The Longest Thursday

I went to bed last night with such great expectations for today.  I had the Longest Thursday planned: Cleaning everything that became a mess during my 2 days of clinicals and 1 day of school, then I was going to make breadcrumbs for this Aldi Meal Plan I have been experimenting with so I could make Turkey Meatloaf for dinner tonight.  Somewhere in the day, I wanted to tackle some homework because I have 6 assignments, 1 exam review, and a 4 page surgical procedure record to do this week.

It’s the days that you have planned down to the end of the day that end up going haywire.. Poor Kennedy has a 102 temp that started in the middle of the night.  So duty has called.  The craziest things about these 2 year old girls is that for some reason if their medicine is of a pink variety they will take the entire syringe and push it in their own mouth.  The Children’s Motrin that we have on hand is dye-free, so I added a pen point drop of neon pink food coloring and WA-LA!  I don’t know why I haven’t thought about food coloring before!

Now, she’s laying on the couch all snuggled up watching Dora the Explorer with Haven.  Haven is being such a good ‘big sister’ (she was born a whole 1 minute before Kennedy) and it makes my heart happy.

I may not get the Longest Thursday to-do list accomplished, but the snuggles, cuddles, and time spent making 1 sick baby girl feel better is SO MUCH MORE worth my time.  Everything always gets done eventually! 🙂


Printable Pre-School Number Activities

I’ve been doing my internet rounds for deals and ideas this morning, and I just stumbled across this page!  Check out these cool FREE printable activities for your toddler/pre-schooler.. just click on the images to be directed to the website’s printable number page.



DIY Cleaner Storage

I did this awhile back, but as I have been de-cluttering our home and organizing like crazy, I have come to appreciate this idea even more!  This DIY will get your household cleaners out of the cabinet {increasing cabinet storage} and out of reach for your crawlers and toddlers.  Just take a cheap door hanging fabric shoe rack and put it on your pantry/kitchen door.  It frees up space, saves the worries of little ones getting into it, and everything you clean with is at a glance!  No searching for the pledge anymore 😉


Radio Silence

It has been a couple of weeks since I have had the time to sit down and gather some thoughts, let alone post said thoughts. I have a lot to catch up on.. Since my last post we have taken the girls to the pumpkin patch for the first time, taken the girls trick-or-treating for the first time, had a friend visit from out of state for a week, and I’ve had a handful of exams.

It’s better late than never, right?

We took the girls to this neat little pumpkin patch outside of town. It was an extremely cold and windy day, but the girls were so excited that it didn’t even phase them. I was able to get some really good pictures! I’m so excited that they have reached the age to enjoy things like this and be able to participate.   Here are some pictures to share my joy:


The girls have been OBSESSED with The Wizard of Oz  movie for weeks now, so this was just priceless!

I just loved this ‘how tall this fall’ board.  I hope that they have that each year to keep a little timeline going.

She was so proud that she could pick up the little  pumpkin and carry it, that she tried to pick up a HUGE pumpkin, too!

These girls are so extremely independent.. about everything.  They wanted to pull the wagon on their own, and they pulled that thing all the way to the checkout!



The girls leaving the patch!  We had a fantastic time, filled with smiles.  My only regret was not being able to be in the pictures with them.  I never think about that until it’s over.. the job of a mother: holding the camera.  I just can’t wait for the next trip to a pumpkin patch!!

This was on a day where I had a pile of homework to get done before the next day, we had a family get together, and the house needed cleaned badly.  I thought how am I going to get all of this done if I take them there.. then I realized that there was a memory to be made, which is what I live for, making memories with my family.  Everything that needs done will eventually find its way to being done.  Memories can’t be done, unless you make time for them to happen

Learning Not to Cry Over Spilled Milk

Yesterday was an eventful day, to say the least.

The girls have been sick with an upper respiratory bug, so on top of being two they are extra moody.  So the entire day was a little haywire.. On my way home from school my husband sends me this picture:

Pretty good mani and pedi for a two year old.. right?

Well, one of my girls got a bottle of finger nail polish open and decided she would give herself a manicure/pedicure on the living room couch.  If you just mumbled to yourself, “hmmm, I wonder if the couch was DESTROYED..”, I’m here to tell you IT IS.  You would think hearing this news on your way home from a 3 hour lecture would ignite a certain kind of fury from within.  On the contrary, I actually laughed.  You heard me right, I had a good little chuckle thanks to this little disaster.

I’ve been working on intentional living, if you will.  I’ve been trying to look at trying scenarios with transparent vision, so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel before I’m blinded by the dark.  Because of this, I was actually able to come home and calm my husband down before he busted some blood vessels.  When I saw this picture all I could see was the satisfaction on Kennedy’s face that she did a good job.  Can you see it, too?  That warms my heart like you wouldn’t believe!  I’m astounded by how much they know and are capable of doing {in this case, trying} and by how aware they are of their own wants, motives, and knowledge.  It’s going to take days of baths before it comes off, but every time I see that painted skin, I am blessed with a huge smile.