Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last Year's Costumes

I was thinking back to our costumes last year.  They were the best!  This was the first year that we had a family theme & it may very well be the last. 

I had fun making these costumes.  This year I told the girls that that I wouldn't be making any costumes & that they could choose anything they wanted from the costume aisle at the store.  They didn't seem to be disappointed.  I do love handmade costumes, but I don't feel the least bit guilty about going store bought this year.  I'll show photos of this year's costumes after Halloween.  :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Checking In

Thank you for all the encouraging comments about breastfeeding.  You'll all be happy to know that I haven't given up nursing!  We've settled into a nice feeding routine.  The little man prefers breastfeeding, so we are continuing with that & just adding a bottle of formula after each feeding.  Finn seems to be happy with it & he gained 9 oz. in the last week! 

Claire is so cute.  She is constantly asking, "Can I hold Finn?"  It doesn't matter if he's screaming his head off or if I'm in the middle of feeding him.  She wants to hold him all the time.

Yesterday Claire chose to wear a shirt that she's previously had no interest in.  A mama made shirt!  When I told her the story about how I had made this shirt for her older sister when she was her same size, Claire got really excited.

It was fun to watch her wearing it yesterday & remember what Sadie looked like in it a few years ago.  Made my mama heart happy.  :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Our New Normal

We're slowly starting to settle into a routine around here.  I admit that I thought I'd be able to pick back up multitasking all my previous duties of mothering + housework + shop work with ease, but I guess I've completely forgotten how time consuming a little baby can be.  I am happy these days when I can get a load of laundry done & a meal on the table.  I keep reminding myself that things will quickly change.  Before I know it, this baby will turn into a little boy & then a big boy.  These moments are to be enjoyed.  Everything will slowly fall back into place.  I don't need to stress myself out about what I'm not getting done.  I just need to do the best that I can.

It's also been overwhelming to make sure that I am giving my 3 littles + my husband all that they need.  Life is a bit more messy & less organized than usual, but I am rolling with it & enjoying this time.  I'm trying to keep any negativity out & pat myself on the back for every little accomplishment, like getting showered & dressed for the day. 

Finn had a well check & we discovered that once again his weight gain was not where we'd like it to be.  I just don't produce enough milk for my babies to get fat!  So we are increasing the amount of formula that we supplement.  Breastfeeding is such a huge sacrifice.  I've been working so hard at nursing this baby.  So naturally I felt very defeated & sad.  I was ready to just give up & switch to the bottle completely.  (I can be a bit dramatic at times!)  But I'm not throwing in the towel just yet.  I am drinking lots of water & taking some supplements & trying to get this boy as much of my milk as possible & then adding just enough formula to help plump him up.  Once again, I just have to do the best that I can. 

I am so happy with my life right now.  There is nothing like:

- a soft, sweet smelling baby making cute little noises in his sleep. 
- a 4 year old with big brown eyes that reads me books with her best story time librarian impression while I sit feeding the baby.
- a sweet 7 year old that offers up her $3 tooth fairy money for a new jug of milk when we tell her that the milk she poured but didn't drink was a waste of money.
- a good looking husband that helps with chores & takes a turn getting up at night with the baby without me having to ask.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Evening Light

Sometimes I am just so glad that I grabbed my camera & took a few shots. 

I checked on the girls playing in the back yard this evening & I couldn't help but notice how lovely the light was.  So glad that I now have these photos of them.  I love them with all my heart.  It's so sweet when they play well together.  Oh, seriously, two minutes after taking these photos they were yelling at each other, but for the most part they are buds & that makes me happy.

The lens flare in these photos, their dirty faces, Claire in a nightgown...I need to remember to grab my camera more.  I want more real life photos like these.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Song

I love Ryan Adams in the fall. Actually, I love him all year, but there is something so comfy, cozy about his music that just feels all warm & comforting in the cooler months. He has a brand new album out called Ashes & Fire. Here's a track from it:

Friday, October 14, 2011

Winner - Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest

Congratulations to Meleah!  You are the winner of the family 4 pack of tickets to the Haunted Harvest at the Springs Preserve!  Woohoo!  Hope you guys have a good time.  Maybe we'll even bump into you there.  :)

Funny Faces

I found this Making Faces Sticker Book in the Target dollar spot & grabbed it for the church bag.  I'm always on the lookout for things that can keep my kids busy & happy & quiet during church.  Well, when I saw these stickers, I thought my kids would have a really fun time making drawings of people using these eyes, nose & mouth stickers.  Sure enough, it was a hit at church & they've been making fun creations with them at home as well.  Take a look at some of the drawings I've found around the house:

Famly Picher

 Sadie told us that the guy with the mohawk is in his swimming suit.  That's the reason for his exposed chest.

