Category Archives: LIFE

A Hike in the Woods…

dsc_4885-2 dsc_4894-2 dsc_4900 Yesterday, before Savannah’s riding lesson, we stopped for an impromptu hike in the woods. It was absolutely refreshing. We didn’t have much time, but it was enough to recharge us all, especially me. I used to complain A LOT about the lack of nature where we live in south Florida. My biggest complaint were the lack of trees. It can be depressing seeing land developed all the time. But these little patches of untouched nature are there, you just have to seek them out. 

This last year, we kind of got into a rut. Things got harder with a growing toddler and it was just easier to stay close, unless my husband was with us. I started to lock myself into being stuck at home, because Wyatt needed to nap. Mind you, I never did this with any of my other kids. They adapted to our lifestyle and napped wherever they could. But, we hit a rough patch with Wyatt sleeping through the night. By rough patch, I mean he doesn’t sleep through the night, STILL. He never has. Oh my gosh, will he ever? He’ll be 2 in June and he wakes anywhere from 2-4 times night. Because of this, mornings would drag on slowly. I am the type of person that does not like to slept in. I can’t stand to see daylight wasted. I also like to have early, quiet mornings all to myself. But with all his sleep issues, I just couldn’t make it out of bed at my normal time. Mornings would drag on slowly and we weren’t really starting our day until about noon. That just didn’t sit well with me and really affected my mood. It was clear he was not going to sleep through the night just yet, so I just had to adapt. And I did. For now, my body has learned to survive on about 6 hours of interrupted sleep. 

With the new year approaching, I feel the need for some changes. These past few months, I’ve been working to clear our home and life of clutter. This is easier said than done, because my husband is not a fan of my purging lifestyle. Neither are my kids. But, I’m a happier person when I’m organized and can see the big picture. And trust me, for a person who is living on very little sleep, you want to keep her as happy as possible. Also, I’m implementing big changes into our homeschool. That’s another part of our life I wasn’t happy with, but I’ll save that for another post!

Painting…

DSC_1806 DSC_1785 DSC_1798 DSC_1797 DSC_1751 DSC_1799 DSC_1781 DSC_1776-2 DSC_1794 DSC_1778 DSC_1805-2 I bought some art canvas boards a while back and they’ve been painting like crazy, ever since. I love the boards so much more than the wrapped canvas. They don’t take up as much space and you have the option of framing them. As with all their art supplies, I keep them within their reach. They are free to set up studio and create until their hearts are content. And they do. I have amassed a huge collection of canvases. I told them that we have to start giving some away, because I just can’t keep them all. Besides, what fun is art if you are not sharing it? Savannah is working on a gift for a friend and Annie decided to paint giraffes. Their techniques are so different, but their subjects are almost always an animal. Depending on how they are feeling, sometimes their paintings are finished in a day, others come together over several days. Being a design-minded person myself, I just love that they love art. I hope they always do.

Wyatt turns 1…

DSC_0560 DSC_0439 DSC_0445 DSC_0441 DSC_0453 DSC_0430 DSC_0459 DSC_0469 DSC_0517 DSC_0482 DSC_0461 DSC_0492 DSC_0580 My sweet babes, turned 1 earlier this month. I still remember being pregnant with him, not sure how we got here so quickly, but here we are. We had a small little party with family. I was so happy my Mom was able to fly in from Houston and be here for his special day. I think the kids were more excited than anyone about his birthday, so I happily turned over the party planning to them! They wrapped all his presents and made him cards. They turned the chalkboard into an, “all about Wyatt” backdrop. Savannah and Annie made a sweet little sunshine cake topper, because he is sunshine for all of us! He opened his presents, with the help of his siblings of course. They love opening each other’s presents! His favorite gift by far, was the ferris wheel my husband made for him. The pictures don’t do it justice. It is beautiful and Wyatt loves it the most! After presents, we feasted on lemon buttercream cake. It was a perfect 1st birthday for my little Momma’s boy! Happy Birthday Wyatt Sam, Wy Wy, Dubya, Butters, Baby Boy!! We love you all numbers!!