Well another Christmas come and gone. This year I felt it went quicker than others. When I woke up Christmas morning, I had to remind myself what day it was. There just seemed to be some magic missing. Perhaps I allowed myself to get really caught up in the commercialism which is quite unlike me. I feel that I've struggled to teach my children, especially Nico, "the true meaning of Christmas". Maybe it's because this was the first year it was all about the presents for him and that Mom guilt just crept right on in. We are dealing with some major family issues right now as well. I just want to spend the next few days enjoying my family and taking it easy. Hope to get out to see Zoo Lights at the Calgary Zoo and get some sledding in with Nico.
It's official. I love making tags and love all the pretty ribbon I can tie to my tags. Nico just loves squeezing the crimper and I love to organize and tag baskets, scrapbooks, drawers, whatever the case may be.
It's December 1st and the overwhelming holiday rush has set in. I feel way behind and the month has just begun. Need to: *get Christmas photo cards done and mailed out *put up tree and decorate *bake cookies with Nico *finish shopping (almost done, thank goodness) *wrap gifts Ahhh, the holidays!
After much contemplation, 3 phone calls from a dear friend and a business opportunity meeting I am trying my hand as a Lia Sophia advisor. This is a direct selling jewellery company founded by the family that owns Remington. Some of you may remember a commercial from the 70's with a handsome man in a white robe saying, "I love my shaver so much I bought the company". Well that's the founder. His children now run the family empire and Lia Sophia is their baby, a very successful one. Stay tuned for more news on this latest venture.
Hubby says I can open the box! And he even said he would buy me a little something else to put under the tree. Perhaps a cartridge - I especially like "Lyrical Letters" - or a new watch. On our five year dating anniversary, we surprised each other with watches. Mine was a silver Esquire. I've worn it every day since which equates to 9 years! It stoppped last week so I assumed it was the battery. I had it replaced but no luck. I have to say I almost cried. I love that watch and what it means to me although I did spot a nice-lookin' FOSSIL and mentioned it to DH. I plan on doing a LO about my dear little Esquire. Will post when I do.
Well, as my very dear friend Noreen pointed out, it's been a while. I'll just share what's been going on around here. 1. My hubby bought me a Cricut for Christmas! I found it at scrapbookpal.com for and incredible $149.99 USD. Best of all the shipping was only $15 USD. 2. I have been debating having my children vaccinated for H1N1. After much debate and discussion with family and friends, I am ready to bite the bullet. 3. Nico is loving preschool. Wednesdays are his favorite because it's "gym" day. 4. We were lucky enough to be invited by DH's cousin to employee shopping days at Toys'R'Us last night. So in one foul swoop we completed most of our Christmas shopping for our boys, 3 nieces and a few friends. Well that's what's goin' on. Happy holiday planning to all!
It's been awhile since my last post on my routine. Happy to report that it is working out well. I find it eases my anxiety to know what I am doing each day and it also saves me from beating myself up when I've wasted half the day deciding what I should do first. I am feeling less overwhelmed by housework, errands and all that "mom stuff". I highly recommend all you stay-at-home moms implement your own routine. Off to get the baby...naps never seem to last long enough!
I've decided that it's time to buckle down and get a weekly routine going. It just seems that the days and weeks go by and I feel I've accomplished nothing. My new plan inadvertently started on Monday when I spent the afternoon cleaning the main floor while Nico was at school. He is in preschool 3 afternoons a week so I've decided I will schedule these times with regular activities and tasks. So my afternoons will look like this...
Mondays - alternate cleaning main floor and top floor each week; laundry Wednesdays - run errands; grocery shop Fridays - odd jobs such as organizing closets, pantry, mudroom, etc.
Tuesdays and Thursdays like this...
Tuesdays - Nico is with grandma all day so I usually spend the day doing things I enjoy like blogging, emailing, scrapbooking, etc. Thursdays - babysitting co-op with my sister-in-laws; there are five children (ages 4 yrs, 2yrs, 7m, 6m, 5m) between the three of us so two of us watch the kids and the third gets an alone day.
I am also going to try and get a walk in everyday until the weather becomes unbearable. We are enjoying an incredible "Indian" summer here in Calgary with record-breaking temperatures!
Wish me luck. I am not very good at follow-thru but I am committed!
I finally registered my four-year-old for preschool. As I often say, "Where has the time gone?" I said to my hubbie this is it. He's starting school. There's no turning back. It's a giant step forward and will continue for the next 12 years at least. I have a lump in my throat thinking about it. On the other hand, 3 afternoons a week to myself with baby sounds real nice.
With the little one approaching 6 months (Wow!) we begin the journey of eating solid foods. I'd forgotten how much work this is and find myself wondering once again, "How much?", "How often?", "What order?" Oh yes and let's not forget the addition of messy bibs and washcloths to the evermounting laundry pile! On the other hand, how fun is it to watch those first reactions to new tastes and textures and the discovery that blowing raspberries sends baby cereal and drool flying in all directions! I guess I'll have to wash my floor (and my walls) a little more often too...
What a productive weekend! I finally cleared-out one of the basement bedrooms and created a playroom for Nico - something I've wanted to do for a very long time. I have just grown so tired of seeing toys all over my family room and kitchen area. The next step will be convincing Nico that he doesn't need Mommy to keep him company all the time. It makes me wonder now if I shouldn't have kept my scrapping studio in the basement as well. I moved it to the main floor a little while ago because there was no space for the kids in the basement but now there is...what is a mom to do? Oh well, at least the toys are in one contained space for the most part. My next goal is to finish the joining of my scrap space and home office and to tidy up what's been left behind in the basement. I am so dreading that!
