Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from mine to yours...

Today I want to take a moment to share something about myself... I have learned many things about myself these past couple of months (some I like and some I don't).  I have always worked... from the time I was 16 I have always had a job of some sort, whether it was a student internship or a full time job as a CNA. In July I had to quit a job that I found richly rewarding.  I worked as a nurse at an OB/GYN's office... and I loved it. Now granted there were days that I didn't think so (whether it be an upset patient or management issues).  None the less, I loved it, getting to take care of women in every stage of their life, whether it be having a first time baby or a fourth baby, or dealing with issues that come from having babies... I loved it.  I miss it still to this day, months later, getting to enjoy being a nurse. A job that I coveted for years and endured many painless tests and schooling for.  

I appreciate the time that I got to take care of others as a nurse and hopefully help them in some way.  Now I have what some people call the "thankless job".  The stay at home mom job. It is a very tiring one and a thankless one.  It definitely has a learning curve.  Especially when we threw another baby in the mix, I was just getting it down when she came along. 

I am very thankful that I have been given the chance to stay at home with my babies. To have the chance to decide if I would rather stay at home or work. The chance to decide what is best for my family, considering there are so many mothers out there that do not get that chance.  I am enjoying getting to see my baby girl grow and change every day. Watching them grow is something I have missed out on.  To think two short years ago my three year old was barely walking and talking. Now he will carry on a full conversation and very well I might add... and can safely take himself up and down our flight of stairs (even though momma still gets scared he is going to miss a step one day). 

They grow so quickly... just like life passes us so quickly. Instead of wishing it away begging for Friday to get here, we should all just be thankful that we have today.  That we woke up breathing, that our family is safe, that our house is still standing, that we have a roof over our head. I am thankful for many things, my children are one of them. Though they cause me great grief sometimes, and I have never been so tired at the end of a day... I can be thankful that I have had the chance to stay at home and enjoy my babies. 

I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving... I want to wish you a happy day... any day is a happy day that you can sit and reflect on how lucky we are. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Mumsitmommy!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rug Rat Wednesday #7 - Painting Using Sponges

Painting Using Sponges

So this is another fun way to let your little one paint. I am always looking for ways to entertain little CWB with paint. We have the washable finger paints that you can buy in the big bottles, that way they last and he doesn't have to use a brush if he doesn't want to. I found this pin on Pinterest and thought we would try it. 

I bought some cheap assorted sponges at The Dollar Store and let him use different ones to dip into the paint. 

He had a fun time painting with the sponges. It was interesting for him to see the different textures the different sponges did. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tuesday Toddler Tales Linky - Calling All Sports Fans

Tuesday's Toddler Tales

Tuesday Toddler Tales 
Call All Sports Fans

Today we are talking about sports fans.... my CWB loves to play sports. He is a true "boy", always wanting to play T-Ball, Football, Basketball, throwing balls... whatever he can.  His new favorite game is throwing his "stripey's". 

"Stripey's" are a family tradition sort of... they are a wonderful blanket made by Carter's. They are so soft and light weight, and they are his favorite.  His new game is rolling them into balls and throwing them. Normally we have the rule no throwing balls inside... especially around little sister. But these are so soft and lightweight... it's the perfect game and the perfect way for him to get his wiggles out.

We are planning on T-Ball next year when he is 4. He is super excited about it, and loves to practice at home.  

As a family we also love watching and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks!! Woo Pig Sooie!

What's your child's favorite game to play?

My Weekend in Review #9 - Life Lessons

This weekend was a very sad weekend.  We attended a funeral out of state for my husband's step-grandpa.  I didn't know him very well, but from the ceremony he seemed like a very loved husband/dad/grandpa/boss/man.  He lost a battle from prostate cancer that he battled for four years.  Cancer is just a horrible thing... which I am sure that everyone can agree on. Yet people take their life for granted everyday, I know I find myself in a rut sometimes thinking how unlucky I am or how tired I am or how I just want to sit down.  This is the time I should set down and think about how short life is... and how much your mood/viewpoint affects the people around you.

Sadly I seem to have a problem remembering this... I am going to make a point to better myself on this every day.

The funeral also made me think of the missing people in my life... It makes you realize that with life being so short the people that are in your life are so important.  But it also makes you think of the people that should be there for you that choose not to be.  Sad really...  I am sure there are a lot of people in the same boat as me.  But my dad chooses to not be around... he choose to not be in our life years ago... and he sadly probably has no idea he has two beautiful grandchildren.  My dad is the type of dad that wanted me there when it was convenient for him, not because he wanted to be a good dad or cared.

This funeral made me think, not only is my dad missing out on watching his child and his grandchildren grow, his funeral will be void of the most important people in his life (his only child and his grandchildren)... the ones that carry on his legacy as a person the most.

So I re-learned some important facts this weekend... enjoy the things you have... celebrate your family...enjoy your family... and make sure that your life is a great one.. because they are short.

RIP Mr. V.  I am glad that I and my children had the pleasure to know you.