Yeah…Still Here.


What can I say….life is busy. Cut me some slack! I am a mama of four kids, one busy hubby, a double major in college, I (try) to maintain a household and…still do all of this while looking fabulous! (okay…that part was a bit of a stretch)

I am debating on trying the app for my snazzy new phone (yes…it really is awesome…no…you can’t have it!) and blogging on the go cause how awesome would that be. My phone has a built in speech to text option and that my friends…is a whole new level of awesome.

Point in case:

I detest (I use this word STRONGLY) typing. It’s almost as bad as writing in my opinion. Why blog you ask? Well…that’s different. I LIKE to tell everyone what’s going on. I DON’T like to type a three page paper on the Jewish Holocaust (mainly because I REALLY DETEST the Nazi commander…I shall not even give importance by actually “saying” his name). Enter Documents to go on my snazzy android phone. Oh….my…goodness. It goes like this…open word to go…click microphone button and ….speak. NO typing. None. I literally “voiced out” a three page paper on how America could have better intervened on the Jewish people’s behalf….(seriously? duh.)

I can’t tell you how this has brought my half hazard school work to a new level of lazy. 🙂 BUT…maybe now things will actually get done in a more timely manner.

So back to the awesome phone. Here’s where you all ask…well….what it the phone?! It’s the Galaxy Note (okay it’s a knock off of the Galaxy Note for a mere fraction of the price). I tell you there are still things that I am finding out about this phone that amaze me everyday. For instance..I had no idea I had a hotspot option. My teenagers are THRILLED by this…thrilled I tell you. I can watch movies on Netflix, catch up on my Supernatural and Vampire Diaries on the CW app (yup…there’s an App for that) and troll through the million youtube channels I subscribe to. It reminds me of what I have going on each week (or daily if I so prefer) and trust me…that one is a God send…nothing like forgetting you have a dr apt for your twins until the day of and have NO ONE to go with you to do the shots. Still having nightmares from that one. IT has enabled me to carry my facebook addiction to a whole new level and trust me…it’s pretty bad lol. (You know it’s bad when you find yourself trying to “like”  and email a friend sent to you) OH and….for you super busy people out there it has a dual SIM capability. This means you can have TWO numbers with this phone (one for personal and one for business)  and I just think that’s the neatest thing ever. Nerdy? Yes.

There are a million and one reasons I can go on and on about why this phone is awesome but I don’t want to be here all night.

The link to the awesome phone is below:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0084S70Q2/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

ANNNNNYWAYS….I’ma get off a here for now and maybe sleep…maybe. Proly not. Will more than likely look for the wordpress app 🙂

The Lack of Sleep is Liberating….Really it is…


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I have repeated this mantra in my head for the last two hours as my youngest son watches the everrepeated Despicable Me.It is in these moments…the by God wee early morning moments…that I ponder the unanswered question…why do babies fight sleep? Surely studies around the world have come up with some sort of theory. As Liam literally growls at the television to keep himself awake I wonder…does it really take FULL adulthood for it to sink in that sleep is GOOD? If I could pray for one thing (okay…besides the cure for AIDS and the end to world hunger) it would be that there is a way to help babies understand that it is okay to sleep. Really….you won’t miss a thing. Nothing THAT exciting is going to happen at 5:00 a.m. I promise. 

6:00 a.m. rolls around and still baby boy is growling and laughing desperately fighting to stay awake. It would be almost comical where it not for my bleary and sleep deprived mind reminding me that in less that thirty minutes the entire house will be awake and then….then….there is NO chance that I can catch a few winks until the twins are napping. Which won’t be until about….11:30. Because as sure as God has made little green apples (yeah…we really say that down here in the south) she is going to be bright eyed and wanting her Despicable Me too. 

I try to find solace in the thought that eventually…they will go to sleep. But right now all I can do is perk ANOTHER pot of coffee and pray my sanity holds.  For all you scientist out there….PLEASE answer my question. Why do babies fight sleep! Every mother on the planet wants to know!!

Things I Have Painstakingly Learned As a Mom of Twins


It’s hard being a mom of twins!

I have to admit if I had the time I would read every how-to twin book I could get my hands on. As it was I was a nervous wreck with one baby at a time with my two older children.  To say I was a tad apprehensive about rearing two babies at one time would be putting it lightly. But alas there is NO free time with twins, two teenagers, a house and a hubby to keep happy! So I thought…maybe I will share what I have learned so far with those new expecting moms out there…so…

1.) Babies are going to cry. With two it will be in surround sound. You can feed them, change them, burp them, bounce and sway them, sing to them and down right beg them and they are still going to cry. Accept this now. The good news is that it won’t last forever. They will stop and you will have peace once again (or at least until they start crying again).

