Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Seven Gifts: Good & Perfect

Product DetailsI've been reading a few blogs and have come across one that always catches my heart. It is called A Holy Experience. I'm not the most religious person, nor even the most Christian, but this family amazes me. They live SOOO different that I. They are a farmer family.
Anyways, she posted a link for a free download called 7 Gifts, which is based off the book entitled One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I downloaded and printed right away. It is a week's worth of spaces you can fill in and record what you are most thankful for.

Here are mine:
brushing my teeth, text messages, people that disagree with my parenting style in public and feel the need to comment to me, cake, a husband that truly loves me, lip balm and witnessing miracles as they are born~

cream cheese, a happy morning, fluffy towels, being wanted, completing tasks, friends, email

great preschool teachers, loyalty, follow through, a good book, great makeup, beautiful children, picnics

Grayson's thank you letter to his 4th grade teacher (which made me cry), the sunset, Liam's laughter and "what's that", Brian's eyes--they are the most expressive eyes I've ever seen, Dale's job, being able to stay at home, Facebook

hot showers, baby hugs & kisses, pitter patter of baby feet down the hallway, running vehicles, green smoothies, healthy children and prayer

flip flops, dishwashers, clean bathrooms, sleepy children, drums played well, Dale giving me a moment to breathe and sleeping in

As you can see, some a frivalous, some are serious, some are yummy, but they are all things I am truly thankful for. They are helping me live an emptier, but fuller life.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


As you know, I have three young boys. They really are the loves of my life, but I am a busy mom. JUST like every other mom I know. I do stuff. I attempt to keep a clean house, I volunteer at preschool and public school, I read, I spend way too much time on the computer and I actually cook meals five nights a week.

The one thing I miss terribly is sleep. I can't seem to get anything checked off my list during the day when the boys are busy and here. They go to sleep, around 8:30pm, and I get my time to do whatever. I normally do housework and catch up on my t.v.

That brings me back to sleep. Grayson started sleeping through the night the night after he stopped breastfeeding-12 months and 1 day. Brian is 4 and still wakes up at least once per night. He is not breastfeeding. Liam wakes up-and I am very serious when I type this-at least once every 2 hours. He is breastfeeding. I have tried a few things to help him sleep better, but nothing is working.

I AM TIRED!! I haven't slept more than 4 hours straight in the past freaking 4 years. I know this is a season in my life, but I hope that it changes soon. I feel that I am not being my best ME because of it. This is a small complaint compared to dealing with other BIG issues like cancer or a job loss, but it effects me daily.

Now, I am off to bed for some needed sleep:)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Getting through the week

Sometimes being a mom is hard and sometimes it is such a piece of cake. Seriously, you just never know what kind of day it is until your feet hit the floor in the morning. Add in the chaos of the fur babies & well, you get the picture.

I do love being a mom and I think, on most days, I am a decent mom overall. I make tons of mistakes, know how to apologize and have a thick skin that can take alot. I also love my boys, my three fellas, soo much.

This is all leading up to our boy #2. He is 4 and has an older brother to look up to and is an older brother for another to look up to. Some days it is just too much for him. I can't imagine how he feels to be put in the middle and want to do everything his bigger brother is doing and then want to do everything his baby brother is doing. Frustrating for sure.

I've been reading a book entitled, Love & Logic. It is pretty good and has given me a few tips and tricks to work with this beautifully passionate young child. His temper is pure Irish (thanks Grandma) and bubbles over quickly, but is such a loving child at the same time. I can't imagine life with out him.

In the truck today, we saw an ambulance and a fire truck with lights flashing and the sirens blaring. He quickly said we needed to say a prayer for the people and the firefighters. We did and Brian ended the prayer with, "In the name of the Father, the Sonners and the Holdy Spirit. The End."

