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I’m Not OK Today

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I'm Not OK Today

After a long day at work, my husband bursts through the front door loudly singing an upbeat song which I’m sure he heard on the radio during his drive home. Heck, I heard him singing all the way up the front steps, he doesn’t even need to announce, “Honey, I’m home!”

He is the perfect picture of a happy guy coming home to his girls.

I, on the other hand, had on my grungy clothes, messy hair pulled back, no makeup, fussy baby on my hip (who didn’t take an afternoon nap), a barking dog, two cats howling at me for dinner, and the tune of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse going through my mind over and over and over again.

I think this is the perfect picture of a SAHM.

I quickly hand over the baby and corral the animals to their feeding places so a little peace and quiet can be enjoyed…except that my husband keeps loudly singing.  I give him a glance, so he asks, “Are you OK?”

I wish I could go through the list of everything I didn’t get done around the house today, I still need to fold laundry, cook dinner, feed the baby, take a shower, and enjoy just a little peace and quiet.  Even though I haven’t talked full sentences all day, my mind is mush, so all I can mutter is, “I’m not OK today.”

My vision for the day did not go as planned.  The unexpected happened, and it continued throughout the day.  I was lucky enough to stay in a state of mind to not beat myself up about it, but now that my husband is home I start to feel unaccomplished, messy, and I mentally start to beat myself up.  How do I explain this to him?

As I’m fumbling through the kitchen to put something together for dinner, he sets the baby up in her highchair and feeds her dinner.  OK, that’s one thing that’s no longer on my to-do list.  After we eat, he helps me fold the laundry and put the clothes away, so another thing I no longer need to do.  He then offers to put the baby to bed so I can take a shower. I sigh…there’s my peace and quiet!

At the end of the night, he was the one who stepped up and helped me get past my difficult day. He didn’t come home expecting a clean house, he came home to be with his girls.  I wish I could go back to his arrival home and jump into his arms, give him a big kiss and start singing with him!  It’s a great reminder: some days he will need me to be the loud singer to lift his spirits.

The perfect picture of a SAHM includes someone special to be there and understand when your day doesn’t go OK.  I didn’t have to explain why my day did not go as planned, or what I wasn’t able to get done…all I had to say was, “I’m not OK today.”


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Mickey Birthday Party Roundup

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was the theme for my daughter’s 1st Birthday Party!

I didn’t realize how much work goes into a child’s birthday party until I hosted my daughter’s first party. However, since I used a combination of DIY craft projects (with supplies from JoAnn Fabrics) and Mickey Mouse themed decorations from Party City, it was relatively easy to put everything together and we had a lot of fun doing it! See all the items I used and would recommended below.

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Welcome Sign: I used a Reclaimed Wood Window Picture Frame and inserted pictures from her 1 year photo shoot along with a scrapbook piece where I wrote “Happy Birthday Charlotte!” It was very easy, and I hope to re-use the frame for future parties.

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Mickey & Minnie Table Centerpieces: This was a fun and easy craft project! I have a series of blog posts explaining the DIY process (HERE). These were made a week or two before the party, so I was able to get it out of the way.

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I also crafted the party favor bags and filled them with Mickey Mouse party favors. I thought the bags were simple to make, and it gave a personalized touch. Supplies included:

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Hot Diggity-Dog Bar: For food, we created a hot dog bar with a wide variety of toppings for people to enjoy. Toppings included: ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and chili. Since it was a summer party, we were able to grill hot dogs outside and set up the bar next to the grill. (A small crock pot was perfect to keep the chili warm.) We also had a lot of different side dishes that everyone pitched in to bring.

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Mickey Mouse Cake: I give my husband full credit for baking and decorating the cake, but it would not have been possible without the Mickey Mouse cake pan and cake decorating kit. We decided to make this cake for Charlotte and the kids, so used a package of Funfetti cake mix and buttercream frosting.

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Cupcakes: I narrowed it down to 2 different flavored cupcakes: Orange Dream and Black Forest Cherry. Yum! To keep it simple in the kitchen, I used a package of orange cake mix with a can of vanilla frosting for the orange dream cupcakes, and the black forest cherry cupcakes were a simple recipe that I loved so much, I highlighted in a blog post (HERE). I made the cupcakes a day in advance and kept them in the fridge until the party. They would not have been complete without the Mickey Mouse baking cups or Mickey Mouse cupcake picks, and the 4-tier cupcake tower was a perfect display for the party.

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Charlotte was a Cake Eating Queen in her Today I Eat Cake bib & crown. It was definitely a cake smash success!

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Other party decorations included: Mickey Mouse swirl decorations, Mickey Mouse honeycomb balls, and a Mickey Mouse scene setter.

