October 13, 2017

It has been super busy around here.  Fall came and we hit the ground running...or everything else hit the ground running and I'm just digging my finger nails in and holding on.  It happens every year.  There are so many fun fall activities and I work the most in the fall.

These two are life.  Jonathan and I tell each other DAILY how we made such cute babies.  To the point that we are scared to have a third.  Will it feel bad if it isn't as cute as the first two?!
Just a few days after Milam's diaper rash had cleared up from his tummy bug the prior week Seventh Generation sent me this disinfectant spray.  I had already sprayed the entire house with Lysol but the whole time I was spraying I was seriously wondering if there was a better product out there.  It was literally the BEST timing ever.  I couldn't believe it!  I was anxious to see if this left a strange film or anything.  It didn't.  I don't mind the smell but Jonathan and Georgia do not care for it at all.  They can just get over it.  It has the same 99.9% effectiveness as Lysol but it is all plant based which is amazing.  I'm excited to be able to clean with it!
They also sent me these clear and free laundry pods!  Y'all.  Again with the perfect timing.  We are doing all free and clear over here because I just got Milam's rash on his face to clear up.  I typically use ALL brand or Honest Company.  I've looked into pods because I've seen bad stories about them on Facebook (clogging drains and such) but Snopes seems to think those are false. I've tried their wipes before as well and they are so gentle on Milam's sensitive skin.  I'm super cautious about anything I put on his skin.  AND, you know what made the biggest difference for his skin?! Probiotics in his morning sippy cup of milk!  Y'all!  It cleared it up SO FAST! (Which, hello...mom guilt! Gut health is apparently set up super early in life.  I passed on poor gut health...terrible thrush...gut health is related to eczema...ahh!)  Put we're on the up and up over here! 
Oh goodness.  This baby boy is spoiled!  He is such a little stinker but I love every itty bitty bit of him.
And he's a monkey.  A total, 100% MESS!
Jonathan's school had a family night.  I didn't know it was inside (hence Milam's outfit) and I also didn't know Jonathan was working the event but I managed to wrangle both kids into eating dinner.
The next day Georgia had cheer camp at Jonathan's school and she had a wonderful time.  So much so that I'm toying with the idea of cheer classes for her.
She got the team work award because she was "so encouraging and helpful" and "tied all the girl's shoes".  I love that she was a great little helper! So proud of her.
Fall fun photos ahead!
Woo hoo!
We went to Trader Joe's while Georgia was in camp.
And of course a church picture
 I got a lot of fun items at TJs.  The kids loved this little spooky house.
 Milam and I walk two miles every morning and the mornings have dipped into a little bit cooler weather the past two days.  I saw these thick/soft bear socks in the Target dollar spot and had to have them for our walks to keep those tiny toes warm.
Georgia is still working hard at gymnastics.  She's made all the splits boards and is really proud.
She had a half day last friday and no school on monday (Columbus day) so we had a fairly long weekend and it was nice.  We worked on a web chart of fun facts.
 She thinks she's just a the biggest girl ever.  She's obsessed with her new gold boots.
 On top of all the fall fun and school fun I've had shoot after shoot after shoot.  This time of year is all about the Christmas card photo and I just have to get it done!
So, all the shoots mean that my house looks like this.  Ahh!
Milam loves Georgia so much and the feeling is very much mutual.  He goes to her and crawls into her lap just like he would with me.  I mean look at that face...and that big head of fluffy hair.  He's a keeper! (I'm trying to let his hair grow out in the front.  It just wasn't shaped right.)
But my goodness, getting him and I ready that day...I was sweating y'all!
I was super grumpy on Thursday and it had just been a slow day.  I was glad to be able to take G to gymnastics just her and I.  I take Milam to my mom's on gymnastics days and Jonathan picks him up from her house once he gets home.
She even got to help lead the stretching in class.  She's in hot pink to the left of the man in orange in the center. (The one doing the wrong leg. ha)
Here's to friday and yet another busy weekend.

