We Got the FUNK: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013...WHOA that was fast!

Fast seems like an understatement.  This year has literally flown by and it feels like just the other day I was still pregnant and it was February.  How in the heck is it New Years Eve?

My friend Censie over at Building our Story does this awesome year in review post and I LOVE her format, so I am stealing it.  Make sure to pop over and give her some love too!

January:
We were still in the midst of the huge basement overhaul, but were nearing the end.  We started decorating the nursery and I was getting larger by the week (31, 32, 33).  These two gorgeous little sweet "things" finally came home and I got to meet them!  Oh and I also prepared a list of hospital items for Csection mams!

February:
I started get crafty in the nursery! Jason convinced me to upgrade to an even larger momma ride (and I LOVE it!) Eyan created the new game sweeping the nation; gophering.  We made it through weeks 34, 35, 36 & 37 and I confessed my fears.

March:
This was a big month for us!  I completed my final day of work before maternity leave, finished the nursery, and hit weeks 38 & 39Emberlynn Rose made a beautiful entrance into this world (birth story here).  Eyan adjusted well to being a big brother and just stole my heart daily.  Emberlynn turned 2 weeks old and I got to do an amazing review on these sibling shirts that are still my favorite to this day!

April:
I prepped for a return to work for a couple evenings, hit 6 weeks postpartum and was looking and feeling pretty darn good.  I reflected on being a new mommy and these last moments with my babies.  Eyan turned 3!   Emberlynn turned 1 month old, I reflected on breastfeeding her and she experienced 2nd child syndrome for Easter!

May:
We started May off in DISNEYLAND to celebrate Eyan's 3rd birthday and had a great time!  I returned back to work to finish the school year and was sad. Emberlynn turned 2 months old and was still tiny as ever.  I wrote about my opinion on pumping vs nursing and Jason and I took the babies to the local aquarium.  Eyan also started his first swim lessons!

June:
My mom turned 50! I started my summer series (what are you doing today-WRUDT) and posted about the splash park and snuggle time.  I finally did two HUGE Disneyland recaps here and here.  Emberlynn turned 3 months old, and I wrote a silly post on how bows matter! The kids and I spent some time at our local water park and I ranted about exploiting my kids.  I was reminded why I teach and the hubby and I celebrated 12 years of dating and 5 years of marriage!

July:
I wrote some tips on visiting Disneyland with the kids, continued my summer series WRUDT with a mommy & Eyan day, lake time, zoo day with daddy, and a mommy day!  We had a nice 4th of July and Emberlynn hit the 4 month mark!  I told you about my amazing mother-in-law and gave the final decision on more babies?

August:
We pierced the tiny peanuts ears and she turned 5 months! I confessed that I was ready to go back to work.  Jason and I went to Lakeside with our family and missed out on camping but enjoyed some trails on the ATV!  I turned 29, got my butt kicked returning to work and was entirely overwhelmed.  Emberlynn got her first tooth...and then another and I wrote this post about when birth plans go out the window.

September:
We were sleepy over here and our marriage was struggling.  I decided to learn to can and wrote a guest post on the versatility of breastmilk!  Emberlynn turned 6 months, struggled transitioning and started baby food! Eyan discovered his love of water and we had a fantastic Labor Day weekend.

October:
Eyan started preschool!  We continued to struggle with sleep and tried CIO. We took Eyan to a Day Out with Thomas and had a much needed family getaway. Lynnie turned 7 months and I finally shared her newborn, 3 month and 6 month photos!  Halloween was busy with a visit to the pumpkin patch, cuteness all over the place, adorable costumes, Boo at the Zoo and of course pumpkin carving.

November:
An update on Eyan was long overdue.  I also recapped Halloween day!  My adopted Grandfather passed away and Lynnie turned 8 months old!  I finally started decorating and organizing the basement only 11 months later.  I struggled with parenting and decided at one point that sometimes it just sucks.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with the family and had a wonderful time!

December:
I pushed through the final weeks of school after a very long, trying semester. The tiniest peanut turned 9 months and still hasn't grown much.  I started drinking...wine (no judgement ;).  I reflected on how our holiday traditions have changed and witnessed the true meaning of Christmas.  I also just about lost my mind over this break because well, I just need a day

WOW!  No joke, that was therapeutic.  It was nice to go through all my old posts and realize how truly blessed we were this year.  2013 you were a good year, now I pray for another one!

Happy New Year from my family to yours!
 

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

I just need a day!

One damn day to be myself.  No kids screaming, arguing with me, not listening,  no chores, no need to take care of anything or anyone but me.  I think all moms need these days.  We do for everyone else constantly with no real time to relax.  

