Yays for the Day

Wednesday, May 30

6am wakeup call greeted by my 2 soon-to-be 1 year olds smiling ear-to-ear as I walked in the nursery. “Gooooooood MOOORNIIING!” I said, arms outstretched with a gigantic smile.

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Yay for the Day

5:00 a.m. feeding then back to sleep for 2 more hours…and the same for mama :). Already felt I was winning and the day barely started! Henry woke up first (he usually does) at 7:20 a.m. Cute cute cuuuuute ‘lil sleepy smile as I peaked over the crib to say good morning. Took him over to Emily’s crib and we peaked over. I said “Your sissy’s sleepin!” He looked at her sleeping, then looked at me, then looked at her and smiled. Kept him on my hip as we went down to the kitchen for mama’s magical first cup of coffee. He loves to watch the Keurig do it’s thing. Switched him to my left hip cause he’s getting so heavy, which reminded me of how good it is to be starting fit camp from home on Monday! As the coffee poured into the cup, Henry stared with his classic open mouthed amazement. I put him into his walker while I got bottles ready. Laughed as I saw him smiling and giggling at Stella (our lab) chomping on her dog food.

Watched the monitor and listened as sweet Emmy slowly stirred, as did her “dadadadadagugugah” sounds. As I climbed the stairs to get her, I remembered wanting this moment for years. That moment when I walk in, my child beams with joy, and I get to welcome them to the greatest new day. My messy house, those years of waiting, my tired feet, or my sore muscles just melt away when I see her or her brother smile. Overwhelmed with gratitude as I held her close and smooched her squishy cheeks.

Bottles were guzzled down plus a pureed oatmeal + fruit mix started off their day. Coffee and their smiles kicked off mine 🙂

Sean woke up as we were playing on the floor in the living room and he crawled down to play with us. We all adored the hilarious voices he made imitating stuffed animals. Then he made bacon. High five, hubby. 😉

Opened up the windows to see what the ice storm had done. It looked so gorgeous. Lots of floor play time upstairs and downstairs. We all worked on saying “Hi!” while waving our hands and arms. Henry was more observant for that little lesson than ever before.

Watched HGTV while feeding Henry & Emily bottles and pureed butternut squash. Plantation style, partially renovated town home for the win! Worked out on our old stationary spinning bike for 20 min while they napped.

Tag-teamed baby duty with Sean for a bit in the afternoon. Browsed a few other blogs and read some articles. That bit of “me time” to clear my head was so helpful. Heard him playing songs on the ukulele for them. Made my heart happy. We both tried entertaining them in the last 20 min before their final bottle & bedtime. Decided to see how long it took for all four of us to look out every single window in the house…haha, it was cute. Sean took the last feeding. Bed time changes and snuggles.

Glass of red wine. Feet up. Blogged a bit while Sean watched a game on T.V.

Great day :).

 

 

 

 

 

My Blog’s 2017

Last week I wrote about my personal goals for 2017 in the post, My 2017. It felt so good to acknowledge what I want to work on, then write about it to help stay accountable this year. So, I thought I’d keep this goal-party goin’ strong by doing the same for my blog!

This blog is such a special place for me and I really hope for you too. As a “new mom”… “twin mom”… &”stay-at-home mom” this has been a much needed outlet for me to stay reflective…and sane ;). Time moves SO fast and this helps me keep a memory of all the good stuff in writing.

So…what’s next?! For my blog’s 2017, here are my 4 goals:

  1. yay-for-the-day-newlieMore: on choosing joy

    • My “Yay for the Day” posts are more for me than anything, but I’ve heard from many of you that you appreciate reading them too. I’m SO happy to hear that! This practice of keeping a log of only the joyful, yay-worthy things that happened each day is just plain good for the soul. So, my goal? I just wanna write more of these each month. MANY more. Simple as that. Life is too short! Choosing joy is a beautiful and important mentality, but it takes daily exercises like these to keep it up.
  2. img_5733New: product reviews

    • Bottles, strollers, diaper bags, clothes, formula, activity centers, high chairs, play yards….oh my gosh it never endsssss! I remember Sean and I walking into Buy Buy Baby for the first time. It was SO overwhelming. We just followed the nice sales person around the store like little lost puppies, overwhelmed in a scary new world. 478 different types of high chairs, 8,381 different types of bottles, etc. Crazy. But…we made it 7 months! Know that I know a thing or two about the newborn and early infant stage, I would love to review the products that any of you want advice on.
      • Any specific advice you need for the 0-6 month age? Let me know! I’ll add it to the que 😉
  3. img_7638New: excursion reviews

