I CAN do better!

The other day I was reading this post and it brought tears to my eyes from the overwhelming emotion I felt inside. It felt like she was saying what I had been too ashamed to admit that I have been feeling. And it got me thinking...
There are so many things I need/want to do better. I looked at Aubrey yesterday and realized that I'm not exactly sure when she last had a full-fledged, in the tub, bath. I wipe her down everyday with baby wipes and my intentions are to bathe her every other day, but life gets in the way. And it makes me feel guilty. It seems like when Ethan was a baby, our lives were much less hectic and we had so much more attention to devote to him. For example, I can tell you with 100% conviction that he was bathed every other day, in a tub, with soap and water; he wore pajamas to bed every night; the house was clean; dishes and laundry were done every day.
Nowadays: well, I did do laundry the other day (and it had been 2 weeks before that), BUT it is still in the laundry basket waiting to be folded. I haven't washed dishes since Tuesday. The baby needs a bath. There are many nights she goes to bed in either just a diaper or whatever she was wearing that day. I spent an entire weekend cleaning, vacuuming, dusting, and now you can't even tell. I'm 2 weeks behind on my school work. I have a coffee table on my patio that is half-stripped and has been sitting outside (getting drowned by the rain) for a week and a half. And I don't even know where to start.
And I feel so guity about it all. I honestly feel like I'm failing. Does this happen to every family when additional children are put in the mix, or am I just that horrible at being a wife/mother?
As I lay in bed last night, trying to get my brain to stop running so I could sleep, I made a promise to myself that I WILL do better. Starting today, things will be different! And so far, they are. I have spent the morning catching up on school work, and now I'm headed to the kitchen to tackle the dishes.


You Capture-Photopgrapher's Choice

This week's You Capture is photographer's choice. My mind went wild with excitement. My husband has this really great Canon Rebel 35mm that I wanted to take a bunch of pictures with. I went to the store and got great film (I wasn't even sure if they still make film), had all of these ideas about what I was going to capture, and all of the different things I wanted to try out...Then he broke the bad news-he lent it to the art teacher at the high school where he teaches and the guy is still using it. Well, crap! So this is what I got with the point & shoot...

This kid is WAY to cool! He loves to have his picture taken. Anytime I bust out the camera, he's front and center, shouting at me to take pictures of him. Then, naturally, he wants to check himself out.

It's fall in Texas.  You know what that means...Football Fridays! This is what our Friday nights will consist of for the next 7 weeks.

And this is a sneak peek into what I did with my weekend. There is a detailed post about this little endeavor to come...

Have a great weekend and hope to see you next week!



I can't believe I won the giveaway OMGMom Giveaway!

I am so excited. I literally NEVER. WIN. ANYTHING.
Hi OMGMom readers!!! Welcome to my blog. It's a new endeavor for me, so I'm still trying to get it up and running.
I already know what I'm going to buy the my gift certificate, so check back soon and I will have some pictures posted!
Thanks for stopping by!


Bad News

Sorry everyone. No You Capture this week.
I did get some pictures, though not as many as I wanted. However, with the tropical storm that blew through, and class tonight, I completely ran out of time to get photos uploaded and a post put together.
Next week's challenge is Photographer's Choice, so it should be a fun and interesting post!


You Capture: Mornings

Hi! I know I've been absent for a while, but I'm back with a really interesting post. I started reading a great blog written by a great lady who thought of a little concept called You Capture. Each week a new challenge is posted and as a participant I am supposed to keep my camera on me so I can be ready to snap pictures that fall within that challenge category. I'll leave a link at the bottom that will explain it much better than I can.
Anyways, this week's challenge was "Mornings." So every morning I had my camera ready, and this is what I got:

This is how she sleeps. Yes, I know I am the luckiest woman in the world.

So after the sleeping angel wakes up, always all smiles and, after a recent development, now standing up in her crib! (which I was unable to get a picture of), it's time for some breakfast:

Holding her bottle is also a recent development. I like the convenience, but I dislike how quickly she is growing up on me.

Tuesday morning also required a bath because we ran out of time Monday night, and she had a lunch date so a bath was imperative.

I also included the following photo of her playing with her feet while eating breakfast, because I think they are adorable and I love the way she is always playing with them.

