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Midnight Moments

Friday, February 6, 2015
Anyone else up at 3am?

Just finished feeding the baby, she's back to sleep along with everyone else, even the dogs. Instead of going back to sleep myself, I log on. To everything. You see, I kind of cherish these moments of silence in the middle of the night. I cherish my kids laughter during the day too but there is just something extra special about these midnight moments.

But if I stay up too long, then I get hungry. Ain't nobody happy when mama's hungry. As my husband can attest to!

I think what makes this time so special is that there is time. There are hourssss until the littles wake up. Well there better be! It's not like naptime. Nap time is a rush. How many things can I get accomplished in two hours. Wait, did I hear Joey? It's only been an hour! Guess that shower, that laundry, that moving box, that sewing project, etc. will have to wait. But in the middle of the night I don't feel that pressure to squeeze in a little cleaning while trying to get my toddler to eat his lunch instead of feeding it to one of the dogs. If you find me awake in the middle of the night and doing something productive that requires more than being prostrate on the bed, something is seriously wrong! Or I finally went for a snack.

I'll be a little more tired in the morning but it was worth it. Caffe Americano, double shot with two sugars please!

So far this cafe press has moved with me 4 times since we landed in Idaho over the last 2 months.  I've gotten plenty of use out of this baby! Can't wait to get my espresso machine when we finally close on the new house!

Sass and Sarcasm: The Skimm

Thursday, February 5, 2015
I'm pretty bad about following the news.  I used to have it on in the background as I got ready for work 5 years ago. Before I had kids.  I found that I couldn't deal with the news while my husband was deployed.  It made me too paranoid.  Now I'm just out of the habit.  Enter The Skimm. 

It gets emailed to me every morning and I read it while laying in bed with a baby on the boob.  I'm good at multi-tasking.  It's got enough sass and sarcasm to keep me entertained while providing the gist of what's happening around the world and links to legitimate news sources.  

Now I can actively participate in conversations with my husband about world events without pretending I know what the F he's talking about and the baby gets fed. Win, win.

PS. I did not receive compensation for this post.  I wish that I did.  I just think it's genius. 

Motherhood Meanderings

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
I get super stressed out sometimes and would give anything to be able to walk out the door and go get a mani/pedi without having to hire a babysitter, coordinate with my husband, etc.  But then something happens to make it all worth it.

Today Emmie laughed for the first time! I was holding her while keeping an eye on Joey as he chased the dogs, trying to pull their tails. Yes, my dogs put up with a whole lot.

I sneezed and Emmie thought it was hilarious! The baby belly laugh is one of the sweetest sounds in the world.  Now I'm fake sneezing all the time to try and get her to laugh. No dice.  But the 2 year old thinks it's hilarious and says 'Bless you' every time.  He may harass the dogs all the time but at least he's polite!

If you could take a spontaneous break from your day, what would you do?

New Blog Love

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mommy's Me Time.

Read it. Love it.

I found it one random night during a feeding at 2 am.  And I stayed up reading it until the next feeding. Amber is such a positive force and when I'm about to go crazy, I think to myself "Hey if this lady can do it with 4 kids 3 years old and under, then I need to pull my shit together!"

I really needed this particular post of hers.  To the Mom with a Toddler and a Baby. Read it and be welcome!  Some life altering excerpts below.
"Day after day, your confidence is building. You even decide you want to venture out to the grocery store by yourself with them. You feed the baby before leaving, which means you have exactly 2.5 hours before you need to do it again. After you pack up what seems like everything but the kitchen sink, you put the kids in the car, and step back inside the house to grab anything left behind. The house is quiet, and you decide to spend just 10 seconds standing at the door, basking in the peace before taking a deep breath and gearing up for the huge undertaking ahead of you. There you are, in the parking lot deciding how to get both kids inside the store safely. I’m thinking of you, sweet momma, as you park near the cart corral, carefully positioning the infant carrier in the cart, and promoting your toddler to momma’s helper. I see you race through the aisles with that look of fear on your face knowing that chaos could break out at any moment. I see you standing in line to check out, trying to remain as calm as possible when your toddler throws a tantrum and the baby starts to fuss, and you get the college aged cashier who doesn’t have a clue what you’re going through. He hands you your receipt which is basically like a handing you a golden ticket. You survived, you conquered, and you need some Starbucks therapy."

"So yes, today, dear momma. Today I’m definitely thinking about you. Because sometimes, when you’re in the thick of it, you just want to know that someone else gets it. You need to know that someone else gets it. You need to know someone else knows how hard it is, and how unbelievably incredible it is at the same time. Sometimes you just need to be acknowledged and remember that YOU are amazing. That YOU MATTER. That YOU are loved. That YOU are doing work that makes the world a better place."

Date Night

Thursday, January 22, 2015
…with myself!

It was glorious!  After two whole days of potty training bootcamp where we stared at my 2.5 year old's privates, my husband forced me to go to the movies. By myself.


This is not the first time I've seen a movie by myself.  During our first deployment, I went all the time. But that was pre-kids, 3 deployments and 5 years ago.  And I love going to the movies!

I saw Taken 3.  I love me some Liam Neeson.  I sat there eating my sour patch kids, drinking my blue Icee and sipping some bottled water.  With empty seats on both sides. And I loved it.  Such a wonderful gift from my husband that only cost him $23 total with the military discount.  Talk about a cheap date!

Image via 20th Century Fox

Eight Week Challenge

We are buying a new house! Yay!   But it's still under construction.  Boo!

Which means we are staying at Extended Stay America for 8 weeks.  One room with 2 kids and 2 dogs sounds like a dream.  It is, let me tell you.  It's a real nightmare haha.  

Oh God, why must you test me so?! Mike is calling it 'The 8 week Challenge' but I've got a few other choice words for it...

Now that my hubby's car has arrived, I can drive the rental (until my car gets here next month).  Things are a bit better now that I can escape the 'jail cell' but I've got two kids in tow, which scares the crap out of me! 
Here we are! The Happy Home Buyers!

Tour of the Idaho Hospital System

Upon landing in Idaho and spending one night in our TLF (temporary living facility), our little girl Emerson started having trouble breathing.  She had a slight cough the night before we left England which just got worse and I took her to the ER on base on Tuesday afternoon where they diagnosed her with RSV (a really bad virus that affects the respiratory system).  They transferred us to the St. Luke's hospital in Meridian via ambulance where we spent one night and then as she worsened, we were transferred again via ambulance to St. Luke's in Boise because they have a pediatric intensive care unit.

Scary stuff.

We spent 5 days in the ICU and were then moved to the pediatric ward for another 4 days.  Thankfully,  she made a complete recovery but a visit to the ICU and a surgical chest tube implant were not part of what I had in mind for a military move. Yay! All better ;)

Friends of ours from our previous assignment in NC invited us to house sit for them while they went home, which was a life saver as Mountain Home AF base is an hour away from Boise. My mom flew out from NC to help with Joey because it's impossible to keep that little man cooped up in a hospital room all day.  And she also helped watch the kids while we viewed houses that were for sale after Emmie was discharged from the hospital! Grandmas are the best!

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