Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2/52

Week 2 of a picture a week for a year of each of the girls



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Family Day and my awesome purse

Today Scott and I managed to score a free day! Of course, we have a million little things on our "need to do" lists. However, it's been forever since we had a family day so we took FULL advantage! We spent the morning while Bug was in school relaxing and having some serious couch cuddle time as well as some good ole fashion tickle wars with lil Giraffe! After school we terrorized the poor sales men at furniture row! (We are hoping to redecorate and homey-ize pure house). The girls had the best time testing every bed, chair.....ok every surface! In between chasing wild children and dodging pushy sales we managed to get some great ideas. Then we did dinner and sho-goofing around at Shopko, where my wonderful Hubbins got me an epic bag!!!!

It's totally me and the phone picture just do it justice! It's bright and boho (without being too boho). It's cute and functional! I am in love.









Sunday, February 17, 2013

1/52

I'm a little late but really want to try this. It's a picture of your kids every week for a year. So here's my first set.....




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love

Today is the day everyone celebrates love in some way or another. Or at the very least thinks about love. I have such mixed feelings about this day. Truly love should be celebrated every day, just like you should be thankful everyday as well. But I can't help but loving this loving day. Not because of flowers or candies, but because I am blessed with an huge amount of love!

From my wonderful husband who cares and loves me more than I could ever imagine. Who handles my crazy with great skill and excepts me for who I am. We've gone through a lot of speed bumps and scary caves. Yet, with every passing day I feel as though our love grows stronger and stronger. He is my best friend and soul mate.

From our two beautiful little girls. They constantly surprise me with their pure love. The no strings love they share with Hubbins and me is breath taking. They bring constant joy and laughter, as well as teaching me patience and remembering to believe in magic.

From my parents who have put up with my attitudes, drama, and a plethora of other things. Who can make my day brighten or encourage me with the simplest of words. They have supported me and taught me how to love. I am doubly blessed because I have two bonus parents. I may not always see eye to eye with them but they bring a whole new level of love to my life. The best part of the love my parents have is watching it grow and triple when it comes to our girls.

From the rest of my family and dear friends. You each bring a special love and blessing to my life. From encouragement and laughter to advise and honesty.

There is so much more I wanted to say, but my headache is back in full swing so I'm making this short.

Here are some pics from our valentine adventures.



















Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vague post, be warned

I am going to be very vague in this post. And I know how much people LOVE (insert eye roll and sarcastic voice) vague posts. However, I want to write about this but I am not ready to tell the world exactly what it is.

I made a decision yesterday and with some encouraging simple words from my mama, I feel lighter and happier. Like, yes, I finally found what I've been searching so desperately for. I found a goal, a purpose! I am so very excited and ready to start this new adventure. I promise to tell the world exactly what it is in a week or two once things are all lined up. But for now I just wanted to say "yes, I've found myself again!!!!!"

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pretty

This morning like so many, Ladybug came into watch my get ready for the day. She perched on her stool and carefully watched me put on make-up. I smiled looking at her intent little face and trying to take in all of her sweetness. It was a blissful moment. And then it happened. In her shy voice she asked for some make-up too. Sighing a little I answered with the normal, "No you are still too little. You only get to on special occasions." Her next comment brought tears to my eyes.

"But Mommy, how will I be pretty then?" My mama heart shuddered and dropped a little. How did we get here? Where did I take the wrong turn in teaching her "pretty" doesn't come from a bottle or outfit? How do I explain this to her? I have always strived to be honest with my girls. I have worked hard to help them see the beauty in everyone and to remember that "pretty" isn't manufactured.

I knew that telling her "makup doesnt make you pretty wouldn't work." Her mind is much too quick for that. So instead I propped her on the sink and snuggled her close. Then looking in the mirror at our faces, I whispered, "Do you see that beautiful little princess? She doesn't need make-up or pretty dress to be pretty. She has this special glow about her that illuminates her. It attracts people and embraces people. You, little Ladybug, are far too pretty for make-up. It would almost be a shame to cover up your pretty with make-up."