As 32 Approaches

October 4, 2017

(Written while throwing it back to Death Cab - Transalanticism)

My birthday is this month and I feel like I've learned some things in my old age ;)
I think A LOT.  Probably way too much.  I'm constantly over thinking and over writing and over discussing topics.  What are my goals?  Where is my life going?  What do I want my life to look like?  Slowly some things have hit me over the past few years.  Our MOPS discussion last week kind of solidified it all for me.  And when I say "solidified" know that I am never 100% in a "camp".  I agonize over decisions.  My head wants one thing and my heart wants another...so in reality I want it all but I don't think that is ever really possible.

The most important thing I have learned is...are you ready for it?
My "problems" right now are not actually problems.  Someone told me once in high school that they saw me and Jonathan having the perfect little family with two kids, a boy and a girl, and a white picket fence.  So funny because that is exactly what I have.  I'm working on the fence but other than that I have the most perfect husband, the two most beautiful children, a great house, and a wonderful little side job all while living super close to our family with all the help I could ever want or need.  Will we have a third child, have I ordered their Christmas outfits, where will we go on vacation next summer.  Am I kidding myself?!  These are most certainly NOT problems.

Other tid bits from my almost 32 year old self...

I only have one life, my kids will only be young once.  Do the things and live the life.  But if we don't do the all the things life will go on.  It will be ok.  The kids will survive.

I'm too old to own clothes I don't like, don't make me feel good about myself, don't fit perfectly, and are worn.  I'm ditching things I don't 100% like and living with less until I find things to replace them with.  If I went out shopping right now and wouldn't buy it then it is gone.  Why did I even buy it to begin with?!

God gives you challenges in life because when life is easy you will wander.  It can't be helped.  When I was in the midst of getting pregnant with Milam I was on my knees, literally on the floor, begging for a baby.  I groveled, I cried.  I did everything in my power to let God know I wanted another baby. But now that Milam is a year old the time I have carved out for God is a lot less than it used to be.  I never thought that would happen but it has and I'm ashamed to admit it.

I'm in control of most aspects of my life.  I have to make God, family, and friends a priority in my life.  I can't just sit around and wait to be invited over...I have to do the inviting.  I have to open my heart and my home for God and for other people.

I think mom guilt is here to stay no matter how much I try to over come it.  I think I just need to accept it and move on.  You name it and I've probably felt guilty about it.  But, when it comes down to it I am doing my personal best.  My personal best will always look different than everyone else's and I've just got to roll with it.  Sounds easy but it is really really hard.

I can always make my day better if I just clean my bedroom.  Our room can be a dumping ground and when I just take the time to put my things away (and Jonathan's, and Milam's, and Georgia's) then I feel so much more able to tackle my day.

If something takes you less than a minute to do...just do it the first time around.  File the mail, empty the trash can, put the fork in the dishwasher.  It is a little thing but it adds up at the end of the day!