I just started my very first online scrapbooking class and I am loving it. It is called "The Challenge of Me" from Big Picture Scrapbooking. I have always wanted to create an album of myself but didn't know how or where to start. This is the perfect starting point and I plan to add to it after the class has ended. I never thought I would be "a scrapper" or a "blogger" but here I am loving every minute of it. I have 3 blogs that I faithfully check everyday. It has become part of my routine and I can't wait to see what else BPS has in store for me down the road. Oh how I wish I didn't have to return to work next winter...
Whew! Just finished a weekend celebration of Nico's 4th Birthday. It started on Saturday with the "Kids'" party. We have a bouncer that we fill with small plastic balls so we set it up in the backyard - thankfully it was a beautiful day. The kids had a blast. On Sunday we had the "Family" party with aunts, uncles and grandparents over for a BBQ. Today was Nico's actual birthday so we took him to Chuck E Cheese's to play some games and then over to Wendy's for a burger - Nico's favorite fast food. Now you have to understand that had anyone told me my son would be celebrating his birthday 3x I would have told them they were crazy. But somehow, someway this is what happened. Next year it will be party with kids during the day and family over for cake and coffee in the evening. My house is finally back in order, for the most part, and I'm exhausted! My boy is 4! Where does the time go?
Wow! I just started reading Stacy Julian's book, "Photo Freedom" and I can't put it down! If you are a scrapbooker stuck in the "chronological rut" you absolutely need to get this book. Stacy has a fantastic system for organizing and scrapping her photos that releases you from the need to scrap chronologically. I have grown bored with my annual family albums and miss scrapping just for the joy of it. Her system allows you to do just that. She also teaches this system through an online class called "Library of Memories" that runs once a year at bigpicturescrapbooking.com. I plan on registering next February when it starts again. I can't wait! For now I'll spend my time setting up my new photo organization system.
I watched Jon and Kate Plus 8 last night. Honestly it made me so sad. I thought about it all night and actually had a hard time falling asleep. I've watched the show since the beginning and feel as though I'm watching a friend's marriage fall apart. The show afforded a great family so many opportunities that they wouldn't have had otherwise and now it could be coming to an end. This may sound corny but it broke my heart to see the pain in them.
I finally took the boys for photos this morning. I chose their outfits carefully, ironed shirts, combed and hairsprayed Nico's hair. Of course as soon as I put Luciano in his baby carrier, he spit up on his shirt! Thank goodness for baby wipes, those things pull stains out of anything! After we managed to arrive at the studio, my baby, who smiles at anything and everything, refused to smile and my almost-4-year-old, who can't fake a photographic smile ever, had the perfect grin. Go figure!
Just as I was beginning to wonder when my 11 week old baby would begin to sleep through the night, he did it!! We were actually in a hotel room in Canmore over the long weekend. I put him down at 10pm on Saturday night and when I woke at 6:30 Sunday morning to the sun shining I immediately ran over to where Luciano was sleeping to make sure he was still breathing! Do all mothers do this the first time baby sleeps through?
This week's menu: Monday - Weekly dinner at the inlaws. Yahoo! Tuesday - Cashew Chicken with rice(Rachel Ray) Wednesday - Baby Back Ribs and tomato salad Thursday - Oriental Sweet and Sour Meatballs on rice (Best of Bridge). This was a childhood fave of mine and brings back memories of mom. Friday - We'll be away for the long weekend!
Monday - Asian Chicken Wraps (Today's Parent Magazine) Tuesday - Slow Cooker BBQ Beef on a Bun (put a frozen roast in the crock with 2 cups of BBQ sauce, set on low for 6-8 hours) with Nacho Potato Boats (Today's Parent Magazine) Wednesday - Pork Chops with Apples (Today's Parent Magazine) Thursday - Creamy Pasta and Sausage (Today's Parent Magazine) Friday - Whatever's in the fridge, it's my day off :)
Did I mention I love the Food section of TP Magazine?
I went through all my old issues recently and tore out any recipes that looked appealing. I then went through an old file folder full of recipes I'd collected over the years and sorted them into the following piles: Meal Plans, Recipes to Try, Preplanners, Baking, Dips/Appies/Marinades, Soups and Other. I am going to put them in a binder filled with those plastic sleeves. No more staring into the freezer and/or pantry at 5pm wondering what's for dinner.
Hi. I'm Julie. I am a Creative Memories consultant and a school teacher. I am currently on Maternity Leave from my teaching career after the birth of my second son. When I was on leave with my first, I loved sending emails to my Mommy group about everyday stuff. It was my chance for some adult conversation and an outlet for my incessant need to help people and share advice. Recently I began reading a blog hosted by my good friend Noreen. I look forward to checking her posts in the evening after the kids are tucked into bed. I have left a few comments and then I realized that I was filling that urge again to share information that might be useful to other mommies out there so here I am. Wow, I'm a blogger! I don't even have a Facebook account so this is huge for me! I am so excited to share. My most recent passion is meal planning so stay tuned for that! j.
I am a happily married mom of two boys aged 5 and 16 months. I hold two degrees - a BGS and a B.Ed. I run two home businesses, one as a Creative Memories consultant and another as a lia sophia Advisor. I am also a founding member of the Calgary Crops Scrapbooking Club.