Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dreaming of a Good Nights Sleep

At some point in all of our lives we just wish for a good nights sleep.  We may wish for it when we are sick, when we have a new baby, or just when life is getting to us.

When I was little I was such an early bird, often the first one up.  In the winter I would wrap up in my blanket and sit on the heating vent hiding behind the couch.  I was afraid I would get in trouble for being up so early.

Looking back I definitely would not have gotten in trouble for being up early, maybe for stealing all the heat though. 

Even as a teenager I still rose with the sun.  Finally when I was 20 weeks pregnant and we moved to a new town I learned how to sleep in, often sleeping in until 10:00 A.M.

So yes, right before having a newborn I finally learned how to sleep in, oh the irony!   

Lucas was the worst baby when it came to sleeping, didn't really sleep through the night until 2-years-old and by then I had Alex.

So needless to say, now that my kids are all a bit bigger I love being able to sleep all night....

except now sometimes I can't.

Two nights ago it was a bad dream, where I woke up kicking as I swore someone was in my bedroom.

Last night, while randomly dreaming about American Idol, I flipped over only to end up elbowing Eric in the face.

I would have felt really bad, but he was on my pillow.  Something kind of like this
When I elbowed him, it startled him more than hurt him and he jolted up asking what was wrong.  

We laughed about the situation and were ready to fall back asleep... and then there was an earthquake.

Thankfully it was a small earthquake and was quickly over, one of which we might have even slept through had we actually been asleep. 

Once my heart stopped racing and I felt like I could maybe get back to sleep, I heard the owl.

About a week ago an owl decided to take up residence in our neighborhood.  It likes to perch right on our window ledge right outside our bedroom window.  Apparently the earthquake scared the owl too and it was hooting away.

Oh sleep... is it really so hard to get?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An Egg-tastic Easter

Cheesy title much?  Yep, I would say so, but we did have a great Easter.   We planned on hunting for the baskets before church, but sleep won and time slipped away, so we were mean and made the kids wait until after church.

Having to wait did have one great benefit, they all cooperated really well for the mandatory dressed up nice Easter pictures before they were able to look for their baskets.

We had some fun too of course.

Then it was basket hunting time.  We don't just hide the baskets and send the kids off to find them, they have to follow the clues (a tradition we have continued from my childhood).  The older the kid gets, the harder the clues get.

Ryder's clues were just pictures he had to follow.
fun ways to search for Easter baskets
Thankfully despite my poor drawings he was able to figure out all his clues.

Alex was able to pretty quickly figure out her's.
fun ways to search for Easter baskets
  The clue she figured out the fastest was the one read:
"It's often a mess
much to my distress,
But it's your space,
Your very own place."

As soon as she read the mess line, before she even read the rest, she knew exactly where to go.  Yea, that is saying something.

Lucas actually saw (and started figuring out) his clues that morning, shouldn't have left them on my nightstand.  So after church we re-wrote his clues, making them even harder, complete with a word search that led him to Minecraft on the computer where Eric had created a world with a sign for his next clue.
Lucas' clues before I cut them out
In the end they were all able to successfully find their baskets and enjoy their spoils.


We finished the night with a fancy ham dinner and finally at 7:00 actually dyed some Easter Eggs.

Ryder even painted one of his eggs

Hey, better later than never right?

How was your Easter?  What do you do with your Easter baskets?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mondays make me feel like this...

It's Monday.. and well sometimes Mondays just make me feel like this....
We had a great Easter, which I am going to tell you all about tomorrow.  For today I am just leaving you with this beauty as I am playing some major catch up.  Oh and Alex isn't giving her brother a sweet little kiss, she was pretending like she was going to eat his head.


How was your Easter?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday 5: Ups and Downs

It's time for Friday 5! (#Friday5) Sharing 5 things and 5 pictures from the week.

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This week my guest co-host is my dear friend Janette of the Johnason Journey.  I have known Janette through the blogging world for several years now.  We have even face-timed, texted and I just really wish she wasn't so far away in Texas as I think we would have so much fun just hanging out.  She was my partner in crime on Heartfelt Acts and is just someone that I always know will have my back.

Here are the questions I asked Janette.

1. How long have you been blogging? It feels like so much longer, but I've been blogging for 6 years... probably more in the past 2-3 years than when I first started out.  

2. What is your dream job?  I would love to own my own shop.  I just can't figure out exactly what I would have in it.  I also would love to be an event planner or own my own event planning company.  I still feel like a college kid asking myself what I want to be when I grow up!  

3. If you were given $1,000 right now what would you do with it? Sadly, I'd probably have to put it towards debt but ideally I'd love to put it as a down payment for an amazing family trip.

4. How do you like to spend Saturday night?  Cuddled up watching a movie or catching up on past tv shows we have recorded with my family.

5. What is your favorite part about blogging?  Your least favorite part?  I love and adore the friendships I have made through blogging.  If I miss a week or have a slow time, I still know my friends are there.  My least favorite is the numbers.  I know the numbers are a big deal for marketing and getting chosen for campaigns, but it feels too much like a popularity contest and I'd rather just stay focused on why I started blogging to begin with when I started sharing pictures of our family journey.

For sure head to her blog.  You can also find her on Facebook//Pinterest//Twitter

5 Things
1. Some weeks seem to fly- this last week was incredibly long.  It stared with Alex getting sick last Friday, catching throw-up in a bowl is never a fun thing, but I did get an awesome break at the Craftastic Saturday and Sundays are always nice (oh except that Alex felt sick during church so we ditched out to bring her home), but since then I have been playing single mom while Eric has been working 14-15 hour days.  On Wednesday I sent my kids to school with no lunch as they liked what was being served... on Thursday.  Thankfully the Wednesday food turned out to be something they didn't mind that much.

2. I am almost caught up on American Idol- Ryder often watches it with me and likes the "shorter show"- i.e. the results show.

3. Tuesday Ryder had a play date with one of his girl friends.  Her mom told me that the night before the play date she was signing a song about playing with Ryder and that she hoped he would play ponies with her.  Last time they played he didn't play ponies as there weren't any boy ponies.  I told him he could be Rainbow Dash as I used to think she was a boy.

4. While Ryder was at his play date I finished Easter shopping, went and bought myself some new capris and went to Panera Bread for lunch and sat there for an hour reading a book.  It was heaven.  Plus I heard back that Ryder and his friend played so well that it was a break for the mom too- definitely need more of these playdates.

5. Ryder has started making cards for everyone and loves writing the words himself.  He has made several for me which he then goes and puts on my nightstand to surprise me.   Not really much of a surprise that way, but I still love it.

5 Pictures
Sick Alex
Eric took soccer duty while I was at Craftastic Saturday- Slurpees after the game 
Amanda and me at Craftastic Saturday 
My lunch at Panera 
A bowling Alley game sign Ryder made- he wrote his name and drew the picture
What is your Friday 5 this week?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Because of Him

Because of Him, I figured out who I wanted to be.

Because of Him, I not only survived but grew through some of the hardest challenges of my life.

Because of Him, I can be forgiven of all of my faults, hypocrisies and mistakes.

Because of Him, I can feel peace and hope in times of tragedy and disappointment.

Because of Him, I know who I am.

Because of Him, all things are possible.

All Because of Him.

Happy Easter- Because of Him.  See more and share what you can do because of Him-by visiting here.   #BecauseofHim