Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Take a stand

Holy balls...it has been nearly a year since my last post. Wow. I think I've been busy but I don't remember the last time I sat down...

I was having a moment this morning and I felt the need to pen some thoughts down because at some point in the future, when I have time to sit, I will reflect on them and I will feel better.

Confession: I keep a diary. Ha! Not a traditional one, but I have a diary that I started when I had Avery. I write notes to her whenever I can, so that eventually she will have a book of wisdom from the wisest mom ever. I think my note could be something we all might learn from, so here is what I said:

I don't want to be all "girl power/feminist" with what I'm about to say, but, I am. I've been hearing a lot lately about women in the work place and it got me thinking... While I realize I am not a career woman, I do have a job that I'm just not getting paid for. Yet there are loads of other women who do in fact have careers (with or without kids). For some reason, women are constantly fighting to gain respect in their jobs, to be heard, to be taken seriously, whatever the fill-in-the-blank might be. I can speak from experience, being a confident woman scares people. It isn't how "us women" have been taught. We are taught to be lady-like and to be proper. And while these things are a must, you also must learn to speak your mind. I take pride in being a person who will tell you like it is and I wish more people were that way. "Ain't nobody got time for that!!" When you accomplish a goal, accept compliments and rewards for it. We as women, often times have difficulty in accepting those things. We play it off, bring up a negative that we could have done better, say we were just lucky. But celebrate your awesomeness. Speak up. Be heard. Have a voice. Don't blend in. Be bold. The only way the world will change is by you being different.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hello World...here's an update

I definitely have been so busy that I completely forgot that I actually had a blog. For those of you that follow it, or for anyone who cares, here is an update of what is happening in the world of The Mason Bunch:

1. Isaiah is 14months old now. He still isn't walking but he has at least taken several steps. I'm kind of discouraging it, though I haven't actually shoved him down. I know as soon as he figures it out, my world will change and I'm not ready yet. He is talking so much and I'm in awe of how many words he knows already, especially compared with Avery at this age. His 2 favorite words and signs are "more" and "milk". His favorite food is probably avocado. Favorite toy is his blanket, which he calls "bobby". His favorite thing to do is climb...he will try and climb anything and everything. Ugh.

2. Avery is really big into pretending to be a doctor right now. For awhile, she was using her tool set to fix us. After she tried shoving her screwdriver in Chris's butt, I figured it was time for an actual "medical" kit for her. I scored one at a garage sale yesterday and she hasn't put it down. Literally. She wanted to take it in the shower this morning but had to settle for them "watching" us from the bathroom counter. Her 3rd birthday is 2 weeks away and I can't believe it. Time has gone by way too fast. My plans for the 3's is to start phasing in some "school time". Every day I want to have school time, where we can learn letters, numbers, shapes, etc. I'm very excited for this, but I'm also terrified to actually attempt it. Her attention span isn't very long so we'll see how that goes. 

3. I feel like every one I know is pregnant right now. No, this isn't any form of me announcing something. But I do feel extreme pressure to be pregnant. I don't understand why that is...why do we let things like that affect us?! Maybe in the next year or two... for now, I'm stoked to actually be in great shape and have MY body all to ME. My goal is to set an example to myself, to make a regular effort of working out so that if I actually do get pregnant again, I will be able to stay in shape throughout pregnancy.

4. Speaking of garage sale and pregnancy, I think it would be SUPER awesome if we do have another kid, to try and buy only things from a garage sale for it. I feel like with your first kid, you don't know any better and you want everything to be new. Then the second one comes and you realize what an idiot you were for having previous philosophy. So you buy "gently used" stuff from second-hand stores. But now, I feel like even that is stupid. Garage sales are AWESOME. I spent $24.75 yesterday and got so much stuff. For Isaiah: 6 pairs of PJ's, 6 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 sweatshirts, 2 t shirts, a pair of stride rite shoes, and 3 pairs of undies for Avery...plus the dr kit, new dishes for the kids, and some other toys. I need a job just so I can become an avid garage sale-er.

Alright, enough for now. Peace out.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Best. Mom-Move. Ever.

I'm certain this will be one for the record books...and hopefully Isaiah will look back and appreciate my creativity. I was out with him today and needed to feed him his bottle, but alas, I had no bib. I wanted to go to the library with him and didn't want him to have a shirt that was soaked in milk-drool drippings. As I dug around in the diaper bag, hoping by some chance a bib would materialize, I saw that I had some extra diapers. *Cue lightbulb moment.* Diapers absorb liquid and also conveniently have adjustable tab things...voila: diaper-bib was born. I don't think he was too fond of the idea but I'm the parent...sort of like the "because I said so" answer my parents always gave me. But, he is so cute, I don't think it would matter if he had a diaper-bib or a standard bib, he would still charm the pants of anyone with those baby-blues.

Friday, December 2, 2011

What's is Love??

Baby don't hurt me...no more. Why yes, I am sitting here bopping my head back and forth to this amazingly hip song. In case you want to, click to enjoy: What is Love Song.

Now, back to business. I was washing dishes tonight (because Chris's usual idea of "cleaning" the kitchen is to put some dishes in the dishwasher and the rest in the sink...does he think these magically get washed on their own?) and I started thinking about this song and what it's saying...what is love??

