Friday, July 29, 2011

Don't Know Much

Over on Kellys Korner, its Show Us Your Life-best parenting advice. I still consider myself a new mommy as Klayton is now 9 1/2 months...with that being said I still have a lot to learn! So, I thought I would share some examples of lessons I've learned or parenting advice I've recieved that I thought was just awesome!
When Klayton was "brand new" on the rare occasion that I would let others hold him! Ha! I was a baby hog then and still am! Anyway, there was a few times that he would spit up and it would get on their clothes...I was quick to apologize! There were times I would have to leave a conversation...this still happens to go change a diaper...I was quick to apologize! One day, a friend was in the church nursery and I passed Klayton to her so I could use the restroom, when I came back I discovered Klayton had soaked through his diaper and once again I was quick to apologize! My friend, then told me there was no need to apologize and I should never feel the need to apologize for baby things we can't control...if I need to excuse myself to change a diaper, or feed him-I'm simply taking care of.a need. I should never have to apologize for taking care of my childs needs. So, guess what I simply excuse myself now and hope those around me understand!
Klayton is an extremely content baby...fussy days are few and far between-I am so blessed. I remember being in a church to share our ministry. Klayton was having a fussy day-he was cutting teeth and didn't feel good. A lady walked by me and said, "my what a fussy baby you have!" I was quick to say, hes cutting teeth. She walked away and soo after Klayton was fine. A few hours later dinner was being served and Klayton was once again fussy...guess who walked by? Yep, you guessed it...as she walked by she remarked, "he is so fussy...that must be all he does". At first I was embarrassed; but then I decided, oh well, I know the truth and its not my job or worth my time to try and change her mind. People are always going to see what they want to see...I learned that day...I and my husband know our child better than anyone else...we know the circumstances. I say that to say, at one point or another someone is going to pass judgement on you, your child, behavior or about how you are dealing with a situation and it may or may not be an accurate judgement. However, if you know you are doing the best you can by Gods example of leadership...then go ahead dust their judgement off your feet and keep moving on.
As I said, I don't know much and the above advice is pretty simple; but I'm learning that sometimes the simplest of things is the hardest of things to remember!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. Currently we are with my grandparents in Wisconsin and they are having so much fun loving on Klayton.
2. We are slowly making our way to New Hampshire...a 23 hour drive.
3. Along the way we will be visiting Josephs parents and my friend Peggy!
4. Klayton has 8 teeth...crazy!
5. Klayton is 9 months and I really should do his 9 month memory post.
6. We complain when its cold and we complain when its hot...so, I will not complain about the ungodly heat that South Dakota is experiencing.
7. I'm trying to remember...did I do a 10 on Tuesday post last week? I really can't remember and hate to post repeat random thoughts...
8. I'm thinking about blogging daily about our trip to New Hampshire...
9. I sold my 3rd piece of jewelry and have an order to complete for when I get home. Yay!
10. I am so tired...still trying to catch up from sleep loss from the past 2 weeks...I will fill you in sometime. Hope your Tuesday was awesome!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. Yes, I realize that its just a little past 5 a.m.
2. I yawn just thinking about how tired I am and thinking of all the things I need to accomplish today.
3. Tonight I'm having a girls scrapbooking night!
4. Its been a long, stressful weekend...more on that later.
5. Next week, I get to see my friend Peggy! She lives in Susquehanna, PA!
6. Had a garage sale this past weekend...made $30. Disappointing.
7. Klayton has 8 teeth! Isn't that crazy??
8. Can this extreme heat leave now? Its overstayed its welcome in my book....I would much rather prefer it to be 75 without the humidity.
9. A couple of ladies from OK sent me a binder, filled with plastic sleeves of coupons. I just might become an extreme couponer! After all I do love good deals!
10. Speaking of good deals...last week I bought 2 shirts from Kohls for $1! Thats a happy thought to end with! Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


*Last time I posted this, it was while I was waiting for a child...I post this now as a reminder in a new journey that we are waiting on. *

Desperately, hopelessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait!'

"Wait?, you say, wait!" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have you not hear?
By faith I have asked, and am claiming Your Word."

"My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and You tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes,' a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign."

"And Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, as we shall receive.
And Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply!"

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, "You must wait."
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting...for what?"

He seemed then to kneel and His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.
All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want...but, you wouldn't know Me."

"You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You'd not know the power that I give to the faith;
You'd not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there;
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence were all you could see."

You'd never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You'd know that I give and I save...,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart."

The flow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that's beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have last."

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee.'
Your dreams for your loved ones overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss! If I lost what I'm doing in you!"

"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me
And though oft may My answers seem terribly late,
My wisest of answers is still but to wait."

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! Yes, I know its no longer the 4th...however, I am a slow blogger and I am just now posting about our 4th so just go with it and pretend it wasn't a week ago!

We took Klayton to his first parade!

He didn't get any candy this year...maybe next year! So, he decided to let my friend Kris-Ann's kids get the candy and I think they had lots of fun filling their candy bag!

It was so hot outside and Klayton and daddy were ready to move on from the parade and get in some shade!

So, after the parade we went and visited some booths that were set up at the local park and took Klayton swinging!

By the time we got Klayton home, he was pretty whipped!

After we got home, Klayton took a nap and then we let him play in his makeshift pool! He is definitely a water baby!

