31 March 2015

It's the Little Things: Beach Baby, Beach Baby!



Admit it. Now you’re singing the song Beach Baby by First Class, aren’t you?

This past weekend was a great one. My parents came into town on Friday and on Saturday, we brushed off the dust, pollen and winter of Statesboro and headed to Hilton Head Island for a day at the beach. Family friends of ours own a condo at Hilton Head so it was the perfect opportunity to get out of town and let the therapy of the waves and salt water take over. 

It was also Chickie’s first time seeing the ocean and she absolutely loved it. 

{"Mommy, there's water in my crack!" she squealed as this picture was taken}


Our day was spent walking the beach collecting shells and playing in the ocean, strolling and shopping in the quaint stores of Coligny, enjoying some ice cream and finishing off the day with an amazing seafood dinner at The Crazy Crab. Two things you should know about me if we are to be friends: 1. I LOVE the beach and 2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE oysters on the half shell. I was able to indulge in both coupled with a nice cold beer and well, it was paradise.

It’s truly the little things in life that make me so happy. 



The weather was absolutely gorgeous; sunny, cool breeze and warm sand in-between my toes. We spent the whole day going at our own pace and not once did I look at my watch. It was paradise. I also had a chance to step back and watch my two lovies play together and folks, I don't know if it gets any better watching the man you love, love and adore your child.

 
 

Truly a beautiful day.




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30 March 2015

I'm So Tired as a Mom. And So Happy.


As I write this, I’m fighting the urge to fall face-forward into my keyboard. I haven’t washed my hair in days, the circles under my eyes are so dark that not even the best makeup products on the market could fix them and my to-do list is so long and overwhelming that it makes me want to just bury my head in the sand and pretend that none of it exists. It’s 9:30 p.m. and I know that in about 4 – 5 hours, Chickie will wake up for what could be the first and only time of the night or for at least three more times until the alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. Since her first Birthday over three years ago, this has been our nightly song and dance; Spurts of sleep coupled with moments of being awake.

This has become my new normal.

Sometime around Chickie’s second year, I came to terms with the fact that I would never again sleep like I used to before I had a child. Actually, truth be told, I pretty much accepted that for the foreseeable future, I would be tired all. the. time. Since we are not made of money and since Publisher’s Clearing House hasn’t come knocking on our door, the option of having nannies or sleep sitters to give me a weekend – or hell – one night of blissful sleep, isn't really even an option at all.

But it’s okay. This is motherhood, right? This is what I signed up for when I decided to have a child. There is a certain amount of peace that comes along with accepting things you can’t change. Once you learn to try and just go with the flow and adapt, your life becomes much easier to handle instead of fighting against the deprivation. Once I accepted this stage of raising a child, I felt at peace. I felt as if I could breathe again and in some odd way, actually relax.


After three and a half years with no sleep, I’m thoroughly convinced that it’s me. There are days when all I drink is coffee, wear my pj’s all day and go proudly and unapologetically without makeup. I look in the mirror and see the dark circles but they don’t phase me – it is what it is…

And I love every minute of it.

I know that one day very soon, this little girl who has a hard time sleeping will no longer be sleeping in my home at all. I will blink and before I know it, she will have a home and a family of her own, leaving me and my home empty inside. So for now, even on the hard days, I will treasure all of our late night snuggles and co-sleeping. I will hold onto her and soothe her with every fiber of my being because I won’t always be able to protect and care for her in this life. I will do my best to not feel aggravated at 2:30 a.m. when I hear her little voice calling for me because I know that all too soon, she will be gone to live her own life and I will be left to wonder where all this time went and desperately want it all back.


So for now, my mantra will be “Sleep is for wussys!” and I will try with all my might to believe this because really, I am blessed and I love the life I have with my little girl. 


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27 March 2015

Every Mom's Dream : $175 FREE Cash to Target!

As moms, there are many things we dream of: uninterrupted potty time. Being able to finish a cup of coffee without heating it up multiple times in the microwave. Sleeping in till at least 7 a.m. Finishing a dinner meal in peace. But the coup de grace of all mom wishes?

Free money to Target. #truth

Fortunately for you, I along with 14 lovely co-sponsors are getting ready to make your Target dreams come true.

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25 March 2015

My Favorite Home Movies





Completely off topic segway: I just love this graphic, don’t you? It’s completely vintage with a touch of modern.  Love the colors, the font – love it, love it, love it. 

