint and dark blue-thanks Darcy for my fabulous mint tank! I would buy this in every color… perhaps by the end of summer I may have quite the collection.

2. Freshly Picked Moccasins

Goodness gracious are these one beautiful pair of shoes!  I am head over heals in love with this beautiful pair in Aruba!  Miss Em will be sporting this pair on our trip to California in June. Stay tuned for a fabulous giveaway with Freshly Picked for my lovely readers!

3. Babiators: 

Little Em and The Toddler sport these exact pairs EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Desert living is rough on their poor eyes, so if they have to cover up, might as well look good doing so.  The Toddler has yet to be able to destroy them-he has wrecked three pairs of mine, one of my husband’s, and three generic “toddler” brands. So… they hold up nicely.

4. Girl’s Headband: 

Sweet Em has three of these headbands from Target-white, dark blue, and the flavorful flower one pictured. She doesn’t pull these off, nor are they too tight.  I love the retro feel and how adorable she looks in them!

5. Avenno Positively Radiant

So I just saw the commercial with Jennifer Aniston- And no, I did not purchase this because she put her name on it.  For as long as I can remember my cheeks, forehead, and nose have had a rosy hue to them. Oh, and I breakout-like a thirteen year old. So… I am almost thirty, rosy, and breakout.  Well, most moisturizers make me too oily, breakout, or more irritated. This moisturizer is the Bees Knees.  I have tried most everything in the moisturizer aisle that is within my price point(can’t get addicted to something expensive) and in all my years this is the one that has helped clear up my skin, it has clearly evened my skin tone, and does not make me shiny. Plus, the added benefit of SPF makes this active mom super happy!

Happy Friday!  

We are off to National Geographic Kids this morning… singing, dancing- going to be a blast! Our plans for the weekend are to BBQ- hit the pool and splash pad- and relax at home.

Do you have any favorite finds?  Please share!

What are your plans for the holiday weekend?



*This is not a sponsored post- I truly do love all of these products- opinions are always 100% my own.

Moments

There are those moments when you just know that you are doing something right.  

As mom’s I feel like sometimes you try to commiserate with one-another discussing all of the hard things that we do and go through on this daily adventure in life.  On my many solo adventures with two under two I encounter many situations where I am truly thankful that our parenting is working.  Raising two respectful little ones is working.  

Well, when I look back on these days I want to remember the good- the pure good of my two little ones playing together, day after day.  

The Toddler goes out of his way to make sure that Em is looked after, has her toys, and is happy.  She follows him around, copying every move he makes, and is overjoyed with all of the attention and love she receives from him- every single day.  Not just moments.  All day, every day, in public, at home- they love each other openly. 

Sometimes I need to remember to revel in the fact that we are raising good little ones.  

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