Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Why is there such a stigma with spanking our children? Should it be the first and go to method of discipline? No. Is it abuse? No.

Honestly I think that's part of what is wrong with kids and now adults these days. Parents who are checked out and not involved and lack of discipline.

I'm sorry but if my three year old is throwing things and screaming because she wants to watch more Mickey Mouse Club House, a hug is not going to get the point across that this behavior is not acceptable. AND putting her in time out is not going to do anything either because frankly she's past the point of a time out helping.

Now, sometimes i will make her go sit in her room until she can "function" nicely and not scream. But, I also don't have that option at a restaurant... so you know what... when she's not behaving nicely I have no problem taking her out to the car or the restroom and popping her behind to "remind" her that there is a consequence for her actions.

One of my good friends made a great point to me that hands are for love, so they have a naughty spoon. That spoon is used to give a spanking. This has the child associating the discipline on that spoon, not your hands. I love this idea. I've asked Kinsley a few times "Do i need to get the spoon?"... guess what, I've NEVER used it!

I'm not above trying everything under the sun to prevent getting to a level of needing to spank. Last night we started a new reward system that the same friend told me about. Kinsley gets marbles for good listening, good behavior, and obeying Mommy the first time. She gets a marble for going to bed nicely and not throwing a tantrum in the mornings. She will get a marble if she's good at school and she uses her manners. But she will lose marbles for not doing these things. If I ask her to go upstairs for a bath and she melts down, goodbye marble. Does she refuse to take one bite of her vegetables? Goodbye marble. Once she gets to 30 marbles then she gets to do something fun with me, like go and get her nails done! SHE LOVES this idea!

But despite the amazing marble idea, sometimes it doesn't matter and a spanking is the only thing that will snap this kid around.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm just not sure I'm any good at this...

whole Mom thing. I love my kids I do, but I tell you what, three year olds will BREAK YOU!

Three is two with a purpose and that purpose is evil. It is tantrum throwing, opinion yelling, bipolar mood swinging evil. It makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and beg for mercy.

My daughter has very strong opinions about what she wears each day... fine, pick our you're own clothes, I don't care. Until she picks the out and STILL throws a fit every morning because she doesn't like what she picked out... OMG

I tell my daughter that after Mickey it's time to go to bed. I give her warnings like every 5 minutes... Mickey's over, time to go to bed. Enter epic meltdown that involves screaming for every family member she can think of...

I make an amazing dinner with all of her favorite foods and she informs me she doesn't like any of it, so then my Mother-in-law gives her dinner on another night of food that i wouldn't be able to force feed her and she happily eats every bite... OMG

I finally get demon spawn into bed after giving up on her crawling into bed and just throwing her into it and for the next hour she is screaming my name and on the few times I do respond she says things like "I want water" "I need you to spray for Monsters" "I just love this face" "I miss you Momma"... OMG

I come up with a great activity for painting (that she loves) but then have to end it because she wants to paint my table so we have a royal screaming melt down... OMG

Her 1 year old little brother touched her toy... OMG

I feel like I've tried most things and all I do is yell. Not to mention that my one year old follows me around like a little puppy crying until I pick him up ALL THE TIME! I've never been able to just walk around my house and do things without my one year losing his shit every time I make a move to get out of the chair. I am strapped to one place unless I want all children in my life to lose their shit... but now I'm losing my shit. WTH!

I want to be a good Mom. I want to be an organized Mom. I want to be a fit, healthy, and skinny Mom... BUT WHEN CAN I DO ALL OF THIS?!?!?

Here's my daily schedule.

515 Wake up, get ready, get the kids ready blah blah blah
630 Leave the house get the kids to daycare and commute to work
730-400 work
500 Pick up kids from daycare
530 and on into the evening Get home, feed the dogs, take them out, get dinner going, give baths, give Parker a breathing treatment, have Parker in bed by 630, have Kinsley in bed by 730.

SO around 730-8 I'm finally free, but there is always a kitchen to clean, laundry to switch, or lets be honest... DVR to catch up on...

I have to pick the kids up by 600pm from daycare... I hate to leave them there that long... I already have daycare feed Parker dinner because by the time i get him and get him home, etc... he won't eat, he just wants a bottle and bed.

So when is my ME time? at 8pm? Who wants to get their sweat on at 8pm? Not to mention I would have to do a video or something equally retarded. And that would mean cutting in on the hubs TV time then too...

SO I need to workout on my lunch hour... which doesn't always (or lately ever) happen.

I'm so tired of three. I'm so tired of a son that has to be ON MY HIP at ALL TIMES.

I'm just freaking tired.

But at least I've lost 2lbs!
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Friday, January 18, 2013

My friend has mad skill!

So I had one of my friends come over to take some pictures of us for K's 3 years, Parker's 1 year, and well just family shots in general. She's starting to play with photography and would like to start a business/ make some money on the side and well I LOVE the pics she took... one that I love the most I messed up and can't fix it so i've asked her to re-mail it to me and then I'll post it... but until then check out these beauties!

My little cheeser!

We did some outside pics but it was really foggy and drizzling, but I think that added a really cool element to the pics!