Later in the day we met up with some friends for Coldstone, took a long walk and enjoyed the fireworks-which Klayton loved! Unfortunately, we live in a small town and there was a long pause at one point which Klayton promptly fell asleep at! After the fireworks were over my friend Jessica and her girls came for a little visit and we sat out in the back chatting!
In spit of many bug bites I would have to say Klayton had a great first Fourth of July!

Our Getaway

Four years ago, this past Saturday-July 9th this man asked me to be his wife and I obviously said yes!

Since then its been a crazy journey and we are now working towards 4 years of marriage this January 4th, 2012! Pure craziness!
Every year we try to do something to remember our engagement day…its usually lunch and white roses! Always so sweet! However, this year he had a different kind of surprise in mind.
Joseph arranged for my parents to come up on Friday and spend the night with Klayton. I must admit this mama did cry as I gave my Babycakes a hug goodbye. This was my first time to leave him overnight; but I’m thankful that he was with my parents.

We didn’t travel to far, just 15 minutes to a hotel in Sioux Falls. We got a date night package, which included a one night hotel stay at the Clubhouse and dinner at Foley’s. The hotel was beautiful-they even upgraded us to a suite!

After getting settled into our room the hotel had someone drive us over to the restaurant! We both had salad, garlic mashed potatoes and steak! We even had enough on our gift card for some turtle cheesecake

and a drink for Joseph….

Mmm, what exactly is he thinking drinking that?! Ha! Its actually a grasshopper shake! So fun!

Once we came back from the hotel we sat at their back patio where the fire pits were blazing and we just relaxed.
It was so weird going to bed and knowing my baby wasn’t in the next room. I really missed him and it didn’t feel right being away from him, however it was good for Joseph and I to get away and just be alone. I told him, I think one overnight stay away from our baby is more than enough for me this year though!
Klayton did survive and I only called to check on him three times! And many thanks to my parents for coming and staying with Klayton…I don’t think they minded one bit!

10 on Tuesday

1st. This past Friday my sweetheart, aka Joseph, took me for an overnight hotel stay and dinner.
2nd. This overnight stay did not include Klayton and yes this mama cried when she left him behind. More on our weekend later.
3rd. I'm considering selling Scentsy. I can almost guarantee that I would make my 1st goal as they now sell Michigan Wolverine warmers! It would only cost $100 to start up and it wouldn't be hard to make that back. Maybe, when we have extra money I will do it...
4th. This weekend my mom and I will be doing a garage sale. I hope to make lots of money! I will also be selling some of my jewelry.
5th. Speaking of jewelry, my giveaway is over. Sadly, no one participated in the giveaway.
6th. Last week I bought 2 shirts from Kohls for $1...they were on clearance and I had one coupon-go me!
7th. Klayton has started waking in the night...1-2 times. I can't figure it out, he used to sleep through the night.
8th. We finally got rain last night. I love the sound of rain.
9th. Okay mommies, how did you introduce food that required chewing before swallowing? When I give him puffs Klayton just swallows them whole causing him to gag. Eating is our difficult area.
10th. I hope this finds you having a Happy Tuesday and if any of reading this are not a follower; but blog leave me your blog addresses so I can hop on over for some good reads!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Where I Fail

I know I fail in many areas, however I also know that one of my major areas is cleaning. I hate to clean. Seriously, I hate it. Yet, I also hate the thought of a dirty toilet, I hate my counter tops being full of dirty dishes, I hate an unmade bed that would look so pretty if I would just take the time to make it.
I tend to put cleaning off until I have no choice but to clean than it ends up being an all day task to clean one room or laundry suddenly becomes a mountain to high to climb in one days time. Sometimes I lay in bed thinking how I could become better in this area, I hear or read random tidbits that would be helpful and maybe even kind of neat to do. I soak in that neat idea then put it to good use for an hour before I become bored.
Someday, I'm going to be an amazing housekeeper...they will want to give me my own show; but until then I'm going to try and do a little cleaning everyday...can I do it?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

10 on Tuesday

1. We had a wonderful 4th! We took Klayton to his 1st parade, visited street vendors, filled a shirt tote with water as a makeshift pool for Klayton, had ice cream, took a walk with friends , watched fireworks with friends...and that was one long sentence!
2. Yesterdays activities wore Klayton out and I think he is still recovering from that and all his bug bites.
3. We are considering signing Klayton up for swim lessons. He is such a water baby and we think he will love it!
4. This could possibly turn into an all about Klayton post.
5. We are working on the sippy cup and he is doing so good! Were having problems with him holding it though; but we can't complain.
6. I feel so blessed to be a mommy...we waited so long for Klayton and I still get overwhelmed by the goodness of God.
7. Klayton has never been much of a cuddler; but there are moments and in those moments I dont mind stopping everything and soaking it in.
8. Its easy to come up with random thoughts when its all about my baby.
9. I've been putting it off all day but once I post this...I. MUST. GO. CLEAN. KLAYTONS. ROOM.
10. I hope this found you all having a good Tuesday.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fav Foto Friday

I have done this kind of post a long time ago and haven't done it since...obviously! Anyway, I just love this picture of me and my babycakes from this past Wednesday at the Pizza Ranch for the lunch! I just wish you could see more of his shirt, it says, "The Ladies Love Me (Mom, Grandma & Auntie)" That phrase is SO fitting for Klayton...I don't know what girls could love him more than us!