I'm kinda at my mommy breaking point.  When Eyan was about 7 months old, I went with a bunch of awesome ladies and some of my family to roller derby champs an enjoyed a wonderful 3 day weekend away from my boy (although I was strapped to a pump for a ton of the time). It was perfect timing and so needed.  It also made Jason step up to be more present in Eyans life and helped him to appreciate all that I do that much more.

So here we are, 3 years later, a new little diva princess who refuses to be put down and needs me incessantly and I just need another break.  I literally have not had a full day (5 hours is a full day to me) to be me since August and I'm losing my dang mind.  However, this week I had planned to go to the chiropractor, get a massage and hang out with a nice book and glass of wine while my mom babysat.  Then life happened and well there isn't enough stored milk, or time and I just have too much to fit into tho busy final week of vacation...so no break for me.

But I did take the diva and tried to enjoy a nice time at the nail salon.

She tolerated it for about 30 minutes...the final 20 were rough for all involved.  Ehhh. I tried, at least my toes are pretty.


Tell me moms, how do you take time for yourself, cause I'm finding it nearly impossible.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Braun Forehead Thermometer {Review}

My sick kids are owning me.  It is crazy to have two sick kids and makes caring for them all that much more stressful.  We've had some rough days over here lately and tons of boogers but thankfully, no fevers! 


Eyan hates having his temperature taken and I have tried every.single.thermometer out there.  We have pacifier ones, ear, regular and every time the boy screams and screams.  Emberlynn on the other hand could care less.  

Thankfully my friends over at Braun developed an inexpensive, reliable and easy to use forehead thermometer!  Eyan thinks it's a toy and actually wants me to take his temperature constantly, so I do...which is how I know there have been no fevers!  Every time we check his, we have to check sissy's too.  The easy to read display changes color if the temperature is out of a normal range to orange or red and stays green for a normal temperature.  It take seconds to use and is painless.  

(For a video clip of us using it follow the link below!)

When I found out I was receiving one of these I started yelling at my computer with excitement because let's face it, I've tried everything except these because normally they are so out of my price range!  However this thermometer is inexpensive ($52.00) and well worth the money!  

I hope you check this awesome forehead thermometer out too!!!


(I received this product complimentary for review from Braun and Influenster. The opinions expressed above are my own and are not influenced by any outside source!)

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Truest Meaning of Christmas

I've had this friend who has been more like family since I was 8 years old.  She used to babysit us and through the years we became very close friends.  To say her life has been hard would be a drastic understatement.  At 16 she got pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful, smart little girl whom she worked her butt off to support.  My friend then graduated high school on time... pregnant with twins!  She married the summer after her graduation and by the following year her and her husband and three babies moved to be closer to his family in California.  I visited often and at first the visits were super fun (albeit a bit of trouble, but super fun)!

After a few visits I started to realize, things were not exactly ideal for her.  They were poor, her husband seemed a bit controlling and the kids were jumpy around him.  One day out of the blue I got a phone call from her saying she was pregnant and due in a month!  I was so surprised because I had been out there just 6 weeks earlier and she sure didn't appear pregnant...however, she had a HUGE bruise on her thigh.  On my final visit out to meet the new baby and help her after an emergency c-section (I was 17), I saw just how terrible things really were, as I witnessed the anger and physical violence that awful man was probably inflicting daily.  We packed those babies up and I drove her ass straight to the police station where we had him arrested and pressed charges.

But like every abusive relationship, she went back...he controlled everything.  Getting away was difficult and of course he was going to change, so she stayed.  If he did change it was temporary.  I know the abuse continued, he would call me with crazy conspiracy theory crap and try to tell me that my friend was an awful person.  He was a freaking lunatic.  For 8 years I tried to convince her to leave him, offer her different ways to get away, finally she just did it!  She left, she filed for divorce and kicked him out with the help of some friends and family.

Over the last 10 months, the kids have become stronger happier individuals, my friend has learned to be stronger as well and is doing it all on her own.

Then just recently after enduring so much abuse and hardship and overcoming everything she calls and she told me she has cancer...I was devastated and I know she was too.  She has yet to tell her kids (after the holidays) and the cancer is not responding to treatment very well.

She has had to shift around funds to be able to pay for doctor co-pays and treatment and there was literally no money for Christmas.  She had told me she was re-gifting a few items from a gift exchange at work that people left.  That just about killed me.  Jason and I have the means to afford a nice Christmas for our family, our kids have never known abuse and I pray never will.  Here she is with cancer, and her first Christmas with all the kids and NO ABUSE or FEAR or gifts.  Now I know gifts are not what make Christmas.  I know that...but kids; kids have a hard time understanding why some kids get lavish gifts and others get nothing.  I proceeded to get on the phone and call every.single radio station I could in the central valley area of California.  No one could help on such short notice.