She smiled at this and snuggled closer. We talked about what pretty really is and how each person is pretty in their own way. She then (as expected) asked why I wear make-up. So, I tried to give her a simple answer. When you get older, not everyone will remember to see the pretty all the time so, sometimes I wear make-up to make my pretty stand out a little more. She seemed happy with this and after a kiss and hug she went off to get dressed for school.

I know that as the girls get older, they will have their own struggles with "pretty." Sometimes, hubbins or myself will be there to help guide them in a positive direction, to reinforce what "pretty" really is. I also know that we wont always be there and how important it is to give them a solid foundation to stand upon when that happens. My girls are tutu wearing, blinged out princesses and that is wonderful! They love cars and zombies , which is wonderful too. And boy are they PRETTY!

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I have slowly begun to write more honestly here. I have always loved writing; for as long as I can remember the written word has held this magical power. So, where along the becoming a mommy, and wife road I forgot about how freeing writing can be. When I was younger I wanted to write about fairy tales and fantasy lands. I wanted to tell a story about epic love and terrifying adventures. I wanted the next best seller  The book people wanted to make into a movie. Now that I am older and perhaps a little wiser, I want to write a story that matters. About characters that handle life's struggles and come out the hero. About struggling as a mommy. How the first few months of being a mommy were the hardest parts of my life, of how my heart is equally filled with joy and sorrow at each birthday, and about the things I have learned and discovered along the way.  I, no longer have the need to be published (though it would still be AWESOME) but I want to tell my story, our story. I want to give into my thoughts and ramblings. I want to remember that what I have to say no matter how long or short it may be is valid. Most of all, I want to write about truth both good and bad. To start with I didn't to get too deep with this blog; I wanted to focus on the happy and sorrow free moments of our lives. Life isn't like that though. We all struggle and what comes from those struggles are more beautiful than the sugar coat goodness (not to discount those sugar coated moments though). I hope that the people who read my blog (if you do) leave comments. I want to hear your thoughts, opinions and stories too.

Monday, February 4, 2013

This past weekend

Here are some of the moments from this past weekend. It was a weekend filled with love and family. We celebrated my niece's 2nd birthday, visited with great grandparents and watched the Super Bowl with my brother and his family.

Playing and dancing at Great-Grandma and Grandpa Willmarth's


Our mall adventure after we got locked out of the house on accident.


Getting ready for Boo's bday party (i'll post more on that after I get the pics from my camera)


The kids (including Cooper) on super bowl Sunday!
I love how close the girls are to their cousins!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blinks and winks

Every day is filled with a million choices. Some good some bad, some selfish some selfless, and so many more. Today I made the choice to play with Lil Giraffe and have some serious cuddles and laughter. To let dishes, laundry and daily chores play second string to block building, books and rest time(because she was not about to give up a second of solo time with mommy today). I miss my Bug dearly and can't wait to give her a great big hug (because yes even just one night seems like an eternity when they are away), however it's been nice bonding with little sis. She becomes a whole new character when it's one on one. Her full spark takes center stage and I get a glimpse at what goes on in her busy brain.
I plan to have more of this with each girls. Because as the saying goes "when I'm old I won't be saying 'I wish my house was cleaner' but 'I wish I spent more time with my kids'" Its true they are only tiny for so long, will only want to spend a morning cuddles with mommy and Mickey Mouse for a blink of the eye of life. So I am going to embrace every blink and wink for that matter.













Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pixie dust sprinkled life

Lately I've been reading a couple of blogs, ok maybe stalking is more accurate. I'm not a self help or advise book kind of person. I find them disconnected and unrealistic. However, there is something about a mom blog that speaks to me. These blogs give me inspiration to look at life from a different angle. I feel like I'm letting little tiny problems get under my skin and let it breed there. It's a trait of mine that I truly hate.

So the last few days I have tried very hard to focus on the good suprising moment. Like yesterday, after a terrible two melt down from locking the girls and me out of the house. The girls reminded me that sometimes a special moment can be found in the unplanned. We enjoyed lots of giggles and girl time over pretzels. We went on a blissful unexpected adventure walking to hubbin's work and home.

Truly this weekend has been really up lifting and I want more of those magical pixie dust sprinkled glimpses of life.