Monday, September 26, 2016

"Boo Bash" Camping Trip

This past weekend, we attended our second Boo Bash camping trip at Algonac State Park. This year my mom was the host of the events - scavenger hunt, kids games, and raffles. Overall, it was a beautiful day and everything came together perfectly!

R woke up from her nap and we rushed to get her in her costume and outside for trick or treating. We missed the group picture with all the kids. She was definitely confused and slightly over whelmed by all the kids plowing her over running around. Mason slept in the ergo the whole time. Unfortunately, he didn't fit in the pumpkin costume that I had gotten for him.

It was also Jasmine's first homecoming! So her and Alexa got ready at the campground before the dance. They both looked gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Life Lately: 12 Recent iPhone Photos

There's no doubt we've been keeping busy over here in our neck of the woods! If it's not one thing, it's another. So here's a little bit about what's been going on in our lives (besides still adjusting to life with two under two) according to my most recent iPhone photos!

From top left to right and on down... 

++ Horses! When we stay at the camper, it's 90% of the time in my families back yard. Aka Nana and Papa Furtah. Next door, there is a decent size horse farm and Remington looooves them! She will go peek out the camper windows all day long so she can see them and beg to go outside. Every night, Michael and her take apples out to give them a treat. This has become such a routine that she will go to the fridge and point to the door until you open it. She will grab an apple. Then she will stand at the silverware drawer asking for a knife to cut the apple. It's amazing how fast she's learning! I love her excitement when she sees those horses! 

++ Date night!! A couple weekends ago, Michael and I got out of the house camper kid free! For the first time in I couldn't tell you how long! Literally. It was to attend one of my girlfriends weddings! The first problem was digging through storage to find dress clothes to wear. The second problem was leaving ML who doesn't have interest in drinking from a bottle. Luckily, we were able to enjoy ourselves for about 5 hours. We even stopped at a bar on the way and had a beer on our way. Now honest engines, I couldn't tell you the last time that happened either! It was nice to spend some one on one time with the hubs although I have to admit, I couldn't wait to get back to the kids. ;) 

++ R bites the dust. It's hard to tell in this tiny picture, but R's nose is swollen, bruised, as well as a bruise under her eye. Michael took her outside to play and she went down the garage stairs with chalk in both hands and he didn't assist her. Therefore, she went face first to the concrete. I was pretty upset with him. I honestly thought she had broken her nose. Thankfully, it seems to be okay now!

++ R Eating. You guys. This kid and her eating habits are so terrible! She used to eat on her own pretty well! Now it seems like every meal, we have to sit with her and make a game of getting food into her mouth. Hence her sassy smile. Side note: is it bad that we use paper plates so often?! It's especially easy in the camper so we use less water. 

++ ML Snoozing. I probably take too many pictures of my kids sleeping. But, who doesn't!? Fun fact: Mason won't lay (or sit in a chair/swing) for more than 5-10 minutes. Thanks to his horrible reflux. (Insert sarcasm) So this snoozing position was short lived. But, he looked adorable while it lasted! I think I took a nap with him on my chest after I took the picture. Ha!

++ Food plots with Daddy! When Michael is home, he always takes care of Remington so that I can get a break from at least one kid. It's really amazing honestly. Plus, it's great for their relationship as well! Anyways, Michael took her outback on the four wheeler to help him plant some food plots before hunting season. She's definitely an outdoors lover! 

++ Bug bite turned cellulitis. My MIL came over to help with the kids and took R outside because that's what she loves to do. Later that day I noticed she had a huge bug bite on her leg however it was the worst bug bite I'd ever seen. I called my MIL to ask if she noticed she had gotten bit by something. She hadn't. So I put some oils on it and kept an eye on it. Three days later, she woke up and it was much worse. Her whole leg was swollen, the bite appeared to be infected, and the area had a fever. After asking around for some opinions, I started to get a little worried about it. I wouldn't be able to get her into the doctor until Monday. (This was on a Friday) And I wasn't sure I wanted to let it go over the weekend. Later that afternoon, it seemed worse. More red and swollen. We were headed to the camper that evening anyways, so I went with my Mom instincts and stopped at a walk in clinic on my way. My Mom met me to take Mason so that I didn't have to take him into the clinic. Long story short, she was bit by a bug (most likely a spider) and then with the bite being an open wound, she was exposed to an infection from someone/somewhere (we only went one place that week so I have a feeling it was there), and the infection went into the bug bite. Had I not taken her in and got her on an antibiotic, the infection could have spread through her body and she would have wound up with MRSA and most likely been in the hospital. 

++ Timehop - 2012. This photo recently showed up on my timehop of Mom, Greg, and I camping in Caseville 4 years ago. Great times! Pre marriage. Pre babies. Wow. Can I have that body back?! 