So I reached out to my friends and family on Facebook and that is where the true spirit of Christmas was exhibited.  I set a goal of $500.00 (truly believing that that was unreal and that if we got $100.00 that would be amazing).  By 7:00pm last night we were at $465.00 with online donations and another $100.00 from my family.   I was able to Moneygram part of the cash to her ($350.00) last night before the stores closed and will be sending the rest this week!  My friend cried...A LOT, when she found out about what we were doing.  She continues to thank me and everyone.

It was truly miraculous for my friends and family to pull together to support this family and give them a beautiful gift...not just material but for them to see that people do care, when you ask for help you can get it, and that the majority of this world has a beautiful heart.  All those ideals were not typical for them growing up and I know that when they woke up this morning to more then they imagined and were told about all of the donations, they truly felt what Christmas is all about...LOVE.

Thank you to my friends and my family who made this possible, you are all angels and I cannot even express how awesome you all are!  I will be posting pictures of their Christmas in an upcoming post with an update.

From my family to yours...Merry Christmas



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Monday, December 23, 2013

My #jollyvoxbox is here!

You guys!  I am loving this Influenster reviewing stuff!  It has been super fun to get a magic box in the mail here and there just to review the products inside!  I have no idea how I have become so fortunate to earn a spot with 4 different boxes in about 6 months, but no joke, I am LOVING it.  I apologize now if you are tired of reading reviews, just skip this one, but if not, jump in and enjoy discovering all the goodies that have been sent my way!


So what is in it?

1. Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong to go Tissue pack:
With the sick kiddos, these have been great, in fact they are already gone, but oh so soft on the tiny noses, and absorbent (TMI?).  Great item, definitely buying more and for a price of around $0.49, who can beat that?



2. NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow:
After all these voxboxes with make up in them I am seriously becoming a make up girl!  This eyeshadow is wonderful.  It goes on smooth, has great coverage and is sturdy.  Yeah cause I dropped it on our tile floor and it seriously did not break!  Miracles people!



3. Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer:
Smells so delicious I kinda wanna eat it.  Easy to apply, soft and makes my lips feel and look fantastic.  Also, the color is perfect for my skin tone.


4. Skinny Cow Candy:
Yeah I will be looking for coupons on this item ALL.THE.TIME!  I seriously LOVE this delicious candy...and so does Eyan and Jason!  It is around $3.99 a box with 6 bars, which is still a good price.

5. Ducktape: Ducklings Mini Rolls:
I have kids, we break things.  Everyone has heard of the saying that ducktape fixes everything.  So so SO true!  Except that its usually ugly and grey and you have to cut the tape into small pieces to use it on those tiny toy objects your kids break.  Well Ducktape has designed mini ducktape called Ducklings and it is super cute!  Already fixed the back of a remote...and our Christmas tree, but that is a whole 'nother story!

Thanks for reading ya'll!  I received this material complimentary for review purposes.  All opinions and photos are my own and have not been influenced by any outside sources.






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The holidays

My mom and I have been grumbling this season...along with most in our family.  Christmas is just not the same.  It use to be my most favorite season!  I am not sure I feel that way anymore.  With all the major loss we've had in our lives over the last 5 years, I just cannot get into the spirit.  5 years ago my grandma, mother-in-law and many other very important family members were very much alive and all the traditions I had grown up with (or adopted when I married Jason) we're wonderful.  Zoo lights, decorating moms house, Christmas Eve extravaganza with my moms family for lunch, Jason's family for burritos, and then my other grandmas for drinks, drunk Santa and driving around to see all the Christmas lights oh and Christmas PJ's. Christmas morning was pure excitement, getting up to eat something delicious that my mom made, opening some gifts and enjoying family time and then sprint cleaning and cooking to throw the biggest Christmas party EVER with all my parents friends. 

Now it's nothing like that.  We still go to zoo lights, mom decorates (most of the time a few days before Christmas and it's nothing like it was), Christmas Eve is spent with just our immediate family, as grandma and grandpa are both passed and that tradition has ended, Jason's family still gets together usually a few nights before Christmas which is still wonderful but slightly out of place.  Christmas Day I wake up and wait for Jason to get home, my parents to come over and then spend time enjoying my kids rip into gifts.  It's not terrible, it's still a celebration of Christs birth, but man it just isn't the same.  It makes it difficult to get into the spirit.