    • From date nights, to airplane rides, to those spur of the moment “get me the heck outta the house” excursions with the twins, I’d love to review and share my experiences. I’m strongly swayed by other people’s opinion of a place or experience before heading anywhere (thanks, Yelp!), and figure this is a good way to do the same for any of you who could benefit from it.
  4. New: videos

    • I’m cringing a little as I write this one. This is one of those things that I want to do…but I also don’t want to do. Know what I mean? I typically don’t like being filmed and totally freeze up when it comes to talking to a camera, but when I was pregnant and on bed rest, ALL I did was search for videos of product reviews, real life motherhood dilemmas and recommendations, and a big one: what it’s like to be a twin mom for a day. I owe it to myself and any mama friends out there who are searching for the same things and maybe need a friendly face (not just a post) to help them through it. Fun times ahead! 😉

 

Thank you for following along all these years, friends! It means the world. Stay tuned 🙂

Big hugs,

Katherine

So Very Thankful

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, friends!!! Ohhhhh how I love this season. It builds a much needed anticipation of all things – good; in its purest, most honorable, and gorgeous meaning. The joy, hopefulness, hugs, prayer, laughter, and home-cooked meals that the holiday season delivers is just remarkable. I wish that wherever you are and whoever you’re with today, that the day fills your heart with all things good. You most certainly deserve that.

As for me, I couldn’t be happier. This has been an incredible year filled with so much good. There were of course some “downs” that snuck in there before and after some “ups” in the year, but that’s to be expected; this is life, after all. If anything, holidays like Thanksgiving remind me to look back on any disappointments yielded against my own silly agenda and to be so very thankful for where each moment led me in the end.

In true Katherine-fashion…I wanna make a list 🙂 You should try it too. It’s fun and even a little therapeutic! My unwavering love of list-making (happy things only, always…that’s the rule) is one that will stay with me into my older-than dirt years and I’m so excited to watch how these lists progress over time. For today, in no special order, here’s my random and lovely list of what I’m thankful for:

  1. traveling to new places with hubby
  2. laughter to the point of tears
  3. my Wilson, Mason, and extended families
  4. all my friends (old and new)
  5. Oklahoma!
  6. a job that makes my husband happy
  7. a job that humbles me and brings me joy each day
  8. answered prayers
  9. un-answered prayers that teach me patience and faith
  10. did I mention family and friends?! (seriously…love you all so much!)
  11. FOOD. All the food. Particularly home cooked meals; both healthy and unhealthy. Today especially: Mama’s homemade mashed potatoes (seriously y’all….Sean and I are going to eat ALL of her mashed potatoes…we’ve already decided)
  12. how hard parents work for their children’s happiness
  13. my husband (he’s my favorite person)
  14. coffee
  15. long, overdue hugs
  16. seeing someone shed a tear or two when they are so incredibly happy
  17. mountain scenery
  18. when people aren’t afraid to let their joy shine! Debbie-downers can’t hold us down! Nope 😉
  19. the joy of shopping for other people
  20. the joy of….shopping for yourself, hehe (let’s be real…it’s so awesome)
  21. Stella – the best dog in the entire universe
  22. indoor heating
  23. fires in the fireplace
  24. the anticipation of getting this year’s Christmas tree
  25. hiking, running, biking, walking, and dancing
  26. the ocean
  27. how my mom, sister, and I get each other’s humor (usually pun-worthy)
  28. remembering that happiness is a choice. Because it really is!
  29. pine trees
  30. America!!!
  31. The men and women who do everything in their power to defend, protect, and preserve this great country
  32. The smell of onions, garlic, and olive oil sizzling on the skillet (totally what I’m smelling right now, btw)
  33. a really good book, and the satisfaction of reading it cover to cover
  34. chocolate
  35. cheese. All the cheese. I love cheese
  36. gift-giving
  37. the inspiration I get from the people I choose to surround myself with
  38. the option to filter my Facebook newsfeed 🙂
  39. Instagram…and its simplicity
  40. snuggling with Stella, my lab
  41. going for long walks
  42. an unforgettable culinary experience
  43. fresh flowers
  44. meeting new people who are filled with joy
  45. time to myself to watch rom-coms
  46. the new craze of adult coloring books. I want one!
  47. seeing smoke pipe out of chimneys from a few distant houses in the mountains
  48. learning from a new perspective
  49. a feast at the table with family/friends
  50. Today! 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Wishing you so much laughter, so much food, a nice little walk afterwards, and a nap. Or…whatever makes you happy 🙂 Feel free to comment below with anything you’d add to your list, or anything on mine that you love love love!

Happy day,

Katherine