Monday, April 7, 2014

Outfit From Clothes I Already Own!

"Outfit From Clothes I Already Own!"
I know my blog has been about Roman and Renley and our adventures as the title indicates.  But I have decided to add a little more to my blog.  Beginning with some fashion fun. 
 So yes, Outfit From Clothes I Already Own, is the title on one of my pinterest boards.  I actually have 96 pins to this board!! That is a lot of outfits from clothing I  have hanging in my closet!  I get in a rut of styling my items with the same things over and over again and this blog is going to help me get my style back!
On the rare occasion when I decide to put on something besides my yoga pants and tshirt and consult my "pins"  I ALWAYS get compliments on what I am wearing.   It is hard to find outfits that make me feel like I look good without looking like I have tried way to hard or like I am trying on my daughters clothes!  So, using pinterest and consulting my daughters, I will look and feel good and have some fun while I am at it!
So my commitment this year is to "Shop" more from my own closet than from any other source and to get rid of items that I really no longer find useful to me.
 I started two weeks ago by purging my closet of jeans that I no longer wear.  I literally removed two large black trash bags of denim pants.  Who in the world needs that many pairs of denim jeans???? I feel relieved! And now my quest continues!
 I am committing  to:
 A.  purging ten items for the next seven days from my closet
 B.  wear a different outfit everyday for the next two months using only items in my closet.
I will be posting what I wore each Friday for the previous week to keep me motivated. 

Whew!! So I invite all of you to join me.  Let's see what we can create from what we already own!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

It is hard to believe it is already the first week of April.  I am glad winter is over. The twins and I really need to get outside.  We have spent a few days exploring the yard over the past month but literally no more than four.  The weather has been crazy.  One day it will be warm enough to go out and play and the next it is raining or just to cold to go out.  I can't wait till we can spend more of out time swinging and going for walks!  It is hard to find enough stuff to keep them busy inside all day every day!
The twins have also been fighting a cold and both ended up on antibiotics.  Roman for an ear infection and Renley for a strep throat.  Needless to say there has been a lot of Mommy cuddles and reading books and watching Frozen numerous times.  Then this past week I had surgery to repair an umbilical hernia and diastasis recti from my pregnancy with the twins.  The recovery from this has been long and painful. Much, much, much worse than I ever expected or was prepared to handle. I am still not able to take care of them alone and they will be going to grandma's house tomorrow.  They love playing with Sadie, my mom's dog, as well as feeding the chicken.  Grandma is really good with the twins and they have the best time with her.  The last time they stayed at her house I arrived to find them having a tea party complete with cookies and a miniature china set!  She is definitely making lots of memories with these two.  I think that is one thing that I admire about my mom watching the twins.  Her goal is to enjoy them.  She definitely makes them mind when needed but she doesn't act like it is her duty to correct all of their wrongs or try to make them act like she thinks they should.  She respects my guidelines for raising them and them just enjoys the moments, making each one so special! 
My niece has also committed to watching the twins one day a week for me so that I can have a guaranteed day to work.  She has a little boy who is almost three and cares for a six month old infant.  I think being around other children will be good for the twins.  It has proven to be a great situation over the past three weeks and I really appreciate her patience and kindness and mothering of the twins while I am away from them.  It is evident that they are being treated well because they get very excited when I tell them we are going to Finn and Bonnie's house.  When I pick them up they are always in a good mood, which tells me they have had a great day!  Words can't express how happy it makes this mom's heart to know she has someone like this to take care of my precious babies when I am not with them! 
Staying at home for the past two years has given me a new perspective on parenting.  I love being a stay at home mom.  (Yes, I do work in the  office at our business one or two days a week, depending on how much I have to get done, but I still consider myself a stay at home mom!) When I committed to staying home with the twins I wasn't sure how I would handle the isolation from the world I once new.  But, honestly, I don't miss it one bit. I absolutely love being with my two little people and working with my husband a few hours a week gives me a little time away and makes me appreciate the time I am home with the twins.  I am not judging others for their decision to be a stay at home mom or working mom, I think that it is each persons own choice, all I am saying is that for me, this was the right choice - no regrets!! However, being at home for the past two years I feel I have put taking care of myself on the "back burner," as they say. One afternoon while reading a blog online I came across a blog sight that I have really enjoyed called, Get Your Pretty On (  The author was promoting her"Style Me Pretty" spring challenge and I decided to check it out.  Basically for ten dollars you are given a spring shopping list and then outfit ideas for twenty-one days  of different outfits. Of course, I jumped on the chance to have someone else help me style my clothing!  I was so excited to get my shopping list on April 4. The group members have ten days to gather the items for the outfits.  I was even more excited to find that almost all the items were already hanging in my closet or in my dresser.  I only purchased a few items totaling  less than one hundred dollars.  I am anxiously awaiting the next stage, which will be styling our outfits!  Hopefully this will get me out of the yoga pants, sweatshirt and ponytail rut I am in at the moment! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The past week has been a long one to say the least.  Larry has been gone for almost a week and half.  He was home for one night and then off again for a work project.  I didn't realize how much I depend on him for mental support until he is gone.  I am so ready for him to be home. 
The twins have been sick but I really shouldn't complain since this is the first time this winter that they have really been down and out due to not feeling well. It is just so hard when they both want Momma.  Roman has really become a Momma's boy...he want me by his side for everything from watching tv to reading a book to taking a nap.  While I like being needed it makes it difficult to get things done or even go to the restroom let alone poor Renley need my attention as well so we are working on  taking turns helping Mom do things.
They are growing so much and talking more and more every day.  They love to "read" books to me and talk about all the things we see. They can't wait for the weather to get warmer....As most of the people I know.  It is so hard coming up with activities to do with them that will keep them busy for a while.
This past week they have had their first experience going to a babysitter's home.  My mom has always come to my house or the girls watch them or Carrie comes and stays with them when we go out or on vacation.  I realize what a blessing that has been and how glad I am that I don't have to get everyone around every morning in a mad rush!  Bonnie, my niece is taking care of the twins once a week while I work in Springfield and my mom will come to the house once a week.  The kids love FInn, Bonnie's son, and they adore Bonnie.  She is so good with the twins.  I can't imagine leaving them with anyone else!  When we were leaving Renley turns to FInn and says, "Bye, you!"  It was so sweet!! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WInter Months

