Unexpected Company

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Ok so last night I had a dream that my daughter and I were kidnapped by some big scary men on motorcycles. Then I’m awaken by the sound of a revving engine and loud knocking on my door. Needless to say I was shaken but to my relief it was my mom and stepdad come to surprise us! It was definitely a nice surprise. 🙂

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My stepdad with my middle babies.

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Where The F#@k Is The Time Going?!?!

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Boy things sure have changed since kid #1 to kid #4. With my oldest we played ALL THE TIME when I wasn’t at work or school. I had a great balance of motherhood, work and play. Fast forward to now (three kids later) and it feels like my days fly by so quickly that by the end I realize I didn’t play nearly as much as I should have.

I feel really sorry for my oldest (whom I admit I don’t hug enough BUT I do tell him I love him many times throughout the day). I’ve lost touch with how to play on his level, I’m not a gamer and don’t understand half of the ones he plays anyway. We do go on walks together everyday and if we can’t I try to make it a point to talk to him about what is going on in his everyday life.

Now before hundreds of other moms jump on my case, let me say that I make an effort to send time with my babies as much as I can during the day. I go to school parties and events and I make sure they’re involved in extracurricular activities. We go outside and spend time in the pool as well.

I make sure that they have activities for them to do and that they know their boundaries.

I guess my real problem is that I feel time is passing way too quickly and that I can’t spend equal, quality time with each of my children. I sometimes wish life had a pause button and that I could take in each moment with them…

How many kids do you have? How do you make sure to spend quality time with each?

Deals for Moms and Moms to Be

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I’m done having babies but I do have four little ones already so I recently signed up for KeeKoo, it is a bit like your Amazon Local or any other deal site, the only difference is this one is centered around Moms to Be and Moms with babies already in tow.

They offer daily deals at up to 90% off and when you get your mama friends to join both you and your friend receive an instant $10 credit.

I’ve been looking through their deals to see if it was worth passing on to my readers and they have some adorable and fun deals right now. Join today by clicking HERE.

A Moment Just to Brag

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How many of you often times feel so stressed out with everyday life that you forget to just take a step back and look at what is going good in life? I know I often do. The little things that go wrong often times cast a shadow on those things that truly make life good. Well today I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to the people that make my life so wonderful. I have a wonderful husband, that works so unbelievably hard everyday to make sure that the kids and I are taken care of. My husband does agriculture work and he works LOOOOONG days, but hardly complains. My kids are awesome! My boys are so helpful with housework and the baby and the baby is such a good baby. She never really cries or whines and is such a joy to be around. My boys love to make my husband and I laugh and they are so incredibly smart. I have a great house to live in and wonderful parents and in-laws that are always there if we need them to be. We also have lots of other help and support to keep us going. I feel so lucky and blessed to have the family I was given and the life I am living. Ok I’m done gushing, just had to get it out. I think we need to take each day as it comes and always keep in mind those who are there for us. Who do you want to give a shout-out to?

My “Mommy Body”

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I originally had written the following post as a contest submission a few years ago, and while cleaning out my computer found it. I wanted to post it for you all to read. 

 

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I told myself when I decided to sit down and write this that I would be honest……..not only with myself but my readers as well. I’ve always struggled with my body image and self-esteem. Seeing my body as something beautiful has always been a difficult thing for me. I’ve always been short, had big legs that were mismatched from my body and I’ve always been kind of awkward. After having children that struggle has become more of a battle, a war within myself. I have yet to lose a lot of my pregnancy weight, in fact I’ve put some weight on. Mostly in part because I’ve created such an elaborate love affair with food and also because in some ways I’ve given up. I look in the mirror and see a disfigured belly from the three different times it’s stretched and un-stretched, breasts that sag due to breastfeeding and that space between my thighs that used to be somewhat cute and never touched, now it does. Oh, and how did I forget the stretchmarks that seem to cover all the parts of my body that are supposed to be beautiful. Sitting here, writing this is difficult but I need to do this for me……….and for her. My sons have a strong, confident role model in their lives, I want to be that for her. I don’t want her to grow up and look up to the 95 pound pop star, I want her to look up to me. I want to be the strong, influential woman in her life. Even if I never fully regain my pre-children figure, I want to love my body, for once feel beautiful in it. It has sheltered, birthed and nurtured three wonderful kids and the stretchmarks and weight are testimony to the lives it has created. I want my daughter to know that no matter what her body looks like, that she is beautiful and that she will be strong and I want her to learn that from me.

 

 

Since this was written, my body has gone through another baby but I am not as self conscious about my postpartum body. I’ve been working out and taking care of my body better giving me just that much more self esteem.