The Hold

July 29, 2015

Monkey has been needing new shoes for his upcoming first school year.  There are a lot of back to school deals and if you know me- I'm all about coupons and clearance so I knew we needed to go soon. 

Being his adorable four year old self, he had been watching TV and a sketchers commercial came on. You know the one where the kids are jumping on the roof and stuff in the light up shoes- well he needed those. 

So this morning, the three of us and my grandmother loaded up. We assumed we would run inside our local mall as they opened, head to the Sears and grab the shoes and be done before noon. Wow we were wrong. 

We went to Sears, no go for the shoes but my Nana wanted to browse so me and the boys went ahead to go to Payless to find them. As we enter Payless we get monkeys shoe size (a 13 by the way!!)  I notice him grabbing his pants and immediately look up at me with the eyes that say "my bladder is about to bust". And immediately blurts out,"I've got to peepee Mom-mom". 

Now we are in a mall which means a bathroom isn't on any corner and the closest one is back in the Sears. So I grab his hand, Bugs is still on my back in his mei tei and we start walking. This walk takes forever. He is literally holding his "peter" and saying "I can't make it !" While I'm begging him to hold it in. I mean honestly why aren't there more bathrooms in malls! A few parents and grandparents smile as we are making the long journey , and I know it's because they've been there. 

But low and behold we made it! He didn't have an accident and we continued back to Payless which didn't have the shoes. Neither did Goodies. Or Penny's. Finally we found them in our shoe depot and they were on sale. They weren't red, but they do light up so it's a win.  They make him jump high and run fast, which of course had to be tested before they were bought. 

I think every store should have a mommy bathroom, made specifically for moms with kids or pregnant woman. Just a thought. 

Any of you ever had a similar experience in the mall?  

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Marriage Monday

July 27, 2015

Starting today, I'm trying to blog at least twice a week. Once on Mondays, which I'm deeming "Marriage Modays" which I am by no means an expert. It will be everything from fun conversations to cute inspirational pictures either way it is a post about one or the most important topics in my life, my marriage. 

Today's post is pretty simple. Me and B will be married for a year in just over a week. It has flown by! Honestly, I can't believe it's already been a full year. It seems yesterday that he was just this guy that I was lucky enough to call a friend-let alone my husband now. 

To say it's all been easy wouldn't be true. I've had to get used to the fact that no matter what the man will not put the toilet paper on the dispenser and he's had to get used to the fact that I take my shoes off in random places-mostly not in the closet. 

We've had to learn how to be parents of multiples and how to manage finances because I started staying home.  But one thing I'm proud of, we haven't stopped flirting even in the midst of all our troubles. We still flirt and play around like we are still dating. It's great to still joke and laugh with each other. 

I think that's important. Once you stop flirting and laughing, I think that's when things have a potential to go wrong. Now I'm by no means an expert considering I'm only a year into marriage, but my post my opinion :) 

Another great thing we've learned to do is put God to the head of our marriage. Being able to have a strong support faith system had helped us a lot through the year. Sometimes it's as simple as my husband reminding me to pray if things are tough, or taking the kids to church. I'm happy with how our marriage is starting and blessed to be a wife.  

What is something you had to learn to accept during your first year of marriage? 

I was once that person...

July 20, 2015

You know that person,can be male or female, that judges the mom who has the screaming toddler on the restaurant or Walmart. I was that person that said "Why can't they just control their children ?" When I would come across a mom in town with a toddler begging for a toy, she's trying to shop while wearing a baby- I even said the dreaded words "My child won't do that." 

Boy oh boy if I only knew then what I know now. Luckily Monkey is growing out of his temper tantrum phase(don't get me wrong he still has his moments), and he can actually sit and eat in a restaurant. But I'm watching Bugs,as cute as he is now, and I know I'll deal with the same stuff too. 

I didn't know that the mom I used to judge would become me. When did I realize this? Probably the time when Monkey was about 2 and we went to a restaurant. I was so excited because it had been the first time if went out to eat in a long time. I had even put on makeup for the occasion! We had just ordered and the temper started. The tears where wailing and all I wanted was to eat my chicken nacho, which I ha changed from a sit down to a "to -go". I was embarrassed why was my child acting like this? I had tried to take him to the bathroom for discipline and tried to do everything I could think of to make him stop even offering ice cream after dinner, but nothing worked. It was then I realized hard parenting was.  

From the very beginning we are told all the opinions. Breast feed vs formula. Disposable diapers vs cloth. Spankings vs Attatchment Parenting. All while trying to swim in a new ocean with someone clinging to you. Everything is new. We all have to figure out what works best for our children. And what's best for some may not be best for others. Now I've learned to relax a bit and let things just roll. I'll even give that mom that's having a hard time in the store the "I've been there" smile as her kid is clinging to the batman toy that cost way too much. I try to make her know it doesn't last forever and one day you'll miss his little attitude. 

So this week I challenge you reading this to give words of encouragement to another parent you might see. Let them know how great they are doing, doesn't matter how the kids are acting because at the end of the day we are all in the same big ocean just trying to fight the tide. 

Bible Journaling

July 9, 2015

If you know me - you know I'm crafty. One day while I was visiting  The Time Warped Wife , which is a fantastic blog and I've used a lot from her, I stumbled upon bible journaling. She created a Facebook group for it and immediately fell in love with the idea. 

It is drawing,coloring,scrap booking all in one. It's a devotional for the crafty. It's literally drawing pictures for favorite verses of the bible. They even make special bibles for it now, but like a lot on there i don't have the extra funds. So I use my own version of it. 

I use tracing paper and use washi tape for mine. It is beautiful and really helps focus and memorize verses well. You can be as creative as you like. As I stated before some people just draw over the words, some insert paper and some just buy the actual bible. Pinterest Bible Journaling and you will immediately get overwhelmed by the beautiful pages you will find. I know I'm not explaining it very well so here are some pictures and things I have done so far. No let me mention I am crafty- I am by no means an artist!  

    
 
 It is one of my favorite devotionald that I do. I can literally have my pencils , bible, and just have my special one on one time with God. Give it a try! 

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