What a day it has been!  You know those days where you look back and are just thankful they are over.  Yep!  That was today.  Not that it was disastrous but more like it was just plain and simple a rough day!
It began with a play date we had to cancel due to Renley having a fever and being a little cranky. Then one of the girls left their back pack at home and another needed me to get her some paperwork left home to school.  So I dressed two babies and preceded to put them in the car only to find that the car seats had been removed after church and no one put them back.  I put the twins in the back seat and preceded to strap the seats in, which by the way is not the easiest thing to do for those of you who have not installed a car seat in some time.  It takes using both hands a knee and you teeth to get the straps through without it tightening.  All the while the twins are climbing over the seat and me and at the same time  taking everything out of the diaper bag while I a preoccupied and hands full installing the seats.  Once the seats were done we headed to town.
One thing that makes running errands difficult is getting the twins in and out of the seats. That seems to be one of the hardest things about having twins is getting them in and out of public places.  They are too small to really allow them to walk in by themselves and too big for me to carry both of them at the same time.  So that leaves me to try to hold their hands and coerce them into following my directions.  Renley is very compliant for the most part and follows directions consistently but Roman hasn't quite mastered the task of listening to Mom and following directions.  He seems to have good intentions but gets side tracked a few minutes into the task.  He will spot something he wants to check out such as the wheels on the nearby truck and then I am stuck trying to keep hold of Renley's hand while she is determined to follow the original directions of going into the store.  ALl in all it is pretty eventful trip which I choose to do as infrequently as possible.  Fortunately  Jessi was in town this time so she joined us so that I didn't have to take the twins into the school to drop off the needed items or to the grocery store to get the ten items on my list. 
We are really tired of winter in this house!  I am sure everyone else is, also.  One can only watch so much Little Bear and Bubble Guppies.  Coming up with new activities that keep both of these two entertained is proving difficult.  They both have such different personalities. Renley loves to draw and play with any type of manipulative or activity that involves fine motor skills.  Roman on the other hand is so interested in his Choo-choo that he rarely plays with anything else.  The ironic thing is that he doesn't really play with it in the way one would thing but he moves it around the house and fills the cars with animals and then comes and gets anyone who will take his hand so that he can show you his train.  He will do this as many times a day as he can. 
We spend a lot of time playing in the bath tub or sink.  They love water and it is the one activity that engages both of them.  We also read a lot.  But like everyone else I am so anxious to spend some time outside.
Last week we attended our first MOPS group. It was a success.  I was worried the twins wouldn't do well.  This was the first time they have ever spent anytime with children their age and the first time they weren't at home, grandma's house, or the church nursery.  I have to say I was impressed.  They didn't cry when I left them which was bitter sweet because I was certain they would "need" me.  When I picked them up was able to witness them playing with others and it made this Momma's heart puff up with pride. Needless to say I am anxious to for our next meeting. 
Off to take care of some pretty awesome little people in my life!  Hope winter ends soon!