Our family boot pic... to be taken yearly~

Love this shot of Parks eating his cake...

Not sure how the first birthday is going to go though...

At least we know clean up will be a breeze!

Yes Parker, I have put your cute little old man butt on the internet for all the world to see! LOVE!

Like I said, she loves her brother, agressivly so...

This might be an out-take to some but well... this is us really... me holding Parker while trying to get Kinsley to cooperate... do you see her face?

And the hubs keeps asking me if i want more kids? Our hands are full... think i'm done!

Think she doesn't have him wrapped up?

Not bad! I think Jackie is our new photographer!

So if you live in the area and want an up and coming photographer shoot me an email and i'll pass along her info to you! 

***update, here is my favorite!***
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

resolutions? what the hell

I mean Why not do it right? It's FUN to look back and see what a failure you've been! So Let jump on the bandwagon shall we?

1. Find a church... since we haven't been trying maybe i should say start trying to find a church but hell heck, it's a whole year let find THE ONE!

2. Go on a spending diet. The hubs has been telling me for a while that if we did allowances that I wouldn't even get that because I've got to stop spending but I didn't get it until now. We aren't in debt, we just aren't saving, because of me... so enter the year of no frivolous spending!

3. Lose 40lbs. Yup that's a big number but hell heck, we're accomplishing a lot of big this year!

4. Have my family eat more clean and less processed. because that's easy and takes no extra time right?

5. Decorate my house creatively... since we're going to do #2 it's going to have to be REALLY creative! hmmmm

And I'm going to stop now while I'm still behind. Are you committing to anything? Want to help me accomplish mine?

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reclaiming the boobies

I am officially done with breastfeeding. Last Wednesday I pumped for the last time. I had been weaning for a while... Parker has been off the literally boob for a few weeks, but I've been pacing out my pumps to avoid engorgement.

Now, it is done. The boobies are mine again. Along with the extra weight of not breastfeeding.

Did you know you can burn an average of 500 calories a day if you exclusively breastfeed? Yup now I have to take that into account along with all of my other over eating issues and cut back even more... yea.

I know what you're thinking... OMG ERIN he's not one year yet!?!??! You were SOO close!... never fear dear blogy friends, I have a stash. The stash in my basement is quite extensive and well... he will most likely go PAST his first birthday with breast milk still in supply!

But now, the boobies are mine again and well, I REALLY have no excuses to not lose weight since I don't need to eat fatty yummy calories to keep up my supply. Now I just need to lose weight and be the best Mommy I can be for my babies!
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

decor help

See this...
That's my mantle... it needs help. Like BIG help. only requirements, cheap and mirror must stay (hubs LOVES it)... thanks!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

There's a small light at the end of the tunnel

You may have heard me brag a time or two about the awesomeness of my mother-in-law but let me do it again!

So it's no secret that i've been losing my ever loving mind lately... well right on cue the hubs has a business/pleasure trip to go duck hunting. Awesome... two nights with no hubs AT ALL. I was scared. But you know what? My Mother-in-law ROCKS!

Saturday she called us up and asked if K could spend the night (HELL YEA SHE CAN)... then she called back and said Parker could stay too if K was okay with it. She was so we practically threw the kids out of the car at Grandma before she could change her mind (kidding!).

So we slept in until like 11 the next day (amazingballs) and then Chris started getting all his stuff together for the trip. He left and I still had no kids! HOLLA FOR A DOLLAR! So get this people, I went to the grocery store ALONE!!! OMG! It was amazing! Then when I got home Grandma called and said that K wanted to stay another night, was that okay? Um is everything better wrapped in bacon? HELL YES!

So I had wine with friends while I watched football, then went to bed and woke up right before I needed to start teleworking! Amazing!

I'm truely blessed to have such a rocking Mother-in-law... best part (besides getting to suggle my kids last night)? When K asked if she could go to Grandma's house again and then come back and see me later!! Yes child you may go again, and again, and again! We are both better people after some Grandma love!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Why yes we DID celebrate Christmas!

As y'all know K is NOT a fan of the big jolly man but we did what any good parents would do, we took her to see him again AND bribed her with the carousel! It went well... too bad Parker couldn't be bribed!

K enjoying time with Sasha!

The Bribe
Was a win!

My cheeser making a gingerbread house with Sasha, and eating ONLY the grapes from her fruit salad...

OMG i think my uterus just jumped! He's so cute! Parker, My Dad is well Pop pop, old. HA


So K made a snow worm, we tried for an angel but she didn't get that concept.

Somebody LOVES Spaghetti! I love watching him eat all the different foods! And BOY can he eat!

Next up CHRISTMAS! K got a bike and babydoll from Santa, she was so excited because that's exactly what she asked for!

Minnie Mouse Dog Boutique! 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, K is the fairest of them all!

My brother got Parker a Cars ride on and the kid is IN LOVE with it, such a boy!

We ended our Christmas with an amazing dinner and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and blew out candles! It was so special to see Christmas connecting in the eyes of Kinsley and to see Parker enjoying all of the paper! HA!

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