Thursday, August 25, 2011

You Could Win a Blog Makeover!



Traci, who blogs at Ordinary Inspirations and Graphic Designs by Traci, is giving away a FREE blog makeover!! If you could use one (I am right there with you!!), click here to read more about the contest. The winner will be announced on her due date - August 31st. Good luck!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

She's Decided


Bianca wants to have a Dora birthday party this year.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Short and Sweet!

Bianca has been doing a great job with saying grace before dinner. Though most of the words aren't clear, her toddler-speak is usually right in rhythm with our "God is great" phrases. She also says "Amen" very clearly and loudly.

She must have recently realized that the final affirmation signaled the time to eat food. As soon as I put a plate of fish sticks and peas in front of her last night, she shouted, "Amen!" and dug right in! Guess we haven't fully communicated the importance of giving thanks yet!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rough Morning

I’ve tried my best to stay positive on this blog. Even though I have a terrible case of working-mom guilt, I’ve tried to keep my daily struggle to myself. After all, there’s only so much negativity one’s readers can take. But this morning I need to vent.

I was hoping to sneak out of the house before she awoke, but the minute I tiptoed into her room, Bianca stirred and open her eyes. I stood there next to her crib – motionless – hoping she would drift back to sleep. But as soon as her eyes caught mine, they opened wide. She answered my “good morning” with, “Good morning, Mommy” and a smile.

Though I had to leave for work within minutes, I took the time to change her, give her some milk, and hold her in my lap for a few precious moments. I told her that I loved her very much, but I had to go to work. And that’s when the tears started to fall. She cried, I cried, and I suspect that Harry was crying on the inside, perhaps questioning the ability to fully provide for his family.

I was a wreck as I walked out the door, and that all-too familiar pain in my chest and gut was stronger than usual. I had difficulty breathing, and driving to work was a real challenge. All I wanted to do was turn around and go home and cuddle with my daughter.

People have reassured me that being a working mom and leaving your little ones does get easier. My only question is WHEN? When will it get easier? Because my Little One is almost two years old, and I still have these days when I just can’t handle it.
All I can do is pray that one day our financial situation will change and I can be a stay-at-home mom, or at least work a part-time job that will allow me to spend more time with our children.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Oh My!!

I just received a text message from my husband that said, "Your daughter just wiped poop all over her face and then said 'stinky!'"

My first reaction - LOL!!!

My second reaction - That stinky girl needs a bath!!

My third reaction - How was she able to do such a thing anyway? Where were you when this momentous event was happening, Daddy? Hmmm??

Gotta love toddlers!! (And their Daddies!!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ouch!

If you look closely, you will see a small bruise on the right side of my head, slightly above my temple.

The culprit? My beautiful daughter.

Her weapon of choice? This little guy....



Getting smacked in the head with a Smurf, no matter how small he is, is not pleasant!!