That's my 4 year old~

Friday, April 8, 2011


The annual bluebonnet time was leaving us quickly. I have this THING that I have to have the boys pictures in the bluebonnets every year. So, Dale & I grab the kids after school and quickly pick out somewhat coordinating outfits from their closets and drive to the wildflower patch.
Of course, no one wants their picture taken and I soon turn into THAT know the one whose head starts turning and you laugh because her kids aren't doing what they are supposed to do and they are all crossed eyed!
I quickly realize that it just isn't going to happen and figure I don't need magazine worthy images. I just want ONE picture of each kid. Pressure off and now the camera stops working. Totally stops.
I check everything: battery, memory card, the other memory card, etc. Nada. Oh well. I feel bad, but I can't do anything about it. We go home & I'm steaming in the front seat because I don't want a broken camera.
We get home, eat dinner and I try the camera again. IT WORKS!!! We quickly drive back to the field and realize every other family in Denton is doing the same thing. Just one for each with no boogies is my mantra. So, while these aren't magazine worthy-they show an accurate account of just how darn cute and handsome my three fellas really are and that, my friends, is what really matters in the end.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

13 months...

Liam is 13 months old & we're more in love with him now than ever. He walks, talks, crawls, climbs, run, cries, hugs, hits, kicks, kisses, nurses, sleeps, plays, reads and does everything else a baby is supposed to do.

Brian is 4 years old and we're more in love with him now than ever. He does everything too...but just a bit louder and wilder.

Grayson is 10 years old and we're more in love with him now than ever. He does everything too...but quieter and "funner".

Pics to come soon...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

SNOW DAYS....Heaven or Hell???

While I am all about snow and fun, being forced to be in the house for 3 days with 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and hubby has brought me to my knees at times. I am a recluse and love being inside, but the deals is I get to pick when I leave. In Texas, it is the weather that is choosing for me. That sucks. 

We haven't had the rolling blackouts like several of my friends have had. They are just across town too.
Maybe it would be easier if we all were felling 100% too. We're dealing with sniffles/coughs and a touch of cabin fever.

Oh, Mother Nature, bring my sun back. Then I will complain it is too hot...just like a Texan should.

Winter Storm 2011, Dubbed 'Snowpocalypse,' RAvages the United States

This much snow is just wrong!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

THE 2011 Decluttering Challenge!!

Hello. My name is Mary and I am a piler. Here is how I got started on decluttering!

I am a huge forum fan. I've been posting there for several years and always checked out the birth & pregnancy stuff. With Brian's pregnancy I noticed they had decluttering & simplifying your life forum. I checked in with that a time or two & didn't think much of it. We collected more stuff for baby and for the house.

Then I got pregnant with Liam. I had HUGE nesting issues with this pregnancy and just had to get stuff out of my house. I felt closed in and smothered. I remembered seeing that forum and immediately signed up for the 2010 things out of your house in 2010 challenge.

Realistically, that is a mere 5.5 things to purge on a daily basis. Well, you know that life happens and along with that comes stuff to deal with. Some days I purged like crazy and other days it just plain didn't happen.
As I got bigger, my list got longer and longer. The items got harder to find and to let go of.

I purged my house of 2013 items in 2010. I purged around 1,000 items of clothing between all 5 of us. Nothing was sacred...not even pictures and I realized that I still had MORE that needed to leave my house. This year, the bar is raised to 2011 items to be sold, trashed, donated, gifted or recycled.

I want a functioning, easy-to-clean house. One that where everything has a place and EVERYONE knows where to find it. I want that comfortable, beautiful, decluttered and CLEAN house that magazines showcase. Okay, that is a little too perfect, but it is a lofty ideal to shoot for. I don't want to have a 2012 aspiration for decluttering.

January is half over and I have purged approximately 440 things out of my home. Not bad for just 20 days in. I started a Facebook group and it has close to 40 women sharing the same goal. My piling habit ends. I am working with small area at a time and coming back to each area to double check.

 I am teaching my family to respect the things we have, make them last and to be resourceful and creative with the stuff we already have.