Friday, April 26, 2013

Being present.

Too often I use Everett's nap time as a mad dash to get a bunch of housework done instead of just sitting with Cash and doing...well, nothing.
Nothing but just being present with him.
No phone, no book, no chores, nothing to distract me from the way he curls his legs up on my lap or the way his hair smells.
I need to remember these moments are far more important than doing those dishes or answering that text.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Life lately.

If it weren't for my phone, I'd never have pictures of my kids.
Shameful.

Friday, April 12, 2013

I've been in a bit of funk lately.
Not really writing here, not using my camera a whole lot (the screen on my camera died a spectacular death on Easter - it still takes pictures but you can't see them. Which is sort of fun but also incredibly irritating,) and I've just been plain old moody.
Nate's working lots of overtime, Cash has become quite the expert at pushing my buttons and Everett is STILL working on pushing those bottom teeth through.
So it's been a bit rough around here.
Which is why I want to remember sweet moments like these.
Not the tantrums or the fights that happened that day.
Not the fact that my bathtub could really use a good scrubbing (cleaning the bathtub ranks pretty high on my list of chores I hate.)
But the way Cash plays with Everett. And the way Everett looks at him.
And how incredibly blessed I am to be able to call them my kids.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cash in April.

-- says, I love you like ice cream, every night after I tuck him in. It's the best thing in the world.

-- is obsessed with pirates, ships and knights. Boyhood is so fun.

-- is a budding little photographer in the works. He likes to take my phone to take pictures of...well, everything. My favorite is when I see him chasing Everett around saying, "Everett! Smile!"

-- lives for special outings with Nate. Even trips to the gas station are exciting because it's just the two of them. More often than not, he comes home with tales of eating ice cream at 10 in the morning, but who could be mad about that? Those are the things that he'll remember when he's grown and I love that Nate does it.

-- he finally loves to ride his bicycle. When it's nice, he and Nate will ride up and down our street in the afternoons while they wait for dinner to be done.

-- he likes to hold Everett's pudgy little hands and walk him around. Everett will squeal and laugh the whole time. I try not to watch because it makes me a little nervous, ha! But he is so careful with his brother. Most of the time.

-- he tried Chinese food for the first time last night and, to my surprise, actually liked it. Nate is thrilled.

-- we checked a book out from the library called, "My Life as a Chicken," and he is OBSESSED. We read it every night and I'm dreading the day we have to return it.

-- whenever his baby cousin's are around, he randomly gives them sweet little kisses. He's a lot nicer to them than he is to his brother!

-- is really struggling with being bossy lately. I know it's just a phase but it drives me crazy.

He's awesome.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Brothers.

Their relationship keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.
I'm a lucky mama.
Also, that last shot? Makes me CRACK. UP. You can tell they are related, eh?

And in a completely unrelated note, I have a new blog obsession. We have a goal to get a particular loan paid off this year (old restaurant loan that is haunting us...another story for another time.) and so we've been trying to find ways to cut costs where we can and take whatever excess we have and put it straight to that loan. We already live pretty frugally but there's always places we can continue to cut back. I'm trying to treat it like a game so I don't get depressed over not being able to buy new clothes anymore :) Anyways, this blog is inspiring and I am obsessed! I am totally doing these for Everett's first birthday. And how fun is this? Logging that idea away for the future. Saving money is fun, right? I'm just going to keep telling myself that.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Let's talk about baby butts.

Because we all know how thrilling of a conversation that can be.
We recently switched to cloth diapering, for a multitude of reasons but mostly because we wanted to cut some costs (which is also why we cut cable, though honestly we don't even miss it. When I realized that we hadn't actually watched anything on cable for almost 3 weeks, I looked at Nate and said, "Why do we pay $50/month for this? No more!)
Now let me be the first to say I never (NEVER) thought I would be the type to cloth diaper.
But I also didn't think I would make my own baby food and decide to homeschool my kids.
Life is full of lovely little surprises.
Anyways, we made the switch to cloth and I loooove it and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
Especially considering I was still buying diapers for Cash not that long ago. Curses!
Yes, it does mean an extra couple loads of laundry a week.
And yes, sometimes it's a little gross.
But it's totally worth it.