I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my mornings! Follow the link below to view others' mornings and learn how you can share your own "You Capture" moments.



Out of the Mouths of Babes

Earlier Cody went to get me a blizzard (I'm such a spoiled shit, but that's a blog for another time), but he only got one because he thought E would be asleep by the time he got home.
Well, when he walked in E automatically thought the ice cream was for him. He pouted and whined the whole time I ate it, even going so far as to tell me that it was for boys because there was a picture of a guy on the cup.
I was a nice mommy, though, and saved him a few bites at the end. (I also kept offering him bites while I was eating) when he was done he handed me the cup, and I started whining that he ate my ice cream just to mess with him. You know what that turd said to me..."What?? I was hungry!!"
Where does he come up with this stuff??? He's way too smart for a 3 yr old.


Sewing Fail

So awhile back I had this BRILLIANT idea that I was going to sew Aubrey's clothes so that she could have tons of adorable outfits at a fraction of the cost. I got the patterns, the material, the sewing machine, I was ready to go. WRONG! Apparently sewing is easier said than done. DAMN!
I was having a smart day and decided I needed to practice on scrap material before I jumped right in. Good thing I was using my noggin. Something went way wrong and the thread broke. Yes, B.R.O.K.E. No, I don't know why. Of course, that could be because I had NO. IDEA. WHAT. I. WAS. DOING.
Think I might just file this one in the FAIL folder and find a seamstress. What am I going to do about the stuff I bought to sew burp rags and things for my cousin's baby?? Maybe I can do applique on the onesies...how do you do that???
**Side-note: my MIL thought it was such a great idea. She told me I could even make Ethan's clothes. Ummm, no. Frilly little girl outfits=cute, boys t-shirts=not so much.


Sorry For the Absence...

Things have been pretty hectic the last week. I was wanting to try to blog everyday but last week was the first week Ethan has been home all day long because we pulled him out of daycare. That took some getting used to. We're still working on it.
In other news, Aubrey is trying to crawl!! I say this with a smile and a tear. Ya see, when E was a baby and he would make developmental progress ahead of the curve I was ecstatic because my baby was a genius. But that also meant that he didn't stay baby-ish very long.
This time around I would like to take things as slow as possible, but Aubrey seems to have other plans.
We've also upgraded her to her bouncy activity seat thingy because she got so big that if she moved a lot her swing wouldn't be able to keep swinging. She was already 15 lbs at her 4 month check up last Friday!
Any ideas on how I can keep them from growing up faster than I want them to???
*** I'm writing these from my phone because we don't have internet at our house. Hopefully I will soon figure out how to include pictures.


Varicose Veins

I was watching a commercial about a new varicose vein procedure and the other day The Doctors did a segment about them, too. After hearing what they do, I just don't get it.
They are basically closing off the vein so that no more blood flows through and it can't be seen under the skin. This doesn't sound good to me. I think they are unsightly as all get out and I don't want to have them anymore than anyone else does...but hello! They are CLOSING OFF A VEIN. Am I the only one that thinks doing that would have all kinds of repercussions?? Go ahead, say it out loud to yourself and see if it sounds weird.
I mean, you're closing off a vein. Aren't they there for a reason? Does it affect the bloodflow back to your heart in any way? Just sounds scary to me.
What do you think???


Hi! Welcome to my blog.

So, I've read a lot of blogs, but I'm new to writing a blog. I figured I would give it a try though, because sometimes things happen that are just too long to post on FB. Damn 400 character limit, if it weren't for that I sure would be subjecting my poor friends to my long-winded stories.
A little about me: right now I stay at home with Aubrey and Ethan when I'm not in class. I'm looking for a job, so keep yoir fingers crossed for me. Ethan is 3 going on 13. He has so much attitude but he's so funny about it that I crack up all the time. The kid is WAY smarter than me but I'll never tell him that. Aubrey is growing like a weed. She has been rolling over for several weeks now and scoots all over the place. We anticipate her to start crawling anytime now.
I say that with pride, but it makes us sad at the same time because she's not staying our little baby long enough for us.
Anyhoo, there's a tidbit about me. I'm sure you'll learn plenty as I post more on here. Happy reading!!!