++ R eating (again). Okay, apparently I take as many pictures of my kids eating as I do sleeping?!! Miss sass pot refusing to eat, per usual. Her facial expressions and personality keeps me laughing on the daily (along with the tears of exhaustion, ha!)

++ Kisses for baby ML. R doesn't have much interest in the baby. I was trying to get a picture of the two of them sitting next to each other and as soon as I sat him down next to her, she pushed him away and screamed. So I asked her to please be nice and give him a kiss since she was being so sassy. All the heart eyes. 

++ Our house. Nothing new on the home front. Had a showing scheduled last week. They pulled in and left. Apparently they didn't notice in the photos on the listing that we had a large yard of grass. (5 acres to be exact) Therefore, when they pulled in, they seen the yard and decided they didn't even want to look at it. I was quite annoyed. I could have been napping. On another note, we have been moving boxes back to the house from the storage unit as the time allows. I know it's a lot of work, but I don't think it's worth the money to pay for a storage unit. We are in the process of listing with a new realtor and we are PRAYING for a miracle. 

++ Lower standards. This quote is so true. In the past, I wouldn't be seen without makeup. I wouldn't go out in public with my hair a mess or in comfy clothes. Heck, anymore, I can be seen out of the house without even brushing my hair let alone who knows the last time it was washed. Motherhood, it's all about lowering your standards and embracing the crazy. 

Well that sums up a little bit of what we've been up to! I apologize for being a bad blogger lately, I'm hoping to catch up on reading soon! Thanks for those who have stopped by and continue to read my boring posts lately! Also, a huge thank you for all of the kind words, support, prayers, and encouragement y'all have given me! XO

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fresh Homegrown Peaches

One thing I've REALLY missed this year has been our garden. Since we thought we had sold our house, we didn't plant one. But now, being back at the house and seeing that big empty space, it's really got me missing harvest season. Luckily, we still have been able to take advantage of the fruit trees though!

Last month Michael and R picked all of the peaches off the trees. This year is the least we have gotten in all the years that I can remember. Which is probably due to the lack of rain. But, we took advantage of what we had and enjoyed them! One of Michael's favorites is a peach pie. So I promised him as long as I had enough to make some baby food, I would make him a peach pie!

(This is my mother in law's recipe) If you'd prefer a crust topping you could do that as well!

Peach Filling
4C peaches
3/4C sugar
1TBSP lemon juice (optional)
2TBSP butter
2TBSP flour
1/4tsp nutmeg

Crumble Topping
1C oats
1/2C softened butter
3/4C flour
2/3C brown sugar
1TBSP sugar
1/2tsp cinnamon

With the other portion of peaches I had left, I was able to make a batch of baby food! You can see how I made baby food by reading this post here. My favorite thing about using fruits of our labor is that it's truly organic and it's FREE!

What are your favorite recipes for fresh peaches?! 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Lately + The Truth = Postpartum

As the cliche saying goes... time flies and I can't believe it's already been a little over a month since Mason was born! The days have certainly been long and some have been more challenging than others. Without sounding like I'm throwing a pity party... I have to admit... I've been riding the hot mess express daily. My fears and anxiety that I had during my pregnancy have come to real life. Mommin' ain't easy. As a matter of fact, I believe it's the most physically and emotionally exhausting job on the planet.

I've been trying to write this post for weeks now. But I can't always seem to find the right words. (Plus, I choose to spend all my free time napping.) I've thought about not even documenting these moments because I probably don't ever want to recall them. But, this is our life and that's what this little place is all about. Even the imperfections and the struggles. So here's a little truth as to what postpartum life has been like for our newly family of four!

++ The truth is that this adjustment to having two under two is HARD. Having a newborn is hard enough in itself (which I apparently forgot about...what was I thinking??!). Add a toddler and living alone to the mix... insert insanity.

++ Mason has reflux. Which means he eats. Cries. Spits it all up. Cries some more. Eats again. Repeat. Around the clock. I'm LUCKY if he sleeps for an hour somewhere in between his miserableness. Typically, the sleep only happens if I hold him. Yes, that means I co sleep often. Yes, I know that's a big no no. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Judge away. 

++ The second day in the hospital was rough. Rough as in, I cried three times. Wasn't I supposed to be melting in pure joy over my newborn still?! Wth. My nipples were raw from breast feeding and we didn't get much sleep through the night. My pain meds from the spinal had wore off and I was now rotating motrin/tylenol every 3 hours. Oh, and still gushing blood with every movement.

++ We left the hospital on the third day. I was definitely ready to go home. Especially so I could see Remington. Being away from her for 3 days had me in tears. Did you know a cesarean incision has multiple layers? Such as layers of stitches through your muscle, skin, fat, and outer layer of skin. Yikes. Right before I left, they removed the staples on the outer layer and put on some "tape" that was to stay there until it fell off on it's own. Imagine how good that felt ripping off 2 weeks later....