What's Been Going On

October 2, 2017

I love celebrating little things with my family.  I don't normally decorate for Halloween but Georgia will only be 6 once and she loves "spooky" things so I'm coming around.  I got the babies matching skeleton pajamas, pumpkin Little Debbies, and got out all her fall books and I'm already on the hunt for more.  She loves the pajamas!  We were supposed to have a social with our Sunday school class but Milam had a 99 fever all day and I wasn't sure what was going on so we took G to Glow Night at church and swung by and got take out and ate it at home while Milam slept.
Georgia went to cheer camp and loved it!
 This one is teething and is having some rough days.
Georgia and Jonathan went to church and I stayed home with Milam even though his strange little 99 fever went away I didn't want to be that mom.
This kid is a mess!
 After drop off for school and our morning walk we got dressed and headed to MOPS.
 He's going to give me a heart attack.
I make spaghetti every monday.  Spaghetti monday and taco tuesday are musts in this house!
Seriously this is the second time I had rescued him in about as many minutes.  I'm not sure why Jonathan and I make such MONKEYS
 Early nap for this sleepy head.  My precious boy.
 This is lame but I wasn't sure if red heads can wear red so I was trying on a random red outfit to make sure it didn't clash with his hair.  This one happened to be my brother's and it looked so cute on him!
Milam and I ran errands and then I brought him home and put him in bed.  I woke him up from a four hour nap knowing it wasn't going to be good.  On Friday and Saturday he had a 99 fever, felt warm, and was groggy but I thought it was teething.  Then, he was fine for 3 days and then a low fever again.  He hasn't been eating much at all.  I called the doctor right away just to go ahead and get an appointment to try and figure out what is going on.  I got a few happy pictures of him before he started to feel even worse.  Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were really rough.  A lot of diarrhea and vomit at 11.  Jonathan got him cleaned up and then woke me up to help.  I had gone to bed early with J planning the 11:00 meds and me the 3:00.  I went back to bed at 11:45 or so and then back up at 3.  When I woke up M for his meds he would not go back to sleep.  Him and I finally got some sleep around 4:30 and then I was up at 6:30 to get G ready for school.
So today started at...I'm not sure...3 AM?   Luckily my step dad offered to take G to school so I didn't have to get M up but unluckily I left my phone on his car and it was never seen again.  We used the Find My Phone app and went to were it said it was but it was not there.  Milam had diarrhea all over me and then threw up all over me and the bed.  It was a huge mess, a lot of cleaning and laundry.  We managed to make it to the doctor and the doctor thinks the first two days of fever were Milam fighting off the virus initially getting into his body.  His little body didn't get rid of all of it and it re multiplied.  He also said that a virus that causes sinus issues can then travel down and cause stomach issues.  He has a small bit of fluid in his ear and he said that is probably secondary to the virus and is not making him sick..  I picked up his RX, my mom provided a lot of cleaning supplies because oddly enough I had no bleach (disgusting bath tub I washed him in) or vinegar (laundry) on hand.  Jonathan came home early to help me because Milam would not be set down (although he took a really good nap) and he came home with dinner and a new phone for me.  It breaks my heart how poorly he feels but I'm so glad he finds comfort in us for a lot of snuggles.  He's a snuggler anyhow but wants it non stop now.
And, my little miss had picture day and looked like perfection in my opinion.  My mom took her to gymnastics, fed her dinner, bathed her, and sent her home for bed after Milam was already asleep and the house was clean and sanitized.  We're hoping that keeping her out of the house as much as possible will spare her from what the doctor called, "a very contagious" virus.  Yippe us.
We had a slightly better night and Milam was starting to feel a little better.  His fever broke in the night but he was still feeling a little iffy.  I don't know how many loads of laundry I've done in the past two days.  Maybe 15+ loads.  I'm not even kidding.  He only threw up twice but he has had diarrhea several times an hour.  I know he's lost weight.

My mom and step dad watched Milam that night so I could take Georgia to her cheer performance.  I got dressed for the game three times.  Every time I got dressed, Milam would use the restroom and it would end up all over me.  He covered several of my outfits in diarrhea.  It was horrible.  The first day he was sick he also soaked his sleep sack so we threw it away but we only have two.  We had a rough night with only one so I went and dug the poop covered one out of the city trash can and washed it.  True story.  Friday was fantastic.
I got her little cheer skirt on Amazon and she loves it!
One of the cheerleaders let her borrow her poms and it made her entire life!
We swung by Whataburger for some late night snacks and then had a girl's night because Jonathan was at a game at his high school.
We had a really busy Saturday.  I had my Hurricane Harvey Relief photo shoot.  I had a really good time meeting these families.  Then, I went and had lunch with a friend, Georgia went to a birthday party, and we hung out with my mom and step dad.
We all stayed home from church because I had the rare sunday morning shoot and I didn't want to put M back in the nursery just yet.  My Sunday morning shoot was at a park and my sunday evening shoot was at a park as well so the fam tagged along which always makes working on the weekends better!  And of course the littles wore festive clothes for October first...it was 90 degrees.
And, that is what we have been up to!


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