Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Stella Got Her Groove Back...

Becoming a mom is the most wonderful thing that's ever happened to me. I honestly praise God every day for entrusting me with 2 mini people to love, teach, keep safe, have fun with, laugh with and enjoy. 

But I won't pretend it's all fairy tales and birds chirping. 

Never have I loved two people to my core. Have they been the beat of my heart, part of me, and been able to make me virtually die of adorableness AND frustration! They are tiny, cute, sticky, button pushers! They insist on eating the dog's food, they RUN to the bathroom anytime a door is left open and head straight to splash in the toilet, and they stand at my feet and yell at me as I work to make their lunch and dinner. I feel like a failure more than I'd like and I laugh more than I thought I could. 

They rocked my world. 

I went from having a job I loved (and would like to think I was good at) to being a stay at home mom. Dave and I went from 6 years of marriage, in a quiet house, with frequent date nights, to an absolute circus tent of a home and a life of chaos. I went from a very social life full of time spent with friends, adult conversation with co-workers, weekend trips and couple's dates, to most nights at home. 

And they are more than worth it! 

But, I won't lie that it's taken a while to "find my groove". It took a while for me to get the hang of getting them dressed, fed, out of the house, and managing to keep everyone (somewhat) sane in the process. Their first birthday was a big turning point for us. They were a little more "independent", moving to milk and sippy cups, eating normal food, being able to sit in a highchair and eat so that we could join friends for a lunch date. There were a lot of factors but it all added up to a really fun summer. We got out, we enjoyed fun activities, fun with friends, and I loved watching them explore.

This fall, P&C started a mother's day out program and are really enjoying it! Today was my first day for Bible study and we all loved it. They get to be part of the children's program while I have my study. They did great and it makes me so happy to know they are learning and having fun while I'm getting back involved in some activities. 

This parenting thing is so fun. It changes daily. It is so humbling. It is so hard.

And it is everything I've ever wanted.  

THEY are everything I've ever wanted. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

School Days...

I can't even believe it but the little people started "school" yesterday! They are going to preschool for a few hours 2 days a week and we're all pretty excited! I am really looking forward to the socialization they will receive, the opportunity for them learn to respect their teachers and other children, play and have fun, and learn new things. They have P.E., music, a Bible story, lunch time, play time, and snack time each day. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!!

They looked so adorable and SO BIG as they walked into the church for their first day....

They had a great first day and were excited to see their greeting committee. I can't even imagine what will happen when they start kindergarten. We'll need a bus for their fan club. 

I'm praying for a great year for my two love bugs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known...

I love that quote by Carl Sagan. It's so fun for me to watch Parker and Caroline learn and explore. I forget sometimes that everything is new to them. When I step back and let that sink in, it's so much fun for me to watch them learn and experience new things. Austin has an amazing children's museum and we went yesterday for the first time. It.Is.Awesome! I went back up to the counter as we were leaving and bought a membership because we will absolutely be back!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Game, Set, Match!

In honor of the US Open starting today, P&C are rewinding to their Wimbledon photos. We love tennis around here. Their Zsa Zsa is a bit of a tennis mama so she's already locked in for lessons. We have them slated as mixed doubles.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Menden Twins! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pretty as a Peacock...

 Our summer of exploration lead us to Mayfield Park a couple of weeks ago. Aunt Kristen went with us and we had a ball. There was an art class going on and there were teenagers spread throughout the park drawing and painting. P&C loved watching them. Peacocks roam around the grounds and the kids were in awe. They splashed in the lily pads, giggled while Kristen blew bubbles, and walked around the gardens.

We also saw a woman dressed in her wedding gown taking bridal portraits. We spoke with her and she was getting ready to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary! She never had professional bridal portraits taken when they originally got married so she was there, with her teenage daughter, taking photos for her husband. I thought it was really fun that her daughter was able to see her mom in her wedding gown. So special.

I'm having so much fun exploring our city with these two little people. It's new to me, it's new to them, and I just love watching them learn and have fun.

So many squeals and giggles!! We love bubbles!