back to school 2011

the kids started back to school this week.
miss lillian is in 2nd grade this year!
 and mr. cohen is in his 2nd year of preshool.
in a transition room, which gets him good and ready for kindergarten :)
as much as the freedom of summer is nice...
it's great to be back in a routine too :)
we all made it through the first week!


600 post questions part 2

ok. we wont mention the amount of time it's been.
but im just now getting around to another answering of questions....
from way back when.

ooty1 (molly :) asks... What is your best parenting advice? And what is something you struggle with as a parent?  :)

Ah this question kicks my butt. I’d probably be able to come up with 100 different things to say. My best parenting advice… love your kids. Hug them and kiss them and let them know you are there for them. You are there to listen to them, teach them, support them, and cheer them on, build up their characters and their self-confidence and self-worth the best that you know how. Be honest with them. At all ages, tell them the truth at their level.  And also let them know that you are the parent… they are not in charge of you. Pray for your kids. Pray with your kids.
I struggle with just about every aspect of being a parent, but I try my best to be the best parent I know how to be. I struggle with the general aspect of raising them in today’s society. Trying to raise them above what is considered acceptable in today’s world. I struggle with worry... that I am not doing enough, that I cannot provide enough. I struggle with giving them 100% of me… or at least the good parts me. I struggle with my own self-confidence and the last thing I want is for that to rub off on them. I struggle with patience, and control. To name just a few ;)

Julie P. asks... What is your favorite family meal to make? Are you planning on making your own baby food this time? If you do I can probably give you a few pointers for once :)
mmm… my favorite meal to make? Too many J I love soups. Chimmichangas and burritos. Salads. Pastas. Cinnamon rolls. (that’s a meal, right?) Home made mac and cheese. I cant pick just one.

And YES!! Totally planning to make baby food for the new little one. so excited!! I’m sad I didn’t even consider it for the first two, though they were both on table food by 11 months. And yes Julie, I will definitely come to you for baby food ideas!!

Sam said... OOO, I love these kind of contests.  Okay, what are your top five musical groups/artists? (in no particular order)

Ah!! Another tough one. I like music. A lot. My variety is quite interesting. Not quite compatible even. And I don’t typiclaly go for just groups/artisits… I’m more of a song lover. sorry sam :( I cant comfortably just list 5 groups so… if you will, here is a splash of randomness into my music taste. Beauty in the World by Macy Gray, Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, How He Loves by David Crowder Band (thought i like most all of theirs), What I Am by Will.I.Am, California Love by Dr. Dre and 2Pac, No Rain by Blind Melon, I like Alicia Keyes and Counting Crows. I like the Plain White T’s for 1,2,3,4 and Hey There Delilah. Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas, No Diggity by Black Street. Missy Elliot is cool, so is Francesca Battisstelli. Corrine Bailey Rae. Mmmm, James Taylor. Gwen Stephani. Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap. Heartless. Gold Digger. Chris Rice. Oh yikes. See how all over the place I am here? I could list them by the pages. For real. I think I may have lost more readers after this one…

arminda said... I know you're a busy gal...what do you do to unwind? :)

Ah. Sit on the couch and watch tv. or sew. Occasionally I will read.

sarah said...    congrats on 600 posts!  my two questions were already asked... 1.) tell us more about this baby on the way! and 2.) how do you relax - you are one busy gal!

The baby :)  This baby has been in our hearts for a very long time. We waited a long time before we decided that we really for sure wanted another. We did a lot of thinking it over. Discussing. Contemplating. Praying. Thinking. Wishing. Wondering. Asking. And now this little human being is growing inside my belly. (ok… uterus. Belly sounds much more fun.)

Relax… ah :)  see the above to arminda's question... but add cook/bake and eat to that too :)

Rita said...  What was the last movie you went to see?  Is Dave a willing helper in changing diapers?

The kids and I went to see Rio at the dollar theater. It was cuter than I thought it was going to be :)
Dave and diapers :)  Good question!! And it has a 2 part answer ;) Yes, Dave is definitely a great helper and willing to change diapers :) (it's actually weird for me to even think there are daddies out there who dont help...)  For the first 2 he was very helpful with diapers, but really he is a very good helper in all parts of being a daddy. Now for part 2 of the answer… I am considering cloth diapers with baby 3, and he isnt too fond of the idea. But… I haven’t done a ton of research yet, and don’t know exactly the route we will go… so I can’t say his willingness for sure yet on this baby ;) disposables… yes. Cloth… TBD :)

Krysty said... What inspired you to cut your hair? Did you think about it forever or did you just chop it off? I love it! :)
Ah... the inspiration? A gift certificate that I got for mother’s day (or my bday I don’t recall its been so long ago). I just get in the mood to chop it off about once a year ;) and a gift certificate makes it even easier!!

alright so there it is! the 2nd part of the answers to the question all you awesome readers left on my 600th post.  the next group should bring in the rest of the answers.  whenever i get to it ;)


charity raffle.

my blogging friend chloe is hosting a raffle.
with lots of great prizes.
including a Little Bean Embroidery gift certificate.
(and a few other things from some friends of mine :)

chloe is a Christian.
and a new mommy :)
and a runner.

like a real runner.
as in... she is training to run in the NYC marathon.
this november.
and she has a 3 month old.
(hello inspiration!)

while she is training, she is raising money for a cause.
for Team Samaritan's Purse.
raising funds and awareness for Children's Heart Project.
how selfless and amazing.

would you check out her raffle?
click here.
to see a cute little video... and all the amazing prizes!!

thank you :)


my beautiful girl

our beautiful little lady...
 sporting her new glasses :)
 and just as beautiful as ever.
 in so many ways :)
lilly couldn't wait to get her new glasses.
her very first pair.
dark purple with flowers on the inside.
daddy says he's going to water them.

i love your smile miss lilly.
and your style.
and your confidence.
and your heart.
you are one beautiful kid.
inside and out.



our new best crank it up and jam song :)
the video is a bit on the cheesy side.
ok... a lot on the cheesy side.
but you dont have to watch. just listen :)
and move.
repeat as necessary.


more kid convos :)

I think I know where we’re going… but I’m not going to spill the coffee.
Lilly thinking she knows everything.
June 9, 20111

On Fridays I’m gonna do all sports.
On Mondays I’m gonna work at Chick-fil-a.
Cohen discussing his future occupation(s).
June 15, 2011

Me: I’m so sad I didn’t learn how to play this game sooner!!
Lilly: im sooooo sorry I didn’t tell you mom.
Me: it’s ok lilly!! I had other chances to learn, its not your fault.
Lilly: well… im still sooo sorry.
Me: don’t be, lilly!!
Lilly: well, I am. I have feelings you know.
Discussing that I was 32 when I learned how to play mancala. While the kids learned at 7. And 4. (Which amazes me…)
June 22, 2011

Me: Don’t forget about your squash.
(minutes later, without having to be reminded...)
Cohen: Mom, I’m all done!
Me: Good job buddy! I’m so proud of you. Thanks for eating your squash!
Cohen: Now I don’t have to whine.
July 2, 2011

Me: (singing) I throw my hands up in the air sometimes! Sayin hey-o… gotta let go!
Lilly: oh mom. (with a tone to match the rolling of the eyes)
Me: what? If you only knew how cool…. (I wasn’t)
Lilly: if you were cool, you’d wear sparkles all the time. Like me.
Getting ready for bath.
July 24, 2011
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