Monday, October 27, 2014

mama to an eleven month old.

i'm a little tardy on this post. sailor turned eleven months old last week!

sailor-boy has been crawling all over the place. his curiosity is flourishing and he's getting in to all sorts of things. baby proofing is in full swing! a baby gate has been added to the top of the stairs, and we MUST get some of those door stoppers on the cabinet that holds the garbage can and cleaning supplies (the cleaning supplies are from Melaluca and all of them are safe for kids to handle, but it's better if he doesn't waste

we stayed at our dear friend's house in los gatos for the last two weeks, where sailor learned to crawl up stairs (easton learned to crawl up the same stairs for the first time, too!). he also stood for the first time two weeks ago and has begun the learning process of "cruising." i put shoes on him for the first time two days ago- his little feet look so precious in easton's old mocs.

sailor is eating a lot and enjoying spaghetti most of all! sleep is (still!!) a horrible problem. we have started letting him cry it out on the first waking- hoping that very soon he'll, at the very least, sleep a four hour stretch without waking up. i am buying the sleep easy solution today, which will hopefully give me some solid sleep advice for this clingy little baby.

baby sailor-boy has been so playful lately. he pushes us, wanting us to "fall down," he mimics noises i make at him, he giggles at faces, and loves to destroy easton's train set (much to easton's annoyance). he looks like king kong crawling up to easton's elaborate train tracks on the floor, picking up the pieces and throwing them to the floor. it's pretty funny.

he totally has a mullet- but i can't bring myself to cut it. his hair, seriously gets crazier by the day.

easton at eleven months! (in case you wanna see ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

easton's 'un-pinterest' birthday party.

although i absolutely love throwing swanky/detailed/chic parties, i really didn't feel like doing that for easton's third birthday. maybe i wanted to keep his party low key because i'm busy, maybe it's because i didn't want to spend a ton of money, and most importantly…i just wanted the kids to have fun and expend so much energy that they took a nice long nap when the left.

here's what we did to prepare.

i took easton to the dollar store to pick out his decorations. he chose dinosaur figurines, panda plates, a happy birthday banner, a special candle for his cake, and colorful balloons. i went to michaels and bought big canvases for all the kids and lot's of paint. i figured i could have painting a canvas double as a birthday party activity AND the party favor (who doesn't want a painted canvas hanging on their wall?!?).

for months, all i heard from easton was that he wanted a jumpy house and a chuggington birthday cake at his birthday party. SOOOOO, i bought two chuggington trains for his birthday gift and plopped those bad boys (with festive party hats that i made specially for them) on the cake and called it a day. i decided to splurge on the jumpy house (because i knew that the kids would have so much fun with it) and rented one that had a HUGE slide on one side.

the kids had so much fun- the food was great (togos sandwiches), and all the kids left with a painted canvas to hang on their bedroom walls. it was a beautifully simple birthday party, the kind that was JUST about kids having fun and not about making it look perfect. i loved it. easton really loved it (which is all that matters).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

do you meditate?

i have never been very good at sitting still (unless you count online browsing on but lately, life has felt really chaotic. sometimes the chaos makes me feel really out of control (pulling hair out of my head kind-a out of control) and sometimes it makes me feel full of joy (wow, my life is so full and blessed). no matter which state of being i'm in (out of control chaos or full of joy chaos), it's still chaos.

i've been feeling the need to take time out of my day to just 'be.' i find that unless i am totally intentional about relaxing my mind, it really doesn't ever shut off. i am constantly in a state of 'doing' and want to be better at just 'being.' i mean, I'M ALIVE! I'M HEALTHY!! these are things to be so grateful for- and instead of just letting time pass with the busyness of life- i want to savor some moments of my day.

on days that i work- i always make some sort of time to stop during my day and do a guided meditation. i use the app CALM to help me really focus on whatever it is i need to focus on that day. CALM's guided meditation range from things like, 'motivation,' 'anxiety release' (yes, please!), 'deep sleep,' and 'gratitude' (just to name a few). at night, usually right before the kids get home with tony, i try to get a session in. on days that i'm home with the kids all day, i do a guided meditation while they nap (if they happen to nap together).

the best thing about meditation is that i feel a lot more energized and calm then i would if i just take a quick power nap. meditating has so many health benefits- plus it helps to train your mind to focus (which i'm sure all of us can use practice on!)

i'm just wondering, do you meditate? have you always done it? have you noticed a difference since you started???
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