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! 

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