Monday, August 22, 2011

Party Time

We had another wonderful weekend full of celebration.

There was so much to celebrate. Shane turned one!


We have such amazing family and they were all here to celebrate with us. We are so blessed.

Shaney had his very own cake and went to town (with a little help from dad).









He loved every second of it. He honestly ate half the cake and could have kept going.




It was a fantastic day.

We spent all day Sunday relaxing. It rained at night but we pretended it was raining all day.

Today we just relax and prepare for school to start. I cant believe its here already!!!



Have a fabulous week!!!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Some Live Action

Someone is SOOO BIG

Brotherly Love

Year One

Yesterday was my baby boy's first birthday. I actually have been dreading this all year. I knew it would come fast but not this fast. I was at the store the other day looking at the baby jammiies. Where has my baby gone?


He is so big. He is almost walking, imitating sounds we make, understanding everything we say, yet still my baby.

He is not a toddler yet (in my mind).

Owen said to me yesterday, "mom, Shane still looks like a baby". Yes, he does bud...he is our baby forever. I feel like my kids stay small in my mind forever.


I spent the day yesterday reminiscing. Each hour I thought back to that beautiful day a year ago and remembered what I was doing at that exact moment. I actually wished I was doing it again. That was the third most memorable day of my life. First being my wedding, second being my first born and third being my baby boy.

We had cake at 5:40 last night and I kept saying "Shane, you were 20 minutes old last year".


I woke up this morning thinking about Shanes first night in the hospital. Brian, Shane and I spent time together and bonded. It was such an amazing night.

It has been a year of joy brought to us by our Shaney Baby!!!






Owen has become an amazing big brother. I always knew he would be the best bb around!!! He loves his brother more than anything. His baby brother loves him equally. Watching the two of them interact gives me such joy. At times when they are in bed (supposed to be sleeping) and Shane is standing up in his crib, Owen is laying in his bed and they are making all kinds of noise, Brian and I just sit and listen on the monitor. My first reaction is to go upstairs, quiet them down and make them go to sleep. Brian reminds me that this is bonding time. That they need this time to just be brothers. It is really an amazing thing to listen to. They really have a great bond.



We spent Shaney's birthday together as a family.

I baked a cake and frosting from scratch. Since I procrastinated I was rushing and didnt fully wait for the cake to cool before frosting it so it didnt look that good but it tasted amazing. Next time I will not wait until the last minute.


These boys arent related by any stretch of the means.



These kids are my world.


Right now I am living in the land of rainbow and unicorns...with good reason.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Changes are coming

What can I say, this has been a year of ups and downs. A lot more downs than ups for us. In this economy, being a single income family is very hard. Are we doing it, yes. Has it been easy, no, not at all. Do we have any extras, no.

I have been home with the kids since May of 2010. I am so happy I have been able to do that but is it worth the financial burden it places on our family. Unfortunately for us, no, its not.

I know they say money cant buy happiness but when you have it all and money is lacking it does buy you happiness.

I am so torn between going back to work and toughing it out and staying home. I love being a stay at home mom. I love being here for my kids no matter what. I love that they can count on me always being here, helping with homework, taking them on play dates, teaching them everything they need to know about life.

We are looking to settle here in Black Rock, buy a house, save for college, weddings, retirement, etc. With one income that does not happen. It could but it would take forever. With two incomes all of that is possible.

Do I want to juggle kids, work, house, life, photography, laundry, etc? Not really. But it is what is best.

Where is all of this coming from?

Well I have been job hunting and found a really great job for what I think is really good pay. It could be the start of a career for me. I have not been offered the job but have a second interview next week.

I am having such mixed emotions about it. I am so excited but so anxious. My big boy needs me at the end of the day to help him wind down, help him through homework and just be his mommy. My baby boy needs me to just be here...he is a mamas boy!

Millions of families in America and all over the world have two working parents. I have done this before just did not have two kids. I started working part time when Owen went into kindergarten.

The answer for us will to find really good child care. Hopefully someone to come to our house. That search will begin sooner rather than later.

Wish me luck. I know I can do this!!!!

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