I'm trying to create traditions.  We always visit Santa, I insist on zoo lights even when everyone else could be fine with bypassing them, Jason and I still drive and look at lights on Christmas Eve, we still spend time with family and I host my dads side a week after Christmas.  Maybe someday these traditions will feel normal...I hope.

How's your holiday celebrations going?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sick kids...Welcome to Winter Break!

Finals are over!  Winter break has commenced!  My babies are sick...yeah, I guess that is not fun and also why I'm slightly MIA.  Sorry ya'll ,little missy will not let me put her down for a second and is not sleeping well.  Then there is boogery nose Eyan...who just can't listen and is a big grump!  Happy holidays folks, I'll be back when there is less boogers and more smiles!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Trying to make sense of this world

So I'm terrified of my job.  Colorado teacher...in a state with more school shootings then I even want to consider, and kids with no moral compass.  

The last two days I have found myself extremely judgemental of many of my students, students who are not my own and anyone in our building who is just visiting.  I'm terrified that something will happen in my school (and any others' for that matter).  I am 2 doors away from a main entrance into our building.  I am on edge, more observant, protective, reading into every.single.body language movement of everyone around me.  I'm nervous, it's almost like I am anticipating the 'when' of a terrible event like that occurs at our building.  You could say my OCD is at a relative high point. 

Winter break cannot come soon enough, not just because my students are squirrelly, but because I need time to regroup, refocus, reenergize and reinforce my reasons for being a teacher instead of a SAHM.  It is especially hard to convince myself to stay in education when events like school shootings happen.  They tear me apart emotionally. I know that my whole purpose on this Earth is to teach children.  Most of the time I try to teach science, but the majority of my lessons are ones of life, laughter and the occasional gross fun fact!

You know I made a comment to my husband a few days ago, I wondered how on Earth my job has became more dangerous then his (works in a prison).  Just saying that, made me sick, and my husband carries a gun, wears a bullet proof vest and is dealing with serial killers, rapests and the worst society has to offer.  I wouldn't mind my own bullet proof vest...after all I seem to work in a more dangerous environment.  How crazy is that?!?  A prison is safer then a school.  

I don't know what to do, how to react, how to fix the problem, but becoming a SAHM is starting to become very appealing.

Monday, December 16, 2013

So I've become a wine drinker

Don't get me wrong I love my beer, but there is something calming about a glass of blackberry merlot and cooking a meal, while the hubby wrangles the kids and I wrap my thoughts around the days events. 

This week is already proving to be far to long and it's only Monday.  My school MacBook has began it's final decent into Mordor and no longer charges correctly, reads DVDs, or has working USBs.  My students are for a lack of better vocabulary...squirrelly punks.  My classroom is a disaster, dirty, chaotic and unorganized. Which for this OCD teacher is not working.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel....Finals!  ...and wine.

Oh and these two little loves who just can't wait for mamas snuggles and undivided attention.



Saturday, December 14, 2013

5 Laughs 12/14/13

I don't have 5, I'm a bit beaten this week.  I'm a Colorado teacher, as everyone knows, we've had out 4th or maybe even 5th school shooting in less then 15 years yesterday.  I don't get it.

So here's a video of the watermelon crawl.  Not fantastic quality, but I tried.  Hopefully it can bring your somber mood up.  Hug those babies. 




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

9 Months!


I swear that your second kids year flies by even faster then the first!  I seriously cannot believe I will be planning a 1st birthday party in 3 months!!!

-No official weight or height but our home scale says 14lbs and she is easily 26 inches long.  Her clothing is 3-6 months and her diapers are still size 1's.  I tried 2's but they were far too large and even crisscrossing the Velcro they were still too big.  Maybe next month.
-We are not officially crawling but give it a couple days as the "watermelon crawl" is evolving rapidly and she is getting up on all fours moving a knee!!!
-Keeping her focus is nearly impossible.  She is busy and ready to be into EVERYTHING!  I am already ready for the "Mom, Emberlynn won't get out of my toys...room...way...etc." from Eyan.
-The girl throws down food like no baby I've ever witnessed.  If we allowed she would eat 5-7 jars of baby food a day, nurse 12 times and snack all day.  However, typically it's 3 jars a day, snacks all day and probably 25-30oz of milk a day.  I have no clue where it goes on her, but dear Lord she is in love with food.
-She loves taking a bath with her brother.  She splashes him and laughs and plays and protests when I take her out. 
-The dogs are going to be in trouble because she wants to follow them, taste them and chew on them.  Poor puppies.
-She is bossy.  She wants to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it.  If she wants to be held ALL day, then by George you WILL hold her or deal with her screaming, thrashing wrath.  This little personality trait is kinda killing Jen and I.
-She is still not sleeping through the night, but up until 3 nights ago, that probably was because I would get up to nurse her.  3 nights ago (and 2 glasses of wine) I could not get out of bed...she fussed about 3 minutes and was back out.  Same story the past few nights, so let's hope she just stops the middle of the night wake up.

