Growing, Learning, and Enjoying Every Part Of It.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Random As I wanna Be

The entire Ebola situation is disheartening. I don't think patient zero was left to die because he is black and non American. I'm not even sure I believe he was purposefully mistreated. I'm so confused. I feel part conspiracy theorist and part crazy. I'm not even sure that I believe there haven't been other ebola cases here that have not been reported for fear of mass hysteria. All I can do is pray.
A few months ago we got rid of cable at my urging. Well, we have basic cable because internet alone is the price of basic and internet combined (how does that make sense?). Anyway, we got Roku and I absolutely love it. My mother in law lets us stream showtime, lifetime, hbo, and espn. And, we have Netflix and hulu plus. With those things and youtube, which is a roku channel (What! What!), I don't think I will ever get cable again. The only thing I miss having is MSNBC. I'm hoping they will get on board and get a roku channel soon.
I'm heading to a Bedroom Kandi party tonight. This will be a first for me. It will be me and a group of mommies from one of my playgroups...haha..this is sure to be hilarious.  I have to admit, though, I'm so excited at what goodies I may find for me and the hubs.
Mr. RFA and I just went away for his birthday.  It was the first time we were both away from the girls at the same time. We spent the first half day calling my MIL every 30 minutes to check on the girls and Her sanity. Now that I know we can all survive the separation for a couple of days, I want to do that again. Time with my husband is quite simply golden...I need more of it sans kids, lol.
Speaking of his birthday, I made this banana pudding cake at his request. It was sooo yummy. Too yummy to be healthy, even with bananas.

My awesome little suburb was named the Best place to live by Money Magazine. I love my city! And, I have been appointed to the Arts Commission, so I get to do some great work for my local and still be with my babes all day!
What's random with you??

Friday, October 10, 2014

SAHM High-Low

(The girls were 6 months on this picture. We had just finished filming for an online web series on how couples break the news of their pregnancy.)

I've finally settled into my role as a SAHM. It only took me about 7 months, haha. Here is a High/Low list (I actually hate saying a low...I should probably call them not so highs):
1. I get to love on my babes all day without worrying about how they are being treated by someone else.
2. Our Daily Schedule. I absolutely love not having to guess at what is going on with the girls. When someone is cranky, I know exactly why.  Let's not even mention how much I adore their nap time..can you say mommy break, lol.
3. Music time. Apart of the daily schedule is music time. We start with a praise and worship line up. Why didn't I ever know how many great kids Christian songs were out there? We've been doing Praise and Worship since they were four months old. They love it, and so do I.
4. Play Dates. I've met some great moms through playdates. I love seeing the girls interact with other babies.
5. I am able to drop off and pick up Alyssa everyday. I love that I get to have those special points of the day with her. She is such a delight when she's not giving me teenager attitude.
6. Hubby Time. Mr. RFA works from home when he's not traveling, so we get to spend QT all day, and the bonus is we get to do it with the girls as well. We both wanted their first year to be with the both of us, and I'm so thankful we have the means to make that happen.
7. Milestones. I love that I get to see and teach the girls their milestones. I don't have to worry about missing anything...yay!
8. Best of all, I don't have to go off and be someplace all day without my family. My job is be with them, grow them, love on them, take care of my home, give attention to my husband, and all around focus on my family. I never thought I would be enjoy being a SAHM, but I have truly fallen in love with it!
Lows: Despite my love, there are some lows.
1. There are no days off - My husband gives me a break probably more often then I should let him, but can I get some more breaks, lol.
2. I constantly feel like I haven't done enough by the end of the day. In my mind, staying home meant I would have dinner cooked everyday by 5pm, my floors would be always looked freshly polished, I'd work on a DIY project everyday, and I would spend every minute of the babies awake time rolling around on the floor playing with them. Not so much...
3. Navigating the SAHM scene. This isn't a total low...actually many days, this is a high. But, sometimes I'm just reminded of some childish clique type stuff. I just want my babies to play, and I want some girl talk in the process.
4. Sometimes I find that I can spend the entire day only talking about the kids with my husband. On those days I feel like he deserves more from me. To remind him that I'm still his fine, sexy, interesting wife and not just Alyssa, Ava and Zoe's mommy.
Overall, the highs outweigh the lows. I've settled into my role and this is exactly where I want to be for the next few years.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sugar and Spice...Twice

Hi! Is anyone there?? I've been gone for a looong time and so much has changed. I'm a stay at home mommy of three beautiful daughters. Yep, baby A and baby B were both girls...who knew?!?! We never imagined that scenario, but luckily we came up with a second girl name about 3 weeks before delivery...whew. Here are some pictures from the past 5 months or so.
Introducing #Zova!  Ava - Baby A - entered the world on December 17, 2013 at 8:15am weighing 6lbs. 6oz. Zoe - Baby B - entered the world on December 17, 2013 at 8:16am weighing 6lbs. 12oz. Those cuties were big and I certainly felt every inch of them those last two weeks. 
We are overjoyed to have them still seems like a dream most days.

(Ava and Zoe turned 4 months) 
 (The night before delivery 12/16/13)
 (Look who turned 16 on May 2nd - My sweet Alyssa)
(Ava Cakes at 9 days old)

(Ava's First Easter)

(Ava's First Valentine's Day)

(Hi...just having sister time)

(We love to eat our hands)

(Recovering from Delivery)

(Look who was just born...we were oozing happiness)

(Merry Christmas from The A team!)

(on location: the girls' first photo shoot)

(Zoe relaxing on top of her big sister)

(Story time with dad)

(Our first swim class - 3 months)

(at 2 months old we discovered how to stick out our tongues)

(My precious Zoe)

(Twin Time)

(Zoe and Dice...she loves him)

(Zoe's first Easter!)

(Zoe's first Valentine's Day)
Today my precious angels are 4.5 months old. My how time flies. Ava is a whopping 13lbs 1oz and Zoe is 12lbs 10oz. The big sister is now truly the bigger sister, lol. These girls are a blast. I'm loving staying home with them and cherishing every moment.
Sorry it took so long to post about them. I'm still so grateful for all of the prayers during our journey to get them here. And, thanks for all of the emails, phone calls, and texts after they were here.