Life As We Know It

Today started out great, Karoline slept well and slept in! We had a fun morning hanging out at home as a family and Tim went off to work. Sometimes I sure wish he didn't have to go to work, but it makes the time we are together even better.

This afternoon I had every intention of cleaning the house. Well, to be completely honest I never wanted to but I knew it needed to be done. When Karoline woke up from a long nap she was a happy girl, when her dad left, she was no longer a happy camper. She was fit to be tied and did not want my attention on anything but her. So, instead of cleaning we went to the pool. We had a great time and were there for a couple hours. We met another little girl just a few months older than K and they played for quite a while. In the mean time I was able to talk to her mom. I have come to the conclusion that moms really do enjoy talking to other moms. Most of the time I keep to myself because I worry that I will bug other moms. Come to find out, they want to talk too! It was a nice afternoon.

When we got home we did our usual routine and I was bound and determined to clean when Karoline was in bed. Like I mentioned, I really did not want to clean today. So, instead I watched a movie, "Life As We Know It." In the movie a one year old girl loses her parents and she is left to her parents best friends. This movie was hard for me to watch even before having Karoline and now after it's down right painful.

When Tim's mom passed away I never really had a break down cry like I usually do. Instead her passing has stuck with me longer and in a more painful way than any other death has. I have this constant fear of leaving my baby girl. I fear that something will happen to myself or to her, or to Tim and that we won't be able to watch her grow as a family. I would like to think that this is a fear that most moms go through. It's a terrible thought to have to think about someone else raising your child. Would they do the things you do, let her get away with things that you let her get away with? Would they let her fall so that she can learn to get back up? Would they teach her all about life and teach her to love Jesus like I would? That last part is the most important. Even though I have these fears I also have the comfort of knowing that everything happens for a reason. If, God forbid, for some reason I should not get to see Karoline grow up or Tim wouldn't or we both wouldn't we know that we would get to see her and be apart of her life from Heaven. Life is a gift and there are so many uncertain things that we can't control. For today I am beyond thankful that I chose to take my baby girl swimming at the pool. I got to watch her throw her diving ring and say, "Get it!" I got to see her play with another baby girl. I got to see her excitement of learning how to walk in a pool all by herself. I am thankful for every day that I get with her. She is such a joy in my life. I pray that I am always able to watch her grow and learn. I pray that if that is not what God's plan is for me that she will know that I am always with her. Even when I leave her now my heart and my mind are always with her. One of the greatest parts about having children is learning just how much your own parents love you. It's amazing to know that this love I have for Karoline is the same love my mom has for me. And even better yet this love is only a small percentage of the love that Jesus has for us.

I am thankful to be able to type out my feelings here on my blog. I hope that in some way those who take time to read my posts find them encouraging.

Pillow Cases

We had such a nice weekend just enjoying our time together and family. Saturday morning I went to IKEA and picked up our bedside tables and our dresser. Tim spent most of the day putting them together and they look great! We love them and are definitely impressed with the quality of the products. We will most definitely be shopping at IKEA again for our furniture and would recommend it to anyone. Tim said he can see how someone could get confused while putting the furniture together but that would be an operator error. He was rather impressed by how laid out the instructions were and the corresponding parts. 

On Sunday my mom, Karoline and myself went to the zoo, and we had a great. It was so nice to be able to use our zoo pass again. We were able to go in early and get through half of the park and ride the carrousel before it got too hot and too crowded. It was just right! While we were at the zoo Tim and Scottie went golfing and they had a really enjoyable time too. 

Sunday afternoon we went to dinner at our favorite fish taco place, Rubio's! 

Today we spent the morning cleaning up and getting the house back in order. About an hour before bedtime we had a delivery, our sheets made it here! I opened up the sheets and Karoline immediately went to the blankets and snuggled in. She loves blankets! At one point I looked over and she had a pillow case around her back and neck like a cape. When I asked her to look at me she had the pillow up to her head a little (very Virgin Marry looking). Her sweet adorable face was just perfect. She was so pleased with herself to be able to have gotten the pillow case to that location! That face is one that I will never forget, my innocent and cute little baby girl.

I should also mention that today is mine and Tim's 3rd anniversary. So much has happened in just three years and I'm looking forward to all of the years to come! 

Independence Day

Yesterday our family had such a lovely day celebrating our nations independence day! Mine and Karoline's day started pretty early, she was up at 6:30 but slept the night through. Since we were up we went to the grocery store. It was quite a large trip but it should allow us to not need to go to the store for 10 days or even longer.

When we got home from the store Tim was up and already doing a few things around the house. Through out the day we had a few snacks and did a few chores: cleaning, mowing the lawn and some playing with Karoline too of course. Karoline took a two hour nap that allowed Tim and I to look at vehicles online. I think we have finally decided on the vehicle we would like to get! Right now we are just waiting on a few things to fall into place and then we will get to go do a few test drives to make sure the car that we think we want is a good fit.

In the afternoon we set up Karoline's little pool as well as the sprinkler. She really doesn't seem to care to much for either but absolutely loves the community pool. I think we will be going there a few times a week for the rest of the summer.

We had the traditional Fourth of July meal ... Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and watermelon. We also discovered that Karoline will eat hamburger when there is ketchup on the meat, good to know. Oh did I mention we ate dinner on a pic nic blanket in our back yard, it was a very fun night. We even saw a few fire works from our back yard. Little missy was so tired that she didn't even protest going to bed. She slept all night, got up at 5:15am, ate and went back to bed for a few hours.

Today was a good day as well, it started with a few errands and running to a few shops. Karoline was great, she didn't complain once and didn't even mind her car seat! It was fantastic! Shopping with her is a blast when she's in the mood.