Moving on…

Over the years, we’ve collected a lot of videos of our life with Chickie. Starting from the newborn days up to today, we have an assorted collection of funny and everyday life videos, some of which are milestones, that I thought would be fun to share with my blog family today. 

Kick back, relax and get a glimpse into our crazy little world of weird, fun and the everyday. Enjoy!

ONE :: Maddy takes her first steps. When we lived in Roanoke VA, Chickie was in a home school day care and I LOVED her teacher, Ms. Annie. Annie was great about taking videos and pictures and sending them to me during the day while I was at work. She was able to catch Maddy’s first steps and share it with me since I wasn’t able to be there. Definitely a very cool moment.


TWO :: Maddy & daddy chase each other. One of Chickie’s favorite things in the world is being chased so to see her playing like this with Michael just about makes my heart explode. GAH.


THREE :: Bust a move! When we first moved to Statesboro, we hadn’t completely unpacked yet so we ate out one night at the Olive Garden. Oddly enough, they were playing Mellencamp’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ and Maddy decided that she was going to bust a move right there in front of the Olive Garden. Daddy even joined in on the fun and yes, we are those people who will just start dancing in random places – the car, in a store, in the park. You name it, we’ll dance there.


FOUR :: You are my sunshine. One of the first songs Chickie learned to sing all the way through was ‘You Are My Sunshine.’ One weekend after I woke up from a nap, she came in to sing it to me and again, my heart nearly exploded.


FIVE :: Maddy’s Italian lesson. This video makes me laugh in all kinds of ways. First, it just shows what an average night during bath time looks like in our house but it’s just fun…and it makes me smile. To see the light in my child’s eyes and the funny that comes from her mouth makes my heart – you guessed it – explode.


SIX :: Swinging on a Sunday afternoon. This video was taken two years ago during a time when Chickie LOOOOOVED the swings. She still loves the swings but the pure joy and laughs in this video are just amazing. I still can’t believe she was ever this young!


What about you? What’s your favorite home movie that you love to watch over and over again? 

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Have a beautiful day, friends.  

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23 March 2015

Now That I'm a Mom I Understand...




I will never forget the look of fear, relief and anger in my mother’s eyes the morning I came home after staying out all night with my girlfriends with no phone call to let my parents know I was okay and what I was up to. It was my senior year of high school, which of course translated to: “I’m an adult now. I can do what I want.” 

Her eyes were blood shot, haggard a bloated. With tears streaming down her face she asked, “Do you have any idea what you’ve put your father and me through tonight?” But I didn’t. I had no clue. In my adolescence, I couldn’t see or understand her point of view. I remember thinking, “I’m here. I’m okay. What’s the big deal?” 

Back then, I desperately wanted to understand why she was so upset. I wanted to understand why she had stayed up all night worrying and fretting. I wanted to be able to comprehend why, if she was so happy I was home and okay, why was she so upset and angry?

But I just couldn’t. I was a teenager and I was an asshole.

Now that I have a child of my own, I can look back on that moment, and many others from my childhood, and understand it all completely. It sounds cliché as hell for our parents to say, “When you have your own children, you will understand” but it is a statement that couldn’t be any further away from the truth. 

Now that I’m a mom I’ve come to understand…

…The constant worried, anxious, afraid feelings all moms carry with them deep down in their gut.

…How it broke my mother’s heart to see me cry.

…How it broke her heart even more to see me cry after disciplining me.

…The amount of time and monetary sacrifice my parents gave to me and my sisters so that we would never have to go without even when my mom and dad had too.

…How I can feel so incredibly angry, happy and relieved all at once when something happens to my child. More so, if it’s because she was doing something I asked her not to do.

…Why all mothers cry a lot.

…That my mother and father were not perfect but they tried their best. 

…That parenting, in some ways, is a thankless job.

…The never-ending feelings of exhaustion.

…The incredible amount of pride of seeing your child{ren} get it right and excel.

…That no matter how old I am, I will always be my mother’s “baby.”

…How I can go from happy to bitch in 2.2 seconds.

…How the longing for just a sliver of alone time is real and so very needed from time to time

…That despite all the sleepless nights, arguments and the ups and downs of parenting, she would do it all over again. 

How about you? What are some things you couldn’t understand about your parents growing up that you completely get now that you are a parent?