2.) Feeding twins is messy. All the bibs, baby wipes and fancy spoons in the world are not going to cure this ailment. The only known cure all…soap and water. Make it a routine…always feed up BEFORE bath time.

3.) Bath time is…wet! As soon as they can figure out that those little wiggly things attached to their sternum and waist can move and splash….you can pretty much prepare to be soaked by the end of bath time. And right now we are still doing single baths at a time. Just wait until we are putting them both in together!

4.) Babies change…frequently. Just when you think you have a rhythm…that you have it all figured out and are thinking to yourself…”pssshh….what was all the fuss about…piece of cake.” They are going to change it up on you. One week Liam is a happy camper and the next he is a monster. On week Liah is sleeping all through the night and the next she is up at 3:00 a.m. wanting to play. (those are going to be the best moments…enjoy them…even if you don’t feel like it). Right now…they are sleeping through the night and trust me…it is great but…I also anticipate an owl eyed baby giggling in their crib trying desperately to wake up their twin and hoping SOMEONE will play with them!

5.)  Prayer is a must! If I thought I prayed in the middle of the night with one baby…that is nothing compared to the now. I flash pray all the time, washing dishes, folding laundry, feeding a baby, or the most frequent occurrence…at 3:00 a.m. And I truly believe God hears me…for eventually those darling monsters go back to sleep (my feverent prayer again and again!). You will pray for sanity…you will pray for patience…you will pray for sleep. If I didn’t already say it…PRAYER IS A MUST.

6.) Those cute twin outfits are for special occasions only. If you are sitting at home in your p.j.’s then your twins certainly can sit around in a onesie. I brought my babies home and everyday had them dressed to the nines from head to toe. Until I realized…it was a. exhausting and b. uncomfortable for them. Curb your impulse to dress them cutsie unless you are having company…or going somewhere special…like Wal-mart…lol…(gotcha…I AM from the south after all!)

7.) Never…EVER refuse help! At first you are going to feel like wonder woman on crack. You can do ALL and need NO help with YOUR babies. This is a lie you will frequently tell yourself until you realize that the woman in the mirror CAN NOT be you. Where did the huge luggage under your eyes come from? And those dark roots….wait…how long has it been since you had your hair done? You will remain resilient in the face of all helpful advice and “call me if you need help”  but in the end you will cave. And then the next time some one offers to help you out….you will take that offer with both hands and run with it. It’s going to happen. Deal with it.

8.) You are going to get TONS of advice! Some of it good and some of it bad. Weed it out…but eventually you will tune it out. Every set of twins is different. And unless you know some one who has had a set of twins…a singleton parent can’t possibly understand what you are going through and the sympathetic “tsk…I know just how you feel” makes you want to punch some body straight in the face. (sorry singleton parents…but it’s true.)

9.) It is IMPOSSIBLE to keep your other children quiet (should you have any others). You will shush…and you will snap your fingers…and you will give the evil eye (as only a mother can) and it will all be in vain. Your other children will forget that you’ve threatened their mortal lives two seconds after you have done it. It’s a sad and vicious cycle that never ends…but eventually the babies will learn to sleep through it…eventually.

10.) You will watch a thousand cartoons a thousand times. And eventually you will find yourself watching them when your children are not there. This is okay…do not be worried if such an instance occurs.  I have found that watching cartoons relaxes me (probably because it means a small and temporary silence when children are in attendance). This is the fun part of being a parent of small children. No ones looks at you strangely when you automatically turn the television to the Disney channel…it is expected. 🙂

So while this list may be a bit extensive and over done….they are ALL true. Feel free to ask other moms of twins…they will tell you the same. I do not share this list to scare any one…merely to prepare you for the fun adventure of being a multiple mommy. I love this crazy and outrageous life…it can be exhausting…but it is SO worth every single moment!

Til next time…

Projects Oh Projects… Oh How I LOVE My Projects!


As a new mommy again after 13 yrs I look at all the technology that we have now that just wasn’t quite kicking when I was having my older children. Yeah…we had the web..but it wasn’t nearly as extensive as it is now. Got a question…type it in and Google will tell you (or other search engine you can imagine). Want to know the weather in your hometown…search and you shall receive. Need directions…MapQuest or Google Maps can show you the way…(literally all the way to China if needs be).

