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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Love is love is love is love. And kids are the embodiment of love. They don't see color. They don't see socioeconomic status. They don't see religion. They see people. People in their most basic form. And all that matters to kids is: "are they nice? Are they good people?" That is all. Last week...even before #charlottesville my little man exemplified this pure love in the most simple way. We were at a garage sale looking at baby doll stuff since my kids are all now currently obsessed with playing with babies...we had two baby dolls in the house, but that's not enough for three kiddles who all want to play with the baby doll...just think of all the fighting we were experiencing!!! It was enough to drive this momma a bit nutty!! πŸ˜œπŸ˜³πŸ™„ Anyway, so I decided to look at garage sales for baby dolls and all of their paraphernalia to encourage the kiddles to learn how to take care of their babies properly, thereby practicing for their #babysistercomingsoon (and also to encourage their softer, loving sides). πŸ’—πŸ˜Š We found this one garage sale that had several baby dolls and a ton of other items to go along with them. So I held up a couple of dolls for the boys to pick from. Without a wink of hesitation, Super K-Man (formerly known as Chub-Chub) grabbed this baby doll, looked at her face and said she is beautiful. He didn't even bat an eye that her skin was different than his. Why?! Because kids don't see color. They don't see it. They just love. ❤️ #lovemyfamily #love #lovetrumpshate #lovemykids #lovemyboy #momlife #mommylife #thrifting #thriftymom #justlove #kidsofinstagram #blogpost #timeforchange #parenting #loveislove #family #innocence


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Exhausted beyond exhausted. My quest to accomplish all of the housework remains at the FAIL level, and yet my body is COMPLETELY beat. I feel like I've fallen and I can't get up. Last night, my daughter and I had a girls' night, which she has wanted all summer. I was completely out of energy, though. So we watched a movie at home after grabbing some takeout...and then I just passed out. I was able to make it almost to the end, but I did miss the last 20 minutes or so. What ended up waking me up after the movie ended was my restless leg syndrome. It's been driving me nuts lately, and waking me up all night long. There's nothing that says deep sleep quite like your legs jerking around uncontrollably. 😳😜😭After settling back down and going to sleep again, I woke up from round ligament pain while I was tossing and turning. The round ligament pain with this pregnancy is excruciating. And it started at the very beginning of the pregnancy. I'm thinking that carrying my #twin boys stretched it out so badly that that's why I'm experiencing it so drastically this time?! It does help to use a belly band or other supportive device throughout the day, but by bedtime, I just want to take it off. It's kind of like getting home after a long day and wanting to take your bra off! I have to get one of those pregnancy pillow thingies for seeping. I've been using a Boppy the last couple of nights to support the belly, and that has been helpful, but it is definitely not ideal. I need good, quality sleep so badly!!! 😩 #preggers #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnantlife #pregnancyproblems #pregnantbelly #pregnancyjournal #pregnancypillow #blogpost #complaints #advancedmaternalage #fibromyalgia #fibroandpregnancy #fibrosucks #momlife #mommylife #girlsnightin #girlsnight #mommyanddaughter #momdaughterdate #roundligamentpain #restlesslegsyndrome #restlesslegs #restlesslegssyndrome #fibro


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

More photo shoot fun! #sweetie #loveymygirl #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #mygirl #tweenstyle #tween #tweenmodel #tweenfashion #tweengirl #tweenager #tweenlife #momlife #mommylife #family #photography #photoshoot #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephotography #portraitphotography #parenting #parenthood #parents #parentblog #blogpost #momblog #momblogs #momblogger


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More photos from our photo shoot yesterday. This girlie loooooves the camera!! 😊😜 I wish I could have been half as beautiful as her when I was her age. I was more like that awkward pre-teen who never felt like she fit in and had no fashion sense or self-awareness as far as looks and, sadly, hygiene were concerned. 😳 sometimes I don't like that she is so into appearances. And I think girls these days are exposed to beauty expectations at a much younger age than my generation. It's sad that kids can't just be kids. With that being said, I have never pushed her or forced her or even drew her attention toward beauty. But, rather, she has always sought it out on her own. And although she is beyond her years in this sense, and many girls of her generation are, too, I do think there is a part of it that is pretty cool--in that she is going to approach middle school and the awkwardness that goes along with it from a perspective that allows her to feel more at ease with her appearance than I had. And even though I am constantly reminding her that her personality, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and concern for others are way more important than her beauty, Let's face it: our society judges first on appearances. Whether we like it or not, it is the truth. And no matter how much education, encouragement, and socialization we give our young girls, they will always be judged first by the way they look. So if they feel more comfortable in their own skin while going through the tough middle school years, I guess I am for it. #sweetie #loveymygirl #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #mygirl #tweenstyle #tween #tweenmodel #tweenfashion #tweengirl #tweenager #tweenlife #momlife #mommylife #family #photography #photoshoot #blackandwhitephoto #blackandwhitephotography #portraitphotography #parenting #parenthood #parents #parentblog #blogpost #parentingproblems


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

He has such a sweet face. But an even sweeter personality. πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— #lovemyboy #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #sweetie #sweetboy #photography #photoshoot #portraitoftheday #blackandwhitephoto #photo #parents #momlife #mommylife #blogpost #sadnessinmyheart #sweet


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A little silliness in between the serious and sad poses.😜 #lovemyboy #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #sweetie #sweetboy #photography #photoshoot #portraitoftheday #blackandwhitephoto #photo #parents #momlife #mommylife #goof #sillyboy #silly #sillymood #sillytime #blogpost


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My kids wanted to do a photo shoot today. Here's K-man (formerly known as Chub-Chub 😜) expressing his inner sadness. Looking at this photo, I feel what he is feeling. I am not sure if that's just because I know him. So I'm looking for objectivity here. Can you feel it too? #lovemyboy #lovemykids #lovemyfamily #sweetie #sweetboy #photography #photoshoot #portraitoftheday #blackandwhitephoto #photo #parents #momlife #mommylife #sad #sadnessinmyheart #sadness #blogpost


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