10 Things I love about Motherhood

Although I can sometimes find myself feeling exhausted, unaccomplished, and overwhelmed, I am so grateful that I am able to experience all that Motherhood has to offer. I’ve been thinking a lot lately on all the joys that Motherhood can bring, and how ironic it is that somehow witnessing brothers hugging, or sharing a laugh can erase the previous overwhelming frustration of freshly painted walls being colored on. After following Mama Kat’s blog for some time, I’ve decided to join in on her writing prompt for this week, and come up with 10 things I love about Motherhood.InstagramCapture_879b28f2-47c4-415a-949c-05aba0348777

1. Everyday is a new day. Kids keep you on your toes. You think you have motherhood mastered, then baby number two (or three…) comes along, and you have to re-learn sleep patterns, likes/dislikes, and food preferences.  I have one son who loves dinosaurs, one who loves trucks, and one who is too young to enjoy anything more that getting into everything he’s not suppose to, which makes every minute of every day different than the one before.

2. Kids say the funniest things. I have a book that I jot down hilarious things that my boys say. The other day, Carter (5) said “When I get big, like 20, I can  sleep in the garbage!” Jesse (3) was very concerned, and said “Um, Carter, that’s very far away. And you can’t sleep in the garbage, that’s yucky you will get sick and have to go to the hospible. And get shots.” Carter then replied “Oh, yeah. I forgot. I mean I can sleep on the roof.”  It’s amazing the conversations I witness on a daily basis.WP_20150126_005(1)

3. I get to play with new toys! I know they were excited about the racetrack they got for Christmas… and that marble run. However, I may have been slightly more excited to play with it with them!

4. I get to witness change and growth on a daily basis. Being a Stay at home mom has been the best blessing.  I know not everyone has the opportunity, but when Jordan and I talked about it, we had to figure it out. I couldn’t just stay home without other “sacrifices” (And by sacrifices, I mean financial ones- cars without car payments, inexpensive month to month cells with data only connecting to wifi, etc..) but it was what we chose to do in order for me to be home. I’m 100% sure we made the right choice in exchanging worldly possessions for time with my boys.InstagramCapture_be549bb0-0fe7-401b-a157-396c1f98f8a5

5. I learn daily, too. From patience to how they learn best, I am constantly learning more about them, and about life everyday.  They’ve started ‘reminding me’ about the stage of my heart, (“Mommy, is yelling having a mean heart or nice…”) and more about talking about what I did wrong, and apologizing for it. The learn from example, and that’s sometimes tough.

6. The love from a child.  My heart is constantly full of love from my boys.  They are always telling me they love me, asking if I want to snuggle, and coming to me when they are hurt, sad or mad. When I’m not here (like when I snag a few hours to sneak out of the house… or when I drop them off at the gym and workout) they miss me, they come running to me, arms wide open, yelling “Mommy!!!!!”, and can’t wait to tell me all about our time apart.

7. Everyday is a new adventure. Since Carter is homeschooled, and we do most of our book work in the afternoon when the little boys nap, we have the opportunity to go exploring during the day.  They love checking out a new park, going on walks or bike rides, and finding new fun places to hang out.  Carter has been asking about going in the woods (I’m assuming he means hiking….) and once the weather gets nicer, I have lots of day trips in mind!  Even if we stay home for the day, we’re building dinosaur caves, and zoos, each day is ‘someplace’ new.

8. Their overwhelming sense of joy. Whether they master a great new accomplishment (like sliding down the 15 foot fireman pole at the playground, or finally getting across those monkey bars in the back yard) or draw an awesome spaceship, all by themselves, they are overflowing with joy.  They have a great sense of accomplishment, that is contagious. I would have never imagined myself being so excited about that first poop on the potty…. but let me tell you, I was just as excited as they were!

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9. Endless cuteness. Although my boys will say “Mom, I’m not cute, I’m cool.”, they are totally cute.

10. Reading throughout the day, all day long. I can never get sick of hearing “Mom, can you read me this book.” Not only does it give me more time with them , teaching them (and sneaking in some cuddles…) but also forces me to stop the ‘busy-ness’ and sit down with my boys. I’ve written before how I tend to get caught up in the to-do lists of life, and I feel like sitting and reading with them helps me to absorb the greatness of motherhood.

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What do you love about motherhood? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and exhausted with the daily task of motherhood, (At least for me) but although some days seem long, the time flies by.

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New Year, Improved You

With 2014 going out with a bang (And by bang, I mean a Noon Years Eve party for the littles, and a mostly quiet night at home with a few friends) I find it important to have goals for the year. New years resolutions seem to quickly fade out of peoples thought come February, but I find that having goals for the year are much more realistic.

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This year, many of my goals involve my family. Besides eating healthier, and gaining more muscle mass, I want to learn, and grow with my boys. I want to be able to experience, actually experience Gods grace, love, and plan for my life. I find looking back on my year, there are some big memories that stick with me, but overall I can describe it in one word: BUSY! From moving, to having a baby, to figuring out how to parent 3 little boys, traveling to NY, trying to find time to work out etc, etc…. I realize that I let a lot of the year just pass. There were days (probably more than I actually want to admit) that I would count down the hours until nap time, pray they slept for the better half of the afternoon, then counted down until Daddy got home.

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My goal is to experience every moment, every frustrating, boring, overwhelming, joyous, funny moment, and thank God for allowing me to be home with my boys, and to experience them. My goal is to have mine and Jordan’s time together, be quality time. Time where we learn more about each other, grow together, and just enjoy each others company. My goal is to be able to have God plant truth on my heart when it comes to my body image and working out. Truth that in His eyes, I’m perfect. Truth to know that I can work out, lift weights, and run without it being an idol, and truth to know if it becomes that.