So as we were eagerly awaiting the arrival of our twins I searched and searched website after website. Blog after blog until…duh duh duh…PINTEREST!!! For those of you not aware of this uber cool website for interest of ALL kinds …you should totally check it out…click here>Pinterest…go ahead…I’ll wait. Back? Okay…so basically Pinterest is a website dedicated to all interest of all people. Think of it as a giant bulletin board where everybody can “pin” the stuff they like onto their own little board. But everybody can see your likes and as they click on each like…it takes you to the website where the idea or item came from! WHAT! No more…oh dang where did that bookmark go…I was going to do that project today…awww man! It’s all in one place (the person who invented this should be given a medal or something) So move over Facebook…hellllooooo Pinterest (no…I lie…I still Facebook…lol).

To be clear…I am NOT a crafty girl. Never have been. Until Pinterest. And then….there was…”Hey! I can do that!” or “:::gasp::: I have ALL the stuff to do that…I am SO doing that tomorrow!”.  Wait….(visual rewind) I was talking about the twins…sorry sorry…Pinterest got me again. Okay so…as I was saying…looking online for ideas for a nursery for the twins. I needed to make the most of the space I had cause…hellooooo…twins!!! We decided to convert the front sitting room into a nursery (and I mean really…all we had in there was a decrepit old pool table any way…::: grumble:::still catching it for that one). This room is centralized so everybody can help (yes yes…my kids were super excited that they too would be able to hear the squalling babies at 3 a.m.!). Annndddd it had enough space. On to the search for decoration and space-saving ideas.

Enter…Pinterest! The ideas flew onto my boards like paper airplanes in the third grade! I pinned until my eyes blurred (and lost several hours at a time). Half of the ideas I pinned were concocted of items I had around my house and I NEVER EVEN KNEW! I did this from this . And got this idea from Pinterest. This photo idea from this photo idea… the many different and unique things that make up the twins nursery all came from Pinterest! I am now in the process of converting a china cabinet/pie safe (not sure what it is really) into a wardrobe for the nursery and am itching to get back to it (dang sun….always having to go down!)

Moral of my story…this once unsavy and non-crafty chick is now on a roll! There is no telling how far I might go (look out hubby!). As I go I may post a few of my fabulous projects on here for you to see…and you guys can tell me what you think!

Ta Ta for Now!

De

 

This the Wardrobe I re-did for the twins!

To Extreme Coupon or Not?


AS the impending births of the twins edge closer and closer I am overly (and for good reason) anxious about saving every single penny I can. I have never really considered couponing (sp? is that even a word?…lol) before but with four children and two adults in the house I know I am going to have strap down the wallet and pinch those pennies.

So off to research I went…and was immediately sucked into planet coupon! Hours…literally hours later I drug my bleary and blood shot eyes up from the screen only to realize…it was 1:30 in the morning! Good grief I had been surfing through the coupon sea for three hours! But…with that being said…I learned so much. Youtube and Google (my two most favorite sites in the whole world…well…besides Facebook) had so many ideas and videos about different methods that I wanted to speed time up to Sunday (apparently that’s when all the GOOD coupon deals are out) and dash out to do some serious damage with my loot!

I signed up for membership after membership (not the cooky ones but stuff like Publix’s Baby Club  and the like) until my fingers bled. (okay exaggeration but you get my point!) Looked into every single store with in a 50 mile radius from my home for deals and printable coupons (hmmm…one must have ink in their printer for that one mustn’t they? Note to self: BUY PRINTER INK!) I even discovered that I had accumulated .15 off of every gallon of gas I bought due to my Win-Dixie card and their Fuelperks program! I was amazed! You mean I could have been saving .15 all this time? How did I not know this? (I do recall hearing it in passing but dismissed it as not really worth my while…that’ll teach me to dismiss so easily won’t it?)

And so…I eagerly await the Sunday paper, anxious to start my clipping and saving and am already sorting out different methods I want to try. I have properly bookmarked all of the sites I think that will help me the most and I will share them at the end of this post (let’s give credit where credit is due) and want to give a big shout out to my girl Lori Jones for helping a sista out! You have likely started me on a new addiction (and one that my husband can FINALLY get on board with!)

I shall keep everyone posted on my huge successes and can’t wait to save oodles of  money!!!

Those links I mentioned:

http://www.southernsavers.com/

http://www.iheartpublix.com/

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/ (I think I like these two crazy chicks the most!)

Until next time,

ME!