I’m Crafting!

Ok so if you have been following over the past few months you have noticed I love to have a little controlled chaos in my world. I’m not talking about my toddlers at least today! I am someone who on average has two to five projects going on at once! So over the past few weeks I’ve started a few things and finally completed them. It may also be a case of when time does permit I’m not in the mood. So here we go!
First you may remember the old barn window I bought for $5 at a flea market this past summer well after sanding, chalk painting and adding a little chicken wire I have a great new place to hang pictures or kids artwork!

Having a little girl who as my mother says is definitely mine as her strong-willed personality at times can be challenging. Which I have now apologized to my mom for! She suggested I make her some activities to do at home or when out and about as she is very smart and loves school. So continuing to challenge her when not at school might be a good idea. So I noticed so many great quiet books being created and patterns, etc. on Pinterest! I was borrowing my cousins sewing machine so figured I mine as well try my hand at making one. Prior to making K’s Halloween costume I maybe used a sewing machine once. I am also not good at using patterns so I just ran with my own ideas. Some yes inspired by ones I had seen. By no means is the end product perfect. But what made me feel especially great about my work is when I showed S. As we looked at it she didn’t look too enthused so I said “do you like it?” She replied “Are you kidding mom, we don’t like it…We LOVE it!” This girl! Love her!
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Back to my mention of the original reason I borrowed the sewing machine. The kids wanted to be Elsa and Olaf for Halloween this year. As did every kid age two to twelve! My mom rocks at sewing and S knows this. So she called grandma to create her Elsa costume. I was determined to do Olaf. I again researched patterns and ideas for inspiration. The day of Halloween I was sewing the final costume I created. Never had made one I think it turned out pretty good. He looked cute as a button! Plus I stuffed it with my felt scraps so there was no waste and he was warm as it was pretty chilly. S had her snow pants on under her dress. I also made S’s hair piece as I wasn’t about to spend twenty-five dollars on something she may or may not wear and I was sure I could whip up! This too turned out and she actually wears it all the time!
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Not sure about your house but mine has packed up Halloween and started Christmas decorating! I know we are crazy. You’re thinking what about thanksgiving which I do love decorating for but if you remember a few posts ago I put all that up with my ghosts and goblin decorations. So I left some of those rustic items up but slowly moving out. My mom gave me a large wreath actually I was at their house and said I like that. Mom took it down and gave it to me! She has my dad making shadow boxes for I think every inch of free wall space they have so this freed up more room for these! Anyway, I love wood letters and so I’ve wrapped, glittered, painted and found a smaller wreath for my “O” creating NOEL! I think it turned out great and cost me $10!
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Joe too has had his hand in on the crafting this week! We try to get a few family pictures when we visit Georgia as my sister-in-law is a photographer and does beautiful work. In hopes of squeezing in a few pictures at this years visit once joe heard of my idea for clothing and props he had to take it a step further! I have the family all in some type of buffalo plaid item. Would love to have a picture of the kids pulling a small pine. Joe said I will bring the ax and I want to carve a stump too. Well we have a few of these around our property so he brought one in. Shaved some bark off, carved in a “L” and took the torch to it! I will admit he is pretty creative and do think this will look great incorporated into our picture!
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Last I had to quick share Joe put the siding on the garage today! We are going to use the Eco Wood product I mentioned in a previous post. We will wait until spring to add this product but I’m happy to see the siding up. Here are a few pictures.
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I have one or two more things to complete this week and look forward to sharing. Until then have a great Sunday and if you had snow like we did today stay warm and safe!