I think having goals for the year, or month, or even week is healthy. It’s important that we set goals for ourselves so we aren’t just going through the motions of life.  What are your New Year Goals?

Christmas Letter

I figured since it was practically Christmas, that I would share my Christmas Letter with you.  Since all my side of the family lives mostly on the East coast, our Christmas letter is more of an update of our lives for the past year. Enjoy! Merry Christmas!!!

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This year has been busy, filled with many blessings, too.
One big blessing is that our family recently grew.
Zachary Atticus was born on the second of May.
His siblings were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to play!
Now Zachary chats, is full of laughter, and a smile.
He sits, plays with toys and sleeps through the night (once in a while)
Jesse is now three, and loves to sing while playing his guitar.
He enjoys playing outside, being a superhero and throws his ball pretty far.
Carters’ now five, and has recently begun homeschool.
He loves legos, anything Batman and thinks dinosaurs are so cool.
Brianna has turned seven, and is now in second grade.
She adores her brothers, drawing birds, and ‘Just Dance’ is constantly played.
Since having Zach, Carly’s a stay at home mom.
She’s started a blog, joined a Moms Group, and thinks yoga is bomb.
Jordans’ been busy at work, and a promotions been given.
He got a new truck, completed his first triathlon, and is still super driven.
Together we completed a Tough Mudder, it was great.
We also purchased a home with Royce and Monica, and started to renovate.
We hope your year was full of laughter and cheer.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Much Love,
Jordan, Carly, Brianna, Carter, Jesse, and Zachary

Phases of Life

      Lately, I’ve been feeling slightly burnt out. From middle of the night wakings (which have been becoming less and less!), to constantly arguing boys, to the daily nap-time disputes, my days seems very long.  We are usually out and about in the mornings (library, moms group, the gym, grocery shopping) and the boys are pretty well behaved while were out. When we get back home, however, I may be looking at the clock counting down until Jordan gets home.
I know it’s just a phase of life, and it’s an important phase. It’s the time to teach my kids how to solve problems on their own, how to show each other grace and love, and how to respectfully obey their parents. It’s sometimes a pretty tough job. It’s ironic that the little people that can sometimes drive me absolutely nuts, can also make my heart fill with joy the next second. Throughout the day, I find that God uses my reaction to their defiance (and arguing, and disrespect…) to teach them. I can demonstrate showing them grace. I can also demonstrate confessing my sins, and apologizing.
Do any of you moms feel this way?  I know everyone has hard days; days they’ve yelled all day, days they didn’t get any housework done, and days that it’s dinner time and you’re realizing that you haven’t sat down to eat all day.  Remind yourself that it’s just a phase of life. Soon it will be passing by, the kids will be getting older, more independent and this current phase will be what you long for.
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Fatigue at it’s finest

We’ve recently returned from a 10 day visit back to NY. My family lives there, as well as Jordan’s daughter. Our trips back are quite frequent, and over the past four year, all the boys have flown multiple times a year. Zachary flew at 3 weeks old to go back with my for a family reunion.
Our flight there was perfect, even with our 6am departure time! The boys slept, read books, played leap pad games, and looked out the window.  We had an awesome time spending time with family, going on little outings, and catching up with old friends.
Although we’re looking forward to getting back home, it’s always hard to leave.We have to say goodbye to J’s daughter, cousins, my mom and sister, and usually we don’t know when our next visit will be.
Our flight home, was beyond horrible. Besides our original flight getting canceled, and having to stay another night in a hotel, our new flight was not through the same city for the layover, and we had a 5 and a half hour flight to look forward to.
I can’t even begin to describe the flights, just close your eyes and use your imagination….
super hot, screaming baby, airsick kid, no sleep.
Lets just say, we prayed alot for patience, and grace while trying to get home.

Here are some memories from our trip:

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 We miss everyone, but are happy to be back home, and getting back into a routine.
We have decided that it will be million years a very, very long time before attempting another cross country journey with the whole family.

Wild Imaginations

I love being home to see my boys grow, learn, and change on a daily basis.
My most favorite thing to witness right now, is their love of accessories, and their wonderful imaginations!
It seems like lately, we can’t leave the house without a cape, hat, and/or mask. (Along with their ‘toy of the day’, of course)
I love hearing “Jesse, here, you forgot your cape!” and “Carter, you look awesome!” throughout my day.
And, nothing can put a smile on your face like a kid in a cape.

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Any of you have superheros as kids?

Fall Favorites

It’s finally started to feel like fall around here. I’ll take the sun over the rain any day, but the slight chill in the air has been a nice touch. My love of the season and all it’s beauty would be much easier to sum up in photos!

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Football! Growing up I was a Miami Dolphins fan. Mainly because my Dad was a Bills fan, and I was a rebellious child, I choose his rival. Since marrying a Jets fan, I’ve ‘switched’ teams, however when the Jets lose to the Dolphins, I still have a smug smile and an internal celebration!

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Gods beauty in Fall is absolutely amazing. The usually green leaves change to multiple different colors, and no two trees look the same. The falling leaves bring beauty as well as endless leaf-pile jumping entertainment! (For the kids, and myself!)

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Although I love the summertime, It’s been amazing to be able to go for a run and not be sweating before I start. It’s nice to feel the cool air going into my lungs, and for some reason I feel like I can run and run and run in this weather. My runs have become slightly longer. (bonus!)

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Flannels! Especially this little guy wearing them.

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With the fall weather comes fall boots, endless chunky sweaters, layers upon layers and fancy fall scarves. Another perk of the slightly chilled weather…. hot starbucks!

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Although the fall weather tends to bring rain in the Northwest, nothing can stop outdoor loving boys from doing what they do best. The added puddles and mud add hours to our outdoor entertainment, and although it can be messy, their smiles and giggles are completely worth it!

What are some of your fall favorites?