In the end, her birthday party was a lot of fun! It would not have been possible without all the help we had from family members, so I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped and was able to celebrate with us. We’re looking forward to her next birthday party…but thankfully we don’t have to start worrying about that until next year!

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Summer Memories

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This summer has brought some happy memories.  It’s sweet to relive the moments by looking at pictures and reading my summer blog posts again. My daughter was just a baby, but the experiences we shared with her will be treasured forever. I’m happy to share these again with you!

We started the summer with multiple family weddings. Charlotte was the flower girl in my sister’s wedding, and she was adorable! I shared tips as the Mom of the Flower Girl HERE.

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We had a lot of firsts. Charlotte’s first swimming class and going to the splash park with friends were some of our favorites. She definitely loves to be in the water!

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We also took her camping for the first time and had a beach day. Watching her explore the water and sand is something I never want to forget! Spending a day at the beach was a lot different with a little one…read my beach with baby experience HERE.

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We had some important celebrations for our little girl! The day of her baptism was very special. Our families all came together, and it was a memory I never want to forget! I share my journey leading up to Charlotte’s Baptism HERE.

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Talk about important celebrations, she turned 1! I definitely had a lot of mixed emotions about my daughter’s first birthday, so I wrote her a letter HERE. We threw her a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party, and family and friends all came together to celebrate.

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One year photos by JR Photography

I feel like I am barely covering all the memories and photos from our adventures this summer. It is difficult for me to let go and look forward to fall. She’s gone from a crawl to taking steps, and she’s walking more every day! I know that my hands will be full keeping an eye on her and we will continue to grow together, but her first summer as a baby is something I never want to forget.

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To My Firstborn Daughter

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Dear Charlotte,

Your 1st birthday is only a day away, and I am shocked at how quickly we got here. You have already changed in so many amazing ways, and your Daddy and I are very proud of you.

Some of my favorite moments were when you were a brand new baby. You slept a lot, but there were hours I just held you in my arms and looked at you with eyes full of love and wonder. I remember the first moment I felt a very strong mothering responsibility for you…it was powerful to realize everything in your life starts with me and I am the one who is here to protect you. I promised I would not let you down.

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You have done so much for me. Your piercing blue eyes are what helped me get through a lot of days. Staying home to take care of you became my full time job, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. You can just look at me and I’ll be there. You say, “mama” now and it speaks to my heart.

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There are lots of little things I never want to forget…like how your little hand holds onto my finger, or your giggle is music to my ears it always makes me smile. Of course the milestones have been precious, and your Daddy and I wait for them, but everything you do is a blessing to me.

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You have showed me unconditional love. You have inspired me to be a better person. You have affected my life in so many different ways…but I am grateful that my new normal is spending everyday with you.

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You are blossoming into a beautiful girl. It is bittersweet that you will no longer be a baby, but I hope you let me call you baby girl for a long time to come.

I love you, baby girl, please continue to be you.

One year photos: JR Photography

Mommy Goals

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I have always been a goal setter.  It was ingrained in my brain during college from a combination of the health & fitness classes I took and the personal training work I did on the side. Everyone seemed to have a goal to lose weight, but we had to take a deeper look and make the goals SMART:

Example: lose weight = lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks

For example: lose weight = lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks

No matter what the goal is, the end result is to meet the goal and be rewarded.

I set a lot of personal goals for myself, but I also gave up on a lot of them. The one that really stands out to me is when I participated in an altitude training class. We drove 22 hours to climb a mountain in Colorado…and after climbing for hours, I turned around with the first group that couldn’t make it all the way to the summit. This class had a goal for us to make it to the top of the mountain, and first chance I got I gave up.

Fast forward a few years…

The week leading up to my daughter’s due date was very thought-provoking, to say the least. One night I had bad stomach cramps I wasn’t able to sleep (probably that whole medium pizza I ate) but I was in so much pain, all I could think was: if labor and delivery are more painful than this I can’t do it.  

I had to have a pep talk with myself: having my baby is something I can’t back out of. It will happen whether I want it to or not! I can back out of climbing a mountain, but I can’t back out of childbirth.

Well, I am happy to say, I had my baby: goal met!

My baby girl is almost a year old, so I have taken time recently to reminisce (read her birth story HERE.)  But, I’ve noticed my goals within this past year have been easier to meet than ever before!  Did having a baby make me superwoman?  Probably not, but the goals I’ve been setting are mainly ART goals:

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They may not be SMART weight loss goals anymore, but goals geared for stay-at-home-motherhood.

My main focus is have realistic goals. Being a mom has me all over the place sometimes, it’s important to allow more than enough time to meet a goal and allow for flexibility.  Also, not using time or energy to beat myself up about missing goals is important.  Life goes on, and goals change.

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