Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Samantha update

I know Samantha isn't yet 3 years old, but I'm not sure I'm going to have time around that time to do an update about my silly little girl, so here is a 34-month update instead :)

Sammi is very energetic and loves to play and giggle. She loves her baby brother soooooo much!! It melts my heart watching them play together. He adores her and she adores him. Every morning the first thing she wants to do when she wakes up is kiss and hug her little brother. After they wake up from their nap, I can hear them giggling and I go in and they are playing peek-a-boo and just laughing hysterically. I love it. She loves to make funny sounds at him, she likes to do pretty much anything to try to get him to smile, but they play a LOT of peek-a-boo. I know their playing nicely won't last forever, so I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts :)

I feel like my constant reminders of having her say "May I", "Please" and "thank you" are finally paying off! Recently she has become very good at saying 'May I (insert want or need here) please" and it is music to my ears.

She is so so smart too. On no effort at all on my part, she now knows a few songs, all the way through! She can sing ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Personal Penguin (her 'special song' we have sung to her since she was a baby- look it up, it's a cute song that goes along with a book), Wheels on the bus, and a few others.

She knows her letters, and what sounds they make- though she isn't very interested in them, so it's hard to get her to talk about letters when she isn't in the mood.

She gets angry when other kids steal toys out of her hands and has no reservations in smacking or biting them to let them know she doesn't like it. We're working on that one, though I don't think she will change much until there is some sort of solution I can give her other than being nice even though they took something (any ideas? I feel like she just feels the unjustice of having a toy taken, retaliating, then getting in trouble for it). I would be mad too if someone stole a toy right out of my hands! :)

She would probably love it if we decided to go live outside. She LOVES being outside, and actually just loves getting out of the house in general (like her mama :)) she loves going to the library, grocery shopping, Wal-mart, picking up daddy, whatever!

She is such a girl and loves new clothes. She loves playing dress-up. Her grandma gave her a chest of princess dress up clothes for Christmas last year and she played with it every. single. day. Usually multiple times a day. Finally, in July I got sick of picking up the dresses multiple times a day and packed up the chest and hid it from her. We just got it out again a little bit ago, and she still loves it just as much :)

She loves to be independent, and she is pretty feisty. She will definitely let you know if she doesn't like something. She is also sweet and caring and cuddly. Still, at almost 3, she loves to snuggle. We snuggle every single day. She also loves to cuddle with her brother (he is snuggly too, but he doesn't like to snuggle with her, probably because he is so big and it's pretty awkward haha) and her daddy. She loves animals.

She is my own personal bug slayer! If she sees a bug, she will go get a shoe, squish it, then go flush it down the toilet. She is my hero!!! (In case you didn't know, I hate bugs, they are scary!!) Hopefully she can be my bug slayer for forever. It would be sooo nice to have someone around to kill bugs for me when Jacob isn't here to do it.

We love our sweet little girl and she brings so much joy and happiness to our home :)

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Monday, August 22, 2011

One of life's greatest questions- Answered!

First- I am not trying to offend anyone by posting this, I'm not trying to imply anything negative toward anyone. I saw this posted by someone on FB and just thought it was great. I have been asked what I do all day as a stay at home mom, and it's hard to come up with What, exactly, it is I do. Because I know I'm really busy and exhausted (particularly mentally and emotionally) but it's hard to pinpoint. So here is the answer, pretty well said:


And really, whatever situation you are or are not in with working, mommying, not working, not mommying, or any combination of the 4 or anything else you can think of, this is in no way meant to be negative towards anyone. I was just excited to see a well-stated answer to this question!


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

August?

How is it the 20th of August?! I just don't understand. I knew it would be crazy busy, but I feel like I went from saying that Jase was 6 months old, and it felt like less than a week has passed and I was being corrected that he is in fact 7! (as of yesterday) Anyway we should be home on Tuesday (maaaaaybe Monday, but doubtful) and hopefully this craziness will die down!!! One day (hopefully next week) I will look at all your blogs and maybe (ha!! high hopes!) update my own and let you guys in on the craziness.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Proud

I'm so proud of myself! I gained 2 pounds... On PURPOSE! That is correct! I feel like I have come so far that I was able to do that. A couple weeks ago I realized I was 2 pounds below where I wanted to be. (And I KNOW that weight fluctuates a couple pounds depending on time of day, your period, and many other factors... When I say 2 pounds below, I have a 3 pound range that I like to have to fluctuate around in and I was 2 pounds BELOW that for multiple days.) No big deal, right? Right. Part of me was excited, but part of me was concerned. I like my curves! (not that I have tons, unfortunately!) I am trying to embrace who I am and my natural body type, and my natural body type is NOT thin. (it's also not larger) My body is so average. I have everything most girls have. A waist, a chest, a bum. My body is by no means perfect... I wish I could make my legs slimmer without completely losing my chest, but I can't! :) Anyway I am just proud of myself because I am finally at a point where I FEEL good and feel beautiful and I don't feel like I need to be any smaller. I am at a point where I am really healthy and I don't care if other people think I am 'too big' because I am not at the super thin 'ideal' the world tells us is ideal. I don't worry about my weight too much. I just watch what I eat and stay active. It's a good feeling, being where I want to be, feeling like I am bettering myself each day, but not down on myself for not having a 'perfect' body. I really think everyone should try to reach this point, it is such a load off of the shoulders! I've stopped comparing myself to others, because I know that I am at a point where I feel really great, and it really doesn't matter if someone else is built smaller than me, or even if someone is built the same as me but is still smaller. It really doesn't matter to me anymore. I'm at a point where I feel really good and I feel like I look good. It has taken me a long time to get here, I have felt pressured to be thinner since I was 11. That is more than half of my life, and I'm just happy to be at this point :)

PS- I now have tunes on my page!! (but they aren't on autoplay, which I know some people don't like :))
PS again- I have been keeping up on my book page/ reivews really well this summer, so check it out if you want a book recommendation! I also added a section on the bottom where I went into a more detailed explanation of some of the books

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