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I Think I Have A Case…

I think I have a case of bubbly mouth! Is what S tells me after bath this morning! Between comments like this and K multiple times utilizing “oh gosh!” In the appropriate context I am quickly realizing that these two are quite hysterical and I need to appreciate theses moments and even the moments when I think I might loose it they go by fast. A few weeks ago I mentioned turning to natural mood health vitamins from my prescription to manage the ever changing moods/personalities of being home with two toddlers.
Three weeks in to using the natural product which it is noted to take up to four weeks to notice a difference I felt myself loosing my cool over everything. I felt myself feeling like the mom I didn’t and don’t want to be. I am very fortunate to be able to stay home with S and K. But if I can’t be home and appreciate them and manage my emotions how was I a benefit to them. As to them going to a daycare where these people signed up to manage little ones and all that comes with their different personalities. I had to figure this out.
As a mom we are typically the rock in our little ones eyes but we too are human. It’s how we handle situations is in turn what provides our kids the tools they too need to handle situations tough or easy. How I was handling situations wasn’t how I wanted S and K to react to their peers or elderly so I made an appointment with a new local nurse practitioner as my doctor had retired weeks prior.
Before I get into my visit I do want to share what exactly was happening here at crazy town! I went from being a mom who was managing outbursts, freak outs, spazzing out whatever you want to call how our little ones react to different things throughout their day from sharing, to nap time, to simply getting dressed with an attitude that they are only two and three and I was holding firm on the 1-2-3 second rule. Or they had a favorite toy taken away for a period of time. So looking back I don’t know why I thought getting off my prescription was a good idea except that I thought I was to the point that I was able to manage these situations without. I had also read a lot about using natural products.
Week three I felt like I lost all those go to disciplinary actions. I was reacting to everything. S wanted to carry in a certain grocery and it was too big after the container started to open I was frustrated and took it. She threw a huge tantrum which I responded by letting her have it then she was whiny/cries that she needed help go potty which by this point I was making lunch and over it. As to helping her I started yelling at her to go alone. She was pleading which she is very able to do this alone but from tantrum right into this I’m sure is what caused it to be a huge deal. I continued to yell then scream to go as I wasn’t cleaning up an accident. Or both S and K turning the task of getting into car seats a game EVERY time we were getting in or out of the car. I found myself climbing around our truck talking through my teeth threatening spankings if they didn’t listen. Certain situations I did find myself giving a spanking out. Yelling, screaming, threatening, spanking! Who was I? I know a mom of toddlers but again weeks prior when it was to this point I had learned leave the room and take a breather or stick to the consequences of taking away a favorite item. Those things were working this was not! I noticed my two little ones feeding off my craziness. They started hitting each other or being rough around other little ones. The saying they are sponges and take all you say or do in is so very true. It was time to talk to someone.
My NP was great after talking a while she expressed how she had been here too and besides trying a new medication but I needed to get back in to things that were important to me including running which I was doing very little of, taking time for myself maybe going to the local coffee shop one night a week for an hour or two to read ALONE, she also mentioned MOPS (mothers of preschoolers). I knew even with Joe working seven days a week we had to figure this out. I also started taking a new prescription.
So far I am happy to say things have almost completely went back to normal. I started to run again, I ran in my first 10k this past weekend. I had a sitter come watch the kids so I could go spend some time with my mom and enjoy lunch with my brother and nephew and my uncle has taken the kids for me once so I could go Christmas decoration bargain shopping! I will continue to run and hope to do another 5k in two weeks and I’m talking to my local MOPS organizers to do a visit. As far as kids go I’m still working on the hitting of each other but it has decreased drastically. Now that I’m going to their level and talking as to yelling they are responding to requests much easier and quicker!
You may wonder why I thought writing and sharing this was necessary or appropriate. I will tell you there are a lot of moms, dads, step parents, and guardians out there that feel the overwhelming stress of being a parent and feeling helpless at times when their little ones act out. I in no way am saying natural mood health vitamins or a prescription are necessary. What I am saying is you are not the only one in the fight to be a great parent! Take a deep breath or five and keep staying positive and remember to take time for you. Weather you stay home or are part of corporate America life in general is stressful our little ones are going to push. You are the parent so remember your guidelines weather timeout or three second rule or whatever works in your home. In the end they will respond to you quicker when you are calm and collected rather than screaming and crazy! Thanking you and some day asking what worked for you when they are in your shoes! Until then let’s enjoy these crazy little ones that are the loves of our lives and more often then not have us smiling and laughing!