Discharged from the hospital 8.3.16

++ Adding another car seat to the back seat of the pickup sure does make things seem packed back there! Unfortunately, Remington's car seat didn't fit in the backseat of the pickup rear facing, so she got promoted to forward facing. Judge away.

First ride with both babies 8.3.16

++ Apparently because of a c section, it can take your milk longer to come in because your body is busy focusing on healing the cesarean incision. (Why didn't anyone tell me that last time?!) Therefore, the first week was a week from hell waiting for my milk to come in. For those who don't know about breast feeding, the way to bring your milk in, is for the baby to nurse as often as possible. Which was non stop around the clock. Literally. I would sit and nurse him for an hour at a time. Then we would get a short nap before he nursed again. Did I mention my nipples were raw?!

++ I couldn't tell you how many times I've said I was going to throw in the towel for BF. Hundreds. Daily. Especially that first week. Heck, I still say it. Breast feeding is HARD. Thankfully, my cousin Ashley and my sweet friend Cara, kept checking on me and encouraging me when I was struggling. Here's an article about the truth of the first 48 hours of BF. This made me realize I was not alone.

++ Michael had a total of 8 days off work. Which flew by and wasn't nearly enough. He spent his days entertaining Remington, doing housework, and making us all food while I spent my days resting up and taking care of Mason. I cried when he left. Heck, I still cry every week when he leaves for work. The struggle is real.

++ My Aunt was throwing away some furniture and since ours is still in storage (in the bottom/back of the unit) we decided to take it for the time being. It may not be the nicest, but having a few things in the house makes it seem a little more like home. I mean, having a couch to sit on is a plus too. ;)

++ My sister, Jasmine, came over to help quite a bit. I think it was 9 days total. She was so much help and Remington loved having her here. I cried when she left. True story. Thanks hormones.

++ Due to the CS, I wasn't supposed to pick Remington up for 2 weeks. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD THAT WAS???! It broke my heart when she would put her arms up and just want me to hold her! I may have broken that rule a few times because I just couldn't handle it.

++ I've been alone with two babies under two since day 11 postpartum (with some exceptions of help here and there and Michael home on the weekends). Can you say insanity?? I cry all. the. time. Literally just cried this morning. True story.

++ By some small miracle, I managed to get newborn announcements made (DIY via PicMonkey) and mailed out. In efforts to cut costs I decided to send to only family and a small group of friends. Most people are on social media anyways. #imcheap

++ I've left the house 4 times. Only one of those times I was alone with both kids. It was a nightmare. I'm not sure I ever want to leave the house again.

++ People are constantly saying "I don't know how you do it!" Well folks.. I'm not sure either. Most days I feel like a horrible Mom. But I guess, we're all fed and alive so that counts for something. I don't get dressed. I don't wear makeup. I'm lucky if I get a 5 minute shower while one baby cries. Don't ask me the last time I washed my hair. Ain't nobody got time for that.

++ Mom guilt is real. And it's painful. Prior to having Mason, I spent my days revolved around Remington. Now, my days are revolved around Mason and it makes my heart ache to have to put Remi aside so often. She is constantly pulling my finger to take me somewhere, bringing me books to read, or begging to go outside. I know she won't remember these times, but it still upsets me. I definitely cherish the solo time I have with my sassy girl.

++ How does Remington do with the new baby? Well, she really hasn't had much interest in him. Slowly she's starting to talk to him and touch him more often. She definitely knows "baby Mason" and "baby brother" if you ask her about him. She also tends to get jealous of whoever is holding him. One thing I think is so funny/cute is when Mason cries, she gets really close to him and laughs at him. :)

++ The postpartum body... It's like I'm back in the awkward stage of pregnancy where you can't really tell if I'm pregnant or just have beer belly. Oh the joy's.

++ I'm still bleeding from delivery! As if having a weekly period isn't bad enough, we're off and punished with a never ending one after giving birth. I had to send Michael to the store twice to pick up panty liners for me. What a guy. ;)

++ I'm SO thankful for my healthy babies, but I have to admit... I am bummed that this is the second year in a row I won't be able to enjoy much hunting. Due to the c section, I probably won't be able to pull my bow back anytime soon. Not to mention that I'm barely getting any sleep, so I don't think I'll be waking up before sunrise to go sit in a stand. There's always next year!

++ I finally got the courage to take both kids outside by myself for the first time in a month! I put Mason in the ergo and hoped for the best. It felt so good to get some fresh air and to see Remington in all of her glory. She absolutely loves it outside!

All in all, we are adjusting to the best of our ability. It's not easy by any means. But we will get through it. If your wondering what you can do to help during these difficult times, I ask that you please say some prayers for our family. Prayers for strength, patience, and most importantly - the sale of our home. Preferably before winter so we don't have to dig through the storage unit and unpack more boxes ;)