The day felt very long since Tim didn't have to go to work early, it was wonderful to have him home the normal amount of time. We also will have a full weekend together, hooray!

Here's to a productive and fun weekend!

One Nap or Two?

Today was a fun day! It started with a bang as we all got in the car to go tie up a few ends at the condo we were living in prior to our house. Now there should be no reason that we ever have to go back there. Not that it was miserable, it was definitely a blessing to be able to live there for a year. But, I like our house and would prefer to stay here!

We ran a few other errands and got back home just in time for Tim to turn around and go to work. Poor guy has to be exhausted! This afternoon Karoline and I went to the pool and we had a great time. The pool was adorable, it was just the right size. So many pools are so big and overwhelming for little ones, this one was the perfect size! Surprisingly enough the pool did not wear down Karoline and she still was going non stop when we got home. But of course I was pooped after pretty much running home so that she wouldn't be in the direct sun for too long. I swear this girl goes non stop and really wouldn't sleep if she didn't have to. We have been trying to get Karoine down to one nap and it seems to be going ok, we will see how it continues to go. Unfortunately she still seems to be waking up at least once a night. However, there will be a day that she doesn't need me in the middle of the night so I will enjoy it and try very hard to view every wake up as a blessing. A blessing that my sweet baby can cry and I will come. I'm very thankful to be a stay at home mom and thus wake ups are part of the job!

The rest of the afternoon was spent just playing and having a few snacks and dinner. My darling daughter likes to now throw her food on the ground just as soon as I've gotten around the corner to grab my dinner ... it's adorable (ok, not). But thank goodness we have hard floors under our table now.

I think I can see another tooth coming in on the bottom of Karoline's mouth, this one too is crooked. I really hope that as they pop through they turn a bit and straighten out. Even if they don't I know they will still be adorable.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July, my favorite holiday. I am looking forward to spending it with my little family. It's a much needed break after a few long days.

Well, I think that's about it for me. I'm ready to enjoy our new couches and just relax for a few minutes before bed!

To Do List

Today was a very productive day that resulted in lots of check marks on my to do list! The day started early with the delivery of our new sectional for our den. We must have been the first stop, 7:28am to be exact and there were men bringing in our new furniture. I also made a quick early trip to Target to exchange one of our baby gates. The latch on one was not working correctly and we have only had them for a week! Luckily I still had the receipt and there was no hassle with the exchange, thank goodness. In the mean time Tim started installing our TV mount, those are pretty darn heavy, much heavier than I would have imagined. However, they look really cool! It's neat to see the TV just hanging out on the wall.

Today Tim had to work early so it was just Karoline and I. I'm trying to get her onto a one nap a day schedule, today was a bit rough but I'm sure it will get easier as we go. While she slept I was able to clean the whole house and do laundry. Not to mention I cleaned a few of the curtains that were left in our house. This was a huge weight lifted, they were pretty filthy! Luckily my new washer and dryer have a "sanitize" setting. That setting very well may have been made just for me and my "A type!" -I love it!

Along with cleaning I was able to get a few things done on the computer, something I haven't done in a while. I also made a grocery list, it's amazing how much more money we spend when I have lazy days and don't cook, makes me sick to think about it. The house is coming along. There are a few things that I think will end up getting changed over the next few months but for now it's definitely livable, which is nice.

Tomorrow if the temperature is right Karoline and I may spend some time outside and go swimming. Seems fitting since tomorrow is 4th of July Eve!

Our New House

Goodness it's been quite some time since my last blog. I guess not having internet for a month and a half will do that to a blogger. Very thankful to have internet again from a company that has great customer service. It's amazing to me how so many companies make such a to do about their quality service and excellent customer service and for the most part it's quite the opposite. Anyway, enough about that ...

So much has changed in the last few months. For starters, we bought a house! That's right folks, we have a house. I have named our house Ethel, she's a good sturdy house but definitely needs some work. The house was built in 1985 but to most that I have shown a picture to they think it's quite a bit newer, which I assume is a good thing. It's a basic 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house with a living room, dining room, kitchen, den and a great back yard. Not to mention there's a park right on the other side of our fence. There's a street behind us and quite possibly the worlds best neighbors on the other side. As a matter of fact I am going to nanny for their kids during the school year. Karoline and I will pick them up with school and we will all hang out for a few hours a few days a week. I'm thrilled, this is a great arrangement for us at this point in time. I want to be able to be a stay at home mom until our kids are all in school but it is always nice to have a little extra income and somewhere to be. Not only that but Karoline is going to love getting to play with the kids!

Oh Karoline, sweet Karoline has turned into my Liney. Liney you might say, yes, whiny Liney. No, she's really not too whiny she is just finally getting a tooth! However, tonight I realized that the tooth appears to be coming in completely sideways. I sure hope it does not continue to come out that way and that it will turn to be more front facing. Either way though I'm sure it will still be adorable.

Not only does Karoline know sign language now she has also added quite a few words to her vocabulary. My favorite of which is, "juice." I'm impressed with her ability to say a "J." Heck, I'm impressed by everything she does.

There are quite a few things that we still need to do on our house but one thing is for sure, we are home. This is a great fit for us. I do worry that when we have another baby I will not like the distance from our room to the babies room but we will cross that bridge when we get there. For now I'm going to enjoy every minute. The base boards need to be washed, things need to be painted and cleaned, but I it is my goal to make sure that every day is a great day with my sweet girl. So, I have learned there are some things that have to wait, and wait they shall.

Alright, I'm starting to get dizzy, guess it's time to get some sleep. Until tomorrow ...