Monday, September 30, 2013

Embracing Our Unique Children

Here's the article I wrote for my monthly MOPS newsletter. If you are interested in reading the whole newsletter it and many other things can be found at the Ellensburg MOPS website. 

"I have three boys. Three chances for perfect little carbon copies I can shape and mold any way I like. Except each child is unique and there is nothing I can do about it!
I have one child who saw all of his school pictures lines up from the last few years and said, “Oh it’s so cute, I almost want to cry!” I have one child that can sit and stare at a tv screen for hours (if I were to actually allow that sort of thing, right?) with his tongue hanging out but can’t stop running around long enough to color in a picture. I also have another child who loves carrying around different tools of sorts, a wooden spoon, a Swiffer or this week, screwdrivers, wherever he goes.
Each of my boys live in the same house, they even sleep in the same room, they eat the same food, they all share the same toys, but they are so different from each other. God has called each of our children to be uniquely themselves and we as mothers have to do our best to meet the needs of each individual child. What works with one kid won’t work with another so as a mom we have to keep evolving and trying to nurture our kids in whatever way is best for them. And sometimes we have to just let them take a nap with a screwdriver." 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pinterest Almost Killed My Blog

I think there was a crack in the system.

Ok I needed something to blame for my lack of posts in oh what, two months or more. Maybe it was getting up at 4:45am or around there to go into the gym to work out for three months. Maybe it was the fact that I became a football mom and have three rowdy boys and it feels like everyday is starting to revolve around balls (yes, I mean every kind). Maybe it was finally getting on depression medication and trying to figure out our new normal. Maybe it was a wacky summer and I just needed time to breath. Maybe.

But I'd like to officially blame Pinterest. In case you don't know it is a website where people share pictures linked to websites of inspiration for all aspects of life and you can "pin" the images to your virtual boards to get back to later. It is an awesome place to find recipes, decorating ideas and crafts etc. I put off ever going on there even when friends would rave about how much they loved it because I knew it could become a time-suck and there already wasn't enough of me to go around. When I did finally jump on the band wagon I was hooked. I mean it is really cool. I even thought I could pin stuff from my blog onto Pinterest and increase my readership. This was also back when I thought I could make money blogging (oh silly me). But then I realized I didn't have the technical skills to make my pins look pretty enough. Or how to even put text onto pictures. Or the cool ideas to write interesting and inspiring posts daily. I started to spiral downward.

I was eating healthier so all the posts about delicious desserts just made me want them more. I knew I didn't have the time or ingredients to make fall scented playdoh or hand sew adorable Halloween costumes. I didn't have the financial resources to go out and redo my kitchen to look like the stunning ones I saw online. I couldn't look at posts on romancing your husband while I was just struggling to communicate with mine. My dinners weren't always perfect. I had let all of these things creep into my head. Slowly, without even noticing.

I was letting comparison steal the joy I got from blogging. 

It is still hard. Now that I've had such a big absence the longer I go without blogging, the better I feel like my posts have to be. No one wants to read about beets like I almost posted on... maybe I will tomorrow after I get all of this out. But I finally realized this blog is for me. For people who care about me and my boys and the hubbs and even Danielle who is now studying abroad in Chile. It's about my take on daily life and the crazy adventures we have. It's most definitely not about being perfect or doing things the most awesome way... just our way.

So here we are. Here's to a fresh take on getting back to what I originally set out to do.

So here is just a teeny glimpse of what's been up with our crazy life:
Warner played Goofy Dress Up

We got in the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest crown together at a Seahawks football game.

Lincoln was just too adorable while playing dress up at the Children's Activity Museum.

We celebrated 5 years of marriage!

Dylan started playing football for the Kittitas Grid Kids.

The kids loved the animals the most at the county fair. 

The boys started school, preschool and third grade respectively. 

We Skyped with Danielle in Santiago, Chile. 

I took my hand at being creative with lunch. Lincoln loved it anyway.