I'm getting anxious about the holidays; I always do. This is a time that should be spent relaxing and enjoy the true gift of love, Christ. Instead, I am often times wrapped up in buying gifts, volunteering at church, taking the kids to see Santa, and an endless list of other things that fill my calendar, that I forget to remember what Christmas is all about. Most often I stress over stupid family stuff...people and feelings I can't control. I stress over money and how we are going to afford to buy gifts, gifts that most likely cost a lot because my worldy mind thinks that spending lots equals big rewards. Well, and the fact that I always wait til the last minute to shop and by then I can't think of a creative gift to give or make because I don't have time. And tonight, I was thinking about all of this and a scripture came to mind. "Love keeps no record of wrong". So, if I truly love, whether it's in general or someone specific...I should do just that! That doesn't mean I can't be hesitant or cautious with people regarding my feelings. I have been hurt too many times by people I care and love. But I can't let their attitudes towards me dictate my behavior. I don't have to like them and they don't have to like me, but I can still love. 

So, in case you need a reminder, here is what love is:

"No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
   Love doesn't strut,
   Doesn't have a swelled head,
   Doesn't force itself on others,
   Isn't always "me first,"
   Doesn't fly off the handle,
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn't revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end. Love never dies."

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

A-Z About Me

One of my friends recently posted this, from another person's blog so I figured I'd play along. Maybe you'll learn something about me...if you do, let me know!

A. Age: 26, though my birthday is Jan 7th...I love presents.
B. Bed Size: King. Once you go king, you never go back.
C. Chores you hate: Cleaning the shower. UGH. I'd rather clean 50 toilets than 1 shower.
D. Dogs: 1, Maddie. She is a bichon. I actually despise her and somewhat look forward to her going to heaven. She just peed on my carpet after I spent $85 to get them cleaned.
E. Essential start to my day: If I have the money, a diet coke from McDonalds. Best. Thing. Ever. Best $1.09 spent.

F. Favorite Color: I'm not partial to one color, I enjoy them all.
Gold or Silver: Silver. I feel like gold is for old people.
H. Height: 5'5"
I. Instruments you play: I dabble on the keys, though I wish above all that we had a piano in our house (remember questions "A"...)
J. Job Title: Mommy, house cleaner, custodian, grounds keeper, maid, babysitter, psychiatrist, etc. The list really doesn't end...
K. Kids: 2: Avery, who is 2 1/2 and Isaiah who is 9 months.

L. Live: Carmel. Well, we are in Westfield, but our address is Carmel. I don't understand it.

M. Mother's Maiden Name: Danette, though she also goes by Molly
N. Nicknames: Apes/Ape 
O. Overnight hospital stays: Other than childbirth, I have not stayed overnight in the hospital.
P. Pet Peeves: Lots of things...people who avoid confrontation, dirty windows, a messy house (yes, I am perpetually peeved about this...I can never get mine to stay clean), oh and above all: when there are 2 doors that open into an establishment and people going in and out are just using one side. Then there becomes a huge congestion of people waiting to go in or out because they are only using one door. There are 2 sides for a reason; use them both! One side for coming, one side for going. It's not rocket science.
Q. Quote from a movie: Where do I begin?! Pretty much anything from Dumb & Dumber... "Here Lloyd, this helps!"

R. Right or Left Handed: Right
S. Siblings: My older brother, Josh. He is awesome. I wish he and my parents lived closer so I could see them more often. 
T. Time you wake up: Recently, it has been 5:12am so that I can haul my lazybones to the gym before the world wakes up.
U. Underwear: Yes please. I prefer American Eagle's underwear if you must know. Covers my butt and it's cheap. 
V. Vegetable you hate: All. Not really...but most I dislike but choke down because they are healthy and good for me. I will not, under any circumstance, eat peas. Barf.

W. What makes you run late: Avery and Isaiah, and the constant planning that goes with them. Whether we are going or they are staying, here is what I have to deal with: Do we have diapers, wipes, bib, spoon, food for Isaiah, clean bottle(s), formula, changes of clothes for Isaiah, change of clothes for Avery, underwear for Avery, pacifier, burp cloth, Avery's blanket, Isaiah's blanket, Avery's lambie(s), toys to occupy Isaiah, dvd's to occupy Avery, shoes, socks, hats gloves, coats...Now, do you understand why I'm late?!
X. X-rays you've had: On my wrist when I fell taking a charge in high school basketball. No break, just sprained. I got a sweet wrist support that I had to wear. It was very attractive.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Pretty sure everything I make is yummy. I love cooking and baking and I think I'm pretty darn good at both. However, I recently made a delicious chicken tortilla soup and took a picture of it just to show how good it was:
Z. Zoo animal: I love the penguins! I love to watch them swim and play around. The monkey's are cool too.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baby Stuff for Sale

I feel like the list of items I need to get rid of grows on a daily basis. So, here are all the things I want to sell that I no longer need!

1. Graco Silhouette Swing. ($70) Holds babies up to 30lb. Has 6 swing speeds with auto shut off. Nature sounds or classical music options. 3 seat recline positions.


2. Evenflo Expressions High Chair. ($40) 

3. Diaper Genie Elite system ($25)  Has step open lid. Used, but like new; NO odor. Also includes 1 NEW refill.  

4.Fisher Price Rainforest Activity Gym ($25)

5. Changing Pad - Contoured ($10)

6. Bebe Pod Seat & Tray ($10). I am missing the white pommel, but it isn't a necessity for the functionality of the seat.  Adjustable tray included.

7. Fisher Price Go Baby Go Kickin' Bobbin Bear Gym ($10)