Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kiddos Room Redo

Our two youngest children share a bedroom.  The biggest downside is that our 11-year-old is a boy and our 8-year-old is a girl.  They also have very different personalities!  However, we don't have another room for them.  So, we are making the best in the space that is available.

This is the BORING beige that is was before!

Looking pretty bright!  You can see a glimpse of my husband''s awesome St. Paul Saints shorts!

London was a tremendous help!  She reached all of the little corners for us.

London loves her peace signs (and PINK)!

She is finally able to display the many peace sign birthday gifts she received.

Auntie Beth bought her these groovy wall decals for Christmas!

Here begins the mini-tour of Jacob's loft.  

He also received decals from Auntie Beth.  The one on the right is a chalkboard - fun!

This was a really fun project!  It's not quite finished.  We still need to get Jacob's new bedding on his bed. We are going to find a way to hang curtains from their loft so they can have a little privacy.  We will also hang a couple of shelves so London can display her collectibles from Grandma Carol.  Lastly, I will be painting the trim white.  I'm a little nervous about that one!

The highlight of this all was having London repeatedly thank us then getting out of bed last night to say, "Thank you so much Mommy!  I'm sorry for all of the other times that I haven't said thank you."

Love that!

Thank you for taking time to look at our very own personal Ikea showroom!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Baby Boy's 1st Birthday

Over the past year, most of my friends have heard me rave about my nephew Corbin.  I absolutely love being an auntie!  Because of Nick's accident and MANY doctor's appointments and hospitalizations, I've had a lot of bonus time with this nephew.  As I put in his birthday card, he was a ray of sunshine when our family needed it most.  I can't begin to tell you how much happiness his precious smile has brought to us all!

This past weekend, on the coldest and rainiest day in May, we celebrated his 1st Birthday!  Nothing, not even the weather, could take the joy out of our party.  We spent the day as family, enjoying one another's company.

Here he was at about four weeks old.

Here he is, one year old, enjoying is smash cake!

Happy 1st Birthday baby boy!  We all love you to pieces!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

What Kind of Mom Are You?

That title can be read two different ways.  One version could mean, "What do you like to do with your kids?" or "How do you choose to discipline?".  Another version means, "Can you believe that mom...?", stated in a most judgmental tone.

Here is the kind of mom that I am.  I have been a single mom and a married mom.  I am a mother and a step-mother (not the evil kind).  I have been a breast-feeding mom and a bottle-feeding mom.  I have been a working mom and a stay at home mom.  I have been a mom who reads to her children and a mom who has scooted them away because I just needed to be alone.  I have been the mom and the dad while my husband was deployed.

I'm sure that I could go on for a while writing various descriptions about my form of motherhood.  However, my point behind all of this is, when did we decide that we could judge each other's choices?  When did it become okay for us to decide what is best for another mother and her child(ren)?

I recently read an article about how we as a society have decided that it is okay for us to criticize one another and be very public about it.  I certainly don't condone gossip.  I do, however, firmly believe in the old adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

There are certainly unfit parents.  That is an entire different situation.  A child should never be allowed to stay in an environment where they could potentially endure harm.

I think it's time that we take a look at the words that leave our mouths and possibly consider if they should have just stayed in our heads.  There are several verses in the New Testament about the tongue and what a powerful weapon it can be.  Let's make sure that we are using it for good, to encourage one another in this very challenging, yet rewarding journey, we know as parenthood.