Sunday, February 27, 2011
The book is called, "Total Mom Makeover" written by Hannah Keeley. She starts of the book by explaining her situation-living in sweat pants, not losing those last few pounds...and I especially liked when she talked about how times have changed with moms. Our grandmothers were able to focus there time and energy into their homes and children, while our mom's were having to explore life outside the home (at times) and now us! We have so much to balance (even if you stay at home) times have changed and I want to make the most out of being a mom! My favorite line so far that has inspired me was "A total mom is a woman who is changing the face of homemaking and motherhood. Caring for her home and family is not something she does on the side. It is a priority for her, and she loves what she does. She is smart, energetic, powerful, confident, balanced, and sexy. She doesn't sit around and wait for things to happen. She MAKES things happen!"
Isn't that refreshing? Well this is a six week adventure and we shall see where things go. On top of this I am planning on embarking on another adventure-running. The first 5K race is on March 26th-Mark and my parents have been very energetic about working out, so I don't think it will be hard to do. Wish us luck!
Here is Hannah Keeley's website: http://hannahkeeley.com/
Friday, February 25, 2011
For my birthday celebration Nanny and Papa H offered to take BOTH kiddos. It was the first overnight with them together. I knew they were in great hands, but it was really hard for me because (again) there are two of them and Mack is six months old and it was the first time to leave him. Luckily it was great as well. They both took naps and went to sleep on time and slept in! Whew! They were both so tired after such an exciting event.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Mack was wondering why we were taking pictures! He is huge next to little Gretchen:)
The girls enjoyed lunch outside
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Avery and Mack had so much fun being with their Papa, Grammy, Uncle Brent, Aunt Sarah (who is due any day with our new baby girl niece-it never gets any less exciting), Millie and Lucie!
On Friday we headed out and got there right before bed time. Saturday Mark took them to visit a friend while my mom and I went shopping. Then we all went to a fabulous dinner at Gios. It was great because we had our own room and the kids could run around together. I have never seen Avery interact the way she did with her cousins. She stayed up until 10:00 jumping on the bed and watching t.v.! It was fun to see how she has changed so much! They are going to have so much fun as they grow up together-there is a true bond between them.
To many Valentine's Day is a hyped up holiday made by Halmark, but to me it brings back some of my best memories. I remember all the years growing up making Valentines for my friends and family and getting little gifts from my parents. I also received flowers from my dad every year. It also meant my birthday was coming soon! This year we had a blast celebrating it with our kids. That is what it's all about! We did have to induldge in a wonderful dinner, but most of all we gave Mack and Avery a special day.
Mark arranged for flowers to arrive at the house and my work. Avery and Mack each got a rose with a stuffed animal and a balloon (big hit). Mom got a beautiful arrangement at work and Miss Mallory got flowers from Mack and Avery. Everyone was very happy. Mark received a double batch of chocolate covered strawberries and lots of candy!
Avery only cared about the puffs they got-nothing else! Mack got a new cup (he will soon be drinking out of one). Avery got forks because she really wants to feed herself.
Oh and Mack is sitting up-with some support.
What would Valentine's Day be without making cookies. Miss Mollory did these with Avery. As you can see they didn't get to finish the decorating because somebody couldn't keep her hands off them! It was pretty funny to find them with bites taken out. She takes after her daddy with the sweets.
Overall, it was a very special day that we hope will be the beginning of many traditions with our little family of four!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mack is always happy and is even more smiles having us all together!