The pink creature on the right is labeled Mrs. Tickle Monster.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

One Year Older

I celebrated a birthday earlier this week.  Feels strange to become a year older while I'm still in the postpartum stage.  Because I do actually feel old.  It's probably due to sleep deprivation though.  But it was actually great timing.  Felt like I really deserved the celebration this year.  :)

My birthday was really excellent.  I had a yummy lunch & a relaxing pedicure with my mom.  Dylan brought home some delicious food for dinner & I ate it with a baby on my lap.  (Somebody does not like to be put down these days.)  Then I was treated to a delicious cake.  How do you feel about chocolate ganache?  Well, I have strong feelings about it & they are all very, very good feelings.

Thank you to all that made my birthday so special!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So Cute

He's so cute.
He makes it really hard for me to get anything done around the house.
But he's so cute!

Giveaway - Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest Tickets

I've got a great giveaway for my Las Vegas readers today!

The Springs Preserve is a really awesome local attraction.  It's a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor concerts and events, colorful botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system that meanders through a scenic wetland habitat.

My family is so excited because the Springs Preserve has provided us with tickets to attend the Haunted Harvest, which takes place over the next three weekends.  The Haunted Harvest is a family-friendly event that features a haunted house, trick or treat stations, carnival games, live entertainment and much more spooktacular fun, including the winning entries from a community-wide Scavenger Scarecrow Contest.  There is also a haunted hayride that is available for an additional fee.

I absolutely love events like the Haunted Harvest that give my family an opportunity to spend some time together doing something a little more exciting than the normal trip to the movies.  I know that quality time together really helps our family relationships grow stronger & that is so important to me.  We are all super excited to go have some Halloween fun & make some good memories! 

The Springs Preserve is offering a 
family 4 pack of tickets to the Haunted Harvest 
event for one lucky Sparkle Power reader.  To enter this giveaway, please visit the Springs Preserve website & leave a comment below.  That's it! 
I'll draw a winner on Friday.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Saturday Song on Sunday

I've been catching the girls singing this song a lot lately. It's their new favorite. If you ask them what they want to listen to they say "you know the one that's all girls..."

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Thrift Finds

Last week I had a post op appointment with my doctor across town.  I've been having good luck finding vintage sheets at a thrift store near his office, so I was looking forward to stopping in after my appointment.  Sure enough I left with a stack of sheets.

I was super excited about the green sheet.  I've never had this one before & the color is just great.  The printing seems to be off on the yellow check, but I'll use it anyway.  The pink & gold floral is not a new pattern for me, but this one is in such great condition that I had to buy it.  The navy stripe is not a vintage sheet, but I am always happy to find great stripes + plaid + ginghams to go along with all my florals. 

And then I spotted this lovely pyrex bowl that I just couldn't pass up.  Pretty cool, right?!

I have to return to my doctor's office again in another month.  So, I think I'll be popping in this favorite store yet again.  Sounds good to me!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Pumpkin Cookies

Tried out a new pumpkin cookie recipe this weekend.  I used this recipe which I found on Pinterest.  Ah, how I love Pinterest.  I didn't know when I started out using Pinterest that it would change my life in such a wonderful way.  Are you on Pinterest?  Do you feel the same about it?

Speaking of.....the cute Amanda at The Modern Marigold in starting up a Pinterest Challenge where you actually do something that you've pinned & share it every Tuesday.  Sounds fun, right?

Oh the cookies were delicious, by the way.  I love frosted pumpkin goodies.  I've got an extra sweet sweet tooth.  Often, pumpkin goodies are not my favorite, because they just aren't sweet enough.  Not the case with these :)   Yummy, yummy!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Lazy Weekend

We spent a lot of time around the house this weekend, in our pajamas, just hanging out & watching this little bitty baby boy.  Which is particularly fun when he's got his eyes open.

As of tomorrow, Dylan's paternity leave is over & he starts back at work.  I'm going to miss him tons!  Oddly enough I'm not feeling nervous about being on my own.  We'll just roll with it.  I'm expecting the house to be a disaster for a while.  We'll just get done what we can.  If I manage to keep this baby + the girls clean & fed & happy, I'll be proud of myself.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October Mix

It's October!  One of my favorite months of the year.  It's finally starting to cool off a little around here.  We've still been in the 100's!  So over it!  I'm super excited for a change of seasons & I think that baking some kind of pumpkin dessert may just be in order for this weekend.  Yep!  It's a plan.  

Dylan's mix for October is ready for you to download.  We've been listening to it for the past few days around here & it's a good one.  Definitely some good background music for baking pumpkin desserts or whatever else you've got going on this weekend.  :)
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