Oh wanna glimpse into the amount of focus she holds...here are the bloopers from her 9 month photos.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The final push

Only 2 more weeks and really if we want to be more specific, I actually only have 1 more week to plan and then finals week!

I cannot tell you how ready I am for this semester to be over.  This has by far been one of the busiest, most frustrating, difficult yet rewarding teaching years I have EVER had.  I can definitively say that I took on far to much and this drowning feeling is just not one I ever want to feel again. 

My classroom management is lack luster, my time management sucks (because you know I have to pump and meet with students and pee and eat and grade and plan and make copies and wander the halls making sure students are where they are supposed to be), and my attitude is crappy.  I love my job, I really really do, but I am having a hard time keeping myself engaged.

I flipped my classroom.  This means that instead of my students having lectures in class, they watch videos on the information and take notes from that, then, they bring that to class and we do tons of activities and labs.  I am not entirely sure that I am buying into this whole teaching strategy.  I think it can be great, I think for teachers that manage and teach well through reading and writing lessons this is fantastic.  I just am not that teacher.  I teach through story.  I can pretty much relate every scientific process to some hilarious story or mnemonic device that the kids always remember.  Through the flipped classroom, it is difficult for me to tell these stories and create those memories and ideas in their heads.   I am frustrated!

I have not made the decision to flip or not to flip next semester.  I am leaning towards flip because I really want to give it one full school year.  However, with AP to plan as well as this flip and my other class, I just do not know how realistic this is.  I am thankful everyday for my partner teacher in this.  She has truly been a Godsend and has been busting ass to create lessons that are meaningful, engaging and elaborate. 

Send good vibes people, I have exactly 6 full days and 3 half days of classes left!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

5 laughs 12/7/13

I am sucking at this lately.  Mostly because I am so darn exhausted that I barely remember to well...do anything correctly.  So...let's just jump right in with what stands out that is kind of sort of funny...or odd.

1. A girl in my class saw the percentage (%) sign on an assignment and then proceeded to ask "how am I supposed to know what circle dash circle means?"  We all laughed...she figured out her mistake quickly!

2.  Eyan is bossy...like REALLY bossy.  I don't know if this is funny, infuriating or just him being three.  He tells me things like "I'm the boss...I don't have to listen to you...I'm putting myself in time out."  Gah child!

3.  Emberlynn will not crawl...like just refuses to even try.  She does what we call the watermelon crawl, where she puts her face to the ground and her butt in the air and pushes herself along.  She can get where she needs to go, but don't be surprised if my child has rug burns on her face.

4. Nursing her is a chore...mainly because she has figured out how to crawl on me.  Here's a photo montage of that (I kept the camera in the same position...this was taken in less then a minute):


5. "Mommy turn the song up". Oh God it's Wrecking Ball...


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Little photo dump

This baby loves her baths!

The hubs and the bebe's

Eyan and his cousins at Thanksgiving

Emberlynn and the baby cousins at Thanksgiving.

I just love this face

Well were still 14lbs...unless she gets all crazy wiggly...then it's 15!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Meaningful Beauty {Review}

I am an Influenster and am loving receiving products complimentary for review.  If you would like to become an Influenster as well, leave your email in the comments section.  It is simple, all you do is a few short surveys through your email and they send you products to review on your social media sites (mainly Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).

My latest product review is Cindy Crawfords new aging creme, Meaningful Beauty.  These cremes take a bit of time to work, so I have been using it religiously for the past 2 weeks and I can definitely see a difference.

Those who know me, know I am not a huge make up person, however, I am aging.  I can see those laugh lines and wrinkles just getting deeper and honestly I do not like it.  When I was sent this product I was skeptical.  I didn't really think I would notice any difference, but truly, my skin feels softer, the lines seem lighter and I am feeling better.

I have concentrated the use of this under my eyes especially as I am so sleep deprived and those darn bags are killing me.  I feel like my eyes seem lighter and the dark circles are lighter as well.

Enough chat, take a peek.  I plan on taking another photo in a couple more weeks to do a side by side, but I can definitely see a difference.


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